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Dynamic teens Achieving Great Success!! Honoring Students Making a Difference time. He’s received numerous awards and traveled to several countries. The list of awards is as impressive as his speaking engagements. If I had to list all of them, this aynard Jackson High School, former Southside Comprehensive High School and paper would be called, “Ronald McCullough Takes Atlanta”. His achievements and awards renamed in honor of the first African American Mayor of Atlanta, has embarked upon another first. include Principal’s List, National Honor SoFor one student this is an extra special time. Ronald ciety, National Beta Club, Future Business McCullough Jr., 15, is a senior at Maynard Jackson Leaders of America (FBLA), Technology StuHigh School and, is only the second student looking dents Association (TSA), Drama Club, Varsity Basketball (Academic Captain, Forward posiforward to graduating at this age besides Maynard tion), UGA GA Certificate of Merit Winner, Jackson himself. Emory University Kingian Nonviolence ParWe all too often ticipant, and plans to join the Debate Team. hear of negative acts committed by today’s Upon graduation, Ronald plans to major in youth but not enough Biomedical Engineering at Emory, UGA, Georgia Tech, or Wake Forest. Other interis said for positive young adults. Ronald est of Ronald is politics and he hopes to meet President Barack Obama someday, but after sets a great example interviewing him, it’s only a matter of time. for all ages. ListenPrincipal Stephanie S. Johnson and Ronald ing to this young man Ronald McCullough, Jr. are both new to Jackson, transferring this school speak during his interview, I year. Ronald came from Tech High School couldn’t help feeling truly amazed at this student. He told of his struggles as often being the youngest which closed last year. She is extremely proud of Ronald, all that he has and will continue to (sometimes the smallest) in the class and losing a close friend. Another struggle was working hard to accomplish as he prepares for life after high school. She stated during the interview that obtain the number one GPA in the school. she can see Ronald in politics, as he is a great Ronald was well spoken and dressed in a suit influential leader, believes in standiing up for as if he was going to receive an award, but this is what is right and able to resist peer pressure. normal for him. “My dad teaches me things like By: Angela this, also to be a man.” Ronald credits his academic Stovall and success and other accomplishments to his parents Nora Williams Arlesia and Ronald McCullough, Sr. Being raised by both parents has given him a strong foundation and continued support that he needs. He is no stranger to business as entrepreneurship runs in his blood line Ronald and Principal from his grandmother owning a boxing promotion Stephanie company. to his parents owning a daycare center Johnson McCullough Creative Children Center, 612 Clifton Road, SE, Atlanta 30315, where he has spent alot of

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n January 25th, Kaelin Matthews won the Teen Slam Competition hosted by Young Audiences at the Woodruff Arts Center. Kaelin, a junior at Carver High School, is one of 22 teens from three Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta who performed original poetry in the SLAM Competition. Participating students were from Douglas, East DeKalb and Warren/Holyfield Boys & Girls Clubs. This fall, Young Audiences and the Alliance Theatre partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta to deliver artsintegrated literacy programs to high school students. In the Teen Slam program, Young Audiences and Alliance Theatre teaching artists, Tommy Bottoms, Theresa Davis and Mannie Rivers taught high school students to identify the elements of literary and slam (or performance) poetry and write their own pieces over the course of ten workshops after school at the Boys & Girls Clubs. The students competed in front of parents, friends, Boys & Girls Clubs staff members and a panel of celebrity judges (Peabody Award winning poet, Abyss, authors, Amita Rao and Kim Green, HBO Def poet, Malik Salaam, and poet and performer, Vincent “Dichototomy” Hocket). Trophies were awarded to the individual and group winners.

Inside this Issue ECO-Action helps students with environmental education pg. 2 Morehouse School of Medicine Community Connections pg. 3 That Dirty Little “C” Word ~ Let’s Talk Teal pg. 4 Celebrity Athlete in the Community p. 5 Historic High Schools Annual Alumni Breakfast pg. 6 What’s Going On at our Gold Dome? pg. 7 Do You Need to Find Out the Latest News in Your Community? pg. 8

Students also saw the teaching artists in action when the program opened with performances by professional Slam Poets, Mannie Rivers, Tommy Bottoms (continue p.3)

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nvironmental Community Action, Inc. (ECO-Action) helps communities organize to confront environmental health threats. ECO-Action has been successful in establishing a Georgia-focused grassroots environmental justice agency that addresses the needs of Georgians in both urban and rural areas regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or socio-economic status. ECO-Action's work is based on the intersection of three tenets: threats to human health, environmental degradation, and social injustice. It helps communities find solutions to environmental challenges through: Community Organizing Assistance; Leadership Development/CapacityBuilding; and Research and Training. The Youth Environmental Leadership and Learning (YELL) initiative is a pilot project that aims to engage 14 high school students in taking action to enact positive environmental changes in their communities. The New Schools of Carver: Health Sciences and Research will host the 2012 - 2013 inaugural class. The environmental education curriculum will focus on eight major areas: Place Matters, Solid Waste, Brownfields and Remediation, Non-Renewable and Renewable Energy, Toxic Chemicals and Human Health, Urban Waters and Toxic Chemicals, Air Pollution and Asthma, and Environmental Justice. ECO-Action will conduct all YELL activities in collaboration with Georgia State University’s Institute of Public Health: Center of Excellence for Health Disparities Research and The New Schools of Carver: School of Health Sciences and Research.

