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For Trayvon Martin And To All My Brothers And Sisters by Travis Nelson

(The following is a speech given by 14 year-old honor student Travis Nelson at the National Action Network's (NAN) 100 City "Justice For Trayvon Martin" Vigil held in Hempstead, New York on July 20, 2013.)

Good afternoon my name is Travis Nelson. However, I could've been Trayvon Martin. Similar to this young man I am a young man of color. I frequently purchase Arizona ice tea, skittles, and wear hoodies. These are symbols my generation will never forget. Rolling back the curtains of time reveals that incidents like Trayvon's are not new to America. The injustice that Trayvon Martin received reminded me of the trial of Emmett Till. In both of these cases the defendant was guilty far beyond a reasonable doubt and yet the United States legal system failed young black men both times. We live in a nation where young black men have the potential to become Barack Obama's, but status quo dictates that we'll only be musical artists and athletes. Ironically our potential is shattered by bullets of racism and hate just like Trayvon Martin. We live in a nation where we are taught that segregation and racism are things of the past, but our society has only slightly changed. Enforcing cultural ghettos, robbing African Americans of economic opportunity, as well as the gross disproportional imprisonment of African-American males are proof that Jim Crow segregation still lives on in our generation. Society sees young black men as dangerous, but do I look dangerous to you? The real danger is knowing that lady justice is blind to the truth. However, Barack Obama has made the point that statistically Trayvon Martin would have been killed by one of his own peers. So what do we do? Young black men need to come together and be aware that laws like "Stand Your Ground" can and will affect us in the future. The issue of race plagues our society but we as young black men must overcome. Though the odds are stacked against us we must establish ourselves in society, otherwise history is doomed to NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

repeat itself. Zimmerman exercised standing his ground. As a young black man growing up in this society, I ask this question, "WHERE'S MY GROUND AND WHERE DO I STAND." Rest in peace Trayvon Martin.

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Ted Nugent calls Stevie Wonder ‘braindead’ for boycotting Florida Right-wing rock musician Ted Nugent is lashing out against Stevie Wonder for boycotting Florida over its Stand Your Ground laws. Wonder announced that he would never perform in the Sunshine State again following the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin. “I decided today that until the ‘Stand Your Ground’ law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again,” Wonder told a Quebec City audience this month. “As a matter of fact, wherever I find that law exists, I will not perform in that state or in that part of the world.” Zimmerman said he shot and killed Martin in self-defense, but “Stand Your Ground” was frequently cited by his defenders as justification for his actions. Nugent, an outspoken conservative who has called Martin a “dope-smoking, racist gangsta wannabe,” was offended by Wonder’s position. “So 700 black people, mostly young children and young people were slaughtered in Chicago last year by black people, and not a peep out of Stevie Wonder. Are you kidding me? What is this, ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’? How brain-dead do you have to be?” Nugent told WXBR. He also said he would pray for ”Stevie Wonder and all these other numnuts who think that Trayvon Martin’s life is more important than the tens of thousands of slaughtered blacks at the hands of blacks.” C.J. Commentary: While both Wonder and Nugent have a right to say what they each believe and do what ever they want to do as long as it is legal. Why is Ted Nugent so vocal about what Stevie Wonders plans are and why he made them? Trayvon Martin’s murder by George Zimmerman was justified by a law no one saw coming. Violence between Blacks has nothing to do with the law, just or unjust, but more importantly to Ted Nugent; gun violence in this country may be at an all time him, including incidents of Black on Black violence but one thing is true there are no Black Gun Manufacturers in this country and the ‘Stand Your Ground Law’ wasn’t passed by Blacks alone. Ted Nugent has missed the mark once again.

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Minority Zimmerman juror: He ‘got away with murder’ The only minority juror in the George Zimmerman trial told ABC’s Good Morning America that Zimmerman “got away with murder.” Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges in the death of Trayvon Martin on July 13th. His defense team said he shot and killed Martin in self defense. Juror B29 spoke with the morning show’s host Robin Roberts Thursday, adding that she felt she owed Trayvon Martin’s parents an apology. The full interview airs Friday morning on GMA, with excerpts airing Thursday on ABC’s World News at 6:30 p.m. Juror B29 identifies herself as Puerto Rican, according to the Orlando Sentinel. The network identifies her only as “Maddy.” “As the law was read to me, if you have no proof that he killed him intentionally, you can’t say he’s guilty,” she said, according to the Sentinel. Juror B29 was accompanied by her attorney David Chico. Her appearance is not obstructed. Juror B37′s physical appearance was hidden by shadow in a television interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper. The two remain the only jurors to give interviews since the verdict was reached.

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John Henry Spooner Guilty: 76-Year-Old Convicted In Fatal Shooting Of Wisconsin Teen Darius Simmons MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee man who suspected his 13-year-old neighbor of breaking into his home and stealing weapons was convicted Wednesday of fatally shooting the boy as the teen's mother looked on. Now, jurors will decide whether the 76-year-old defendant was mentally ill at the time. A jury deliberated for about an hour before finding John Henry Spooner guilty of first-degree intentional homicide. Surveillance video from his own security cameras showed him confronting Darius Simmons in May 2012, pointing a gun at him from about 6 feet away and shooting him in the chest. Spooner had entered two pleas to the homicide charge: not guilty and not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect. That set up the trial to be conducted in two phases: the first to determine whether he was guilty of the homicide, and if so, a second to determine whether he was mentally competent at the time. With the first phase complete, the second began with testimony from a psychiatrist hired by the defense. Dr. Basil Jackson said his examination of Spooner revealed a man with anger issues who periodically dissociated from reality. Spooner's daughter once brought home a kitten that he didn't want so he took it into the basement and killed it, Jackson said. Spooner also used to choke and beat his late wife, the doctor testified. The violence shows Spooner occasionally loses the ability to control his anger – as during the moments that he shot Darius, Jackson said. "There was an eruption, a loss of control. And at that moment he was not able – at that moment – to make a judgment," Jackson said. "It's like he was on autopilot." Spooner's defense attorney, Franklyn Gimbel, never denied that his client shot Darius. Instead, he argued that Spooner did not mean for the gunshot to be fatal. "This is not a case of whodunit," Gimbel said. "It's not a question of whether the behaviors of John Spooner caused the death of the young man – but what motivated it and what went on in his mind at the time is the crucial question." During the second phase of the trial, the burden of proof shifts to the defense, which only has to prove "clear and convincing evidence," instead of the stricter standard of "beyond a reasonable doubt." In addition, a verdict requires agreement from only 10 jurors, not unanimity from all 12. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

Spooner's surveillance video provides a clear view of what happened. Spooner emerges from his house and confronts the teen, who is retrieving his family's garbage cart from the street. Spooner points a gun at Darius, who moves back a few steps. Spooner then exchanges words with Darius' mother, who's standing on her porch out of view of the camera, and Spooner briefly points the gun in her direction. Moments later, Spooner points the gun back at the boy standing a couple of feet in front of him. He fires, hitting Darius in the chest. The teen stumbles and runs away, and Spooner fires a second shot that misses. He appears to attempt a third shot, but the gun jams. Darius' mother, Patricia Larry, testified that she chased her son to where he collapsed in the street. She cradled him in her arms as he died. "I pulled his shirt up and I (saw) he had a bullet hole in his chest," she said tearfully. "He took one more breath and that's it." Spooner paced along the sidewalk until police arrived a few minutes later. Police officer Richard Martinez testified that he was handcuffing Spooner when Spooner acknowledged, "Yeah, I shot him." During closing arguments, Gimbel seized upon that statement as an indication that his client didn't mean to fire a fatal shot. "He didn't say, `I killed the kid.' He didn't try to explain anything about the circumstances," Gimbel said. But prosecutor Mark Williams said it's impossible to watch the video without realizing that Spooner knew exactly what he was doing. He pointed out that Spooner confronted Darius, aimed deliberately and pulled the trigger. "How is that not intent to kill?" he asked. "You can see the intent. Look at him (Darius) holding his chest. Look how close they are together. It's point-blank range. Darius runs away and he shoots again." Larry's attorney, Jonathan Safran, said the family was pleased with the verdict. "She's cautiously optimistic as we move into this second phase of the trial," he said. PAGE 5


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Caucus On Black Men And Boys Seeks To Prevent Another Trayvon Martin Tragedy WASHINGTON -- Emotions ran high at the inaugural meeting of the Congressional Caucus on Black Men and Boys on Wednesday, as participants discussed ways to protect and invest in black males amid a renewed focus on race and racial profiling in the United States following the trial of George Zimmerman. Much of the focus of Wednesday's meeting was on how to prevent another tragedy like the killing of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed teenager shot by Zimmerman in 2012 as he walked home in Sanford, Fla. Just over a week ago, the jury found Zimmerman not guilty on charges of murder and manslaughter, sparking protests across the country and setting the stage for a national debate on race relations. The decision even prompted President Barack Obama to deliver unprecedented remarks about his personal history with racial bias. Martin's father, Tracy Martin, served as the meeting's guest of honor and made an impassioned plea for a statute or amendment named for his son that would circumvent future incidences of racial profiling. "Let's not let a not guilty verdict dictate what our youth legacy becomes. Fifty years from now when I'm dead and gone, I would like to see that Trayvon Martin's name is attached to some type of statute or amendment that says you can't simply profile our children, shoot them in the heart, kill them and say that you were defending yourself," Martin said. "The question is, what can we do as parents, what can we do as African-American men, to assure our kids that you don't have to be afraid to walk outside your house, go the store, get a bag of Skittles and a can of iced tea and make it to your home," he added. "And next time your parents see you, they're dressed in white at a funeral." Martin also praised the president for weighing in on his son's death, highlighting in particular Obama's statement that Trayvon could have been him 35 years ago. "The point that President Obama made ... was so important to the American people because obviously the most influential man on the planet is weighing in from an African American's NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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perspective," he said. "It's moments and comments such as the president made that sparks the conversation in every household." But simply having a conversation is not enough, attendees argued. A number of policy prescriptions were put forward that would address a variety of problems faced by racial minorities, including poor education standards and high rates of crime. David Johns, executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, said the Obama administration wished to serve as a partner in creating opportunities for all children, regardless of their "zip code or skin tone." Johns placed priority on early childhood investment and expanding funding for Head Start programs -- which were incidentally gutted this year by federal budget cuts known as sequestration. He ran through a list of troubling statistics to underscore the minority achievement gap that poses "the difference between a pathway that leads to the White House and one that leads to the jailhouse." African Americans have an infant mortality rate of 13.2 percent compared to 5.3 percent for whites; the poverty rate for black children is 36 percent, three times the rate for white children; there are significantly lower scores among black babies, at 24 months of age, on cognizant assessments; and at age 4, only 28 percent of black children have proficiency in letter, number and shape recognition, compared to more than 70 percent of white children. Speakers also raised the issue of Stand Your Ground laws and their application across racial lines, perhaps the biggest policy debate to stem from Martin's death and the Florida jury's not guilty verdict. One suggestion was to amend the law to explicitly state that the defender cannot be the aggressor, that is, cannot initiate the fight, as Zimmerman was perceived by many to have done. Approximately 30 states have a version of Stand Your Ground laws in place, with the Florida state legislature facing the most scrutiny to repeal its law following the conclusion of the Zimmerman case. It's unclear what role Congress might play at a federal level -- the Senate will hold a hearing on Stand Your Ground in September, but only a handful of lawmakers have openly expressed their interest in revisiting the laws. The group was nonetheless hopeful that meaningful action could be taken to address the concerns of the African-American community, because those changes were once again being demanded across streets nationwide. "The loss of 17-year-old Travyon has focused attention on black males as nothing else has in decades," said Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), co-chair of the caucus. "These children are angry. They have a whole in their hearts for all kinds of sociological issues that impact black boys," said Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.). "I'm hoping today when we leave this room, we leave with a commitment that these boys are not to be feared, but that they are to be loved." PAGE 6


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OP-ED: Before & After: The White Elephant in The Room by Deidra R. McIntyre McIntyre is publisher at Red Ibis; a NJ based company that produces websites, marketing collateral, and publishes books. She is a native Long Islander who once served as editor of The Baldwin Citizen and was on the founding staff of The Community Journal. http:// www.facebook.com/redibishosting What is that elephant? The Gun Last week, I wrote an opinion piece summarizing our nation’s genesis when Crispus Attucks was shot and killed. Such fervor arose from fellow Colonists upon his killing by British soldiers that Colonists wrote poems and protest letters declaring his death martyrdom. They heralded him as “the first to defy and the first to die” in what would become the American Revolutionary War. War, meaning it would be the gun that gained our nation’s freedom. The gun. Prevalent throughout American history from every war to escalated street conflict. The Right to Bear Arms: It is part of our national right. It is ironic the Civil Rights Movement managed to achieve change without it but still was not immune to it: Medgar, Martin, Malcolm and more martyrs. Too often, when others turn the gun on our community, it is justified: Bumpurs, Bell, Dorismond, Diallo, and now Trayvon Martin. When we turn it on ourselves, it is frequently ignored or unsolved: Biggie, Tupac, Jam Mas-

DON DURANT Today the President laid out his plans for the remainder of his term. I must admit, he has had monumental success, with major obstruction against him for the entire first five years. He came into office after we had lost the Middle Class. His failing was an inability to speak on those successes, and to point out the accomplishments. We are here for a time, and we are moved by what we read and hear. His popularity rating is five times higher than the Congress’ but there is no one standing in the forefront, bragging about his achievements. Even down to the Capture and killing of Bin Laden. “Strange is our situation here on Earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to divine a purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: that man is here for the sake of other men - above all for those upon whose smiles and well-being our own happiness depends.”

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ter Jay, and the multitude of black and brown citizens shot accidentally or intentionally throughout our nation. The gun. The White Elephant: We are half way through 2013 and the gun has proven time and time again to be a contemporary burden. As I wrote last week, FBI statistics put 67% of our homicides attributable to firearms, which includes handguns, rifles, shotguns, and all other portable guns. Mind you, this statistic is already flawed. The FBI uses statistics that are voluntarily reported by states and the figures do not include all deaths by firearm. For instance, due to the Saturday, July 13th acquittal of George Zimmerman, the Florida neighborhood watchman who shot and killed 17-yearold Trayvon Martin in 2012, Trayvon’s death would not be part of a 2012 or 2013 statistic because there was not a homicide conviction. The same noninclusion goes for Sandy Hook Elementary School victims. In fact, even if Zimmerman had been convicted of manslaughter, it is still not counted – statistically – as a homicide. Not to mention, unreported deaths or suicides by firearms. Therefore, the American “shooting death” of other Americans using firearms is far greater than the tens of thousands reported annually by the FBI. Still, even with current reporting, we rank fifth in the world. The only nations “bettering us” in the firearm homicides are those battling drug cartels. It could be argued that we battle drug cartels ourselves. We are number 1 in firearm homicides as compared to other developed nations. This burden makes it too easy to kill others and ourselves over too many instances that could and should have been avoided. What is fairly unheard of the American heroic trailblazer who comes to a victim’s rescue with blazing firearms. Sure, such (Continued on page 16)

All Politics and Voting is essential on the local level. After all the name calling and backbiting, and challenges, we must know that the crowds that formed to respond to the Zimmerman Acquittal, must form again, to vote in every election. Not just the election for President, that is not the place where our best interests are served at this present moment. We must register to vote. Voting at the local level is where we fail. The Middle Class was disbanded because of the numbers of millionaires in Congress who vote their own interests. The support those who financially support them, the military, the Banking Industry, the Oil Industry, and on and on. It has even come out recently that the Aluminum used for cans in the soda and beer industry is controlled by The major bankers such as J.P. Morgan, Morgan Stanley and other Hedge Fund Controllers. The price of Gas at the pump is controlled and strategized by these same major hedge funders. The U.S. Supreme Court recently gutted a core part of the landmark (Continued on page 8)

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READER COMMENTS Geraldine Lewis comments: Great insightful piece on T. Martin Mr. Ali...My take on this is that Racist White folk are not changing. So What do we do? We change and act proactively. It is a shame that this cost Trayvon his life. We have not learned yet Look at how many racist folks and law enforcement get away with this violation of Black people. My Sergeant told me "It's not what happened, It's what I write in the report Lewis". I will never forget those words. Trayvon is not guilty. It is our ignorance to the law enforcement rules. They have their own. Trust me on this. Justice is suppose to be blind, but every now and then she peek and that's what we have to watch out for. Just like Judge Bruce Wright said Black robes White justice!! Great job!!! Phil Andrews email: President, 100 Black Men of Long Island comments: Mr. Ali article highlights the need for laws to be changed when they are unjust, and the state of Florida holds responsibility to look at its laws. I did some serious research on the law in this state and many legal scholars stated that the law was problematic. His statement on "If there is no struggle their is no progress" highlights the need to be proactive in demanding equal protection under the law and demanding that we live in a just and fair society and the laws are made to protect the rights of its citizens. L. Pringle comments: Mr. Ali, your article on Trayvon is AWESOME! S. Streeter comments: Brother Ali, your article on Trayvon Martin is very powerful, my brother, very powerful! Vicky C. comments: Great article about Trayvon Martin Mr. Ali. Profound and relevant!!!! H. Williams comments: The Trayvon Martin article by Mr. Ali was Very Powerful and Very True! Rahim Isaac comments: The truth is back. Just you couldn't writing a piece on the Trayvon murder Mr. Ali. I remember you called everything that has happened over a year ago when this murder first happened. Your article this week is right on the money, and as usual you are still "The Truth!!!!" Patrcia Lewis comments: Excellent coverage on Trayvon Martin this week. Good to hear from Mr. Ali. So correct, the court put Trayvon on triak and then as Mr. A points out found an innocent dead child guilty of causing his own death. Lola White comments: Nice pieces on the T. Martin story this week. This new writer Khayyam Ali really laid it out there for us. Reading his piece felt like he was talking to me. Look forward to reading his next piece.

