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Jesse Jackson, Jr. gets 2 1/2 years in prison WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. was sentenced to two and a half years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to scheming to spend $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items. Jackson, the 48-year-old son of civil rights leader Jesse Jackson, had been a Democratic congressman from Illinois from 1995 until he resigned last November. In an emotional speech to the judge during which he got choked up and used tissues to blow his nose, he apologized and said he wanted to “take responsibility for my actions.” “I misled the American people,” he said. What will happen to the children? According to court papers in the case, Jackson used campaign money to buy items including a $43,350 gold-plated men’s Rolex watch. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson said that as a public official Jackson was expected to “live up to a higher standard of ethics and integrity.” Jackson’s wife, Sandra Jackson, also was to be sentenced Wednesday for filing joint federal income tax returns that understated the couple’s income. She spent $5,150 in campaign funds on fur capes and parkas, court documents show. Jesse Jackson Jr. had pleaded guilty to the criminal charges back in February. He admitted that he and his wife used campaign credit cards to buy 3,100 personal items worth $582,772 from 2005 through April of last year — including $60,857 for personal expenditures at restaurants, nightclubs and lounges; $16,058 for personal expenditures at sports clubs and lounges; $5,814 for alcohol and $14,513 for dry cleaning. Individual campaign credit card purchases included a $466 dinner for two of “a personal nature” at a restaurant; a washer, dryer, range and refrigerator for the Jacksons’ Chicago home; multiple flat-screen televisions, Blu-Ray DVD players and DVDs for their Washington, D.C., home; and a five-day health retreat for one of Mrs. Jackson’s relatives. Jackson told another judge when he entered his plea that “for years I lived in my campaign.” On Wednesday, Jackson asked that his family, in (Continued on page 4)

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am heartbroken,” Bertha Lewis, President of The Black Institute, said. “Today, a great man has passed and I am deeply saddened by the loss of yet another mentor and friend to our community. A lot of what I know about Politics and Organizing, I learned from Bill Lynch. He was undoubtedly one MINISTER of the greatest political minds LARRY MONTGOMERY, SR. of our era, and PUBLISHER AND CHIEF will forever be COMMUNITY JOURNAL, INC. known as a giant in politics. He was a legend on WATCH AND PRAY the gridiron and on the gritty streets of Harlem God is about to release a and his passing creates a huge chasm in our 7 FOLD BLESSING. He is City and our Nations political fabric. I am doing something new. SO honored to have known, learned and WATCH AND PRAY. worked with him. Bill was a master political God Bless. architect who was a key link between the Civil Rights Movement and electoral politics. The effects of his genius touched as far as South Africa and its abolishment of Apartheid and the world mourns his passing. The hearts and minds of The Black Institute are with his family and our friends at Bill Lynch Associates.” (Continued from page 2)

particular his son and daughter, not suffer because of his actions. He said he hoped his wife would get probation and that if that wasn’t available he would want to serve her sentence for her. “Give me her time,” he said. Jackson also asked to serve his time in Alabama, saying, “I wanted to make it a little inconvenient for everybody to get to me.” Under federal sentencing guidelines, Jackson faced a potential sentencing range of 46 to 57 months in prison, and the government recommended the lower end of that — 48 months. Jackson’s lawyer, Reid H. Weingarten, wrote that the former congressman’s mental health might worsen under the stress of incarceration. Jackson has been treated for depression and bipolar disorder. Prosecutors sought an 18-month prison sentence for Sandra Jackson, who was a Chicago alderman before she resigned this year during the federal investigation. U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen has said the government could have come up with more serious charges against her than filing false joint federal income tax returns, but used discretion because the Jacksons have children. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Hempstead school shut since 2003 to reopen Originally published: August 12, 2013 8:51 PM

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The opening of the Prospect School, built in 1907, will allow the district to move students out of portable classrooms in other buildings and help alleviate overcrowding. The school's first day of class and grand opening ceremony are scheduled for Sept. 9. "We're bringing the building in on time," board president Betty Cross said at the meeting. "This is the first time that I was here in 30 years that we bring in anything on time."

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The project, funded by an $18.1-million bond approved By AISHA AL-MUSLIM a i s h a . a l - in March 2011, is being paid for almost entirely from state grants -- the district allocated $500,000 for the project, dismuslim@newsday.com The long-shuttered Prospect School in the Hempstead trict officials have said. school district will welcome back students next month, 16 Among the improvements are a new playground in the months after the beginning of major reconstruction -- a pe- rear of the property, a library, colorful classrooms and enriod that included a 31/2-month delay due to asbestos abate- ergy-saving fixtures. All-new furniture is scheduled to be ment and superstorm Sandy damage. moved in by the end of the week, officials said. The paving The newly refurbished school, located on Peninsula of the parking lot and landscaping are expected to be comBoulevard, is slated to be used as a districtwide kindergarten pleted by Aug. 19, the construction managers said. center. It was closed in August 2003 because of nagging "We're well underway," Eze Small, chief operating offistructural issues. cer and president of Garden City-based Elite Construction of "This building will signal a significant change to the NY, told the board at its meeting. "You'll be in, in Septemcommunity of the serious approach this administration is ber." taking to upgrading the educational environment," Lennitt The Prospect School had been an elementary school beBligen Sr., community representative on the Prospect Reno- fore closing. The new kindergarten center will house 550 vation Oversight Committee, said at a board of education students, officials have said. special meeting last week. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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The Excruciating Demise of WBAI On August 9, WBAI, the listener-supported radio station, announced that it was laying off most of its paid staff. The only surprise in the announcement was that it took so long. WBAI, one of five stations in the national Pacifica network, has been failing for years. Some of its problems are the familiar ones of “legacy” media, to use that annoying but fashionable term. But most of its problems were home grown. The programming was mostly unlistenable. Hosts who couldn’t talk very well yammered on about material they didn’t understand. Interviewers knew nothing about their interviewees. Health nuts flogged miracle cures and conspiracists spun elaborate theories. I recall turning on the morning drive time show and listening for 20 minutes to someone the host never identified—and, in all that time, I never got an idea of what the interview was supposed to be about. It wasn’t always like this. I grew up listening to WBAI as a teenager in the late 1960s. Stranded in the desert of suburban New Jersey, it was thrilling to discover all the rich radical culture and politics happening just 20 miles from where I languished. But it wasn’t just a hippie outpost. There was plenty of high culture—radio plays, classical music festivals—mixed in with live coverage of the 1968 Paris riots and the explosion of Stonewall-era gay politics.

DON DURANT Healthcare information is sometimes faulty. We as a community often rely on health resources, that lead away from what is best. Young men, standing in a spot outside the Bodega, all day long, is not really exercise. Eating fast foods from McDonalds and Wendy’s is not always the answer for healthy choices. As a former Air Force Medic, I am aware of the needs for personal healthcare. We are aging rapidly, and as such must do all we can to take care of our health, by being pro-active and forewarned. In a recent conversation with a dear friend of mine, Mr. Bill Harper, we discussed these things in detail. I refuse to divulge, Bill’s age, but he is healthy and wise. His church, the St. Ladislaus Ministry to Catholics of African Ancestry, will be holding an annual event in the St. Ladislaus Church School Yard on Saturday, September 7, 2013, from 10 am to 2 pm. Sponsors of this event will be the Mercy Hospital Center of Rockville Centre, Long Island, New York, and the United Healthcare Community Plan. This special event will include Insurance information for the entire family, as well as FREE Health Screening tests. How many of us have lost parents, siblings, and friends, simply because information was not available to them to be able to protect their health? There are many lessons in lifesaving that if only we had known we would have experienced different results. Parents die of cardiac arrest, in front of our eyes. Lifesaving skills are readily available if only NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

Starting in the 1970s, conflicts grew over the largely white, male, and “elitist” programming, conflicts that became so intense that the station went off the air for a month in 1976. But the station survived, and remained a fixture of the New York countercultural scene. (It makes a cameo appearance in Dean Friedman’s 1977 top 40 hit, “Ariel.”) Its complexion changed dramatically in the 1980s and 1990s, a transformation capped by the appointment of Samori Marksman, a sophisticated and charismatic Caribbean Marxist, as program director in 1994. Marksman had been a producer at the station since the late 1970s, and gave me my first radio break in 1987, interviewing me on his show right after the great stock market crash. He then promoted me to doing regular commentaries on his show, and then in 1995, gave me a weekly show of my own. (Continued on page 8)

we decided to take the time to spend the hours necessary. The American Heart Association offers courses in Lifesaving, one of it’s kind is located for the past six years in the Sag Harbor High School (Pierson High) , run by Susan Denis, the School Nurse and Health Class Teacher. They do more than go through the motion, the students and those refreshing their memories, practice, clean vomit from the throats of victims, and how to lean an ear close to the mouth of a heart attack victim. Checking for pulse procedures, and blowing air into fake lungs of the mannequins. This training and exposure will go far in saving the life of a family member in distress, or in dire emergency. We need to be able to take care of our health and then be able to aid and assist someone else. The Health Fair will also have a special puppet show for the kids and those interested in taking care of their mouths and teeth for health reasons. Come out and join in on this Special Day. Saturday, September 7, 2013, and have a good time as you protect yourself and your health. Questions about your health will be answered, whether, Heart, Kidney, diabetes, High Blood pressure, or any reference you might need. The workshops will be held, and the time for the workshops will be flexible based on the professional’s availability. Bill Harper is standing ready to aid and assist those who have health issues, that need handling. Thank you St. Ladislaus For putting your heart where your word is. PAGE 7


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But when Marksman died suddenly in 1999, there was no one of any stature to succeed him. There began a decade of civil war within WBAI, with faction fighting faction. Charges of “racism” were lobbed constantly. A succession of managerial mediocrities drove the station into the ground. Excruciating stupidity was embraced in the name of populist programming. For several years in the mid-2000s, the station was run by a cabal of black nationalists of an antique and alienating sort. They were forced out by Pacifica central, only to be replaced by an even less distinguished (though not black nationalist) set of sub-mediocrities. Through all this internal turmoil and on-air rot, the audience predictably dwindled to the point of becoming nearly immeasurable by the Arbitron surveys. Once a major presence in New York City politics and culture, it became utterly irrelevant. It didn’t even earn a mention in the NYPD’s intelligence files around the 2004 Republican convention, and it was irrelevant to Occupy Wall Street, which occurred blocks from its headquarters. And since the station gets most of its income from listener contributions, cash flow shriveled. Fundraising marathons, which once took up a week or two every quarter, were lengthened, and featured ever-crazier premiums: 9/11 conspiracy videos, of course, but also things like DNA water, whatever that is. The remaining sane and solvent listeners turned away, making for longer, crazier fundraisers. Staff morale plummeted with all the infighting, crises, and endless fundraising, which eventually took up a third of every year. I’d somehow managed to survive all the internal hostilities until 2010. I’d teased the interim program director—a fellow named Tony Bates, with no discernible talent other than promoting dubious conspiracy and quackery fundraising premiums on air—about “hawking merchandise,” and it annoyed him so much that he squeezed me out. Fortunately, Pacifica’s Berkeley flagship station, KPFA, had been picking up my show, and I continued doing it for them. I really like doing radio, and it was a relief to be delivered from all the madness that characterized WBAI during its decade-long death spiral. From a distance, I continued to watch as the station approached the terminal phase. WBAI fell seriously behind on studio and transmitter rents, and earlier this year payroll checks started bouncing. Its studios—oddly located on Wall Street—were hammered by Sandy, which was close to a death blow. Driven out of its home, it’s been essentially couch surfing since. Pacifica management had no choice but to move in and fire much of the paid staff, which was costing it $25,000 a week that the station didn’t have. The network has appointed Andrew Philips as interim program director at WBAI. Mr. Philips is a refugee from KPFA, where he was interim program director (there are a lot of “interim” managers at Pacifica, because the hiring process is so fraught with controversy), but was suspended for some alleged misconduct about which no one, NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

including Mr. Phillips, has been fully informed, though it’s thought to involve charges of “racism.” Mr. Philips, a lively and sharp-tongued Australian who was program director at WBAI from 1989 to 1994, has the unenviable task of trying to revive a near-corpse with almost no staff and an empty bank account. He figures he has six weeks to come up with a strategy. A generous beneficiary has offered studio and office space in Brooklyn, but it’s going to take money to build out the new digs. For now, Mr. Phillips is importing programming from Pacifica’s California stations, most of it far better than anything that WBAI has managed to produce in more than 20 years. (Disclosure: he wants to bring my program back on the air.) Mr. Phillips ambitiously wants to go up against Don Imus and NPR and create vivid, listenable programming instead of the dismal fare the station had been serving. If he’s right, the station might survive. If not, well, the license could be sold for a lot of money. By a historical quirk, WBAI is on a commercial frequency, 99.5, rather than one of the noncommercial ones at the low end of the dial. That means that WBAI is worth more dead than alive, at least in monetary terms. God only knows what Pacifica would do with scores of millions of dollars, though. Doug Henwood is the editor of Left Business Observer, a newsletter on economics and politics he founded in 1986, and host of “Behind the News,” a weekly radio show broadcast on KPFA, Berkeley. He is the author of Wall Street (Verso, 1997) and After the New Economy (New Press, 2004). He lives in Brooklyn.

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Student Health Interns The Brooklyn Queens Long Island Area Health Education Center (BQLI-AHEC) Summer Health Program hosted a Student Achievement Celebration held at the African American Museum in Hempstead. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby presented a Certificate of Recognition to each student who interned with a health professional this summer. The Councilwoman congratulated Marion Terry and Audrey Perry, coordinators of the program.

