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Malaak Compton-Rock: The BigGiver
Between 31 Rivalry Brothers:
A Look At African and AfricanAmerican Relationships
Of 39 Ranks Child Soldiers
Swell Again In The Congo
49 Dreaming Big: Women Making it on Their Own Terms
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Culture & Heritage
Happenings 11 Heritage Flaunt Your Taste NAACP 32nd Annual Awards Gala Rip the Runway My Lil Start Pre-Oscar Celebration
Your Heritage 30 Celebrate People Sharing How They Celebrate Their Heritage
Culture 62 Off Newsworthy Tidbits and Trivia
L if e s t y l e Making It Happen Interviewing Skills for Upcoming Graduates
Hair & Beauty
Mean & Green: 2008 Lexus GS 450H
Fresh Face & Body
Spring Is the Season to Bloom!
Fashion that Inspires
Home Fashion Fitness Stretching Safely
Healthy Eating with Pasta Spring Brunch in a Snap
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Eye On Wealth Teaching Teens How to Gain Financial Freedome
7 Tips You Can Use NOW To Secure Financial Future for Your Children
Got Game 44 He Gibril Wilson Tells How He Stays Fit
36 Culture A Balancing Act
Knowing Your Body Well and Taking Preventive Measures Can Save Your Life.
Targets Black Men
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Achievers 49 Women 3 Women Making a Difference
In Every Issue 04 Masthead 05 Memory 06 Letters
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I was in awe after I read the entire CYH magazine, (Holiday/Winter 2007) which also included the article “Survivor with a Vision.” Great quality work! The magazine’s layout and design were astounding while the writers were so magnificent and inspirational that I could not put it down. You guys are definitely making a difference by educating and empowering the public to celebrate their heritage and to be proud of themselves. Deon Columbus, New Jersey I had never read CYH magazine but was inspired to pick up a copy at the newsstand when I saw the article about Shan State on the cover. As an intellectual black man, I don’t see black publications dealing with other issues outside the black community. I was really inspired that the publication seem broad and not only focusing on black issues but also dealing with others issues that shows that the connection of various races. Thank you for broadening my knowledge and keep up the good work. Jonathan San Francisco, CA The Heritage list is inspiring. Reading about people that use their lives to impact other people seem like what humanity should be all about. However, I like to see more people of color, as the list did not reflect your mission statement.
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I appreciate the article on Maurice Green and what he’s doing to help kids excel not just in track and field but also in the development of principles. With all that is going on in the sports world, we need to be teaching our kids values and morals that will transcend everything they do in life. Knowing this will hopefully keep them from falling from grace like Marion Jones. Kenny Detroit, Michigan
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s we spring forward, we are reminded of the issues facing our country, from the mortgage meltdown causing foreclosures to the presidential race that seeks to energize, inspire and unify us from partisan and racial woes. In a recent world survey conducted in 16 countries from Africa, and the Middle East, to the United States by WorldPublicOpinion.org, a majority of the respondents said it was important for people of different races and ethnicities to be treated equally. Recently, Senator Barrack Obama, in his speech on race, and indeed throughout his campaign has sought to unify us. “I chose to run for the presidency at this moment in history because I believe deeply that we cannot solve the challenges of our time unless we solve them together – unless we perfect our union by understanding that we may have different stories, but we hold common hopes; that we may not look the same and we may not have come from the same place, but we all want to move in the same direction – towards a better future for of children and our grandchildren.” I am so excited that his speech sums up our spring issue, Spring Into Unity. When we started planning this issue in November 2007, I had no idea that unity will become a cornerstone of this very polarizing presidential campaign. As you read on, you will be impressed (I hope) to note the article on Rivalry Between Brothers: A Look at African & African-American Relationships. D. Martina raised some important points. Do both groups feel any responsibility towards the other? What about the stereotypes? You decide. This dialogue will continue on our website (cyhmagazine.com) where you can also weigh in. CYH will be sponsoring its first roundtable discussion, which aims to take a serious look at this issue and find solutions in friendship, love and unity. And finally, as the Obama conversation continues, we talked with Reverend Al Sharpton to shed some light on the economy, his vision of hope and how we can perhaps spring into unity. Email me at ene@ cyhmagazine.com and share your thoughts with me.
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8 Pristine red carpeting lined with velvet ropes paved the way to the huge glass doors of the House of Hennessy in Beverly Hills for the Hennessy Flaunt Your Taste party where guests savored exquisite cocktails from the Hennessy portfolio.
1. B2K 2. Sticky Fingaz 3. Darice Laffoon of CYH Magazine and guest 4. The Hennessy Girls 5. Guests enjoying themselves 6. Elisabeth Daron from Hennessy & guest 7. Keith Richardson 8. Melinda Williams & DJ D. Nice
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NAACP 32nd Annual 3 Awards Gala
The Metuchen-Edison, New Jersey Area Branch of the NAACP celebrated its 32nd Annual Freedom Fund Awards Gala on February 2, 2008. This year the Rosa Parks Activism Award went to Actress Susan Sarandon, who was on hand to receive her award. Executive Committee Board Members and coordinators for the event were President of the NAACP Reginald Johnson, Shelia Highsmith, Monique Brice, Teresa Douglas and Grafton Gilchrist. The keynote speaker was Dr. Therman Evans. 1. Susan Sarandon with the president of the Metuchen-Edison NAACP branch 2. The Tuskegee Airman, Charles Nolley, and his wife, Margarret 3. The state president, James Harris, Dean at Montclair State, with another president, Ted Carrington
Rip The Runway BETâ€™s 4th Annual Rip the Runway took place at the Manhattan Center in New York City. The show was hosted by Nelly and Lauren London and executive produced by Hip-Hop mogul, P. Diddy.
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1. Celebrity Stylist and Author, June Ambrose 2. Estelle, British artist 3. Pharrell Williams 4. Alesha Renee, BET host Photos courtesy Leleah Robinson
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1. Actress Lynn Whitfield and gossip columnist Flo Anthony 2. Claude Stanton, Black Noir CEO, actor Terry Crews, and Steve M arcano, My Lil Star 3. Actress Vivica A. Fox (center), Steve Marcano, My Lil Star CEO (right), and guest 4. Actress Lynn Whitfield and Larry Percy, My Lil Star 5. Actress Vivica A. Fox, Larry Percy, My Lil Star, and rapper/actor Fredro Starr
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BIGGIVER By Leesa Davis
Malaak Compton-Rock, wife of Chris Rock and mother of their two daughters is more than just a stylish Hollywood wife. Her altruistic efforts and willingness to serve is perhaps derivative of her mother’s own humanitarian nature. “My mother used to own a yoga studio and hold yogathons. All the money raised from the yogathons would go to Darfur, Africa for those in need” says ComptonRock. Nowadays, Compton-Rock’s hectic schedule includes trips from the U.S. to Diepsloot, a shanty town in Johannesburg and Soweto, South Africa where she is personally involved in African initiative projects. In conjunction with the international non-profit organization, HOPE Worldwide (HWW), Compton-Rock has been involved in supplying educational funding for supplies and uniforms for students who reside in the shanty town as well as assisting with the growth of gardens for food. “We are helping to grow community gardens so that the residents can grow produce such as carrots, cabbage, lettuce, potatoes and sell them for income. It’s difficult to grow a garden where these people live so we’re digging trenches and growing 40 separate gardens. Six of these gardens are at schools in Soweto,” says the big-hearted philanthropist. Always keeping herself super-busy with her passion for humanitarian projects, Compton-Rock is also a co-judge on Oprah’s Big Give, a reality series on ABC, where contestants across the country compete to give away money and other resources based on their creativity and how much they wish to help others. “It came about because Oprah called me one night and asked me to work on the show. I was in shock for about four days straight” says Compton-Rock. She adds, “I’ve been asked to do television appearances in the past and I’ve turned it down but I could not turn down Oprah’s offer, one because it’s Oprah and secondly because of the cause.” While working on Oprah’s Big Give, Compton-Rock still continues to dedicate her time to her other goodwill campaigns that includes prevention and child abuse awareness through the Champions for Children Campaign and Safe Horizon. She also continues to enrich the lives of many women through Styleworks, a non-profit organization she created in 1999. Based in Brooklyn, NY, Styleworks offers support to women entering the workforce from welfare and shelters by providing its clients with a wardrobe and full makeovers such as hair and makeup. In the little downtime that she has, the soft-spoken humanitarian likes to spend time with her family. She works from her home office in New York City and on the weekends she takes one of her girls to dance lessons and the other to tennis practice. Sometimes Compton-Rock and the girls join Chris Rock while he’s on tour. A graduate of Howard University, Malaak has a B.F.A in Arts/Production Management. She lives by her favorite quote “service is the rent we pay for living.” For more information on Malaak Compton-Rock’s initiatives, visit www.angelrockproject.com. cyh
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If the decision-maker feels uncomfortable during the interview, they will not choose that candidate.
