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VOL. 20 NO. 36

DECEMBER 20, 2013—NASSAU EDITION

Serving Nassau County’s African American Community


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Navy names first female 4-star admiral President Obama nominated Navy Vice Adm. Michelle Howard for the appointment to the rank of admiral, making her the first woman in Navy history to achieve a fourth star. The president also nominated her for the assignment of vice chief of naval operations, the second-highest-ranking officer in the U.S. Navy and just one step below the Navy’s highest rank, chief of naval operations. Upon the Senate’s confirmation of the nomination, Howard will be the first woman and the first African-American to serve as the Navy’s second in command. Howard is currently serving as deputy of naval operations for operations, plans and strategy. The 53-year-old graduated from the Naval academy in 1982 and took command of her first ship, the Rushmore, in 1999, becoming the first black woman to command a ship in the U.S. Navy. The Army awarded their first female, Ann Dunwoody, four stars in 2008, and the Air Force awarded four stars to Janet Wolberger in 2012. TIME asked Howard if it was tougher dealing with sexism or racism in the service. “Sexism within the service, and racism outside the service,” she said. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

Daryl Mitchell, 20, arrested in Babylon knockout game attacks A Long Island man has been arrested in alleged knockout game attacks. Daryl Mitchell will be arraigned Wednesday for allegedly attacking at least six victims over a period of months. The district attorney's office says all incidents happened in the Town of Babylon. The first incident occurred at the Amityville Train Station back in April. Mitchell, 20, was arrested following the most... PAGE 2


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Bertha Lewis, former ACORN CEO, is back with The Black Institute and the G Project The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) was once the nation’s largest grassroots community organizing network. For nearly 40 years, the organization focused on employment services and advocated for affordable housing. ACORN shot to notoriety, however, after registering more than one million lowincome voters during the 2008 Presidential campaign. Soon, their work come under suspicion, the group faced accusations of fraud and become a common target of attacks by conservative media. During that time, ACORN’s CEO and Chief Organizer Bertha Lewis was thrust onto the national stage. Lewis appeared all over national media defending the organization. She eventually restructured ACORN and saw the organization through to vindication. Despite her best efforts, however, ACORN closed its doors in 2010 after spending much of its resources defending itself against one investigation after another. Today, after almost 20 years with ACORN, Lewis has moved on to head up a new organization. The Black Institute is Lewis’ brainchild, an “action tank” that she hopes will organize black Americans around some the day’s most pressing issues. Its first order of business: immigration reform. theGrio: What is The Black Institute and how did the idea for this new organization come about?

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Berta Lewis: After ACORN, poor people didn’t go away. Black folks didn’t go away. Our old members still wanted to organize and fight. This country is soon going to have a new majority. People of color will be the majority in this country and there needs to be a point of view that addresses their issues. That’s how I got the idea to form The Black Institute and I called it that deliberately. People were like, “Why don’t you call it The New Agenda or Diaspora?” I’m was like, “No.” I knew “black” would elicit a certain reaction and I want spark thought and conversation. We want to build knowledge around issues through data, polling and research – doing research with a particular focus about how people of color are affected. We used to joke at ACORN, whenever there was a poll done, we’d laugh and say, “Well, they didn’t call any ACORN members.” You know what? That’s not funny. Somebody needs to specialize in polling poor people and especially people of color, instead of those groups always being reduced to a tab. But The Black Institute is more than that. We’re what I call an “action tank.” We’re a think tank that takes action. So first there’s the research but, like Malcolm said, you have to make it plain. So, we train people on how to organize around the knowledge to create legislation, develop public policy and move feet on the ground. Our first issue is environmental justice – and not just whether or not there’s an incinerator in your neighborhood – but what climate change means for people of color. Our second bucket is education reform. The third bucket is economic fairness and, finally, what we’ve been working on for the past couple of years is putting a black face on immigration reform. What inspired you to make immigration reform the first big cause for The Black Institute? (Continued on page 8)

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depicted as white in an ever increasingly colour diversified world. That wasn’t going to go unchallenged, not on Megyn Kelly’s watch. “For all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white,” Kelly said. “But this person is just arguing that maybe we should also have a black Santa. But Santa is what he is.” And then she had to bring Jesus into it. “Just because it makes you feel uncomfortable doesn’t mean it has to change, you know?” she added. “I mean, Jesus was a white man too. He was a historical figure, that’s a

Fox News' Megyn Kelly was roundly trashed this week for insisting that both Santa and Jesus are white. On Friday, Kelly defended herself at length, saying that she had fallen victim to a bunch of "race-baiting" Fox News haters who couldn't take a joke. She said that her telling "kids" that Santa "just is white" was a "tongue-incheek" attempt at humor, though many regarded it as a bizarre effort to negate the fact that Santa is not, in fact, "just" white, but is often depicted as one of a variety of different races. But Kelly saw a broader theme: the danger of "the knee-jerk instinct by so many to race-bait and to assume the worst of people, especially the people employed by the very powerful Fox News Channel." For good measure, though, she acknowledged that she was in the wrong when it came to Jesus's whiteness.

Fox News Booted Megyn Kelly Off Her Own Show For a Night Over ‘White Santa, White Jesus’ Remarks With the right wing media going into an all-out mouthfrothing frenzy over Festivus poles and the “war on Christmas,” Fox News host Megyn Kelly couldn’t help but dive into the media orgy on Wednesday night with a tangent intended on reassuring the children of the world that Jesus and Santa are, and forever will, remain white. Not only did the segment garner Kelly the attention she was looking for, it also resulted in Fox News making an almost unprecedented decision that saw Megyn Kelly booted off of her own show for a night over the remarks. Apparently there is indeed a line you can cross at Fox News. Who knew? Kelly was responding to an article written on Slate.com that suggested good old Saint Nick be replaced by a penguin, given that the holiday patriarch is almost universally NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

verifiable fact, as is Santa — I just want the kids watching to know that.” That’s right folks, she wasn’t speaking to the parents or the adults in the room during her 9 p.m. show, she was speaking to the throngs of children still young enough to believe in Santa who were up past their bedtimes glued to the “Kelly File” program. It didn’t take long for Kelly’s comments to start generating a generous amount of ad revenue on news sites around the world reporting on her little chat with the children of the world, and by Thursday night when the “Kelly File” hit the airwaves, there sat guest host Martha MacCallum. There was no explanation given at the time, but during an appearance on “The Tonight Show” Thursday Kelly claimed that she was off due to illness. Cough. Megyn Kelly is expected to return to her show tonight where she will address the comments she made on Wednesday. There’s still enough time for all of you to start an office collection and chip in for some Sucrets and Sudafed for Kelly to send along with your heartfelt “get better soon” card. Poor thing, it’s going to be hard eating crow with a sore throat.

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Yes, Megyn Kelly, Santa Can Be Black (and Jesus, Too) By Jamelle Bouie Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly thinks the idea of a racially inclusive Santa Claus is utterly ridiculous. She’s wrong. And she’s wrong about Jesus being white, too. Right now, countless American families are decorating their homes for Christmas, with trees, ornaments, lights, and everything else that comes with the season. But there are particulars that vary from household to household and community to community. Christian families might emphasize the religious aspect of the holiday, with Jesus figurines and other decorations. Apartment dwellers might opt for an artificial tree instead of the real thing. And African American families might have a black Santa instead of a white one. This was true for me, it was true for my friends, and it was true for Slate’s Aisha Harris, who used that observation to argue for more diverse representations of the mythological figure who marks the season for millions around the world. Why not make Santa a penguin, she asks? That way, everyone can celebrate the figure without the racial baggage that NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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marks so much of American life. As she writes: [L]et’s ditch Santa the old white man altogether, and embrace Penguin Claus—who will join the Easter Bunny in the pantheon of friendly, secular visitors from the animal kingdom who come to us as the representatives of ostensibly religious holidays. It’s time to hand over the reins to those deer and let the universally beloved waddling bird warm the hearts of children everywhere, regardless of the color of their skin. Yes, as a figure, “Santa Claus” has his roots in early Christian Europe, Dutch folklore, and Germanic paganism. But he’s a human creation, and given his role as a nonsectarian symbol for the holiday, it’s reasonable to want to remove race from the equation as well. Unless, that is, you’re Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, and have built your career on white racial panic. Then the idea that Santa could be anything but a white man is ridiculous, bIndeed, Kelly couldn’t leave this alone, and went even further. Not only is Santa obviously a white man— and can’t be anything else—but it’s clear that Jesus was also white. “Just because it makes you feel uncomfortable doesn’t mean it has to change. You know, I mean, Jesus was a white man too,” she said. What? (Continued on page 7)

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BLACK SANTA CLAUS AND BLACK JESUS The bell has already rung and that is a verifiable fact, Megyn Kelly and Fox News are on the road to divorce. As is the costume these days when one persons opinion becomes a national embarrassment for their employer and its life blood its advertisers. Who by the way are very sensitive to the opinions of their customers and stockholders. Yes the line of people with opinions is long but it is not unending. We here in the cheap seats like our ignorance and we will be MINISTER damned if just anyone can challenge them. Ms. Kelly, who is certainly entitled to her LARRY MONTGOMERY, SR. opinion lead with her chin by using Fox PUBLISHER AND CHIEF News platform to express them. Now COMMUNITY JOURNAL, INC. whether you agree or disagree she had the right to express them just not on Fox News dime. And for that she should pay, as all the WATCH AND PRAY others have along this timeless journey. God is about to release a 7 FOLD BLESSING. He is (Continued from page 5) doing something new. SO Now, it is true that—for almost two mil- WATCH AND PRAY. lennia—Europeans have portrayed Jesus God Bless. Christ as a European. But the historical Jesus of Nazareth was a Galilean Jew who lived in Roman Palestine, or presentday Israel. In all likelihood, he was—like his disciples and contemporaries—dark-haired, dark-eyed, and olive-skinned. Indeed, early depictions show him as such, with short, close-cropped hair (the long-haired Jesus doesn’t appear in iconography until the 6th century). In general, when Christians have visualized Jesus, they’ve done so in their own context. Ethiopian Christians, for instance, depicted Christ—and other biblical figures—as Ethiopians. Likewise, Coptic Christians in Egypt depicted Jesus as Egyptian, and Chinese Christians in the 19th century imagined Jesus as Chinese. Kelly’s not wrong to say that Santa Claus is European—that’s his heritage. But there’s little chance that Jesus is white, and asserting otherwise is just as ludicrous as the declaration—made by some Christians—that Jesus spoke the early modern English of the King James Bible. At best, the assertion of Jesus’s whiteness reflects ignorance. At worst, it’s a sign of racial prejudice. Which is to say that, if Kelly is going to make broad claims about the historical Jesus (or Santa Claus, for that matter), then she should probably read a few books. I could even recommend a few, if she’s looking for a Christmas gift to herself.ordering on offensive. “[F]or you kids watching at home,” said Kelly during her primetime news show on Wednesday, “Santa just is white. But this person is arguing that maybe we should also have a black Santa.” That’s not what Harris wrote, at all, but why let accuracy get in the way of outrage?

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In 2010, when I first put the institute together, I get a phone call asking me to come and meet with a few women. These eight women began to tell me this incredible story, that they were recruited from the Caribbean in 2000, 2001 to be teachers in New York City public schools, to teach Math and Science and to go into low-income neighborhoods. They were promised work, housing and a quick path to citizenship. By the time they get to me, they had been waiting 10 years for a Green Card and they had issues with the children they brought here, who by that time were turning 21 and facing return to a country that they know nothing about or becoming undocumented. I was shocked, you know, whoever heard of this? These were the untold stories and nobody was really helping them. I told them they had to organize. I asked the eight to meet the next week and each to bring another with the same problem. The next week I come back and there were 64 people in the room. By the third meeting, there were 250. So we launched a campaign and did a report. It’s was The Black Institute’s first ever report called, “Broken Promises.” We discovered that this was a problem throughout the country and that is where we built the basis of our black immigration campaign. But the following year, with the aging out problem, the children came and said, “People talk about the DREAM Act, but it doesn’t include us.” And so I began to organize their children. At that time, there were at least 800 that did not have their Green Cards. Now it’s down to 25. How is that legislation like the DREAM Act, which much of the conversation around reform has centered on, impacts black immigrants differently? First of all, there’s an age limit in the DREAM Act. You have to be here prior to age 16. Many black immigrants, especially Caribbean folks, finish their secondary education and then come here. It also really focused totally on the undocumented. The children of the women we helped came here documented. There was just no recourse for those that became undocumented after aging out due to the broken system. And there are many other issues for African, Caribbean and Afro-Latino children but these things never see the light of day because of the typical narrative around immigration. Aside from organizing and the research, how else is The Black Institute focusing on the issue? We put together a database: intellectuals, scientists, politicians, artists and entertainers who have an immigration story in their background and we’re sharing that. It’s one way of raising awareness and getting people interested. We also took 1,000 black immigrants to DC this past March. It had never been done before. We invited members of the Congressional Black Caucus and found out a bunch of them were in the immigration closet. Finally, what is you message to black Americans about why they should really be engaged in the conversation around immigrations reform? The frame so far has been around Latinos. That makes sense by sheer numbers but there’s another frame of black folks from South America, Africa, the Caribbean, Canada and everywhere else. As the country becomes more diverse, it seems no one is examining the diversity of African-Americans. We’re all put into this lump. The Black Institute wants to highlight the diversity of black folks and look at immigration, not just as a way of supporting Latinos, but because many black folks in this country are also first, second, third and fourth generation immigrants themselves. That’s what this is all about, advancing the issue and highlighting how it really is our issue too. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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What The Right Doesn’t Want You To Know About Welfare: 9 Myths Exploded Author: Wes Williams July 20, 2013 2:15 am Every so often Facebook is covered with the little “ecards” and other items that complain about “lazy people on welfare” who have an iPhone, a new car, are buying cigarettes, and are just generally living the good life off of the rest of us who work for a living. Close your eyes for a moment, and develop a mental picture of an “average welfare recipient.” Now use that mental picture as a frame of reference for what you are about to read. If you are like many Americans, be prepared to have your beliefs about welfare and welfare recipients shattered. Myth: “People on welfare are lazy and sit at home collecting it while the rest of us work to support them.” Fact: The welfare reform law that was signed by President Clinton in 1996 largely turned control over welfare benefits to the states, but the federal government provides some of the funding for state welfare programs through a program called Temporary Assistance For Needy Families (TANF). TANF grants to states require that all welfare recipients must find work within two years of first receiving benefits. This includes single parents, who are required to work at least 30 hours per week. Two-parent families are required to work 35 to 50 hours per week. Failure to obtain work could result in loss of benefits. It is also worth noting that, thanks to the pay offerings of companies such as Walmart, many who work at low wage jobs qualify for public assistance, even though they work full-time. The popular perception is that welfare recipients don’t want to work. There are people in all sorts of situations who would probably prefer not to work, but for welfare recipients the law gives them no choice; within two years they have to find work or face losing benefits. Myth: “People who go on welfare stay on it forever.” Fact: According to statisticbrain.com, the vast majority of TANF recipients, 80.4 percent, receive benefits for five years or less. (The site still refers to the program by the old name of Aid To Families With Dependent Children. AFDC is the program that seems to be most often identified with the term “welfare.” AFDC programs were replaced at the federal level by TANF in 1996, but it is still common to hear the program referred to as AFDC.) Myth: “There’s a woman in Chicago. She has 80 names, 30 addresses, 12 Social Security cards. … She’s got Medicaid, getting food stamps and she is collecting welfare under each of her names. Her tax-free cash income alone is over $150,000″ – Ronald Reagan Fact: Ah, the “welfare queen.” Ronny loved to tell his (Continued on page 9)

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stories, and his welfare queen story is one of the most popular. The only problem is, the woman he talked about didn’t exist. There is some evidence that elements of this story may have been based on facts, but the descriptions of abuse by an actual woman were wildly exaggerated by Reagan. Myth: “Welfare recipients keep having more kids so they can get more benefits.” Fact: According to a 2010 report released by the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the average family receiving TANF benefits has 1.8 children, which is about the same as the national average. Half of the families receiving TANF benefits only have one child. In fact, the average size of families receiving welfare benefits has declined from 4.0 in 1969 to 2.4 in 2010. Also, some states, such as Delaware and Georgia, make it clear to those who sign up for TANF benefits that their benefits will not increase if they have additional children. Taken from the Delaware Department of Health and Human Services website: You will get information on family planning. Your check will not increase if you have a baby 10 months or more after you sign up for this program. [Emphasis added] A Government Accountability Office report (page 45), shows the amount of TANF benefits paid in each state for one to three children. Even in states where having additional children will result in a benefit increase, that increase is, in most cases, $100 a month or less. Myth: “Where Is The U.S. Headed If More Than 100 Million People Get Welfare?” – Headline of August 2012 column by CNN’s Jack Cafferty Fact: 100 million Americans on welfare? Cafferty apparently gets his information from a biased source, the Center For Immigration Studies, which is connected to identified racist John Tanton. According to the 2010 federal HHS report, 1,084,828 adults and 3,280,153 children received TANF benefits that year, a far cry from 100 million. Myth: ”I see these guys all the time, hanging out and drinking, and doing drugs, collecting welfare instead of working.” Fact: The able-bodied single male with no dependent children who collects welfare in the United States pretty much does not exist, since the primary goal of most welfare programs is to provide temporary support for children and families. Single males can receive certain benefits, such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) if they are disabled. Myth: “Most welfare recipients are drug users.”

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welfare recipients in 2011. About 2 percent tested positive for drug use. According to the New York Times, federal statistics show that the rate of drug use among welfare recipients is about the same as it is for the public at large. Myth: “Most welfare recipients are minorities and illegal immigrants.” Fact: TANF benefits were paid out to roughly the same percentage of white and black recipients in 2010, according to the HHS report. In fact, the percentage of black families receiving welfare benefits has declined by almost 7 percent since 2000. Regarding illegal immigrants: those who are in the United States illegally are ineligible for benefits other than emergency Medicaid. Myth: ”People collect welfare instead of work, and they get rich. They all have iPhones, drive new cars, have widescreen tv’s, etc. I work and I can’t afford any of that!” Fact: Since welfare payments vary by state and by the size of the family, it’s hard to provide all the pertinent numbers here, but here are some ranges: A family of four can expect up to $500 a month in food stamp benefits. A single person can expect an average of $200 a month. The average monthly allowance under TANF/AFDC is $900 for a family of four. For a single person the average is about $300. It would be interesting to see what kind of “new car” anyone could buy on that income, or even an iPhone, for that matter. (Remember, despite what Newt Gingrich may have claimed during the 2012 election campaign, you can’t use food stamps for anything except food, so when you’re figuring how much money someone might have for an iPhone or a car, take that money out of the equation.) It is also worth observing that the people who sneer about welfare recipients having those things don’t take into consideration that the person may have had that iPhone or car before having to go on welfare. Along these lines, perhaps the most laughable criticism is of welfare recipients who have tattoos. Tattoos are permanent, folks! How do you know that someone got a tattoo after starting to receive welfare? One final fact about welfare. Would anybody like to guess who makes up the single largest group on welfare in the United States? It’s children. One out of every four children in the United States receives welfare benefits. Because the rules surrounding TANF require recipients to look for work, the problem is not with laziness, or a lack of education, but rather with the availability of jobs with good wages and benefits. Were more parents able to find wellpaying jobs, fewer of their children would need welfare benefits. In fact, were more good jobs available, fewer Americans in general would need the assistance of welfare.

