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Thursday, September 22, 2011
Thursday, September 22, 2011
SEPT. 22 - 28
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RIES ~ Before you spend your money check the quality of the goods. This rule applies to intangible goods as well. Make the first move with your honey this week. Be sweetly aggressive. Soul Affirmation: The enjoyment of good food is high on my agenda this week. AURUS ~ Let your creative juices flow. Advice from a child has a reward in it. On the job, coworkers will help you expand your sense of accomplishment. Only you can stand in your way. Soul Affirmation: I enjoy learning new things about myself this week. EMINI ~ Opportunity knocks this week, be ready and waiting. An old love resurfaces. This week is good for you financially. Look for a special opportunity at work. Families matter, spend time with yours. Soul Affirmation: I let myself experience my true ambitions this week. ANCER ~ Creativity comes from a deep source. Take the chance to pursue creative goals. Others will understand later. You and a child can come to an unmatched understanding. Soul Affirmation: I do not allow demands to be placed on me this week. EO ~ This week is a week to let your diplomatic side work for you. Forcing will get you nowhere. No man or woman is an island; focus on togetherness even if you are annoyed with people. Soul Affirmation: Charm is my middle name this week. IRGO ~ Take advantage of a burst of energy. Body and mind are in sync. Don’t take things too personally this week; you might get your feelings hurt. If you do, tonight is a great time to make up. Make the call. Soul Affirmation: My hunches are right often this week.
IBRA ~ You have wonderful ideas about interior decorating. Be ready to accept a great opportunity at work. Money doesn’t matter tonight; don’t make finances more important than they need to be. Soul Affirmation: I appear to others what I know myself to be. CORPIO ~ The influence of someone close can make all the difference in the world. Don’t go alone. Your achievements are closely tied to someone who might not have agreed with you in the past. Soul Affirmation: The grandeur of my presence reflects the sunshine of my soul. AGITTARIUS ~ You and your honey have so much to talk about — listen! He or she is trying to come out of a whole new bag. Accept! Change is a good thing this week. Expect to travel soon. Savor the thought. Soul Affirmation: What I’ve been waiting for has been here all along. APRICORN ~ If nothing much is happening on the job, remember that chilling is good sometimes. Use this week to return phone calls and answer letters. Be low key. Wonderful things flow from what you don’t do. Soul Affirmation: All things work together for good. QUARIUS ~ You can turn that obstacle into an opportunity at work. Check out the players carefully. Watch your back and hold your tongue around workplace rivals. Aggressively seek agreement. Soul Affirmation: The slowness of my week gives me time to refresh my energy. ISCES ~ Don’t let your outer space infringe on your inner peace. Control situations that might affect your ability to get that important job done. Remember people are only human. Soul Affirmation: I find many things about myself that I really love.
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Dr. Willie Underwood is a man on a mission — literally. At his day jobs, he works as a urologic oncologist, associate professor and cancer researcher at the prestigious Roswell Park Cancer Institute, and as clinical associate professor at the SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. As a volunteer for an international organization called IVUMed earlier this year, he paid his own fare Dr. Willie Underwood III to travel to a town in rural Nigeria. IVUMed works to improve Akporiaye, medical director/CEO at the health care around the world through Shawsand Medical Centre. We wanted projects that reflect its motto “Teach to help stimulate the efforts to improve cancer outcomes in Nigeria,” said Dr. one, reach many.” Willie Underwood came to Nigeria Underwood. “In Nigeria and many parts of the to teach. “This trip was the brainchild of Catherine R. deVries, president and world,” explained Dr. Underwood, “it See UNDERWOOD, page 4 founder of IVUMed, and Dr. Leslie
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Black Facts September 27, 1950 Ralph J. Bunche, director of the UN Trusteeship division and former professor of political science at Howard University, awarded the Nobel Peace prize for successful mediation of the Palestine conflict. He was the first Black to receive a Nobel citation. Source: blackfacts.com
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Stigma lingers in town infamous for dragging death JASPER, Texas (AP) — The bloodstains are long gone. So is the red paint investigators sprayed along a nearly 3mile stretch of bumpy asphalt on Huff Creek Road to mark the grisly final moments of James Byrd Jr.’s life.
to exorcise the perception of racism that's resurfaced recently with an attempt to oust three Black city council members who helped confirm a Black man as police chief. But residents, city leaders and even researchers who have
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This Aug. 25, 2011, photo shows the gravesite of James Byrd Jr. in Jasper, Texas. Lawrence Russell Brewer, one of two purported white supremacists condemned for Byrd’s death, was set for execution Wednesday. What remains are the scars from the hate crime more than 13 years ago that shocked the nation and branded this Texas town near the Louisiana border with a racist stigma after a Black man was chained to the back of a pickup truck and dragged to his death. Lawrence Russell Brewer, 44, one of two purported white supremacists condemned for Byrd’s death, was set to be executed Wednesday for participating in fastening Byrd to the truck, pulling him along the road and dumping what was left of his shredded body outside a Black church and cemetery. Brewer’s scheduled execution puts the spotlight back on a town still trying
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This undated photo shows Lawrence Russell Brewer, 44, one of two purported white supremacists condemned for the dragging death of James Byrd Jr. in Jasper, Texas.
studied the infamous community say the dragging death has given Jasper an unfair reputation. “The irony is how undeserved the label they got was,” said Cassy Burleson, a researcher at Baylor University who has been studying Jasper since the Byrd case. “Just looking at the facts, they were one of the most progressive communities in Texas.” Jasper, a town of about 7,300, where Whites comprise just under half the population, has no history of notable hate crimes before or since the dragging death that would be indicative of a racially insensitive town. Several Blacks have served in prominent positions, including mayor and school board president, and have held school board seats. The rest of the country perceived the town quite differently, fed in part by television footage of the Ku Klux Klan rallying on the courthouse square and the Black Panthers driving around town, both groups trying to recruit members. Neither recruited well in Jasper because the town “did not encourage that presence, buy into it or feed it,” said Mia Moody, Burleson’s research partner. Byrd’s brutal death put Jasper, a typical East Texas town with the obligatory Dairy Queen and Wal-Mart and a handful of fast-food places some 60 miles from the nearest interstate highway, under a national spotlight. “Everywhere you went, anywhere in the country, once people found out you were from Jasper, Texas, they wanted to ask you about it,” says Mike Lout, the mayor and owner of the town radio station. “Everybody first was shocked and appalled and not proud of it. They talked about it so much in the days past
it, I think most people wanted to put it out of their minds.” If Jasper was hoping to rehabilitate its sullied image, the squabble over the hiring of a Black police chief in April won’t help. Several rejected applicants have sued, alleging reverse discrimination, and three of the four Black council members who voted for the appointment are facing a recall election in November. Recall supporters say the chief was selected over more qualified applicants, including the former secondin-command who is White. “It’s heartbreaking,” said Billy Rowles, who was sheriff at the time of Byrd’s murder. “A lot of effort and hard work and soul searching went into trying to live down the stereotype. It’s so easy to get back into that mode.” Besides Brewer, who is scheduled for lethal injection Wednesday, John William King, 36, also was convicted of capital murder and sent to death row. His case remains under appeal. A third man, Shawn Berry, 36, received a life prison term. Testimony showed the three offered the 49-year-old Byrd a ride in Berry’s pickup truck early on June 7, 1998. Byrd wound up bound by his ankles with a heavy 241/2-foot logging chain attached to the bumper, bouncing from side to side as he desperately tried to limit his injuries by lifting himself. At a sharp left curve in the road, he whipsawed to the right and struck a concrete culvert. A pathologist testified Byrd had been alive until there, where he was decapitated. An investigator later would
AP Photo/Byrd Family Photo, File
James Byrd Jr., shown in this 1997 family photo, was tied to a truck and dragged to his death along a rural East Texas road in early June 1998 near Jasper, Texas. write on the road in spray paint: “Head.” Brewer told Beaumont television station KFDM from death row that he participated in the assault on Byrd but had “nothing to do with the killing as far as dragging him or driving the truck or anything.” He told the station his execution would be a “good out” and he’s
“glad it’s about to come to an end.” For Jasper, the stigma survives. “That’s what they recognize,” said Sheriff Mitchel Newman, who recently was arranging a business trip through someone in Colorado who mentioned the case. “I’ll be glad when it’s over. It’s not fair. It makes us look like idiots.”
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Norm Bond elected chairman, National Alliance of Market Developers (NAMD)
Assemblyman Isadore Hall receives rousing endorsements Hall announces he’s being supported by Speaker Pro Tempore Fiona Ma, Majority Leader Charles Calderon and Assemblyman Ricardo Lara WATTS TIMES NEWS SERVICE Compton, California – Speaker Pro Tempore Fiona Ma, Majority Leader Charles Calderon and Assemblyman Ricardo Lara today join a growing list of over 30 local elected leaders who are supporting Isadore Hall’s campaign for Congress in California’s 44th Congressional District. “I am proud to add my name to the growing list of legislators, local elected leaders and community members that are endorsing Assemblyman Isadore Hall’s campaign for Congress,” said Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore Fiona Ma. “Assemblyman Hall will go to Congress with a focus on creating jobs and protecting Medicare and Social Security. Isadore understands the needs of working families in his district.” “As majority leader of the California State Assembly, I have had the opportunity to work closely with Isadore Hall on a range of issues that improve the health and welfare of California families,” said Assembly Majority Leader Charles Calderon. “Isadore’s boundless
energy and detailed understanding of policy is a rare combination. He will be a difference maker in Washington, DC, and I am proud to endorse his campaign for Congress.” “The 44th Congressional District is a cultural melting pot that mirrors the diversity of our state,” added Assemblyman Ricardo Lara. “Isadore has served this district well as a school board member, city council member and Assemblyman, and he is the candidate best prepared to represent the variety of cities and populations that compose the district.” Hall is a former two-term president of the Compton Unified School District Board of Trustees. He was elected to the Compton City Council in 2003, where he served in various leadership positions, including Mayor Pro Tempore. Hall was elected to the California State Assembly in 2008 and served as assistant speaker pro tempore during his first term. He currently serves as a member of the Appropriations, Elections and Redistricting and Human Services
California State Assemblymember Isadore Hall Committees. He chairs the Assembly Committee on Government Organization. The youngest of six children, Hall was born and raised in the City of Compton. Hall holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, a master’s degree in management and leadership from the University of Southern California, a master’s degree in public administration from National University and will be conveyed his Ph.D. from Next Dimension Bible College later this summer.