Upcoming Graduates By Debra Fine
hat if you could instant message your job interviewer and determine their interest or lack of interest immediately? Or even better… text message the director of human resources and conduct the job interview? Similar to making plans for Friday night, when someone texts asking if you want to get together; you respond with a thanks, but no thanks. There is no need to say why not or to offer an explanation. There is no direct rejection. Wouldn’t it be great if a job search required the same minimal interaction? It would be less stressful to not have to worry about reading someone’s body language, tone of voice, or engage in face-toface contact with decision makers. Technology has not changed the reasons a candidate is chosen for employment. There are two primary reasons a candidate is selected for a job, and it has been this way for decades: One reason is that the candidate can solve a problem or fill a slot. The other reason is that the candidate makes the interviewer “feel good”. Two candidates with comparable academic credentials and abilities will be compared based on the comfort level developed with the interviewer(s). If the decision-maker feels uncomfortable during the interview, they will not choose that candidate. Instead, the candidate that creates those “good feelings” will be selected for the job. Conversation and rapport-building skills are useful in providing that intangible “good feeling” that interviewers are looking for. Candidates can help decision-makers feel good during the interview process with the following tips and techniques: Here are seven tips to consider during an interview:
Greet people warmly, give eye contact and smile. Be the first to say hello. Be careful, you might be viewed as a snob or lacking in confidence if you are not the first to say hello.
Use the person’s name in conversation. You are more likely to develop a rapport by using the name of the person you are talking with. If you don’t know someone’s name, take a moment to ask, and then repeat it. Be sure to pronounce it correctly. And never presume a nickname. My name is Debra, not Debbie. I do not think positively of those that call me Debbie. It’s a little thing that has big importance. Ben Roethlisberger, the Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl winning quarterback, passed on Ohio State because the coach and his assistants did not make the effort to pronounce his name correctly. Instead he attended and played for Miami. They took the time to get his name right.
Use small talk as a picture frame around business conversations. Begin and end with small talk before and after the interview. Approach interviews prepared to talk about the industry, current events, the weekend and even the weather to prevent awkward moments and playing with your food.
Show an interest in others. In response to our high tech environment filled with e-mail, conference calls and text messaging, we need high touch more than ever. That’s what you create when you show an interest in the person that is interviewing you. Inquire about how the decision maker got interested incyh marketing, how the Internet has impacted their work or what has been keeping them busy.
Be a good listener. That means giving eye contact and responding with verbal cues to show you are staying on top of what the speaker says. Verbal cues include these phrases: “Tell me more…” “What happened first?”, “What happened next?”, “give me an example of what you mean by that…”, “How did you come up with that idea?”, “That must have been difficult”, and so on. Using these and similar cues shows you are an “active” listener.
Play the conversation “game”. When someone asks, “How’s school?” or “What’s going on?” Answer with more than “Pretty good!” or “Not much”. Tell more about yourself so that others can learn more about you.
Be aware of body language.
Come across as relaxed and at ease.
Smile and appear approachable.
Debra Fine is a Denver-based former engineer, now nationally recognized keynote speaker, and author of the new book “The Fine Art of Small Talk” (Hyperion). Visit her online at www.debrafine.com.
By John Dickerson, Horsepower Auto Reviews
arning, if you test-drive the Lexus GS 450h, you will find a way to afford it. Secondary warning, you’ve got to drive this car. Final warning, it’s worth every penny. Sure, some hybrids drive a bit like golf carts. Not this one. With the heart of a sports car, the nearly silent GS 450 hybrid is a showcase of breaking technology. From raw acceleration and cockpit silence to hybrid-gas mileage and rearview video camera, the GS 450h boasts nearly every feature you could imagine. This Lexus also boasts a host of features you couldn’t—all in a package that comfortably seats five and smokes most sports cars off the line. Lexus electric motors engage in seamless concert with
2008 Lexus GS 450H
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the powerful V6 to produce a staggering 339 horsepower. That’s enough to take a Porsche Boxter or a Nissan 350Z off the line. At the same time, this family sedan gets 28 mpg. On one highway trip, we calculated an unbelievable 38 mpg. Like more of its competitors the GS 450h requires no physical key. Approach the car with the fob in your pocket and the driver’s door unlocks. Sit down, push the “Power” button and the dash silently lights up. Inside, Lexus build quality is evident in everything from the cup holders and interior materials to the heated/ cooled seats and rearview video camera. Radar cruise-control, which brakes and accelerates to keep a safe distance from other cars, makes the speedometer nearly unnecessary for highway driving. On paper the GS 450h blows its gas-thirsty competition out of the water. In person it will steal your heart. © 2008 John Dickerson, Horsepower Auto Reviews
Personality: A tree-hugging Ultimate Fighting Champion in a James Bond tux. Best Gizmo: V-8 performance at astounding V-6 mileage. 339 horsepower and 38 mpg Most Annoying Feature: Expensive junk in the trunk: hybrid model can barely fit three sets of golf clubs in trunk, due to battery packs below. MPG: 25 City, 29 Highway Safety: Pre-collision add-on uses radar to sense unavoidable collisions, applies brakes, anti-roll technology and safety devices. Performance: Face-stretching acceleration. Fair handling for size. Brick-wall brakes. Cars we smoked at stoplights: A Porsche Boxter and a tricked out Ford Mustang. 0-60: 5.2 seconds How Fast Is That? The new Audi S6, which boasts a Lamborghini V-10 runs 0-60 in 5.1. How Much? Starts at $43k. Our tripped out hybrid cost $66k.
The Lexus GS 450h pampers eco-conscious drivers with ego-feeding performance and the usual Lexus accoutrements, from Bluetooth hands-free phone to radar cruise control/park assist and rearview camera.
Serious Contenders? Lexus makes the only luxury hybrids in the world. Non-hybrid competitors include BMW 5-series, Cadillac’s STS, Mercedes’ E-Class, Audi’s A6 and the Infiniti M45.
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Spring is the season to bloom!
2008 brings makeup trends such as peachy yellows and lilacs. Makeup artist Amanda martinez says, “ Beautiful faces begin with beautiful bases. SPF is always a must have!” Dermalogica’s Sheer Moisture SPF 15 is perfect for transitioning from the cold weather’s drying damage.
Cream color is a trend to look for in the coming months, and MAC’s cream blush in Blossoming helps you achieve the subtle beauty that makes you glow. Want that sun kissed look? MAC pigment in Old Gold coupled with a bronzer is perect to warm up up the face. No matter which kind of look you rock,
remember to try new things. Lilacs might be the afternoon color, but bold plums may be an evening hue. When it comes to makeup, every canvas is different. Have fun and be adventurous, you can work any look as long as you do it with confidence!!
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Give your flat iron a rest and switch to a big 1 1/2 inch curling Iron. You will get the same smoothing effect , but with body and softness. Have fun mixing textures adding smaller curls on the ends and at the crown of your head for lasting volume.
