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Sony BMG Settles Major Legal Battle with Black Law Firm for the Rights of Artists Atlanta Attorney James L. Walker Jr ends eight year battle of lawsuit Atlanta, GA (May 25, 2013). After eight years of litigation, music industry giant Sony BMG Music Entertainment has settled a lawsuit filed by leading industry entertainment Attorney James L. Walker, Jr. In his lawsuit, Walker alleged that the music industry giant refused to allow urban artists effective legal representation. “We felt strongly all along that this was a case we had to fight in order to protect artists and their (Continued on page 3)

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Malcolm Shabazz, grandson of Malcolm X, dead in Mexico alcolm Shabazz, the 27-year-old grandson of the late Malcolm X, is dead, as reported by the Amsterdam News on Thursday and later confirmed by the U.S. embassy. According to the paper, Shabazz was killed in Mexico, and died in the early morning hours Thursday, “from injuries sustained after he was thrown off a building or shot as he was being robbed in Tijuana.” A border reporter with the San Diego Union Tribune, Sandra Dibble, Tweeted Thursday night that Shabazz may have “resisted a robbery.” It was not clear whether he died in Tijuana or Mexico City, and the circumstances of his death remained unclear Thursday night. Family friend Terrie M. Williams posted the following statement on Twitter: “I’m confirming, per U.S. Embassy, on behalf of family, the tragic death of Malcolm Shabazz, grandson of Malcolm X.Statement frm family 2 come.” Williams later tweeted that “details are sketchy” regarding the location, and that all that can be confirmed now is his death. She later confirmed Shabazz’s death to theGrio via email, but said there were no details yet. The family has not yet made a public statement. A troubled life: Shabazz’s early years were fraught with difficulty, including long separations from his mother, and an arrest at age 12 for setting a fire in his grandmother Betty Shabazz’s New York apartment, where he was living. The NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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fire left Mrs. Shabazz with severe burns over 80 percent of her body, which led to her death on June 23, 1997. Two years later, the young man who was described during a court hearing as “psychotic and schizophrenic” pleaded guilty to manslaughter and arson and was sentenced to 18 months in juvenile detention, which the court stated could be extended until he turned 18. He was released after four years. Expressing remorse for the fire, Shabazz told the New York Times in a 2003 interview that he set the fire hoping to be “bad” enough to be sent back to his mother, Qubilah Shabazz, who was undergoing court-ordered counseling and drug and alcohol treatment in Philadelphia as part of a 1995 plea agreement on charges she participated in an alleged plot to assassinate Nation of Islam leader, Minister Louis Farrakhan. Shabazz’s troubles didn’t end there. He was arrested for Burglary in 2002, and was detained by the FBI in February on his way to Iran, to attend a film conference called “Hollywoodism.” He wrote about the detention on his blog in March, saying “Given the storm of lies, and half-truths that come with being associated with being the descendant of El Hajj Malik el Shabazz, also known as Minister Malcolm X, any and everything that I do; great or small, good or not so good, real or imagined is subject to controversy.” And he alleged that in 2012, he was informed that he was “under investigation by the F.B.I.’s Counter Terrorism Task Force Unit located in Goshen, N.Y.” At the time of his death, Shabazz was reportedly working on a book, and attending the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. He may have been traveling in Mexico with his friend, labor activist Juan Ruiz. Shabazz is survived by his mother, aunts, and two daughters. His final tweet, posted on Wednesday, confirmed his identity to a skeptical fellow social media user. “I am the grandson of Malcolm X, Yes…..” PAGE 2


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for the use of their copyrights and intellectual property. right to choose effective legal representation and other forms For example, during 1999-2002, Walker had secured top payof representation including the best manager, attorney, publiment for nearly 2 dozen artists on the popular “WOW Alcist, accountant in protecting themselves as artists,” said bums.” Then Sony reps, according to the lawsuit, instructed Kenny Walker, spokesperson at the firm. those artists to terminate Walker or face a possibility of not Filed nearly a decade ago in 2005, the Connecticut /Atlanta working on projects at the label. based Walker & Associates law firm alleged that Verity ReSpecifically, the lawsuit insisted that a number of well known cords, Provident Distribution, Zomba (now owned by Sony), clients were directly told not to use the top-rated attorney, inand Max Siegel, tortuously interfered with contractual relacluding many high profile clients Walker represented like tionships that the law firm had with dozens of artists. The case Grammy winners Hezekiah Walker, Donald Lawrence, and received national attention because no firm had challenged Twinkie Clark to name just a few. Legendary songwriters Sony before and won in this manner. (LA Times http:// like David Frazier and V. Michael McKay were also told articles.latimes.com/2005/may/02/business/fi-gospel2). not to use Walker on their mega publishing and copyright Terms of the settlement were not disclosed. deals, according to the suit. In the complaint (which is shown in full at “Often labels want artists to use attorneys that the labels can www.walkerandassoc.com), the Plaintiffs named numerous control –this avoids paying the artists their worth and saves examples of inappropriate conduct by Sony including intenthe labels millions of dollars and is clearly a conflict of intertionally omitting of the firm’s name on album credits, defaest. When you decide to tell untruths about this firm and (Continued on page 5) mation about the firm, and a refusal to pay artists top dollars (Continued from page 1)

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NEWSDAY QUOTE: “Two longtime Hempstead Village residents -- an architect and a well-connected Democratic official -- have been appointed by the village board as new commissioners for the village's troubled housing authority. The authority is the subject of federal administrative and criminal investigations. Marcia Turner and Andrena Wyatt -- picked by Hempstead Mayor Wayne Hall Sr. for the seven-member board -- were approved unanimously at Tuesday's meeting. All board seats now are filled. "I chose them because I wanted to get a fresh start in the housing authority," said Hall, who appoints five board members. "I know these two women would do the right thing on the board as commissioners, so we can get the housing authority back on the right track and bring back integrity to the board." The beleaguered agency is the subject of an administrative review from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development and a criminal investigation by HUD's Office of the Inspector General, which operates independently from HUD. Last month, the housing authority board placed executive director Stacey Stackhouse on 30-day administrative leave without pay. New board chairman Gilford Finch, who took over last month after Cornell Bozier resigned, has refused Hall's call for his own resignation. Accounting clerk Margarita Shif has been handling the authority's day-to-day financial operations, officials have said. The housing authority is $1.3 million in deficit, Finch said at a meeting Thursday night, citing an April letter from HUD.”

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threaten our artists, you have crossed the line,” said Attorney James L. Walker, Jr. (@jameslwalkeresq). Verity Records, now called RCA Inspirational, is the largest mainstream gospel label in the world. Based in New York, it is or has been home to gospel music stars Fred Hammond, Richard Smallwood, Yolanda Adams, Donnie McClurkin, Kirk Franklin, John P. Kee, and Marvin Sapp to name a few. Walker has worked with some of the leading names in the music industry including Jamie Foxx, Freddie Jackson, Rick James, DMX, Shirley Caesar and BET's Bobby Jones, among others. He recently co- chaired the legal team in the successful litigation and settlement between Disney's Kyle and Chris Massey and A&E/Lifetime networks over the Bristol Palin show. Walker is the author of “This Business of Urban Music” (Random House/ Billboard Books), the #1 urban legal reference book and teaches a very popular entertainment law related class, "Michael Jackson: The Business of Music" in Atlanta. Walker will also be headlining the T.B.O.U.M. Entertainment Book Camp this summer (www.thisbusinessofurbanmusic.com), which will educate artists, songwriters, and entertainment professionals on navigating the entertainment industry. “The suit was not about money; it was about the rights of artists to have competent legal representation, be paid for their work, and the rights of artist representatives to work in this business without fear of intimidation and defamation.” said Walker business partner, J. Richard Byrd (@jrichardbyrd). NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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3D printed gun shoots real bullets A plastic gun made in a 3D printer fired real bullets during demonstrations over the weekend. Texas-based Defense Distributed has just made the blueprints for the gun available free so it can be replicated by others in their own 3D printers. The non-profit group, which says it aims to challenge gun laws, posted a video of a successful test firing of its Liberator pistol on its blog Sunday. The group held demonstrations for the media at a Texas firing range this on Friday and Saturday. The pistol is made of plastic using a 3D printer, which deposits the material layer by layer by squirting it out as it scans across, line by line, the way a regular printer does. Its only non-plastic part is a metal nail that is used as a firing pin — the only part of the gun that would be detectable by metal detectors used to check for weapons. The video invites people to download the CAD (computer-aided design) file for the gun from a website called DEFCAD. - See how a 3D printer works The file is available for free. However, anyone who tries to download the file is invited to donate money to the group's "Wiki Weapon" project. Defense Distributed has previously posted a video of someone firing a gun with certain key parts that were made in a 3D printer, but this is its first time it has made available NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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a blueprint for an entire, working 3D printable gun. In addition to the Liberator pistol, Defense Distributed's DEFCAD website also hosts other weapons-related 3D printer designs that were banned from Thingiverse, a popular website run by 3D printermaker Makerbot Industries for sharing 3D printer blueprints. Defense Distributed is headed by 25-year-old University of Texas law student Cody Wilson. A list of frequently asked questions posted on the group's website says its project is about challenging gun control and regulation. "We look to inspire and defend those who live (and are threatened to live) under politically oppressive regimes," it adds. "Firearm rights are human rights." In response to the question "Why guns?" the site explains, "If we truly believe information should be free, that the internet is the last bastion of freedom and knowledge and that societies that share are superior to societies that censor and withhold, then why not guns?" Illegal outside U.S. The site says that while it is legal in the U.S. to fashion your own firearm and talk about doing so, people in other countries should "proceed with the expectation that every bit of this is illegal." According the RCMP, in Canada it is illegal to manufacture or possess a firearm without appropriate licences and applicable registrations. (Continued on page 7)

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Charles Ramsey is an American hero, not a ‘hilarious’ meme Charles Ramsey is a true American hero who happens to be a funny and engaging storyteller. He deserves national attention, but not in the form of being the next auto-tuned “star” on social media. After breaking down the door of a neighbor to help a distressed woman he didn’t know, Ramsey ended up helping to facilitate the rescue of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight who had been missing in Cleveland for a decade. Berry’s young daughter was also rescued. Ramsey has been hailed as a hero by almost everyone, but more often than not coverage of the story has focused on his appearance and/or manner of speaking instead of his heroic acts or the courage and strength of the women involved. It’s easy to see why Ramsey’s initial interviews went viral. As we’ve seen with people like Antoine Dodson and Sweet Brown, social media and hence traditional national media outlets love low-income, black, non-camera-shy people with engaging storytelling styles serving punchy one-liners. RELATED: McDonald’s to Ramsey — ‘We’ll be in touch’ Ramsey certainly provided that with quotes that included: “I knew something was wrong when a little pretty white girl ran into a black man’s arms. Something is wrong here. Dead giveaway!” A “hilarious” hero? Look in the comments section of any of the stories about Ramsey and you’re bound to see comments from black people who chastise the media for seeming to exploit Ramsey as the next “ghetto superstar” for page hits and giggles. There’s a reason behind that. For decades, way before the advent of social media, the running joke in the black community has been that news reporters always seem to seek out the one black person in a crowd who possesses the most negative stereotypes. If everyone on the street where there was a local fire is dressed for work and gives eloquent commentary, except that one neighbor with rollers in her hair and a penchant for yelling, guess who’s making the 5 o’clock news? The anger that some black people feel when folks like Charles Ramsey are given space on the national stage is typically complex. Yes, there’s some finger-wagging at media outlets for the promotion of what they consider to be yet another hyperbolic representation of the “type” of African-American that seems to dominate TV. But, is there also some shame that black people such as Charles Ramsey even exist? Or are we perhaps perturbed that someone from Charles Ramsey’s world of blacks — who are unfortunately looked down upon by others in our community — could have broken out of what might be called the “only black people know them” space? Crossing and illuminating social boundaries If you are an African-American in today’s world, regardless of your particular education level or socioeconomic status, you have a Charles Ramsey somewhere in your family. It might be your uncle, your dad or a third cousin you’ve met once, but he’s there. Charles NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Ramsey tells his story to reporters the same way you would imagine that relative would tell a story at a family barbecue. We often appreciate these relatives for being warm and full of life. He even called Anderson Cooper “bruh” several times during his interview with the reporter — and provided insight into his socioeconomic world. Ramsey said prior to the rescue of the women, the only time he lost sleep at night was because of a lack of money. Between that comment and the “dead giveaway/running into the arms of a black man” quote, Ramsey is giving the world truth about the current state of race relations, class and social etiquette in urban America today. And doing it with aplomb. Instead of calling him “hilarious,” as have some members of the mainstream, or being embarrassed by him as are many AfricanAmericans — let’s listen to the man. Ramsey is giving wisdom, if we are humble enough to hear him. Ramsey is funny and deserves respect Ramsey’s humorous (and he IS funny), animated, detail-rich style of storytelling is just as worthy of attention as a more traditional approach. If Charles Ramsey gives ten interviews a day, that is A-okay with me. The problem lies more in how Ramsey has been treated in social media (by both blacks and the mainstream community). There are already memes that compare him to Sho-Nuff from the movie The Last Dragon and Eddie Murphy’s barber character in Coming to America. Of course the auto-tuned version of his initial interviews has already been released. (And seriously, why is that even a thing now for all lively black folks on the news?) One good thing for Charles Ramsey that has come from social media is linked to his numerous references to McDonald’s. Ramsey has name-checked McDonald’s several times at this point, and clearly appreciates the brand. He was eating it when he heard Amanda (Continued on page 9)

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"If law enforcement found an individual in possession of a 3D printer-manufactured firearm or parts of a firearm (e.g., magazines, barrels), without appropriate licences and registration, the firearm could be seized and the individual charged," said RCMP spokesman Sgt. Greg Cox in an email to CBC News. He added that the RCMP is monitoring developments related to the 3D printer technology for making guns. Meanwhile, the Liberator gun has drawn concern from some U.S. politicians. On Friday, following a media demonstration, New York Congressman Steve Israel issued a statement calling for the extension of a U.S. ban on allplastic firearms, which expires this year. "Security checkpoints, background checks, and gun regulations will do little good if criminals can print plastic firearms at home and bring those firearms through metal detectors with no one the wiser," the statement said. "When I started talking about the issue of plastic firearms months ago, I was told the idea of a plastic gun is science fiction. Now that this technology appears to be upon us, we need to act now.” The ban does not apply to the Liberator because of its metal pin. However, Israel expressed concern that "those who wish to smuggle guns onto planes and into high security areas" will be able to download Defense Distributed's blueprints, "forgo" the "extraneous" metal pin, and have an undetectable gun. At a news conference Sunday, New York Senator Charles Schumer called for a law to ban making guns using a 3D printer.

