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July 11 - 17, 2013
Detective Chris Serino, Hero or Villain of the Zimmerman Trial? By Jason Johnson Special Real Times Media Correspondent
I have long maintained that the final verdict from the Zimmerman trial will change absolutely nothing, and the value of the trial is in what it highlights about our flawed but functional legal system. If George Zimmerman is found not guilty, who can really be shocked that a bunch of Southern White women felt it was okay to kill a Black boy under mysterious circumstances. If Zimmerman is found guilty then it took Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, national protests and the president of the United States just to get the Florida legal system to do their due diligence. No matter the ruling, nothing has radically changed. However, the most critical part of this case for the viewer is not the final jury verdict but the behavior of the local police in this case, which is horribly and shamefully exemplified by the testimony and behavior of lead Detective Chris Serino. To much of the nation’s African-American community, skepticism about the legal system and apprehension about institutions is not based on some abstract fear or ignorance. It is based on day-to-day interactions or anecdotal stories about police officers. As I watched the Zimmerman trial, I was struck not by the occasional flaccid nature of the prosecution, or the smarmy dog-whistling and race-baiting by the defense attorneys. What struck me most was the horrible, petulant and insubordinate behavior of lead Detective Chris Serino, who has done all he can to torpedo the State’s case. Serino, a 15-year veteran on the force, interviewed Zimmerman three days after the murder of Martin and seemed less than convinced of the neighborhood watchman’s story. He pointed out that it was hard to believe Zimmerman was beaten so viciously by Trayvon Martin if he was able to go to work the next day and not even visit a hospital. He and another officer pointed out that Zimmerman was obviously following Trayvon and that his failure to identify himself as Neighborhood Watch might’ve scared the kid. Lastly and perhaps most importantly, he pushed back on Zimmerman’s characterization of Trayvon as a “Punk,” chastising Zimmerman and pointing out that he’d shot an unarmed kid with
candy and iced tea in his pocket. All of this interview, which was put into evidence last week, is pretty damning and certainly looks like effective police work. That’s when things get sticky. Despite these obvious inconsistencies and questions, mere days after the shooting, Serino felt there wasn’t enough evidence to arrest -- let alone file charges against -- Zimmerman. There are hundreds of thousands of cases with much less evidence on the table where people get arrested, even if they are released later. Yet somehow Serino didn’t feel like filing charges against Zimmerman. Serino claims he was “pressured” to file charges by fellow officers and higher ups in the state of Florida, and he was demoted in his job. Consequently during this trial, Serino has made it a point to throw a temper tantrum during testimony, editorializing on George Zimmerman’s behalf, answering questions in ways that help the defense. The problem with this entire case can be boiled down to the saga of this cop who is either incredibly noble and willing to risk everything for what he thinks is right or he’s a disgruntled, petulant civil servant who puts his own ego ahead of the life of a dead 17-year-old boy. Serino is the reason why so many African Americans don’t trust the police. And when we see law enforcement take the lives of Black children to be political footballs rather than lives to be spared or victims to be avenged, it reminds us that no matter what the ruling in the Zimmerman trial, as long as there are cops like Serino, nothing has truly changed. Dr. Jason Johnson, of Politic365.com, is a political science professor at Hiram College. He is a widely-respected political analyst best known for “telling the story behind the story.” He is currently on assignment for Real Times Media throughout the duration of the trial. Viewers can visit any of the following RTM sites for the latest on the George Zimmerman murder trial: atlantadailyworld.com, michiganchronicle.com, chicagodefender.com, newpittsburghcourier.com and tri-state defender.com.
ADW Seeks Nominations for Pastors Salute 2013 By ADW Staff
The Atlanta Daly World is pleased to announce its inaugural Pastors Salute, a program to celebrate the area’s clergy. “Today, more than ever, the church plays a critical role in keeping the community nurtured and motivated to take on everyday challenges and to celebrate its triumphs,” said ADW Publisher M. Alexis Scott. “We want to show our church leaders how much we appreciate what they do and who they are.” The church carries significant influence in the lives of African Americans, and its leaders are among the most highly-respected individuals in the community. “With the help of our readers, the Atlanta Daily World will honor 25 of the city’s most esteemed and influential pastors,” Scott said. “We solicit your nominations for pastors who deserve this distinction.” A nomination form is on page 7 of this issue. Following the public nomination process, which ends July 19, a panel will select 25 from the list of nominees. The Pastors Salute will observe and applaud their contributions at a special luncheon on Sept. 19. Tickets for the luncheon will be available at $65 each. The 2013 class will be the inaugural group of pastors. Each year, a new group will be highlighted to showcase their good works in the community. In addition to the luncheon, The Pastors Salute will pay tribute to the 25 pastors through a special commemorative section in the ADW. In a pictorial special, the ADW will share their fascinating stories and honor their remarkable faith. The section will be a keepsake for the pastors and their congregations. Their stories will serve to inspire others, especially young people who aspire to be leaders in the faith community. It will be an issue of the ADW to be treasured for years to come, both as a commemoration of the community’s heroes and a testament to the community’s strong faith.
