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East Point’s Salute to the Red, White, & Blue Hometown Celebration The event features a carnival, fireworks and more. Grab your front row seat for the spectacular East Point, Ga.
University of Georgia Study Finds Low Civic Involvement in Georgia By Charlotte Roy ADW Managing Editor
Fourth of July in Atlanta offers a host of traditional activities through which visitors and residents alike can celebrate the nation’s birthday! Along with a burgeoning slate of barbecue and concert options annually, fireworks remain the marquee attraction on July 4th, and Atlanta offers no shortage of locales that wow.
Centennial Olympic Park Centennial Olympic Park illuminates the skies over downtown Atlanta with a vibrant firework display each Fourth of July. Enjoy food and fun from noon until night at Centennial Olympic Park. Bring the entire family for a day of fun, food and the celebration of freedom! Relax on the Great Lawn or splash around the Fountain of Rings, while children enjoy face painting, arts and crafts, inflatables and more. Free musical performances featuring local bands and famous headliners precede the AirTran Airways Fireworks Spectacular, Atlanta’s best fireworks display synchronized to a special selection of patriotic music. Lenox Square For more than a half a century, Lenox Square has celebrated in grand tradition with activities for the entire family, including games for children, musical entertainment, food concessions and the largest fireworks display in the Southeast. Everyone is invited to Lenox Square to experience Atlanta’s historic celebration!
July 4 - 10, 2013
A Host of Metro Atlanta Events Offered for Yankee Doodle Dandies!
Peachtree Road Race Be one of 150,000 spectators cheering on the 55,000 participants in the nation’s second-largest race. The Peachtree Road Race takes place along the course’s 10-kilometer route from Peachtree Road at Lenox Square mall to Piedmont Park beginning at 6:45 a.m.
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fireworks! Don’t miss one of the best fireworks shows in Atlanta. Bring the family down to ride to the top of the Ferris wheel, take a spin on the carousel and bite into a mustard-covered corndog at one of the oldest and largest south Fulton County celebrations. Before the fireworks, big appetites meet their match at watermelon-eating and pie-eating contests, vendors sell funnel cakes and bands rock the evening. When the exploding blossoms of reds, golds, blues and greens fire into the sky above East Point, all eyes are on the heavens and hearts thump to a synchronized musical score. 2757 Main Street East Point, GA 30344, located across from the East Point MARTA station and East Point City Hall. The celebration will take place from 5 - 11 p.m., with the fireworks show starting at 9:30 p.m. 4th of July on Marietta Square Entertainment schedule: All day Arts & Crafts Show • Marietta Freedom Parade, 10 a.m. • Festival, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. •Scott Thompson concert, 12 p.m. • Bell Ringing ceremony, 2 p.m. • Float contest awards, 2:15 p.m. •Greg Bates concert, 8 p.m. • Fireworks, dark Stone Mountain Park Fantastic Fourth Celebration Don’t miss the 46th Annual Fantastic Fourth Celebration! The Atlanta Journal-Constitution readers have voted Stone Mountain Park as the best place in Atlanta to enjoy fireworks during the Fourth of July holiday. Enjoy the Lasershow Spectacular in Mountainvision followed by a special, patriotic fireworks finale on two nights! Included with $10 daily parking permit or $35 annual parking permit.
A new study that experts agree has “created a lot more questions than answers” says Georgia has one of the nation’s lowest levels of civic involvement in activities such as voting and volunteering. The University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government headed the project with several partner organizations to measure how much the state’s Milton Little citizens participate in their communities. They came up with a Georgia Civic Health Index that found communities in the state tend to lag below the national average when it comes to voter turnout and attendance at public meetings. Other indicators, such as interactions with neighbors, were about average. W. Dennis Epps, deputy director of the UGA institute, says he thinks state and local officials will use the results to work “This was a glance toward doing a better job of at the issue that we engaging Georgia citizens. hope will produce But in a recent interview more in-depth with the Atlanta Daily World, Epps noted that the sample review and a size for the study, which used call to action.” Census Bureau statistics, was quite small. “This report was -said Epps meant to be a conversation starter for government and civic organizations,” he said. “This was a glance at the issue that we hope will produce more in-depth review and a call to action.” “I find these study results extremely surprising,” said United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta head Milton Little. “Particularly since we are an organization that depends on thousands of volunteers that run and lead our programs successfully. This certainly bears more study.” Rebecca Rice, of the Georgia Family Connection Partnership, participated in analyzing the study results. She said that while the study did not break down the minority community into specific ethnicities, the percentages of civic involvement of minority and majority communities was essentially equal. However, she notes that urban civic activity, particularly among those with moderate to higher incomes, tended to be generally more active. “There are greater opportunities, more engagement and better outcomes in the larger urban areas,” she said. The urban communities were also more likely to reach out in a general way to assist with city-wide problems, while rural groups were more hands on and relied on neighborhood networking and individual support of one another, she noted. “Don’t forget that the study also included the millennial population,” she said, ruefully. “Sadly, we are a problematic group that is uniquely passive and disengaged.” The Census Bureau produces the numbers for analysis annually, Epps said, which allows regular updates and ongoing discussion.
