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RIES ~ Possibilities of hearing good news about home are greatly expanded. Savor the news rather than think about other annoyances. Travel is on the horizon. Plan the trip this week. Soul Affirmation: Jewelry reflects the beauty of my feelings about myself. AURUS ~ Feather the nest. Stock up on stuff for the long haul. Cement relationships. A friend needs your support. Enjoy giving it. You will receive good news about a pal. Soul Affirmation: Cheerfully handling what comes at me is the test of who I am. EMINI ~ Your mate has a sweet surprise. Open up to receive it. Choose your words carefully around a sensitive pal. Listen for good news about a loan or financial matter. Soul Affirmation: I let others toot my horn this week. ANCER ~ Enjoy the great insights you have in the area of career objectives. Take a look at what’s out there! An unanticipated financial matter may arise; find the good in it. Soul Affirmation: A cheerful soul should be wrapped in a cheerful package. EO ~ Be cautious and conservative with money. You are extremely witty this week. Allow others to enjoy your good humor. Your leadership skills are very high, and others will follow. Soul Affirmation: Luck is my best friend this week. IRGO ~ This is a good time for you to seek agreement on a plan that involves a relative. Take the time to remind your lover how much you care. Get a little sentimental if you have to. Don’t be too critical of that softer side of your personality. Soul Affirmation: Self confidence is the key to my success this week. IBRA ~ Push. Now is a good time to push. Your energy is higher than ever. Someone might get offended, but you can’t

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OCT. 13 - 19 please everyone. Hire a pro for something that you planned to do yourself, especially if expertise is involved. Soul Affirmation: Success is mine because I feel successful. CORPIO ~ Review your “to-do” list again. You may need to slow down to discover something that you didn’t realize while you were in the flow of events. Your lover is going to be a little difficult to understand. Back off if an argument arises. Soul Affirmation: Two hats fit well on my big head. AGITTARIUS ~ Make a special effort to spend all week with your lover, husband or wife. Your sense of the importance of relationships is keen, and this is a good time to strengthen your passionate partnership. Take your lover to a party. Devote attention. Soul Affirmation: Change is my middle name. APRICORN ~ The flock will come to you for direction. Give it gracefully. Know that your insights will help a lot if you deliver them in the right way. If you are a mother, guidance will be the best gift you can give others this week. Soul Affirmation: Knowing I can do it is the biggest preparation for getting it done. QUARIUS ~ Most people don’t know how often dreams and reality blend into that practical consciousness of yours. Knowledge comes from a dream you’ve had lately. This week is a good week to get started making that dream a reality. Soul Affirmation: My spirit gives me limitless possibilities. ISCES ~ Cooperation is key this week in your relationship with your partner. Even if you know you’re right, let your partner have his or her way in the early going. Your staying power will give you influence or control in the late rounds. Soul Affirmation: I let go and let the spirit run my life this week.

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The queen of soul honors the ‘King’: Singer Aretha Franklin.

Obama, Aretha to headline MLK monument dedication

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will deliver the keynote address and Aretha Franklin will headline the entertainers at this weekend’s dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall. The dedication was postponed from late August because of Hurricane Irene. Journalist Roland Martin will be the emcee. Besides Obama, speakers will include civil rights leaders Julian Bond, Rep. John Lewis, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and members of the King family. Journalist Dan Rather will also speak. A ceremonial dedication will be held at 11 a.m. on the grounds of the memorial, where the queen of soul will perform. The towering 30-foot monument is the first dedicated to a Black leader on the National Mall. King stands with his arms crossed, carved from a stone and looking toward the horizon.

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Egypt quietly buries soldiers killed in clashes BY AYA BATRAWY ASSOCIATED PRESS CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian military official says the army has quietly buried at least three soldiers killed during clashes with mostly Coptic Christian protesters. The official says the soldiers’ funerals were low-key to avoid heightening tensions in the country. Egypt’s state MENA news agency quotes the unnamed military official as saying the soldiers’ burials took place Wednesday. The military official says the army hasn’t released the exact number of troops killed in Sunday’s clashes to preserve troop morale. The rioting left at least 26 dead, mostly Christian protesters. It was the worst violence since Hosni Mubarak’s ouster in February. During the uprising, the military, intent on preserving its strong image, did not disclose its losses. THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS

UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below. CAIRO (AP) — Videos of military armored vehicles plowing through Christian protesters and images of their flattened bodies are fueling rage against the ruling army generals, even beyond Egypt’s Christian community. Activists accused the military of fomenting sectarian hatred as a way to end protests and halt criticism. Anger was also turning on state television, blamed for inciting attacks on Coptic Christians as the military crushed a Christian protest late Sunday, leaving 26 dead in the worst violence since the February fall of Hosni Mubarak. The bloodshed was seen by many activists as a turning point in Egypt’s already chaotic transition: the deadliest use of force against protesters by the military, which has touted itself as the “protector of the revolution.” Criticism has been mounting that the military, which took power after Mubarak’s

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Egyptian relatives of some of the Copts who were killed during clashes with the Egyptian army late Sunday react after seeing their bodies outside the morgue of the Copts hospital in Cairo, Egypt.

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Fierce clashes erupted Sunday between Christians protesting a recent attack on a church and the Egyptian military, leaving more than a dozen people dead and scores injured, Health Ministry officials said. ouster, has adopted the same tactics as the former regime and has been slow to bring real change. The repercussions began to hit the interim civilian government. Finance Minister Hazem El-Beblawi handed in his resignation over the government’s handling of Sunday’s protest. ElBeblawi, who is also deputy prime minister, effectively told Prime Minister Essam Sharaf that “he can’t work like this,” said an aide to the minister who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue. Christians vented their fury at the overnight funeral at the Coptic Christian Cathedral for 17 of the at least 21 Christians killed in the army attack. Prayers were interrupted by chants of “Down with military rule” and “The people want to topple the field marshal” — a reference to Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, who heads the ruling military council. No state official or military official were present at the funeral. Egypt’s Christians, who represent about 10 percent of the 85 million peo-

ple in this Muslim-majority nation, have long complained that they are second-class citizens. In recent years, increasingly influential ultraconservative Muslims, known as Salafis, have spread rhetoric that Christians are trying to take over, protesting against the building of churches and accusing Christians of hoarding stocks of weapons. Violence against Christians, the majority of whom belong to the orthodox Coptic Church, has mounted since the fall of Mubarak as state control has loosened. Bahy Eldeen Hassan, head of the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, said the military may have counted on sectarian sentiment against Christians to allow it to crush the protest and send a signal that it will no longer tolerate civil unrest and criticism. “The message is to the whole society, not to Christians in particular. I believe this is all in preparation with wider confrontation,” Hassan said. “I am afraid they used the Coptic Christians exploiting sectarianism and knowing that Christians will receive less sharper response from the public,” he added. Sunday night’s confrontation began when thousands of Coptic Christians marched to the state television building, located on a main boulevard along the Nile, to stage a sit-in protesting a recent attack on a church in southern Egypt. Witnesses said the gathering was peaceful until it was attacked. Video footage showed the crowd chanting slogans until riot police and soldiers descended on them. In the ensuing mayhem, footage shows armored military vehicles barreling through the crowd back and forth at high speeds. From the back of one vehicle, a soldier opens fire wildly on protesters. The footage — both amateur video posted on YouTube and media video — showed bodies with crushed heads or bleeding limbs. Young Christian Vivian Magdi, whose fiance was killed when an armored vehicle ran him over, gave an account to Egyptian private network ON TV. “His body was in the middle of the wheels. His legs were torn. His head hit the pavement, breaking his skull,” she said. “Soldiers gathered around us and started to beat him up,” a tearful Magdi said. “I begged them to leave him. He is not breathing,” she said.

