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July 18 - 24, 2013
The Zimmerman Verdict and the Flip Side of the Obama Era By Dr. Jason Johnson
While most Americans were picking up the Zimmerman trial in clips and highlights on the news or the radio after work, I was immersed in the entire trial all day. Working as an analyst for several media outlets meant that I was watching every bit of eight-plus hours a day of testimony, evidence and cross examination during the trial. The process was exhausting, and a wonderful reminder of why I decided not to pursue law in college. Essentially when you are forced to watch a process from beginning to end, you have a pretty good idea of where it’s going, so you aren’t surprised or even impressed by the conclusion. I knew after a botched investigation, bitter and reluctant cops, questionable jury selection and an incredibly uneven state prosecution, that George Zimmerman was going to be found not guilty. So it wasn’t the events that actually affected me, because I knew they were coming. At 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 13 when Judge Nelson read the words, I was not shocked or amazed or hurt or upset. I was actually pretty unaffected by the final ruling. It was strangely enough, reminiscent of election night in 2008 when I had a similar non-reaction to the first election of President Barack Obama. There are times when America shows us who and what she truly is, and whether good or bad, as a people we should work to move past being defined by whatever external events this country throws at us. I was unmoved emotionally. What affected me most, though, was how these events influenced those around me. I was watching “Headline News,” when the Zimmerman trial verdict was announced across the airwaves. And, like many African Americans, I experienced that dreadful sinking feeling in my stomach in those seconds before the verdict was read into history -- especially when I saw a slight grimace on the face of Judge Nelson before reading the jury’s decision -that Zimmerman was going to be found not-guilty. The verdict of five White women and one racially ambiguous “Hispanic” from that Seminole County courthouse reverberated through the lives of everyone that I know and care for. My mother called me almost in tears, friends and students were texting me with shock and sadness. Everybody wanted to turn in early, nobody felt like staying out and partying that night. In my entire life I can only think of two events that affected every single person I know on a personal level that literally brought tears to their eyes, but for entirely different reasons.
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When President Obama was first elected, everyone I knew was excited -- my mother, father, friends and even quite a few colleagues. Even on the quiet tip, some of my closest Black Republican friends had a slight grin on their faces that history was happening. Of course, most of us will never be president of the United States. Most of us will never even know anyone who becomes president. In fact, most of us will never actually meet Barack Obama. But all of us know that we could be Trayvon Martin. We’ve met people like Trayvon Martin. And we know that if we live long enough, there’s a good chance we could lose someone we love -- just like Trayvon Martin was taken away from his parents. So while there was joy in the hearts of many that night in November of 2008, it was a distant joy. It was joy by proxy. Unfortunately, the pain millions of African Americans felt after the Zimmerman verdict wasn’t indirect, it wasn’t born of abstract connections to a faraway individual. It was based on real life experience and cold hard realities of being Black in America. Nothing I believe about America was radically changed by the Zimmerman jury verdict, positively or negatively. Just like Obama getting elected and then re-elected didn’t make me believe that America was a radically different place either. However, was does occur to me after these two life-changing events, juxtaposed just about five years apart from each other is this: We cannot as African Americans let our value be falsely inflated or vastly underestimated by any external events. Obama’s election didn’t make us free and equal and Zimmerman’s not guilty verdict didn’t mean it was open season on Black folks. If we let external events determine our worth and value, we’d have never escaped slavery. Instead we derive our worth from our daily lives, our faith and our ability to persevere no matter what this country throws at us symbolically, politically or financially. Regardless of how you connect with them, that’s what Trayvon Martin and Barack Obama would want us to do. Dr. Jason Johnson is a special correspondent to the Atlanta Daily World and a professor of political science at Hiram College in Ohio. He is the author of Political Consultants and Campaigns: One Day to Sell and works as an analyst for Al Jazeera English. Follow Dr. Johnson via twitter @Drjasonjohnson.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told the NAACP at its annual convention in Orlando that the controversial killing of Trayvon Martin affected him personally. From the outset, Holder assured the audience on July 16 that the Department of Justice is looking into the case diligently. “Today, I’d like to join President Obama in urging all Americans to recognize that – as he Eric Holder Photo by John Glenn said – we are a nation of laws, and the jury has spoken,” Holder said. “I know the NAACP and its members are deeply, and rightly, concerned about this case – as passionate civil rights leaders, as engaged citizens, and – most of all – as parents. “This afternoon, I want to assure you of two things: I am concerned about this case and as we confirmed last spring, the Justice Department has an open investigation into it. While that inquiry is ongoing, I can promise that the Department of Justice will consider all available information before determining what action to take.” Holder got personal, pointing out that when he was younger, his own father talked to him about being a Black man and dealing with the police: “Years ago, some of these same issues drove my father to sit down with me to have a conversation – which is no doubt familiar to many of you – about how as a young Black man, [if] I should [have to] interact with the police, what to say, and how to conduct myself if I was ever stopped or confronted in a way I thought was unwarranted,” he said. “I’m sure my father felt certain – at the time – that my parents’ generation would be the last that had to worry about such things for their children.” Holder then spoke about how Trayvon’s death forced him to sit down with his own son. “Trayvon’s death last spring caused me to sit down to have a conversation with my own 15-year-old son, like my dad did with me,” he said. “This was a father-son tradition I hoped would not need to be handed down…. “This is a sad reality in a nation that is changing for the better in so many ways.” To the audience’s cheers and applause, Holder added that the nation must also commit to constructive and meaningful conversations about justice and look to fix laws that abuse concepts of self-defense. “Today – starting here and now – it’s time to commit ourselves to a respectful, responsible dialogue about issues of justice and equality, so we can meet division and confusion with understanding, with compassion, and ultimately with truth,” he said. “It’s time to strengthen our collective resolve to combat gun violence but also time to combat violence involving or directed toward our children – so we can prevent future tragedies,” Holder said. “And we must confront the underlying attitudes, mistaken beliefs, and unfortunate stereotypes that serve too often as the basis for police action and private judgments.”