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July 4 - 10, 2013 NOMINATION FORM
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Valerie Montgomery Rice, M.D.to Head Morehouse School of Medicine By ADW Staff
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Morehouse School of served in numerous leadMedicine (MSM) President ership positions at some of John E. Maupin Jr., D.D.S. the nation’s most prestigious has announced his planned academic and health instituretirement, closing a celetions. Dr. Montgomery Rice brated tenure and an over received an undergraduate 30-year accomplished career degree in chemistry from in academic medicine, Georgia Institute of Techhealthcare administration nology, a medical degree and public health. from Harvard Medical Effective July 1, 2014, afSchool, and completed her ter the end of the upcoming training in obstetrics and academic year, Dr. Maupin gynecology at Emory Uniwill be succeeded by Valerie versity Medical School and Montgomery Rice, M.D., a reproductive endocrinology Harvard-educated obstetriand infertility at Hutzel cian and gynecologist, who Valerie Montgomery Rice, M.D. Hospital in Detroit. was named as executive vice A renowned infertility president and dean in 2011. expert and nationally recognized clinical With this announcement, Dr. Montgomery scientist, Dr. Montgomery Rice also served Rice becomes the nation’s first African-American on numerous professional and scientific woman to lead a free-standing medical school as advisory panels, national industry boards chief executive officer. and authored more than 50 medical research A native of Macon, Ga., Dr. Montgomery Rice, articles.
Tyrone Brooks to Stay in Office Despite Indictments
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Call For Nominations The Atlanta Daily World’s Pastors Salute celebrates men and women who exceed their responsibilities as pastors and encourages others through their leadership and active participation in the religious community. For their success as dedicated spiritual teachers and leaders, the Atlanta Daily World readership is encouraged to submit nominations for this prestigious award. We honor these men and women for upholding a tremendous foundation and faithfully supporting our religious leaders. Not only are they gracious supporters, they also lead their congregations with charisma, poise and eminence. In 100 words or less, please tell us about your pastor and why you think he/she should be selected to be honored during this year’s Pastors Salute.
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State Rep. Tyrone Brooks will not be removed from office although he faces indictments on several federal charges. A review commission appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal unanimously decided to allow Brooks to remain in his position. According to a statement released by the Office of the Governor, the “commission unanimously determined that the indictment against Brooks does not relate to his Tyrone Brooks duties as a state representative.” Brooks was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges that he misappropriated almost $1 million in charitable funds from Universal Humanities, a charity he founded in 1990, and the Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials (GABEO). Gov. Nathan Deal appointed state House
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Minority Leader Stacey Abrams (D-Atlanta) and state Senate Minority Leader Steve Henson (D-Tucker) to join Attorney General Sam Olens on a panel that would determine whether or not to suspend Brooks from office. Charges filed against Brooks by the U.S. Attorney’s Office triggered a provision in the state constitution that required a panel of the state attorney general and a gubernatorial appointment of one House and one Senate member to rule on an indicted legislator’s fitness to serve in office. Brooks will still face charges in a 30-count indictment handed down by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for mail fraud, wire fraud and filing false tax returns.
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States Plan Quick Action on Election Laws By Bill Barrow Associated Press
Across the South, Republicans are working to take advantage of a new political landscape after a divided U.S. Supreme Court freed all or part of 15 states, many of them in the old Confederacy, from having to ask Washington’s permission before changing election procedures in jurisdictions with histories of discrimination. After the high court announced its momentous ruling Tuesday, officials in Texas and Mississippi pledged to immediately implement laws requiring voters to show photo identification before getting a ballot. North Carolina Republicans promised they would quickly try to adopt a similar law. Florida now appears free to set its early voting hours however Gov. Rick Scott and the GOP Legislature please. And Georgia’s most populous county likely will use county commission districts that Republican state legislators drew over the objections of local Democrats. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the 5-4 opinion that struck down as outdated a key provision of the landmark 1965 law credited with ensuring ballot access to millions of Black Americans, American Indians and other minorities. Southern Republicans largely hailed Roberts’ opinion as recognition of racial
progress since President Lyndon Johnson signed the law at the apex of the civil rights movement. “Over the last half-century, Georgia has reformed, and our state is a proud symbol of progress,’’ Gov. Nathan Deal said. ``Today’s decision guarantees that Georgia will be treated like every other state -- a right we have earned.” Democrats and civil rights attorneys lambasted the ruling as a setback for the very advancement Republicans highlighted, and the dissenters predicted a proliferation of laws designed to curtail minority participation in elections. For five decades, the law required that certain states and localities with a history of discrimination submit all of their election laws -- from new congressional district maps to the precinct locations and voting hours -- to Justice Department lawyers for approval. Congress reauthorized the law multiple times, the latest in 2006 with overwhelming bipartisanship capped by a 98-0 Senate vote. Justice Department attorneys have used Section 5 in multiple cases to block voter identification laws, saying they discriminate against minority and poor voters who are less likely to have the required government-issued documents.