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1965 Voting Rights Act and challenged Congress to come up with a replacement plan to protect blacks and other minorities in places where discrimination still persists rather than target former slaveholding states in the South. In a 5-4 ruling with the court's conservatives in the majority, the justices ruled that Congress had used outdated facts in continuing to force nine states, mainly in the South, to get federal approval for voting rule changes affecting blacks and other minorities. The court ruled in favor of officials from Shelby County, Alabama, by declaring unconstitutional a section of the law - most recently updated by Congress in 2006 that set the formula that decides which states and locales with a history of racial discrimination need federal approval to change voting laws. President Barack Obama expressed disappointment with the ruling and asked Congress to pass legislation "to ensure every American has equal access to the polls." This decision invalidating one of (the law's) core provisions upsets decades of well-established practices that help make sure voting is fair, especially in places where voting discrimination has been historically prevalent," Obama, the first black president, said in a statement. The ruling upended legal protections for minority voters that were a key achievement of the U.S. civil rights movement of the 1960s led by Martin Luther King Jr. The Voting Rights Act as a whole was enacted to broadly prohibit poll taxes, literacy tests and other measures common in states with a history of slavery that prevented black people from voting. But, writing for the court's majority, conservative Chief Justice John Roberts said that America is not the country that it was a half century ago when the Voting Rights Act was passed to end a century of attempts by former slaveholding states to block blacks from :The New Bankruptcy announcement out of Detroit, is being scaled to imply that the loss is caused by the population dwindling. The GOP Governor has taken over many cities in Michigan, including Detroit. They have put in place a City Manager and his team, and eliminated the Mayor and elected government of these various cities. They managed the full operation and has applied for Bankruptcy – Chapter 9, and taking none of the blame. This is the largest municipal bankruptcy in the history of this nation at the hands of the GOP. They will most likely blame this on Obama, and none of the blame on themselves.

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Legislator Abrahams Seeks Businesses,  Employers & Franchisors for 2013 Job/ Career Fair  We are seeking businesses, industries, franchises who are inter­ ested in hiring qualified employees for their companies The fair, hosted by the lawmaker, provides tremendous opportu­ nities 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 One Education Drive Garden City, NY 11530 Directions: http://www.ncc.edu/campusservices/ parkingandsafety/mapanddirections.shtml

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Ronell Wilson jury: Death penalty for cop killer Newsday: Originally published: July 24, 2013 5:01 PM Updated: July 24, 2013 10:53 PM By ANTHONY M. DESTEFANO anthony.destefano@newsday.com Cop killer Ronell Wilson was given the federal death penalty for the second time Wednesday for the 2003 murders of undercover NYPD detectives James Nemorin and Rodney Andrews. After deliberating about five hours, a Brooklyn federal jury of seven men and five women decided that Wilson must die for shooting both men -- one from Baldwin Harbor -- during an undercover gun buy on Staten Island. Since Wilson's conviction in 2006 by a different jury led to a death penalty verdict in 2007 -- later overturned on appeal -- he now appears to have the dubious distinction of being the only defendant in the federal system to have received the death penalty twice. Because guilt had been established in the first trial, the latest jury only had to decide the appropriate penalty. No sentencing date has been set and Judge Nicholas Garaufis told prosecutors and defense attorneys to start preparing presentencing motions. As the jury announced the death verdicts, two of Wilson's sisters sobbed loudly in court. His mother, Cheryl Wilson Hadden, looked stone-faced and straight ahead, showing no emotion. After hearing his fate, Wilson, 31, appeared to slump down in his seat and then began nervously stroking his chin and gave his family concerned looks. Nemorin's family, who had lived in Baldwin Harbor and now lives in Bellmore, wasn't in court when the verdict was announced. But Andrews' father, Rodney Sr., and the detective's widow, Maryann, watched tearfully, surrounded by members of the detectives union, as the verdict was rendered. In a statement, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly applauded the verdict. "When two New York City police officers were killed in cold blood, it was more than a calculated attack on two outstanding human beings. It was an assault on the society that those officers represented, and for that reason their murders had to be answered with the full force of punishment at society's disposal," Kelly said. Rose Nemorin, 41, of Bellmore, widow of James Nemorin, said she's glad to finally have closure. Speaking in her driveway Wednesday, she was composed and matter-of-fact. "I'm very happy," she said. She wasn't in court Wednesday because she hadn't expected the verdict to come so soon, she said. (Continued on page 10)

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2013 Eagle Scout National Jamboree The Eagle Scout 2013 National Jamboree was held at Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia. In attendance were Stan Weinstein of Glen Cove, Hal Rosenfeld of Merrick and Larry Fener of East Rockaway. The life long scouts are members of the Brooklyn Arrowhead Eagle Scouts. (Continued from page 9)

Going through the penalty trial again was like opening a wound. But James Nemorin "was a great husband, a great father to my kids. It's what I had to do." While the 12 jurors accepted the fact that Wilson had problems growing up in poverty and surrounded by drug and alcohol abuse, only two of them stated on the verdict form that Wilson's life had any value. Reacting to the verdict, Patrick J. Lynch, president of the city's Patrolmen's Benevolent Association association said: "Some evil must be wiped from the face of the earth and Ronell Wilson is the personification of that evil . . . This is a just decision." "Ronell Wilson is not going to change," Detective Endowment Association president Michael Palladino said outside the courtroom about Wilson's dangerousness. "He is a thug and the jury saw that." Maryann Andrews, her faced streaked by tears, didn't want to comment to reporters. But her father-in-law, Rodney Andrews Sr., said he was pleased with the outcome and also NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

thought Wilson was a hardened criminal. Andrews said he would like to witness Wilson's execution. Defense attorney David Stern declined to comment, as did members of Wilson's family. Wilson is the first defendant in the federal court in Brooklyn to receive the death penalty under the current law that took effect 1988.(The last New York State execution was in 1963.) Since 1988, there have only been 15 federal death penalty sentences nationally through April of this year, with three executions having occurred, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. Wilson's case, which one legal source said will probably cost the federal court system $5 million to $10 million, is expected to generate years of appeals. With Colleen Jaskot

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Does Race still Matter in America? Phil Andrews The recent events in the Trayvon Martin case signifies that race is still a factor in the very fabric in America. Communication is at an all time high and many individuals are expressing their opinions. Just how far we have come from the turbulent 60’s is still being written in the history books. Many of the commentaries have proven that dialogue, solutions, and strategies are still needed to solve the racial divide. Our nation’s President has spoken on this issue, and it is a basic freedom we have in this great nation to express our views without the threat of harm or persecution. I salute the President, as a moral choice he made after weighing in on the decision. The President is a citizen of this country and has the right and conscious to speak on a very personal experience. In fact, a President of a country does not lose their moral culpability when they take office, rather it should be increased by their level of responsibility as a leader of the free world. It is my hope that adults can learn from the children as President Obama so eloquently stated in his recent press conference. It is my hope that we develop a means of communication on a consistent basis across this nation to eliminate potential biases and stereotypes, and behaviors that could be eliminated if such dialogue becomes a fabric throughout this nation. As a nation we have freedoms that some nations only dream about, and we are not perfect as a union. It is lofty goal to work on races issues most often rooted in lack of knowledge and ignorance. As a citizen of this country it has been my goal to bring people together and make friends with all nationalities. We still live in a highly segregated nation in many areas of the country. Integration at a 100 percent levels of society needs to begin at a young levels. It is in our youth that we are taught some of our most enduring values. We are never too old to learn, change or adapt new opinions and philosophies that help us to grow beyond the point we are presently at in our lives today. It seems like old wounds are always opened when a matter of race enters the equation, perhaps we need to develop ways and means to create systems of real and lasting change in communities across America. We will then be able to say as one of our country’s most enduring leader Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stated “Mine eyes have seen the Glory of the Lord” and “I have reached the mountaintop”. It is my hope and aspiration that every citizen in this global world is able to say one day that the world is better and more peaceful because I had to opportunity to live on the planet and decided to do the things that are in my power to make the world my paradise. A paradise not only for myself but for every human being I encountered on my journey, and those that heard of my deeds and were inspired and took action because of a chance encounter of my life work.

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From the Desk of Mayor Hall Last Saturday, in Hempstead, hundreds rallied for Justice for Trayvon. At the Federal Courthouse in Manhattan, Trayvon’s mother, Sybrina Martin, the Rev. Al Sharpton and others were joined by a multiracial crowd of supporters, while Trayvon’s father addressed rallygoers in Miami. Candlelit vigils and demonstrations were held from Asheville, North Carolina to Las Vegas, Nevada as public outrage over the verdict in the George Zimmerman case mounted. The rallies came about because Reverend Sharpton, the founder of the National Action Network (NAN), called on 100 cities in the United States to join together to call for change. While the Reverend spoke in New York, the Nassau County chapter of NAN brought hundreds of Village residents and other Long Islanders together to pay respect to Trayvon’s memory and to send a clear message: We demand justice on behalf of Trayvon and all the other black and brown young people whose lives are at risk because of racial profiling and Stand Your Ground laws. Faith-leaders and other activists addressed the crowd at the Village’s rally. Well-known civil rights attorney Fred Brewington led the plea for an impartial justice system. Rev. Dr. Sedgwick Easley, of Union Baptist Church, called for a collective movement that results in tangible changes to state laws. The reverend made clear that we are done with seeing the lives of black and brown boys and men devalued. Travis Nelson an African American student at Hempstead High School provided a frightening recurring message: ‘What happened to Trayvon could happen to anyone. It could happen to our neighbors and community members; it could happen to our sons and daughters. It could happen to me.’ Travis’s speech reminded us that until sweeping changes are made to the American Justice system our youth may never truly be safe.

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longer accept this reality. Laws that support racial profiling are far more dangerous than an individual’s personal biases. It is up to us, the people, to make sure that our lawmakers, locally and in Washington, get the message that we will no longer stand for the injustices that have been written into law. It is not acceptable for the blood of our youth to spill wantonly onto concrete and be sanctioned by our nation’s laws. We say today: Stand Your Ground must fall. For more information on the Nassau County chapter of NAN, visit their website, visit www.nassaunan.org. There you can find information on future activity, apply for membership, and learn about how you can join the fight at the Realize the Dream March in Washington, D.C. in August. Sincerely,

Wayne Mayor Wayne J. Hall

Legislator Abrahams         Invites Residents to             Upcoming Tax Exemption  Workshops Nassau County Legislator Kevan Abrahams (D-Freeport) invites residents of the 1st Legislative District to attend the Department of Assessment’s Property Tax Exemption Workshops. If you live in and are the owner of a home, condominium or cooperative apartment, you may qualify for hundreds of dollars in property tax savings each year. Nassau County offers two types of School Tax Relief (STAR) property tax exemptions: Basic and Enhanced. Basic STAR is reserved for residents who own and live in their own home, condominium or cooperative apartment with an annual household income of $500,000 or less. Enhanced Star is reserved for senior citizens aged 65 years or older with annual incomes of $81,900 or less. NYS has increased the Enhanced STAR household earnings cap from $79,050 to $81,900. Find out if you are eligible for savings on your property taxes through these and other exemptions: Veterans, Senior Citizen, Cold War Veterans, Volunteer Firefighters and Ambulance Workers, Limited Income Disability and Home Improvement. Equipped with specially configured computers linked to the County’s database, the County Assessor’s staff will process property tax exemption applications on-site at various locations on the following dates within or near the 1st Legislative District:

 Friday, July 26 from 1 - 3 p.m. at Baldwin Public Library, 2385 Grand Avenue Changes must be made when 31-year old Marissa Alexander, a  Tuesday, September 3 from 1 - 3 p.m. at Merrick Public Library, 2279 Merrick woman in Florida, shoots a gun into the air in an attempt to dissuade Avenue her abuser, and receives a 20-year sentence, despite using Stand Your  Friday, September 27 from 1 - 3 p.m. at Roosevelt Public Library, 27 West Fulton Ground as a defense; yet George Zimmerman walks free after pursuing Avenue and shooting an unarmed teenager.  Tuesday, October 15 from 1 - 3 p.m. at Hempstead Public Library, 115 Nichols Changes must be made when New York’s Stop and Frisk policy Court unjustly targets hundreds of thousands of African American and His Friday, October 25 from 1 - 3 p.m. at Merrick Public Library, 2279 Merrick Avenue panic young men each year, sending fear into the hearts of the commuFor additional information, and for what forms to bring to the workshops, nity and placing the freedom and well-being of those young men at please call Legislator Abraham's office at (516) 571-6201. Please visit risk. www.mynassauproperty.com for scheduling updates. Hempstead is not immune to the ailments that plague our nation. We know what it’s like to be racially profiled. We know what it’s like to be treated inequitably. And as the rally at our courthouse, and the rallies across America, made clear this past weekend, we will no NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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In response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, many have pushed for a boycott of Florida in disapproval of the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law. The law allows a person to use deadly force without any requirement to retreat when there is a belief of an unlawful threat against them. According to April D. Ryan, a White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks, there is a growing list of celebrities who have joined this initiative to boycott Florida until the “Stand your Ground” law is overturned.

ple,” McDowell concluded. Miami Gardens mayor Oliver Gilbert III believes that regardless of a boycott the city will continue to do the best that they can to provide an excellent show for the 2014 Jazz in the Gardens. “Trayvon is a part of our city. This isn’t just a concert … this is us. This is something we do to bring people into our city. We want to show people our homes; to show people Trayvon’s home; the city where he lived. I think it would be tragic if a boycott ensues from this extraordinary bad verdict, “ Gilbert III stated.