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eye on wealth
By Vince Shorb
how to gain financial freedom
n an age when foreclosures are at a record pace, credit card debt is hitting new highs and personal savings are at an all time low, millions of American families are worried about their children’s future. While they would like to teach their kids about finances, the sad truth is many parents are not skilled enough with their own money to offer solid guidance. And financial literacy - a skill young people desperately need - isn’t taught in high school. That’s where Vince Shorb comes in. A self-made millionaire at age 32 and creator of the interactive multi-media course “Financially Free by 30,” Shorb is a young adult financial literacy advocate and expert. His goal is to teach teens and young adults how to avoid the ever-growing pitfalls of racking up debt by empowering them with the knowledge to become financially self-sufficient. “Polls show that students, ages 15-21, feel unprepared to face the complex world of the 21st century,” says Shorb. “Most education efforts are focused on encouraging high school students to enroll in college instead of how to manage their future finances. The sad part is that all that misdirected preparation results in a third of these students ending up with a bachelor’s degree and the average college grad having over $20,000 in debt.” Vince Shorb’s tips are on the following page.
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Learn to distinguish needs vs. wants
To counter the lifelong effects of advertising, it is important you distinguish the difference between a need and want. A need is something you must have (like food, shelter and clothing). A want is something you would like to have that’s not a necessity such as designer clothes or an iPod. When you have enough savings to cover your needs, then you can focus on your wants.
Pay yourself first With the average American spending beyond their means, teach your child to be a money rebel and not do what the average person is doing. It will seem tough to see the benefit of this at first, but if they automatically deposit a percentage of their paycheck into a savings account, they won’t miss it! As you know, a savings plan is the cornerstone for financial freedom.
your lifestyle goals Young people are not motivated by money. It’s what money allows them to do. Places they want to travel, toys they want to have and how they can make a positive impact in the world…Find out the type of lifestyle your child wants to live and help them find out what they need to achieve them. Have them be as specific as possible, including how much money they need to make every month to meet their savings and lifestyle goals.
everyday habits A four-dollar coffee five days a week equals more than $1,000 a year. Suggest they write down their everyday expenses, what Shorb calls the ‘money diary’ exercise. It’s a great way to show them how even the smallest expenditure can add up!
Get Your Accounts in Order At a bare minimum, young people should open one checking account and two savings accounts. Of the two savings accounts, one should be used for long term planning and the other for their fun money – things they want to do now. Shorb finds that young people that are able to set up and adequately manage these accounts gain the ability to not only save more but also learn some investment basics.
Develop a savings plan Help your child compare what they make in a month verses how much they spend in a month. Then using this information, construct a monthly budget to help them start saving! Shorb says with simple investments and saving $250 a month they could be a millionaire by age 40.
Start investing now It is never too early to benefit from investments! Young people can make simple investments having little to no knowledge of the stock markets. Shorb says the S&P 500 Index could make a sound investment for young investors. It gives them the opportunity to own a little piece of 500 different companies. This will show them that investing is easy while lowering the risk and delivering consistent returns!
There is nothing worse than seeing your child in their mid-twenties, toiling in more debt than you ever did at that age. By taking a proactive approach as a parent, you can have an instrumental role in providing a brighter future for your child. Shorb believes that if you can pass the above financial tips onto your children, and show them how to apply them to their everyday life, they will not only be able to start building a financially secure future, but escape shackles of life long debt.
Vince Shorb, the leading financial literacy expert, is on a mission to give young adults practical money advice so they can afford the lifestyle they want now while securing their financial future. To combat the problem of financial illiteracy, Vince created ‘Financially Free by 30 Home Study Course’, the first multimedia course designed to provide high school and college age people a real world financial education. www.cyhmagazine.com
elebrate Your Heritage What does your flag represent to your cultural identiity? The green on the West Indies flag represents the abundance of forest and trees that are found on the island. The yellow is for the sunshine that kisses the mountainous island daily. Black is for the rich soil and white for the rivers and waterfalls.The ten stars stand for unity among the parishes on the island. The parrot is the bird the flies to great hieghts and thats the goal of the people. I am a service oriented person that is dedicated to helping my community. I facilitate workshops that bring like-minded individuals together in unity in order to create a portal where each person has help to reach their goals. Karen St. Hilaire, age 33. Heritage: Dominica, West Indies. Currently lives in New York City
What does your flag represent to your cultural identity? My Native flag is Jamaica. The Jamaican flag is symbolized by the motto: â€˜Hardships there are but the land is green and the sun shinethâ€™. The black triangles represent the adversity Jamaica has overcome and for hardships it may have in the future. The green triangles represent hope and agriculture and the golden saltire (diagonal cross) stands for the mineral wealth of Jamaica and sunlight Phoebe Juggan, age 27, Heritage: Jamaica, West Indies. Currently resides in New York City
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brothers: A Look at African and African-American Relationships
By D. Martina
he presidential primaries have brought to the forefront an issue that has gnawed at the heels of black America for years—the relationship with our African brothers. Presidential hopeful, Senator Barack Obama, a descendent of a Kenyan father and a white mother has created an interesting response from the African American community. Instead of supporting the candidate or his issues, the African American community is debating the various “degrees” of his blackness. Many are of the sentiment that because he is a direct African descendent he cannot relate to the African American experience and is therefore, not black “like us”. In the African community the debate over Obama circles around his failure to comment on the events that have occurred in Kenya regarding the violence surrounding the recent elections in that country. (Never mind that he is an American citizen who grew up in America, not Kenya). Generally speaking, there seems to be somewhat of a reluctance to embrace him as “their candidate” and a not so subtle distain for this “African son”. Neither community embraces him as their own. Both see him as an outsider. Regardless, Obama’s candidacy forces us to reckon with the rivalry that exists between Americans of African descent and African immigrants.
Writer, Louis Shude-Sokei, author and Associate Professor of literature at UC Santa Cruz offered the following explanation in his LA Times article, “Redefining ‘black’” (February 18, 2007): “…Obama does not transcend race, as some might dream. Instead, he represents a set of tensions that go beyond black and white. On one hand, there is America’s complex and still unresolved relationship with African Americans and, on the other, an emergent black immigrant presence that is less willing to politically or socially pass for “black” and that has unresolved and unspoken issues of its own.” The relationship between African Americans and African immigrants has been described as difficult, strained, and complex. This author puts forward another concept: there is no relationship. In a small and unscientific survey, several African Americans and African immigrants were each asked a simple, but different question. The question posed to the African Americans was, “How many African friends do you have?” The question posed to the Africans was “How many African American friends do you have?” Neither could overwhelmingly say they had any friends. This was especially true for males in both cultures. The Africans seemed to have more of a bond with whites, other immigrants, and their countrymen, while African Americans seemed to gravitate toward other African Americans. Sadly, there is no solidarity between African Americans and Africans from Africa. Rachel L. Swarns supports the notion that relationships do not exist in her New York Times article entitled, “African-American” Becomes a Term for Debate (August 29, 2004): In response to his request for more focus on educating the African immigrant community on the dangers of prostate cancer, Kamus, an Ethiopian American, was told the focus would strictly be on African Americans. His protest, “But I am African
and I am an American citizen; am I not African-American?” was met with the response, “No, no , not you.” The cultural ignorance that exists between the two is embarrassing. Many African Americans are quick to claim their African heritage, but only to a point. The prevailing thought among some is that Africans were to blame for the slavery and bondage of their ancestors. Africans are often quick to see their American brothers as poorly educated, and, generally speaking,
married a German woman, divorced her, and stayed in Europe for fifteen years.” In the back of the minds of some African American males is the looming threat that there is someone else who can dominate the desires of his women. There is sometimes an unspoken sexual rivalry between African and African American males fueled by adventurous sisters who find their sexual fantasies satisfied by visits to Africa and the Caribbean. For many Europeans, the African woman is more sexually desirable than
The Africans seemed to have more of a bond with whites, other immigrants, and their countrymen, while African Americans seemed to gravitate toward other African Americans. many see them as unmotivated and not ambitious. Therefore, neither considers each other part of their present culture, nor do they identify with each other. For the most part we do accept that we are descendants of Africa, but that is as far as most of us go. Sexually, the issue becomes more divided and more complex. African American males have long enjoyed the “myth” that the black man was the better lover. But, what happens when the African brother is considered. In certain parts of Europe being an African brings with it “carnal pleasures” unavailable to other cultures. Thomas, an African American gentleman interviewed from Chicago, was stationed in Germany. He learned very quickly that his ability to meet European women increased dramatically when they thought he was African. “I didn’t get any action when I told them I was a GI. But, when I said I was African, women came out of the woodworks. I’m a good lookin’ guy and I was confused when they didn’t respond to me at first. I eventually
her American sister and in the U.S. African American women appear to be desired more by African men than African American men. The divide is further widened in colleges and universities by the desire of faculty and staff to recruit black immigrant students instead of African American students. In several articles of late many schools have expressed that black immigrants are better students than African Americans. We are asking the following questions: 1) What do you see as major obstacles preventing African American and African relationships from progressing, and 2) What solutions would you offer to improve our relationship with each other? Log onto our website (www.cyhmagazine.com) to continue the discussion. Read what three people had to say about this issue on the following pages.
