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By Cloves C. Campbell, Jr., Co-publisher, Arizona Informant

Over the last several weeks Arizona has made its way to the national spotlight. No, not because the Cardinals are kicking off their 2009 NFL Football season after an unforeseen run at the Super Bowl last year - but for reasons not to be proud of. Last month president of the United States of America Barack Obama visited our great state to address the VFW at their annual conference. At that time Pastor Steven L. Anderson, leader of the Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe preached a sermon titled “Why I Hate Barack Obama.” In this sermon he prayed for the death of President Obama. Not to be outdone, our State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne makes the suggestion there is a “worshipful tone of the school children listening to Obama’s speech.” Horne then goes further to support the idea of having our children avoid listening to the president of the United States of America. Let’s talk first about the “pseudo pastor” Steven L.

Anderson. As a newspaper publisher I will fight for the right to free speech, however publicly praying for the death of the president of the United States of America deserves more than a just a brief discussion. In this day and age of easing racial tension in our country, we can not dismiss this pastor as just a “crazy hillbilly.” Last year, comedian Wanda Sykes joked that she wished Rush Limbaugh had kidney failure and dies. I have not seen so many FOX TV analysts and right wing conservatives come out of the hills in my life to comment on her remarks. Immediately they demanded an apology from Ms. Sykes for saying such a “cruel” thing. Can anything be more cruel than praying for death of another human being, let alone the president of the United States of America - by a pastor no less! Where are those right wingers and FOX analyst now? We really must investigate this pastor. Any threat to the president is a threat to us all. Moving on to Superintendent Horne and his ridiculous suggestion that our students not listen to the address of President Obama. There was no public outcry when President George H. Bush addressed the students of our country. Many citizens did not agree with his programs and policies, but never was there a protest of this nature. There seems to be not only a lack of respect for the Office of the President, but also a hint of racism in Superintendent Horne’s attitude as well. See Image Tainted, Pg. 2


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Councilman Michael Johnson (right) with family members celebrate his third term election win.

By ArnE Williams Phoenix City Councilman Michael Johnson won his third and final consecutive four-year term in the Sept. 1 election. Johnson represents District 8, which includes parts of downtown, a large part of South Phoenix and Arcadia. As a two-term incumbent, he beat back challengers Darlene Jackson, a social worker, and Jon Garrido, who owns a network of news Web sites. Councilmember Johnson received 3,973 votes (67 percent), while Darlene Jackson received 1,181 votes (20 percent) and

Jon Garrido received 748 votes (13 percent). Johnson ran a strong, grassroots campaign that reached out to voters and addressed serious issues faced by residents. He said protecting essential services during the budget crisis, supporting and developing local businesses and protecting and strengthening neighborhoods are his priorities. He attributed his victory to getting his message to the voters in a variety of ways and efforts and hard work of his campaign staff and volunteers. Throughout the campaign Johnson acknowledged the difficult economic times but

remained committed to protecting the most vulnerable residents, helping new local businesses grow and thrive and making sure neighborhoods are safe places to raise families. The election comes at a critical time for the city. Since January, sales-tax revenue has continued to fall below estimates, almost ensuring that another round of painful budget cuts will be required next year. And in October, the council is expected to name a new city manager to replace Frank Fairbanks, who is retiring after nearly two decades at the city's helm.

Black Chamber Summit Highlights Black Business Month Story and photos By Floyd Alvin Galloway There are no Black owned companies on the Wall Street Stock Exchange, where Blacks own the majority or controlling interest of the stock. Blacks have fought for Minority Business Enterprise 8A programs, but Asians receive 80% of all government set aside contracts. In 1860, 98% of all Blacks in America worked for white people. In 2009 98% of all Blacks still work for White people. Two white men, Bill Gates and Larry Elision combined, have more wealth than the combined wealth of 36 million Blacks in America.

Left to right, Kerwin Brown of Nationwide Insurance, Erika Davis and Channel Powe with Chamber President Ron Busby at the Summit.

These disappointing statistics were revealed by Greater Phoenix Black Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Ron Busby during the opening

of the organizations’ leadership summit held August 28 at the Wells Fargo Conference Center in downtown Phoenix. See CHAMBER SUMMIT, Pg. 2





Black Chamber Summit Develops New Knowledge, Attitude Cont’d. from Page 1 The summit, whose theme was “Harnessing Leadership to Gain a Competitive Edge in the Current Economy,” came at the end of National Black Business Month. Busby noted the Chamber has had several events throughout the month in relation to the special month. First kicking the month off with a networking breakfast sponsored by Henkle, the parent company of the Dial Corporation, and reception for a new cable network in the Valley. Workshops included Personal Brand Management by Kenneth Roberts of FABCOM discussed aspects of personal and professional development. Harnessing Technology to Propel Your Visibility and Career by Lon Safco, which provided information on Social Networking and how to utilize the new technologies most effectively. An economic leadership panel included Dr. George Brooks of Southwest Green Magazine, Gerald Richard of Arizona Attorney General’s Office, Richard Robinson at Wells Fargo Private Bank and Kenny Harris, assistant Maricopa County assistant manager. The panel touched on subjects such as productivity at work, new “green” initiatives, investments in a tough economy, and protecting you from identity theft. Nevida Jack an electrical engineer, thought the summit was

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filled with valuable information. “I am going to use the advice from the workshops to start writing my next career development plan.” She was also pleased with the network she was able to develop. “I had the opportunity to network with multiple individuals within corporate America. The format of the summit allowed for informal conversations between sessions and the chance to learn what others are doing in their current positions. Through meeting these individuals in the summit, I now have more resources for attaining my career goals.” Dr. Joel Martin, an author and motivational speaker and Tina Pannell Ellis a human resourcediversity expert conducted the summit’s two plenary sessions.

Gerald Richard of the Arizona attorney general’s office speaks on identity fraud and how to avoid it and what to do if it happens to you. Listening is fellow panelist Kenny Harris of the county manager’s office.

In the first session conducted by Martin she encouraged the attendees to define themselves, become the person they want to be. Emphasizing the challenges the black ancestors had to overcome, today’s individual can achieve what they want. Anything is possible. Ellis engaged the summit participants on what they learned and to challenge themselves to take chances to achieve the success they are seeking. Quoting the late Winston Churchill, former Great

Britain prime minister, “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” It takes those failures to build the successful career, business, relationships the landmarks on the road to a new destination. On Friday, September 18, the GPBCC will host its “State of the Chamber Address” at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Phoenix. For more information regarding the GPBCC and its programs visit or call 602-307-5204.

Recent Events Taint State Image Cont’d. from Page 1 Horne is well documented for not supporting programs in our state schools that allow all students to learn about different cultures. His fight to end ethnic studies programs is highly publicized. Clearly Pastor Anderson and Mr. Horne are only two citizens of our great state. I applaud and support all of our citizens that respect the office of the president and what it stands for. As a native Arizonan and proud member of the Arizona State House of Representatives, I am constantly promoting the great attributes of our state. The residents of Arizona are great proud people. We must not allow these two individuals to make

headlines that will tarnish our reputation! Our country has made great strides toward healing the wounds of Jim Crow laws and racial inequities. Unfortunately, these two examples underscore the importance of more dialogue. We have come this far by faith, strength, unity and the grace of God. Let us continue on the path to a place where we can all live together in peace and free from hate. President Obama inherited a lot of the problems we now face in our country. Now is the time to embrace our president and support his efforts to get the country back on the path to economic security. Stand strong President Obama - Arizona does support you!

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR COMMUNITY CALENDAR COMMUNITY CALENDAR COMMUNITY CALENDAR - SEPTEMBER WED 9 Arizona Cancer Control Program at Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Conference Center. 9003 East Shea Blvd. in Scottsdale. 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. To register contact Kendra Sabol at 602-542-2808 or email

Glendale Heritage Elementary School Heroes’ Night. The school invites the community to participate from 7 to 8 p.m., at the school’s campus, 6805 N. 125th Avenue. Heroes’ Night will educate students about the sacrifices

people have made for our country’s safety and freedom. Visit Heritage Elementary School online at or call 623-742-3956.

FRI 11 Legends of Funk at the Celebrity Theatre. Tickets available at Celebrity Theatre or online at and Celebrity Theatre is on 32nd St., just 4 blocks south of the Loop 202 freeway, in Phoenix. SAT 12 Tucson - The Coalition for African American Health and Wellness “People of Color Festival” 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the

Dunbar Youth and Cultural Center at 325 W. 2nd St. CAAHW will present the Harriett Tubman Vanguard Award to seven people who’ve supported health and wellness in the community. For information, visit or call Mary F. Stoute at 520-4713628 email: Metropolitan Sun Section National Council of Negro Women monthly meeting at the Hilton Suites Hotel 10 Thomas Rd. 1:30 pm. Meetings also being held in Casa Gande and ASU. Call 520316-9231, e-mail ncnwmetrosun@ or website

Open Dialog Between Black Men and Black Women 2 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Moderator: B. J. Ayers, aka Mama BJ at Keys Community Center, 2454 E. Broadway in Phoenix. Contact info: B. J. Ayers, 602-241-1976

SAT-SUN 12-13 Central Arizona Kinship Coalition will celebrate Grandparent's Day with a variety of activities and celebrations. Saturday (9/12) Three Ice Cream Socials: noon to 1:30 p.m. at Family Resource Center, 817 N. Country Club Drive in Mesa. Contact Bernadette 480834-9424. 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. at

Church of the Beatitudes, Nelson Hall, 555 West Glendale Ave., Phoenix. Contact: Ginger at 602274-5022 ext 42. 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Superstition Shadows Park, 1091 W. Southern Ave. in Apache Junction. Contact: Kim Robinson at 480-986-9209. On Sunday, September 13 is Hot Dog Meal and the "Cars Movie" 11 a.m., movie starts at 12:30 p.m. at the Apache Junction Multi-Generational Center, 1035 N. Idaho Rd., Apache Junction. Contact: Terri or Laura 480-474-5260.