PHILADELPHIA, PA (September 6, 2011) — The National Alliance of Market Developers, Inc. (NAMD) recently announced that Norm Bond has been elected as chairman of the board of directors for the organization. Bond, an entrepreneur and 20-year marketing veteran, is president of NORMBOND & Associates, a strategic marketing and consulting company. He is also the immediate past national president. Bond defeated Deborah Crable of Chicago for the position. Born in Philadelphia, PA, Bond is widely recognized as an international authority on marketing, corporate diversity, sales and multicultural issues. His specific marketing experience includes broadcast media, print, radio, electronic communications and live events. During his career in the NAMD, Bond served for eight years as president of the Philadelphia He’s Bond, Norm Bond: Newly elected NAMD Chapter and two years as the chair. national president. The election results were A total of 10 board members were announced at the NAMD Board of chosen by the membership to lead the Directors meeting following the organization for the next two years. NAMD 59th Annual National Board members elected include Conference, which was held at the National President Louis Hicks, Jr.; Schomburg Center for Research in National President-Elect Lamonia Black Culture in Harlem, New York. Brown; Secretary/Assistant Treasurer “There is an urgent need in society Vera Primus; Vice President of for the continued success and vitality of Communications, Christopher Mack; NAMD. I am ready to embrace the Vice President of Marketing, Ny challenge of directing the long-range Whitaker; and Directors Donna planning of this legacy organization,” Smith-Bellinger, Tiffany Ellzy and said Bond. Errol Muhammad.
UNDERWOOD Continued from page 2 might as well be the 1970s when it comes to prostate cancer. In the United States 35 years ago, the main way we diagnosed prostate cancer was to wait for men who came in complaining of bone pain. We didn’t have a way of diagnosing men before any clinical signs developed. If there were any symptoms, men usually ignored them, and so the disease would spread, and was usually incurable by the time we saw it.” Unfortunately, he said, medicine still looks like this in many parts of the world, including the country of Nigeria. At Shawsand, located in a town called Port Harcourt, they have well-trained surgeons, but were not performing radical prostatectomies (surgery to remove a diseased prostate). Nigerians who could afford it would travel to India, England or the United States for treatment. As a male African American physician, Dr. Underwood knows all too well the impact of prostate cancer on fellow African American men. It is easy to see why he is so passionate about his work and why he would travel halfway around the world to heal others. As a
grantee of the National Cancer Institute, he epitomizes the mission of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Travelling Medicine Man Dr. Underwood flew to Port Harcourt earlier this year on behalf of IVUMed to perform radical prostatectomy surgery on a local patient, and to confer with surgeons from across the country about the feasibility of creating a prostate cancer program in Nigeria that would improve prostate cancer early detection and survival for their countrymen. “It was important to respect their autonomy,” said Dr. Underwood. “I had to make sure they didn’t perceive me as the overbearing American expert who was going to dictate how things were going to be done. I knew that learning the technical surgery would be only a small part of the challenge. More important was shaping a context where the Nigerian physicians –– not some American –– would lead the changes necessary to create and maintain a successful prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment program.” See UNDERWOOD, page 15
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Study: Crime rose in LA near closed pot clinics BY GREG RISLING ASSOCIATED PRESS LOS ANGELES (AP) — A new study released Tuesday showed that when hundreds of medical marijuana dispensaries were closed last year in Los Angeles, crime rates rose in surrounding neighborhoods, challenging claims made by law enforcement agencies that the storefronts are magnets for crime. The report by the nonprofit RAND Corp. reviewed crime reports for the 10 days prior to and the 10 days after city officials shuttered the clinics last summer after a new ordinance went into effect. The analysis revealed that crime increased about 60 percent within three blocks of a closed dispensary compared to the same parameters for those that remained open. “If medical marijuana dispensaries are causing crime, then there should be a drop in crime when they close,” said Mireille Jacobson, a RAND senior economist and the study’s lead author. “Individual dispensaries may attract crime or create a neighborhood nuisance, but we found no evidence that medical marijuana dispensaries in general cause crime to rise.” Crime was among the concerns that prompted the City Council to pass the ordinance that put strict guidelines on the pot clinics and
forced many of them to close. Law enforcement authorities have long argued collectives attract crime because they often handle large amounts of cash and thieves can resell marijuana. Two workers at different dispensaries were killed during robberies in June 2010. Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca went one step further last September when he said nearly all dispensaries operate as criminal enterprises, a claim that infuriated medical marijuana supporters who have said law enforcement officials have resorted to scare tactics to advance their agenda. “They have perpetuated this myth that there is more crime associated with collectives,” said James Shaw of the Union of Medical Marijuana Patients, an advocacy group for medicinal marijuana users. “This council should be emboldened to revise the ordinance so it’s not so draconian to the patients and their associations.” Researchers looked at crime reports for 600 dispensaries in Los Angeles County — 170 that remained open and 430 ordered to close. They found that the further away from the clinics, the less crime there was: Within six blocks of a closed dispensary, crime rose by 25 percent and by 10 blocks there was no perceptible change in crime.
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The study said some of the factors for the increase may be because the storefronts had security cameras and guards and there was less foot traffic and fewer police patrols. The city attorney’s office called the study “deeply flawed.” “It relies exclusively upon faulty assumptions, conjecture, irrelevant data, untested measurement and incomplete results. The conclusions are therefore highly suspect and unreliable,” the city attorney’s office said in a statement. Councilman Ed Reyes called the report an “eye opener,” but said it was limited in its findings because it was conducted over a short period of time. “I think the study needs to continue because it’s a snapshot,” Reyes said. “It verifies how complex this issue is.” Legal challenges still remain over whether city officials have the right to close dispensaries since state law allows medical marijuana collectives. Marijuana is still illegal under federal law. A judge in December ruled certain portions of the city ordinance were unconstitutional. Council members amended the ordinance but a lottery that would allow 100 collectives to remain open has yet to be conducted.
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A Rand Corp. study finds no evidence that medical marijuana dispensaries in general cause crime to rise.
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Thursday, September 22, 2011
Bernice Are schools preparing King praises Black boys...for prison? mother’s devotion to Dr. King SPECIAL TO THE NNPA FROM THE ATLANTA DAILY WORLD BY KENYA KING
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Pointing out her mother’s strengths: Elder Bernice King.
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Perhaps if it were not for Coretta Scott King, there would be marginal remembrance of Dr. Luther King Jr. today. Elder Bernice King, the youngest of the King children, expounded a reminder of that possibility during her keynote address at the Women Who Dare to Dream event honoring women in the civil rights movement. The event was part of the King Memorial Dedication Week activities in Washington, D.C., in August; the dedication ceremony had been postponed because of Hurricane Irene. It has been rescheduled for Sunday, Oct. 16, and President Barack Obama will speak at the dedication. “Where would the world be without women who have dared to dream and women who have sacrificed and women who have often put their own dreams aside that the dreams that lie in the hearts of men might come to pass?” asked King. “The greatness of a man is usually because of the woman who walks by his side. This certainly was the case for Coretta Scott King … and we thank God for her laying the groundwork for this day.” The defining moment of Mrs. King’s efforts was in 1983 when President Ronald Reagan signed into law the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday, ensuring that Dr King would always be recognized on every third Monday in January. King explained that although others discouraged Coretta in her efforts, she never wavered and listened to a ‘higher calling.’ “Many told her, in fact, many men told her, ‘Stay home and raise your children and let the men do the job,’ said King. “But ladies, thank God that Coretta Scott King heard another voice … A voice that sounded forth from heaven that said ‘Coretta King, I have called you as Ester for such a time as this. You have come into the Kingdom and so go forth in the power of love. Go forth in the power of strength and lo, I will be with you until the end of your assignment’ … And so God stood with Coretta Scott King as she married that banner and championed that cause.” King also shared the story of when her parent’s home was bombed in 1956. Coretta was home with her first born, Yolanda, and Martin was away speaking at a mass meeting concerning the Montgomery Bus Boycott. “My father said my mother had an amazing calm about her at that time,” said King. When Coretta’s father, Obadiah Scott, came to get Coretta after the bombing, Coretta refused to go. “My mother looked at my grandfather and said, ‘Daddy, I’ve got to stay here with Martin.’” King’s notable preaching skills illuminated as she described how Coretta’s calm and steadfastness remained even
See KING, page 15
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Bryant Purvis, left, Dominique Sharpton (the Rev. Al Sharpton’s daughter) and Corwin Jones link arms after a march in support of the “Jena Six” in Jena, La., in 2007. The two men are two of the “Jena Six” — six black teenagers initially charged with attempted murder in the beating of a white classmate. BY STARLA MUHAMMAD SPECIAL TO THE NNPA A Chicago mother recently filed a lawsuit against the Chicago Board of Education, alleging a Chicago Public School security guard handcuffed her young son while he was a student at George Washington Carver Primary School on the city’s far South Side. In the lawsuit, filed Aug. 29, LaShanda Smith says the guard handcuffed her son March 17, 2010, which resulted in “sustained injuries of a permanent, personal and pecuniary nature.” According to media reports, Michael A. Carin, the attorney representing Smith, says the youngster was among several 6- and 7-year-olds that were handcuffed by the guard for allegedly “talking in class.” The students were also allegedly told they would never see their parents again and were going to prison. In a another incident April 13 of this year in Queens, New York, a 7year-old special education student in first grade was handcuffed and taken by ambulance to a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation after he reportedly became upset because he did not like the color of an Easter egg he decorated. The school says the child was spitting, would not calm down and was “threatening.” In New Orleans, Sebastian and Robin Weston were plaintiffs in a 2010 class action lawsuit, alleging their then 6-year-old son was handcuffed and shackled to a chair by an armed security guard after the boy argued with another student over a chair. “This must stop now. Our children are not animals and should not be treated this way,” Weston said in a statement. Are these incidents, in which young Black boys are treated like common criminals in America’s schools, subconsciously preparing them instead for life behind bars in the criminal justice system? “The school system has been
transformed into nothing more than a prison preparation industry,” says Umar Abdullah Johnson, president of National Movement to Save Black Boys. “The job of the school district is to prep the children for prison just like a chef preps his food before he actually cooks it,” Johnson, a nationally certified psychologist, told The Final Call. “Yes We Can: The 2010 Schott 50 State Report on Black Males in Public Education” states Black male students are punished more severely for similar infractions than their White peers. “They are not given the same opportunities to participate in classes with enriched educational offerings. They are more frequently inappropriately removed from the general education classroom due to misclassifications by the Special Education policies and practices of schools and districts,” says the report. In Chicago Public Schools, Black boys make up less than 25 percent of the student population but made up 57 percent of expelled students in 2009 according to Catalyst Chicago an online news magazine that reports on urban education. “In Chicago, Black boys are 51 percent of those suspended at the elementary level,” noted Catalyst Chicago. Johnson says a false image has been created that suggests Black boys are not interested in being educated, which is not true he argues. The emotional and psychological effects on a 6and 7-year-olds from unfair and outof-control disciplinary action like handcuffing is setting them up for criminality he explains. “The first thing that type of behavior does is it socializes the boy at a very young age into criminal consciousness. He is nurtured by the school into an understanding that his role in society is that of a criminal,” says Johnson, a Pennsylvania certified school principal, lecturer and motivational coach.