Former Grady Hospital Employee Indicted for Embezzlement
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Donald Thomas, the former assistant controller for the Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation, was recently indicted by a federal grand jury for embezzling over $450,000 in public funds. “Thomas is charged with stealing from a hospital that serves the healthcare needs of thousands of people in the Atlanta community and beyond,” said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates. “Because Grady relies on federal funding to provide medical care to those who cannot afford it, money embezzled from Grady cheats both Grady patients and taxpayers.” Mark F. Giuliano, special agent in charge of the FBI Atlanta Field Office, stated: “The FBI launched its criminal investigation into this matter after receiving information that Thomas, a person in a position of trust at Grady Memorial Hospital, was abusing that position and, in fact, embezzling hospital funds.” Grady is one of the largest public health systems in the United States and oversees Grady Memorial Hospital, the largest hospital in Georgia. Grady relies significantly on federal funding, including Medicare reimbursement and grants. The indictment alleges that, beginning in January 2008, Thomas used his access to Grady’s payroll system to fabricate additional compensation, such as vacation pay and severance pay, to be issued to terminated Grady employees. Thomas then allegedly altered
payroll records so that the additional payments were deposited directly into accounts under his control. According to the indictment, the scheme came to light when a former Grady employee expressed concern that her 2011 W-2 tax form indicated a larger amount of compensation from Grady than she had actually earned or received. Further investigation revealed that her payroll records had been altered and additional pay in her name had been deposited into an account controlled by Thomas. The indictment states that at least 20 former Grady employees received inaccurate tax forms as a result of Thomas’s alleged crimes.
July 4 - 10, 2013
D.C. Symposium Focused on Helping Black Male Teens
Fulton County Breaks Ground on Aviation Community Cultural Center
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The Fulton County Board of Commissioners recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Fulton County Aviation Community Cultural Center, scheduled to open in May 2014 in south Fulton. The center has been designed as a community gathering place focusing on the history of North American Aviation, training for aviation careers, visual and performing arts. Pictured here are (from left) David Ware, Fulton interim county manager; Melody Harclerode, architect, Harclerode Architects; Paul Monardo, architect, Pond & Company Architects; Wilford Ray, program manager, Matrix/3D; David Ricks, Fulton director of Facilities & Transportation Services; Commissioner William “Bill” Edwards; Commissioner Emma I. Darnell; Dr. Ruth Hilson Pace, Fulton County Arts Council Member District 5; Commissioner Rob Pitts; Lisa Tuttle, interim director of Fulton County Arts & Culture; Paul Singh, president, SoCo Contracting; and Doug Barrett, Fulton County Airport manager.
Mobile Health Unit Launched at Godby Recreation Center College Park Councilman Tracey Wyatt joined United Way CEO Milton Little Jr. and medical professionals from the West End Medical centers as they launched the Mobile Health Unit, at College Park’s Godby Road recreation center last week. The unit operates each Monday, and provides health services for families and individuals in the Old National/ Godby Road corridor. This program is launched as a project of the United Way of Greater Atlanta and the College Park Opportunity Zone Advisory Council, with participation from civic-minded organizations including Tapestry Youth Ministries, Families First and the East Point Community Action Team.
State Rep. Alisha Thomas-Morgan to Speak at Sisters of Today Conference Sisters of Today and Tomorrow (SOT) will host its 6th annual national leadership conference for girls, Wednesday and Thursday, July 10-11, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at Big Bethel Village, 500 Richard Allen Blvd., SW. Georgia State Rep. Alisha Thomas-Morgan will be the opening keynote speaker, kicking off the conference with an inspirational message. “As a faithful SOT supporter, sister-friend, and new-age renaissance leader, Alisha answered our call to be SOT’s opening conference speaker, and we are looking forward to her message,” stated Carla Morrison, conference co-chair and executive director of Sisters of Today and Tomorrow. Registration fees are $100 for both days and $65 for one day. For more information on Sisters of Today and Tomorrow, or to register a young girl, contact Carla Morrison at 404-3192130 or log onto www.sistersoftodayandtomorrow.org.
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students of color spend $733 less per student per year than schools with 90 percent or more White students,” said Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of CDF. “Our nation can ill afford to continuously lose talented students and our future leaders because we failed to act.” While highlighting data from a statistical profile of this key population distributed at the event, Nettles told attendees, “Over the course of his or her lifetime, a single high school dropout costs the nation approximately $260,000 in lost earnings, taxes and productivity. And while the national unemployment rate stood at 8.1 percent in August 2012, joblessness among those without a high school degree measured 12 percent.” The symposium highlighted effective practices schools and communities should focus on to ensure the success of Black males in high school: •Providing rigorous high-quality curriculum and instruction for college and career readiness •Establishing safe, positive, supportive and welcoming school environments •Creating opportunities for youth to build skills and capital for college and career success outside of the classroom
The Atlanta Business League invites you to the 7th Annual
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Tuesday, July 16, 2013
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 For information or Tickets: www.atlantabusinessleague.org • 404.584.8126 Honorary Chairs
Suwanee, Ga. Among Family Circle’s 10 Best Towns For Families Family Circle, the lifestyle magazine that celebrates the health and well-being of family has announces the results of its exclusive survey to identify America’s 10 Best Towns for Families. The seventh annual list reveals the country’s top towns that provide affordable housing options, green public spaces, strong school systems and neighbors to count on. The 10 Best Towns for Families is featured in the August 2013 issue on newsstands July 2 and online at www.FamilyCircle.com/besttowns. The 10 Best Towns for Families (in alphabetical order):
More than 400 thought leaders in education, child advocates, researchers and policymakers from across the nation gathered in Washington, D.C., last week to discuss strategies to close opportunity gaps for the 1.8 million Black teenagers, ages 15–19, living in the United States. Co-sponsored by Education Testing Service (ETS) and the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF), the symposium, Black Male Teens: Moving to Success in the High School Years, focused on highly effective programs that help prepare Black male teens for college, work and productive lives. “Only 52 percent of Black males graduate from high school in four years, compared with 78 percent of White males,” said Michael Nettles, senior vice president of ETS’s Policy Evaluation Research Center. “One in four African-American students attends a dropout factory — a high school where the senior class consists of less than 60 percent of the freshmen who enrolled four years earlier.” “Ensuring a quality education for all children is the unfinished business of the Civil Rights Movement. American schools are failing Black young men, leaving them unprepared for college and career opportunities. Schools with 90 percent or more