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OP-ED FROM THE DESK OF DON DURANT When at night I lay down to sleep, beside my bed a Glock I keep. If I awake and find you inside...The Coroner’s Van will be your next ride!! Ahead of the one year anniversary of the massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, in which Adam Lanza took the lives of 20 school children and six educators, we are still uncertain about the role of guns in America’s national psyche. In writing about the violence that has swirled through American history and taken root deep in our culture. It is easy to track how everything from literature, movies and television to society and politics is influenced by this violent past including the gun culture that continues to dominate, wound and kill. Lanza’s obsession with violent video games and mass killings is an example of the roots of violence in America. “The lone killer is trying to validate himself … what I would call the historical mythology of our society. He wants to place himself in relation to meaningful events in the past that lead up to the present.” Guns are still the main problem we face. Many say that guns don’t kill people, People kill people. If this were the case we would not give Guns to our soldiers to go off and fight a war. The issue of gun violence in American culture, the issue of savage wars; and the current national and local political divisions could have been considered just as dangerous as well. The Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The push for a “savage” war against Iran and the assertion that any kind of negotiation is capitulation. Americans use these example of warfare to assert their individuality by asserting that they make independent individual choices. Which is the basis of the gun control debate, and the hopelessness. The basis of the pro gun argument is that having a gun means having a choice to use it responsibly and that not having a gun means not having the choice to do bad things with it. Take away the gun, you take away the choice. Because asserting that they make choices as a way to assert the cultural ideal of being an individual, those who see guns as a necessity are not going to give them up. They will see any discussion of guns as a threat to their basic identity as Americans with a choice to do good or bad. Their need for an enemy, even one they make up, demonstrates their need for a regeneration through regression story, one of overcoming something so they can assert they are an individual. The whole issue of gun violence is much more immediate. We are all exposed to the history and the culture but we don't all go off the deep end. I do agree that peace can be taught and indeed is. But violence can also be taught and no doubt is. Using native peoples of the Americas or any indigenous culture without proper historical understanding or explanation does not lay the ground for attempting to make your argument, especially in light of the fact that whatever general history about these peoples that Americans study in school or have had access to through all sorts of media, is both biased and skewed by scholars whose bent is very Eurocentric. There is a lot of scholarship available today NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

which is very enlightening concerning indigenous cultures. The cultural situations which these people existed in then and what is happening in modern civilizations today cannot be even remotely compared. You need to do some serious reading. There has been a drop in overall crime for several years now. But, two types of crimes have gone up every year and are still climbing. Both are violent: murder and rape. Though senseless killings happen in many ways, the vast majority are committed with hand guns today. The issue here is guns and murder. There is no doubt this kind of violence is learned. We do not come into the world as violent maniacs and predators, nor do we come into it as peacemakers. We learn it all. I do not believe people are inherently violent. But a culture can be, and ours definitely is. And culture is taught and learned, and passed on through generations. We live in a violent culture which we learned from our cultural predecessors, and we pass it on to our children.

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NEW YORK COMMUNITIES FOR CHANGE, OUTRAGED HEMPSTEAD PARENTS AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS DEMAND INVESTIGATION INTO SCHOOL BOARD APPOINTMENT Dozens of angry Hempstead residents, parents and New York Communities for Change members stood out in the cold on Thursday to demand answers and an investigation into the recent appointment of a trustee to fill a vacant seat on the Hempstead board of education. The community has repeatedly asked to have a say in the process, even getting one thousand petitions signed asking for an election. The board rejected community requests for involvement. Instead, it outlined a process to appoint from a pool of candidates who were asked to apply and be interviewed by the board. According to New York Communities for Change member and lifelong Hempstead resident Melissa Figueroa, “I went through that process months ago. Eleven of us did… and nothing happened. Last Thursday, the board held an emergency meeting without advance notice, and they cancelled the regular meeting that was scheduled for today. There, they appointed someone who the community did not elect, and who did not even go through the very process the board outlined for the appointment. The process was a complete sham; a farce. The community got played, I got played, and ultimately the children got played. The board has chosen to completely disregard the voice of the community.” Hempstead is the lowest performing district in Long Island, and parents and community are demanding better. They know that the problems of the district can only be solved if the community is welcomed as a partner in the process. “We are here fighting for the future of our children,” said Maribel Touré, a parent of a Hempstead High School student and member of New York Communities for Change. “This district cannot be turned around if the board continues to close its doors to the community. We are tired of failing schools. We want community schools where the school doors are always open to the community… where the school is the center of the community. First, we need a school board that puts our children first.” Today, these residents are submitting a formal request to NYS Department of Education demanding an investigation into board misconduct and violations of open meeting laws. They are delivering a copy to the Hempstead school board. Civil Rights advocates are also looking into filing a legal appeal. "We are deeply concerned by the Board's lack of transparency around the appointment of a new member," said Jason Starr, Director of the Nassau Chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union. "The choice does not represent the democratic will of the Hempstead community and further erodes the ability of parents to have their interests fully represented." Hempstead residents vow to continue fighting until their voices are heard and their concerns are addressed.

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United States District 11-year-old boy Court Rules that brings back the bow tie Village of Garden City with his company Violated the Fair ‘Mo’s Bows’ Housing Act By Intentionally Discriminating Against Minorities

Talented, precocious and well-dressed were the words TODAY‘s Lester Holt used to describe 11-year-old Mosiah Bridges. However, Bridges refers to himself as the “NBT, the next big thing.”

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Bridges’ grandmother taught him how to sew at a young age and ever since, he has designed and manufactured his own neckwear. Now, Mo’s Bows is a family-owned and operated business with Bridges at the

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HEMPSTEAD, NY, WASHINGTON, D.C., NEW YORK, NY - In a long awaited and historic decision, Federal District Judge Arthur Spatt ruled today that the Village of Garden City in Long Island, New York violated the federal Fair Housing Act, the United States Constitution, and other civil rights statutes by enacting a discriminatory zoning ordinance in 2004 for the purpose of keeping minority households out of Garden City. The Court found that the Village’s action illegally discriminated on the basis of race and national origin against minorities in Nassau County, Long Island and perpetuated deep-seated segregation that has allowed Garden City to remain an overwhelmingly white enclave surrounded by predominantly minority neighboring towns. (Continued on page 20)

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CSEA Holiday Celebration CSEA, Town of Hempstead Employees Local 880, held their 2013 Holiday Party at the Sands in Lido Beach. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby joined in the holiday cheer and wished everyone a Happy, Healthy Holiday and Joyous New Year. Pictured (L to R): Earl Scheepley, Elmont, Denise Thibou, Hempstead Kiwanis, Mary Burns, Kiwanis Club of Hempstead, Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Traci Beth Miller, TOH Parks Dept., Larry Paretta, Wantagh

Hempstead Girl Scouts Holiday Breakfast Girl Scouts from Hempstead Troop 1134 enjoyed a Holiday Breakfast at the Uniondale Marriott. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, a life long Girl Scout, loved spending holiday time with all of the terrific girls, and congratulated Leader Sandra Munroe.

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Coalition for Community Well Being Holiday Party Dr. Aubrey O. Lewis and the Coalition for Community Well Being (providing free or affordable health care to those in need), hosted their Annual Holiday Party at the office on Merrick Avenue in Merrick. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby wished Dr. Lewis and staff members a very joyous holiday season.

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Residents of the Town of Hempstead attended Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby’s 12th Annual Kwanzaa Celebration at Hempstead Town Hall. The Nathan L.H. Bennett Pavilion was filled to capacity and those attending were treated to song, dance, and the reciting of the Seven Principles, Nguzo Saba, defined by the founder of Kwanzaa, Dr. Mualana Karenga. Chief Shaka Shotopo, Raasan Hoskins, performed the ceremonial lighting of the Mishumma Saba, candle, of the Kinara. Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Queen Eay Dayo Yay, presented Citations to each of this year’s honorees. The evening concluded with the traditional Kwanzaa feast that was enjoyed by all. Pictured (L to R): Photo: Bishop Dr. David Gates, Imani Jerome City Smith, Kuumba Jeffrey Spencer, Ujima La Cheall Revell-Williams, Nia Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby Rev. Dr. Sedgwick Easley, guest speaker Naala Royale, Ujamaa Wilma Tootle, Kujichagulia Charles Robbins, Umoja

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From the Desk of Mayor Hall No matter our race, religion or ethnicity, the end of the calendar year offers an occasion for celebration. The Village of Hempstead, thanks to its expansive range of people and cultures, is home to a diverse array of holiday celebrations, most notably Christmas, Chanukah, or Kwanzaa. However you celebrate this holiday season, I wish you a safe and joyful gathering. This has always been one of my favorite times of the year, and it’s in large part because of the diversity of observations and festivities. With Christmas we have perhaps the quintessential American holiday. The Santa Claus at every shopping mall, the lights strewn over city blocks, the iconic tree in Rockefeller Center – they are all classic symbols of the Christmas season and are as ingrained in American culture as apple pie. Chanukah is a holiday with great prominence on Long Island, a region of the Unites States with a long and proud Jewish tradition. In our neck of the woods, the site of a menorah twinkling in the window is as common as a Christmas tree. Of the three main winter holidays, Kwanzaa is perhaps the least understood. Owing to its relatively short history, Kwanzaa’s traditions and customs are not as well known by the general public. But the tenets of Kwanzaa are fascinating and important, as anyone who celebrates the holiday knows, and are of great value, even to non-observers.

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Ujima (collective work and responsibility) Similar to the fist principle, Ujima urges us to feel responsibility for one another, and work toward building a cohesive community. Ujamaa (cooperartive economics) This principle speaks to the power of entrepreneurship, of the importance of owning business, and then using that influence to provide jobs and services to the community. Nia (purpose) Nia encourages us to discover what is meaningful about what we do with our lives. Kuumba (creativity) This principal asks us to consider how what we do, either through hobby or work or leisure, leaves the community more beautiful than when we inherited it. Imani (faith) This principle urges those who have been oppressed to never doubt the righteousness of their struggle, and remember to always fight for true equality.

At the core of all the late-year holidays is a similar message: love and cherish one another. It is certainly important for us to heed that message all year round, but this time of year, let’s make it our primary focus. From everyone here at the Village of Hempstead, a healthy and happy holiday season to you and your family. To learn more about what is going on in the Village of Hempstead, including information about local organizations that serve youth and families, visit www.villageofhempstead.org. To report any non-emergency issues around the Village, remember to use the VillageLine at 516-478-6333. Sincerely,

Wayne Mayor Wayne J. Hall

Kwanzaa was established in the 1960s by AfricanAmerican professor and activist Maulana Karenga, as an opportunity for Black Americans to celebrate themselves and their history. The central code of Kwanzaa revolves around the seven principles of the holiday, or the Nguzo Saba. These principals, even taken out of the context of the holiday, offer a wonderful guide for living. The Nguzo Saba is as follows: Umoja (unity) Never forget that we are in this together, and never stop striving to work together, on a local and national level. Kujichagulia (self-determination) We should always endeavor to improve ourselves, to get an education and a good job. We must take accountability for our actions. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Black women make significant gains as entrepreneurs Black women are often in the news for statistics that are negative, these numbers reflecting health care, education, and other disparities that disproportionately impact this segment. By contrast, a new study from the Center for American Progress, The State of Women of Color in the United States, illustrates the significant gains AfricanAmerican women have made in the realm of business ownership. Black-owned businesses make up the fastest-growing segment of women-owned businesses in America, according to the report. Plus, black women are starting businesses at a rate that is six-times that of the general population. “Half of all AfricanAmerican-owned businesses are owned by women, and among businesses owned by women of color, 42 percent are owned by AfricanAmerican women,” wrote Farah Ahmad of the Center for American Progress. “Businesses owned by African-American women have doubled their sales over the past decade and just this year have grossed revenues estimated to be around $45 billion. These successes have benefited not just African-American women and their families but also their communities and the U.S. economy as a whole.” The need for greater opportunities Ahmad points to these types of gains as crucial to developing economic opportunities for women of color, who will make up the majority of all American women in the coming years, but are lagging among personal financial security indicators. These factors include job training, educational attainment, and levels of family wealth. Yet, 53.3 percent of wives are the breadwinners among married black households, meaning that the growth of black woman-owned businesses may be crucial to the fiscal well-being of the black community overall. In addition, starting their own companies is a means for black women to avoid the barriers of the corporate world that prevent advancement. “Women of color haven’t had as much access to mobilNASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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ity in the corporate world,” IN THE BLACK Ahmad stated in a story on this trend for the Indianapolis Recorder. “Even though there’s this sense that diversity is important you just haven’t seen it reflected. There’s this urge for businesswomen of color to start their own businesses and have professional and career success in that way.” Despite growth, inequalities remain For black women, these gains in ownership do not reflect parity in terms of earnings and the ability to hire that other entrepreneurs enjoy. The vast majority of firms owned by black women are sole proprietorships with less revenue on average than other womenowned businesses, or even companies owned by black men.

For reasons such as these, the goal of The State of Women of Color in the United States is both to document the gains of women of color and outline possible solutions to the social issues that continue to plague this group, particularly in the realms of health care access and monetary challenges. Improving circumstances for black women and other women of color starting businesses is key to addressing these issues. “Eliminating the gaps between African-American women and others is an opportunity to improve the lives of these women and their families, but it is so much more,” Ahmad stated.”It is an opportunity to strengthen our workforce and purchasing power—and that’s good for the economy, which means that it’s good for everybody. But it will happen only if we choose to seize it. PAGE 17


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Tristan Walker’s Next Act: Building a Procter & Gamble for People of Color In his first few months as an entrepreneur in residence at Andreessen Horowitz, Tristan Walker dreamed big when it came to startup ideas. There were the seeds he planted for a new kind of bank. There was the idea for a venture aimed at tackling childhood obesity. But, then, Walker decided his best bet was to found a company that was more “authentic” to him and his experiences. What he came up with was Walker & Company Brands, a next-generation Procter & Gamble with a straightforward, if ambitious, mission: To make health and beauty simple for people of color. That’s what he told me in an interview on Sunday night about his new company, which has raised $2.4 million led by Los Angeles-based Upfront Ventures, with backing from Andreessen Horowitz, SV Angel, Collaborative Fund, Sherpa Ventures and the William Morris agency’s Charles King. Prior to Andreessen Horowitz, Walker ran business development at Foursquare, where he worked for nearly three years. On the surface, at least, the switch from a social-networking site to a consumer product goods company doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. But when you hear Walker talk about his reason for creating Bevel, a $29.95-a-month shaving kit that is the first brand launching under the Walker & Company umbrella and accepting preorders today, you can understand his motivation. Here’s an edited version of our conversation. AllThingsD: Where did this idea come from? Tristan Walker: I was at Andreessen Horowitz for about nine months and I feel personally that I spent seven months of my time there chasing problems I probably wasn’t the right guy to solve. I wanted to build a bank. I wanted to fix childhood obesity — super ambitious things. But then I reflected back on entrepreneurs I was inspired by and the one thing that’s unique about them is that there is an authenticity about the problems they’re trying to solve. If I spend the next 10-plus years of my life doing anything, I want to feel like it’s truly authentic and I have an interesting story to tell about it. So how did you land on the idea for Walker & Company? Over the past year and a half, I’ve had two views of the world that I really believe to be true, and which few people in Silicon Valley have. The first is that a lot of culture globally is driven by black NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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culture, and more recently Latin and Asian culture — folks of color overall. And a big frustration is that while these groups are early adopters not just with smartphones, but with the Twitters, Facebooks, Instagrams and Youtubes, it’s almost as if these demographics have gone neglected by Silicon Valley. The second view is that the CPG world, consumer package goods, needs to change. There’s the business model, but more specifically my experience of going to an offline retailer and having to go to aisle 14 and reach down to the bottom shelf for a dirty package with a picture of a 45-year-old bald black guy and they assume I’ll buy that product. That secondclass-citizen view needs to go. So how did these views influence what you are building? Walker & Company exists for one reason: To make health and beauty simple for people of color. There are three ways we hope to do that. We’re committed to designing, developing and selling products that solve problems for people of color. We want to deliver on the promise of amazing customer service that makes people feel like they are generally cared for as they shop for products. And not only do we want to build a delightful shopping experience, but also a practical one. Sure, you have an ecommerce site, but what do you do for people that can only pay with cash? Or for people who are scared to have stuff shipped to them for fear of it getting stolen? What’s the first product you are launching? The first brand is called Bevel. It’s the first end-to-end solution to fix razor bumps for men. It’s a six-piece kit. I feel like starting with razors could either be brilliant or a really bad idea right now since there’s a bunch of startups like Dollar Shave Club and Harry’s getting a lot of attention. We’re not a razor company. When I thought about the shaving business, I thought about my own story. Every encounter I’ve had of shaving and hair removal has sucked. The first time I shaved with a multi-blade razor, I woke up the following morning completely broken out and formed the opinion then that all razors are the plague. It was really the function of my curly hair and my type of skin. But up to 80 percent of all black men have a similar problem. The second way I learned was really through the barber. But the barber would use the same clippers as he did on every other person’s hair, and there are potentially problems. It might be not clean, it also destroys hair follicles and doesn’t cut as close. The last way I learned was with a depilatory cream. You let it sit on your face for six to eight minutes and then you wipe it off, but it stinks, burns and has all these harsh chemicals that could discolor you. The only reason I used it was because I saw my brother use it; I didn’t have a father around to show me how to shave the right way. So Bevel is a better way? Yes. Let me explain each part. The first thing is a doubleedge safety razor. It’s all brass, very heavy, a great premium PAGE 18


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product that gives one clean cut. There’s also a single blade that cuts level with the skin. Then we have a shaving brush that allows us to exfoliate the skin and raise the hair. And our shaving cream and aftershave also have ingredients and propriety formulas that reduce issues related to razor bumps. This is just the beginning. Sure, we are selling safety razors, but can we do electric razors eventually? Perhaps. Can we focus on women? All of our products will start with problems first: Natural hair transitioning, vitamin D deficiency. We’re going to be patient and figure out the right problems to solve. And each product has to solve a really important problem. What experience in this space do you bring to the table? I’m an expert in the problem I have, and what type of brand I want to be associated with. Now it’s about the cast of characters around me and helping me scale our efforts around things like supply chain, product design, e-commerce and other parts of tech. How will you sell the Bevel kit? At launch, online direct to consumer. It’s just the most efficient path to get the product out there and get great feedback. Down the line for sure we want to go omni-channel. We do not believe you can build a really great brand only online. So we think about what does the next generation black barbershop look like where actual culture is discussed, politics is discussed. It’s such an important part of our culture. So what could it mean to distribute a product through that? If the amount of people that suffer from problems that you say Bevel solves is so big, why aren’t the big CPG companies going after it in a big way? NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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I don’t think it’s getting ignored; they see the demographic shift. But if you talk to any CPG exec they say that the products they build are for the masses. But the masses today look different than they will in 20 years. For a large CPG company with a large installed distribution base to make the switch toward the new mass audience, it’s going to be incredibly difficult. Also, distribution is going to change. How do I deliver this product in a way that folks want it? How do I speak the language that folks want? At this moment, as far as I can observe, a lot of CPG companies have been putting black folks in ads and hoping it resonates. Let’s say your product and brand catch on. Why couldn’t P&G or another big CPG company launch a similar product and just crush you? I say, “Game on.” We’re still a Silicon Valley company. Where I get excited is how you leverage tech and data to drive a compelling experience. Does the same messaging that resonates with a person that’s living in Atlanta resonate with someone in Chicago? What kind of testimonial photos do people want to see for a certain age? How do we actually build a compelling merchandising experience for every single one of our customers? So you really haven’t found any competitors specifically targeting men of color with a modern shaving brand? I haven’t been able to find it and my friend’s haven’t been able to find it. If there’s competition, it’s one we want to help: The local barber, who uses electric clippers to shape you up. Those same barbers often use straight razors to shave you and that’s not a ritual we want to get in front of. Go there every Saturday, and let us take care of you Sunday through Friday. PAGE 19