See PRISON, page 15
Thursday, September 22, 2011
US state executes man; supporters claim injustice BY GREG BLUESTEIN ASSOCIATED PRESS
AP Photo/Charles Dharapak
Demonstrators gather in front of the White House in Washington as they hold a vigil before the scheduled execution of death row inmate Troy Davis, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011. Davis is facing lethal injection for killing an offduty Georgia policeman in Savannah, a crime he and others have insisted for years that he did not commit.
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This Aug. 22, 1991 file photo shows Troy Anthony Davis entering Chatham County Superior Court in Savannah, Ga., during his trail in the shooting death of off-duty police officer Mark MacPhail. Davis has drawn a considerable amount of worldwide support, from the Vatican to the European Union, from President Jimmy Carter to Pope Benedict XVI. The NAACP has launched an "I am Troy" campaign, and a Change.org petition asking the five-member Georgia pardons board to spare his life has attracted more than 100,000 signatures.
Associated Press reporters Russ Bynum in Savannah, Kate Brumback and Marina Hutchinson in Jackson,
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demonstrators hugging, crying, praying, holding candles and gathering around Davis’ family. About 10 counterdemonstrators also were outside the prison, showing support for the death penalty and MacPhail’s family. Members of Davis’ family who witnessed the execution left without talking to reporters. MacPhail’s son and brother also attended. “I’m kind of numb. I can’t believe that it’s really happened,” MacPhail’s mother, Anneliese MacPhail, said in a telephone interview from her home in Columbus, Ga. “All the feelings of relief and peace I’ve been waiting for all these years, they will come later. I certainly do want some peace.” Of Davis’ claims of innocence, she said, “He’s been telling himself that for 22 years. You know how it is, he can talk himself into anything.” Davis’ execution had been stopped three times since 2007, but on Wednesday he ran out of legal options. The pardons board rejected him, and Georgia’s governor does not have the power to grant condemned inmates clemency. Davis’ supporters include former President Jimmy Carter, Pope Benedict XVI, a former FBI director, the NAACP, several conservative figures and many celebrities, including hip-hop star Sean “P. Diddy” Combs. The U.S. Supreme Court gave Davis an unusual opportunity to prove his innocence in a lower court last year, though the high court itself did not hear the merits of the case.
He was convicted in 1991 of killing MacPhail, who was working as a security guard at the time. MacPhail rushed to the aid of a homeless man who prosecutors said Davis was bashing with a handgun after asking him for a beer. Prosecutors said Davis had a smirk on his face as he shot the officer to death in a Burger King parking lot in Savannah. No gun was ever found, but prosecutors say shell casings were linked to an earlier shooting for which Davis was convicted. Witnesses placed Davis at the crime scene and identified him as the shooter, but several of them have recanted their accounts, and some jurors have said they’ve changed their minds about his guilt. Others have claimed a man who was with Davis that night has told people he actually shot the officer. The last motion filed by Davis’ attorneys in Butts County Court challenged testimony from two witnesses and disputed testimony from the expert who linked the shell casings to the earlier shooting involving Davis. Superior Court Judge Thomas Wilson and the Georgia Supreme Court rejected the appeal, and prosecutors said the filing was just a delay tactic. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, which helped lead the charge to stop the execution, said it considered asking Obama to intervene, even though he cannot grant Davis clemency for a state conviction. Press secretary Jay Carney issued a statement saying that although Obama “has worked to ensure accuracy and fairness in the criminal justice system,” it was not appropriate for him “to weigh in on specific cases like this one, which is a state prosecution.” Davis’ best chance may have come last year, in a hearing ordered by the U.S. Supreme Court. It was the first time in 50 years that justices had considered a request to grant a new trial for a death row inmate. The high court set a tough standard for Davis to exonerate himself, ruling that his attorneys must “clearly establish” Davis’ innocence — a higher bar to meet than prosecutors having to prove guilt. After the hearing judge ruled in prosecutors’ favor, the justices didn’t take up the case.
JACKSON, Georgia (AP) — Georgia executed a man for the murder of an off-duty police officer, a crime he denied committing right to the end as supporters around the world mourned and declared that an innocent man was put to death. As he lay strapped to a gurney in the death chamber Wednesday night, 42-year-old Troy Davis told relatives of Mark MacPhail that he was not responsible for his 1989 slaying. “I did not have a gun,” he insisted. “All I can ask ... is that you look deeper into this case so that you really can finally see the truth,” he said. He asked his friends and family to “continue to fight this fight.” Of prison officials he said, “may God have mercy on your souls. May God bless your souls.” Davis was declared dead at 11:08 p.m. The lethal injection began about 15 minutes earlier, after the Supreme Court rejected an 11th-hour request for a stay. “Justice has been served for Officer Mark MacPhail and his family,” state Attorney General Sam Olens said in a statement. The high court did not comment on its order, which came about four hours after it received the request and more than three hours after the planned execution time. Hundreds of thousands of people signed petitions on Davis’ behalf, and prominent supporters included an expresident and an ex-FBI director, liberals and conservatives. His attorneys said seven of nine key witnesses against him disputed all or parts of their testimony, but state and federal judges repeatedly ruled against him — three times on Wednesday alone. MacPhail’s widow, Joan MacPhail-Harris, said there was “nothing to rejoice,” but that it was “a time for healing for all families.” “I will grieve for the Davis family because now they’re going to understand our pain and our hurt,” she said in a telephone interview from Jackson. “My prayers go out to them. I have been praying for them all these years. And I pray there will be some peace along the way for them.” Davis’ supporters staged vigils in the U.S. and Europe, declaring “I am Troy Davis” on signs, T-shirts and the Internet. Some tried increasingly frenzied measures, urging prison workers to stay home and even posting a judge’s phone number online, hoping people will press him to put a stop to the lethal injection. President Barack Obama deflected calls for him to get involved. As many as 700 demonstrators gathered outside the prison as a few dozen riot police stood watch, but the crowd thinned as the night wore on and the outcome became clear. The scene turned eerily quiet as word of the high court’s decision spread, with
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L.A. Watts Times WEEKENDER
Learning to Cope with
Alzheimer’s disease WITH
MANY AND VARIED CRITICAL RESOURCES AVAILABLE, THERE IS HOPE FOR THOSE COPING WITH
One woman’s story, circa 2000 Mother: Daughter, I don’t think I should be driving anymore. Daughter: Why? Mother: …’cause today I went over to that Ralph’s on Overland and Jeơerson, and I couldn’t ﬁnd my car. Daughter: What! What happened? Mother: Your friend that works in your beauty shop — she saw me walking around in the parking lot, and she asked me if I was lost, then she helped me ﬁnd my car … I can’t remember her name. ‘That’s OK,’ her daughter thought. ‘So she got lost … Plus, she doesn’t know Shay very well … It’s no big deal,’ the daughter thought. ‘It’s just a little dementia. Her mother could not — she just could not have the ‘A’ word. And that’s how the journey started for one adult child. That incident was followed by the daughter’s and mother’s dentist (a friend of the family), who said to the daughter on her dental visit: “I think you oughta take your mom to the doctor.” “Why,” she asked? “Because of how your mom acted on her last dental visit.” How dare he say anything disparaging about her mom … until the daughter realized that her mom had also picked up a couple of new annoying habits: asking the same questions over and over … and talking about people and events from years ago as if it were yesterday. Curi-
ous … It took quite a while for the daughter to get over the sting of the dentist-friend’s words. But ﬁnally, she and her two siblings came to a realization: It’s time to take mom to Kaiser. Then came the diagnosis. Alzheimer’s disease. Our mother has Alzheimer’s. No, our mother has Alzheimer’s disease. Never in a million years would the daughter have thought that her 78-year-old mother, who’d grown up in the Deep South, overcoming multiple obstacles in order to get bachelor’s and master’s degrees, who’d taught ﬁrst grade in the inner-city for 40 years never could her sweet, kind, witty beautiful and petite mother, with no major illnesses, be aƫicted with dementia, let alone Alzheimer’s disease. ‘There’s no history of it in our family,’ she rationalized. It can’t be. Total denial. [In this scenario, the mother ultimately passed away from a major stroke, not Alzheimer’s disease — which some would say was a blessing in disguise.] This is just one story of many African American families coping with a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. What exactly is it? Alzheimer’s (AHLZ-high-merz) disease is a progressive and fatal disease that destroys brain cells. Today more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s. Initially, Alzheimer’s may cause problems with memory, thinking and behavior. It will gradually destroy a person’s memory and his or her ability to learn, reason, make judgments, communicate and carry out daily activities. Although symptoms can vary widely, the ﬁrst problem many people notice is forgetfulness severe enough to aơect their ability to function at home or at work, or to enjoy lifelong hobbies. The Alzheimer’s Association of Los Angeles (AALA) has identiﬁed 10 signs of memory loss. 1. Memory changes that disrupt daily life 2. Challenges in planning or solving problems 3. Diƥculty completing familiar tasks 4. Confusion about time or place 5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships 6. New problems with words in speaking or writing 7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps 8. Decreased or poor judgment 9. Withdrawal from work or social activities 10. Changes in mood and personality Anyone who is experiencing these symptoms should immediately see a doctor. There is currently no cure for the disease. But there is hope: As the AALA notes, research has shown that early diagnosis and eơective care and support can improve the quality of life for individuals, their family caregivers and the rest of their families over the course of the disease. Isn’t my mom “just senile”? or does she really have Al-