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Gov. Nathan Deal suspended indicted DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis on July 15 and appointed Commission Chairman Lee May as the interim CEO. “I agree with the bipartisan panel of elected officials that the allegations against Burrell Ellis directly relate to and adversely affect his ability to carry out his duties as DeKalb CEO,” Deal said. “I will therefore sign an executive order to suspend him from office until his term ends or until the case against him is adjudicated. “The responsibility to suspend and replace elected officials is one that I do not relish, but one I will not shy away from,” Deal said in a statement. “The laws of Georgia give the governor the authority to appoint an interim official, but with my appointment, I will respect the spirit of the local statute which calls for the commission chairman to succeed the CEO should the office come open.” Deal said he appointed May because he is “a leader who had already won approval from DeKalb voters and knows how the county operates.”
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Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is joined by Ludacris at City Hall to promote the play “Fela” that travelled to Atlanta last fall. The city’s new Office of Entertainment will facilitate more arts and entertainment productions here. Mayor Kasim Reed has established the city’s first Office of Entertainment through an ordinance recently approved by the Atlanta City Council. It will support the city’s rapidly expanding film industry by streamlining the permitting process for film productions, facilitating employment of local talent, creating production-related educational and training opportunities, and safeguarding the interests of residents and businesses affected by film productions. “The film industry creates a range of well-paying jobs for residents and introduces a major new revenue stream for local business owners,” said Reed. “In addition, the Office of Entertainment will help coordinate productions to minimize neighborhood disruptions. I am especially pleased that new film, television and video projects will
enhance our city’s cultural milieu by bringing and developing talent from across the film industry. This is yet another example of why Atlanta remains the cultural and economic center of the Southeast.” In addition to streamlining the permitting process for film productions in the City of Atlanta, the Office of Entertainment also will be responsible for partnering with the state to market Atlanta as a leading center for film, culture and entertainment. The legislation also reduces and simplifies permitting requirements, eliminates most fees and strengthens the city’s ability to anticipate and provide adequate services for motion picture production. “Mayor Reed’s vision in creating the Office of Entertainment will enhance the city’s ability to attract world class productions that create jobs for local residents, provide a robust economic impact for the city’s businesses and residents, and give additional opportunities for young artists and film makers throughout Atlanta,” said Michael Sterling, senior advisor to Mayor Reed. In 2008, the State of Georgia enacted the Georgia Entertainment Industry Investment Act which increased the state tax credit to 30 percent for qualified production of motion pictures, television series, commercials, music videos, interactive games, and animation. The state of Georgia estimates that in 2012, the economic impact of the entertainment industry in Georgia exceeded $3 billion. The state also estimates that out of 253 productions filmed in Georgia last year, 75-80 percent were filmed in the metropolitan Atlanta region.
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July 18 - 24, 2013
City Officials, Cabbagetown Celebrate Opening of the New and Improved Esther Peachy Lefevre Park Special to ADW
Atlanta City Councilmember Natalyn M. Archibong (second from left), joins Cabbagetown residents, Fulton County Commissioner Robb Pitts (second from right) and Department of Parks and Recreation Commissioner George Dunsenbury (right) to celebrate the opening of the new and improved Esther Peachy Lefevre Park.