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Spelman and Morehouse students, alumni respond to Morehouse rape scandal allegations The campuses of Morehouse College and Spelman College are especially close. In fact, they’re right next to each other. Proximity aside, there’s a special bond between the unofficial brother-sister institutions – one so close that students and alumni affectionately call the pair “SpelHouse.” Recent events, however, threaten to weaken that bond and illuminate old tensions between the schools. As a Morehouse alum, I can’t imagine my undergraduate experience without the presence of my Spelman sisters. For all intents and purposes, Morehouse and Spelman are one school with a population fused together from the very first week of their college careers in a ceremony where men of Morehouse and Spelman women recite a pledge to each other, promising to be good stewards of our intercampus relationship. So I was, of course, stunned and disheartened when news broke last week that four Morehouse students had been arrested in connection with two incidents of sexual assault against students at Spelman. It’s a sad story to say the least. And while details of the events are still unclear, one thing we can be certain of is that the lives of all parties involved have been forever altered. The only consolation for me was reading that Morehouse police acted swiftly, identifying and arresting the accused. Hopefully, the truth will be parsed out and justice will be served. Will the Morehouse-Spelman bond be broken? But what is left in the aftermath of such a devastating blow to the connection between the institutions? As of now, students and alumni are engaged in long-standing arguments over institutional identity, media attacks on black men and violence against women. On one side, it’s a common sentiment among members of the Morehouse community that the news amounts to yet more negative press. It’s one more story in a litany of exposés (remember The Mean Girls of Morehouse?) about the nation’s only institution of higher education uniquely dedicated to educating black men. One Facebook post featuring the story by a former classmate of mine is on its way to garnering 200 comments, mainly from other alumni asking him to take the news report down lest he further embarrass the college with negative publicity. They have legitimate cause for concern. Morehouse men have been NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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depicted in the media as everything from violent homophobes to crossdressers to common thugs shooting up the club. It’s worth noting that these characterizations fit in well with the narrative of pathology usually ascribed to black men. But now, when the school is under a microscope because President Obama is speaking at the college’s commencement this month, we are being portrayed as possible rapists. I am not alone in feeling misrepresented. “Morehouse does, more often than not, get a bad rap in the media,” says senior Tre’vell Anderson, who currently serves as a campus resident adviser and the managing editor of the school’s newspaper. “We are an institution already going against the grain of what black men are supposed to be. Any time something occurs that may contradict or tarnish that, every news station is posted outside of our gates. No one is around when we are participating in Denim Day at HBCUs, which supports ending violence against women… But the moment anyone does something that can be said to be in line with the stereotype of what we as black men are supposed to do and how we are to act, everyone comes flocking.” Seeing the larger picture about “rape culture” Anderson and other alumni with whom I’ve spoken also agree that, while important, there is a limit to our concern for the school’s brand in the face of rape allegations. Because, although the media’s systematic character assassination of black men is a very real phenomenon, it’s not the only thing that deserves examination. The issue hiding in plain sight is that of a system which treats sexual violence against women — black women in particular — as incidental. In other words, it is no mistake the headlines related to the case have read, “Morehouse athletes arrested in connection with sexual assaults,” instead of “Spelman student alleges rape.” Breanna Wilkerson is a sophomore at Spelman. She’s also a RA and a peer educator. Wilkerson says she heard the news that one of her classmates was assaulted weeks ago, and was “disgusted,” but not surprised. “Months ago I drafted a petition to ban misogynistic music from being played in public spaces at Spelman,” says Wilkerson. “The music that is supported on campus is the backbone and support a system of rape culture,” she said of certain forms of rap. “I was not surprised that sexual assault incidents were occurring in a space where it’s indirectly supported.” Wilkerson says, however, that the responsibility to protect students from sexual assault falls on both institutions. “The Atlanta University Center has this infamous history of attempting to deal with traumatic cases after they’ve occurred. [The schools] fail to take preventative measures to ensure that their campuses are educated on sexual assault and rape culture, therefore they silence the issue. This hush-hush notion of ‘what happens in our house stays in our house’ is lethal. Because of it, incidents like these go on for a long time until the tea is spilled.” Events reopens controversial wounds The last time something similar to the current rape allegations made waves was in 2006 when Spelman students led a protest onto Morehouse’s campus demanding that attention be paid to the case of a student who had claimed she was sexually assaulted. I was a freshman then and along with other students felt blindsided by a scenario we could never imagine. We were either too comfortable with the image of intercampus unity promoted by the schools or blind to the reality of violence against women, even on our campus. “Sexual assault is a societal problem, and is particularly present at college campuses all over the country,” says Marcus Edwards, who was president of the Morehouse Student Government Association at the time of the 2006 protest, and worked to facilitate dialog in the aftermath of the protest. “Accelerating the situation, Morehouse College is one of only four all-male colleges or universities in the country, and the Atlanta University Center is one of only two consortiums in the country where an all-male school and an allfemale school are linked. So while sexual assault is a nationwide phe(Continued on page 9)

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nomenon, the dynamics of nestling a single-sex school next to an opposite-sex school amplifies the community reaction to these crimes.” Edwards calls this a recipe for miscommunication, but also is an opportunity for deeper conversations about sex, gender, and violence. We can only hope those conversations lead to results. I’m encouraged that they will. Since 2006, it seems the campuses of Morehouse and Spelman have moved light-years ahead in terms of handling these sensitive issues, even if the media hasn’t noticed. A week before the most recent allegations became news, newly-appointed college President John Silvanus Wilson, Jr. called a town hall meeting inside the school’s Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel to engage students about sexual violence. A week before that, representatives from the organization Men Stopping Violence spoke on campus in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Hoping “SpelHouse” can maintain unity What’s most encouraging for me, though, is to hear my brothers speaking out on behalf of our sisters — checking ourselves, each other and speaking truth to the system of male privilege that permeates our campus and society at large. For those brothers asking him to remove his post from Facebook, my friend Kelechi A. Kalu says he can only feel sorry. “I am a human being first, then a man, then a black man, then a Morehouse man,” Kalu told me. He won’t be silenced by a need to protect the image of the college at the expense of speaking a truth that impacts his Spelman sisters. I can’t agree more. And although I hope the young men at the center of this case get a fair hearing by the law and the media, I can’t help but be reminded of my four sisters, who are moving through a world that may often be hostile to them. I also fondly remember my days walking back to campus late at night. It wasn’t uncommon for me to pass a Spelman student at a nearby MARTA train station. If they recognized my face or saw me sporting Morehouse paraphernalia, some would ask to walk with me. I was honored to oblige, and hope that kind trust isn’t a thing of the past. Follow Donovan X. Ramsey at @DXR (Continued from page 7)

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Berry’s screams, and made sure to keep that detail in his accounts. McDonald’s took to its official Twitter account in response to acknowledge Ramsey as a hero and promised to get in touch with him for what will presumably be some form of reward. At least that’s a substantial bit of positive attention for his salt-ofthe earth personality. It’s a sad day when someone who saves a group of human beings is seen as fit to be a laughing stock, just because he can bring people glee. As for the reward that was offered by the FBI, Ramsey told Anderson Cooper he’d rather see that money go to the women he helped rescue. Now, that’s a stand-up guy. What’s Ramsey’s future? Following on the heels of the Sweet Brown meme, we have become somewhat accustomed to this local-news-interviewee-turnedsocial-media-star thing. It will be interesting to see how Ramsey’s story plays out in the media, and if his heroism will outshine his unique form of delivery. Antoine Dodson is currently trying to re-set the timer on his 15 minutes of fame by sharing that he is no longer gay. RELATED: Antoine Dodson says he’s no longer gay, claims homosexuality can be ‘lifted’ I think Ramsey will likely take a different route. And buried underneath all of the attention paid to Ramsey’s looks and speech is the incredible story of these three women. Amanda Berry in particular is just as much of a hero as Charles Ramsey, if not more so. After a decade of being held against her will, she still had a enough fight in her to scream and ask for help. She’s amazing. And let’s not lose sight of what seems to be the horrible job the FBI and local Cleveland police did in this case. There are reports coming out now that there were numerous opportunities in the past ten years to have saved these women. But that’s fodder for another story. For now, I salute the American hero, Charles Ramsey. He is a savior that might not have come in the package that we are used to. But, this is an opportunity for Americans — of all races, including his own — to judge someone worthy of adulation by purely the content of his character. Follow Demetria Irwin on Twitter at @Love_Is_Dope.

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Rep. McCarthy Congratulates District’s ‘Best High Schools’ 18 of Newsweek-Daily Beast’s ‘America’s Best High Schools’ are In NY’s 4th Congressional District WASHINGTON, DC (May 8, 2013) – Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY4) offered her congratulations to 18 schools in her Congressional District that landed on Newsweek-Daily Beast’s “America’s Best High Schools” list, published online here. “Some of Long Island’s greatest assets are our high-quality schools, and good schools are the best investment we can make in our country’s future,” Rep. McCarthy said. “I heartily congratulate all the schools that won this distinction and am so glad that so many of them are in or near my district.” The 18 Newsweek-Daily Beast “Best High Schools” in the 4th Congressional District are:

Rep. McCarthy Introducing Legislation to Put More Nurses in Schools One out of four U.S. public schools has no nurse in the building WASHINGTON, DC (May 7, 2013) –Ahead of National School Nurse Day on Wednesday and in observation of National Nurses Week, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY4), who spent over three decades as a nurse before becoming a member of Congress, is introducing legislation today to increase the number of nurses in public schools across the country. “As a mom and as a nurse, I know that a healthy student is a successful student,” Rep. McCarthy said. “Whether it’s helping to treat the common cold, helping to stop the spread of serious diseases or identifying the early warning signs of depression or abuse, school nurses are the first line of defense in keeping our schools safe. This legislation is a common-sense investment in our future and Congress would be wise to pass it.” The Student to School Nurse Ratio Improvement Act of 2013 creates federal grants to help states lower the ratio of students to school nurses and would require the U.S. Education Department to report the effectiveness of the program, particularly the relationship between access to student health services and academic success. There are almost 100,000 public elementary and secondary schools and about 74,000 school nurses in the United States, according to the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services, respectively. According to the National Association of School Nurses (NASN), more than half of U.S. public schools don’t have a school nurse on site all day, every day. Up to a quarter don’t have a nurse in the building at all. “Today’s students face more medically complex conditions and chronic health illnesses, requiring the knowledge, assessment skills and judgment of a school nurse to manage their care,” said NASN President Linda DavisAlldritt, MA, BSN, RN, FNASN, FASHA. “By promoting prevention and wellness and providing targeted early interventions – including mental health services – school nurses help reduce barriers to learning and address health disparities. Simply put, school nurses ensure that our children stay NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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School

Location

Garden City High School

Garden City

New Hyde Park Memorial HS

New Hyde Park

John F. Kennedy High School

Bellmore

George W. Hewlett High School

Hewlett

South Side High School*

Rockville Centre

Sanford H. Calhoun High School

Merrick

Floral Park Memorial High School

Floral Park

Valley Stream South High School

Valley Stream

Oceanside High School

Oceanside

Lynbrook Senior High School

Lynbrook

Carle Place High School

Carle Place

W. Tresper Clarke High School

Westbury

Wellington C. Mepham High School

Bellmore

Baldwin Senior High School

Baldwin

Valley Stream North High School

Franklin Square

West Hempstead High School

West Hempstead

Long Beach Senior High School

Lido

Malverne Senior High School

Malverne

healthy, safe and ready to learn.” School nurses are critical as a first line of defense in preserving the health and safety of schoolchildren, and free up teachers and administrators from monitoring and diagnosing health problems in students, which leads to a loss of productivity for both staff and students. School nurses also promote wellness by teaching and performing preventive care and early intervention, such as vision, hearing and dental assessments. “School nurses keep students healthy, in school and ready to learn,” said Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, which represents more than 100,000 nurses and healthcare workers across the nation, including more than 14,000 school nurses. “But that mission can falter when there are not enough nurses, and they become targets in times of tight budgets. Today one school nurse often is responsible for multiple buildings and more than a thousand kids.” Anne McAree, RN, SNT – a school nurse at Mineola High School – said that “School nurses are the health and educational advocates for the student. The school nurse is often the first one to identify a medical issue that is affecting learning. The school nurse is the one students turn to for both their physical and safety needs to be met. A school nurse supports the physical, mental and emotional by giving valuable lessons in health care and self care.” Expanding the placement of nurses in schools is especially important since about 10 percent of children under 19 in the U.S. don’t have health insurance, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and children who don’t receive regular medical care miss more days of school and experience increased severity of illness, according to the NASN. “During challenging economic times, school nurses offer a value-added role to communities by creating a healthy environment in which students are able to thrive, managing students’ care to help reduce ER visits and preventing the spread of communicable disease,” President Davis-Alldritt said. “The AFT has fought to make sure that every child has a school nurse,” President Weingarten said, “and Rep. McCarthy’s proposal is a needed step toward that goal.” “This bill before Congress must be passed to allow equal access to health care for all students that will result in an increase in school attendance leading to improved health and educational outcomes,” Nurse McAree said. PAGE 10


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Road Diet Gregory Hosted Community Forum to Make New Highway Safer by Slimming Driving Lanes AMITYVILLE, NY—When residents living in neighborhoods off of New Highway (aka CR 28) began contacting Legislator DuWayne Gregory (D-Amityville) expressing their concerns about hazardous driving conditions on the thoroughfare, DuWayne took action. After directing the County’s Department of Public Works to examine and assess the situation, Gregory brought local residents and road engineers together in neighborhood forum to gain community consensus on a remedy. The result, drivers will soon notice New Highway’s new, slimmer look resulting from a “road diet”. Residents’ safety concerns stem from New Highway’s four lanes encouraging speeders to put their pedals to the metal along portions of the almost 2 mile long boulevard between NYS Route 109 and Sunrise Highway. Between these two intersections are 6 heavily populated side streets whose families access New Highway as the major artery in and out of their community. Specifically, in the proximity of 43rd Street there exists a blind corner that— along with drivers speeding up and down New Highway— further exacerbates the dangers for local residents turning

At the Monday April 29th community forum, held at the North Amityville Senior Center, DuWayne spoke to local residents long concerned about driving conditions. He then introduced Bill Hillman, chief engineer in the Suffolk County Department of PublicWorks. Hillman presented the department’s solution—the road diet. Not restricting CALORIES, DPW’s ROAD DIET will reduce the number of LANES from 2 in each direction to 1 (see DPW’s conceptual plan on the accompanying pages). The yellow lines demarking the new lanes (which will still include turning lanes to allow for easy access to the side streets) will begin at New Horizons Boulevard in the north and continue south to the intersection of Ralph Street just north of where New Highway intersects Sunrise Highway. This new diet safety zone is expected to be effective because it so long, extending both north of blind curve and south to almost Sunrise Highway. That should severely curb speeders ability to attain the dangerous speeds they cruise at as they pass the side streets off New Highway utilized by local residents. Hillman told gatherers at the public forum that his department expects to begin the lane painting before the onset of the summer driving season. “When completed,” says Gregory, “dangerous speedsters will lose a large stretch of their illegal raceway and local drivers won’t have to worry about that blind corner becoming their ‘dead end’”.

The Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York Applauds Confirmation of One of Their Own The Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York (“WBASNY”), a state-wide association with more than 3,800 members and the largest women’s bar association in the country, today applauded the confirmation of one of the association’s members, Justice Sheila Abdus-Salaam, to the New York State Court of Appeals. Maureen E. Maney, WBASNY President said, “The confirmation of Justice Abdus-Salaam, a WBASNY member, is a tremendous source of pride to our Association. The addition of Justice Abdus-Salaam to the Court of Appeals serves not only as inspiration to all professional women, but renders the composition of the Court more reflective of the legal profession and our society. Governor Cuomo’s nomination recognizes the outstanding qualifications Justice Abdus-Salaam possesses, while also promoting diversity.” NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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MURRAY, GOOSBY HONOR ROOSEVELT SENIOR PRESIDENTS Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray (left) and Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby (right) honored Carlos Cortes (President of the Rosa Parks Senior Center) and Hazel Sheppard (President of the Roosevelt Memorial Presbyterian Church 55 Plus Club) at the town’s annual Presidents’ Recognition Day on May 2, 2013 at Hempstead Town Hall. This event recognizes the selfless contributions and volunteer efforts of senior center and senior club presidents, made on behalf of their fellow seniors.

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Legislator Abrahams Seeks Businesses, Employers & Franchisors for 2013 Job/ Career Fair We are seeking businesses, industries, franchises who are interested in hiring qualified employees for their companies The fair, hosted by the lawmaker, provides tremendous opportunities for employers as well as potential employees (GARDEN CITY, NY) – Nassau County Legislator Kevan Abrahams (D-Freeport), in conjunction with Town of Hempstead Department of Occupational Resources, are once again hosting the 2013 Job/Career Fair & Franchise Opportunities, including a Veteran’s Job & Resource Fair, at Nassau Community College – CCB Multipurpose Room on Wednesday, July 10th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Together, they are offering local businesses or Franchises a better chance to target prospective employees, including our veterans. Registration is FREE! It’s not too early to sign-up for this event and reserve your company’s spot. Space is limited, but still available for interested businesses, industries, vendors or franchises to join. It allows employers to survey a large number of job applicants quickly and inexpensively, without months of interviewing. This event gives employers, schools and Franchise recruiters a chance to meet with prospective job seekers, providing them with efficient opportunities to meet prospective hires up-close-and-personal. Businesses and franchises who sign up will be able to interview and accept résumés from interested attendees. All participating employers will be provided with a table and two chairs, and ample parking on premise is available. Please note that venue space is limited and a selection process will determine your status. The job fair is free to all who participate, and is a tremendous opportunity for employers, as well as potential employees. Additional features of the job fair include chances for job-seekers to speak with a variety of different business owners and representatives in a comfortable, friendly atmosphere, and opportunities to gain terrific experience in the interviewing process. There is also a Veteran’s Job Fair & Resource Service Support component for any business looking to hire vets. All attendees are encouraged to bring their résumés. To sign-up and obtain early registration forms, or request more information, please contact Legislator Abrahams’ office at 516-5716201 or e-mail kabrahams@nassaucountyny.gov. Sponsorships are always welcomed. Please call Legislator Abrahams’ office if you would like to help sponsor this or future events, and the level. Note: It is at our discretion that we must limit the number of employment possibilities that are duplicates in some areas. This will allow for a more wide-range of employment and occupation opportunities. WHEN: Wednesday, July 10th from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (set up is 8:30 a.m. Thursday) WHERE: Nassau Community College – CCB Building, Multipurpose Room

You're invited to the next meeting of the

Long Beach Democratic Club with special guest speaker

Tom Suozzi Tuesday, May 14, 2013 7:00pm at Allegria Hotel 80 West Broadway Long Beach, NY

One Education Drive Garden City, NY 11530 Directions: http://www.ncc.edu/campusservices/ parkingandsafety/mapanddirections.shtml

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Maragos: Let’s Go Islanders! 3 Playoff Games Will Generate Over $4M in Economic Activity Nassau County Government will receive about $500k from ticket tax, concession sales, parking, and sales tax Mineola, NY- Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos conducted an analysis that indicates the New York Islanders hockey team playoff home games generate over $1 million each in overall economic activity. The Nassau County government coffers are estimated to earn over $500,000 for the first three games held at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Every home game the New York Islanders play, if sold out, generates about $166,000 in ticket tax, parking, concessions sold and sales tax. “The buzz the Islanders have created by winning two games against the top seeded Pittsburgh Penguins is great for the sport but also great for our local economy,” Comptroller Maragos said. “Anytime the Coliseum can be filled to capacity, which is over 16,000 attendees for Islander games, the County receives a portion of the ticket tax, parking and concessions revenue.”

