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By Hazel Trice Edney NNPA Editor-in-Chief (NNPA) - In a grand centennial meeting that drew thousands to New York City – the founding place of the NAACP this week, President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous proclaimed that the next move of the civil rights organization against new “layers of racism” will be to strengthen its inner ranks by becoming a majority through coalitions. “We will change. Not for the sake of change itself, but for the sake of growth,” Jealous said in prepared remarks to be rendered at the convention Monday evening. “We must be able to march forth as a majority and that means we have to be about organizing coalitions, maximizing our power to build bridges of understanding and mobilizing our entire rainbow of champions for social change.” Jealous was specific about his strategic vision. “We will invest in research to ensure that what is obvious to us cannot be questioned by any. We will train and retrain with a focus on organizing even better and smarter than we are already. We will forge new coalitions ...big, broad, effective strangebedfellow coalitions. We will build campaigns that capture the imaginations of generations. We will embrace technology,” he said. “But we can't do this work alone. So today, we issue a new call for a new century.''

NAACP President Ben Jealous That call comes in what is historically among the most exciting years for AfricanAmericans. Jealous reflected on the election of President Barack Obama as the nation’s first Black president, but also underscored how his election spotlights the vestiges of racism that still prevail. “January 20, 2009, was a day when hopes were fulfilled, when dreams came true, when ancestors sacrifices were remembered with tears of joy, in short, it was a day when the dream of this country seemed within reach of every family,” said Jealous, 36, historically the youngest president to lead the civil rights organization. “And then January 21st came, like every day thereafter, and families woke up to a new morning and were facing the same questions: Why can't Dad find a job? Why does Mom have to work so many jobs just to make ends meet? Why is my family's dream being foreclosed on? Why are our schools an embarrassment to everything this country stands for? See NAACP, Page 7


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Bilal Russeil’s parents Paulette and Larry Russell, with Terry Hodges (l), and Jeremiah Hollins By ArnE Williams Bilal Russell's life met a tragic and senseless end when he was murdered in a case of mistaken identity. His family members swore his dream of helping endangered and neglected children would go on. "We're not going to let that little bullet stop what Bilal started," Larry Russell, Bilal's father said. His son's spirit will survive in a new home for emotionally disturbed kids that he, his family and friends are building at

the site Bilal was killed. Amidst hugs, laughter and a few teary eyed friends, family and volunteers gathered Friday evening at Oscar Taylor Restaurant Lounge, near 24th Street and Camelback Road, to raise funds for the Bilal Russell Foundation, Bilal's G.I.F.T.S., Inc. G.I.F.T.S., Get Involved for Their Sake, is a non-profit organization that hopes to counsel, mentor and provide a residence for endangered, neglected and delinquent children in need of

foster homes. Russell and his friends were preparing to submit a proposal to the state of Arizona for a contract and had planned several fundraisers, before Russell's death. Russell, 25, was shot to death January 14 in an attack Phoenix authorities labeled a case of mistaken identity. Russell answered the door and found strangers asking for an unknown person who did not live at the house. The strangers opened fire and killed Russell. See G.I.F.T.S. Page 2

East Valley Community Health Fair Held In Chandler Story and photos By Floyd Alvin Galloway While most major Chandler Juneteenth events were cancelled due to budget constraints, the East Valley Juneteenth Healthy Community – Healthy You Fair originally scheduled took place June 27 as planned. The event was held at the South Chandler Self Help Foundation office in Chandler, and by all reports, was a great success. Located in the heart of the underserved community near downtown Chandler the SCSHF office is becoming a focal point for community enhancement projects. The health fair, the first to be held in the area, provided vital information to those attending the event.

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The Black Nurses Association of Arizona were on hand performing blood pressure checks, passing out healthy eating cookbook and other information that assist in living a healthy empowered life.

In conjunction with the Tanner Community Development Corporation they also conducted a health survey to better access the health needs of the community of the color. See Health Fair, Page 2





G.I.F.T.S. Keep Bilal Russell Legacy Alive

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KICKIN’ H I G H N O W In the months before his death, Bilal, a South Mountain High School basketball star and Howard University graduate worked with emotionally disturbed kids at a non-profit social services agency in Phoenix. He loved the work, visiting foster kids who had a history of physical and emotional abuse, or neglect. Paulette and Larry Russell, said their son was a kind, intelligent man with a passion for helping young people. They said G.I.F.T.S. is helping them find focus and heal. We want to continue Bilal legacy and dreams. Since Russell's tragic death friends and family have begun remodeling his former home into a residence for neglected and endangered children. The organization's certification by the state is still pending, said Paulette Russell, Bilal's mother. Friday's fundraiser was organized by family and a group of longtime friends volunteering as "Friends of Bilal". The event sold more than 200 tickets and included a presentation introducing the G.I.F.T.S. mission, a raffle and an

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The event sold more than 200 tickets and included a presentation introducing the G.I.F.T.S. mission, a raffle and an auction of several items including a basketball signed by LeBron James, being held here by the lucky winner.

auction of several items including a basketball signed by LeBron James. Attending and offering support was R-Kal Truluck a former Arizona Cardinals professional football player. He spent his high

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South Chandler Self Help Foundation Health Fair Goes On Cont’d. from Page 1 One of the most fasting growing disease in the African American community especially among women, HIV/AIDS awareness is critical. A strong advocate for HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention, R J Shannon of the Arizona Dept. of Health Services was on hand providing vital information to the community. Shannon noted it is important for African Americans to know there status by getting tested for the life you save my be your own. Other health related Health Choice of Arizona

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR COMMUNITY CALENDAR COMMUNITY CALENDAR COMMUNITY CALENDAR - JULY WED 15 Social Security eligibility seminar for persons with disabilities. Learn about basic eligibility for Social Security and Supplemental Security Disability programs. Ample time for questions about establishing eligibility to cash payments and Medicare/ Medicaid (AHCCCS). Guest speaker will be Jim Pavletich, public affairs officer for the Social Security Administration. 1:00 to 3 p.m. at Disability Empowerment Center, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix, Nina Mason Pulliam Conference Center.

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District 8 debate from 7:00 to 8 pm at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism on the ASU Downtown Campus at 555 N. Central Avenue in central Phoenix. Council District 8 is represented by Councilman Michael Johnson, who is being challenged by two candidates; Darlene Jackson and Jon Garrido. The event is free and all residents of DIstrict 8 are invited to attend. The location of the debate within the Walter Cronkite School will be posted at the front door of the school.

Phoenix Parks and Recreation Open House On Special Events In Mountain Preserves. Meeting to gather input on guidelines for the private production of organized and special events in the city’s desert and mountain preserves. Participants will be able to ask staff questions; and indicate preferences for use of the city’s preserves for organized or special events. Public input will be incorporated into a proposal for consideration and possible vote by the Parks and Recreation Board. 5:00 to 7 p.m. at South Mountain Environmental Education Center, 10409 S. Central Ave. in Phoenix.

Greater Phoenix Urban League Young Professionals July Meeting. Meet and greet: 6:00 – 6:30 p.m. General meeting: 6:30– 7:30 p.m. at: Greater Phoenix Urban League office, 1402 South Seventh Avenue in Phoenix. Glendale Summer Band Concert. Movie theme night with a collection of Hollywood hits. At Glendale’s Murphy Park amphitheater, 59th and Glendale avenues. Refreshments available for purchase; please leave pets at home. For information call 623930-2820 or visit /parksandrecreation.

FRI 17 The Phoenix Chapter of

National Alliance African American Athletes Mixer at Oscar Taylor's (SW corner 24th st. Camelback). Entry fee. Meet national and local athletes and raffle for a Cardinals autographed football, autographed Amare' Stoudemire picture, and free hair styling by Terry Hall.

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Pure Greed Hinders Health Care

Stimulus Spending Proceeding As Planned

The United States of only long overdue, but a America is undeniably and concept that cannot be used unequivocally the most as a partisan bickering dominant and industrialized point. nation in the world. Access to health care is a It’s no wonder that countfundamental basic human less people still flock to our right that should be guaranborders with the hopes of teed to each and every attaining further economic American. It is inconceivopportunities, emboldened able that other countries livelihoods and an overall provide free/public care to advancement of their quality their citizens and yet we of life. Now, imagine their continue to fail our own citshock and utter dismay BY REV. AL SHARPTON izenry of this most vital servwhen they soon discover ice. that this mighty country that leads the By receiving routine check-ups, access way in development and democracy to the best doctors and hospitals, somehow leaves 47 million of its inhabi- advanced screenings and an overall maintants behind when it comes to adequate tenance of their well being, people not health care. only lead more productive lives, but sociAnd that in the last few years alone, the ety as a whole advances. astronomical number of uninsured A healthier populace undoubtedly proAmericans has risen by the hundreds of duces a more functional workforce, econthousands – and that’s most hundreds of omy and environment. After only a few thousands of innocent children. What is months in office, President Obama has the possible justification or explanation? remained committed to his word and How can a country that is a beacon of focused on passing a health care plan that inspiration serve as such a terrible exam- includes a public option. ple of caring for the health of its people? Taking his well-researched and wellThe truth is plain and simple: Pure greed. crafted push for change to the people, he The U.S. healthcare industry currently has conducted town hall meetings, press costs about $2.5 trillion annually, accord- conferences and is demanding a health ing to most studies. Our privatized insur- care reform bill on his desk by this ance premiums are doubling nearly every October. nine years, while American wages have Having the ability to chose from a remained relatively stagnant, and in many public option will not only give people cases, depreciated. choices similar to those that Federal We spend about 50 percent more than employees and Congress members have, any other industrialized nation on health but will also drive down the overall cost of care, and yet 60 percent of the 1.5 million health care. filing for bankruptcy this year will do so And by implementing a graduated tax due to health care costs. on individuals making more than What many Americans may not even $280,000 and couples making more than realize is that even if they are the lucky $350,000, this proposed legislation won’t ones to have insurance coverage, they are result in any tax increases or burdens on virtually one illness away from financial the majority of Americans who are ruin. With loopholes in coverage, all it already feeling the pinch in this tough takes is one long-term sickness for some- economy. one’s entire life savings to be diminished, It is an atrocity that there are folks in his or house foreclosed on and a lifelong this great nation that never see a doctor or burden of debt to accrue. simply die because they cannot afford President Obama made a vow to the one. We need to execute some serious American people early during his cam- changes in our system, for reform isn’t a paign that he would once and for all luxury; it is a necessity. I believe the reform our health care system. An ongo- Obama administration is moving toward ing battle since the days of Harry that end, so we must unanimously supTruman, health care modification is not port him.

By George Curry , NNPA Columnist What Republican House Leader John Boehner is doing is a doggone shame. The Ohio congressman has released a video starring a job-sniffing bloodhound named Ellie Mae hot on the trail of stimulus money. Narrated in the down home voice of Rep. Lynn Westmoreland of Georgia, it begins: “Where are the jobs? We put the dogs on the money trail to find out.” The money trail takes Ellie Mae to AIG headquarters in New York City where large bonuses were paid to failing executives, to Wisconsin where repairs are being made to a bridge that carries only 260 cars a year and to one North Carolina city that hired one person with stimulus money and the worker’s job is to obtain more stimulus funds for the city. “I’m John Boehner,” the video continues. “This is Ellie Mae. She hasn’t found any jobs yet, and neither have the American people.” If Boehner had wanted to find any jobs, he could have looked at what’s going on in his own state. According to a June 15 press release by the Ohio Department of Transportation, hundreds of construction-related jobs were created and retained by the awarding of $36.9 million in new contracts. The release noted, “Combined with the contracts awarded so far using funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, ODOT has awarded more than $83.9 million in contracts for work on 52 projects.” According to updated figures, the total has exceeded $126 million for 58 projects in Ohio. The Web site has concluded, “Nationally, the payout of stimulus funds by the federal government is hewing roughly to the schedule predicted by the Congressional Budget Office around the time the bill passed, some economists say. CBO had said that about a quarter of the total money would be spent by the end of 2009, and about 75 percent by the end of the following year.” That’s the same conclusion reached by the Center on Budget and Policies Priorities, a non-partisan think tank in Washington. “The (American Recovery and Rein-vestment Act) is working as intended and, without it, the economy and the job prospects for many Americans would be worse. The $787 billion in new spending and tax cuts was supposed to slow the economy’s downward spiral and then help it recover over time from what will be the nation’s deepest recession in decades, if not since the Great Depression of the 1930s.”