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The plaintiffs in the case, which was filed in 2005 and brought to trial this past summer, are the New York Communities for Change, a not-for-profit membership organization devoted to improving the quality of life for members of low income communities in New York, and MHANY Management Co., a not-for-profit community-based developer of affordable housing. In 2004, Garden City was considering a zoning proposal that would have made affordable housing possible on a Nassau County-owned site that was for sale in the Village, but after opposition at public meetings and other actions demonstrating racially tinged objections to affordable housing, rejected the proposal in favor of low-density zoning that favored high-cost single-family homes and townhouses. The district court found that “discrimination played a determinative role” in Garden City’s decision to reject the originally proposed zoning in favor of the lowdensity zoning, and that minorities in Nassau County “bore the brunt of the negative impacts” of that decision. Judge Spatt ordered the Plaintiffs to submit a remedial plan to the court which will serve as a roadmap for Garden City to take affirmative steps to remedy the lingering effects of such discrimination, and will prohibit future discrimination. Exclusionary zoning decisions by white communities like Garden City to block affordable housing that would likely be occupied by minority residents remain one of the most persistent obstacles to open, integrated and fair housing in America today. Cases challenging such decisions are designed to fulfill one of the primary goals of the Fair Housing Act – to replace the residential segregation so widespread in the country “by truly integrated and balanced living patterns.” The district court’s decision today highlights the importance of bringing such cases: while discrimination in the social and economic mainstream of American life remains widespread, it is often masked in more subtle forms. Though overtly bigoted behavior has become more unfashionable, this does not mean that racial discrimination has disappeared. Diane Goins, chairperson of the LI Chapter of New York Communities for Change, stated: “It is outrageous that in 2013, it took a lawsuit to expose Garden City’s blatant and illegal policies of housing discrimination. Today we made a very important, long overdue step in the right direction. Listen up Long Island– NYCC members have had enough – enough discrimination, enough hiding behind excuses. Any municipality that thinks they can get away with housing discrimination in 2013 needs to be clear, that NYCC members won’t stop fighting for fairness until housing discrimination is a thing of the past.” “I’m thrilled that at long-last justice has been served in Garden City. In Garden City like too many other cities in New York, working families of color are unfairly excluded from finding a safe and affordable place to live and it’s sad that in Garden City it’s taken a years-long legal battle to force them to stop. The mission of Mutual Housing Association of New York (MHANY) is to create safe affordable housing for low income families throughout New York State. We look forward to working with, rather than against, Garden City to create inclusive, quality housing for a diverse range of residents and we hope that this case becomes an example to anyone who wishes to keep working NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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families out of their communities,” Ismene Speliotis, executive director, Mutual Housing Association of New York. Stanley Brown, lead counsel for the plaintiffs and a partner at Hogan Lovells US LLP in New York City, noted: “This case is a prime example of housing discrimination and exclusionary zoning practices that are being used by too many communities across the country to block affordable housing that would be occupied by minorities. The Hogan Lovells trial team is proud to have participated in this important pro bono litigation. It has been a long, eight year fight and we are honored to have helped secure a groundbreaking victory for civil rights. This victory will send a strong message to other government entities that the use of restrictive zoning to discourage minority residency will not be tolerated.” Co- counsel, Fred Brewington who heads the Law Offices of Fred Brewington in Hempstead, New York, said: “After years of asking Garden City to open its doors to affordable housing, it is unfortunate that it took a Court decision to force them to realize that everyone should have a chance to live and be educated in Garden City. This is a landmark decision that sends a clear and strong message that discrimination, no matter how you try to mask it will be rooted out and challenged. This is a victory for all of Long Island and indeed for America.” Joseph Rich, Director of the Fair Housing Project at the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in Washington DC, added: “Today’s decision is a major victory for fair housing on Long Island. It sends a strong message that discriminatory exclusionary zoning decisions will not be tolerated and will help promote residential desegregation, the primary goal of the Fair Housing Act.” Further inquiries, please contact: Hogan Lovells US LLP Stanley J. Brown, Esq. (212) 918-3692 stanley.brown@hoganlovells.com -ORRobert Snoddy (202) 637-6826 robert.snoddy@hoganlovells.com Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Joseph Rich, Esq. joerich@lawyerscommittee.org (202) 662-8331 -ORStacie B. Royster Direct: (202) 662-8317 sroyster@lawyerscommittee.org Law Offices of Frederick K. Brewington Frederick K. Brewington, Esq. (516) 489-6959 fred@brewingtonlaw.com New York Communities for Change Olivia Leirer (646) 479-3426 oleirer@nycommunities.org -ORStuart Marques (917) 273-6194 stuart@stuartmarquescommunications.com PAGE 20


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ASK LISA-ANNE How Can I Protect My Students From A House Fire? Q. I am a third grade teacher and one of my students lost his home due to a fire. His family had no smoke detectors and barely escaped with their lives. How can parents protect their family from fires? What can I do as a teacher? A. As winter approaches we have to mindful to be safe while heating our houses. First, you can teach your students about fire safety in a lesson and send home information for the parents! Next, let’s talk about smoke detectors. Every year in the United States, about 3,000 people lose their lives in residential fires. In a fire, smoke and deadly gases tend to spread farther and faster than heat. That's one reason why most fire victims die from inhalation of smoke and toxic gases, not as a result of burns. A majority of fatal fires happen when families are asleep because occupants are unaware of the fire until there is not adequate time to escape. A smoke alarm stands guard around the clock and, when it first senses smoke, it sounds a shrill alarm. This often allows a family the precious but limited time it takes to escape. About two-thirds of home fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. www.FireSafety.gov Where Should You Place Smoke Detectors?  Install a working smoke alarm on every level of the home, outside sleeping areas, and inside bedrooms.  Replace smoke alarm batteries at least annually, such as when resetting clocks in the fall or spring.  Test all smoke alarms in your house once a month.  Do not place a smoke alarm too close to a kitchen appliance or fireplace, as this may result in nuisance alarms.  Avoid locating alarms near bathrooms, heating appliances, windows, or ceiling fans.  Replace smoke alarms that are more than 10 years old. Smoke alarms don't last forever.  Develop and practice a fire escape plan, because working smoke alarms and a fire escape plan will increase your protection in case of a fire. What Causes Most Fires? Improper use and maintenance of gas stoves often create fire hazards. Other common fire hazards include:  Blocked cooling vent  Overloaded electrical system  Fuel store areas with high oxygen concentration or insufficient protection  Materials that produce toxic fumes when heated  Objects that block fire exits NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Combustibles near or around the clothes dryer Incorrectly installed wiring Misuse of electrical appliancese Lit candles left unattended Improperly-extinguished tobacco Failure to clean and maintain the clothes dryers exhaust duct  Combustible solutions on clothes placed in the clothes dryer Replace or professionally repair any appliances that spark, smell unusual, or overheat. •Don't run electrical wires under rugs. •Make sure lamps and night-lights are not touching bedspreads, drapes, or other fabrics. •Use caution when using electric blankets. •Don't let kids use kitchen appliances by themselves and supervise any art or science projects that involve electrical devices. •Cover any outlets that are not in use with plastic safety covers if you have toddlers or young children in your home •Monitor cigarette use and disposal •Check and clean fireplace before use •Watch that space heaters are used as directed kidshealth.org/parent/firstaid_safe/home/ fire.html,en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fire_safety Don’t forget about Carbon Monoxide Poisoning! You can’t see or smell carbon monoxide, but at high levels it can kill a person in minutes. Carbon monoxide (CO) is produced whenever any fuel such as gas, oil, kerosene, wood, or charcoal is burned. If appliances that burn fuel are maintained and used properly, the amount of CO produced is usually not hazardous. However, if appliances are not working properly or are used incorrectly, dangerous levels of CO can result. Hundreds of people die accidentally every year from CO poisoning caused by malfunctioning or improperly used fuel-burning appliances. Be Safe and Happy Holidays! `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 the books 365 Ways to Succeed With ADHD and 365+1 Ways to Succeed With ADHD all at www.Amazon.com. She is a member of the National Education Writers Association and the education editor of the Community Journal newspaper in Long Island, New York. She is currently employed in a local school district. You may contact her at speechlrb@yahoo.com or by visiting her website at www.AskLisaAnne.com.

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Atkinson Winter Festival Brings Holiday Gift of Music to Freeport Caroline G. Atkinson Intermediate School students presented their Winter Festival of the Arts at Freeport High School, providing the community with a musical holiday gift filled with blossoming talent. The performances included a variety of orchestral, band and chorus groups spreading more holiday cheer with each successive number. The mariachi band, directed by Justin Friedman, opened the show with two lively numbers, including Jose Feliciano’s holiday classic “Feliz Navidad.” The fifth-grade chorus, directed by Stephanie Arnell, followed with three songs, including a cheerful rendition of Glen Ballard and Alan Silvestri’s “Hot Chocolate.” The concert orchestra, directed by Mahendra Morales, continued the program with two songs, one of which was Soon Hee Newbold’s “Mystic Caravan.” The sixthgraders in the select chorus and Atkinson chorus, both directed by Dr. Talonda Thomas, sang back-to-back sets before the concert band, directed by Ronald Federici, performed Jack Rollins and Steve Nelson’s “Frosty the Snowman.” The show reached its finale with a very touching presentation of Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane’s “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” featuring soloists Cindy Legerme and Trentin Chalmers. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Nassau BOCES-led consortium provides online AP courses to more than 200 students Students from across Long Island are taking Advanced Placement (AP) courses that were previously not available in their high schools. These courses – ranging from Macro Economics to Biology – are being offered online thanks to a $2 million grant from the New York State Education Department that was awarded to a Nassau BOCES-led consortium, which includes Eastern and Western Suffolk BOCES. During this first phase of the grant, more than 200 students from 15 districts are taking online AP courses that already exist. "West Hempstead high School is very fortunate to be a part of this progressive idea, which our students and staff can benefit from now and in the future,” said Ann V. Peluso, Assistant Superintendent for West Hempstead UFSD. “Providing our students with the opportunity to learn from great educators around the state is a fantastic concept."

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One of the things that excites coordinator Regina Moraitis is that this grant will allow a team of Long Island teachers to create seven new online AP courses that will be saved on the Nassau BOCES learning management system and will be available for school districts to use. “Nassau BOCES is proud to be leading a project that will make AP courses available to students who would not previously have had the opportunity due to low enrollment or funding issues,” said Moraitis, who is the agency’s Distance Education Services Coordinator. “Additionally, the grant ensures that students will have access to the technology needed to take the courses, by providing the districts with tablets and laptop computers.” Teachers from Nassau BOCES and participating districts spent part of their summer learning how to develop powerful online content and planning out their courses. “This is an exciting and forward-thinking project,” said Chris Mangum, an Emmy-award winning Nassau BOCES teacher at the Long Island High School for the Arts who is developing an online course for AP Music Theory. “The challenge involves designing and building an approach that will engage, serve and support students.” The districts participating from Nassau County are Freeport, Glen Cove, Hempstead, Malverne, Roosevelt and West Hempstead; in Suffolk County, the participating districts are Amityville, Bridgehampton, Deer Park, Lindenhurst, North Babylon, South Country, Southampton, West Babylon and Wyandanch.

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Nassau BOCES Barry Tech Culinary students compete in Ready, Set, Cook competition! Nassau BOCES Barry Tech Culinary students Anna Wroblewski, Island Trees UFSD and Raquel Reyes, Baldwin UFSD competed in the American Culinary Federation’s “Ready, Set, Cook” competition. They worked with volunteer chefs to produce a meal based on a "basket test" using unknown ingredients. The winners will be announced at the federation’s upcoming holiday dinner where students have a chance to win scholarship money. Future chefs from across Long Island joined in the contest. Barry Tech chef instructors, Paul Margo (left) and Michael DeLillo were on hand for the competition. Visit www.barrytech.org for more information.

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have been arrested and charged with providing false testimony before a grand jury and making false statements on sworn documents. John Andujar and Joseph Donlon were arrested this morning by DA Investigators and charged in a felony indictment with, in relation to their sworn false statements: Perjury in the First Degree (a D felony); Making an

MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced today that a Hempstead man received the maximum 25-years-to-life prison sentence today for shooting another man to death in December 2012. A jury deliberated for less than an hour in October before convicting Diquan McClough, 21, of Murder in the Second Degree and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree. He was sentenced today by Judge Angelo A. Delligatti. “This strong sentence follows a multi-agency, multi-state effort to bring a very dangerous criminal to justice swiftly,” DA Rice said. “It won’t bring his young victim back, but the streets will be safer with Mr. McClough in prison for the next two decades.” DA Rice said that at approximately 4:20 p.m. on December 8, 2012, McClough approached 20-year-old Quavis Ford in front of Ford’s apartment house on Terrace Avenue in Hempstead. McClough fired six rounds from a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun at Ford, hitting him three times. Ford was shot twice in the back and once in the left leg. He was pronounced dead at approximately 1 a.m. the following day. McClough shot Ford because he thought Ford had been involved in a previous shooting of McClough’s friend. McClough then fled the scene. He was arrested on January 10, 2013 in Augusta, Ga. by Nassau County Police Department detectives with the assistance of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Marshals Service. After the eight-day trial, a jury rejected the defense’s claims that there was insufficient evidence to prove that McClough had shot the victim. Assistant District Attorney Michael Walsh of DA Rice’s Major Offense Bureau is prosecuting the case. McClough was represented by Glen Hardy, Esq.

Two Nassau Sheriffs Arrested on Grand Jury Perjury Charges False account of a fight with an inmate leads to investigation MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced today that two officers of the Nassau County Sheriff’s Department – one active and one retired – NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

Apparently Sworn False Statement in the First Degree (an E felony); and Making a Punishable False Written Statement, Official Misconduct, and Conspiracy in the Fifth Degree (all Class A misdemeanors). The case was referred to DA Rice’s office by the Sherriff’s Department. Andujar, 55, is retired from the Nassau County Sheriff’s Department and resides in Florida. Donlon, 48, of Ronkonkoma, is still employed as a Correction Officer by the Nassau County Sheriff’s Department. Both defendants were arraigned today before Judge Alan Honorof and face up to seven years in prison if convicted. They are due back in court Jan. 13, 2014. “We expect to hold law enforcement officers to the highest standards of honesty and discipline,” DA Rice said. “When that trust is broken, it unfairly taints the vast majority of law enforcement who serve honorably and we must act to correct it.” DA Rice also thanked Nassau County Sherriff Michael Sposato for his cooperation in this case. DA Rice said that on Oct. 21, 2011, a physical altercation occurred between Officer Andujar and inmate David Page, which led to the involvement of Officer Donlon and other members of the Sheriff’s Department. On Nov. 26, 2011, both Andujar and Donlon provided statements on sworn documents alleging the altercation began when inmate Page spontaneously, without any warning or verbal communication, attacked Andujar in the jail’s transportation unit. On Dec. 5, 2011, inmate Page was arrested for the alleged conduct and charged with three counts of Assault in the Second Degree (a D felony). On Dec. 13, 2011, both Andujar and Donlon testified before a grand jury that the physical altercation was the result of inmate Page spontaneously striking Officer Andujar. The grand jury indicted Page on felony assault charges and he was subsequently arraigned on said indictment on Jan. 10, 2012. The case against Page was later dismissed by the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office after the Internal Affairs division of the Nassau County Sheriff’s Department conducted an investigation that revealed several witnesses observed Andujar and Page involved in a verbal dispute that escalated, wherein (Continued on page 30)

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Queens Man Gets 17-Life for Murder in Freeport Gunpoint Robbery Plowden and co-defendant met with victim to buy drugs MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced that a Queens man sentenced today to 17 years to life in prison for the gunpoint robbery and murder of a man in Freeport. Jerod Plowden, 26, of St. Albans, was sentenced by Judge Jerald Carter. It took a jury two days in May to convict Plowden of Murder in the Second Degree, three counts of Robbery in the First Degree, and Robbery in the Second Degree. “Jerod Plowden lured his victim to an abandoned home under false pretenses only to rob and brutally murder him with five gunshots about his whole body,” DA Rice said. “This sentence will keep this violent man incarcerated for a very long time and the streets will be safer because of it.” DA Rice said that at approximately 1:35 p.m. on April 12, 2011, Plowden and another man, Nolan Gaugler, met with the victim, Moez Hassan, outside of an abandoned house on Steven Street in Freeport under the auspices of

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buying Xanax pills from him. Before the transaction could take place, however, Plowden and Gaugler robbed the victim of 75 Xanax pills and approximately $30 at gunpoint. Hassan, 23, of Queens, was then shot five times, once in the head, chest, and left arm, and twice in the abdomen. The Nassau County Police Department’s ShotSpotter system picked up the sound of the gunshots and automatically alerted police Nassau County District to the area. Gaugler fled eastAttorney Kathleen Rice bound on foot down Steven Street and was caught within minutes by police several blocks from the scene of the murder, still in possession of the stolen drugs and cash. Plowden, who fled through the backyard, was arrested 16 days later in Suffolk County after the vehicle he was a passenger in was pulled over in a routine traffic stop. Gaugler, of Mineola, pleaded guilty to Robbery in the First Degree in exchange for a promised prison sentence of 16 years. Assistant District Attorneys Lauren Nickerson and Jessica Cepriano of the DA’s Major Offense Bureau are prosecuting the case. Plowden is represented by Michael DerGarabedian, Esq.

sau County and no one sees anything wrong with it. We believe Commissioner Dale completely abused his authority and used the entire weight of the police force to arrest and intimidate a witness,” said Democratic Leader Kevan Abrahams. “We also believe it would be prudent for a prosecutor from outside DA investigation did not go far enough, Special Prosethe county, who has no connections to the various interests involved in cutor needed this case, to take a fresh look and decide if a crime has been committed,” (Mineola, NY) – Nassau County Democrats today called for legislative hearings to investigate the circumstances and involvement of top said Abrahams. emocratic Legislators are also calling on Presiding Officer Norma Nassau County Police Department officials, including former CommisGonsalves to schedule a full hearing of the County Legislature in order to sioner Thomas Dale, in the arrest of a key witness in a politically uncover additional information surrounding this case and to have Dale charged election case. along with Mangano and members of his administration appear to testify Last week, Commissioner Dale and Chief of Detectives John Capece were ousted by County Executive Ed Mangano for acting at the and answer questions. Democrats have called for legislative hearings on behest of Gary Melius, owner of Oheka Castle and a political contribu- numerous occasions only to have their requests denied by the Republican tor to both Ed Mangano and Andrew Hardwick. After taking direction majority. “he buck stops with the County Executive and Mangano has to anfrom Melius, Dale ordered officers and detectives to board a Nassau swer to the people of Nassau through legislative hearings for the actions County bus and arrest Randy White, whose testimony days earlier of his top level appointments. Furthermore, it is naïve to believe threatened to deal a serious blow to Andrew Hardwick’s campaign for that Dale intervened in this type of matter, with the implications to his County Executive. boss’s reelection, without the approval and knowledge of his direct A letter issued by District Attorney Kathleen Rice led to Dale’s dismissal for what she described as his “unusual” involvement and said boss, Mangano, and/or others in the administration.” said Legislator Dave Denenberg. his decision to intervene in this case was “…a judgment potentially Denenberg added, “It is ironic that Mangano says he wants his next fraught with peril.” However, Rice did not find evidence that a crime commissioner to be a disciplinarian from outside the NCPD, when that is was committed. “I’m astonished that something like this can happen today in Nas- exactly what Dale was supposed to be.”

