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SWEET sincere emotions can run through you like the odors of diơerent perfumes. Open yourself up and let it ƪow. If love oơers itself this week please accept the offer. Write down what you think of yourself this week. Save it. Make a poster out of it. Soul Aƥrmation: Trust gives me a deep sense of peace and joy. BUSINESS as usual is good business. Energy is high. Others give back to you what you gave to them the past few weeks. We hope you were generous because what you get this week will be a multiple of what you bestowed. Soul Aƥrmation: I love myself for being myself. DID joy take a vacation on you? Well, joy is back and ready to unpack. Get the spare room ready or move over and let joy crawl in bed with you. Smile in joy’s face and make joy feel at home. Know that you’ve done good. Soul Aƥrmation: Joy is my house guest this week. PUTTING the world back in balance is your chore this week. Cheerfulness has been a little lower on the scale than it should be. You can spread it around lavishly this week. Give some to everyone. The more you give the more you’ll get. Soul Aƥrmation: Goodness is its own reward. CELEBRATE! It’s summer time! Communications will ƪow easily for you this week. Dress up and get the weekend started earlier. Social life can take your mind oơ of heavy subjects. Don’t tighten up, brighten up. Soul Aƥrmation: I get joy from giving good things. STAY positive on all fronts this week. You’ll receive subtle cues this week that will conƤrm what you already know to be true. Act on your instincts and others will be receptive to your vibes. Even if you feel ƪeeting moments of uncertainty this week, go with the ƪow, and be a team player. Soul Aƥrmation: This week is the day the Lord has made. I rejoice in it. YOUR positive energy will spread feverishly among family and friends this week. Your timing is just right because your positive vibes will be the extra nudge someone needs to pull through the week. Your strength and friendship will be tested. Soul Aƥrmation: Facing down challenges makes me feel good about myself. CALL a family member to ask for a second opinion on something important. A different perspective will give you more options on your action plan. Use your faith to guide you through a mental maze that might stir up confusion. Soul Aƥrmation: I smile and trust in the powers beyond myself. GIVE yourself a break this week! You’ve been going at full speed and you need to shift down to a lower gear. Time is a luxury and it will be on your side this week. Kick oơ your shoes, enjoy a long afternoon nap, or curl up with a good book that you’ve been meaning to read. Soul Aƥrmation: I let the outer world and inner world change places this week. THIS week remember to pamper yourself by giving. To give with no expectation of receiving is truly a luxury of the joy Ƥlled spirit. The act of giving has a reciprocal eơect on those that it touches. So when you share your gifts know that as you do you are lavishing not only others but also yourself. Soul Aƥrmation: Giving is a luxury that a rich spirit can aơord. ROMANCE, friendship, family ties, no matter what you call it, love is indeed your special blessing this week. Allow yourself to show love and to be loved. Bless someone by sharing your love and you will be blessed in return. Soul Aƥrmation: Giving love is Ƥnding love. YOU’RE not usually a gambler but luck is with you as never before in recent months. You have the Midas touch this week. Buy a lottery ticket or make a wager. Gamble on love if you have that option handy. You can’t miss if you follow your instincts. Soul Aƥrmation: My hunches pay all day this week.

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Obama tapping Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx as transportation secretary Bඒ Jඎඅංൾ Pൺർൾ Associated Press

On Monday April 29, President Barack Obama nominated Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Anthony Foxx, a rising star in Democratic politics, to run the Transportation Department, a White House of¿cial said. Obama announced the nomination from the East Room of the White House Monday afternoon, according to the of¿cial, who requested anonymity because this

person was not authorized to publicly discuss the matter ahead of the president’s announcement. Foxx will be the ¿rst black nominee among Obama’s picks for open spots in his second-term Cabinet. The president has faced questions, including from the Congressional Black Caucus, about a lack of diversity in his ¿rst round of nominations after winning re-election. If con¿rmed by the Senate, Foxx would take over a department that {See ANTHONY FOXX, Pg. 9}

President Barack Obama looks toward Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Anthony Foxx, left, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, April 29, 2013, where he announced he would nominate Foxx to succeed Ray LaHood, center, as transportation secretary.

Jesse Jackson honored for Anti-apartheid work Bඒ Gൾඈඋ඀ൾ E. Cඎඋඋඒ NNPA Editor-in-Chief

PRETORIA, South Africa (NNPA) – Human rights activist Jesse L. Jackson has been presented the Companions of O.R. Tambo Award, the highest award a nonSouth African can receive, for his extensive efforts to help end apartheid in the country. Jackson, founder and president of the Chicago-based RainbowPUSH Coalition, accepted the award Saturday, April 27 from President Jacob Zuma at the Presidential Guesthouse here. Jackson’s wife, Jacqueline, and two of his children, Santita and Yusef, accompanied him to the capital city to accept the prestigious honor. The former aide to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was cited “for dedicating his life to challenge societ-

Jesse Jackson honored in South Africa. ies and governments to recognize that all people are born equal, and that everyone is in equal measure entitled to life, liberty, prosperity and human rights.” He was honored “For his excellent contribution to {See JESSE JACKSON, Pg. 11}

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Cal State University Long Beach targets closing of Africana Studies Department programmatic offerings, facilities and awareness on a national scale which has resulted in a learning environment that drew over 80,000 applications this year – the most of any CSU campus, President Alexander is engaging in efforts to reduce the offerings in Africana Studies.