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ECO-Action Partners with Georgia State to Help Shed Light to the Community On Pollution ATLANTA - Atlanta’s air pollution is notorious, with numerous air quality alert days every summer, affecting human health. As some lower-income and mostly minority neighborhoods right next to clogged interstate highways, people in neighborhoods such as Pittsburgh and Mechanicsville are hit the hardest with air pollution affecting respiratory and cardiovascular systems. Researchers and students from Georgia State University, which is working to help solve the problems of cities, are investigating air pollution in these neighborhoods to help determine how people living in those areas are affected. Christine Fuller, assistant professor of public health, and undergraduate students in the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program in the Department of Geosciences, along with members of the community measured air quality at more than 120 sites throughout Atlanta in summer and fall 2012. The neighborhoods included those close to downtown Georgia State campus in Neighborhood Planning Unit-V, such as Pittsburgh and Mechanicsville, as well as areas out by interstate 285. The project was part of work by the Center of Excellence for Health Disparities Research, or CoEx, which is working to address health inequalities in Atlanta under a multimillion-dollar grant from the National Institutes of Health. “We’re looking at neighborhoods at different poverty levels within Atlanta to compare pollution levels between those different poverty levels, and to look at the spatial distribution of pollutants,” Fuller said. With some neighborhoods experiencing higher pollution, the health impacts to minorities and low-income individuals may be higher than for other populations. “Since there are so many people potentially exposed to ambient air pollution, there could be a significant number of people affected by negative outcomes,” Fuller said. “The burden is very high.”

Students and members of the communities placed small, passive monitors around the neighborhoods for one to two weeks, mea suring nitrogen dioxide produced when burning gasoline or diesel fuel. It is a good marker for pollution from tailpipes, as well as particulate matter. The project not only addresses a serious health problem affecting Atlantans, but also was a great educational experience for undergraduates. Alyssa Combs, a geography major, (continued pg. 3)

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The mission of Connections 2 Atlanta, LLC is to become “The News Source for your Connections” by “Creating the Atmosphere...for People to Talk”. We are a marketing team that believes in the four links...family, community, schools, and businesses working together as one, in order to sustain not only their connections to Atlanta, but throughout the United States and beyond. We want to work together with you to promote or produce programs and/or events to bring awareness of the need to re-connect the dis-connect. There are so many people who do not sit around and talk as we’ve done many years ago. A face to face conversation in order to communicate history, by passing the torch, from one generation to the next generation has become almost obsolete. Why? It is our belief, due to the advancement of technology and other sources, people are too busy to understand that you must interact physically in order to make a major impact mentally. From the desks of Angela and Eddie, the co-founders of Connections 2 Atlanta: Greetings and Thank You for your Continued Support! We are extremely pleased to produce the 2013 second edition of Connections 2 Atlanta newspaper. We began this journey with a concept that was planted in us many years prior, awaiting its appointed season to blossom. People are forming connections to Atlanta on a daily basis when they interact with family, community, school, and business. The time has come and we are committed to our vision of continuous relationship building stemmed from using this news source as the atmosphere to talk about issues and resolutions. So remember, Connections 2 Atlanta is not just a newspaper, we are “The News Source for your Connections”.