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ANTI-OBAMA PARENTS NEED ‘PARENTAL GUIDANCE’ No one questioned President Barack Obama’s right to deliver an address Wednesday night on health care to a joint session of Congress. However, his decision to address students the day before on the importance of excelling in school drew criticism from some right-wingers who charged that he was trying to exploit students for political gain. If anyone was exploiting students, it was ignorant parents in need of parental guidance. Let’s call it for what it is: Many of these parents simply hate President Obama and will use students, or any other excuse, to bring him to his knees. We have the best educated president and first lady duo in history – each has two Ivy League degrees, including a law degree from Harvard – and some of these idiots who can’t spell the letter “a” were saying he should not be allowed to address the nation’s students. In an August 26 letter to principals, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said the speech on the opening day of school for most districts would focus on “the importance of education” and “persisting and succeeding in school.” With an unacceptably high drop-out rate and students fighting against negative peer pressure, a word of encouragement from the president of the United States should have been widely applauded. Instead, the right-wing, whipped into a frenzy by Fox News and conservative talk radio hosts, were railing – incorrectly, as usual – about how the speech would be used to brainwash students and advance socialism. As Chicago Examiner columnist Julie Driscoll put it: “I’d be surprised if any of these people protesting President Obama’s speech to their kids has a fraction of the education President Obama has. I’d be surprised if any of these people protesting President Obama’s speech to their

By George E. Curry kids has the success story President Obama has. In fact, from what I’m seeing and hearing, I’m thinking that most of these people vocally protesting Presi-dent Obama’s speech to their kids are on a weekend pass from the asylum.” Of course, opponents of Obama shouldn’t be called crazy simply because they oppose his speaking to the nation’s school children. They should be called crazy because that’s the best description of their wild and baseless rantings. Media Matters, the media watchdog group, provided the following examples: • Conservative talk show host Glenn Beck cited Obama’s speech as more evidence of the “indoctrination of your children.” • In a post on the American Thinker, Lauri Regan asserted, “Obama has turned his team of brainwashers on the task or indoctrinating America’s youth.” • Conservative columnist Michelle Malkin claimed the speech was an effort to create “junior lobbyists” for Obama. • A writer on the Free Republic Forum said, “He’s recruiting his civilian army. His ‘Hitler’ youth brigade.” • Writing on the News blog, Pamela Geller said, “The fascist in chief is taking his special brand of brainwashing to the classroom. Keep your kids home. I think this man is a threat to our basic unalienable rights.” • Conservative activist Bryan Fischer wrote in a column, “Unless we get public assurances from the White House that the president won’t

address health care or global warming or the homosexual agenda (under the color of ‘human rights for people different from us’) this might be a great time for parents to exercise their opt-out authority and give their students a biography of George Washington to read while the president turns the minds of an entire generation to mush.” Where were the crazies when previous presidents addressed students? For example, President George W. Bush not only spoke to students, he posted a “teacher’s guide” on the White House Web site intended to help students understand the “freedom timeline.” No one complained about politicizing the Oval Office when a posting encouraged students to explore the biographies of Bush, Vice President Dick Chaney and their wives. During his presidency, Bush’s father gave a speech to students that was crafted “to motivate America’s students to strive for excellence; to increase students’ as well as parent’s responsibility and accountability; and to promote students’ and parents’ awareness of the educational challenge we face.” Of all places, school is where students should be exposed to a variety of views and encouraged to think for themselves. Perhaps the greatest fear of conservative parents is that once students begin thinking for themselves, they will reject their pablum. As president, Obama has made education one of his top priorities, even while dealing with two wars and the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. Therefore, it was not out of the ordinary for him to address students at the beginning of the school year. Obama gave his speech at noon on Tuesday. That was perfect timing because so many of his critics are out to lunch.

THE BEAUTY OF SERVICE By George Rowan, AARP Board Member NNPA Special Commentary The truest measure of our lives is not the length of our days but how deeply we touch the lives of others. That is a lesson the AfricanAmerican community has always taken to heart, whether it’s in our churches, through sororities and fraternities, in all types of civic and social organizations, or by simply acting to help a neighbor or friend. This ideal of service to others is also a defining principle of AARP, the 40 million member organization for men and women who are 50plus. AARP was founded by a retired high school principal, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, with the motto, “To serve, not to be served.” We honor that commitment today by connecting and engaging our members in a wide range of opportunities to serve others. Our Create the Good initiative offers more than 250 ways to make a difference through a range of flexible, meaningful opportunities to serve. Whether you have five minutes, five hours, or five weeks, there are ways for you to give back. Create the Good can connect you to Operation Energy Save, where you get a toolkit to help friends and neighbors save money on their energy bills. You can use your financial skills to help people in need to prepare their taxes. Last year, more than 34,000 AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers helped nearly three million people fill out their taxes. The efforts of these committed individuals helped to secure approximately $837 million in refund payments, including—$187 million in Earned Income Tax Credits - putting money in the pockets of low- and moderateincome people, with special attention to those over 60. There are many other ways to get involved through AARP. You can teach a driver safety course to help people refresh their driving skills. You can use our checklists to assess a neighbor’s home for safety, or use our web-based tools to help someone in need file for public benefits or plan for retirement. You can help someone looking for work to assess his or her skills, update a resume, and prepare for interviews. To learn more about ways you can help, visit


of African Americans in Human Resources (NAAAHR) Phoenix hosts “Promoting the Black Human Resource Professional in 2009.” 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the corporate office in Phoenix, 4747 N. 22nd St. Ste 100. Door prizes and appetizers. Special guests Councilman Michael Johnson and Naomi Hardy, regional vice president NAAAHR. Please RSVP at

THU 17 Annual Corporation

Meeting of Arizona Opportunities Industrialization Center. Pursuant to the By-Laws of

Arizona OIC, notice is hereby given to the general public that Arizona OIC will hold its Annual Corporate Meeting Thursday, September 17, 2009 11:30 a.m. in the conference room at 39 East Jackson Street, Phoenix, Arizona OIC. Call 602-254-5081 and ask for Betty Lou for information regarding the board’s agenda for this meeting.



Bone Thugs-NHarmony Reunion Tour at the Celebrity Theatre. Tickets online at Celebrity Theatre is on 32nd St., 4 blocks south of the Loop 202 in Phoenix.


SAT 19 The Divas N Diamonds

and Pearls Mix and Mingle Martini Party at William H. Patterson Elks Lodge #477, 1007 W. Buckeye Road. Food and musid. All proceeds will be used to purchase bikes for the Breakfast With Santa Program.

SAT 19 Black Family Genea-

logy & History Society will meet at the Roosevelt Community Technology Center, 3029 South 7th Street in Phoenix. 11:15 a.m. – noon, beginners’ session; noon – 1 p.m., regular eeting; 1:00 – 2 p.m., genealogy computer lab. Guests are welcome. www.

One of the great lessons we can learn from service is a deeper understanding of how the generations are connected to each other. As a former school principal, like our founder, Dr. Andrus, I have a special appreciation for those who volunteer to help our schoolchildren reach their potential in their studies and in life. AARP members are working to improve their communities through a wide range of activities in service and civic engagement. They are contacting public officials on important issues such as health care, housing, mobility, energy prices and retirement security. More than nine million are engaged through AARP’s volunteer, donor, and activist networks. Friday, September 11 will be a National Day of Service and Remembrance, established by the Kennedy Serve America Act. It will be a Day of Service for AARP staff and volunteers as we reflect upon the horrible events of that day eight years ago and rededicate ourselves to reaching out to others and fulfilling our country’s promise. Getting engaged to improve the life of someone else can bring a new sense of purpose to our own life. Studies have shown that volunteering not only helps the person being served but also has a positive effect on the health and well-being of the volunteer. “Life is not a spectator sport,” Jackie Robinson said. “If you’re going to spend your whole life in the grandstand just watching what goes on, in my opinion you’re wasting your life.” A man born just over 40 years after Jackie Robinson—Barack Obama—put it this way when he signed into law the Kennedy Serve America Act last April. “All that’s required on your part is a willingness to make a difference,” President Obama said. “That is, after all, the beauty of service. Anyone can do it.” The beauty indeed. Anyone can do it and everyone can benefit when we open our hearts and extend the hand of service.

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SAT 26 Arizona Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Annual StairClimb and FireFighter Challenge from 8 a.m. to noon at the Arizona Center in Phoenix at Van Buren and 5th Street. Register or support your favorite firefighter team online at, or by calling 602-224-0068. Registration is also available the day of the event at the Arizona Center.

SUN 27 Open audition for the Great Russian Nutcracker, 3 p.m. at Tempe Dance Academy, 1840 E Warner Rd (#132) in Tempe. Applicants must have dance experience and be

between 7 and 16 years old. Applicants must also dress in dance attire and may bring pointe shoes. For information ccall Wanda Mannville at 480-8200795.

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of Arizona President’s African American Advisory Council will host a welcome reception for new and returning students, faculty, staff and members of the Tucson Community on from 5:00 to 7 p.m. at Bear Down Gym. Free. Food, entertainment, and prizes.





Wildcat Black Alumni Club Hosts Economic Forum Story and photo By ArnE Williams More than fifty persons attended the University of Arizona Black AlumniMaricopa County club's "Black in ArizonaEconomic Forum held at the new UA College of Medicine auditorium in Phoenix recently. Presenting a distinguished panel of experts, the event focused on how the current economic crisis is affecting African Americans in Arizona and potential recommendations for action. The presentations and discussions were informative and enlightening. The panelists were Glenn Dotson, Ph.D., MBA Economics; Jason Cowans, principal, director of financial with Highlands Advisory Group; Laya Gavin, vice president of investments and financial advisor with Chase Bank; Jason Pruitt, regional business head at The Vanguard Group; and Henry Waded, co-owner and branch manager of the National Investment Division of the Housing Counseling Agency.

Anthony Wingate, UABAMC president, said the program was a part of the club's ongoing outreach efforts in the area. The club is the Phoenix-area chapter of the UA Black Alumni

Club which is based in Tucson. The club aims to unite black alumni in Maricopa County who are interested in providing support for UA fundraising initiatives and outreach programs.

Laya Gavin (center), vice president of investments and financial advisor with Chase Bank, joins with other distinguished panelists discussing the current economic situation.

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Multi-agency Forum Covers Broad Range Of Important Small-Business Information Story and photos By Wayne Parham Have you always wanted to know everything there is about starting and running a small business? Then the Radisson Hotel Phoenix-Chandler was the place to be recently. The program was presented by the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce (AFCC), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and SCORE "Counselors to America's Small Business". The forum was designed to give information to new and existing businesses about obtaining funds from traditional and non-traditional sources. Speakers included the Small Business Admin-

Charles Fanniel (left), owner of Fanniel Fashions talk about some of the topics discussed at the "Show Me the Money" seminar with Herschel Cox, owner of 51st Century Lighting.

istration (SBA) which features programs and services to help start, grow and succeed in business. SCORE, offering free and confidential small business mentoring, IRS whose

focus was on what new business owners need to know about federal taxes. Beanstalk provided insightful financial analysis and advise for small businesses.