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SAT 18 Backpack Giveaway

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Black Family Genealogy & History Society will meet at the Roosevelt Community Technology Center, 3029 South 7th Street in Phoenix. 11:15 to noon (beginners session), noon to 1 p.m. (regular meeting), 1:00 to 2 p.m. (genealogy computer Lab). Guest welcome. Glendale Christmas In July from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Glendale. Begins at the Glendale Visitor Center (5800 W. Glenn Drive, Suite 140), pick up your holiday map, coupons and gift bag (for the first 500 visitors) and take a spin on the prize wheel. For more information contact the

The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities issued a paper titled, “Correcting Five Myths About the Stimulus Bill” by James R. Horney, Nicholas Johnson and Lawrence J. Haas. 1) The recent rise in unemployment does not mean the law is not working. “No mainstream economist believed the law would immediately revive the economy and cause unemployment to begin falling,” the report stated. 2) The administration and Congress expected the stimulus money to be spent gradually over the next two to three years, and what’s been spent to date is stimulating the economy and helping millions of Americans. 3) The nation faces a very serious longterm budget problem, but the recovery law will exacerbate that problem only a very small amount. “Although the recovery law significantly increases short-run deficits, the fiscal effects of the bill over the long haul are tiny,” the report said. “The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities calculated that the recovery law would add just 3 percent to the budget shortfall through 2050…CBO projects that the law will increase the number of people with jobs by 2.5 million next year. In addition, millions of others will benefit from the higher incomes produced in an economy that is less weak than it otherwise would have been.” 4) The law was specifically designed to help states close their budget gaps. “The recovery law is giving states roughly $140 billion over the next two years in Medicaid and education funding, reducing the $350 billion shortfall by that amount, helping states avoid some of the largest program cuts they were contemplating, and reducing the negative impact of their budget-balancing steps on the economy,” the report stated. 5) States are properly using stimulus funds for short-term projects. “In the recovery law, Congress required that states put their additional federal funds to work as quickly as possible, which in many cases means investing in existing projects and programs rather than mounting new initiatives,” the report said. “That helps to achieve the goals of both stimulating demand for goods and services and of saving or creating as many jobs as possible, as quickly as possible.” When John Boehner releases his video featuring a dog or otherwise misrepresents the goal and accomplishments of the stimulus plan, he is barking up the wrong tree.

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Back to School and Health Fair, presented by the city of Phoenix at North High School, 1101 E Thomas Rd., from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free immunizations, physical and dental check-ups, and free backpacks for the first 1,000 participants. For information call the Latino Institute at 602-495-3791.

SUN 19 "Kurly Kids Hair Care

Celebration of natural hair care at Rare Essence Studio. A free event with live entertainment, refreshments, raffles, and more. From 7:00 to 10 p.m. at 5540 W.

Crash Course" presented by Belle Mélange Salon. Stylists will demonstrate how to manage and style curly hair and offer a one-onone consultation and recommendations. For children ages 3-16 years old. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent. Begins 3 p.m. at Belle Mélange Salon, 4902 E. Warner Road, Ste. 12, in Phoenix. Seating is limited so be sure to register - call 480-753-4448.

WED 22 Self-Esteem Work

shop: "Cultivating the Leader Within" by Dr. Wanda Taylor, president of MAAFL, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Lighthouse Women Resource Center, 540 W. Iron Avenue in Mesa. For more information call 480-733-4348 or contact Wanda Taylor at 602-332-5053.

SAT 25 Chocolate Party presented by Square & Compass Social Club 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Club Central, 3110 North Central in Phoenix. For disccount pre-sale tickets call 602-214-6805 or 623210-3977. Information online at www.




Darlene Jackson Seeks District 8 Council Seat By Floyd Alvin Galloway South Phoenix native Darlene Jackson is seeking to become the next councilperson for the District 8. She and two others are seeking to unseat incumbent Phoenix Councilman Michael Johnson. Jackson said she decided to run for council because needs of the community were not being met. “I decided to run for Phoenix City Council after seeing a disconnection between the needs of the community and government plans. I am concerned that the community does not have a voice and therefore resolution to community issues such as quality jobs that support families, affordable housing, safety, gentrification, and poor school systems are being ignored, said the single mother of three. Born and raised in the area, Jackson attended M.L. King, Percy L. Julian and graduated from South Mountain High. She earned her B.A. degree in sociology from ASU and is now pursuing

Darlene Jackson a degree in nursing. According to Jackson she has been involved in community service for the past 15 years. Working with at-risk families in alternative programs, the homeless, persons bound by substance dependence, the elderly and others with limited resources and capabilities. Using a network of professionals in various areas of law, medicine, education and social agencies to improve the lives of others. Jackson’s three children ages 14, 11 and 5 are helping in her grassroots campaign. “They are excited and are involved and helping in any way they can.” With friends and family members she is taking her

campaign door to door. Looking to empower the community as leader for her district Jackson said she believes the district needs a leader that is involved in building healthy individuals and families, which lead to healthy neighborhoods and communities. “There is a need for open communication for the leaders and residents of the community and a strategic economic plan must be developed with the district 8 residents. Having them more involved. With her mission to keep the community informed of changes and opportunities that directly and indirectly affect her district, Jackson’s goal is to unify the community and helping its needs become priority to policy makers. “My vision is to have a unified community that is safe, growth oriented, has a competitive education system, adequate recreational areas and promote a healthy quality of life.” She says she will not only listen to residents concerns but will act on them.


Gene Williams Elected To Greater Phoenix Youth At Risk Board He earned a BS in finance from the WP Carey School of Business at Arizona State University and was a Harvard Summer Venture Management Program participant. Williams is a native of Phoenix and resides in Goodyear. His leisure

activities include fishing and exploring Arizona. Williams is a member of the Black Board of Directors Project, a 26 year old advanced leadership organization that empowers its members as leaders in “Building a Great Tomorrow – Today!”

Gene A. Williams, Jr., has been elected to the board of Greater Phoenix Youth at Risk. He is a second vice president at Northern Trust and previously worked as a financial analyst in the commercial real estate department at JP Morgan Chase.

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Sisterlocks Offers Natural Hair Care For Busy Sisters By Carole Coles Henry On Saturday, June 23, Arizona Certified Sisterlocks Consultant Nikki Butler brought together her clients to celebrate the annual Lock Affair at the Cesar Chavez Library. Sisterlocks is a natural hair care system for African American women. The parent company is based in San Diego, and was founded in 1993 by Dr. JoAnne Cornwell. Trained practitioners and certified training associates are represented in over 30 states and Butler is an Arizona consultant. Sisterlocks is a natural hair management system that utilizes the natural texture of the hair to create small locks that can be worn in any variety of hairstyle. “Wearing Sisterlocks gives you the freedom from chemicals and the enormous time required to maintain processed or other high maintenance hairstyles, says Butler. “With Sisterlocks you maintain an every 46 week retightening appointment (usually 2 hours in length) and the wearer is able to style the locks in any way they desire; curls, waves, up-dos’, braids, bobs, layers, etc.

Butler enjoys being a facilitator of freedom for her clients. Sisterlocks frees many women from the burden associated with their hair. It frees up time in their lives and provides confidence to a part of their lives that has always been judged. Wearing hair naturally sets the wearer free to just be themselves. Nikki stated, “I am blessed to be able to help guide women to that liberation in their life and to see themselves as a beautiful being that was created perfectly…kinky hair and all. “

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Dr. Janine Roumain New Deputy Chief Medical Officer At Schaller Anderson Schaller Anderson, an Aetna company, a leading provider of health care management services for Medicaid plans, has announced that Dr. Janine Roumain has joined the company as deputy chief medical officer, effective July 13. Dr. Roumain, reporting to Dr Coleen Kivlahan, chief medical officer, will support strategic medical management leadership activities that promote cost-effective, quality health care for Aetna Medicaid members. Roumain has 25 years clinical and management experience, with expertise developing and implementing creative health care solutions to improve health and quality of life for the economically disadvantaged, the disabled and the frail elderly.



Entrepreneur Contest Deadline Set For Oct 1 Celebrating its 10th Anniversary, the Miller Coors Urban Entrepreneurs Series (MUES) proudly continues its unwavering commitment to fostering urban economic empowerment throughout the country. Started in 1999 as a means to advance entrepreneurship in urban communities, the MUES program continues to evolve and grow by incorporating more resources for you – the entrepreneur. This season, MUES will have more Webinars and if you miss them, you can download the podcast. You can get a dialogue going with some of our past winners through the MUES Talk blog and check out last season’s finalists on MUES TV.

“We are pleased to have Dr. Roumain join the Aetna Medicaid team,” said Tom Kelly president and CEO of Schaller Anderson. “Her extensive Medicaid knowledge is an enormous asset not only to our company, but the people we serve. She has demonstrated immense dedication to preventative medicine and member education.” Prior to joining Schaller Anderson, Dr. Roumain was medical director for Alere Complex Care Management. She also has been a consultant physician reviewer for the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) administration and consultant medical director for Evercare Arizona, UnitedHealth Group.

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Arizona Rod & Classic Car Club To Backpack Giveaway Saturday By ArnE Williams This Saturday, July 18, the Arizona Rod & Classic Car Club will hold their Annual Backpack Giveaway for the South Phoenix Community. The free event will be held at the South Mountain Community Center, 212 E. Alta Vista Road, located between Southern Avenue and Baseline in Phoenix from 8 am to 10 am,. Open to the community, backpacks will be given to school aged children accompanied by an adult. All activities are first come first served and no registration is required. The event also includes free food, a car show and community fair featuring social service agency booths. Arizona Rod & Classic Car Club has sponsored the Backpack Giveaway event in South Phoenix for over 13 years. The purpose of the event is to ensure that students in the community have “backpacks” and the supplies – paper, pencils, etc. - they need to start the school year. It also demonstrates the car clubs’ investment in community families and youth.

Arizona Rod & Classic Car Club collaborated with the Roosevelt School District nine years ago in an effort to reach more residents while promoting “Unity within the Community.” Two years ago, the Childhelp KEYS Community Center and the City of Phoenix Parks & Recreation Department joined the partnership. As a result of this powerful alliance, the Backpack Giveaway Event experienced tremendous growth giving away over 4,000 backpacks in 2008. The event has drawn the support of faith based organizations, schools, state and county agencies and received generous sup-

port from Wal Mart, M & I Bank, CB Richard Ellis, Spee-D-Tee’s BBQ, Laveen Lions Foundation, Inc. and Herdez Jewelers & Pawn. This collaborative effort proves that there is “Power in Partnership” and “Unity within the Community” even during tough economic times as these organizations unite to make a positive impact on the lives of children and families. For more information or to get involved, contact Jerry Clark, Arizona Rod & Classic Car Club, Inc. at 480-577-4861 or 602237-8075 or Deborah Kidd Chapman, Child help KEYS Community Center at 602-243-0174.