Angela Stovall (ECO-Action from pg. 2) participated in the research experience. Com munity serYOU ARE INVITED… vice is one of her passions. The project was a perfect opportunity to continue that work. Morehouse School of Medicine Prevention Research Center “I’ve been doing community service since I 2nd ANNUAL COMMUNITY MEET & GREET was 12, and I love the interaction that I get participating and helping people.” Combs Thursday, April 25, 2013 said. “That’s really what attracted me to the 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. REU program, because I was interested in Villages at Carver Y in Activity Room 100 focusing on urban inequality.” Getting the 1600 Pryor Road, SW community involved was very important to Atlanta, GA 30315 the project, and the Georgia State researchers and students worked with Eco-Action, For additional information and to RSVP, contact David Collins at 404.752.1139 or via email at dcollins@msm.edu a community-based environmental group, Please RSVP by Thursday, April 18, 2013 to place monitors around neighborhoods. “Originally, people were cautious, but curiEvent is FREE for all participants *** FREE Door Prizes *** Refreshments will be served ous about what we were doing and asked many questions,” Combs said. “As we continued to sample across the neighborhoods, people actually knew we were coming and expected us, which was pretty nice. By the A Prevention Research Center Designated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Cooperative Agreement U-48-DP-001907-04) end of the project, we all became family and (Teen Poetry continued) and Theresa Davis, emcee of the event. still have connections with them to this day.” “The collaboration between the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta, Young Audiences and the Alliance Theatre has been beneficial for students that attend the Clubs. It was breath-taking Yomi Noibi, executive director of Environto see the final product of their hard work, and the experience of performing at the Woodruff mental Community Action, Inc., or ECO-AcArts Center, in front of a large audience was invaluable. They truly left all of their energy on the tion, said Georgia State students learned valustage,” remarked Crystal Brown, Director, Youth Leadership Programs, Boys & Girls Clubs of able lessons by working hand-in-hand with the America. community. “They demonstrated the need to President of Young Audiences, Charisse M. Williams said, “We look forward to offering learn from the community, and also to respect the Teen Slam program to even more Boys & Girls Clubs in the future. I marvel at the impact the community in the process,” said Noibi, this program has on students’ writing and public speaking, skills that will help them succeed in whose community-based group worked with school and life.” Our next group of workshops will be at four Boys& Girls Clubs of Metro Georgia State students. “They were inspired Atlanta, beginning in March. The Teen Slam competition will be part of the Wells Fargo Artsby the community to further their studies, and Vibe Voices and Vibes Festival on April 27th at the Woodruff Arts Center. For more info about learned more about having concerns about ArtsVibe, see the program website: http://artsvibe.com/. By: Stacie Gottlieb (Young Audiences, environmental protection from the commuWoodruff Arts Center, www.yawac.org,) nity perspective.” Combs said she hopes the 1ST PLACE CONGRATULATIONS!!! project will let leaders know about health inWarren Memorial Boys & Girls Club of equality and community concerns. “Our goal was to shed some light on neighborhood conAtlanta, won 1st place group, featured teens Levi cerns so that the community was informed,” “IceTrax” Alexander, Jameshia “Princess” Fair, (Mayshe said, “as well as to provide tools and innard Jackson High) Freedom “Knowledge” Calloway formation so that the community can take this (Atlanta Neighborhood Charter), Jasmine Willinginformation to political leaders and further ham (Carver High), Kaelin Matthews (New Schools provide a lens on an underrepresented area.” of Carver High), Felipe’ “Tre” Banks (M.L.King Jr. Middle), Anthony Kinsey, Joshua Lewis (Cross Keys For more information about CoEx, visit High), and Skylar Rose (Carver High). Mr. John http://coex.gsu.edu Strong (Character & Leadership Director) and Tommy Bottoms (Slam Poet Mentor) played very intricate parts in assisting these teens with the compeBy: Jeremy Craig - Public Relations and tition. Kudos to ALL of the staff at Warren for providng the kids an outlet for self expression, Marketing Communications for Georgia self esteem building, and a positive learning environment. As the parent of Felipe’ “Tre” Banks State University I am extremely proud of him and the group for a job well done!!! By: Angela Stovall

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Connections 2 Atlanta, LLC P.O. BOX 150393 Atlanta, Georgia 30315 Atlanta Execuitve Center 2001 M.L.King Jr. Drive Suite 675-B Atlanta, Georgia 30310 (404) 564-2990 Connections2ATL@gmail.com PUBLISHER Connections 2 Atlanta, LLC Chief Editor/Layout Designer Angela Stovall Assistant Editor Nora Williams Sales/Marketing/Special Events Director Eddie King Contributing Writers Jeremy Craig Stacie Gottlieb Coach Darren Myles Marvin Nesbitt Ricky Richardson Micah Rowland Rep. Valencia Stovall SUBSCRIPTION AVAILABLE Why drive all over town to get this paper when you can have it mailed directly to your home/ business for $5/issue or $30/yr. The opinions expressed in Connections 2 Atlanta are of the writer and not necessarily those of Connections 2 Atlanta. Connections 2 Atlanta reserves the right to not print material we deem to be inappropriate. Any materials submitted becomes the property of Connections 2 Atlanta. Reproduction of any part of Connections 2 Atlanta is strictly prohibited without the written permission from the Publisher.