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As part of its mission to create an innovative, high-impact and scalable model for preparing students at historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) for leadership positions within the environmental movement, Atlanta-based Fight For Light (FFL) has joined forces with 350.org and Hip Hop Caucus to produce a student video urging President Barack Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline. Just as Obama unveiled a plan for national action on climate change, FFL seeks to make sure the voices of students at HBCUs are heard as the nation begins its environmental transformation. “America’s environmental movement is becoming aware of the need to ensure longevity by deepening engagement within the emerging non-White majority. If America’s environmental movement intends to accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy, it needs a more diverse base of narratives, supporters and solutions,” says FFL co-founder Markese Bryant. FFL is a nonprofit organization created and designed to bridge that divide. As former Morehouse students and Echoing Green fellows, Bryant and co-founder John Jordan are keenly aware of the need to elevate the importance of sustainability work and environmental careers for HBCU students. Specifically, HBCUs could increase their relevance and job placement rates by preparing their students for new opportunities in the emerging clean energy economy, while also playing a significant role in building urban capacity for issues such as climate change resilience. The video is FFL’s first student media project as it amps up programming throughout the Southeast, starting with Atlanta University Center, which includes Morehouse and
Markese Bryant and John Jordan Spelman Colleges and Clark Atlanta University. “With 103 institutions located mostly in low-income African-American communitiesand over 300,000 students, HBCUs are ideally positioned to drive social, environmental, and economic (SEE) innovation within communities of color,” says Bryant. “Harnessing the creativity, optimism, cultural capital and relationships of HBCU students is critical to engaging low income communities and communities of color around sustainability,” he added FFL co-founder Jordan describes FFL’s goal as illuminating the path for HBCUs to move to the forefront of the clean energy economy and prepare students for leadership on environmental issues — while simultaneously putting them on a fast-track toward social impact careers. For more information, visit www.fightforlight.org.
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Legends Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony / Men of Influence Silent Auction / Heavy hors d’oeuvres / Complimentary Wine & Beverages / Men of Influence 2013 - 2014 Directory / Photo opportunities
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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.
Based on the preliminary data released from the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) is listed with the highest summer semester increase in student enrollment among the 25 technical colleges statewide. The college has a total enrollment increase of 17 percent. The number of students taking 12 credit hours or higher increased even greater to 29 percent against the system’s average, which is .7 percent. Under the leadership and direction of GPTC’s new president, Dr. Jabari Simama, the college has refocused itself on new processes and programs to become a Best-In-Class higher education institution. “We are excited about the continued growth of our college,” said Simama. “There is a great need in our community for education, and we are delighted to help more students obtain higher-paying jobs and the American dream.”
June 4 - 10, 2013
Workshop Series Features Patricia Real Times Media Represented at Russell McCloud and British Hill NNPA Convention By ADW Staff
For many people, the thought of speaking before a large audience is bone chilling, yet mastering speech-giving skills is often critical for business and career success. A new interactive workshop series for executives and entrepreneurs called “Creating a Powerful You” will offer public speaking insights and techniques by renowned speaker and author Patricia Russell McCloud and on-air television personality British Hill. Presented by The Jai Agency, a new business consulting and entertainment management/production company based in DeKalb County, the “Creating a Powerful You” workshop series will begin July 25 with the “Be A Power Speaker Behind The Podium” workshop. Designed to dispel common fears and help achieve mastery behind the speaker’s podium, this intimate and interac- Patricia Russell McCloud tive workshop will be conducted by Russell-McCloud, author of the highly acclaimed book, A is for Attitude: An Alphabet for Living. The second in the series on obtaining powerful public speaking and presenting skills “Be a Power Presenter” workshop will feature Hill, a JTV and Home Shopping Network personality and speaker. This workshop will be Sept. 28. A third workshop on becoming a powerful writer is being scheduled for later in the year. The “Be a Power Speaker” workshop costs $99 and will be held Thursday, July 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Moments Venue, located at 4153 Flat Shoals Parkway, Decatur, GA 30034, Bldg. C. Ste. 332. To register, go to www.beapowerspeaker.eventbrite.com. To register for the “Be a Power Presenter” workshop on Sept. 28, which also costs $99, go to British Hill www.beapowerpresenter.eventbrite.com.
Sears, Penney Sever Ties with Paula Deen By ANNE D’INNOCENZIO AP Retail Writer
Paula Deen’s media and merchandising empire is collapsing. Sears, J.C. Penney and Walgreen said Friday that they’re cutting ties with Deen, adding to the growing list of companies severing their relationship following revelations that the Southern celebrity chef used racial slurs in the past. Meanwhile, Deen’s publisher has canceled a deal with her for multiple books, including an upcoming cookbook that was the No. 1 seller on Amazon. com
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Ballantine Books said Friday it would not release Paula Deen’s New Testament: 250 Favorite Recipes, All Lightened Up, which was scheduled for October and was the first of a five-book deal announced early last year. Interest in it had surged as Deen, who grew up in Albany, Ga., and specializes in Southern comfort food, came under increasing attack for acknowledging she had used the N-word. Ballantine, an imprint of Random House Inc., said it decided to cancel the book’s publication after ``careful consideration.’’ It had no comment beyond what was in its brief statement, spokesman Stuart Applebaum said. Sears Holdings Corp. said it will phase out all products tied to the Paula Deen brand after “careful consideration of all available information.’’ “We will continue to evaluate the situation,’’ said the parent company of Sears and Kmart stores. Both Sears and Kmart sold Paula Deen products. In an email statement to The Associated Press, J.C. Penney Co. Inc. said it will stop selling Deen-branded products.