According to the Uniondale Hub Redevelopment Project Economic Impact Analysis of June 2011 each attendee to the Coliseum generates an indirect economic activity total of approximately $84. Consequently, the three sold out Islander playoff games will result in 16,170 attendees per game and generate an overall economic activity estimate of $4 million. Connect with Nassau County Comptroller Maragos Online: http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/Comptroller/index.html

Espoir International Youth Program ESPOIR International Youth Programs hosted their Inauguration Gala at Verdi's in Westbury. ESPOIR, which means hope, provides funds for educational programs for children in the Westbury School District, Haiti, Jamaica, Guadeloupe, Barbados, Grenada, Trinidad & Tobago, Aruba, Dominica, Anguilla, and St. Vincent & The Grenadines. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, an honoree at the event, presented a Certificate of Recognition to each of the other honorees and congratulated President Dr. Samarth Joseph and board members. Pictured: (L to R): Herman LaMort, Jamaican Consulate General, Mary Lagnado, Supt. Westbury Schools, Yvette Gabriel, Westbury, Linouse Joseph, Westbury, Gopal Burgher, NYC, Councilwoman Viviana Russell, North Hempstead, Dr. Mary Cameron, Uniondale, Dr. Estelle Weinstein, Long Beach, Rolaine Antoine, Queens Village, Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Pres. Samarth Joseph, Westbury, Vinneth Barnes, Melville, Dr. Sean Semper, Flushing, Haydn Smith, Uniondale

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May Babies Celebration The May Babies, a group of women who where born in the month of May, gathered at LL Dent in Carle Place for their annual birthday party. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby congratulated all of the women in the group and offered heartfelt happy birthInline image 1day wishes. Pictured (L to R): Arlene Ross, Sheila Randall, Dorothy Lasiter, Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Leora Goens, Celestine Williams

Bike New York Michael Weingarten, a new resident to Rockville Centre, and his daughter Alison, participated in this year's TD Five Boro Bike Tour. Mr. Weingarten has completed the 40 mile bike tour every year for the last 25 years and the last 3 years with his daughter. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

CLAVIN SPEAKS AT TAXPAYER’S FORUM: Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes Donald Clavin (center) discusses important tax issues with Roosevelt, Freeport, and Baldwin residents at a recent Taxpayer’s Forum held at the Roosevelt Library located on West Fulton Avenue in Roosevelt. Receiver of Taxes Clavin discussed tax payment collection periods, payment methods, tax exemptions, challenging assessments, Hempstead tax office extended hours and satellite office payment dates. Pictured (left to right) are Denise Ferro, Claudius Peters, and Joshua Deonarine, all of Roosevelt; Receiver of Taxes Clavin, Annie Ware of Roosevelt, Ira Thompson of Freeport, and Despina Tunsoiu of Baldwin. PAGE 15


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Uniondale Fire Department Installation of Officers The Board of Commissioners of the Uniondale Fire District hosted their Annual Inspection and Installation of Officers at the Marriott Hotel in Uniondale. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby presented Certificates of Recognition to each of this year's honorees and offered her heartfelt congratulations for all that the Uniondale Fire Department does for the community. Pictured (L to R): Shane Ferguson, Treasurer John Skelly, Fire Chief Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby Mervyn Campbell, Commissioner Charles Crayton, 2nd Assistant Fire Chief

Long Island’s top arts school enriches summer learning GARDEN CITY, N.Y., May 6, 2013 — This summer, Long Island’s #1 arts school – Nassau BOCES Long Island High School for the Arts (LIHSA) – invites students to learn from the masters. The LIHSA Summer Arts Academy offers young artists (entering grades 6-12 next fall) a hands-on learning experience with professional artists who will help them to develop their skills in a variety of disciplines. Beginner- through advanced-level classes and workshops are conducted in a custom-designed, air-conditioned arts complex that boasts professional dance studios, state-of-the-art digital media and music/ audio production labs, art studios, practice rooms and a fully-equipped professional theatre. Daily courses are available in drama, musical theatre, creative NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

writing, dance, music and visual arts. Students can also choose from master classes in clowning and stage combat. Attendees work with ensembles, enjoy performances from guest artists and take cultural field trips to museums and Broadway shows. The academy concludes with performances by all students in each arts discipline. This four-week program begins Monday, July 1, 2013 at the Long Island High School for the Arts in Syosset. Enrollment into the academy requires an individual school district recommendation. Accepted students are placed in classes based on age and level of achievement. Interested students should ask their guidance counselors or principals for an application, call LIHSA Principal Ava Favara at 516-622-5678, or visit www.lihsarts.org. About Nassau BOCES The Board of Cooperative Educational Services of Nassau County (Nassau BOCES) is a public agency that serves the 56 school districts of Nassau County. It provides cost-effective shared services, including career training for high school students and adults, special education, alternative schools, technology education and teacher training, as well as dozens of programs to expand educational opportunities and help districts operate more efficiently. Visit www.nassauboces.org for news, information and educational updates and like Nassau BOCES on Facebook, www.facebook.com/nassauboces. PAGE 16


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Brig. Gen'l George A Jones 90th Birthday Brigadier General George A. Jones celebrated his 90th Birthday with friends and family at Prime Seasons Restaurant at the Marriott Conference Center in Uniondale. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby offered her heartfelt congratulations to her dear friend and presented him with a Certificate of Recognition in honor of the day.

Uniondale Teachers Retirement Celebration Links 50th Anniversary The Links Inc., L.I. Chapter, celebrated their 50th Anniversary Gala at the North Ritz Club in Syosset. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby offered her heartfelt congratulations to the organization and its members L-R Margot Copeland, National Links President, Councilwoman Goosby, Betty Monroe, Pres. L.I. Chapter Links Dianne Hardison, Director Eastern Area Links NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

The Uniondale Teacher's Association held their Annual End of the Year Gala, at the Chateau Briand in Carle Place, to honor teachers in the Uniondale School District who are retiring. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby congratulated all of the retiring teachers and Paul Marconi, President of the Uniondale Teachers Association. Seated: Pamela Roden Nancy Levy Brenda A. Dunham John Williams Peter Stallone Richard Liptzen Standing: Paul Marconi Regina Wagner Mary Simpson Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby Gerard Ahern Paul Martin PAGE 17


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an outstanding event and encourage all residents to participate, whether that means making a contribution to the event, or attending it on your own. These women are the backbone of their families and they deserve our support. On behalf of all of us at the Village, I wish each of you who has raised a child or an entire family a Happy Mother’s Day. Thank you for all that you do.

To learn more about what is going on in the Village of Hempstead, including information about local organizations that serve youth and families, visit www.villageofhempstead.org. You may also join our electronic mailing list by sending your name and email address to Mayor@villageofhempsteadny.gov.If you have a complaint or concern, you can contact our VillageLine by calling 516-478-6333 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., submit your complaint online through the Village This coming weekend, we honor our mothers. On website, or download the VillageLine app on your AnMother’s Day, especially, I remember my own mother, Beryl droid or iPhone and text your concern. I am committed Hall. She came to the U.S. from Jamaica with her parents in to serving you and to working to resolve any concerns you 1928 – a time when life in America was particularly chal- may have about our Village in as quickly and effectively a manner as lenging. The difficulties my mother experienced included possible. working long hours for little pay, with no health insurance, Sincerely, vacation or sick days. It was a hard life, but she triumphed through.

Wayne

When she met my father, a fellow Jamaican, the two continued to aspire toward the American dream. My mother was adamant about the value of an education and always encouraged her children to go to college and take advantage of educational and economic opportunities. It is because of her courage and fortitude that I am where I am today. Though she passed away some 47 years ago, I still benefit from her love and support. Not a day goes by when I don’t think of her. My mother’s words, actions and wisdom will be with me for the rest of my life. Like my mother, many women make great sacrifices for our families: women who work inside and outside of the home to support their children; women who work to instill the values in us that allow our society to progress and our young people to grow; and women like my wife Derrah, upon whose shoulders our entire households and society rests. We recognize the many single mothers in our community who are doing all of these things with little help. On Sunday, many of us will gather to celebrate our mothers. My good friend Evangelist Reginald Benjamin of the ABBA Leadership Center will host a celebration for single-parent mothers on Saturday, May 11, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Judea Baptist Church, located at 83 Greenwich Street. The event will include a two-course meal, music and entertainment, presentations by Village leaders and health care providers, free groceries, plus a bouquet of flowers and a gift for each mother, among other things. I commend ABBA for organizing such NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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HEMPSTEAD PUBLIC LIBRARY ADULT And Teen WORKSHOP HOW TO FIND A SUMMER JOB WORKSHOP Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013 6:30pm – 8:00pm For immediate release* * ** * * * * * * * * * * * * * * advance Registration needed * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Contact: Reference* * * * * * * * * * * * *481-6990 This workshop will teach you how to conduct a multifaceted job search, sell and market yourself to any employer and prepare you to beat the competition. Topics to be covered include resume and cover letter preparation, dressing for success, successful job interview strategies and professional etiquette and where you can find a good job, a fun job and most importantly, the right job for you. This program will be held in the Community Room. It is open to teens and adults. Registration is required for this free program. PAGE 18


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Op Ed: Don Durant The members of Congress are regular people from neighborhoods across the nation. In the south, many are former or current members of organizations that are frowned upon. In the north, many are fighting causes unique to northern industrial states. Regular people voted into office by their local communities. They move to Washington, D.C., many simply renting apartments. Sessions in D.C. are usually from Tuesday to Thursday and they are back home again. The economy has gotten noticeably worse and the public is paying attention and knows that the Congress has put a noose around necessary support for the economy. The Speaker of the House is unable to take an issue and carry it to passage. Republican members of the caucus fight against any and all agreements and compromise with the Democrats. The public argues constantly about the failings of Congress and their lack of consideration for the people they represent. New York State Senate leaders along with so many others in elected offices in New York State have practically set a record in Albany with the number of State Senators that have been brought down based on the love of money. In Chicago, its former Governor was jailed for fourteen years, for attempting to sell the former Senate seat of President Obama. Jesse Jackson, Jr. was brought down along with seven others of Chicago political leadership. Hempstead Village, in Nassau County, New York is an example of the latest flash against the system. Contractors, and Developers from outside the Village are bidding for development funds for constructing apartment buildings in this residential community. The Code Enforcement laws have been changed and relaxed for those contractors who have promised, but have not delivered jobs for community residents. We as a people in this nation look around at our inability to bring about positive results from our national and community involvement. The Congress and Senate is hell bent on giving total support to the wealthiest one percent, and to the rest be Damned! The state governments are breaking records, with the growing numbers of state lawmakers being arrested and charged in illegal fund management schemes. Local government entities and communities are likewise finding shortcuts and scams to milk the people of their hard earned money. Lobbyists in the local community wear different suits, but are able to win over the Mayors, Trustees, and others in key positions to bring about scams and schemes to bilk the taxpayer out of hard earned income and tax dollars. I am a resident, thirty-seven year homeowner and twenty six year former Hempstead Village Merchant. I have been troubled by the confusion and mishandling of Village business for quite some time. The calling of meetings and inadequate notice to Village residents; the development of Downtown Hempstead Village, without adequate votes and information. As I sat in past Village meetings, I was astounded by the fact that votes were being cast by Village Trustees, often without adequate discussion from the floor. The Village hired a Harris Beach attorney at a great cost to handle certain Village business: “The Harris Beach attorney, hired by the village with our tax dollars, actually gave incorrect and misleading information at a public hearing. He stated that Rockville Centre had an even more reNASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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strictive statute with higher fees than the Hempstead fees. I have checked with Rockville Centre and they assured me that this is not true at all. I was given information that the RVC statute is far less restrictive and the fees average a mere $1.00 per apartment rather than the $50.00 per apartment as required under the Hempstead law. And their law does not require new and costly drawings of each apartment but merely accepts the approved building plans that are already on file. The Harris Beach attorney also said the Hempstead fees are the lowest in Nassau County. Obviously this is not true. His misquoting of the RVC fees certainly brings into question his other broad statements and generalizations about what other communities do, and also render questionable all the information he put forth regarding the fees in other communities. I note that Garden City told me that they don’t have even a Rent Registration Law and therefore they have no fee at all. These types of misleading statements are the same types of misleading statements Harris Beach attorneys used in the law suit regarding the fraudulent adoption of the Master Developer Agreement and the village’s blatant violation of the Open Meeting Law in adopting that ungodly and fraudulent Agreement.” (Statement quote Katherine Garry) In a letter from Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C., attorney A. Thomas Levin states clearly to the Mayor and Village trustees: Regarding amendments to Chapter 106, and the failure of the Village to comply with statutory requirement for notice of public meetings. (The Village Code, and Municipal Home Rule Law) The requirement of Municipal Home Rule Law 20 “Requires that the final text of the legislation be in the hands of the Board members for at least seven days prior to the hearing.” “This proposed law submitted by the Village is to act as an amendment to Code Chapter 106… However, the January 10, 2012 Order issued by the Appellate Division, Second Department, in our clients litigation concerning a prior iteration of Chapter 106 include a determination that the previously enacted Village Code Chapter 106 is invalid and unconstitutional, and the Supreme Court, Nassau County, Judgment entered thereafter also so provides. Accordingly Chapter 106 no longer exists in the Village Code, and it cannot now be amended piecemeal as proposed in the text. The proposed Village legislative text is therefore a nullity, as it purports to amend a statute which has been repealed by judicial fiat. If the Village intends to revive portions of that prior legislation, it would have to enact an entirely new Chapter 106, and not amendments to portions of the former, unconstitutional legislation. ”Residential Village tax is extremely high in relation to property values. In my case – I have a three bedroom house, with a lot of land, valued at only $140,000 – but I’m taxed $12,000 per year. This same tax rate is applicable to residents in adjacent communities like Garden City with homes valued at one million dollars. Much of the high taxes are attributable to the failure of Village leadership to become aware of reasonable practice. It was only a few years ago, a shopping center was developed in the Hempstead Village community. Major stores i.e., Home Depot, Stop N Shop, Burger King, ATT & T and others were rented space to operate and extended years of tax free which was then borne by the village residents. This message has nothing to do with political views, or aspirations. It has only to do with what is fair play to all. PAGE 19


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THE INCORPORATED VILLAGE OF FREEPORT 2013 FIRE DEPARTMENT INSTALLATION CEREMONY HAUPPAUGE, NY (MAY 4, 2013) – Freeport Mayor Robert Kennedy swore in Stanley Kistela as Chief of the Freeport Fire Department during its 121st Annual Installation Dinner held on May 4, 2013. Numerous members of the Freeport Fire Department, their friends, family, and other supporters attended this soirée and cheered as each fireman was formally inducted into their post. During the event, Mayor Kennedy, the Village Board of Trustees, and honorary guests congratulated the inductees and thanked the entire Department for their exemplary preparedness and response for Superstorm Sandy and their continual volunteered commitment to protecting Freeport.

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FYI: Between May 20th and June 2nd the Freeport Police Department will be participating in the Buckle-Up New York/Click it or Ticket seatbelt enforcement campaign designed to save lives and reduce severity of injuries by increasing safety restraint use. During this campaign, the Freeport Police Department will be conducting seatbelt compliance enforcement patrols within the Village of Freeport. Summonses will be issued for any observed violations. A seat belt absorbs the force of impact in a traffic crash and reduces your risk of being killed or injured. It holds you securely to help prevent you from striking hard objects inside the vehicle during a collision and you are less likely to be thrown (ejected) through the vehicle's windshield or doors. Vehicle ejection usually results in death. New York State law requires all front seat passengers to wear seatbelts. Children under the age of 16 must wear seat belts when they are in the front seat or back seat. Children under the age of 8 must ride in the appropriate child restraint system. This would include a child safety seat for children under the age of 4 years. For more information on the restraint law visit www.safeny.com. The program is funded by the New York State Governors Traffic Safety Committee through a grant with the Nassau County Traffic Safety Board.

