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From the Editor Spring is in full swing and the air is filled with excitement and anticipation as our secondary students prepare for graduation from High School and the collegiate students look forward to their entrance into the workforce. Not to be slighted, the pre-school and kindergarten students are advancing into new schools of higher learning. Statistically, the Institute of Education Sciences indicates graduation rates in the U.S. are rising, but among minority communities those numbers are still dismally low. In this issue we look at what mentors can do to assist their mentees as they pursue higher education and we showcase the work being done at Kent State University in the Division of Diversity, Equality and Inclusion. They are working to ensure students have advocates and assistance to aid them with any hurdles that might come along during their collegiate career. Globally, we take a look at the efforts of a Cleveland mother, activist and evangelist who has undertaken the task of building a school in Ghana, West Africa. While we struggle in this country to implore all of our children to attend school and reap the rewards of an education, that task is much more difficult for young people in Africa. In most cases on the continent of Africa children don't have the luxury of a free public education. In order to attend school they must pay and most families are not in a position to cover the fees; resulting in a nation with very high rates of illiteracy. This effort came because Anthony Tay, a Ghanaian youth praying for assistance to obtain an education came across an article describing the suffering of a Cleveland mother after the loss of her child to violence. The two have formed a bond that includes financial support from America and Tay's efforts to promote education in villages across Ghana. I'm sure you've heard the adage “You learn something new every day,” and that is a true statement because the classroom is not the sole source of education. Living each day we find our world offers a wealth of educational opportunities ranging from learning how to interact with one another and accept our differences to studying the success of those who have overcome life's obstacles to become successful citizens. These stories are shared as we learn about the work of Jan Thrope and Inner Visions, local non-profit bringing communities together to create change from the ground up. Her story is one of removing blinders and stereotypes when dealing with people who may not look like you, or who live in circumstances unfamiliar to you – having an open mind and heart and understanding at the core we are all human beings. RL Gamble highlights the many demons Dr. Elaine Richardson overcame to become a professor of Literacy Studies in the College of Education at The Ohio State University. Dr. Richardson shared her struggles in the book “PHD (Po H# on Dope) to Ph.D.: How Education Saved My Life.” This is a must read for any young woman suffering from low self-esteem or other issues of inadequacy. The ultimate message is that your past does not have to be your final story, you can overcome the mistakes you made with faith and perseverance. In each issue we offer tips on health and this month is no exception as we focus on the importance of learning CPR to aid in helping family and friends in distress. Additionally we look at the use of alternative methods of healing and the slow but steady acceptance of these methods by western medical practitioners.







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Beletu (Bele') Wondwossen Founder / Publisher Shelley M. Shockley Managing Editor Writers Shelley M. Shockley Ruby Lee Gamble A. Michele Garrett Kim Brown Graphics / Art Bele’ Wondwossen

On the Cover Story – Shelley Shockley Design – Bele’ Wondwossen

Guest Writers / Contributors Michelle Phillips Fay Marjorie Clark

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These are just a few of the topics featured in this month's edition, and while it may seem like a lot to take in at one time, we encourage you to grab your favorite beverage, pull of a comfy chair and relax and learn! As always, your comments are welcome so please take a moment and send us a note. Your feedback is appreciated and will help us to address issues close to your heart, and if you know a Phenomenal Woman please tell us all about her because innately we are all PHENOMENAL!












CONTENTS Debbi Morgan Returns to Pine Valley


AFRICA “Transforming thoughts into things”

Meet Theresa Harris Cement Finisher at CPP

ELYSTA Productions’ “Chocolate Ball of Fashion 2013”

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Dr. Elaine Richardson reminds us There is always HOPE in her new book .... PHD to Ph.d.