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zheimer’s disease, the daughter asked herself repeatedly? In the old days, people who exhibited some of the signs listed above were often deemed “just senile.” Properly diagnosed today, many undoubtedly would have been found to have some form of dementia. Dementia is a general term for a group of brain disorders that aơects memory, judgment, personality and other mental functions. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia, accounting for 60 to 80 percent of cases. The other 20 to 40 percent of cases include the following types of dementia: • Vascular dementia, which results from reduced blood ﬂow to the brain’s nerve cells. In some cases, Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia can occur together in a condition called “mixed dementia.” • Other causes of dementia include frontotemporal dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and Parkinson’s disease. Again, lest you misdiagnose, it is absolutely essential to see a doctor if you suspect that a family member — or you — have some form of dementia. It may not be Alzheimer’s disease. African Americans and Alzheimer’s Disease According to the Alzheimer’s Association 2011 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report, more than 5.4 million Americans now have Alzheimer’s disease. Not surprisingly, the disease can aơect diơerent groups in diơerent ways. • African Americans are about twice as likely as Whites to develop Alzheimer’s disease. • Older African Americans are more likely than older Whites to have Alzheimer’s disease. • More women than men have Alzheimer’s disease, primarily because women live longer on average than men. • Regardless of ethnicity, the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease. or other cognitive impairment, increases with age. • The number of Californians with Alzheimer’s disease is 588,000. There are a number of risk factors too: • Every 69 seconds, someone in America develops Alzheimer’s disease. • Diabetes, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, being overweight, heart disease and stroke, which are prevalent in the African American community, are known risk factors for Alzheimer’s and other dementias. • People with more than one of those conditions are at even great risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. • African Americans, especially those between the ages of 42 and 64, bear a disproportionate burden of chronic diseases, including vascular dis-
ease and cognitive decline. • This is due in part to a lower rate of participation in health protective behaviors, such as physical activity, that help prevent vascular risks and disease. On the issues of diagnosis and treatment: • Although African Americans have a higher rate of Alzheimer’s and other dementias, they are less likely than Whites to have a diagnosis. • Delays in diagnosis mean that African Americans are not getting treatment in the earlier stages of the disease, when treatments are most eơective. • They also miss the opportunities to make legal, ﬁnancial and care plans. • High blood pressure and diabetes are treatable conditions. Many researchers and clinicians have proposed that treatment of these diseases, especially if it were begun in people who have the conditions in midlife, could reduce the prevalence and other dementias. The AALA The Alzheimer’s Association of Los Angeles, which is the local leader in the dissemination of Alzheimer information, oơers an unbelievably extensive array of support and tools, including: • “A Caregiver Notebook: A Guide to Caring for People with Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias” • A resource directory • The Family Support Program • A “Helping Families” brochure • A “Take Care of Yourself” brochure • A Savvy Caregiver Program • A “Brain Health for African Americans” brochure • An “Early Stage Programs” • Names and addresses of local Dementia Care Networks • An “Early Stage Memory Loss” brochure: It identiﬁes several key issues for recently diagnosed individuals and their families, encouraging taking an active, early role in planning for the future. • And most important, a “Take Care of Yourself” brochure The AALA also has copies of a report entitled “African Americans: The Silent Epidemic of Alzheimer’s Disease,” which brings together for the ﬁrst time an accumulating body of evidence about the scope and nature of Alzheimer’s disease in African Americans. Among the ﬁndings from research highlighted in this report: • Alzheimer’s disease is more
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prevalent among African Americans than among Whites — with estimates ranging from 14% to almost 100% higher. • There is a greater risk of Alzheimer’s in African Americans. • Genetic and environmental factors may work diơerently to cause Alzheimer’s disease in African Americans. The future Alzheimer’s disease scientists are at a vital juncture in their research of the disease. Advances in genetics and imaging, combined with an increased understanding of the mechanisms of Alzheimer’s, provide immense opportunities to examine the disease in African Americans in ways that would not have been possible even ﬁve years ago. However, without additional investment in Alzheimer’s research targeted to all populations, but especially to African Americans, there is a danger that research will be stopped in its tracks. You can help. But mostly, help yourself by learning how best to cope with Alzheimer’s disease. To learn about all the resources, services and programs available to you and your loved ones — and about the 19th annual Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® in Century Park on Sunday, October 9 — visit www. alz.org/californiasouthland, or call the Helpline, 24/7 at 1-800-272-3900.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Artest’s name change to Metta World Peace approved
BY BRAD PYE JR. SPORTS WRITER Notes, quotes and things picked up on the run from coast-to-coast and all the stops in between and beyond. USC hits the road, Jack, with Robert Woods leading the nation with 11 catches per game — a total of 82 yards on eight catches against Syracuse. Woods has 33 catches in three games, the most by a USC receiver in a three-game stint. With Marc Tyler running like the great Trojans of the past, such as Marcus Allen, O.J. Simpson, Charles White, Mike Garrett, Clarence Davis, et. al., USC treks to Arizona State for a top Pac-12 match. Matt Barkley came within one TD of a new record-setting mark for a single game. Will UCLA ever win another game? The Bruins were smacked down, 49-20, by Texas at the Rose Bowl. The Bruins’ QB job is still up for grabs, as Richard Brehaut is slated to start Saturday against lowly Oregon State on the road in Corvallis. By the way Coach Rick Neuheisel says the Bruins’ highly rated freshman QB, Brett Hundley, will not be in the mix against the Beavers. He should be. Hundley certainly couldn’t play any worse than Brehaut and Kevin Prince have played to date. And the beat continues. It has been wait until next year for the Los Angeles Dodgers for a long, long time. Despite the fine closing play of James Loney (who
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Floyd Mayweather, center, delivers a knockout punch to Victor Ortiz as referee Joe Cortez, right, looks on in the fourth round of the recent WBC welterweight title fight in Las Vegas. smacked two 3-run homers in Sunday’s 15-1 win against the Pittsburgh Pirates), MVP candidate Matt Kemp (who smacked his 34th homer and collected three hits in only six innings of play), rookies Dee Gordon (leadoff triple) and Jerry Sands (four hits, including a homer), the Dodgers have been out of playoff contention for months. However, the L.A. Angels of Anaheim still have a prayer in the wild-card race. Thanks to the sparkling play of Torii Hunter, Vernon Wells, (solo homer), Eric Aybar (slugged a pair of homers, two doubles, drove in four runs and scored five times) as the Anaheim Bunch socked it to the Baltimore Orioles, 11-2, on Sunday. Floyd Mayweather, Jr., is a great fighter but his public relations slip was showing as he caught Victor Ortiz with two punches, which ended the controversial championship. There was nothing illegal about Mayweather’s knockout punches. The rules of the game say you must protect yourself at all times. Mayweather’s tirade against announcer Larry Merchant was unprofessional. Bottom line: If Mayweather ever signs to meet champion Manny Pacquiao, he will not be as lucky as he was against Ortiz. By the way, USA Today says: “[A] Pacquiao bout is not on horizon.” Are the Houston Texans glad they selected defensive end Mario Williams, No. 1 overall in the 2006 draft, instead of USC’s Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush? At 6 feet 7 inches and 285 pounds, Williams is the biggest linebacker in the NFL. Williams was switched to linebacker in the Texans’ 34-7 rout of the Peyton Manning-less Indianapolis Colts in the opener. And Williams was a huge success in his new position. Williams recorded two sacks, a forced fumble, two additional QB hits and a tackle for a loss. Reggie Bush was traded by the New Orleans Saints to the winless Miami Dolphins during the off season. On Sunday, the Houston Texans rolled over Miami, 27-13. Carl Lewis, winner of nine Olympic Games gold medals, is back in the New Jersey state senate race, thanks to an appeal court’s decision that put him back in the race. This is