“Then a soldier with a red cap came, shouting, cursing and hitting me with a stick, then tried to beat him up. I threw my body on him (her fiance) ... and the soldier said to me: ‘You infidel, why are you here?’ ” During the bloodshed, a state TV presenter urged “honest Egyptians” to go protect the army, saying troops were under attack from the Christian protesters. A scroll on their report read, “Coptic protesters are pelting soldiers with stones and Molotov cocktails,” as presenter Rasha Magdi reported three soldiers killed. “By whose hands? Not the Israelis, not the enemy, but by the hands of the sons of the nation,” she said. Its continual coverage over the hours made little or no mention of protesters killed. Soon, bands of young Muslim men also descended on the scene, armed with sticks, swords, firebombs and firearms, and clashed with the stonethrowing Christians. Forensic reports for 17 slain protesters released Monday showed they died from being crushed by armored vehicles or from gunshots. Another died from a sword blow to the head. Another body was headless. The military has suggested soldiers were killed, but has not officially confirmed deaths or said how many. “The TV was used as the tool for instigating sectarianism and hatred to religion,” Hassan said. “This is the first time in the history of the state media to play this role,” he added. “The calls on TV fueled violence and increased the number of victims.” Even after the riot, assailants roamed the streets looking for Christians to beat up. In some cases, they pulled men and women suspected of being Christian out of taxis and private cars and cordoned off a Coptic Hospital where the killed and wounded were taken. Several cars were set on fire and shops were smashed. In the days that followed, state TV ran only interviews with purportedly injured army soldiers, who claimed the protesters opened fire, though witnesses denied the protesters had guns. A number of producers and staffers on state TV denounced the coverage. “I am embarrassed that I work in the TV. The Egyptian television is calling for a civil war between Christians and Muslims. The Egyptian television proved that it is a slave to whoever is See EGYPTIAN CLASHES, page 15


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IUSD Drills down on Trouble on the south side of Junior High transition K-Town: The Slauson Swap Meet curriculum to facilitate Vendors concerned about legal wranglings over ownership High School success Inglewood Unified School District (IUSD) Superintendent Gary McHenry issues a readiness decree to all eighthgrade principals. Strides are underway to enhance the District’s five middle school and junior high school campuses for greater emphasis on eighth-grade Algebra. “Studies indicate that successful completion of eighth-grade Algebra provides not only a firm foundation in the areas of math and science, but also serves as a confidence booster for students entering high school,” said IUSD

Superintendent Gary McHenry. “We are setting our sights on creating the most effective continuum to curb poor high school academic performance and the litany of issues that follow from students who mentally check-out due to inadequate preparation.” Among the five middle and junior high campuses in 2010-11, seventy-six percent of all registered eighth graders in campuses throughout IUSD were enrolled in an algebra class. Better See IUSD DRILLS, page 10

The Slauson Swap Meet is a mecca for Black and Latino shoppers. BY JASMYNE CANNICK SPECIAL TO THE WATTS TIMES Since 1986, West African immigrants Eric Duda and his older brother, Don, have run Amina, a boutique shop that features mostly African and West Indian products, including incense,

body oils, arts, music, and clothing, with relatively few problems inside the Korean-owned Slauson Swap Meet. Together they account for one of only two Black vendors inside the swap meet that caters to a heavily African American clientele. The swap meet is known as much for its wide selection

and cheap prices as it is for the Korean shop owners who shout in thick accents, “You buy from me, I give you good deal!” But around noon on Friday, Sept. 9, a wave of panic swept through the 176,853-square-foot building located at See SWAP MEET, page 15

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US Senate defeats Obama’s jobs bill WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans voted Tuesday night to kill the jobs package President Barack Obama had spent weeks campaigning for across the country, a stinging loss at the hands of lawmakers opposed to stimulus-style spending and a tax increase on the very wealthy. The $447 billion plan died on a 5049 tally that garnered a majority of the 100-member Senate but fell well short of the 60 votes needed to keep the bill alive. The tally had been 51-48, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid switched his vote to “nay” so that he could force a future revote. The demise of Obama’s jobs package was expected, despite his campaign-style efforts to swing the public behind it. The White House and leaders in Congress were already moving on to alternative ways to address the nation's painful 9.1 percent unemployment, including breaking the legislation into smaller, more digestible pieces and approving long-stalled trade bills. “Tonight’s vote is by no means the end of this fight … ” Obama said in a

World renowned artist displays masterpieces at the Los Angeles Sentinel

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President Barack Obama speaks about jobs at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local No. 5 Training Center in Pittsburgh. statement after the vote, “ … because with so many Americans out of work and so many families struggling, we can’t take ‘no’ for an answer.” The White House appears most confident that it will be able to continue a 2-percentage-point Social Security payroll tax cut through 2012 and to extend emergency unemployment benefits to millions of people — if only because, in the White House view, Republicans won’t want to accept the

political harm of letting those provisions expire. White House officials are also hopeful of ultimately garnering votes for the approval of infrastructure spending and tax credits for businesses that hire unemployed veterans. “Now it’s time for both parties to work together and find common ground on removing government barriers to private-sector job growth,” House See JOBS BILL, page 14

The Sentinel Newspaper is privileged to host a spectacular one-of-akind art exhibit, by highly recognized and extensively collected artist Emmy Lu, in its executive offices as part of the annual “Taste of Soul” festival. This uniquely creative and colorful painter's mind-challenging artwork will also be on display at a designated Booth near the office. Emmy’s pieces are characterized as educational, social and musical. Emmy’s unique paintings have also been exhibited in reputable galleries and museums worldwide. His paintings adorn corporations and international hotels such as the Hilton, Inter-Continental, the Patio in Scotland, and many others. As an entrepreneur owning his own gallery in the heart of Beverly Hills, he has been very successful in bringing his masterpieces to the famous collection of British Royalty, Magic Johnson, Janet Jackson, Jamie Foxx, Holland Dozier Holland (HDH), Freda Payne, Pattie LaBelle, The Emotions, and more. His most See ARTIST, page 10

Emmy Lu, the artist

Michelle Obama takes aim at jumping jacks record BY STACY A. ANDERSON ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama is trying to help set a world record for the most people doing jumping jacks in a 24hour period. An overcast sky and light drizzle didn’t stop Mrs. Obama from leading about 400 elementary and middle-school students from Washington, Maryland and Virginia in one minute of continuous jumping jacks on the South Lawn. To break the record, more than 20,425 people from around the world had to have been recorded doing jumping jacks by 3 p.m. EDT Wednesday. National Geographic Kids magazine is supporting Mrs. Obama’s initiative by hosting events across the country in schools, malls, parks and other places. “The whole country, the world is going to see just how much fun we can have— not See MICHELLE OBAMA, page 14

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First lady Michelle Obama hosts local children on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, as they attempt to break the Guinness World Records title for the most people doing jumping jacks in a 24-hour period.


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Person of the Week

Isis McKenzie, Los Angeles, CA

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Republican presidential candidate businessman Herman Cain, and Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, right, listen as former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks during a Republican presidential debate at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., Tuesday.

Cain wanted scrutiny, then he got it BY PHILIP ELLIOTT ASSOCIATED PRESS HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — Herman Cain was expecting criticism — and he sure got it. “They are a little bit afraid that this long shot may not be a long shot any longer,” said the Georgia Republican ahead of an eight-person debate with his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination. It was a rare understatement from the former Godfather’s Pizza executive. At the Tuesday night debate, former Sen. Rick Santorum from Pennsylvania called him naïve and said his economic plan was just opening the door for Washington to increase taxes, not a reduction as Cain promised. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas questioned his time as a director with the Federal Reserve. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota laughed that, if his 9-9-9 economic plan were turned upside down, voters would find the devil — 6-6-6 — in the details. And former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman quipped the plan’s name is “a catchy phrase” but not a substitute for a serious economic blueprint. “In fact, I thought it was the price of a pizza when I first heard about it,” Huntsman joked. Cain appeared undeterred. “I thank you very much. 9-9-9 will pass, and it is not the price of a pizza,” he responded. Cain, who has seen his popularity rise after a string of strong debate performances and a win at an early test-vote in Florida, has shifted from an also-ran to a factor in the GOP contest. His rivals suddenly are looking at his rise in the polls with enough concern that even candidates at the front of the pack engaged him. “I must admit that simple answers are always very helpful, but oftentimes inadequate,” former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney clucked during one exchange with Cain. And Texas Gov. Rick Perry dismissed the whole plan. “I don’t need 9-9-9. We don’t need any plan to pass Congress,” Perry said. Once viewed as a sideshow to the race, Cain’s plain-spoken approach has provided a simpler alternative to others such as the approach of Romney. “Can you name all 59 points in your 160-page plan?” Cain pushed Romney on his detailed economic plan. Cain has run a non-traditional campaign. He is on a national book tour now, hawking his latest volume. He is a frequent guest on television programs. Yet so far, Cain hasn’t laid the groundwork for a traditional get-outthe-vote effort in the critical early nominating states. He shrugs off that criticism. “And just to set the record straight: When you run for president and you move into the top tier ... you get this bull's-eye on your back,” Cain said last week. “And people take potshots left and right. But I don’t want you to be unclear about where I stand on certain things.”