In addition, the Arizona Angels spoke about how they help with programs designed to help business expansion by investment. The Social Security Administration spoke about employee verification assistance & US Health Group provided medical and health opportunities for the self employed and finally the Widefield Corporation telling the crowd of it’s successes due in a large part to the assistance from a combination of the agencies present. The AFCC under the leadership of Terry Kimble did an excellent job of bringing all of these entities together for the information packed seminar. More than one hundred Small Business Owners came from all over the valley to get the valuable information from the forum and were especially interested as to where to obtain available funds they have been hearing about. Each presenter described in detail how their organization could assist business owners to advance their business to the next level and how to keep the doors open and turn a profit. Jerry Irvin of the Key People, a valley janitorial firm said “I was glad I attended this session, it was informative in a number of ways. I learned new information about IRS regulations, insurance and available SBA resources, and I have made good contacts as well. Deborah Walton of East Valley Music Therapy, an organization that provides music therapy to children with autism and developmental delays said, “the health insurance informa-

tion was great, I learned a lot about insurance that will assist me in my business.” Charles Fanniel of Fanniel Fashions remarked, “I thought the time was well spent, I was unsure prior to coming but the seminar was fact packed and exceeded my expectations. I am going to

immediately start implementing what was said here today.” To find out more on future seminars or information on these agencies go to the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce website, www. or the SBA’s website at

Deborah Walton of East Valley Music Therapy talks with Jerry Irvin of The Key People.











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South Chandler Self Help Foundation Holds 20th Anniversary Celebration Story and photos By Danny L. White The South Chandler Self Help Foundation (SCSHF), a community based program that grew out of a need and a seed of hope, has blossomed into a beautiful arrangement that embraces not only Chandler, but the entire Valley as well. On Saturday, August 29 the organization and several of its members, who are more comfortable in their working clothes address- Tanya Lee (left) and SCSHF board member Floyd Galloway (right) present this classic ing the needs of children African wedding print to winner Dr. Ekeinde (second right), as Mildred Dove joins in. in after school programs or possibly gain new support pate on a board or attend enhance their understandworking with families for for the cause of the Foun- meetings cannot for vari- ing of what we do,” said self improvement, person- dation. Galloway noted ous reasons, this event was Galloway. Several items were rafal growth and leadership the generosity of Henkle/ planned to allow those development, put on Dial as a sponsor of the individuals to come out, fled, including a print of get dressed up a bit, enjoy an African American wedfancier clothes to cele- event. “We realize everyone an evening of empower- ding. Those in attendance brate. The 20th anniversary celebration was held that would like to partici- ment, enlightenment to were encouraged to particin the elegant Hilton Phoenix Chandler Hotel in Chandler. “Where has the time gone? We must have been having fun or doing something right to still be here,” said Elaine Powell, an active member from the outset and daughter of East Valley matriarch Lavon Woods. Said Powell, “We (SCSHF) have evolved, we are still very much in the business to address the needs of children and families in our community. We still will continue to do the cultural programs needed to let our people and others as well, know what contributions we as a people have made here and nationally. “However today, we have the ability and a greater desire to network with schools, businesses, groups, and organizations outside of our community. We have programs, the ability and desire to assist others grow and become more effective in their outreach as well,” Powell continued. As the smooth jazz sounds of Spooky Cool, the Gabriel Bey Jazz Ensemble played a medley of jazz hits from back in the day and contemporary works as well; a well dressed list of patrons and supporters of the SCSHF mingled, danced and enjoyed the ambiance of the relatively new hotel. SCSHF board member Floyd Galloway took the lead on this event, which he felt would be a great opportunity to appeal to longtime supporters and

ipate in the Foundations 20-20-20 program - twenty people, donate $20 dollars and in turn encourage 20 others to do likewise. The monies would sustain current programs and provide more outreach in the areas the organization deem most needed.

Miss Juneteenth Datia Gowdy attended and shared appreciative words regarding the organization and what it has meant for her to represent the title. To get involved with the SCSHF call 480-3302921 or 480-430-8946.

SCSHF board member Elaine Powell (right) and Phoenix College professor Dr. Camilla Westenberg pose with Miss Juneteenth Datia Gowdy.




“Divas N’ Diamonds and Pearls” Established For Children Story and photo By Ima Denmon

SEPTEMBER C0ALITION CALENDAR Compiled by Ima Denmon Coalition Fellowship at the Sportsman Social Club Sept. 5

Divas N’ Diamonds and Pearls (divas dressed in diamonds and pearls, the pearls symbolizing Michelle Obama because she likes pearls) is the name of the newly established Red Hat organization that 13 community minded women started to assist with charitable programs for the youth in our community. Founding members are Glenda Benford, Sherry Hardeman, Jackie Traylor, Trinece Cooke and LaDonna Grinage. The organization’s mission at this time is to raise funds for the upcoming “Breakfast with Santa” held every year at William H. Patterson Elks Lodge #477. This affair brings together hundreds of children from several elementary schools in the com-

American Legion Post #65 – 602-268-6059 – 1624 E. Broadway – Sunday night Karaoke with cash prizes and dancing, 8 p.m. until closing. Monday is Blue Monday, MJ on the grill, Philly 3 spinning the sounds. Tuesday Chicago Style Stepping on Broadway 7 to 10 p.m. Backyard grilling. Wednesday pool tournament night hosted by Paulette with Ms. Phyllis in the kitchen. Free line dancing classes 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday is also Ole School Wednesday with hosts Darlene and Jewell giving away prizes with ole school sounds from DJ Mike. Ms. Phyllis in the kitchen. Thursday games night – cards, dominoes, pool, D J. Gino playing and Phyllis in the kitchen. Friday and Saturdays are DJ and party nights. Join us for First Fridays - games, raffles, music, food and fun. Saturday, September 12 LAX and Legionnaires End of Summer Jam starting at 8 p.m. NFL football - all games plus Monday night football; Tailgate party-bring your meat (meat also available to purchase) we provide the sides. NFL Thursdays, wear your team colors; drink specials, door prizes.

These lovely divas dressed in diamonds and pearls are continuing to work hard to ensure that many children have a Merry Christmas this year.

munity. Children are given a ticket and a drawing is held for a limited number of bicycles that are given away. The organization is working to perhaps double or triple the number of bicycles that were given

away last year. Divas will also be raising funds for scholarships for students. A Mix & Mingle Martini Party will be held at William H. Paterson Elks Lodge #477 on September 19 at 7 p.m. Proceeds from this event will go to

purchasing bikes for Breakfast with Santa program. The public is urged to support this cause and ladies interested in becoming Divas N’ Diamonds and Pearls can call LaDonna Grinage at 602329-8484.

Elks PSA Elects New Leadership Story and photo By Ima Denmon At the Annual Elks Pacific States Association (PSA) Convention of the IBPOE of W (Improved Benevolent Protective Order Elks of the World) held recently in Phoenix, James Clay Silas (Clay) a member of William H. Patterson Elks Lodge #477 was elected as president of the PSA. As PSA president he guides the actions of the Elks lodges in Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, California, Utah, Hawaii and Idaho. Clay looks forward to expanding the membership of the Elks by getting African American upbeat young men and women to come into the organization and become positive role models for the youth in the community. Thomas Wilson III remains as PSA treasurer, Robert Jones III was elected inner guard, Mike Johnson was appointed as convention director, Ray Graham is fire and safety director and Johnny Tyler is special assistant to the PSA president. Members of the Elks Lodges and Temples (auxiliaries) and Antlered Guard (the military part of the organization) spend much time all year presenting activities to the youth and community. The Antlered Guard Department teaches drill teams how to present the American flag. Oratorical and beauty and talent shows are held each year

with winners going on to participate at the state and perhaps national level. The lodge also has members that volunteer on its civil liberties, veterans affairs and local and state laws and revisions department. Thomas Wilson III (left) PSA treasurer and newly elected president, James Clay Silas.

AMVETS Post #15 – 602-268-3331 – 4219 S. 7th Street – Monday and Tuesday drink specials, open pool. Kitchen open with Michele. Wednesday Karaoke from 8 p.m. until closing. Kitchen open with Alto. Cards and pool are played nightly. DJ Moreece on Thirsty Thursdays with drink specials, open mike, poetry, rap, comedy and fun. Friday night, DJ Correct, kitchen open. Saturday night, DJ Micko, kitchen open. Brunch with Michelle every Sunday at 11 a.m. Contact Shirley Cheatham at 602-268-3331 to schedule and parties or events. AMVETS Post #65 – 602-257-9016 – 1303 W. Grant – Happy hour noon to 6 p.m. Mon-Fri. Monday members night with drink specials 6 p.m. until close. Tuesday steak and game night. Wednesday ladies night and slide classes with D J Othese. Thursday Karaoke from 7 p.m. 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. Elks Lodge #477- 602-254-1772, 1007 S. 7th Avenue –Thursday is games night – cards and dominoes from 7 p.m. Food available. Friday Happy Hour with free food and DJ Calvin McCowin - 5 until 10 p.m. Saturday 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. Tuesday imembers’ night. Come by the Elks after the meetings. Every Wednesday Step to the music of DJ Mike, hosted by Ms. Tina. Every 2nd and 4th Sunday, stop by after church for a delicious steak dinner. Sportsman Social Club - 943 W. Watkins Road- 602-252-7153 – Birthday parties every Saturday; Back Yard Boogie cookout every Sunday starting at 4 p.m. Ladies night Thursday with drink specials and the sounds of DJ Mo Reece; Come on over Friday and start your weekend off at the Sportsman. Sunday night football with the Cowgirls and Monday Night Football too. September 26, Wild, Wild West Wear Night. Wear your western gear and enjoy steak dinners. VFW Post 1710 - 602-253-6409- 1629 E. Jackson – Tuesday 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 spinning the latest sounds, pool tournament with cash prizes, Old School CDs given away during the night. Friday Happy Hour from 5 to 7 p.m. Delicious food available Thursdays and Friday night. Pool tournament, Jazz music with DJ Scorpio, snacks every Sunday. All organizations invite the public to book your birthday, anniversary or other special event at their posts. Call for details.



