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★ GET TIPS TO BUDGET YOUR WEDDING ★ Complimentary Houston's Urban Weekly Publication Volume 19 ★ Number 24 JUNE 11 - JUNE 17, 2009 SPOTLIGHTS

ROLAND MARTIN

Talks About...Saving Lives with Tough Love

NICOLE ARI PARKER

See Her in New Film “Imagine That”

SYLVESTER TURNER

Contemplates Running for Mayor of Houston

EVER AFTER HJMHF KICKS OFF JUNE 13 DELECTABLE SUMMER TREATS HONORS FOR MICROSOFT FINANCIALLY Terri Reviews a Book

☞ NEWS ☞ COMMENTARIES ☞ SPORTS ☞ HEALTH ☞ ENTERTAINMENT

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JESSE JACKSON

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The fight for American manufacturing is the fight for America’s future,” declared President Barack Obama, as he pledged billions to help save and reorganize Chrysler and General Motors. Yet, the president also says that he does not want to manage the car companies: “the sooner we can get out of that business, the better off we’re going to be.” But that sentiment -- widely praised by editorials across the country -contradicts the commitment needed to revive American manufacturing. Clearly, the future of an America that makes things will center on what happens to America’s automotive industry. The auto industry still accounts for one-fourth of U.S. manufacturing output and provides jobs for about one out of every 10 manufacturing workers. It is, in the words of AFLCIO economist Ron Blackwell, “the spine of the country’s manufacturing capacity.” Needless to say, the auto companies are besieged, battered by massive overcapacity in the auto industry across the

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A Country That Builds the Future globe, and burdened with “legacy costs,” the pensions and health care that were promised to retirees, while their competitors are free of such costs. Moreover, auto companies in Korea and Japan and France and Germany get significant government protection and subsidies. The U.S. companies have suffered without that help. Obama has boldly pointed to a new American economy, one where finance is the servant of the real economy, not the master. In this economy, America builds the future -- making the fuel-efficient cars, the windmills and batteries and solar panels vital to the next economy. The skilled workers and high technology of the Midwest get used to produce the products that will dominate the global green markets of the future. But to make that transition will require planning, an industrial policy and government commitment. If Obama simply lends money to Chrysler and GM, forces their bankruptcy and downsizing, and then walks away, the result is likely to be failure. Already, we’ve seen plans by Chrysler and GM in which they intend to expand production abroad, while eliminating high-production U.S. plants at home. We did not provide taxpayer money to save the brand General Motors. We provided it to save highly skilled U.S. jobs, U.S. manufacturing capacity, and begin to rebuild an American middle class sinking

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under the failure of conservative economics. Last week, I attended a Senate hearing on the impact of Chrysler and GM’s bankruptcies. Not once did I hear anybody speak about health insurance. About credit. Trade Policy or the price of oil and gas. Not once did anybody speak about the need to link the bank bailout to stemming the tide of home foreclosures and stimulating jobs and business. What is required is an industrial plan that helps forge the new industry and new markets. Public investment in mass transit -- buses, subways, fast rail -- and subsidies for fuel-efficient cars help generate the market. Significant investment in research and development for the next generation of products helps capture the future. Resources to retool factories and retrain workers are needed to build the new generation of fuel-efficient cars, or renewable energy sources. We need an industrial policy that bridges the gap between the old manufacturing sector and the emerging “green economy.” Republicans don’t get this. They are market fundamentalists; they would let GM and Chrysler go belly-up, rather than try to restructure them. In the midst of this crisis, they offer nothing but inane sound bites: “I don’t want Speaker Pelosi . . . designing the car I drive,” fulminates House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, clueless about how vital this challenge is to America’s future. Obama has stepped up to help the

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companies restructure, but has yet to detail the industrial policy needed to insure that American workers benefit. Instead, the restructuring has been done almost in a vacuum, as if it were a commercial deal, with most of the discussion focused on how to slash workforces, close dealers, shut down plants, and cut obligations to current and retired workers. No one doubts that GM and Chrysler have been mismanaged. Reductions in workforce and dealerships are inevitable. But to revive U.S. manufacturing, the reorganization must focus on what will be built, on new markets and new technologies, not only on what gets cut. And that requires commitments and engagement of the federal government. “Public transportation and renewable energy products are going to be the manufacturing focal points” of the future global economy, says Robert Pollin, an economist at the University of Massachusetts. “And the U.S. is going to need to devise an industrial policy to become competitive.” If we fail to do that, we’ll simply be a consumer of products made in countries that do have such policies. Crisis creates opportunity. In this crisis, it is time for America to put aside the failed ideas of the past, and step up boldly to ensure that America once more builds the future. You can write to the Rev. Jesse Jackson care of this newspaper or by e-mail at jjackson@rainbowpush.org.