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Jan Thrope, Director of Inner Visions of Cleveland, changing communities from the inside out

An Executive Chef and a Butcher Went to the Market



Yvonne Pointer’s Journey to Ghana west



A Calling to Heal in Non-Traditional Ways


ONE-ON-ONE with Terri DiPaola, Director of University Hospitals’ Connor Integrative Medicine Network


PHD (Po H# on Dope) to Ph.D.: How Education Saved My Life A Life Story Shared in an Effort to Remind Us There is Always Hope By R. Lee Gamble This is happening to me because I'm ugly. I have big lips and nappy hair. There is nothing special about me. My boyfriend is cheating on me with somebody else. Nobody really loves me. I hate my parents for being lames. How come they didn't make me a pretty girl like the ones in the magazines and on TV, like the lightskinned girls with long hair? How come boys don't worship and adore me? How come we live on East 68th Street anyway? The real families on TV don't live in roach-and rat-raggedy houses. This was what I deserved for being nothing. Well, Andrew does like me just the way I am, I thought. He even loves me. And he's gonna marry me. I loved him. It's me and him against the world. I'm his “bottom woman.” I don't care that he has this older chick givin him money. All these thoughts ran through my brain as he caressed and kissed my broken body. “I promise I won't hit choo again, hear?” This is just one of many emotional passages that describe the slow progression of a young girl's loss of innocence and her seduction into the life of the streets. In the memoir PHD (Po H# on Dope) to Ph.D.: How Education Saved My Life, Dr. Elaine Richardson (Dr. E) shares her story of life in the inner city of Cleveland and how she overcame the world of prostitution, abuse and drugs to become a professor of Literacy Studies in the College of Education at The Ohio State University. Through sharing her story, Dr. E sends a message of encouragement to all people, young and old, who may be struggling with those same issues. “I believe I went through all of these things in my life in order to prepare me to be the educator and cultural community worker that I am,” Dr. E said. “I am not saying that people who haven't had those experiences couldn't benefit the community, it is just I believe the experiences I had made me a better educator and advocate. I have developed sensitivity to the things people can get into and I want them to understand that they still have a chance at life. If you still have life then you still have hope for yourself.” Having been a part of the street life, Dr. E understands how people give up on themselves because they just can't see their way out of their situation. Dr. E says, often, people will tell you that you can be whatever you want to be. “I don't know if I want to make that grand of a statement,” she said, “ but I will say that I think you can take whatever it is that has entrapped you and it can be a point of freedom once you overcome it.

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Dr. E said her Greater Cleveland neighborhood, E. 68th and Cedar, was filled with people who had migrated from the south. Her mother was a Jamaican immigrant and her father was a travelling musician from Virginia. He met her mother in Jamaica, married her and moved her here. “I grew up as they say 'down the way,'” she said. “There are a lot of not so beautiful things you see when growing up poor in the ghetto. I think it was a combination of low self-esteem, not feeling good about myself for several reasons, and just staying in the ghetto that led me to make the choices that I made. It is hard growing up in that type of environment and there are a lot of things to overcome.” The book adeptly describes a young girl surrounded by a lack of beauty, even in herself. Dr. E draws you into the world of her childhood. It is a world full of rundown buildings, prostitutes, drug addicts and drunks and she has to navigate it each day. She experiences domestic violence first by witnessing a fight between her parents and later in her own life. She is raped as a teenager and it is then that she begins searching for love in all the wrong places. The fact that Dr. E is still alive to even tell her story is a miracle.

“Sometimes people brush it off like it is nothing to grow up in poverty, but it is devastating,” Dr. E said. “Some people came through it unscathed, but the majority of people I grew up with had family members that were incarcerated or had been shot or killed. These are the people that became addicts and prostitutes. They were not college bound or middle class bound. They were not upwardly mobile. They did not have anyone to tell them that they could be.” One of the main take-aways from this book is that every prostitute, addict or drunk did not have a bad mother. So often people will see a young person selling drugs or a young girl walking the streets prostituting and assume they had a horrible home life and bad parents. Dr. E is an example of a young woman with parents who tried their best to make sure she went in the right direction. However, her low self-esteem led her to make choices that would devastate her life. Dr. E's life of drugs and prostitution did not end until she thought she killed her second child. Pregnant and doing drugs all day, every day for weeks, she could not feel her baby moving. She went to the hospital and asked that they remove the baby because it was dead and to call the police so she could be arrested. Miraculously, the baby was still alive. She gave birth in the hospital several days later to a baby girl that was healthy, happy and drug free. The fact that her child survived her drug use was a sign that it was time for her to straighten up her life. A deeply revealing, emotional and inspiring memoir, PHD to PH.D is a must read for everyone, especially young women. Understanding why some people choose the streets over education, from someone who has been there, gives the reader a level of insight you could only achieve if you were actually living in that world. This memoir can motivate you no matter where you are in your life. Dr. E is an example of someone who even at her lowest, found a way to create a better life for herself. She said, “Whatever that thing is inside you that God gave you to uplift others, use it, because you can do it. It might not be the way you envisioned it but have hope – always have hope.” This is a definite must read.