Bring It On: Fight to the Finish DVD Dance Fun Worthy Of Tween Plus Audiences By Deborah René

So You Think You Can Dance Finalists Party In Scottsdale By Deborah René Entertainment guru Steve Levine recently brought top dance talent together including So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD) season five finalists to Scottsdale’s Club Myst. Among the special guests were Brandon Bryant, Ade Obayomi, and Jonathan Platero. Dancers, choreographers and party people mixed it up at the end of August celebration and they look forward to September’s SYTYCD season six. SYTYCD’s sixth season premiers on September 9 (check local listings). Auditions were held here in Phoenix this summer as well as inBoston, Atlanta, Los Angeles, New Orleans and Salt Lake City. Look for some hometown dance artists to be seen on the tube. Miss Soul Train, dance teacher, Luciana BellKhalid along with her husband Darryl and brother-in-law, Kasiem enjoyed meeting the SYTYCD finalists and

Season five runner up Brandon Bryant (front 2nd left ) next to Miss Soul Train, Luciana Bell-Khalid. Finalists Ade Obayomi (second left back) and Jonathan Platero (third left back). Foot Klan Dancers enjoyed the party. DEB RENÉ/AZI PHOTO

agreed on being grateful for the current household exposure regarding all forms of dance including street, hip hop, ballet, contemporary, jazz and more. America voted Jeanine Mason as season five’s favorite dancer and Brandon Bryant from Miami Florida as the runner-up. Ade Obayomi, who was born in Phoenix

and graduated from Corona Del Sol, was able to make a top six selection and Jonathan Platero, who joined the Myst party, was right in the top twenty. So You Think You Can Dance first show premiered on July 20, 2005 and was created by Simon Fuller and Nigel Lythgoe. It’s produced by 19 Entertainment and Dick Clark Productions.

Contestants don’t have much time to learn routines and work with different dance partners each week. Big money has been awarded to winners, along with cars and the use of an apartment for a year. The dance exposure for performers towards future contract opportunities is the true gain. Competition continues and is fierce, stay tuned.

Bring It On: Fight To The Finish out on Blu-Ray HiDef and DVD, September 1. The all new chapter of the hit movie provides great fun and serious cheer and dance moves for all ages to enjoy, particularly pre-teen (Tweens) and up. Young recording star and actress, Christina Milian along with a very talented cast keep the movie interesting for parents as well. The new DVD release is just in time for back to school and available at affordable pricing. This latest installment of the cheerleading franchise is presented by Universal Studios Home Entertainment Family Productions and Beacon Communications. Choreographer Tony Gonzalez continues his phenomenal work on this latest edition of Bring It On. The cheerleading/dance routines are outstanding and inspiring. Bring It On: Fight To The Finish gives insight to peer pressure, racism, self esteem and coping with change among young people. Although there is a little mix of hip shaking, there is a good amount of structured cheer and dance routines and a great story line involved. The film’s music is provided by Lady GaGa, Christina Milian, Kat DeLuna, and The Veronicas. Cast members include Rachele Brooke Smith, Nikki SooHoo, Cody Longo, Holland Roden, Meagan Holder, Vanessa Born, Gabrielle Dennis, and Prima J. The energetic work was directed by Bille Woodruff who directed Beauty Shop with Queen Latifah and Honey starring Jessica Alba. Positive ways to navigate through competition in dance and cheerleading are shown in Bring It On: Fight To The Finish. There will be winners and losers but how you danced counts in this DVD release.

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Benson Draws Crowd At Bobby C’s Story and photos By Floyd Alvin Galloway Breezin, This Masquerade, On Broadway, Living Inside Your Love and the list goes on and on for the 10 Grammy award winning musician George Benson’s hot albums. Well another just dropped off the frying pan with the release of his new CD, “Songs and Stories”. A valley resident now, Benson has come along way from his Pittsburgh roots; and so has his music, evolving from the straight-ahead jazz instrumentalist he started out as in his teens, to a musician and vocalist that has arrested the ears of fans for a number of years and has not released them. Sunday, August 23, over 200 of his Valley fans had the opportunity to get up close and personal with him during a “Meet and Greet” session at Bobby C’s Lounge and Grill near downtown Phoenix. Just off the 12th Street rail stop, fans enjoyed the sounds of Benson’s

Fans lined up with George Benson CDs and photos for the music legend to sign. Some of the lucky ones had their picture taken with Benson.

new CD playing in the background as they waited in line to get Benson to autograph a CD, picture and have brief conversation with the amazing musician. Some of the lucky ones left on cloud nine after they were able to have their picture taken with Benson. “This is great I’ve been a fan of his forever,” said one ecstatic fan, who is also a

Pittsburgh native. A little chaotic at times do to the large crowd and size of the facility. Some fans thought he was going to perform, which he did not, and were a little disappointed. Some fans needed a refresher course in the word “brief ” as to their conversation with Benson, but most went away satisfied and happy to meet the legend, as did Tempe

Phoenix Councilman Michael Johnson (center) reads a proclamation from the city recognizing Benson’s (right) contribution to the arts. With them is Nathan Sturgess, a business associate of Benson’s.

resident Traci Williams. “I was glad I had a chance to meet him.” Later that evening Benson was presented a portrait done by a local artist who has several of his works displayed at the bar and grill. Also a band featuring some of the Valley’s great musicians played after the autograph session. In the crowd congratulating Benson on his new release were

some of the Valley’s favorite jazz musicians including Khani Cole, Paul Stubblefield, Dr. Jessie McGuire, Dennis Roland and others. From his days with Jack McDuff, to Miles Davis, to over 40 albums later the personable Benson has been shaping music and sweet memories, whether singing or playing his guitar. His life and ours are stories that are told in a song.




MICHAEL JACKSON NEWS: A rep for Tito B E H I N D T H E S C E N E S PAYING HOMAGE: Though they have nearly four Jackson says the singer will be performing decades of music behind them, Frankie in the U.S. Virgin Islands on what was to be Beverly and Maze are still considered one of Michael's 51st birthday. Michael was originalthe recording industry's best kept secrets. ly going to buried on that date. "With Michael Beverly's son, Anthony, is working to change Jackson's burial now being switched to that. He's paying homage to his father and the September 3, his brother Tito will be celegroup with the release of "Silky Soul Music ... brating MJ's 51st birthday with a tribute conAn All-Star Tribute to Maze Featuring Frankie cert in St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands Beverly," which will be available in stores this Saturday, August 29," his rep says. "He Sept. 29. It features Mary J. Blige, Musiq will be performing Michael Jackson songs, as Soulchild, Joe and the Clark sisters, among well as Jackson Five hits. Marlon Jackson other acts. Anthony Beverly, an accomplished will also attend the concert, which will benefit drummer and one of album's producers, the Reichhold Center For The Arts at the BY ANTRACIA MOORINGS developed the University of the Virgin Islands." In other news, a Jackson project, calling it "long overfamily project is coming to TV as a reality series. The proj- due." The urban contempoect was announced previously, but it was unclear which for- rary, funk, soul and R&B mat it would take. Now it will air as a reality series. A&E is group has never received expected to release the air date for the weekly series short- one of the industry's coveted ly. The project, culled from months and months of footage, Grammys or other awards, will follow the ups and downs of the Jackson family as they and don't have a platinum attempt to get together for a reunion. Although Michael album to their credit, but they Jackson did not appear in the footage, some of his siblings have several gold albums and mother, Katherine Jackson, were filmed in material and continue to perform to shot at the Jackson family home. sold-out audiences. POWER MOVES: Serena and Venus Williams are ready for some football! The tennis stars are joining Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez and Gloria and Emilio Estefan in becoming limited ownership partners in the National Football League's Miami Dolphins. The announcement that the Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., residents would become the first female African-Americans to hold an ownership stake in a NFL franchise and two of the few African-Americans league-wide to hold this unique distinction was made by Stephen Ross, owner and managing partner of the Dolphins. "I am so excited to be part of such a renowned organization," says Serena.

BRIEFLY: "Mad Style by True Jackson," a new apparel and accessories line inspired by Nickelodeon's "True Jackson, VP" starring Keke Palmer, offers every clothing item from sneakers to dresses – retailing at $14 or under and available exclusively at Walmart…. The surviving members of TLC will perform together on U.S. soil for the first time in seven years as part of a benefit concert hosted by Justin Timberlake, reports Tionne "TBoz" Watkins and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas will reunite for the "Justin Timberlake and Friends" concert, to be held Oct. 17 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The four-time R&B Grammy winners, who scored dozens of Billboard hits in the 1990s, lost third member Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes when she was killed in a 2002 car accident.



FRI 11 Legends of Funk at the Celebrity Theatre. Tickets available at Celebrity Theatre or online at and Celebrity Theatre is on 32nd St., just 4 blocks south of the Loop 202 freeway, in Phoenix.

SAT 12 Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Lenny White “Return To Forever reunion”, 8 p.m. Sat., Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams (at Second Ave.), Phoenix. For tickets 800-745-3000 or FRI 18 Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Reunion Tour at the

Celebrity Theatre. Tickets at Celebrity Theatre or online at To charge by phone, call 602267-1600 ext.1. Doors open at 6 p.m. Celebrity Theatre is on 32nd St., 4 blocks south of the Loop 202 in Phoenix. • • • Tucson - Big Pete Pearson CD release party for “Finger in Your Eye,” (Pearson + Rhythm Room AllStars (Pearson, Bob Corritore, Chris Hames, Patrick Rynn, Brian Fahey) during Old Town Artisans’ “Rhythm And Roots series” 201 N. Court in Tucson.

OCTOBER SAT 3 Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, 7:30 p.m. at Mesa Arts Center, Ikeda Theatre, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. Tickets and information 480-644-6500.

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Rev David Jones, president of Positive Image Sports (rear), with a family enjoying the night’s event in honor of foster kids and families. ALVIN GALLOWAY/AZI PHOTOS

By Floyd Alvin Galloway Every child deserves a safe, loving environment to grow into a positive productive adult. Unfortunately that is not the environment for a large number of children in this country or around the world.