“Why are so many of our children... and mothers... and fathers dying of AIDS?” He continued, “Tonight, in this city and so many others across this land, too many families, in too many neighborhoods will conclude it's just too dangerous to sleep anywhere but on the floor...under the window sill and out of the way of random gunfire. We woke up on January 21st to the fact that we have one Black man in the White House, but we have one million in prison,” he said. “And so...we can't wait for someday, somehow - we need real change right here, right now.” President Obama was also scheduled to speak to the gathering on July 16, setting at tone of great anticipation for the organization's annual Spingarn Awards Dinner. Veteran Civil Rights Leader; NAACP Chairman Julian Bond will be the Spingarn recipient this year. It was February 12, 1909, the 100 year after the birthday of Abraham Lincoln, that a racially diverse coalition met in an apartment in lower Manhattan “to issue an historic call to action,” Jealous recounted the founding of the NAACP. That historic call to action read in part: ''Hence we call upon all the believers in democracy to join in a national conference for the discussion of present evils, the voicing of protests and the renewal of the struggle for civil and political liberty.'' He described, “They were Black and White, Christian and Jew, men and women. They shared a commitment to fulfilling the promise of equality that was guaranteed by the Emancipation Proclama-tion, the 13th amendment, 14th amendment and the 15th amendment of the Constitution. A few months later, a few hundred more - many of them leaders of the Black church - joined with them at our first convention, where they vowed to take the campaign back to the field.” That field now consists of about a half million members across the nation and millions more who benefit from the NAACP’s battles. Despite those evils that remain, Jealous cited several battles that are close to being won. “Before we meet again, we will deliver the first woman of color to a seat on the Supreme Court. We will pass major reforms in states like California and North Carolina. We will outlaw racial profiling everywhere. And in Savannah, Georgia, where our local volunteers and national staff have delivered more than 65,000 signatures calling for the DA to reopen the case, the tide is turning every day - we will save Troy Davis' life and get the real killer off the streets.” The death penalty case of Troy Davis –involving a list of witnesses who have

recanted their original testimonies against him – has been hard-fought by the NAACP under Jealous’ tenure. It appears to be making headway as the U. S. Supreme Court recently put off until September a decision on whether to grant Davis a new trial. Still, thousands more Black males imprisoned across the U. S. have cases of questionable justice. Jealous has cited institutional racism within the criminal justice system as the next layer of racism that has come after “presumed inferiority”. He explained, “They said we just weren't good enough to be the quarterback, the coach or the CEO. But over the past 40 years, we've blown that fallacy out of the water - Oprah, General Powell, Tony Dungy and Mike Tomlin, Tiger Woods, Ken Chennault, Barack Obama, Dorothy Height, and Venus and Serena Williams. “But racism is like an onion - once you peel back one layer, there's another layer underneath. Peel back the layer of presumed inferiority and you find that today the primary justification for racism is presumed criminality,” he said. “The fact of the matter is that this layer is both more permeable and more volatile. If I see you as inferior, I will probably never get past it, but I might be inclined to treat you in a way that is paternalistic and even give you a job in my house. If I see you as a criminal, once you've been vetted, it's no longer a concern, but until that point you are a threat, you ain't coming in and there's nothing I won't do to protect my family from you. And so, the places of familiarity become this fear, becomes an overwhelming and ubiquitous justification for racism.” Because of the new layers that are increasingly obscure, yet just as damaging to America’s progress, the NAACP is also clarifying its focus, Jealous said. He encouraged the audience to broaden its vision as well. “Dream big and work with us to get smart on end racial profiling, and the draconian drug laws and unequal sentencing. Dream big. Help us ensure equal access to the green jobs and new technologies of the digital age. Dream big. Stand with us for the confirmation of Sonia Sotomayor. Dream big and work with us to pass the Employee for Choice Act. Dream big, and insist with us that the schools in our neighborhoods and the teachers who serve our children are the best in the world. Dream big, and expel the army of predatory lenders who have invaded our communities. Dream big, and be a better parent, a better father, a better student, a better citizen.” He concluded with a message if hope: “We are winning...And when we win and we always win in the end - we win really, really big.”

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FINAL THOUGHTS Michael Jackson's Color Complex and the Politics of White Supremacy By Professor Gershom Williams "Lord, Lord why did you make me Black? Why did you make someone the world wants to hold back? Why did you give me thick lips, a broad nose and kinky hair? Why did you make someone who receives the hatred stare? Why do people think I'm useless? How come I feel so used? Why do some people see my skin and think I should be abused? Lord I just don't understand what is it about my skin? Why do some people want to hate me and not know the person within? Lord you know my own people mistreat me and I know this just ain't right. They don't like my hair, they say I'm too dark or too light..." I have taken the liberty to delete certain lines of this poem which was given to me by a student at South Mountain Community College about 10 years ago. It has an anonymous author and it is too long for my purpose here, but I will close out this article with God's response to the profound poetic question "Why did you make me Black?" For the record, let me state that I have loved and admired the Jackson 5 and Michael Jackson for over 40 years. We are both natives of Gary, Indiana which many including myself believe has a very unique and rich history as part of the great American cultural landscape. Michael Jackson was ten years old in 1967-68, when the voters in Gary elected one of the first Black mayors

in the United States; the honorable Richard Gordon Hatcher. As a teenager during the late 1960's, I still remember the pride and joy of my family and community when the election results came in. My city had just made history as did Cleveland, Ohio whose residents had also elected a Black mayor, Carl Stokes. Gary has been a predominately Black city in the U.S. because thousands of Blacks migrated there seeking employment in the steel industry. My father moved our family to Gary where he worked and retired from U.S. Steel after 25 long years. Gary or "Chocolate City"as some have nicknamed it, was the birth place and home of many other celebrities and high profile Blacks other than the Jackson family, including people like Denise (Chandler) Williams, Fred Williamson, Avery Brooks, William Marshal, The Spaniels, Dick Barnett, Gerald Irons, Willie McCarter, Manny Newsome, Austin Artis, and Glenn Robinson to name a few. Anyone who lived in or around Gary knows all too well the competitive spirit of Indiana high school basketball in which a Black high school, Gary Roosevelt won the state championship in 1968. Lastly, most folks who did not reside in Gary or the surrounding cities during the late 1960's may not know another amazing fact about the Jackson 5. Their very first record was entitled "Big Boy" and was released on the local Gary (Steel

Town Label) before the talented family eft home to join Berry Gordy and the Motown family in Detroit. My reasons for sharing this background information on Michael and Gary, Ind. are simply to convey the message that from 1958 to 1968 - for 10 years of his early youth, Michael was nurtured, immersed and socialized in a Black world with plenty of positive role models and pro-Black examples of success and greatness. During his impressionable and formative years, despite allegations that his father frequently called him "Big Nose Michael", young Michael had an abundance of people, culture and history to keep him rooted and grounded in self love and veneration. The so-called "King of Pop," Michael Joseph Jackson as we all know, later in his adult life, underwent numerous cosmetic facial surgeries and skin lightening procedures that literally transformed his appearance. He was barely recognizable to those who remember his handsome and adorable young countenance at 10 and even 20 years old. So the question we all need to ask and sincerely explore is why did Michael so desperately try to change the "Man in the Mirror" once he became a mega superstar and a pop musical icon? What were the root causes for MJ's anti-Black attitude and apparent acceptance of proWhite aethestics and standards of attractiveness? Cont’d. on Pg. 17

Megastar Michael Jackson’s Life, Music, Interviews and More Book Review By Deborah René Author Jel D. Lewis (Jones) is one of millions of people who appreciated the gifted talents that megastar Michael Jackson possessed and shared with the world. The author along with publishers Tony and Yvonne Rose provides a detailed anthology of Jackson’s life titled, ‘Michael Jackson, The King of Pop The Big Picture’ which details the man, music, dance, his genius, and various interviews. Media interviews with Diane Sawyer, Barbara Walters, Oprah and more are all listed in the book. Lyrics to Michael’s songs, along with data on his achievements and awards are also listed in Jel’s book. The life of Michael Jackson is revealed from the early days in Gary, Indiana to worldclass fame, fortune and misfortunes. Michael speaks candidly about his father, Joe Jackson and ultimately reveals his love for the man that pushed hard for entertainment success. Readers will find answers to various complexities of Michael’s personal life including his relationships with other Jackson

family members and his marriages to Lisa Marie and Debbie Rowe. Michael’s adoration and love for his mother, Katherine seemed to be the kind of solid love he hoped for and received from his own three children. Michael Joseph Jr. known as “Prince”, Paris Michael Katherine Jackson, and Prince Michael II known as “Blanket” are all described in the book and appear to be wonderfully embraced by the Jacksons.

Charity work and many of the organizations that Michael Jackson gave his time and money to are identified in this anthology. A special instructional page is devoted to those wanting to learn how to “Moonwalk.” Jackson’s concert tours, his films, his music, the time, the dance and much more are captured on the pages of Jel D. Lewis’ work. Some of Michael Jackson’s own words printed in the book include: “I love entertaining and I always will love entertaining. I love becoming a slave to rhythm, because dancing is about interpreting the sounds and accompaniments of the orchestra. You know, you become the sound, you become the bass, you become whatever you hear and you do it bodily. I’m just a person who wants to be honest and do good, make people happy and give them the greatest sense of escapism through the talent God has given me. That’s where my heart is, that’s all I want to do. Just let me share and give, put a smile on people’s face and make their hearts feel happy.” Visit or email for additional information.

JULY C0ALITION CALENDAR Compiled by Ima Denmon American Legion Post #65 – 602-268-6059 – 1624 E. Broadway – Sunday night Karaoke with cash prizes and dancing, 8 p.m. until closing. Gino on the Wheels of Steele. Monday is Blue Monday, MJ on the grill, PhillG 3 spinning the sounds. Tuesday join us for Chicago Style Stepping on Broadway from 7 to 10 p.m. Backyard grilling. Wednesday is Pool Tournament night hosted by Paulette. Ms. Phyllis in the kitchen. Line dancing classes (free) 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday is also Ole School Wednesday. Thursday games night – cards, dominoes, pool, D J. Gino playing and Phyllis in the kitchen. Friday and Saturdays are regular DJ and party nights. D J 8 until 1 a.m. Kitchen open. Join us for First Fridays. Games, raffles, music, food available and lots of fun. The post is open during renovation - “Please pardon our dust.” AMVETS Post #15 – 602-268-3331 – 4219 S. 7th Street – Monday and Tuesday. drink specials, open pool. Kitchen open with Michele. Wednesday is Karaoke from 8 p.m. DJ Moreece Cutler is your host. Kitchen open with Alto. Cards and pool are played nightly. DJ Moreece on Thirsty Thursdays with drink specials, poetry, rap, comedy and fun. Friday nite, DJ Correct, kitchen open. Saturday nite, DJ Micko, kitchen open. Brunch with Michelle every Sunday at 11 a.m. Please contact Shirley Cheatham at 602-268-3331 to schedule parties or events. Dance to the music of the Huney Brown band on July 25. AMVETS Post #65 – 602-257-9016 – 1303 W. Grant – Happy Hour 12 – 6 p.m. Mon-Fri. Mondays members night; Drink specials from 6 p.m. Tuesday night is steak and game night from 7 p.m. music by DJ Ray Dollars $$$. Thursday night Karaoke from 7 p.m. until closing with DJ Ray $$$$. Drink specials from 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday are party and jamming nights with DJ Louie, Louie 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. July 3 join Commander’s Holiday Special – 11:30 till 4:30 p.m. Mesquite grilled chicken with two sides and several drink specials. Call in orders. Deliveries available. Start your holiday weekend right. Auxiliary President Janetta Brooks-Garland invites everyone to join her for her Red & Black birthday party on July 16 from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Dinner served 7:30 to 9 p.m. Elks Lodge #477- 602-254-1772, 1007 S. 7th Avenue – Thursday is games night – cards and dominoes, 7 p.m. Food available. Friday Happy Hour with free food and DJ Calvin McCowin - 5 until 10 p.m. Saturdays are party nights with music by various D Js. Stop by the Elks Café every Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with Iwana and Rosalyn for brunch or lunch. 2nd Tuesday is Buffalo Soldiers’ Night. Every Tuesday is members’ night. Come by the Elks and socialize after the meetings. Food, fun and music. Wednesdays Step to the music of DJ Mike, hosted by Ms. Tina. Every 2nd and 4th Sunday steak dinner. Sportsman Social Club - 943 W. Watkins Road- 602-252-7153 – Birthday parties every Saturday during the month; Back Yard Boogie cookout every Sunday starting at 4 p.m. Ladies night every Thursday with drink specials and the sounds of DJ Mo Reece; Friday start your weekend off at the Sportsman. VFW Post 1710 - 602-253-6409- 1629 E. Jackson – Tuesday is games night – cards and dominoes. Tuesday night is Open Grill. Chicago style stepping lessons from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Pinochle games on Wednesday afternoons starting at 1 p.m. Ladies Night every Wednesday from 7 p.m. Ladies free, drink specials, pool tournament, music and food available. Old School Thursday nights 5 to 7 p.m., three of the hottest DJs in town, pool tournament with cash prizes, Old School CDs given away during the night. Fridays Happy Hour 5 to 7 p.m. All organizations invite the public to book your birthday, anniversary or other special event at their posts. Call for details.