erome Miller, VP, Diversity and Inclusion, Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc. has been selected as a 2008 African Family Inductee by African Focus, Inc. (African Focus, Inc. is an organization committed to the empowerment of all African peoples.). This induction is a result of Mr. Miller’s commitment, dedication, and effort towards the promotion of cultural exchange, educational enhancement, and economic empowerment between all people of African descent. Mr. Miller understands the significance and urgency of this imperative directly through his own life experience. In 1994, Mr. Miller relocated to South Africa shortly after the country’s first post-apartheid elections in which Nelson Mandela was elected president. As an African American in Africa, Mr. Miller gained tremendous insight regarding the similarities and differences between African Americans and Africans. During this time, Mr. Miller experienced first hand recognition of the lack of understanding between African Americans and Africans from both personal and historical perspectives. This experience allows Mr. Miler to be at his best when serving the African community, at large. Regarding his induction into the African family, Mr. Miller expresses genuine honor. As for the future of African American/African relations, Mr. Miller sees things moving forward. However, growth and development of this relationship will revolve around commitment to internal respect, cultural education and exchange, an understanding of history, and a mutual desire to reach out to each other. Jerome Miller is a true representation of “leadership by example”.
he culture of ignorance influences the relationship(s) between both African-Americans and Africans. For many Africans, the societal, community and family culture (which are not always mutually exclusive), is evident in their behavior when they interact with many African-Americans. With many African-Americans, there is a seeming need to want to convert the African to their way of thinking - often times (perhaps, unintentionally) breeding a dominant-subordinate relationship, which gradually moves into estrangement. A third component, which aids in fostering this estrangement are cultural differences between the two groups, which fuels the flames of intolerance. Many African-Americans see many Africans as people that need to be properly nurtured into assimilation of a western way of life, and the resistance from such nurturing is interpreted as committing a major faux pas in cultural interactions. There is limited knowledge about each group from each group. While we may interact with each other on different spheres, we have failed to learn about each other, and we often generalize about each other. To hear an African-American tell an African - “...but you don’t sound or look African...” underscores, the culture of ignorance about one group over the other. Conversely, to see the African anticipate a cultural stereotype from an African-American also borders on indifference borne out of imposed perceptions. The solution to improve relationship is rather cliché - learn about each individual not the group, for Africans from the continent represent vast cultural diversities, languages, traditions, etc. The generalization based on imposed perceptions must be eradicated with formal and informal education, when at all possible. There are many suppressed similarities between the two groups but when we allow a third to influence our experiences (direct or indirect) with each other, we would continue to have a very strained and uncomfortable relationship. In this exercise of suppression, we are missing unique opportunities in learning about each group. My recommendation for consideration is simply this: if the two groups are to co-exist we must find avenues that would permit fluid and uninhibited expressions of what we think we know about each other, and allow genuine moments to express the value and unique characteristics from the plethora of cultural experiences each group has to offer. Perhaps, we would leave those moments with a better appreciation of each other.
arious attempts have been made by Africans and African-Americans to find a workable formula to bridge the divide. These attempts are like a drop of water in an ocean due to the magnitude of the problem, which ranges from: perception-both real and unreal, economics, social aspects but most importantly historical reasons. Each of these issues creates huge obstacles in unifying or building a better relationship be-
tween both groups. Continental Africans have to take the initial BOLD STEPS to court African-Americans not just in America but also all over the world. The continent has lost so much for not paying great attention to the issues. For instance, African- American economic strength surpasses that of many African governments yet African Government has not shown any leadership in courting African-Americans. As the Founder and Director of African Focus Incorporated, a non-profit organization geared towards creating a dialogue on how to build a respectable and sincere relationship between African-Americans and Africans. African Focus Inc., organizes the African Family Induction Ceremony as a conduit through which the artificial barriers that exist between Africans and African-Americans in the diaspora can be erased. It lays a foundation for the formation of a new Black family based on mutual respect, love and inclusion. Bringing families together in a very historic and personal way encourages dialogue and interaction between Africans and African-Americans.
CYH Magazine Presents
Understanding the African Diaspora: What Divides Us? A Serious Look at African and African American Relationships
ou are invited to participate in the 1st Annual Conference on the status of African and African American Relations in 2008, Los Angeles, California. (Date to be announced). We are looking for papers, articles, and speakers who can express new and feasible ideas for building better relationships.
Some of the issues to be addressed:
• Universities that seek to enroll black immigrants instead of African Americans • How we view and relate to each other professionally, personally, and sexually • Doing business with Africans, Caribbeans, and others of the Africa Diaspora • Overcoming stereotypes Email proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org. Selected articles will be considered for publication in a future issue of CYH Magazine. Check out our web site at www.cyhmagazine.com for more conference details.
bediah Wright’s mother, Margaret a piano player and classical gospel singer would literally roll up the carpet so he could perform when friends stopped by. Eventually, convinced he had the “it factor” she took him to his first dance class taught by Charles Moore. He later studied at The Bernice Johnson Dance Studio. Obediah was a student teacher with the amazing Bernice Johnson. At age 15 he danced at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall where he learned the intricacies of choreography. He has to his credits two years at Julliard, performances in the Wiz, Lion King and Fame, both in the television and motion picture version. The future for this talented thespian is to choreograph movies, conquer Broadway with memorable, theatrical, choreography that will outlive old Hollywood glamour. But, he’s not just a choreographer. One of his passions revolves around the Balance Dance Theatre, Inc. (www. obediahwright.com). As founder and Artistic Director, he recruits and mentors young men to perform with his professional dance company. Another one of his creations is Higher Ground Still Rising, a full length work that chronicles our African heritage from past and present in several genres of multi media. He explains to his protégés, “In life you will face the positive and negative. Different polarities such as education, morality with a consciousness will give you strength and peace.” cyh Photos Courtesy Obediah Wright
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he prisoners are huddled in a classroom, on display for journalists visiting the rebels led by Gen. Laurent Nkunda. The setting is appropriate, because half of these soldiers are boys who should be in
school but have been pressed into war.
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“Over the years, thousands and thousand of children have been returned to their families, but all those efforts are in jeopardy right now with the recent fighting,”
Nowhere has the use of child soldiers been as pernicious as in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. But in the past three years of relative peace, militia groups as well as the Army were starting to send their adult soldiers into an integrated Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the FARDC, and to send their child soldiers home to their families. But a recent bout of fighting – a tangled conflict of local ethnic militias, Rwandan rebels, and the Congolese Army – is putting that progress at risk. Untold hundreds and even thousands of young boys and girls are being forced to rejoin the fight, or to fight for the first time in a war that few of them understand. “Over the years, thousands and thousand of children have been returned to their families, but all those efforts are in jeopardy right now with the recent fighting,” says Pernille Ironside, protection officer for UNICEF in Goma, Congo. “We’re at the brink of taking a major step backward in something that we were beginning to see moving in the right direction.”