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sionally. And so we’ve agreed that it’s best for me to step back from QVC and focus on setting things right The developments are the latest blows dealt to Deen since comments she made in a court deposition became public. Earlier this week, Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Target Corp. and Home Depot all announced that they plan to stop selling cookware and other items with Deen’s brand. Meanwhile, on Thursday, Novo Nordisk said it and Deen have ``mutually agreed to suspend our patient education activities for now.’’ Deen had been promoting the company’s drug Victoza since last year, when she announced she had Type 2 diabetes. On Monday, pork producer Smithfield Foods dropped her as a spokeswoman. Caesars Entertainment also announced that Paula Deen’s name is being stripped from four buffet restaurants owned by the company. Caesars said that its decision to rebrand its restaurants in Joliet, Ill.; Tunica, Miss.; Cherokee, N.C.; and Elizabeth, Ind., was a mutual one with Deen. Last week, the Food Network said that it would not renew her contract.
Whoopi Goldberg Honored for Moms Mabley Film Actress Whoopi Goldberg has been honored at this year’s Provincetown Film Festival in Massachusetts for her documentary about pioneering comedienne Moms Mabley. The star made her directorial debut with “I Got Somethin’ To Tell You,” about the vaudeville star, which she completed last year with funds pledged by fans via fundraising website Kickstarter.com. Now she’s been recognized for her efforts, earning the John Schlesinger Award at the annual Provincetown festival, which celebrates U.S. and international features, documentaries and short films. The Schlesinger prize is given to firsttime documentary or feature filmmakers. Check out the “I Got Somethin’ To Tell You” Moms Mabley bit that gives the documentary its name: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=LFq-XrXQiVo
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Walgreen Co. said it as phasing out Paula Deen-branded products, which include tortilla chips and a selection of soups. QVC took a more gentle approach on Friday and said that it has decided to ``take a pause’’ from Deen. The home shopping network said that Deen won’t be appearing on any upcoming broadcasts, and it will phase out her product assortment on its online sales channels over the next few months. ``We all think it’s important, at this moment, for Paula, to concentrate on responding to the allegations against her and on her path forward,’’ said Mike George, QVC’s president and CEO in a letter posted on the company’s website. But QVC left the door open for Deen to return. ``Some of you wonder whether this is a `forever’ decision -- whether we are simply ending our association with Paula,’’ continued George. ``We don’t think that’s how relationships work. People deserve second chances.’’ Deen issued her own statement that was posted on QVC’s webpage. ``As you know, I have some important things to work on right now, both personally and profes-
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The Atlanta Business League (ABL) will hold its 2013 ABL Membership Campaign Reception and Member to Member Expo on Tuesday, July 9, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 pm. “The event will allow ABL business members to exhibit their products and services to their peers,” says past ABL Board Chair Thomas W. Dortch Jr. “It will also provide an opportunity for supplier diversity and purchasing managers, organizational leaders and professionals to meet ABL member business owners.” The expo and reception will be at Turner Field’s 755 Club at 755 Hank Aaron Drive, Atlanta, GA 30315. RSVP by July 8 at www.atlantabusinessleague.org.
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Academy Award winner Halle Berry (Best Actress, “Monster’s Ball,” 2001) stars as a veteran 911 operator who takes a life-altering call from a kidnapped teenage girl played by Academy Award nominee Abigail Breslin (Best Supporting Actress, “Little Miss Sunshine,” 2006), in “The Call,” which debuted on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD with UltraViolet on June 25 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. When a terrified kidnap victim (Breslin) calls 911 from the trunk of a madman’s car, Jordan (Berry) realizes she must confront a killer from her past to put an end to the serial killer’s haunting rampage. “The Call” also stars Morris Chestnut (“Identity Thief,” “Think Like A Man”), Michael Imperioli (“The Lovely Bones,” TV’s “The Sopranos”), Michael Eklund (TV’s “Alcatraz”) and WWE star David Otunga. The Blu-ray Combo Pack exclusively features an alternate ending, deleted and extended scenes, Michael Eklund’s audition tape, and two all-new featurettes taking viewers behind the scenes for set tours and stunt breakdowns. Both the Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD come with a making-of featurette, as well as commentary by Berry, Breslin and filmmakers.