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Mohit Arora identified as cop shot in North New Hyde Park Originally published: August 14, 2013 5:37 AM Updated: August 14, 2013 10:30 PM By Kevin Deutsch and John Valenti kevin.deutsch@newsday.com,john.valenti@newsday.com A Nassau police officer responding to a home break-in in North New Hyde Park was shot and wounded early yesterday after coming face-to-face with a suspected burglar who suddenly wheeled around and fired at close range. Two suspects were arrested shortly after the 2 a.m. shooting following a foot chase that involved about 30 officers assisted by a police helicopter, authorities said. Police recovered a 9-mm handgun that they believe was used to shoot Officer Mohit Arora once in the abdomen. Arora's mother said her son, a six-year veteran of the force, told her from his hospital bed: "I'm OK, don't worry." Det. Lt. John Azzata said pursuing officers fired "numerous" shots at the fleeing gunman and the other suspect, but neither man was wounded. "The suspect pointed his weapon at the other officers, and the other officers returned fire," Azzata said. "We are still calculating the number of shots." Arora, 32, was taken to a hospital in the backseat of a police car. He was in stable condition Wednesday night at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset and was expected to recover, police said. Arora's mother, who lives with him in Bellerose, Queens, said she was worshipping at a Hindu temple during morning services when she got news of the shooting and rushed to the hospital. "He was looking good," Shashi Arora, 59, said later, adding: "I blessed him." Arora's cousin, Seema Mehta, 40, of Franklin Square, said the wounded officer called her from the hospital. "This is Mohit. I got shot," he told her. She said doctors told her that Arora was shot in the abdomen and the bullet exited his right hip. "I almost caught him," Arora said of the shooter, according to Mehta. Police said the break-in on Campbell Street was reported by two people inside the home in a 911 call placed at 1:50 a.m. Azzata said the home was targeted, but he would not say why, or if the residents, identified only as a man and woman, knew the suspects. "It was not a random act," Azzata said. Police said Arora arrived at the front of the home just as the suspects were leaving. During a manhunt that only lasted minutes, police said they shut down dozens of streets in the leafy suburban neighborhood before capturing the suspects. No money or property was stolen, because the suspects were not inside the twostory brick home long enough to take anything, police said. Neither resident was harmed. The suspects' names were not released. Neither made an initial court appearance Wednesday, but police said charges were pending. Arora, a native of India, has been on the Nassau force since November 2007, assigned to the Third Precinct. He previously spent 3 1/2 years with the NYPD, patrolling Queens. James Carver, president of the Nassau Police Benevolent Assocation, said Arora had been injured in the line of duty once before. "He's got nine lives," Carver said. "He's already used two of them." Arora injured his back when he crashed his cruiser while chasing a suspect on the Cross Island Parkway several years ago, but that didn't keep him from returning to the beat, Mehta said. Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano met with the wounded officer and his family and said he "thanked him for his heroic service" and "offered the support and prayers of Nassau County." Neighbors said the man and woman living in the upscale Campbell Street home were business owners who moved in about two years ago. Security cameras were visible on the front of the house. "I heard the shots and prayed they weren't hurt, because they own a business and they had said before they were worried someone would follow them home," said a neighbor, Maura Charles. Charles said she heard officers screaming "Stop!" and "Get on the ground!" during the chase, while one of the suspects shouted back obscenities. Tony Cacioppo, who lives next door to the targeted home, was surprised by the commotion. "This is not the kind of neighborhood where people are breaking in for gold bullion," he said. "It's a real bucolic suburban block." A number of other Nassau officers have been seriously injured or killed in recent years. Officer Arthur Lopez was fatally shot by ex-convict Darrell Fuller in October following a pursuit near the Cross Island Parkway, police said. Fuller has pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial. Lopez's death came a week after Joseph Olivieri, a Nassau highway patrolman, was struck and killed by an SUV while at an accident scene on the Long Island Expressway. On March 12, 2011, Geoffrey Breitkopf, a member of the department's Bureau of Special Operations, was shot and killed by an MTA officer who mistook the plainclothes Breitkopf for an armed suspect. In February 2011, Officer Michael Califano, 44, was killed when a flatbed truck slammed into his police cruiser.

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Winning and other three proposals for Nassau Coliseum August 15, 2013 11:45 AM Forest City Ratner's Nassau Events Center was chosen as the winning proposal in the effort to redevelop and operate the Nassau Coliseum. The winning plan was one of four that were presented to transform the 40-year-old facility in Uniondale into a modern sports and entertainment complex, with retail, restaurants, bars and other nightlife. STATEMENT FROM NASSAU COUNTY LEGISLATIVE DEMOCRATIC LEADER KEVAN ABRAHAMS:

I congratulate Bruce Ratner on his winning bid, and look forward to reviewing the details of his proposal. With so much opportunity already lost at this site, it is imperative that we ensure any new development maximizes the potential benefits for Nassau residents. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

CSEA Endorses Goosby CSEA Local 880, Town of Hempstead Employees, officially announced their support of Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy L. Goosby, for re-election as Councilwoman for District One. The Councilwoman was interviewed by CSEA Local 880 President Charles Sellitto, Peter Giordano, 2nd VP, and Billy Kouvatsos, 5th VP. Councilwoman Goosby stated, "I personally have always been a supporter of this union, CSEA, and all unions...Our town employees are the back bone of our Town." PAGE 12


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India Day Parade The India Day Parade, celebrating the 66th Anniversary of India’s Independence, was held in Hicksville. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby greeted Indu Jaiswal of Garden City, a board member of the parade, and congratulated all of the participants.

Birthday Celebration for a Queen A Birthday Thanksgiving Celebration was held in honor of Queen Mother Clara RafuaKinkel of Baldwin at the St. Ladislaus Roman Catholic Church in Hempstead. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby presented a Certificate of Recognition to the Queen Mother, an honorary Queen from Nigeria, and congratulated Omu Of Ogwashi Uku (African Charities), Rev. Piotr Wasek of St. Ladislaus, Bishop Robert Brennan (Diocese of Rockville Centre), Darcel WhittenWilamowski (Coordinator Ministry to Catholics of African Ancestry), and Father Paul Ifeadi from St. Ladislaus.

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I Have a Dream at Roosevelt Library The Roosevelt Public Library hosted a “I have a Dream” 50th Anniversary Celebrating the speech given by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Washington DC on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. The Councilwoman congratulated Library Board President Wilton Robinson and performers at the event.

Swirl Bliss Frozen Yogurt Opens in Baldwin A Grand Opening Celebration was held for Swirl Bliss Frozen Yogurt located at 1777 Grand Avenue in Baldwin. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby presented a Certificate of Recognition to the Dickens Family, owners of Swirl Bliss, and wished them much success. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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From the Desk of Mayor Hall There are certain things we expect as citizens of America. We expect to be safe from harm, to be free to make our own paths in the world, and to be treated with the level of respect afforded to all Americans. We expect the “unalienable rights” that were so eloquently promised to us in the Declaration of Independence. But in the pursuit of these rights, we often encounter obstacles that put one in conflict with another. A current instance of this is the widely debated issue of the balance between safety and liberty. We expect our elected officials to keep us safe. We enact laws and empower people to enforce them, striving to create a safe environment for our communities and families. Are we willing, however, to sacrifice essential liberties, notably the right to privacy and the freedom of speech, in order to be safe? We tolerate security checks at airports because we understand that they are designed as safety measures. But what about tapping of phone conversations? Finding the line between needed surveillance and invasion of privacy is a difficult task for any government. It is important to realize what is really going on as opposed to what might be hyperbole perpetuated by the media. President Obama ensured Americans several weeks ago that the NSA is not “listening to people’s phone calls,” as many speculated. The President explained that the intelligence agency was only looking at phone numbers and duration of calls, not names or content. The President also downplayed reports that agencies were using computer programs to collect email records, stating that this did not apply to any U.S. citizen or person living in the country. He summed up the thrust of the national debate by saying: “You can’t have 100 percent security and also 100 percent privacy and zero inconvenience. We’re going to have to make some choices as a society.” The President’s reassurance aside, it is still imperative that citizens be mindful of their privacy and make smart decisions, especially when online. New technologies have made many things easier, including communication and travel, but they have also promoted an unsettling erosion of personal privacy. Use your credit card information as sparingly as possible, and try not to use it all in public places. Be NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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smart when using social media; remember that what you post to websites like Twitter or Facebook is public content, and you will be held accountable for it. We’ve heard numerous stories on the news about young adults who boast of violent acts on their personal social media accounts only to be arrested, charged and jailed. Remember: your right to freedom of speech ends when your speech threatens someone’s safety. Use common sense. The government is responsible for keeping us safe. It is one of their major roles. Citizens understand and expect that some privacy must be violated in order for the government to do its job. But it cannot go too far. We do not want to live in a police state, with our every move watched in an effort to keep us safe. For if we get to that point, what is there left to protect? 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  Tuesday, September 3 from 1 - 3 p.m. at Merrick Public Library, 2279 Merrick Avenue  Friday, September 27 from 1 - 3 p.m. at Roosevelt Public Library, 27 West Fulton Avenue  Tuesday, October 15 from 1 - 3 p.m. at Hempstead Public Library, 115 Nichols Court  Friday, October 25 from 1 - 3 p.m. at Merrick Public Library, 2279 Merrick Avenue For additional information, and for what forms to bring to the workshops, please call Legislator Abraham's office at (516) 571-6201. Please visit www.mynassauproperty.com for scheduling updates.

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The Weekly Freeporter This blog is dedicated to spreading news and information regarding the Village of Freeport, of New York. It is a nonpartisan, private-enterprise creation that aims to keep Village Residents in the loop. If you have any story leads or suggestions, feel free to contact its editor, Jesse Pohlman!

Voter Fraud vs Election Fraud Let's start by getting this semantic nonsense out of the way. I'd like to refer you to LaFeminista of Daily Kos' explanation on the difference between Voter Fraud and Election Fraud. Ignore her, ahem, biases if you're opposed, because she gets the basic distinction down very clearly. Election fraud is interfering with an election as a whole, whereas voter fraud is committed by an individual voter. So, one person voting - say - in an election in a different town than where they live is an example of voter

fraud; a politician soliciting fifty people to come from out of state and vote would be election fraud. One is clearly a crime, the other is a crime that will actually shift the outcome of an entire election. Furthermore, Wikipedia has a handy list of the various types of election fraud you can find perpetrated. After perusing this list, you can determine that the ABC report shows at the very least a combination of voter and election fraud... NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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- "Ballot Stuffing" can be done by an individual, or can be conducted as part of a larger-scale effort. When one person votes multiple times, or multiple votes are placed in a person's name, that usually qualifies. Voting for a dead person or someone who no longer lives in the district is one way of doing it. - Citations of concern over absentee ballots reflect the "destruction" or "invalidation" of votes. This is most often a systematic thing, and one imagines it could only be done by officials intercepting and disposing of ballots. - The abuse of proxies is a concern (the "affidavit" issue), especially as this election took place in 2013 after Hurricane Sandy destroyed our town. I know that for the 2012 elections, there were ways to vote in your local election if you were displaced. Something similar may well have happened, here, and would have been open to exploitation. - The reports of dead people voting is a form of ballot stuffing. I should probably note that quite literally one of the people effected is quite literally across the street from me, it seems. I'll have to go talk to them about it, when I get a

chance! Detecting Who Committed Election Fraud; Detecting Who Benefited This is the tricky part, and the part where I must plea for everyone to keep their collective heads on for a little while. Andrew Hardwick, for example, has already taken to the "streets" of Facebook to cheer on how this proves he was cheated out of the election: http://theweeklyfreeporter.blogspot.com/ PAGE 16


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Lingerie creator for plus sized women shares entrepreneurial tips From Black Enterprise: In recent years, elevator pitch competitions have become another popular way for entrepreneurs to raise capital. Several contests are held annually across the country. Even ABC’s competition Reality TV show, Shark Tank, has proven to be fertile ground for entrepreneurs seeking investment capital. In addition to the chance to win money, the benefit is that there are also endless networking opportunities at pitch competitions, as there are an abundance of entrepreneurs,

angel investors, venture capitalists, and potential cofounders who attend these events. Precious L. Williams walked away with $10,000 as the 1st place winner of the 2013 Black Enterprise Elevator Pitch, sponsored by PepsiCo and hosted by filmmaker and comedian Robert Townsend. Every year at its Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo, Black Enterprise rewards the entrepreneur with the best business pitch. Candidates submit their best video pitch, and from there the top ten are selected to present in front of judges and a live audience. Williams, a New York lawyer turned entrepreneur, is president and CEO of Curvy Girls Lingerie, a line of intimate apparel for full-figured, plus size women. She started the business in 2011 to be the ultimate shopping experience for “full-figured divas and plus-size fashionistas” like herself. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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The 33-years-old Williams IN THE BLACK plans to use her $10,000 grand prize to expand her upscale lingerie house party model. “Currently, I host lingerie parties in the New York/New Jersey area. I want to have Curvy Girlz Lingerie events in Washington DC, Atlanta and Chicago by the end of this year. The winnings from the competition will help me take Curvy Girlz Lingerie to a national level using independent consultants throughout the country.”