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Congo’s ethnic diversity and incredible potential wealth are two of the main driving forces behind the phenomenon of child soldiers. With more than 200 ethnic groups, communities defend themselves by sending every able son into battle. With almost endless mineral resources of tin, gold, diamonds, cobalt, and coltan (a key component in making cellphones and computer gadgets), the economic stakes are high to control access to those mineral resources – by force, if necessary. This recent window of peace, following the five-year-long Congolese civil war that toppled the dictatorship of President Mobutu Sese Seko in 1997, allowed aid workers to reverse the trend. In the eastern province of North Kivu alone, 8,500 children formerly associated with armed groups were sent home. Most were noncombatants, used as porters to carry ammunition and food. Some were untrained infantrymen. Perhaps most troubling are the untold thousands of girls who have been kidnapped and forced to become sex slaves for rebel commanders. “It has to do with the scale of the conflict and with the involvement of so many different groups,” says Ms. Ironside. “There are not just two groups. There are scores of groups, each with its own constituency, and the central economic drive of survival attracts people to fighting, both adults and children. They are not going to school; they are not eating; and the power associated with being a member of an armed group may allow them to get something MALAWI they can’t get otherwise.”
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When I was in the refugee camps here in Congo, I knew that the Tutsi is my enemy, and my father told me we have to fight the Tutsi wherever he is.
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All armed groups make use of child soldiers, says Ironside, but some, such as the FARDC, are demobilizing children, while others, such as the Mai Mai, a militia of Congolese Hutus to which Bahati belonged, draw nearly half their forces from child conscripts. Many of the young fighters are attracted by the simple yet racist slogans about defending their ethnic community. One of the older soldiers, who is 19 years of age, says he joined the CNDP of Tutsi commander General Nkunda as a young teenager but defected to the Mai Mai militia of General La Fontaine three months ago when he was told that Nkunda’s people were killing his own Hutu people. “We were told that the CNDP were killing a lot of our people, so I left to join the Mai Mai,” he says. After being sent to fight “against the Tutsis,” he was captured Sept. 9 at Ngunga, and remains in a CNDP prison here in the town of Kitchanga. One of the captured FARDC officers, Lt. Mapendo Faustin, says he disapproves of recruiting children as soldiers. Of the militias, he says, “They are stupid to recruit young boys. They can’t be soldiers. They can’t do what is normal for a man to do.” But in a war where every ethnic group is fighting for its very survival, there seems to be no end in sight for child recruitment. One seventeen-year-old, a wispy thin kid with a baby face who avoids eye contact, joined the Rwandan rebel group FDLR in 2003 at the age of 13. He traveled to Congo to be with his father, who had been a member of the FDLR, the armed group led by Rwandan Hutu extremists who carried out the genocide of 1994 that killed some 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus in Rwanda. But when he arrived, his father fled back to Rwanda, and the teen was forced to become a soldier in his father’s place. “When I was in the refugee camps here in Congo, I knew that the Tutsi is my enemy, and my father told me we have to fight the Tutsi wherever he is,” he says. He was not a porter but a fighter, he says, and in early September, he was sent by his commanders to fight in a battle he couldn’t win. On his side, there were two companies of some 200 soldiers commanded by FARDC officers. His enemy, the CNDP, had a battalion of nearly 500. “I got my weapons and ammo from the government, and then we were told we had to fight the Tutsi,” he says. He grows silent. “Since I have been captured, I feel like the Tutsis are like my parents. They keep me safe. They don’t strike us. They feed us and give us clothes.” It’s much better treatment than he received from the FDLR, he says. In four years, he’s never been paid. As dusk falls in Kitchanga, a town without electricity, the young boys are marched off to the barracks. There, they will spend another night as prisoners of war. cyh
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Gibril Wilson, starting safety for the New York Giants knows all too well the discipline it takes to stay in shape, especially with a hectic schedule. CYH caught up with the 26 year-old Super Bowl winner to find out his simple exercise techniques and what really takes place on the field during practice. Gibril Wilson, a native of Sierra Leone, West Africa launched a non-profit educational fund for students in Sierra Leone, Gibril Wilson Educational Fund Inc. For more info, visit www. gibrilwilsoneducationalfundinc.com CYH: Describe a typical training day during the season. GW: My teammates and I would have to be in the locker room facility at 7:25 a.m. I would get in at 6:45, stretch in the sauna and then eat. After practice we work out for two hours, lift weights, eat and then go back and watch a tape of everything we did outside on the field. Every other day we have different body parts that we work on.
CYH: Do you exercise during off-season? GW: Because of the Super Bowl, there was an extra month of work. It’s such a physical game so you need to give your body time to rest and heal. Right now, I’ll jog for about twenty minutes and then increase the speed as I go. I also lift weights. CYH: What are the main body parts that you work on personally? GW: I focus on my shoulders and chest. I had shoulder problems during my first year. There’s this one exercise I do, we call them hearts. It’s basically two five-pound weights on your arms and you’re literally drawing a heart with the weights on your arms. I usually do three sets of ten. CYH: They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. What’s your favorite breakfast? GW: For me, because I’m so active, I need a healthy breakfast. I’ll have three scrambled eggs with cheese, a bowl of oatmeal with raisins, hash browns and a glass of orange juice. CYH: What do you do to relieve stress? GW: I get alot of massages and I also do acupuncture. Acupuncture is a little painful at first but once you get used to it, it’s fine. cyh
Ovarian Cancer: Knowing Your Body Well and Taking Preventive Measures Can Save Your Life By Trisha Gura
ith ovarian cancer becoming an increasingly serious issue, it is heartening to see that the medical industry is keeping pace. Benedict B. Benigno, M.D., is a world-renowned surgeon and gynecologic oncologist, specializing in ovarian cancer. He has treated women from ages 16 to 60-plus and has made it his priority to discover an early detection tool for ovarian cancer. Besides being Founder and Executive Director of Southeastern Gynecologic Oncology at Northside Hospital in Atlanta, he is also founder and CEO of the Ovarian Cancer Institute (OCI), housed at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. Together with John McDonald, PhD, Chief Research Scientist at OCI, and their team of scientists, their ongoing behind-the-scenes work aims to change the face of ovarian cancer once and for all. Vivian Heard, spokesperson for The Ovarian Cancer Institute, said “There is never a more pertinent time to spread awareness about ovarian cancer than the present. Perhaps the good news about ovarian cancer is that if it’s detected early, it has a 90% cure rate. The bad news is that over 70% of women aren’t diagnosed until an advanced stage. One in 55 women in the United States will be diagnosed this year and more than 15,000 will die from the disease. Mortality rates from ovarian cancer are the highest among all gynecologic cancers. In the meantime, women of all ages can take the following actions in protecting themselves and better understanding their personal risks when it comes to ovarian cancer. “Genetic screening might be in order for higher risk women, as approximately 10% of ovarian cancer is caused by a mutation in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes,” explains Dr. Benigno, concluding, “Any female who takes a proactive step in getting screened could very well be taking a lifesaving measure.” cyh
Preventive Steps 1. Women should know their bodies well and pay attention to any changes, no matter how subtle – including abdominal weight gain and bloating, abdominal pain, difficultly eating or swallowing, indigestion, frequent or urgent urination and unusual post-menopausal bleeding. 2. Understand that many cancers do not discriminate when it comes to age – including ovarian cancer. You can never be too old, or too young to be diagnosed with ovarian cancer. 3. Be aware of their family history, to better ascertain if they are at a greater risk from ovarian or breast cancer. For example; Jewish women of Ashkenazi decent, those who started their periods at a young age, and women who have a history of breast cancer are in a higher risk category than other women.