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George Fraser, CEO Of Frasernet, Red Cross Issues Emergency Call Donates $10,000 to Be Someone for Blood and Platelet Donors Special to ADW
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George Fraser and his FraserNet conference recently presented a $10,000 grant to Orrin C. Hudson and his Be Someone Inc. foundation. The Atlanta-based organization uses the game of chess to turn young lives around. The grant will be used to further its programs aimed at teaching youth how to make smarter choices and think three moves ahead. The check was presented to Hudson during the recent 12th Annual FraserNet PowerNetworking Conference. The event, attended by thousands of business owners, community leaders and professionals, is a key African-American networking conference. The check was presented June 28. “I think Be Someone Inc. and the great work it does with children of all colors is something the world should know about,” Fraser said. “This truly is a unique program that is worthy of our investment. This $10,000 donation is really an investment in the young lives that Orrin Hudson and his team are touching.” George Fraser “Gifts such as this energizes us,” said Hudson. “There is so much work to do. We will use this donation along with others to expand our program and reach as many children as possible across the nation.” He added, “To Dr. Fraser, on behalf of every child we have touched and every young person we will touch, I say thank you from the bottom of my heart.” Be Someone Inc., founded and directed by Orrin “Checkmate” Hudson, has been working with young people -- many of them at-risk children -- since 2000. More than 30,000 young people have learned firsthand that a wrong move on a chess board can cost the match, but a wrong move on the street could cost a life. Hudson speaks from experience. “I once was one of these kids who had no future. A teacher turned my life around using chess. Now I’m paying back.” As a two-time chess champion and a former state trooper and Air Force Veteran, Hudson has the George Fraser (from left), best-selling author and president of unique skill to help make FraserNet, presents $10,000 grant to Orrin C. Hudson, master a difference. He not only motivator and founder of Be Someone Inc.; as Greg Williams, teaches children the game, vice president of FraserNet, looks on. but also how it mirrors the “game of life.” For more details about FraserNet, visit www.FraserNet.com. For more details about Be Someone Inc., visit www. BeSomeone.org.
The American Red Cross issued an emergency request for platelet and blood donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give, because fewer donations than expected were received in June and the first week of July. “We are counting on generous volunteer blood and platelet donors to step up and give now,” said Jerry J.K. Tillery, chief executive officer, Red Cross Southern Blood Services Region. “Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. Each day donations come up short, less blood is available for these patients in need.” Nationwide, donations through the Red Cross were down approximately 10 percent in June, resulting in about 50,000 fewer donations than expected. The shortfall is similar to what the Red Cross experienced in June 2012. June can be among the most challenging months of the year for blood and platelet donations as regular donors delay giving while they adjust to summer schedules. High school and college blood drives account for as much as 20 percent of Red Cross donations during the school year. Donations from those who usually give at these drives drop by more than 80 percent when school is out for the summer. In addition, a mid-week Independence Day holiday reduced the number of blood drives scheduled in early July. Many sponsors, especially businesses, were unable to host drives because employees took extended vacations. The Red Cross needs donations to ensure an adequate blood supply is available for
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patients all summer long. Each day, the American Red Cross Southern Blood Region needs approximately 1,200 donors to step forward and give blood. Eligible donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially encouraged to give. Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be transfused to anyone who needs blood. Types A negative and B negative can be transfused to Rh positive or negative patients. There is also an urgent need for platelet donations. Platelets – a key clotting component of blood often needed by cancer patients -- must be transfused within five days of donation, so it’s important to have a steady supply of platelets on hand.