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BUSINESS

Microsoft Receives Judge Leon Higginbotham Corporate Leadership Award

By Brittany Hutson

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n the 45th anniversary of the historic Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law has honored Microsoft Corporation for excellence in diversity at its 10th Annual A. Leon Higginbotham Award Dinner in New York June 3rd. “Microsoft is receiving the Higginbotham award for its commitment to diversity and inclusion as part of the daily business function within every area of the company,” says Barbara Arnwine, executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee. The Lawyers’ Committee is a nonpartisan, non-profit organization that strives to obtain equal opportunity for racial and ethnic minorities. Arnwine added, “They are also being honored for their stellar commitment to pro bono legal work.” One such pro bono project recognized by the Lawyers’ Committee includes the “pay for performance” approach, which was launched by Microsoft to enhance diversity in the legal profession. The Higginbotham award is named in memory of Chief Judge A. Leon

Higginbotham, Jr., a civil rights advocate, author and federal appeals court judge. The award recognizes exemplary corporate leadership with respect to advancing equal opportunity, particularly leadership in recruiting, retaining and promoting minorities. Past honorees include Earl Graves Sr., founder and publisher of Black Enterprise magazine; The New York Times Company and its CEO Arthur Aulzberger, Jr.; and Ronald A. Williams, chairman and CEO of Aetna Inc. According to Arnwine, Microsoft is distinguished from past honorees because of their internationally renowned corporate diversity mission and for inspiring law firms to demonstrate the same commitment. They were also the first and largest technology company honored. “This award is particularly important as Microsoft strives to be the global leader in attracting diverse talent to careers in technology,” said Gwen Houston, director of global diversity and inclusion for Microsoft. “We hope to provide an inclusive work environment where they can

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succeed.” life’s work to racial and social justice, all Microsoft’s aspiration to attract while breaking racial barriers on a nationa diverse and talented company network al and international scale. His work in the among under-represented groups, youth legal profession centered on voting rights, and women involves partnering with civil rights and employee discrimination. several organizations including the National Urban League, the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, the Minority Business Development Agency, the National Society of Black Engineers and the National Black MBA Association. “We invest hundreds of millions of dollars in dedicated outreach to attract minorities and women to hightech careers,” said Houston. She explained Microsoft Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel Nancy that this includes grants, schol- Anderson (left) and Maria Melendez, partner with Sidley Austin LLP and chair arships, event of the awards dinner held by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, pose sponsorships and with the A. Leon Higginbotham Corporate Leadership Award, presented to partnerships with Microsoft for work fostering diversity in the legal community. New York, universities, such June 4, 2009. as Howard and Xavier Universities, and organizations that serve minori- He was the first African-Amerties and women, such as the United Negro ican appointed in 1962 to serve on the College Fund. federal trade commission. In 1964 at the Besides attracting diverse talent age of 36, Higginbotham was appointed to careers in technology, Microsoft focus- to the United States District Judge for the es on distributing investments into under- Eastern District of Pennsylvania, making served communities through the minority him the youngest person ever appointed to investment program, which was launched the federal bench. He was appointed to the in 2000. U.S. Court of Appeals in 1979, where he The company conducted research remained until his retirement in 1993. with the Urban League that revealed mi- His commitment for equal oppornority-owned businesses have a lack of tunity led him to advocate for democratic resources to adopt and implement infor- elections in South Africa post- apartheid. mation technologies for business func- Higginbotham was awarded tions. Therefore, the diversity investment with the Presidential Medal of Freedom program focuses on increasing funding in 1995 by former President Clinton, and options for businesses historically limited received more than sixty honoree degrees by lack of capital. by the time of his death at the age of 70 According to Microsoft’s web- in December 1998. Higginbotham was site, the corporation has $50 million of renowned for his 1991 “Open Letter to unsecured deposits in minority-owned Clarence Thomas,” in which he criticized banks and direct more than $1 billion of Thomas and his role in reversing “racial investment business volume to minority- progress…” owned brokers and asset managers. Higginbotham was known as a “This award just confirms that mentor for many up-and-coming lawyers, [anyone] can benefit from Judge Higgin- including Olgetree, who has worked with botham’s vision of a more fair and just Higginbotham’s wife to continue his legalegal system,” said Professor Charles cy. J. Olgetree, Jr., of Harvard Law School. Ogletree says, “The fact that a “I think he would be smiling down with major corporate entity has time to pause great joy to see that a corporate giant is and recognize Judge Higginbotham is not seeing the importance of delivering racial only a tribute to him but more so a tribute equality.” to the lasting impact of his legacy more Higginbotham dedicated his than a decade after his death.”

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PROJECT ROW HOUSES ANNOUNCES A SCREEING OF THE GREAT DEBATERS With special guest Dr. Thomas F. Freeman Friday, June 12, 2009; Doors open at 6:15PM; Movie begins at 6:30PM 2521 Holman, Houston, TX 77004 The movie is free and open to the public. Project Row Houses is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday, 12:00 – 5:00 PM. Group tours can be scheduled by calling 713.526.7662. For more information call 713.526.7662 ●

June MAIN STREET THEATER’S KIDS ON STAGE CAMP AROUND TOWN AT 4 LOCATIONS SUMMER 2009 For ages 4 - 5, there are half-day camps from 9 a.m. - noon; for ages 6 - 14, there are full-day camps from 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Some options for extended-day care are available for all full-day students. To highlight all of their skills, students present their final performance on a Main Street Theater stage. ●

For more information, visit www.mainstreettheater.com/kos or call Troy Scheid at 713-524-9196 ext. 104.