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Ms. Wina Holt fondly remembers her mother (Mrs. Mary Ellen Terrell) as a funny, yet spirited person. “My mom was my rock and strength and that is why it’s so hard for me to be here without her now.” On October 12, 2007, Mrs. Terrell died from ovarian cancer and her family was devastated. The sad thing is that ovarian cancer claimed Mrs. Terrell’s sister as well. For Wina, this was the last straw. Wina decided to take matters into her own hands and create “Ellaboo’s Angels Ovarian Cancer Foundation”. This organization was formed to help bring awareness and to educate everyone on this deadly disease. The American Cancer Society states that a pap smear exam should be a part of a woman’s WHEN: Saturday, regular health exam. The problem is that women aren’t tested for cancer during these visits. Specific tests called CA125, HE4, and ROMA are TIME: 5:30 PM needed to detect ovarian cancer. It is the most deadliest “silent killer”. Early detection is key to fighting this disease, as most diagnosis happens when found during the advanced 4th or 5th stage. The symptoms of ovar- WHERE: 3000 ANNEWAKEE FALLS PARKWAY ian cancer mimic other common conditions such as: DOUGLASVILLE, GA 30135 PLEASE Don’t • Bloating Ignore the Signs... • Trouble eating or full quickly Request Your TICKETS: ADVANCE $20.00 VIP $40.00 • Abdominal/Pelvic pain Doctor to Get AT THE DOOR $25.00 VIP $45.00 • Frequent urination You Tested if they • Abnormal bleeding persist longer • Back pain PURPOSE: TO BRING AWARENESS TO THE PUBLIC than 2 weeks. • Leg pain THROUGH FASHION, MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT • Menstrual Changes If you have family history of ovarian cancer, please notify your doctor. To get more information from Wina, go on facebook and like, as well as Please contact Wina Holt for more information: (404) 663-3316 youtube Ellaboo’s Angels Ovarian Cancer Foundation. Facts compiled from the Email: ELLABOOSANGELS@USA.COM

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Neighborhood Planning Chair participates in leadership program On January 31, 2013, I had the opportunity to spend time with the children of DH Stanton, Principle Taylor and Mr. William Teasley as the children introduced to us The Leader In Me Program. Those in attendance included Seat 7 APS Board Member Courtney English and 5th Congressional District State Board Member Kenneth Mason. I truly enjoyed as we watch the students of DH Stanton ES plant the seeds of a growing future. The Leader in Me program which highlight the 7 habits which lead students in the direction of becoming great leaders. Habit 1: Be Proactive © Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind © Habit 3: Put First Things First © Habit 4: Think Win-Win © Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood © Habit 6: Synergize © Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw © Please contact Mr. William Teasley for more details. Higher Ground Education Initiative Group attending The Leader In Me Cell: 404-539-0373 at D.H. Stanton Elementary School Email: william@hgei-atlanta.org

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Metro-Atlanta Chapter No. 883 917 Oakland Drive, SW; Atlanta, GA 30310 Phone: 678-732-0218 Website: www.vvachapter883.com Email: vvachapter883@yahoo.com

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With Set-up at 11am Adamsville Recreation Center 3201 Martin Luther King Jr., Dr., SW, Atlanta, GA 30311 After the 2012 General Elections, and their effect upon our daily lives, we can no longer think or feel that Veterans Benefits will escape being included in the “entitlements reform,” which our governmental officials are employing to balance the budgets and control the debts for their operations of governments, but in the same economy raises their own salaries and benefits. The idea of operating without some kind of deficit in today’s global economy and the way our elected officials value themselves over all else is senseless. This is the time for a difference thinking to take over and this must begin locally. With that said, we are hosting a 2013 Veterans’ Health & Survival Conference, and requesting the attendance and participation of Veterans, Veteran leaders, Veterans’ Dependents and Advocates from all eras of U. S. Military Service. The Conference’s Moto is the promise of VVA: “Never Again Will One Generation of Veterans Abandon Another” Please, my Brothers and Sisters, let’s come together, to Discuss, Organize, Strategize, and Mobilize [DOSM], and we can make it happen! I still say that the most urgent issue in America to day is to Overhaul the VA. Eldson J. McGhee, President, VIETNAM VETERANS of AMERICA Chapter 883

INDEPENDENT ARTIST/cousin of troy On February 13 2013, I was honored with the privileged to participate in the African-American Read-In, for which I received a plaque from Dr. Taylor. Other participants included; Judge Clinanthony davis RELEASES ANOTHER ton Deveaux, Chuck Barlow Jr., Rick Laupus, Ron Fowler, Jessica Wielgus, Winton Nunnally, HOT SINGLE Glynda Lewis, Robert Welch, Crystal Hilton, Micah Rowland, Michelle Guilford, Lakenya Todd, E.RED (the cousin of Troy Anthony Thanh Nguyen, Annah Lyles, Kenneth Mason, and representatives from the Atlanta Fire DepartDavis, executed on September 21, ment 2011 for a crime that he did not commit that caused a worldwide outcry DH Stanton is definitely on the move and becoming one of the most desired schools in APS for injustice), is carrying on the fight for our region. Many are engaged and we hope to get more parents involved with our schools. to keep Troy’s message alive and the Please reach out to DH Stanton and Principal Dr. Clara Taylor. Join the PTA and fathers please fight through his music. E.RED’s song get more involved with our youth. A strong community is dependent upon strong thriving famiLIFE features Troy’s last words and is lies. listed in the U.S. Library of Congress. By: Micah His new song, What’z Goin On will keep you reminded that the struggle is not Rowland DH Stanton Elementary is located at: over but continues. Check it out at the direct link cdbaby.com/ered4, Google & Chair, NPU-V 970 Martin Street, Atlanta, GA 30315 Yahoo E.RED or Ered912, iTunes and any downloadable music site. Request the - Phone: 404.802.4200 song on the local radio stations and find out his message of WHAT'Z GOIN ON! - Atlanta Public Schools Cluster: Jackson