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THE MARCH Civil Rights Opera NBCI Calls Supreme Court Project to Stage Performance in D.C. Rulings a Split Victory On Aug. 27 at the historic Metropolitan A.M.E. Church in Washington, D.C. , “THE MARCH Civil Rights Opera” Project will stage a free mass meeting performance called “Prelude to a Dream” to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. “Prelude to a Dream” is a dramatization of the tension and uncertainty during the final preparations for the march and the stories of ordinary Americans who planned to attend the march. “THE MARCH: A Civil Rights Opera” is a new American opera project dramatizing the events surrounding the 1963 March on Washington. “THE MARCH” is being developed in Chicago and will premiere there in the fall of 2014, followed by performances in Washington, D.C. and Atlanta. These mass meetings are based on events during summer of 1963. They feature freedom songs (solos and audience participation), speeches, testimonies and character-driven drama, all happening around the audience. “Prelude to a Dream” is the fourth installment of these mass meetings. “Prelude to a Dream” characters include: Bayard Rustin, A. Philip Randolph, Courland Cox (SNCC), Joyce Ladner (SNCC), Clarence Mitchell (NAACP), Gloria Richardson, Andrew Young (SCLC), Anna
Hedgeman, a Justice Department official, an aide to Archbishop Patrick O’Boyle, an aide to Sen. Strom Thurmond, a captain in the American Nazi Party and a host of other civil rights figures and individual march attendees. After the mass meeting performance, librettist Alan Marshall and composer D.S. Jones will give a preview of the grand finale of “THE MARCH: A Civil Rights Opera.” This Lincoln Memorial scene will include several opera singers portraying characters who delivered speeches at the 1963 march including A. Philip Randolph, John Lewis, Martin Luther King Jr. and Roy Wilkins. The chorus for this scene will be comprised of voices from Metropolitan A.M.E. Church choirs. The event will be held Tuesday, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m. at Metropolitan A.M.E. Church, located at 1518 M St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20005 Admission is free, but a pre-registration ticket is required for entry. To register, visit http://civilrightsopera.ticketleap.com/preludeindc/.
THE HOTTEST THEATRICAL EVENT OF THE SUMMER!
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The National Black not bow down to popular Church Initiative (NBCI), opinion, but will continue a faith-based coalition of to advocate for biblical mar34,000 churches comprised riage between a man and a of 15 denominations and woman as the only accept15.7 million African-Amerable marriage,” it continues. ican churchgoers, has issued The Rev. Anthony Evans, a statement noting that it is president of NBCI, reflect“both encouraged and dised on the recent rulings, appointed by the Supreme saying that “NBCI will only Court’s recent decisions ever support legislation and surrounding gay marriage.” lawmakers that recognize “Although the decision and uphold the biblical to overturn the Defense of standard of marriage. The Marriage Act (DOMA) is decision by the Supreme certainly a turn in the wrong Court not to hear arguments Rev. Anthony Evans direction for the church, we on California’s Proposition applaud the Court’s decision 8 reaffirms our right given not to hear arguments on California’s Propby the almighty God and the Constitution to osition 8,” the statement says. fight for marriage between one man and one “NBCI continues to love our gay brothwoman, state by state.” ers and sisters, and recognizes them as a “NBCI continues to respect different vital part of the fabric of our democracy. opinions on this issue, and will condemn However, the Black Church cannot, and any party that resorts to violence as a means will not, support gay marriage now or ever. to express their opinions on the definition of This is not a civil rights issue; this is about marriage. Violence in any form goes against supporting and uplifting a life guided by the the teachings of the church and must be Scriptures and the word of God. NBCI will rejected,” the statement concludes.
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Chipper Jones, Braves Open First Refurbished Inner-City Youth Park
By Horace Holloman III Special to the ADW
Chipper Jones has put on plenty of hitting clinics in his 19-year career -- just ask the 1999 New York Mets -- but the recently retired Atlanta Brave particularly enjoyed his post-retirement hitting clinic at West Manor Park. Last week the City of Atlanta and the Atlanta Braves Foundation helped refurbish West Manor Park near Benjamin E. Mays High School in Atlanta in honor of the future Hall of Famer. West Manor is the first of several youth ballparks to be renovated in Jones’ honor. The Atlanta Braves Foundation plans to remodel 10 baseball parks over the course of two years in an effort to reinvigorate baseball in urban and inner-city communities. Since the Atlanta Braves Foundation inaugural year in 1992, the organization has raised more than $5 million dollars for civilian financial assistance. “One of the initiatives to honor Chipper was to create a legacy by renovating several ballparks in his name,” said Braves general manager Frank Wren, who was on hand for the festivities. “We want to inspire the young kids in this community to play baseball and fall in love with baseball.” The Atlanta Braves Foundation scouted several parks in the Atlanta area looking for the right place to start its project. With the help of Atlanta council members and Executive Director of the Atlanta Braves Foundation Ericka Newsom-Hill,
the Atlanta Braves chose West Manor Park as its first renovation project. “We visited five fields that we could potentially refurbish and eventually decided that this park would be the one we wanted to start with,” said Hill, who is also director of community affairs for the Atlanta Braves. “We made a lot of improvements here and now we just want the kids to play here on a regular basis.” Some of the remodeling of West Manor Park included new fences, remodeled benches in the dugouts, lights and a manicured playing field. After a ribbon cutting ceremony and a few photos with fans, Chipper Jones threw out the ceremonial first pitch, then took to the field to help coach an eager group of about 30 kids on the fundamentals of hitting. “I’m from a small town, and I grew up playing on not quite as nice a field as this,” said Jones, who has personally donated close to $1.5 million in humanitarian efforts. “If we can come out and give these kids the focus to become the next Hank Aaron or Jason Heyward, then that’s what we want to try and do.” The former Braves third baseman will have his number retired against the DiamondBacks Friday night at Turner Field, becoming just the 10th player retired by the team in franchise history. Jones hinted that he would have plans in
Hawks to Play Brooklyn Nets in London, UK, Next Year
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The National Basketball Associa tion (NBA) has announced that the Atlanta Hawks will play a regular season game against the Brooklyn Nets at The 02 in London, United Kingdom, on Jan. 16, 2014 as part of NBA Global Games London 2014. The game will mark the Hawks’ first-ever regular season contest outside of North America. NBA Global Games London 2014 will be the 12th game in the city dating back to 1993. The Hawks took part in the NBA’s first preseason games in London playing two games against the Orlando Magic (Oct. 30 and 31, 1993). In July, 1988, Atlanta played internationally for the first time when the Hawks traveled to the former Soviet Union for three contests against the Soviet National Team. “Playing in London will be a special experience for our players and coaches, and we are proud to represent Atlanta in front of an international audience,” said Hawks’ President of Basketball Operations/General Manager Danny Ferry.