June and July HOUSTON ROCKETS ANNOUNCE SUMMER SKILLS CAMPS Registration is now open at www.rockets.com for the Houston Rockets Summer Skills Camps. The first Summer Skills Camp will be held Monday, June 8 through Friday, June 12 at CITYCENTRE Lifetime Athletic ●

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Club. The second Summer Skills Camp will be Monday, July 20 through Friday, July 24 at Memorial Hermann Wellness Center. Camps are targeted at fans ages six to 15 who are interested in learning how to improve shooting, dribbling, passing and defensive skills, while learning about teamwork, sportsmanship and nutrition. The cost for each week long camp is $195 per camper. Each attendee will receive two tickets to a pre-season Rockets home game, a commemorative Skills Camp t-shirt, wristbands and other Rockets giveaways. For information on event registration, call John Donavan at 713-758-7453 or log on to www. rockets.com. For information on event registration, call John Donavan at 713-758-7453 or log on to www. rockets.com.

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June - August IT’S SUMMER THRILLS AND CHILLS HAPPENING NOW AT THE HOUSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY’S SUMMER READING PROGRAM Kids and Teens Can Register Now thru August 1, 2009 The Houston Public Library’s free 2009 Summer Reading Program Thrills and Chills is happening now. Kids and teens up to 18 years of age can chill out and enjoy the thrills of many diverse and fun programs thru August 1, 2009. They will be able to participate in exciting, entertaining, and educational programs that will help them keep up with their reading skills. To register, kids and teens can go online at www. houstonlibrary.org or visit one of Houston’s neighborhood and HPL Express library locations. ●

June FREE CONCERTS AT DISCOVERY GREEN EACH THURSDAY AND SUNDAY Discovery Green will present its popular free concert series, Thursdays Rock at Discovery Green presented by Capital One Bank with the first event set for May 7. What better way to unwind than to spend an evening at the beautiful downtown Houston park listening to some of the best musicians in Texas? It’s free, so bring a blanket, co-workers, and friends and enjoy live music under the stars. Discovery Green is located at 1500 McKinney in downtown Houston, in front of the George R. Brown Convention Center and the Hilton Americas. The park is just blocks away from Main Street, Minute Maid Park and Toyota Center. For more information call 713-400-7336 or visit discoverygreen.com ●

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THE BUFFALO SOLDIERS FREEDOM FESTIVAL AND MOTORCYCLE RALLY The Museum presents the Buffalo Soldiers Troopers and Motorcycle Clubs Annual Motorcycle Rally, Freedom Festival with the Southern Soul Music Concert featuring Michael Henderson, Cherrelle, Allan Harris, plus Blues, Zydeco and R & B entertainment. This historic affair to be held, June 20th at the Jones Plaza Complex in downtown Houston starting at 12 noon. For more information, call 713-942-8920 or visit www.buffalosoldiermuseum.com ●

THE 8TH ANNUAL GOSPEL BY THE SEA CONCERT BENIFITING ST. VINCENT’S HOUSE Gospel by the Sea Concert featuring Yolanda Adams & James Fortune 6 pm Saturday, June 13 Tickets: $75 VIP, $55 Reserved, and $30 General Admission Special Rates: Groups of 10 or more $40 reserved, and $20 General Admission For more information or to book a package call 888-388-8484 or visit moodygardenshotel.com ●

All Male HISD Middle Charter School 5th-8th Grade Enrolling students for the 2008-2009 School Year To schedule a time to complete an application and interview, please call 713.748.0030 You can visit our website at: www.provision-inc.org All interviews will take place at 4422 Balkin Street

Charter School students will start the 2009-2009 school year at Pro-Vision’s new academic building on its 16-acre site in Sunnyside located at 4590 Wilmington Street in August 2008.

June 14 RED BULL DETOUR HITS HOUSTON What is Red Bull Detour? It’s a spontaneous street party, complete with cocktails, socializing and a live concert by up-and-coming Texas rock band, Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights. Sunday, June 14, 2009 7-10pm Bremond St. between Brazos and Bagby *In front of Tipsy Clover and El Patio ADMISSION: Free! For more information please contact Andrea Dorsett at (214) 957-5990 or andrea.dorsett@us.redbull.com ●

June 19 GULF COAST JUNETEENTH Friday, 7:30 p.m. 100 Concert Drive, Hermann Park Houston, TX 77030 A celebration of freedom and the abolition of slavery, and the rich African American musical traditions of Texas and the Gulf Coast. The celebration is centered around the important historic event of Juneteenth, the commemoration of June 19, 1865 when slaves learned of their freedom. Featuring Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue. For more information, call 281-FREE-FUN or visit www.milleroutdoortheatre.com ●

Pro-Vision’s All Male HISD Middle Charter School is the first all male charter school in Houston and the state of Texas. The school addresses the needs of fifth through eighth grade students who desire a “second chance” at achieving academic success.