Atlanta City Councilmember Natalyn M. Archibong, Department of Parks and Recreation Commissioner George Dunsenbury and residents of Cabbagetown celebrated the opening of the new and improved Esther Peachy Lefevre Park on July 11. The park is named after the late Esther Lefevre, a local community activist and former member of the Atlanta City Council. “Her voice helped inspire urgency behind social and moral change in Atlanta, especially when it came to the treatment of those less fortunate in our city,” officials said. Joining Councilmember Archibong and Commissioner Dusenbury was former Atlanta City Council President and current Fulton County Commissioner Robb Pitts, who reflected on Lefevre’s life and service in the Cabbagetown community, a historic area of Atlanta, which she held dear and passionately represented. Esther Peachy Lefevre Park improvements include the installation of brand new playground equipment, a serpentine sidewalk, a wrought iron fence, a granite wall around the park perimeter, and the planting of new sod and trees.
A sidewalk passes through the park along its .7 acres of green grass and many thriving trees of different varieties, including oaks, dogwoods, redbuds, maples, and magnolias. The renovations were made possible by a Community Block Development Grant, the City of Atlanta Department of Parks and Recreation, grants from Park Pride and The Waterfall Foundation and the neighborhood’s Cabbagetown Initiative CDC.
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Real Times Media recently announced that it has hired digital media expert and the founder of the original BlackVoices.com, Barry Cooper, to strategically transition its traditional print properties into a more robust digital platform. “Barry’s extensive experience with, and comprehensive understanding of, digital media is a tremendous addition to Real Times Media and one I’m sure will become a valuable resource to our clients,” said Hiram E. Jackson, chief executive officer of Real Times Media. “It is truly exciting to have one of the founders of the digital Black Press as a part of our team as we flesh out a digital first strategy which will ensure a strong, vibrant future for our newspaper brands and be a successful platform upon which we’ll launch new online brands.” A digital strategist today, Cooper possesses a deep understanding of traditional media, having got his start as a newspaper journalist. He has worked as a reporter, columnist, editor or newsroom manager for the largest newspaper chains in the country, including The New York Times Co., Knight-Ridder, Gannett, Tribune Co., and Landmark Communications. Cooper also has a Pulitzer Prize nomination to his credit.
In 1998, as an employee of Tribune Co., Cooper convinced the Tribune to invest $5 million to launch Black Voices, an online destination for African American-geared news and information. Cooper grew the company to 45 employees with offices in L.A., Chicago and New York. In 2004, Black Voices was sold to AOL, and still ranks number one in its category as the leading social media destination targeting African Americans. The hiring of Cooper is the first of several strategic moves for RTM in transitioning its iconic newspaper brands into large-scale digital contenders for urban news, lifestyle information, and entertainment. “The Real Times Media team is doing some things that I think will revolutionize the Black Press as we know it,” said Cooper. “From its digital evolution to the 360 degree integration approach it is serving clients, Real Times Media is creating a platform simply not found in Black media today. I’m ecstatic to be partnering with the company in these early stages and am confident that together we are going to create something amazing.” Founded in 2006, the Real Times Media family of companies includes Who’s Who Publishing Company, the premiere platform for celebrating African-American achievement; Atlanta Daily World (www.ADWNews. com), Chicago Defender (www.ChicagoDefender.com), Michigan Chronicle (www.MichiganChronicle.com), FrontPage Detroit (www.FrontPageDetroit.com), Memphis Tri-State Defender (www.TSDMemphis.com), and New Pittsburgh Courier (www.NewPittsburghCourier. com). Also, RTM Digital Studios, an archival image
Black Voices.com founder Barry Cooper is lending his expertise to Real Times Media as it focuses on transitioning its traditional Black Press properties into digital contenders for urban news, lifestyle information, and entertainment. licensing arm that houses more than 2 million photos, articles and other artifacts documenting the past 100 years of the African-American experience.
Russell Siblings, George McKerrow Go Into GSU 2013 Hall of Fame
African Americans working for the agency. In fact, he says Blacks were not allowed to drive county vehicles until several years after he started. Simms worked in numerous positions during his 42-year tenure. “Throughout the years, he proved time and again that he was a valuable asset to the county and members of the community,” county officials said. He worked for six Fulton County sheriffs and Sheriff Ted Jackson twice, as he was interim sheriff in 2004. Sheriff Jackson said, “Simms will always be part of this organization.” Sgt. Carl Simms
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Sgt. Carl Simms, after 42 yeas, has retired from the Fulton County Sheriff ’s Office. A special retirement celebration was held recently at the Fulton County Public Safety Training Center in College Park. Sgt. Simms began his career with the agency in April of 1971 when there were few
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Donata Russell Major, CEO, Concessions International LLC; George McKerrow Jr., president and CEO, Ted’s Montana Grill; H. Jerome Russell, president, H. J. Russell & Company; and Michael Russell, CEO, H. J. Russell and Company will be inducted into the Business Hall of Fame at Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business. Robinson’s Business Hall of Fame is the highest honor given by the college to business leaders in recognition of their accomplishments in industry, as well as their contributions to the community. “Donata, Jerome and Michael have been tremendously successful as business and civic leaders, and personify the spirit of the Business Hall of Fame,” said Robinson College Dean H. Fenwick Huss. “Their accomplishments are substantial, as is their civic commitment. They have also significantly built on the legacy of their father, Herman J. Russell, who was one of our first inductees back in 1985.” “George has demonstrated a passion and expertise in the restaurant business for more than 40 years, and has introduced innovation to that industry throughout his career,” said Huss. “He possesses the key ingredients to succeed in business and in life, and will make a wonderful addition to our Hall of Fame.” The four will be inducted at a dinner on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at the St. Regis Atlanta. Now in its 29th year, the Business Hall of Fame was begun in 1985.