Born in Watts, California, and currently residing in the San Fernando Valley, Isis considers herself a modern woman. She has had the opportunity to experience life in the inner city and the suburbs and as a result, is a strong advocate for social acceptance of all ethnicities and cultures. As the oldest of her three siblings, Isis was a “free-spirited child,” outgoing and always looking for exciting new experiences. Her great-grandfather, Oscar Smith, was the first African American to be signed to a Paramount Pictures as an actor in the 1930’s. She intends to continue her family legacy and become an exceptional entertainer and social leader. Isis finds strength in the continued support of her family and loved ones. The guidance she received from her father, Elliott McKenzie Jr., has encouraged her to pursue her goals with grit, focus and diligence. Following her father’s example, Isis is the second member of her family to pursue higher education. She received her B.A. in Speech Communication from California State University at Northridge and a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Woodbury University. She plans to utilize her degrees to help others reach their

goals while succeeding in her career as an actress and a television broadcaster. Isis has worked in the field of education for a number of years and was once an educator for the Los Angeles Unified School District. She also made it her goal to advocate for the importance of mentoring youth during her reign as Ms. Black California USA in 2005. She began her career in broadcast journalism as a sports correspondent for ESPN 2 Valley Sports 2. Through her production company, Mighty Isis Productions, Isis has hosted and appeared in a number of films and television shows. Although she has Working hard been encouraged to McKenzie. pursue different careers at times, Isis has never wavered from her love for acting, broadcasting and mentoring young

to make her dreams come true: Isis people. She is a firm believer in the fact that if you work hard to pursue your goals, dreams do come true.

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The Taste of Soul Los Angeles Festival is back for a sixth year of music, food, community and things soulful.

BY JASMYNE . CANNIĈK Special to the Sentinel Often imitated but never duplicated, dubbed the largest street festival in Los Angeles, in the past year there’s been an emergence of food festivals around Southern California but none have commandeered the draw or excitement that the Taste of Soul brings. Taking place on Sat., Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the Taste of Soul is still free, and will once again take place on Crenshaw Boulevard between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Rodeo Road, so that over 100,000 people can freely walk back and forth between multiple stages of entertainment, and hundreds of restaurants, vendors, and exhibitors. Presented by AT&T, Chevrolet, Nielsen and Hill & Knowlton, this year’s event is expected to be the big-

gest to date with multiple headliners including Tyrese, Naughty By Nature, Deniece Williams, Goapele, Johnny Gill, and N’Dambi, among a list of artists slated to perform this year. “This is about the people,” explains Taste of Soul founder and Los Angeles Sentinel publisher Danny Bakewell Sr. “This has been a rough year for a lot of Black families in Los Angeles. With unemployment at an all time high in the African-American community, events like the Taste of Soul are an opportunity for families on a budget to come out and have a good time for free.” Hosted by the Los Angeles Sentinel Newspaper, back for another year of collaboration is Black Los Angeles’ number one radio station Radio Free 102.3 KJLH; Mothers In Action; and 94.7 the Wave. The KJLH stage located at Rodeo Road will bring

both hip-hop and R&B with performances by Tyrese, Naughty by Nature, Johnny Gill, Lenny Williams, Goapele, N’Dambi, Doug E. Fresh, and Esnavi among others. In addition, KJLH is going for the world record by hosting the world’s largest Soul Train line at 4 p.m. Not to be outdone, 94.7 The Wave, also back for another Taste of Soul is bringing the soulful sounds of Deniece Williams, Al B. Sure, Abraham McDonald, Ray Fuller, Naturally 7, Mark Allen Felton, Alana, and more to their stage at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. 94.7 The Wave will host the world’s largest Cupid Shuƫe at 4:00 p.m. in front of their stage with oƥcial people counters from the Guinness Book of World Records keeping count. “This is going to be the year to top,” says a busy Brenda Marsh Mitchell, co-founder of Mothers in Action and


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producer of the Taste of Soul. “I’m so excited about everyone who is participating this year that I just know this is going to be our biggest year!” Host co-chairs for the Taste of Soul 2011 are 8th District Councilmember Bernard Parks Sr., 10th District Councilmember Herb Wesson, in whose council districts the event is held. The other co-chairs include Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Council President Eric Garcetti, 9th District Councilmember Jan Perry and Controller Wendy Greuel. Online, www.TasteofSoulLA.org is receiving thousands of hits as Angelenos check in to see what they can expect at this year’s event. Attendees are encouraged to check-in on Facebook when they get to the

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Taste of Soul and join over 5,500 fans of the Taste of Soul. Trending on Twitter at #TasteofSoulLA, the Taste of Soul is being talked about all over the U.S. “What I hope would happen, has happened,” continues Mr. Bakewell. “The Taste of Soul has morphed into an annual event that the community looks forward to each year. We have people from Oakland and San Diego, Las Vegas and Phoenix. We’ve grown that big. It’s a huge Black Los Angeles block party!” Besides the food and music, there will be a plethora of exhibitors oơering resources, opportunities, and information. “Part of the importance of the Taste of Soul is making sure that there are resources available to the people,” says Brenda Marsh-Mitchell. “We’ve gotten the

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people so why not bring the information to them right here on Crenshaw.” This year there will be over 100 community and local business vendors lining Crenshaw Boulevard along with multiple restaurant and gourmet food truck vendors. At 3:00 p.m. First A.M.E. Church and Let’s Move L.A. will host the next big ƪashmob in front of the gospel stage. Flashmob’s are known for their popularity and ability to bring out thousands of people to perform a dance routine. For the complete rundown on this year’s Taste of Soul including last minute additions, keep it locked to Radio Free 102.3 FM and 94.7 The Wave. Online visit www.TasteofSoulLA.org. Facebook /tasteofsoulla, and on Twitter follow @TasteofSoulLA and use the trending hashtag #TasteofSoulLA. COVR/FTUR PHOTO B LCOL L


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IUSD DRILLS Continued from page 5 stated, of 957 eighth graders, 731 were effectively enrolled and achieving at better-than-average levels. “As a former junior High School Mathematics and Science teachers in IUSD, I want to sincerely thank our Superintendent for issuing this decree to all of our 8th grade principals, Math, pre-algebra and Algebra teachers,” said Board President Dr. Johnny Young. Inglewood Unified School District is

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and philanthropic generosity he has exhibited in offering his work to benefit various causes. Limited Edition Giclees will be available for purchase at his booth. Emmy will also host an after event party at his Beverly Hills Gallery by special invitation, Saturday, October 15, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. Contact info: Emmy Lu Galleries Inquiries: Tel: 310-273-0008 Email: emmyluatl@gmail.com www.emmylugalleries.com

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SPORTS BEAT BY BRAD PYE JR. WATTS TIMES SPORTS WRITER Notes, quotes and things picked up on the run from coast to coast and all the stops in between and beyond. Two of my idols and heroes have passed away. First, L.A. County Supervisor Kenny Hahn in 1997, then on Saturday, Al Davis, Oakland Raiders owner. Al Davis died Saturday at his home in Oakland. He was 82 and had been my friend since his days as a member of the late Don Clark’s USC staff. Al Davis, the late Sid Gillman and I fought the wars for the old AFL against the NFL until Al Davis was named commissioner of the AFL. Al Davis played a major role in bringing about the merger between the leagues. I served as an administrative assistant on Al Davis’ AFL commissioner’s staff. This was long before Blacks were hired on Pete Rozelle’s NFL staff or the staffs of NFL teams. Al Davis became a kind of Branch Rickey (the man who signed Jackie Robinson as the first Black in MLB) when he stepped up to the integration scrimmage line and named his Hall of Fame tackle, Art Shell, as the first Black head coach in the history of pro football in modern times (since Fritz Pollard). Al Davis hired Art Shell for a second time to coach his Raiders. And at his death, Hue Jackson, the former Dorsey High QB, was Al Davis’ third hire of an African American head coach. Here are some of the things Al Davis did as an assistant coach for Sid Gillman, who coached San Diego Chargers, and what Al Davis did with his Oakland Raiders and as AFL commissioner: Al Davis and this columnist signed such AFL greats as Paul Lowe, the late Ernie Ladd, Charlie McNeill, Larry Todd, Art Powell and many others. Al Davis was his own man. Whatever it took to make it to three Super Bowl championships, Al Davis got it done. Al Davis was the first man in the history of pro football to serve as scout, coach of the year, assistant coach, AFL commissioner and owner. And here are some other things Al Davis should be given credit for: He named the late Dr. Aaron C. Wade the first Black game official in the history of the old AFL on my recommendation. He named me (Brad Pye, Jr.) an administrative assistant on his AFL staff. He was the first owner to select a Black QB No. 1 in the NFL draft Tennessee State’s Eldridge Dickey. Al Davis added another Black QB, Terrelle Pryor (Ohio State allAmerican), for his Raiders in the NFL’s supplemental draft. Al Davis’ Raiders staff today looks like a little United Nations. Al Davis wasn’t the most popular assistant at USC with some of the old grads when two of his recruits -allAmerican tackle Ron Mix, a Jew, and Willie Wood, the first Black QB in the history of USC -were named co-captains of the team. It should be noted that Al Davis left his Raiders on the field in the hands of a Black head coach (Hue Jackson) and a Black QB (Jason Campbell). He told me Campbell is the best QB he’s had since his Super Bowl Hall of Famer