Lewis’ first try for an elected office. Hold it … The entire U.S. Third District Court was scheduled to hear the Republicans’ appeal to have Lewis kicked off the ballot again Tuesday. Miami’s QB Jacoby Harris is back as his team’s starting QB after a one-game suspension. Harris is set to start against Ohio State’s quarterback led Renard Robinson, a Heisman trophy candidate. Harris didn’t play in Miami’s opening day loss to Maryland. Who is the most hated man in sports? According to a poll conducted by Maxim Magazine with 1,000 of its readers ,that title goes to the Miami Heat’s LeBron James. After James, the top five most-hated athletes in the poll are Alex Rodriguez, Terrell Owens, Kobe Bryant and Tiger Woods. And the beat continues. They starred in the NFL and they starred in the movies too. I’m talking about ex-UCLA stars Woody Strode and Rafer Johnson, Syracuse’s Jim Brown, the man The Sporting News named as pro football’s greatest player, Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs’ Fred Williamson, L.A. Rams’ Bernie Casey, the late Bubba Smith of the Baltimore Colts and Oakland Raiders, USC’s O.J. Simpson, et. al. For the record, Washington, Strode and Jackie Robinson were the first African Americans to play on an integrated college football team. Incidentally, Strode was nominated for a Golden Globe award in 1960 for his role as the Ethiopian gladiator Draba in “Spartacus.” USC’s 1972 team was named the No. 2 team of all time by The Sporting News. That team featured Sam “Bam” Cunningham and sophomore Anthony Davis. Although Davis didn’t start until the eighth game, he rushed for 1,191 yards for the unbeaten 1972 national champions. Nebraska’s national championship team, featuring Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rodgers, was listed No. 1 on the all-time great college football teams. Nebraska’s 1995 team was named No. 4 on the list. Oklahoma’s 1974 and 1956 teams were named No. 3 and No. 5 on The Sporting News’ all-time teams.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ron Artest's bid to become Mr. World Peace was delayed but not denied. A court commissioner granted the Lakers forward’s request to officially change his name to Metta World Peace on Friday, three weeks after the bid was blocked because Artest had unpaid traffic tickets. Artest, 31, did not attend a brief hearing Friday. Superior Court spokeswoman Patricia AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File Kelly said that Artest’s new last name will be They call him “Mister Metta World Peace”: The former Ron Artest World Peace. His publicist, Courtney Barnes, said the player NBA title in 2010 and in April he chose Metta because it is a tradi- received an award for outstanding tional Buddhist word that means service and dedication to the community. loving and kindness toward all. He has testified before Congress “Changing my name was meant to inspire and bring youth together to support mental health legislation. Artest isn’t the first athlete to all around the world,” World Peace said in a statement released after the adopt an unusual name. Lloyd Bernard Free, a profeshearing. “After this short delay, my tickets have been paid, and I’m glad sional basketball player who played in the league from 1975-88, had his that it is now official.” He requested the change in first name legally changed to World June, citing only personal reasons. in 1981. A friend had given him the World Peace was recently the first nickname because of his 44-inch elimination on this season’s vertical leaps and 360-degree dunks. “Dancing With the Stars.” In the NFL, wide receiver Chad Barnes wrote in an email that World Peace will now have to get a Johnson legally changed his last new driver’s license to reflect his name to Ochocinco in August 2008 new name, but the switch won’t to reflect his jersey number. The affect his contracts with the Lakers name means “eight five” in Spanish. Ochocinco is now with the or any endorsement deals. Artest helped the Lakers win an New England Patriots. Michael Vick and Cam Newton had some impressive stats in their second games of the year, but their teams still lost. Vick passed for a pair of TDs before being knocked out in the third quarter with a concussion, and his team blew a lead and lost, 3531. The Eagles-Atlanta game drew the highest TV rating of the season. That’s the magic of Vick’s return to play his old home team. Hopefully, Vick will be back to lead the Eagles Sunday against the New York Giants at home. The Carolina Panthers’ rookie sensation QB Cam Newton had some eye-opening stats: 28 of 46 passes for one TD and 432 yards to top the
league. Newton’s three picks enabled the Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers to collect the win, 30-23. Steve Smith caught six of Newton’s passes for 126 yards for a 26-0 average per catch. All of the NFL African American head coaches are 0-2 after the second week of play, with the exception of Jim Caldwell of Indianapolis Colts, who are 1-1. They are the Cincinnati Bengals’ Marvin Lewis, Pittsburgh Steelers’ Mike Tomlin, Tampa Bay Bucks’ Raheem Morris and the Chicago Bears’ Lovie Smith. And the beat ends. Brad Pye, Jr., can be reached at Switchreel@aol.com.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
NFL memo warns teams on faking injuries
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New York Giants defensive back Deon Grant is helped up by trainers during the first quarter of the NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams on Monday in East Rutherford, NJ. BY BARRY WILNER AP PRO FOOTBALL WRITER NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL sent a memo Wednesday to all 32 teams warning of fines, suspensions and loss of draft picks if the league determines players faked injuries during a game. In the memo obtained by The Associated Press, the NFL reminded teams of league policy that calls on coaches to discourage the practice, and that there was no specific rule on the topic. However, two days after there was speculation that Giants’ Deon Grant faked an injury against the Rams during Monday night’s game, the NFL is warning of disciplinary action. Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo said Tuesday the team notified the league office that it suspected the Giants were feigning injuries in St. Louis’ 28-16 loss. Rams quarterback Sam Bradford said it was obvious the Giants were just buying time with St. Louis running a no-huddle offense. “They couldn’t get subbed, they couldn’t line up,” Bradford said. “Someone said, ‘Someone go down, someone go down,’ so someone just went down and grabbed a cramp.” Grant was adamant about not having faked anything. “I could see if I was walking and fell,” he said Wednesday, speaking passionately and barely taking a breath. “When you see after I made that tackle and bang my knee on that play, you see me bending my knee as I am walking. ... (teammate Justin) Tuck is walking behind me and saying ‘D, don’t run off the field. Just go down.’ As I am walking, they line up, and knowing that I
can’t get back in my position because of the knee injury, I went down.” Had Grant attempted to get off the field, it could have left the Giants a defender short when the ball was snapped. Of course, New York also could have called a timeout, a course of action teams might need to use in the future. The memo from the league said: “Going forward, be advised that should the league office determine that there is reasonable cause, all those suspected of being involved in faking injuries will be summoned promptly to this office ... to discuss the matter. Those found to be violators will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action for conduct detrimental to the game.” The league’s competition committee often has discussed this issue but has been reluctant to propose a rule that could force game officials to make judgments on injuries. “We have been fortunate that teams and players have consistently complied with the spirit of the rule over the years and this has not been an issue for the NFL,” the memo said. “We are determined to take all necessary steps to ensure that it does not become an issue.” For the most part, such delay tactics have been considered gamesmanship. “As an offensive player, you always think guys are faking in that situation,” Eagles guard Kyle DeVan said. “But you don’t know for sure. You don’t know when guys are going to cramp up, so you have to be careful. The most important thing is players’ health. You would hope guys don’t do it, but it’s going to happen.” And the NFL’s disciplinarians will be watching.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Super Snub: TV Guide Danny Glover’s Latest Activism Not only is he a renowned thespian, he is also an international human rights advocate who cuts star never hesitates to go where he is needed most. Taraji P. Henson out of cover photo BY JOY CHILDS
BY EURWEB.COM Taraji P. Henson is outraged because the magazine will feature the cast of her new CBS series, “Person of Interest” on its over, without … Taraji P Henson, its leading lady! She took to her Facebook to share her anger about the issue. “WOW!!!! TV Guide is NOT including me on the cover with my cast memebers [sic]…I am the female lead of a 3 member cast and I’m not included on the cover!!!!!! Do you see the shit I have to deal with in this business…..I cram to understand!!!!” She posted on Twitter saying she couldn’t believe the boldness of TV Guide. “WOW @ TVGuide! Being a member of 2 academy’s I honestly have no words!!!!!” Henson stars as Detective Carter alongside Michael Emerson, Jim Caviezel and Kevin Chapman in the crime drama. And what does TV Guide have to say about the glaring, beyond obvious omission? As Oh no they didn’t!: Taraji P. Henson’s not happy about of this posting, nothing. being left out of group photo.