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With the addition of Major, McKerrow, Russell and Russell, there will be 79 inductees. Atlanta Daily World Publisher M. Alexis Scott was inducted into the Hall in 2007.
July 18 - 24, 2013
Alabama to Face Virginia Tech in Georgia United Wins AAU Title For Third Consecutive Year Sold-Out Georgia Dome
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The highly-anticipated college football rematch between reigning national champion Alabama and Virginia Tech is now a sellout. Chick-fil-A Bowl officials announced the game and both teams have completely sold through their allotment of tickets for the Georgia Dome showdown. “The Georgia Dome is always an exciting place to play and a sold-out Georgia Dome is going to be very special,” said Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer. Despite ticket allotments being sold out, fans looking to get to the game still have great ticket package options available through PrimeSport, the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game’s Official Ticket Exchange and VIP Hospitality provider. “This is a nationally compelling matchup with two legendary coaches, passionate fan bases and perennial top-10 teams in the country,” said Chick-fil-A Bowl President and CEO Gary Stokan. “For Alabama this is a chance to start another championship run, to make history and go for the three-peat. For Virginia Tech, you can’t make much bigger of a statement than knocking off number one.” The teams, who last met in 2009 when the #5 Crimson Tide defeated the #7 Hokies 3424 in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, will face off again at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31 to open the 2013 college football season. Since the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game began in 2008, the two matchups between Alabama and Virginia Tech (2009 and 2013) represent
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Editor’s Note: This article, the first of an 11-part series on race, is sponsored by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation and was originally published by the Washington Monthly Magazine. Photos from www.slaverybyanothername.com.
America’s Twentieth-Century Slavery
The horrifying, little-known story of how hundreds of thousands of Blacks worked in brutal bondage right up until World War II.
the two fastest sellouts in the game’s history. The teams will be competing for the game’s coveted Old Leather Helmet
Trophy. “We are looking forward to another great game and we have a lot of respect for Coach Beamer and Virginia Tech,” said Nick Saban, Alabama head coach. “We’ve had the opportunity to open the season twice before in Atlanta, and the experience has been extremely positive for our team and our fans. The Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in the Georgia Dome is a great venue for college football. It has a bowl game feel, and the staff has done an outstanding job of making it a first-class event.” “Playing in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game creates a very exciting environment for the fans and players of both teams,” said Jim Weaver, Virginia Tech athletics director. “We look forward to opening the season with the defending National Champions in a sold-out Georgia Dome.” In its third Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game appearance, Alabama will look not only to increase its record to 3-0, but will also look to secure a victory that could prove to be imperative in appearing in its third consecutive national championship game. For Virginia Tech, a victory against topranked Alabama would immediately thrust the Hokies into the national spotlight and set them up for a championship run of their own.
By Douglas A. Blackmon On July 31, 1903, a letter addressed to President Theodore Roosevelt arrived at the White House. It had been mailed from the town of Bainbridge, Ga., the prosperous seat of a cotton county perched on the Florida state line.
perversion of the courts, or human trafficking -- as horrifying as, or worse than, Carrie Kinsey’s tale. It is the same in the next box on the shelf. And the one before. And the ones on either side of those. And the next and the next. And on and on. Thousands and thousands of plaintive letters and grimly bureaucratic responses -altogether at least 30,000 pages of original material -- chronicle cases of forced labor and involuntary servitude in the South decades after the end of the Civil War.
Reconstruction and Re-enslavement A cry for help: Having exhausted all other options, a desperate young woman named Carrie Kinsey wrote this letter directly to President Theodore Roosevelt asking him to help her brother, who had been taken to a forced labor camp nearby. “Let me have him,” she writes. “He have not don nothing for them to hase him in chanes.” The Georgia United basketball team recently captured the 2013 AAU 7th Grade National Championship in Memphis, Tenn. The two-time defending State AAU champions went 8-0 to win the week-long competition featuring 87 Division I teams. Pictured are (bottom row, from left) Travis Anderson II, Mandarius Dickerson; Chase Fiddler, Rodney Lewis Jr., Myles Beleyu, Kennedy Minx-Rogers, Malik McClain, Realus George Jr., Corderius Hastings, Eric Ross II, James Lewis, Daviyon Dennis, Rapheal Rogers, Gavin Lewis, and coaches Tee Cofer, Rodney Lewis, Scott Beleyu and Eric Ross.