Atlanta Schools Are Getting Full-Time Police Officers Associated Press
The Atlanta school board has approved having at least one full-time Atlanta Police Department officer patrolling the halls of every middle school and high school. Deputy Superintendent Larry Hoskins told the AJC the police will build relationships with students and work to identify discipline problems before they become criminal matters. “They’ll get to, literally every day, engage the students and teachers, learning about them,’’ Sgt. Gregory Lyon said. The 55 officers will replace a less organized group of about 235 part-time, off-duty officers who moved from school to school and didn’t always work full school days. Lyon said the permanent officers will be like police working a beat, except their beat will be a school instead of a neighborhood. “Off-duty jobs are off-duty. They’re secondary. The officers working here, this will be their primary duty and function,’’ Lyon said. The 55 officers will be distributed among 30 middle and high schools, and the officers will be required to go through training on how to work with students. The transition to more structured policing comes after several shootings and
fights during the last year, including a Grady High School student who accidentally shot herself in the leg and a Price Middle School student who was shot in the neck. Atlanta Public Schools had considered creating its own independent police force -- similar to what is in place in Gwinnett, DeKalb and Fulton counties --but instead decided to continue working with the Atlanta Police Department. Atlanta’s safety and security costs are budgeted to increase about $700,000 next school year to $10.1 million, in part because the school system will be responsible for the officers’ benefits compensation and the school system is adding the equivalent of two full-time officers, Hoskins said. Full-time officers will be in high schools when school starts Aug. 7. Middle schools will continue using parttime officers until Jan. 1 and then will switch to full-time officers, he said.
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Mary Alice Thatch: From ‘Janitor’ to NNPA Publisher of the Year
qObituariesq Janice Evans Stokes
If the Wilmington Journal ever holds a contest to determine who began work there at the youngest age, Mary Alice Jervay Thatch would win hands down. Literally. “My daddy used to say that I started at 3 or 4 months old, when I started crawling around on the floor,” Thatch recounted with a hearty laugh. “I was hired as the janitor to clean the floor – with my diaper.” Thatch is now editor-publisher-owner of the newspaper, the same positions her father, Thomas C. Jervay Sr., held when she was scooting around the office. She shared, not only a love for journalism with her father, but a strong sense of devotion to the community the Wilmington Journal serves. Thomas C. Jervay, Sr., an outspoken supporter of the falsely convicted Wilmington Ten, never forgot about the path paved by Alex Manley edited another Black newspaper, the Daily Record, in the late 1890s, especially after his own newspaper was bombed in 1973. The bomber wrote a letter to Jervay, which he turned over to prosecutors. “Mr. Manley’s paper was right across the street from where the Journal is housed now,” Thatch stated. “Both were bombed because of positions the papers took, which really shows the power of the Black Press.” Recalling her conversations with her father, Thatch said, “He would say, nobody is going to do to me what they did to Manley. I am going to be vocal, I am going to represent my people, I am going to say what I want to say, but nobody is going to run me out of town. This man is going to be prosecuted for what he did.” And he was. In 1974, Lawrence R. Little, who identified himself as propaganda minister of the militant Rights of White People organization, was found guilty of plant
Janice Evans Stokes, of Lawrenceville, GA, died on July 1, 2013, at Gwinnett Medical Center.
By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief
ing dynamite that exploded at the Journal’s office. After four days of testimony, an allWhite jury found him guilty and a White judge sentenced him to life imprisonment. A two-year campaign led by Thatch and her paper resulted in outgoing North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue issuing pardons of innocence on Dec. 31, 2012 to the Wilmington Ten. Although a federal appeals court had overturned their convictions in 1980 because the prosecutor had, among other things, failed to turn over evidence that was favorable to the defense, the Wilmington Ten were released from jail, but they were not fully exonerated. Not until the governor pardoned them. “ The box of papers was the real key to getting the pardons,” Thatch said. “What was contained in [prosecutor James] ‘Jay’ Stroud’s papers was what convinced Gov. Perdue that this was truly, as she put it, ‘naked racism.’ When the announcement was made, I hollered all over the house,” she said. “This was the biggest accomplishment that we have ever made in North Carolina.” Thatch said it was a combination of Wilmington Ten leader Ben Chavis’ optimism, the commitment of two original attorneys – James E. Ferguson, II and Irving, who never abandoned the case – the diligence of Cash Michaels and Rev. William Barber, president of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP, NNPA publishers who carried the stories, and others that made the pardons a reality. In large part, because of the Wilmington Ten campaign that she led, Thatch was elected NNPA 2012 Publisher of the Year. “I was surprised,” she said, “It it required a great deal of hard work and tenacity, and I feel very honored and appreciative to NNPA for the recognition.”