Williams has found that in general — when listening to a pitch — the judges want to understand what problems the business is solving, what the business has come up with as a solution to the problem, and what results the business has produced so far. Judges will also want to know how the business plans to use the winning funds to grow the company. Here are Williams’ solid steps for giving an awardwinning pitch:

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Hempstead Uniondale Times and the Power Networking Business series will be hosting the 3rd Annual Networking in the Hub event Hempstead, New York – On September 21, 2013 Hempstead Uniondale Times and the Power Networking Business series will be hosting the 3rd Annual Networking in the Hub event at the African American Museum in Hempstead. The Networking in the Hub event will begin at 10:00 am and end at 2:00 pm. Hempstead; Long Island has been long considered the Hub or epicenter of business. Recognizing this fact, small business owners around the region converging on Hempstead on Saturday, September 21 in an effort to network and to develop strategies that will help them stimulate their own personal economic success. Dubbed “Networking in the HUB,” the event’s goal is to bring together small business owners, community and civic leaders together to share information and support each other as Hempstead is poised for major growth and development. The event will give professionals in attendance the opportunity to meet and talk with others in business and execute trade and foster business relationship in NY’s Premier Business Network. Each participant will also get a chance to introduce and/or promote his or her business.

Phil Andrews, CEO Public Relations Company will serve as the Master of Ceremonies for the event. Mr. Andrews is known as a Master Networker throughout the metropolitan area. The Hempstead Uniondale Times has been committed to running the Networking in the Hub event for the past two years and is committed to using the publication to fostering business growth and business brand development strategies through networking events and print media. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

Among the Past attendees and dignitaries include Deputy County Executive Dr. Phillip Elliot, Mayor Wayne Hall, Ray Thomas Representative for Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, and Fran Becker, Legislator, Nassau County Legislative District 6. Some of the past honorees include Leone Baum, former president, Hempstead Chamber of Commerce, Don Durant, former owner of Copy Man Copy Centre/author of nine award winning books, and Max Rodriquez, former trustee Village of Hempstead/president, Hempstead Cuban Civic Association. “Networking in the Hub is vital to small business owners in the Nassau County, Suffolk County, and NYC area. We live in more connected society as social media continues to grow by leaps and bounds and breaks down the barriers that were once controlled by geographic location in the past. Hempstead, Long Island is returning to its glorious past as one of the major hub areas in New York State” Phil Andrews, CEO of PA Public Relations Company.ess-2Business event is presented by Hempstead communitybased newspaper, The Hempstead/Uniondale Times, along with Power Networking Business Seminar Series. To register for the 3rd Annual Networking in the Hub event you may log on to https:// networkinginthehubseptember212013.eventbrite.com/ to register today. For sponsorship inquires, vending opportunities , or general admission inquiries you may email us at hutimes@aol.com or log on to the above link and contact us.

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ASK LISA-ANNE

Some questions you may ask the teachers are as follows:

Q. I just received the school year calendar from my kids’ school. On the calendar is a “back to school night.” What is it and is it important for us to attend?

1. How much homework do you give? 2. What grading system do you use? 3. How do we communicate with you? 4. Will you call once you see that my child is struggling? 5. How do you handle behavior issues? 6. How do you handle children who may be a little advanced? 7. What can I do at home to ensure a successful school year for my children? 8. Can I volunteer in the classroom? 9. Can I accompany my children on trips? 10. What are school lunches like? 11. Can my child bring a snack? 12. How do you handle special needs students who need extra help? 13. Do you have a reward system? 14. My child is shy. How will you help him/her to speak up? 15. What supplies does my child need? 16. Do you send a weekly calendar or is my child expected to remember notices? 17. Are there specific books used at school that I can purchase for home use? 18. Can the school send home textbooks for home use? 19. Can my child gain extra points for extra work? 20. What can we do as parents to aid in the education of our children in your class?

A. Yes, it is important and yes you should definitely attend. First, you should attend as many school meetings as possible. They not only keep you informed but allow you to provide your ideas and concerns. Back to school night is a general meeting that has the following purposes: you get to meet your children’s teachers, principal and other important staff, academic standards and expectations are outlined, homework expectations are presented, behavioral issues are addressed, parent expectations are outlined, specialty staff are introduced should your child need any services during the school year, your district’s handbook is presented and explained, dress codes are stated and you get to meet other parents and the PTA committee in the school. Back to school night is not the time for a parent teacher conference. Most back to school nights occur within two to three weeks of school starting. Your children’s teachers don’t have anything to tell you, yet. Your child's teacher will introduce herself and give an overview of students' daily routines, schedules, goals, and activities — some of this may already be written on the blackboard when you get there so the teacher can dive right into the meat of things. She will also discuss her homework policy, discipline plan, and any other important information such as if she maintains a classroom homepage and how to contact her. The lengthiest part of the evening will be spent going over the curriculum and the methods the teacher will use to reach the year's goals. If your child has several teachers for different subjects, you may go from classroom to classroom doing this, usually in the same order your child would, so you experience a mini-day of school. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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! Thoughts From Nicholas, They S S Say I'm a St St Stutterer, But I S S Say Nothing! Meet Kelly and co-author of 365 Ways to Succeed With ADHD. You may contact her at speechlrb@yahoo.com or by visiting her website at www.AskLisaAnne.com. PAGE 19


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Russian Dmitry Agarkov Rewrites Credit Card Agreement, Sues Bank For Failing To Uphold Contract If you're the type of person to never read a credit card contract, Dmitry Agarkov may be your hero. In 2008, the 42-year-old Russian received a credit card offer in the mail from Tinkoff Credit Systems. After reading the small print, Agarkov found the terms to be disagreeable, so he reportedly wrote his own -- complete with zero percent interest, no fees and no credit limit. He then signed it and sent it in. According to Russian news outlet Kommersant, Agarkov also included various clauses penalizing the bank should it fail to uphold the agreement. Infractions would result in a fine of 3 million rubles (approximately $91,400), while canceling the contract altogether would cost the bank 6 million rubles ($182,000). The bank failed to notice these small tweaks and issued Agarkov a card. "The bank confirmed its agreement to the client's terms by sending him a credit card and a copy of the approved application form," Akarkov's lawyer, Dmitry Mikhalevich, told Kommersant in a quote translated from Russian by The Huffington Post. Two years later, Tinkoff filed suit against Agarkov for failure to pay his balance and associated fees. The case went before a court, which ruled in Agarkov's favor, requiring he pay only the balance on the card, reports Russia Today. He has since countersued for 30 million rubles ($914,000) highlighting the amendments he'd written which tack on penalty fees every time the bank fails to follow the agreement, including the fee NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

for breaking the contract altogether. While Agarkov expects to make a pretty penny at the expense of the bank's mistake, Oleg Tinkov, the head of the Tinkoff Group, has been quick to denounce him on Twitter, labeling the suit a "pipe dream" and predicting Agarkov will end up serving prison time for fraud. The case will be heard in September.

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Freeport Village Cashier Charged With Stealing More Than $13,000 Dubois would reverse residents’ utility payments, pocket cash MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced today that a cashier for the Village of Freeport has been arrested and charged with stealing more than $13,000 by altering utility payments made by village residents and pocketing the cash. Chevelle Dubois, 36, of Freeport, was arrested today by DA Investigators and charged with two counts of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, Defrauding the Government, and 22 counts each of Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree and Official Misconduct. She faces up to seven years in prison if convicted and is due back in court September 18. This defendant abused the trust of her employer and the people of Freeport, leaving countless residents in danger of having essential utilities shut off through no fault of their own,” DA Rice said. “My office will continue to target public employees who think they can steal from the public with impunity and hold them accountable.” DA Rice said that Dubois, in her capacity as a cashier for the Village of Freeport, collected payments from village residents to pay their water and electric utility bills and record them in a computerized system. Between January

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2012 and June 2013, however, Dubois would enter a resident’s payment into the system, then alter the entry to reflect that the payment had been refunded to the resident, and pocket the money. Dubois would then take the stolen cash and use it to repay the accounts she had stolen from the previous day. The scheme was discovered in May 2013 Nassau County District when a resiAttorney Kathleen Rice dent received a default notice, yet was able to produce receipts proving that he had paid the bill. An internal investigation revealed that Dubois had reversed the payment on approximately 724 accounts since November 2010. At the time of her termination on June 11, 2013, Dubois had stolen more than $5,000 from 22 accounts and her cash drawer was short an additional $8,000. In total, Dubois is charged with stealing $13,362. Assistant District Attorney Jason Herman of DA Rice’s Public Corruption Bureau is prosecuting the case. Dubois is represented by Karl C. Seman, Esq. The charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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Town of Hempstead Employee Charged with Deleting More Than 5,000 Files from Town Clerk Computers Foder was aide to recently convicted town clerk; files contained info on death certificates and marriage licenses MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced today that an employee of the Town of Hempstead (TOH) Clerk’s Office has been arrested and charged with computer tampering after he accessed the office’s computer system and deleted more than 5,000 files, including information and forms concerning marriage licenses and death certificates. Derek Foder, 27, of Malverne, was arrested this morning by DA Investigators and charged with felony Computer Tampering in the Third Degree. He faces up to four years in prison if convicted and is scheduled to be arraigned later today in First District Court, Hempstead. “Mr. Foder deleted sensitive information essential to the operation of an important Town of Hempstead office,” DA Rice said. “My office will continue to weed out those who abuse the trust placed in them by the public and ensure that they face the consequences of their actions.”

personal information was compromised. Some of the information Foder accessed and deleted is not available to the public without a court order. Foder told TOH on August 12 that he had deleted the files accidentally. He was fired the following day and the case was referred to DA Rice’s office. Foder earned more than $38,000 per year at the time of his termination. Assistant District Attorney Jeremy Glicksman, Chief of DA Rice’s Money Laundering & Cyber Crimes Unit, is prosecuting the case. The charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

DA Rice said that on August 9, 2013, it was discovered that Foder, an office aide in the clerk’s office, had logged on to his work computer the previous day and deleted more than 5,000 files from the office’s computer database, including information about marriage licenses and death records and a folder named “Marks Facebook Pictures” which contained official TOH photos. Former Town Clerk Mark Bonilla was convicted earlier this month of Official Misconduct for threatening to transfer an employee unless he was able to procure compromising photos of a female employee who was suing Bonilla for sexual harassment. Bonilla was removed from office last week. All of the deleted files were recovered and no NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Port Washington Firefighter Charged With Soliciting an Impersonator to Take EMT Test for Him Shore offered $400 and a fake ID to take re-certification test MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced today that a Port Washington man is facing multiple charges after he solicited another person on Craigslist to impersonate him for the purpose of taking an emergency medical technician certification test in exchange for a fee. The arrest is the result of a joint investigation between DA Rice’s office and the New York State Department of Health Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, with the cooperation of the Port Washington Fire Department. Bernard Shore, 65, was arrested this morning by DA Investigators and charged with Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, Criminal Solicitation in the Fourth Degree, and two counts of Official Misconduct. He faces up to four years in prison if convicted and is scheduled to be arraigned later today in First District Court, Hempstead. “Had this defendant been able to successfully pull off this scam, his lack of qualifications could have meant the difference between life and death for an innocent person,” DA Rice said. “It is unconscionable that Mr. Shore lied on his paperwork and then tried to cheat his way into a position of such importance. I want to thank the State Department of Health and the Port Washington Fire Department for their invaluable assistance in this investigation.” “His ruse was a dangerous one that could have jeopardized the lives of the residents of Nassau County,” said State Health Com-

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missioner Nirav R. Shah, MD, MPH. “It is a credit to the Nassau County DA’s office, the state Department of Health and Port Washington Fire Department that Mr. Shore’s plot was uncovered.” DA Rice said that in May 2013, Shore, a 10-year volunteer Critical Care Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-CC) in the Port Washington Fire Department, failed the New York State Critical Care EMT examination. All EMTs are required to recertify with New York State every three years by passing this test. Shore then applied to be retested on July 18 and placed an ad on Craigslist on or about June 19 seeking an EMT-CC or Paramedic to take the test for him. Shore stated in the ad that he would provide the testtaker with an identification card and would negotiate a fee based on the test-taker’s qualifications. Shore was contacted in an undercover capacity by the New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, which saw the ad. Shore agreed to pay the undercover $400 and provide him with a forged Port Washington Fire Department identification card with Shore’s name and the undercover’s photo. On July 16, Shore contacted the undercover and told him that he had changed his mind and would be taking the test himself. According to published reports, Shore then met with an undercover reporter who had also answered his ad later that day and paid him $400 and gave him a fake ID. Shore is also charged with signing and filing a test application on February 13, 2013 that falsely affirms that he had not been convicted of any misdemeanors or felonies. Shore was sentenced to 30 days in jail and five years of probation in 1986 for a Suffolk County conviction of felony Attempted Insurance Fraud. Assistant District Attorney Diane Peress, Chief of DA Rice’s Economic Crimes Bureau, is prosecuting the case. Shore is represented by Edward Jenks, Esq. The charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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DiNAPOLI: LONG ISLAND PHARMACY SWINDLED STATE OUT OF $235,000 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