The sender was a barely literate African-American woman named Carrie Kinsey. With little punctuation and few capital letters, she penned the bare facts of the abduction of her 14-year-old brother, James Robinson, who a year earlier had been sold into involuntary servitude. Kinsey had already asked for help from the powerful White people in her world. She knew where her brother had been taken -- a vast plantation not far away called Kinderlou. There, hundreds of Black men and boys were held in chains and forced to labor in the fields or in one of several factories owned by the McRee family, one of the wealthiest and most powerful in Georgia. No White official in this corner of the state would take an interest in the abduction and enslavement of a Black teenager. Confronted with a world of indifferent White people, Kinsey did the only remaining thing she could think of. Newspapers across the country had recently reported on a speech by Roosevelt promising a “square deal” for Black Americans. Kinsey decided that her only remaining hope was to beg the president of the United States to help her brother. “Mr. Prassident,” she wrote. “They wont let me have him.... He hase not don nothing for them to have him in chanes so I rite to you for your help.” Considered more than a century later, her letter courses with desperation and submerged outrage. Yet when received at the White House, it was slipped into a small rectangular folder and forwarded to the Department of Justice. There, it was tagged with a reference number, 12007, and filed away. Teddy Roosevelt never saw it. No action was taken. Her words lie still at the National Archives just outside Washington, D.C. As dumbfounding as the story told by the Carrie Kinsey letter is, far more remarkable is what surrounds that letter at the National Archives. In the same box that holds her grief-stricken missive are at least half a dozen other pieces of correspondence recounting other stories of kidnapping,
By the first years after 1900, tens of thousands of African-American men and boys, along with a smaller number of women, had been sold by southern state governments. An exponentially larger number, of whom surviving records are painfully incomplete, had been forced into labor through county and local courts, backwoods justices of the peace, and outright kidnapping and trafficking. The total number of those re-enslaved in the 75 years between the end of the Civil War and the beginning of World War II can’t be precisely determined, but based on the records that do survive, we can safely say it happened to hundreds of thousands. How many more African Americans circumscribed their lives in dramatic ways, or abandoned all to flee the South entirely, to avoid that fate or mob violence? It is impossible to know. Millions. Generations.
national narrative. That the thrilling events depicted in Steven Spielberg’s recent film Lincoln -- the heroic, frenzied campaign by Abraham Lincoln leading to passage of the Thirteenth Amendment abolishing slavery -- were in fact later trumped not just by discrimination and segregation but by the resurrection of a full-blown derivative of slavery itself.
Without the Whole Truth, We Live Only in Illusions This story of re-enslavement is irrefutably true, however. Indeed, even as Spielberg’s film conveys the euphoria felt by African Americans and all opposed to slavery upon passage of the amendment in 1865, it also unintentionally foreshadows the demise of that brighter future. On the night of the amendment’s passage in the film, the African-American housekeeper and, as presented in the film, secret lover of the abolitionist Congressman Thaddeus Stevens, played by the actress S. Epatha Merkerson, reads the amendment aloud. First, the sweeping banishment of slavery. And then, an often overlooked but powerful prepositional phrase: “except as a punishment for crime.”
Punishment for Crime
This is not an easy story for Americans to receive, much less accept. The idea that not just civil rights but basic freedom itself was denied to an enormous population of African Americans until the middle of the twentieth century fits nowhere in the triumphalist, steady-progress, greatest-generations accounts we prefer for our
During this time, some actual criminals were sold into slavery, and a small percentage of them were White. But the vast majority were Black men accused of trivial or trumped-up crimes. Compelling evidence indicates that huge numbers had in fact committed no offense whatsoever. As the system grew, countless White farmers and businessmen jostled to “lease” as many Black “criminals” as they could. Soon, huge numbers of other African Americans were simply being kidnapped and sold into slavery.
After the return of nearly complete White political control in 1877, the passage of those laws accelerated. Some, particularly those that explicitly said they applied only to African Americans, were struck down in court appeals or through federal interventions, but new statutes embracing the same strictures on Black life quickly replaced them. Most of the new laws were written as if they applied to everyone, but in reality, they were overwhelmingly enforced only against African Americans. And that’s how it happened. Within a few years of the passage of these laws, tens of thousands of Black men and boys, and a smaller number of Black women, were being arrested and sold into forced labor camps by state officials, local judges, and sheriffs.