ticultural character and instructive value of the total human experience. Thus, Africana Studies majors have The California State Univerbeen successful in a variety of ¿elds, sity at Long Beach (CSULB), under including education, law, politics, the direction of University Presiurban planning, business, governdent King Alexander, is seeking to ment, journalism, psychology, soeliminate the entire Department of cial work, criminal justice, acting, creative writing, and Foreign Service.” The implications of closing the Department of Africana Studies at California State University at Long Beach is reÀective of the current trend of turning back gains from the civil rights movement and can be far reaching as it pertains to college campuses throughout the United States. If California State University, Long Beach President Alexander King succeeds in eliminating the Department of Africana Studies, whose Dr. Maulana Karenga (far left), Professor and Chair of the Department of Africana chair is Dr. Maulana Karenga, Studies, Cal State University Long Beach addressing students and faculty on the founder of the holiday Kwancampus of Cal State University Long Beach for the “Teach-In on Defending the zaa which is celebrated by Africana Studies Department.” millions around the world, and author of numerous works Africana Studies and replace it as a “Our faculty and students are currently used as the foundational “program”, which will result in the engaged in a critical struggle in op- teaching for Introduction to Black considerable downgrade in class of- position to the dean’s proposal to History, then Black/African Studies ferings, degree opportunities and the downgrade the Department of Af- Departments in our nations’ uniability to reÀect diversity on the uni- ricana Studies to a program here at versities may more easily suffer the versity campus. California State University--Long same fate. This proposal comes after eight Beach”, states Dr. Maulana KarenAdditionally concerning is the consecutive years of the administra- ga, Professor and Chair of the De- recent appointment of CSULB Prestion’s refusal to hire any new faculty partment of Africana Studies. ident King by the Louisiana State members in the Department of AfCalifornia State University at University Board of Supervisors to ricana Studies, whether as replace- Long Beach currently has ethnic/ become the system president of LSU ments for exiting faculty, attrition for cultural Departments for American and chancellor of Louisiana State retiring faculty or additional faculty Studies, American Indian Studies, University A&M (LSU). Alexander for the increased student population. Asian American Studies, Chicano was quoted as saying, “my tenure as Regular and repeated requests for & Latino Studies, Italian Studies, president of Cal State Long Beach maintaining the original levels of Latin American Studies, Medieval has prepared me to assume the role faculty were ignored and the faculty & Renaissance Studies and Rus- as the head of the Louisiana State decreased from ten (10) tenure/ten- sian & East European Studies. The University system.” Alexander was ure track faculty to three (3), with elimination of Africana Studies rep- also quoted as saying “the challengtwo (2) more faculty members in the resents a clear assault on and chal- es facing LSU are similar to those in gradual retirement program who do lenge to the integrity, viability and California and elsewhere.” not count for calculating and deter- vitality of Black/Africana Studies as Alexander will remain presimining Departmental status rather a department and discipline. dent of CSULB through June and than Program status. The CSULB website regarding will participate in the 2013 CSULB The reason given for this pro- the Department of Africana Stud- graduation ceremonies. In a March posed downgrade is that the Depart- ies states in part that “The Africana 2013 press release President Alexment has an insuf¿cient number Studies major is designed to provide ander was quoted as saying, “I look of tenured faculty members. Dr. students with a rich intellectual ex- forward to continuing my work at Karenga states that “it is the height perience through the critical and Cal State Long Beach over the next of injustice to refuse to hire…and systematic study of African peoples, few months. I am especially excited then penalize the Department for the Continental and Diasporan, in their to be a part of this year’s upcoming university’s failure to hire. It is also current and historical dimensions. commencement ceremonies where a reÀection of the level of support The Discipline of Africana Stud- I will have one more opportunity for diversity, although it is stated as ies focuses on critical study from to shake the hand of every 2013 a central part of the university’s mis- an Afrocentric or African-centered CSULB graduate and wish them sion.” perspective, while retaining a re- success.” An interim president will While CSULB has increased its spect for and openness to the mul- be appointed upon Alexander’s deBඒ Rൾඏ. Eඋංർ P. Lൾൾ LAWT Contributing Writer

parture, and the Chancellor and CSU Board of Trustees will begin a national search for a permanent replacement. According to Senate Policy Statement 95-19, 2.1, the administration can waive the number


requirement in “exceptional instances”. Dr. Karenga states “this is clearly an exceptional instance for waiver, given the arguments for the importance of Africana Studies to the educational mission, the particularity of the faculty number rule itself to CSULB, i.e., it is not CSU system-wide, and the fact that the administration itself is the cause of the decline in the number of faculty by refusing to hire any Africana Studies faculty for eight consecutive years, even for replacements.”



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Community rides for peace

Deputies allege White supremacist inmates hold power in L.A. Sheriff ’s Department Cංඍඒ Nൾඐඌ Sൾඋඏංർൾ

Peace Riders gather at the infamous Florence and Normandie intersection to commemorate the 21st Anniversary of the 1992 L.A. Rebellion. 21st anniversary of the 1992 L.A. Rebellion, also known as the “Rodney King riots.” The area erupted into civil unrest after a predominantly White jury acquitted three of the of¿cers (and deadlocked on one) who were videotaped beating King, a Black motorist. The cyclists, which included Min. Tony, Reverend Alfreddie Johnson, founder of the World Literacy Crusade in Compton, community activists, and several other Christian pastors, handed out Million Man March Pledge brochures and the Way to Happiness booklets, which are guides to better living. The infamous intersection seemed to transform into a great portrait of cooperation between the police, the city, and a people longing for peace. “It’s an important thing. We always promote peace and there’s a lot of violence going on. I’ve lost club members to gang violence and {See PEACE RIDERS, Pg. 10}

Two deputies are suing sheriff’s of¿cials, alleging that white supremacist gang inmates are being utilized to assault jail personnel who have fallen into disfavor with supervisors, according to court papers obtained Friday April 26. Deputies Michael Rathbun and James Sexton

said. “We look forward to telling the whole story, and when the story is told and the complete picture put forth, we believe the department will be vindicated.’’ Rathbun and Sexton say they worked in Operation Safe Jails, a unit that uses informants to help prevent gang violence in the jail

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April 28 marked the seventh month that religious leaders, motorcycle riders, low-riders and community activists have united to spread their message of peace throughout South L.A. neighborhoods and the rides keep getting better and better, participants say. Donning signature protective helmets and leather jackets identifying each of their clubs, the riders began their mobile campaign for peace

at the Magic Johnson Park in South Central Los Angeles. “The signi¿cance of peace is the void which our community needs. What the ride is doing is ¿lling in a vacuum that people are longing for within ourselves, because we have been under the stench of self-hatred for 400 years,” said Student Minister Tony Muhammad, Nation of Islam Western Region Representative and a co-host of the Peace Rides. “Now to see peace being promoted on the fringes of a 40-year gang war actually answers the cries and prayers of all the mothers who’ve lost their children to gang violence,” Minister Tony added. At one point during the ride, hundreds of bikers converged on the intersection of Florence and Normandie. Traf¿c backed up with motorists who drove by, blowing their horns, and throwing up the peace sign. The caravan stopped at Florence and Normandie to commemorate the

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allege that Sheriff Lee Baca, outgoing Assistant Sheriff Paul Tanaka and others “use these jail gangs as proxies or agents to retaliate against other (Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department) deputies and inmates. Within these inappropriate alliances, the gangs are given certain privileges that are otherwise legally precluded from them.’’ The federal complaint, which also names as defendants Lt. Greg Thompson and “Detective Perkins,’’ seeks damages on allegations of retaliation, constitutional violations, malicious prosecution, conspiracy and harassment. Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said the lawsuit ¿led last week lacks merit. “We don’t believe this is grounded in fact,’’ Whitmore

system, and were supervised by Thompson. The two deputies allege that in August 2011, they were ordered by Baca and Tanaka to “transfer and hide’’ inmate Anthony Brown from the FBI “in an effort to obstruct a federal investigation.’’ The plaintiffs claim their superiors often ordered them “to engage in activities meant to keep the FBI out of the jails.’’ Rathbun and Sexton allege that when they reported their concerns to the FBI, they were verbally abused and threatened by members of the sheriff’s department who were involved with white supremacist inmates. Sheriff’s personnel, “using jail gangs as their agents, labeled Rathbun and Sexton as ’race traitors,’ the lawsuit states.