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FILE – RIP: Longtime Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis (center) died Saturday. He was 82. Jim Plunkett. These are just a few of the racial barrier-breakers for which Al Davis deserves credit. Al, who was born on the Fourth of July, loved the following poem I recited at one of his lavish birthday celebrations at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas. It goes like this: “I’m proud of people who are proud they are Black, but intelligent enough to be oblivious of that. I’m proud of people who are proud they are like Al Davis, who are proud they are White. We all had to be some color and God knows any color should be all right. I’m even proud of people like Al Davis, who truly understand it’s the character that makes the difference, and color never made a woman or a man … ” I might add these words of the late Chester L. Washington, my former L.A. Sentinel City Editor: “It takes both the black and white keys of a piano to play ‘The Star Spangled Banner.’ ” Goodbye, old pal. Like one of your players said after Sunday’s 25-20 victory over the Houston Texans, we will never let you go … Is UCLA’s pass defense as bad as it looked in Saturday’s 28-25 squeaker over Washington State? or are the Cougars better than expected. Andrew Abbott’s interception saved the night, to snuff out the Cougars’ final drive for victory. Things won’t get any better for the Bruins Oct. 20 at Arizona for running backs Jonathan Franklin, Derrick Coleman, QB Kevin Price, wide receivers Taylor Embree, Nelson Rosario et. al., even though the Bruins have a week off before the Wildcats. Black QBs, and other Black stars and a Black coach made major headlines Saturday. First, the coach, David Shaw, of the No. 6-ranked Stanford University, is in the running for a major bowl game. Shaw’s celebrated QB Andrew Luck is the leading Heisman Trophy candidate. Former Crenshaw High great, De’Anthony Thomas, caught two TD passes and ran for another one as a sub for all-American LaMichael James, the USA’s leading rusher, who ran for 239 yards and a TD before he was injured in the final period. Dominique Whaley, a walk-on

junior from Langston University, a Black college, is the leading scorer and rusher on the No. 1 ranked, 5-0 Oklahoma Sooners. Whaley scored on a 64-yarder Sunday in that 55-17 win over Texas. Whaley has rushed for 462yards on 83 carries and eight TDs. Unbeaten, 6-0, Clemson is quarterbacked by Tajh Boyd, one of the outstanding QBs in the land, who paced his team to a 36-14 win over Boston College. Boyd has 29 completions to convert third downs. Alabama’s Trent Richardson has rushed for 729 yards, and his six foes have only 239 yards. QB Russell Wilson is being billed as the best thing to hit Wisconsin (5-0) since cheese. He has a completion rate of 74.8 and 13 TDs to go with only one interception. The Tampa Bay Bucs’ Josh Freeman has to be listed among the top QBs in the NFL after his flashy performance in that 24-17 victory over the winless Indianapolis Colts (0-4) on Monday night, Oct. 3. Freeman threw for 287 yards and a TD as his teammate LeGarrette Blount ran for 127 yards and a TD to battle back from a 10-point deficit for the victory. In week two, Freeman rallied the Bucs to a win over Minnesota. Check this: The Colts fell to 0-4 in Peyton Manning’s rookie season in 1998. The idle Manning has become a four-time MVP winner and one of the winningest QBs in NFL history. Since the Philadelphia Phillies eliminated themselves from the NL playoffs with that 10 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, it’ll be up to Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles (1-4) to bring the city a world championship in Super XLVI. However, Vick and his Eagles didn’t fly very high in Sunday’s 34-24 defeat by the Buffalo Bills. Vick rallied the Eagles within one TD, but the Bills (4-1) held on for the win. Vick became the NFL’s all-time rushing QB. Vick’s 53-yard run moved him into the record books with 4,946 career yards. The old mark (4,928) was held by the exEagles’ Randall Cunningham, the Santa Barbara High and UNLV AllAmerican. Vick also holds passer records for rushing in a game (173), and season (1,039) and career. Vick didn’t have his best game of his career against the Bills, but he did pass for 315 yards on 26 of 40 and gave up four interceptions. See SPORTS BEAT, page 15


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Body of American Lockout’s real pain felt beyond player Hardy to be owners and players repatriated BY BRIAN MAHONEY AP BASKETBALL WRITER

NEW YORK (AP) — NBA owners will lose $1 million on average for every game canceled because of the lockout, and players will lose an estimated $350 million a month. The pain, though, may be more acute for thousands of people with no seat at the bargaining table. Bars, restaurants and hotels will go quiet. Parking spots will go unfilled. And the workers who help make basketball a big event in 30 cities will wonder how long they can get by without it. “I’m worried that my money situation is going to change — a lot,” said waitress Zuly Molina, who works at a Hooters at the Bayside complex next to the Miami Heat’s home arena. “It was a lot better last year. We had business before every game, during every game with people who couldn’t get tickets watching in here, then after every game. Now it’s gone — except for when they have a concert or something like that.” Molina said she never believed the NBA would cancel games until

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A man was arrested Monday in the killing of Chauncey Hardy (left), a former basketball player at Sacred Heart in Connecticut, who prosecutors say was punched in the face by the boyfriend of a woman Hardy was with in a bar in the southern Romanian city of Giurgiu on Saturday night. BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania’s basketball federation says the body of American player Chauncey Hardy, who was fatally beaten in a bar, will be repatriated. Hardy died Sunday after he was punched in a bar in the southern Romanian city of Giurgiu. He sustained severe head injuries and died after undergoing surgery in a Bucharest hospital. The 23-year-old, who played at Sacred Heart in Connecticut from 20062010, came to Romania to play for CSS Giurgiu in August. The federation said Wednesday the repatriation is being arranged by the U.S. Embassy and Hardy’s family. Coach Theo Matthew Evans and colleague Justin Neal Eller will accompany the body to the U.S. Prosecutors say Hardy was punched in the AP Photo/Fred Beckham, File face by the boyfriend of a FILE - A man was arrested Monday in the killing woman he was with. A of Chauncey Hardy, a former basketball player at suspect, Ionut Tanasoaia, Sacred Heart in Connecticut, who prosecutors was arrested Monday and say was punched in the face by the boyfriend of a will be in custody for 29 woman Hardy was with in a bar in the southern days while he awaits trial. Romanian city of Giurgiu on Saturday night.

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Billy Hunter, executive director of the NBA players union, talks with reporters Monday in New York. NBA Commissioner David Stern canceled the first two weeks of the basketball season after players and owners were unable to reach a new labor deal to end the lockout. Monday, when the league announced it was scrapping the first two weeks of the season — 100 games — because owners and players couldn’t agree on a new contract. She said, “I thought it would be like football,” where the NFL lost preseason games but no regular-season games while it hammered out a deal with players. “They were locked out. They got it situated. I thought the NBA would get it situated.” There’s no telling when that will happen. Commissioner David Stern indicated that the entire November calendar could be wiped away without a deal by the end of this month, but players and owners had no immediate plans to sit down with each other again.