A few weeks after the publication of my book, the great-great-granddaughter of a White industrialist and enslaver of thousands in Atlanta wrote me to describe her pain at discovering a personal connection to these events -- and the importance of not looking away from them. “We did not know of any of this before,” she wrote. “But I believe that the ghosts of slavery and racism and the terrorism inflicted within our own country must not be hidden away but brought out into the open. ... Without the whole truth, we live only in illusions.” Douglas A. Blackmon is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Slavery by Another Name: The Re-enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II.” He teaches at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center and is a contributing editor at The Washington Post. This article, the first of an 11-part series on race, is sponsored by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation and was originally published by the Washington Monthly Magazine.
Peachtree Village International Film Festival Sets Lineup Special to ADW
The 8th Annual Peachtree Village International Film Festival has announced its programming for its 2013 schedule that runs Aug. 23 – 25 at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Atlanta. Highlights include a mix of interactive workshops and informative panel discussions conducted by prominent industry professionals. The festival also will produce a special opening night concert featuring notable names from hip-hop, past and present. “We are excited to once again present another great weekend for creative talent in the southeast,” said Festival CEO Len Gibson. “Our festival this year will feature multi-tier offerings that will cover virtually every area of entertainment from film to music, to new media and more. We are looking forward to producing our first concert, which brings an added-dimension to our festival. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the VH1 Save the Music Foundation, which promotes the positive effects music education has on childhood development and academic performance.” The festival concert will feature a musical lineup that includes, The Alumni Featuring: Chubb Rock, Dana Dane, Kwame, Special Ed & Greg Nice, Lyfe Jennings, “X-Factor” finalist Astro, Rich Kidz and The Mad Violinist. The concert will be held in the Capitol Ballroom at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Atlanta. For ticket information, visit www. pviff.com. Other highlights for festival include the always popular panel, “How To Get Your Project Greenlit” and the immensely popular “Cast Me If You Can,” a new actor’s audition clinic titled “Are Small Roles…Really Small” facilitated by renown casting agent Twinkie Bryd. Other special guests include: comedian/actor Anthony Anderson;
veteran director, Matty Rich (“The Inkwell,” “Straight Out of Brooklyn”); actress Camille Winbush; celebrated actress from the hit 70’s show “What’s Happening,” Danielle Spencer; legendary actor Ernest Thomas; legendary actor Joe Morton; and network executives from Bravo, A&E and VH1, among others. “This year’s festival keeps pace with the quality that PVIFF has become known for,” says co-founder James “JB” Brown. “We are always looking for additional partnerships that will bring additional value to our audience, and we’re close to finalizing some additional attractions for this year’s festival, so stay tuned.” The 2013 Peachtree Village International Festival is sponsored by: SIMERY Credit Reporting Agency, Starbucks, Radio One, Luna Guitars and more. This year’s Brand Ambassadors also include actors Brad James from the television series “For Better or Worse” and the movie “Parental Guidance” and Darrin Henson, best known for his role as Lem Van Adams on Showtime’s “Soul Food.” Other confirmed celebrities appearing this year include Vivica A. Fox and Joe Clair, just to name a few. Established in 2006, the core mission of the PVIFF is to promote cultural diversity within the arts. Through its film showcases and programming, it annually introduces the top echelon of emerging artists to the entertainment industry. The Peachtree International Film Festival is a property of GIPP Museums Inc., an Atlanta-based non-profit founded by Len Gibson (CEO). For tickets and more details about this year’s festival, visit www.pviff.com.
July 18 - 24, 2013
Office of Cultural Affairs Announces New Grant Application Process Special to ADW
The Office of Cultural Affairs recently announced a new grant application process that will allow applicants to submit their applications electronically. As part of the improved process, the Office of Cultural Affairs Contracts for Arts Services program released the 2013-2014 guidelines on a new online application platform. This platform will make the application process less labor-intensive for potential grantees, saving hours of time and an estimated 30,000 sheets of paper per year. “We are pleased to streamline the Contracts for Arts Services application process,” said Camille Russell Love, director of the Office of Cultural Affairs. “The new online application platform will make the process efficient for both our applicants and staff, while aligning with Mayor Kasim Reed’s customer service and sustainability goals.” Each year, contracts are awarded to non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations and individual artists based and producing work in the City of Atlanta. Contracts are awarded in the following categories: • Major Arts Organizations • Arts Organizations • Community Cultural Development Organizations • Individual Artist Projects • Emerging Artist Award As part of the online application process, all applicants to the program are required to attend one of several workshops scheduled in July and August. Applications are due on Aug. 26. For more information, including access to the guidelines and applications, visit the Office of Cultural Affairs website.