Chipper Jones is presented a certificate by Atlanta Councilman Michael Julian Bond. (Photo by Horace Holloman III) the future of returning to the game he loves in some capacity, but for right now he is happy with his life after retirement. “To be able to leave a lasting legacy is something that we all want,” Jones said. “So I want these kids to know that someone can make it to the big leagues from modest beginnings and that dreams can come true.”
Atlanta Track Club Announces VW Triple Peach Partnership Special to the ADW
The Atlanta Track Club is partnering with Volkswagen of America Inc. for the VW Triple Peach, a program designed to improve the Atlanta running experience that features three of the city’s most beloved events: the AJC Peachtree Road Race (July 4), the Atlanta Marathon or 10 Mile event (Oct. 27) and the Atlanta Half Marathon (Nov. 28). The VW Triple Peach encourages participants to train and support each other through the 2013 Atlanta Track Club milestone events. To register for the VW Triple Peach, go to atlantamarathon.org and atlantahalfmarathon.org. The VW Triple Peach is limited to the first 2,500 entrants. To find out more about the VW Triple Peach, visit: http://why.vw.com/ teamvw-atlanta-track-club.
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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.
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by Benjamin Todd Jealous, President, NAACP
We Must Build Our Greatest Strength: Diversity
Race and the Supreme Court
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In its latest affirmative action ruling, Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, the Supreme Court, ruled the same way it had in its Bakke decision in 1978 and a pair of University of Michigan affirmative action rulings in 2003 – one upholding the law school admissions program (Grutter v. Bollinger) and one striking down the undergraduate admissions process (Gratz v. Bollinger). In each case, the court declared that state universities have a compelling interest that could justify the consideration of race in college admissions because of the benefits that flow to all students from having a diverse student body. However, all of the court’s decision on affirmative action in higher education were consistent with Justice Anthony Kennedy’s opinion in Fisher, when he wrote for the 7-1 majority: “…Strict scrutiny imposes on the university the ultimate burden of demonstrating before turning to racial classifications, that available, workable race-neutral alternatives do not suffice.” In other words, universities are free to consider race only after seeking solutions that do not involve race. In his concurring opinion in Bakke, Justice Harry Blackmun noted the absurdity of that approach. “I suspect that it would be impossible to arrange an affirmative action program in a racially neutral way and have it successful. To ask that this be so is to demand the impossible,” he wrote in words that ring true today. “In order to get beyond racism, we must first take account of race. There is no other way. And in order to treat some persons equally, we must treat them differently. We cannot – we dare not – let the Equal Protection Clause perpetuate racial supremacy.” But that is precisely what has taken place. Right-wing groups have used the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment, which was specifically passed to protect former slaves from mistreatment, to assert that Whites are victims of the major victims of racism. In its “Brief of Opposition,” the university said: “The undisputed evidence demonstrated that Fisher would not have been offered fall admission in 2008 even if she had scored a perfect ‘6’ on her PAI – the portion of the admissions process where race is considered as ‘a factor of a factor of a factor.’” As Justice Kennedy noted in his majority opinion, “The University of Texas at Austin considers race as one of various factors in its undergraduate admissions process. Race is not itself assigned a numerical value for each applicant…” For those not admitted as part of the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class, the university looks at such factors as leadership, extracurricular activities, work experience, socio-economic status, whether there was only one parent in the home, race and whether English was the primary language spoken in the home.
Of all of those factors, Fisher sued on racial grounds. Even as the U.S. grows increasingly diverse, the Supreme Court is vigorously opposed to quotas. Yet Brazil and India unabashedly deploy quotas to make sure underrepresented segments of society get to more fully participate in higher education. In another decision with racial overtones, the Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, citing progress made since passage of the law. Organizations representing Black elected officials strongly disagree. For example, Joe Armstrong, president of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators, said, “The Supreme Court has turned the clock back on civil rights in the United States. In recent years, this nation has seen an incredible uptick in state and local laws solely intended to suppress and disenfranchise voters. But, instead of ruling to protect all voters, justices have acted to undermine safeguards that are key to our democracy. This is clearly a step in the wrong direction.” In her dissent, Ruth Bader Ginsburg stated, “True, conditions in the South have impressively improved since passage of the Voting Rights Act. Congress noted this improvement and found that the VRA was the driving force behind it… Congress also found that voting discrimination had evolved into subtler, second-generation barriers, and that eliminating preclearance would risk loss of the gains that have been made.” George E. Curry, former editor-in-chief of Emerge magazine, is editor-in-chief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service (NNPA.) He is a keynote speaker, moderator, and media coach. Curry can be reached through his website, www.georgecurry.com. You can also follow him at www.twitter.com/currygeorge and George E. Curry Fan Page on Facebook.