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A new front for gun background checks: the ballot Proponents of background checks for gun sales are exploring ballot options Bඒ Mං඄ൾ Bൺ඄ൾඋ Associated Press

After struggling to sway both state and federal lawmakers, proponents of expanding background checks for gun sales are now exploring whether they will have more success by taking the issue directly to voters. While advocates generally prefer that new gun laws be passed through the legislative process, especially at the national level, they are also concerned about how much sway the National RiÀe Association has with lawmakers. Washington Rep. Jamie Pedersen, a Democrat who had sponsored unsuccessful legislation on background checks at the state level, said a winning ballot initiative would make a statement with broad implications. “It’s more powerful if the voters do it — as opposed to our doing it,” Pedersen said. “And it would make it easier for the Legislature to do even more.” Recently, proponents of universal background checks in Washington will announce their plan to launch a statewide initiative campaign that would require the collection of some 300,000 signatures, according to a person involved in the initiative planning who spoke on condition of anonymity so as not to pre-empt the of¿cial announcement. The Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility has scheduled a fundraiser in Seattle at the end of next month and hopes to have a campaign budget in the millions of dollars. Ballot measures may be an option elsewhere, too. Hildy Saizow, president of Arizonans for Gun Safety, said an initiative is one of the things the group will be considering as it reconsiders strategies. An organizer in Oregon was focused on the Legislature for now but wouldn’t rule out a ballot measure in the future if lawmakers fail to pass a proposed bill there. While advocates have had recent success on background checks in places like Connecticut and Colorado, they’ve been thwarted in some other states and in Congress. The U.S. Senate rejected a plan to expand background checks earlier this month, although lawmakers in the chamber are still working to gather additional votes. Brian Malte, director of mobilization at the national nonpro¿t lobbying group Brady Campaign to

Prevent Gun Violence, said passage through Congress is the ideal in order to have a national solution and so that states with strong gun laws aren’t undermined by nearby states with weaker standards. He noted that initiative campaigns are costly endeavors that can drain important, limited resources. Still, Malte said, the ballot measures are an option to consider. “At some point, certainly decisions need to be made about what the right time is to say we take it to the people,” Malte said. Brian Judy, a lobbyist who represents the NRA in Washington state, did not return calls seeking comment about the new initiative. He has previously said the NRA would likely oppose such an effort, arguing that the recently proposed laws on background checks would largely impact law-abiding citizens instead of the intended targets such as criminals and the mentally ill. Gun measures have had mixed results at the ballot. More than 70 percent of Washington state voters rejected a 1997 initiative campaign that would have required handgun owners to pass a safety course. After the Columbine High School massacre in 1999, voters in Colorado and Oregon approved ballot measures the next year to require background checks for buying weapons at gun shows. Following another massacre in Colorado earlier this year, state lawmakers approved a bill to expand background checks to private transactions and online purchases. A similar expansion plan in Oregon is stalled in the state Senate. Some states don’t see initiatives as a viable option right now. In Missouri, state Rep. Stacey Newman has been pushing for background checks with little success. While she spoke positively about the idea of a ballot initiative, she said there’s no serious consideration of it because of the cost and coordination required just to get it on the ballot. Instead, the supporters of background checks in the state are simply working to prevent NRA-supported legislation from passing the state’s General Assembly. “We’re continually on defense,” she said. Gun buyers currently must undergo a background check when they purchase a weapon from a federally licensed ¿rearms dealer but can avoid checks in most states by using private purchases, such as at gun shows.

In this Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 file photo, a Glock representative explains features of the Glock 37 Gen 4 .45 caliber pistol at the 35th annual SHOT Show, in Las Vegas. Washington state advocates believe polls show the public is suf¿ciently on the side of expanding background checks further. An inde-

pendent Elway Poll conducted two months ago found that 79 percent of registered voters in Washington state supported background checks

on all gun sales, including private transactions. That wasn’t enough to shepherd the bill through the Legislature. Even in the state House, which is controlled by Democrats, supporters fell short after an NRA campaign put pressure on some lawmakers. Pedersen had offered concessions through the process, including the option of sending the measure out for a public vote and exemptions for people who already have concealed pistol licenses or law enforcement credentials. Pedersen said he was working with the initiative organizers on language for the proposal, and he said the Legislature would ¿rst have another chance to adopt the measure early next year. If it fails among lawmakers again, the proposal would then automatically go to the ballot, where Pedersen said he welcomed a campaign competing against groups like the NRA. “I’m not afraid of it at all,” Pedersen said. “The public is really with us. It’s the right policy. I think it can be useful for further progress.”


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Kellita Smith discusses her new radio show, Lets Get Naked Naked,, her role on BET’s The First Family Family, and her advocacy against domestic violence. Those who know and love Kellita Smith as “Wanda Mac”, the hot wife who performed alongside the late Bernie Mac on Fox’s The Bernie Mac Show, will be happy to learn that the star is maintaining her staying power— both on and behind the screen. For starters she is producing quality media, with a new movie and radio show in the works. On screen she can be seen starring as the First Lady in BET’s newly acquired television series, The First Family. On the grassroots level, her advocacy against domestic violence is also noteworthy. “I came from a single parent home and I deƤnitely was exposed to violence,” Smith reveals solemnly. “I just recently did a PSA [Public Service Announcement] for One Billion Women Rising. As women we are beautiful in so many diơerent ways. Part of what I was able to do with this campaign was to really reveal a little bit about myself, because sometimes a lot of the roles I play allow me to be sophisticated or allow me to seem polished and reƤned. I’m playing roles where the marriages work. The truth of the matter is that I really come from the opposite.” Smith’s work with One Billion Women Rising, a women’s advocacy organization that focuses on domestic violence and rape, is of considerable importance to her for more reasons than one. The California native, who was raised in Oakland’s inner city, openly reveals that she fell

victim to domestic violence and molestation well beyond her adolescence, up until she was 24 years old. “I grew up without a father around pimps and hoes, dope dealers and athletes, so my self-image was being destroyed,” reveals Smith. “And if you never address the shame that is created from molestation, then as a woman it’s hard for you to realize your true value.” Smith credits acting with saving her life. Given that actors are constantly required to delve deep into the emotional realm, running away from one's own emotions is virtually impossible. Thus Smith believes that her personal tragedies are essentially her gifts that help to create more depth within her craft. Most recently her gift for acting has been put to use in the family-friendly television series, The First Family. Costarring alongside Christopher Duncan [The Jamie Foxx Show], who plays President Johnson, Smith plays First Lady Katherine Johnson. Given the green light to develop 104 episodes, the show follows an African American Ƥrst family through their day-to-day routines as they navigate life in the White House. Other cast members include Jackee Harry, Gladys Knight, and Marla Gibbs. “It’s a comedy but we also have to honor the fact that we do have a Black family in the White House, so it’s not corny. It’s representing them, but at the same time it’s giv-

ing you a little bit of art and also giving you jokes,” Smith shares. The humble yet ever provocative Smith also has a slew of behind the scenes projects in the works. Her reserved, albeit outspoken, charm has enabled her to create her own radio talk show called “Let’s Get Naked.” Soon to be online, the streamed show will feature Smith and three others as they discuss sex, love, relationships, and everything in between. She is also producing what promises to be an exciting Ƥlm, a work based on the story of a childhood friend she grew up with who was the youngest drug kingpin in Oakland. “I think that where you’re from is very essential to who you have an opportunity to become,” Smith reƪects. “Growing up in the inner city there were a lot of choices that did take me down a lot of diơerent roads, which is actually a good thing because you’re able to see that you can make better choices.” Smith’s current oơerings stand as evidence that she is indeed making good choices. In parting she leaves us with a quote from the 19th century theater director Constantin Stanislavski: “Love the art in yourself and not yourself in the art,” which she interprets as, “Don’t get caught up in rewards that art can give you; love the fact that you are a creator and that you are brilliant.”