The cancellations mean that Mark Cuban and his Dallas Mavericks won’t be able to collect their NBA championship rings in the Nov. 1 season opener, and that James Dolan won’t be able to show off his renovated Madison Square Garden to a sold-out crowd when New York hosts the Heat’s Big Three the next night. But owners might be the lucky ones. They can still recoup some of their losses, and that’s what Stern said they could attempt by toughening their future proposals for a new collective bargaining agreement. “Well, what we have to do is we have to account for the losses that we’re suffering, so those losses will be factored in as we move forward,” he said Monday night. AP Photo/David Karp Players and owners have each made some concessions but remain Derek Fisher, president of the NBA players far apart on several issues. Each union, talks with reporters Monday in New side has sought a 53 percent cut of York. NBA Commissioner David Stern canrevenue for itself, though a 50-50 celed the first two weeks of the basketball split has been floated informally. season after players and owners were Owners also want a higher luxury unable to reach a new labor deal to end the tax, making it more expensive for lockout. teams to spend over the salary cap, and I think everybody was looking forbut players say that would do too much ward to continue that,” Couch said. “I to discourage teams from offering big think it’s almost a love affair between contracts. the community and the team, and you Players and fans quickly took to See NBA LOCKOUT, page 15 Twitter and talk shows, disgusted that the sides couldn’t work out an agreement and were willing to cause so much damage following such a successful season. “All I can think about —and I’m not trying to sound like I’m on my soapbox here —but all I can think about are the thousands and thousands of arena, team and hospitality employees that are now going to be out of work,” said Andrew Feinstein, a bar owner and season ticket holder in Denver. “I thought the owners and players had an obligation to work this thing out while continuing to play the game, given the dire economic circumstances that are taking place in our country right now.” A lengthy lockout will be felt strongest in the NBA’s small-market cities. In Salt Lake City, a Marriott hotel was taking cancellations Tuesday for about 40 rooms previously booked by the Memphis Grizzlies the night of Nov. 2. Tyson Lybbert, director of sales and marketing for the Salt Lake Marriott City Center, said each game brings between $5,000 and $10,000 to the chain. Without a lockout, basketball already would have been back by now. The exhibition schedule was to have opened Sunday, and even preseason games can bring big crowds to restaurants and bars near NBA arenas. Jim Couch, city manager of Oklahoma City, was concerned for restaurants, hotels and volunteer groups in his city. The Thunder are coming off their most successful season since relocating from Seattle, reaching the Western Conference finals last year behind NBA scoring champion Kevin Durant, and have developed one of the league’s most passionate fan bases. “What I’m more concerned about than anything else is the momentum that the city has gotten, disrupting the momentum with the Thunder. It was a special year last year with the Thunder,


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PBS’ ‘Tavis Smiley’ tackles US poverty this week BY LYNN ELBER AP TELEVISION WRITER

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“The Tavis Smiley Show� attempts to put a human face on new data about poverty in America with five special episodes airing next Monday through Friday on PBS.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tavis Smiley had to look no further than his own circle of family and friends to see the painful effects of the ragged U.S. economy to know he needed to act. The radio and TV host is doing what he can for those close to him in need of money or work, he said. For the broader problem, Smiley is using his PBS series this week to put what he calls a "human face" on the nation's poverty statistics. Each nightly episode of "Tavis Smiley" is featuring clips from an 11state, 18-city tour Smiley and Princeton University professor Cornel West took in August to detail the economy's effect on individuals and families. There are follow-up discussions with anti-poverty advocates and other guests, including Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. His intent, Smiley said, is to "get this issue higher up on the American agenda." "We have to get serious about eradicating poverty in the long run while we create jobs in the short run," he said. While millions of Americans are suffering financially, Smiley said he

also felt compelled to address the particularly harsh blow the economy has dealt black Americans. According to a recent Census Bureau report, the overall poverty rate climbed to 15.1 percent last year, from 14.3 percent the year before, as a record 46.2 million Americans were counted among the impoverished. Poverty increased among all ethnic groups, except Asians, with blacks the hardest hit by a poverty rate of 27.4 percent and with 26.6 percent of Hispanics in poverty. In comparison, the poverty rate for white Americans was 9.9 percent. What Smiley and West found on their tour was both heart-breaking and inspiring, they said. It was also an introduction to poverty's changing face. "The new poor in this country is the former middle class," Smiley said. West recalled one Illinois husband and wife who fell from earning $100,000 a year to $15,000. The couple experienced a shift in perspective that the professor hopes will resonate with viewers. "Once they had blamed the poor for their plight. Now they can see being poor is a different kind of reality," he said. See TAVIS SMILEY, page 14

Fox News’ Juan Williams to be Featured Speaker at Cal State Long Beach’s 5th Annual Distinguished Speaker Series on Oct. 20 in the Carpenter Center

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Fox News political analyst and best-selling author Juan Williams will be this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s featured speaker at the fifth annual Cal State Long Beach (CSULB) Distinguished Speakers Series on Thursday, Oct. 20, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the campusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Carpenter Performing Arts Center. Doors open at 6 p.m. for sponsor exhibits, music and light refreshments. Titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Muzzled: Political Debate in America,â&#x20AC;? Williamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s address will look at how the media limits political debate and the continuing role of race in the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dialogue. Williams is one of Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leading political writers. A top Washington journalist, he regularly examines American politics, civil rights, media, law and culture with uncompromising integrity and insight. He is currently a political analyst with Fox News. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are thrilled to have Juan Williams coming to Cal State Long Beach and share his views on the political and racial dialogue in this country,â&#x20AC;? said Art Levine, director of the CSULB Distinguished Speaker Series. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In light of his firing by NPR, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know that there is anyone more appropriate to discuss how the media limits political debate in the United States today.â&#x20AC;? Previously, Williams reported for National Public Radio (NPR) as a senior correspondent and host of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Talk of the Nation,â&#x20AC;? but he was dismissed after commenting that Muslims in traditional dress boarding planes made him nervous. In the wake of the news organizationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s controversial decision, Williams penned his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Muzzled:

The Assault on Honest Debate,â&#x20AC;? discussing â&#x20AC;&#x153;the countless ways in which honest debate in Americaâ&#x20AC;Śis stifled.â&#x20AC;? Prior to his stint at NPR, Williams was an award-winning writer and columnist for more than 20 years at The Washington Post. A chronicler of the civil rights movement, Williams is the author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eyes on the Prize: Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Soul Looks Back in Wonder: Voices of the Civil Rights Experience.â&#x20AC;? He also penned â&#x20AC;&#x153;Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements and Culture of Failure that Are Undermining Black America â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and What We Can Do About Itâ&#x20AC;?, and the acclaimed biography â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary.â&#x20AC;? With an honest perspective of American race relations, Williams spurs individuals across the political spectrum to challenge their own assumptions and reexamine the role race plays in this country. Reserved tickets to the CSULB Speaker Series event are $45. Preferred seating is $60, $30 for seniors and CSULB faculty and staff, and $20 for CSULB students with a valid ID. A limited number of sponsor tickets are available at $100, which includes a sponsor reception and dinner with the speaker preceding the event. Benefiting CSULB student scholarships, the CSULB Distinguished Speaker Series is sponsored by The Christian Family Foundation/Blake and Vicki Christian, and the title sponsor is Edison International. For ticket or additional information, visit the website at www.distinguishedspeakerseries.com.


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Lalah Hathaway tells ‘Where It All Begins’ at record release party Foxxhole Live celebrates the release of the highly anticipated fifth solo album by STAX recording artist Lalah Hathaway with a live performance by the award-winning artist at L.A. Live’s Conga Room. Hosted by actor-comedian Mark Curry, attendees of the star-studded event included Magic Johnson (former L.A. Laker/business mogul); James Pickens, Jr. (“Grey’s Anatomy”); Vanessa Williams (“Soul Food”); Sharif Atkins (“White Collar”); DJ Quik (rapper/producer); Chelsea Tavares (“Just Jordan”); Faith Evans (R&B artist); Bryan Michael Cox (music producer); Quinton Aaron (“The Blind Side”); and many more. Lalah Hathaway's amazing performance concluded with a duet with producer Rashaan Patterson on a medley of Michael Jackson hits.

STAX recording artist Lalah Lalah Hathaway (STAX recording Hathaway poses before the release artist) and one of her fans, Magic party for her new album, “Where It All Begins.” Johnson (business mogul).