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NATIONAL GRID HOSTS RIBBONCUTTING AT FREEPORT’S NAUTICAL MILE AS BUSINESSES REBUILD SIX MONTHS AFTER SANDY WHAT: In response to the overwhelming need after Superstorm Sandy National Grid awards local business owners with rebuild grants in the total amount of $1.3 million. This funding will help 45 businesses in The Village of Freeport. In a continuing effort to assist in the revitalization, National Grid to date has awarded $4.2 million to New York businesses. National Grid will host the ribbon-cutting at the Freeport Nautical Mile. The Nautical Mile was completely submerged during Sandy closing businesses for clean-up and repair. National Grid’s efforts helped the businesses rebuild so they can open to the public before the summer. WHO: Ken Daly, President, National Grid New York Senator Fuschillo’s Office Leg. Dave Denenberg Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby Councilwoman Angie Cullen Village Freeport Mayor Robert Kennedy Charles Hirschberg, Freeport Chamber of Commerce President Nautical Mile Business Owners and Grant Recipients WHEN: Monday, May 13, 2013 11 a.m. –– Remarks and Ribbon-cutting ceremony WHERE: Esplanade Nautical Mile

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Jury Convicts Queens Man of Murder in Shooting Death of Robbery Victim Plowden and co-defendant met with victim to purchase drugs; faces 25 years to life in prison MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced today that a Queens man has been convicted of murder and robbery charges after the shooting death of a victim he and another man were robbing in Freeport. It took a jury two days to convict Jerod Plowden, 25, of St. Albans, of Murder in the Second Degree, three counts of Robbery in the First Degree, and Robbery in the Second Degree. He faces up to 25 years to life in prison and is due back in court for sentencing June 6. Rice said that at approximately 1:35 p.m. on April 12, 2011, Plowden and another man, Nolan Gaugler, met with the victim, Moez Hassan, outside of an abandoned house on Stevens Street in Freeport under the auspices of buying Xanax pills from him. Before the transaction could take place, however, Plowden and Gaugler robbed the victim of 75 Xanax pills and approximately $30 at gunpoint. Hassan, 23, of Queens, was then shot five times, once in the head, chest, and left arm, and twice in the abdomen. The Nassau County Police Department’s ShotSpotter system picked up the sound of the gunshots and automatically alerted police to the area. Gaugler fled eastbound on foot down Steven Street and was caught within minutes by police several blocks from the scene of the murder, still in possession of the stolen drugs and cash. Plowden, who fled through the backyard, was arrested 16 days later in Suffolk County after the vehicle he was a passenger in was pulled over in a routine traffic stop. Gaugler, 21, of Mineola, pleaded guilty to Robbery in the First Degree in exchange for a promised prison sentence of 16 years. The jury rejected the defense’s claim that Gaugler acted alone. The jury acquitted Plowden of Murder in the First Degree, one count of Murder in the Second Degree, and two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree. “Luring a victim to an abandoned home under false pretenses only to rob and murder him makes this not just a crime of brutality, but of cowardice,” Rice said. “Jerod Plowden and Nolan Gaugler had every opportunity to stop this murder before it happened, but neither had the courage to walk away and now lengthy prison sentences and a dead young man are all that’s left.” Assistant District Attorneys Lauren Nickerson and Jessica Cepriano of the DA’s Major Offense Bureau are prosecuting the case. Plowden is represented by Michael DerGarabedian, Esq. PAGE 21


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Jay-Z joins pitch to redevelop Nassau Coliseum Jay-Z is part of a group trying to renovate Nassau Coliseum. The music mogul attended a meeting Thursday on Long Island, where the media was briefed on four proposals to renovate the arena and surrounding property. Nassau County officials have been trying to come up with a plan to redevelop the 40-year-old arena for many years. Its primary tenant, the New York Islanders hockey team, is moving to the new arena in Brooklyn when its lease expires in 2015. Jay-Z’s Roc Nation is part of a group that built Barclays Arena and is bidding for the Long Island project. He took photos with county officials but did not speak during the 30-minute presentation. County officials are expected to decide this summer.

Family of Emmett Till, Sharpton, meet with PepsiCo The fallout from Lil Wayne’s Emmett Till lyric continued on Wednesday, with Till’s family, along with Rev. Al Sharpton, meeting with PepsiCo. The company recently cut ties with Wayne in light of the controversy over his verse on the remix of Future’s “Karate Chop.” Wayne referenced Till, an African-American teenager whose brutal murder helped to spark the Civil Rights Movement, with the line “beat the p***y up like Emmett Till.” AP: Mountain Dew to release Lil Wayne over Emmett NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

Till lyric Sharpton, president of the National Action Network and MSNBC host, accompanied the Till Family to the meeting, in which they spoke with PepsiCo to discuss the best course of action to make sure culturally insensitive moments like this one, and the recent “Mountain Dew” controversy over an Internet ad produced

by Tyler the Creator, are prevented in the future. Are hip-hop and corporate America headed for a divorce? Sharpton released the following statement after the meeting: “The meeting today with PepsiCo representatives, the family of Emmett Till, and me at corporate headquarters was a positive meeting. PepsiCo apologized to the family again and they accepted while agreeing with me that this is a “teachable moment” and we must work with younger hiphop artists so they know their civil rights history and become more engaged in the community. National Action Network (NAN) doesn’t want the end result to be the penalization of artists-although they clearly need to be corrected–but rather them becoming more engaged and conscientious of civil rights history. We agreed to work as partners to try and sit down with younger hip-hop artists, corporate executives, and people in the civil rights community.” A representative from PepsiCo confirmed the meeting and echoed Sharpton’s sentiment that the Lil Wayne controversy is a “teachable moment.” You can check out Kyle’s musical coverage on theGrio music page, and follow Kyle on Twitter at @HarveyWins. PAGE 22


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THE URBAN LEAGUE OF LONG ISLAND PRESENTS… THE SANDYNOW.ORG: SUPERSTORM SANDY RECOVERY EXPO Urban League of Long Island and Corporate Partners Answer Long Island’s Persistent Call For Help! Hempstead, NY - The Urban League of Long Island is hosting The Sandynow.org: Superstorm Sandy Recovery Expo at the Long Island Marriott, 101 James Doolittle Boulevard, Uniondale, NY 11553 on Saturday, May 18th from 9:00am to 1:00pm. Long Island residents are still suffering from the devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy. Long Island residents still need assistance with construction, insurance claims, bank and legal issues. Long Island residents still need reliable and trustworthy service professionals. Having served Long Island communities since 1972, the Urban League of Long Island is hosting this event to educate consumers and help them get the assistance they need. There will be Licensed Contractors, Mental Health Professionals, Financial Institutions, Grant and Loan Agencies, Community Based Organizations and other service agencies in attendance. To register for the expo, please call 516-5706645 or RSVP by email at info@sandynow.org. SANDY NOW is an initiative of the Urban League of Long Island, one of the nearly 100 affiliates of the National Urban League, a historic civil rights organization dedicated to elevating the quality of life in historically underserved communities. U r b a n L e a g u e o f L o n g I s l a n d ’s SANDYNOW.ORG: Sandy Now is sponsored in part by Angie’s List, The Robinhood Foundation, Bank of America, Napoli, Bern, Ripka, Shkolnik, LLP and Fannie Mae.

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Maragos: Nassau County Paid Up To 32% Less Than NYC for Sandy Debris Removal Mineola, NY- Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos said the cost of Superstorm Sandy debris removal was up to 32% less than in New York City. A New York Times article late last week reported that the cost to New York City taxpayers was about $100 per cubic yard of debris removal from central piles, approximately twice as much as the national average. New Jersey was charged approximately $50 per cubic yard. The Nassau County average cost for similar debris removal was $68.12 per cubic yard, significantly less than New York City but higher than New Jersey. “While our main focus was to clear the roads and assist our residents immediately after the storm we also were prepared and focused on getting the most value for our taxpayers,” Comptroller Maragos said. “The results confirm that tax payer money was well spent and our economy was able to rapidly recover due to the rapid actions by the Mangano Administration to clear the debris” The County is estimated to have removed, from central piles, 460,861 cubic yards of debris. New York City in comparison removed nearly 1.0 million cubic yards from its central piles. Of the total debris of 460,861 cubic yards removed from the County’s central piles, 187,518 cubic yards were hauled and disposed at local Long Island dump sites at an average cost $47.77 per cubic yard, including disposal fees (tipping). The County also barged 273,343 cubic yards of debris upstate at an average rate of $82.08 per cubic yard including tipping. The combined weighted average rate paid to dispose of all debris was $68.12 per cubic yard. Connect with Nassau County Comptroller Maragos Online: http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/ Comptroller/index.html

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ASK LISA-ANNE Q. Last summer my son was stung by a bee that led to swelling and a horrible allergic reaction. I’m afraid that the same thing will happen this year but I can’t lock him up in the house all summer. Do you have any suggestions? A. As the weather gets warmer we will encounter many insects. I am also allergic to bees, wasp and hornets. Here are some to keep away from! Many bugs give us reason for pause, including poisonous spiders, chiggers, bees and lice. But few get under our skin – quite literally – like the Tick. Be careful of ticks — they can attach as you brush past grass and plants. Ticks don't always carry diseases, and most bites are not serious. But they can carry diseases including Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. To prevent tick bites, keep your arms, legs, and head covered when outdoors. Use tick repellant with DEET. Check for ticks after spending time in grassy or wooded areas. Wood piles and tree stumps — that's where poisonous female Black Widow Spiders hide. Black widow spider bites may cause sharp, shooting pain up the limb, but they can also be painless. Severe muscle cramps, nausea, vomiting, seizure, and a rise in blood pressure may follow soon after. Get medical care immediately. Anti–venom medicine is available. Next we have fleas! Fleas are small, wingless, agile insects that live off the blood of their host – and they don't just bite pets. They dine on people, too. The best solution is to get rid of fleas on pets and in your home. Keep pets out of your bed and be sure to vacuum rugs daily. Spray insecticides on infested areas. Consider using a once–a–month insecticide on your pet. Wasp, Hornets, Bees and Yellow Jackets are dangerous, too! When a bee stings it loses the stinger and dies. But a wasp, hornet, or yellow jacket can inflict multiple stings because it does not lose the stinger. These stings can cause serious reactions in children who are allergic to them. What to do? Apply ice, take oral antihistamine for itching, and take ibuprofen or acetaminophen for pain relief. If you have a severe anaphylactic reaction, lie down and carefully remove the stinger. Use an EpiPen (epinephrine) if you have one. Get immediate medical care. When Scabies mites get into the skin, they can cause a big skin problem. The mites spread through skin–to–skin contact with an infected person — or by sharing towels, bed linens, and other objects. Intense itching and skin sores don't appear until several weeks after mites get into skin. The itching is very severe and usually worse at night. Yes, NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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scabies is still around! A boy in my school had it this year. The winner is Bed Bugs! Their name tells the tale, as these tiny insects tend to hide in bedding. They are often found in hotels, shelters, and apartment complexes — and can hitch a ride into your home aboard luggage, pets, and boxes. Bedbugs leave itchy, red bites on the skin, usually on the arms or shoulders. More of a nuisance than a health hazard, it is possible to develop an infection from scratching. Mosquitoes aren't just annoying. Scratching a bite can cause a skin infection. Also, mosquitoes can carry West Nile virus, dengue fever, and other diseases. To protect yourself from mosquitoes, apply insect repellent and cover up when you go outdoors. Use window screens, and get rid of standing water in your yard. Not a biter but pretty dirty is the House Fly! A housefly is a dirty insect — carrying more than 1 million bacteria on its body. It can spread intestinal infections by contaminating food. To control flies, keep food and garbage in closed containers and use window screens on your home. Last but not least the dreaded Cockroaches! They're not just ugly. Cockroaches carry diseases like salmonella. When they die, the carcasses trigger allergic reactions and asthma. It helps to use pesticides, keep a clean kitchen, and repair cracks and holes in floors and walls. Use pesticides while children are not at home and make sure to clean bedding, dishes and handles after so that children are not exposed to the chemicals. The best thing you can do to protect your son is to keep Benadryl and Benadryl ointment and pain killers in your home. Check out your home and the perimeter of your home for bee hives, wasp nests and standing water and remove them. Dress your son in long pants and socks and use sun block and bug sprays when he is playing outside! Visit www.WebMD.com for more information. Good luck! Lisa-Anne Ray-Byers is a certified and licensed speechlanguage pathologist who has worked in education for over two decades. She holds graduate degrees in speechlanguage pathology and multicultural education. She also holds certification in educational administration. She is the author of the books, They Say I Have ADHD, I Say Life Sucks! Thoughts From Nicholas and They S S Say I’m a St St Stutterer, But I S S Say Nothing! Meet Kelly and coauthor of 365 Ways to Succeed With ADHD! available on her website or by contacting her. She is the Education Editor of the Community Journal newspaper in Baldwin, NY and a member of the National Education Writers Association. You may contact her at speechlrb@yahoo.com or by visiting her website at www.AskLisaAnne.com.

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Freeport’s Fourth Annual Night of Jazz Brings Cool to School Freeport Public Schools fourth annual Night of Jazz brought together students and staff from John W. Dodd Middle School and Freeport High School for a musical showcase of improvisation, syncopation and rhythm in front of a large audience at the high school. Staff members warmed up the crowd with a quick set before the John W. Dodd School Jazz Band, directed by music teacher Adam Rubin, presented Miles Davis’s “So What,” Jerome Kern’s “All the Things You Are,” and Erroll Garner and Johnny Burke’s “Misty,“ which featured a vocal solo from student Chavonne Toussaint. After they finished, the high school jazz band, under the direction of Michael LaSorsa, quickly moved in to play Count Basie’s “Jumpin’ at the Woodside,” Benny Golson’s “Killer Joe,” Russ Freeman’s “Morocco” and an energetic rendition of Louis Prima’s “Sing, Sing, Sing.” The audience, seated at tables arranged café style, listened intently and applauded each number played as well as the many featured instrument solos. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Please Help Us Fight Discrimination at Nassau Community College Here - http://nccft.org/blog/2013/04/15/thevideo-of-the-april-11th-board-of-trustees-meeting/

Freeport Schools 4th Annual Community Peace March and Health Fair Freeport Schools held its fourth annual peace march and wellness fair on Saturday, May 4, starting with a large community gathering on the high school field as a show of solidarity and a commitment to world peace. The several hundred attendees were encouraged to wear yellow, the color representing hope – in particular, hope for peace. “The purpose of the peace march is to bring awareness about peace. We need inner peace, peace in our community, peace in our neighborhood, peace in our family, peace in this country and peace in this world,” stated Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kishore Kuncham. “We hope the positive vibrations that we are collectively creating this morning will reach other parts of this world.” The event planning was coordinated through Freeport Cares, a collaboration of Freeport Schools, the Village of Freeport and community-based organizations. The mission of Freeport Cares is to coordinate programs and activities that support the needs of young people and families. The Nassau Zone of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance partnered with Freeport Schools to program 20 different activities focused on health and wellness for the event. The peace march began at the high school entrance before heading east on Pine Street to Bayview Avenue. The procession then headed south to Merrick Road, west to Brookside Avenue and back to the high school. Upon returning to the school, all were invited to attend the wellness fair, where healthy snacks were provided and numerous activity centers dedicated to raising awareness about living a healthy lifestyle, improving mental well-being and achieving inner peace were available. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

Please take a look at this video of the Nassau Community College Board of Trustees meeting. Begin viewing at the 1:10 mark. You will not be surprised at the racist and sexist remarks of Trustee Anthony Cornachio, but you may be surprised that he readily admits to them. Please write Governor Cuomo and demand that Cornachio be removed from the board. The following is a phone/email script which reinforces the urgency of the hour: Please contact Governor Cuomo's office at 518.474.8390 and send the email h t t p : / / w w w. g o v e r n o r. n y. g o v / c o n t a c t / GovernorContactForm.php to express your concerns. “Hello, my name is _________, and I’m calling because I’m concerned about Mr. Cornachio’s appointment as a Nassau Community College Trustee given his recent racist and sexist remarks. I’m calling to urge Governor Cuomo to remove Mr. Cornachio from the NCC Board of Trustees. Thank you.”