Oral Cancer: Targets Black Men
By Trisha Gura
eadly and disfiguring, oral cancer strikes a greater percentage of African-American males than any other ethnic group. It is, in fact, a leading cause of cancer for this group. Most will develop the disease in middle age and die from it within five years of diagnosis. The survival rate among African Americans is only about 34 percent, as compared to survival rates among Whites that exceed 50 percent. “African-American men bear the burden of this disease heavily,” says Brian Hill, executive director of the Oral Cancer Foundation, whose mission is to eradicate the disease. “Their cancers are caught later and are thus more deadly. We need to improve awareness in the community and amongst doctors and dentists if we are going to change these terrible statistics.” Current research does not suggest a genetic factor in the disproportionate number of African Americans with oral cancer. Researchers found that prevalence of oral cancer among certain ethnic groups, such as African American, Korean and Filipino, was linked to cultural habits and lifestyle behaviors. Treatment can be painful and very disfiguring, especially when the cancer is in its later stages. Typical surgical treatments may include removing the tongue, either in part or whole, as well as removing parts of the jawbone, teeth and lips. Most survivors must use prosthetic devices to speak and chew again. “What’s so frustrating is that oral cancer can be easily treated and detected early on, if you know what to look for,” Hill says. “Anyone who has a common symptom should insist on a thorough exam, even biopsy, from their doctor.” cyh
Risk Factors: • Tobacco use. This is the number-one cause of oral cancer. Cigarettes, pipes, cigars, snuff and chewing tobacco all cause cancer. • Heavy alcohol consumption, meaning more than 30 drinks per week. If consumed together with tobacco, you have a very high risk of developing oral cancer. • Overexposure to the sun is also a risk factor, especially for lip cancer. • Poor Oral Hygiene. Constant irritation in the mouth, from things like broken teeth or poor-fitting dentures, can cause leukoplakia, a thick, white patch that lines the lip, tongue or inside of the mouth. In some cases, it can become cancerous. • Exposure to the Human Papillomavirus. New research shows that certain strains of HPV, a common sexually transmitted disease, can cause oral cancer. For more information, contact the Oral Cancer Foundation, www.oralcancerfoundation.org.
The Most Common Symptoms: • A sore in the mouth that does not heal, even if it is painless • A lump or thickening in the cheek, tongue, and neck • A white or red patch on the gums, tongue, tonsil, or lining of the mouth • A sore throat or a feeling that something is caught in the throat • Difficulty chewing or swallowing • Difficulty moving the jaw or tongue • Numbness of the tongue or other area of the mouth • Swelling of the jaw that causes dentures to fit poorly or become uncomfortable • Voice changes • A lump or mass in the neck • Weight loss • Ear pain
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A ch i e v e r s Women making a difference
As we begin 2008, we recognize the beginning of a year that is positioned for much excitement. The United States will elect a new president, China will host the Olympic Games, The International Community will face new socio-economic challenges, and Black America will experience both hardship and opportunity. 2008 is the beginning of the end of the first decade of a new century. As things move forward, one thing remains true: Fortune favors the brave. Thus, we are compelled to tell this inspirational story of success.
Shades of Beauty By Jonnyba Abili
Janice and Denise Tunnell
We wanted to have a range of colors so all women from different age groups and ethnicities could find one to compliment them.
Founders of Illusions Cosmetics, Janice and Denise Tunnell, are taking over the cosmetics industry one pair of lips at a time. With their sexy yet sophisticated range of lip gloss tints geared toward women of color, they are living their dream of showing all shades of beauty. Twin sisters, Janice and Denise, 39, born in Baltimore, Maryland were working as accountants before stepping into cosmetics. With their burgeoning interest in makeup and skin care, they transitioned into careers as makeup artists for
celebrities and major motion pictures. “As working make-up artists, we noticed a need for foundation in the industry and the color range that focused on women of color was nonexistent.” In 1998, Janice and Denise started Illusions Cosmetics, their focus was only on lip glosses. “We wanted to have a range of colors so all women from different age groups and ethnicities could find one to compliment them.” After starting Illusions with just lip glosses, clients loved it so much they began asking for more
products. Janice and Denise realized they had something going. In 2007, Janice and Denise re-launched Illusions Cosmetics with a full line including pressed and loose eye shadows, foundations, powders, skin care, and of course a new line of lip gloss with fun cinematic names like Dream Girls, Mahogany, Brown Sugar, Sparkle and Carmen. When asked what advice you give to women who want to start their own businesses, whether its cosmetics, skin care or any other profession, they say “know and understand ev-
erything about your field, write a business plan and prepare financially.” One of the goals for Illusions Cosmetics is to expand beyond their website, IllusionsBeauty.com, and eventually sell in larger stores such as Sephora and Ulta, as well as selling products on QVC. Janice and Denise truly pay attention to the needs of their customers and believe that once a woman tries their products, it is another option they will love.
So Fresh & So CleAN By DL Samuel
Ms. Patricia Boswell is the creator and chief marketer of Safonique (www.safonique.com ), a unique liquid detergent made with all natural ingredients. Safonique is hypoallergenic with aromatherapy, and is packaged in biodegradable containers. In addition to being environmentally friendly, Safonique is family friendly (economical, child safe, and easy to use in both frontloading and top loading washers). Since its inception as a powder in 1996, award-winning (2004 Food Marketing Institute New Product Showcase Winner) Safonique has a leading edge in an industry currently experiencing the beginnings of a major paradigm shift (household products are becoming more environmentally friendly) and is positioned to become one of the new leading brand names of the 21st century. Safonique is currently sold in Wal-Mart, Giant, and ShopRite stores in the northeast region with plans of nationwide distribution in the near future. Through this journey, Ms. Boswell has experienced several challenges and has gained unique insights regarding the entrepreneurial experience. Before giving the business any significant attention, Ms. Boswell focused on self-development and preparation to take on such a venture as Safonique. Ms. Boswell gained the support of family, friends and developed a business plan prior to meeting with venture capitalists for funding. After these meetings, Ms. Boswell concluded that â€œbootstrapâ€™ or self-finance was the most viable means of initial capitalization considering her desire for administrative autonomy and ownership. Ms. Boswell did secure additional funding from private investors subsequently. Another key to the success of Safonique is thorough understanding of the business process, constantly remaining aware of inherent risks, setbacks. Ms. Boswell is happily married with two children and maintains an uncompromised family life. DL Samuel is a business consultant, specializing in business development and private asset management.
A Pillar of Hope and Faith By Jonnyba Abili
At the Komen Community Grants Award Breakfast, Orange County Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure awarded Ernesta Wright and her organization a grant for their breast health outreach to the African American community. Pictured left to right: Lisa Wolter, executive director of the Komen Orange County Affiliate; Ernesta Wright; and Janet DeWolfe, President of the Board of the Komen Orange County Affiliate.