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FOOT SOLDIERS: CLASS OF 1964 WINS! BRIAN JORDAN ~ CONTINUING TO By: Ricky CONGRATULATIONS Richardson MAKE STRIDES IN THE COMMUNITY and ALVELYN SANDERS By: Nora Angela WITH YOUTH FOUNDATION Williams Stovall

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n Wednesday February 20, 2013, Connections 2 Atlanta was honored with a visit from Brian Jordan. Brian has played for teams such as the Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Falcons, St. Louis Cardinals, LA Dodgers and the Texas Rangers. Now retired but heavily involved in sports, (Sports Casting for Fox Sports Network South, Sport South, Braves Live, and Gwinnett Brian Jordan and Angela Stovall Braves) he chooses to give back to communities by helping underprivileged youths. In 1998 the Brian Jordan Foundation was formed and is dedicated to building strong minds, healthy bodies, and supporting places for youth to grow. BJF has giving substantial amount in college scholarships to bright and deserving students. Brian is also an accomplished children’s author and donates some of his books to schools to aide in the literacy programs. An advocate for education, Brian encourages kids to get their degrees to have a much needed tool for success. The Sports Center for Excellence and Camp Jordan are part of the many programs under BJF. Brian donated a baseball field to the Carver YMCA in Atlanta. BJF have also partnered with Southside Medical Center to help provide health screenings for children that may not have health care or insurance. Brian told our editor in chief (Angela Stovall) that having both his parents played a very important role in his life. “My mom was a teacher and watching her work with children inspired me to give back.” He has truly giving of his time and money to help and never seems to meet a stranger. His willingness to help others is astounding. We asked him who inspired him the most? Brian stated that Hank Aaron, Jackie Robinson, but family was top of the list for him. I wonder if Brian knows how much he inspires others? Spending time with people like this makes you appreciate all things and you simply just want to give too. Brian, thank you so much, may God continue to bless you and ALL those who help to give back to the youth. For more information on the Brian Jordan Foundation please visit: www.brianjordanfoundation.com and check out one of his books I Told You I Can Play!

Connections 2 Atlanta would like to THANK MARY ROSS of NAACP ATLANTA for her generous and caring spirit in welcoming us to our new office located at the Atlanta Executive Center. You are a blessing and we will never forget ALL that you have done!

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t’s a wrap! for the 21st Annual Pan African Film and Arts Festival (PAFF). Alvelyn Sanders, a native of Atlanta and writer, producer, and director with Dr. Georgianne Thomas, Creator and Executive Director of “Foot Soldiers: Class of 1964” documentary took home two awards: Best Short Documentary and Audience Best Short Documentary. This is America’s largest and most prestigious Black Film Festival. Each year of the festival, it screens more than 150 films made by and/or about people of African descent from the United States, Africa, the Caribbean, South America, the South Pacific, Latin America, Europe and Canada. PAFF holds the distinction of being the largest Black History Month event in the country. The 21st edition of the Pan African Film and Arts Festival was held on February 7th-18th, 2013 at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza and Rave Theaters. PAFF was founded in 1992 by award-winning actor Danny Glover (The Color Purple, Lethal Weapon movie franchise), Emmy Award winning actress Ja’Net DuBois (best known for her role as Wilona in the TV series, Good Times) and Executive Director, Ayuko Babu, an international legal, cultural and political consultant who specializes in African Affairs. PAFF is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the promotion of ethnic and racial respect and tolerance through the exhibit of films, art and creative expressions. The goal of PAFF is to present and showcase the broad spectrum of Black creative works, particularly those that reinforce positive images, helps to destroy negative stereotypes and depict an expanded vision of the Black experience. PAFF believes film and art can lead to better understanding and foster communication between people of diverse cultures,races and lifestyles,while at the same time serve as a vehicle to initiate dialogue on the important issues of our time. And the Winners Are: Best Feature-Narrative- Stones in the Sun (Haiti/USA) Special Jury Recognition- Things Never Said (USA) Best Director-First Feature- David “Tosh” Gitonga,Nairobi Half Life Special Jury Recognition- Ya’Ke,Wolf Best Documentary-Feature- Free Angela ad Other Political Prisoners (USA) Special Jury Recognition- Mugabe:Villain or Hero? (UK)

Best Short Documentary- Foot Soldiers(USA)

Best Short Narrative Our Rhineland (USA) Special Jury Recognition - The Collegians (USA) Capri Capitals Partners Awards - Songs of Redemptions BAFTA/PAFF Choice Prize - Home Again Festival Founders Award Iceberg Slim:Portrait of a Pimp Festival Programmers Award - Babe & Ricky’s Inn Feature Artist Special Award - Djibril Ndoye Audience Favorite-Best Feature Narrative- Against the Grain Audience Favorite-Best Documentary Feature - Charles Lloyd: Arrows into Infinity

