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E.P. Foster Library and Ray D. Prueter Library hosts the OverDrive Digital Bookmobile See Around VC - Page 2A

Celebrating Black History Month See Lifestyle - Page 14A

CAC’s Positive Circle Committee Hosts Social Justice Poetry Slam Fundraiser See Pictorial - Page 15A

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Hip-Hop Conference Among Events Slated for Black History Month at CSUN A hip-hop conference will be among the events featured at California State University, Northridge’s Black History Month celebration this year. Activist and rapper Boots Riley of the group, The Coup, former Black Panther Party leader Elaine Brown, and Olmeca, an MC and activist who has garnered attention in the Latin Alternative scene, are some of the participants in the Department of Pan African Studies and the Hip-Hop Think Tank’s two-day conference titled, “Bridging the Gaps: HipHop in the Age of Mass Incarceration and Deportation.” The conference will take place at CSUN’s University Student Union on Feb. 20 and 21. It will highlight the issues around data that finds minorities are incarcerated at disproportionately higher rates than whites. For more information or to register, visit the Hip-Hop Think Tank’s page. “Black History Month is a marker and reminder of promoting and sustaining, historical memory of the experiences of Africans and African-Americans in the Americas and across the diaspora,” said

Hip-Hop Think Tank, a student organization, will host a conference as part of CSUN’s Black History month celebration. Several political activist and rappers will be participating, including from left: Olmeca, an MC and activist who has garnered attention in the Latin Alternative scene; former Black Panther Party leader and author Elaine Brown; and activist and rapper Boots Riley of the group, The Coup. Cedric Hackett, assistant of Pan African Students, er as Social Change” in “The elders can continchair of the Department the Black Student Union the Oviatt Library’s Jack ue to ensure that the young of Pan African Studies. “I and the Black Alumni As- and Florence Ferman Pre- people have the foundation would encourage folks to sociation will be available sentation Room; and the they need to build for the support the events.” to provide information. Hip-Hop Think Tank will future,” she said. The monthlong cel- That same day there will present Immortal TechOther events scheduled ebration, which is themed, be a hip-hop dance class nique from 6 to 8 p.m. in for the celebration include: “Building CommUNITY led by Benjamin Allen and the Grand Salon. • Feb. 11 at 4 p.m. in the from Generation to Gener- DJ Kevin Cider from 4 to Aimee Glocke, a pro- USU Northridge Center – ation,” will kick off on Feb. 5:30 p.m. in Redwood Hall fessor in the Department film screening of “Bilal’s 5 with a black organization 292; from 4 to 6:45 p.m., of Pan African Studies and Stand,” followed by recepand club fair in the Plaza the Rev. James Lawson, a coordinator of the event, tion and discussion with del Sol from 10 a.m. to 2 noted civil rights leader, said the theme reflects the producer and director Sulp.m. Various organizations will discuss “Soul Force: effort to bring the elders tan Sharrief. including the Department Nonviolent Personal Pow- and young people together. CSUN, See page 12A

20th Century Onyx Club Presents 50th Golden Anniversary Debutante Ball

Judge to Decide if Black Press will be Treated Fairly by Tobacco Firms

Pop Wut U Got-Dinner Theatre at St. Paul Baptist Church See Local - Page 16A

“Visions of Hope” presents 4th annual Black History Month Celebration See Lifestyle - Page 1B

True Blues at Campbell Hall See Community Calendar Page 14B

The Debutants from l. to r.: Mikaela Yvonne McCowan, Drea Cheyenne Ruffin, Dejahnae Nadette Brown, Maxine Simone Hill, Aiyana Aolani Brown and Zaria Alise Janey McAfee Oxnard, CA --- The 20th Century Onyx Club of Ventura County will present their 50th Golden Anniversary Debutante Ball at the Embassy Suites’ Mandalay Beach Hotel and Resort on Saturday, February 22, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. The ball is sponsored by the club to help support teenage African-American girls in their moral, social, and cultural development. The event signifies that a young lady has reached the age of maturity and that, as

a new adult, she is ready to be introduced to the community in a formal presentation known as a “debut” or “coming out.” The debutante ball involves a good deal of social and cultural training. It gives young ladies exposure they wouldn’t normally have.They gain experience they can use throughout their lives. That experience includes etiquette sessions, personal grooming seminars, community service, and opportunities to go to cultural

events such as plays, concerts, and art and historical museums. In addition, the young ladies work to raise money for scholarships. Preparation for the ball also includes spending time with women from the Onyx Club and lessons in formal dance. On the night of the ball, each debutante will be doing a combination of formal dance routines for their debut dance. This year’s debutantes are: Debutante Aiyana Aolani Brown, Port Hueneme. Debs, See page 3A

U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler

Cloves C. Campbell, Jr., Chairman of the NNPA

By George E. Curry, NNPA Editor-in-Chief WA S H I N G T O N (NNPA) – A “concerned” U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler is expected to rule next week on whether advertising she ordered major tobacco companies to purchase in order to correct their past false statements about the danger of smoking should be expanded to include Black media. On Jan. 22, Judge Kessler held a hearing in Washington, D.C. in which she stated, “… I do have some real concerns and I want to put those concerns in the public record now so that everybody is clear about matters of substantial import.” She continued, “Number

one, I’m concerned about the issue that has arisen – and I have to say –arisen for the first time some seven years, I believe, if I’m counting right, seven years after Order Number 1015 was issued. And the issue is beliefs that in setting forth the newspapers in which the corrective statements have been placed, that we have ignored an extremely important segment of the population in general, and that we have ignored a segment of the population that was directly targeted by the Defendants in this case.” Cloves C. Campbell, Jr., chairman of the NNPA, said he remains optimistic that his group will get a fair PRESS, See page 12A

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