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An open letter to PepsiCo regarding Mountain Dew ad It is an unfortunate truth that in the 21st century world of advertising, African Americans often continue to be portrayed in a demeaning and stereotypical manner. Within the past week alone we’ve seen several examples of corporations apologizing for racist imagery, including a controversial online Mountain Dew ad. While I, too, was turned off by the commercial, it’s refreshing to see a major corporation such as PepsiCo take ownership of the situation. A Senior executive at PepsiCo, didn’t have to take my call, but they did. As someone who has worked tirelessly on media justice issues for more than a decade and founding RapRehab and as co-founder of Industry Ears, a media think tank aimed at addressing racial disparities, I appreciate PepsiCo acting quickly and appropriately in recognizing that the advertisement was offensive to many and quickly removed within 6 hours from all channels. Trust me, quick responses never happen from corporate giants but in this case it did. Hindsight is indeed 20/20 and I respect that from PepsiCo. However, in today’s global and progressive media market, the very fact that racially offensive advertisements continue to be suggested, fully developed and distributed speaks to a larger issue – a lack of cultural diversity and sensitivity and the perpetuation of historical insensitivity that breeds stereotypes and fuels divisiveness. Read the rest at RapRehab.com NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

HEMPSTEAD PUBLIC LIBRARY ADULT WORKSHOP ARE YOU AN ENTREPRENEUR? Wednesday, June 12th, 2013 6:30pm – 7:30pm For immediate release* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * advance Registration needed * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Contact: Reference* * * * * * * * * *********** * * *481-6990 This introductory business planning course is presented by a representative of the Community Development Corporation. It is open to current and prospective small business owners. During the session, participants will gain an understanding of what it takes to start a business, learn what they need to know about business planning, assess their skills, and consider the legal and tax issues needed to get started. Participants should understand that this is a one hour basic overview workshop and is not meant to be in-depth. The program will be held in the Community Room. Registration is required for this free program. PAGE 28


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Adelphi Black Studies Scholastic Awards Dinner Adelphi University Center for Black & Caribbean Studies hosted their 43rd Anniversary of Black Studies at Adelphi and Annual Scholastic Awards Dinner. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby presented a Certificate of Recognition to each of this year's honorees and congratulated Dr. Marsha Tyson Darling, Director of the program. Pictured (L to R): Geelita Wiliams, Staten Island, Brent Russell, Westury, Jamilah Maiga, Yonkers, Michelle Latorre, Elmont, Kia Charles, Brooklyn, Cherrell Green, South Ozone Park, Dr. Charlotte Harris, Dayton, Leah Dwyer, Mineola, Dana Calabrese, East Williston, Dr. Darling, Dr. Ishmael Griffin, New Brunswick, Councilwoman Goosby, Caitlin Calio, East Williston, Dr. Mervin Griffin, Brooklyn, Renaya Cuyler, Brooklyn

Alpha Kappa Alpha Arts Scholarship Awards The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Theta Iota Omega Chapter in co-sponsorship with the Ivy Foundation, hosted their 14th Annual Arts Panorama at Hempstead HS. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby congratulated President Gladys Andrews, all of the student performers, and scholarship recipients. Pictured (L to R): Chaya Hairston, Baldwin, Rudy Saint Louis, Hempstead, Daniel Clayton, Uniondale, Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, President Gladys Andrews, Freeport, Jevaughn McKenzie, Elmont, Michael Pagan, Deer Park, Dennis Sosa, Uniondale, Elaine Moorer, Scholarship Chair

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Jury Convicts Uniondale Man of Robbing Two Victims at Gunpoint in Separate Incidents 15 Minutes Apart Lane faces up to 25 years in prison MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced today that a Uniondale man has been convicted of multiple robbery charges after he robbed two separate men at gunpoint in separate incidents approximately 15 minutes apart in October 2010. It took a jury about an hour to convict Michael Lane, 20, of two counts of Robbery in the First Degree, two counts of Robbery in the Second Degree, and two counts of Robbery in the Third Degree yesterday. He faces up to 25 years in prison at his June 27 sentencing. Rice said that at approximately 9:35 p.m. on October 31, 2010, a male victim was walking to his home in Uniondale when he was confronted by a group of men on the corner of Hempstead Boulevard and Emerson Street. One of those men was Michael Lane, who produced a

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black handgun and demanded the victim’s wallet. The victim handed over his wallet and the group of men fled from the location. Fifteen minutes later, a second male victim was walking near the corner of Henry and Armond Streets in Uniondale when he was surrounded by a group of men, including Lane. Lane again produced a black handgun and demanded the victim’s wallet. The group fled once the victim handed over his wallet. Lane was arrested by officers of the Nassau County Police Department’s First Precinct on November 9, 2010.

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After a week-long trial, the jury rejected the defense’s claims that Lane was not present at the time of the robberies and was instead watching television at a friend’s house. Lane was additionally charged with Tampering With a Witness in the Fourth Degree on April 22, 2013 for approaching one of the victim’s homes with a group of men and intimidating him. That case is pending. “Pulling a gun on unarmed victims with a group of friends there to back him up proves that Michael Lane is little more than a coward,” Rice said. “Furthermore, I take very seriously any attempt to undermine the criminal justice process by tampering with witnesses or evidence, and we will aggressively prosecute this defendant for this latest offense.” Assistant District Attorney Rebecca Abensur of the County Court Trial Bureau is prosecuting the case. Lane is represented by Valerie Hawkins, Esq.

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In 2005, I chose to run for public office for the first time in my life because I felt I had the energy and ideas to make a difference in a county I care so much about. Nearly two terms later, I’m proud to have kept my promises and to have helped the district attorney’s office become one of the most professional, independent and innovative prosecutor's offices in the nation. While our strides have been bold and our progress steady, I believe I have more to contribute to an office that we all rely upon to protect our families and to ensure the integrity of the criminal justice system. That’s why I’m so excited to announce my candidacy for a third term as Nassau County’s district attorney. Our work over the last two terms is something we can be proud of. our office has become a national leader in the fight against drunk and drugged-driving. We’ve cut plea-bargaining and toughened prosecutions of violent criminals and cyber predators. We’ve gone after corrupt officials who abuse the public’s trust and we've recovered millions of dollars of misused taxpayer money. Our community and school education programs have received widespread praise and our efforts to help rehabilitate non-violent offenders and reduce recidivism have put our office on the forefront of the criminal justice reform movement. We’ve done all this as non-political, independent prosecutors not guided by fear or favor, but instead by what’s right and what’s wrong. If you give me the opportunity to continue my public service as your district attorney, I can promise that you will get more of the same independence that has become the hallmark of our time in office. And you will always know where I stand on the issues. My top priorities for a third term are clear: I will to continue to crack down on violent and cyber crime. I will redouble investigative efforts targeting those who steal from taxpayers or abuse the public’s trust. I will help lead local and state reform of the juvenile justice system so that we can reduce recidivism and redirect nonviolent teen offenders to paths of prosperity. I will fight to get illegal guns off our streets and I will lobby Albany and Washington for sensible gun-control laws. I will continue to push for reforms that better safeguard the integrity of our criminal justice system. I need your help to make sure that the progress that has improved the safety of Nassau County families continues. If you share my belief in the importance of keeping the office in the hands of prosecutors who are committed to innovation and independence, then please take a moment to contribute to our campaign (link below), forward this email to your circle of contacts, or visit our website, Facebook or Twitter accounts using the links below. Additionally, our first event of 2013 is next Thursday, January 10 at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City. As a homicide prosecutor, as an assistant U.S. attorney, and as Nassau County’s district attorney, I have spent my entire life advocating for victims of crime and for reforms that make our criminal justice system more effective. I ask for your support so that we can build on our successes and continue to make Nassau County a safer, more prosperous place for us all. Sincerely, Kathleen Rice NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Merrick Woman Charged With Stealing More Than $450K From Her Employer Rocca used position as bookkeeper to embezzle funds; faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced today that a Merrick woman has been arrested for stealing more than $450,000 from the real estate firm where she worked as a bookkeeper by paying her bills with the company checkbook and forging her boss’s signature on checks she made out to her herself. Joanne Rocca, 67, of Merrick, was arrested this morning by DA Investigators and charged with Grand Larceny in the Second Degree and 37 counts of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument. She faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted and is scheduled to be arraigned later today in First District Court, Hempstead. Rice said that between July 2004 and April 2011, Rocca used her position as the bookkeeper for a Plainview-based building maintenance and real estate firm to embezzle more than $456,000 from her employer by arranging automatic payments from the company’s accounts to pay personal bills and forging the owner’s signature on company checks. She used the stolen cash by pay her cable television, gasoline, grocery, and utility bills, and to purchase home furnishings. The theft was discovered in May 2011 when her employer discovered a company check made out to Rocca’s American Express account on her desk while she was at lunch. Though Rocca denied using company money to pay her own bills, an internal review of the company’s checkbook, bank statements, and accounts revealed the extent of Rocca’s theft. “For Ms. Rocca to steal this much money over such an extended period of time shows a complete disregard for the rule of the law and a total lack of respect for the trust placed in her by her employer,” Rice said. Assistant District Attorney Peter J. Mancuso of the DA’s Government & Consumer Frauds Bureau is prosecuting the case. Rocca is represented by Anthony LoPinto, Esq. PAGE 31


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Ask Dr. Ty: Kids and fever Fever is the most common reason parents bring children to emergency rooms, especially in the middle of the night. It’s responsible for 1.6 million pediatric ER visits and nearly one-third of pediatrician office visits. Why? Because fevers scare parents. In a 2001 study of caregivers, more than half of the parents worried that a fever would harm their children, including brain damage, seizure or death. A more recent study had similar results: more than half of those parents reported being “very worried” when their child is febrile. This concept of “fever phobia” was first coined in 1980 by pediatrician Dr. Barton Schmitt to describe excessive, sometimes unrealistic, parental fear of fevers. He felt that most of these concerns were not justified, and that they often led to hasty administration of fever reducers. And whether it’s fever phobia, misinformation or both, some parents give fever reducers to children with, not even low-grade temperatures, but normal temperatures and occasionally give it too frequently. I frequently remind parents of three things: One, fever is the body fighting off an infection — a normal response, not something to be feared. It will not “melt” or “fry” the child’s brain. Two, a fever is a temperature of 100.4 and above. Anything below that number is not considered a fever, not even a low-grade fever. Three, a rectal temperature is the most accurate measurement of core body temperature, at any age. Yes, there are children who have seizures with high fevers, called febrile seizures, but repeatedly tracking temperatures and flooding them with fever reducers won’t prevent those from happening. Actually, nothing has been proven to. Febrile seizures only typically happen between the ages of six months and three years. Outside of this age bracket, there is little need to worry. To date, febrile seizures have not caused long-term brain damage. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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When it comes to fever, there is no magic number. One child can look great at 104 degrees, eating well and playing, while another is pooped out at 100.4. Consider it more like a yes or no question. As in, does he or she have a fever? Yes or no. Then, how does he or she look? The brain also has an internal mechanism that will not allow body temperature to exceed 106 degrees, except in rare situations such as heat stroke. While fever is a sign of an infection or illness, the number itself is not an indicator of its severity. Garden-variety viruses for which there is no treatment can cause high temperatures, while bad ear infections requiring antibiotics can cause no fever at all. Likewise, when parents treat a fever and it comes back before it’s time for the next dose — a phenomenon that causes much worry — it’s usually because an improper dose was given for the child’s weight. It should be dosed by weight, not age, with the help of a physician. Remember that treating the fever doesn’t take away the illness, so when the acetaminophen or ibuprofen (never aspirin!) wears off, the fever will come back. The goal should be to improve the child’s comfort, not to decrease it to a particular number. When to worry? Fever in a child two months of age or younger A child who still appears lethargic after the fever has gone away Fever lasting longer than five days Fever in a child with a lowered immune system or a chronic disease Fever after spending prolonged time in the heat A febrile child who is vomiting non-stop or not drinking fluids Fever with a stiff neck and headache Parents and caregivers should always call the pediatrician or visit the emergency room for an examination if there are concerns about a fever. But, try to avoid panicking or giving the child fever reducers that he or she may not need. Treat the kid, not the number. Originally posted on NBCNews.com.

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What’s e-health and what does it mean for you? If you visit a doctor’s office or hospital and you usually see stacks of manila folders with labels on them and loads of paper inside. When a doctor wants to research more about a patient, it can take a while to sort through the file and decipher handwritten notes. Electronic health records are fast becoming the new normal for record keeping in the health field. But what does e-health mean and who has access to your information once it is uploaded? Electronic health or e-health for short is the incorporation of computer software and the Internet into health services. Many components of health such as recordkeeping, information exchange and even prescriptions are now in electronic form for better organization and storage. The pros of e-health There are several benefits to e-health programs. One benefit is that providers will have a better way to coordinate care for patients. Having electronic health files will reduce a lot of the missed opportunities for doctors to discuss a patient’s treatment. It will also help alert doctors about potential medication errors. HealthIT.gov reports that 78 percent of the doctors who use electronic health records say it enhances overall patient care. Another benefit of e-health is that eventually patients and doctors will have less paperwork to manage. In the near future, doctor’s offices will have an easier, faster process for signing in patients. Damon Davis, Director of Information Technology for Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, said having electronic forms make doctor visits simpler. “We all have had that frustration of getting to a place where you were just a week ago and they ask the same questions: is your insurance the same? Has your address changed? There’s a significant opportunity to automate that process so you don’t have to stand there at a provider’s office and fill out a clipboard repeatedly. We are making that transition so that your process in the office can be much cleaner.” Will your privacy be maintained? Security is of the utmost importance when transitioning to electronic health records. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) provides very strict guidelines about how personal health information can be shared. Part of the responsibility is on the provider and NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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the other is on the consumer. Peter Ashkenaz, Media Contact for the Communications for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology offers this to ease consumer fears. “There’s a common misperception that there’s going to be some sort of government data bank of everyone’s health care records and that’s just not the case. You as the patient are downloading the information. So it’s your information now. You as the patient decide who needs to have it. The security of it is as secure as you make it.” E-health will usher in a new wave of health care. It’s about an exchange of health information that will empower the consumer to receive the best quality of healthcare available. For more information about Health IT and e-health programs, visit http://www.healthit.gov. E-health and the Blue Button The Department of Veteran Affairs led the way into e-health by using electronic health records as a means to give Veterans more access to their health data. Many doctors and hospitals are incorporating electronic forms of communication to improve efficiency and reduce medical errors. Medicare, Indian Health Services, and NASA have also adopted their own form of e-health programs as well. Electronic health programs are not just for doctors and hospitals to use. They are also available to help patients see and share their own health records. The Blue Button program was designed for patients to have access to and download their medical records or claims. Blue Button is available now to veterans, uniformed service members and Medicare beneficiaries but more private sector insurance companies are also beginning to offer their members a way to download their medical information. Davis said in an interview that the Blue Button program caught on rapidly and has influenced individuals to become more active in their health. “Blue Button has gone on to be adopted by many different electronic health record vendors, labs, et cetera,” he says. “It liberates health data so individuals can become better partners of their own health care with better access to their own health care info.” Candace Y.A. Montague is a health advocate and freelance writer in Washington, D.C. She is the DC HIV/AIDS Examiner for Examiner.com. Candace is also a contributor to The Body.com, The Black AIDS Weekly, and East of the River Magazine, a publication of Capital Community News. Writing is her activism.

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Jacqueline Bell of Baldwin Honored Mrs. Jacqueline Bell was honored as “A Pillar of the Community” by the United House of Prayer For All People Church at a church banquet held in Newark, NJ. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy offered her heartfelt congratulations to Mrs. Bell who serves as President of the Baldwin Oaks Civic Association in Baldwin. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Deaconess Kate Johnson's 100th Birthday A gala birthday celebration was held in honor of the 100th birthday of Deaconess Kate Johnson at her home in Roosevelt. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby presented a Certificate of Recognition to Mrs. Johnson and offered her heartfelt congratulations on achieving this great milestone.

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Life Changing Words Press through the Mess (Philippians 3:13-14 KJV) “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” When God orders your footsteps there are some places, people, and situations that are assigned to try to stop you or hinder you. Surely as Christ has a work to do so does Satan. Christ job was to go to the Cross-for us and die as a substitution for us. Now satan’s job was to convince the people to crucify Christ. Now both were accomplished through divine order. The same way satan has tried to abort God’s purpose in Jesus Christ life he is also trying to abort Gods purpose for your life. There are some obstacles and situations that have happened in your life that makes you want to give up or give in. However I am writing to encourage you that it is all in the plan and never give up. Hold on to Gods unchanging hand and press through the mess that the enemy has placed in front of you. See when you press through all of the dark areas of your life you will find yourself moving into the light. What I mean by that is if you use your faith in Christ to go forward and don’t look back; God will usher you out of darkness into His marvelous light. Even if He doesn’t take you out of the situation right away He has the power to shed His light on it. He can and will give you wisdom, knowledge, and understanding of how to overcome that which has overwhelmed you. See trials and tribulations are just a test of our faith.