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NEW GIG: Political commentator Roland B E H I N D T H E S C E N E S the earning reports for various employees, Martin has been recruited by TV One to who showed they were not paid for working anchor a new Sunday public affairs show that overtime. Almost 400 employees could be eliwill debut in September and cater to an gible to collect money should the 40/40 club African American audience. "Washington eventually lose the lawsuit. Watch with Roland Martin" aims to tap into a new interest in politics and government due SEARCHING FOR LOVE: Rapper Pepa will return to VH1 without Salt next year to star in her to the election of President Barack Obama, own reality series, joining other newly-signed said Johnathan Rodgers, TV One's president subjects of unscripted fare Rozonda "Chilli" and CEO. It debuts Sept. 27 at 11 a.m. ET, Thomas from TLC and The Entertainer from and the show will be repeated each week at "I Love NY" and "I Love Money." The as-yet5 p.m. “With the election of President untitled shows for Pepa and Chilli, due in Obama, Washington has taken center stage in the hearts and minds of African Americans, BY ANTRACIA MOORINGS 2010, will chronicle their quests to find a man. Pepa's project will follow her hunt for love after and with the many critical issues facing our living a celibate life for years, while Chilli's show will spotcountry, this was the perfect light her love search aided by time for us to launch a pro- Brooklyn relationship expert gram to help our viewers Tionna Smalls. VH1 has understand what impact ordered eight half-hour Washington policy decisions episodes of each program, are likely to have on their according to the Hollywood lives,” said Rodgers, who with Reporter. "The Entertainer," Martin announced the new which will feature his parents program Saturday at the and his basement bachelor Essence Music Festival in New Orleans. Martin will sit down pad, is also due to bow next PEPA each week with key newsmakers and members of the year. Congressional Black Caucus, according to the network, which is currently available in more than 47.5 million homes. BRIEFLY: Bravo has announced that "The Real Housewives Also, American Urban Radio Networks White House of Atlanta" will return for its second season on July 30 at 10 Correspondent April Ryan and Comcast Network host and p.m., ET. Kandi Burruss of the forKANDI Philadelphia Tribune columnist Robert Traynham will join a mer R&B group Xscape will replace rotating panel of journalists and experts to discuss the top DeShawn Snow as the fifth housewife this season, joining aspiring stories in Washington. country "singer" Kim Zolciak, entreA CLOSED HAND? Jay-Z is being sued in federal court by the preneur Lisa Wu Hartwell, the outlawyer representing a lawsuit brought against him by former spoken NeNe Leakes and budding employees of the rapper's 40/40 club, who claim they were fashion designer Sheree Whitfield denied hourly wages and were compensated only by tips. ….A rarely seen portrait of Michael Michael DiMattia says he wants off the case because the Jackson is on display inside a rap mogul has yet to pay his fee, reports the New York Post. Harlem luxury car dealership. Macky Dancy, a partner at The attorney recently wrote a letter to Manhattan Federal Dancy-Power Automotive, said the oil painting titled "The Court Judge Loretta Preska, who is presiding over the case. Book" is believed to be the only portrait for which Jackson In July of 2008, Judge Preska ruled that the owners of the sat. The oil painting titled "The Book" is on display at DancyManhattan club violated New York labor laws after reviewing Power Automotive in Harlem.


Street Fame Entertainment Set to Celebrate Seven Years

Michael Moore (far left) of Street Fame Entertainment with their artists at the recent Valley of the Sun Juneteenth.

Michael Moore of Street Fame Entertainment recently announced that next month the company is planning to celebrate seven years in the hip-hop entertainment business. One of its featured artist is B.U.L.L.E.T (Before U Let Lives End Touch Someone) featuring Mike Biz. Moore thanked Street Fame's supporters of and their artist who worked at the recent Valley of the Sun Juneteenth. Artists were Lil Fame featuring D Rock, Lady D.I.V.A, Lil Law, Rockemical, Serious, and Brianna. He said the company's artists will be performing July 27 at the peace tour sponsored by the Black Entrepreneurs Association at south Phoenix's Hermosa Park. Upcoming on August 1 is an album release party for artist "Woo" at Famous Sams at 4343 West Glendale Avenue in Phoenix. Also, Moore said, for Halloween, Street Fame plans an October 30 Lil Fame's album release and costume party. "I want to send a special thanks to Kevin Petersen and Cloves Campbell for outstanding service to Street Fame Entertainment and B.U.L.L.E.T," said Moore. "To get involved with any event we have going on call 480-255-4316 or 623-377-5950." ARNE WILLIAMS, REPORTER/PHOTO



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LIVING Garden of Tomorrow: Harvesting Plants And Investing In Lives Today Story and photos By Danny L. White There’s a movement taking place in South Phoenix that resembles a time long ago, when individuals would rise early and work all day tilling and preparing the earth to plant and harvest a multitude of crops. Over the past 18 months, four plots of earth that were home to broken glass, weeds, old tires and abandoned items, have been transformed into gardens that has produced wholesome, organic items distributed to individuals in the immediate area. The Tiger Mountain Foundation/NTC, Community Garden Passion Project is being spearheaded by South Phoenix native Darren Chapman; along with his sister Deborah (Kidd) Chapman, director of Chil dhelp, who serves as NTC co-chair; Helen Poole, NTC chair; Gordon South, Bilingual/ Spanish

Darren Chapman, Tiger Mtn. Foundation Garden of Tomorrow group leader (4th left rear) and Kevin Jones (kneeling 2nd right), with a group of enthusiastic volunteers and supports check out stalks of corn, growing at the 18th Street Tanner garden.

NTC Healthy Lifestyles leader; Faye Love Australia’s Friends Helping Friends and a host of dedicated volunteers are responsible for the effort “My grandfather was a farmer,” began Darren Chapman, a large man who is quite at home discussing vegetation and his vision for the Tiger Mountain Foundation. “As a child growing up, my grandfather would always

tell my sister and me, ‘take care of the earth and the earth will take care of you’,” recalled Chapman on a warm Saturday morning at the corner of 18th Street and Broadway, site of one of the four gardens being nurtured for future harvest. Gardens are located at 32nd Street between Broadway and Roser Road and two gardens are adjacent to the Childhelp Keys

Community Center at 25th Street and Broadway. “The sites at Keys are actually designated youth gardens,” said Chapman, adding, “We harvested tomatoes, okra, greens, squash, snap peas and a few other things. Had we charged for those items, we could have done quite well,” he said, smiling at the thought. “We see this as a great opportunity to reach out to and work with youth that might have fallen on the wrong side of the law,” said Chapman. “Kidz for Life is an education and prevention program. We work with youth to address issues before they become large concerns. This is a great opportunity to teach and allow youth to experience something that will last

them a life time,” said Cari Bailer of the award winning K-6th grade program. Kevin Jones, Chapman’s business partner and right hand man in the development of the community garden efforts, believes working the earth will teach youth a valuable lesson. “Working the earth and putting your hands in soil, seeing the fruit of your labor come up in the form of edible vegetables, fruit or whatever produces a good and positive feeling,” said the Florida native. Tanner residents could not be happier that the garden worked for years by others that was dormant is now being harvested once again. “This garden is a life spring for many,” said Syl Sax, a resident of Tanner, who added, “This garden is an investment in the

many people of South Phoenix. We can grow our own vegetables and give people something to do as well.” Volunteers Isaiah Wilson, Eddie Walter, Ms. Tilford, Ron Menephee, Lee Chapman (Darren’s wife), Pamela a community worker interested in working with females in the area, report they are all in this effort for the long haul. “When this project is running at full speed we will be able to provide opportunities in the forms of jobs to individuals,” said Chapman. “School children can come on field trips to visit and observe the vegetation and chickens – yes, we have chickens too. And we will harvest and sell crops that are 100% organic.” To learn more contact: Helen Poole at 602-5160813 or Darren Chapman, at 602-687-7725.

Yes, that is a squash, confirms Darren Chapman to this trio (l to r) Cari Bailer of Kidz for Life, Chapman, Lee Chapman (Darren’s wife) and community advocate Pamela.

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ummer calls for light meals that are full of flavor and can be tossed together in no time. To take advantage of summer’s fresh produce, award winning cookbook author and teacher Joanne Weir teamed up with Lindsay Olives to create simple and delicious signature recipes for summer eating. Quick and easy to prepare, these tosses can be made in advance and enjoyed in multiple ways throughout the week. Fresh-From-the-Garden Olive Toss: Fresh chives, parsley, lively lemon zest and savory olives bring summer to any dish. Mediterranean Olive Toss: All the flavors of the Mediterranean come together in a tasty, sun-kissed marriage of tomatoes, olives, garbanzo beans, capers, garlic, herbs and balsamic vinegar. Santa Fe Olive Toss: The taste of the Southwest comes alive with tangy olives, black beans, corn, cumin and fresh cilantro to create this Southwestern confetti. Toss any of these with just-picked lettuces or cabbage, mix with hot or cold cooked rice or pasta, or serve on top of grilled chicken breast, skirt steak, or a barbecued turkey burger. At approximately 100 calories per serving, each Lindsay Olive Toss recipe is a tasty, healthy way to enjoy summer dining. For more easy summer recipes, visit

Fresh-From-the-Garden Olive Toss adds a fresh, savory taste to grilled chicken breasts.

Mediterranean Olive Toss

Mediterranean Olive Toss transforms rotini — whether served hot or at room temperature.

Prep time: 30 minutes Servings: 10 Serving size: 1/2 cup 1 jar (5.75 ounces) Lindsay Pimiento Stuffed Spanish Manzanilla Olives, drained, coarsely chopped or 1 jar (4.5 ounces) Lindsay Garlic Stuffed Queen Olives or 1 jar (6 ounces) Lindsay Greek Kalamata Pitted Olives 12 cherry tomatoes, halved 1 small red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and diced 1/2 red onion, peeled, and diced 1 cup canned garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed (about 5 ounces) 3 tablespoons drained capers 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar or red wine vinegar 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 clove garlic, minced 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil 2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 4 ounces feta cheese, coarsely crumbled In medium bowl combine olives, tomatoes, peppers, onions, beans and capers. In small bowl, whisk together vinegar, olive oil and garlic. Add to olive mixture with basil and oregano; mix well. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add feta and very gently toss together. Do ahead: Can be made in advance and will keep for 7 days in your refrigerator. Nutrients per serving: 147 calories, 99 calories from fat, 11g total fat, 6g monounsaturated fat, 10mg cholesterol, 588mg sodium, 8g total carbohydrates, 2g dietary fiber, 4g protein

Fresh-From-the-Garden Olive Toss Prep time: 30 minutes Servings: 10 Serving size: 1/2 cup 1/2 cup Lindsay Black Ripe Pitted Olives, drained, coarsely chopped 1/2 cup Lindsay Naturals Green Ripe California Pitted Olives, drained, coarsely chopped 1 small celery stalk, diced 1 medium carrot, diced 1/4 Maui or other sweet onion, diced 1/2 cucumber, peeled, seeded, and diced 1 small green zucchini, unpeeled and diced 1 small yellow squash, unpeeled and diced 12 cherry tomatoes, halved 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley 2 tablespoons fresh chives, thinly sliced or 2 tablespoons dried chives 1 tablespoon finely shredded lemon peel 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste In a medium bowl combine olives, celery, carrot, onion, cucumber, zucchini, yellow squash, cherry tomatoes, parsley and chives. Add lemon peel, lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil to bowl; mix well. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Do ahead: Can be made in advance and will keep for 7 days in the refrigerator. Nutrients per serving: 89 calories, 72 calories from fat, 8g total fat, 6g monounsaturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 136mg sodium, 4g total carbohydrates, 2g dietary fiber, 1g protein

Santa Fe Olive Toss

The taste of the Southwest comes alive when Santa Fe Olive Toss is served on slaw.