June 20-21 FATHER’S DAY CELEBRATION CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF HOUSTON GRANTS FREE ADMISSION TO DADS DURING FATHER’S DAY Children’s Museum of Houston 1500 Binz, Houston, TX 77004 MUSEUM HOURS: Mon. – Sat.; 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sun: Noon – 6 p.m. For more information, visit www.cmhouston.org or call (713) 5221138. ●

June 21 AL EDWARDS JUNETEENTH U.S.A. GOSPEL GALA & EMANCIPATOR’S AWARDS HELP US CELEBRATE OUR 30TH ANNIVERSARY! It’s that time again for the “Al Edwards JUNETEENTH U.S.A. Gospel Gala & Emancipator’s Awards, and to celebrate “Fathers’ Day” on Sunday, June 21, 2009. It will be held at Jones Hall Downtown Houston, 615 Louisiana Street. The reception is at 5:00 P.M. and the program starts at 6:00 P.M. Please call 713.741.8800 to reserve your invitation to the Al Edwards JUNETEENTH Gospel Gala30th Anniversary. ●

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FORT BEND COUNTY JUNETEENTH DAY CELEBRATION & CARNVAL Fun – Food – Fellowship – FestivalSaturday, June 20, 2009 from 8:30 until 2:30 pm Lamar Consolidated High School (in front) Catered Bar-B-Q Chicken Dinners: $5.00 pre-sale - $6.00 on day CARNIVAL Armbands: $15.00 pre-sale - $20.00 on day Gospel Fest * Health Fair* State and Local Dignitaries Vendor Space Available For more information, call Deacon Robert Willis, Jr. @ 281-9036914 or Deacon Raymond Smith @ 281-239-5272 ●

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June 23 FIFTH WARD ENRICHMENT PROGRAM ANNUAL “HEART OF HOUSTON” AWARDS LUNCHEON HONORS DR. FELIX COOK, SALLIE AND PERCY CREUZOT The Annual “Heart of Houston” Awards Show and Luncheon is the annual fundraiser for the Fifth Ward Enrichment Program. Tuesday, June 23 from 11 am – 1 pm The Power Center, 12401 South Post Oak Road For more information call (713) 229-8353 www.fwepinc.org ●


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couple of years ago, my dad told me that he had a cataract in his eye and that he barely could see out of it. He said he needed to get it fixed. “Cool. Go to the doctor and get it taken care of,” I said. “I will,” he replied. One month became three; three months turned into six months; and a year later, even after numerous calls from a ticked-off son, he still had not gone to the doctor. So one morning, when I was hosting the 6-9Fashion a.m. talk shift onPM Warner Hicks:High Home show 11/1/06 2:52 Chicago’s WVON, I told my producer, Geneen Harston, to call my dad but not to tell him he’d be on the air.

Attention, Men: No Doctor’s Visit, No Sex When the commercials ended, I pulled him up on the air and asked, “So, Dad, have you made that doctor’s appointment?” He started to laugh and said that he had done so the day before and that he was seeing the doctor later in the week. Luckily, he followed through; they discovered that he had a cataract growing in the other eye, too. Both eyes were taken care of, and all has been well since. Yet what ticked me off was that here was a guy who had insurance -- and a son who could pay for the bill even if he didn’t have it -- but still refused to go to the doctor! My dad’s story is all too familiar for those of you who must deal with fathers, brothers, uncles and husbands and male cousins, church members and co-workers who are obstinate and absolutely refuse to go to the doctor. Page 1 “Oh, I’ll be fine.” “I can handle the pain.” “I don’t want a doctor poking on me.” “If it were bad, I’m sure it

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would hurt worse.” All typical responses and all pretty dumb. Yes, it’s true that women around the world have outlived men for years. In the United States, the life expectancy for men is 74, and for women, it’s 80. Yet when that is broken down racially, there is a huge gap between whites and blacks. Men are dying earlier because of prostate cancer, heart disease, stroke and other maladies, and their actions play a large role in it. Black men in particular drive me nuts. I’ve heard several mention that their aversion to doctors stems from the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment, which was a study conducted between 1932 and 1972 that monitored black sharecroppers who were infected with syphilis but didn’t treat them, much less inform them that they had it. That program, by the U.S. Public Health Service, was hideous but shouldn’t be used as an excuse today.

Men no longer can be so hardheaded about their health. I’ve given speeches on this issue and told married women that they should say, “No doctor’s visit, no sex.” That’ll get his attention! We all love the men in our lives. But being silent means we are aiding them in their health dilemma, and that’s wrong. If it means lovingly reminding, fine. If you have to badger them, whatever. Just as Dad told us to eat our vegetables when we were kids -- saying we’d be better off as adults because of it -- we should tell him or any other man to stop acting like a child and go see the doc. It really could save his life. Roland S. Martin is an awardwinning CNN contributor and the author of “Listening to the Spirit Within: 50 Perspectives on Faith.” Please visit his Web site at www.RolandSMartin. com. To find out more about Roland S. Martin and read his past columns, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.