With many promoters and event organizers in preparation for upcoming concerts and festivals in the state, this could have a tremendous impact on the guest and line-up participation. The Jazz in the Gardens festival held every year in the city of Miami Gardens hosts some of the most prominent celebrities in the music industry. Circle of One Marketing CEO Suzan McDowell has been involved in the creation of the annual Jazz in the Gardens festival since its inception in 2005. She understands the sentiments behind the boycotting of Florida. However, she believes that the threat of boycotting an event like Jazz in the Gardens does more harm than good for the Miami Gardens community. “Trayvon Martin is from the city of Miami Gardens and the city of Miami Gardens produces and owns Jazz in the Gardens, which is the same city that Trayvon was born and raised in,” McDowell stated, “To me it would seem a little ridiculous for people to punish the city that Trayvon was born in in order to support Trayvon.” With over 70 percent of the residents of Miami Gardens being African-American, McDowell doesn’t see the relevance in boycotting one of the largest black cities in the state of Florida. “The festival is produced by a black city, the city that Trayvon was from, so boycott anywhere else in the state [of] Florida other than Miami Gardens [because] you’re screwing over the wrong peo-

April D. Ryan has recently released a statement proclaiming that several representatives of the artists named who say, on behalf of their clients, that they are uncomfortable being identified on that list and are seeking additional information. Although Jay Z and Justin Timberlake are on the list of celebrities alleging to boycott the state of Florida, representatives of Sun Life Stadium state that the “ Legends of Summer” concert scheduled for August 16th in Miami Gardens will not be cancelled. The National Association of Black Journalists organization is scheduled to hold their annual convention in Orlando, Florida at the end of this July. While many participants have joined the boycott and will not attend, NABJ president Gregory Lee Jr. discourages the idea of boycotting this convention. In a recent statement, Lee Jr. stated that it would be “impractical and costly and fail to take advantage of a ‘unique opportunity’ for black journalists.” The NABJ convention plans to go on as scheduled from July 31st – August 4th. VisitFlorida, the official tourism agency for the state of Florida, was not available for comment. Wanjira Banfield writes about travel and entertainment for theGrio. You can find her at www.wanjirasworld.com and follow her on Twitter @wanjirasworld.

Black leaders warn against Florida ‘Stand Your Ground’ boycott

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The Cedarmore Corporation -presentsINVESTING COURSE FOR BEGINNERS Do you want to know the "How" and "When" to invest? Take control of your financial future... Understanding different investment choices: Banking, CD's & Money Market What is the Stock Market? What is a stock? What is a dividend? Understanding mutual funds What is a bond? You worked hard for your money...now let your money work for you! Workshop facilitator: Melvin Greene, CPA Director of Investments -atSaturday, July 27, 2013, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Zion Cathedral 312 Grand Avenue Freeport, NY 11520 RSVP via this email (I will send it from info@cedarmorecorporation.org) or call (516) 378-3415 ABOUT US: The Cedarmore Corporation is a 501 (c)3 community-based institution founded in 1996 by Bishop Frank O. White that provided comprehensive services to underserved communities on Long Island. The organization's mission is to form a cooperative of quality programs to improve the educational, social and emotional development of youth representing a diverse population of families from Nassau and Suffolk counties.

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Protest for Trayvon Martin Subject: Protest for Trayvon Martin In the wake of the senseless killing of Trayvon Martin ... "The company known as Koch" which manufactures paper products is sponsoring and paying for Zimmerman's legal fees because they feel he had legal right to bare arms and shoot Trayvon we are asking that people everywhere ban together and pass this information on and not purchase any of the following items because your money will be paying for Zimmerman's lawyers and legal fees. Please do not purchase any of the following items: Angel soft toilet paper, Brawny paper towels, Dixie plates, bowls, napkins & cups, Mardi gras napkins and paper towels, Quilted northern toilet paper, Soft and gentle toilet paper, Sparkle napkins/paper towels, Vanity fair napkins. Please Fwd this Very Important information to All your Family and Friends. Please Let's Help Get "Justice for Trayvon Martin" Thank You!!! GOD CAN!! I will make sure that I do not purchase any of the products listed below because the company paid for Zimmerman's legal fees. LET FREEDOM RING

Ten Nassau County Beaches Remain Closed to Bathing Uniondale, NY - Due to heavy rainfall, the following ten beaches remain closed to bathing as a precautionary measure, effective July 23, 2013. Storm water runoff can have a negative impact by elevating bacterial levels and affecting bathing water quality. 10 Nassau County North Shore Beaches: Centre Island Sound Creek Club Lattingtown Beach Laurel Hollow Beach Piping Rock Beach Club Prybil Beach Ransom Beach Roosevelt Beach Soundside Beach Stehli Beach To speak with a Nassau County Department of Health representative, weekdays, 9:00 A.M. – 4:45 P.M., call 516227-9717. For up-to-date recorded information on beach closings and openings, call 516-227-9700.

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a scenario is possible but so rare that one has to ask is the right to bear arms worth the daily carnage we experience today. Life is not a movie. Too often than not, it is neighbor firing upon neighbor/stranger to commit a crime, stop a crime, or for fear neighbor/stranger has gun – real or imagined - of his/her own. Or, there is some sort of self-inflicted or unintentional firearm accident leading to the deaths of loved ones. The gun. The Elephant in The Room: Post-Zimmerman verdict, most social media and traditional media have focused on race in the courtroom. Most people of color, at least, know the two factors always present in influencing courtroom outcomes: Race and wealth. Both were at play during the case and Zimmerman trial. However, the real Elephant in the Room, the obvious issue not discussed, is why are citizenowned firearms still legal? I am not talking about gun control – or reducing semi-automatic weapons as it is now commonly understood post the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting – I am talking about eliminating it entirely from civilian ownership. Think of it this way, we live in a society where your crazy, dumb cousin has a right to bear arms. You know, the one who has been in out of trouble for as long as you can remember. The only probably, it isn’t limited to just “your dumb cousin.” It’s everyone’s dumb cousin. That being said, this week marks the conclusion of the Spooner trial. Never heard of it? In Milwaukee, last year, 13-year-old Darius Simmons was shot and killed in front of his home with his mother as an eyewitness by his 76-year-old neighbor John Henry Spooner, someone’s dumb cousin, who accused the child of breaking into the Spooner home to steal, what?, guns. When police arrived, they detained the mother for questioning for two hours in a patrol car while her son’s lifeless body lay near the home. Then, police originally took her older son in for questioning and searched the victim’s home, even though Spooner admitted to the shooting and the shooting was captured on his home security video. The case went to trial on Monday. The defense argued “not guilty by mental defect” for the accused Spooner. Spooner was found guilty of intentional homicide on Wednesday. Still, the elephant are the guns. It has been argued on social media if one lived in one of the 31 states that have a version of Stand Your Ground laws, more people of color with guns would be able to “stand our own ground” against the profiling of the Zimmermans and Spooners as well as gun violence within our own community. However, are we forgetting the issue of racism? Our perception as the perpetrator prevents us from being considered in the realm of self-defender. Such a notion will only increase the prison cells with our presence. In 2012, John Roman, a senior analyst at Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center, conducted research on the rate at which black defenders faired in the courtroom versus their white counterparts with the same defense. What Roman’s findings revealed after analyzing 43,500 homicides from Stand Your Ground states, was that whites who kill blacks are found 354 percent justified in the killing as per court rulings than black who kill whites under the same defense. In non-Stand Your Ground states, whites who kill blacks were 250-percent justified as compared to their black counterparts. The issue again is the gun. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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We must work for change in addition to putting our hoods up to represent the most recent victim of gun violence and racism. On Wednesday, some Long Islanders met at Molloy College to discuss what do in terms of bridging racism gaps and improving the future. Host your own meeting within your own neighborhoods. Devise a project or plan of action. On the national front, Trayvon’s parents are fundraising for the foundation in their son’s name. Donate or ask how you can help. The Trayvon Martin Foundation has three goals: To be support system for grieving families who lost children to gun violence, to repeal Stand Your Ground Laws nationwide, and to educate teens in conflict mediation and the effects of racial profiling. To repeal gun laws will require an outcry from everyone in the nation. However, we cannot fail the cost is too great as noted activist and performer Harry Belafonte said during his 2013 NAACP Image Awards acceptance speech, “The group most devastated by America’s obsession with the gun is African Americans. … America has the largest prison population in the world. Of the over two million men, women and children who make up the incarcerated, the overwhelming majority is black. … And of the gun game, we are the most hunted. … White America discusses the Constitutional issue of ownership. While no one speaks of the consequences of our racial carnage. The question is: Where is the raised voice of black America? Why are we mute? … Let us not sit back silently. Let us not be charged with Patriotic treason. … Our kids … are waiting for us, to change the system.” Darius Simmons: http://www.jsonline.com/news/crime/openingstatements-in-spooner-trial-turn-on-intent-mental-capacityb9955359z1-215676871.html Self-Defense Gun Statistics http://io9.com/disturbing-chart-shows-rise-in-justifiedkillings-of-773490798 Harry Belafonte http://youtu.be/T-ZRo5ws44I Trayvon Martin Foundation: http://trayvonmartinfoundation.org/

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ASK LISA -ANNE Greetings readers! Every now and then I get to chat with young adults and a young woman approached me recently stating that she reads my column and found one about campus rape particularly interesting and informative as she is a college student! She then went on to say that even if one follows all of the safety rules, it’s difficult to know who is a potential rapist and who is not! She related an experience of a friend of hers who was very careful and selective about whom she dated. She dated what seemed to be a nice guy for a month. He was sweet as pie and gentlemanly. Suddenly one night he wanted to engage in sex in her car and her refusal was met with rape. The young woman never reported it. So of course I had to do my research! Turns out rapist do have typical profiles! Young women need to pay attention! Cosmopolitan magazine did a story about the epidemic of campus rape in their May, 2012 issue. They contacted Dr. David Lisak, PhD, a psychologist at the University of Massachusetts in Boston who has spent decades researching sex criminals. He reported the following characteristics of the type of guy who preys on female students: “They’re angrier than most guys and have a need for control, so he may come off as overly concerned with his masculinity and very self-centered. He might even be antisocial because he’s so narcissistic, he doesn’t concern himself with other people. He’s also very sexual, so he’ll have had a lot of partners!” The www.nononsenseselfdefense.com website offers these danger signs of potential rapist: 1) Insensitivity for others/emphasis on self 2) Belittling behavior or attitudes towards others 3) Negating behavior or comments 4) Hostile and/or threatening language 5) Bullying 6) Excessive anger 7) Brooding/ revenge 8) Obsession. 9) Extreme mood swings 10) Physical tantrums 11) Jock or gorilla mentality 12) A mean drunk 13) Alcohol or drug abuse Young women need to avoid young men who NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

possess these personality traits. It doesn’t matter how cute he is! These traits are also observed in men who will physically abuse you! Learn how to avoid date rape on campus and avoid dating men who show these traits! Visit www.nononsenseselfdefense.com for more details! Also visit http://www.wikihow.com/Prevent-aPotential-Rape for more information! Lisa-Anne Ray-Byers is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist who has worked in education for over two decades. She holds graduate degrees in speech-language 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! Thought From Nicholas, They S S Say I'm a StStStutterer, But I S S Say Nothing! Meet Kelly and co-author of 365 Ways to Succeed With ADHD available by contacting her. She is the Education Editor of the Community Journal newspaper in Long Island, 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. PAGE 17


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Newsday article re: Whistle blower Op-Ed Victoria Culbreath Today's Newsday... The former Hempstead school district director of technology who exposed a grade-changing campaign in the district announced Monday that he will sue the school system for wrongful termination. Carlos Ramirez, who was fired by the school board on Thursday, informed state authorities last month that the 6,000-student district systematically rounded up some students' failing grades to passing scores. He and his attorney said Monday that Ramirez considers the firing an act of retribution, and that he will file a notice of claim this week, citing wrongful termination and violation of the state's whistle-blower act. The district voted July 9 to no longer round up final course grades from 63 and 64 to a passing mark of 65, approving the change in an emergency board meeting. Ramirez was removed nine days later. "I feel that I'm being punished for just bringing up something that was wrong," Ramirez said during a news conference in Manhattan. "It's corruption and it's lying to the parents. It's lying to the community." The district maintains that Ramirez was fired because of job performance, said Nathan Jackson, a district spokesman. He declined to elaborate on the nature of Ramirez's alleged performance problems. "There's no correlation between him blowing the whistle and being fired," Jackson said. Rodney Gilmore, the district's associate superintendent for human resources, declined to comment and attempts to reach other district officials were not successful. The school board attempted to terminate Ramirez at an April meeting in which five other top administrators were fired, but the motion failed on a 3-2 vote. Ramirez's attorney, Aymen Aboushi of Manhattan, said the lawsuit will seek monetary damages yet to be determined. Aboushi said he has not determined in which court he will file the lawsuit, as he believes the district also might have violated federal Equal Employment Opportunity laws in terminating Ramirez. The district will be served with a notice of claim this week, Aboushi said. The lawsuit likely will follow within three months, he said. "We're here today to stand against the injustice that we believe is going on," Aboushi said during the news conference. "My client is here today as a whistle-blower and someone who stood up for the right thing." Hempstead is consistently one of the lowest-performing districts on Long Island, with a 38 percent graduation rate in 2011-12 -- the lowest among the Island's 124 public school districts. District officials, including Deputy Superintendent Julius Brown, said before the grade-changing policy was rescinded that the practice of rounding up grades is standard in public schools. But officials from other districts said they believed it was unique to Hempstead.

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Dear N.A.A.C.P. Branches, The New York State Police is currently in the midst of a recruitment campaign for our exam to take place in October 2013. Our focus is to attract minority and female applicants. For this reason I am asking for your help. If you have any events that I can attend or groups/organizations that I can meet with to promote the NY State Police and the exam, could you please let me know. Applications are available on line now at www.nytrooper.com The exam will be given every Saturday in October throughout the state. When filling out the application, you will select the date and location to take the exam. Locally, the exam will be given at SUNY Farmingdale. The application deadline is September 8, 2013. The application fee is $20.00 Qualifications to apply are, applicants must be a US citizen, have a High School diploma or GED, and be between the ages of 20 and 29 by September 8, 2013. The age maximum may be extended up to six years for active Federal military service. There are additional qualifications for appointment. For more information visit our web site www.nytrooper.com Please contact me with any events or meetings and help spread the word to our young people about a great career opportunity. Respectfully, Trooper Anthony Preston NY State Police Troop L - Recruitment Officer (631)756-3336 fax (631)756-3316 lrecruit@troopers.ny.gov

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Nassau BOCES Board Congratulates Freeport Barry Tech Student Nassau BOCES Barry Tech Board Member Ronald Ellerbe, Nassau BOCES District Superintendent Dr. Thomas Rogers, and Nassau BOCES Board President Stephen B. Witt (L to R), congratulates SkillsUSA award winner Elizabeth DelaRosa-Suarez of Freeport who was part of the Nassau BOCES Barry Tech team at this year’s SkillsUSA New York Leadership Conference and Skills Championship, held in Syracuse. The mission of SkillsUSA is to empower its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. Nassau BOCES Barry Tech is a state-ofthe-art career and technical education center in Westbury. Visit www.nassauboces.org for news, information and educational updates and like Nassau BOCES on Facebook, www.facebook.com/nassauboces.

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Town of Hempstead Clerk Mark Bonilla Convicted of Official Misconduct Bonilla threatened to transfer a male employee unless he obtained personal photos of sexual harassment complainant MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced today that a judge has convicted Town Hempstead Clerk Mark Bonilla of threatening to transfer an employee unless he gave Bonilla personal photographs of a female employee who had accused Bonilla of sexual harassment. Bonilla, 50, of Bellmore, was convicted by Judge Sharon Gianelli of one count of Official Misconduct, a class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail. Bonilla was found not guilty of one count each of Official Misconduct, Coercion in the Second Degree, and Attempted Petit Larceny. Bonilla will be sentenced September 26.

ATTENTION STUDENTS, PARENTS, AUNTS, UNCLES, GRANDPARENTS AND TEACHERS! IN AN EFFORT TO PRAISE AND ENCOURAGE OUR CHILDREN IN THEIR EDUCATIONAL ENDEAVORS, WE WOULD LIKE TO SPOTLIGHT A STUDENT A WEEK WHO HAS ACCOMPLISHED SOMETHING SPECIAL IN SCHOOL!