Prep time: 30 minutes Servings: 10 Serving size: 1/2 cup 1 1/2 jars (4.5 ounces) Lindsay Spicy Jalapeño Flavor-full Queen Olives, drained, coarsely chopped (about 1 1/2 cups) or 1 can (6 ounces) Lindsay Black Ripe Pitted Olives or about 1 1/2 cups Lindsay Naturals Green Ripe California Pitted Olives, drained, coarsely chopped 1 ear cooked corn, cooled and kernels cut off the cob or 4 ounces canned sweet corn 1 small red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and diced 1 small yellow bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and diced 5 green onions, thinly sliced 3/4 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon chili powder 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste Combine olives, corn, peppers, green onions and black beans. In small bowl, whisk together lime juice and olive oil. Add cumin, chili powder and cilantro to olive mixture; mix well. Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed. Do ahead: Can be made in advance and will keep for seven days in the refrigerator. Nutrients per serving: 115 calories, 79 calories from fat, 9g total fat, 6g monounsaturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 153mg sodium, 8g total carbohydrates, 2g dietary fiber, 2g protein



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By Floyd Alvin Galloway Music is the key of life and the key to life. It is amazing of what music can do for the soul and mental capacity. A new youth music program will give students the opportunity to develop their musical craft and performance skills at the Youth Fine Arts Conservatory in south Phoenix. The summer program is being held at Dobbins Christian Fellowship Church, 202 W. Dobbins in Phoenix. The idea of the conservatory was Rev. Deborah McFarland. Rev. McFarland a musician, vocalist, songwriter and teacher is a former member of the internationally renowned Fisk Jubilee Singers. Their musically talented mother influenced her and her siblings, Mrs. Brown a master pianist teacher that taught piano lessons and plays the pipe organ. She has taught children for forty years. Both McFarland and her husband Jasper are ordained ministers and want to give students the opportunity to develop their musical talents which can open up a whole new world to them. Music allowed McFarland to travel to Romania as a child to play in a youth orchestra and other areas of the country. “Music has been a part of my life all my life,” says Rev. McFarland. “I wish to share this knowledge with young people.

Former Miss Juneteenth Datia Gowdy (right) congratulates Amber Thomas on being ALVIN GALLOWAY/AZI PHOTOS selected as the new queen.

Chandler Student Assumes Miss Juneteenth Crown By Floyd Alvin Galloway Reverands Jasper and Deborah McFarland run the summer arts program at Dobbins Christian Fellowship Church.

In the summer program, geared for youth ages 8 to 18, they program will be able to take dance lessons, piano classes, vocal training, music theory, character development and performances in fun Christ centered environment. All the instructors are professionally trained performers with over 80 years of combined experience in performing arts. The McFarland’s are planning to open up a fine arts conservatory school called Kabod, which means glory of God; the later part of the year. This fall they will also add other classes to their fall schedule including drum and classical guitar lessons. As a fine arts conservatory, students are expected to perform on a regular basis. Students will begin performing regularly in worship services and later in various venues around

the Valley. After the students have mastered a certain level of proficiency, those who are exhibit good character, are respectful, obedient and on good behavior may be given the opportunity to perform nationally. “We have established wonderful international contacts and may allow students to audition for some international performances at a much later time.” The performance schedule will be distributed at the beginning of each semester. Students are asked to make these performances priorities. Classes resumed July 13. They also have a fundraising opportunity for students that will take care of their tuition and provide them with a $150 clothing voucher. For more information call 480-219-0334.

Amber Thomas, 17, a Chandler High School student was crowned Miss Juneteenth 2009 -2010, recently in a ceremony held at the South Chandler Self Help Foundation office, sponsors of the pageant. Thomas takes over for Datia Gowdy as queen. Gowdy, who was going to continue an extended reign as queen, because of cancellation of Juneteenth pageant and festival in Chandler due to mounting cost, stepped down to concentrate on school and other community interest. Thomas, who was to be a contestant in the pageant before its cancellation, was selected by the SCSHF

board of because of her personality, composure and intellect. “She will be an outstanding ambassador for the pageant, the cultural history of the Juneteenth tradition and a great role model for growing young girls,” noted

board members in a statement. Thomas will attend various city, state and organizational events as Miss Juneteenth and will also receive scholarship funds to further her educational objectives.

Miss Juneteenth Amber Thomas with parents Debra and Alvin Thomas.



Phoenix Christian Standout Naje Singleton Going To Mississippi Valley State By Danny L. White Former NFL great and hall of fame wide-receiver Jerry Rice and 2009 Phoenix Christian high school graduate and four year starter Naje Singleton will share a common bond beginning in August. The two will share the common bond of having suited up for the Delta Devils of Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU). Rice, 1985 graduate of Mississippi Valley State University teamed with current coach and former MVSU record setting quarterback Wille “Satellite” Totten to break and or tie more than 50 school and NCAA records during their illustrious careers. Totten, is banking that Singleton will generate similar excitement on both sides of the ball, as Naje is one of a very few running backs Totten signed or invited to try out for the team. MVSU opens the 2009 season September 5, against Arkansas State, following an open date the Delta Devils will travel to the windy city to play Arkansas-Pine Bluff in the Chicago Football Classic on Sept 19. Alabama State and Texas College will visit Itta Bena, and then it is back on the road to play always tough Alcorn State and Prairie View, before returning home to face Jackson State Oct 24. The final four games of

Naje Singleton pictured here following an explosive performance in Phoenix Christians undefeated 2008 season, is packing his bags to play college football for Mississippi Valley State University. D WHITE/AZI PHOTO

the season will take place at Grambling Oct 31. Texas Southern and Lincoln University in Itta Bena Nov 7 and 14, with the season final against Alabama A & M in Huntsville on Nov 21. Itta Bena, Mississippi will be home to 20 young men Coach Totten signed back in February on National Signing Day for high school student athletes. Focusing on his offensive line and defense, Totten signed seven offensive linemen and five defensive linemen (six weigh 300 pounds or more) as well as five linebackers and three promising quarterbacks.

“They are bringing me in as an “athlete,” said the versatile Singleton, who began his career at Phoenix Christian playing quarterback for legendary coach Jim Rattay. “Halfway through my junior year I moved to running back to open up the offense. We had a number of injuries to key players and I was running for my life on almost every play. “I have always put team first, so when the coaches suggested I move to running back to keep defenses off balance, I was all for it,” said Singleton, who became an immediate triple threat (running, passing and catching).

During the 2008-09 season Singleton rushed for more than 1,200 yards, was on the receiving end of 35 passes for an additional 300 yards, complete 12 of 17 pass attempts and he played tough at strong safety. With a healthy Naje Singleton, Phoenix Christian jumped off to an impressive 6-0 start, on their way to an undefeated season that witnessed a thrilling home victory over new 2A power Yuma Catholic. A late season ankle injury limited Singleton’s mobility and he missed the 2A state-championship game and his team went down in defeat, with Naje watching from the sidelines. “Losing the state championship game and not being able to help my team was tough, but I have put all of that behind me as I prepare for the next chapter in my life,” said Singleton, the only child of Andre and Julicia Singleton both longtime US Navy enlistees. “I am excited about going to MVSU and moving up to the college level. I understand Jerry Rice comes to some games and encourages the team. I am looking forward to that as well as being in college,” said Singleton, adding, “College is a big step, but I am preparing myself mentally and physically to be ready to step off and make it a great experience, said the future business major.

One of the Nation’s Premier Basketball Tournaments Set For July 27, 28 The 2009 Desert Invitational Summer Basketball Championships, The only Arizona’s own basketball showcase will be held July 27-28 at Camelback High School, 4612 North 28th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85016. This invitational is only for elite AAU or club basketball teams from Arizona, Nevada, California, New Mexico, Utah and Georgia. Only twenty teams were invited by a selection committee thru The Desert Invitational Summer Basketball Championships is a NCAA certified event and is expected to attract over 100 college coaches to the valley of the sun, along with over 300 players participating and will showcase some of the nation’s top talent and players in Arizona.

This event is being directed by Chad Groth, a former Harlem Globetrotter executive and now gives back to the community thru his foundation and time with youth in basketball.

scouting service for college coaches to promote Arizona youth basketball players. Groth also runs some of the top local basketball tournaments in Phoenix during the year at all age levels.

“I wanted to run an event that would give players from Arizona more exposure on a national level and do it in Phoenix.” -Organizer, Chad Groth Groth also is the Director of basketball for newly signed Phoenix Suns forward Channing Frye and runs his youth basketball traveling team, basketball camps and runs a

“I wanted to run an event that would give players from Arizona more exposure on a national level and do it in Phoenix. continued on page 16

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STEVE MCNAIR: GOOD MAN, BAD DECISION Former NFL and Alcorn State quarterback Steve McNair earned the respect of his fellow NFL players for shaking off defenders and injuries. That same blue-collar playing style won the love of fans amazed at how the quarterback kept showing up for work – and winning. He endeared himself more with his charity work. Not just from the checks he handed out, but for throwing himself into the efforts, like he did when loading boxes onto tractor-trailers bound for Hurricane Katrina victims. Publicly, McNair was a happily married man and proud father of four sons who split his time between his Mississippi farm and a home in Nashville, where celebrities are rumored to be cherished, not hassled. But when he was found shot to death on the Fourth of July with his 20-year-old girlfriend, Saleh Kazemi, dead nearby, a darker side of his private life was suddenly thrust into the spotlight. Even McNair's longtime agent said he didn't know about the quarterback's relationship with Kazemi until news broke of the deaths. Now McNair is a homicide victim. “As good as he was on the football field, that couldn't touch the person,” agent Bus Cook said. “I mean it just couldn't.” Hints of a problem with alcohol surfaced in May 2003 when a Nashville police officer pulled McNair over on suspicion of drunk driving. Police said SPORTS EDITOR DIGEST the quarterback's blood alcohol content was .18 percent – well over Tennessee's legal limit. He also was charged for having a 9mm weapon with him, but all charges were later dropped. McNair was charged with drunken driving in 2007 because he let his brother-in-law drive his BY VINCENT CRAWFORD pickup truck. Those charges were later dropped when the DUI charge against the brother-inlaw was reduced to reckless driving. And McNair could have been charged again two days before his death when the same officer who arrested him in 2003 stopped a 2007 Cadillac Escalade driven by Kazemi and registered to both her and McNair. Kazemi was arrested on a DUI charge while McNair was allowed to leave in a taxi. McNair was shot four times – twice in the head, twice in the chest when found in a rented condominium he shared with a longtime friend, Wayne Neeley. The semiautomatic pistol was found under Kazemi's body. McNair met Kazemi at the Dave & Buster's restaurant where she worked as a server and where when his family ate. The two began dating a few months ago in a relationship that included vacations. Kazemi believed the two were going to get married although there is no record that McNair was getting a divorce from his wife, Mechelle, of 12 years. On the football field, he was simply “Air McNair,” a winner. McNair still holds the NCAA's Football Championship Series records for career yards passing (14,496) and total offense (16,823) from the days at Alcorn State. He played 13 NFL seasons starting with the thenHouston Oilers, led Tennessee to its famous last-second 2000 Super Bowl loss to the St. Louis Rams. He ended his career in Baltimore last season, after being traded away by the Titans after they drafted Vince Young. McNair also was a four-time Pro Bowler and shared the NFL's MVP award with Payton Manning in 2003. McNair will always be remembered for his generosity like giving away turkeys in Tennessee, toys in Baltimore, and for opening up a restaurant McNair near Tennessee State University to provide healthy, affordable food for college students but also for making a mistake that cost him his life as well.

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LPGA OUSTS BIVENS Carolyn Bivens is out as commissioner of the LPGA, and Marsha Evans will serve as acting commissioner while the organization looks for a replacement. Bivens, who took over the job in 2005, came under pressure when some players wrote a letter to the LPGA’s board of directors calling for her resignation. The LPGA announced her departure Monday. Bivens’ tenure was plagued with difficulties and controversies. The tour has lost seven tournaments since 2007, and last year Bivens was widely criticized when she proposed an English-only policy for tour players. It was never instituted. The LPGA includes 121 international players from 26 countries, including 45 from South Korea. In October 2006, she was accused by officials of the now-defunct tour event near Atlantic City, N.J., of backing out on a promise to maintain a longtime event. Evans served on the LPGA commissioner’s advisory council in 2007 and 2008, and began serving on the board this year. She is a former naval officer who reached the rank of rear admiral. She also led the Girl Scouts of the USA and then the American Red Cross.

JI WINS U.S. WOMEN’S OPEN Eun Hee Ji a 20-year-old South Korean golfer made a long birdie putt on the 72nd hole Sunday to claim her first win, the U.S. DEAN’S DUFFERS Women’s Open. Ji was paired with third-round leader Cristie Kerr, who struggled in the final round and failed in her bid for a second Women’s Open title in three years. Ji earned $585,000 for the win after posting rounds of 71-72-70-71284 even par on the par BY MICHAEL A. DEAN 71 Saucon Valley Country Club course in Bethlehem, PA. Candie Kung posted a closing 69 and finished alone in second place at 285 +1, one shot behind Ji. Kerr closed with 75 and finished T3 with In-Kyung Kim. Paula Creamer once again failed to make the grade in major championships but closed with 69 after posting a third round high of 79.