According to statistics, in the United States alone there are over 500,000 children in some form of foster care. Children in foster care are more likely to be older, members of a minority group, members of a sibling group, or survivors of abuse or neglect. In 2002, the average age of

children in foster care was 10.2 years. The average age of children adopted from foster care was 7.0 years. A disproportionate number of the children in care are children of color. To be more specific, Black children comprise two-thirds of the foster care popula-

tion. They also stay in foster care longer than any race. Recently Positive Image Sports held a special event in honor of foster children; individuals and families that have stepped up to the plate to become foster parents. Held at Stoudemire’s Restaurant in downtown Phoenix the restaurant was abuzz with children and adults enjoying themselves and making new friends The idea of Rev. David Jones, president of Positive Image Sports, the fund raiser featured notables from Phoenix sports industry, Phoenix Mercury coach Cory Gaines, Anthony Wright and coowners of the International Basketball League Arizona Raptors and several of the team’s players and coaches. “Tonight the community is stepping up to supporting foster care. We want to take this opportunity to support foster children and families. We have politicians, athletes, business owners and people who just love to help out in the community. All are here because they wanted to reach out to foster families and foster children,” said Jones. “I work with Black Family and Child Services, so I hear a lot about kids that are up for adoption and get right up to the wire and don’t get adopted and I just wanted to step

Rev. Bertrand Russell, Sen. Leah Landrum-Taylor and Phoenix Mercury Coach Cory Gaines

up and do something for them,” said Jones. Through sponsorships from Nike, the Phoenix Suns/Mercury, State Farm Insurance and other organizations and individuals, 180 foster children were able to go to summer camp this year. They also received two tickets to a Mercury game, and a pair of brand new Nike shoes the ones your children wish you would buy them, but won’t. “Because of the economic downturn and family finances this has been the worst year for adoptions and foster care,” said Jones. “We need to focus more on children with more than lip service,” noted Sen. Leah LandrumTaylor (D-16). “The need for foster care is significant in Arizona,” said Taylor who has been a champion in rights and support of

grandparents in raising their grandchildren. In Arizona over 500 children a year age out of the foster care system. Which means they have not been adopted or returned to their natural families and are now too old for foster care services and the majority of them are Black. National adoption and foster care statistics show that foster parent adoptions accounted for over half of the adoptions of children adopted from foster care each year. There is a strong need for the Black community to step up and take care of its children. If you would like more information regarding Positive Image Sports and its programs or have an interest in becoming a foster parent, call 602-6144366. Foster parents can be single or married.




Budget-friendly snacks for a guys’ night out FAMILY FEATURES


ame night, poker night — whatever the occasion, guys’ nights out call for simple food that tastes great and fills them up. And if it can be eaten without utensils, even better. George Duran, host of Food Network’s “Ham on the Street” and author of “Take This Dish and Twist It,” knows how to cook up creative food guys will love. Here’s what he says about three of his crowd pleasing recipes:

Buffalo Wing Dip: If you’re looking for a quick and easy buffalo wing-flavored dip recipe without the fuss of deep-frying, your prayers have been answered! I transformed one our nation’s classic appetizers into a spicy yet lusciously creamy dip with chunky blue cheese and olives. Hungry yet?

Pizza Olives: What better way to serve the flavors of pepperoni pizza than in a bowl? Spicy cubes of pepperoni complement the delectable olives while garlic and oregano give the impression that you are enjoying the American classic. Put away that pizza cutter ’cause all you need here is a toothpick.

Spanish Tortilla: Make this simple Spanish Tortilla at your next event and watch how amazed your friends will be with the amount of work you put into thinly slicing each potato. Little do they know that gourmet chips and succulent Lindsay olives are the shortcut ingredients to this mouthwatering, filling appetizer. For more great recipes for guys’ night or any night, visit Warm “Pepperoni Pizza” Olives

Olives and Chips Spanish Tortilla

Snacks for the boyz tips from George Duran 

A creative approach to saving space when serving food at a party is to use book cases. Remove the books and put placemats on the shelves before setting the appetizers on top. If you’re entertaining on a game night, decorate the house with the colors of the team you’re rooting for. If there are fans of the opposing team, use masking tape to make a dividing line in the living room to separate both sets of fans. If you are serving crackers with cheese, prevent them from sliding all around the dish by placing a bed of shredded lettuce on the platter under the cheese and crackers. Use recyclable dishware, napkins and utensils. Remember to always have a recycling bag in an easy-to-spot location so friends know where to toss their dishes when they are done eating. Make a playlist on your MP3 player with great background music a day or two before so that you can just let the songs shuffle throughout the party. People are curious about new foods, so label your foods on a folded 2-square inch piece of paper so that your guests know what the dish is. You can never have too much ice — buy an extra bag.

Olives and Chips Spanish Tortilla

Warm “Pepperoni Pizza” Olives

Buffalo Wing Style Olive Dip

Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 5 minutes Yield: Makes about 3 cups 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 1 jar (4.5 ounces) Lindsay Jalapeño Stuffed Spanish Olives, drained 1 can (6 ounces) Lindsay Ripe Pitted Olives, drained 1 cup cubed pepperoni, about 5 ounces 2 garlic cloves, minced 2 teaspoons dried oregano 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, roughly chopped 1 cup cubed Romano cheese, about 4 ounces Combine oil, olives, pepperoni, garlic, oregano and sun-dried tomatoes in small saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat until garlic is fragrant and oil is hot, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and leave in saucepan for a few minutes. Add cheese cubes and place in a serving bowl. Tip: Place a shot glass filled with toothpicks next to the bowl so that your guests may use them to skewer the bites. Drink Tip: A good all-around amber ale is a perfect match to the Pizza Olives as the flavors of malt will complement hearty ingredients such as pepperoni.

Mexican tortillas are the flat breads used to make burritos and tacos. But in Spain, tortillas are delicious omelets made with potatoes and Spanish onions. Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 8 minutes Yield: 4 servings 6 large eggs 1 bag (5 ounces) high-end potato chips (such as Terra Chips), slightly crushed 1 large tomato, seeded and finely chopped 1 jar (7 ounces) Lindsay Pimiento Stuffed Spanish Manzanilla Olives, drained, halved 3 tablespoons chopped scallions 1 tablespoon vegetable oil Preheat broiler. In a large bowl beat eggs and add chips, tomatoes, olives and scallions. Let mixture rest for 5 to 10 minutes until chips have softened. Pour oil into a non-stick skillet, spreading it with a paper towel so pan is well coated, and put it over medium-low heat. Add egg mixture and cook slowly until edges are cooked enough to be pulled away from the side of the pan, about 5 to 6 minutes. Place skillet under broiler and cook until eggs are set and lightly browned, about 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from oven and run a heat-proof plastic spatula around the edge to loosen up tortilla. Let it rest for a few minutes before removing from pan and serving. This can be made several hours in advance and served at room temperature. Drink Tip: Skip pricey French Champagne and serve the Spanish Tortilla with a budgetfriendly, delicious Cava sparkling wine from Spain. It’s a fabulous, authentic way to unearth the fresh flavors of Spain.

Buffalo Wing Style Olive Dip Prep Time: 10 minutes Microwave Time: 30 seconds Yield: Makes about 2 cups 8 ounces cream cheese 1/2 cup blue cheese salad dressing 3 tablespoons Louisiana hot sauce 1 can (3.8 ounces) Lindsay Ripe Sliced Olives, drained, reserving a tablespoon for garnish 1 cup (4 ounces) crumbled blue cheese 1 cup finely chopped celery, reserving a tablespoon for garnish Place cream cheese in a medium microwavesafe bowl and microwave for 30 seconds on high, until warm and softened. With a spoon, mix in salad dressing and hot sauce until well blended. Fold in olives, blue cheese, and celery. Garnish with olives and celery. Serve with crackers and pretzel rods.






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Coyotes Maul Wolves 61-38, Defense, Hughes Lead Way By Danny White In nature, wolves and coyotes are very similar although wolves are larger both animals are known as predators and run in packs with the alpha male being the definite leader. That is in nature, in 5A football in the state of Arizona, there is no team as big, vicious, and fast as the Centennial Coyotes. And they have a definite leader in Anthony Hughes. Last Friday night, Centennial traveled across town to do battle with the 5A -I Chandler Wolves in

plays later Hughes hit pay dirt from 20 yards out, the first of three td by the hard running senior in the first half. Operating behind a big veteran line lead by seniors Dylan Lusk at six foot two, 301pounds, Nick Rowland a six foot four, 305 pounder and Junior Nievas a six foot three, 306 pounder, Hughes, Sean Harrington and the other Coyote backs had a field day. Chandler bounced back from the Coyotes first score with a well executed lateral pass from Kyle



Anthony Hughes on the loose, scoring the second of three first half tds against Chandler. AT LEFT: #4 junior running back Sean Harrington and #6 Anthony Hughes –form a perfect 10 for Centennial and coach Richard Taylor.

an interdivisional match up. The Coyotes established their running game early as Hughes bolted 40 yards on the game’s first play from scrimmage. Two


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Yount to the versatile Brett Hundley who then fired a strike to J.J. Lewis, the play covered 32 yards and brought the Wolves as close as they would come all night, at 6-7.


The Coyotes defense pressured Yount all night forcing errant passes and turnovers as well as denying the Wolves twice inside the 10 yard line. “I thought the first team offense and the defense played well tonight,” said Centennial coach Richard Taylor adding, “Chandler was without its top running back but they are a

talented team with good depth.” The Wolves Taylor Walstad missed the game due to a knee injury he is expected to miss three to five weeks. Centennial’s one two punch of Hughes and Harrington (numbers six and four on their jerseys) were a perfect 10 during the game.

Harrington raced 45 yards for Centennials final score as he broke four tacklers and outraced several Wolves to the end zone. “I was just trying not to get caught from behind,” said Harrington, who has two younger brothers in the Centennial program. Harrington reports he and his brothers will be the

second coming of the Hughes’. Chandler was most productive when Hundley moved to quarterback and led the Wolves to three tds and two extra point conversations in the fourth quarter. It was impressive, but not enough to overcome the deficit and damage done earlier.


Allen Scores Twice, Huskies De-dub Knights 48-10 By G. Napier Barnes III They were the Knights that would be King. The Westview Knights (1-1) have challenged for the throne of football supremacy the past three seasons only to come up a little short. Each year they have failed to defeat the reigning monarch, Centennial High School. 2009 is a new year and oddly enough the Knights opened the season ranked number two in the state. That’s two notches higher then the Hamilton Huskies (2-0) who lost the “mythical best in state” crown to Centennial a couple seasons ago. Last Friday night, in Avondale, number two hosted fourth ranked Hamilton in a marquee match up that many

Michael Allen scored on a 32-yard run and an 80-yard pass play in Hamilton’s 48-10 vicGN BARNES/AZI PHOTO tory over second ranked Westview.

thought would establish the true contender for the throne.

After the 48-10 thrashing, Hamilton maintained that they are contenders,

while Westview may just be a pretender. The home team took

the opening kick-off and had a nice opening drive going when they were faced with a 4th and 2 situation at midfield. Conventional wisdom, and now hindsight, would suggest that you punt, but if you want to be king you have to take a king-size risk. Coach Jeff Bowen decided to go for it and they were stopped. On the Huskies’ first offensive play quarterback Travis Dean launch a wounded under-thrown duck to Steve Hansen which resulted in a 54yard scoring play. For all intents and purposes this game was over as Hamilton scored on all five of their first half processions taking a 35-3 lead into the locker room. The running back tandem of Michael Allen and

Zach Bauman churned out big yardage. Allen’s 32-yard run gave the visitors a 14-0 first quarter lead. Bauman hit pay dirt on the Huskies’ next series on a two-yard dive. Down 28-3 late in the half the Knight mounted their best drive of the night. That drive ended with a Devon Carrington interception in the endzone. There were only 40.2 seconds remaining before intermission. One would have thought the leading team would have taken a knee and headed to the locker room. But to be King you also have to be ruthless. Dean hit Allen on an 80-yard scoring play that left no doubt who is next in line for the throne should the king stumble.