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I think that where you're from is very essential to who you have an opportunity to become. ~Kellita Smith




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Coming out to a roar of approval L.A. NBA player declares he’s gay Bඒ Kൾඇඇൾඍඁ Mංඅඅൾඋ Assistant Managing Editor

Los Angeles native Jason Collins has been playing professional basketball for a dozen years with six NBA teams, but few knew who he was until this week when he told the world that he was gay. In a watershed moment for same sex relationships, Collins a sevenfoot reserve center who starred at Harvard Westlake High School and Stanford crafted an essay that will be published in Sports Illustrated magazine and appeared on its website revealing that he is gay. He became the ¿rst active professional athlete in the NBA, MLB, NFL or NHL to make such a profound declaration. The revelation drew praise from President Obama, former President Clinton, First Lady Michelle Obama, NBA Commissioner David Stern, NBA players, advocate organizations of same sex relationships and thousands of others. “The recent Boston Marathon bombing reinforced the notion that I shouldn't wait for the circumstances of my coming out to be perfect. Things can change in an instant, so why not live truthfully,” Collins told SI. I ¿rst met Collins and his twin brother who also plays in the NBA and is married with children, when they were teens playing AAU basketball and participating in the Slam ‘N Jam National Invitational Tournament more than 20 years ago. Both he and his brother have always been considered model citizens and good basketball players. Few if any doubted they would eventually become NBA players, but no one saw this bombshell coming. When I reached out to former local coaches and players they all declined to speak for the record, but voiced their shock. One prominent former collegian coach who recruited both the Collins twins said; “I’ve pretty much seen it all, but I never thought I would see this coming. There were never any indications that he could be gay and I have and still do think the world of their family.” Another former player whose brother played against Collins and his brother expressed his feeling this way; “Wow! I just don’t know what to say. What can you say?” Current NBA players Brook and Robin Lopez, each seven foot twins followed in the footsteps in the Collins twins to Stanford and looks up to both Jason and his brother Jarron.

Jason Collins said that he reached out to those close to him and informed them before it went public and according to multiple published reports it was a very emotional experience for him, but the support from his family and friends has been overwhelming. Among those was the woman who thought she would wed Jason. Carolyn Moos, a former Stanford and WNBA center, dated Collins for eight years and was to marry him in 2009 until he suddenly called it off with a month to go. She found out along with most others why just recently. His twitter account, which had 3,500, skyrocketed to 85,000 after he made his announcement on Monday April 29; by Tuesday April 30 he was on Good Morning America with an audience of millions. Lakers star Kobe Bryant tweeted; “Proud of @jasoncollins34. Don't suffocate who u r because of the ignorance of others #courage #support #mambaarmystandup #BYOU.” President Clinton tweeted; “I'm proud to call Jason Collins a friend.” Celtics coach Doc Rivers added in a tweet; Doc Rivers: “I am extremely happy and proud of Jason Collins. He’s a pro’s pro,” read Doc’s full statement. Former Westchester High and UCLA star and teammate of Jason with the Washington Wizards tweeted; “much respect to you. It takes a strong dude to be the ¿rst. You’re a hell of a professional and a hell of a teammate.” Another former local star, Baron Davis who grew up playing with and against the Collins twins before going on to star at UCLA and in the NBA for 13 seasons tweeted; “I am so proud of my bro for being real.” The subject matter of same sex lifestyle has always sparked a heated debate in the Black and Christian community and ESPN basketball analyst Chris Broussard put his job on the line vehemently stating his objection of Jason Collins. Speaking on ESPN's “Outside

the Lines,” the former New York Times writer said, “I'm a Christian. I don't agree with homosexuality. I think it's a sin, as I think all sex outside of marriage between a man and a woman is.” “If you're openly living in unrepentant sin... that's walking in open rebellion to God and to Jesus Christ,” he added. He also expressed some irritation that those who disapprove of homosexuality are, he says, labeled as intolerant and bigoted. Even the usually outspoken NBA analyst Charles Barkley was tame when it came to Jason Collins. “I've said this many times, we've all played with gay players,” said Barkley. “People should be able to disagree if they don't like it and not get cruci¿ed,” he said. Barkley added, “I didn’t care who Jason Collins slept with last night and I don’t care who he sleeps with tonight.” NFL players are already pushing back on the idea of an openly gay player playing in their league. Recently acquired Miami Dolphins receiver tweeted that with all of the beautiful women in the world he doesn’t understand it before the tweet was quickly deleted. Former Steeler and Super Bowl MVP Hines Ward added; “I don’t think football is ready, there’s too many guys in the locker room and, you know, guys play around too much,” Ward told NBC Sports Radio. NBA Icon Magic Johnson whose grown son is openly gay stated. “I know Jason and his family well and I support him 100%.” There are those too who went as far as comparing Collins’ pioneering effort to the great Jackie Robinson who integrated Major League Baseball, but the comparison is not fair to the legacy of Robinson. Robinson had no choice in the color of his skin and while carefully selected to become the ¿rst Black to play in the majors, it is not likely that Collins would endure the bigotry today as a gay man as Robinson did a Black man.

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Judge tosses defamation claims against Ebanks Cංඍඒ Nൾඐඌ Sൾඋඏංർൾ

A judge has given a series of legal victories to Los Angeles Lakers forward Devin Ebanks, tossing defamation claims ¿led by a woman who alleges he sexually assaulted her and denying her bid to pursue her case without revealing her true name. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Samantha Jessner said Ebanks’ lawyers demonstrated that their clients’ remarks on Twitter and verbally to others after the alleged incident were protected by his First Amendment rights and therefore issues of public interest. “The rape allegations at issue in this case were reported by various media outlets ... which reach a national audience,’’ Jessner wrote in

L.A. Lakers forward Devin Ebanks her seven- page ruling. “Based on the fact that (Ebanks) is a professional athlete, he is associated with the Los Angeles Lakers brand ... and the subject was covered in national media outlets, the court ¿nds that the public issue requirement has been satis¿ed.’’ Jessner drew an analogy to news generated when Kobe Bryant was also accused or rape. Those allegations were dropped by prosecutors in September 2004. “One cannot ignore the impact of a Lakers player accused of rape, no matter whether he is a widely known Lakers player or not, in light of the notoriety received when the most well-known Lakers player, Kobe Bryant, was previously accused of rape,’’ Jessner wrote. “Hence, the Lakers’ history vis-avis rape allegations is germane to