With the many social and health issues facing African American communities, only a few are taking active leadership role. One person dedicating her life to making a difference is entrepreneur and motivational speaker, Ernesta Wright. For over 18 years, Ms. Wright, 50, has not only been talking the talk but also walking the walk as a pillar of hope and faith. As founder and executive director of the G.R.E.E.N Foundation, an Orange County based non-profit organization geared toward the need for consistent health education and support groups to encourage self-empowerment among black communities; Ernesta is sharing her knowledge
and awareness of health and social issues. The G.R.E.E.N Foundation, which stands for Gather. Resources, Education, Economic and Network bring light to the health and economic concerns of African Americans in the local orange County community. Breast cancer, diabetes and AIDS are health issues that affect several thousands, and the G.R.E.E.N Foundation comes up with solutions by partnering with local faith-based organizations and the Orange County affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the cure. Ms. Wright puts forth great effort in hopes of uplifting our communities. “We need to take the lead in our cause and help
each other, versus looking elsewhere,” says Ms. Wright. With African Americans being the #1 community affected by the top ten diseases in America, the G.R.E.E.N. Foundation provides education and support in a safe environment for individuals to discuss their concerns and treatment. Ms. Wright remains dedicated to helping the community, and her organization offers informative workshops for those in need of health education and financial discipline, and to act as tools in becoming self-sufficient. Someone may ask how she can remain so involved in non-profit and community activities, but Ms. Wright lives by her favorite quote, “No matter what obstacle
is in my way or how hard I have to work, I always look at my goal and what it is that I want for our communities,” she says. “Right now – no, we haven’t yet met our goal and there is still a lot to do. But eventually, ‘no’ will be ‘yes.’” In seeing more young African Americans involved in community outreach, Ms. Wright is excited in passing the torch and helping groom the next leaders of our communities. “I want to empower people to be the change they seek, and to take a step of faith and join others who are doing good in their communities,” says Ms. Wright. “Even if just one life is saved because of these efforts, it’s all worth it.” www.cyhmagazine.com
CYH Talks With
The Activist Shares His Thoughts with CYH on the
Economy & Senator Barack Obama
By Ene Taylor
s America continues the quest to seek a President who will not only lead, but also unify us from the rift of partisan separatism, and as well from war and uncertainty, we wonder what role African Americans will play in the upcoming election. In the Democratic Party, the choice is historicâ€”an election between an African American (hope) and a Caucasian woman (change)â€”both are symbols of an America that is slowly discarding racism and sexism. cyh
We are currently at a place where we
Life is not easy. It is rough but if you build yourself to be tougher than the rough, then you can survive.
have little or no faith in our government and where it seems government does not have faith in us either. Black America on the other hand is drifting apart with very few people climbing the ladder of success. It is in the backdrop of this that we ask whether the
CYH: Senator Barack Obama, at first he was not ‘Black enough’. His train today has been unstoppable. Why have you not endorsed him? SHARPTON: I think Obama is good. I have been careful to be helpful without him bearing the burden of my activism. We have a good communication and a good relationship but I will leave it at that.
so-called Black establishment is still relevant and why they seem to ‘diss’ Senator Barack Obama who has energized America and whose message of hope resonates not only with young and black but also with all races including White men, Latinos and others. CYH talked with Reverend Sharpton live during his weekly syndicated radio show,
CYH: Why do think a lot of the Black establishment is not warming up to him? SHARPTON: In all fairness to them, in the beginning of his candidacy, his campaign projection was like ‘they were going to take on the establishment’ and that he was anti-civil rights leadership. As time went on however, he began to clarify his platform. His handlers allowed the confusion to happen. That was wrong. So you can’t fault people from being apprehensive at first because he was not going to stand for civil rights.
Keeping It Real with Al Sharpton at the V100 studio in Los Angeles, California. As I was lead by Rachel Noerdlinger, Vice President of Communications to meet Reverend Al Sharpton, I noticed the ‘on air’ light. “He’s on the air,” Rachel said as she slowly opens the door. We quietly walked in. “Hello, Reverend Sharpton,” I said quietly not to disturb him. He nodded in response with a smile. Rachel motioned me to wear the headgear so that I can listen in. “…Dr. Martin Luther King had a blueprint of what needs to take place in dealing
CYH: Is self-love a problem in the Black community? Why do we wait for others to validate who we are? SHARPTON: We first have to recognize that it is a problem and expose it. And then those of us that are strong enough to go forward by example. In our history, those that have moved up the farthest are the people that engage in self-love and self-validation. I was raised by James Brown, the entertainer, if he had not had self-validation, we would not have had soul music, rap and hip-hop. Today, everybody is in it. We have to have the courage and self-confidence to stand up for ourselves and then duplicate it in masses and across the race. CYH: Why are we not doing that? SHARPTON: We’ve been torn down. We were taught to hate ourselves and we’ve passed it on from one generation to the other. We have to now teach the opposite.
with health care and poverty. We’ve got to get back in charge.” Reverend Sharpton is responding to a caller. The calls continue to pour in as caller after caller call in to talk about different issues. During inte rmissions, he took my questions:
CYH: How do we teach the opposite and where will it come from, parents? SHARPTON: It’s got to come from all elements of our community starting from the home, churches, and schools. It’s got to be those that are first figures of authority in our lives. I say that because that’s how my life was. My mother instilled self-confidence in me. My pastor did not laugh at me when at 4 years old; I told him that I wanted to be a preacher. Instead he let me preach and he encouraged me. I was validated in my ambitions. So, I am saying from experience
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that we have to start from when a child is born to instill self-love and self-confidence and great expectations. CYH: As a parent, I tell my two boys to always aim high and work hard because as Black men, they would have to prove themselves and life is not easy. Do you have any advice to young Black men? SHARPTON: Life is not easy. In fact it’s going to be rough but if you build yourself to be tougher than the rough, then you can survive. For every story we can tell of disaster, I can tell a story of a Black man or woman that was stronger than the times because of what we instill in them. We don’t tell them that life is not easy so that they can surrender but we tell them that so that they can strengthen themselves to match the time, when they have to face the challenges.
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CYH: There’s been so much talk about empowerment in the Black community. With all the talk not much is happening. How do Black folks really empower ourselves financially. SHARPTON: We have to first deal with how to organize our own money. Start spending in the community so that it can recycle and stay in the community. Secondly, we have to hold people that make money in our community accountable. For
example, how do banks stay in business? They operate with loans, which are all regulated. So why are we not holding them to give us loans? We have the power using our elected officials and our dollars to redirect a lot of things but we don’t know how. We don’t ask our elected officials economic questions, we don’t say to them, if we elect you would you make sure the banks loan us money or would you stop the gentrification of our community? Instead we ask for social programs. To me, this sounds crazy because it’s easy and does not cost the elected officials anything. When they go to other communities, they talk real business empowerment. CYH: In the global economy, what do you think should be done by the presidential candidates that will help put America back to work? SHARPTON: Well, the first thing that ought to happen is to freeze all outsourcing for major American corporations. A President would do is by Executive Order. Let the multi-national companies that do business with the federal government know that if they continue to outsource jobs, they will lose their contracts or subsidies. Second, redo NAFTA and GAP trade policies because they cost a lot of American jobs and we have to consolidate and protect the American worker. Stopping the
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outsourcing will stop the trade agreements that create cheap labor markets abroad at the expense of American workers. This will allow the infrastructure of the country to develop. CYH: There is so much talk about outsourcing today. Even executive positions are being outsourced. Isn’t this also tied to the mortgage crisis? SHARPTON:: You are right. The mortgage crisis is a spin-off of the globalization of cheap labor market that in part has allowed multinational corporations to create the income crisis. On top of that we exploited homebuyers by giving them a hyped up unsure interest rate with no income or credit guarantee and then pull the cover from under them. It almost became a pyramid scheme that fell on the heads of upwardly mobile middle class people. CYH: We are heavily indebted to China; the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will be giving checks as stipulated in the economic stimulus package that some say will eventually be used to buy cheap Chinese products. What will this do to the current economic module? SHARPTON: It is more of a ‘nod’ in the right direction, not a ‘step’. The language is there but the actual stimulus package does not do that. If you put some money in people’s hand and the system is still set up whereby cheap products continue to flood the market the way it is and outsourcing still continues, you are giving people a couple of consumer dollars for them to invest against their own interest. For it to succeed, the structure has to change.