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They come to build you up in Christ and make you strong in all areas of your life. For Christ states when we as believers are weak, He is strong. He is our refuge and strongtower in times of trouble. In Philippians 3:14 Jesus simply tells you to forgot about what your going through or what you been through; grab a hold of faith and press toward the mark of your high calling. When trials and obstacles come your way don’t ever give up but gird up and take on the challenge. Then remember that you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. So forget the problems but don’t ever forget the purpose and plan of God or of the enemy. Then you can press through the mess and be blessed. For surely we must recognize the fact that there is no problem that exist that God can’t solve…Nothing is impossible to Him, for Him, or through Him… Dr. Karen Deadwyler is a new author inspired by God. Her first book titled “His Miraculous Way” speaks of her victory through Jesus Christ. For Prophetess Karen is truly a miracle writing about miracles. She is the Visionary of a women’s ministry called Willing Women of Worship Fellowship and the Cofounder of Glory Temple Ministries Inc. To contact her, inquire about her book or to send comments email her at kaynrony@yahoo.com or visit her website: www.godlypleasures.org

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He Makes Everything New TODAY’S SCRIPTURE “He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’...” (Revelation 21:5, NIV) TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria Can you remember the time when you first discovered a big dream in your heart? Maybe you were determined to excel in your career, excel as a parent, or even excel in your walk with the Lord. You probably started out strong, but maybe things got a little difficult and didn’t happen as quickly as you would have liked. At that point many people decide, “Let’s just settle here. It’s not exactly what we wanted, but at least, it’s good enough.” Friend, I want to remind you today that you were made for more than good enough! Maybe things haven’t worked out the way you planned, but now is not the time to stop and settle. Now is the time to dig your heals in and begin again. And even if that dream has died — it’s time to dream another dream. God has so much for you in your future. If you’ve settled in any area of your life, take that first step by lifting your eyes to the Father. Let Him renew your strength. Let Him make things new in your life. Trust that His Word is directing your steps. Thank Him and worship Him because He is making all things new in your life! A PRAYER FOR TODAY Father in heaven, thank You for this new day. Thank You for the opportunity to begin again. I choose to press forward and keep believing for the dreams and desires You’ve placed in my heart. I trust You today with everything that I am in Jesus’ name. Amen. — Joel & Victoria Osteen

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Refuge Apostolic Church Mother's Day Celebration The Refuge Apostolic Church in Freeport hosted “A Tribute to the Refuge Mothers' Board” luncheon at the church. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby presented Certificates of Recognition to each of the women being honored and congratulated Bishop Ronald Carter, Senior Pastor, and Deacon Gary Battle, Brotherhood Chairman for coordinating the event. Pictured (L to R): Honorees: Liz Williams Louise Beeks Celeste Colon Diane Duke Arlenia Ferguson Ann Maltie Ella Spivey Maggie Topley Earline Vaughns Barbara Washington Pastor Phyllis Carter

Question: "What is general revelation and special revelation?" Answer: General revelation and special revelation are the two ways God has chosen to reveal Himself to humanity. General revelation refers to the general truths that can be known about God through nature. Special revelation refers to the more specific truths that can be known about God through the supernatural. In regard to general revelation, Psalm 19:1-4 declares, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.” According to this passage, God’s existence and power can be clearly seen through observing the universe. The order, intricacy, and wonder of creation speak to the existence of a powerful and glorious Creator. General revelation is also taught in Romans 1:20, “For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities— His eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” Like Psalm 19, Romans 1:20 teaches that God’s eternal power and divine nature are “clearly seen” and “understood” from what has been made, and that there is no excuse for denying these facts. With (Continued on page 40)

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these Scriptures in mind, perhaps a working definition of general revelation would be “the revelation of God to all people, at all times, and in all places that proves that God exists and that He is intelligent, powerful, and transcendent.” Special revelation is how God has chosen to reveal Himself through miraculous means. Special revelation includes physical appearances of God, dreams, visions, the written Word of God, and most importantly—Jesus Christ. The Bible records God appearing in physical form many times (Genesis 3:8, 18:1; Exodus 3:1-4, 34:5-7), and the Bible records God speaking to people through dreams (Genesis 28:12, 37:5; 1 Kings 3:5; Daniel 2) and visions (Genesis 15:1; Ezekiel 8:3-4; Daniel 7; 2 Corinthians 12:1-7). Of primary importance in the revealing of God is His Word, the Bible, which is also a form of special revelation. God miraculously guided the authors of Scripture to correctly record His message to mankind, while still using their own styles and personalities. The Word of God is living and active (Hebrews 4:12). The Word of God is inspired, profitable, and sufficient (2 Timothy 3:16-17). God determined to have the truth regarding Him recorded in written form because He knew the inaccuracy and unreliability of oral tradition. He also understood that the dreams and visions of man can be misinterpreted. God decided to reveal everything that humanity needs to know about Him, what He expects, and what He has done for us in the Bible. The ultimate form of special revelation is the Person of Jesus Christ. God became a human being (John 1:1, 14). Hebrews 1:1-3 summarizes it best, “In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son … The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being.” God became a human being, in the Person of Jesus Christ, to identify with us, to set an example for us, to teach us, to reveal Himself to us, and, most importantly, to provide salvation for us by humbling Himself in death on the cross (Philippians 2:6-8). Jesus Christ is the ultimate “special revelation” from God.

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SPORTS ROUND UP The high school spring sports regular seasons have pretty much come to a close and the playoffs will soon be underway. For Hempstead High School spring sports it’s been a challenging season of very few wins, actually only one win was notched in the totality of Baseball, Boys Lacrosse, Girls Lacrosse and Softball. On April 20, the softball Tigers posted an exciting 20-16 win over Westbury at home. This was the softball team’s first win in three years, according to head coach Divine Jackson. Samantha Coq is Hempstead’s lone winning pitcher and Nircia Carmona scored a homerun. The softball team finished 18 in the conference and 1-11 overall. They dropped their final two games to Valley Stream Central and Freeport. The boy’s baseball team lost all 15 games, dropping their last two to Great Neck South, 14-4 and Roosevelt by a score of 12-5. The losing pitchers were Guardado and Cuas. Boys lacrosse finished 0-7 in the conference and 0-11 overall. Their last contest of the season was on May 8 when they lost to Plainview JFK 16-2. Scoring for Hempstead were Shemar Jack and Nester Reyes with one goal each. Hempstead’s Stewart had 11 saves. Like the boys lacrosse team, the girls lacrosse team also finished 0-7, with the final contest loss to Great Neck North May 4. In that game, Kayla Green scored 3 goals and Tamara Rustin added one goal. Precisely because the four teams could only produce one victory, we are reminded that healthy sports competition is not about wins or losses. It’s about being in the game, being out there on the field competing, playing hard, learning how to work together as a team and being an all around student athlete. e this feeling will resonate the athletes who competed and hopefully they won’t feel their season was a failure. It was not. Someone wins and someone loses. Sometimes losses motivate athletes to work even harder on their sport during the off season so they can come back stronger than ever and less prone to injury. It’s also important for studentathletes to learn how to lose because losing is a part of life…. – B.J. Robinson PAGE 40


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Sloane Stephens doesn’t want to be compared to Serena Williams It’s the mentoring relationship that never was. In January, Serena Williams fell in three sets to Sloane Stephens at the Australian Open. It wasn’t the ‘changing of the guard‘ as some in sports media suggested. Weeks after her loss, Williams became the oldest woman ever to hold the No. 1 ranking in tennis and later in April bested Maria Sharapova for her 49th career WTA title. The victory was Stephens’ biggest of her career and led to understandable excitement about the ‘next big tennis star’ coming for Williams’ place at the top. And then Stephens lost to eventual champion Victoria Azarenka and the buzz grew considerably quieter — until now.

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lowing me on Twitter.” Her mom tries to slow her down, but Sloane is insistent. “Like, seriously! People should know. They think she’s so friendly and she’s so this and she’s so that — no, that’s not reality! You don’t unfollow someone on Twitter, delete them off of BlackBerry Messenger. I mean, what for? Why?” Stephens tells writer Maria Cogan she believes a tweet Williams sent out in January following their match was intended for her: What is clear is that Stephens is “over” the comparisons to Williams and the perception that Williams has been in any way a mentor to her. (In fairness, a relationship Williams never acknowledged actually existed and that Stephens may have exaggerated in interviews leading up to their match.) What’s also clear is that this is a bold thing to declare publicly for Stephens at such an early stage in her career. She has a world of ways to go to accomplish a quarter of what Williams has the past 15 years. Here’s hoping she’s up to the challenge. Follow theGrio’s Todd Johnson on Twitter @rantoddj

In an upcoming issue of ESPN The Magazine, Stephens rips Williams for unfollowing her on Twitter, deleting her off BlackBerry Messenger and having no contact whatsoever with her since the match in Australia. It seems Stephens is through with the narrative she said people have of Williams as “friendly”: “She’s not said one word to me, not spoken to me, not said hi, not looked my way, not been in the same room with me since I played her in Australia,” Stephens says emphatically. “And that should tell everyone something, how she went from saying all these nice things about me to unfolNASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Chicago high school all-star game aims to end street violence As the weather breaks outside, one of the unfortunate side effects in the City of Chicago is the violence that breaks out in the streets. This year has been no different, as a number of people have been killed since late April when things began to warm up in the city. On Saturday, some of the areas best high school basketball players from the South and West sides of town competed in the Chicago United Hoops Classic at the Gerald E. Ratner Center on the University of Chicago campus, in an event aimed at bringing awareness and hopefully an end to all of the senseless acts of street violence that occur all too often. “Growing up in Chicago, it was always the South side versus the West side – which was a good rivalry – but as we started to see all of the crime in our community, we wanted to bring a basketball game to the table with the purpose of silencing the violence on these streets,” said Jobba Maxey, one of creators of the Chicago United Hoops Classic which is now in its third year. The game was initially put on to honor Chicago Bulls legend Norm Van Lier who had a passion for and was a firm believer in helping kids reach better circumstances in life through education. Van Lier also understood the power of basketball to bring people together and after the success of the inaugural event, the Chicago United Hoops Classic has continued to grow year after year. This year, some big name players from the area competed in the game including Morgan Park’s Billy Garrett who will attend DePaul next year, and No. 1 wide receiver prospect in NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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the country from Crete-Monee, Laquon Treadwell, who will ditch his basketball sneakers and lace up his cleats to play football for Ole Miss in the fall. Both represented the South Side who won for the first time in the history of the event. Some of the standouts on the West side included highscoring guard from Henry Ford Academy Powerhouse, Elliot Cole who has committed to Chicago State, and Bolingbrook’s Ben Moore who will be playing for NBA coaching legend Larry Brown at Southern Methodist University next year. The event also featured local sponsorships from New Era Chicago who provided caps for all of the players, Nike Chicago who provided shoes and apparel for the game, Core Power, a new milk-based, protein recovery drink, and Greater Than, a coconut water based sports drink. Additionally, Tony McCoy, a Chicago Park District supervisor who’s son was killed by gun violence just days shy of heading off to Champaign to play basketball at Parkland Community College, was honored, as was the late Mac “Pops” Irvin who was recognized for his contributions to basketball and to the youth of this city, and Simeon standout Jabari Parker was on hand to present his father, Sonny, with a lifetime achievement award for his impact on many communities on the South side. Also on hand was Morgan Park alum and member of this year’s NCAA National Champion Louisville Cardinal basketball squad, Wayne Blackshear.

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Ida B. Wells: Journalist. Teacher. Anti-Lynching Crusader. Women’s Rights Activist. Civil Rights Pioneer. Ida B. Wells was born into slavery on July 16, 1862, in Holly Springs, Mississippi. She was orphaned at 16 after both of her parents and a younger sibling died from a yellow fever epidemic. In order to support and care for her five remaining siblings, she secured a job as a teacher. She eventually moved to Memphis where she became a leading journalist and civil rights activist. When her newspaper office was destroyed in an angry response to her outspoken writings, Ida B. Wells was exiled from Memphis, and stayed away from the South for over 30 years. In 1893 and 1894, she traveled across the United States and throughout the United Kingdom and Great Britain, passionately writing and speaking out against lynching. She eventually moved to Chicago and married Ferdinand L. Barnett in 1895. The widowed Ferdinand was an attorney and editor of The Conservator, one of Chicago’s Black newspapers. In addition to the two children from his first marriage, he and Ida had four children together. Ida B. Wells-Barnett continued her activism while juggling motherhood and her many civil rights commitments. In 1909, she was one of the founders of the NAACP, although she later had conflicts with its leadership because she was perceived as too “radical.” She also worked with Susan B. Anthony as a leader in the movement for women’s suffrage. In Chicago, Ms. Wells worked with Jane Addams to prevent the establishment of segregated public schools, helped to open Chicago’s first kindergarten for Black children, founded the Negro Fellowship League to assist Black men and boys who were excluded from the YMCA, and started the Alpha Suffrage Club – an organization of Black women who worked to obtain the right to vote. Ida B. Wells-Barnett died on March 25, 1931, at the age of 68, from a brief illness due to kidney failure. She and her husband, Ferdinand L. Barnett, are interred together in Chicago’s Oak Woods Cemetery Statements of Support “The Ida B. Wells Monument is a singular opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge Bronzeville’s history while anticipating its future.” Alderman William D. Burns, 4th Ward “I am writing in support of your efforts and to comment the Ida B. Wells Commemorative Art Committee and the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture for developing a monument that will celebrate Ida B. Wells’ legacy and help increase public awarement of her imONLINE EDITION

portant work. The location of the monument in Chicago’s historic Bronzeville community is of great significance and appreciation to the communities and generational admireres who were impacted by her work…As a female leader of the great state of Illinois I can personally appreciate and support eh commemoration of Ms. Wells’ life, work and writings.” – Kimberly du Buclet, State Representative, 26th District As the written history of America finally, albeit slowly, recognizes the role of African Americans, some names emerge as giants from the shadows. One of those is certainly Ida B. Wells, America’s premier anti-lynching campaigner. Born into slavery, she was destined to be one who would help shape post Civil War America as an investigative journalist, newspaper editor and publisher, and leader of the emerging women’s and civil rights movements. We here in Chicago are proud to claim her as our own for the many years of leadership she provided our city. I was delighted to learn of plans for a (Continued on page 4)

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monument to her life and work here in the place she called home for so many years and trust that the project will soon become a reality. – Congressman Danny K. Davis (D-IL 7th District) It is without hesitation that I offer my support for the Ida B. Wells Monument. Sadly, much of the history of Bronzeville is not celebrated as it should be. It is important that people who live or visit our community know about the many contributions some of its residents have made towards social justice…She used her many talents to address inequality wherever she saw it even in the face of threats against her….As residents and tourists alike visit the monument, they will undoubtedly be moved by the courageous dedication exhibited by Ms. Wells and gain a greater appreciation for the historical significance of Bronzeville. I see this as an opportunity to generate community pride while inspiring others to pursue the type of important work that was carried out by Ida B. Wells. - Alderman Pat Dowell, 3rd Ward “It is with hope and pride that I support the movement for an Ida B. Wells Monument in Oakwood Shores. As a journalist and social activist, Wells was a strong voice against racism and sexism. Her advocacy paved the way for generations of African-Americans who followed her, and she should be commemorated with a monument that will invite future generations to learn about her contributions.” – Illinois State Senator Kwame Raoul, 13th District “At a time when women were seen and not heard, Ida B. Wells was a voice for those who had none. Even today her legacy lives on, and she continues to be a role model for young women. Her advocacy for equality for women and African Americans should inspire us all to speak out against injustice.” – Lt. Governor Sheila Simon

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The Monument A monumental sculpture accompanied by supportive art pieces will be located in a park-like setting on the Langley Boulevard median, just south of 37th Street in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood. The Langley Boulevard median lies at the heart of the Oakwood Shores community, on the former site of the Ida B. Wells public housing development. The plaza where the Ida B. Wells monument will be erected. The Ida B. Wells Commemorative Art Committee has commissioned the creation of a sculptured monument that will honor the life and times of the historic Ida B. Wells. The sculpture will be created by Richard Hunt, a Chicago native and world-renowned artist. The abstract sculpture capturing the artist’s vision of Ida B. Wells and her legacy will be at least 20 feet tall, and will have a large base upon which an image of Ida B. Wells and excerpts of her writings will be engraved. Upon completion, this monument will be donated to the City of Chicago’s Public Art Collection. As a second phase of the project, smaller, interactive art pieces will be commissioned to allow the public to experience the work of Ida B. Wells in a reflective manner. While a precise description of the project awaits the artist’s conception, additional elements may include a timeline of key events related to Ms. Wells’ causes and accomplishments, occasional seating along the pathway in the Langley median, or boulevard signposts or similar features with a historical narrative and illustrations.

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Fantasia says ‘American Idol’ needs new judges Since winning “American Idol” in 2004, Fantasia Barrino has been one of R&B’s strongest voices and among the most (Continued on page 13)

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Is rap group Naughty By Nature breaking up? Hip-hop group Naughty By Nature have been a mainstay in the culture for over two decades but according to a tweet by founding member Treach, the New Jersey trio’s days are numbered .