the analysis.’’ Jessner also awarded Ebanks $18,700 to compensate him for attorneys’ fees spent in ¿ghting the defamation claims. The woman sued Ebanks Dec. 6, alleging assault and battery, sexual assault, defamation and intentional inÀiction of emotional distress. Jessner’s rulings do not affect the plaintiff’s ability to move forward with her other claims against Ebanks. Until now, she has identi¿ed herself in her court papers as “Jane Doe.’’ Ebanks has denied the allegations, and the District Attorney’s Of¿ce found insuf¿cient evidence to prosecute him. According to the lawsuit, the alleged assault took place on Sept. 13, 2011, after the two met at The Colony nightclub in Hollywood. She claims she agreed to go to the Laker player’s Marina del Rey apartment on the condition they not have sex. The two began kissing, but after Ebanks began taking off her shorts and underwear, the woman objected and told him to stop, according to her court papers, which allege he then grabbed a condom and became sexually aggressive. “What’s the big deal, it’s just sex ... I’m on the Lakers,’’ her suit alleges Ebanks told her. An angry Ebanks later threw her keys, purse and shoes outside and pushed her out of his apartment, according to her court papers. The woman alleged Ebanks subsequently published false information about her on his Twitter account as well as to teammates and an acquaintance suggesting she had made up the rape allegations against him. She maintained in her court papers that Ebanks did not disavow allegedly false statements about her that were published in a celebrity website and therefore adopted them as his own. Jessner said Ebanks’ denial of the rape allegations “does not somehow become an af¿rmative statement that plaintiff falsely accused (Ebanks) of rape or (that she) falsely reported the rape to police.’’ In the other motion asking that her name by kept con¿dential, Ebanks’ lawyers argued that the woman did not have suf¿cient legal grounds for such protection and that permitting the aspiring lawyer to do so would compromise their client’s {See DEVIN EBANKS, Pg. 10}

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Rapper Chris Kelly of Inglewood native rises to the top the 90s duo Kris Kross ranks at Alvin Ailey has died at age 34 Bඒ Tඋඈඒ Tංൾඎൾඅ LAWT Contributing Writer

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Chris Kelly, half of the 1990s kid rap duo Kris Kross who made one of the decade’s most memorable songs with the frenetic “Jump,” has died, and authorities say they are investigating his death as a possible drug overdose. Investigator Betty Honey of the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s of¿ce said the 34-year-old Kelly was pronounced dead around 5:00 pm Wednesday, May 1 at the south campus of the Atlanta Medical Center. Cpl. Kay Lester of the Fulton County police said “it appears it may have been a possible drug overdose.”

mall. The duo wore their clothes backwards as a gimmick, but they won over fans with their raps. Their ¿rst, and by far most successful song, was “Jump.” The hit, off their multiplatinum 1992 debut album “Totally Krossed Out,” featured the two trading versus and rapping the refrain, the song’s title. The duo had surprising maturity in their rap delivery, though the song was written by Dupri. It would become a No. 1 smash in the United States and globally, and one of the most popular of that year. Their success led to instant fame: They toured with Michael Jackson, appeared on TV shows, and even had their own video game. The group was never able to

Feb. 23, 2013: Chris Kelly of Kris Kross performs on stage at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta during the So So Def 20th Anniversary Concert. An of¿cial cause of death is pending an autopsy. Kelly, known as “Mac Daddy,” and Chris Smith, known as “Daddy Mac,” were introduced to the music world in 1992 by music producer and rapper Jermaine Dupri after he discovered the pair in an Atlanta

match the tremendous success of their ¿rst song, though they had other hits like “Warm It Up,” and “Tonite’s tha Night.” Earlier this year, the group performed together to celebrate the anniversary of Durpri’s label, So So Def.

Anthony Foxx

Department Àexibility that allowed it to end the air traf¿c controller furloughs. The White House of¿cial said that as mayor, Foxx has experience in boosting transit infrastructure and using those projects to create jobs. He oversaw a program to create an electric tram service to Charlotte, an expansion of a light rail system and the opening of a third runway at the city’s airport.

{Continued from Pg. 2} has been at the center of Washington’s debate over the impact of the so-called sequester cuts. The automatic cuts resulted in furloughs for air traf¿c controllers that spurred delays at many airports. Congress reached a deal last week to provide the Transportation

When driving down Centinela, south from Florence, on the left side stands a stretch of grassy knolls and concrete pathways, lined with palms and unassuming greenery. Occasionally, kids will be seen running, playing, jumping, and living. What is in the future for those innocent faces and happy smiles? Glancing to the side, at the graf¿ti scrawled walls that read of gang slogans, it can be assumed that a limited future is in store for those inquisitive youths, searching for outlets for their boundless energy, darting between trees and running through the rolling landscape. It’s hard for some to imagine that this sanctuary, surrounded by a bustling city and roaring traf¿c contains a future lawyer, doctor or artist. It’s easy to assume the worst. That stretch of land is called Edward Vincent Park, named after the ¿rst AfricanAmerican mayor of Inglewood. If you looked back in time, back before the renaming in January of 1997, when the park was commonly known simply as ‘Centinela Park,’ one of those children that might be seen standing thespian-like on a bench, jumping, spinning, or dancing, might have been a future Alvin Ailey dancer named Matthew Rushing. In a brown, wood framed building containing a modest stage and seating for about 100, stands the Inglewood Playhouse, the place were a young, Jr. High School student ¿rst discovered his interest for the theater arts. Describing his time spent doing plays at the Playhouse with dance instructor Kashmir Blake, Matthew states, “At that point, learning about my history through the arts and being able to perform and articulate through a gift I was given, I felt like that was a peak in my life. I remember, I felt really complete, even as a kid, you know, when you feel like you haven’t learned that much? I felt like that was exactly where I was supposed to be. It was almost like the moment that you fall in love for the ¿rst time. [At the Inglewood Playhouse] I fell in love with performing and the performing arts.” An Inglewood native, Rushing attended La Tijera Elementary, and the Los Angeles County High School for the Performing Arts, where he honed his talents as a per-


former. Rushing describes himself as a “student of dance” who admits to getting started in dance by taking classes and training as a dancer after he was exposed to theater at La Tijera and eventually Alvin Ailey dancer, Matthew Rushing the Inglewood Playhouse. Rushing’s ¿rst dance teacher Kashmir Blake, created cho- at performing at the highest level. reography for students with little to “You see these athletes…you see no dance training and prepared them these people jumping and spinning for performances. “She [Blake] and turning, and using their bodies in knew we had passion,” explained an extreme way. At the same time, Rushing, “and she knew we were they are speaking to your heart,” said Rushing in a phone interview moldable.” At the tender age of 12, work- while preparing for the Ailey shows ing with Blake taught Rushing how in Berkley California, “That is what to use dance to express deep, emo- so awesome and beautiful about the tional topics such as drug addiction art of dance.” Joining Alvin Ailey Dance Comand how drugs effect you and those around you. This training in perfor- pany was a de¿ning moment for mance arts and dance led him to be Rushing who, although he had to work extremely hard, describes his journey to becoming a professional dancer as a “smooth,” with support from friends, family teachers and administration. “I couldn’t afford to Ày to New York for the [Alvin Ailey Dance Company] audition, so one of my dance teachers from the High School for the Arts Àew with me to Berkley, and came with me while I auditioned for accepted in the Los Angeles County the company.” That trip to Berkeley CaliforHigh School for the Arts and receive in-depth, classroom instruction in nia early in the year 1992, garnered classical ballet, modern, jazz and Rushing not only a scholarship traintraining in ethnic dances such as ing with Alvin Ailey, but a place on East Indian. “When I look back, I’m the training company that came with really grateful for [the time spent a job after he ¿nished high school with Blake],” said Rushing, “Be- within the segment of the Alvin Aicause I had a huge understanding of ley Company called ‘Second Company,’ now called ‘Ailey II.’ performing, ¿rst.” Normally a dancer trains in Ai“I think the discipline of dancing is one of the most important disci- ley II for two years, but Rushing’s plines, I feel, as far as getting control extreme talents and hardworking of mind, body and soul,” says Rush- mentality allowed him to be accepting, “I say that, because I often tell ed into the Ailey Company after one allot of people that even if you’re year, something that Rushing called, not interested in becoming a dancer, “totally unexpected.” “I’ve had so many ful¿lling motaking dance is very important, because it teaches you certain skills ments with Ailey, it’s hard to say,” and certain ideas about will power recalls Rushing, “My ¿rst time gothat you probably wouldn’t learn do- ing to South Africa, was one of my ing anything else. With dance, you proudest moments as an artist, as have this idea of being disciplined a dancer, as a person. We went to physically, but you have to add your South Africa to perform in Johanemotions to it. You have to add ex- nesburg, but part of our purpose for going there was to make sure we had pression to it.” Rushing goes on to describe a huge hand in the out-reach. We how dancers must combine both the went to the local townships and gave physical aspects of being an athlete, master classes and lecture demonthe discipline of bodily control, and strations.” Rushing goes on to dewillpower with being a creative art- scribe the participants, who walked {See DANCER, Pg. 11} ist in order to be truly successful