STACKHOUSE WINS AGAIN Mariah Stackhouse made history Thursday by becoming the youngest winner (15 years of age) of the Yamaha Georgia Women’s Open with a one-shot, playoff victory at Canongate at SummerGrove GC in Newnan. Stackhouse carded a one-under par 71 which included two birdies and only one bogey to finish at five-underpar 139. She needed a one-hole playoff to claim the victory over Jackie Szymoniak of Newnan. Szymoniak, shot a two-under par 70 for a two-day total of 139 which forced the extra hole. The playoff began and ended on the 397-yard par four ninth hole. Both players tee shots found the fairway, but Szymoniak’s approach shot found the hazard which guards the front of the green. Stackhouse’s approach found the back fringe of the green. After a drop, Szymoniak hit her fourth to within five feet of the hole. Stackhouse then putted to within 14 inches of the hole. Szymoniak made her putt for bogey, but it wasn’t enough against the reigning Georgia Women’s Amateur Champion who quickly tapped in her putt for par and the championship and the coveted W.A. (Bill) Roquemore trophy.

OTHER TEEBITS: Congrats to Don Brown of the Mashies on winning the Western States Golf Association Senior Championship in Denver last week. Brown posted rounds of 73-79-75-227 edging Ray Young and Jerome Polk by four shots.

Until Next Time Keep On Strokin’


Legendary “Coach B” Laid to Rest By Vincent R. Crawford Sports Editor Former Phoenix North head boys basketball coach Hector Bejarano, 69, died recently and was buried last Thursday in his home town of Miami, Ariz., before a standing room only crowd of people that even overflowed outside of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament church. In attendance was a Who's Who of former and current coaches and players as well. Bejarano, who is better known as “Coach B”, retired from coaching in 1993 and began having health issues in 1995 after he retired from teaching. Bejarano had his long battle with prostate cancer under control, but suffered a stroke two years ago. Later, on March 7, 2009, Bejarano was invited to sit on the Mustangs' bench as North was playing Tucson Ironwood Ridge for the Class 5A Division II state title. As North was celebrating their 42-39 win, Bejarano sat emotionless at the end of the bench because he was suffering a mild stroke unknown to anyone in the arena. The next day, he was taken to the hospital. With North's championship game win, it was their first basketball state title since Bejarano led the Mustangs to back-to-back crowns in 1990 and 1991 when North competed in the Class 4A Conference.


During that era, Bejarano and his Mustangs were so dominating that from 1986 to 1991, North played in five of six state title games, winning three times ('88, '90, '91) and losing in back-to-back title games against Phoenix Carl Hayden ('86, '87) by nearly identical scores of 50-48 and 50-47, respectively. Bejarano began his high school coaching career when legendary coach Royce Youree asked Bejarano to be his assistant coach at now closed Phoenix East. That was 1967 and for 15 years, until East was forced to close due to declining enrollment in 1982, Youree and Bejarano led the Longhorns to five state titles and it was not until East closed that the two went separate ways. Bejarano became North's head coach after

the school reopened in 1985 and led them to immediate prominence as a basketball power in the state of Arizona. Once Youree left the junior college ranks, Bejarano added his name to the roster as an emeritus. At the funeral, once Youree began speaking and recalling some of his and Bejarano's memories, he had the entire church laughing, but, towards the end of his speech, when Youree admitted that he had just lost a brother, Youree became really emotional. “I really mean it when I said Hector was like a brother to me,” said Youree, after the service. “He was my brother and I am going to miss him a lot. I didn't have a closer friend than Hector and today is an extremely sad day in my life.” “I remember playing in a tournament and we won

the game, but Coach B was not happy with the way we played so we had a two-hour practice even though we had a championship game to play the next day,” said Terrence Hunter, one of his players on the back-to-back championship teams. “That's the way Coach B was. He wanted us to be the best we could be whether it was on the basketball court, in the classroom or in our personal life. “It was all about being a family and he really cared about us not just as basketball players.” As evident by the many people in attendance, Coach B was a wellrespected person and will be missed many. Reporter's note: I played basketball my freshman year (1972-73) at East before transferring to Phoenix South Mountain and what I will always remember about Coach B, and Coach Youree as well, is that he always considered me a part of the East High family and he recalled my name years later even though I was not writing for the Informant at the time. Also, whenever we met, he was never too busy to shake my hand and have a conversation with me no matter the circumstances. Coach B, it was nice knowing you and like many people you encountered, you were also an influence in my life.

Top AAU Teams To Compete At Camelback High continued frompage 15

College coaches can only evaluate high school players during July and the window is short for opportunity. Some of the Phoenix based teams with lots of talent and future division one players are Arizona Dream Team, Golden Gators, Joe Ward All Stars, AZ Warriors, Team M’phasis, Arizona Magic, and Team AZ.” Said Groth. The prospective student athletes will also receive in addition to the games they will play a seminar on NCAA eligibility standards and the NCSS clearinghouse process. Top scouting services nationally and local media are expected to attend. Slam magazine will cover this event in a future issue. NBA players have sponsored there teams from out of state and include and 4

NBA players that maybe in town to watch include former Phoenix Sun and current Toronto Raptor Marcus Banks team Hard to Guard out of Las Vegas, NV, Utah Jazz player Paul

Millsap’s Team Millsap coming from Utah, Indiana Pacer Danny Granger’s team from New Mexico the Granger Hurricanes and Phoenix Sun Channing Frye’s team

from Phoenix Channing Frye Elite. For further information on this event call Chad Groth at (602) 772-6093 or log onto





J.W. Taylor Scholarship Luncheon Benefits Youth overall professionalism in church. Our service to God has to be in order just as we want our homes and life in order. Get that relationship right and the other will follow," McCaa said.

"In Afghanistan those with an education do certain jobs and those without do certain jobs. The Russians left land mines, and those seeking any kind of work can land a job searching for land mines.

However, those with an education can find a number of other opportunities. The same applies here. If you have the education, skills and ability, chances are you can land a job you want."

Valley Youth Visits Budapest And Beyond

Lt. Colonel Clea McCaa stressed that a good education leads to the good jobs.

Story and photo By Danny L. White Members of the Church of God in Christ (COGIC), came out in full force recently to support the annual J. W. Taylor Scholarship Luncheon held at the church’s

central Phoenix headquarters south of McDowell Rd. on 17th street. "Each year we do our best to make this an event that will be acceptable to the Lord and pleasing to those that come out and support the cause," said Mildred Wilson, a retired

Michael Jackson’s Color Complex Cont’d. from Page 9 With all of his success, fame, fortune and power across our global village, why would he reject his beautiful Black skin and features and surrender his Black racial identity? The MJ of recent years resembled a gross mis-representation of Blackness. I don't expect many Whites to relate this. Does Larry King and the hosts of CNN news correspondents really understand the dynamics of Eurocentric/White supremacy? If negative anti-Black feelings in America could permeate and dominate the mind set of a cultural icon such as Michael Jackson, then it is certainly understandable how young Black children in New York City in 2007 are still choosing White dolls and White images over Black dolls and Black images as more attractive and more desirable. Why is the image of the White aesthetic so enticing, seductive and intoxicating to so many people of color in America and abroad? Why are African women in Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa using skin lightening and bleaching creams that are potentially life threatening in their attemps to be more attractive to African men? The centuries old "color complex" and the ideas about Black inferiority are still prevelant in the psyches of far too many African Americans. It has been said that the "colonized" mind is always on the verge of mentacide. Sadly, a mind like this is self-destructive because it has been indoctrinated against itself. Black self-determination, Black pride, identity and

self esteem were obviously repressed in Michael Jackson's life experiences. It is unfortunate for too many of us, that when we think that we have finally overcome and transcended racial oppression, that we reject and abandon our cultural roots. As soon as we become rich and famous, we think that it's ok to not sustain and maintain Afrocentric art, culture in our lives. I have firmly believed for many years that a Black person, even one born and nurtured in Gary, Indiana like MJ, who does not read, study and analyze the critical writings of Dubois, Garvey, Woodson, Malcolm, Fanon, Bell Hooks, Frances Cress Welsing and other anti-hegemonic authors will always be in the dangerous position of being intellectually colonized by the political philosophy of White supremacy. Even with all his monumental success with the Jackson 5 and his own solo career as "the greatest entertainer of all time," Michael Jackson's compassionate and loving spirit fell victim to the ever present and dangerous, subliminal forces of White racial superiority. Lord, Lord why did you make me Black? And God answered: Why did I make you Black? Why did I make you Black? Get off your knees and look around. Tell me, what do you see? I didn't make you in the image of darkness, I made you in likeness of ME! Professor Gershom Williams teaches AfricanAmerican and United States history at Mesa Community College. He can be reached via email at africanman49

educator from Tucson who serves as chairwomen of the event. Special guest was Pastor Clea McCaa, a Lt. Colonel and reservist with a tour of duty in Afghanistan. McCaa has risen through the military ranks since graduating from Buena High School and Northern Arizona University. He is also the senior pastor for the Sierra Vista First Church of God in Christ and chaplain for the Sierra Vista police department. Talking to the youth in particular and the audience in general, McCaa stressed the importance committing to a professional behavior in church and the need for a good education. "We are lacking in our

Jordan Austin recently returned from a trip to Europe with the Centennial High School orchestra where he visited Vienna, Budapest (Hungary), and Prague (Czech Republic). Jordan is grandson of Enos Lewis Jr. (Glendale) and Barbara J. Lewis (Tempe), Thanks to the funds the Maricopa County NAACP contributed towards this trip, Jordan was given the opportunity to explore and to learn about the incredible history and beauty of the regions he visited. Jordan, who has been playing the violin for six years, performed with his orchestra before an appreciative audience inside the 14th century monastery, one of the oldest monasteries in Prague. Jordan is eager to continue his studies and continuing to play the violin with the Centennial High School orchestra. Jordan looks forward to also giving back to his community and encouraging others as Rev. Oscar Tillman and the Maricopa County NAACP have given and encouraged him.

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Phillips Memorial Hosts Arizona-New Mexico Conference By Florence Darby



Reverend Felix Jones, pastor, and Phillips Memorial Christian Memorial Episcopal Church located at 1401 East Adams in Phoenix hosted the 2009 Arizona-New Mexico Region Conference. Bishop Henry M. Williamson, Sr. presided. He is the presiding prelate of the 9th Episcopal District. The conference closed on Thursday night, June 25, with a Lay Ministry To Men program. Brother William McGruder was the devotional leader. The


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— JULY — TUE-SUN 14-18 Flagstaff First Baptist Church, 219 W. Elden Street in Flagstaff will host the 61st Annual Session of the Paradise Missionary Baptist State Convention. 928-779-3133.

WED-SAT 15-17 Deliverance & Healing Revival with guest speaker Bishop Keith Brooks of Middletown, Ohio. Saturday praise jam concert. Begins 7:30 nightly and admission is free at Covenant Christian Center International 10611 N. 83rd Ave. in Peoria. 623-412-8777 THU 16 Learn How to Play Gospel Music clinics. 6:00 to 7 p.m. for beginners. 7:00 to 8 p.m. for skilled musicians or keyboard players. Clinics by Dr. Robert L. Jefferson, the author of the popular “How to Play Gospel Music” books. Held at Abundant Life Baptist Church, 1302 E. Madison Street in Phoenix. Free but seating is limited. Reservations must be made in advance. Go to: or call 301-769-4333.