Lalah Hathaway (STAX recording (L-R): Sharif Atkins (“White Collar”), Lalah Hathaway (STAX recording artist) and another fan, DJ Quik (rapartist), Mark Curry (“Foxxhole Live” host), Vanessa Williams (“Soul Food”). per/producer). Photos by Ashley Stagg / Courtesy of Concord Music Group & FrontPage Firm

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Vesta Williams receives a beautiful homegoing WATTS TIMES NEWS SERVICE In a heartwarming outpouring of love and admiration, family, friends, fans and Los Angeles’ entertainment community came forth in adoring force to say goodbye to all-around entertainer Vesta Williams. The beloved singer/songwriter/comedienne/actress/radio personality was feted with a home-going celebration fit for a queen at Williams’ home church, West Angeles Church of God in Christ. The skies were dark with rain clouds when the 11:00AM service began, but by its conclusion at 12:30 p.m., the sun came shining through. In between, a fond farewell was bid to Williams with a touching cross section of loved ones. Resolutions from elected officials came from U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters, L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, California State Assemblyman Mike Davis and City of Los Angeles Councilman Bernard C. Parks. After a joyous selection sung by the West Angeles Cathedral Singers, three special friends shared deeply

touching reflections. Songwriter Tena Clark touchingly shared her story of Vesta, boldly championing her as the only one who could produce the song they had co-written, “Congratulations,” and how Williams’ belief in her gifts resulted in the turning point of Clark’s career. Record executive Jesus Garber, who was VP of R&B Music at A&M Records while Williams was signed to the company, recalled Williams’ unflinching dedication to her fans and how “Congratulations” had the longest chart run of any song at Black radio in 1988. And Iris Perkins, her longtime manager and close confidante, reminded all that above and beyond her acclaim as an entertainer, she was a wonderful mother, daughter, sister and grandmother. Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. provided the profound closing Message of Comfort. And then there was the music. Jesse Campbell sang an amazing a cappella rendering of “Amazing Grace” filled with hair-raising emotive twists that brought the house to its feet. Later Bridgette Bryant, in See WILLIAMS, page 15

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One in Three Pass Jobs Bill Now! The first Friday of the month is a day when economists like me are riveted to the news. We want to know what’s up with the unemployment rate and what changes have taken place in the last month. Last week, our nation learned that we treaded water. The unemployment rate remained at a high of 9.1 percent: 8 percent for White folks, and 16 percent for Black folks. Some pundits were jazzed at the rates, thinking that they meant we are doing okay. What’s okay? The real unemployment rate for African Americans is close to 30 percent. This means that a third of the Black world is not working. This means that there are too many Black folks who are tripping. This means that too many are managing pain. And with the Congress ignoring the reality, failing to offer the relief from the jobs bill, this means that nobody cares. I hear from people all the time. Their stories are heart-rendering. They talk about the lives they once had, the lives they now have. Once upon a time, they had homes, mortgages and opportunities. Now they have lost jobs, homes and their opportunities. They are the folks that stand in the middle of the statistics. We know the numbers, but we don’t know their pain. The pain is more acute for African Americans than it is for others. President Obama has not fully addressed that, although his spirited anger at the recent Congressional Black Caucus dinner was a great step in the right direction. Still, I have to think that if there were a crisis in Appalachia or in New Mexico, there would be a more invigorated response. Instead, Black folks are unemployed and nobody really cares. Go to church and count it out. If there are three people huddled over water, one of them is unemployed. If there are three people passing out programs, one of them is unemployed. If there are three people, or four, or five, or six, this pox called unemployment has visited them. Who is he, who is she? Mother, father, brother, sister … Somebody who brought a quarter to the table, and the quarter isn’t there, not anymore. In order to just stay even, our

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nation needs to generate 275,000 jobs each month. Last month, a month where some celebrated our “progress,” we generated just 103,000 jobs. We aren’t moving ahead — we are falling behind. Our reality is that the jobs market is broken and nobody wants to fix it. Instead, we see a nation at political gridlock. The congressional Republicans don’t want to pass the president’s jobs bill, and they have offered few alternatives. So we sit and wait to see if anyone will break the gridlock that keeps our legislators from moving forward. This is drama, it is trauma, it is bless you, mama, ‘cause it is overtime for there to be some forward movement. Perhaps this is not an issue for those whose constituency is enjoying a 9.1 percent unemployment rate. But there are too many who are experiencing much more than that. Throw a stone into the Black community. See who it hits. It is one in three, one in three, one in three. What that means is that the pox called unemployment affects everyone. When the reality of worklessness hits so, so many, the fact is that it affects us all. The numbers come out every first Friday. The reality visits our community each and every day. One in three adult African Americans cannot find work. This is a depression-level unemployment rate. People are hurting, but nobody really cares. One in three. One in three. One in three. Julianne Malveaux is president of Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, NC.

TAVIS SMILEY Continued from page 12 A national poverty summit that brings together economic, social and cultural leaders is needed, Smiley said. He also called for continued government action in the face of sharp political division. His journey across America

president proposes to extend the payroll tax. By doing this, 18.5 million African American workers will be affected and the median family will get to keep over $1,000 more from their paychecks each year. Third, by committing to rebuilding America’s infrastructure and

revitalizing our communities, more people can go to work with a feeling of responsibility, working to improve our country. Fourth, it will extend unemployment insurance to 1.4 million African American family heads as they continue to seek employment. It will also provide a new tax credit for businesses that hire long-term unemployed people. Finally, this bill is paid for in a fair way — by closing corporate tax loopholes and asking the wealthiest Americans to finally pay their fair share. The American Jobs Act isn’t just about creating jobs today; it makes sure that those jobs are jobs of the future to help American workers with good jobs and fair wages. It invests in education so our children can compete globally and it invests in small business to enable us to tap their creative talents. It makes sure that America makes goods that the world will buy. I encourage you to call, write and text your representatives in the U.S. House and Senate and urge them to pass the American Jobs Act. Let’s get America back to work!

percent surcharge on income exceeding $1 million. That would be expected to raise about $450 billion over the coming decade. That millionaires proposal would hit about 392,000 households, according to an analysis by the Tax Policy Center, a Washington think tank. In 2013, the first year the tax would take effect, those wealthy households would see their taxes increase by an average of $110,500, according to the analysis. “Democrats’ sole proposal is to keep doing what hasn't worked — along with a massive tax hike that we know won’t create jobs,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday, saying there are 1.5 million fewer jobs than when Obama’s 2009 economic package became law. “Why on earth would you support an approach that we already know won’t work?” McConnell said. Just before the vote on Obama’s jobs plan, the Senate passed legislation aimed at punishing China for keeping its currency undervalued against the dollar. Lower-valued currency helps Chinese exports at the expense, bill supporters say, of American jobs. Both the House and Senate were expected to turn Wednesday to approv-

ing trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea that could create tens of thousands of jobs, one of the few areas of agreement between Republicans and the administration on boosting the economy. In coming weeks and months, Democrats promise further votes on jobs. But it remains to be seen how much of that effort will involve more campaign-stoked battles with Republicans and how much will include seeking common ground in hopes of passing legislation. Leaders of the Republican-controlled House of Representatives have signaled they support tax cuts for small businesses and may be willing to accept an extension of cuts to the Social Security payroll tax. But stimulus-style spending is a nonstarter with House Republicans. Tuesday’s vote played out as disaffected crowds continued to occupy Wall Street, a square in Washington and parts of other cities around the country in protest of income inequality and related issues. Associated Press writers Darlene Superville in Pittsburgh and Erica Werner in Washington contributed to this report.

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uncovered "rays of hope in programs that are working on the ground, right now. The federal government has to find the will to continue to fund those programs in honor of a better tomorrow," he said.

As America’s unemployment numbers continue to rise, many are wondering why Congress is hesitant to pass the American Jobs Act. Is it because it’s President Obama’s proposal that the ultra right-wing members of Congress are reluctant to support a good bill? Or is it because we are waiting for their non-existent jobs plan? Whatever the reason, American’s need jobs right now, and the American Jobs Act will provide them. Let’s take a closer look at what the president’s plan will do to get people back to work. First, it will help America’s small businesses hire and grow by cutting payroll taxes by 50 percent. America was built on the backs of small businesses, and by giving them these options they are more likely to create more job opportunities. These types of cuts can help over 100,000 African American-owned businesses. Second, instead of giving corporate tax credits that end up doing nothing for the overall economy, the

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JOBS BILL Continued from page 6 Speaker John Boehner said after the vote. Democratic Sens. Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Jon Tester of Montana — both up for re-election next year in states where Obama figures to lose — broke with their party on Tuesday night's vote. Every Republican present opposed the plan. Earlier in the day, Obama capped his weeks-long campaign for the measure in an appearance typical of the effort — a tough-talking speech in Pennsylvania, a swing state crucial to his re-election. Like earlier appearances, it seemed aimed more at rallying his core political supporters heading into the election than changing minds on Capitol Hill. “Any senator who votes no should have to look you in the eye and tell you what exactly they’re opposed to,” Obama said to a labor union audience in Pittsburgh. “I think they’ll have a hard time explaining why they voted no on this bill — other than the fact that I proposed it.” Obama’s plan would combine Social Security payroll tax cuts for workers and businesses and other tax relief totaling about $270 billion with $175 billion in new spending on roads, school repairs and other infrastructure, as well as unemployment assistance, and help to local governments to avoid layoffs of teachers, firefighters and police officers. Obama said that the plan — more than half the size of his 2009 economic stimulus measure — would be an insurance policy against a double-dip recession, and that continued economic intervention was essential given slowerthan-hoped job growth. “Right now, our economy needs a jolt,” Obama said. “Right now.” Unlike the 2009 legislation, the current plan would be paid for with a 5.6