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(New York, NY—May 8, 2013) After 21 years of entertaining children around the globe, The Wiggles will introduce three new cast members including the first-ever female member, Emma Watkins as the Yellow Wiggle. Founding member Anthony Field, knows as the Blue Wiggle, rounds out this vibrant group with Simon Pryce (Red Wiggle) and Lachlan Gillespie (Purple Wiggle). The “Taking Off!” worldwide tour will crisscross North America, hitting over thirty-five major cities between August and October in support of their new album of the same name (available May 7th on Razor & Tie). The Taking Off! DVD is slated for release later this summer, and a new television series will debut on Sprout in the fall. For a complete list of tour dates please see the schedule below or go to www.thewiggles.com. Always educational and entertaining, The Wiggles will be joined onstage by Dorothy the Dinosaur, Captain Feathersword, Wags the Dog and Henry the Octopus for an extra wiggly good time. This marks the first time that North American audiences will get to meet the new line-up and hear new music, as well as sing along to their favorite hits which are all incorporated into their live show. Taking Off! features 21 new feet-stomping songs including the catchy soon-to-be favorite, “Do The Propeller!” as well as "Beep! Beep! Buckle Up!” "Emma (with the Bow in Her Hair)" and classics such as “Rock-A-Bye Your Bear” and “Get Ready to Wiggle.” ONLINE EDITION

“Vinnie from NAUGHTY BY NATURE is Officially FIRED!! Anything he does besides shows til Sept is Frugazy!! F**k him & the Ground he Walks!!” said Treach last night via Twitter. Later the certified Naughty by Nature Twitter account tweeted a link from Vinnie’s Instagram page. The picture including the caption “Sitting Vin!” and a quote by Native American resistance fighter Sitting Bull that read: “Warriors are not what you what you think of as warriors. The warrior is not someone who fights, because no one has the right to take another life. The warrior, for us, is one who sacrifices himself for the good of others.” According to the group’s website, Treach, Vinnie, and DJ Kay are scheduled to perform in Durham on May 18 and in North Carolina on May 24. There is no official statement on Naughty by Nature’s site or Twitter feed about the break up or Treach’s tweets.

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Candice Glover ‘won the night’ on ‘American Idol’ This is the cruelest week of the “American Idol” season. Each of the final three contestants got their hometown visits, and each was an emotional journey that left the audience, and sometimes the judges, in tears. Each had their moments onstage as they sang their three songs. And according to Jimmy Iovine, each even emerged as the winner after one of the rounds. Then, after all that emotion and the clips that made viewers want to cheer for all three, folks had to go and decide who they liked best and who deserved the boot. Of the three finalists, Candice Glover left herself in the best position based solely on Wednesday’s vocals, because her signature moment closed the show. Both “One” and “Next to Me” drew praise from the judges, but it was nothing compared to what she got when she closed the show with “Somewhere” from West Side Story. “What happened? How did you do that?” Keith Urban marveled. “Here’s what’s gonna happen. If you want to vote for Candice, call the number on your screen. If not, call your doctor, because you probably don’t have a pulse.” “Four words: See you next week,” Nicki Minaj said. TheGrio: Fantasia says ‘Idol’ needs new judges Not so fast. Candice has been in trouble before, and stood with Amber Holcomb as one of the two singers with the fewest votes a couple of Thursdays ago in what turned out to be a non-elimination week. Getting that kind of praise hasn’t always guaranteed an easy week. But Jimmy Iovine said it best. “Anyone who can take ‘Somewhere,’ a song ingrained in everyone’s head, from the movie to the play to every high school musical across the country, and add your own soul to it, and feeling to it, and own it like that … Candice, you didn’t win the round with that song, you won the night.” ONLINE EDITION

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(Then again, maybe Jimmy was just in a good mood, because Nicki called him “my secret husband” when she praised his selection for Candice’s first song. “Nicki, I’ll see you at home,” he called from the stage as Ryan Seacrest was reminding everyone to vote as the credits rolled.) That followed an emotional second song from Kree Harrison. If anyone in the audience could watch Kree and her sister go back to the house in Texas where they grew up before her parents died and not get a lump in their throats, they’re too cynical to exist. And more than anyone else, she seemed to channel that emotion into the post-recap performance, excelling at “Here Comes Goodbye,” by Rascal Flatts. “You can’t underestimate or deny the power of a true, genuine emotional trigger. When you went home, you were able to regain something you could actually feel.” Nicki said. The blond-haired (at least for the evening) judge continued: “I’m not sure people realize how much strength you have to have to be this young and have no parents. I proposed to you in Vegas, and then you divorced me for some boy I think, but I want to just say again I am so super proud of you. Because when you say you’re going to see them again, they’re seeing you now, Kreedom. They’re cheering for you; they’re kissing you; they’re hugging you. And they’re loving you a billion times more than we could ever love you. And I’m so happy for you. You sang it like a pro.” The problem for Kree is that her third song, “Better Dig Two” by The Band Perry, didn’t suit her very well. Though she can blame the “Idol” staff for that one, it left the last words about her less positive. “I like the sorrow more than the anger. That’s just me,” Mariah Carey said. “That’s not your comfort zone. Whoever picked that should be stoned,” Nicki said. “But whenever you leave this show, I am buying your album.” Angie Miller also gave her best performances early, beginning with Elton John’s “Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word.” Though the judges fixated on the fact that she wasn’t sitting behind the piano, the vocals were strong. She brought more emotion to Pink’s “Try,” saying she was fueled by the trip home and the chance to drive through a Boston defiantly recovering from the bombing at the Boston Marathon.

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William Levy and Jada Pinkett-Smith will star in new salsa film by Nina Terrero, @thenininsky 11:41 am on 05/07/2013 William Levy proved he can steal hearts while shimmying on the dance floor and it looks like he’s ready to do so again with the announcement that he will star alongside Jada Pinkett-Smith in a new dance-themed flick. Pinkett-Smith will both produce and star in the film titled “Salsa,” which shares the story of a woman who is at a crossroads in her life when she meets a smoldering salsa instructor, who sweeps her off her feet through Latin dance. RELATED: William Levy rocks out as the new face for Pepsi Next It’s a huge starring role for Levy, a telenovela actor who first became America’s sweetheart last year on “Dancing with the Stars.” Since then, Levy has appeared on screen in multiple commercial campaigns for Pepsi. He’ll next be seen in “Addicted” and Tyler Perry’s “Single Moms Club.” And if the idea of a big screen Latin dance film seems like an unlikely smash success, think again. Vanessa Williams and Latin music star Cheyenne teamed up for 1998’s “Dance with Me,” which successfully introduced Cheynne to mainstream audiences and cemented Williams’ reputation as a sexy leading lady. ONLINE EDITION

Chris Brown ‘can’t be focused on wife-ing’ Rihanna, has parties to plan The signs were there, but now Chris Brown has laid all the facts out on the table. During an interview with 2Day’s (yes, the Australian radio station that infamously prank-called Kate Middleton) “The Kyle and Jackie Show,” Breezy confirmed that he and Rihanna are no longer dating (at least, for now) while discussing the multiple birthday celebrations he had lined up. “I’ve actually got three birthday parties scheduled, I got one in L.A., one in Vegas and one in New York so we can gon’ have fun, and I’m just trying to have, you know, the best time with my fans and all the people in the club.” NEWS: Chris Brown celebrates birthday with Karrueche, no Rihanna in sight But what about Ri-Ri? “Imma do it solo,” Brown continued. “I mean, at the end of the day, shawty doing her own thang, she on the road. It’s always gonna be love. I’m a grown man, just gotta fast forward.” PAGE 8


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MONA BUSH-LOVETT Welcome to Fashion Tips for the upwardly mobile black woman. Hi, my name is Mona Bush Lovett I lived in Hempstead for 44 Years. I'm the mother of 2children, I am a grandmother, who presently lives in Rochester, NY area. I have worked as nurse (LPN) for over 20 years. I love the Lord because He loved me first and He is first in my life. I hope these weekly fashion tips are of help I love to shop and I hope you see something of interest for your wardrobe.

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Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.”

Lauryn Hill gets 3 months for failing to pay taxes NEWARK, New Jersey (AP) — Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill was sentenced Monday to three months in prison and an additional three months in home confinement for failing to pay taxes on about $1 million in earnings. Hill, 37, pleaded guilty last year in the case. During a forceful statement to the judge Monday, Hill explained she had always meant to eventually pay the taxes but was unable to during a period of time when she dropped out of the music business, echoing a defense she wrote last year in a long post online.

She then largely disappeared from public view to raise her six children, five of whom she had with Rohan Marley, the son of reggae singer Bob Marley. At the time of her arrest last year, Hill wrote a criticism rejecting pop culture’s “climate of hostility, false entitlement, manipulation, racial prejudice, sexism and ageism.” “Over-commercialization and its resulting restrictions and limitations can be very damaging and distorting to the inherent nature of the individual,” Hill wrote. “I did not deliberately abandon my fans, nor did I deliberately abandon any responsibilities, but I did however put my safety, health and freedom and the freedom, safety and health of my family first over all other material concerns! I also embraced my right to resist a system intentionally opposing my right to whole and integral survival.” She also said she hadn’t paid taxes since she withdrew from society to guarantee her family’s safety but that she always intended to rectify the situation.

“I needed to be able to earn so I could pay my taxes, without compromising the health and welfare of my children, and I was being denied that,” Hill said Monday, without explaining what exactly triggered her actions. Before the sentencing, her attorney had said Hill had paid more than $970,000 to satisfy the state and federal tax liabilities. Hill had faced a maximum sentence of one year each on three counts. Her attorney had sought probation. It’s not clear when or where she’d report to prison. Hill got her start with The Fugees and began her solo career in 1998 with the critically acclaimed album “The ONLINE EDITION

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Rapper Eve says she wants her biracial kids to be ‘colorblind’ Rapper Eve has been opening up about raising biracial children with her longtime Brit boyfriend Maximillion Cooper. In a recent interview with Vibe Vixen, the Grammy-Awardwinning rapper-songwriter talked candidly about the desire for her kids to be “colorblind.” “I don’t want them to see color. I never did,” said 34-year-old Eve, who is currently prepping for the May 14 release of her latest album, Lip Lock. “I grew up in the hood and my mother was very good at it not being a black thing, even though I grew up around all black people. I want them to want to know everything about all kinds of races.” Eve, who has been dating multimillionaire entrepreneur and racing driver, Cooper, 40, for more than three years, adds, “I’m a black woman and I love being a black woman. And I think my child should know that black part of themselves.” TheGrio: Kim Kardashian wants child ‘to not see color’ But at the same time, she says when she finally becomes a mom she wants her children to know the white “side of themselves.” Her comments echo the same sentiment as reality star Kim Kardashian, who is expecting her first child with Kanye West. “The most important thing is, the way I want to raise my children is to not see color,” Kardashian said in a televised interview with BET. Though, actress Halle Berry is quoted as saying she believes in the “one drop rule,” where a person with any trace of sub-Saharan ancestry, however small, is considered black. Using this definition, Berry’s fair-skinned daughter, Nahla, is classified as black. This raises the question over whether biracial children can ever really be “color blind” in a society so marked by race. Is this the formula for an identity crisis or can mixed-race people truly embrace their black and white sides? Follow Kunbi Tinuoye on Twitter at @Kunbiti

Lil’ Kim countersued by ex-business partner for $15 million Has Lil’ Kim been standing in her own way? Responding to a $1 million lawsuit filed by the rapper, Kim’s ex-business partner has filed a $15 million countersuit, claiming “abuse of control, gross mismanagement, corporate waste and other misconduct” involving their company, International Rock Star Corp. In his complaint, filed in New York Supreme Court, plaintiff Andrew Ro denies Kim’s allegations that he misappropriated her trademark and branding rights so that he and others could cash in. He accuses her of engaging in behavior that prohibited him from making lucrative endorsement contracts for their company, claiming that she stopped returning calls and showing up for meetings while he tried to close deals for a private vodka label, an energy drink, a social media venture and a fragrance line. Ro also alleges that Kim transfered company assets to herself or other parties without regard for IRS’ best interests. He claims that her actions have cost the company at least $15 million.

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accomplished singers in the genre. The North Carolina native has put out 4 award-winning albums and has been praised for her role as “Ms. Celie” in the Broadway production of The Colored Purple. With her latest album Side Effects of You in stores now, Fantasia chatted with theGrio about her career and if “Idol” still has star making power. TheGrio: What does Side Effects of You represent for you as a veteran singer? Fantasia: I’m in a great place now. I got in the game at a very young age. In the beginning it’s fabulous, it’s the glitz, it’s the glamour and everyone is happy. My grandmother used to tell me “to whom much is given, much is required.” Everything went so fast with winning American Idol. Everyone around me was happy and saying, “I love you”…I look around now and none of those people are here now. They left me with a lot of baggage and things that I needed to clear up. To be at this point now, I’m so proud of myself for making it through. It didn’t knock me down; I’m still standing in this game. TheGrio: Do you feel American Idol still has the star making potential it did when you were coming up 10 years ago? FB: Umm I do…I always say you can’t turn somebody into a star; you’re born that way. Whenever I see somebody hit the stage I can always point them out and say, “Yo that person is special.” And when I say special, I mean that is what they are destined to do. Even when Carrie Underwood was on that year on Idol, I told them, “She’s the one, she’s special.” So I don’t think it’s up to the judges. They are just vessels to push and promote that person to where God ends up wanting their life. You were on when it was the classic line up of American Idol judges of Simon, Randy and Paula. Now American Idol has experimented with multiple judges critiquing new contestants. Do you think that plays into them not making stars? FB: I think a lot of people do a lot of searching and changing to bring up the ratings. And in the beginning of American Idol, they show the funny stuff and the outtakes, but when the show comes to the top 12, it’s official. The “sangers” come out. In my year we had Jennifer Hudson, Latoya London. We had some “sangers” and they should bring it back to that. Bring in the legends like Gladys Knight, bring Elton John and Aretha Franklin. Bring in someone to sit on that panel with an actual ear and eye to say, “Yo that’s a star” and not just people to bring up ratings. What was it like recording “On Without Me” with Missy Elliott and Kelly Rowland? If I’m ever going through anything or have an idea that might be wack or crazy, I just go to Missy and she brings it out of me. I got a phone call that pissed me off and I felt a way and told the producer I wanted to make a club banger, kinda ratchet song, because that was the mood I was in. We went back and forth about who we could get on the ONLINE EDITION

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track. I decided I need two other women on the song that could relate to me. Kelly Rowland is just like me, she’s not Hollywood. She’s nice, she’s just like me, we can relate in so many ways. I’m so proud of her. She came back so strong with her music and I feel like we’ve both been through that. What to do? Where to go? Does anyone believe in me phase. The fact that she’s a black woman with black features, I had to have her on this feature. Missy’s like a breath of fresh air. When I heard her on that J. Cole record, that was like a tease and I just had to hear more. Can you define the term you coined, Rock Soul? What other artists do you believe fall into that category? Beyonce doesn’t mind going in for a performance. Bilal, Anthony Hamilton, and K-Ci, my first cousin, has that rock soul, soulful kind of voice that takes you there. When artists are exposed to so many types of genres they are able to go into that rock soul moment. The first person who really did it was Tina Turner. Rock Soul music is the music I really love. Nobody’s really doing it right now, so I wanna take it back and give it [music] that rock soul. That is like me paying respect to the artists that fed me music. I was raised on music that still stands to this day. So that’s the kind of album I wanted to do. An album that will be epic, a timeless album that you can play 5, 10, 15 years from now. You can check out Kyle’s musical coverage on theGrio music page, and follow Kyle on Twitter at @HarveyWins.

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Final three on ‘Idol’ revealed One member of “American Idol’s” final four bid a tearful goodbye last night as the final three contestants in the singing contest were revealed. Two powerhouse black singers remained in the contest before last night’s cut: once-shy Amber Holcomb and brilliant singer Candice Glover, whose reworking of a Drake song proved controversial, but drew the rapper to the show. So who went home?