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Acclaimed Film and TV Producer Roger Bobb Pledges Support to Help Save Theater of the Stars Despite a pledge of substantial support by Roger Bobb -- a nationally-acclaimed film and television producer and president and CEO of BobbCat Films, an Atlanta-based production company -- The Save the Theater of the Stars campaign did not reach its phase 1 goal of $500,000 by July 1. The company is pursuing intermediary plans, and the fundraising efforts will continue. Donations can be made by visiting www.theateroftheRoger Bobb stars.com or by calling 404252-8960. To that end, the company has cancelled “Dreamgirls.” Theater of the Stars is in discussions with investors to support the production of “The Little Mermaid.” Theater of the Stars is reviewing its options regarding “Anything Goes.” On July 15, The Fox Theatre terminated its lease with Theater of the Stars and both parties agreed to move forward with an at-will usage arrangement. The termination of the lease allows The Fox Theatre to begin to fill the vacancies created by the cancellation of “Dreamgirls”. Information regarding the refund of single tickets for Dreamgirls can be found by visiting the Fox Theatre website at www.foxtheatre.org.
July 18 - 24, 2013
Will Packer Talks about Benefits of Technology on Entertainment
By Diane Larche’ Special to the ADW Will Packer, co founder of Atlanta-based Rain Forest Films and producer of mega hit films like” Stomp the Yard” and “Think Like a Man,” teamed up with R & B Grammy Award-winning singer Chrisette Michele for a special Verizon media dinner and Q & A session at the legendary Dooky Chase restaurant during the recent Essence Festival. “Think about what is happening with technology today, said Torod Neptune, Verizon’s vice president of corporate communications. “In the last 10 years, mobile is the most significant innovation that’s taken place. Five or 10 years ago, what was considered innovative was to send a text message.” Today, not only are millions texting, but for Will Packer, who just signed a major deal with Universal Television to produce new projects and who has four major projects coming out in 2014, technology allows him to do his job producing movies in a more efficient and time-effective way. His new films to be released include “Ride Along,” a comedy featuring comedian/actor Kevin Hart and Ice Cube; “No Good Deed,” starring Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson; the all Black remake of “About Last Night” with Kevin Hart and Michael Ealy; as well as “Think Like A Man Part II.” “We shoot a scene, and it literally took about 24 to 48 hours -- period,” said Packer, a Florida A & M University alum, who started his company with Rob Hardy while students there. “Now, we shoot something this morning and by that afternoon, it is on my smartphone,” he said. “It is encrypted and protected and all the precautions are taken. That is where technology has come. “ For Michele, technology and social media helps her connect with her fans. She has more than 417,000 followers on Twitter. “Technology has helped me to connect with all of
these people that I didn’t realize would want to hear what I say,” she said. “It allows me to say ‘hello’ to everybody.” In the past, artists were saddled with cost-prohibitive methods of “getting the word out” about their projects and their music, but today, technology has made it easier to do their work. “Hand us a camera, and now we plug up to this and plug up to that,” she said. “Now we are able to be creative ... make things ourselves to put something out there,” Michele said. “We may not have to spend the $250,000 that artists used to spend on music videos. Now we can pay about 5G, and we shot things on phones. It puts the power back into the entrepreneurs’ hands.” For Packer, who just signed a major deal with Universal to produce movies for the organization, new technology helps him to do his job quickly and with ease. “When you think of Verizon you don’t think about an entertainment company supporting the arts,” Packer said. Years ago, “you had to have hundreds of thousands to be a player to even be part of the conversation. Companies like Verizon allow those barriers to be brought down. Now you have artists who maybe don’t have a lot of capital, who can now have their voices heard.” Neptune said Verizon has “Innovative Labs” in Massachusetts and the Bay area and is inviting technology people to “come in and create anything you want off our network. The requirement is to solve some societal problem. If you can use our network and build a life- or world-changing innovation, we will pay you up to $10 million.”
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The death of Trayvon Martin shows that we must all work harder to shed the dangerous stereotypes that can have devastating consequences for individuals, families and our society.” Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed
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“Reactions to Zimmerman Verdict Are Swift and Strong”
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Editor’s Note: Reaction to George Zimmerman’s not guilty verdict has been steady and strong. Social media, radio and television have been flooded by athletes, celebrities and various talking heads voicing degrees of displeasure that range from disappointed to apoplectic. Public reaction began almost immediately after a Sanford, Fla., jury found George Zimmerman not guilty in his second-degree murder trial for the death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin. Leaders in politics, civil rights and community organizations have expressed their feelings on the verdict and on possible future action on behalf of Martin and his family. Below are selected quotes from leaders in Georgia and around the country in response to the case’s outcome.
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July 18 - 24, 2013
I am now more committed than ever to bring reform to the criminal justice system. Too many Black men are caught up in the criminal justice system. We must look at new bold solutions to ensure that more Black men live productive lives. John Eaves, chairman Fulton County Commission
It is time for elected officials and activists to redouble our efforts to create a just and fair society in Georgia and around the country. We must revisit racial profiling and Stand Your Ground laws and we must fight for common sense gun safety laws.” GA. Sen. Vincent Fort, Whip for the Georgia Senate Democratic Caucus.