Audience Favorite-Best Short Documentary-Foot Soldiers Audience Favorite-Best Short Narrative - Island Song

Foot Soldiers: Class of 1964 is a documentary that was shown on PBS during the month of January presenting the stories of Spelman College freshmen and their struggle and fight for civil rights. Visit youtube Foot Soldiers Class of 1964 to view a excerpt.

ith 6 returning starters on offense and 9 returning starters on defense and a 4-Star recruit in 6’4, 270lb Delando Crooks to anchor a big offensive line and several other Panthers with scholarship offers or being recruited, head football coach, Darren Myles had reasons to be optimistic and have high expectations for his Panthers and their 2012-13 season. And the Panthers did not disappoint. Even with an early exit from the state playoff race, the Panthers football team still had a lot to be proud of. The Panthers finished the season with a 9-2 record, a big turnaround from last year’s 2-8 campaign. By the mid-way point of the season, the secret that was the Panthers football team was out and Myles kept his Panthers rolling along. Going undefeated in sub-region play allowed the Panthers to claim the Sub-region Championship and move on to play Marist for the region championship. The Panthers play on the field did not go unnoticed as several Panthers were recognized and named to the All Region Team for 6-AAAA Div. B. The Panthers who were crowned the 2012 City Champions were well represented with 10 players named All Region: RB - Montavious Taylor, WR - Tevish Clark, OL - Xavier Davis, OL - Delando Crooks, OL - Leonard Badgett, DL - Roc-M Nesbitt (Defensive Player of the Year), LB - Quintis Bentley, LB - James Gray, DB - Aaron Williams and LS - Jytez Pledger. The Panthers also had two players to earned first team All-State honors in Delando Crooks as an offensive lineman and Roc-M Nesbitt as a Defensive Lineman. Offensive Lineman Xavier Davis was named 2nd Team All-State while Montavious Taylor earned Honorable Mention All-State as a running back. Additionally, head football coach Darren Myles was voted Coach of the Year in his region. And of all of these accomplishments, Coach Myles will tell you that what he is most proud of is that 100% of his football players maintained academic eligibility the entire football season and that 9 of his student athletes signed National Letters of Intent at the Atlanta Public Schools Annual Signing Day Ceremony on February 6th (Delando Crooks – Vanderbilt University, Xavier Davis – University of Buffalo, Roc-M Nesbitt – Tennessee State University, Montavious Taylor – Clark Atlanta University, Dexter Hollingsworth, Leonard Badgett and Nolan Stewart – West Georgia Technical College, James Gray and Steve McDonald – Fort Scott Community College). Now that the season is over, Coach Myles and the Panthers have already began working on a successful repeat of their 2012-13 football season. The Panthers are in full offseason strength and conditioning mode. And with a many key contributors returning next season, look for the Panthers to again have a loud roar. By: Coach Darren Myles and Marvin Nesbitt

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UPCOMING EVENTS

George W. Carver Atlanta Alumni Association The 5th Annual Scholarship Benefit Breakfast Saturday, March 23, 2013 9:00am - 12:00pm Prince hall Grand Lodge East 7340 Old National Highway Riverdale, Georgia 30296 For Tickets call (404) 521-8991 Donation $25.00 We are a 501c-3 Non Profit Organization OAKLAND CITY COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION Community Garden Open House When: March 23, 2013 Where: 1401 Bridges Avenue Atlanta, GA 30310 Time: 1:00p.m. to 3:00p.m. For more information call 404-753-6497 or visit our website www.occoatl.org or email us at info@occoatl.org

“Come Grow With Us” OAKLAND CITY COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION Invite you to join our monthly meetings and voice your concerns

When: Every 2nd Saturday Where: New Oakland City United Methodist Church 1093 Arlington Avenue Atlanta, GA 30310 Time: 10 am

For more information call 770-616-3449 or visit our website www.occoatl.org or email us at info@occoatl.org

“Rebuilding Our Community One Street At A Time”

We Desire To Rebuild Our Community One Street At A Time Luther Judson Price High Alumni Athletes