MICHELLE OBAMA Continued from page 6 just breaking a world record but also doing some exercise,” she said. A proponent of healthy eating and exercise, Mrs. Obama told the children there are many ways to keep moving — from walking the dog to dancing in the backyard. Hundreds of kids sought high-fives, hugs and handshakes from her after completing their jumping jacks. Mrs. Obama was joined by “Today” weather anchor Al Roker and Olympic ice skater Michelle Kwan, a member of

the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. The students were from Paul Public Charter School, John Eaton Elementary School, Stuart-Hobson Middle School and Watkins Elementary School, all in Washington, D.C.; Hampstead Hills Academy in Baltimore, Md.; and Lake Ridge Elementary in Lake Ridge, Va. The event was a part of the first lady’s Let’s Move! initiative to promote physical fitness and healthy eating for children.


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HUD Ln# 1973458823 TS#11-11978-21 NOTICE OF DEFAULTAND FORECLOSURE SALE WHEREAS, on 08/23/2004, a certain (Deed of Trust) was executed by Maggie Mae Jackson, as Trustor, in favor of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., as beneficiary, and Fidelity National Title Insurance Company, as Trustee and was recorded on Recorded on 08/31/2004 as Instrument No.04-2235882, in the office of the Los Angeles County, California Recorder, and WHEREAS, the Deed of Trust was insured by the UNITED STATES SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, (the Secretary) pursuant to the National Housing Act for the purpose of providing single family housing; and WHEREAS, the beneficial interest in the Deed of Trust is now owned by the Secretary, pursuant to an assignment recorded on 2/18/2011, as Instrument #20110270914 in the office of the Los Angeles County, California Recorder, and WHEREAS, a default has been made by reason of failure to pay all sums due under the Deed of Trust, pursuant to Paragraph 9 Subsection (i) of said deed of Trust and WHEREAS, by virtue of this default, the Secretary has declared the entire amount of the indebtedness secured by the Deed of Trust to be immediately due and payable, NOW THEREFORE, pursuant to power vesting in me by the Single Family Mortgage Foreclosure Act of 1994, 12 U.S.C. 3751 et seq., by 24 CFR part 27, subpart B, and by the Secretary's designation of us as Foreclosure Commissioner" notice is hereby given that on 11/03/2011 at 1:00pm local time, all real and personal property at or used in connection with following described premises ("Property") will be sold at public auction to the highest bidder: Commonly known as: 1533 East 82nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90001 More thoroughly described as: Lot 115 of Tract 8559, in the City of Los Angeles, County of Los Angeles, California a per Map Recorded in Book 101, Pages 47 and 48, of Maps in the Office of the County Recorder of said County The sale will be held at the following location: At the front entrance to the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 West Mission Blvd., Pomona, CA Per The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development the estimated opening bid will be $264,113.08 There will be no pro-ration of taxes, rents or other income or liabilities, except that the purchaser will pay, at or before the closing, his prorate share of any real estate taxes that have been paid by the Secretary to the date of the foreclosure sale. When making a bid, all bidders except the Secretary must submit a deposit totaling ten percent (10%) of the Secretary's estimated bid amount, in the form of a cashier's check made payable to the Foreclosure Commissioner Cimarron Trustee Services. Each oral bid need not be accompanied by a deposit. If the successful bid is an oral, a deposit of $26,411.30 must be presented before the bidding is closed. The deposit is nonrefundable. The remainder of the purchase price must be delivered within 30 days of the sale or at such time as the Secretary may determine for good cause shown, time being of the essence. This amount, like the bid deposits, must be delivered in the form of a cashier's or certified check. If the Secretary is the high bidder, he need not pay the bid amount in cash. The successful bidder will pay all conveyancing fees, all real estate and other taxes that are due on or after the delivery of the remainder of the payment and all other costs associated with the transfer of title. At the conclusion of the sale, the deposits of the unsuccessful bidders will be returned to them. The Secretary may grant an extension of time with which to deliver the remainder of the payment. All extensions will be fore 9-day increments for a fee of $600.00 paid in advance. The extension fee shall be in the form of certified or cashier's check made payable to the commissioner. If the high bidder closed the sale prior to the expiration period, the unused portion of the extension fee shall be applied toward the amount due. If the high bidder is unable to close the sale within the required period, or within any extensions of time granted by the Secretary, the high bidder may be required to forfeit the cash deposit or, at the election of the Foreclosure Commissioner after consultation with the HUD Field Office representative, will be liable to HUD for any costs incurred as a result of such failure. The Commissioner may, at the direction of HUD Field Office Representative, offer the property to the second highest bidder to an amount equal to the highest price offered by that bidder. There is no right of redemption, or right of possession based upon a right of redemption, in the mortgagor or others subsequent to a foreclosure completed pursuant to the Act. Therefore, the Foreclosure Commissioner will issue a Deed to the purchaser(s) upon receipt of the entire purchase price in accordance with the terms of the sale as proved herein HUD does not guarantee that the property will be vacant. The amount that must be paid by the Mortgagor, to stop the sale prior to the scheduled sale date is $26,396.30 as of10/19/2011, PLUS all other amounts that are due under the mortgage agreement. Plus advertising costs and postage expenses incurred in giving notice, mileage by the most reasonable road distance for posting notices and for the Foreclosure Commissioner's attendance at the sale, reasonable and customary costs incurred for title and lien record searches, the necessary out-of-pocket costs incurred by the Foreclosure Commissioner for recording documents. Plus a commission for the Foreclosure commissioner and all other costs incurred in the connection with the foreclosure prior to reinstatement. Date: August 1, 2011 FORECLOSURE COMMISSIONER: CIMARRON SERVICE CORP, of NEVADA 719 14TH STREET MODESTO, CA 95354 Telephone No. (209) 544-9658 Facsimile No. (209) 544-6119 CATHEY E. LATNER, Vice President Ad #14601: 2011-10-06 2011-10-13, 2011-10-20 2011-10-27

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the Trustee may withhold the issuance of the Trustee's Deed until funds become available to the payee or endorsee as a matter of right. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder's sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the successful bidder at the sale shall be exclusively entitled to a return of the monies paid. The successful bidder shall have no further recourse against the Trustee or Beneficiary. We are attempting to collect a debt and any information we obtain will be used for that purpose whether received orally or in writing. DATE: October 4, 2011 AZTEC T.D. SERVICE CORP. 2624 W. MAGNOLIA BLVD. BURBANK, CA 91505 (818) 848-8960 By: Lynda L. Massey Vice President of Foreclosure Resources, inc., As agent for Aztec T. D. Service Co. Ad #15840: 2011-10-06 2011-10-13, 2011-10-20

SWAP MEET Continued from page 5 1600 W. Slauson Ave. and its 110 vendors when strangers showed up with legal documents telling the vendors that they were not to make their monthly lease payments to swap meet owners Michael and Sandra Yoon. Instead, the vendors were told to send their monthly lease, utility payments, and standing monthly $258 payment for the swap meet’s security guards to Charles Hokanson, who was simply listed as the “attorney for judgment creditors.” “I didn’t know what this was about,” said Eric. “I know in the past the owners have had some legal issues and have been sued before, but receiving these papers today came out of the blue and I think shocked all of the vendors in here.” According to the Los Angeles Superior Court documents, the Yoons, owners of the Slauson Swap Meet since it first opened in 1986, failed to pay their monthly lease of $155,766.19 on Oct. 20, 2010, to Kayla Properties, LLC, prompting Kayla to file a lawsuit against the couple on Nov. 3, 2010. Subsequently, the Yoons were ordered to pay the back rent, the plaintiff’s attorney fees, court costs and other fees; hence, the order for the subtenants to pay their rent directly to the attorney. The Yoons have exercised two of three options to extend the term of the original lease, and the current lease doesn’t expire until 2015. When Kayla Properties purchased the land on April 12, 2006, for $12,600,000, the Yoons original lease was transferred to them. Seemingly recession-proof, the