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CYH: Beyond the campaign promises made by Senator Hillary Clinton and Senator Barrack Obama, is universal healthcare really achievable given the billions that have been spent on the Iraq war? SHARPTON: The overwhelming majority of most campaign promises made by politicians are not attainable because we don’t hold them accountable. Are some possible? Yes. Will they be done? Not unless people rise up and make them do it. People say anything during
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election. The electorate must stay organized and vigilant to make things happen. It is the only way change happens. Every candidate says what the public wants to hear during campaign. CYH: What do you mean by that and what exactly should the public do? SHARPTON: Stay organized and mobile. We ought to be demanding health care and we should put pressure from various areas—from street action to lobbying and to voting against people who will not vote for health care legislation. We have not shown that we’ve taken it seriously enough. Who’s paying the price for us not having health care today? Who has been voted out of office? We keep wishing but we can’t wish our way into justice. CYH: America continues in the direction of a global and technology driven economy, do Blacks really understand free-market economy and what must be done to empower them. SHARPTON: I don’t think most Blacks really understand free market economy. We must get more information and that’s why we must control our media to tell our story more and we must have our people buy it more, consume it more. Overall, we have to force the advertisers to invest more. The problem is we don’t have the information and we can’t depend on our adversaries to give us the information. We have to find it for ourselves. cyh
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It’s possible to enjoy great-tasting pasta without a twinge of guilt. Whether you’re watching your carbs, concerned about blood sugar or just want to eat healthier, visit the pasta aisle. Mediterranean Penne Salad is a delicious way to have your pasta while still being mindful of what you eat. Made with Dreamfields Pasta, you get the authentic old-world taste and al dente texture of traditional white pasta, but with twice the fiber and only five grams digestible carbohydrates. Plus, the unique high fiber, low digestible carb combination won’t spike your blood sugar and keeps you feeling fuller longer. The recipe brings together a combination of favorite Mediterranean ingredients –olives, feta cheese, capers and pine nuts – accented with a hummus, olive oil and lemon juice “dressing.” Penne rigate is a short, tubular pasta with quill-shaped ends (penne) and ridges (rigate). The hollow center and ridges of the pasta perfectly capture the hearty hummus dressing, enhancing every scrumptious bite. For more recipes and information about healthy eating, visit www.DreamfieldsFoods.com. Courtesy Family Features
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pring is the perfect time for a lively brunch with friends and family. Light dishes packed with bright flavors can be paired with refreshing cocktails to make a delicious menu. With a few key ingredients, putting together a brunch can be easy. Start off with marinated olives — savory little bites of wow that few guests will be able to resist. Lindsay Olives offers a broad variety of olives, so you can experiment with different flavors. As a main dish, serve up an elegant frittata. A frittata is a firm Italian omelet that can be served warm or at room temperature. Mixing herbs into the eggs makes every bite taste like spring. If finding and storing
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fresh herbs is a challenge, try Gourmet Garden squeezable herbs and spices, which are ready to use for up to three months and can be found in the fresh produce section of most grocery stores. Simple drinks that complement the food flavors are a must. Readyto-serve margaritas like Jose Cuervo Golden Margarita are a convenient way to entertain with style. They can also serve as a great base for creating delicious new cocktails simply by adding fresh ingredients. These easy recipes can be made ahead of time, so all you have to do on brunch day is sit back with friends and enjoy.
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Serves 4 1 bottle Jose Cuervo’s Authentic Margarita Minis 1/3 cup Jose Cuervo Clásico 3 cups tomato juice 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce 2 teaspoons hot sauce 1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish Garnish: 4 celery sticks and 4 large cooked shrimp Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher and stir. Pour into large highball glasses filled with ice, and garnish.
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Serves 4 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 2 cans (15 ounces) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained 1/3 cup Lindsay Kalamata Pitted Olives, coarsely chopped 1/2 teaspoon Gourmet Garden Squeezable Garlic 1 tablespoon Gourmet Garden Squeezable Oregano 1 tablespoon lemon juice Heat oil in medium-sized sauté pan over medium-low heat. Add beans and olives to pan, followed by garlic and oregano. Mix well and remove from heat immediately. Toss with lemon juice and serve warm or at room temperature.
Serves 4 to 6 6 large eggs 1 tablespoon flour 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 1 1/2 teaspoons Gourmet Garden Italian Seasoning 2 cups shredded Fontina, cheddar or Monterrey Jack cheese 1 can (3.8 ounces) Lindsay Sliced Ripe Olives, drained 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onion 1/2 cup chopped, seeded fresh tomato 1/3 cup thin strips Canadian bacon or lean ham Preheat oven to 350°F. In medium bowl, whisk one egg with flour until blended. Whisk in 5 eggs, pepper and Italian seasoning. Stir in remaining ingredients. Spread in oiled 11x7-inch baking pan or dish. Bake 22 to 24 minutes until golden and set. Slice and serve.
Brunchology The Study of Brunch Herbology • Herbs and spices are a good source of antioxidants. • Italian seasonings are usually a mixture of herbs like basil, thyme, parsley, oregano and rosemary. • Gourmet Garden squeezable herbs and spices have no additives or preservatives. • For more recipes, visit www.gourmetgarden.com. Drink Mixology • The Bloody Mary used to be made with vodka, but today can be made with gin, rum or even tequila. • Sangria is a Spanish punch traditionally made with wine and fruit. Jose Cuervo Golden Margarita gives sangria a whole new twist with its blend of rich, orange Grand Marnier and premium Jose Cuervo Gold Tequila. • Whenever you’re enjoying cocktails, please remember to drink responsibly. • Find out more about easy entertaining with restaurant quality margaritas at www.cuervo.com. Olive-ology • Black ripe olives are milder in flavor than their cousins, the Spanish green and the Greek Kalamata. • Olives have between 4 and 7 calories each, depending on the size. • Flavorful olives pair well with robust wines. • Find a handy “Olives 101” chart at www.lindsayolives.com to help pick just the right ones.
Brunch is cheerful, sociable and inciting. It puts you in a good temper, it makes you satisfied with yourself and your fellow beings; it sweeps away the worries and cobwebs of the week.— Guy Beringer, Hunter’s Weekly, 1895
Marinated Olives Makes 1 dozen appetizers, 2 1/2 cups olives 1 can (7.75 ounces) Lindsay Ripe Pitted Olives, drained 1 jar (5.75 ounces) Lindsay Spanish Green Olives, drained 1/4 cup olive oil 1 tablespoon Gourmet Garden Italian Seasoning 1/2 teaspoon Gourmet Garden Squeezable Garlic 1/2 teaspoon Gourmet Garden Squeezable Chili Pepper 1 tablespoon lemon juice In a jar with tight fitting lid, combine all ingredients. Cover; shake to coat. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or up to 10 days before serving. Serve at room temperature, with wooden picks, as an appetizer; or serve over lettuce leaves and sliced tomatoes as a salad.
❊ Tequila Sunrise Sangria Serves 16 to 18 1 bottle (750 milliliters) Jose Cuervo Golden ````````` Margarita 1 cup of orange juice 1 lime, juiced 3 oranges, sliced into rounds 2 mangos, peeled and diced 12 to 16 maraschino cherries 1/4 cup cherry juice 2 bottles (750 milliliters) dry white wine, chilled 1 liter lemon lime soda, chilled Garnish: orange slices and maraschino cherries (used from the sangria fruit) In a pitcher, combine margarita, orange juice, lime juice, oranges, mangos, cherries and cherry juice. Chill at least one hour, and up to 4 hours. Pour fruit mixture into large punch bowl. Stir in white wine and soda. Pour into glasses, garnish and serve. Courtesy Family Features
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According to Musician and Activist Bono and other news sources, President Bush has accomplished more in Africa than any other leader in history. His $15-billion AIDS program has provided anti-retroviral treatment to more than 1.33 million people in sub-Saharan Africa, and he has committed unprecedented sums to fight malaria and other diseases on the continent.
If a woman’s friend won the lottery, what would she envy most? “Freedom” topped the list as the answer from almost half of American women (48%) and 52% of those aged 35-54. The lucky lady’s trip around the world would be the most envied for a fifth of the general population (20%), almost a third of those 21-24, (30%) and of those 25-34 (29%). Her new possessions would cause only minor jealousy with her new car getting only 7% of the vote and her clothes and jewelry just 2% a piece, proving that glitter and goods just ain’t worth their weight in freedom. This study The Marketing Workshop on behalf of MIDORI Liqueur on a national omnibus survey.
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