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Chavez Demolishes Trevor Browne By Danny L. White What a difference a week makes. The Cesar Chavez Champions opened the 2009 season at Mesa High and played like anything but champions, dropping a 21-7 intersectional game to the Jackrabbits. A week later in the confines and comfort of their stadium before an impressive and enthusiastic home crowd, Cesar Chavez performed the way head coach Jim Rattay had hoped they would in the opener. Chavez speed was the difference in this contest as sophomore flanker Davonte Neal scored three first half touchdowns and the defensive contributed in a big way to give the Champions a commanding 26-0 halftime lead. Neal is one of the most exciting players in the city and each time he handles the ball he is a threat to take it to the house (score). The second half belonged to Chavez as well, as quarterback Joseph Raja hit Tae Thomas over the middle. Thomas had to reach back to


Chavez wide receiver Tae Thomas #2 is congratulated by quarterback Joseph Raja #12 as he comes off the field following a 47 yard catch and td run. DL WHITE/AZI PHOTO

snag the ball with one hand, then turned and outraced several Bruins to the end zone – 32-0, Chavez. Browne was unable to get anything going offensively and turned the ball over on downs. Neal mishandled the punt initially, picked the ball up, weaved through the first line of would be tacklers, reversed his field for an 18 yard gain. A few counters and quick passes moved the ball just outside the Bruin 20 yard line

where Raja’s quarterback keeper put the game out of reach at 38-0. The p.a.t was the only think off the mark on this night for Chavez. Coach Rattay complimented his offensive line of Eric Benitez, Juan Burciaga, Ewuare Webb, Stevie Carr, and Fernando Gutierrez. Stepping up their game for the Champions as well was Rayvonte Hampton at running back, Regis Johnson, Adam Dixon, James Edwards, and Chevyn Bryant.


Dorados Spank Santa Rita By Jessie Vanderson TUCSON - Ka'Deem Carey ran with the abandonment of a wild Mustang stallion, showing his speed to his cowboy pursuers in a gallop across the dry badlands of northern Nevada. The junior halfback at Oro Valley's Canyon del Oro High School raced through host Santa Rita High's proud defense for four rushing touchdowns to lead the Dorados to an impressive 279 defeat of the East Siders in a match up of two of the state's top programs in a non-conference contest Friday night at Eagles Stadium. "We were excited about this game. This was about who is the best "green and gold" team out there," said Carey. "Santa Rita had good players and they are a good team, but we just had more fight." CDO also had Carey, a player who is already raising talk around town that he could one day finish his high school career as one of the city's all-time great "take-itto-the-house" on any play running backs as Lewis Cook (Tucson High), Kelly Langford (Tucson High), Vance Johnson (Cholla) or brothers Michael and Mario

Bates (Amphi High), who romped through the Eagles for a single-game CDO rushing record of 284 yards on 20 carries. "(Carey) is a good runner. He can start and stop on a dime," said Santa Rita linebacker Tamarin Jones. "He is most definitely the best back that we have seen." In only two games this season, Carey has already rushed for 474 yards. He went to work on Santa Rita, a team that has lost only four games in the last three years, with 1 minute and 30 seconds left in the second quarter and the Eagles leading 6-0. He took a hand-off from CDO quarterback Mike Lewis and slashed through the right side for a 15-yard scoring dash to tie the game. His electrifying 80-yard TD sprint after getting a handoff from Lewis on the first offensive play of the third quarter allowed the Dorados to go ahead 13-6 before you had time to readjust to your seat after taking a trip to the concession stand at halftime. On the first play of CDO's next offensive possession, Carey broke loose on a rushing play for a 81-yard bolt to pay dirt with 8:24 left in the third quarter that gave CDO a

20-9 advantage. The North Side sensation slipped into the end zone from 5-yards out early in the fourth quarter to secure the game for CDO with a TD that helped the Dorados finish the contest with 27 points. "(Ka'Deem) is explosive. When he touches the football, it is like the play is never over," said CDO head coach Dustin Peace. "He runs to get into the end zone on ever play." A stout performance by the Dorados' defense kept Santa Rita's dangerous Ian Garlet (quarterback) and Chris Correa (half back) led offense bottled up and out of the end zone all night. Senior placeKicker Chris Mayer nailed three field goals for the Eagles. "This defense is real fast, and when we play to the game-plan, this is what you can get," said CDO safety Josh Robbins, who stopped an Eagles' drive with an interception in the fourth quarter. Robbins, a senior who has already been offered a scholarship by the University of Arizona, is considered the Dorados' top collegiate prospect since all state linebacker Aaron Tevis three-years ago. Tevis now a starting linebacker at Boise State University.


It's time to change the BCS format The college football season has started and it's never too soon to begin talking about the BCS (Bowl Championship Series). In the past, I have not been in favor of the BCS preferring instead a playoff system to ultimately decide the champion. I know, after the final regular season and conference championship games have been played and the bowl match-ups have been decided, there will be some controversy over a team or two that deserved to be playing in the BCS title game but are not. When that happens, I will be back on my soap box for a playoff. But, that's three months away from reality and today is now. Since the BCS appears here to stay, it needs to be revived. Personally, I like to see it disappear as quick as an ice cube on any sidewalk in Phoenix in July, but let's see if we can rehabilitate it. Although none of my fixes would satisfy my lust for a lengthy 16-team playoff, here are the five changes I would make to the BCS to create a more palatable system for all. 1. In with the Mountain West. Out with the Big East. Whether by committee or computer, a system should be put in place to make sure the six best football conferences are the ones receiving the automatic bids to those coveted eight spots in the BCS bowls. If that were the case the fading-fast Big East would be on the outs. The Mountain West would get its due. The Mountain West created a furor over the current BCS system when Utah smashed Alabama, 31-17, in the Sugar Bowl last winter. The argument that an unbeaten Utah deserved its share of a national title overlooked the fact that no one had the team ranked higher than fifth prior to the Sugar Bowl. But the conference headed by Utah, Brigham Young and TCU is currently more competitive than the one West Virginia has mostly owned for the last five SPORTS EDITOR DIGEST years., The Utes, Cougars and Frogs each have won at least 30 games the last three seasons. West Virginia is the only Big East team to make that claim. These same three Mountain West teams are ranked in the top 20, albeit all near the bottom. There isn't a single Big East team ranked in the top 25 at the moment. Until further notice, this conference doesn't deserve an automatic bid and the millions that come with it. 2. Conference champions only please. The BY VINCENT CRAWFORD biggest flaw in the BCS remains unchanged. The worst thing the system ever has done is to allow an Oklahoma team that lost the Big 12 game a Nebraska team that didn't even play in it to compete for the national title. “Compete” might be the wrong word since neither team came close to winning. Teams in conferences that stage their own title games (SEC, Big 12, ACC) run a risk of losing an extra game that the champions of the Big Ten and PAC-10 avoid. I understand that. But it's part of the price you pay for reaping those millions the championship games generate. If being conference champions is meaningless, that tarnishes the entire system. 3. Bring back New Year's Day Madness. Pardon me to be old for a moment, but college football on New Year's Day was huge when I was a kid. It was huge when I was in college. It was still huge up until a little more than a decade ago. Now bowls have been tossed all over the place. This season there will be as many games played (5) on Dec. 31 and Jan. 2 as there will be on Jan. 1. This year, in between the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1 and the national title game played in that same shrine Jan. 7, games to be played include the Bowl, the AutoZone Liberty and the Valero Alamo. Move those back where they belong … into December. 4. Take the gloves off the computers. Let a blowout be considered a blowout. And let a seven-point loss to USC help a team more than a 14point win over Army. The current system has basically made it foolish to schedule tough non-conference opponents. There's no value in it. The computer could actually do a better job ranking the teams if they didn't have to consider a 70-0 win basically the same as a 35-14 win. And playing quality teams and getting beat should be worth more than the paycheck the visiting team takes home. 5. Put some meaning in the non-championship bowls. Conference records should be evaluated on an annual basis in determining which leagues are tied to which automatic bids. And teams that lose bowls should not be ranked in the preseason top 10. Let them work their way back up the ladder. It wouldn't take Oklahoma or Alabama that long if they are that good. The focus on winning conferences would remain, but the argument that the Crimson Tide “didn't care” about the Utah game would come with a price. This way, the large schools will have more incentive to beat mid-level teams.



Arnie Celebrates 80 The legendary Arnold Palmer will celebrate his 80 years here on God’s green earth on Thursday, September 10. His name epitomizes the heart and soul of golf because he has been an integral part of the modern game from the first time he teed it up. “The King” won 92 championships in national and international professional events with 61 coming on the PGA Tour. His first win as a professional was the 1955 Canadian Open and it served as a springboard to his future success. During his illustrious career Palmer competed against some of the games greatest shot makers and successfully won seven majors, 4-Masters2-British Open and the DEAN’S DUFFERS 1960 U.S. Open where he came from 7-shots back to win. The saga of Arnold Palmer began when he was four years old, swinging his first set of golf clubs, cut down by his father, Milfred J. (Deacon) Palmer, who worked at Latrobe BY MICHAEL A. DEAN Country Club from 1921 until his death in 1976, much of that time as both golf professional and course superintendent. Before long, Arnie was playing well enough to beat the older caddies at the club. He began caddying himself when he was 11 and worked at virtually every job at the club in the ensuing years. The strongly-built young man concentrated on golf in high school and soon was dominating the game in Western Pennsylvania. He won his first of five West Penn Amateur Championships when he was 17, competed successfully in national junior events and went to Wake Forest University (then College), where he became No. 1 man on the golf team and one of the leading collegiate players of that time. Deeply affected by the death in an auto accident of his close friend and classmate, Bud Worsham, younger brother of 1947 U.S. Open Champion Lew Worsham, Arnold withdrew from college during his senior year and began a three-year hitch in the Coast Guard. His interest in golf rekindled while he was stationed in Cleveland. He was working there as a salesman and playing amateur golf after his discharge from the service and brief return to Wake Forest when he won the U.S. Amateur in 1954 following his second straight victory in the Ohio Amateur earlier that summer. Now that he can no longer compete on a professional level, Palmer has shifted his interest to growing the game and giving back to the community at large. He is an accomplished pilot, has built over 200 golf courses worldwide, hosts a number of fund raising events including the Bay Hill Invitational that supports the Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital and was on the ground floor when someone came up with the idea of The Golf Channel. The Hall of Fame inductee plays golf everyday either at Latrobe CC that he owns when he’s in Pennsylvania or at Bay Hill when in Florida where he resides with Kit, his wife of three years. In the spring he’ll make his annual trek to Augusta National where he serves as the honorary starter of the Masters and will officially be joined by his toughest opponent, Jack NIcklaus. Happy Birthday Arnie! Did you know Arnold Palmer is credited with mixing lemonade with iced tea? The drink is now known at bars and restaurants as an Arnold Palmer