Dr. Elaine Richardson is also a recoding artist <<<<<<<<<< The song "Deaky" is the first release from “Songs for the Struggle,” written to accompany PHD to PhD: How Education Saved My Life by Dr. E. For more info: http://phdtophd.com Photo by: John Ray www.PHENOMENALWOMAN.me ¦ 7


Transforming communities from the inside out There's an old adage that advises “don't sweat the small stuff,” yet the little things are the focus of Jan Thrope's Inner Visions, a non-profit agency formed to discover and promote residents' creative ideas to enhance Cleveland by linking them with the resources necessary to execute their grassroots ideas. To promote this mission, Thrope hones in on the little things and sometimes the littlest things – children. As Thrope begins this interview with Phenomenal Woman, one of the first stories she recounts is that of Rashawn, a young inner-city student she once tutored. Rashawn was a bright eyed 7-year-old who developed a stutter when he began to witness horrible things in his neighborhood. These things ranged from burning trucks to murdered dogs left strewn on the street. Rashawn's teacher advised Thrope to pick another book if he began to stutter, but Thrope was curious as to what was behind the change in the young student. Careful, deliberate conversation and observation led her to hear his cries and took her on a journey through his neighborhood. As she traveled the neighborhood, she photographed the sites and encountered the same images that had frightened her young student into stuttering. These images and many more have been compiled into “InnerVisions: Grassroots Stories of Truth and Hope” a book Thrope published to showcase how connecting people with the right resources and people can morph into positive results. In the introduction to “Innervisions” Thrope recalls a Poverty Summit held to develop solutions and the many costly and intense suggestions offered; yet the most eye-opening to her was the response of a homeless gentleman who said, “What I could use is a pair of clean underwear. I can't apply for a job when I smell,” a statement that illuminates InnerVisions' motto 'Small Bucks for Big Change.'

experience Thrope says was enlightening and led to “dialogue that was fulfilling on both ends.” Similarly she tells the story of a suburban woman who took part in the Good News Tours, a day of visiting successful grassroots projects. This woman on the tour had been suffering from skin problems she was unable to find a cure for when she encountered the Simply Betsy products that helped resolve her skin irritation. To help showcase the products that have resulted from InnerVisions projects, Thrope created a stage version of her book with the participants playing themselves and telling their stories. Before the production and after there were tables where other participants sold crowd funding,” says Thrope.

Jan Thrope, Founder and Executive Director Inner Visions of Cleveland

their wares resulting in a “mini-

Future projects include “Bridging the Tracks” for the Shaker Square community with the goal of connecting different ends of the spectrum. This project is significant Thrope says because, “The Van Sweringens developed Shaker as a closed community and to do projects that change that dialogue, change the story of this neighborhood is cool.” A component of this project will involve “Entertrainment” where artists will perform on the Rapid Trains.

We are using the visions within us to change the sights around us!

As Thrope describes the role she believes each citizen can play in rebuilding the City of Cleveland, she's animated and her eyes shine with hope because she says, “We're connecting people from opposite ends of the economic strata; there's a balancing of we need each other to establish opportunities to work on projects together.” One such example is the Poverty Immersion where a simulation of a 'day in the life' was offered featuring someone formerly incarcerated, homeless or just struggling to an audience of more established Clevelanders. The

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Many of Thrope's projects tend to have an artistic bent and that is no mistake because she believes, “Everyone has an innate ability to create but we have programmed people not to think that. We have a proclivity to use one side of the brain or the other.” Ultimately Thrope believes that circumstances do play a role in the choices made and the lives that people begin to live, but if “we all looked within, we would see we are all the same, our basic humanity, our dreams are power if only we would look inside and be given the opportunity.”