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Law Enforcement Alliance questions Nassau Executive Ed Mangano’s involvement with police commissioner’s resignation controversy Originally published: December 15, 2013 1:47 PM Updated: December 15, 2013 5:05 PM Members of the Law Enforcement Alliance want to know if Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano was involved with a controversy that led to the resignation of Nassau County Police Commissioner Thomas Dale. Dale resigned last week after an investigation revealed he directed a detective to arrest a witness in a politically charged case.

One Day a Year, What You Wear is a Matter of Life and Death Eleventh Annual National Wear Red Day is February 7, 2014 Long Island, NY, November 1, 2013 - “How do you go red?” asks the American Heart Association. On Friday, February 7, 2014, people from across Long Island, as well as corporations, businesses, hospitals, towns, schools, local and state legislators, members of the media, teachers, and people from all walks of life will be wearing red to focus attention on - and raise funds to fight - the No. 1 killer of women – cardiovascular disease. On February 7th, the American Heart Association’s 11th Annual National Wear Red Day asks women to show their support for the fight against heart disease in women by wearing red. It’s an easy, powerful way to speak up and show support for Go Red For Women®, the American Heart Association’s solution to save women’s lives. The Go Red For Women movement, sponsored nationally by Macys urges women to take charge of their cardiovascular health, make it a top priority and live a stronger, longer life. The North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System is the Cities Go Red Sponsor for the movement. Every minute in the United States, someone's wife, mother, daughter or sister dies from heart disease, stroke or other form of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Heart disease is the No. 1 NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

killer of women age 25 and older and stroke is the No. 4 killer of women, as women account for 61 percent of all stroke deaths annually. The American Heart Association Go Red For Women movement is about turning around these statistics. It’s also about resources, information and hope. Donations to Go Red For Women help support our efforts to educate women and to fund breakthrough research by the American Heart Association that helps ensure women are represented in clinical studies. For more information about National Wear Red Day and to sign up your company or organization, call Jessica DiMeo at 516-450-9111 or email Jessica.dimeo@heart.org.

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Andujar removed Page’s handcuffs and shackles and the two engaged in a mutual fight. Assistant District Attorney Kimberly Stevenson of the Public Corruption Bureau is prosecuting the case under the supervision of the Public Corruption Bureau Chief Bernadette Ford. Andujar was represented by Michael Annibale, Esq. at arraignment; Donlon was represented by Marc Gann, Esq. The charges are merely accusations and the defendant is prePAGE 30


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Brother, 5, of girl who was starved to death by mother, brought food to her funeral 'so his sister could eat in heaven' Marchella, 4, was beaten and starved in front of her elder brother Tymel by their mother 'Monster mom' Carlotta BrettPierce sentenced to life in prison yesterday 'This child, at her tender age, was subjected to a hell that no one should have to endure,' said judge The five-year-old brother of a girl who was beaten and starved to death by their mother brought food to her funeral so she would have enough to eat in heaven, it was revealed. 'Monster mom' Carlotta Brett-Pierce was found guilty of murder last month and sentenced to 32 years to life in prison yesterday. Her four-year-old daughter Marchella died covered in bruises and open wounds and weighing only 19 pounds in September 2010. She was found drugged and beaten, tied to her SpongeBob SquarePants bed at the Brooklyn home. The little girl, who was force-fed allergy pills, was often beaten in front of her brother Tymel. Prosecutor Jacqueline Kagan revealed that Tymel, now seven, was deeply traumatized by the events he witnessed at home and still grieves for his sister. When he attended her funeral, he had brought food with him so that he could help his sister. Ms Kagan said: 'He brought with him food because he knew she didn’t get enough. And he told his foster mother, ''I hope that she gets enough food and water in heaven,''' according to the New York Post. The month-long trial of Brett-Pierce, 32, in a Brooklyn court room finished quickly on May 9 with the jury requiring only one hour to deliberate over her guilt. When Marchella Brett-Pierce was found, she was tied to her bed with jump ropes, had been beaten, starved and drugged. Prosecutors say she had dozens of marks and open wounds on her tiny body which was so emaciated, every rib could be seen. Carlotta Brett-Pierce was emotionless when the jury proclaimed her guilty of her daughter Marchella’s death. Her punishment did not even stop her from giving the judge some attitude when asked if she understood. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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‘I heard what you said,’ the 32-year-old said. She has refused to accept blame for the death of her daughter, blaming the jurors, lawyers and the press for her murder conviction, calling it a 'tragedy'. Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Patricia DiMango said yesterday: 'This child, at her tender age, was subjected to a hell that no one should have to endure. 'What kind of person could do this to a child, let alone their own child?' she said, according to DNAinfo.com During the trial, Brett-Pierce’s answers painted a ghastly picture of their home life. She said of her daughter near the time of her September 2010 death: 'To me, at the time, it didn’t look bad.' Brett-Pierce said that her daughter lost weight by running around in the heat and sustained the bruises from falling in the stairway. Judge DiMango also sentenced grandmother Loretta Brett to five to 15 years in prison for manslaughter in the death. Throughout the trial, her lawyers switched between disproving the prosecutions tales of horrific beatings and arguing that Brett-Pierce was an overwhelmed mother with a sick daughter that she didn’t know how to care for. Marchella spent the first threeand-a-half years of her life in hospital after she was born prematurely with severe breathing difficulties. Her mother admitted on the stand that in the seven months she was in her care, she never took the four-year-old to a pediatrician. A prosecutor showed the mother a doctor’s note indicating that her youngest boy weighed 18 pounds at nine months - roughly the same weight as four-year-old Marchella when she died. She told the court she fed her daughter 'potato chips, fried chicken and cheese doodles', but an autopsy recorded that only a single corn kernel was found in her body, along with a high level of antihistamines. Marchella should have been on a specialized diet and fed through a tube, which prosecutors say the mother totally ignored, instead feeding her junk food. During questioning she denied certain things she had already told police and called Marchella 'my baby' as opposed to 'that b***h' which she was heard calling her in a recorded jail conversation played for the jury saying: 'That b***h wasn't that f***ing light.’ When she was released from hospital seven months before her death, she weighed 26lbs- a stark contrast from her final weight of 18.9 pounds. The Administration for Children's Services became involved with the family after Brett Pierce gave birth to a boy who tested positive for drugs. Two social workers from ACS who had involvement in Marchella’s case were charged separately with criminally negligent homicide for failing to prevent the tragic death. Damon Adams and Chereece Bell were both charged with criminally negligent homicide, official misconduct and endangering the welfare of a child. Their case is due to begin. PAGE 32


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Black teen pregnancy hits historic low New data shows that, in a number of areas — teen pregnancy, violent crime and increasing gradation rates — black youths have made significant gains. Experts say it’s time that the perception matches the reality. National teen pregnancy rates peaked in 1990 and have been falling ever since. They’re currently down 53 percent for 15- to 17-year-olds and 36 percent for 18- to 19-yearolds, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For black teens, pregnancy rates fell by 51 percent. “The decline has been fueled by three factors: more teens are waiting to have sex; they also report fewer sexual partners and better use of contraception,” said Sarah Brown, CEO of The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy in a recent report by the organization. “In short, the credit for this remarkable national success story goes to teens themselves. Unfortunately, precious few adults are aware of this national success story,” she added. “In fact, nearly half of Americans incorrectly believe the teen pregnancy rate in the United States has increased over the past two decades.” “There’s still a consistent, deficit-focused reporting around young people that supports a negative narrative,” says Khary Lazarre-White, executive director of youth organization The Brotherhood/Sister Sol. “I think that narrative persists because it’s a lot easier to talk about those things than focus on some of the systemic failures that foster these issues in general.” Teen pregnancy and violent crime down, education attainment up Reducing teen pregnancy is but one area where black youths are making quiet progress. Between 1990 and 2012, high school graduation for blacks increased from 82 to 89 percent. During that same period, the percentage of blacks 25 to 29 years old who attained a bachelor’s degree or higher increased from 13 to 23 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Education. And despite the recent media clamor over the so-called “knockout game” and this year’s highly-publicized surge of killings in inner-city Chicago, violent crime against and by blacks has fallen sharply since the early 1990s, according to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics. In fact, the number of blacks killed reached a high of 39.4 homicides per 100,000 in 1991. In years since, that number has been cut in half. Rates of violent crime committed by blacks also reached a high in 1991 and have been reduced by nearly 50 percent in years since. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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In the face of these encouraging statistics, a narrative of black youth locked in crisis persists in mainstream media and the popular imagination. In the wake of the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, many across the media landscape took to the airwaves to encourage the nation’s black community to make interventions on behalf of black youth. In a controversial July “Talking Points Memo” segment on his FOX News show, anchor Bill O’Reilly said in part, “The reason there is so much violence and chaos in the black precincts is the disintegration of the AfricanAmerican family. […] When was the last time you saw a public service ad telling young black girls to avoid becoming pregnant? […] White people don’t force black people to have babies out of wedlock.” In an informal poll conducted by FOX anchor Greta Van Sustern, 97 percent said O’Reilly was “100 percent right” in his remarks. CNN’s Don Lemon said O’Reilly “didn’t go far enough.” Days after O’Reilly’s segment, Lemon took time out from his broadcast to issue a five-point plan for black Americans to fix “the problem.” Items on his list included pulling up pants, eradicating the “nword” and litter in black communities, finishing school and reducing out-of-wedlock births. Lazarre-White co-founded The Brotherhood/Sister Sol (BHSS) in the mid-’90s. The Harlem-based non-profit is a comprehensive youth development and educational organization that provides various services for atrisk youth. Lazarre-White says, despite messages in the media, the downward trends for issues like teen pregnancy aren’t surprising. He also cautions that the data, good and bad, be considered in context. “The Brotherhood/Sister Sol is an evidence-based program, so we know the interventions are working,” he says. “On the other hand there’s a strengthening of the so-called underclass of black folks and within that population, we don’t see the same positive upward trends. So, there’s certainly much good news but problems persist.” Ultimately, Lazarre-White says black youth, like any other group, deserve the benefit of being considered comprehensively. “Young black people in this country are like all other young people. Overwhelmingly, they’re doing the right thing. They’re going to school and working to live their lives in a good ethical and moral way. Yet, there is still a media focus on negative outcomes,” he says. “Do we have problems with violence and other issues? Absolutely, but there are also so many success stories and if you look at the total black youth population, what you see is overwhelmingly black young people are doing the right thing.”

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RECKLESS GUN SLAYING OF LONG ISLAND WOMAN REINFORCES NEED FOR STRICTER GUN CONTROL LAWS IN HEART WRENCHING NEW BOOK BY MOTHER On the Anniversary of Her Daughter’s Murder at the Hands of Gun Toting Teenagers, Lois Schaffer and Brown Books Publishes a New Non-Fiction, Calls for an End to Needless Gun Violence Across the U.S. (NEW YORK, NY) – Today, The Unthinkable, a harrowing new book by Lois Schaffer, officially began print publication by Brown Publishing Group. The non-fiction book recounts the true story of the senseless shooting and murder of Susie Schaffer, the author’s daughter, exactly five years ago, by two teenage would-be burglars. The author artfully describes the life and tragic death of her daughter, reignites the debate over gun control in the U.S. and recapitulates the need to end the needless bloodshed caused by illegally possessed firearms. The book is not only homage to the author’s slain daughter, but also a plea for legislative and cultural reform. “Tragically today we honor the life of Susie Schaffer, a loving daughter, mother and partner,” Lois Schaffer, Author of The Unthinkable said. “Five years ago my daughter Susie was killed in cold blood by two reckless, illegal gun toting teens at her home in the middle of the afternoon. It is unthinkable that this could happen in our country, and yet, sadly it happens everyday. Today’s release of my new book The Unthinkable celebrates my daughter’s life but also takes a look at the impact it has had not only on our family but her community in St. Louis Missouri, our community here in Long Island, in the health and fitness industry she worked in and the lives of the two teens who tragically took her life. Susie’s death is just one of thousands that happen every year in our country, The Unthinkable reignite the discussion on how we can prevent tragedies like this and heal as a community from our harsh awakening to gun violence.” Excerpts from The Unthinkable: “Our family’s life was irrevocably changed on December 16, 2008. On that day, my wonderful daughter, Susie Schaffer, had her life savagely extinguished by a young punk with a gun. She was a vibrant human being with a personality that mixed strength and softness, a blend of focused grit and sensitivity, some-times mischievous and often outspoken.” (p. 15) “Three modes of thought and action governed Susie’s personality. One was her respect for her Jewish heritage and determination to instill the same in her children. The other two were unconditional love and unswerving dedication to doing the right thing. This was how she lived.” (p. 27) “The loss of a child is unfathomable to begin with, particularly under senseless, violent circumstances. It takes all the strength in a parent’s gut to maintain any equilibrium after the initial shock. Devastating as the tragedy is, I believe that one must ultimately focus on the living, which to me means concentrating on the physical and emotional welfare of my husband David, my son Eric, his family, Susie’s children, and Alvin, in addition to my own well-being.” (p. 108) “Our personal story is a quintessential example of why there is an immediate need to stop the easy accessibility of illegal handguns that are ultimately appropriated by the wrong individuals.” (p. 171) Copies of The Unthinkable can be purchased from major retailors across the country and online. Speaking engagements and readings in the New York area will be announced in the coming weeks. The electronic version of the book will be released in the coming months available in all e-reader formats.

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Women's Bar Association of the State of New York Applauds Confirmation of Elizabeth Wolford to Federal Court Bench

The Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York (WBASNY) applauds the confirmation by the United States Senate of Elizabeth Wolford to a judgeship in the United States District Court for the Western District of New York. Wolford will serve as the Rochester region’s first female Federal District Judge. Donna Frosco, WBASNY President, noted Wolford as a “highly qualified and talented addition to the federal bench,” and stated, “WBASNY will continue to encourage the appointment and election of qualified women to the state and federal judiciary.” Wolford is a former President of the Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys, one of 18 chapters within WBASNY.

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Life Changing Words Be Prayerful Not Careful (Phil 4:6-7 KJV) “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” In everything we do in life our first action should always be to consult God. How do we do that? We do it through prayer. Prayer should be a dialogue not a monologue. When you petition God for anything you should be expecting an answer from Him. In reality no Christian should attempt to achieve or perform anything without first asking God what is His will. An important part of prayer is discerning God’s will and aligning yourselves with it. When you pray for that which you know pleases God, you can pray with confidence.

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See the peace that surpasses all understanding is a sanctifying peace that goes beyond human comprehension. This is why this peace can keep your heart and minds because it is from God and not from this world. For surely the Creator, which is Christ, can and will keep the creation (which is man) in perfect peace whose mind stays on Him. Apostle 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

That is why Gods word says be careful for nothing. To be careful insinuates that you are worried about making an error. See let’s look at the word careful and its definition. It means to be attentive to potential danger, error or harm: cautious, full of cares or anxiety. When you are careful in all things you are trusting yourself or something that is natural but when you are prayerful your trust should be in God. See it is hard to trust a God who you have no experience or a relationship with. Trusting God requires faith in Him and His word. Knowing that He never fails and His word will never return unto Him void but it will accomplish that which He said and in the thing and/or person in which He sends it. Prayer and supplication presents a cure for worrying for when we begin to pray Thanksgiving is present. Now thanksgiving begins to take you back to what God has brought you through and all He has done for you. This in turn increases your faith and dependence on Him. For you begin to think if He has done it before surely He can and will do it again. Maybe even greater works shall He do this time because your trust and dependence has demanded a great expectation from the Lord. You as a believer can receive and conceive the impossible or the unattainable when you are in a realm of expectation. For when your faith increases your revelation increases, which will, give you supernatural wisdom and understanding and this is where the peace comes in. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Magnify the Lord TODAY’S SCRIPTURE “O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.” (Psalm 34:3, KJV) TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria Something powerful happens inside when you magnify the Lord. What does it mean to magnify the Lord? When you magnify Him, you aren’t changing Him; you are changing the way you see Him. You are making Him bigger in your life than your problems and circumstances. So many people today waste time and energy talking about their problems and feeling sorry for themselves. That’s because they are magnifying their circumstances in their own mind and heart. But when you start magnifying the Lord by talking about Him and worshiping Him, you are making Him the main priority in your life and opening the door for Him to move on your behalf. Today, decide that no matter what’s going on in life around you, you are going to magnify your God. Talk about His goodness. Talk about His faithfulness. Declare that He is working behind the scenes on your behalf. Exalt His name today and lift Him up and see His hand of blessing in every area of your life! A PRAYER FOR TODAY Heavenly Father, today I choose to magnify and exalt You. You are faithful and good. Help me to keep my heart and mind focused on You all the days of my life in Jesus’ name. Amen. — Joel & Victoria Osteen

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Question: "How do I know which of God's promises are for me?" Answer: There are literally hundreds of promises in the Bible. How can we know which promises apply to us, which promises we can claim? To frame this question another way, how can one tell the difference between general promises and specific promises? A general promise is one that is given by the Holy Spirit to every believer in every age. When the author penned the promise, he set no limitations on time period or recipient. An example of a general promise is 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” This promise is based on the forgiving nature of God and is available to all believers everywhere. Another example of a general promise is Philippians 4:7, “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” This promise is made to all believers who, refusing to worry, bring their requests to God (v. 8). Other examples of general promises include Psalm 1:3; 27:10; 31:24; John 4:13-14 (note the word “whoever”); and Revelation 3:20. A specific promise is one that is made to specific individuals on specific occasions. The context of the promise will usually make clear who the recipient is. For example, the promise of 1 Kings 9:5 is very specific: “I will establish your royal throne over Israel forever.” The preceding and following verses make it clear that the Lord is speaking only to King Solomon. Luke 2:35 contains another specific promise: “And a sword will pierce your own soul too.” This prophecy/ promise was directed to Mary and was fulfilled in her lifetime. While a specific promise is not made to all believers generally, the Holy Spirit can still use a specific promise to guide or encourage any of His children. For example, the promise of Isaiah 54:10 was written with Israel in mind, but the Holy Spirit has used these words to comfort many Christians today: “my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed.” As he was led to take the gospel to the Gentiles, the apostle Paul claimed the promise of Isaiah: “I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth” (Acts 13:47). Isaiah’s promise was origiNASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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nally meant for the Messiah, but in it Paul found guidance from the Lord for his own life. When claiming a promise from Scripture, we should keep the following principles in mind: 1) Promises are often conditional. Look for the word “if” in the context. 2) God gives us promises to help us better submit to His will and trust Him. A promise does not make God bend to our will. 3) Do not assume to know precisely when, where, or how the promise will be fulfilled in your life.