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child can also bring a kind of reality to an adult. The new film “Imagine That” e x plores t h i s concept in a touchi n g story that is perfect for the upcoming Fat h e r ’s D a y holiday. “Imagine That” is the story of a work-a-holic father played by Eddie Murphy and his adorable 7-yearold daughter portrayed by Yara Shahidi. Most children want their parents’ attention all the time. In this case the 7-year-old character is no different. Using what Dad is focused on, his job, and what she lacks, his attention, the daughter gets exactly what she wants and needs using her imagination. Hence, the name “Imagine That.” Playing her mother in this fantasy land “make reality” (make believe and reality) is Nicole Ari Parker. “I kind of am the straight guy in the movie,” said Parker. “I kind of have to represent all the moms out there but at the same time stay lighthearted.” Playing a mother was something Parker found easy to do since that is her real life job to her two young children, Sophia and Nicolas. Thu. Fri. Sat. Sun. Wed. JULY 15 H 7:30 PM JULY 16 JULY 17 JULY 18 JULY 19 What didn’t come effortOPENING NIGHT 11:30 AM 1:30 PM 3:30 PM 1:30 PM TICKETS $10!* 7:30 PM 7:30 PM 5:30 PM 7:30 PM less was playing straight Tue. Wed. Thu. Fri. Sat. Sun. man to Murphy. “I had JULY 22 JULY 23 JULY 24 JULY 25 JULY 26 JULY 21 10:30 AM 10:30 AM 11:30 AM 11:00 AM to not laugh my head off 3:30 PM 3:00 PM 7:30 PM 7:00 PM 7:30 PM 7:30 PM 7:30 PM 7:30 PM at Eddie.” After having *(Excludes Circus Celebrity , VIP Dining, Front Row and VIP seats. Service charges, facility and handling fees may apply. No double discounts.) watched him work for some time, Parker was Buy tickets online, at Retail Locations, thrilled to be able to collaborate with Murphy for Reliant Stadium Box Office or call 1-800-745-3000 the first time on this film. For information call (832) 667-1400 • Groups of 15 or more call (281) 367-9717 In working with him she TICKET PRICES: $16 - $24 - $30 Limited number of Circus Celebrity, VIP Dining, Front Row and VIP seats available. gained more admiration Call for details. (Service charges, facility and handling fees may apply.) for his skills as an actor. Come 90 minutes before show time to see our Asian elephants at the Animal Open HouseSM. “Most of us are very naïve And, meet the stars an hour before the show at the All Access Pre-show – FREE to all ticket holders! when we approach a mega movie star and when you are with Eddie Murphy …. you understand that

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this comedian is a genius. He is brilliant,” said Parker who appreciates the skills it takes to perform the way comedians like Murphy and others do. It takes skill to recognize skill and that is something Parker is not lacking. Her next upcoming project has her returning to her first love, the stage. She will star in Jasmine Guy’s production of “For Colored Girls Who Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Isn’t Enough” by Nikki Giovanni. The project set to hit the stage in Atlanta, GA will also star Robin Givens and will run July 12 – August 9, 2009. When not juggling her jobs of acting and motherhood, Parker is playing the role of activist for spinal bifida. Through the Sophie’s Voice Foundation, she hopes to raise awareness and financial support so that one day there will be a cure for this tragic disease. “We want to make use of the dollars in Congress for medical research studies that need to be financed and we do not want these studies to be pushed to the back burner of the list of priorities but to stay on the pulse of what’s happening,” said Parker about the disease from which her very daughter suffers. “It is very humbling to have a special needs child. It’s humbling to reach out and help other people in your same situation but at the same time the challenge brings out a fresh side of yourself,” said the actress who also stated how she and her husband have grown in so many ways because of this. Her husband is actor Boris Kodjoe. Unlike Murphy’s character in “Imagine That” Kodjoe never lets work get in the way of his children. If you know of a dad who might need a nudge in the right direction, give him a subtle hint by taking him to see “Imagine That.” Parker said, “One of the great things about “Imagine That” is you don’t need that much to be a good dad. You just have to be there.” Check out “Imagine That” with your dad when it opens Friday, June 12, 2009 at theaters nationwide. Find out more information about Nicole Ari Parker or Sophie’s Voice Foundation by visiting www. nicoleariparkeronline.com.


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FEATURE By Jo-Carolyn Goode Editor-at-Large

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ife is too short to live it unfilled. Sadly, a large number of Americans do. Brian Courtney Wilson used to be one of those Americans who lived an unfulfilled life. He had a loving family, a college education, and was a selfproclaimed expert ping pong p l a y e r. What he didn’t h a v e w a s happin e s s in his c a r e e r. It was a satisfying job with great perks and a more than decent salary but WilBrian Courtney Wilson

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son was unfilled. As a pharmaceutical sales representative, Wilson said he was good at his job but his name would never be among those who were named as top sellers. A reason for his unhappiness was because Wilson denied his true passion for music. “I was starting to feel guilty,” said Wilson “as a pharmaceutical sales representative because I was giving more to music than I was to the job and I wanted to give my all to something.” After stepping out on faith, Wilson made the tough decision to cut the ties from his job and live out his dream as a gospel recording artist. Now after putting in long days and even longer nights, Wilson releases his debut CD, “Just Love”. “The scripture says that love covers a multitude of sins and sins, to me, means missed marks, like mistakes you might make along the way, but if you still operate in love that covers

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that,” said Wilson about the name of his CD. “Just Love” has songs that speak to every person whether they are a believer in the word or not. “For instance, if you feel alone like no one cares and you question when people talk about God, “Already Here” is a perfect song because you realize that if you are in the church house or in the crack house God is there but you have eyes to recognize Him, heart to recognize Him. Or if you feel like you have done so much dirt that you are untouchable “All I Need” is a perfect song for you because even if no one else wants to touch you Jesus has demonstrated that He is willing to give His very life for you and that’s all you need,” said Wilson about his music. His music can’t be boxed into a particular category. It has been called neo sacred and urban inspirational. I call it just good music. Wilson tried to break it down further to avoid misunderstanding. “It is like Frankie Beverly or the late Donnie Hathaway leading worship at church. Stevie Wonder was the MD (music director). John Mayer and Fred Hammond were in the choir and Eminem decided to come to church that day,” laughed Wilson. “It’s fun and filled with the truth.” Wilson said that he just wants to do music where we are all in the room together that