In 1969, when Angela Davis taught philosophy at UCLA, some of us were fortunate enough to have taken (or “audited,” as you could do back then) one of her classes and experienced her in that setting. Others may remember Davis only in terms of her membership in the Communist Party, or for what was perceived as her “radical feminism.” Undoubtedly, none of us will never forget her involvement with the Black Panther Party (BPP) and the events that led to her being charged with, but not convicted of, the murder of a judge in Marin County in 1970. So it might come as a surprise that, to a student walking with her across campus for “office hours” in the early ’70s, Davis could not only be a deepthinking philosopher but also a humorous and witty assistant professor. Or that she could be “a very warm person” decades later to a Swedish writer-director-filmmaker-interviewer. Sixteen-millimeter film footage of an imprisoned Davis and other BPP notables, left undisturbed in the basement of Swedish Television for the past 30 years, is an real eye-opener, as it was for filmmaker Göran Hugo Olsson. “There was a rumor going around for years among filmmakers that Sweden had more archive materials on the Black Panthers than the entire USA. A couple of years ago, I was working on a film on Philly Soul and was browsing the archives at the Swedish Television and found out that it was true … ” Astonishingly, the footage he’d gotten his hands on chronicles a little known interesting back story of the black power movement. The stars of this documentary are not brothers and sisters down for the cause but youthful, idealistic, Swedish filmmakers who traversed the country in the late ’60s/early ’70s studying the movement, ultimately forming sufficient bonds with key movement figures to have captured some of the most riveting interviews with them ever seen. Stokely Carmichael (SNCC leader; later “Honorary Prime Minister” of the BPP); Huey Newton (co-founder and leader of the BPP); Bobby Seale (co-
founder of the BPP); Eldridge Cleaver (Minister of Information of the BPP); Kathleen Cleaver (Communications Secretary of the BPP); and Angela Davis, political activist, when she was in prison. Olsson immediately realized he’d struck cinematic gold, saying “ … it was my duty to take this art and make it accessible to people.” So he collected his treasure trove and decided he’d take it to New York City to Louveture Films. The company happened to be the production company of Danny Glover and his producing partner, Joslyn Barnes. Co-producer Joslyn Barnes writes, “ I will never forget the day this tall, lanky Swede … walked into my office … and announced he wanted to make a film about the Black Power Movement. Once I got over the initial surprise, and Goran started to roll the footage, I had a different kind of surprise. I rang up my producing partner Danny Glover immediately and said, ‘There’s something extraordinary you’ve got to see.’” For Glover, the footage represented a walk down the memory lane of his own activism, and he and partner Barnes jumped at the chance to produce a film that would eventually win a documentary editing award at Sundance. Anyone who thinks Danny Glover primarily stands for the “Lethal Weapon” series or “Places in the Heart,” “The Color Purple” or “A Rage in Harlem” doesn’t know him at all. He’s a long-time activist who became a significant part of Black history for his own contributions to the movement. In the late ‘60s, Glover was a member of the Black Students Union at San Francisco State College (now University). The BSU, the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and the Third World Liberation Front for at least five months engaged in a strike at the college, demanding the establishment of an ethnic studies department. As the result of Glover’s and others’ efforts, the strike led to the creation of the first School (now College) of Ethnic Studies. During a press conference, Glover
Danny Glover is asked about those days: Sentinel: You were active in the BSU at San Francisco State in the late ’60s to early ’70s. Were you ever active in the BPP? DG: Interesting … The first time I was interviewed by those guys in Chicago, Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert, they wrote “former member of the BPP.” And I said, ‘Let me say this: I respect what the BPP [did] and the position it took in the community.’ And I made it very clear that there are a lot of people who died. Some of those people I knew. Some of them died, some of them disappeared, some of them were dismembered and parts of their bodies were found in different places … So for me to walk around and say, now that I’m in a major movie [I’m a Panther], that’s not me … I don’t want to in any way diminish the truth of that situation . Now—because we were the BSU— and I would say, a diverse and pretty progressive BSU in San Francisco — automatically we’re going to have some sort of relationship, by the mere fact that it happens right on our doorstep— Oakland.” [Even15 years ago, Glover’s activism, humanism and loyalty to the cause showed itself when he was involved in a fundraiser for Stokely Carmichael, who was stricken with prostate cancer then.] At its heart, “Mixtape” is a story about empowerment. It’s a moving and
See DANNY GLOVER, page 14
An enduring symbol of Black militancy: Angela Davis
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Leimert Park’s Finest: Dom Kennedy Boyz II Men Local hip hop artist Dom Kennedy takes his music to a national stage. celebrate longevity BY BRANDON I. BROOKS CO – MANAGING EDITOR
Philly hit-makers mark 20 years of success with new album and an anniversary concert. BY KIMBERLY C. ROBERTS SPECIAL TO THE NNPA FROM THE PHILADELPHIA TRIBUNE Philadelphia natives Wanya Morris, Shawn Stockman and Nate Morris, collectively known as the 13time Grammy Award-winning vocal group Boyz II Men, celebrated their 20th anniversary with a concert at the Temple Performing Arts Center. The best-selling R&B group of all time, Boyz II Men originally formed as a quintet, which also included Mike McCary and Marc Nelson, while the members were all students at the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts. Nelson, however, left to pursue a solo career before the group cut its first studio album. The group was discovered by New Edition member Michael Bivins and released its debut album, “Cooleyhighharmony,” in 1991, featuring the joyous dance tune “Motownphilly.” A cavalcade of hits would follow, including “End of the Road,” “I’ll Make Love to You” and “One Sweet Day.” In the ensuing years, Boyz II Men would capture 16 American Music Awards, nine Soul Train Awards, three MTV Awards and three Billboard Awards. Bass singer McCary retired from the group in 2004 due to a chronic back ailment. In a recent interview, Nate Morris reflected on the highs and lows of an amazing 20-year career, saying, “It feels pretty old, but it’s all good, right? I mean, it was all one big blur! The years just flew by. Just yesterday we were at the High School for Performing Arts — this morning I dropped by son off there. My son is 15!” In addition to marking 20 years in show business, the gala concert on the campus of Temple University will also be Boyz II Men’s first charity event. “We just thought with it being the 20th anniversary, it was the best time to kick off our charity, which is called the Boyz II Men House and helps support people in need,” Morris explained. “Whether it’s disaster relief, whether it’s building play-
grounds in urban areas, whether it’s public housing — whatever it’s possible to do, that’s what we support. This is our first year.” In addition to benefiting this worthy cause, Morris promises that the evening will be special, in that the group will be performing with Temple University’s 34-piece orchestra. “It’s going to be different, because most people have never seen Boyz II Men or heard Boyz II Men music with a live orchestra before,” said Morris. “We’ve taken this tour on the road before, but it’s only been internationally that we’ve done dates, and the Asian region, which have done very well. So we thought, to make it special, other than just doing a regular old Boyz II Men concert, we decided to bring the orchestra out here, and people really seem to be excited about it.” Boyz II Men fans should also be excited about the group’s upcoming album “Twenty,” which is scheduled for release October 25. Available exclusively at Wal-Mart and online, the 20-track disc will feature 12 new, original songs and eight “re-recordings” of some of Boyz II Men’s timeless hits. “A lot of people think that we’ve kind of been dormant because they haven’t seen us a lot. But the truth is that we do about 110 shows a year, whether they be domestic or international, so we’ve always been a touring group,” Morris said. “We’ve just stayed out of the record business for a minute because it’s taken a minute for the record industry to decide that they really want to hear R&B music again. So in our case, we’ve got to see what the industry and what the public calls for. There are a lot of things that we’d like to do, but if it doesn’t work with what the status quo is, then it doesn’t make sense. So we just try our best to do what we love to do, but make sure it fits in with the status quo.” While there admittedly have been bumps in the road along the way, Morris is most proud of Boyz II Men’s longevity, and to this day remains in contact with Michael See BOYZ II MEN, page 15
The recent success of local Leimert Park rap artist Dom Kennedy has the music industry buzzing and internet downloads ringing up. Kennedy has been making a lot of noise this past summer promoting his latest project “From the Westside With Love Part 2”, which debuted at number two on the iTunes rap charts and number 10 overall. He is currently gearing up to be the opening act for hip hop sensation Wiz Khalifa when Khalifa comes to Los Angeles later this year. Kennedy will also be making a national television appearance during a segment called “Cipha Sounds” at the 2011 BET Hip–Hop Awards. There are not many independent artists that can gain over 500,000 downloads without a major distribution company’s assistance but Kennedy has reached that mark solely with the help of close friends and family. Kennedy is quick to thank his father, Dennis Hunn, for his support because he feels without his dad’s support system, he would not have been able to make it this far. “That is the one person who, if he wasn’t my fan, I wouldn’t even be here doing this,” says Kennedy. He also works closely with his cousin, Jason Madison, who produces music for Kennedy, along with music videos and documentaries. Kennedy talked about how it was he and his cousin first started this mission in music. “I could remember my cousin Jason … he was a local party DJ … people were still spinning records, and every record he had would have an instrumental … and we would be at his house, at his grandmother’s house,” said Kennedy. “We would put on the instrumentals and rap to them. So around those times, we would actually record, and it was one of those one-take things where if we messed up we would have to use another disc. So it was around those times I found myself really start to be like, I really have something clever to
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Dom Kennedy say … So around that time I really started writing.” Kennedy operates his business under the imprint “The OPM Company,” and he is excited to lead the charge of the new label and vision, which originally started out as a publishing company a few years back. “I was just like any other kid I guess, growing up in L.A. or around here. I wasn’t really like the rapper or anything in my crew, but music was a big part of our lives — and rap music, in particular,” Kennedy says about how he first started to rap. “Before I even knew any of this [business], I would rap. I think Eazy-E and ‘Boyz N’ the Hood’ was one of the first songs I did. My little sister had one of those tape recorders, and I used to put in a little tape and record myself to rap it and see how it sounded.” As the years went by and Kennedy got older, he started taking his favorite songs and would change the lyrics slightly to represent his neighborhood and his surroundings. The more See DOM KENNEDY, page 15
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Thursday, September 22, 2011
Debilitating Poverty Programs like YouthBuild saves lives and reduce unemployment is Corrosive So why are they being eliminated? BY JULIANNE MALVEAUX NNPA COLUMNIST The fall of the Roman Empire is best captured in the phrase that “Nero fiddled while Rome burned.” Set on pursuing his own pleasures and indulgences, Nero could not see the walls crumbling around him. Similarly, our leaders seem oblivious to the walls crashing in on us, bickering about the way that relief on our employment situation should be structured, while poverty rates are soaring. The data that came out last Tuesday included no surprises, but in some ways, it was a stunning indictment of the economic gridlock that has plagued us for the past year. While Congress has been yammering on about debt ceilings, more and more Americans are without work; more and more have experienced poverty. The poverty rate rose from 14.3 percent to 15.1 percent between 2009 and 2010. That means that the number of poor Americans grew by 2.6 million people, from 43.6 million to 46.2 million. For the past three years the poverty rate has continued to rise, and income has continued to decline. In the past year, the average income has dropped by 2.3 percent to $49,445. Of course, the African American level of income saw a steeper decline, from $33,122 to $32,068, or by 3.2 percent. While median Black income dropped by more than a thousand dollars a year, White income, from a higher perch, saw a lesser decline of about $900, or from $52,717 to $51,846, about 1.7 percent. With much less, African Americans are hit much harder. Thus, while the overall poverty rate is 15.1 percent, it is 27.4 percent for African Americans, 26.6 percent for Hispanics and 9.9 percent for Whites. More than 40 percent of African American children live in poverty. There are further indications of increased poverty, and dire news for years to come. There are two million more “doubled up” households, meaning that more than one family is living in the same home. Yes, we used to do this “back in the day,” but today entire families are moving in together because of economic exigencies. Poverty rates for youngsters, those under 18, have risen from 20.7 to 22 percent. Nearly a third of those families headed by women are in poverty, and women are still earning 77 percent of what men earn. Are civil rights laws being enforced in this age of so-called fiscal prudence, or would the likes of Michelle Bachman throw the civil rights agencies under the bus, as she promises to do with the Department of Education if she is elected President? As poverty rises, the number of Americans without health insurance is also on the rise: 49.9 million people, one in six Americans, have no health insurance. For African
BY CHARLES J. OGLETREE, JR.