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Dear Price High Alumni, Friend and Supporter: The Price High Alumni Athletes and National Alumni Association Inc., will host its sixth annual Alumni Breakfast on April 20, 2013, for all classes of L. J. Price High School. The event will be held at the Georgia International Convention Center, College Park, Georgia. Meet and greet will begin at 8:00 AM with the program starting at 9:00 AM . Cost for the breakfast is $30.00 per person, or you may reserve a table for ten (10) guests for the price of $300.00. To commemorate this special occasion, we will distribute a Souvenir Journal that will include ads of our alumni, friends and supporters, like you. You may purchase a quarter page ad ($25.00), a half page ad ($50.00), or a full-page ad ($100.00). As a patron, you choose the amount of your contribution to this very worthy cause. If you choose not to purchase an ad or make a patron contribution and would still like to support this worthy occasion, you may make a donation in any amount that you choose towards our high school scholarship inititative. The Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and your donation is tax deductible. There were five (5) fifteen hundred dollar scholarships awarded last year to high achieving high school students. We hope to award even more this year. Your support will help to insure that this sixth Annual breakfast celebration will be a most memorable experience for all. The proceeds will also be used to support programs and initiatives for students of L. J. Price Middle School through scholarships and academic awards. On behalf of the Price Alumni Athlete/ Alumni, please accept our invitation to join us on April 20,2013. For more information, you may contact Anthony Love at 404-2023726, Ike Hightower at 678-637-2379 or Charles Turner at 404-346-9822. You may also e-mail us at ljpricehighalumniathletes@yahoo.com. Sincerely, Anthony Love Chairperson

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March/April 2013

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Leadership in the Capitol

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WHAT'S GOING ON AT OUR GOLD DOME?

By: State Representative Valencia Stovall (D-Lake City)

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eing a new State Leader among other Leaders from around the State of Georgia is a great experience. The opportunity to hear a variety of opinions on different subject areas which are at many times of great importance to the individual legislators, is what makes the experience unique. One majority vote of Yea or Nay by the General Assembly causes immediate “life-altering” changes for residents, non-residents, businesses, local municipalities, faith communities, etc. As State Legislators, the powers entrusted into us are enormous and can’t be taken lightly. Leaders are not always the most popular and many times are misunderstood. The ability to accept challenges is one thing, but having the wisdom of knowing how to overcome the challenges is what sets the great leaders apart. We must learn to respect our differences of opinion and beliefs. No longer can we be complacent with how Georgia is progressing. Common ground must be found in order to progressively move the great State of Georgia forward!

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There are several bills being presented that you need to take a look at so that you can contact your elected official to let them know your thoughts on it. You have a voice, so utilize it and educate yourself on the laws that will impact your life. A few of the many bills being presented are HB 254 Motor Vehicles; electronic proof of insurance may be accepted under certain circumstances, HB141 Kidnapping posting notices, HB 188 Military Certifications, HB 336 Civil Practice Settlement Offers just to name a few. You can view the summary and see how far these bills have gotten by visiting www.house.ga.gov, clicking on communications, and selecting legislative reports. You can REMEMBER: “Changes only come when change also review ALL the bills since the first day of agents are in positions to make changes happen” session. ~ Angela Stovall

For 40 days of session, our legislators are making laws that will govern our state for many years. I find it very interesting that as apart of Georgia History, there isn’t a required curriculum for students to take a field trip to the state capitol so they can get a first hand encounter of how the lawmaking process occurs, visit with the highest elected officials of our state, and to ask questions as these may be one day seats they will fulfill. Many times I hear people make the comment, “I really do not understand what happens at the capitol,” so I encourage you and your family to seize the opportunity to see the process first hand by visiting www. legis.ga.gov and view the live broadcasts or visit the capitol where you will be allowed to sit in the upper gallery. Afterwards you can meet your elected officials and tour the capitol. This is a great educational experience and one that should be apart of your lists of things to do. Did you know the capitol has a PAGE program where students get to come to the capitol for a day and deliver messages to the officials while they are in session? The students are paid $10, receives an official letter to be used as an excused absence from school, and they are allowed to take a photo with the elected official who signed them up and the speaker of the house. For more information on the PAGE program and to learn more about the state capitol visit www.legis.ga.gov. ~ Angela Stovall

YOUR FAMILY HISTORY GATHER THE KNOWLEDGE & WISDOM WHILE YOU CAN

KUDOS !! TO THE HARD WORKING hen is the last time you seized the opportunity to sit LADIES W with the senior members of your family to gather the knowledge and wisdom regarding their life and your family THAT history? Learning this information is of utmost importance because it affects your health and your ability to answer the ECO-ACTION PROGRAM CELEBRATION for ALWAYS questions of who, what, when, where, and why about your YELL will be held on SATURDAY, APRIL 20, 2013 relatives. Passing this information onward generation to at THE NEW SCHOOLS OF CARVER. Open to the SERVE WITH A generation keeps the family history alive when others are not public so come & help congratulate these students!! here to tell the story. We encourage you and your family to For more info contact Dr. Yomi Noibi asnoibi@gmail.com SMILE take a family trip to visit the Georgia and National Archives @ THE HARTSFIELD located less than 30 minutes south from downtown Atlanta.