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resonates across generations. One of the generations he wants to reach is the generation to which his father belongs. His father is his biggest musical influence but that influence has nothing to do with music. “It was his work ethic,” Wilson said with pride about his father who recently retired. For 30 years his dad had a thankless job as a custodian in the school system. “The reason I am able to sing my songs in front of you today is because he cared for me with that job.” Along with his earthly father caring for him, his heavenly father laid hands on him and on his project. Wilson said that he always keeps things in perspective by saying “Glory to God, I never want to get it twisted in my mind like who is reasonable.” He warns others who are trying to get in the music industry to “Check what your motivation is for doing this; it is a daily grind.” The Chicago native turned Houston resident will be on his grind promoting his” Just Love” debut CD with a promotional tour that has Him in 10 states in the US. Discover the special sound from Matthew Knowles’ Spirit Rising/Music World Entertainment new artist Brian Courtney Wilson. He is definitely one to just love.


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Houston Juneteenth Multicultural Health Festival Press Conference

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n Friday, June 5, 2009, Houston Style Magazine was on hand at the official press conference at the Houston Juneteenth Multicultural Health Festival (HJMHF) at the City Hall. The City of Houston and its Department of Health and Human Services joined the United Health Group’s 3rd Annual HJMHF on Saturday, June 13th to promote its MAN UP Initiative. The Festival moves indoors to the George R. Brown Convention Center, Hall A and starts at 10:00am until 6:00pm. With more than 180,000 square feet of air-conditioned exhibit space, this year’s Festival becomes the largest health event in Texas. The event will offer a wide array of FREE health services to Houston’s to men, women, and children who reside in the City’s multicultural communities-- many are uninsured or underinsured. The Harris County Hospital District and the city’s Department of Health and Human Services will organize health screenings, child vaccinations, and HIV/ AIDS testing during The Festival. This one of a kind event anticipates the participation of over 20,000 visitors and boasts entertainment such as the “Real Men Cook” Competition, “Stanky Legg” Competition, and a Disney Kids’ Zone. The event seeks to promote the healthy lifestyles necessary to reduce the maladies that plague Houston’s multicultural community and to drive awareness to the health needs of our men and boys. Find out more information about the festival at www.houstonhealthfestival.org.

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LOCAL

Turner Thinks 3rd Mayor Try May be a Charm

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tate Rep. Sylvester Turner (D-Acres Homes), having run competitive Houston Mayor races in 1991 and

State Rep. Sylvester Turner

2003 is considering a third try. If Turner enters this fall’s fight for Houston’s top job it whould shake up the CEO contest and impact all the other city races. “People have asked me to look at it. Some are elected officials and some community folk. I’m not interested in trying to dangle something out there. I’ll take a look at it and make a decision fairly soon,” said Turner who grew up in Acres Homes and graduated from the University of Houston before Harvard Law School. He founded Barnes and Turner Law Office in 1983 and has served as University of Houston and South Texas College of Law lecturer and professor at Thurgood Marshall Law School. Turner was elected to the Texas House in 1988 and rose to Speaker ProTem. If Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee were to retire or resign to work at Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s State Department he would run for her US House seat. When Tom Craddick lost Speaker

of the Texas House Turner lost his Pro-Tem post as the highest ranking Texas Democrat. Pundits predict his missing that power and Congresswoman Jackson Lee not quitting Congress is driving his mayoral decision making. “It’s no mystery my interest is Houston. That’s clearly there,” Turner said. “I’ll look at how this race has unfolded, whether people are looking for another option and whether or not people think I’d be a good fit for where the city is at this time.” Turner nearly beat Bob Lanier in 1991. Then Mayor Bill White took Democrats away from him he believed were his in 2003. If Turner thrusts into the run he will thwart former city attorney Gene Locke’s longing to be the only black mayor candidate this year when blacks are 40 percent of the electorate. Benefiting most from another black in the battle are Annise Parker and Peter Brown who are battling to buoy their own black

voters. Brown already has an earned reputation of having stock piled entrenched support in African American, Hispanic and Asian American communities. If he can achieve 15-20 percent of the black vote it is believed he can make the run-off and win the election. Locke is motivated by Obama’s race last year. Parker’s voters want her to be the first gay big city mayor. Karen Derr, real estate entrepreneur and north side activist; Herman Litt, former HCC Trustee and Lonnie Alston, frustrated Heights bar builder still are the

only candidates for Brown’s seat at large 1. African Americans Rozy Shorter and Andrew Burks are considering contesting Sue Lovell for at large 2. Green Party gay activist Alfred Molison has filed his treasurer designation to oppose District C City Council Member Anne Clutterbuck. African American former assistant Texas Attorney General Lewis Cook has designated his treasurer to run for the District F seat MJ Khan is leaving and Richard Sedita has designated his treasurer for District G, the seat Pam Holm is leaving.