Julianne Malveaux Americans, it’s one in five; for Hispanics, it’s nearly one in three. Those who sit at the margins of this economy languish there without the ability to deal with preventive health care, and unable to afford medical treatment in times of illness. This erodes our national productivity and well-being. Why can’t health care be a simple human right in our nation? The Census report “Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2010” ( h t t p : / / w w w. c e n s u s . g o v / prod/2011pubs/p60-239.pdf) details the ways that poverty has increased in just one year. In some countries, this would be a cause for alarm. In the United States, it seems to be business as usual. While poverty strikes some communities harder than it does others, the fact is that we have more people in poverty than we have had since we began to measure poverty in 1959, and we’ve only seen poverty at this level twice since 1965. Then, we declared a war on poverty. Now, we seem content to accept it. Those who are poor are victims of a corroded economy. While many would like to blame the 46.2 million Americans who are experiencing poverty, the real culprit is our nation’s economic failure. We are economically unhealthy, we are not generating jobs, compelling investment or focusing on our future. Our children have fewer prospects than many of us had because even those who follow the rules find the payoff lower and the risks higher. This does not mean that we should give up. It means that we should organize and galvanize ourselves to take our economy back. Dozens of congressional representatives have ignored the poverty data, but they wouldn’t be able to ignore it if we grabbed their attention. More than 40 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. planned a Poor People’s Campaign. Who will plan it now? Julianne Malveaux is president of Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, NC.
The current economic recession has hurt almost everyone in the country who doesn’t work on Wall Street. But it probably won’t surprise many to learn that the harshest effects are being felt in communities of color, where unemployment rates are double those of the nation as a whole. Eighteen percent of Black males are now unemployed. An astonishing 46 percent — yes, half of Black teenagers — are out of work. And yet, in the face of the bleakest job outlook since the Great Depression, we are being told by our public officials that our highest priority should not be job creation, but debt reduction. In the name of debt reduction, Congress may miss an opportunity to lower unemployment in America by advancing a jobs program for low-income young adults who are otherwise unlikely to secure meaningful employment because they lack a high school education and marketable skills. Earlier this year in the FY’11 budget, the House chose to zero out programs, such as the federally authorized YouthBuild program, which has successfully turned around the lives of troubled youths: many court-involved, most of color, living in urban and rural communities all across the country. YouthBuild keeps these youths out of prison, sends them back to school and offers them a supportive network of peers and adults. It puts them to work building affordable housing units in their own communities. In testimony after testimony, graduates of YouthBuild have explained how the program literally saved their lives. YouthBuild costs the taxpayer between $15,000 and $18,000 per youth per year — what we might call a bargain. And not surprisingly, the demand for YouthBuild far exceeds the number of slots available. Last year, over 18,000 applicants to YouthBuild programs were denied admission because of lack of funding. Fortunately, the Senate saved YouthBuild from elimination, but not without a 37% cut imposed by the negotiations with the House. Without YouthBuild and programs like it, we have more crime, more joblessness, more welfare, more fractured families, more substance abuse, more violence, more despair, more hopelessness and more alienation. Those “mores” cost the country a lot more than $15,000 per year per person. Given the rhetoric, Congress’ choices have been confusing. Still, Congress has a chance in this budget cycle to take decisive action to re-commit to providing education and training to the youngest unskilled members of our workforce, and help them onto a pathway to productive futures. At the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, we examine the trade-offs that are made, regularly, when our public officials choose the most expensive and least-effective interventions, such as prisons, juvenile halls, and death penalty prosecutions, over programs like YouthBuild, that actually promote public safety and improve quality of life in communities hardest hit by crime and violence. And then we ask the question: In an era of drastically shrinking public resources, is the choice to continue to lavish public dollars on the most expensive and least effective interventions, even as entire communities of color are starved for the resources and opportunities they need to thrive, a deliberate one? Or, if given more complete
information about the public safety returns of alternative strategies and investments, would lawmakers and the public choose differently? If members of Congress fully understood the extent to which the federally authorized YouthBuild program generated a substantial return on investment for the public, would they not support its continuation, or for that matter, its expansion? The fact is that independent research from 2007 has shown that a return on investment of $7.80 is achieved for every dollar spent on every 16- to 24-year old who participates in the YouthBuild program. (That number increases significantly for those young people who have been adjudicated.) As one example, let’s consider North Carolina. Last year, Philip Cook, an economics professor at Duke University, released findings that the continued use of the death penalty costs North Carolina taxpayers almost $11 million more than they would spend if the state replaced capital punishment with life sentences without the possibility of parole.These costs include additional attorneys, resources demanded by the District Attorney and courts for capital prosecutions, and the lengthy appeal process. These costs continue to be incurred by the state each year, even though death sentences have declined considerably and no one has been executed there since 2007. What might that $11 million buy if it were reinvested? Well, for starters, it could provide over 700 slots to young adults who wanted to join YouthBuild but were turned away for lack of spots. Another choice? The Alliance for Excellent Education estimates that a 5% increase in male high school graduates in North Carolina would generate annual savings of approximately $152 million. In addition to these increased savings, this rise in graduation rates would also yield $80 million in annual earnings. So why not invest that $11 million in implementing the Talent Development program in more high schools in the state?
Charles J. Ogletree, Jr. Talent Development provides structured support to struggling students during the critical ninth grade year, a year when many students opt to drop out. Like YouthBuild, it has been subjected to rigorous independent evaluations. At an average cost of $200,000 per school, an additional $11 million could provide 55 schools in the state with an intervention that will prevent early dropouts. By any objective measure, an investment in either of these programs will ultimately yield financial profits for the state. Obviously, some in this country will continue to push for draconian spending cuts, regardless of their negative longterm yield. But we must appeal to those who believe, like President Obama, in “the thread running throughout our history — a belief that we are all connected; and that there are some things we can only do together, as a nation … ” It is this impulse within the American public that we must reactivate in order to demand that our public officials not only pose the right questions, but, even in the toughest of economic times, make the smart choices. Charles J. Ogletree, Jr. is the Jesse Climenko Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, and founding and executive director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice.
DANNY GLOVER Continued from page 12 inspirational vehicle that takes the audience on a journey through the specific time period of 1967 through 1975 and the pressing issues of that day — issues that may still be on the minds of formerly militant/currently nonmilitant people. We finally see the intelligence, analysis, humanism, humor and genuine commitment of the interviewees to a movement with purpose and determination. We see the BPP leaders talking about their hopes and dreams for equal rights for all — and about their love for their mamas! The film also takes us on a cinematic exploration into the styles, culture and fashion of that day. The interviewees, many of whom emerged as leaders in this time period — whether we agree in retrospect with what they might have said then or not
— created an important and lasting legacy captured in “Mixtape.” Above all is its exploration of the beginnings of a movement that ultimately can be thanked for provoking questions deep and enduring questions about race and racism, and equal rights, liberty and justice for all. If you’re wondering, ‘Why the Swedes?’ “Mixtape” has the answer. No matter your age or your politics, do not miss it. Musical enhancements come courtesy of Erykah Badu, Robin Kelley, Talib Kweli, Melvin Van Peebles, Sonia Sanchez and Ahmir ‘Questlove’ Thompson and Sonia Sanchez. Opens Friday, September 23, at the Landmark Nuart Theatre, at 11272 Santa Monica Blvd., just east of Sawtelle Blvd.
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KING Continued from page 6 in Dr. King’s death. “When he died, she could have been consumed in her grief,” said King. “She could have been overwhelmed in her grief. In fact, she could have been consumed with bitterness and hatred. But no, this courageous woman, this dignified woman, this determined woman, this committed woman, this called and anointed woman decided that she would continue to champion the legacy and the work of Martin Luther King Jr., as she founded the King Center and told us that we need to study the principles and the techniques and the philosophy of nonviolence. And so in some vain I say to people that Coretta Scott King is really the one who helped to raise a nation while also raising four kids at the same time. She was an awesome woman.” King also recognized other women in the movement, including Dorothy Cotton, who was a part of Dr. King’s executive staff; Doris Crenshaw, who worked with NAACP and Rosa Parks; and Cleo Orange, wife of the late James Orange, a “master organizer and mobilizer” for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. A rare glimpse into what went on in the inner circles of the women in the civil rights movement came to light as King emphasized how those who followed her father were able to adhere to the principles of nonviolence in the face of racism. “We had training going on behind the scenes. You see the marches and you see the water hoses. You see the demonstrations, but this was a movement that was filled with discipline and training and teaching and simulation,” said King. “They didn’t just turn another cheek. They were doing it because they had it simulated, embodied and modeled by people who showed them how to turn the other cheek. So we thank God for the women who were teaching and training in the fields and in the churches.” King drew applause when she spoke of Dr. King’s admission that Coretta taught him many things about civil rights. She said that Dr. King was once asked if he researched Coretta’s background before marrying her and educated her on his philosophies. “And my father said, ‘Well, it may have been the other way. I think at many points, she educated me. When I met her she was concerned with the same issues as I was … So I must admit I wish I could say to satisfy my masculine ego that I led her down this path, but I must say we went down this path together. She was as actively involved and concerned when we met as she is now.’”