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Learning to teach students how to learn Bඒ Jඎඅංൺඇඇൾ Mൺඅඏൾൺඎඑ NNPA Columnist

African American students achieve at a different level than White students. Test scores are lower, as are high school and college completion rates, and the number of African Americans attending fouryear institutions is falling. The rate of African American suspensions and expulsions from K-12 schools is higher than that of other groups. By almost any metric there are gaps between African American students and White or Asian students (Latinos achieve at about the same rate as African Americans). Why does this happen? The late sociologist John Ogbu hypothesized that the gap was the result of young African Americans thinking that learning was “acting White.” His theory was batted around as if it were fact, even after Duke economist William Darity refuted the Ogbu theory. Why? Because it ¿ts somebody’s stereotype to describe African American youngsters as culturally alienated from the mainstream, so much that they eschew the very institution that could be a bridge for them into the middle class. Given the history of African Americans and education; it is hard to swallow these stereotypes. Some states had laws on the books to prevent African Americans from learning to read and write in the preCivil War period. Both White and Black people risked Àogging, ¿nes and other penalties for “teaching a slave to read.” Millions of African Americans sacri¿ced for the right to be literate, and ensured that their children would also have opportunities by baking cakes, frying chicken, and raising a few dollars to get to college by whatever means necessary. At the beginning of the 20th century, the only colleges open to African Americans were historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), and we went despite the obstacles. Our presence rejected the notion that learning was “acting White.” In fact, we were acting learned and literate. Still, it is in the interest of some to continue that stereotype. You’ve heard the adage that if you don’t

want an African American to know something, just hide it in a book. That kind of ignorance is the very reason that African American people were able, during the Civil War, to spy on Confederates who thought they were only illiterate enslaved people. That is why Mary Ellen Pleasant was able to eavesdrop on conversations on stock and turn them into wealth. Those who write about the achievement gap ought not underestimate African Ameri-

Julianne Malveaux cans. Where does the achievement gap come from, then? It comes from the opportunity gap. The average African American household) earns $31,000 a year, compared to $51,000 for Whites. Fifty-one thousand ($51,000) can buy a lot more opportunity than $31,000 can. If income determines housing clusters, neighborhoods with a $51,000 mean income have better schools and more involved parents than the $31,000 neighborhood does. Closing income gaps closes opportunity gaps, according to a Ford Foundation-sponsored book written by Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond, an Obama education adviser. She says poverty and segregation means that some students attend schools that have fewer resources than others. Indeed, inner city high schools are less likely to offer Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) classes. Sometimes when these courses are available in suburban high schools, African American students are discouraged

from taking them. Ivory Toldson, a professor at Howard University and a contributor to the Root also refutes the notion that African American students think learning is “acting White.” Most African American students, he says, are interested in attending college but may not because of cost factors. He also says that academic support should be provided to all students, and that the way to close achievement gaps is to “reduce racial disparities in income and to increase equity and inclusion in education.” For a great deal of students the issue is not “acting White,” but being connected to educational options and outcomes. One of the more important factors in student achievement is parental involvement, yet many parents ¿nd themselves “too busy” or too uninformed to interact with teachers. One study says that parents don’t necessarily have to help with homework, but simply to reinforce that homework should be done, and to be inquisitive about it. Unfortunately, many parents, frustrated with the school system, write it off. Further, too many of our community organizations don’t suf¿ciently emphasize education, or if they do, don’t get into the “down and dirty” of it, preferring to raise much-needed scholarship funds than to take a young person by the hand and guide them through next steps to education. The majority of African American students are still ¿rst-generation college students. They aren’t always sure what next steps are, and they often need help maneuvering through a system with which their parents have no familiarity. Too many smart students don’t have the parental and societal support, they need to achieve. The United States falls way behind the rest of the world when we don’t value students who have the potential to be high achievers, regardless of race or ethnicity. We further disservice ourselves as a nation when we fail to value those who have the intelligences to change our world. ƒ Julianne Malveaux is a Washington, D.C.-based economist and writer. She is President Emerita of Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, N.C.

Peace Riders

{Continued from Pg. 4} just violence period, so anything to promote, for us to get out for a good cause, I’m all for it,” said Lil’ Moe of the Street Heat Riders motorcycle club, when interviewed during a previous ride. He said his club always practices safety and to obtain peace throughout L.A. County and worldwide, he feels there must be a starting point. When he heard Min. Tony speak about the rides, he was all for it, he continued. Approximately 22 bikers with the Street Heat Riders have participated in the rides, according to Lil’ Moe. “My club was behind me so we’re putting our best foot forward to promote peace,” he added. The caravan also stopped at Jesse Owens Park before ending their journey at Leimert Park. They were treated to a Hip Hop concert in front of the historic Vision Theatre. “There was a lot of love and unity,” an unidenti¿ed woman stated, amid the sound of roaring bikes and music blasting from loud speakers. “It felt very spiritual. It was very engaging to see so many races of people standing in love and unity for one common cause, so we can live in peace together,” she said. Rain or shine, they’ve conducted the rides since October 2012,

Devin Ebanks

{Continued from Pg. 8} ability to defend himself. Jessner, while sympathetic to the plaintiff, said that “generalized fears of ridicule, embarrassment or scrutiny’’ were not enough to allow the woman to proceed with a pseudonym. “The court recognizes the dif¿culty that this situation presents for plaintiff,’’ Jessner wrote. “Unfortunately, the once incident described is attenuated in time and there is simply no persuasive evidence that her career in the law will suffer as a result of the disclosure of her name.’’ In a sworn declaration submitted in support of her position, the plaintiff said she was “depressed and vulnerable’’ since the alleged assault and that she has a hard time not thinking about it. “I fear that I will fall apart if the public gets a hold of my true name and I get verbally, physically and emotionally attacked,’’ she stated in her declaration, adding that comments on the Internet in reaction to her suit have been “vitriolic and threatening. Already I am made to be an evil woman.’’ The woman maintains that