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Rice said that in August 2012, a 21-year-old female employee in Bonilla’s office filed a sexual harassment claim against Bonilla, claiming that he had groped her and made sexual advances toward her for two years. Later that month, Bonilla met with a male employee who was in a relationship with the female employee who filed the claim against him. Bonilla asked the male employee to provide him with inappropriate photographs of his accuser. After the male employee did Nassau County District not deliver the pictures by early Attorney Kathleen Rice September, Bonilla threatened to transfer him out of his department, but also promised the employee a transfer to full-time status if he was able to deliver the photos. The case was referred to the DA’s Office by Town of Hempstead officials and Bonilla was arrested on September 21, 2012 as a result of the investigation. “Mark Bonilla created a toxic work environment with his personal conduct and then tried to smear a young woman who rebuffed his unwanted sexual advances,” Rice said. "Voters rightly expect elected officials to do their jobs with professionalism and common decency, and my office will continue to hold accountable those who violate the public trust.” Assistant District Attorney Jed L. Painter of the DA’s Public Corruption Bureau is prosecuting the case. Bonilla is represented by Adrian DiLuzio, Esq.

graduated, won a certificate, passed an exam, written a poem, created or invented something, has significantly improved his/her grades, wrote a fantastic essay, joined the track team, sang a solo, has a part in a play or painted a beautiful picture, let us know and we’ll show him/her off in the paper! Contact Lisa-Anne Byers at speechlrb@yahoo.com

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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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The NCDC would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Kathleen Rice on being inducted into the District Attorneys Association of New York as their new President! Kathleen succeeds Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance for the position. In an interview she said "I'm excited to export some of what I've accomplished here [in Nassau County] to other counties"; and named her top two priorities while in office as the fight against prescription drug use and juvenile justice reform. For more information read the article "Kathleen Rice to lead state district attorneys" here: http:// www.newsday.com/long-island/nassau/kathleen-rice-tolead-state-district-attorneys-1.5753929

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Why breast cancer kills more black women: They’re sicker Breast cancer may be killing black women at a higher rate than whites because they are sicker to start with, researchers reported on Tuesday. Doctors and policymakers have known for years that African-American women are more likely to die of breast cancer than white women. Studies have offered all sorts of clues – there may be genetic differences, there may be disparities in getting medical care, black women may get inferior treatment, and blacks may simply avoid doctors more. This latest study, done using a new method, shows not only that the differences are still there, years after experts first began to notice them — it also shows that black women are in poorer shape overall than whites when they are diagnosed. “They come in sicker, with more advanced disease and more chronic conditions,” says Dr. Jeffrey Silber of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, who led the study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. “The disparity looks to be unchanged over the past few decades.” NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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The findings don’t surprise Karen Jackson, founder and CEO, of Sisters Network Inc., a Texasbased group that tries to educate and motivate African-American women about breast cancer. “After 20 years, I have seen this over and over again,” Jackson, who was treated for breast cancer 20 years ago, told NBC News. “We know what the solutions are. Our initiatives are geared to early detection.” Black women often fear a cancer diagnosis, and are afraid that they are doomed to die anyway, she said. Jackson, who felt a lump for years before she was diagnosed, says she’s living proof that treatment works. But women have to actively seek care and they have to be vocal about getting the right kind of care. Many experts have suspected that a combination of mistrust and difficulty in getting good medical treatment underlie many of the disparities seen in health. Blacks are more likely to die of a range of diseases, from diabetes to prostate cancer. Silber’s team, armed with a grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, set out to show what the differences really are.

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Safety lessons every parent should teach their child Parents would love to keep their children safe at all times, and ensure that they’re always protected. Sadly, parents cannot possibly control every aspect of a child’s life. The best thing they can do is teach their children these important safety lessons, particularly in a situation where the parents can’t be there with them. Lesson 1: Start early Start teaching your child about safety when they are very young. Teach them to stay away from hot items, to not pull cords, to stay away from potentially-dangerous chemicals, and even explain to them why you’re buckling them up inside their car seat. Lesson 2: Teach them public safety When they are young, teach your child to never leave your sight or the sight of someone you’ve given permission for them to be with. Tell them to get help from an authority for help if they become separated from you, and to never the vicinity of the area where they last saw you, unless in an emergency situation. As early as possible, teach them to never get into a car or agree to walk or talk with anyone you haven’t told them they can travel or communicate with. Teach them that if they feel uncomfortable or in danger, to refuse to engage with the aggressor and to walk or run away from the situation as quickly as possible, notifying NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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the authorities, if possible. Lesson 3: Teach them hygiene safety Hand washing is a safety precaution – it’s one of the best was to control the spread of disease. Teach your child how to wash their hands. Make certain they wash for at least 20-30 seconds using liquid soap. Because children have a hard time judging when 20-30 seconds pass, teach them to either sing their ABC’s when washing, or the Happy Birthday song — twice. Teach them to use hand sanitizer, particularly when soap and water aren’t available. Lesson 4: Teach them about health safety Teach them to recognize places where they might trip and fall. Also, teach them to wear protective equipment every time they go out to play, particularly when they ride their bike, as well as how to use proper hand signals when bike riding. Lesson 5: Teach them how to get help Have a central place in the house where emergency numbers are posted. Teach your child how to use these numbers to contact emergency personnel and family members. Lesson 6: Teach them how to respond in case of a fire emergency Have a fire exit plan in your home and practice safely escaping the house on your hands and knees to avoid smoke exposure. Teach them how to first touch a door to see if it’s hot before trying to open it and escape through it. Teach your child to stop, drop and roll if their clothes catch on fire.

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Life Changing Words Fear no Evil Psalms 37:1-3 KJV “Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.” For many of us this is the beginning of a new year and we have new thoughts, new ambitions, and new goals. We are looking forward to what God has for us in 2009 and praying that it will be better than 2008. We must do as David did this year and encourage ourselves through these economic uncertainties and the evil and malicious behavior that we see that looks like it has taken over the world. Everywhere we look we see lack, suffering, hurt, pain, abuse, and/or discouraging news. This is how our world is being portrayed to the people but there is another place that we can turn to and understand that although what we hear and see maybe true God is still on the throne. God still has the power and the authority to turn people and all things around. As Christians we never look to the evildoers or the evil of this world as the final say. We know that evil will soon be cut down just as a tree is cut down. Never ever be envious or jealous of someone who is doing evil and certainly never be envious or jealous of anyone who does well. For surely their rewards will come from heaven for God hears and sees all. God never sleeps nor slumbers but He is omnipresent (everywhere at the same time), omnipotent (all powerful), and omniscience (all-knowing). What we must remember is that you can never fool God. He knows your motives, agendas and your intentions. He knows if you meant it for evil and He knows if you meant it for good. See but what I like about the True and Living God is even when people or the devil means it for evil God has the power to turn it around for our NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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good. So as the word says there is really no reason for us to fret or fear the evildoers (satan, people, or sickness) but trust in the Lord and continue to do good and you shall reap the victory out of it all… Be confident in the Lord and know that there is no evil that Jesus has not and cannot conquer. For Jesus conquered and paid it all at the Cross and surely no weapon that is formed against us shall prosper… Dr. Karen Deadwyler is a new author inspired by God. Her first book titled “His Miraculous Way” speaks of her victory through Jesus Christ. To inquire about her book or to send comments email her at kaynrony@yahoo.com or visit her website: www.godlypleasures.org She is the Visionary and founder of a women’s ministry called Willing Women of Worship Fellowship.

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Don’t Be Defined by the Limits of Others TODAY’S SCRIPTURE "Your word, LORD, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens." (Psalm 119:89, NIV) TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria Most people’s thoughts were programmed by the people who raised them or by what somebody spoke over them. Maybe they were good people, doing the best they can, but their words are limiting you. As long as you believe what they said about you, their words are defining you. The key to breaking those limitations is to start meditating on what God says about you. A transformation will take place when you renew your mind. Reprogram your thinking with what God says about you. God says, “The path of the righteous gets brighter and brighter.” All through the day say, “I’m rising higher. I haven’t seen my best days. Something good is going to happen to me.” As you meditate on His Word day in and day out, you’re breaking out past the limitations set by others. People may have spoken negative things over you, but the good news is that people don’t determine your destiny. You are not who people say you are. You are who God says you are. Don’t be defined by the limits of others. Believe God’s Word and see His victory all the days of your life! A PRAYER FOR TODAY Father, I choose today to believe Your Word over the words of others. You are the one who defines my life. Search my heart; search my mind. Show me any areas where I need to be renewed to Your Word in Jesus’ name. Amen. — Joel & Victoria Osteen

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Question: "What is the Intelligent Design Theory?" Answer: The Intelligent Design Theory says that intelligent causes are necessary to explain the complex, information-rich structures of biology and that these causes are empirically detectable. Certain biological features defy the standard Darwinian random-chance explanation, because they appear to have been designed. Since design logically necessitates an intelligent designer, the appearance of design is cited as evidence for a designer. There are three primary arguments in the Intelligent Design Theory: 1) irreducible complexity, 2) specified complexity, and 3) the anthropic principle. Irreducible complexity is defined as “...a single system which is composed of several well-matched interacting parts that contribute to the basic function, wherein the removal of any one of the parts causes the system to effectively cease functioning.” Simply put, life is comprised of intertwined parts that rely on each other in order to be useful. Random mutation may account for the development of a new part, but it cannot account for the concurrent development of multiple parts necessary for a functioning system. For example, the human eye is obviously a very useful system. Without the eyeball, the optic nerve, and the visual cortex, a randomly mutated incomplete eye would actually be counterproductive to the survival of a species and would therefore be eliminated through the process of natural selection. An eye is not a useful system unless all its parts are present and functioning properly at the same time.

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significantly closer to or further away from the sun, many species would cease to exist. The existence and development of life on earth requires so many variables to be perfectly in tune that it would be impossible for all the variables to come into being through random, uncoordinated events. While the Intelligent Design Theory does not presume to identify the source of intelligence (whether it be God or UFOs or something else), the vast majority of Intelligent Design theorists are theists. They see the appearance of design which pervades the biological world as evidence for the existence of God. There are, however, a few atheists who cannot deny the strong evidence for design, but are not willing to acknowledge a Creator God. They tend to interpret the data as evidence that earth was seeded by some sort of master race of extraterrestrial creatures (aliens). Of course, they do not address the origin of the aliens either, so they are back to the original argument with no credible answer. The Intelligent Design Theory is not biblical creationism. There is an important distinction between the two positions. Biblical creationists begin with a conclusion that the biblical account of creation is reliable and correct, that life on Earth was designed by an intelligent agent—God. They then look for evidence from the natural realm to support this conclusion. Intelligent Design theorists begin with the natural realm and reach the conclusion that life on Earth was designed by an intelligent agent (whoever that might be).

Specified complexity is the concept that, since specified complex patterns can be found in organisms, some form of guidance must have accounted for their origin. The specified complexity argument states that it is impossible for complex patterns to be developed through random processes. For example, a room filled with 100 monkeys and 100 computers may eventually produce a few words, or maybe even a sentence, but it would never produce a Shakespearean play. And how much more complex is biological life than a Shakespearean play? The anthropic principle states that the world and universe are “fine-tuned” to allow for life on earth. If the ratio of elements in the air of the earth was altered slightly, many species would very quickly cease to exist. If the earth were NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Statement From Bertha Lewis Lewis Criticizes Federal Government for Slow Immigration Reform Progress “While I commend New York City for passing such progressive immigration reform, it is a disgrace that our federal government has not extended such privileges to immigrants nationwide,” Bertha Lewis, President of The Black Institute said. “I am pleased that New York City recognizes the value of its immigrant population. However, I am completely overwhelmed that our leaders in Washington refuse to grasp the importance of this population. The value of such a diverse country is seen especially in the wide variety of cultures we are exposed to and the hard work they bring to their jobs everyday. Building 16,000 adult education seats for immigrants who are eligible for receiving a reprieve from deportation and allotting $500,000 for lawyers to represent immigrants facing deportation are decent steps in establishing adequate citizenship opportunities, but by no means are they are enough. “Our leaders, never mind the constituents who elect them, have yet to understand the struggles immigrants face every day that they are unable to attain citizenship. The Department of Homeland Security welcomes only 3,000 citizens everyday; for a country that prides itself on its diversity, this number is staggering and unacceptable. Why is New York City the only area making any progress? Immigrants all over this nation deserve equal opportunities to become citizens. Our national leaders need to know that our country’s livelihood depends on their efforts in Washington; it is imperative that they look past their bipartisanship and act on what they truly feel is best for our nation. While we have made small strides on the local level in terms of immigration reform, I compel our national leaders to make a much stronger effort to give our immigrant 2013 Coca-Cola Scholarship Program brothers and sisters citizenship.” New York City plans to build 16,000 adult education seats for immigrants seeking to defer deportation, adding to the 20,500 who have already been granted this privilege. Qualifications to be considered for the program include either a high school diploma or General Educational Development certificate, or applicants must currently enrolled in school. In addition to the adult education classes the City will also pay for a pilot program that will create the nation’s first public defender system for immigrants facing deportation. The $18 million project is the largest investment made by any individual City in the country to help immigrants obtain a deferral from deportation. More Information About The Black Institute: The mission of The Black Institute is to generate intellectual discourse that will impact public policy from a uniquely Black perspective (a perspective which includes all people of color in the United States and throughout the Diaspora). The Black Institute (TBI) is an “Action Tank” – A think tank that takes action. TBI implores a three-part strategy to affect change constituting: Knowledge (research, data gathering, polling and academic partnerships); Leadership (civic education, training and development); and Community (ground organizing and issue based campaigns). This comprehensive strategy influences the direction of public debate, trains and educates new leadership to develop initiatives to build wealth and power in an effort to deliver justice to Black people and people of color. Although there are many current issues, our four areas of focus are Economic Fairness, Education, Environmental Justice, and Immigration. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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MANGANO ANNOUNCES 3RD ANNUAL “NASSAU COUNTY EXECUTIVE CUP – COLLEGE SHOWCASE”

STUDENTS MOVING ON and other movements…. In about a month’s time, many high school graduates will head off to college and will begin a new life chapter. They will look fondly back on their high school years while looking forward to what lies around the bend. They will meet new friends, reach new horizons and start paying the way toward their futures. Recently I checked in with a few friends whose children recently graduated from Hempstead High School. First, I caught up with Audrey Walters, whose son Shyheim will attend LIU Post, majoring in business with the goal of also playing lacrosse. Shyheim was one of the leading Hempstead High School lacrosse scorers the last few years. His brother P.J. attends Mercy College and is on the basketball team. Another Hempstead High alumnus about to leave for a college campus is Tidell Pierre, who will be off to Kansas to attend Garden City College and play for the Broncbusters. Tidell was the captain and top scorer for Hempstead’s basketball team. He made all county and scored 49 points in his final high school game. Tidell was one of the top players on Long Island this past two seasons. Class valedictorian Ana Umana-Ramirez will begin classes at New York University where she will major in chemistry. Ana was also vice -president of her class. She delivered a moving speech at graduation to set her classmates off on their new life journey. We will check in with more recent Hempstead High grads next week…. Sometimes we give our business to community venues because that’s our way of helping back, of giving something back to the community. However, sometimes workers at the local shops are needlessly rude and thoughtful when dealing with the customers that helped their stores survive and thrive. This happened to a friend recently. A store she had been patronizing for over a decade suddenly made her feel very unwelcome…and angry. Rather than help my friend, the store clerk was focused on someone or something else in the store and forgot his manners and professionalism in one fell swoop. My friend announced clearly to the manager that she will no longer bring her previously consistent sizable business to his store. She has crossed this store off her list of places to shop in Hempstead. Maybe the owner doesn’t care. Maybe he doesn’t realize he was rude to one of his most loyal customers of the past. He seems to have other priorities these days. But if enough of us speak up when we are wronged and take our business elsewhere, we can effect real change. It’s a privilege for us to bring our business to local stores and delis. If you can’t treat us with respect and dignity, we will march our business elsewhere and we will not look back...I stopped by the Trayvon Martin Rally across from the courthouse in Hempstead and found it to be one of the most moving events I have attended in years. Newsday said there were 500 of us but it felt like many more. It felt good being there. Rather than just complaining about the verdict, we were doing something. Making some noise. We were united in our anger and frustration over the injustice of the George Zimmerman verdict. We braved the heat to hear some inspiring messages from an impressive line of speakers. My favorite was Rev. Seretta McKnight who I always love to hear speak because her message is so powerful and I personally expressed that to her afterwards. That’s another thing I liked. The speakers hung around to chat with the crowd afterwards, putting a nice end to the rally. All the speakers on the dais rang home the simple message that we took away that day: “NO JUSTICE…NO PEACE!” – B.J. Robinson NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

Uniondale, NY – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced that on Saturday, July 20, 2013 Nassau will once again host the County’s top high school soccer players in the 3rd Annual Nassau County Executive Cup, which will be held at Cantiague Park.