Funeral services will be 11 am Saturday, July 6, 2013, at Rosehill Memorial Baptist Church in Columbus, GA. Burial will follow in Green Acres Cemetery. Survivors include her husband, Thomas “Tom” Stokes; a son, Ashante Stokes and other relatives. Sconiers Funeral Home, 836 5th Ave. Columbus, GA 706-322-0011
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Fulton Juvenile Court Garry A. Harris is Named Interim Announces Belton Executive Director of Emerald Cities As Newest Associate Collaborative of Metro-Atlanta Judge Special to ADW
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The Fulton County Juvenile Court has announced the appointment of Wenona (Wendy) Belton as its newest associate judge. Belton previously served as a law clerk and Clerk of Court for Fulton County Juvenile Court. She is currently an associate with Robert E. (Ted) Hall, special assistant attorney general, representing the DepartWenona (Wendy) Belton ment of Family and Children Services. In addition to this experience, Belton has previously served the Fulton County Superior Court as a Judicial Assistant, and the Office of Public Defender as a staff attorney. Belton joins Judge Cassandra Kirk and Judge Willie J. Lovett Jr. as the third certified child welfare law specialist on the bench of the Fulton County Juvenile Court. Belton will be sworn in as associate judge on July 31.
Emerald Cites Atlanta (ECA) recently announced the appointment of Garry A. Harris as the interim executive director of ECA’s operations. Harris will manage the day-to-day operations of the Atlanta office, which covers the 20 counties that comprise the metro-Atlanta region, including business development, customer relationship management, project management, communications, marketing and public relations. He will also coordinate the strategic planning efforts of the ECA local steering committee, a multi-stakeholder collaboration of business, labor, community and government working to green the regional economy using high road principles. Harris is currently the president and CEO of HTS Enterprises, a consulting firm that provides diverse energy engineering and power generation technical services, including research, policy and education services. He is also the founder and managing director for the Center for Sustainable Communities. Harris earned a B.S. in nuclear engineering from the University of Virginia, an M.S. in technology management and an M.S. in
quality engineering and is seeking a Ph.D. in energy policy from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has also completed post graduate course work at both Harvard and Emory Universities. He has earned numerous certifications in the fields of engineering, energy and quality. He is a 2009 Graduate of Leadership Atlanta and was selected to the 2013 Class of the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership (IGEL) and 2013 Class of the Regional Leadership Institute (RLI) through the Atlanta Regional Commission. He is a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and the 100 Black Men of Atlanta. He has two sons, Garry Allan (Morehouse) and William Avery (Georgia Southern). For more information about Emerald Cities Collaborative, see www.emeraldcities.org. For information about the Center for Sustainable Communities, see www.csc-atlanta. org. For informatin about HTS Enterprises, see www. htsenterprise.com.
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The Atlanta Business League invites you to the 7th Annual
MEn Of InfLuEnCE
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6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. • Reception: Heavy hors d’oeuvres & Silent Auction 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. • Men of Influence Pinning & Induction Ceremony TWELVE Atlantic Station • 361 17th Street, NW, Atlanta GA 30303 Mary Parker, ABL Board Chair | Leona Barr-Davenport, President & CEO
Cloves Campbell Jr. Re-Elected Chairman of NNPA Cloves Campbell Jr., publisher of the Arizona Informant, was re-elected to a second term as chairman of the National Newspaper Publishers Association at the NNPA’s annual convention here. The voting took place on Friday, near the conclusion of the association’s 4-day convention. “I am honored that my colleagues have chosen to give me another term as chairman,” said Campbell, head of a federation of nearly 200 newspapers with a combined readership of more than 19 million. “It was a strong vote of confidence for our leadership team as we embark on a strategy that includes collaborating with other organizations, forming new partnerships and inviting a new generation of readers to step into the ever-evolving world of the Black Press.”
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The Legends Hall of Fame Inductees are pioneers who have paved the way for others to follow in their respective arenas. The Legacy Award is presented to one legend whose efforts, good deeds and impact will outlast the test of time and positively impact the community for generations to come. The MOI list reflects the names of black men in metro Atlanta communities who have reached senior level positions within their profession, are leading entrepreneurs in their industry, have proven history making feats or have attained the ability to influence large public bodies politically. In addition to professional accomplishments, the Men of Influence have demonstrated their commitment to the citizenry of metro Atlanta by maintaining significant involvement and participation in community and civic activities.