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ENTERTAINMENT Beyoncé to be Joined by More Than 30 Acts at the Essence Music Festival

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he 2009 ESSENCE MUSIC FESTIVAL line-up (as of January 29) is as follows: Beyonce, Maxwell, Anita Baker, Al Green, John Legend, Solange, Robin Thicke, Salt-N-Pepa, Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars, Ne-Yo, En Vogue, Teena Marie, Eric Benet, Jazmine Sullivan, Janelle Monae, Raphael Saadiq, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Zap Mama, The Knux, Irvin Mayfield, Lalah Hathaway, Blind Boys of Alabama, Ledisi, Marva Wright, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Brand New Heavies, Dan Dyer, DJ Soul Sister, Keri Hilson, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Rebirth Brass Band, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Ave. In addition, the entire weekend of musical performances will be MC’ed by Jonathan Slocumb. Stay tuned for more line-up additions and the day-by-day performance schedules in the months leading up to the festival. The annual weekend of entertainment and empowerment--hailed by USA TODAY (7-7-08) as having “achieved a balance of old-school homage and cuttingedge innovation at the Superdome”--will once again dazzle and uplift with an unprecedented three days of cultural celebrations over the festive Fourth of July holiday weekend. As in past years, musical performances are slated for the New Orleans Superdome and Empowerment Seminars will take place at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. “To mark the ESSENCE MUSIC FESTIVAL’s 15-year anniversary, we wanted to really celebrate all the forms of music that have been central to the event’s history,” said Michelle Ebanks, president, Essence Communications Inc. “Our audience is truly loyal, and we made every effort to come up with a special line-up that’s multi-generational and spans diverse genres; it brings together heritage artists, new chart-topping acts and local favorites in New Orleans.” Beyond the aforementioned musical performances, the ESSENCE MUSIC FESTIVAL sets itself apart from other music events around the world by including three full days of empowerment seminars. The empowerment seminars--which are free of charge--are open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. The updated seminars information is as follows: FRIDAY Women’s Day: Getting the Life You Deserve with host Mikki Taylor. HIV/AIDS with a special performance from Sheryl Lee Ralph and friends. Panel Moderator: Celeste Watkins, Ph.D

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and panelists Marvelynn Brown, Keynote: Suzan Johnson Cooke (Getting the Love You Deserve) Black Women in the Media: Image v. Reality TV Panel: Panelists include: Omarosa, Lisa Wu Hartwell, Ne Ne Leaks, Sharon Quinn, Phat Chance, Malinda Williams. Black Men Unplugged: The Game, The Lies, The Truth: Panel moderator Malik Yoba will be joined by Hill Harper, Morris Chestnut Closing Keynote: Juanita Bynum SATURDAY Black America’s State of the Union with host Roland Martin. Featuring a Keynote from Ben Jealous of the NAACP. Education: Q&A with Bill Cosby and Wendy Wilson. Politics: “The Next Generation in the Age of Obama” with panel Moderator Roland Martin and panelists include Valerie Jarrett, Donna Brazile, Tom Joyner and Hill Harper. Economy/Jobs with George Frasier, keynote and panelists Steve Stoute and entrepreneur Monique Greenwood. State of the Black Family with Panel Moderators Dawn Baskerville, Judge Penny Brown and Malaak Compton-Rock. The Black Church-Roles and Responsibilities: A conversation with Donnie McClurkin and Roland Martin. SUNDAY Tribute to TD Jakes with Tyrone Foster and Arc Singers, CeCe Winans, Marvin Sapp, The Mortons, Ledisi, Smokie Norful as among the initial artists confirmed as the house band. Readers/speakers for scripture readings include Roland Martin, Morris Chestnut. “One of the things that sets the Essence Music Festival apart from similar events is the merging of entertainment, politics, community and spirituality,” says Angela Burt-Murray, Editor-in-Chief, ESSENCE magazine. “The weekend’s events--from the music to the seminars-bring the pages and spirit of ESSENCE magazine to life.” For additional information about ticket sales, accommodations and the latest news about the ESSENCE MUSIC FESTIVAL, visit www.essencemusicfestival.com. General admission daily tickets are available for $51, $67 or $79; floor seats are $92 and $121; Gold Circle tickets are $173; all plus applicable service charges. To purchase tickets, visit www. ticketmaster.com or call 800-277-1700.


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‘I do’ vow to spend less

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aving a cheap wedding doesn’t mean you have to give up style. And though the average wedding costs about $25,000, you can find ways to whittle down that number. Jackie Tammenga, financial specialist at Clearpoint Financial Solutions, suggests that wedding couples set a budget and stick to it. Tammenga says, “Only purchase what you can afford and be realistic. Shop around more intelligently to find the lowest price. Instead of a big dinner reception, you might have to plan a luncheon.” Tammenga knows there will be some couples who will overspend and find themselves in trouble trying to pay off the wedding loans. She advises them to seek help early, to get them on track and set up a plan to repay the wedding debt. Do your research. Don’t accept the first price on anything. Try to bargain with store owners, especially when buying in bulk. Check online for discounts. Here are more tips for saving on your big day: -- Second job: Grab a parttime