Nassau County Executive Cup Showcase - Event Details (Saturday, July 20, 2013) • 3:00 P.M Game 1 (West Field): NC Boys Team Red v. NC Boys Team Black • 3:00 P.M Game 1 (East Field): NC Boys Team Silver v. NC Boys Team Royal Blue • 5:15 P.M Game 2 (West Field): NC Girls Team Silver v. NC Girls Team Navy Blue • 5:15 P.M Game 2 (East Field): NC Alumni Team White v. NC Alumni Team Navy Blue • 7:30 P.M Game 3 (West Field): Championship Game 1 v. Championship Game 2 • 7:30 P.M Game 3 (East Field): Consolation Game 1 v. Consolation Game 2

The finest high school aged boys’ and girls’ soccer players from around Nassau County will showcase their talents in front of college coaches from the tri-state area. This event will provide student athletes the opportunity to compete with the best in the county. “Nassau County has outstanding athletes and they are a true reflection of the exceptional athletic programs Nassau County offers,” said County Executive Mangano. “I am very proud to offer these young competitors with an opportunity to showcase their abilities in front of college coaches invited from all over the tri-state area, as they continue their pursuit of playing soccer at the collegiate level.” “New York Community Bank is committed to enhancing the quality of life in the communities we serve, and we are proud to support this one of a kind event. Our Roslyn Savings Bank Division is part of the local landscape and believes providing Long Island youth with athletic and educational opportunities is a privilege,” explained Tom Cangemi, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. With over 3.5 billion fans and thousands of professional clubs spanning the globe, soccer reigns supreme as the world’s most popular sport. While other sports may seem more popular in the US, no other game rivals the excitement, patronage, and competitive spirit that soccer fans enjoy. New York Community Bancorp, Inc. (NYCB) is ranked among the larg‐ est  bank  holding  companies  in  the  nation  and  is  a  leading  producer  of  multi‐‐‐family  mortgage  loans  in  New  York  City.  The  Company  has  two  bank subsidiaries: New York Community Bank, with 239 branches serving  customers  throughout  Metro  New  York,  New  Jersey,  Ohio,  Florida,  and  Arizona;  and  New  York  Commercial  Bank,  with  35  branches  serving  cus‐ tomers  in  Manhattan,  Queens,  Brooklyn,  Long  Island,  and  Westchester  County,  all  in  New  York.  NYCB  is  headquartered  in  Westbury,  NY  and  is  listed  on  the  NYSE:NYCB.  For  more  information  on  the  Company  visit  www.NYCBfamily.com. 

The 3rd Annual Nassau County Executive Cup is organized and executed by andGO Sports, university placement specialists for student-athletes. For more information, please visit www.andGOSports.com. A Pre-Launch Event will be hosted to recognize NCEC Participants, Sponsors, Staff and Government Officials. Event will be held on Thursday, July18th at the Mineola Portuguese Center (306 Jericho Turnpike, Mineola) where horderves and refreshments will be served.

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BETHEA ON NATIONAL LEAGUE COMMENTARY FOR THE CHEAP SEATS

Hello Sports Fans, the heat has been on the New York metropolitan area as if we were in Florida, and the talk around the MLB is our New York Yankees A-Rod. The Yankees have been holding their place in the standings with Robbie Cano and Mo Rivera leading the charge from a leadership perspective. C.C. Sabathia has to contribute more than nine wins and 4.37 ERA if the Yankees plan to be in the hunt at playoff time. The Yankees are around 6 games over five hundred and are relying on some average bats to keep them alive. The great Derek Jeter had a set back in his recovery and its questionable when he will return, so combine Granderson, Teixeira, Youkilis, and A-Rod to this all-star injured list and you see why the Yankees are struggling. A-Rod is in jeopardy of missing this season due to reports that have suggested he used a banned substance. The commissioner of MLB Bud Selig reported on ESPN.com that he was proud of his recent actions in suspending Ryan Braun for violating the anti-drug policy. ESPN reports a possible 20 MLB players will face suspension in the coming weeks and A-Rod may be on the list to end his season, which never really started due to injuries that sidelined him and forced rehab in the Miners. The substance abuse policy has been a mystery to the average fan because some of the list consists of ingredients found in your local GNC or Vitamins store. The list of illegal drugs by the NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

standard set by the MLB committee may be the most restrictive standards ever practiced in professional sports. However my comments are not given to inspire drug use of any kind, and all young people of all walks of life should avoid drug activity of any kind. This articles comment about substance abuse in MLB brings debate to the average fan that asks, what performance enhancement drugs are? Most people believe the MLB stance on drug abuse is solid and should be in place to remind our youth that hard work and living clean is the message most valuable to students of the game. A-Rod has been ridiculed and completely knocked down in character and popularity with fans of MLB. As a Christian I believe that this great ball player should be allowed to recover his reputation and Brand he worked so hard to achieve. I believe forgiveness is the true standard that represents Christ in us and we owe it to ourselves to not judge anyone for his or her deeds. The only way to understand the MLB drug policy is to have banned substances clarified by the FDA and explain why drugs such as Creatine are on the do not use list in the MLB. We Yankee fans are looking at a season that was underachieved because of injuries and key players to our team not being effective, however it’s still July and there’s always tomorrow.

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Spike Lee: ‘Me and Tyler Perry are cool’ This week, Oscar nominated director Spike Lee launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund his next big screen production. The Inside Man director, who is following in the footsteps of the creators of Veronica Mars and Zack Braff, is seeking to raise $1.25 million over the next month. “I needed to go to Kickstarter to get this film made because this is not necessarily a Hollywood film, Lee told theGrio. “It’s more like an independent film.” Lee has given out little detail about the plot of his upcoming film, but on Kickstarter describes the movie as “the newest hottest Spike Lee Joint.” “It’s the type of a film that for it best to work, you gotta go in knowing the least amount of information about it as possible,” Lee said. “What I will say is that we’re calling it psychological bloody thriller, with naked black people… butt naked. Now who’s made a film like that? My man Tyler made a film like that… and I say that in all love, because me and Tyler are cool.”

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films. “Anybody could do this, but Steven Spielberg,” Lee said while laughing. “Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, Scorsese, they don’t have to do that.” Why? “Because they don’t have to do it,” he said “They’re great filmmakers and they’re beloved by the studios.” Lee’s next film, which is scheduled to hit theaters in October, will be his remake of the Korean thriller Oldboy.

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Click here to watch Spike Lee talk about a Travon Martin film Throughout his film career, spanning more than three decades, Lee has undeniably been a trailblazer creating a unique genre of storytelling all his own. However, the 56-year-old Brooklyn native doesn’t envision his contemporaries in the industry, like Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg or Clint Eastwood, following in his footsteps and turning to Kickstarter to fund their future ONLINE EDITION

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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 5)

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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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THE WIGGLES! “TAKING OFF!” WORLD TOUR VISITS THE NYCB THEATRE AT WESTBURY ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4TH AT 6:30PM **The Number One Children’s Entertainment Group Introduces a New Cast Including the First-Ever Female** TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, MAY 17TH AT 10AM/ PRE-SALE DATE TUESDAY, MAY 14TH AT 10AM

(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

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Dule Hill to join Broadway’s ‘After Midnight’ NEW YORK (AP) — Dule Hill will be tapping into his dancing roots when he joins Broadway’s “After Midnight,” a musical celebrating Duke Ellington’s years at the famous Cotton Club nightclub in Harlem. Producers said Wednesday the actor and trained tap dancer best known for starring in USA’s hit detective series “Psych,” will play the host of the show, presenting the sound and glamor of the Harlem Renaissance. Performances start Oct. 18 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, with an official opening night set for Nov. 3. Hill was last on Broadway as Spoon, a lawyer-turned-budding novelist, in Lydia R. Diamond’s thoughtful family drama “Stick Fly” in 2011. Hill joins the already announced Grammy Award- and “American Idol” winner Fantasia Barrino in the lively show that will feature 17 musicians and 25 vocalists and dancers. Emmy Award-nominated for his work as Charlie Young on “The West Wing,” Hill first came to prominence as The Kid opposite Savion Glover and Jeffrey Wright in “Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk.” Born and raised in New Jersey, Hill began attending dance school when he was 3 and received his first break years later as the understudy to Glover in “The Tap Dance Kid” on Broadway. Directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle with musical direction by Wynton Marsalis, the show appeared off-Broadway last year at New York City Center under the name “Cotton Club Parade.” Songs include “Stormy Weather,” ”I Can’t Give You Anything But Love” and “I’ve Got the World on a String.” Hill may get a work-out in the show, which off-Broadway had no fewer than 24 numbers with dancing that included the Savoy swing and the Charleston. Veteran singer and dancer Brandon Victor Dixon played the role at New York City Center. Legendary performers such as the Nicholas Brothers, Bessie Smith, Ethel Waters and a teenage Lena Horne all performed at the Cotton Club in the 1920s. The music and dancing will be augmented by Langston Hughes poetry.

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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. For More: http://www.stylisheve.com/jeanoutfits-for-women-by-stylish-eve/

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LOL Sorry ladies! It's not true but worth the laugh! LOL Sarah Marie MALE VS. FEMALE AT THE ATM MACHINE A new sign in the Bank Lobby reads: 'Please note that this Bank is installing new Drivethrough ATM machines enabling customers to withdraw cash without leaving their vehicles. Customers using this new facility are requested to use the procedures outlined below when accessing their accounts. After months of careful research, "MALE & FEMALE" procedures have been developed. Please follow the appropriate steps for your gender.' ******************************* MALE PROCEDURE: 1. Drive up to the cash machine. 2. Put down your car window. 3. Insert card into machine and enter PIN. 4. Enter amount of cash required and withdraw. 5. Retrieve card, cash and receipt.. 6. Put window up. 7. Drive off. ******************************* FEMALE PROCEDURE: (What is really funny is that most of this part is the truth!!!!) 1. Drive up to cash machine. 2. Reverse and back up the required amount to align car window with the machine. 3. Set parking brake, put the window down. 4. Find handbag, remove all contents on to passenger seat to locate card. 5. Tell person on cell phone you will call them back and hang up. 6. Attempt to insert card into machine. 7. Open car door to allow easier access to machine due to its excessive distance from the car. 8. Insert card. 9. Re-insert card the right way. 10. Dig through handbag to find diary with your ONLINE EDITION

PIN written on the inside back page. 11. Enter PIN. 12. Press cancel and re-enter correct PIN. 13. Enter amount of cash required. 14. Check makeup in rear view mirror. 15. Retrieve cash and receipt. 16. Empty handbag again to locate wallet and place cash inside. 17. Write debit amount in check register and place receipt in back of check book. 18. Re-check makeup. 19. Drive forward 2 feet. 20. Reverse back to cash machine. 21. Retrieve card. 22. Re-empty hand bag, locate card holder, and place card into the slot provided! 23. Give dirty look to irate male driver waiting behind you. 24. Restart stalled engine and pull off. 25. Re-dial person on cell phone. 26. Drive for 2 to 3 miles. 27. Release Parking Brake

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New photo of Andre 3000 as Jimi Hendrix in ‘All Is By My Side’ The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has posted a new photo of Andre 3000 as Jimi Hendrix in the upcoming biopic All Is By My Side. The former OutKast rapper can be seen standing at a microphone, guitar in hand. The film chronicles the period of Hendrix’s life when he was living in London, trying to make it as a musician shortly before he became famous. The biopic is set to premiere at TIFF this September.

Timbaland has become a lot more visible and vocal over the past few months. In recent interviews, the Virginia Beach producer has been surprisingly candid. He’s spoken about his brief falling out with Jay-Z and the upcoming apology track dedicated to Hov, and his desire to do a proper posthumous album for singer Aaliyah. He’s also in the lab making new classics. During his sitdown with Revolt TV, Timbaland revealed that he produced, Nas’ not-yet-released new single. According to the super producer, the track will also feature Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z, “It’s completely stupid,” Timbaland enthusiastically said about the upcoming track “Sinatra in the Sands”.

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NYCB THEATRE AT WESTBURY SCHEDULE OF EVENTS THE RIDES STEPHEN STILLS, KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD, BARRY GOLDBERG Special Guest BETH HART SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 at 7 PM Tickets are $69.50, $49.50, $39.50 TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, JULY 12 SINBAD FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 at 9 PM Tickets are $59.50, $39.50, $29.50 TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, JULY 12 BUDDY GUY THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3 at 8 PM Tickets are $59.50, $39.50, $29.50 TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, JULY 12 LEE BRICE Special Guest AYLA BROWN THURSDAY, JULY 11 at 8 PM Tickets are $29.50 MELISSA ETHERIDGE FRIDAY, JULY 12th at 8 PM Tickets are $106.50, $81.50 and $41.50 DON McLEAN & JUDY COLLINS SATURDAY, JULY 13 at 8 PM Tickets are $69.50, $49.50, $29.50 CESAR MILLAN - LEADER OF THE PACK SUNDAY, JULY 14 at 3 PM Tickets are $75, $49.50, $29.50 A Midsummer's Night with THE MONKEES FRIDAY, JULY 19th at 8 PM Tickets are $59.50 and $49.50 NEIL SEDAKA SATURDAY, JULY 20 at 8 PM Tickets are $59.50, $49.50 and $39.50 TERRY FATOR- SINGER, COMEDIAN, CELEBRITY IMPRESSIONIST THURSDAY, JULY 25 at 8 PM Tickets are $79.50, $69.50, $59.50 and $49.50 THE JACKSONS UNITY TOUR 2013 FRIDAY, JULY 26 at 8 PM Tickets are $89.50, $59.50, $49.50 LEON RUSSELL, SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY & THE ASBURY JUKES Special Guest Appearance by THE PERSUASIONS SATURDAY, JULY 27th at 8 PM Tickets are $59.50, $39.50 and $29.50 AN EVENING WITH YES Playing Three Albums in Their Entirety: The Yes Album / Close To the Edge / Going For the One WEDNESDAY, JULY 31 at 8 PM Tickets are $69.50, $49.50, and $39.50 AIR SUPPLY SATURDAY, AUGUST 3 at 8 PM Tickets are $69.50, $44.50, $29.50 ONLINE EDITION