Deion Sanders Presents 3rd Annual Prime Time Youth Sports Weekend
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By Deitra Johnson ADW Staff
Pro Football Hall of Famer Deion “Prime Time” Sanders returns to the city where his Hall of Fame career began to host his annual weekend-long celebration of youth sports, community and all things Atlanta July 26 through 28. The 3rd Annual Prime Time Youth Special invited guests include Mayor Kasim Reed, singers Ne-Yo, Keith Sweat and Chilli of TLC fame; reality stars The Braxtons, Cynthia Bailey and NeNe Leakes, “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” cast members; producer/rapper Jermaine Dupri and rapper/ actor Chris “Ludacris” Bridges; comedians Steve Harvey, Rickey Smiley and Chris Tucker, Atlanta Braves Star Chipper Jones, NBA Greats Julius “Dr. J” Erving and Shaquille O’Neal, Olympian Natasha Hastings as well as current and former NFL, NBA and WNBA Superstars and many more.
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The 2013 PRIME TIME Youth Sports Weekend events include a football tournament at the Buford Youth Sports Complex, 2750 Sawnee Ave, Buford, GA 30518, July 26-28, a symposium on July 26 at 6 p.m. At- Deion “Prime Time” Sanders lanta Marriott Norcross, 475 Technology Parkway, Norcross, GA 30092; and the PRIME TIME Black & Red Gala at the Georgia Freight Depot, 65 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive , Atlanta, GA 30312.
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Thousands run Peachtree Road Race in the rain
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A steady drizzle on the Fourth of July helped thousands of runners keep cool for an unusually soggy Peachtree Road Race. Up to 60,000 runners hit the streets of Atlanta, with thousands more cheering them on from the sidelines during the 10K race, an Independence Day tradition that’s billed as the largest road race in the U.S. Peachtree participants haven’t seen rain too often in the event’s 44-year history. Thursday marked the first time the race was run in the rain since 1994, The AJC reported. Some runners, including Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, found the weather refreshing. “It ended up being a perfect day to run,’’ Reed told WXIA-TV) after crossing the finish line soaked with both perspiration and precipitation. Mosinet Geremew of Ethiopia was the men’s winner, finishing the 6.2-mile course in 28:04. The women’s division winner was Lineth Chepkurui of Kenya with a time of 32:07. The race began under yellow-flag conditions warning runners to use caution because of the wet weather. Extra police officers and surveillance cameras also were
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placed along the route to beef up security just a few months after the Boston Marathon bombing. Reed said the city was determined to hold the road race and make sure participants were as safe as possible. “The most important thing we could have done to show respect for the folks in Boston was to carry on and have our race,’’ Reed said.
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Describe the nominee’s community service activity or organizational involvement.
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2013 ESSENCE Festival Presented By Coca-Cola Celebrates, Empowers
By M. Alexis Scott ADW Staff Now in its 19th year, the ESSENCE Festival has become more than a three-night music concert series. It includes four days of empowerment programs, panels, workshops, movie screenings and TV productions. It held its first-ever, free and open-to-the-public, “Family Reunion Day” on July 4. According to Essence’s Communications CEO Michelle Ebanks, they hoped for 10,000 people and some 50,000 showed up. “They experienced an uplifting and joyous day of empowerment panels, family-friendly games and activities, delicious food from New Orleans’ best barbecue vendors, cooking competitions, fireworks and exciting musical guests; all designed to strengthen the entire famil,” she said. At the “Old School Party” hosted by Coca-Cola on July 6
Alexander Cummings (from left), CAO of The Coca-Cola Company, hosts Essence Communications President Michelle Ebanks, Atlanta Congressman John Lewis and recently-retired Coke Executive Ingrid Saunders Jones and Cummings’ wife Teresa at his company’s “Old School Party” on July 6 at the Roosevelt Hotel during the Essence Festival.