Question: "What does the Bible say about foolishness?" Answer: Foolishness is the result of a person misusing the intelligence God has given him. A fool uses his reasoning skills to make wrong decisions. The most basic type of foolishness is denying God’s existence or saying “no” to God (Psalm 14:1). The Bible associates folly with a quick temper (Proverbs 14:16–17), perverse speech (Proverbs 19:1), and disobedience to parents (Proverbs 15:5). We are born with an innate foolishness, but discipline will help train us in wisdom (Proverbs 22:15). Proverbs 19:3 says that foolishness is counterproductive: “A person's own folly leads to their ruin.” Jesus in Mark 7:24 uses a word which means “senselessness” and is translated “foolishness.” In that context Jesus describes what comes out of the heart of man and defiles him. Foolishness is one of the evidences that man has a defiled, sinful nature. Proverbs 24:9 says, “The schemes of folly are sin.” Foolishness, then, is really the breaking of God’s law, for sin is lawlessness (1 John 4:4). To the fool, God’s way is foolishness. “The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing.” (1 Corinthians 1:18; cf. verse 23). The gospel seems to be foolishness to the unsaved because it doesn’t make sense to them. The fool is completely out of phase with God’s wisdom. The gospel goes against the unbeliever’s native intelligence and reason, yet “God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe” (1 Corinthians 1:21). The believer in Christ receives the very nature of God (2 (Continued on page 40)

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Police: Minnesota pastor told girls he could ‘take the demons out,’ raped them for years By David Edwards Thursday, December 12, 2013 16:41 EST A 61-year-old Minnesota pastor was charged this week with raping two girls for nearly a decade. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported that a complaint filed in Ramsey County District Court on Wednesday said that Jacoby Kindred began sexually abusing the girls when they were only about 6 years old. After a letter was found referencing sex acts with Kindred, the girls, now ages 14 and 16, disclosed the relationship to their mother. Police were notified in July. The younger of the two girls told a nurse at Midwest Children’s Resource Center that Kindred began digitally penetrating her at the age of 6. He later forced her to perform oral sex on him and then progressed to inter-

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course, the girl said. “He told her the devil was inside her and he could take the demons out of her,” according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. The complaint said that Kindred had maintained that he had done nothing wrong, calling Minnesota a “ladies’ state.” “You weren’t there, nobody was there!” he reportedly said, adding that the police should “[g]et your warrants, do what you gotta do, no DNA, none of that.” “These are not really kids,” Kindred insisted the St. Paul Pioneer Press on Thursday. “They have the mind of the adult.” “All a woman has to do (in Minnesota) is make an accusation, true or false, and the man’s going to be in trouble,” he explained. Kindred told police that he was the pastor of One Accord Ministries, which he said had no physical building. He goes by the name “Jacoby Preacherman” on his Facebook page. A warrant has been issued for Kindred’s arrest on two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. He faces 30 years in prison on each count if convicted. Kindred said on Thursday that he was out of town for a funeral. [Photo credit: Facebook/Jacoby Kindred]

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Is your congregation doing a “Watchnight” worship service or something similar on New Year’s Eve? We’d be glad to pass the word. For example: *North Shore United Methodist Church (260 Route 25 A in Wading River will gather on New Year’s Eve to share dessert, play together and pray together as they celebrate the coming New Our Watch Night will begin with shared desserts and games at 7:30. A Prayer and Praise service with singing and opportunities to share Moments of Grace from 2013 will begin at 8:30 and end at 9:30. Those who would like to come later or stay to pray in the New Year can then see a movie, enjoy late-night snacks, and share another time of praise and prayer from 11:30 until midnight. Please call 631-929-6075 for further information. *First Presbyterian Church of Southampton had its first Watchnight service on December 31, 1862, as AfricanAmericans across the nation gathered in churches, awaiting the news that President Abraham Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation. These services often appeal to those in Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Overeaters Anonymous, Alanon, and other 12-step groups, since the holidays are a time of ritualized excess that is difficult for those in the early stages of recovery. Methodist founder John Wesley started the Watchnight service, which he also called the Covenant Renewal Service, as an alternative to drunken revels. Though not a Prohibitionist himself, he was an early critic of the Triangular Trade in slaves, rum, and sugar—and stopped using sugar in his tea, despite having a sweet tooth. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Friends, we are requesting your assistance in asking Gov Cuomo to sign Assembly Bill A508 on behalf of the Cedarmore Corporation and Bishop Frank O. White to acquire the Freeport Armory. We have been waiting for the bill to be signed into law to no avail. There is no reason for a bill to go unsigned for this length of time after it has been passed by the NYS Assembly. There are forces against the Armory being sold to Cedarmore for reasons that can only be considered outside of the boundaries of reason. The Freeport Armory sits dormant while willing workers await this decision. Cedarmore has proven to be a friend of the community and a solid vehicle to success for our youth. Whatever programs are housed there will benefit all of the surrounding communities without prejudice. Please call (518) 474-1041 and press option 2. It does not matter where you live, we must band together and let the politicians know we believe we are our brother's keeper regardless of their vicinity. Please call EVERY DAY!!!! Thank you for your support and we will keep you posted. PLEASE SHARE! Note From: FORMER FREEPORT VILLAGE MAYOR ANDREW HARDWICK I find it necessary to set the record straight as to my stance on the Freeport Armory. It is true that when the State offered the armory to the Village of Freeport in the wake of the Sandy disaster, I went to the board and requested that it be temporarily used for the recovery. I was overwhelmingly opposed by Bobby Kennedy, Carmen Pinyero, Bill White and Jorge Martinez. They all voted not to use the armory and therefore trashed the request. God being faithful, we were able to execute the recovery without the use of the armory as the Village Board so voted. In the aftermath, seeing that the board would in no wise vote for the Village to get the armory, I personally wrote a letter to the Deputy Speaker stating that it would be in the best interest of the community if it was turned over to Bishop Frank O. White and the Cedarmore Corporation. I also included an audio file of the Village meeting when the trustee so vehemently opposed the armory being turned over to the village of Freeport. I find it very suspect, that now, one year after Sandy, recovery efforts completed to the extent that the village is able, that there is this heated discussion as to the acquisition of the armory. Without question, I believe that Govenor Cuomo should sign Assembly A508 into law by tonight as stated by law. We will all benefit by the outstanding ministry of Bishop White and the Cedarmore Corporation. We await the Govenor’s signature (Continued from page 38)

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Peter 1:4), which includes the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16). By relying on the Holy Spirit’s indwelling power, the believer can reject foolishness. His thoughts can please the Lord, and he can make decisions that glorify God as he enriches his life and the lives of those around him (Philippians 4:8–9; Ephesians 5:18—6:4). When it comes to our eternal destiny, one is either a fool, meaning he rejects the gospel of Christ, or one is wise, meaning he believes in Christ and commits his life to Him (see Matthew 7:24–27). The believer discovers that the gospel—what he thought was foolishness—is in reality the wisdom of God providing him eternal salvation.

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Public Service Announcement from the Suffolk County Coalition Against Domestic Violence Did you know that you, your relative, neighbor or friend could be a victim of domestic violence? Domestic Violence has no boundaries. Contact the Suffolk County Coalition Against Domestic Violence for help. Call the 24-hour hotline 631-6668833. Trained counselors are always available. For more information visit sccadv.org PAGE 40


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Accuser’s attorney asks Florida Attorney General to examine Jameis Winston case ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. (AP) — A lawyer for the woman who accused Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston of sexual assault is asking Florida’s attorney general for an independent examination into the rape investigation, claiming it was riddled with problems. Attorney Patricia Carroll said Friday she is calling on the attorney general to investigate the Tallahassee Police Department’s handling of the case. Carroll faulted detectives for not interviewing key witnesses. She also said the lead detective got a search warrant for her client’s cell phone and social media accounts but failed to do the same for Winston and his two companions immediately after the accusations were made. Last week, Leon County State Attorney Willie Meggs announced there was not enough evidence to win a conviction against the FSU quarterback.

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It’s that fun time of year in high school sports when basketball season is in full session and gyms across Long Island are packed on Friday nights with parents, students, community supporters – all out to enjoy an evening of good, clean, entertainment and healthy sports competition. Yes, it’s nice when teams win, but it’s even nicer when they simply compete and pour their hearts out as they learn what it’s like to evolve into a team of brothers or sisters. The Hempstead Tigers under the direction of new head coach Lateef Myles are off to a promising start. They are 01 in the conference and 2-2 overall as they wrap up their 2013 game schedule. Their latest contest with Wyandanch culminated in a 62-40 victory on December 18th. The Tigers were led by John Blocker’s 24 points and 8 assists along with Henderson (11), Khalik Watts (7) and Davis (6). Also on the scoreboard for the Tigers were Davis, Morse, Andrew Staton and Thorton. Prior to this victory, the Tigers lost a conference game to Massapequa but then beat Malverne 67-60, a win that was the first victory for new head coach Myles; again Blocker led his team with 24 points, nine rebounds and four steals. For their first game of the New Year, the Tigers will travel to Freeport for a 4:30 engagement….As the old year wounds down and new one launches, we want to take a moment to wish all parents, fans, alumni, community supporters who love high school sports a healthy and prosperous holiday season. -B.J.Robinson

Save money on natural gas this winter Fall is here and you probably are already spending money to heat your home and your house of worship. You can take advantage of the Long Island Council of Churches' natural gas discount program. In an effort to leverage the purchasing power of organizations within the Long Island Council of Churches, Ligero Energy and the LICC have a program to obtain natural gas at a discounted rate. Ligero Energy, an affiliate of High Rise Energy Group, is a local company based on Long Island and approved by National Grid & Con Edison to provide the supply of natural gas at discounted rates. National Grid will still handle deliver and billing of the natural gas you use, but the discount should provide savings either at home or at your house of worship. Please contact Bruce Serkes at 516 972 2870 or by email at b_serkes@yahoo.com with any questions. If you would like a copy of the Public Service Commission's booklet on choosing a natural gas provider, just let me know. Or visit www.AskPSC.com or call the PSC tollfree at 1-888-Ask-PSC1. Tom Goodhue PAGE 42


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BETHEA ON NATIONAL LEAGUE COMMENTARY FOR THE CHEAP SEATS

Hello Sports Fans, the 2014 Super bowl will be played in the New York metropolitan area (Met-Life in New Jersey) and New York fans will not have a team to represent New York. Its official the New York Jets were eliminated this past weekend (Dec. 15, 2013) in a loss against the North Carolina Panthers. The Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has shown outstanding skills this season guiding his team to a 10 wins and 3 loses record and his play has the fans from the “cheap seats” believing he may have success in the NFC playoffs. The Panthers team that knocked off the Jets looked complete on offense with a solid running attack combined with excellent pocket control exhibited by Newton. The former number one pick in 2010 has shown flashes of outstanding individual talent but failed to direct the offense to a successful season after his 2011 arrival. The Panthers QB was an instant impact player after arriving in North Carolina from powerhouse SEC conference Auburn University, however he discovered that the NFL is a gradual climb. This year Newton appears to have figured out the defenses that he faces at the line of scrimmage and manipulates his play calling to keep the defense off balance. The growth of Cam Newton at quarterback is projected by experts to exceed the success of other greats currently in the NFL because at 6”5’ Newton can see over the line of scrimmage and pass accurately from the pocket. The NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

most important aspect of Newton game is his uncanny act of knowing when to run, as he peels off a great amount of yards and advances the ball, it makes a broken play look welcome. The great Peyton Manning had to grow into his position and if Newton follows the lead of P. Manning and his extraordinary play calling, there’s no limit to how far Newton can take his Carolina Panthers. However with all the success the offense has achieved, the defense of the Carolina Panthers has stepped up and welcomed the challenge. The Panther defense has maintained a strong line of defense that has contributed to the success of the Panthers. The Panthers head coach Ron Rivera has his defensive team looking to support a proven and worthy offense of veteran all-star wide receiver and super athlete Steve Smith and improving QB Cam Newton. The Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott has the responsibility of preparing his unit for war each week to compliment the improving and often-unpredictable Panthers offense. The Panthers have some impressive wins this season against AFC stand-out New England Patriots and NFC power San Francisco 49ers which is an achievement that increases the Panther team expectations and inspires Panther fans to predict success for their team. Merry Christmas sports fans.

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Jameis Winston wins Heisman Trophy in a landslide; becomes youngest winner ever NEW YORK (AP) — Jameis Winston left voters no choice but to give him the Heisman Trophy. And like every other Florida State victory this season, it was a blowout. The quarterback they call Famous Jameis became the youngest Heisman winner and the second straight freshman to win the trophy Saturday night, earning college football’s most prestigious individual trophy award with a performance so dominant even a criminal investigation couldn’t derail his candidacy. “I cannot explain the feeling that I have inside right now,” Winston said. “I’m so overwhelmed. It’s awesome.” When his name was announced, he popped from his seat and quickly made his way to his mom and dad for hugs and kisses. He smiled and laughed through most of his acceptance speech. He talked about trusting in the “process” on the field and in life and “after all the things I’ve been through this past month.” He got choked up a bit when talking about his parents. “When you see your mom and you see your dad and they’ve been struggling through this whole process and now you see a smile on their face, it comforted me,” he said later. Winston received 668 first-place votes and 2,205 points. He finished 1,501 points ahead of Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron for the seventh-largest margin of victory in Heisman history, despite being left off 115 of the 900 ballots returned. Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch was third, followed by Boston College’s Andre Williams, Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel and Auburn’s Tre Mason. Manziel was the first freshman to win the Heisman last year, and was trying to join Ohio State’s Archie Griffin as a two-time winner. Instead, Winston made it two redshirt freshman winners in the 79year history of the Heisman. He also became the youngest winner at 23 days short of 20. The 19-year-old also was investigated last month for a year-old sexual assault complaint, but no charges were filed and the case was closed four days before Heisman votes were due. “I really believe that people actually just trusted me. People obviously saw us play. But that comes from my team, too,” Winston said. Winston is the nation’s top-rated passer and has led the topranked Seminoles (13-0) to a spot in the BCS championship game against No. 2 Auburn on Jan. 6, his birthday. The former five-star recruit from Bessemer, Ala., made college football look easy from his very first game. On Labor Day night, on national television, Winston went 25 for 27 for 356 yards and four touchdowns in a victory at Pittsburgh. “I can’t explain how truly intelligent he is,” Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said. “He always wanted to know why he had success NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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or why he had failure so he could either repeat it or fix it.” There wasn’t much failure on the way to becoming the third Seminoles quarterback to win the Heisman. The last was Chris Weinke in 2000. Winston and Florida State were cruising toward an undefeated season when news broke of an unresolved sexual assault complaint against him made to the Tallahassee Police Department last December. The dormant case was handed over to the state attorney’s office for a full investigation. A female student at Florida State accused Winston of rape. Winston’s attorney said the sex was consensual. During three weeks of uncertainty, Winston continued to play sensationally, while other contenders stumbled or failed to distinguish themselves. If voters were looking to Manziel or McCarron or Lynch or Williams or even Marcus Mariota of Oregon to give them a good alternative to Winston, it didn’t happen.

The Heisman Trust mission statement says: “The Heisman Memorial Trophy annually recognizes the outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity.” It’s a statement that has put the Heisman in awkward situations before. In 2010, Cam Newton played the season under the cloud of an NCAA investigation. He had also had legal troubles while in college. But like Winston, there was no doubt he was the best player and he won the award. Reggie Bush had his 2005 Heisman stripped after the NCAA determined he had violated its rules during that season. But the Heisman trust did not ask Billy Cannon and O.J. Simpson to return their Heismans after they were sent to prison. The accusations against Winston were serious and documents released by the police with the accuser’s allegations were not flattering to him. It probably explains why so many voters left him out of their top three. Last year, Manziel appeared on 92 percent of the ballots. Winston appeared on 87 percent this year. “Everyone has their own opinion,” Winston said. “It’s basically a numbers game and I was blessed to have the majority vote.” There was no doubting his on-the-field credentials. Winston is on pace (190.1) to break Russell Wilson’s record for best passer efficiency rating in a season and set FBS freshman records for yards passing (3,820) and touchdown passes (38). Florida State’s average margin of victory is 42 points, and Winston has spent most of the Seminoles’ fourth quarters resting. The investigation has taken some of the shine off Winston’s Heisman coronation, at least for some people. But if the question is simply who was college football’s best player in 2013, Famous Jameis was the clear answer.