On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, I think it demonstrates the distance this nation still must go to fulfill the vision of equal justice Martin Luther King Jr. gave his life to defend. I hope this verdict will serve to open some kind of meaningful dialogue on the issues of race and justice in America.” “I call upon you all to continue to use the power of peace and non-violent strategies to make your voices heard. Peaceful ends require the use of peaceful means because, in the final analysis, we all live in the same house, one house, the world house. We are one people, one family, the human family, and we must be reminded of what Martin Luther King Jr. once said even when we disagree with the actions of others. “We must learn to live together as brothers and sisters’, he said, “or we will all perish as fools.” John Lewis, Congressman 5th District of Georgia
“In a real sense the verdict was like the pulling of the scab of the wound of racism that was the result of the loss of Emmitt Till, Corey Ward, Oscar Grant....As a Black man what do we tell or sons. If you commit no crime, if you walk to the store, you too can end up dead for no reason? Is this really America where the victim in the case, Trayvon Martin was put on trial and found guilty of his own murder? We must do better” Former Atlanta City Councilman and Community Activist Derrick Boazman
George Zimmerman ended Trayvon’s life, but he will not and cannot terminate our unceasing quest to be respected as human beings. We join with the NAACP and other civil rights groups in requesting the United States Department of Justice to continue its investigation into whether Zimmerman violated Trayvon’s civil rights when he spewed profanity, followed Trayvon after being told by a police dispatcher not to do so, and fired the fatal shot that killed Trayvon’s dreams and those of his family. Cloves Campbell, chairman National Newspaper Publishers Association
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“On behalf of our 265,000 members worldwide, we offer sympathy and comfort to Sabrina Fulton and Tracy Martin on the devastating loss of their son. We know that the trial’s outcome only magnified their grief. Hopefully, the national outcry and the attendant words of sympathy will uplift them through this tragedy.” “While we accept the verdict and respect the judicial system and the process, this decision also supports the urgent need to continue the dialogue regarding race, racial profiling and the senseless killings of young black teenagers. We also need to focus on finding solutions to violence in our society as a whole.” Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority’s International President Carolyn House Stewar Marian Wright Edelman Let us refuse to be silent. If Trayvon Martin’s parents had been silent and other voices had not joined with them, George Zimmerman never would have been arrested and never would have been brought to trial. Let us continue to refuse to be silent until all the George Zimmermans of this world are deterred and held accountable for vigilante justice against Black males. Let us refuse to be silent until the killing of Black mothers’ sons is as important as the killing of White mothers’ sons. Only then will we have a post-racial America.
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Lesson from this trial. If someone is following you and you feel threatened, call the police and keep your phone on. Parents, warn your children. Racial profiling is real. Janice L. Mathis, Vice President SE Regional Rainbow/PUSH Coalition
“This case reminds us that it is imperative that the Department of Justice thoroughly examine whether the Martin shooting was a federal civil rights violation or hate crime. We call on Attorney General Eric Holder to release strengthened guidance on the use of race in federal law enforcement. We also urge Congress to pass the End Racial Profiling Act. These specific actions would go a long way to ameliorate the widespread problem of racial profiling. We need solutions not only in Trayvon Martin’s case, but also systemic reform.” Anthony D. Romero, American Civil Liberties Union Executive Director
This verdict tells every American that the justice system has a long way to go in order to bring about a trust factor within our African American community which is very imperative at this time,” says Steele, an SCLC President Emeritus and the Chief Executive Officer. “We as African Americans know the history of this country, and we know the history of the terrorist attacks of the KKK and other right wing organizations. SCLC CEO Charles Steele
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July 18 - 24, 2013
Ambassador Andrew Young (left) enjoys the reception with the Rev. Gerald Durley before the recent screening of his latest Andrew Young Presents documentary “1963, the Year that Changed America.”
Clark Atlanta University President Carlton Brown (from left), his wife LaVerne Brown, National Center for Civil and Human Rights Vice President Scarlet Pressley Brown and her husband Wendell Brown were among the guests at the screening.
Former Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell and his wife Sharon were also in the audience at Georgia Public Broadcasting for the screening.
Jennifer and Curley Dossman, chair of the Georgia Pacific Foundation and chair of the 100 Men of America, were among the audience attending the world premiere of “Shakin’ the Rafters,” produced by True Colors Theatre Company.
John Pearson (from left), his wife Monica Pearson, retired WSB-TV anchor and True Colors board member, and Backstory Entertainment CEO Brian McKissick enjoyed the reception before the play at the 14th Street Playhouse.
Vocalist Sheila Wheat and her husband True Colors Artist in Residence Patdro Harris were on hand for the play. For tickets: www.truecolorstheatre.org or 1-877-725-8849.
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