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Mistakes Humble Rams In Loss To Hawks By Michael A. Dean Friday Night Fever really kicked into high gear this week as all of the schools played somewhere across the state. The Washington Rams hosted the Apollo Hawks in the season opener for both teams and the error prone Rams were blown away to the tune of 56-20. The Rams were penalized 28 times for 211 yards and nearly every time they made a good play it was called back by a referee’s yellow flag. The Hawks capitalized on numerous Washington errors and sophomore quarterback Jon Brown oiled up his arm by rifling four touchdown passes of 63, 12, 23 and 28 yards to a bevy of receivers and added two runs of his own for 60 and 13 yards. The Hawks led 37-0 before the Rams got out of their own way and scored on a 56 yard pass from Devonte Smythe to Nick Gonzales just before the half. Brown finished the game 10 of 22 in passing for 243 yards and no interceptions. He also rushed 5 times for 74 yards and two touchdowns. Apollo’s Chrisdeon Ayiyi, a 6’0” – 185 lb speedster was on the receiving end of two of Brown’s scoring tosses and added a third touchdown by scooping up a Rams fumble and racing 60 yards in the fourth quarter.

Apollo quarterback Jon Brown looks more like Philadelphia Eagles legend Donovan McNabb on this play as the pass minded player was forced to tuck and run. Brown eluded Rams defenders and raced 60 yards for the Hawks second touchdown of the game.



Labor Day weekend was the first full week of HBCU football action. The lower divisions (D2 and NAIA) are going into their second week of play while the big boys, College Championship Division (formally 1-AA) are just completing opening day action. The game of the week pitted the 2008 MEAC champions against the 2008 SWAC champions in what was called the MEAC/SWAC Challenge. Played in the Citrus Bowl in Orlando Florida, and before an ESPN 2 national televised audience, the South Carolina State Bull Dogs (MEAC) defeated the Grambling Tigers 34-31. The MEAC has won four out of five of these challenges and is clearly the top HBCU College Championship Division conference. Opening day was a so-so proposition for the SWAC. Alabama A&M got a quality win over Tennessee State 247, while Alabama State slipped pass NAIA power Concordia 38-33. Prairie View A&M won a conference game from Texas Southern 17-7. The rest of the conference members, like D2 last week, went out of conference and was destroyed. Mississippi Valley State, Arkansas Pine-Bluff, Southern, Jackson State, and Alcorn State was outscored 227-29 in these contests with Southern getting 19 of those points. I guess we just can’t beat the white boys. The same can be said about the CIAA. After being swept last week, the conference saw Charleston (WV) defeat St Augustine’s College 43-41 in 3OT, Pembroke State spanking St Paul’s 37-0, and Catawba sneaking by Fayetteville State 21-20. CIAA champion Shaw University got the conference a quality victory by defeating the MEAC’s Bethune-Cookman 20-6. Bowie State escaped Shepherd 23-21. SIAC members continue to stay in conference. In a Sunday afternoon affair, Miles shocked the world by defeating two time champion Tuskegee 23-16. Albany State, the preseason favorite , thumped Kentucky State 45-0, Ft Valley ran Morehouse 36-13. Clark-Atlanta picked up a forfeit victory over Stillman over health concerns. And Benedict finally broke into the win column with a 49-21 victory over West Virginia State. Other then the marquee victory over Grambling, MEAC teams saw Hampton stop NC Central 31-24, Norfolk State turn back Virginia State 28-10 while NC A&T claimed the I-40 Championship by beating Winston-Salem 19-10. Florida A&M established themselves as a force by clipping Delaware State 21-12. The Langston Lions continue to roll in the Red River devouring Lincoln (MO) 31-6. Ouachita Baptist thumped Texas College 52-6. Lincoln (PA) no relations fell to New Haven 33-10 and Mercyhurst showed no mercy to Cheyney State killing the Wolves 45-15. What differentiates the HBCU’s from the main stream colleges, often referred to as the white boys in this column, is the amount of money an institution is willing, or able to invest in the athletic program(s). Chances are no HBCU football program will ever win a NCAA or NAIA national championship.




Neighborhood Kids Get Book Bags From AMVETS By Ima Denmon About 100 children in the neighborhood of Leroy C. Ward Memorial AM VETS Post 5, 3806 S. 16th S were treated to a joyous day of love and fun as they were treated with hot dogs, drinks and given book bags by the members of AMVETS Post 5 and AMVETS Post 66. Officer Chris Coronado community action officer from the COP Police Department South Mountain Branch was on hand to give children instruction on do’s and don’ts of safety, including a most strenuous caution of contacting a parent if ever approached or fondled by a stranger. Officer Coronado stayed during the day and answered other questions the children had to ask.


Coalition Gives Scholarship, Entertains Celebrity Story and photos By Ima Denmon

Leon and Ruby Sagere fingerprint a child for her safety profile. IMA DENMON/AZI PHOTOS

Leon and Ruby Sagere of BLT AZ KID (Better Living Tomorrow for Arizona’s Children) the local chapter of United Care, USA were also on hand and fingerprinted and weighed the children and helped parents fill out profile forms to help find their children if they are lost.

Officer Chris Coronado COP Police Community Action Officer speaks to children about “stranger danger.”

They also had coloring books and other informative information about preventing and wiping out child abuse. The Sageres are the son and daughter-in-law of “Doc” Sagere a member of AMVETS Post 5. Call 602-472-0846 for further information about their program and services. Attendees were also entertained by a three man Congo demonstration that had the children dancing and clapping. DJ Tina played the latest hip-hop music featuring a Michael Jackson birthday tribute. Auxiliary President Ida Nolan and Sons Commander Dennis Smith worked throughout the event helping make it successful and helping young children prepare to go to school.

Phoenix Chapter Of The Links, Inc. To Launch 2010 Biennial Cotillion Season This fall The Phoenix Chapter of The Links, Inc., will again launch a series of educational and cultural enrichment activities for youth through its biennial Charity Cotillion. The Phoenix Chapter will present approximately 40 of the most talented and scholarly young ladies rep-


resenting high schools from around the Valley that will culminate with a debutante ball April 3, at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel. “Over the course of its rich history, the program has evolved into a sixmonth-long comprehensive experience that en-

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courages academic excellence, community service, global awareness and an appreciation of the arts,” said Kay Lovelace Taylor, president of the Phoenix Chapter of The Links, Inc. Eligible young ladies interested in becoming a 2010 Links Debutante are invited to submit a candidate application packet by or before October 1. To be considered for presentation, a young lady must: • be a high school junior or senior during the 20092010 academic year; • have a cumulative grade point average equivalent to a B- (2.75) or better on 4.0 scale; • be of reputable character and conduct as attested in the letters of recommendation (submitted by qualified nominators, i.e.: educator; employer; clergy; mentor); and • be active in school, community or church/spiritual activities. Visit the Phoenix Chapter of The Links, Inc., website at phoenixlinks to download an application packet.

At its monthly executive board meeting held at the Sportsman Social Club, 943 W. Watkins Rd., members of the Combined Fraternal Organizations of South Phoenix (Coalition) presented a $300 scholarship donation to Briana Escoto, niece of Sportsman member Pat Sanford. The donation will help Briana purchase a lap top and other items she needs to begin studies at Arizona State University. Briana plans to study psychology at ASU with hopes of becoming a clinical psy-

Coalition Co-chairman Ray Graham presents a check to Briana Escoto to help with supplies needed for school.

chologist. Coalition members also advised Briana to contact the chairman of American Legion Post 65

Actor Omar Goodings (center) with Sportsman President Edward Bauman and VFW Post 1710 Auxiliary Chaplain Marian Marsh.

for help with her scholarship needs. Meeting attendees were thrilled to meet actor Omar Gooding who starred in the movie “Baby Boy” and is the brother of actor Cuba Gooding, Jr. Omar was in the Valley visiting friends. The Combined Fraternal Organizations of South Phoenix associate themselves together for the betterment of the community, to enhance opportunity for youth in the community and to unite organizations within the community.

Gamma Mu Boule Essay Contest Underway

Deadline for entries September 21 By Floyd Alvin Galloway Gamma Mu Boule, the local chapter of Sigma Pi Phi Faternity, will sponsor an essay contest for young men inconjunction with their up coming 15th Pacific Regional convention in Phoenix October 28-November 6. Incorporated in June, 1912, in Philadelphia, Sigma Pi Phi is one the oldest African American Greek organizations The inaugural Reach For Excellence essay contest is one of the organization’s social action projects and is presented in conjuction with the African America Men of Arizona State University (AAMA-

SU). The Reach For Excellence essay contest will provide the opportunity for Phoenix area high school, college and university students to develop and demonstrate both their written and verbal communications skills. The Gamma Mu Boulé, founded May 6, 1986, membership unites men of distinction, accomplishment and of congenial personalities. AAMASU is a student organization and High School-to-College (H2C) program focused on increasing the recruitment, retention, and graduation rates of African American male high school and college stu-

dents. Gamma Mu has worked closely with AAMASU for several years and has provided both financial and program support. There will be two essay classes: 1- University Class and 2- High School Class. The Gamma Mu/AAMASU contest committee will select the essay topic each year. All essays must be received by September 21 and the selection of the top five essays from each class will be made by October 15. For an application and more information about the essay contest email



Faith, Hope And Love International Ministry Dedicates House Of Worship Story and photos By Florence Darby After conducting services in temporary locations for a number of months, Bishop G. Lee Barrett, founder and pastor of Faith, Hope and Love International Ministry, praised God as he conducted the dedication of the church’s permanent house of worship located at 4218 South Central Avenue in Phoenix. Bishop Barrett said the Lord led the church family from a living room meeting place to this house of worship and we give Him the praise and honor today. The dedication service was held at 4 p.m., Sunday, September 6. Bishop Claude Ranger, Jr., pastor of Full Gospel Deliverance Temple in Phoenix, delivered the dedication sermon. It was Christ-centered and Spirit-filled. There were songs of praise, testimonies recalling the goodness of God, prayers of thanksgiving and dancing in the aisles. Bishop Ranger’s scholarly references to the dedication of the Solomon’s Temple and comparison of Faith, Hope and Love’s