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Friends, *What a Dream Come True! Designing My 1st Signature Pro Tour Bag!* You have the opportunity to be a part of history. Help me select my 1st Signature Pro Tour Bag! (LIKE) and give a comment on the color you like the best! The Pro Tour Bag with the most likes will be selected for my next Pro Tour Bag. I love them all so don’t ask me lol! Click to see link for more colors. http://darbyfoundation.org/wpadmin/post.php? post=1012&action=edit&message=1 Thank you for supporting our efforts “Chris Arceneaux and The Darby Foundation”. It's so exciting seeing it all come together! Blessings and great success to each of you. Visit our website www.darbyfoundation.org. Pursue and Take Action: As you pursue your dreams and goals in life, opportunities will present itself to you along the way! Stop talking about what you want to do! “DO IT”! “TAKE ACTION”! -Chris Arceneaux“We are powerful beyond measure”. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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FANS RULE IN 2014 – HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS GIVE FANS THE POWER TO DECIDE WHICH RULES WILL IMPACT THE GAME IN UNIONDALE ON SATURDAY, FEB. 15, 2014 (PHOENIX, Oct. 8, 2013) – The world famous Harlem Globetrotters will take fan interaction to a new level when the 2014 “Fans Rule” World Tour comes to Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at 2:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m. Online voting is now open at harlemglobetrotters.com/rule, where all fans can choose which new gamechanging rules they want to see in their hometown. The Globetrotters were the first organization in sports and entertainment to let fans vote on rules when the team introduced the concept last year. Since the fan response was so overwhelming, the team is doing it again – but with a major twist. The 2014 online ballot includes three never-before-seen revolutionary rules:  Hot Hand Jersey – Both teams will have a “Hot Hand Jersey” they can pass among each other. The player who is wearing this jersey will receive double points on made baskets.  Make or Miss – The quarter begins with only two players on the court for each team. When a team scores, a teammate may enter the game. When they miss, the player missing the shot must leave the court, leaving his or her teammates shorthanded.  Trick Shot Challenge – Via three challenge flags per team, each coach can challenge the other team to make a trick shot. If the team makes the trick shot, they earn five points. If they miss, the other team receives five points. With a roster showcasing stars such as Special K Daley, Big Easy Lofton, Flight Time Lang, Hi-Lite Bruton and Dizzy Grant – plus female stars TNT Maddox, T-Time Brawner and Sweet J Ekworomadu* – the Globetrotters’ one-of-a-kind family show features mesmerizing ball handling, an assortment of trick shots, high-flying dunks and precise timing – all with an array of comedy guaranteed to entertain the young and the young at heart. After virtually every game, Globetrotter stars remain on the court for autographs and photographs with fans.# Tickets start at $17.00 and are now available at harlemglobetrotters.com, www.ticketmaster.com, the Nassau Coliseum box office or by phone at 631-888-9000 or 800-745-3000. Information on group and scout tickets can also be found at harlemglobetrotters.com. The Globetrotters tipped off the North American leg of their world tour with the first-ever events at the new Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Maine, on Sept. 20 and 21. The tour recommences on Dec. 26, 2013, with the Globetrotters playing more than 290 games in over 250 cities in 47 U.S. states, six Canadian provinces and Puerto Rico through April 2014. Sponsored by Wonderful Pistachios, Howard Johnson Hotels and Greyhound Lines, the Original Harlem Globetrotters are celebrating their 88th consecutive year, continuing a world famous tradition of ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry, and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that continues to thrill fans of all ages. Throughout their history, the Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 122 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience. Proud inductees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Globetrotters have entertained hundreds of millions of fans—among them popes, kings, queens, and presidents—over more than eight thrilling decades. For the latest news and information about the Harlem Globetrotters, and to purchase tickets and team merchandise, visit the Globetrotters’ official Web site: www.harlemglobetrotters.com. ONLINE EDITION

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Oprah Opens Up About Her Choice Not To Become A Mother Throughout her years of doling out advice, giving recommendations and offering famous faces and everyday folks a shoulder to cry on in their darkest hour, at times, Oprah Winfrey seems like a mother to us all. But the queen of media recently admitted motherhood was never in her plans, saying her children would have suffered. "If I had kids, my kids would hate me," she shared in her cover interview with The Hollywood Reporter, who listed the media mogul in their Women in Entertainment Power 100 list. "They would have ended up on the equivalent of the Oprah show talking about me; because something [in my life] would have had to suffer and it would've probably been them." While she said her best friend Gayle King, always aimed for motherhood, the idea of it did not appeal to her. "Gayle [now a mother of two] was the kind of kid who, in seventh grade Home Ec class, was writing down her name and the names of her children," she said. "While she was having those kind of daydreams, I was having daydreams about how I could be Martin Luther King." Despite her lack of biological children, she has the chance to utilize her maternal instincts with the students at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls. In the interview, she explained how she opens up her home to the young women during holidays, and emails with them every morning when she wakes up sharing advice about everything from building confidence to dealing with boys. She also serves as a mother of sorts to those now entering the talk show arena, a space she once dominated. She's spoken with Steve Harvey about his program, and Queen Latifah spoke with her by phone for an hour before her talk show launched. "Don't do it until you have 100 percent creative control to be yourself," Winfrey advised Latifah, whose fall talk show debuted with the highest ratings of the season among new daytime programs. A leader in every sense of the word, THR honored Winfrey with the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award. However, one award many felt the media queen and occasional actress should've been up for won't be added to Winfrey's list ONLINE EDITION

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Oprah Winfrey on Forgoing Motherhood, Being 'Counted Out' and the Meeting That Turned OWN Around Interviewed at her home, THR's Sherry Lansing Leadership Award winner opens up about how "fame and success made me soft," her candid advice to talk show hosts Queen Latifah and Steve Harvey, and the truth about the reports that stress and a crushing workload drove her over the edge: "I never had a nervous breakdown." our editor recommends The Resurgence of Oprah Winfrey The Hollywood Reporter's 2013 Women in Entertainment Power 100 The Hollywood Reporter's Mentorship Program Turns 5 Women in Entertainment Mentorship Grad: 'It's the Best Thing That's Ever Happened to Me' Roundtable: Oprah Winfrey and 5 Top Actresses on Crying for Spielberg and 'Muff Shots' Diablo Cody, Oprah Winfrey Team for HBO Comedy (Exclusive) Lee Daniels Told Oprah Winfrey Her First 'Butler' Take 'Sucked' Santa Barbara Film Fest: 'The Butler' Star Oprah Winfrey to Receive Montecito Award This story first appeared in The Hollywood Reporter's Women in Entertainment Power 100 issue. It's an unseasonably warm November day as I wind my way through the roads of Montecito, Calif., to an estate tucked behind an imposing gate. A security guard checks my credentials as I arrive. I'm a bit tense, but who wouldn't be? In a matter of minutes, I'll be interviewing the most famous woman in the world. The iron rails open to reveal grounds so exquisite, they could be confused for a five-star resort. The guard has hopped on a golf cart and now is leading me through manicured greens that stretch 42 acres. For a second, I catch a glimpse of the property's main house, a neoclassical edifice in the distance. Scurrying about is a sea of workers, who (Continued on page 37)

of accolades. While she received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination on Wednesday for her role in 'The Butler,' she was not included in this year's Golden Globe nominations. Now, all eyes look toward the possibility of an Oscar nomination, as a number of industry experts have labeled Winfrey a front runner for the Best Supporting Actress category. Nominees for the coveted award will be announced on January 16th.

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Trumpet Awards Foundation Announces the 22nd Annual TRUMPET AWARDS – with Hosts Melissa De Sousa and Laz Alonso Ceremony Takes Place in Atlanta, Saturday, January 25th at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Atlanta, GA (December 10, 2013). The Trumpet Awards Foundation presents the 22nd Annual Trumpet Awards, a milestone feat that pays tribute to a group of history-making honorees who are slated to receive the 2014 esteemed Trumpet Award. The honorees join a list of some of the most celebrated personalities in this nation and abroad. The 22nd Annual Trumpet Awards black-tie ceremony will be hosted by Melissa De Sousa, known for her performances in The Best Man, The Best Man Holiday, and The Ron Clark Story; and Laz Alonso, known for his starring performances in Fast and the Furious, Jump the Broom, and is soon to be seen in a lead role in Sony Screen Gems’ Battle of the Year. The Trumpet Awards show will be held at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta on Saturday, January 25, 2014, with the Red Carpet at 2:00 p.m. and the Awards Show taping at 4:00 p.m. The weekend of events and activities, held at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in downtown Atlanta, begin on Thursday, January 23 with the Prayer Breakfast, scheduled for 8:30 a.m.; High Tea with High Heels, scheduled at 12:30 p.m. and the Race Relations Symposium scheduled at 6:00 p.m. An induction of ten new footprints will be placed into the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame. This induction ceremony is scheduled for Friday, January 24, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, National Park Service, located at 450 Auburn Avenue (Atlanta, GA). The program preceding the induction ceremony will be held at Ebenezer Baptist Church. The Annual Trumpet Awards was created to celebrate and honor African American achievers and those who support the African ONLINE EDITION

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American experience. The Awards honor accomplishments in diverse fields including law, medicine, business, politics, the Arts, civil rights, sports, entrepreneurship, entertainment and other careers. The following is a partial list of the 2014 TRUMPET AWARDS honorees: DeVon Franklin – Senior Vice President of Columbia Tristar Pictures The Honorable Kamala Harris – Attorney General of California Deryl & Cheryl McKissack – President and CEO McKissack & McKissack Charles J. Ogletree, Jr. – Professor, Harvard Law School Steve Pemberton – Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer of Walgreens Alfre Woodard – Actress Bronner Brothers / Bronner Brothers Hair Products – Entrepreneurs Williams Sisters – Entrepreneurs Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff – Award Winning Producers/Songwriters

The Trumpet Awards was conceived, founded, and nurtured by Xernona Clayton, who has built the Awards and Awards Foundation into a prestigious testimonial around the world. “We have come so far since we started this project in 1993 and I am extremely obliged to those individuals who saw the vision and who have worked with us for nearly twenty years. We have now joined the global community and are most jubilant to bring this event to the world and to celebrate the achievements of those who had an impact on our society,” says Ms. Clayton. Corporate support helps to make the production of the Trumpet Awards possible; and some of the major corporate sponsors include: The Coca-Cola Company; Cadillac; Wells Fargo; Delta Air Lines; Nordstrom; Newell Rubbermaid; Marriott Marquis Atlanta; Hyatt Regency Atlanta; The Home Depot; Southwest Airlines; Georgia Power, TV One and more. PAGE 12


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NYCB THEATRE AT WESTBURY SCHEDULE OF EVENTS December 18-21 Theresa Caputo – Long Island Medium December 28 TNA Impact Wrestling December 31 Mike Epps: New Year’s Eve January 11 & 12 J ohn Pinette January 18 The Temptations & The Four Tops January 24 Classic Albums Live! The Dark Side of The Moon February 7 Masters of Illusion February 8-9 All You Need Is Love: A Beatles Tribute Concert February 14 The Tenors Valentine’s Special February 15 First Annual “Louder Than Love” Valentine’s Ball February 16 70s Soul Jam - Stylistics, Dramatics, Harold Melvin's Bluenotes, Blue Magic, New Birth February 21 & 22 Bob Weir & RatDog February 27 Mike Birbiglia February 28 Deepak Chopra “The Future of Well Being” March 1 Zappa Plays Zappa March 2 Jack Hanna – Into The Wild March 22 Spring Doo Wop Extravaganza March 28 Jim Belushi & The Chicago Board of Comedy April 3 Wayne Brady – The What’s My Line” Tour April 5 The Music of Led Zeppelin performed by the Windborne Symphony and vocalist RANDY JACKSON April 24 & 25 Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons May 3 ABBA The Concert May 7-9 The Moody Blues May 16 Golden Boys starring Bobby Rydell, Frankie Avalon & Fabian

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ANGER MANAGEMENT While a man was polishing his new car, his 6 yr old son picked up a stone and scratched lines on the side of the car. In anger, the man took the child's hand and hit it many times; not realizing he was using a wrench. At the hospital, the child lost all his fingers due to multiple fractures. When the child saw his father.....with painful eyes he asked, 'Dad when will my fingers grow back?' The man was so hurt and speechless; he went back to his car and kicked it a lot of times. Devastated by his own actions.......sitting in front of that car he looked at the scratches; the child had written 'LOVE YOU DAD'.The next day that man committed suicide. . .Anger and Love have no limits; choose the latter to have a beautiful, lovely life..... Things are to be used and people are to be loved. But the problem in today's world is that, People are used and things are loved.... In this year, let's be careful to keep this thought in mind: Things are to be used, but People are to be loved. Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits they become character;Watch your character; it becomes your destiny. I'm glad a friend forwarded this to me as a reminder. God bless you. If you don't pass this on nothing bad will happen; if you do, you might change someones life.

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8 Powerful Photos Shine Light On the People Most New Yorkers Never See Chris Arnade, 48, quit his 20-year gig as a Wall Street banker to explore the streets of the South Bronx at night and photograph prostitutes and drug addicts. Just a short distance from Wall Street, the South Bronx is the poorest congressional district in the country, with about 35% of its people living below the poverty line.

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"Vanessa, 35, had three children with an abusive husband. She 'lost her mind, started doing heroin,' after losing the children, who were taken away and given to her mother. The drugs led to homelessness and prostitution. She grew up on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx, but now spends her time in Hunts Point, 'trying to survive every day. Just doing whatever it takes.' She was standing on the cold street corner looking for business, wearing only flip flops and smoking with her two friends. When I asked her how she wanted to be described, Mary Alice jumped in and said, 'She's the sweetest woman I know. She will give you the shirt off her back, if she has one on.'"

PolicyMic interviewed Arnade about his journey, inspiration, and work. Here are eight of the stunning portraits he's taken from Hunts Point, South Bronx, with his captions beneath. "Chris Bishop was drinking in front of a liquor store when we met. A resident in the local homeless shelter, he told me the following: At the age of 13, Chris killed his father, stabbing him with a knife after a childhood of abuse.

He spent the next 18 years in correctional facilities. 'When he was drunk and mad he would hold me out the apartment window and threaten to drop me to the street, eight floors below. He beat me and my mother all the time. I have been drinking ever since. To forget.' When I asked how he wanted to be described, his eyes teared up and he said, 'I am human, like everyone else.'"

"Beauty, 21, was born and raised in Oklahoma, and was brought to New York City by a pimp who promised her she could 'make some mad money.' She has since had nine pimps. 'I have been through nine nigg*s. Got my first black eye from one, another punched me in mouth, but this guy is good to me.' Her mother was an addict. 'She started using crack. That's when it all started, the walls started coming in on me. Now she is incarcerated. I can't blame my mom, she's my mom. I smoke weed, but not crack. I don't like that peppermint burning smell. I want to get out of this stuff, but I am scared. I guess I could stop at any time. Some of the guys tell me I could be a model. Money wise it's good, but otherwise, fuck Hunts Point. Maybe I can become an RN, or go into childcare.' When I asked her how she wanted to be described, she said, 'I'm a good person. I don't like to see anyone down. I like to make people happy.'"

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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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After 22 Years, "A Black Parent's Handbook" Is Still Empowering Black Parents Across America Nationwide (October 15, 2013) -- Back in 1990, after only two years of teaching in Brooklyn, NY and East Orange, NJ respectively, renowned educator, Baruti Kafele had the audacity to write a handbook for Black parents to assist them with educating their children. He entitled the book, A Black Parent's Handbook to Educating Your Children (Outside of the Classroom). He consequently left the classroom temporarily after his first two years of teaching to devote his life to getting A Black Parent's Handbook into the hands of thousands of parents throughout the U.S. In 1992, he returned to the classroom but continued to devote a substantial amount of energy to promoting A Black Parent's Handbook and it eventually became an Essence Magazine number one best seller in 2002. It is now in its 22nd year of empowering a whole new generation of Black parents. Kafele says that the motivation for writing this book was that he was meeting and working with so many wellintentioned parents who wanted to assist their children through the educational process but simply didn't know what to do or where to start. He frowns upon the notion that parents are not involved or don't want to be involved in their children's lives, educationally speaking. He instead asserts that parents absolutely want to be involved but are simply in need of strategies that they can easily and readily implement during the time that their children are at home. A Black Parent's Handbook is comprised of the following topics: * Preparation for Success * Reading for Success * Setting Goals for Success * Studying and Testing for Success * Communicating for Success * Collaborating for Success * Distractions for Success A Black Parent's Handbook is not a long book – it's only 74 pages. It's not a difficult read either. Instead, it is a guide providing strategies and suggestions for parents to utilize toward the educational growth and development of their children and should be referred to regularly. Over the past 22 years, parents have shared with Kafele that they literally raised their children on the contents of this book.

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that addresses reading for success. Kafele has argued for the past 22 years that in education, we can have the best schools, best curriculum, best teachers and best teaching strategies, but if Black children are not being exposed to who they are, both historically and culturally, then we are spinning our wheels at best. He argues that when Black children are exposed to "who they are," we increase the probability exponentially that they will have the will to strive for excellence because by exposing them to "their story," we are essentially helping them to develop a purpose for learning, rooted in the greatness of who they are historically. Kafele says, "I want them to see and understand where they stand along the continuum of history to help them to better understand their roles in life moving forward." About The Author Baruti Kafele, affectionately known as "Principal Kafele," excelled as an urban public school educator in New Jersey for more than 20 years. As an elementary school teacher in East Orange, he was selected as the East Orange School District and Essex County Public Schools Teacher of the Year. As a middle and high school principal, he led the transformation of four different schools, including Newark Tech High School, which went from a lowperforming school in need of improvement to being recognized by U.S. News and World Report three times as one of the best high schools in the United States. He is now a full-time national / international educational consultant. He is also the author of the books, Closing the Attitude Gap: How to Fire Up Your Students to Strive for Success, Motivating Black Males to Achieve in School and in Life, and A Handbook for Teachers of African American Children. About The Book A Black Parent's Handbook to Educating Your Children 
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Farewell, Madiba! Written by Elseah W. Chea December 5, 2013 Go on… Go on, you have lived! They tried to break your spirits, but you sweetly defied them Go on, you have shown love, humility, patience, humanity, and you prevailed

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Go on, for Patrice Lumumba awaits you; Martin Luther King, Jr awaits you; Frederick Douglass awaits you; Malcolm X awaits you; Toussaint L'Ouverture awaits you; Harriet Tubman awaits you; Kwame Nkrumah awaits you; Ché Guevara awaits you; W.E.B. Dubois awaits you; Amilcar Cabral awaits you; Yasser Arafat awaits you; Stokely Carmichael awaits you; Steve Biko awaits you; All the wounded, persecuted soldiers of the struggle to liberate humanity await you. Madiba, show them the scars, the signs, and the lines of the wounds from the shackles of imprisonment, of injustice, of racism—all of which you have overcome with forgiveness, love, humility, laughter, and everything else that made you what you were—a shining star of love! Let your arrival in the midst of the comrades be a celebration and, knowing the way you have lived, it would be! Don’t worry about us here, the struggle will continue. The battle will be fought yet, but peacefully, exactly the way you fought it. Oh, just go now, dear Liberator. Feel pain no more. Rest in Peace! ---Elseah Chea is the publisher/editor of The Long Island Dispatch (New York) and the US-Liberian Voice (New York). He holds a master’s degree from Teachers College Columbia University and teaches writing at Molloy College, Rockville Centre, NY. He may be reached via email @ editor@lidispatch.com and phone (516) 292-1263.

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Filmmaker Kevin Arbouet, Formally of Hempstead, Gets Ready for Generation Iron Release Kevin Arbouet, formally of Lee Daniels Entertainment (Monster's Ball, Precious, The Butler), is living the dream. Having produced and directed several independent films over the years, his newest, Generation Iron, on which he acted as production manager and second unit director, will be released in theaters on September 20th. Generation Iron is about the lives of seven bodybuilders as they train for the Mr. Olympia competition. Arnold Schwarzenegger appears, and the documentary is narrated by Mickey Rourke. Generation Iron will be released directly preceding Mr. Olympia, which Mr. Arbouet will also be directing. While venturing on with these newest projects, Kevin's latest indie film, Police State, which filmed partially in Nassau County at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building, stars Neal Bledsoe, Chris Riggi and Sean Young, is now in post production. Kevin Arbouet is formally from Hempstead. ONLINE EDITION

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TNA IMPACT WRESTLING RETURNS LIVE TO THE NEW YORK TRI-STATE AREA! AT THE NYCB THEATRE AT WESTBURY Saturday, December 28th Tickets On Sale Now Westbury, NY – ‘Tis the season for high-flying action-packed nights sure to heat up the cold holiday nights as the TNA IMPACT WRESTLING WORLD TOUR hits Westbury, NY at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.. Tickets are $ $75, $54, $44, and $24 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. Fans who purchase a $75 ticket will meet select TNA IMPACT WRESTLING Superstars at an early-entry autograph session beginning at 5:30 p.m. WITNESS: Kurt Angle, Bully Ray, Bobby Roode, Magnus, Mr. Anderson, Austin Aries, Samoa Joe, The Bro Mans. Chris Sabin, Eric Young, Joseph Park, Cowboy James Storm, The TNA Knockouts, plus the New York debut of Ethan Carter III-EC3! ”This is a great time of year for families to get together and enjoy the energy and excitement of the TNA IMPACT WRESTLING WORLD TOUR,” said Andy Barton, TNA’s Executive Vice President of Live Events. “Tickets are affordable and make a great gift.” For more information on the TNA IMPACT WRESTLING WORLD TOUR in the Northeast, please visit our website at www.impactwrestling.com.