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SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody SUNDAY, AUGUST 4 at 3 PM and 7 PM Tickets are $59.50, $39.50 and $29.50 TED NUGENT Special Guest LAURA WILDE FRIDAY, AUGUST 9 at 8 PM Tickets are $39.50, $29.50 TODD RUNDGREN SUNDAY, AUGUST 11 at 8 PM Tickets are $59.50, $39.50, & $29.50 HIPPIEFEST starring TEN YEARS AFTER, THE EDGAR WINTER BAND, CANNED HEAT, RICK DERRINGER, PAT TRAVERS TUESDAY, AUGUST 13 at 8PM Tickets are $69.50, and $39.50 CHEECH & CHONG, TOWER OF POWER & WAR WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14 at 8 PM Tickets are $69.50, $49.50, & $39.50 LYNYRD SKYNYRD THURSDAY, AUGUST 15 at 8 PM Tickets are $80.50, $60.50, $40.50 DION FRIDAY, AUGUST 16 at 8:00 PM Tickets are $69.50, $49.50, $39.50 MICHAEL MCDONALD & TOTO SATURDAY, AUGUST 17 at 8 PM Tickets are $69.50, $49.50, and $39.50 ELVIS TRIBUTE SPECTACULAR STARRING SHAWN KLUSH CODY RAY SLAUGHTER LONG ISLAND'S OWN STEVE MITCHELL THE SWEET INSPIRATIONS DJ FONTANA THE FABULOUS AMBASSADORS FRIDAY, AUGUST 23th at 8 PM Tickets are $50 and $40 CHEAP TRICK SATURDAY, AUGUST 24 at 8 PM Tickets are $49.50, $39.50 TONI BRAXTON SUNDAY, AUGUST 25 at 8 PM Tickets are $69.50, $49.50, and $39.50 SARA EVANS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 at 8 PM Tickets are $59.50, $39.50, & $29.50 CHARLIE DANIELS BAND MARSHALL TUCKER BAND SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 at 8 PM Tickets are $69.50, $49.50 and $39.50 PRE SHOW CAR & MOTORCYLCE SHOW Featuring Dr. G's Veteran's Band "Samaratin" Featuring Music, Food & Prizes! Doors at 5 PM Presented by Nassau County Fire Fighters Wounded Warriors Project QUEEN EXTRAVAGANZA SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 at 9 PM Tickets are $49.50, $39.50 and $29.50 PAGE 15


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16 Annual Long Island                          International Film Expo Rocks  Long Island  th

    The Long Island International Film Expo (LIIFE) will hold its 16  annual install‐

ment at the historic Bellmore Movies from July 17 – 25, 2013.  Showing 146 films  from around the world, LIIFE will showcase movies from 18 countries with 36 of  the films having Long Island ties and 35 more hailing from New York in general.       “Nassau County has always been a supporter of independent and studio films,  and it’s our pleasure to bring this type of entertainment and cultural opportunity  to our constituents,” states Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano.  “LIIFE  also provides an opportunity for filmmakers to come and see the types of filming  locations Nassau County has to offer whether it be our  beaches, mansions, suburban areas and, of course, Gold  Coast Studios and Grumman Studios, which are all NYS ap‐ proved movie studios which qualify for the much sought after  30% tax credit.”       “What makes LIIFE such an important film festival,” states  Nassau County Film Office Director, Debra Markowitz, “is not  only that we bring rare short and feature‐length independent  films to the public, but that LIIFE has fostered a growing film  community.  Filmmakers from around the world apply and  return year after year meeting old friends and finding new  contacts to work with.  From local to foreign filmmaker, cast‐ ing director to actor, producer to director and so on, many  lasting connections are made every year.”        “What’s different is that we actually have three Westerns  at this year’s LIIFE,” states Markowitz.  “We also have a horror  block on Saturday, July 20 at 9:15 p.m.  That’s becoming a  yearly standard.”       The festival begins with a traditional film festival warm‐up  on Wednesday, July 17, and kicks into high gear on Friday, July  19 with the opening night feature, Wet Behind the Ears, by  past LIIFE winner Sloan Copeland. The late Friday block is an‐ chored by Fred Carpenter’s Send No Flowers starring Sean  Young, Tony LoBianco, Robert Clohessy and Gianni Russo.         Besides the USA, this year’s films come from France, Bel‐ gium, Israel, the Netherlands, Italy, South Korea, Sweden, Po‐ land, Serbia, Spain, the United Kingdom, Germany, Switzer‐ land, Australia, Africa and Canada.       LIIFE also has panels on scriptwriting, film distribution and  financing, a filmmakers breakfast panel, and an opening night  reception.       The closing night party and awards ceremony celebration  complete with a buffet, celebrities, winners clips and film‐ makers from all over the world will be held on Thursday, July  25.  This year’s honorees include William Sadler (Iron Man 3)  and Ally Sheedy (Breakfast Club).  Presenters include Federico  Castellucio (The Sopranos) and Robert Clohessy (Blue Bloods)  with more signing on daily.  Celebrities appear schedule per‐ mitting, and the line‐up could change before the festivities.       For more information on the 16th Annual Long Island Inter‐ national Film Expo, go to www.longislandfilm.com, e‐mail  debfilm@aol.com or call 516 571‐3168.  ONLINE EDITION

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TIME MAGAZINE’s #1 Musical of the Year "Porgy and Bess is a glowing tribute to a phenomenal stage production that transcends time and race: polished, respectful and packed with the creme de la creme of Broadway talent." -BET The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess has triumphantly returned to Broadway, in an electrifying new staging as timeless as ever presenting themes that reflect the cultural landscape of America, featuring such legendary songs as "Summertime," "It Ain't Necessarily So" and "I Got Plenty of Nothing," plus a remarkable cast led by four-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald, Drama Desk nominee Norm Lewis, and twotime Tony nominee David Alan Grier. Experience the show TIME Magazine declares, "Exquisite, intimate and musically ravishing. A don't-miss theater event!" and The Associated Press calls,“A gorgeous version of The Gershwin Masterpiece!” “AN INDISPENSABLE TICKET! It’s hard to imagine any hurricane matching the tempest that is the extraordinary Audra McDonald.” -The New York Times “AS RAPTUROUS AS EVER! Norm Lewis is a revelation.” -USA Today “A luscious piece of musical Theatre! David Alan Grier is terrific!” -Newsday GET YOUR TICKETS NOW AND SAVE! Sunday through Friday performances: Orchestra & Front Mezz - $89(Reg. $139) Rear Mezz, Rows A to F - $69 (Reg. $87) Rear Mezz, Rows G & H $49 (Reg. $67) Saturday performances: Orchestra & Front Mezz - $99Reg. $139) Rear Mezz, Rows A to F - $69 (Reg. $87) Rear Mezz, Rows G & H $49 (Reg. $67) Three easy ways to get your discounted tickets: CALL 877-250-2929 and mention code: PBDWK Visit Ticketmaster.com and enter code: PBDWK Bring this e-mail to the Richard Rodgers Theater Box Office, (226 West 46th Street, between 8th Avenue and Broadway). Valid for performances through 7/8/12. Offer subject to availability and prior sale. Limit 12 tickets per order. Offer valid on select seat locations. All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges. Offer may be modified or revoked at any time without notice. All phone and internet offers subject to standard Ticketmaster.com service fees. All above prices include a $2 facility fee. Not valid on previously purchased tickets and may not be combined with other offers. For group sales please call 718-703-2260 For more information, visit PorgyandBessonBroadway.com

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‘The Book of Negroes’: Controversial novel turned into a BET miniseries BET Networks is turning the controversial novel The Book of Negroes into a miniseries. The 2007 novel, written by Canadian author Lawrence Hill, is being adapted for TV by Conquering Lion Pictures and Out of African Entertainment, according The Hollywood Reporter. The story centers on Aminata Diallo, an African woman who is taken by slave traders from West Africa to South Carolina. It follows her through the American Revolution in New York, the isolated refuge of Nova Scotia and the jungles of Sierra Leone, before she ultimately secures her freedom in England in the early 1800s. “We are excited to partner with Conquering Lion Pictures, Out of Africa Entertainment and Entertainment One on this historic project and to bring the acclaimed Book of Negroes to life for the BET audience,” said Loretha Jones, president of original programming at BET Networks. Production on The Book of Negroes will start in South Africa in the fall. The novel was initially published in the Canadian and U.K. markets with its original title, The Book of Negroes, but due to historical sensitivity the title was changed to Somebody Know My Name when published in the U.S. Somebody Know My Name was included amongst Oprah’s top summer reads for 2010 in O Magazine. In 2011 Hill’s book sparked heated debates abroad. A Dutch group torched the cover of The Book of Negroes as a protest against the novel’s title. The group, known as the Foundation to Honor and Restore Victims of Slavery in Surinam, vowed to burn copies of the book in an Amsterdam park unless its name was changed. Hill’s novel is based on the historical document “The Book of Negroes,” which was created by British naval officers in 1783, near the end of the American revolutionary war. It was a list of 3,000 African-American slaves who were considered British loyalists and hoped to escape from New York to Canada, and thus to freedom. The British insisted that only those who were listed in “The Book of Negroes” could travel, and created a ledger to name, and seemingly describe, each person. Canadian film maker Clement Virgo is said to be on-board to direct The Book of Negroes. The Book of Negroes will air stateside on BET and on CBC in Canada.

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To Whom Much Is Given– Cinematic Book Trailer-2013 Published on Dec 24, 2012 Cecilia T. Capers' first novel "To Whom Much Is Given" is set for 2013 publishing by Red Ibis. This is the official cinematic book trailer filmed by Saint-Victor Productions. The trailer stars Lawrence Saint-Victor, Toni RobisonMay, John Thomassen, Tatianna Mott, and Cecilia T. Capers. Directed by Lawrence SaintVictor. Cinematography by Jay Espinal. Produced by Tone at The Top Media Inc. and Red Ibis. Book photography and cover design by Charles W. Winslow. Filmed in New York City. See behind-the-scenes footage by 6 Chamber Productions in the Red Ibis "To Whom Much Is Given" Novel playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch? feature=player_embedded&v=eRM2CpqPHs ONLINE EDITION

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CHEECH & CHONG, TOWER OF POWER & WAR TOGETHER ON ONE BIG SHOW! AT THE NYCB THEATRE AT WESTBURY – AUGUST 14 Westbury, NY – Live Nation is pleased to present the comedy of Cheech combined with the high energy music of Tower of Power and War at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury on Wednesday, August 14th at 8 p.m. Tickets are $39.50 - $49.50 plus applicable service charges and are available now 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. Successful beyond their wildest dreams, the iconic comedy duo Cheech & Chong defined an era with their hilariously irreverent, satirical, counter-culture, no-holds-barred comedy routines. Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong’s phenomenal success began on the stand up comedy circuit which led to 9 hit comedy albums and 8 hit films, breaking box office records, shattering comedy album sales, garnering multiple Grammy nominations and mesmerizing fans for more than a decade. With nine albums released from 1972 through 1985, Cheech and Chong were nominated for four Grammy Awards, winning the Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album with their third album, Los Cochinos, released in 1973. Big Bambu, their second album, was the biggest selling comedy record of all time in 1972 and remained so for many years. Their stunningly successful comedy streak transitioned to film in 1978 with their first movie, “Up In Smoke,” the highest grossing comedy of 1978, topping $100 million at the box office. Cheech and Chong co-wrote and starred in a total of eight feature films together, all directed by Chong. Tower of Power’s musical odyssey actually began in 1968 when Emilio Castillo met Stephen "Doc" Kupka in July of that year. When Doc auditioned during a band rehearsal at Emilio's house, Emilio's father called him into the kitchen and offered the following advice: "Hire that guy, he's got something." Doc and his signature baritone sax sound were now in the band, and on August 13, 1968, Tower of Power, as we know them today, began playing gigs, and soon became very well known in the area. Tower celebrated their 40th anniversary in 2008 at a very special reunion show at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco. In addition to the ten current members of the band, another 20 musicians and vocalists that at one time held a position with the band appeared with them. The show was filmed and is available on DVD. Of the ten current members, Emilio Castillo, Rocco Prestia, Stephen Kupka, and David Garibaldi are four of the band’s founding members. Their dedication to the music, their creative writing, and their original vision still guides Tower of Power. 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees, War, will also be joining the lineup. Current members include Stanley Behrens, Francisco “Pancho” Tomaselli, Stuart Ziff, Marcos Reyes, David Urquidi, Sal Rodriquez, and founding member, Leroy “Lonnie” Jordan. They will perform hits such as “Why Can’t We Be Friends,” “Low Rider,” “Cisco Kid,” “Summer,” and “All Day Music.” 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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‘I will always love you’ on Whitney Houston’s headstone WESTFIELD, New Jersey (AP) — Whitney Houston’s grave in New Jersey has been marked with a teardrop-shaped headstone — with an inscription well known to her fans: “I will always love you.” The 48-year-old pop music queen died Feb. 11, 2012, in Beverly Hills, California. An autopsy found she had drowned accidentally, with heart disease and cocaine use contributing to her death. She was buried next to her father in Westfield, New Jersey, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) west of New York. Her headstone includes a heart-shaped engraving upon which her image and the words “THE VOICE” are etched in capital letters. Just below is the inscription “I will always love you,” from the Dolly Parton song Houston made famous. Houston’s recording of the song was played at her funeral.

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Her distinctive sultry vocal blend of R&B, POP, Jazz and Gospel became an instantaneous international sensation when she came forth with her first solo recording in 1992. Today, with more than 40 million albums sold worldwide and six Grammy Awards, Toni Braxton is recognized as one of the most outstanding voices of this generation. Born a preacher’s child and raised in a strict religious househol d, Braxton’s first professional experience was singing in the church choir. She went on to perform in a group with her four sisters (Traci, Trina, Towanda and Tamar) that was signed to Arista Records. Her talent was recognized by Antonio L.A. Reid and Kenneth Babyface Edmonds and soon her solo recording career was launched. Her music first came to widespread popularity on the soundtrack of the Eddie Murphy film “Boomerang.” The resulting Toni Braxton alONLINE EDITION

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bum sold ten million copies worldwide, spawning the classics “Another Sad Love Song” and “Breathe Again.” The album also resulted in her first two Grammys in 1993 as Best New Artist and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for “Another Sad Love Long” and another Grammy in the same category in 1994 for “Breathe Again.” In 1997 she garnered Grammys in Best R&B and Best Pop Female Vocal Performance categories.