The Coca-Cola Company’s Vice President for Multicultural Marketing Lauventria Robinson (from left) joins Café Reconcile CEO Glen Armantrout, Coke Vice President of Community Connections Lori George Billingsley, Cheryl Landrieu (wife of the mayor), new Vice President of Global Community Connections and Chair of The Coca-Cola Foundation Lisa Borders and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. Coke donated $25,000 to Café Reconcile to support its work with at-risk youth during the Coca-Cola “Old School Party.” at the Roosevelt Hotel, Ebanks paid tribute to recently-retired Coke executive Ingrid Saunders Jones. She presented her with her own framed Essence Magazine cover with her likeness and the headline “Be Fearless.” Also at the party, Coke CAO Alexander Cummings announced his company’s commitment to the festival for the next three years. Cummings also announced a $25,000 grant to Café Reconcile, the New Orleans nonprofit that works with at-risk youth. In other activities, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed participated on a panel of mayors to discuss ways to fight urban crime
and support at-risk youth. Morehouse School of Medicince Dean Valerie Rice Montgomery was on a health disparities panel. Congressman John Lewis was on a panel commemorating the 50th anniversary of 1963 — the turning point in the Civil Rights Movement — with Myrlie Evers-Williams, Rep. Eleanor Holmes-Norton and others. And Walmart hosted a Essence Communications panel featuring Tonya Lewis President Michelle Ebanks Lee, who was a producpaid tribute to recently retired er of “The Watsons go to Coke Executive Ingrid SaunBirmingham” filmed in ders Jones by presenting her Atlanta earlier this year. In with her own cover of Essence addition, The Coca-Cola Magazine with the headline Company, the presenting “Be Fearless.” sponsor, hosted a group of business and community leaders from Atlanta and around the country. Besides Coke and Walmart, other sponsors of the 2013 ESSENCE Festival included Ford, McDonald’s, My Black Is Beautiful, StateFarm, Verizon and Coors Light and Visa Prepaid. And MSNBC drew crowds everyday as it broadcast live from the Morial Convention Center. It set up “Rev. Al Sharpton’s Bluebery Pie Café” to let festival goers greet the network’s news personalities, including Rev. Al, Tamaron Hall, Ed Schultz, Alex Wagner, Joy Ann Reid, Toure, among others.
By Chevel Johnson Associated Press
Avery*Sunshine may be a new voice to some, but the 38-year-old Atlanta artist gained more fans after her debut performance at the Essence Festival. Her self-titled first project was released in 2010. Three years later, its singles “Ugly Side of Me,’’ “All in My Head’’ and “Blessin Me’’ have gained a strong following and heavy radio play. “We’re completely independent,’’ said Avery*Sunshine, whose real name is Denise White. “It’s been one fan, one show, one tweet at a time. And now it’s snowballing. “This is a big deal for us to play Essence,’’ she said. “Most of the country still has no idea who we are. There are so many who haven’t heard the material and for me, this kind of invitation to perform means someone is paying attention to what I’m doing. I’m honored to have this opportunity.’’ She brought her whole family, including her 75-year-old mother, 13-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son, to New Orleans to see her performance scheduled on July 6 inside one of the festival’s Superlounges -- music venues set up in the Superdome’s huge corridors. And the place was packed. Avery*Sunshine said she’s never attended Essence during its 19 years.
Beyonce Gains Stepmother as Father Gets Married By Nekesa Mumbi Moody AP Music Writer
Beyonce has a stepmother. Her father and former manager, Mathew Knowles, got married on June 30. His representative told The Associated Press on Friday that he has wed former model Gena Charmaine Avery in Houston, Texas. The pair had been engaged for a year-and-a-half. The 48-year-old Avery is a real estate broker. The 61-year-old Knowles guided his daughter to superstardom with the group Destiny’s Child and later in her solo career. She released her father as her manager in 2011. Knowles, head of Music World Entertainment, still manages several gospel acts including Grammy-winner Le’Andria Johnson. Knowles and Beyonce’s mother, Tina, divorced in 2011 after 31 years of marriage and two children -- Beyonce and her sister, fellow Mathew Knowles and his new wife, former singer, Solange. model Gena Charmaine Avery
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ANNOUNCEMENT On 6/14/13, Mako Communications, LLC filed an Application for Consent to Assign a License for a Low Power TV Station for WYGA-LD/CH16/4kW, serving Atlanta, GA, transmitting from 315 Chester Ave., Atlanta, GA The Summerhill, Mechanicsville, and Peoplestown Community Fund, Inc. will accept applications from community-based, nonprofit organizations serving at least one of the three neighborhoods. Details and application materials available at www.smpcommunityfund.org. Application deadline: July 15.