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‘The Rock’ ranks as 2013′s most bankable actor Robert Downey Jr.? Sandra Bullock? Brad Pitt? Nope. The most bankable star of 2013 is someone you might not suspect. According to Forbes, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson takes top honors this year after starring in three hit movies: Fast & Furious 6, Pain & Gain and GI Joe: Retaliation. These three films earned a total of $1.3 billion dollars globally. His Fast & Furious co-star Vin Diesel also made the list (at $887 million), coming in fourth. The 41-year-old action star will return to the big screen next year as Hercules and alongside Diesel in the seventh installment of the Fast series.

Denzel Washington, The Rock among top 10 highest-paid actors in Hollywood Forbes magazine has released its annual list of the highest-paid actors in Hollywood. This year, Robert Downey Jr. topped the list with $75 million in earnings from his work in the mega-blockbusters Iron Man 3 and The Avengers. Denzel Washington and The Rock were the two performers of color to make the top 10. ONLINE EDITION

For 1o straight weeks in 2013 Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson had a film in the top 10 of the box office. This year he headlined hits like GI Joe: Retaliation and Fast & Furious 6. He earned a whopping total of $46 million this year, placing him at #5 on the list. Washington is on an upswing following his 2012 hits Safe House ($126 million at the box office) and Flight ($93 million). His deal for back-end profits on the latter film, which earned $162 million worldwide on a $31 million budget, paid off for the actor. He earned $33 million last year, ranking him at #9 on Forbes‘ list. Washington is poised to capitalize on his A-list status again this summer with his highly anticipated action film 2 Guns, co-starring Mark Whalberg, which opens August 2nd. PAGE 32


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I am pleased to report that the Newest presentation from FOURDEES Productions will be an original play written by the Late Mr. Herbert F. Campbell. The show will begin with a tribute to special selected group of dignitaries from our communities. All seats are $22.00 “FOURDEES PRODUCTIONS” Sponsors of the Barbara Dee Ensemble Theater Group, will honor several community leaders from the Metropolitan area, at the Best Western Hotel 173 E. Sunrise Highway, Rockville Centre, NY on Friday, February 7, 2014, at 7: 30 pm . The highlight of the evening will be the presentation of YOUR FATHER’S ARMS ARE WAITING. A Gospel drama, adapted from COMING HOME TO PAPA , written by the Late Herbert F. Campbell, and Adapted, and Directed by Don Durant. The Play depicts a young woman going off on her own to England and France to gain her fortune and fame, singing Gospel Music. Sickness strikes her and she is determined to return home to see her elderly father one last time. ONLINE EDITION

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are a year or so into a remodeling project still months from completion. We take a sharp left, meandering down a long cobblestone road toward another property, this one shielded by a wall of bricks. I park my car and am ushered through a door that leads to a modest, multibedroom cottage -- and suddenly I see her, Oprah Winfrey. PHOTOS: The Resurgence of Oprah Winfrey She's dressed casually in calf-length khakis, a white button-down shirt and a pair of Jimmy Choo flats she'll soon lose. Her soft curls are pulled off of her face, and she radiates the warmth for which she is well known. I have spoken to her by phone only a handful of times and still she pulls me toward her for an embrace that puts me at ease. Then she steps back and assesses my sartorial decisions for the day. Her eyes fall to my feet, wedged into 5-inch heels, which now I see were overkill. "Girlllll!" she teases, with bellowing laughter, before leading me to a patio table where a lunch of root vegetable soup and lobster Cobb salad will be served. Welcome to the world of Oprah, a mix of grandeur and simplicity, the huge and the humble. She's one of the richest women on the planet (worth a reported $2.9 billion, she is the first African-American female billionaire and one of few self-made women at that level). She also is one of the busiest, with her own from-the-ashes TV network (OWN), production company (Harpo), magazine (O, The Oprah Magazine) and a hit film (Lee Daniels' The Butler) that is ONLINE EDITION

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generating serious awards-season buzz. (Winfrey was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild award Dec. 11.) But you'd never know it on this afternoon. There are no phones in sight, no evidence of handlers or assistants. She laughs readily and easily and makes clear her afternoon is mine. If she launches straight into interviewer mode, eager to know who ranks among my favorite subjects, it is to be expected. She is Oprah, after all, whose daily talk show ruled the airwaves for 25 seasons. The only time edge creeps into her otherwise relaxed demeanor is when I ask about the near "nervous breakdown" she reportedly suffered in 2012. "I never had a nervous breakdown," she insists, noting how Access Hollywood had taken an interview she gave about her overwhelming workload out of context. "I thought that was such sensational exploitation." LIST: The Hollywood Reporter’s 2013 Women in Entertainment Power 100 It is clear that her memories of that incident -- and the emotions surrounding OWN -- are still raw. And she's the first to admit it. At one particularly low point in April 2012, Winfrey succumbed to the media's decidedly negative narrative about her then-struggling network. While seated beside longtime friend Gayle King and co-host Charlie Rose for a segment on CBS This Morning, she said, "Had I known it was this difficult, I might have done something else. ‌ If I were writing a book about it, I could call the book 101 Mis(Continued on page 38)

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takes." The bout of self-pity infuriated David Zaslav, Discovery CEO, whose company had poured $312 million into the network. Three days later, the executive pulled her and her two top staffers, OWN presidents Sheri Salata and Erik

Logan, into a room at the Mandarin Oriental in New York following the channel's upfront, and said: "We are going to change the f---ing narrative. Enough of the 'how hard this is' and 'boy, is this difficult.' It ends now." Zaslav was right, and Winfrey knew it. She describes a "come to Jesus" talk she had with herself: "What did you expect would happen? You were going to end the Oprah show, go on a little cruise and then step in and everything was going to be fine?" ♦♦♦♦♦ If anyone is a living, breathing embodiment of "Live Your Best Life," the Winfrey it's-never-too-late-to-improve mission on which OWN was founded, it is Winfrey herself. Rather quickly, and at her direction, the network -- previously a punching bag in media circles -- began to take shape. In July, Zaslav announced in an earnings call that OWN, a 50-50 partnership between Winfrey and Discovery, was in the black. Headlines such as "Oprah Winfrey isn't quite holding her OWN" gave way to "Oprah Winfrey's OWN becomes profitable faster than execs predicted." The channel, buoyed by a handful of Tyler Perry shows and a collection of Winfrey-fronted series, registered a ratings uptick of 20 percent in its key female demo thus far this year, and cable and satellite operators agreed to pay millions in fees to carry the network going forward. "It makes it sweet," says Logan. "Going through what we went through, we really appreciate where we are today." STORY: The Hollywood Reporter’s Mentorship Program Turns 5 Concurrently, Winfrey was at work on The Butler, only her third feature film as an actress in nearly as many decades. The $30 million drama in which she plays the alcoholic wife of a longtime White House manservant has earned $116 million at the box office and made Winfrey the subject of Oscar talk (she was nominated for her debut role in 1985's The Color Purple) -- not bad for a film she had serious doubts about making. She had turned down previous roles director Lee Daniels had offered her in The Paperboy (the part went to Macy Gray) and Prisoners (it moved forward without him), arguing that both were too dark for her liking. "Acting is about going into the space," ONLINE EDITION

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she says, "and there are just some places that I'm not willing to go." Though she claims she's "never loved" any experience more than she did Color Purple, she felt the timing was all wrong when Daniels came knocking, just as she was wrestling with all the challenges plaguing OWN. But the idea of being part of a film that could educate audiences about the role women played in the civil rights movement, coupled with Daniels' relentlessness, convinced her to accept, "I went from screaming to crying to pleading and then I caught her at a very calm moment [at her home in] Hawaii," the director says, "and I went straight for the kill." The result was well worth it. "Winfrey is a full-throttle wonder," wrote Peter Travers in Rolling Stone, "filling her role with heart, soul and a healing resilience." There's a good chance she'll be nominated for best supporting actress and will likely be in the audience at the Oscars on March 2. Two years ago, after attending the ceremony, where she was recognized for her Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, she did friend Jimmy Kimmel's ABC late-night show. He recalls his surprise at how comfortable he and everyone he worked with felt around her. "[That] night, when she came to do the show, she brought a bunch of tequila and we all did shots with Oprah," he recalls. "It really was inspiring the way she treated everybody, me included. She makes me want to be a better woman." ♦♦♦♦♦ All joking aside, that sentiment is shared by millions. On Nov. 20, President Obama draped a Medal of Freedom around her neck, telling a roomful of dignitaries and activists: "In more than 4,500 episodes of her show, her message (Continued on page 46)

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FOUR TOPS (The) Four Tops are an American vocal quartet, whose repertoire has included doo-wop, jazz, soul music, R&B, disco, adult contemporary, and showtunes. Founded in Detroit, Michigan as The Four Aims, lead singer Levi Stubbs (born Levi Stubbles, a cousin of Jackie Wilson and brother of The Falcons' Joe Stubbs), and groupmates Abdul "Duke" Fakir, Renaldo "Obie" Benson and Lawrence Payton remained together for over four decades, having gone from 1953 until 1997 without a single change in personnel. Among a number of groups who helped define the Motown Sound of the 1960s, including The Miracles, The Marvelettes, Martha and the Vandellas, The Temptations, and The Supremes, the Four Tops were notable for having Stubbs, a baritone, as their lead singer; most groups of the time were fronted by a tenor. The group was the main male vocal group for the songwriting and production team of Holland-Dozier-Holland, who crafted a stream of hit singles, including two Billboard Hot 100 number-one hits: "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)" and "Reach Out I'll Be There". After Holland-Dozier-Holland left Motown in 1967, the Four Tops were assigned to a number of producers, primarily Frank Wilson. When Motown left Detroit in 1972 to move to Los Angeles, California, the Tops stayed in Detroit and moved over to ABC Records' Dunhill imprint, where they continued to have charting singles into the late-1970s. Since the 1980s, the Four Tops have recorded for, at various times, Motown, Casablanca Records and Arista Records. Today, save for Indestructible (owned by Sony Music Entertainment), Universal Music Group controls the rights to their entire post-1963 catalog (through various mergers and acquisitions), as well as their 1956 single, "Could It Be You". A change of line-up was finally forced upon the group when Lawrence Payton died on June 20, 1997. The band initially continued as a three-piece under the name The Tops,[1] before Theo Peoples (formerly of The Temptations) was recruited as the new fourth member. Peoples eventually took over the role of lead singer when Stubbs suffered a stroke in 2000 with his position assumed by Ronnie McNeir. On July 1, 2005, Benson died of lung cancer with Payton's son Roquel Payton replacing him. Levi Stubbs died on October 17, 2008. Fakir, McNeir, Payton, and Harold "Spike" Bonhart, who replaced Peoples in 2011, are still performing together as the Four Tops. Fakir is now the only surviving founding member of the original group, and Payton is a second-generation member. ONLINE EDITION

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TEMPTATIONS The Temptations are an American vocal group known for their success with Motown Records during the 1960s and 1970s. Known for their choreography, distinct harmonies, and flashy wardrobe, the group has been said to be as influential to R&B and soul as The Beatles are to pop and rock.[1] Known to always feature at least five male vocalists and dancers, the group formed in 1960 in Detroit, Michigan under the name The Elgins. Having sold tens of millions of albums, the Temptations are one of the most successful groups in music history.[2][3][4] As of 2013, the Temptations continue to perform and record for Universal Music Group with its one living original member, Otis Williams, still in its lineup. The original founding members of the group were Otis Williams, Elbridge "Al" Bryant, Melvin Franklin, Eddie Kendricks, and Paul Williams. The members were from two former rival vocal groups, the Distants and the Primes. In 1964, Bryant was replaced by David Ruffin. Four years later, Ruffin was replaced by Dennis Edwards. In 1971, the lineup changed again when Kendricks and Paul Williams were replaced by Ricky Owens and Richard Street. The former replacement was soon replaced by Damon Harris. Like its "sister" group, The Supremes, the Temptations' lineup has changed frequently over the years. Over the course of their career, the Temptations have released four Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles and fourteen R&B number-one singles. Their material earned them three Grammy Awards. The Temptations was the first Motown recording act to win a Grammy Award and in 2013 the group received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Six of the Temptations (Edwards, Franklin, Kendricks, Ruffin, Otis Williams and Paul Williams) were inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989. Three classic Temptations songs, "My Girl", "Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)", and "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone", are among The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. The Temptations were also ranked at #68 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 Greatest Artists of all time.

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PLATINUM SELLING ARTIST ANDTHE X FACTOR JUDGE DEMI LOVATO ANNOUNCES THE NEON LIGHTS TOUR SET TO LAUNCH IN FEBRUARY 2014 MARCH 7 – IZOD CENTER MARCH 11 – NASSAU COLISEUM

The general on-sales will begin on Saturday October 5, at www.livenation.com.

DEMI, the 4th album from Demi Lovato on HollyNorth American Tour Features Dates With Little Mix, Cher Lloyd and Fifth Harmony; Will Visit 27 Cities Includ- wood Records, is out now and features the charting New York, Chicago, Vancouver, Toronto, Dallas, Nash- topping, double platinum-certified single, "Heart Attack," and "Neon Lights." The album hit #1 on iTunes in ville 50 countries and debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 Tickets On Sale Starting Saturday, October 5 at 10am, chart in the U.S. "Heart Attack" reached #5 on the Billat LiveNation.com board Top 40 Radio chart and became the 3rd Top 10 New York, NY – September 30, 2013 – Platinum- hit of Demi's career. The video for the song has selling music artist and The X Factor judge Demi Lovato amassed over 100 million views on VEVO, while a reannounced exclusively on a Facebook Q&A yesterday mix of the single also hit #1 on the Billboard Dance that she is launching THE NEON LIGHTS TOUR on Chart. February 9, 2014, in Vancouver, British Columbia, at Demi is also joining the Emmy Award®-winning Pepsi Live At Rogers Arena. Produced and promoted show GLEE for a guest starring role set to start airing by Live Nation, the North American tour will support her on October 3. Earlier this month, she returned for her latest Hollywood Records album, DEMI, and visit 27 second season as a judge and mentor on The X Factor. cities across the United States and Canada, including She will appear on Conan tonight (September 30) and shows in the New York City area, Chicago, Toronto, will perform on both The Tonight Show Dallas, Houston, Atlanta and Nashville. “Neon Lights” is with Jay Leno (October 2) and The Ellen DeGeneres the forthcoming single from DEMI and will impact at radio in early November. THE NEON LIGHTS TOUR will Show (October 7). also feature lead special guests, Little Mix, performing THE NEON LIGHTS TOUR DATES on their first U.S. tour, as well as Cher Lloyd who will All dates and venues below subject to change. also perform on select dates. The X Factor finalists Fifth Harmony will perform on all dates below.. turned hit-making girl group, Fifth Harmony, will also join their X Factor mentor on all dates throughout the *Dates with Little Mix tour. **Dates with Cher Lloyd Citi® cardmembers will have access to a pre-sale February 9* Vancouver, BC Pepsi Live @ Rogers tickets beginning Wednesday October 2, at 10:00 AM Arena local time through Citi's Private Pass® Program. For February 11* San Jose, CA SAP Center complete pre-sale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com. February 13* Anaheim, CA Honda Center (On sale ONLINE EDITION

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October 12) February 15* Glendale, AZ Jobing.com Arena February 17* Grand Prairie, TX Verizon Theater At Grand Prairie February 19* Houston, TX Toyota Center February 21* Atlanta, GA Philips Arena February 23* Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena February 25* Sunrise, FL BB&T Center February 26* Tampa, FL Time Bay Times Forum March 1* Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center March 2* Fairfax, VA Patriot Center March 5* Worcester, MA DCU Center March 7* East Rutherford, NJ IZOD Center March 8* Wallingford, CT Toyota Oakdale Theatre March 11* Uniondale, NY Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum March 13* Auburn Hills, MI The Palace At Auburn Hills March 14* Rosemont, IL Allstate Arena March 16* Omaha, NE CenturyLink Center March 18* St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center

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Fifth Harmony has quickly become one of the mosttalked about acts in pop music. After debuting "Miss Movin' On" live on The Today Show, the program received more tweets about this concert than any other performance all summer. The music video has surpassed 11 million views mark on VEVO, while the song reached #34 on Top 40 Radio, and is continuing to gain steam. Cumulatively, they have 70 million total YouTube views, nearly half a million Facebook "likes", and over 750,000 Twitter followers. Building on the monumental success of their debut single "Miss Movin' On", Fifth Harmony (5H) are now gearing up to release their first EP, Better Together [Epic Records/Syco Music] on October 22, 2013. For more information on Fifth Harmony, visit www.fifthharmonyofficial.com. Please visit www.DemiLovato.com, www.LiveNation.com and www.Ticketmaster.com for additional ticket and tour information. About Live Nation Entertainment: Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of four market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, Artist Nation Management and Live Nation Media/Sponsorship. For additional information, visit www.livenation.com/investors.