Niki Zmij Amplified Wind Solutions CEO Niki Zmij has had quite a successful few months. After taking second place in the student business idea competition at the 2012 Northeast Ohio Entrepreneur Expo, her cleantech company—whose technology was developed Photo by Laura Webb out of Cleveland State University—won the Ohio Clean Energy Challenge and competed in the regional competition in Chicago. At that April event, Zmij won the “Breaking Barriers in Cleantech” award for being an outstanding female entrepreneur. After that event, Zmij shared some insights into Amplified Wind Solutions' success, and what it felt like to win such a prestigious award. Describe what Amplified Wind Solutions does and how it works. What we have is a wind amplification system. This system is pretty unique; it's unlike anything that exists in the market today. It basically utilizes a cylindrical structure as a wind deflector, and as air flow moves around the cylinder, it actually experiences an increase in air density and velocity. So the result of that is amplified wind. Our technology simply places turbines in front of that amplified wind, and it can produce four to six times more electricity than a conventional turbine. What real-word implications does this technology have? We've decided to focus this technology in a market where we think it can deliver real value to customers: telecommunications. Consumer demand in this industry is growing explosively. I don't really have to tell anyone that, because everybody and their brother has a cell phone. In order to keep up, telecom service providers have been increasing their capacity and building more towers both in the U.S. and in developing countries. And as a result, powering these towers has been a growing strategic concern. In order to find a solution, telecom providers are looking to clean energy technologies, including wind, solar and fuel cell. Our solution can provide energy at a fraction of the cost, and because the fuel is wind, the fuel is free. Were you surprised to win the “Breaking Barriers in Cleantech” award? Yes, I was definitely surprised, but mostly honored. It was amazing to be welcomed on stage by a group of such strong, successful and intelligent women, and together represent the strength and ability of women in cleantech and all industries. I believe I won this award because of my passion and persistence, as well as my willingness to push forward through hard work and uncertainty, and tell my story from the heart. What did you learn from the Chicago competition? For me, Chicago reinforced the fact that there is always more work to do. There's always more to learn - and in order to stay on top, you have to be flexible, and you have to keep developing yourself, your business, your market, and your product.

Were there any immediate positive results from the Chicago event? There were many immediate positive results from the Chicago event, especially in the area of partner interest. We met many people who may be able to help us continue to develop within the telecom space, and also many who could help us access other markets down the line. This event also provided some great media exposure for us as well. What are the advantages of being a female entrepreneur? There is an advantage in the tech space in that there are not really many female entrepreneurs leading companies with new technologies. So I think that sometimes people get excited to see a female walking into this currently male-dominated area. On the other side of it, it's also kind of a challenge. In my own development as a female CEO, I'm always looking for models. A lot of the examples that are out there are males, who may or may not handle things differently than I may. They have different personalities. It has been a challenge to find a female in the role that I am looking to take on who has a personality similar to mine. But that's not to say that somewhere down the line I might not meet one that I connect with and who could be my mentor. What's the best advice you've ever received? Always celebrate your small successes. And I think that is applicable in life, but especially in developing a business, because it's hard. It's an emotional roller coaster; it has ups and downs. Just when you think that you're building, something will happen, and you'll be going down the roller coaster. You really have to keep your own momentum going. You need to be willing to give yourself a big pat on the back along the way.



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Brother2Brother: Winners of this year’s Mothers of Sons’ $1000 prize. Brother2Brother is a faith based group that assists men in becoming positive and productive contributors to society.