Fraudulent Prescriptions Billed to State Insurance Program and Medicaid A Long Island pharmacy improperly collected at least $235,000 from Medicaid and the New York State Health Insurance Program (NYSHIP) over a four-year period, primarily through payments for phony prescriptions that were never delivered to patients, according to audits released today by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. Several investigations of Davis Ethical Pharmacy, based in Rockville Centre, and former owner William Davis are currently underway by the Nassau County District Attorney and the state Department of Financial Services (DFS). DiNapoli’s auditors coordinated their work with these agencies. The improper payments were identified when auditors randomly sampled 840 of 59,538 claims paid to Davis Ethical by Medicaid and NYSHIP valued around $7 million. “Davis Ethical Pharmacy and its former owner appear to have been anything but ethical, defrauding the NYSHIP and Medicaid programs of a significant amount of money,” DiNapoli said. “Davis even went so far as falsifying prescriptions from a deceased physician. My office will continue to work with law enforcement to get this money back and make sure those that committed this blatant fraud are punished to the full extent of the law.” NYSHIP provides health insurance coverage to active and retired state, participating local government and school district employees and their dependents. The Empire Plan is the primary health benefits plan for NYSHIP and includes prescription drug coverage. The Department of Civil Service contracts with United HealthCare to administer the prescription drug benefit portion of the plan. During the audit period, Jan. 1, 2008 through Dec. 13, 2011, Civil Service paid United more than $6.2 million for 52,485 claims submitted by Davis Ethical. Separately, the New York State Medicaid Program, run by the Department of Health (DOH), provides prescription drug coverage for enrollees. During the audit period, Medicaid paid Davis Ethical $776,849 for 7,053 claims. Davis Ethical was owned and operated by William Davis, a licensed pharmacist who sold the business in December 2011. In an examination of NYSHIP payments, DiNapoli’s auditors and investigators found that United overpaid Davis Ethical $139,796 for 148 of 573 selected prescriptions tested. The improper payments included $56,392 for 58 prescriptions where NYSHIP members were not patients of the supposed prescribing physicians. In one case, United paid Davis Ethical $2,688 for a prescription of Aciphex, a medication for acid reflux disease. According to pharmacy records, Davis prepared the related phoned-in prescription form for Aciphex in February 2010. However, the office of the physician who allegedly prescribed this drug told auditors that the member was not his patient. The drug was never delivered to any patient. The improper payments also included $71,462 for 67 other prescriptions that were not authorized by the prescribing physicians, although the members in question were patients of the physicians. Again, the prescriptions were never delivered to any patients. Davis Ethical also billed excessive quantities for 23 other prescriptions, overcharging NYSHIP $11,942 for them. (Continued on page 44)

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Judge orders NYPD stop-and-frisk monitor NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department deliberately violated the civil rights of tens of thousands of New Yorkers with its contentious stop-and-frisk policy, and an independent monitor is needed to oversee major changes, a federal judge ruled Monday in a stinging rebuke of what the mayor and police commissioner have defended as a life-saving, crimefighting tool. U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin said she was not putting an end to the policy, but rather was reforming it. She did not give many specifics on how that would work but instead named an independent monitor who would develop reforms to policies, training, supervision, monitoring and discipline. She also ordered that officers test out body-worn cameras in the police precinct where most stops occurred. “The city’s highest officials have turned a blind eye to the evidence that officers are conducting stops in a racially discriminatory manner,” she wrote. “In their zeal to defend a policy that they believe to be effective, they have willfully ignored overwhelming proof that the policy of targeting ‘the right people’ is racially discriminatory.” At a news conference a few hours after the ruling, Mayor Michael Bloomberg vowed to appeal it. “We didn’t believe that we were getting a fair trial,” the mayor said. “And this decision confirms that suspicion.” NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly said the notion that the police department engages in racial profiling is “recklessly untrue.” For years, police brass had been warned that officers were violating rights, but they nevertheless maintained and escalated “policies and practices that predictably resulted in even more widespread Fourth Amendment violations,” Scheindlin wrote in a lengthy opinion. She also cited violations of the Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable search and seizure. (Continued on page 32)

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Photo of bride with vitiligo goes viral From Black and Married With Kids: Usually videos go viral. You know the ones that feature a couple’s unique first dance, an adorable baby doing something extraordinary or a well-planned marriage proposal. Photos don’t go viral as often, but over the last few weeks a beautiful wedding photo has done just that. This photo belongs to Nicole and Brandon Wylie, who recently celebrated their 6th year wedding anniversary. After receiving such an amazing response, they decided to share their story with the BMWK family. We are honored they chose us and excited to share their story with you. I have to say, after interviewing these two, I don’t think I’ve ever laughed as hard, in an interview, as I did during this one. This couple is amazing, and their love story is an inspiration to us all. BMWK: First, I want to thank you both for sharing your story. We were excited to hear from Nicole. Can you share with us what happened when you posted the wedding picture on Facebook recently? Nicole, you posted it right? Nicole: Well, Actually, both of us posted it. What do you mean no, no, no? (talking to Brandon in the background) It was our anniversary. Brandon: (in the background): Let me take the phone.

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ways have an extended version of my stories. Brandon: So, okay Tiya are you ready? BMWK: I’m ready ready, this is going to be the real story huh? Brandon: Yes, Real Househusbands of Atlanta. Nicole: Whatever (laughs) Brandon: So, we were at dinner celebrating our 6 year wedding anniversary and I was looking across the table over a bucket of crab legs just gazing into her eyes and I thought to myself, let me update my Facebook page with a picture of my boo. I said alright I’ll change my background picture. When I did that, didn’t think anything of it. That’s all I did and I showed it to her and said remember this? And she goes “ahhh” while she’s cracking the crab legs and the juice hit me in the eye. So I started crying cause the crab juice hit me in the eye. (all laugh) Nicole: Stop it! (laughs) Brandon: By the time we got home that evening we literally had about 700 likes. I said what is going on. She doesn’t know 700 people. Nicole: Whatever. Brandon: I’m like babe this thing is growing. Then it’s like over 1.4k. I’m like what! Before that night was over, the first night, the picture on my page got to about 3,000 likes, the first night. The first 6 hours of the posting.

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Medical Marijuana Advocate Slams Eric Holder's Speech: 'How Dare He' Attorney General Eric Holder's call for "sweeping" changes to the way the Justice Department handles drug offenses Monday drew praise from lawmakers and civil rights activists. But not all advocates were satisfied. "How dare the attorney general come to San Francisco and talk about drug policy and completely fail to address medical cannabis," Steve DeAngelo, proprietor of what's been billed as "the world's largest pot shop," told The Huffington Post. "Of all the reforms that should be made, certainly the first should be to get medicine into the hands of people who are suffering." Holder, who delivered his speech before the American Bar Association's annual meeting in San Francisco, decried America's "broken system" and outlined reforms, including the abolishment of harsh mandatory minimum sentences for defendants convicted of drug-related crimes without ties to violence, gangs or trafficking enterprises. His remarks, however, sidestepped any mention of marijuana -- medical or otherwise. "The attorney general missed an opportunity to address the single most pressing drug reform issue in the country," DeAngelo said, "and that's reforming our cannabis laws." California made history in 1996 when voters passed Proposition 215, making it the first state to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes. Since then, 19 other states and the District of Columbia have followed, and California's own industry has ballooned into one that generates upwards of $100 million in annual tax revenue. And yet marijuana remains illegal under federal law. Despite early promises to leave pot legislation NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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and regulation to individual states, President Barack Obama's Justice Department began aggressively cracking down on California's cannabis operations in late 2011. Since then, hundreds of businesses have been forced to close and thousands of jobs have been lost. DeAngelo's own Harborside Health Center, with locations in Oakland and San Jose, has been battling an aggressive campaign by U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag to shutter his business on the grounds that it has simply grown too large. The city of Oakland has fought on Harborside's behalf, and DeAngelo has vowed to keep his emporium open as the federal case against his business winds through the court system. Meanwhile, the Obama administration has yet to publicly articulate its stance on marijuana in Washington state and Colorado, where voters approved initiatives that permit recreational adult use of the plant last November. In March, Holder claimed federal response to the laws was "coming soon." In June, with no further guidance from Holder's office, federal officials raided more than a dozen Seattle-area pot shops. "Given that the entire country has been waiting for the administration to clarify their position on Colorado and Washington, I think the attorney general's comments this morning were just a side-stepping of the central issue," DeAngelo said. Other marijuana reformers said they viewed Holder's latest announcement as a sign that the administration is moving in the right direction, even though Monday's speech doesn't go far enough. "If the administration is serious about using law enforcement resources in a smarter way, it should be a no-brainer to strongly direct federal prosecutors to respect the majority of voters by allowing these groundbreaking state laws to be implemented without interference," Marijuana Majority's Tom Angell said in a statement. "Clearly, drug policy reformers have a lot of work ahead of us ... but today's remarks give us a lot to work with."

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Freeport Medical Supply, Inc., along with American Diabetes Associates presents its Annual Community Walk and Health “Get Fit and Be Healthy” Freeport, NY (August 1, 2013)—will be host to Community WalkSM and Health Fair to Stop Diabetes®, the newest initiative of the American Diabetes Association's movement to Stop Diabetes. This local grass roots walk event is organized, by local Volunteer Coordinator, Freeport Medical Supply Inc., Xtra Care Pharmacy, and is open to the entire community. Everyone is encouraged to come out and take a stand to STOP DIABETES® on August 11, 2013 at 75 South Main Street, Freeport, NY, registration starting at 9:00 am. For more information on this walk, please visit: http://main.diabetes.org/goto/freeportcommunitywalk. "We are looking to Community Walk as a way to engage new volunteers and donors in the Stop Diabetes movement in smaller communities around the country,” said David McShea, National Director, Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes. “Due to the challenging economy of the past few years we had a number of smaller Step Out events cancelled since 2009, but Community Walk will be able to partially replace the desire to have a walk event in smaller communities, while raising funds and awareness of diabetes at a low cost, meaning more funds will go towards helping us to Stop Diabetes." Today, there are nearly 26 million Americans living with diabetes and 79 million with pre-diabetes. If present trends continue, 1 in 3 Americans will have diabetes by 2050. The Community Walk and the “Get Fit and Be Healthy” Health Fair will raise funds for type 1 and type 2 diabetes research and education programs. Chuck Madu, one of the top- rated pharmacists and owner of Freeport Medical Supply Inc., & Xtra Care Pharmacy in partnership with American Diabetes Association is pleased to present the “Get Fit and Be Healthy” Community Walk and Health Fair. At “Get Fit and Be Healthy”, Freeport Medical Supply Inc., & Xtra Care Pharmacy plan to provide incentive focused vendors to explain diabetes awareness, childhood obesity, risk factors connected with diabetes, healthy lifestyle, and cooking instruction and healthy lifestyle provided by neighborhood doctors and practitioners. We also plan to provide free testing such as diabetes testing, blood pressure screening, high cholesterol screening, BMI (Body Mass Index) and blood glucose screening. This event is for the entire family, which partners like United Healthcare, Healthcare Plus, Planned Parenthood Capp program and other vendors in Nassau County are looking to make a difference in our youth now so it will target our youth but not exclusively. The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to stop diabetes and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800342-2383) or visit www.diabetes.org. For more information about this event, contact Lenore Pringle, Event Consultant at events@freeportmedical.com or call (516) 633-1256. PAGE 29


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Union Baptist Outing Union Baptist Church in Hempstead hosted their annual picnic in Eisenhower Park. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, a member of Union Baptist, enjoyed the event and congratulated Rev. Dr. Easley and all those attending. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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“Far too many people in New York City have been deprived of this basic freedom far too often,” she said. “The NYPD’s practice of making stops that lack individualized reasonable suspicion has been so pervasive and persistent as to become not only a part of the NYPD’s standard operating procedure, but a fact of daily life in some New York City neighborhoods.” Four men sued the department in 2004, saying they were unfairly targeted because of they were minorities. Scheindlin issued her ruling after a 10-week bench trial, which included testimony from NYPD brass and a dozen people — 11 men and one woman — who said they were wrongly stopped because of their race. She found that nine of the 19 stops discussed at the trial were unconstitutional, and an additional five stops included wrongful frisking. Stop-and-frisk is a constitutional police tactic, but Scheindlin concluded that the plaintiffs had “readily established that the NYPD implements its policies regarding stop and frisk in a manner that intentionally discriminates based on race.” There have been about 5 million stops during the past decade, mostly black and Hispanic men. The judge said she determined at least 200,000 stops were made without reasonable suspicion, the necessary legal benchmark, lower than the standard of probable cause needed to justify an arrest. The class-action lawsuit was the largest and most broad legal action against the policy at the nation’s biggest police department, and it may have an effect on how other police departments make street stops, legal experts said. Lawmakers have also sought to create an independent monitor and make it easier for people to sue the department if they feel their civil rights were violated. Those bills are awaiting an override vote after the mayor vetoed the legislation. The court monitor would examine stop and frisk specifically and could compel changes. The inspector general envisioned in the legislation would look at other issues but could only make recommendations. City lawyers had argued the department does a good job policing itself with an internal affairs bureau, a civilian complaint board and quality assurance divisions. The judge rejected their arguments. “The city and its highest officials believe that blacks and Hispanics should be stopped at the same rate as their proportion of the local criminal suspect population,” she wrote. “But this reasoning is flawed because the stopped population is overwhelmingly innocent — not criminal.” Scheindlin appointed Peter L. Zimroth, the city’s former lead attorney and previously a chief assistant district attorney, as the monitor. In both roles, Zimroth worked closely with the NYPD, the judge said. He did not respond to a call seeking comment. The Center for Constitutional Rights, the nonprofit group that represented the plaintiffs, said in a statement: “Today is a victory for all New Yorkers. After more than 5 million stops conducted under the current administration, hundreds of thousands of them illegal and discriminatory, the NYPD has finally been held accountable. It is time for the city to stop denying the problem and work with the community to fix it.”