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July 11-17, 2013
by Cheryl P. McNeil
by Jesse Jackson, Rainbow PUSH
Obama Should Lead Fight to Revive Voting Rights Act
Smartphones: The New Necessity
The City of College Park is accepting Sealed Proposals from qualified contractors for CITY PARKING LOT REHABILITATION. Sealed proposals will be received no later than Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. 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 Conference will be held at Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at City Hall. Sealed proposals will not be accepted from any vendor not attending the Pre-Bid Meeting. Questions arising after the PreBid Meeting will be accepted via email ONLY to bgregory@collegeparkga. com until COB July 18. An Addendum listing all Q&A will be posted on the City’s website on or about COB July 25. It is the vendor’s responsibility to check the City’s website for any/all addenda. A five percent (5%) Bid Bond will be required with the bid. Prospective bidders should also be aware that a Performance and Payment Bond for one hundred percent (100%) of contract amount will be required of the successful bidder. The City of College Park reserves the right to reject any or all bids 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.
The City of College Park is accepting Sealed Proposals from qualified vendors for Fire Department Promotional Exams. Sealed proposals will be received no later than 3:00pm, Thursday, August 8, 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. No Pre-Bid Meeting will be held. Questions will be accepted via email ONLY to firstname.lastname@example.org from Thursday, July 11 until COB Thursday, July 18. An Addendum listing all Q & A, clarifications, etc. will be posted on the City’s website on or about COB Thursday, July 25, 2013. It is the vendor’s responsibility to check the City’s website for any/ all addenda. A Bid Bond of five percent (5%) shall be required / included in bid packet. Also please note that a Performance and Payment Bond may be required of successful bidder before execution of contract. The City of College Park reserves the right to reject any or all bids based on past performance and to waive technicalities and informalities, to ignore small price differences when there is a rational benefit to the City, 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.
Does anyone remember what life was like before cell phones? Almost makes you wonder how in the world we were able to drive to unfamiliar places without our trusty GPS app, play those addictive games, take so many glamorous “selfies” to upload on your favorite social networks and much more. Seriously, how many of us nearly would hyperventilate from separation anxiety because we’ve left our phones at home? Or worse, in a car or a cab (this just recently happened to me). Our cell phones have become glued to our hips. Today, they are more of a necessity than a luxury. And the numbers definitely agree with this statement. The latest Nielsen insights tell us that 61% (more than three in five) of U.S. mobile phone consumers ownednot just any phone – but, a smartphones over the most recent period measured March-May 2013. This is a 10% increase over the same time last year. Even though 53% of U.S. smartphone consumers use Android devices, compared to 40% who own iPhones, Apple remains the smartphone operating system manufacturing champ because it is the sole manufacturer of the device; while many different companies offer Android OS models and share in that 53% slice of the smartphone market share pie introducing – new competitors every other day, it seems. Blackberry (3%), Windows (2%) and others (2%) round out the remainder of the market. Are you wondering who owns what? Smartphone ownership in the Black community jumped to 69% from 54% between 2013 and 2012. Across all demographics, most smartphone owners in the U.S. are women, with three out of five using the devices. And, as you might imagine, ownership is highest among young folks; specifically the 25-34-year-old Millennials with 78% market penetration. Right behind them, three out of four mobile consumers between 18 -24 already own smartphones. And, even though those of us over 35 might be behind, we’re moving up fast. If you’ve followed my iPhone “adventures” in this column over the last couple of years, you know that even though I might have been intimidated initially, I’ve successfully overcome my technological challenges to master several generations of iPhones. I am now the owner of an iPhone 5 and I dreaded getting a new phone because that meant I had to switch over all of my chargers! However, the change has not been so bad, I’ll have to admit. In fact, even though smartphone penetration has been lowest among Americans 55+ the ownership numbers among these savvy consumers has almost doubled over the last year and is now at 42%. Of course, not only are smartphone owners capable of entertaining ourselves for hours on our light-weight companions, we can handle all
manners of business or find the answer to nearly any question or solution to any problem. We can also use our mobile apps to make smart economic decisions. Nielsen insights tell us that smartphone users spend 87% of their time using mobile apps; women slightly edge out men, with more than 28 hours versus 25 hours a month, respectively, and 13% of their time using the mobile web. How’s this for thinking economically? I was intrigued by a recent Nielsen NRG survey on movie trailers which says that 15% of us check out movie trailers and previews on our smartphones before we decide to spend money on tickets, up from six percent in 2010. If you don’t like the preview, you don’t have to spend your money at the movie theater, which is not as cost-effective as it used to be some years ago. Besides talking, smartphone owners in the African-American community take full advantage of all the mobile web access and other features, more than any other demographic groups. For example, we love to tweet and are 30% more likely to visit Twitter than, the average consumer, from our smartphones. Sixty-four percent of us visited a retail site or app on our phones. Sixty-one percent of African-American smartphone consumers read product reviews. Fifty-seven percent researched and compared prices on our phones. Half of us visited a shopping site or app and 38% of us did a bargain search for mobile coupons. So the next time you find yourself checking your latest social media posts on-the-go, texting, shopping or playing a game, remember that with every little “tap,” your consumer power is working. 