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On July 13, 2013 New Life Magazine Inc., 100 Black Men of Long Island Inc., the Whitney Johnson Foundation, Be Well Now, and JGS Health Advisor & Image Consultants will collaborate in conducting a Free Health and Wellness Conference at the African American Museum in Hempstead, NY from 11am to 4pm to provide health screenings and seminars, community referrals and resources, aerobic and zumba sessions, a free nutritious meal, a skit, an open MIC session with a panel of health professionals that service the community, giveaways and prizes. Emphasis on decreasing the health disparity gap in at risk communities is the root of this collaboration and to combat issues that are prevalent on Long Island. This announcement of the formation of the Health Initiative Campaign is an ongoing partnership of New Life Magazine Inc., 100 Black Men of Long Island, Inc., the Whitney Johnson Foundation, Inc., Be Well Now, and JGS Health Advisor & Image Consultants in presenting a platform to improve the quality of health for Long Islanders and encourage early prevention, education, and health care initiatives. “The health disparity gap can be turn around through education, screening, mentoring, training, access, and leadership. Favorable outcomes are possible utilizing best practices and the joint collaboration of health professionals as well as community resources. Together we can make a difference.” Gloria Gantt RN BSN, MS “It is important for organizations on Long Island to collaborate to raise awareness and combat health issues that are prevalent on Long Island. This great milestone is for all Organizations on Long Island that are concerned with health care issues.” Phil Andrews, President, 100 Black Men of Long Island, Inc. “On November 7th, 2011 the 100 Black Men of Long Island, Inc. appointed me to serve as Health & Wellness Chairman to raise awareness of activities that citizens can pursue which lead to healthier lives and combat health disparities. “Health awareness poses a significant challenge for African Americans and all other ethnic cultures of Long Island. This appointment as Health & Wellness Chairman for the 100 is a significant step which is timely and needed to reverse trends of the lack of adequate information which leads to health disparities. The 100 Black Men of Long Island is the 2nd oldest chapter of 100 Black Men of America, Inc., and was established in 1974. My advocacy will cover both Nassau & Suffolk Counties. The purpose of the 100 Black Men of Long Island is to improve the quality of life for all people on Long Island, particularly those of African-American heritage; achieve 100 percent equality in all aspects of community life, including the elimination of bigotry and discrimination; defend human and civil rights; and give assistance to members in honorable endeavors". I would like to give special thanks to Phil Andrews the President of the 100 Black Men of Long Island, Award Winning Actor Kevin Byrd” Kevin Byrd 100 Black Men of Long Island, Inc. Chairman of Health & Wellness. About: New Life Magazine. New Life Magazine is a holistic health magazine catering to the total fulfillment of health from a biblical perspective. We endorse health initiatives that promote better health of one’s physical, spiritual, social, emotional and economic wellbeing to produce favorable health outcomes. Our focus is to decrease the health disparity gap in underserved and at risk populations by providing information and community outreach venues such as Health and Wellness Conferences. The Founding Editor and Publisher Gloria Gantt is a Registered Nurse with 23 years experience in community health. About: 100 Black Men of Long Island, Inc. Our goal is improving the quality of life on Long Island, and focuses on the Future – Education, Mentoring, Health & Wellness & Economic Empowerment. Health & Wellness is a part of our signature programs. “Adequate healthcare and access to critical information surrounding healthcare issues is an urgent matter and ensures an overall health benefit to the community” Phil Andrews, President – 100 Black Men of Long Island, Inc. For further information on the Health and Wellness Conference and partnership with New Life Magazine Inc., 100 Black Men of Long Island, Inc., the Whitney Johnson . Join in collaboration with the Health Initiative Campaign to decrease the health disparity gap in at risk communities on Long Island. PAGE 18


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‘American Idol’ updates: Candice moves on, Randy moves out? merican Idol” proved it still had a few surprises up its sleeve Thursday night, with a shocking elimination, and word that the last remaining original host could soon make an exit. Candice Glover was the first of the final three contestants to be pronounced “safe” Thursday, leaving Kree Harrison, and Angie Miller, who many considered to be Candice’s stiffest competition to win the show. To the audience’s (and Miller’s) shock, host Ryan Seacrest announced that it would be Angie Miller who was going home. That left Miller in tears — she was barely able to get through her final song — and Harrison looking shocked. The final two are now set, and will have what could be an epic sing-off next week. Meanwhile, it appears more “Idol” changes are on the way. E! News reports that Randy Jackson, the only original judge from Season One, will be leaving the show. According to E!: …it’s not like Jackson doesn’t have enough to keep him busy. In addition to new music (including collaborations with Mariah Carey), sources tells us he’s working on a new book, film and television development deals and his growing branding business, which already includes eyewear, watches and guitars. One thing Randy won’t have on his clearly full plate? Managing fellow panelist Mariah Carey. Apparently, that arrangement, like Angie Miller’s time on the show this season, has ended. Follow theGrio on Twitter at @theGrio.

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New child molestation claims against Michael Jackson

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Michael Jackson’s posthumous trials and tribulations extended further on Wednesday when reports surfaced that Wade Robson, celebrity choreographer and former friend of Jackson, filed a claim against Jackson’s estate alleging that the pop star molested him for seven years. The news came as a surprise to some, given that Robson previously testified in Jackson’s 2005 sexual-abuse trial that the singer had not molested him, helping to secure Jackson’s acquittal. Robson, a 30-year-old choreographer whose clients include Britney Spears, Pink, and Justin Timberlake, filed the complaint in Los Angeles under a sealed order. Court documents obtained by theGrio indicate Robson petitioned to submit the late creditor’s claim on May 1 for an “unfiled complaint of childhood sexual abuse,” and that a hearing date has been set for June 6th. “Michael Jackson was a monster and in their hearts every normal person knows it,” Henry Gradstein, attorney for Robson, said in a statement to theGrio. “In addition to being one of the most talented people on the planet, Wade Robson is one of the kindest, most gentle, decent and introspective human beings one will ever meet. He is the loving father of a young son and happily married. Last year, on a career trajectory that was off the charts, he collapsed under the stress and sexual trauma of what had happened to him for seven years as a child. He lived with the brain washing by a sexual predator until the burden of it all crushed him.” Robson’s claims against Jackson Gradstein goes on to allege that Jackson said to Robson, “If anyone ever finds out about what we did, we will go to jail for the rest of our lives.” He says Jackson told Robson, “Our lives will be ruined forever.” Accordingly, Gradstein deems Jackson a “sexual predator” who used intimidation to silence Robson over the years. It is unclear why Robson has chosen this time to come forward, but Gradstein insists there is no financial motive. The court filing specifies that facts will be supported by affidavits from Dr. David Arredondo, a child’s psychiatrist in San Francisco. “The irony here is that we were the ones who filed under seal and still tried to keep it secret,” he commented. “No amount of damages is even listed in our papers. There are significant legal issues involved in this case that have the potential to impact lives beyond just our client. But the Jackson money machine, in which everyone is indeed financially motivated, is at it once again to keep the truth from coming out. This time it won’t work.” Jackson’s camp denies accusations The Jackson family has not yet responded to the new allegations, though Howard Weitzman, attorney for the Michael Jackson Estate and its co-Executors, dismisses the claims, referring to the complaint as “outrageous and pathetic.” (Continued on page 29)

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Museum Mission Statement The mission of the African American Museum of Nassau County [AAM] is to provide programming and events that foster the intellectual development of community members and visitors with an interest in African-American art, history and culture. A primary goal is to disseminate the history of African-Americans on Long Island and the AfricanAmerican contribution to the social and cultural development of American society through material and visual culture. The AAM, located in

Hempstead, New York, opened in 1970, at the height of the black power movement, as the Black History Exhibit Center. It is the only African American history museum on Long Island, and is located to serve Nassau County’s largest African-American population. The museum is a multi-disciplinary cultural institution that provides art installations, historical exhibitions, film programs, community service events, and educational programming. This 6,000-square-foot facility, offers a rotating series of exhibits showcasing local and national African American artists. The African American Museum also houses the African Atlantic Genealogy Society. This organization provides workshops and individual research instruction in family genealogy. The museum has installed a new E-Learning Program that offers an innovative pedagogical approach, using subject headings relative to Americans of African descent, for conducting research on the internet. The AAM is currently working on methods to expand the community’s understanding of knowledge organization methods, literary warrant, and information retrieval and how these relate to African-American social history.

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Experience West African Traditions in the LICM Theater Visitors to the Long Island Children’s Museum will have the opportunity to dance, sing and act their way through a journey deep into the West African Mandé tradition when “Sunjata Kamalenya” premieres on Saturday, April 27. The interactive experiential theater production tells the story of Sunjata Keita, the founder of the Mali Empire. Traditional music, costumes, and scenery whisk you away to a village compound where the storyteller guides you to 12th century Mali. Program Calendar: April 23-28, 2013 Spanish Language Immersion at LICM Tuesday, April 23 and Thursday, April 25 from 11:30 a.m. to noon Join us as we continue to explore Spanish in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Workshops are drop in and do not require advance sign up. Each week we will introduce and explore a different theme (colors, vegetables, senses). A class project and song will be used each week to reinforce learning. Ages: 3-5. Fee: $3 with museum admission ($2 LICM members) Inner Lobby Activity Rainbows Tuesday, April 23 through Friday April 26 from 2:30 – 4 p.m. Come learn the colors of the rainbow and how they are made. Have fun painting your own beautiful rainbow to brighten up April’s spring showers. All ages. Free with museum admission. McCarter Theatre Center presents “Sunjata Kamalenya” Written and directed by Christopher T. Parks, Composition by Balla Kouyaté, Creative/ historical consultation by David Conrad, Choreography by Dyane Harvey ONLINE EDITION

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Saturday, April 27, and Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 1 and 3 p.m. One of the greatest legends of West African Mandé tradition is brought to life in a completely interactive experiential theater production. The tale of Sunjata is the saga of a boy who is prophe-

sied to be the greatest king of his people, and his loving mother, who must help him to overcome the adversity of a very dangerous world of sorcery and hostility. Traditional music, costumes, and scenery set the stage for an unforgettable experience as students realize that they are not there merely to watch the production, but are being immersed and involved in helping to create the magical world of 12th century Mali. Ages: 5 and up. Fees: $8 with Museum Admission, $6 LICM Members, $12 Theater Only, $7 for Groups over 10 members TRAVELING EXHIBIT -Attack of the Bloodsuckers! Through May 5, 2013 Explore the science of what’s eating you in this skincrawling exhibition! Examine the what, why, when and how of mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, leeches and other parasites known as sanguinivores (creatures that eat blood). Learn why bloodsuckers

are important to the ecosystem -and how to keep them out of your system! Attack of the Bloodsuckers! offer visitors the chance to: • Look a real leech in the mouth; • Pull off your socks and test your bug-appealing foot odor; • Receive a big hug from a giant, inflating tick; • Get itchy and knotty with the life-size game of "Twitcher" — a buggy variation on Twister™!

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Elmont School District. All ages. Free with museum admission. KaleidoZone - Don’t Play with Your Food! Through Sunday, April 28 Don’t play with your food! We’ve all heard that phrase at the dinner table as we grew up. Artist and Art Educator Julianne Zegers’ challenge that notion by making sculpture out of her food. She arranges food sculptures to look like landscapes and portraits. She then makes oil paintings and monotypes of her sculptures. Julianne Zegers’ playful narrative paintings and prints are appealing to children of all ages who have tried to resist playing with their food. All ages. Free with Museum admission. Early Childhood Programs* Language Immersion Class: Tuesday and Thursday (DATES) from 11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. † stART (Story + Art): Tuesday to Friday from 12:30-1 p.m. † Music and Movement: Wednesday and Friday from 11:30 a.m. -12 p.m. † Messy Afternoons: Saturday-Sunday, from 3:30-5 p.m. †Fee: $3 with museum admission ($2 LICM members). Programs subject to change. All activities will be held at the Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Avenue, Garden City, NY. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Museum Hours: Tuesday-Sunday from 10 am.-5 p.m. and most school holidays. Museum admission: $12 for adults and children over 1 year old, $11 seniors, FREE to museum members and children under 1 year old. Additional fees for theater and special programs may apply. For additional information, contact 516-224-5800.

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In a statement, Weitzman said, “This is a young man who has testified at least twice under oath over the past 20 years and said in numerous interviews that Michael Jackson never did anything inappropriate to him or with him. Now, nearly four years after Michael has passed this sad and less than credible claim has been made. We are confident that the court will see this for what it is.” Perry Sanders, a lawyer for Jackson’s mother Katherine, told the NY Daily News the claim was “absurd.” Next: A kid and his mentor, or a victim? In 2005, Robson first came into the spotlight for his relationship with Jackson when Blanca Francia, a former maid for the pop singer, told a Santa Barbara County Court she witnessed the two showering together around 1989 or 1990. Robson would have been around 8 years old at the time. Francia said she saw Robson’s “underwear on the bathroom floor next to Jackson’s white cotton briefs,” and heard the two “playing around” in Jackson’s shower. She could not confirm whether or not touching was involved. Her son also professed to have been molested by Jackson. During the trial, Robson took the stand and denied Francia’s allegations, admitting only that he’d shared a bed with Jackson on occasion. Robson, an Australian, was the first witness for the defense at the trial according to Fox News. He testified that he’d known Jackson since he was five years old and had stayed at Neverland Ranch “over 20 times, sleeping in Jackson’s bedroom on all but three or four of those visits.” Additionally, he said the two “played video games, watched movies, talked and sometimes had pillow fights.” Tom Mesereau, Jackson’s attorney for the criminal proceedings, told CNN the new allegations were “absurd,” adding that Robson was “one of the strongest witnesses for the defense at Michael Jackson’s criminal trial in 2005. He was adamant under oath that he had never been molested at any time.” Jackson was acquitted on all 14 charges in the 2005 case. Strange bedfellows The timing of Robson’s claims incidentally coincide with the beginning of the trial for Jackson’s wrongful death case, in which his mother and children are suing concert promoter AEG Live. Testimony with dancer Alif Sankey, who participated in the This Is It production, began Wednesday morning. Mesereau calls it “suspicious” that Robson would come forward now, given AEG’s lawyers have reportedly warned they would be bringing up molestation charges to prove their case. A background check on Robson Robson has had a lengthy career as a choreographer and television personality. He created and hosted MTV’s The Wade Robson Project in 2003, a hip-hop dance talent search competition, and has choreographed numerous projects for film, stage and television, including the American Idols LIVE! Tour, MTV Video Music Awards, Criss Angel’s Cirque de Soleil show, and You Got Served. Notably, Robson choreographed pieces for the second and third seasons of So You Think You Can Dance, garnering two Primetime Emmy Awards for his work. Currently, he is the creative director for pop star Demi Lovato. In the past, Robson has commended Jackson, telling Entertainment Tonight in 2009, the year of Jackson’s passing, that their relationship was admirable. “I learned so much from him, as an artist and as a kind human being, and it’s my goal to just try and continue as much as I can in my own little world that legacy,” Robson remarked. “We talk so much about him as the pop legend, which is important, but it’s nice to remember that he was a man, that he was a father.” Follow Courtney Garcia on PAGE 29 Twitter at @CourtGarcia


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KEVIN JAMES STANDS UP FOR TWO SHOWS AT NYCB THEATRE AT WESTBURY – MAY 30 Westbury, NY – Live Nation is pleased to present stand-up comedian and movie/TV star Kevin James at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury on Thursday, May 30 (two shows: one at 7 p.m. and one at 9:45 p.m.) Tickets are $56.50 - $66.50 plus applicable service charges and are available online at www.ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or at the Westbury box office. Event, date and time are subject to change. For more information, visit: www.thetheatreatwestbury.com. A talented stand-up comic, actor, producer, and cowriter, Kevin James is star of the hit TV show, The King of Queens (CBS), and the hit comedy motion pictures Here Comes The Boom (2012), Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009) and Zookeeper (2011). James also starred in Columbia Pictures’ blockbuster Grown Ups (2010) along with Adam Sandler, who James also worked with on I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (2007). James broke into the film world in 2005 in Columbia Pictures’ Hitch starring opposite Will Smith, but his comedy career started well before that as a stand-up on the Long Island comedy scene. After being discovered at the 1996 Montreal Comedy Festival, he signed a network development deal to create his own sitcom. The King of Queens, which premiered in 1998, ran for nine seasons on CBS with James starring and executive producing, and it garnered him an Emmy nomination in 2006 for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. The show concluded its run in 2007 but continues to air daily in syndication across the country and around the world. In 2001, James brought his stand-up act to TV with Sweat the Small Stuff, a one-hour special for Comedy Central. In 2005, Kevin James and Ray Romano executive produced and starred in the HBO Sports Special Making the Cut: The Road to Pebble Beach; a documentary about the Pebble Beach Pro Am Golf Tournament that was nominated for a Sports Emmy. Aside from his on-camera work, James’s voice may currently be heard in Hotel Transylvania for Sony Pictures Animation. About Live Nation Entertainment: Live Nation Entertainment is the world’s leading live entertainment and eCommerce company, comprised of four market leaders: Ticketmaster.com, Live Nation Concerts, Front Line Management Group and Live Nation Network. Ticketmaster.com is the global event ticketing leader and one of the world’s top five eCommerce sites, with over 26 million monthly unique visitors. Live Nation Concerts produces over 20,000 shows annually for more than 2,000 artists globally. Front Line is the world’s top artist management company, representing over 250 artists. These businesses power Live Nation Network, the leading provider of entertainment marketing solutions, enabling over 800 advertisers to tap into the 200 million consumers Live Nation delivers annually through its live event and digital platforms. For additional information, visit www.livenation.com/investors. ONLINE EDITION

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