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“For a country regarded as the paramount leader in a multicultural world, the United States has yet to embrace its own diversity; continuing failure to do so will have profound consequences for governance.” That quote came from a 1996 report by Allan E. Goodman, former executive dean at the Georgetown School of Foreign Service. For decades, American leaders in business, education and economics have lamented the wide racial and ethnic gaps in our education system. Last week’s Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action reminded us that we have a long way to go. In the case of Fisher v. Texas, the Supreme Court ruled on the constitutionality of the University of Texas’ admissions policy. The university currently allows admissions officers to consider an applicant’s race among a number of other qualifying factors. The Court voted to send the case back to a lower court of appeals. In doing so, they reaffirmed the use of race in admissions, and the importance of educational diversity in the 21st century. The decision in Fisher upheld an important precedent set in the 2003 case of Gruttinger v. Bollinger. In that case, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor refuted the idea that our society had advanced beyond affirmative action. She argued that the need for “cross-racial understanding” was still necessary to break down racial stereotypes, and that “student body diversity is a compelling state interest.” Justice O’Connor’s argument was based on sound social research. In her words, “major American businesses have made clear that the skills needed in today’s increasingly global marketplace can only be developed through exposure to widely diverse people, cultures, ideas, and viewpoints.” Like Allan Goodman, Justice O’Connor also saw diversity as a national interest. This is even truer today. When Goodman wrote about the multicultural world in 1996, only one out of every thirteen Americans had access to the Internet. Google, Twitter and Facebook were still rough ideas scribbled in students’ sketchpads. Seventeen years later, technological advances in communications, travel and trade have given rise to a new era of globalization. Leaders in business and government need to know how to work with people of vastly different races, cultures and perspectives. We will be stronger as a nation if we embrace our growing diversity and ensure that the pathways to leadership remain wide open. Numerous studies reveal that mere interaction is the best way to avoid intergroup conflict. Sociologists have even found that diversity increases opportunities for creativity In light of the Supreme Court’s decision, America’s educational institutions should recommit to fair and thoughtful ways to foster diversity. In the coming months, the NAACP will work with universities, policymakers, and the business community to see that qualified students from a diversity of backgrounds get a close look and a fair shot at admission to top schools.
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Justice O’Connor wrote that “effective participation by members of all racial and ethnic groups in the civic life of our Nation is essential if the dream of one Nation, indivisible, is to be realized.” Our country’s pledge is to be one nation, and our country’s challenge is to lead a global economy that is increasingly flat. If America is to maintain its role as a moral and economic leader in the 21st century, we must build on our greatest strength: diversity. Ben Jealous is president/CEO of the NAACP. Contact: Ben Wrobel 917-846-0658 bwrobel@ naacpnet.org @NAACPPress
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Falcons Stadium Design Team Partner Poised for Growth By Charlotte Roy ADW Managing Editor
Christopher Goode of Goode Van Slyke Architecture (http://www.gvsa.com/) is on the brink of profound change in his work life, and he is elated. Goode’s Atlanta-based, majority African American-owned firm is one of three selected by lead architect Kansas City-based 360 Architecture to partner in the design of the new Atlanta Falcons Stadium. For 17 years he and his partner, Paul K. Van Slyke, have quietly built a solid portfolio of excellent designs, including schools, arts facilities (the DeKalb County Performing Arts Center), museums, residences (Tyler Perry’s home), health care centers, and sports facilities, among many others. Their work has paid off with this superb opportunity. Their selection is the result of having partnered with 360 Architecture successfully on other projects. It is also a reflection of past work they have done in the Vine City community near the stadium on planning issues where they built strong relationships with community leaders, Goode believes. “I keep pinching myself,” Goode says with a wide grin. “We are so excited.” When describing the Stadium’s basic design, which was approved by the Georgia World Congress Center Authority board last week, Goode uses multiple superlatives: “Awesome,” he says. “Magnificent. Significant.” “Experts have said that it may be considered one of America’s best stadiums, if not the world’s,” he adds.
“We certainly believe it will be one of Atlanta’s most important visual attractions.” Their role in turning the design into reality is “exactly on target where we thought we could help.” He knows that their involvement will mean expanded staff and higher visibility for his firm on the national stage. “It’s all good,” he notes. This work is the dream of a lifetime for design-oriented architects, Goode Christopher Goode says. And, at age 55, he has been building toward it from childhood. “I knew in elementary school that I wanted to be an architect,” he recalls. “My parents were supportive, even though they knew that there were not many successful African-American role models in the field.” He consistently entered local and state mechanical drawing and design competitions through elementary and high school, envisioning houses and buildings that won awards for him. After attending North Carolina State and the University of California at Berkeley, he went to work for major
firms in Atlanta, gaining insights and expertise from each. It was a strategic progression. “I knew that eventually I wanted to have my own company, but I needed to absorb all I could from the successful architects in major firms first.” This is a course of action that he recommends for all young men and women who hope to run their own businesses. “Learn from the best first. Then go out on your own when you have built a strong portfolio of skills and experience.” Goode genuinely enjoys helping young people who might consider a career in architecture. The firm currently has a mentoring relationship with Hightower Elementary School. They welcome interns every year. He encourages young potential architects to heighten their creative design instincts, but points out that there are plenty of opportunities in the field that don’t require that special spark. No two architectural firms are the same, he notes, that’s why there are firms that specialize in different areas of the profession. “To be a good design-oriented firm, however, you have to have, at the core, creativity and an artistic bent,” he says, “You need to be able to stretch the imagination and visualize the extraordinary.” Then, he adds, you have to know how to build it.
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