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— SEPTEMBER — FRI 11 Singles of Purpose Dance: 7-11pm, in the foyer of Living Word Bible Church, 3520 East Brown Rd. in Mesa (NW corner of Brown & Val Vista). Admission charges. For information visit or call 480-964-4GOD. SAT 12 Full Gospel Deliverance Tabernacle Men’s

Ministers who participated in the dedication service. Guest speaker Bishop Claude Ranger, Jr. is in front to the right. Below right, Bishop G. Lee Barrett anoints the church’s door post.

house of worship were outstanding and brought hand claps and shouts of amen. In his closing message, Bishop Ranger posed a thought provoking to the audience. “This house,” he said, “is dedicated today as God’s house for the sacred use of worship to our Almighty God, now, I ask each of you, whose house are you?” Ministers and friends from the community included Pastor Mary Mackey-Brown from One Step Further Ministries, Pastor Linda Wilson from Jesus Ministries Bread of Life, Pastor Leon Hines, Jr. from Fresh Anointing

Church and Minister Robert Porter. A number of friends joined the growing church family for this special service. The children’s choir presented special musical selections with young Dominic Ware as drummer and Bishop Vnikki Johnson as organist. Dr. Mable Reese was the mistress of ceremony for the service. Bishop Barrett extends a warm welcome to all who wish to attend and help spread the good news of salvation and show God’s love to those who have not heard. The meeting closed with an anointing service.

Prayer Breakfast 9:00 - 11 a.m. at Coco’s Reataurant, 2026 North 7th Street in Phoenix. For information contact Elder Porter at 602-518-5735.

SUN 13 First Institutional Baptist Church celebrates 104 years as a church and 32 years as pastor and people. Worship services at 7:30 and 11 a.m. The theme for this year is: “Growing and Maturing Together for the Purpose of Winning Souls to the Kingdom of God” taken from Matthew 28:19. Celebration colors are: mauve, navy and gold. Dr. Gary Kinnaman of City of Grace Church (Mesa) will be the guest speaker. First Institutional at 1141 E. Jefferson Street (Near the corner of Jefferson/12th Streets) just one quarter mile east of Chase Field in Phoenix. Everyone invited. Information at or call 602-258-1998. FRI-SAT 18-19 Gethsemane Park Apostolic Church

Bishop Barrett anointed the doorpost and other ministers anointed the inside and outside to the building. The bishop has great plans for the church and community your prayers and presence will be appreciated.

W.I.Z.E. Women's Auxiliary annual W.I.Z.E. Women's Retreat, "Behold, The Beauty of the Lord". Two days of worship and fellowship, dynamic speakers, inspired word, cleansing and deliverance for your heart, mind, body, soul and spirit. Bring your pre-teen and teen girls. At the Embassy Suites, 440 S. Rural Road in Tempe. Keynote speaker Pastor Karen Dawson Fadis, Columbus Ohio. For registration information and forms contact Eva Jean Smith 480-593-8506 or Darlina M. Windom 480-218-8105 or contact the church office 480-641-7275. • • • The Living Word Bible Church Singles of Purpose Conference. Free. Services will start at 6:45 p.m. both days; also have general sessions on Saturday morning. A special luncheon with Pastor Frederick K. Price Jr. will take place on Saturday, September 19 at 12:30 p.m. There will also be a Mix & Mingle After Party following Saturday evening service. Please purchase luncheon tickets by September 13. Admission charge for Saturday’s Mix & Mingle. The Living Word Bible Church is located at 3520 East Brown Rd. in Mesa (NW Corner of Brown & Val Vista ). For more information or to purchase tickets visit or call 480-964-4GOD.

SAT 19 Big Sale at Dominion Harvest Christian The youth choir presented two musical selections and Dominic Ware was very good as the drummer for the service.

Church And Pastoral Anniversaries Slated At First Institutional Baptist Church By Florence Darby Sunday, September 13, will be a day of praise and celebration at First Institutional Baptist Church in Phoenix. During the 7:30 and 11a.m. worship service, the church family and friends will honor Dr. Warren H. Stewart, Sr. and his wife, the Rev. Karen E. Stewart for his 32 years of dedicated pastoral service to the church and community. The 104th anniversary of the church will also be celebrated during these same services.

Dr. Warren H. Stewart, Sr. and wife, Rev. Karen E. Stewart

A very appropriate theme that highlights the church's mission during these 104 years was chosen for this history-making event. It is, "Growing and Maturing Together

for the Purpose of Winning Souls to the Kingdom of God." Dr. Gary Kinnaman of City of Grace Church in Mesa will be the guest speaker. The celebration colors are: Mauve, Navy and Gold. The church is located at 1141 East Jefferson, a quarter mile east of Chase field. It is reported that the light rail stops twenty-five yards from the church's doorsteps. The public is invited to be a part of this celebration. For more information please to or call 602258-1998.

Church, 4615 South Central Avenue, Suite B, (south of Broadway) sponsored by the Shepherd’s Care Committee. Tables set up at 7 a.m. with a variety of items including clothing, household items, books and much more. Vendors desiring to rent tables can call 602-6726936. • • • “Recharging Your Sunday School” by Life Way Biblical Solutions for life. Rev. Dawn Cornelius will be the presenter from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on First Institutional Baptist Church campus at 1141 E. Jefferson Street. There is no charge for this presentation. Food will be provided.

TUE-SUN 22-27 73rd annual session of the Zion Rest District Association. Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Mesa, host church Rev. Ottley Holmes, Jr., pastor. Rev. Dr. Bernard Black, moderator.

— OCTOBER — SAT 3 Tonto Church of Christ Community Outreach

Fair 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1101 West Tonto Street in Phoenix. Phone 602-252-7852.





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THEME FOR AUGUST - NOVEMBER: “Showers of Blessings”

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THE FREE CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST IN JESUS NAME, INC. 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


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

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

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

Weekly Community Worship every Sunday at 10am Weekly Prayer and Bible Study every Thursday at 6pm

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 •

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

Southminster Presbyterian Church Elder Reginald Ragland Commissioned Lay Pastor


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

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

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

Merlon M. Thompson

“…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!

Fisher Chapel

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.

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

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:

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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

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



Residents Hold Vigil In Glendale For Health Care Reform Demonstrate Need for Public Health Insurance Option


Former Tucson Urban League President/CEO Kelly Langsford Nearly 100 supporters of health care reform with a public option gather at Rose Lane Park in Glendale for a candle light vigil and a memorial for Sen. Edward Kennedy, a leader in the effort for universal health care.

Story and photos By Floyd Alvin Galloway Supporters of health care reform’s public health insurance option held a candle light vigil in Glendale, September 2. As Congress wraps up its August recess and heads back to Washington, almost 100 individuals gathered at a vigil at Rose Lane Park to recognize those who are suffering under the current health care system and show that Arizona cannot afford to wait for health care reform with a real public health insurance option. Several individuals related their personal testimonies regarding struggles with insurance companies, problems obtaining need

Action, along with the Center for Community Change, Democracy for America, Doctors for America, Health Care for American Now and TrueMajority. Health care reform with a strong public health insurance option will help lower skyrocketing health care costs and expand coverage to millions of Americans. Nearly 300 vigils were held nationwide on the same day. The vigils included a memorial to Senator Edward Kennedy, who viewed fighting for universal health care as the “cause of his life.” Vigil participants lighted candles, held pictures, and shared the names and stories of those suffering


procedures REQUEST and treatment, under the current health FOR QUALIFICATIONS and even death of a loved care system to show the TRAINING SERVICES one because ON-CALL of the lack of desperate need for a real ability to get the proper public health insurance The City of Phoenix is seeking Request for Qualifications care in to a timely option. and technical train(RFQ) providemanner. safety, environmental ingLocal servicesorganizer for the Water an onIdaServices “AsDepartment the namesonand stocall, asstated needed forare a period 3 years. here Due to the Walter thebasis vigils ries ofshared today nature of the work performed by the Department, the trainorganized by very members of especially show, inArizona cannot ing needs are extensive the areas of Political to wait a real ronmental compliance, safety afford compliance, andfor technical

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public health insurance option. Everyday that we wait to pass health care reform with a public option, more Arizona Residents are denied lifesaving medical treatment, dropped from their insurance coverage, or buried under medical bills,” said Ida Walter, a local MoveOn member. “We’re calling on Congress to pass the health care reform we need as soon as they return to Washington. The longer we wait, the more people suffer.” This vigil was the culmination of a five-week “Real Voices of Change” campaign, which has included over 500 local events nationwide. These events include organizing attendance at Congressional town halls and forums, as well as MoveOn organized parallel events, such as rallies and letter-to-the editor deliveries. Political Action is a political action committee powered by 5 million progressive Americans.

skills. Written Statements of Qualifications (SOQ) are being accepted by the City of Phoenix Water Services Department Human Resources Office, c/o Dorothy Miller, Phoenix City Hall, 200 West Washington Street, 9th Floor, Phoenix, AZ 85003. Deadline for submission of SOQ is Friday, October 16, 2009. A copy of the RFQ is available on line at the City’s Website at opportunities/rfq/index.html. For further information, contact Lisa Nevitt at (602) 256Thru 9/9 3477 or by e-mail at

Tucson Urban League President & CEO Kelly Langford Steps Down

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TUCSON - It was quite a surprise that Kelly Langford had resigned from the Tucson Urban League. But it was time to move on. In 2007, he was hired to run and oversee the large community organization, which has a host of programs and services. In an email sent by Langford he expressed his gratitude and sadness at deciding to step down. For him, leading the Tucson

Urban League was about empowering the less fortunate in the Tucson community. Always upbeat, he inspired those around him. Before joining the TUL, Langford led the TUSD African American Studies Department. He’s always supported numerous community causes over the years. “It’s with some celebration and yet some degree of sadness that I announce August 28th was my last day. I believe that each of

us is placed in given situations for a reason and that there is divine purpose in all that takes place in each our lives,” he wrote. “I believe that not a second of our time should be lived without purpose and good intentions.” The Tucson Urban League is very fortunate to have great supporters and partners.” The TUL has yet to announce his replacement. To learn more about the TUL, visit





Arizona Informant News - September 9, 2009  

Arizona newspaper providing news to the African American community

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