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second job. Just a few extra hours a week can make a big difference in your disposable income. -- Save, save, save: If that means skipping your morning lattes, do it. -- Skip the planner: Select a family member or friend to help organize your wedding. -- Get married on Friday or Sunday: It will cost less than a Saturday wedding. -- Avoid May through October: This is the priciest time of year. -- Outdoor reception: Many parks can handle outdoor events. You may have to purchase a permit. Also, if a friend has a beautiful home or garden, consider having your wedding there. It’s free, but you’ll have to pay for rentals of tables and chairs and perhaps a tent. -- Keep guest list small: It’s a newer trend to have only those closest to you at the wedding. WEDDING CAKE -- Cupcakes: Display in round tiers or stacked on homemade boxes. They’re a popular trend, inexpensive and practical. -- Skip the baker: Bake your own or buy a supermarket cake to embellish. -- Showpiece: Make a small showpiece cake and have sheet cakes made in the same flavor to serve your guests. Or p r e pare small centerpiece cakes and place them at each table for guests to serve themselves. -- Decoy cake: Assemble a “cake” made out of Styrofoam (available at most craft stores). Have it frosted by an amateur. Decorate it with fresh flowers from a supermarket. Use sheet cakes for serving guests. INVITATIONS, PROGRAMS -- Save on postage: Use a postcard instead of an envelope for your return RSVP. -- Skip printing: Have a family member or friend with beautiful handwriting prepare the programs. -- Use color paper: Have your programs printed on color pa-

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per (to match your wedding colors). For example, color copies at Kinko’s start at 20 cents a sheet. To prepare 125 programs (5-by-7 size) with black and white print on color card stock, prices start as low as $22. FOOD -- Timing: Plan your reception for a time during the day when you don’t need to serve a full-course meal. -- Tea reception: Serve cucumber sandwiches, fruit and nut breads. Or try miniature cream puffs filled with chicken, ham or tuna salad. -- Cocktail reception: Served hors d’oeuvres. Guests tend to eat less when they are served. -- Food stations: Have family members do the serving or hire area high schoolers. These stations are trendy because they make simple foods seem more extravagant. -- Skip the open bar: Serve champagne instead of having an open bar, often one of the biggest expenses. Also, if your reception is a brunch or lunch, guests will be less likely to drink. DO-IT-YOURSELF FAVORS -- Potpourri or mints: Make drawstring bags from lace, tulle or silk and fill with potpourri or mints. Tie with ribbon. The bags (20 to 35 cents each) are available at www.papermart.com. -- Seed packets: Tie with ribbon or raffia. -- Wine glass markers: Make from wire and beads, place in a small box and tie with ribbon. -- Lavender sachets: Make a small bag from lace. Sew up three sides, put the lavender in and sew up the fourth side. Attach a small silk flower. -- Cupcake liner: Fill with candy (silver and gold are classy options). Try M&Ms in your wedding colors. FLOWERS AND DECORATIONS -- Use fresh flowers sparingly: Consider fresh for the head table and silk for the guest tables. -- Divide and conquer: Use three different types of centerpieces, spreading the same color throughout the room. One centerpiece could be fresh flowers, the second could be inexpensive pillar candles and the third a bowl of floating candles. -- Pedestal bowl: The bloom from a gardenia floating in a pedestal bowl is inexpensive and elegant. Tie a satin ribbon around the pedestal. Use a color that coordinates with your wedding. Camellias are gorgeous used this way. -- Consider your garden: Blooms and cuttings from hydrangeas, azaleas, dogwoods and magnolias from your garden or a friend’s work well arranged in any style you choose. Zinnia is a colorful annual that can be grown from seed and should bloom for a late summer or fall wedding. -- Branches: Try a centerpiece made with branches (with leaves) from your yard. Spray paint them with silver or gold and arrange them on tabletops. -- Potted plants: Caladiums, azaleas, redbuds and other plants with a colorful leaf or bloom.


Style Book Review “Financially Ever After: The Couples’ Guide to Managing Money” by Jeff D. Opdyke

By Terri Schichenmeyer Style Literary Writer

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ou’re about to make a serious promise. An oath not for the faint of heart. It starts with the “love, honor, and obey” bit and morphs into “in sickness and in health”. So far, so good. But then, you’ll say something like, “For richer and for poorer…” and you’ll june_style.qxd:Layout 1 5/27/09 9:10 suddenly realize that them’s some powerful

words. You happen to like a checkbook in the black. How can you make sure your new life with your beloved is more toward the “richer” side and less of the other? You can start by reading “Financially Ever After” by Jeff D. Opdyke. With this book in hand, your march down the aisle will start out on the right financial foot. If you’re like most people, you’ve been taught all your life that money is something you shouldn’t talk about. Chances are your parents didn’t discuss family finances in front of you. But now you’re the adult and before you start your life with another grownup, there are ten questions you should ask yourself and your future spouse. None of the questions are easy, but they’ll get you both thinking about money styles and attitudes toward cash and the lack thereof, least of which being: why buy an expensive, shiny particle of carbon to flash on a finger? Do you have a basic understanding of money? What is your money history? What do you want to do with your life and your career, and how can money make that happen? What assets and liabilities are you each bringing to the marriage? How have you bothPage used debt? How will you merge finances AM 1 and delegate financial duties? And – just in

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