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Life Changing Words “God Desires to Lighten your Load” (Mat 11:28-30 KJV) Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Even while the economy is going crazy, foreclosures of homes are at its highest point ever, and people losing their jobs and some even losing their cars it is not always hopeless. When I read this scripture it gives me hope and comfort. It lets me know that in these present times there is another alternative that can give me a better and easier way to live. For God never said that we wouldn’t have yokes and/or heavy burdens but however here in Mathew 11:28-30 He offered you a way of escape from them. God knows everything that you are going through; He realizes that it is taking two-to-three jobs to keep your bills paid, the lights on and food in your refrigerator. These are what you call yokes of life that cause you to be heavy-laden. For if we look at the definition of a yoke it refers to something that is restraining you, holding you in bondage, or something that forces you into heavy labor. Right now today we have so many yokes in our lives that we have not paid much attention to them all. The ones I spoke of are just the ones that we see and hear daily but I am writing to make you aware of the invisible ones that are wearing us out. Things such as worry, fear, depression, discouragement, failure, low selfesteem and pride they are all wearing and tearing on our emotional, social and spiritual well being. Whichever ones are active in your life I want to inform you that if you Let Go and Let God he can and will Lighten your Load. For if you exchange your yokes for His yoke God promises to give you rest not just rest from the physical issues but He promises you rest for your soul (emotions, intellect and will). Now what exactly does that mean? It means God may not take away all of your problems but in the midst of them He can give you mental and emoNASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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tional tranquility, as well as a peace that surpasses all understanding that will keep your hearts and mind through Christ Jesus. Now how can we not receive such a wonderful and loving invitation from our Great God? For I know from my own experience with the Master that His yoke is easy and His burden is light! So I say to you, “In the midst of all of your burdens, trials, and tribulations take heed to His word and Let God Lighten your Load”… Apostle Dr. Karen Deadwyler is a new author inspired by God. Her first book titled “His Miraculous Way” speaks of her victory through Jesus Christ. For Apostle Karen is truly a miracle writing about miracles. She is the Visionary of a women’s ministry called Willing Women of Worship Fellowship and the Pastor of Glory Temple Ministries. To contact her, inquire about her book or to send comments email her at kaynrony@yahoo.com or visit her website: www.godlypleasures.org

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Donnie McClurkin Booted from MLK Concert for Not Supporting the Gay Agenda: He’s Very Upset “The Arts and Humanities Commission and Donnie McClurkin’s management decided that it would be best for him to withdraw because the purpose of the event is to bring people together,” said Doxie McCoy, a spokeswoman for Gray. “Mayor Gray said the purpose of the event is to promote peace and harmony. That is what King was all about.” McClurkin says that he was “asked not to attend,” even posting a video statement on the matter this week. He seems upset about what happened.“There should be freedom of speech as long as it’s done in love,” McClurkin said. He says that it’s stunning that, “a black man, a black artist is uninvited from a civil rights movement depicting the love, the unity, the peace, the tolerance.” The alleged homophobia began when McClurkin wrote on a Christian website over 11 years ago. He says that he was s*xually abused as a child, and this led to his gay lifestyle. Abuse is rampant in quite a few inner city homes, typically because the father is often not present to protect children from abuse. This abuse leads, some say, to an interest in the gay lifestyle that might not have occurred otherwise. The spike in single parent homes, as well as a “parttime” gay lifestyle is believed to be linked to the growth in prison populations among the African American community. Straight men go to prison and come out engaging in homosexuality. Also, the prison growth rate has incarcerated more black men than any other ethnic group, taking fathers out of the homes in the process. This has led some in the black church to feel that their experience with the gay lifestyle is not the same as it is for white Americans. On the website, McClurkin wrote, “I’ve been through this and have experienced God’s power to change my lifestyle. I am delivered and I know God can deliver others, too.” Phil Pannell, a gay rights activist, said that he was glad to have played a role in keeping McClurkin out of the Dr. King event. “I take no joy that he is not performing,” Pannell said. “I really admire Donnie McClurkin’s artistry, but this is a situation where a political polemic obscured his artistry.”

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According to Your Faith TODAY’S SCRIPTURE “...According to your faith be it done to you.” (Matthew 9:29, ESV) TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria A lot of times when people have a need, they think that if God wanted to, He would just automatically meet it. But Jesus didn’t say, according to your need be it unto you; He said, according to your faith. That’s why it’s so important to have an attitude of expectancy every single day. If we want God to move in our lives, we have to approach every day filled with faith and hope. Scripture tells us in Romans that “faith comes by hearing the Word of God.” The more you meditate on the Word of God, the more your faith will grow and the more you will see Him working in your life. Remember, God longs to bless you, and He’s given you everything you need to be successful in life. All things are possible to those who believe! Believe in His goodness today, believe His Word, and according to your faith, be it done for you! A PRAYER FOR TODAY Father, thank You for Your hand of blessing in my life today. I open my heart to You and trust that You have a good plan for me. Give me a heart filled with faith and hope to believe for every promise You have for me in Jesus’ name. Amen. — Joel & Victoria Osteen

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Answer: How can you know for sure if you are saved? Consider 1 John 5:11-13: “And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.” Who is it that has the Son? It is those who have believed in Him and accepted Him (John 1:12). If you have Jesus, you have life. Not temporary life, but eternal.

day whether or not we are truly saved. That is why the Bible makes the plan of salvation so clear. Believe in Jesus Christ and you will be saved (John 3:16; Acts 16:31). Do you believe that Jesus is the Savior, that He died to pay the penalty for your sins (Romans 5:8; 2 Corinthians 5:21)? Are you trusting Him alone for salvation? If your answer is yes, you are saved! Assurance means “having been put beyond all doubt.” By taking God's Word to heart, you can “put beyond all doubt” the fact and reality of your eternal salvation.

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perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand” (John 10:28-29). Eternal life is just that—eternal. There is no one, not even yourself, who can take Christ's God-given gift of salvation away from you. We hide God's Word in our hearts so that we do not sin against Him (Psalm 119:11), and this includes the sin of doubt. Take joy in what God's Word is saying to you, that instead of doubting we can live with confidence! We can have the assurance from Christ's own Word that our salvation will never be in question. Our assurance is based on God's love for us through Jesus Christ. Question: "What does it mean to honor God?" Answer: Revelation 4:10–11 describes a scene in heaven: “The twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne and . . . lay their crowns before the throne and say: ‘You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power.’” The words translated “glory” and “honor” are closely related and often used interchangeably in the Bible. But there is a subtle difference between them. The word most often translated “glory” means “something that has inherent, intrinsic worth” while the word translated “honor” means “perceived value; to render or esteem glorious.” Glory is a quality inherent in the one being glorified. Glory can be thought of as a mirror that accurately reflects what is there. When we accurately reflect the character of God, we glorify Him. To glorify God is to honor Him for who He really is. God has glory because He is infinitely valuable. Human beings have glory because we are created in the image of the One who NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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is all-glorious (Genesis 1:27). We glorify God when we demonstrate through word or action His glorious character or deeds. Modeling the character of Jesus is a way to glorify God, because we are showcasing His attributes. When we glorify God, we bring Him honor. Honor originates in our hearts and refers to the value we personally place on something or someone. Collectors hold certain items in higher esteem than non-collectors do. What others overlook may be highly valued by someone else and therefore honored. We honor other people to the degree that we consider their position and contributions significant. We are commanded to honor people because of their position, not their performance. We are commanded to honor our fathers and mothers (Deuteronomy 5:16; Mark 7:10), the elderly (Leviticus 19:32), and those who rule over us (1 Peter 2:17). When we honor God, we are demonstrating the high regard we have for Him. We are reflecting His glory back as praise and worship. The Bible shows many ways to honor and glorify God. We show Him high regard and reflect His character by being sexually pure (1 Corinthians 6:18–20), by giving of our income (Proverbs 3:9), and by living lives devoted to Him (Romans 14:8). It is not enough to merely honor Him outwardly. God desires honor that comes from our hearts. “The Lord says, ‘These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me’” (Isaiah 29:13). When we delight in the Lord (Psalm 37:4), seek Him in everything we do (1 Chronicles 16:11; Isaiah 55:6), and make choices that reflect the place He has in our hearts, we bring Him the greatest honor. PAGE 38


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NATIONAL KIDNEY FOUNDATION TO OFFER FREE SCREENINGS AT BETHANY SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH, WESTBURY, NEW YORK Bethany Celebrates Annual Health Day on Saturday, August 24, 2013 Westbury, NY -- The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) will conduct free health screenings for people at increased risk for kidney disease on Saturday, August 24, 2013 at the Bethany Seventh-day Adventist Church, 962 Prospect Avenue, Westbury, NY 11590 from 10am to 2:30pm. The NKF’s Kidney Early Evaluation Program (KEEP) is designed to identify and educate people who are at risk for kidney disease. People with diabetes, high blood pressure or a family history of kidney disease should take advantage of this free screening. KEEP is a comprehensive kidney screening program which is offered FREE to all participants. KEEP screening participants will have their weight and blood pressure checked. Physicians, physician’s assistants and nurse practitioners from the Bethany Health Ministry and North Shore- LIJ Health System will be present at the screening to review participants’ results. Additional lab results will be sent to participants 4 to 6 weeks after the screening. Participants can also choose to have their results sent directly to their doctor. Those with abnormal lab results are encouraged to followup with their primary care doctor or health clinic. Within three months of the screening, participants will receive a follow-up contact to determine if the participant visited a physician as recommended. “A kidney screening can determine if medical intervention is necessary. And, getting medical attention at the right time can often postpone the onset of kidney disease or kidney failure. Most importantly, early detection can save your life!” said Wisly G. Augustin, MD, Leader of Bethany’s Health Ministry. “We encourage everyone in our community to get a FREE kidney screening.” According to the National Kidney Foundation, more than 26 million Americans have chronic kidney disease and most don’t even know it. Millions more are at risk. The bone marrow drive, designed to increase matches for minorities, will require a cheek swab. The results will be added to a national registry. THE NKF says, it is crucial to conduct bone marrow drives because only 29 percent of minorities who need a bone marrow transplant find a match. The screenings are being held as part of Bethany’s Annual Health Day, which will include a church service at 11am. “We look forward to having our neighbors and friends fellowship with us and take advantage of this free kidney evaluation,” said Jaime M. Kowlessar, Bethany’s Pastor. To register for the KEEP and the bone marrow drive or to learn more, contact the National Kidney Foundation at 212889-2210, ext. 236 or kidney.org/KEEPhealthy. Walk-ins are welcome, but prior registration is encouraged. To get screened, you must be 18 years of age or over.

News from the LI Council of Churches SCHOOL SUPPLIES NEEDED We have some school supplies in our Freeport Emergency Food Center but we are seeking school supplies for our clients who cannot afford to buy them for their children—and many schools require parents to furnish nearly all the supplies needed in classrooms. Do you have any extra of these in your home or office that you could donate? book bags composition books spiral notebooks loose-leaf paper binders rulers glue/glue sticks crayons/highlighters/markers pencils and erasers pencil cases calculators folders

erhead (407 Osborne Avenue at Lincoln, 631-727-2210). We’re open MondayFriday, 9:00 to 4:30 in Riverhead & Hempstead and 10 to 4 in Freeport—please call if you plan to come earlier or later. Thanks!

NEEDED IN OUR PANTRIES THIS WEEK: EMPTY BABY FOOD JARS Like many food pantries, those operated by the LICC always need donations of baby food, infant formula, and diapers. One local church found a great way to keep this need on people’s minds. They collected empty baby food jars, put a label on them that said something like, “Spare Change for Kids” and asked the congregation with pennies or other loose change to pay for food for children in need. We would love to do this at the LICC. If you know anyone with young children, could you ask them to save the empty jars for us? And, of course, we’d love to have unused formula, baby food, and diapers that their children no longer need, too. This might make a great project for your Sunday School, daycare program, or Scout troop-(maybe even an Eagle project. At our Freeport Emergency Food Center, we have fed more than 1000 more people this year than we did in the same period in 2012—particularly more children. Donations always slow down during the summer months, when many of our regular supporters are away on vacation. If you have been collecting food or shopping bags for us, this would be a great time to donate them. Donations of food, personal care items, small household goods, and shopping bags can be dropped off in Freeport (450 N. Main Street, 516-868-498O9), Hempstead (in Christ’s 1st Presbyterian Church, 516-565-0290), and Riverhead (407 Osborne Avenue at Lincoln, 631-727-2210). Donations of summer clothing are welcome, too. We’re open Monday-Friday, 9:00 to 4:30 in Riverhead & Hempstead and 10 to 4 in Freeport—please call if you plan to come earlier or later. And, of course, monetary donations to support our emergency food centers would be greatly appreciated. These should be sent to the LICC at

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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SEASON POISED TO BEGIN There is just something very special about high school football. No other sport rallies the whole community as does the thrill of watching high school players in padded uniforms and cheats, laying it all out there on the gridiron. The Hempstead community really comes out to support the football team and many of the players from the past show up to give an emotional boost to the new kids on the team. Players in the huddle can’t help but feel the love and support from those who starred on the field before them. Next Monday, Aug. 19, all 56 Nassau County public high school football teams will begin preparing for the forthcoming season, which opens Sept. 12. There will be no Saturday games that weekend due to Yom Kippur. The first three practice days are non-contact, with helmets and cleats being the only equipment allowed. Protective pads and blocking devises will be used beginning Monday, and game scrimmages can be held after 12 practices are completed. Hempstead High’s Tigers will kick their season off Thursday, September 12 when they host Valley Stream Central at 4:30 pm. The following week, on Sat., Sept. 21, Hempstead travels to Baldwin for a 1:30 contest. The rest of the teams the Tigers will face include Plainview JFK, Syosset, Freeport, Uniondale, Hicksville and Oceanside. The Tigers have not enjoyed a winning season since 2008 and are hoping to improve on last year’s record with good overall speed, a spread offense and lots of hard work and hustle.