March 20** St. Louis, MO Chaifetz Arena March 22** Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena March 23** Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena March 26** Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre March 27** Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena March 29** Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena March 30** Indianapolis, IN Bankers Life Fieldhouse Earlier this year Little Mix soared into the top 5 of the Billboard 200 album chart with their debut album DNA, entering the chart at No. 4 and making history as the first ever British girl group to debut in the top 5 with their debut album release. Since then, Little Mix have amassed a dedicated and loyal fan base, having graced the covers of Seventeen and Girls Life magazines and garnering over 150 million cumulative VEVO views, 2.6 million Facebook fans and over 4.3 million Twitter followers. Little Mix have become global superstars selling over 3 million records worldwide and are prepping for the Fall 2013 release of their new album featuring the upcoming single, "Move." With worldwide momentum behind them, the group is now ready to tour the U.S. for the first time as special guests on the Demi Lovato tour. ONLINE EDITION

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Project MOST Holiday Giving Campaign has begun For the first time in its history, Project MOST has developed a Holiday Giving Campaign, together with local retailers and radio stations. Project MOST is the after school program at John Marshall Elementary and Springs School. Every dollar you give helps provide scholarships and enrichment programs for hundreds of East Hampton children. • This Holiday Season, visit Golden Eagle, Mary’s Marvelous, Gubbins East Hampton, East Hampton Wines & Liquors and Hampton Chutney. All of these local businesses have a Project Most donation box and are selling Project MOST stickers for your window or your car. • Also WEHM radio is running a full schedule of promotions and WLNG is donating some pro-bono spots in support of the campaign. If you have media expoONLINE EDITION

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sure to offer please contact Susan Hackett at 631-604-2777. • Visit projectmost.com where you can give via Network for Good or Crowdrise. Teams all over town are cropping up on Crowdrise in support. It’s easy to give to a team or start your own. The message is: “please give a little…it helps a lot”. History and Mission Project MOST (Making the Most of Out of School Time) was created in 2001 to address the critical issue of how and where children on the East End of Long Island spend their time in the critical hours after school: 3PM to 6PM. It also is intended to help school districts add an additional 200 hours of learning time for students especially those who are academically comprised and un-served by existing school services. This ExpandedEd model is regarded as the future of the public school system in the US. As its mission, Project MOST is committed to building on the strengths of our children by providing students with a range of academic support, enrichment activities, physical exercise, and positive social development everyday in the critical hours after school. The program was originally funded by a grant from the NYS Office of Children and Family Services. Currently the program is partially supported by a unique “funding partnership” that includes the Town of East Hampton, the East Hampton Union Free School District, the Parents of Project MOST and some local private philanthropy. PAGE 43


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GLOBAL SUPERSTAR MILEY CYRUS TO LAUNCH BANGERZ TOUR ON VALENTINES DAY 2014 Highly Anticipated Tour Includes 38 Dates throughout the United States and Canada th April 24 – Nassau Coliseum Tickets on Sale November 16 at 10am November 6, 2013 (New York, NY) – Global superstar Miley Cyrus announced today the details behind her BANGERZ TOUR. The highly anticipated tour, produced and promoted by Live Nation, kicks off on Valentine's Day February 14, 2014 in Vancouver, BC at Pepsi Live @ Rogers Arena and will visit 38 cities throughout the United States and Canada including New York City, Los Angeles, Toronto, Chicago, Washington DC and Miami. Tickets go on sale starting Saturday, November 16 at www.livenation.com. American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Tuesday, November 12 at 10 AM local time through Friday, November 15 at 10 PM local time. Fans will have additional opportunities to purchase tickets early by signing up for a Facebook RSVP at http://bit.ly/ _MileyRSVP. Tickets for the general public go on sale Saturday, November 16. Additional details are available at www.livenation.com. Details for Miley’s BANGERZ TOUR follow her surprise appearance on Saturday Night Live where she announced to fans that she would be launching a tour soon. The announcement on Saturday Night Live comes on the heels of her well-received appearance ONLINE EDITION

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on the show (re-airing November 9) as both host and musical performer on October 5 that was part of a series of headline-making appearances that supported the release of her new album, Bangerz, on RCA Records. Bangerz debuted at #1 on both the Billboard Top 200 Album chart and the Digital Album Charts with over 270,000 albums sold. Additionally, during release week, Bangerz hit #1 on iTunes in over 70 countries. Both singles, “Wrecking Ball” and “We Can’t Stop”, off Bangerz have already sold 4.3 million copies in the U.S. alone. “Wrecking Ball” hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and stayed there for two weeks. It became Miley’s first Billboard Hot 100 #1 and her fastest-flying top 10 on Radio Songs. “Wrecking Ball” also hit #1 on Spotify where it reached the highest streams ever for any track in the U.S. beating the next highest week by nearly 500,000 plays. This exciting news came just two days after her music video for "Wrecking Ball" became the fastest music video ever to reach CERTIFIED status, VEVO's milestone for videos delivering 100 million views in only 6 days. Cyrus shattered the previous record which she held for “We Can’t Stop,” which was

CERTIFIED by VEVO just 37 days after it premiered. Bangerz has been getting rave reviews including Entertainment Weekly calling it “…utterly fresh, a pop blitz from a hip-hop blueprint, and proof that Miley won't settle for just shocking us.” US Weekly declared it “the year's most titillating pop explosion” awarding the album “4 stars (out of 4).”

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BRAD PAISLEY EXTENDS AND RENAMES TOUR  BEAT THIS WINTER TOUR  presented by Cracker Barrel Old Country Store®   Special Guests Include Chris Young and Danielle Bradbery   Nassau Coliseum – February 13th   Tickets on sale December 6th at 10am  

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was always 'You can.' You can do, you can be, you can grow and you can be better." STORY: Women in Entertainment Mentorship Grad: ‘It’s the Best Thing That’s Ever Happened to Me’ Only 24 hours earlier, she had shared that message with some 1,000 Discovery employees at the company's headquarters in Silver Spring, Md. -- and another 1,000 joining by webcast. "I'm looking out at all of these employees who have tears streaming down their faces as she's talking about how you're worthy because you were born and how being of service is what makes you great," says Salata. Adds Zaslav, still marveling at his partners impact, "On my way out the door that day, four different people grabbed me and hugged me for bringing her - and one of them cried." That same passion for self-betterment drives her Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, the school she opened in South Africa in 2007 and to which she has contributed more than $100 million. Its devastating scandal -- accusations of sexual and physical abuse -- is now a distant memory. Today, the academy touts a 100 percent graduation rate, and every member of the school's first three graduating classes has continued on to college. Among the first things she does when she rises around 7:30 a.m. each day (no alarm clock needed) is exchange emails with the girls of OWLAG. "I'm responding to everything from 'I'm feeling lost' to 'I need advice about a boy,' " she says. With 16 of the academy's graduates currently at U.S. universities, including Stanford, Smith and Barnard, she regularly travels to see them on campus, organizes an annual spring break trip and opens up her Montecito home for visits, (Continued on page 48)

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Brian Griffin Returns From The Dead It's a Christmas miracle! Last night (Dec. 15), "Family Guy" resurrected TV's favorite talking pet, Brian Griffin, to the relief of fans everywhere. The pooch was killed off several weeks ago, leading to major unrest among avid viewers of the Fox show. Entertainment Weekly previously reported that Fox would not confirm whether or not Brian was gone for good, and fans took to speculating when the description for the Christmas special episode was released, saying, "Stewie devises a master plan to get the one and only thing he wants for Christmas." All it took was a trip to visit Santa and a time machine to bring the pup back to life. Once the credits rolled for East Coast viewers, show creator Seth MacFarlane took to Twitter to give his two cents on the situation and suggest that the stunt was all part of a lesson in appreciating our loved ones. Several sources claim that Brian's death was intended to be permanent, and that the "Family Guy" team reversed the decision due to fans' negative reactions, but according to MacFarlane, that was never the plan.

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she returns to South Africa, where she teaches classes and spends individual time with as many of the 289 students as possible. "What I really admire is her philanthropy, in particular as she uses it to help young girls," says former Paramount chairman Sherry Lansing of Winfrey, who is set to receive the leadership award named after Lansing at The Hollywood Reporter's Women in Entertainment breakfast Dec. 11. "That is one of the most wonderful things anyone can do." EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Hollywood’s Most Powerful Women Pose With Their Mentors Winfrey acknowledges how stunned she is at how much the students have come to mean to her, especially given that, unlike her best friend, being a mom held little appeal. "Gayle [now a mother of two] was the kind of kid who, in seventh grade Home Ec class, was writing down her name and the names of her children," she notes. "While she was having those kind of daydreams, I was having daydreams about how I could be Martin Luther King." She's certain she made the right choice. "If I had kids, my kids would hate me," Winfrey contends. "They would have ended up on the equivalent of the Oprah show talking about me; because something [in my life] would have had to suffer and it would've probably been them." ♦♦♦♦♦ At one point during our three-plus hours together, Winfrey mentions a desire to scale back on her dizzying schedule. That's among the reasons why she's moving from Chicago to Montecito, hopeful that she'll be settled in the property's main house (worth an estimated $88 million) by her 60th birthday in January. It's also why she held a muchpublicized "yard sale" in early November, when she sold off $600,000 worth of lamps, teapots and sofas for charity. "It was about making space for a new life, which is what I'm getting ready to create for myself in California," she says. A few days before we sit down, she got a sneak peek of what that life could look like when she and her longtime love, Stedman Graham, enjoyed a dinner out with friends in Los Angeles. "I was sending an email to say thank you so much for dinner," she says, "and I realized I couldn't remember the last time Stedman and I had been out." She grows wide-eyed as she discusses a future of long dinners and fine wine. But a quick look at her world makes you wonder if she's ONLINE EDITION

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really ready for change. Earlier this year, she embarked on a multicity motivational tour in Canada, and now she's planning to hit U.S. arenas in late 2014. For a woman who claims to love her own bed, she's rarely in it. She logged 235 days on the road in 2012, going everywhere from Haiti (for an Oprah's Next Chapter interview with Sean Penn) to New Orleans (to film The Butler), and 2013 looks to be only slightly better. STORY: Roundtable: Oprah Winfrey and 5 Top Actresses on Crying for Spielberg and 'Muff Shots' Winfrey keeps her followers -- 22 million on Twitter, 2.1 million on Instagram -- abreast of all of it. She is active on OWN's message boards, too, and regularly live-tweets along with her shows, including Next Chapter and Super Soul Sunday. "She's closer to her viewers -- [both] the people that like her and the people that don't -- than any executive that I've ever worked with," says Zaslav, with King adding, "Oprah doesn't half-do anything." She may not have her daily show anymore, but she's happy to impart lessons to those who are trying to follow in

her footsteps, including Queen Latifah and Steve Harvey. She spent an hour on the phone with Latifah before her show launched this fall, telling her what she tells everybody who enters the daytime fray: "Don't do it until you have 100 percent creative control to be yourself." When she sensed that Harvey was straying, she called him up and told him, "I saw you in a chocolate factory trying to do that routine that Lucy and Ethel did. That's not you. Don't let people talk you into what they think is you." Being your authentic self, to borrow a phrase from one of her many proteges, Dr. Phil, long has been key to her own billion-dollar brand. Winfrey is as comfortable divulging details of her own struggles, be it weight or sexual abuse, as she is eliciting them from others. "The Oprah phenomenon began because there wasn't anybody on TV who was so willing to be so candid and honest about the things in her life that weren't going so well," says Salata, who has worked with her for nearly 20 years. "And all of a sudden, we all could say, 'OK, I can acknowledge that I'm not everything that I want to be in every way I want to be and I can still like myself.' " The only regret Winfrey harbors about her decision to end her talk show -- the most successful in history, with 12.6 million viewers at its peak -- is the timing. Had she had it to do all over again, she would have bid farewell before she tried to launch a 24-hour network. But after 25 years with The Oprah Winfrey Show, she says she had (Continued on page 49)

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reached a point at which she felt she had little left to offer the format. "When [my producers] called me in and said, 'I know, we could take the audience to outer space,' I knew it was time to go." ♦♦♦♦♦ The story of Winfrey's rise from poverty and abuse in rural Mississippi by now is well known. By the time she entered elementary school, she had decided she wanted to be a missionary. She'd save her lunch money and urge other kids to do the same. "I'd collect it in a little cup and take it back to church on Sunday to give to the starving children of Costa Rica," Winfrey recalls. "I always felt that whatever you have, you have to share it." It was that philosophy that inspired OWN many years later. When she and Zaslav first sat down in April 2007, she was struck by the idea of launching a network of higher consciousness. But Winfrey, who watches little TV (exceptions include ABC's Scandal), misjudged the audience. The series of disappointments came fast. PHOTOS: Roundtable: 6 Top Actresses on Fears, Sacrifices and Greatest Advice The early days were marred by delays, management upheaval and reports that OWN might not survive. A year in, Discovery had nearly doubled its initial budget, and the ratings -like the press surrounding it -- were dismal. After decades of unremitting success, failure hit Winfrey hard: "I had become so accustomed to succeeding that I no longer even remembered what it was like to fail." The turnaround began when Winfrey redefined what the network needed to be. "We were too earnest," says Zaslav. OWN has since broadened, pushing into other genre's with Perry's shows (The Haves and the Have Nots, Love Thy Neighbor, For Better or Worse), embracing the African-American audience and welcoming eye-catching programming such as a Lindsay Lohan docuseries and a two-part Lance Armstrong interview. ♦♦♦♦♦ At this stage of Winfrey's life, she has several decades' worth of wisdom to share -- and legacy, it seems, is top of mind. One of the more valuable lessons she has tried to pass along to the girls, many from impoverished beginnings like hers, is one of managing success -- and the wealth that can accompany it. "When you're the most successful person in ONLINE EDITION

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your family, in your neighborhood and in your town, everybody thinks you're the First National Bank," she says, "and you have to figure out for yourself where those boundaries are." What Winfrey learned is that people's needs were in direct proportion to what they thought she had. "I got to the point where nobody ever asked me for anything less than $5,000. I felt pressured for a long time to say yes, because I thought, 'I can't lie and say I don't have it. My salary is printed in the paper,' " she laughs, looking back at all her charity: "I've bought more houses and cars than I can even tell you." STORY: Oprah Winfrey to Receive Hollywood Reporter's Sherry Lansing Leadership Award Despite everything she has achieved, Winfrey is aware nobody can have everything. Her work in The Butler, for instance, hasn't led to a deluge of other offers, and she surmises: "That's the reality of being 59 and female, not to mention a woman of color." Still, she is thinking about Broadway next, trying to determine when she'd have the time. "It's something I would like to do, but I'd like to get settled in my house, have a life and then make the next move," she says. "I'd just like to be in the space where I really feel like I have nothing to prove." Is she close? "I think I'm just about there." She readily admits to disappointments -- not least how quickly people wrote her off when she left her daily show. She describes Graham as her foundation of support and, at times, her reality check. "He would say, 'You think you're going to rest on your laurels? You think anybody cares about 25 years?' And I'd go, 'Yeah, I kinda felt people did. Twenty-five years means nothing?' " In fact, it was Graham, not Winfrey, who kept track of all that was said in the press. "The other day I said to Stedman, 'I hear it was bad,' and he goes, 'Oh no, no, no, it was worse than bad,' " she says. "Same thing happened with Gayle. I said, 'I heard people were counting me out.' And she goes, 'No. You were counted out.' " But she refuses to dwell on such things. She is, after all, America's embodiment of optimism. As Obama said in awarding her the Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor a U.S. president can bestow: "Oprah's greatest strength has always been her ability to help us discover the best in ourselves." As for Winfrey herself, she's still on the path to getting there. "This has been the great climb of my life," she says of the past three years. "But I still have a long way to go. PAGE 49


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"I call him Luis, but I am not sure. Luis is unable to do more than mutter a few words, often breaking down in tears. He refuses to go to the local shelter or methadone clinic, sleeping instead in various spots, spending his waking hours bumming cigarettes and panhandling in front of bodegas. I worry that my pictures put a happy face on addiction. Photos cannot capture the pain, suffering, and destruction wrought by heroin, crack or in this case, whiskey. Sometimes it requires smoking a cigarette with a sobbing incoherent drunk to truly remind you what loneliness and addiction can do."

"The 'brickyard' is a vacant lot on an otherwise industrial side street in Hunts Point. It's where many of the local addicts spend their time, gossiping and smoking. They bring their carts filled with what they can collect to sell to the adjacent scrap metal shops. It's where I found Clarence, who has lived for 40 years in Hunts Point since moving from North Carolina as a teenager. I spoke with Clarence, a former truck driver, for a long time. He told me all that his addiction has wrought: job loss, homelessness, health problems. Never once did he sound angry, bitter, or depressed."

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Hunts Point, because this is literally right now the best heroin in all of New York City.' Sonya left her husband and family after being turned on to heroin by Eric. 'I wasn't addicted to drugs until my 30s. Before then, I was a normal person, meaning I wasn't a fucking junkie. I lived in Rhode Island and had a family. I was a soccer mom. I always kind of knew I was a heroin addict. I always knew not to fuck with heroin. I always knew it was the drug for me. It just makes you feel good. And when you're feeling bad, having a magic button is kind of a great thing. Unfortunately the magic button is also a stupid button because it comes with a lot of consequences. I am happier in some ways than I've ever been in my life. But I've lost so many things. I want to get out of my addiction but in some ways it's made me grow a lot. And I think I know now how to live more than I ever have.'"

Supreme saw me taking pictures and asked to be photographed with his dog Obama (yes, Obama). I asked him why he was giving the camera the finger, he said, 'Thats for people judging who I am.' I said, 'Who are you?' He said, 'A doped up junkie.' I told him I post the pictures online and write a short description. He said, 'I ain't mind people knowing what I do or who I am. Its me.' Supreme and I chatted awhile more; despite the finger he was happy to talk." "Egypt, 38 and homeless, was 14 when her mother, an addict and prostitute, put her out on the streets. She has been working the streets, in the Bronx, addicted to heroin (Continued on page 51)

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and crack, much of the time since. While telling me her story, she started crying. She was high, having just shot crack. 'Mix it with lemon juice. If you do it with water you will be fucked up. Abscess, dead.' She noticed a beat up alley cat wandering. 'That cat's how I feel. I really do. I didn't come out here to fucking cry. See, that cat needs a hug. I get that. He wants somebody to love him. Saying, 'Don't touch that,' is like saying not to touch me." I apologized for making her cry. She said, 'I didn’t cry. There's no time for crying out here. If you cry, you're a pussy, and you can't let them do that to you. You can't let them see you cry. You can't show your weakness. I'm a cancer. You scrape us off and we come right back. But we're curable. It's only as hard as you make it. If you think you can change, if you know you can change, you can. If you set your mind to something, that's what's going to happen. You have to want it. You can't have someone else want it for you.'"

Entertainment TV network Bravo is ready to roll out what is expected to be another highly-rated reality TV show in January titled Blood, Sweat and Heels. The show will document the lives of five busy women as they manage and maneuver their way around New York. Cameras will record this group of women and follow their daily activities as they balance their personal and professional lives, which represent a variety of the city’s booming industries. “The allfemale cast includes former ‘video vixen’ turned realtor Melyssa Ford, real estate partner Brie Bythewood, modeling agency owner Mica Hughes, affordable-style expert Daisy Lewellyn, A Belle in Brooklyn blogger and author Demetria Lucas, and style and pop culture journalist Geneva S. Thomas,” the show’s website reads. The women have individually and independently established a successful career in their respective fields. And now, as they continue to build their personal brands, they also learn to rely more on the relationships and friendships they’ve built along the way. Tune into Bravo on Sunday, January 5 at 8 p.m. to catch the series premiere of Blood, Sweat and Heels. ONLINE EDITION

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

portant work. The location of the monument in Chicago’s historic Bronzeville community is of great significance and appreciation to the communities and generational admireres who were impacted by her work…As a female leader of the great state of Illinois I can personally appreciate and support eh commemoration of Ms. Wells’ life, work and writings.” – Kimberly du Buclet, State Representative, 26th District As the written history of America finally, albeit slowly, recognizes the role of African Americans, some names emerge as giants from the shadows. One of those is certainly Ida B. Wells, America’s premier anti-lynching campaigner. Born into slavery, she was destined to be one who would help shape post Civil War America as an investigative journalist, newspaper editor and publisher, and leader of the emerging women’s and civil rights movements. We here in Chicago are proud to claim her as our own for the many years of leadership she provided our city. I was delighted to learn of plans for a (Continued on page 53)

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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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