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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President Barack Obama should lead a forceful drive to revive the Voting Rights Act, which was effectively disemboweled by the Supreme Court’s recent decision. All celebrate the 1965 Act as the most consequential civil rights legislation of the past century. Its passage was central to the building of the New South, opening the way to attracting foreign investment in auto factories, creating CNN, hosting the Super Bowl, even electing presidents. One afflicted with a poisoned heart is often blind to its effects. The South learned only after the civil rights legislation that segregation was blighting its own potential. In 2006, the Congress, after weeks of hearings and thousands of pages of testimony and evidence, overwhelmingly reauthorized the law by a vote of 98-0 in the Senate and 390-33 in the House. Legislators chose to sustain Section 4 that identified which counties and states had a history of discrimination sufficient that changes in voting rights would be subject to prior approval by the Justice Department or a federal court under Section 5. Preclearance not only blocked laws with discriminatory effect, but it also inhibited efforts to suppress the right to vote. But Justice John Roberts, writing for the court in a 5-4 decision, argued that “our country has changed.” He and the activist reactionaries on the court substituted their judgment for that of elected officials and struck down Section 4. Yet, the decision came after an election in which Republicans, particularly in Section 4 states, had pushed harsh restrictions on voting that would make it harder for minorities to vote. When the Miami Heat played the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA finals, the games were rough, but proactive referees kept them from becoming brawls. Justice Roberts’ decision, in essence, would pull the referees off the court. With Republican office holders increasingly worried by the growing numbers of African-American, Latino, Asian-American and other minority voters, measures to curtail voting rights have spread. It is perverse that the chief justice thought this was the time to overrule the congressional judgment. Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) defended the court’s decision, saying that his state had witnessed “tremendous progress” in voting rights. Progress, no doubt, but in 2012 South Carolina passed a discriminatory voting act that was struck down by the courts. David Gergen said he was from North Carolina and “times have changed.” Change, yes, but in 2012, North Carolina pushed an aggressive agenda to curtail voting rights, including restrictive voting ID, elimination of early voting on Sunday, a ban on same day voter registration and more. Similar reforms in Texas, blocked by a Section 5
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preclearance review, were immediately taken up again when the court’s decision came down. We need to keep the referees on the court. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has already pledged hearings to begin reformulating Section 4. Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said that he hoped the House would find a “responsible way forward.” The president should elevate this issue so that Americans can see who stands for voting rights, and who stands in the way. Over the past years, the new South has made progress, but that is in large part because the Voting Rights Act put referees on the field to enforce the law. Will Republicans join Democrats in reviving bipartisan support for remedying the Supreme Court’s wrong-headed decision? Or will they use the court’s decision to intensify their efforts to suppress the vote? By pushing hard for action, the president can help re-create the bipartisan support that is vital for our progress as one nation. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. is founder and president of the Chicago-based Rainbow PUSH Coalition. You can keep up with his work at www.rainbowpush.org.
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July 11 - 17, 2013
Ingrid Saunders Jones, recently retired chair of The Coca-Cola Foundation, hosts guests Caroline Chambers (left) of Detroit and J. Veronica Biggins of Atlanta at the Coke Hospitality Suite during the Essence Festival.
Lisa Borders, new chair of The Coca-Cola Foundation, greets Elisabeth Omilami, CEO of Hosea Feed the Hungry, at the Coke-sponsored â€œOld School Partyâ€? during the Essence Festival.
ADW Publisher M. Alexis Scott (from left) enjoys the women of the AUC Center: LaVerne Brown, first lady of Clark Atlanta University; Spelman College President Beverly Daniel Tatum; AUC Library CEO Loretta Parham and Carol Espy-Wilson, first lady of Morehouse College. (Photo By Travis Tatum)
Eilene Maupin (from left), first lady of the Morehouse School of Medicine, enjoys the Coca-Cola party with Leteria and Willie Clemons, of the MSM development office.
Loretta Parham, CEO of the Woodruff Library at the Atlanta University Center, enjoys her Coke Hospitality Suite with her husband James Parham.
VEE103 Radio Personality Ryan Cameron enjoys the Coca-Cola party with his wife Keysha.
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