King explained that Coretta, also known for her work in the peace movement, had taken a stance against the Vietnam War well before Dr. King did. “She was perhaps one of the very few people who stood with him during that very difficult time when people misunderstood his stance against the Vietnam War. Many had turned their backs on him … but Coretta Scott King continued to encourage him and applauded him and said she was waiting for the day when he would take a stance because she knew that his moral voice was needed in the peace movement. And so began a glorious journey toward continuing to rid the nation of what he calls the triple evils of poverty, racism and military.” In an unmistakable biblical reference to John 12:14, King included a spiritual meaning on how Coretta Scott King had the strength to persevere and why Dr. King’s legacy still lives despite his death. “They did not understand that unless a seed falls into the ground and dies, it abides alone but if it dies, it produces much fruit. So today the force that they tried to stop has actually become a stronger force, an unstoppable force. “You may slay a dreamer, but look around, y’all, and watch what becomes of his dream. There are those that are carrying and embodying that dream. There are those that are continuing that work, and we will, Daddy, continue this movement. Your life will not be in vain. The blood that you shed will not be for naught. We will carry the banner and will continue on. And as you stand overlooking that Potomac [River], we know that it symbolizes you standing as you looked over the mountaintop and you saw that promised land,” said King. King said that her mother believed that in order to save the soul of a nation, one “must become its soul.” “These words spoken by my mother remind us of the significance and the importance of women to the contribution of every nation on the face of this earth.” The Women Who Dare to Dream event, held at Walter E. Washington Convention Center, also included a poetry reading by Dr. Maya Angelou, music by India Arie and others as well as commentary from numerous women in civil rights, including Myrlie EversWilliams, Xernona Clayton and Christine King Farris. The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial officially opened for public viewing on Aug. 22, 2011. The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Foundation postponed several dedication-week activities in light of inclement weather. For more information about dedication plans, visit www.dedicatethedream.org.
PRISON Continued from page 6 These methods and practices of handcuffing young Black boys take away the stigma, sting and fear of incarceration, he adds. Overly harsh disciplinary policies sets the tone for students to become bored and frustrated with school, which leads to increased drop-out rates and in many cases leads to greater involvement in the criminal justice system say youth advocates. Johnson agrees. “When you put handcuffs on a 6or 7-year-old, there’s no need for that
6- or 7-year-old to fear incarceration when they’re 17- and 18-years-old,” he says. Schools are the number one referral source to jail and juvenile hall for Black children and teens. Therefore, Johnson urges parents to meet and establish a relationship with their child’s teacher. “Once you meet with a teacher, just the vibrations from that teacher — be they Black or White — are going to let you know whether they’re there to get a paycheck or whether they’re there to teach your child.”
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UNDERWOOD Continued from page 4 There was also another challenge, one that illustrates both the complexity of prostate treatment and the importance of the patient’s buy-in––the surgery often has significant side effects. “The culture in Nigeria operates very much by word of mouth,” explained Dr. Underwood. Prostate surgery can cause patients to become impotent, or incontinent, where patients leak urine … The entire project could fail if we didn’t take account of the cultural values surrounding these issues and explain the risks effectively to patients.” After much discussion and preparation, Dr. Underwood finally met his prospective patient, talked to him extensively and entered the operating room with two urologists, Drs. John Raphael and Ngozi Ekeke, who would assist him with this historic operation. “These guys had been extremely well-trained in several different specialties. Vascular surgery, urology and gastrointestinal surgery, just to name a few. They were very talented,” he said. “I have to admit I was sweating a bit more than usual,” said Dr. Underwood. Some of the surgical equipment he normally uses was not available, but there was a bigger surprise. Dr. Underwood was making small talk with the anesthesiologist, waiting for the patient to be put under with a general anesthetic, when he was told the patient had already received spinal anesthesia. In over a decade of
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Pre-Proposal Conference on a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Design-Build Project The Port of Long Beach and the California Department of Transportation invite interested sub-contractors, material suppliers and subconsultants, including Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE), Underutilized Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (UDBE) and small businesses, to participate in a Pre-Proposal conference for the design and construction of a cablestayed bridge connecting Ocean Boulevard to the Long Beach Freeway (State Route 710), to replace the existing Gerald Desmond Bridge in the City of Long Beach, California. The estimated four year, $700+ million design-build project has an 11% UDBE goal. A prime objective of the meeting is to facilitate networking between interested DBE/UDBE sub-contractors and the four prequalified proposers who will submit proposals for the prime design-build contract. Please pre-register online before 5 p.m. on Friday September 30, 2011 at www.polb.com/bridgeprebid. The PreProposal Conference will be held: Date: Tuesday, October 4, 2011 Time: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Location: Hotel Maya 700 Queensway Drive Long Beach, CA 90802 Parking for the conference at the Hotel Maya will be validated. Additional information on the project can be found at http://www.polb.com/bridge.
surgery on several hundred patients, he had never done a radical prostatectomy on someone who was awake. “I really had to change gears,” he said. “It was quite a different experience to operate on someone who was talking to me while my hand was in his belly holding a vital organ.” But things worked out fine for both doctor and patient. Months later, the patient seems to be doing well, and Dr. Underwood will return to Port Harcourt later this year, this time in a more consultative role, when Nigerian doctors will perform the surgery themselves. More than a Surgeon With funding from NCI and others, Dr. Underwood has been looking at the effects of personality, information-seeking behavior, and knowledge on how African American men perceive their risk of prostate cancer. Despite being more likely to develop prostate cancer and die of it than other racial-ethnic groups in the United States, African American men generally underestimate their risk and are less likely to receive definitive treatment
when diagnosed with a clinically localized prostate cancer. “That isn’t right, and it’s not acceptable,” emphasizes Dr. Underwood, an alumnus of Morehouse College, who knew early in life that he wanted to be a physician-scientist. “We need to build a lot of bridges in this community. As doctors we need to talk in ways that all people can relate to and understand. I’ve been blessed with an extraordinary support system of family and have received great teaching from mentors.”
label that wants you to deliver a radio single that don’t sound nothing like what your fans knew you for. I think a lot of people don’t do it [own their own company] because it’s a lot of work. It’s hard enough to just get recognition. But I feel like if anybody could do it, then I am just going to have to be the one to do it.” Dom Kennedy is a kid from Los Angeles who started out with a dream and a goal. Nobody really gave him much outside of his dad financially, and now he is on his way to being one of the hottest underground artists in the nation. “I try to show people — especially kids in this city — what time and dedication really means,” said Kennedy. “That’s not saying that we all need to be
rappers because I don’t encourage that. That was just my gift in my life right now and something I worked at. I didn’t take any shortcuts. I am not a child star. I’m 27 now and there are no White people in my pocket putting money behind me for any reason. It’s none of that. Everything that we’ve gotten we have earned, and it goes to saying it’s a process. Nothing is going to come to you overnight and if it does, it’s going to leave you just as quick as it came.” For more information on Dom Kennedy, visit www.dopeitsdom.com. To buy a copy of “From the Westside With Love – Part 2,” you can visit Amoeba Music and Turntable Labs in Los Angeles — or buy the album on iTunes.
DOM KENNEDY Continued from page 13 he did this, he realized his lyrics were getting clever so he took a stab at writing his own songs. This was in junior high school. As the years went by, he kept at it and found himself always having a notebook or a loose paper around to write a rap. “Like I never even told people,” said Kennedy. “It was just something I did. I would get inspired at home and write my own version of it.” Now at 27 years of age, Dom Kennedy is writing all of his own material. After dropping six projects since 2008, Kennedy has been approached by several major labels for a deal but the offers haven’t been exactly what he is looking for at the moment. No worries for him and his label mates, because business is better than ever and the buzz around Dom Kennedy is ever-growing. In a music world where it is extremely difficult for most artists to get a fair look, it’s phenomenal the way Dom Kennedy is making his way to the mainstream. He is taking a page out of the golden days of the hip-hop era of music when No Limit Records, Cash Money, Death Row Records and Lenchmob Records were independent labels operating on national and international stages. “My plan is to restore the feeling and the pride of ownership,” said Kennedy. “I feel like, with all of hiphop’s problems, all we need is an artist with potential to go down the same route everybody else did, worry about a
BOYZ II MEN Continued from page 13 Bivins. “I’m just proud that we were able to do what we’ve done,” Morris said. “Who knew that the biggest R&B group in the history of mankind would come from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania? Who knew that? We went to the High School for Performing Arts, we sang, and we did what we loved to do, and that was pretty much the gist of it. Anything else that came along was extra, so all of this is a plus for us. If you ask for one particular thing, I think for me, 20 years in the business would probably be the biggest feat, considering all of the things that we’ve gone
through and the way the industry has changed. People have grown up with different lives and families, and things like that tend to pull a group apart, so for us to still want to do this and be around each other for 20 years, that’s a feat in itself.” Morris credits Boyz II Men’s loyal following of 60 million fans with the group’s success and said in conclusion, “For us, they’re the lifeline to what we do. The reason why we try to stay true to the type of music that we make is because of the people that bought it 20 years ago.”
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