$50,000 REWARD NOTICE The City of Los Angeles offers a reward payable at the discretion of the City Council to one or more persons in the sum or sums up to an aggregate maximum total sum of $50,000 for information leading to the identification and apprehension of the person or persons responsible for the act of murder against, ROSA GARCIA, in the City of Los Angeles. On Sunday, January 13, 2008, at approximately 6: 55 a.m., Rosa Garcia, a 35-year old woman, was discovered dead in an alley to the rear of 1504 West Florence Avenue. LAPD is still searching for the individual(s) responsible for this crime and encourages witnesses to come forward, even anonymously, to assist them in their investigations. The person or persons responsible for this crime represent an ongoing threat to the safety of the people of Los Angeles. Unless withdrawn or paid by City Council action, this offer of reward shall terminate on, and have no effect after, APRIL 6, 2012. The provisions of payment and all other considerations shall be governed by Chapter 12 of Division 19 of the LAAC Code, as amended by Ordinance Nos. 158157 and 166666. This offer shall be given upon the condition that all claimants provide continued cooperation within the criminal justice system relative to this case and is not available to public officers or employees of the City, their families, persons in law enforcement or persons whose misconduct prompted this reward. If you have any information regarding this case, please call the Los Angeles Police Department at 1-877-LAWFULL, 24 hours. C. F. No. 09-0010-s8 10/13/11 CNS-2184880# WATTS TIMES

Slauson Swap Meet has the capacity to host 129 subtenants who heretofore have paid a monthly lease to the Yoons, who in turn have paid Kayla Properties. Of the 129 spaces available for rent, about 19 are currently vacant. Still, the Yoons collect about $330,312 monthly from 110 tenants. The median rents for a subtenant are between $2,500 and $3,000 — a small percentage of their monthly intake from selling popular items to mainly African American and Latino customers, including gold trunk jewelry, colored contact lenses, designer knockoff purses, lingerie, cellphones, hair extensions, car rims, shoes, and clothes. A spokesman said the principal owners of Kayla Properties were out of the country and no one was available to speak on the record. While the fate of the Yoons’ ownership of the Slauson Swap Meet beyond their lease extension is up in the air, there’s no need for shoppers to panic: That’s because regardless of the judgment, the swap meet continues to be open Sunday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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Loan No. 291272 / RYNVELD Title Order No. 55019429 Trustee Sale No. 11-06-005 TRA No. APN 2718-019-010 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE UNDER DEED OF TRUST YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 08/27/2009. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 10/27/2011 at 1 :00PM, at AT THE FRONT ENTRANCE TO THE POMONA SUPERIOR COURTS BUILDING, 350 WEST MISSION BLVD, POMONA, CA, AZTEC T.D. SERVICE CO. as the duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on 09/02/2009 as Instrument No. 20091347391 in Book N/A Page N/A of official records in the Office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, California, executed by: ALISON RYNVELD, as Trustor, AZTEC FINANCIAL, as Beneficiary, pursuant to the Notice of Default and Election to Sell thereunder Recorded on 06/14/2011, as Instrument # 2011-0810436 of official records in the Office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, California, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER, all right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County, California describing the land therein: LOT 274 OF TRACT 28184, IN THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, STATE OF CALIFORNIA, AS PER MAP RECORDED IN BOOK 715, PAGE(S) 9 TO 19, INCLUSIVE OF MAPS, IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY RECORDER OF SAID COUNTY. APN: 2718-019-010 The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 10826 SYLVIA AVENUE, LOS ANGELES, CA 91326. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The property heretofore described is being sold "as is - where is". Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to satisfy the indebtedness secured by said Deed of Trust, advances thereunder, if any, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee for the total amount at the time of the initial publication of this Notice of Sale, reasonably estimated to be: $115,629.12. Accrued interest and additional advances, if any, will increase this figure prior to sale. The beneficiary may elect to bid less than the full credit bid. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept a cashier's check drawn on a state or national bank, check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. In the event tender other than cash is accepted,

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Tiger Woods isn’t dead yet as a top golfer. Tiger finished with his third 68 in the Frys.com Open on Sunday. Tiger finished in a tie for 30th, seven strokes behind the winner. Tiger makes his next start in the Australian Open, Nov.10, followed by the Presidents Cup at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club. And the beat continues. Now hear this: The Carolina Panthers had the third most productive offense in yardage before Sunday’s game. The Panthers finally scored a TD Sunday in which Cam Newton did not run or pass the ball. Newton’s 1,610 passing yards are a rookie record, surpassing Sam Bradford’s 1,159-yards. Did you know that Vanderbilt University’s African American executive is the highest-paid college athletic director in the world at $2.560 million a year, including $1.5 million deferred and retirement income? Yes, he is. His name is David Williams — or should I say professor of law, vice president of student affairs, athletics, general counsel and university secretary for Vanderbilt and its medical center — and he is a fully tenured professor of law. The 63-year-old Williams calculates that 60% of his base salary is for

overseeing athletics and 40% of his bonus money comes from his work with sports. That gives him a more realistic salary of $537,200. At top-tier NCAA universities, the average salary is $450,000, according to Williams. It’s apparent Williams took more than whistling and lunch in college. Former USC Athletic Director’s Mike Garrett’s assistant Darryl Gross earns $575,227 as AD at Syracuse. Another top salaried AD of color is Ohio State’s Gene Smith, a $1,074,546-a- year man. And the beat ends. Brad Pye Jr. can be reached at Switchreel@aol.com

NBA LOCKOUT Continued from page 11 hate to disrupt that.” Business went on for the league’s partners. ESPN was scheduled to show seven games during the opening two weeks and plans to replace them mostly with college football and basketball games. TNT will rely on its regular prime-time lineup to fill the six games it would have televised. Adidas, the league’s official outfitter, and fellow sneaker giant Nike said they remained committed to basketball and could seek additional exposure at the collegiate or international levels. Stern and union president Derek Fisher of the Lakers expressed disappointment for fans. Players and owners had the luxury of knowing just how complex the issues were and had

two years to prepare themselves financially for a moment that Fisher said was “what we anticipated would probably happen.” “This is a big blow obviously to our fans, most importantly,” he said. “They don’t have a voice in this fight so far, but we hear them loud and clearly. They want basketball, we want to play basketball and we’re going to do the responsible thing and try our best to bring them basketball as soon as we possibly can.” AP Sports Writers Chris Duncan in Houston, Pat Graham in Denver, Lynn DeBruin in Salt Lake City, Dave Campbell in Minneapolis, Jeff Latzke in Oklahoma City, Tim Reynolds in Miami, Anne Peterson in Portland, Ore., Rachel Cohen in New York and AP business writer Sarah Skidmore in Portland, Ore., contributed to this report.

EGYPTIAN CLASHES Continued from page 4 the master,” one presenter, Dina Rassmi, said on her Facebook page. The military has said nothing about the circumstances of the violence, though the state news agency said it would hold a press conference Wednesday. In a statement Monday, it vowed only to take the “necessary precautions to stabilize security” and use the full weight of the law to prosecute individuals involved in violence,

whether by participation or incitement. In an apparent response to concerns it will use the violence as an excuse to prolong its rule, the council pledged to make good on its promise to hand over power. Amid the turmoil, officials were to start on Wednesday accepting candidates to run in Egypt’s first postMubarak parliamentary elections, due to begin on Nov. 26.

— the welcoming number, “I’m So Glad You’re Here.” As one guest stated of the bravura performance in an exclamation the funny lady would appreciate, “Leave it to Vesta to turn out her own funeral!” Another attendee concluded, “It was a day of remembrance, sadness, some heartfelt laughter and wonderful musical tributes as many came to say goodbye to Vesta Williams.” Celebrity attendees included

singers Miki Howard, Freda Payne, Shanice and Sy Smith; actresses Loretta Devine, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Jackée Harry and Anna Maria Horsford; director Bill Duke; jazz musicians Lee Ritenour, Harvey Mason and Nathan East (of the supergroup Fourplay); singer/guitarists Tony Maiden of Rufus and Sheldon Reynolds formerly of Earth, Wind & Fire; BET Networks executive Robi Reed; music publisher Brenda Andrews; and many others.

WILLIAMS Continued from page 13 possession of a heavenly soprano, sang an elegantly modulated version of “His Eye is On The Sparrow” that also received a standing ovation, yet was less a performance than a transfixing channeling of what Williams surely wanted all gathered to understand about where her spirit faithfully resides —now and forever. However, Ms. Vesta Williams herself had the last musical word via a video of her joyously wailing — in that very church


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