The LICC’s Freeport Emergency Food Center, which is still feeding many Sandy survivors, has a leaky roof that our landlord, Nassau County will not repair. They reimburse only a small part of the work they asked us to do—their payment has decreased over the past three decades as the number of people they ask us to help has increased five-fold--so we cannot afford to spend a lot repair the building in which they have asked us to operate. We are concerned about mold growth in the area between the roof and the drop ceiling. Do you know anyone who has developed expertise in mold detection and treatment in the wake of Sandy who might take a look at our ceiling? If so, please contact Wally Merna at liccfreeport@optonline.net or 516868-4989. Previously Posted KNOW ANYONE WHO NEEDS LUNCH? We are receiving extra summer program lunches at our Hempstead office nearly every day. Do you know any family with children who would like some? Send them our way. They can come any day Monday through Friday, 1:00 to 4:00. We’re located on the second floor of Christ’s First Presbyterian Church, on the village green in the middle of Hempstead, opposite the library. SUFFOLK COUNTY NATIONAL BANK FOOD DRIVE THIS SUMMER Donations to emergency food pantries such as those operated by the LICC often decline during the summer—and the number of people seeking help often soars with school out, no funds anywhere for Emergency Food & Shelter Program assistance, etc. Suffolk County National Bank is doing a great thing for one of the regional food banks that provides essential support to food ministries such as ours. The bank is conducting a food drive all summer long to support Long Island Cares, Inc.-The Harry Chapin Food Bank. Food drive collection boxes are located in all 32 branches of Suffolk County National Bank in Suffolk to accept donations of non-perishable food. To learn more about the great work done by our regions two major food banks, click here or visit “SHARE THE HARVEST” WEBSITE NOW LIVE This year’s “SHARE THE HARVEST: HELPING NEIGHBORS IN NEED” event will raise funds to support the LICC’s Emergency Food Centers and to help us alleviate the causes of hunger on Long Island. The event will take place on Thursday, October 3, from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM at the Crest Hollow Country Club located at 8325 Jericho Turnpike in Woodbury. This year’s theme is “Responding to Hunger and Its Causes.” Save this date for an evening of delicious cuisine, live music, and silent and live auctions. For more information, click here or visit www.liccharvest.com HAVE A BED OR SOFA TO DONATE? We have been receiving many requests in Riverhead for beds, sofas, and sofabeds. We do not have room to store these in our small building in Riverhead, but we have a wish-list to match those who have spare furniture with those who need it. If you have beds or sofas or other furniture on the East End that you would be willing to donate, please email liccriverhead@optonline.net or call 631-727-2210. We maintain a similar list in Nassau—if you have something to offer, please contact Yolanda Murray at liccmurray@yahoo.com or 516-565-0290. Thanks! HAVE A VAN TO DONATE? WANT TO HELP US BUY ONE? The van at our Riverhead pantry is also nearing the end of its life. Do you have one you might be willing to donate? Or can you help with occasionally picking up food donations and schlepping them to Riverhead? Or Freeport or Hempstead? Of course, it would be even better to have a new van. Want to contribute toward this? Please click here or visit http://www.liccdonate.org/collections/gmc-cargo-van To read Don Metznik’s blog about how essential a vehicle is in feeding our neighbors in need, click here. Or send a check to the LICC at 1644 Denton Green, Hempstead, NY 11550 or call 516-565-0290 to charge a donation to your credit card. Donations of either cash or a vehicle are tax-deductible. OUR BUILDINGS, OUR BILLS, OUR MINISTRIES Our Fall Convocation will explore how to use our facilities to help individuals and families in our communities—and how to find new partners to pay for the maintenance of these buildings. The Convocation will be Saturday, Oct. 19, at 9:30 at 1st Baptist Church of Riverhead. This program helps congregations to use their facilities in ministry in their communities, tell their neighbors how they are doing this, and find new support for maintaining their buildingds. If you did not already give us your feedback at the Annual Meeting and would like to indicate your interest in this program, please fill out the form below and email it back to tomgoodhue@optonline.net or fax it to 516-5650290 or snail-mail it to LICC, 1644 Denton Green, Hempstead, NY 11550. Thanks!

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BETHEA ON NATIONAL LEAGUE COMMENTARY FOR THE CHEAP SEATS

Hello Sports Fans, The NFL is having it’s pre-season and the talk from the “cheap-seats” are who is the best quarterback in the NFL. Recently ESPN generated a list of quarterback’s ratings that inspired debate and questioned the list and the method of its findings. Most sports fans have a tough time with Ron Jaworski (Jaws) of ESPN’s rating of NFL quarterbacks because his assessment appeared to be measured by the system in which the quarterbacks play in and not the true ability to lead on the field. Last season (2012/2013) the Baltimore Ravens won the SuperBowl Championship over the San Francisco 49ers and quarterback Joe Flacco of the Ravens was the Super-Bowl MVP. Flacco was rated number 9 on the list and neatly placed behind other less successful quarterbacks in the league. The fact that the Baltimore Ravens have been a model for what a great defense should resemble may have influenced the ratings of Flacco. After all the great Hall of Fame bound Ray Lewis was the orchestrator of the Raven defense, which remained among the top defenses in the NFL his entire career. The list has Aaron Rogers as its top pick over all, with Drew Brees number 2 and Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and our New York Giants Ely Manning, 3, 4, and 5 respectfully. The top picks of Aaron Rogers and Drew Brees has merit because both have earned the right to be mentioned ahead of most quarterbacks in the NFL. The problem with putting Tom Brady number 3 on the list is, he is the recipient of the most Championships and MVP awards of anyone on the list. Brady’s personal achievements start with most appearances in the Super-Bowl of all candidates on the list and until last year had thrown the most touch downs in a season, in the history of the game. Most sport’s fan have an undecided choice between Peyton Manning and Tom Brady as the number one and two NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

picks of who’s number one? The success of the New England Patriots can obviously attract attention to coach Bill Belichick and his brilliant leadership with the team but Tom Brady has lead the list of best quarterback ever for the past 10 years. Brady’s leadership on the field has been so superior to other team leaders that his team has been the top pick to win the Super-Bowl the last 8 years. Perhaps the fact that Brady is turning 36 before the beginning of the 2013 season, some sports fans question his future among the top picks and believe number 3 is generous (outside New England). Peyton Manning was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in 1998 and still remains the best pick of Colt franchise history. Last year (2012/2013) Peyton Manning lead the Denver Broncos to the AFC Championship game and lost the closely contested match-up to the subsequent Champion Ravens. Peyton Manning had returned from a neck injury that forced him to sit out the entire season of 2011/2012 season with the Colts whom he ended a magnificent career with and joined the Broncos. The top picks that Jaws recorded on his ESPN venue has truly inspired sports fans to chose their favorite quarterback in the game today however my pick goes to Peyton Manning because of his ability to change his plays at the line of scrimmage. This is a method that has revolutionized play calling on the field and he should be recognized for his incredible talent and innovative approach to play calling on the field of play. Peyton Manning has been the leader of teams with a mediocre defense and has excelled the team to an undefeated regular season records until the end of the season multiple times in his career. Peyton Manning stands alone as the best quarterback even this season as his great Hall of Fame career appears to be ending. PAGE 43


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Tyrone Pierson, Teen Who Shot Man, Won't Face Homicide Charges Under 'Stand Your Ground' A Florida teen who killed a man during a confrontation last month will not face homicide charges under the state's controversial "Stand Your Ground" law. In a release Tuesday, prosecutors said that Tyrone Pierson, 17, was justified in using deadly force on Julius Jerome Jacobs. Witnesses told police that Jacobs, a 40-year-old community choir director, came after Pierson and two other teens with a large stick following an argument over alleged speeding July 5. According to authorities, Pierson shot Jacobs in the head, killing him. Under Florida law, it is illegal for minors under 18 to possess a concealed firearm, other than an unloaded one in their home, but "Stand Your Ground" "qualifies [Pierson] for immunity from any homicide charges even though he illegally possessed the gun as a minor without a concealed carry permit," Think Progress noted. Pierson will face two counts of unlawful possession of a weapon, and an additional charge of evidence tampering, because he initially lied about the location of the gun, prosecutors said. The Ocala Star Banner reported that Pierson's friends, who were with him during the altercation that led to Jacobs' death, avoided conflict by running away. Although the paper noted that Pierson fired a shot while fleeing, he had no duty to retreat because of the "Stand Your Ground" law. "Stand Your Ground" has been heavily criticized in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting. Scrutiny of the law intensified after neighborhood watch coordinator George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the death of the unarmed teenager. Last week, Florida lawmakers agreed to hold hearings on the controversial self-defense law this fall. Although the move was initially perceived to be a major concession to protesters by Florida conservatives, the appointment of Rep. Matt Gaetz, a staunch backer of the law, to oversee the hearings tempered expectations. Gaetz told the Tampa Bay Times that he's looking forward to the hearings so that he can offer a "fullthroated defense of the law." "I don't support changing one damn comma of the 'Stand Your Ground' law," Gaetz told the newspaper on Friday. "It would be reactionary and dangerous to make Floridians less safe to pacify uninformed protesters."

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In a separate report, DiNapoli’s auditors and investigators determined the state’s Medicaid program overpaid Davis Ethical $94,460 for 169 of 267 selected prescriptions examined. The improper payments included $68,307 for 136 prescriptions for medications purportedly dispensed to Medicaid recipients who were not patients of the prescribing physicians. In one instance, the prescribing physician was deceased when the prescription was written. For example, Medicaid paid Davis Ethical $2,502 for a prescription, including 5 refills, for Pulmicort, an asthma medication. According to records, Davis prepared the related phoned-in prescription form for Pulmicort in May 2009. The office of the physician who allegedly prescribed this drug told auditors the recipient was not his patient. The improper payments also included $25,825 for 30 prescriptions that were not authorized by the prescribing physicians, although the recipients were patients of the physicians. For three other prescriptions, auditors determined Davis Ethical billed Medicaid for excessive amounts. DiNapoli’s auditors found the pharmacy processed many of the improper claims well outside of normal business hours and often lacked records verifying that patients received the prescribed medications. DiNapoli recommended DOH, United and Civil Service: · Coordinate with the Nassau County District Attorney’s office, DFS and other authorities as requested in any further investigation and recover the improper payments made to Davis Ethical; · Formally assess the prescription payments auditors did not test, determine the extent to which Davis Ethical submitted other fraudulent or improper claims and recover any improper payments; and · Launch a formal review into the conduct of William Davis to determine if he should be allowed to continue to participate in the Medicaid program or face other sanctions and consider referring him to the State Education Department for assessment of his professional conduct. For a copy of the reports, visit: http://www.osc.state.ny.us/audits/ allaudits/093013/12s11.pdf and http://www.osc.state.ny.us/audits/ allaudits/093013/12s10.pdf

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‘The Butler’ early reviews say its ‘worth seeing’ Lee Daniels’ upcoming film The Butler is opening to mostly positive reviews. The film’s star, Forest Whitaker is receiving praise for his portrayal of White House butler Cecil Gaines, a fictional character, based on longtime service worker Eugene Allen. “Gaines is a tricky role to navigate because the character is so inherently recessive, but Whitaker digs in deep and gives a marvelous under-the-skin performance,” Scott Fondus wrote for Variety. “He seems to catch the very essence of a man who has spent his whole life trying not to be seen.” Oprah Winfrey stars as Whitaker’s wife, and a slew of fellow celebrities grace the screen in smaller roles, which in the end may hurt the film. Entertainment Weekly’s Chris Nashawaty called the multiple cameos “a fun but distracting parade of famous faces, including Robin Williams as Eisenhower, John Cusack as Nixon, and Alan Rickman and Jane Fonda as the Reagans.”

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film is a must-see, several critics found the film to be to desperate for Oscar adoration. “[Lee Daniels] operating very much in awardsbait mode, juggling historical grandeur, family turmoil and a changing societal landscape,” Alonso Duralde for The Wrap. “Where the movie falls apart is in its desire to deliver Oscar-clip money shots; I counted three or four occasions where the score by Rodrigo Leão wells up for what’s supposed to be a “cry now” moment, but the intended sweep just isn’t there.” “Thanks to Whitaker’s touching lead performance and a script that keeps the scope of the entire Civil Rights Movement contained to but appropriately dominant in a single movie, The Butler is actually quite good as a simultaneous double feature with itself. It may be shameless Oscar bait… alright, it is shameless Oscar bait… but it does its job. It keeps history neat and tidy and serves the audience well,” said William Bibbiani of Crave Online. It may be thirsting for an Academy Award, but as “ambitious” as The Butler is, it is still “worth seeing.” Follow Carrie Healey on Twitter @CarrieHeals.