THU-SAT 16-18 Union Baptist Church, 640 E. First Street in Florence, Arizona will host a 3-day revival at 7 p.m. nightly. The guest speaker will be Pastor Abram Moore from Trinity Baptist Church in Coolidge, Ariz. For information call Pastor Donald Woolridge at 520-5609159.

audience was welcomed by Sister Linda Langston after prayer by Brother Tommy Jackson and scripture reading by Sister Dorothy Davidson. Councilman Mike Johnson, District 8 representative, extended greetings. The speaker for the closing service, Elder Peris J. Lester, pastor of Lewis Metro CME Church in Los Angeles, was introduced by Elder Hurley Grissom, pastor of Amos Metropolitan CME Church in Phoenix. His timely and well-delivered sermon was entitled, "How to Cope With Burnout." It was centered in Galatians 6-.9. His admonition for avoiding spiritual burn out was to “keep your mind on Christ.” He stressed the need for men to take the lead and go out and reach other men. During his closing remarks, Bishop Williamson stated, "Men in the church live longer." The Men to Ministry March around the sanctuary, highlighting the program's message, was led by Bishop Williamson and first lady Doris Yvonne Williamson. The bishop announced several very

FRI 24 Elder Jerome L. Ferrell and the “Next Level” Present a Free “Live” Gospel Recording Session. The session will feature Dr. Erral Wayne Evans of St. Louis, Missouri. The session will begin at 7pm at First Institutional Baptist Church Sanctuary located at 1141 E Jefferson St. Phoenix 85034. For information call 877798-7297 or visit FRI-SAT 24-25 Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church Singles’ Conference. Worship service Friday 6 p.m. Speaker, Minister Tyron Ivy. Saturday from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. workshops on numerous topics. Closing speaker Bishop Alexis A. Thomas. Call 602-258-0831 or www.pilgrimrestphx. org. Registration is available online. Women with a Sharper Image conference with Dr. Meekness LeCato, Evangelist Adena Dean and Evangelist Renee Smith. Featuring Vickie Winans at the Ritz Carlton. For more info, please go to www. or call 602-279-2701. top: Elder Peris Lester, Bishop Henry Williamson, Doris Williamson, President of Lay Rosemary Hill and Councilman Michael Johnson. above left: Roslind Longmire received her minister license. above right: Bishop and Mrs. Williamson presented Nancy ThomasJones a special award. above: Reverands John Johnson, Felix M. Jones II, Ermano Willis, Bishop Williamson, Elder Hurley Grissom and Reverend Peris Lester.

liberal donations of funds to churches for repairs and other needs. The Reverend Musgrove, former pastor of Bethel CME Church in Phoenix, was the recipient of a financial aid presentation. The Reverend Roslind Longmire was presented her ministerial license. Nancy Jones, district missionary leader, was pleasantly surprised to receive a special award from the first lady of the 9th Episcopal District for her dedicated service.

The first lady was then presented an award from Sister Rosemary Hill who has served as lay leader of the region for 15 years. The announcement that all district pastors will be returned to their pulpits brought a lively round of applause. Wednesday night was Missionary Night at the conference. The Rev. Teresa Nelson, pastor of Murph AME Church in Phoenix was the guest speaker. Music for the closing

night was presented by Sister White-Grosse who represented Tucson's church choir and Amos Metropolitan Church's young adult choir. The conference ended on a high note. The announcement that the 2010 conference will be in El Paso, Texas seemed pleasing to the audience. The joy of Christian fellowship continued as the audience moved to the Fellowship Hall where a delicious dinner was served.




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Murph Community A.M.E. Church Rev. Teresa Nelson - Pastor 602-246-3951 • 6702 N. 27th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85017

Sunday Church School at 8-9:20 am Praise and Worship at 9:30 - 9:45 am Divine Worship Service at 9:45 am • TRANSPORTATION WILL BE PROVIDED • Wednesday - Bible Study at 6 to 7pm Saturday - Men's Bible 8:30-10am Youth Church 9am-3pm (2nd and 4th Sat.) Women's Bible Study 9-11am (1st and 3rd Saturday)

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For Information call 602-257-9300 Mt. Calvary Baptist Church 1720 E. Broadway Road Mesa, AZ 85204 Mailing Address: P.O. Box 4242 Mesa, AZ 85211 Ph. (480) 964-5048 FAX (480) 964-5711

BEACON LIGHT SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH Dr. W. Don Edwards 2602 N. 51st Ave. Phoenix, Arizona 602-285-9391

Wednesday Prayer Meeting 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Saturday Sabbath School 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship 11:00 a.m. Everyone Welcome

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SCHEDULE OF SERVICES Sunday Morning Prayer . . .9:00 am Sunday School . . . .9:30 am Morning worship .10:45 am Wednesday Bible Study . . . . . . .7:00 pm 1st Fridays - Prayer and Pastoral teaching 7:00 pm

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Listen to the Harvest Time Radio broadcast Sunday 6pm 1280 AM KXEG Visit us on the web at:

Schedule of Services Sunday Monday Night Church School 8:30 a.m. Brotherhood 7:00 p.m. Morning Service 10:00 a.m. 1st & 3rd Senior Mission 7p.m. 1st & 3rd Men’s Chorus 8:00 p.m. Tuesday Wednesday 2nd - 4th Young Adult 7 p.m. Noon Day Bible Study 12 p.m. 3rd Tuesday Ushers 7 p.m. Family Prayer & Bible Study 7 p.m. Thursday Senior Choir 7:30 p.m.

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Gideon Missionary Baptist Church A church on the move Come move with us! Rev. John R. Powell, Pastor First Lady Sis. Anita Powell

4401 S. 7th Place Phoenix


“Therefore go and make desciples of all nations...” Services Held Sunday at Windmill Inn Suites 12545 W. Bell Road Surprise, AZ 85374

Bible Study Wednesday Night Various Locations - Call 623-875-1525

First Institutional Baptist Church

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 91003 Phoenix, AZ 85066-1033

Pastor Darryl T. Henry

Greater Love Deliverance Church 1523 E. Wood Street, Phoenix, AZ 85040

1141 East Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034 Dr. Warren H. Stewart Sr., Senior Pastor

Church (602) 243-7119 (602) 258-1998 FAX: (602) 256-2957

Scriptural Foundation: Exodus 3:12-15; I Peter 2:9; Romans 12:3-5; 8:31-37 (NLT)


Putting on the Armor of God Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday Morning Worship 7:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. Church School 9:30 a.m.

School of the Bible Fridays at 7:30 p.m. Sundays Sunday School at 9 a.m. Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.

Wednesday Prayer, Worship and the Word on Wednesdays

6:30 p.m.

Dr. Lee E. Wells & First Lady Elder Deborah Wells

Office Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

1248 East Roeser Road Phoenix, Arizona 85040 Church Phone 602-268-5930 FAX 602-268-1501

Elder Dr. Julian E. Turner, Pastor



202 N. M L King Circle Phoenix AZ 85034 602-254-1576 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me - Phil 4:13

Missionary Baptist Church

901 W. Buckeye Road, Phoenix, AZ 85007

REV. ROY L. FITZPATRICK, PASTOR Telephone (602) 253-0219 • Fax (602) 253-2772 “Jesus Christ Is Lord To The Glory Of God The Father.” Phil. 2:11 (b)

Praise & Worship Services Prayer Service Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m.


Church of the Living God (C.W.F.F.)

Service Times Sunday School.........9:15 a.m. Morning Service..........11 a.m. Bible Class Wednesday...7 p.m.

Church School 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship 11 a.m.


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Sunday Morning Worship – 10:00 a.m. Sunday School – 9:00 a.m. Prayer Meeting and Bible Study: (Wednesdays) – 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Lord’s Supper – (1st Sunday only) For additional information, please call: (602) 253-0219

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Gethsemane Park Apostolic Church 111 N. Sun Valley, Mesa, Arizona 85207 Order of Weekly Services Sunday School ........................9:15 a.m. Elder Michael C. Newman Morning Worship.................10:30 a.m. Pastor KXEG AM1280 Broadcast.....4:30 p.m. (480) 641-PARK (7275) Evening Worship....................6:00 p.m. Wednesday Bible Class ...........7:30 p.m. Mailing Address: P.O. Box 6699 Mesa, AZ. 85216 Web Address: “The church controlled by the Spirit of God!”

Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church 1401 E. Jefferson, Phoenix, AZ 85034 (602) 258-0831

Bishop Alexis A. Thomas, Senior Pastor LINING UP SUNDAY Morning Worship . . . . . . . . . . . .7:45am & 10:45am Sunday School . . . . . . . . . . . . .9:30am Broadcast KXEG Radio 1280 AM........9:30-11:00pm WEDNESDAY Prayer & Praise . . . . . . . . . . . . .6:00pm Family Cluster Bible Study . . .6:30pm




THEME FOR JULY: “Hearers Of God’s Word”

Your Church Directory Information in this Space For Information call 602-257-9300




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U N I T E D F E L LOW S H I P C H U RC H 4210 E. Main St. (suite 10 & 11) Mesa, AZ 85205 480-779-6444 •


Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Saturdays at 4 p.m. Overseers Brian & Yolanda Ewing Pastors Joshua & Tamela Farr

Chur ch of Chr ist

1101 W. Tonto St., Phoenix, AZ 85007 Weekly Services Sunday Morning Bible Class ........................... 9:15 a.m. Worship...............................10:30 a.m. Sunday Evening Bible Class (All Ages) ............5:00 p.m. Worship ................................6:00 p.m. Wednesday Evening Bible Class (All Ages) ............6:30 p.m.

Church: 602-252-7852 Res: 602-268-6275

2766 East Marguerite Ave., Phoenix, Arizona 85040

602-268-8076 or 276-5902 PASTOR CHARLES R. JOHNSON Saturday Sabbath School 10 a.m. Saturday Worship 12 p.m. Sunday Night Service 7: 30 Tuesday/Thursday Bible Study 7:30

Bethesda Community Baptist Church 906 E. Jones Ave. - P.O. Box 8442 Phoenix, Arizona 85066 Sunday School: 9:30am Sunday Morning Worship: 11:00am Tuesday Womens Ministry: 6:00pm-7:00pm Tuesday Mens Ministry: 7:00pm-8:00pm Tuesday Outreach Ministry: 7:00pm-8:00pm Wednesday Hour of Prayer: 6:00pm-7:00pm Wednesday Bible Study: 7:00pm-8:00pm Wednesday Youth Ministry: 7:00pm-8:30pm Thursday Music Ministry: 7:00pm-9:00pm

Pastor James N. Preston, Pastor/Teacher Telephone - 602-276-1006 * Fax - 602-276-4526

Southminster Presbyterian Church 1923 E Broadway Road, Phoenix, Arizona 85040 • P.O. Box 8764, Phoenix, Arizona 85066 Telephone (602) 276-2582 • Fax (602) 276-7160 • E-mail

Elder Reginald Ragland Commissioned Lay Pastor Weekly Community Worship every Sunday at 10am Weekly Prayer and Bible Study every Thursday at 6pm

FIRST PENTECOSTAL CHURCH, INC. 2701 E. Marguerite Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85040 Church: 602-268-0348 or 276-9075 David Eddings, Pastor

“…faith, hope, love abide, …the greatest of these is love.” 1 Cor 13.13 RSV Sunday: Sunday Morning Prayer......... 8:30 a.m. Sunday School ................... 9:15 a.m. Morning Worship .................10:30 a.m. Evening Worship ................ 5:00 p.m. Tuesday: Bible Study ........................ 7:30 p.m. Thursday: Worship ............................ 7:30 p.m. All are welcome!

Youth and Adult/Church School is each Sunday: Children 3-6 years of age meet at 9:00am Children 7-12 years of age meet at 9:00am Teens and adults meet at 11:30am The Chancel Choir meets every Thursday at 7:00pm Youth Choir meets every other Saturday at 2:00pm

Merlon M. Thompson

Fisher Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church 1607 EAST SOUTH MOUNTAIN AVENUE PHOENIX, ARIZONA 85040

Sunday School. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9:45 a.m. Morning Worship. . . . . . . . . . . . . 11:00 a.m. Tuesday Bible Study......10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. “Come Worship With Us” Rev. Gina R. Casey, Pastor Church: 243-5913

Phillips Memorial C.M.E. Church 1401 E. Adams Street Phoenix, AZ 85034 602-253-7156

Rev. Felix Jones, Pastor Sunday School . . . . . . . . . . 9:15 AM Sunday Services . . . . . . . . 11:00 AM ............6:00 PM Bible Study Wednesday . . . . . . . . . . . 7:00 PM

Sunday Mornings .8 a.m. – 9 a.m. Sunday Mornings . . . . . .9:15 a.m. Sunday Mornings . . . . .10:45 a.m. 1st Sunday Mornings Wednesday Mornings . .9:30 a.m. Wednesday Evenings . .6:30 p.m.