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Georgia Archives, 5800 Jonesboro Road, Morrow, Georgia QUALITY SCREENPRINTING & EMBROIDERY 30260, Public Hours of Operation: Friday and Saturday 8:305:00pm, 678-364-3710,www.GeorgiaArchives.org Lunch and “We Make Your Dreams Learn on March 8, 2013 Just the Facts: Filling the Blanks A Reality” on Lineage Society Applications. April 12, 2013 Top Ten Georgia County Records for Genealogical Research. May 10, Rosalyn Smartt 2013 Protecting Memories: Caring for Family Photographs Ofc (770) 322-1261 National Archives at Atlanta, 5780 Jonesboro Road, Morrow, Cell (404) 457-4525 Georgia 30260, Public Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday and third Saturday of the month 8:30-5:00pm,770-968Email: 2100,www.archives.gov/atlanta/ smartttees@bellsouth.net ~ Angela Stovall

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Neighborhood Planning Units & Community Meetings **Mark Your Calendar**

Agenda

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Empire Board of Realists NPU-T

Second Wednesday

686 Joseph E. Lowery S.W.

7:00 pm

Atlanta, GA 30310

Meeting Time

Meeting Location

First Tuesday 7:00 pm

Atlanta Speech School  3160 Northside Parkway  Atlanta, GA 30327

NPU-B

 First Tuesday 7:00 pm

Cathedral of St. Phillip  2477 Peachtree Road Atlanta, GA 30305 (Room 382)

NPU-C

 First Tuesday  7:00 pm

Trinity Presbyterian Church  3003 Howell Mill Road  Atlanta, GA 30327

NPU-D

Fourth Tuesday  7:30 pm

Agape Community Center  2351 Bolton Road Atlanta, GA 30318

NPU-E

First Tuesday  6:30 pm

Peachtree Christian Church  1580 Peachtree Street Atlanta, GA 30309

NPU-F

Third Monday  7:00 pm

Hillside Facility  1301 Monroe Drive, NE Atlanta, GA 30306

NPU-G

Third Thursday  7:00 pm

Springfield Baptist Church 1730 Hollywood Road, NW Atlanta, GA 30318

NPU-H

First Thursday  7:00 pm

Harriett Darnell Senior Center  677 Fairburn Road, NW  Atlanta, GA 30331

NPU-I

Third Wednesday  7:00 pm

Adamsville Natatorium  3201 M. L. King, Jr. Dr.  Atlanta, GA 30331

NPU-J

Fourth Tuesday  7:00 pm

Atlanta Job Corps 239 W. Lake Dr., NW  Atlanta, GA 30314

NPU-K

Third Tuesday  6:30 pm

C. A. Scott Recreation Center  1665 M. L. King, Jr. Dr.  Atlanta, GA 30314

NPU-L

Second Tuesday  7:00 pm

NPU-M

Fourth Monday  6:30p.m.

Helene S. Mills Senior Facility  515 John Wesley Dobbs Ave.  Atlanta, GA 30312

NPU-N

Fourth Thursday  7:00 pm

Little 5 Points Community Ctr.  1083 Austin Avenue  Atlanta, GA 30307

NPU-O

Fourth Tuesday  6:30 pm

Branham Recreation Center  2051 Delano Drive, NE  Atlanta, GA 30317

NPU-P

First Monday  7:00 pm

Ben Hill Christian Church  4099 Sunset Dr., SW  Atlanta, GA 30331

NPU-Q

Third Thursday  7:00 pm

Quality Living Services Senior Center 4001 Danforth Road Atlanta, GA 30331

NPU-R

First Wednesday  7:00 pm

Andrew & Walter Young YMCA  2220 Campbellton Rd., SW  Atlanta, GA 30311

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NPU-S

Third Thursday  7:00 pm

The Vicars  838 Cascade Rd., SW  Atlanta, GA 30311

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NPU-A

Email: chair@npulatlanta.org Location varies

NPU-W

Fourth Wednesday  7:30 pm

Martha Brown UMC  1205 Metropolitan Avenue  Atlanta, GA 30316

NPU-X

Second Monday  7:00 pm

Stewart Lakewood Library  2893 Lakewood Avenue  Atlanta, GA 30315

NPU-Y

Third Monday  7:00 pm

John Birdine Facility  215 Lakewood Way, SW  Atlanta, GA 30315

NPU-Z

Fourth Monday  7:00 pm

Rosel Fann Recreation Ctr.  365 Cleveland Avenue, SE  Atlanta, GA 30354

NPU-V meetings March 11, 2013 7pm to 9pm - Mechanicsville - Dunbar Center 477 Windsor Street Atlanta, GA 30312 April 8, 2013 7pm to 9pm - Peoplestown - McDevitt Center 1040 Crew St. SW,Atlanta,GA 30315 The NPU-V meeting is normally 2nd Monday of each month. In event of important event and holidays the meeting is postponed to the following week. Atlanta Beltline Meetings March 26, 2013 4pm to 6pm 86 Pryor Street, Suite 200 Atlanta, GA 30303 May 28, 2013 4pm to 6pm 86 Pryor Street, Suite 200 Atlanta, GA 30303 APAB Meeting (Atlanta Planning and Advisory Board) Saturday March 16, 2013 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Monthly on the third Saturday Atlanta City Hall/55 Trinity Avenue, SW/Atlanta 30303 Saturday April 20, 2013 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Monthly on the third Saturday

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