Adding technology — and style — to the bedroom (Family Features)


Emily Henderson

hen it comes to adding technology to your home, the bedroom might not be the first place you would consider. But the reality is that high tech is becoming an integral part of every living space — including the bedroom. A survey by the International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA) looked at what designers expect to see in American homes by the year 2020. The report predicts that: —Master bedroom suites will get busier, sharing time as a home office, media center or exercise room. —97 percent of respondents believe that by 2020 many home furnishings will be activated by means such as voice and sensor. Primary candidates for remote control/motorized operation include lighting, entertainment gear, environmental controls and window treatments. “High-tech is here to stay,” said Emily Henderson, HGTV “Design Star” winner and designer on “Secrets from a Stylist” on HGTV. “Technology can make your life easier in so many ways. And with so much activity centered in the master suite, it makes sense to add useful tech devices into that living space, too.” Here are a few of Henderson's favorite ways to modernize the master bedroom in style:

Bed control “It shouldn't take a lot of work to get comfortable enough to relax,” said Henderson. “Traditional beds only have one position, and that's not going to be a good fit for everyone or every activity. That's why I love Leggett & Platt's adjustable bed bases. With a wireless remote I can easily change my position to be comfortable no matter what I'm doing.” Henderson says that today's adjustable base beds are not only more functional than old models, but they're more attractive, too. “You can find a style to fit your room and a model that offers the level of technology that you're comfortable with,” she said. “For example, the Leggett & Platt Designer Series has intuitive digital remotes that let you adjust both the head and the foot of your mattress so you can find exactly the right position. They even have a massage feature for a little stylish pampering and a bed skirt option for a more traditional look.” Learn more at www.lpadjustablebeds.com. 12 ¦ JUNE 2013

Motorized window treatment control

Remote control TV mount

“It's such a luxury to be able to lie in bed and use a remote to open your curtains or shades in the morning,” said Henderson. “I think it officially means you are a grown up, but in a good way.” Henderson recommends that you get shades or curtains that have blackout lining, and ideally two settings — one for privacy and light control, which would be lighter and thinner, and one with the blackout lining for that perfect dark room that you can sleep in. Blackout curtains also muffle outside noise. “I'm a big fan of The Shade Store motorized window treatments, which are all custom made. They are super high quality so less likely to break down and are still very attractive.” You can find motorized shades or shutters with a timer, which lets you program them to open and close whenever you like. Some have wall switches, while others have a remote control so you can operate them from anywhere.

“Wall mounting your TV isn't anything new, but being able to lie in bed and control the exact placement (right, left, tilt up, tilt down) is a total luxury,” said Henderson. “Many companies are starting to do this so you don't have to have the TV across from your bed, instead you can put it on a side wall and have the long extendable arm bring the TV to you — by remote.” Make sure that your wall mount is compatible with your television. —Check the weight rating on the mounts and brackets to make sure they can support your TV. —Some mounts have different shapes to fit different screen sizes. Check the specification on the packaging to be sure. Hide ugly cables with a cord concealer. You can find lowprofile paintable flat screen cord cover kits at your local home improvement stores. Paint them to match your wall and they'll blend right in.

Heat control

Sleeping at the right temperature is crucial for a wakeless night's sleep, but finding an attractive thermostat can be tricky. “There are thermostats which you can control with your iPhone even if you are traveling, so that when you are headed home you can make sure it's warm enough without wasting a lot of energy,” said Henderson. These thermostats are intended to save you energy and money by automatically learning your patterns and behavior and adjusting itself accordingly. You can also create your own personal comfort zone within the bedroom with temperature controlled pillows and blankets. And there's nothing quite like waking up and putting your feet down on heated flooring.

Music control You want to listen to music on good quality speakers, but you don't want a huge speaker in your bedroom; nor do you want to have to get up and turn the stereo off. “Also, I don't always like the music right next to my ear, on the nightstand,” said Henderson, “so instead I recommend a Bluetooth or wireless speaker that plugs into your wall. You can find speakers that are small and attractive with a great sound and can be controlled by your smartphone next to your bed.” When choosing a speaker, keep a few things in mind: —Bluetooth reach is limited to about 30 feet. Some speakers use Wi-Fi wireless network technology, which has wider coverage. —Some models have a dock for smartphones or other devices, as well as additional audio inputs for connecting other devices such as your TV. Make sure the model you choose is compatible with your devices — some only work with iOS or Android systems. —Some wireless speakers come with remotes or voice recognition controls, but the quality varies. Read user reviews before making your decision.