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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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Oprah racism claims ‘absolutely untrue’ and a ‘horror,’ says Swiss shop clerk TODAY – Oprah Winfrey’s disturbing story from last Friday about being told by a Swiss store’s shop assistant that a handbag she wanted to look at was something she could not afford, is being called “untrue” by the sales clerk in question. The sales clerk, whose name was only given as “Adriana N.” told the Swiss newspaper SonntagsBlick that Winfrey’s story “absolutely untrue.” “I even asked her if she wanted to take a closer look at the bag. Mrs. (sic) Winfrey looked around in the store again, but did not say anything further,” Adriana told the paper. “Then she went downstairs with her companion. My colleague held the door open for them. They were not even five minutes in our store.” As Winfrey told the story recently to both Entertainment Tonight and Larry King, she wanted to look at a $38,000 handbag but was reportedly told it was “too expensive” for her. According to Winfrey, the clerk then opted to show her a cheaper line of handbags. Winfrey took offense, presuming that she was being offered less-expensive bags because she was black. “That’s not true,” Adriana said. “That is absurd. I would never say anything like that to a customer.” The store was later revealed as Trois Pomme, in Zurich. The owner of the chain of stores, Trudy Götz, apologized publicly to Winfrey, as did the Swiss tourism office. The accusation of racism has turned Adriana’s world upsidedown, she said. “I have not been able to sleep for days. I feel as if I was in the middle of a hurricane. Totally powerless, also helpless. What is happening is horror.” Winfrey and Adriana clearly have differing opinions about what happened in that store visit, not just in outcome, but details. For one thing, Winfrey told Entertainment Tonight that she had left her hotel and gone to the store alone: “It’s just me, by myself (out shopping); Stedman (Graham, Winfrey’s longtime companion) wasn’t there, and Gayle (King, Winfrey’s friend) was not there, no friends, I’m out by myself.” But Adriana is clear: Winfrey “was accompanied by a friend, it might also have been her bodyguard, I don’t know. He held the door open for her.” Regardless, Adriana says she doesn’t understand why Winfrey is talking about the encounter. “She is so powerful and I am only a salesperson. I did not harm anyone. I also don’t understand why she has to exploit this so broadly on TV.” PAGE 7


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Why Queen Latifah’s sexuality doesn’t matter Anyone expecting Queen Latifah to come out of the closet on her new talk show might as well grab a flashlight and go look for her inside. Despite her forthright demeanor, the empress of hip-hop, actress and media deity to this day refuses to answer questions about her sexuality, or confirm rumors she is a lesbian. Even with her return to television and the social dynamics of gay culture shifting dramatically, she vetoes the idea of transparency, offering perhaps a bolder statement of her own on the purpose of identity. “Your sexual orientation is a personal thing, and not necessarily a brand thing,” Kim Castle, a branding expert, TV host and columnist, tells theGrio. “When I think about brands, I think about what the company, product, or in this case, the celebrity stands for, and for her, it may not necessarily mean that she stands for being gay or not gay…Your sexual orientation is not necessarily part and parcel of everything the public gets to feed on.” Make your own assumptions In Latifah’s case, the public has been nibbling at the 43year-old’s sexuality for years, and as she’s pointed out in the past, satiating their appetite serves little purpose. From her perspective, the delineation makes no difference. “I don’t have a problem discussing the topic of somebody being gay, but I do have a problem discussing my personal life,” Latifah told the New York Times in 2008. “We’re not discussing it in our meetings, we’re not discussing it at ONLINE EDITION

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Cover Girl…I don’t care if people think I’m gay or not. Assume whatever you want. You do it anyway.” In 2009, after divulging she’d been sexually abused as a child, she made similar remarks to Essence, commenting, “They want to make up stories and make me gay all the time and it’s like, ‘Keep running with it.’ I’ve definitely been annoyed by it, but I learned a long time ago that it was pointless to say anything. Everybody else can do the reading; I’ll do the living.” Last year, some predicted the star would come out during her performance at a Long Beach Gay Pride event, but she cleared up those rumors too. And in an interview this month with The Hollywood (Continued on page 40)

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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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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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Actor, Executive, Kevin Byrd to Wed Karen Pierre-Charles Parle Magazine Relationship Spotlight Written by Kevin Benoit Black love is an amazing thing! Seeing any two people in love AND happy is often a rare sighting, which makes it even more noteworthy when you stumble upon a couple that you can tell is going to work. It's not always easy to tell from a distance with the false sense of reality that some people can put on display, but then there are times when love is so apparent, it's hard not to notice it. The genuine love of Kevin Byrd and Karen Pierre-Charles is that type of love. Love and relationships in the urban community have become somewhat of the butt of the joke in the media over the last decade or so (Bobby & Whitney, Chris & Rihanna, the entire Love & Hip-Hop series, I can go on and on). More recent successful relationships like the Obamas, The Carters and even the Smiths have helped repair the image of the Black relationship, but successful pairs come along so few and far in between that I probably just named all of the ones that have been recognized! Therefore when I found out about the engagement and approaching nuptials of friend of Parlé, Kevin Byrd and his fiancé Karen Pierre-Charles, I had to admit that it was worth the spotlight. The same spotlight that everyday Caucasian couples receive in local and national publications. Kevin Byrd, an actor, philanthropist and the founder of a nonprofit organization that provides a voice for prostate cancer, has been a spotlight of Parlé several times in the past, garnering covers and features since 2005. Generally the focus has been on his professional endeavors and successes, which include several films, an action figure created in his likeness and proclamations honoring his work by dozens of politicians and cities. Karen on the other hand has lived a more moderate life as a teacher in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. She's been teaching for 6 years following receiving her Master's Degree from Columbia University. The couple met through mutual friends after a prayer meeting at the Brooklyn Tabernacle. After church the group went out to dinner and as the night progressed Kevin and Karen instantly hit it off. The couple met in February of 2012 and 8 months later Kevin proposed. Kevin Byrd and his future wife, Karen PierreCharles will be getting married on August 17, 2013 in Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, FL, where her family resides. Their color arrangement will be orange and yellow. ONLINE EDITION

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The couple answered a few questions about their path to the altar. Check out their full love story below… How did we meet? We meet through mutual friends on a Tuesday night after a prayer meeting at the Brooklyn Tabernacle. We were actually invited out to eat that night with the mutual married couple. Karen was asked by the wife of this couple and Kevin was asked by the husband. We had no idea what they were up to but God did. Kevin: I was clueless and wasn't sure why Karen was there. I introduced myself to her and marveled at her sweet spirit and beauty. Karen told me her name and I said to her, “That’s my twin sister’s name!” We learned that we were born in the same month and shared some of the same interest and hobbies. Karen: I didn't know why Kevin was there either,” I was just being cordial and gregarious. “We ended having a great conversation with each other.” Kevin: I remember exactly what Karen wore that day. After dinner, we walked Karen to the train station and that was it. I was upset with myself for not exchanging numbers with her. I thought I would never see her again. I asked the married couple for Karen’s phone number as we headed home that evening. They said that if I was interested I would have to get her number myself. About a month later, I finally got a hold of Karen. It took a lot of work just to take her out on a date. I had to get through two brothers, three pastors and her protective father. A laborious task to say the least but it was all worth it. When we knew we were in love? Karen’s answerI knew I was in love with Kevin when I went away to Miami to visit family without him. I was gone for one month. I usually never miss anything or anyone in New York when I'm in Miami but I found myself missing Kevin like crazy. That’s when I realized that I was in love. Kevin’s answerI knew I was in love with Karen when we had our first official date. We wore the same exact colors (an orange tee-shirt & blue jeans). It was a phenomenal date and I didn't want the night to end. When the date was over I was just anticipating when I would see her again. That’s when I knew I was in love. I knew that she was going to be my wife one (Continued on page 35)

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Dear Friend/Associate, I hope all is well. This is Vincent Smythe. I’m sending you my final email regarding my Wooden Food Tree Sculpture Exhibit Closing Reception featuring Tapas Tree Cuisine next Saturday August 17, 2013 from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm. In addition to my work there will be featured vendors and other artist such as Andre Walker Photography; Carl G. Lewis of 5LINKS; April Diane of S.H.I.NE.; Asha Johnson & Violet Price of Tracy Lynn Jewelry; JD of Motives Customized Cosmetics; Mike Felber of At the Edge Magazine; Sabrina Gardner of Diabetes Health and Wellness Academy of N.Y.C.; Wanda Jones of Hempstead Rebirth; and Sharon Richards of Be Well Now Wellness/Lux Spa Mobile. The event will be hosted by Professional Comedian “Chilli” of Long Island who has performed in Atlantic City, Las Vegas, New York and many other places. Since many of you know me either personally and or professionally and have been following my artwork over the years I would like for you to attend my final art exhibit on Long Island/NYC metro area. I will be leaving for South Florida where I will continue with my Environmental Art Education programs with my Tree Branch Sculpture Kit, Tapas Tree Cuisine and Gourmet Cedar Wood Rainbow Cooking Planks and other art products/ services. The event is an art & food exhibit in which you’ll be eating food right off of my one-of-a-kind art sculptures known as Tapas Tree Cuisine, which by the way has been featured in Uptown Magazine and soon also to be featured in an international magazine and television. There is a onetime contribution of $50 for the event, which covers up to 3 guests or make a donation for the arts or if you cannot attend you can make an open contribution today for whatever you can afford at www.vincentfinedesigns.org and go to the Tapas Tree Cuisine page and click on the Buy Now or Donate button. I hope to see you there if not your support for the arts would be much appreciated. Portions of all proceeds will go towards the African American Museum of Nassau County. If you have any questions, please contact me directly at 917.224.3027.

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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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The 2014-model Long Island Auto Show rolls into the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum with more than 150 of the latest cars, trucks, crossovers and more. Whether a car buff, just browsing or in the market for a new vehicle, showgoers are invited to check out the newest rides, experience the latest in-car technology and even test drive several new models right at the show. WHEN: Friday, October 18 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. Saturday, October 19 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sunday, October 20 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. WHERE: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum 1255 Hempstead Turnpike Uniondale, NY 11553 WHO: Representatives from participating automotive manufacturers will be at the show to answer questions and provide information on the latest vehicles. The Long Island Auto Show is presented and produced by Motor Trend Auto Shows, the nation’s largest auto show producer. TICKETS: Admission is FREE all show days for all attendees. WEBSITE: www.AutoShowLongIsland.com GET SOCIAL: Facebook: www.facebook.com/LIAutoShow Twitter: @LIAutoShow #LIAutoShow Instagram: http://instagram.com/ motortrendautoshows#

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N.W.A.’s ‘Straight Outta Compton’ turns 25 “You are now about to witness the strength of street knowledge.” — the intro of N.W.A.‘s “Straight Outta Compton” When the George Zimmerman verdict was announced and proclaimed “not guilty,” the first thing I did was put on N.W.A.’s 1988 album Straight Outta Compton. Specifically, “F**k The Police.” There was a certain energy I needed to hear and it simply was not present in any place in present-day rap music. As the Straight Outta Compton album celebrates its 25th anniversary this month, much of the message of revolution and angst stays as relevant as when it was released. America’s Worst Nightmare Ice Cube: F**k the police comin’ straight from the underground A young ni**a got it bad cause I’m brown ONLINE EDITION

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And not the other color so police think they have the authority to kill a minority N.W.A. comprised of DJ Yella, Dr. Dre, Eazy-Z, MC Ren and Ice Cube and they exemplified the America’s worst nightmare at the time. They extolled a different set virtues, including profane language, denigration of women, and the infamous use of the N-Word, which had not been heard in such a brash fashion in music until that point. The lead track, “Straight Outta Compton” is one of the strongest introductions in history and the rest of the album followed suit. “Gangsta Gangsta,” “8 Ball,” “Dope Man,” and “I Ain’t Tha 1″ was an audio journal of young black men in South Central California. The details were so intimate, detailed and specific that it literally served as an education to those that simply saw Cali as a pretty place with pretty girls and palm trees. Unapologetic and brutally honest There was also a decidedly political side to Straight Outta Compton, which people gravitated to. It was, after all, released smack dab in the middle of the height of hip-hop’s political era. During this period, black men were being mistreated by those in authority and it extended beyond the police. It was the system, and artists like Public Enemy and KRS-One rallied against the injustices. While it is not explicitly stated on Straight Outta Compton, the societal pressures, misfortune, stress, trauma, are felt on the album like dense humidity on (Continued on page 36)

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Queen Latifah comes out for gay pride: Why her symbolic gesture speaks volumes When Queen Latifah performs at the Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride Festival this weekend, everyone is waiting for her to confirm what they’ve been speculating for years: that she is a lesbian. Latifah has dodged the rumors for the majority of her career, especially after photos surfaced of her and her trainer Jeanette Jenkins in what appeared to be an intimate embrace while vacationing in France in 2010. Though she’s never come out as a lesbian, she has also never denied it, preferring to stay mum on the situation. For her part, Jenkins has denied she is gay. However, this is Latifah’s first appearance at a pride event, and organizers are definitely promoting her appearance as being a historical occasion. “In a staggering first, entertainment superstar and Grammy Award winner Queen Latifah will headline the 29th annual Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride Festival, performing on May 19, 2012. This will be Queen Latifah’s first-ever engage-

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ment at a Pride celebration anywhere in the world,” they promoted on the event’s official website. For the record, many a heterosexual celebrity have made appearances at gay pride festivals, so Queen Latifah’s appearance isn’t exactly unprecedented. The symbolic gesture alone of Queen Latifah performing at the Lesbian and Gay Pride Festival helps broach the support for gay rights equality in America, and especially in the black community. As a whole, the African-American community leans to the conservative side on the issue of gay marriage.