The acclaim for her second album Secrets continued her mega success, selling over thirteen million copies in the US and abroad following its July 1996 release. “You’re Makin’ Me High” became her first across-the-board #1 pop and R&B hit single and garnered another Grammy for R&B vocal performance. Release of “Unbreak My Heart” followed in the fall of 1996 and was recognized with the coveted Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. It has become her signature song, and ranks as the second top-selling single of all time by a female artist. The next album, The Heat, sold 2 million copies and brought her another million-selling single and best R&B Grammy with “He Wasn’t Man Enough.” Toni Braxton had successful runs on Broadway starring in “Beauty and the Beast” and “Aida.” In 2006, she headlined her own show, “Toni Braxton Revealed” at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas. The show which ran through April 2008, was a smash, but in the middle of the extended run she was diagONLINE EDITION

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nosed with micro vascular angina causing her to cancel the remaining dates. After a recovery period, she took time in 2008 to fulfill her big dream of appearing on the top-rated television series “Dancing with the Stars.” Today, Braxton balances the demands of her career with the high priorities of family, health and public service as she raises her two sons Denim and Diezel. Regarding her youngest child’s autism, Braxton is giving a message of hope that wasn’t quite the case for her a few years ago. “Today, Diezel is talking and attending a mainstream school. He still needs occupational therapy, but he is a wonderful example of what can happen with early detection and intervention.” In addition to being a spokesperson for Autism Speaks, Braxton also is active with the American Heart Association. Braxton was most recently diagnosed with Lupus. She announced her health struggle publicly as she accepted the Lupus LA award for “Women of Achievement“. Most recently, Braxton is enjoying huge success with her Braxton Family Values reality show on the WE network. Four episodes into Braxton Family Values' run, Rainbow Media’s WE tv renewed the reality series starring Toni Braxton and her sisters for a second season with a 19-episode order, up from the 10 episodes the network ordered for Season 1. Braxton Family Values, ranked as the #1 telecast for W18-34 and #3 for W25-54 during primetime among all ad-supported cable, when the show returned for its second season on Thursday, November 10 (9-10 pm). The series also ranked as the #1 show among African-American viewers during primetime for all key women and adult demographic deliveries, and #1 across all key women’s demos during primetime – W18-34, W18-49 and W25-54 – among all women’s networks. "Braxton Family Values' has struck a chord with our audiences - it's one of our most popular shows ever," WE TV prexy/g.m. Kim Martin said. PAGE 36


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50 Cent’s personal life problems have business consequences “First they love me, then they hate me, then they love me again.” – Jay-Z, “Meet The Parents” 50 Cent has been having his worst week ever since getting shot nine times back in 2000. At least then, there was a clear-cut pathway to redemption, even if it wasn’t easy. Get rich or die trying. 50′s present conundrum is a quite a bit more complicated, because when baby mamas, kids, public perception, opinion mix with social media, the media, the result is a volatile public relations mess. Last week, 50 Cent, known to the government as Curtis Jackson, was slapped with domestic violence and vandalism charges. Authorities allege the rapper kicked Daphne Joy, a woman reported to be the mother of one of his children. Recently, the 38-yearold made light of the charges on social media, opting to focus on how lavishly he’s living. At press time, 50 was charged with one count of domestic violence, four counts of vandalism and faces five years in jail. Joy released a statement through her lawyer that expounded on the situation, “Daphne Joy and Curtis Jackson have been together for a few years in an exclusive relationship. They had a child and now Daphne’s number one priority is to ensure both her and the baby’s safety during this difficult time. We also hope everyone will respect her and the baby’s privacy.” Baby? 50 Cent has been over sharing parts of his live but keeping other parts hidden. In one fell swoop, we knew a bit too much. From bad to worse Issues with his teen son were revealed and old beefs with the boy’s mother began to surface online. It has not been confirmed, but 50 Cent claims his child’s mother Shaniqua Tompkins, was impersonating their 16-year-old son Marquise in an expletive laden text conversation. 50 believes Thompkins then sent the texts messages to RadarOnline who originally reported the story. Still, the nasty texts appear to show 50 calling his son “f**king stupid” and a “motherf**ker,” even if it was perhaps his ex on the other end. All of the dirty laundry resulted in the multi-millionaire removing both Marquise and Shaniqua out of his will. OUCH. 50 Cent has always been very methodical in his career, never letting his real-life beefs adversely affect his business. This has changed with the domestic violence charge. He cancelled an appearance in the UK, due to “unforeseen circumstances.” This week, he was informed that his domestic case forced Major League of Baseball to cut him from their July 14th “MLB All-Star Bash” in New York City. This is a big deal. 50 Cent has been embroiled in many beefs, but this one is clearly a game changer. Violence against women is wholly unacceptable while rap beef is not only accepted but encouraged. Flipping out on his own kids didn’t help Alec Baldwin and it certainly won’t help 50. ONLINE EDITION

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Rick Ross learned this the hard way when a small, determined group of “soccer moms” got his Reebok deal revoked over a rap lyric that alluded to date rape. Forget the endless lyrical murders, drug dealing, and random degenerate behavior. But, I digress. What does this all mean to 50 Cent? It is not clear yet. One thing is for certain: he’s mainstreamed and broadened his operations in the past few years. He’s made appearances on QVC to sell SMS headphones to Middle America. His SK (once called Street King) energy drink touts sportscaster Erin Andrews and yoga instructor Genevieve Boulanger as two of the faces of the brand. He’s made friends with the gatekeepers of boxing that have given him a pass to promote fights through SMS Promotions. The domestic charge has altered the paradigm. Basically 50 Cent has gone back to being scary again, despite his domestic violence denials, mainstream moves and considerable charm. These days, that doesn’t work so well, especially since we have seen Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Tyler The Creator and others become exorcized from corporate dealings. Learning from your peers I spoke to Robert Greene, the author of The 48 Laws of Power and he offered a very interesting view of 50 Cent. Keep in mind, they coauthored The 50th Law together. He said, while haters may rejoice, its likely that 50 Cent will bounce back. “[50 Cent] is a master of the connection between music and business,” Greene said, “If he has ups and downs in his career, I would put my money on him landing on his feet.” History as a guide agrees with this notion of 50 Cent claiming victory through tribulation. So now, whether its fact or perception, these corporate entities feel they have a glimpse into the private, uglier life and times of 50 Cent. Not good. Its likely to affect business in the short run, but probably won’t adversely affect him as time moves on. Life is a winding road and it is wrought with potholes and bumps. That is to be expected, but 50 Cent set his GPS before navigation existed and he’ll reach his a new destination eventually. Hopefully, he comprehends where he stands and doesn’t underestimate his negative position as Lil Wayne and Rick Ross did earlier this year. He’ll probably need to atone for some things that he’s done and fight other allegations. Either way, he”ll need to thoroughly seek redemption in its many forms if he is to restore his image, walking that fine line between bad ass and business. For now, he’ll have to contend with the short-term memory of a judgmental public, and the corporations chiefly concerned with a blemish on their brands. Chuck “Jigsaw” Creekmur is a father, son and the cofounder of AllHipHop.com. He’s a cultural critic, pundit and trailblazer that has been featured on National Public Radio (NPR), BET, TVOne, VH1, The E! Channel, MTV, The O’Reilly Factor, USA Today, The New York Times, New York’s Hot 97 FM and like a zillion other outlets.

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Columbus Short pens open letter about Trayvon Martin Although it has been over a week since George Zimmerman’s acquittal was announced, many people across the nation are still reeling from a verdict that left them feeling stunned, confused and infuriated.

Actor Columbus Short has expressed some of these same emotions in an open letter he wrote in the aftermath of the verdict and he provides possible solutions to deliver the justice he believes was wrongly applied. The actor stars as the witty Harrison Wright on ABC’s Scandal, one of Olivia Pope’s (Kerry Washington) most dedicated team-members who works hard to solve some of D.C.’s most intense dilemmas. Short – who has also appeared in Stomp the Yard and its sequel, Stomp the Yard 2 – now joins a list of celebrities who have spoken out about their thoughts on the Zimmerman trial. In his letter, he writes: As I have sat and listened to debate after debate, in depth analysis and tempered opinions on “The Verdict” I couldn’t help but feel helpless, frustrated, hurt and yes, angry. As I plummet into the labyrinth of my mind in search of answers, solutions, or a way I could help subdue the burning desire for things to change, my only recourse was to start writing. ONLINE EDITION

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Presume we step back and take pause for a moment. Pause to take a cultural and personal inventory on where we have come as a people. As oppose to being blinded by the present emotional and economical condition of our nation, our community. What if we begin by acknowledging some of the triumphs, rather than becoming consumed solely by the injustice? I ask these questions for one reason being, that if I reflect and remember just how far we’ve come, instead of sitting and stewing over what has happened, I am now ensuring that I am not going to allow this “Decision” to stifle me as a human being nor as a black man in America. It may seem quite pretentious and easy to hear coming from my heart. However, I assure you I experience the same profiling and discrimination daily regardless of what I happen to do for a living. We must recognize that if we allow this particular ‘lost battle’ in the continuing war, that is ‘Race In America,’ to take us backwards, we will be backtracking and negating the progress that we have already made to date. Short goes on to express his gratitude to predecessors who fought for the freedom of black Americans today. He acknowledges that without their efforts, his co-star Washington may have had a more challenging time becoming one of TV’s biggest breakout stars and headlining one of the mostwatched shows on television. “Without those blistered hands and feet it wouldn’t be possible for a black woman to be the lead of a television series on network TV,” he writes. “Without those afraid, yet valiant, warriors, Oprah wouldn’t be one the wealthiest business icons in the world. Tyler Perry wouldn’t have been able to go from homelessness, to providing jobs for a multitude of unrecognized actors and actresses.” In a somewhat lengthy response, Short suggests alternate ways to speak out against the verdict and discourages engaging in “self sabotaging behavior by looting and rioting.” “Trayvon was a victim of racial profiling but we are the survivors and always have been survivors. We shouldn’t let Trayvons death be in vein, but rather use this time to do a cultural evaluation into how we can unite in a way that will force our voices to be heard and undenied by our government and politicians,” he writes. He concludes his note with this statement: “May this letter bring someone out there hope, and a desire to rise up and help lead us to change. We have work to do. But nothing we can’t handle.” PAGE 38


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Will the 3rd time be the charm for Halle Berry? Halle Berry is getting married this weekend to Olivier Martinez this weekend, according to People and E! News, and it would be great if we could just be happy for the woman instead of overanalyzing her love life and being armchair psychologists. The pregnant Oscar winner has been engaged to the French actor since March of 2012, but despite numerous online reports, Berry’s team has yet to confirm the date of their impending nuptials. Her marriage to Martinez would be her third and his first. Public romance Berry was previously married to baseball player David Justice (1993-1997) and R&B singer Eric Benet (2001-2005). She also has a daughter, Nahla, with model Gabriel Aubry. As a public figure with a history of being involved with “industry” men, it makes sense that the public is a bit more invested in her relationships than some other celebrities. As Matt Damon recently stated, when you have a famous person in a relationship with another famous person, the public scrutiny doesn’t just double–it grows exponentially. But to Berry’s credit she has never egged on the extra attention via reality shows or tell-all books. She has done a few revealing interviews with Oprah though. The scandals Speaking of Oprah, it was on the media mogul’s show in 2004 where Halle Berry claimed that her marriage to Eric Benet disintegrated due to his sex addiction and she emphatically stated “I will never marry again.” The sex addiction story was fodder for many gossip posts and Common even referred to it in his song “Faithful.” Several articles and blog posts with the sentiment “If Halle Berry can’t keep a man, there’s no hope for the rest of us” popped up over night. If being beautiful were all one needed to maintain a healthy relationship, the Hollywood divorce rate would be practically zero. Berry has been vocal for years about a previous romantic partner who physically abused her to the point that she partially lost hearing in one ear. Though there’s been lots of speculation about the identity of that mystery man, Berry has never revealed a name. The star’s first pregnancy while in her 40’s with model Gabriel ONLINE EDITION

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Aubry generated some buzz due to Berry’s (at the time) firm stance on not marrying again. Berry and Aubry ended up parting ways and a nasty custodybattle of their daughter ensued and Berry was no stranger to a few flare-ups with paparazzi. Fast forward to November 2012 and Aubry’s name is once again in the news, but this time due to the fact that he was pummeled by Berry’s fiancé (and son of a pro boxer)Martinez in the driveway of Berry’s home when Aubry dropped off his daughter. He was not model-pretty by the end of that encounter. Too ‘crazy’ to keep a man After Berry’s divorce with Benet, it became common to read on blogs and hear about in barbershops and brunch tables about how clearly, clearly there must be something wrong with Berry because she’s so beautiful, yet she can’t “keep a man.” Such a sentiment is offensive on many levels, but it is most disturbing to essentially put all of a woman’s relationship value into her looks and pin any relationship woes squarely on her. That line of thinking basically says that being beautiful is enough to satisfy a man, so if anything goes wrong there must be something off about the beautiful woman. A comely woman who can’t “keep a man” has to be a special type of crazy because all a man needs is a fine woman on his arm. Duh. We do not know Halle Berry, her exes, her current man or much of anything else about the inner-workings of her relationships. Our time would probably be better spent analyzing our own lives instead of nit-picking on the gossipy crumbs of celebrity tidbits. Let Halle be great Halle Berry is human being, a woman, a mother and an actress. Just like every other person on earth, she is multifaceted and what we see on blogs, in magazines and on television is just a sliver of who she is. Imagine living in a world where every relationship you had was front page news, your every parenting decision is questioned and complete strangers regularly proffer their theories about circumstances in your life. Fame definitely has a price, especially in today’s 24-hour gossip news cycle. As for Berry, I wish her happiness as I would anyone else. Whether she is married three times or 30 times, she is entitled to make her own grown woman decisions regardless of the opinions of gossiphungry strangers.

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Why hip-hop needs a voice on Zimmerman verdict Since George Zimmerman’s acquittal for the murder of Trayvon Martin, the reaction within the hip-hop community has ranged from long-winded Twitter rants to total silence. While rappers like Lupe Fiasco, Immortal Technique and Phonte have been vocal about the verdict and what it says about the value of black life in this society, far too many high-profile stars have said nothing. Kanye West, for example, positioned himself as a new age revolutionary on Yeezus, but his revolutionary spirit seems to have disappeared since he stepped out of the booth; his last tweet as of this writing was a link to a GQ article about his new creative direction. Jay-Z recently took to Twitter to connect with fans as a promotional stunt for Magna Carta Holy Grail, but we haven’t heard a peep from him about arguably the most important court decision of our generation. The ‘black CNN’ is off the air To be fair, Kanye West and Jay-Z use Twitter sparingly, if at all. But it’s telling that both superstars have recently used the medium to promote their new projects but not to protest a gross miscarriage of justice. Their silence on this issue speaks to a broader silence in hip-hop on issues that matter. Anyone who’s been following hip-hop longer than the length of Future’s career knows that it began as the voice of a people that previously had none. It was a multi-faceted ONLINE EDITION

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movement that embraced the party and the protest alike. It was urban journalism in its rawest, realest form; Chuck D called it the “black CNN.” But over time and under corporate control, hip-hop has become a tool to oppress the community it was once intended to serve. Listen to the messages spewed by mainstream rappers, approved by record labels and broadcast by radio and TV stations and they all amount to one theme: black death. Get rich or die tryin’ Rappers proudly present themselves as drug-dealing, drug-using, gun-toting materialists who shout out brands of clothing, cars and liquor and view women as sexual objects while ignoring problems that threaten to decimate our people. Unemployment rates are spiking, inner-city violence claims more lives than overseas wars, schools are shutting down and prisons are opening — and the list goes on. But save for the occasional track like Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “Murder to Excellence” or Lupe Fiasco’s “B*tch Bad,” we’re too busy twerking and popping Molly, posing as murderous drug kingpins or riding around with drugs and guns, sans a care in the world to acknowledge that we are a community in crisis. Never before has hip hop been so one-dimensional and so uniformly destructive. The corporate stranglehold on our culture has prioritized profits before people, and rappers have willingly played along to get a paycheck. Things have to change. Trayvon Martin’s death and George Zimmerman’s acquittal remind us in very clear terms what we have known for a long time: that the idea of a post-racial society is the (Continued on page 41)

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delusion of a country in denial, and that too often blacks are seen as dangerous, worthless, the enemy. A young black boy is dead, and it seems his only crime was blackness. Still, a number of people in our society are calling him a thug who deserved to die and celebrating his murderer’s acquittal. This is a wake-up call we cannot ignore. Artist-activists like Jasiri X are doing great work speaking about community ills and injustice, but where are the mainstream rappers with followers of millions to take similar strides? Where are the artists using their fame, wealth and stature to help the community in a meaningful way? Where are the rappers concerned about impacting something besides their bottom line? For many years now, rappers have been mouthpieces for corporations who profit off black dysfunction. They’ve let white record executives with dubious motives dictate their content. They’ve served as the marketing arm for the prison-industrial complex. Listeners and journalists have enabled their toxic messaging. This has to end. The days of Afrika Bambaataa playing Malcolm X speeches over break beats, Public Enemy imploring listeners to “Fight The Power” and N.W.A. breathing fire about police brutality may be long gone. But we can, and must, do better. Hip-hop did not create the problem of violence, dehumanization and systematic oppression against blacks. But hip-hop can, and must, help to solve it. Trayvon Martin’s death and George Zimmerman’s acquittal must become a catalyst for the genre to reprise its role as the artistic component of a progressive social movement, a powerful voice of the community and for the community. Martin Luther King Jr. told us that “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Author, feminist and teacher bell hooks tells us that “All our silences in the face of racist assault are acts of complicity.” We can no longer tolerate injustice, or remain silent in the face of it. Perhaps in a different time, under different conditions, rappers could indulge in self-serving aims and excuses about how they didn’t sign up to be role models. But we don’t have time for selfishness and excuses. Our schools are failing, our people are hurting and our children are literally being hunted and killed without consequence. From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin, this country has sent a very clear message about the value of black lives and the nature of American justice. It’s time we start a coordinated campaign to seek the justice we are so consistently denied, and we need our most visible artistic icons to help lead the way.