Rev. C.R. McDuffy South Phoenix Missionary Baptist Church 2006 East Broadway Road • Phoenix, AZ 85040 Study: 268-2512 or 276-6237 Weekly Services Sunday School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9:15 a.m. Morning Worship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11:00 a.m. 1st Sunday Communion . . . . . 7:30 p.m. Wednesday Teacher’s Meeting . . . . . . . . . 6:30 p.m. Mid-Week Service . . . . . . . . . 7:30 p.m. Bible Study . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8:00 p.m. Dr. Bernard Black, Pastor “This is the Church Where Everybody is Somebody”

UNION INSTITUTIONAL BAPTIST CHURCH 2760 East Mobile Lane Phoenix, Arizona Phone: 602-276-6871 Fax: 602-314-6421

Rev. Lenten Jackson, Jr. Pastor Church Schedule Sunday School............ 9:30 a.m. Worship Service ..........11:00 a.m. Prayer Meeting .. Wed. 6:00 p.m. Bible Study ..........Wed. 6:30 p.m.

Canaan Missionary Baptist Church

F a i t h Fa m i l y Community C h u rc h Sunday Services Conducted at Hope Community Church 7901 East Sweetwater (Sweetwater & Hayden) Scottsdale, AZ 85260 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

1428 So. 13th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85007 Phone: 602-252-5344 • Fax 602-252-1478 Breakfast Ministry Sunday School Morning Worship Communion Prayer & Bible Study Prayer & Bible Study

“Come Visit With Us Where You Are A Stranger But Once”


St. John Institutional Baptist Church

931 S. Stapley Dr. Mesa AZ 85204 480-835-6320 Dr. Gene James Pastor

Wesley United Methodist Church 750 E. Southern Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85040 P. O. Box 8508, Phoenix, AZ 85066 Phone: (602) 268-9461 Fax: (602) 305-9424 Experience the fellowship of caring Christians.

A warm welcome awaits you.

REV. KARL M. CLARK Worship Services PASTOR Early Morning Worship . . .8:00 a.m. Sunday School . . . . . . . . .9:30 a.m. Morning Worship . . . . . . . .11:00 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study . .Noon & 6:30 p.m.



Touching Hearts and changing Lives by The Power of His Word Luke 4:18,19 SUNDAYS: 9am- Sunday School 11am- Morning Worship 4 pm - BTU/CBT Christian Bible Training MONDAY: 6pm - Intercessory Prayer Meeting WEDNESDAY: Prayer Meeting– 5:30pm Bible Study - 7pm E-mail:

SUNDAY WORSHIP AND BIBLE STUDY Early Worship - 7:50 a.m. Morning Worship - 10:20 a.m. Sunday School - 9:20 - 10:25 a.m. BIBLE STUDY Tuesday Evening: 7 - 8 p.m. Wednesday: noon - 1 p.m.

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Coalition Fellowship Held 4th of July Approximately 300 hundred members and friends of the Combined Fraternal Organizations of South Phoenix (Coalition) gathered at AMVETS James (JC) Foster Memorial Post #65 for its monthly fellowship. Visiting from Tucson were AMVETS Department Ladies Auxiliary President Denise Campbell and First Vice President Elaine Owens. Campbell and Owens were interested in learning more about how the Phoenix Coalition operates and take that information back to Tucson. District 8 Councilmen Michael Johnson attended and provided

Tim Seay (left) and James White are looking forward to another good turnout for their lodge’s third annual Chotolate Parry

From left to right are Councilman Mike Johnson, PDP Etta Foster, AMVETS Auxiliary Department President Denise Campbell, Coalition Chairman Bob Boyd, AMVETS Post 65 Commander Homer Washington and State Representative District 16 Cloves Campbell, Jr.

Young Ronald Marshall, Jr., with is mom Joyce Luton (right), was given a donation for the baxketball team and league he plays with. Joining them above are Art Whitmore, Johnny Tyler, Bob Boyd, seated Ray Graham and Levi Harris.



Chocolate Party Set For July 25




updates on several projects that are going on in the city. District 16 State Representative Cloves Campbell, Jr. talked about the status of the budgets that are currently being negotiated in the legislature and how they relate to our community. A short program was also held to commemorate Independence Day. Ima Denmon, treasurer of VFW Post 1710 Ladies Auxiliary and secretary of the Coalition read a short history of Independence Day. Members of AMVETS 66, Elks Lodge, VFW Post 1710 and the American Legion presented a donation for his team to Ronald Marshall Jr., an 11 year old, who plays with a junior champions basketball team that practices at Caesar Chavez High School.


Aviation Department Public Relations Consulting Services Request for Proposals (RFP)

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP) 10-001 STAGEHAND SERVICES This is a retraction for the advertisement that was published July 1, 2009. The RFP title, Issue Date, Pre-proposal Conference Date, and Proposal Submission Date will all be changed. This RFP will be re-advertised later on this month. Any questions regarding this issue may be addressed to the following: Celeste Mims, Contracts Specialist II City of Phoenix Convention Center 100 North 3rd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004 (602) 495-5307 •

The City of Phoenix (City) is seeking public relations consulting services for the City’s airports. RFP documents are expected to be released July 2009. Visit or contact Gretchen Wolfe, City of Phoenix Aviation Department, 3400 E. Sky Harbor Blvd., Suite 3300, Phoenix, AZ 85034-4405, 602-273-4082 (phone), 602-273-8809 (fax) for more information.

Aviation Department The City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department will accept proposals to operate a parking concession at Encanto 9-Hole Golf Course, 2300 North 17th Avenue. The parking concession will be operated during the Arizona State Fair and, if necessary, for other events requiring parking administration. Prospective proposers may secure additional information by contacting Recreation Coordinator III Laura Soldinger at (602) 262-5088. This is not an offer for employment.

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King Solomon Lodge #14 Arizona Prince Hall Masons will hold their Chocolate Party on Saturday, July 25 at Club Central 3110 N. Central Ave. in Phoenix. The Chocolate Party is a fundraiser for the lodge’s college scholarship fund, which is focused primarily on helping high school graduates in South Phoenix attend college. Tim Seay (left in photo) current Worshipful Master (president) of King Solomon Lodge #14 Arizona Prince Hall Masons and James White (right), event chairman, are endeavoring to make the fraternity more recognizable and involved within the community and the state. Saey, White and the men of King Solomon Lodge want to take a more active role in supporting the community and investing in the youth of South Phoenix while simultaneously attracting young community minded men to the fraternity. At the Chocolate Party there will be a door prize, give-aways, and a chocolate fountain to satisfy your chocolate cravings. Seay and White also promise good music, exciting people and much more. The men of King Solomon encourage everyone to attend in order to help someone achieve their higher educational goals and having a good time doing it/ Discounted pre-sale tickets are being sold and admission at the door will be more. For discount pre-sale tickets call 602-2146805 or 623-210-3977. More information at www.

Food & Beverage Concession at Deer Valley Airport (DVT)

Request for Proposals (RFP) The City of Phoenix is seeking a qualified vendor to operate a food and beverage concession in the DVT terminal. RFP documents are expected to be released July 2009. Visit or contact Gretchen Wolfe, City of Phoenix Aviation Department, 3400 E. Sky Harbor Blvd., Suite 3300, Phoenix, AZ 85034-4405, 602-273-4082 (phone), 602-273-8809 (fax) for more information.



Articles of Organization have been filed in the Office of the Arizona Corporation Commission for AMAZENG, LLC L-1533432-7. The address of the known place of business is 1833 E. Beautiful Lane, Phoenix, AZ 85042. The name and street address of the Statutory Agent is Kenneth Mazze, 1833 E. Beautiful Lane, Phoenix, AZ 85042. Management of the limited liability company is vested in a manager or managers. The names and addresses of each person who is a manager AND each member who owns twenty percent or greater interest in the capital or profits of the liability company are Kenneth Mazze, 1833 E. Beautiful Lane, Phoenix, AZ 85042. (manager). Arizona Informant editions 7/8, 7/15, 7/22



Prostate Cancer Is Not a Joke Story and photo By Wardell Holder Prostate cancer has become the most common type of cancer among men, and is now the most diagnosed cancer in the United States, killing one man every 16 minutes. This disease will strike 3,640 men in Arizona this year. Sadly, 640 will die. One in 31,000 golfers will hit a hole in one. One in six will develop prostate cancer! Prostate cancer is a disease that is not well understood. Many men have no idea where their prostate gland is or what it does. This is a major threat, and men do not want to think about anything that could threaten their health and their life. We must take a page from out of the women’s book of health, over the past 20 years, women have worked to raise the awareness of breast cancer, to the point where almost 70% of American women will receive mammograms and other testing procedures, and less than 16% of

Fred Taylor, executive director at the Southwest Prostate Cancer Foundation, explains the function and potential problems of the prostate gland.

American men will receive the equivalent for prostate cancer. Fred Taylor, executive director of the Southwest Prostate Cancer Foundation says, “The time for ignorance is over, we must raise awareness about this lurking threat, and make that one man every 16 minutes to one man a day.” The Southwest Prostate Can-

Help Still Available For Digital TV Transition From Area Agency on Aging If you still need a converter box or technical assistance with your current DTV box and you are 60 and over or an adult with disabilities, call the Area Agency’s Senior Help Line at 602-264-HELP (4357) or toll free at 1-888-783-7500 for free in-home assistance. How to get a converter box: A $40 coupon is available and the Senior Help Line can assist you in ordering your coupon (Boxes cost approximately $49.99 +tax). It is important to note that converter box coupons must be ordered by midnight July 31.

cer Foundation (SWPCF) a private, non-profit organization which was founded in October, 1999, has pledged to provide education, awareness and support for screenings which can be life-saving weapons against this disease. To contact the SWPCF: call 602-547-3806, e-mail swprostate or go to the Web at:

How to Install a converter box: The Area Agency on Aging can assist you with installation and technical support for previously installed boxes in your home. For more information, call the 24-hour Senior Help Line or 1-888-783-7500. For more information and assistance, please call the 24hour Senior HELP LINE at 602-264-HELP (4357) or Toll Free at 1-888-783-7500. TTY/TDD 602-241-6110. For more information visit The Area Agency on Aging, Region One plans, develops, and delivers services for seniors (60 years and older), adults (18 and older) with disabilities and long-term care needs, persons of any age who are HIV positive, and family caregivers.



My Body, My Life

Chlamydia Is Not a Flower Sorry gentlemen, chlamydia is not a gift you should get your woman; and no, ladies, chlamydia is not the next weight loss system. Chlamydia (Kla-mi-dee-ah) is a sexually transmitted disease (STD). More than 24,000 cases were reported in Arizona in 2008. That is enough people to fill the US Airways Center one and a half times! Many young men and women are not aware of chlamydia though they may be at risk of getting it. You can get chlamydia by having oral, vaginal or anal sex. Men and women with chlamydia may have pain when they urinate (pee) or may have a clear or white discharge from their penis or vagina. However, most people, especially men, who have chlamydia do not realize they have the infection because they may have no symptoms. If a woman with chlamydia does not know she has it, she will not get treatment, allowing the infection to spread to her fallopian tubes and cause damage and scarring. The fallopian tubes connect the ovaries (where the eggs are) to the uterus (where fertilized eggs grow into babies). The damage caused by chlamydia to these tubes may result in a woman not being able to become pregnant. Chlamydia can be prevented by not having oral, vaginal, or anal sex (abstinence) or by using condoms the right way every time you have sex. Chlamydia is most commonly diagnosed in young adult women between the ages of 15-25. African-Americans have the highest rates of chlamydia in Arizona. Chlamydia can be treated and cured with antibiotic medication. However, it is very important that your partner(s) be tested and treated to keep you from getting re-infected. It is recommended that all sexually active women aged 25 and younger get tested for chlamydia each year. The test for chlamydia can be done on a urine sample in both men and women. This test does not require a woman to have a female pelvic exam or a man to have a swab or Q-tip placed in his penis. In Arizona, teenagers who are at least 13 years old can receive chlamydia and other STD testing without telling their parents; and their parents will not be told the results. Are you having oral, vaginal or anal sex without a condom? You may be at risk for chlamydia and other STDs. Low cost STD testing (without having to see a doctor) is available for $20 at the Maricopa County Health Department located at 1645 East Roosevelt, in Phoenix. They are open Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can also call them at 602506-1678. Key Teaching Points: • Remember that most people, especially men, do not know that they have chlamydia because they have no symptoms • Untreated chlamydia can cause several health complications in men and women; for example, it can cause a woman to be unable to have children • It is recommended that all sexually active women aged 25 and younger get tested for chlamydia each year





Arizona Informant News - July 15, 2009  

Arizona weekly newspaper serving African American communities

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