Thursday, May 2, 2013 in commemoration of the historic Million Man March: Holy Day of Atonement, according to Min. Tony. The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam, called one million Black men to Washington, D.C. to atone and pledge to be better fathers, husbands, and stewards in their communities. The Peace Rides are an extension of that atonement. They stem from Minister Farrakhan personally leading Black men in the Nation of Islam into the streets of Chicago, across America and abroad to help stop violence and restore peace, Min. Tony informed. The Peace Rides are also a build up to the United in Peace Festival, which is slated for some time in October. In 2012, during a weekend of hot violence, Min. Tony informed, he received a call from radio talk show host, Big Boy of Power 106 FM. They discussed Min. Tony’s idea of the Peace Rides and planning for the UPFest and the rides began, according to Min. Tony. “We have all religions, different gangs, different colors of people riding for peace, going throughout some of the inner cities ... To bring peace and harmony and then ending up in a park with a concert for families, so we’re very excited and pleased that this movement is taking on a life of its own,” said Rev. Johnson about the rides. through anonymity, she has been able to “shield myself somewhat because I am not known as the person that has accused (Ebanks), a Laker NBA player, of rape, whose criminal complaint was not upheld by law enforcement, and now the woman bringing the lawsuit.’’ The plaintiff says the “public interest is served if people like me, facing a relatively more powerful, rich and famous adversary, can bring litigation without fear of public disdain, intrusion of privacy and physical violence, among others.’’ But Ebanks’ lawyers argued in their court papers that the law does not permit people to proceed with civil cases under assumed names just to avoid “scrutiny in the media’’ which “could cause embarrassment’’ to litigants. “Plaintiff, a recent law school graduate, is merely speculating that she may have dif¿culty ¿nding employment in her new legal profession if her identify is revealed,’’ Ebanks’ lawyers stated in their court papers. Prosecutors in December 2011 cited a lack of corroborating evidence for their decision not to prosecute Ebanks. The Lakers chose the 23-year-old Ebanks as the 43rd overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft.

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Jesse Jackson

{Continued from Pg. 2} the ¿ght against apartheid.” The award was named after Oliver Reginald Tambo, the former chairman of the African National Congress (ANC) who helped end White minority rule in South Africa 19 years ago. The award is presented annually to “eminent foreign nationals for friendship shown to South Africa.” The of¿cial description of the award says recipients are “concerned primarily with matters of peace, cooperation, international solidarity and support and is integral to the execution of South Africa’s international and multinational relations.” The of¿cial program notes, “Jackson ¿rst visited South Africa in 1979 following the death of Steve Biko. He attracted huge crowds at his rallies in Soweto, where he denounced South Africa’s oppressive system of apartheid… Upon his return to the United States, Jackson intensi¿ed efforts to mobilize opposition to the ‘terrorist state’ of South Africa and reshape U.S. policy on the country. “From the outset, Jackson strongly opposed President Ronald Reagan’s policy of constructive engagement with the apartheid regime. He worked tirelessly to mobilize public opposition to the USA’s stance. Jackson entered the 1984 Presidential race with the antiapartheid struggle at the center of his foreign policy agenda.” The program recounted Jackson’s 1985 meeting with Pope John Paul II in which he invited the Pontiff to visit South Africa to help bring about majority rule. He also lobbied Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev to cut diplomatic ties to South Africa. In addition, Jackson urged the U.S. government to fund resisters. “He also called on Harvard and other universities to divest from South Africa,” the program stated. “In 1986, at the invitation of several African governments, Jackson led a delegation of activists, business representatives and academics to eight African countries, including the southern African ‘frontline states.’ The focus of the trip was to mobilize opposition to the apartheid regime.” A frequent traveler to the continent, Jackson was in South Africa on Feb. 11, 1990 when Nelson Mandela emerged from prison after a 27-year con¿nement. Mandela would play a key role in the peaceful transition from minority rule to a democracy, becoming the ¿rst Black African elected president of South Africa. In speeches here at universities, the U.S. Embassy and a Black church,

Jackson talked about his front-row seat to history and warned that although Black South Africans have ¿nally won their political freedom, the next goal should be eliminating economic inequity, considered the worst in the world. Also presented with a Tambo Award was Percival Patterson, former Prime Minister and ex-chairman of the People’s National Party (PNP) in Jamaica. Patterson was cited “For his support of the ANC and exceptional contribution to the struggle for liberation and a democratic South Africa.” The of¿cial program noted, “A passionate opponent of apartheid, he was an ardent supporter of South Africa’s liberation movement. In 1987, during the time Patterson was the chairman of the PNP and Michael Manley was its President, the ANC was invited to attend the PNP’s Founder’s Day banquet celebrating the 15th anniversary of Jamaica’s independence. Then president of the ANC, Oliver Tambo, addressed the occasion in Kingston, Jamaica on 4 July 1987.” When Patterson was serving as Prime Minister, Nelson and Minnie Mandela visited Jamaica, where they received strong backing. Other Tambo award winners were: Dina Forti, who helped start an anti-apartheid movement in Italy and Enuga Reedy, former head of the United Nation’s Center Against Apartheid. Winners – who were not allowed to give acceptance speeches – were presented a neck badge, a lapel rosette, a miniature medallion and a wooden ceremonial walking stick carved in the image of a mole snake. According to African mythology, the mole snake, called a majola, visits babies in the spirit of benevolence, protecting them from harm and preparing them for success in life. Jackson said in an interview, “I am overwhelmed with honor and appreciation. It represents momentum for our African-American struggle merging with the Free South Africa struggle. Both struggles were parallel.”


{Continued from Pg. 9} for hours along dirt roads with no shoes, just to participate in the classes and how they quickly picked up the moves and the choreography of Ailey’s ‘Revelations’ that was taught as part of the classes, despite most of them not having experiences in traditional classrooms. “They performed as though they had choreographed the work. It was mind blowing. I realized that because of what they were going through, their spirits were much more mature than mine, and to see them ¿nd so much joy in something so simple, really blew me away.” A typical training day for Rush-

ing starts at 8:30 am, at the gym with cross training, weight lifting, biometrics, swimming and stretching. He also does lots of cardio to aid him in getting through those longer performances. After the gym, Rushing takes Company Class, a ballet or modern class that starts around 10:30 am. Then, he goes into rehearsal at 12:00 pm until 7:00 pm. Rushing plans to continue indefinitely with the Alvin Ailey Dance Company and continue with his promotion as ‘Rehearsal Director’ for the Ailey Company. “I’m still trying to ¿nd myself in it, and [¿guring out] how to become completely devoted to the dancers and still be completely devoted as a performer. Ailey is my home. I enjoy teaching, choreographing, and helping other

artists, younger dancers, and even more mature dancers become better artists has become a new passion of mine.” Rushing has had a incredible career with the Alvin Ailey Dance Company. His many accomplishments include a Spotlight Award, Dance Magazine Award and he was named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts. He became Rehearsal Director for the Ailey Company in June 2010. He has choreographed many Ailey performances and plans on creating more. For more information on Alvin Ailey Dance Company go to www. The Inglewood Playhouse is located on Warren Lane and Centinela in Edward Vincent Park, (310) 412-5451.