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Baltimore’s The Taharka Brothers: Kicking Brand New Flavor in Your Ear… by Deidra R. McIntyre McIntyre is publisher at Red Ibis; a NJ based company that produces websites, marketing collateral, and publishes books. She is a native Long Islander who once served as editor of The Baldwin Citizen and was on the founding staff of The Community Journal. http://www.facebook.com/ redibishosting On July 22, 2013, The Taharka Brothers Ice Cream Company in Baltimore, MD, posted this Facebook status update: Good morning, loved ones! We've temporarily changed our name from Taharka Bros. Ice Cream to Trayvon Bros. Ice Cream and will let you all know when we've decided to change it back to Taharka. Peace, siblings! Trayvon Bros. The status updated resulted in some clients declaring they would no longer purchase the company’s ice cream. Stating, in part, the objectors could not support a business that defended a “thug” or “drug-using” Trayvon Martin. To which, the 23-year-old CEO of Taharka Brothers, De’Von Brown, responded on Facebook: Sorry that you are offended by our stance on this issue. We are a socially conscious ice cream company. We are a for profit company and our mission is to use our ice cream as a way to promote social justice, peace, love and joy. This is our mission! I’m not sure what mission you had in mind, but this is what we represent. We do not nor have we ever capitalized off the death of a falling [sic] brother. We simply raise awareness of issues facing the urban and under privilege communities. It’s not a black or a white issue. It’s a justice issue! That’s part of our business, that’s part of who we are. If we neglect to stand for what is right, we neglect ourselves! I must say it offends me that you would label and characterize Trayvon as some type of drug user, or thug, when that has nothing to do with the fact that this 17-year-old boy was going home, minding his business and loses his life. The same way you are characterizing him, is the ultimate cause of his death. Again, this is about justice not about Travon’s personal life. If the truth be told, you’ve made many mistakes as a kid. I sure have, but luckily I’ve made it past 17. I was given a chance. You were given a chance. President [George W.] Bush was giving [sic] a chance after being arrested multiple times. President Bush smoked and drank. He also gave alcohol to under age children, but he still deserved a chance. Why didn’t Trayvon get a second chance at life? What’s the benefit of this topic? What does it prove? Well. I’m glad you asked! It’s time for more business to stand up for what is right in our communities. The dollar means nothing, if the people (Continued on page 43)

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Twerk, Miley Cyrus, twerk: Rap’s tired infatuation with white girls In 1992, Sir Mix-A-Lot released his ode to the well-endowed backside titled “Baby Got Back.” The video zones in on a pair of white women, who are openly disgusted by the size of a black woman’s derriere. Somewhere in between that moment and right now, mainstream rap has switched its focus on white women from mockery to manipulation. It’s a cultural shift; one that has more detrimental effects than anyone cares to admit. But as rap music and white women fade color lines with mutual exploitation, who is really winning? “White girl” and it’s original meaning “White girl” is a more recent euphemism for cocaine. Before rap shifted its tax bracket, cocaine was the primary means of income for many rappers, especially those who spearheaded the Coke Rap movement. There’s idolatry present in calling your moneymaker “white girl.” In 2006, Gym Class Heroes released the track “Viva La White Girl” showing admiration for both the women and the drug in the form of a double entendre. More recently, MDMA, rap’s latest drug of choice has been christened as “Molly,” a historically Caucasian name. It’s no coincidence that rappers connect these drugs with white women, and the events that followed since then have proven the change in tides for white women in the eyes of rappers. Their participation in hip-hop, however, is compartmentalized. White female singer/songwriters like Dido, Skylar Grey, Lana Del Rey, and even to an extent Katy Perry have been placed upon a pedestal by rappers, collaborating with these women to either advance in the mainstream or gain their “intellectually interesting” card. It’s a mutually beneficial relationship, deeply rooted in wishing for acceptance from either side. It turns toxic when there is one-sided artistry happening or no artistry at all, along with the sexual innuendo of fetish on behalf of either party. Miley is more of the same In April, Disney pop alum Miley Cyrus released a video of herONLINE EDITION

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self in a unicorn costume doing the suggestive hip-hop dance known as twerking. The initial “that white girl can dance” was chased with months of melanin-deficient copycats creating their own twerking videos (producer Diplo even held a contest) until Miley surfaced again in June to twerk on stage to rapper Juicy J’s “Reaction.” Now, the Golden Girls-esque reality TV show Golden Sisters is releasing videos with senior citizen cast members twerking, and Access Hollywood is referring to it as “the latest dance craze.” Miley is dancing no differently than 2 Live Crew’s dancers did in 1990, when Banned In the USA had Tipper Gore on proverbial suicide watch. The face has paled so the pass has been given. Are white girls the gateway drug to eliminating censorship? No. They just presently set the tone for all of black culture. That’s all. Cyrus has since evolved into a “sensation” like PSY or 50 Tyson or Keenan Cahill or William Hung any other individual who has been given the thumbs up embedded in mockery. But who’s mocking who here? Are we to believe that a country girl like Miley Cyrus has always been an advocate of Black music or even Black people for that matter, before name-checking Jay-Z on her 2009 pop hit “Party In the USA”? Will her sudden merging into black acceptance allow her start affectionately using the n-word? If Kreayshawn, V-Nasty, or any other White Girl Mob member raised in a predominantly black neighborhood isn’t allowed to, then Miley sure as hell isn’t. But that’s merely an assumption – of equal size as assuming Miley legitimately cares about the culture into which she’s now been inducted. She’s committing the same crimes that Elvis Presley and Pat Boone committed, but the offender is now a cute little blond girl, so it matters less, right? Will the craze end? The reality is that Miley Cyrus could have been white girl number-one nudging her friend Becky in disdain at the size of a black woman’s behind in Sir Mix-A-Lot’s video. Instead of beating them though, she chose to join them, and in recent situations surpass them. Miley is one of many though, who have been given access to the rap music audience due to an inexplicable infatuation. It’s one where in the end, no one wins. Whether its street cred or album sales, something will ultimately get sacrificed while Miley is still twerkin’. Kathy Iandoli is a music journalist and cultural critic based in the New York metropolitan area. She has written for Rolling Stone, Village Voice, Billboard, VICE, MSN, and many others. Kathy is white, but has never (and will never) twerk. PAGE 42


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around you are suffering. Every single guy here at Taharka Brothers could end up like Trayvon Martin and Taharka McCoy. If we turn our backs on them like society has, then our work will be in vain. By us speaking out against this; it sends a message that we are changing the way people do business and we changing the way people view young Black men all over the country. We are more than the neighborhoods we grew up in we are change makers. We are peace activist[s]. We are businessmen. We are Taharka Brothers. That’s who we are! That’s what we will be, and if people don’t like what we stand for, it’s ok! If we fall, at least we will fall feeling good about the fact that we stood for something that’s worth more than a dollar. Believe it or not we are true Americans trying to fight for the liberty and justice for ALL people. We appreciate you and we love you, but this isn’t about business as usual, it’s about a new way of doing business! Peace and blessings, De'Von Brown Taharka Bros. CEO De’Von Brown was one of four black boys featured in the 2005 award-winning film “The Boys of Baraka.” He was 12 at the time of the 2003-2004 filming of the documentary. The film focused African-American boys attending a private school in Kenya, East Africa. Some 20 at-risk black boys from Baltimore from middle school attended the school. However, instead of several years abroad, their international education experience was cuts short after a year by the U.S. Government that stated Americans living in Kenya were at-risk to terrorism. The boys were returned to inner city Baltimore public schools. The documentary ended with the boys entering school back in the U.S. but longing for Africa. Of the four boys featured in the film, De’Von Brown, in 2013, is the only to have graduated high school, study filmmaking in college and start his own business. Some of the others are serving prison sentences; have been involved with drug dependency, and/or other socio-economic issues. Taharka Brothers Ice Cream is named after Taharka McCoy, a college graduate from Baltimore who was shot and killed after intervening in an altercation between youths. Five, African-American men, all under age 25, run the ice cream company named in his honor. Although not in the NYC metropolitan area, the famous Phillips Seafood in Baltimore Harbor sells Taharka Brothers ice cream. Essentially, their ice cream can be found in two places: Baltimore and Philadelphia (a dessert company called Brown Betty Dessert Boutique paired with them to offer an ice cream sandwich and sells Brown Betty Cake with Taharka Bros. Ice Cream). A recipe of their ice cream sandwich was posted in The Huffington Post this summer. Taharka works to create socially conscious inspirational flavors such as Pryor Knowledge… of the N-Word (Richard Pryor’s flavor features lots of N-Words: Nutella, nougat, Nutter Butter Cookies and even NY Cheesecake), Chocka Khan’s Good Morning & the Savoring of the South Side’s Sweet (Chaka Khan inspired sweets include maple ice cream, dark chocolate, smoked bacon bits and even cayenne pepper), A Dream Preferred (Langston Hughes includes coconut, brown sugar toffee pieces, raisin, vanilla, and Haitian rum), Zinn Meditation (Howard Zinn’s specialty has peach lavender ice cream with rye shortbread crumbles), Mookie’s Theme: the Triple Truth (“Do The Right Thing”/Spike Lee’s pizza flavored ice cream with pieces of pepperoni.) On July 17, the company recently successfully raised more than $34,000 from 740 backers in a 30-day crowd funding fundraising campaign on Kickstarter. Their goal was $28,000 to garner enough funds to customize a branded ice cream truck that plan to use throughout the city. In the promotional video for the company, viewers are introduced to all “the brothers.” As part of their motto, Taharka Brothers say: “We advocate cultural understanding, economic and social justice, civic involvement, civil protest and joy!” Interview with De’Von Brown http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2013/07/16/taharka-ice-cream The Boys of Baraka Trailer http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi2710503705 The Taharka Brothers Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TaharkaBros The Taharka Bros. Kickstarter campaign: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/taharkabros/lets-get-the-taharka-brothers-ice-cream-truck-on-t?ref=city Recipe for Taharka Bros. and Brown Betty’s Ice Cream Sandwiches: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/21/bourbon-ice-cream-sandwiches-brown-betty-taharka-recipe_n_3478299.html

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ABOUT THIS BOOK: “THE WAY STATION” (Genre: Christian fiction) By Minister Larry Montgomery, Sr. Author of the ‘U.S. Marshal Harry Bailey Parables of Life Series’ The Way Station is a fictional account of what could happen immediately following a person’s death. This book is about the moments’ right before the souls of six strangers transitions to either the other side of life, better known as the ‘hereafter’ or to the next phase of life, known as the second chance to get it right. This book was written on the theory that either you learn the lesson you were sent into this world to learn, or you can be recycled, given another chance to get it right before it is finally too late. Seven people take an elevator ride together, each from a different walk of life, but unbeknownst to them; they are each riding into either their next destiny or a second chance. In their minds, they are all going to the top floor of an office building owned by a world renowned charitable organization, to receive a cash reward for doing something good but none of them really remembers exactly what. None of the six awardees are known to one another but during the elevator ride to the top-floor office they each have a chance to talk about that part of his or her life, they believe earned them this recognition. As they tell their story, they recollect the trials and tribulations they went through which they believe made them worthy of this honor. Each person’s story is of no consequence to any of the other recipients, but the seventh person on the elevator seems to know a lot more about their lives then even they realize. Once each of the awardees reaches their individual destination they are ushered off the elevator to confront life’s ultimate choice; to choose their soul’s next destination. Each awardee is left to choose between two doors. Each door holds a different destiny behind it. So, don’t be fooled by the majesty or outward appearance of either, the one selected is the one each recipient is most worthy of. One door is made of solid OAK1 and the other solid Birch2 wood. Ride with these six people to their final destination and read how each of them chose their soul’s next resting place based on the trials and tribulations that made up their lives. Then think how your life compares to theirs; if at all, and you just may find out more about what really awaits you at the ‘Way Station.’ ONLINE EDITION

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‘Fruitvale Station’: Why there’s no excuse not to see it There’s no excuse for not seeing Fruitvale Station. But some black folks, perhaps people you know and love, may be using Trayvon Martin as one. Tensions are running high in black America following the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of Martin. Zimmerman’s defense argued he shot and killed the 17-year-old black teen in self defense but the case’s conclusion has left many people of color feeling bewildered, angry or just jaded. A new NBC poll shows a growing dissatisfaction among AfricanAmericans with the direction of the country, the performance of the president and the reliability of our justice system. While it would be simplistic to attribute these negative numbers entirely with the outcome of the Zimmerman trial, its conclusion and aftermath have undoubtedly cast a shadow over many black psyches. Opening at an auspicious time It is in this harsh climate that the acclaimed film Fruitvale Station enters the fray. For those who may not know, the movie documents that last 24 hours in the life of Oscar Grant, another black youth whose tragic death recently galvanized a community. Grant was shot and killed on New Year’s Day 2009 by a BART officer in Oakland, who claimed that he mistook his firearm for a taser. His conviction for involuntary manslaughter instead of murder led to violent riots and protests in the Bay Area and to this day Grant remains a symbol for anti-police brutality activists. Click here to read about the 3 black actors that could make history in this year’s Oscar race The film does not try to make Grant out to be a saint, and that is part of its brilliance. Over a naturalistic 9o minutes, audiences see a convincing portrait of a flawed but decent man — who struggles with his obligations and his temptations. When the story reaches its inevitable tragic conclusion the emotional effect is overwhelming, in the best way. Fruitvale Station, which was impressively written and directed by the 27-year-old Ryan Coogler (an African-American), does what we often wish so-called “black films” would do. It provides a realistic, honest and sympathetic glimpse of what the black experience is for so many of us and it deserves all the praise being heaped upon it for its unflinching intensity and heartfelt emotions. The movie we’ve been waiting for Still, some may argue that in the wake of the Zimmerman verdict that this film may be too hard to handle. You may have heard someone close to make that case that they won’t support the movie because it hits to close to home. This is precisely why you should see this movie. See it now, not later, and take a friend while you’re at it. For far too long, movies, media, even music, make young dead black boys an afterthought. They are as undefined as the ubiquitous mugshot of the unidentified black male suspect seemingly wanted for every neighborhood crime. Devoid of a family, a history or a voice, ONLINE EDITION

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these individuals are easy to ignore and dismiss. Fruitvale Station is a game-changer because it succeeds in making you care about someone who for too many Americans exists on the margins of society. And thanks to the breakthrough, Oscar-worthy performance of Michael B. Jordan as Grant, you would have to be missing a piece of your soul not to be emotionally invested in his fate by the conclusion of this film. As film fans, black audiences have been clamoring for this kind of film for decades. We’ve lamented the overheated ignorance of Tyler Perry’s work and the polemical self-indulgence of Spike Lee’s worst films. We’ve longed for something that rings true. Fruitvale Station does. Without the attendance of African-American audiences, the financial prospects for a film such as this — about black people, made by a black person — are dim. Must-see in the wake of Trayvon Martin And, in the wake of the Trayvon Martin tragedy, the film just resonates that much more. It could very well force audiences with preconceived notions and

biases about Martin to at least reconsider their notions of what led to his death, or at the very least convince them to sympathize with the late teen’s parents. And for those who found the verdict unjust, the movie is a profound reminder that the case is just one in a long struggle against injustice and that we must continue to raise awareness about these young men’s lives so they don’t become forgotten as just another statistic. Since this film will surely be in the conversation later this year when awards seasons kicks in, it will help keep the dialogue going about gun violence in our communities long after the mainstream media has tried to move on (and some would argue it already has). For young people, the movie can and will serve as a cautionary tale. For older folks, the movie could serve as a sobering introduction to a brave new world. Movies can be and often are escapism, but they can also hold a mirror up to our lives and help us reflect on our society. If you think the movie will make you angry or sad, good – great art should provoke these kinds of emotions from its viewer. Frutivale Station is arguably the most powerful African-American movie of the last 10 years and it would be a shame to miss it just because the subject matter is challenging.

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