Even in Hollywood, a notoriously liberal place, not many black celebrities have been vocally supportive. Queen Latifah’s presence at a Pride event is certainly a step towards increased awareness. Whether Queen Latifah is gay remains to be seen, and announcing her sexuality is a deeply personal choice that really should have no consequence to her presence in the (Continued on page 40)

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day. When God created her, He was thinking of me. I can't imagine my life without her. She was sent from God just for me. Favorite attribute Karen’s answerMy most favorite attribute about Kevin is his heart. He has the biggest heart ever. He loves to give to others and just can’t help himself. Kevin loves to give not only his time but if he sees you without a shirt, he’ll give you his right off his back, then he’ll give you his shoes. In the world that we live in today, it’s hard to find someone who gives willingly and not under compulsion. Kevin is a good man and he has a great heart that just keeps on giving. Kevin’s answerThere are many attributes that I admire about Karen but my most favorite attribute is her character. Karen makes you feel good about yourself and encourages every chance she gets. She makes me want to strive to do more. Karen is so down to earth. She makes me feel happy even when I’m at my worst. When I’m feeling down and I’m hard on myself, she knows exactly what to say or do to make me feel better. Karen is such a beautiful woman, has the most vibrant smile, is a bright light and is a virtuous woman. I’m so blessed to have her in my life. How He proposed? Kevin proposed on October 14, 2012. This was on a Sunday afternoon after church. I hadn't gotten any sleep the night before because I was working on a project for work. I managed to make it to church the next morning but when I arrived back to my apartment, I was so exhausted and fell asleep. Kevin called me several times while I tried to sleep asking me if I wanted to go out. “Want to go to a concert?...Want to go out and eat at Red Lobster?...Want to go for a walk in the park?.. I told him “no” each time and told him that I was trying to sleep. “Kevin, please just give me one hour to sleep…just one hour please.” I had no idea he was trying to take me out so that he could propose. One hour later, guess who’s at my door? Kevin of course. He literally woke me up from my afternoon nap and proposed. He took out his bible and told me to read 1 Corinthians 13. We read this chapter to each other every morning so I was perplexed. “We read that to each other already,” I said. I was really tired but agreed to read it again. Then Kevin gets on his knees to pray while I was laying on the bed. He begins to pray for me and then for our relationship. I had my eyes closed (I was dozing off to be honest). In the middle of his prayer, he begins to ask God to bless our relationship then he says, “Lord, I love you. I love you for sending Karen into my life. So please be with me as I profess my love to her by asking her to be my wife.” I opened my eyes and there he was on his knees with the most beautiful engagement ring!” I was wide awake then. I said yes! The following day, we took the day off to celebrate our engagement in Times Square. We had dinner, followed by a show and then a limo ride around the city. We ended the day at Kevin’s favorite restaurant, “Salem.” It was a day to remember. Why We Decided To Get Married in Florida? It appears as if we’re having a destination wedding but we’re getting married down in Florida because that’s where Karen is from. She was born and raised in Miami where she lived with her parents and 5 siblings. Karen moved to NYC to pursue her Master’s Degree at Columbia University. She graduated and decided to stay and work in NY. We’re getting married in FL because Karen’s family is down in FL…the perfect place to have a summer wedding!! What do we do/ where do you work? Kevin is the Health Chairman for the 100 Black Men of Long Island. He is also the founder & CEO of the Brown/Byrd Prostate Cancer Foundation. Kevin also teaches autistic children. Karen is a teacher as well. She teaches at the elementary level in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn. She’s been teaching there for 6 years. What do we look forward to the most about marriage? Marriage is much more than just two people enjoying each other’s companionship and partnership. We believe God called us together for a greater purpose and that purpose is to bring Him glory. We look forward to a lifelong covenant of love. We look forward to growing old together. We look forward to accomplishing together what we wouldn't be able to accomplish apart. We are actually working on writing a children’s book together. Together, we are stronger and more effective than when we are apart.

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a hot summer day. It was another way that AfricanAmericans had to release angst and control the messaging on what was going on. “Since I was a youth, I smoked weed out/Now I’m the mutha f*cka that ya read about./
Takin’ a life or two that’s what the hell I do/
You don’t like how I’m livin’, well f**k you!” N.W.A., Public Enemy among Rock Hall of Fame noms Unlike most present day hip-hop music, Straight Outta Compton created something that just about everybody could gravitate to — love it or hate it. The suburbs latched on to the raw rebellion of it, but also seemed to receive a first-hand education on what was going on with Black America in South Central. Even the FBI jumped on board as the controversy began to roll downhill. The government agency sent a letter to Ruthless Records, the Eazy-E-helmed label that put the album out. The powers-that-were were fearful that the group would incite violence against the police, who were accused of brutality. N.W.A. just used the attention to further the controversy that drove Straight Outta Compton to double platinum with no airplay. But, it was not mere controversy that captivated the masses that came to embrace Straight Outta Compton. MC Ren: I can tell that you’re afraid to fight me simple because you lost the crowd and they had to invite me because you’re sweat as a puddle but there’s a puddle of sweat I’m a threat, so get a cold rag and wipe your neck and clean the dirt off your face that calls acne It’s ridiculous thinkin’ that you can jack me (rob me) The album was released during one of the most powerful periods in rap music history — 1988 — which yielded seminal, classic albums from Public Enemy, Big Daddy Kane, KRS-One And Boogie Down Productions, Slick Rick, EMPD, MC Lyte, Eric B & Rakim and a smorgasbord of others. Other West Coasters like Ice-T and Too Short impacted in 88, but they didn’t quite compare to the blast NWA let off on the world with Straight Outta Compton. Dr. Dre’s beats were reminiscent of his East Coast precursors, yet decidedly more aggressive. The primary lyricists, Ice Cube and the criminally underrated MC Ren, were penning raps that could compete with the best hip-hop had to offer at the time. And then there was Eazy-E. Eazy’s legacy has ONLINE EDITION

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been muddied through the years, but he was a lightning rod of controversy by doing everything from wielding guns to wearing straight-jackets to laughing at the Feds. F. Gary Gray in talks to direct N.W.A. movie ‘Straight Outta Compton’ It all made for a mix that continues to impact the music industry to this day. Why Straight Outta Compton still matters But, the truth of the matter is, I had to learn to love N.W.A.’s perspective. I was steadfastly in to Public Enemy, KRS-One and other conscious rappers growing up. I didn’t know any b*tches, hoes or gang bangers for that matter. OK, maybe a couple. Ultimately, the legacy of Straight Outta Compton has been a two-edged sword. The rap game has seemingly permanently adopted all of the “negatives” of the album and left the most powerful parts like table scraps. So we hear all the n-words, the b-words and tales of illicit behavior, but we miss the vivid, creative tales of protest that are like non-fiction novels. Which brings us back to Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman…and Jordan Miles, Jordan Davis, Sean Bell, Abner Louima and so many more victims of brutality from those in authority. Those outspoken voices are now limited to 140 characters or, if we are lucky, a throwaway song. Fans live vicariously through the often-falsified lives of the rapper pretending to be wealthy or somebody like Chief Keef who does command the ear of the young, yet has no apparent political awareness. Successful rappers are no longer considered future prophets outside of who can make the biggest profit. Perhaps this is the next level in rap’s influence — money and perception. But, Straight Outta Compton was proof that paper is no match when a rap group called Ni**az With Attitude can channel the angst, politics and musicianship of a generation into a moment that changes everything. Chuck “Jigsaw” Creekmur is a father, son and the co-founder 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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Avoid the “Freshman 15” with Healthy Eating Plan Long Island, NY - It’s back-to-school time for college students. Avoiding the dreaded “freshman 15” weight gain is a challenge to some young students when faced for the first time with a daily array of healthy and not-sohealthy food choices. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends that college students, and everyone, know their daily calorie needs and try to create a healthy eating plan that incorporates a few basic healthy eating goals. Weight gain – a growing problem More than 60% of adults in the US are either overweight or obese and the most significant weight changes occur in the 18-29 year old age group. A study by Washington University in St. Louis on college students’ weight gain showed that body weight increased in 70% of the 290 students studied between the beginning of their freshman year and the end of their sophomore year. So what’s a few extra pounds? Obesity can lead to health complications such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Less than 1% of U.S. adults meet the definition for ideal healthy diet and essentially no children meet the goal. To successfully manage weight, the AHA encourages people to learn about healthier food choices and know how many calories to eat daily. The AHA offers a free online BMI/personal calorie tool at http://bit.ly/BMIcalorietool . Eat more fruits and vegetables

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The USDA’s MyPlate.gov says an ideal meal plate is one that is halffilled with fruits and vegetables. “This ‘go green first’ strategy helps people reach the recommended 5-8 servings of fruits and vegetables daily. Produce provides a variety of important vitamins and nutrients and they’re naturally low in calories,” said Dr. Jean Cacciabaudo, Chief of Cardiology at Southside Hospital and President of the Long Island Board of Directors. All-you-can-eat dining facilities can tempt even the most well-intentioned, health conscious student. “When students see a variety of unhealthy selections at the food bar, it’s hard to resist. But knowing their individual calorie needs and having a plan before they reach the cafeteria will help avoid making unhealthy choices,” she said. Cacciabaudo, suggests that students choose whole-grain foods that are filling, slow to digest and nutrient-rich. When it comes to proteins, she suggests choosing lean proteins like fish, turkey, chicken and beans. Choose beverages wisely Unlimited soda fountains and access to alcoholic beverages as students become of drinking age, are additional sources of calories and weight gain. “Alcohol provides almost no nutritional value – empty calories. And a two-soda per day habit can add up to a lot of unwanted pounds yearly,” said Cacciabaudo. She recommends drinking water, unsweetened flavored waters, whole fruit juices with no added sugar, low-fat or skim milk and limiting soda to special occasions. “Let’s face it, college students, like the rest of us, will absolutely indulge in the unhealthy choices, but if the core diet is healthy, they don’t exceed their calorie needs and they are exercising daily, then the occasional indulgence shouldn’t tip the scales,” she said. For more information about weight management, visit www.heart.org/ weightmanagement.

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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 39


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Reporter, Latifah was asked yet again to clarify her sexuality, and whether or not it will be addressed in her new show. “I don’t feel the need to discuss my private life on this show, or any other show,” she said. “There’s the part of my life that the public and I share together. And there’s the part that’s mine to keep for myself. And that’s mine. For me.” The role of sexuality in branding Castle, who has worked with entrepreneurs along with Fortune 500 companies such as Disney, M&Ms, and CocaCola, says celebrities use sexuality for their own purpose, and there’s no reason to believe Latifah’s implicit attitude will affect her brand. “When [Ellen DeGeneres] came out, she came out as part of pushing a boundary in a sitcom,” Castle remarks. “You look at somebody like Raven-Symone who just came out; she came out personally in relationship to the law changing…You look at the other end of the spectrum, at a Perez Hilton who used his gayness as a badge, as a plier to leverage him, to catapult him, almost the opposite. He used it as a way to establish his brand.” “A brand needs to know what it’s about and if being gay is part of that, then by all means, use it powerfully,” she continues. Like Castle mentions, others in Latifah’s shoes have opened up to take a stance. DeGeneres’ revelation changed the face of television. Celebrities like Sara Gilbert, Wanda Sykes, and Rosie O’Donnell came out in an almost ‘so what’ type manner, dropping it at various appearances along their respective journeys. More recently, Anderson Cooper confirmed he was gay after years of public speculation in a letter to writer Andrew Sullivan. He said his reasoning for breaking the silence was to support movements for LGBT equality, and to be a source of inspiration for those who suffer as a result of their identity. The disclosure, nonetheless, had little to no impact on his program or public perception. “That’s not what his brand is about, it’s not what his show’s about,” says Castle. “He came out because he needed to: to not deny who he was, and from a political standpoint, just like Raven-Symone.” Queen Latifah: the brand Castle describes Latifah’s brand as “outspoken,” “be who you are,” and “love who you are.” If such is the case however, couldn’t withholding the truth about her sexuality affect her authenticity? “Not discussing her sexuality on her talk show will not hurt her credibility because by this point, it’s a known fact that she keeps that part of her life out of the public eye,” Sakita Holley, president of House of Success PR, a lifestyle and branding agency, believes. “People who decide to tune into her show will do so because they are longtime fans or because they are looking for her unique perspective on topics that matter most to them.” She adds, “Ultimately, being able to intelligently discuss a topic or give good advice is rooted in education and experience, not by how much you choose to reveal about yourself.” On that note, Castle agrees, pointing out that Latifah had a talk show in the past and it never became an issue. “It didn’t stop anyone before from loving her, it didn’t stop her from being outspoken,” she remarks. “In this day and age of authenticity – every one of us craving an authentic reONLINE EDITION

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lationship – if she comes up to the line and she holds herself back in-authentically, that will hurt her. But I think her talking about being gay or not gay, that’s her decision, and I don’t think that has anything to do with her brand.” Nothing else to prove Plus, while Latifah won’t admit to being a lesbian, she doesn’t necessarily hide the truth from the world either. In the past, she’s been photographed with her arms around women, or strolling alongside presumed female romantic partners. As far as her new venture goes, The Queen Latifah Show premieres in September and aims to examine celebrities, politics and culture with an emphasis on issues of human interest. Seamlessly, then, Latifah extends her brand built on frankness, empowerment, and distinctive vision. By intentionally keeping sexuality out of that equation, she also suggests identity should not be predetermined, categorized or assessed based on such qualities. “Queen Latifah is beloved by our culture because of the positive energy and sense of excellence she brings to her work,” Holley observes. “She is probably also regarded as mysterious due to the questions surrounding her personal life and because she just does the work and goes home. There isn’t this sense of, ‘I need to prove something’… People appreciate that.”

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entertainment world. Regardless of her sexual orientation, Queen Latifah has already shattered so many ceilings in entertainment just by being a black female rapper, turned actress, turned singer, turned makeup spokesperson. She’s opened doors for so many different people, her contribution to society has pretty much been paid in full. But if she is gay, and if she does decide to publicly announce it, the impact would be immense. Queen Latifah would likely be the biggest African-American celebrity to come out, ever. She couldn’t pick a better time to do it, either, especially in consideration of President Obama’s recent announcement that he too supports same-sex marriage. If Queen Latifah were to announce she is a lesbian, she’d be making a huge step in helping to normalize LGBTQ acceptance in the black community, especially hip-hop. And yet there’s this stubbornly ignorant aspect of hip hop. Though the hip-hop community has made some timid strides towards relieving the negative stigma from LGBTQ culture, thanks to rappers like Kanye West and Lil’ B, there’s still a long way to go. As much as Queen Latifah could impact the black community at large, would it be enough to convince a closeted black male hip-hop artist to come out? Unfortunately, that seems highly unlikely. The super hyper-masculinity of hip-hop still fosters an extremely homophobic sentiment. As great as it is to have the support of people like Queen Latifah and President Barack Obama to the gay rights cause, it’s only the tip of the iceberg. Follow Kia @miakka_natisse

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