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05/2013 happening this month

L.A. Watts Times Calendar ƒ Compiled by Brandon I. Brooks, Managing Editor This Week

May 5 “ASK THE DOCTOR”: Great Beginnings for Black Babies will oơer participants an opportunity to “Ask the Doctor,” when Dr. Anjanette Hogan speaks during its Sister to Sister session. WHEN: 10 a.m., Friday, May 3. WHERE: L.A. Care Family Resource Center, 3111 W. Century Blvd., Inglewood. A general pediatrician with her own practice as well as practicing at the Kaiser Permanente Bellƪower facility, Dr. Hogan will address common childhood illnesses and diseases, as well as the impact and eơectiveness of vaccinations. Participants also will be allowed to ask questions. Held on the Ƥrst and third Fridays of each month, the free Sister to Sister sessions actively engage group discussion around other topics including “Recognizing the Signs of Domestic Violence,” “Building Healthy Relationships,” “Communication: One on One,” “The Art of Mutual Respect,” and more. To participate or to obtain additional information contact Cecie Trujillo at (310) 677-7995.

May 4 LET’S STOP THE VIOLENCE: THESE HANDS MEAN MORE: West Angeles CDC is hosting the “Let’s Stop the Violence: These Hands Mean More” youth summit. This event is centered on heightening awareness around teen domestic violence and cultivating healthy relationships. West Angeles CDC is proud to announce Entertainer, Entrepreneur, and Philanthropist, Romeo Miller, as the Keynote Speaker. Romeo has sold over 10 million records as a multiplatinum music artist. He has been awarded an American Music Award and a Grammy. Romeo has dedicated his life to giving back and helping at-risk youth with his foundation Urban where he travels around the country visiting schools and community centers speaking to the younger generation about the importance of education and making good choices in life, staying oơ drugs and out of gangs. Additionally, his foundation gives scholarships and school supplies at the beginning of every school year. WHEN: Saturday, May 4, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. WHERE: West Angeles Villas Community Room 6030 Cren-

shaw Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90043. For more information please contact Irvin Shannon at the West Angeles Community Development Corporation (323) 751-3440. The American Diabetes Association Los Angles EXPO: The American Diabetes Association EXPO is a FREE event for everyone! Visit the EXPO Los Angeles and share in the experience! This year we expect 10,000 attendees to participate in cooking demonstrations, get health screenings, learn about new products and get the information needed to better manage and prevent diabetes and its complications. Come to the EXPO and be part of the Stop Diabetes® movement. The FREE health screenings include: glucose (diabetes), vision, hemoglobin (A1C), foot, blood pressure, cholesterol, dental, and BMI. WHERE: Los Angeles Convention Center 1201 South Figueroa St., 90015. WHEN: Saturday, May 4th. WHY: With nearly 26 million children and adults aƫicted with this disease in the U.S. and an additional 79 million at risk for type 2 diabetes, diabetes has reached epidemic proportions. If current trends continue, one in three American adults will have diabetes by 2050. For more information visit

May 5 THE LINCOLN UNIVERSITY CONCERT CHOIR SPRING 2013 TOUR: Church of the Redeemer invites you and your family. WHEN: Sunday, May 5, 10:30 a.m. WHERE: 900 E. Rosecrans Avenue (Between Avalon & Central), L.A., CA, 90059. For more information contact Marian Battle (310) 537-1372.

May 5 - 11 THE KING CENTER IMAGING PROJECT: Hundreds of digitally preserved speeches, sermons and correspondence of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be on view as part of an unprecedented eơort to showcase the work of the civil rights leader. With the help of JPMorgan Chase and The King Center in Atlanta, a team of more than 300, including U.S. veterans and students, have digitized more than 200,000 pieces of paper, including Dr. King’s I Have a Dream

speech, the Letter from Birmingham Jail and his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech. Those documents are now travelling around the country, in an interactive display called The King Center Imaging Project. WHERE: California African American Museum (CAAM) located at 600 State Drive, Exposition Park, 90037. Parking is $10 located in the lot adjacent to CAAM, at 39th and Figueroa Street. WHEN: May 5 -11. The museum will be closed on Monday, May 6th. This interactive booth encourages visitors to share their own dreams on an illuminated Dream Wall. More information and a full archive of the project are available at This event is free and open to the public. For more information on CAAM visit www. Up & Coming

May 11 A DIALOGUE WITH BLACK LA ȍDWBLAȎ: In anticipation of the upcoming May 21st Runoơ between LA Mayoral Candidates, Councilman Eric Garcetti and City Controller Wendy Greuel, community advocate and talk show host, Starlett Quarles, of THE Dialogue, in partnership with West Los Angeles College (WLAC), is hosting an event designed to bring members of Los Angeles’ Black community together to discuss how they can be a part of the new mayor’s agenda for the City of Los Angeles. Entitled “A Dialogue with Black LA (DWBLA),” this Civic Engagement Event will be free to the public and act as a catalyst for a new call to activism that is speciƤcally designed to bring about tangible, positive changes in LA’s Black Communities. In order to achieve this lofty and long sought objective, DWBLA Organizers understood that the community itself would have to be more engaged. Over 400 residents of Black LA will gather to hear experts discuss and address two (2) Black agenda questions: “What Should Black LA WANT?” and “What Does Black LA NEED To Do?” Each panel will host seven (7) community expert panelists each representing one of DWBLA’s Black Agenda Items: Economic Development, Education, Criminal Justice, Cultural Competency, Health, The Faith Community, and Political Accountability. Panelists include: Kwanzaa Founder and Creator, Dr. Maulana Karenga and Brotherhood Crusade’s President, Charisse Bremond-Weaver, on Cultural Competency; Councilwoman Jan Perry of the 9th Council District and Nolan Rollins, President of the Los Angeles Urban League, on Economic Development; and 54th District Assemblymember Holly J. Mitchell and Congresswoman Karen Bass,

on Political Accountability. The Moderators for the DWBLA Panels represent the next generation of Socially-Progressive Black Voices. The Moderator for Panel 1 is Brandon I. Brooks, Managing Editor of the L.A. Sentinel Newspaper and Managing Editor of the L.A. Watts Times Weekender; the Moderator for Panel 2 is Erin AubryKaplan, LA Times Contributor/Author; while the Mayoral Candidate Conversations will be moderated by Dialogue Host, Starlett Quarles. DWBLA concludes with Quarles conducting One-on-One Interviews on Political Accountability and the Agenda for Black LA with the Ƥnal two (2) Mayoral candidates. With Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel Ƥghting for the vote of LA’s Black Community, the goal of DWBLA’s Mayoral Conversations is to help answer the question: “Who Will Black LA Hold Accountable?” A small number of food vendors will be onsite, including Earlez Grille, Pucker UP Lemonade, and Oat-a-Mola Cookies. WHEN: “A Dialogue with Black LA” will be held on Saturday, May 11, from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. WHERE: West Los Angeles College, Fine Arts Theater, 9000 Overland Avenue, Culver City, CA 90230 (near Jeơerson). The event is free to the public. Space is limited. For more information, please visit: www.DWBLA. com or contact Steven Burt, Producer, at (310) 925-2815 or at dwbla2013@yahoo. com.







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