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Yvonne Pointer


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Turning the vision of the Gloria Pointer Teen Movement Intervention Learning Center into reality by Shelley M. Shockley Managing Editor A winter storm was engulfing the eastern half of the United States, flights were cancelled and Yvonne Pointer's dream seemed to be on hold last February. The Cleveland evangelist, activist and mother was packed and ready to head to Elmina, Ghana to fulfill the dream of continuing her daughter's legacy in this faraway land, yet her faith, conviction and prayers once again had the upper hand. She boarded the plane a few days late and despite several delays broke ground on the Gloria Pointer Teen Movement Center in Antonkwa, a village in Elmina. Pointer's story embodies the cliché “triumph over tragedy”, because she has experienced one of life's greatest tragedies – the loss of a child to violence but her profound faith in God and man has led her on a spirit-filled journey to empower others. As the spring thaw settled into Cleveland, Yvonne opened the doors of her home to share her story with Phenomenal Woman. The deep rich wood highlighted with deep shades of red added warmth to the conversation. The story began twenty-nine years ago when Pointer's fourteen-year-old daughter was abducted and murdered, but we begin eleven years ago when the story of her death reaches a young man more than 5,000 miles away in Ghana, West Africa. Anthony Tay, 17, was walking in Ghana feeling overwhelmed by the many setbacks he was experiencing when he noticed a paper on the ground and bent to pick it up. The paper was an article recounting the inspirational story of Yvonne Pointer and how she struggled daily to come to grips with the murder of her eldest daughter. Moved by the story, Tay reached out to Pointer expressing his sorrow for the loss of her daughter and telling of his desire to further his education and one day become a doctor. Without financial support and educational facilities, that dream appeared bleak.

Anthony Tay and Yvonne Pointer

That chance encounter led Pointer and her network of friends to begin sending money to Tay and other children to assist with their educational endeavors. Tay in turn began “paying it forward” when he founded the Gloria Pointer Teen Movement Initiative in West Africa and began traveling to neighboring villages to urge African youth to get an education and begin living healthy lifestyles in honor of Gloria. These series of events epitomizes Pointer's belief, “thoughts become things,” something she was becoming familiar with. One of her earliest thoughts to preserve Gloria's memory was the establishment of a scholarship for young girls graduating from Cleveland's John Hay High School, the school Gloria was anxious to attend. In 1991 as she struggled with how she was going to make this vision a reality, Pointer recalls receiving an unexpected check for $4,000. “I was surprised, and thought this can't be for me, but that was the start of the Gloria Pointer Scholarship Fund.” That first $4,000 would not create a perpetual endowment, in order to do that Pointer had to raise another $30,000 and as she is quick to point out, “I don't have any money,” but she held onto the vision and found ways to raise the money. From the sale of her books “Behind the Death of a Child,” “Word from the Mother,” “Two Dollar$ in My Pocket,” and speaking engagements, she was able to ensure the scholarship was vested in 2011. She explains, “That's twenty years of the same thoughts and that's the God's honest truth.” That same level of perseverance along with an infectious personality has led and propelled her work both in the U.S. and Ghana. In 2006, Pointer was the grand prize recipient of the Curvation® Project Confidence Award for founding Cleveland's “Positive Plus,” a women's self-help group whose mission is to motivate women to become responsible and seize control of this own destiny; for being a role model for the Cleveland Public Schools “Girl Power” program; and for her work building the confidence and self-respect of inmates in women's and juvenile prisons. The award came with a $10,000 grant to continue the work she was doing with “Positive Plus' and other groups and helped to make her first trip to Ghana a reality in 2007. That trip was an eye opener for Pointer. As she sits in the comforts of her home, she spreads her arms to encompass her well appointed home and says, “Me and my prissy self I was overcome by no electricity, no running water and mud huts brought me to tears and I cried the entire time I was there.” In summary she says hearing about the living conditions is one thing but to see it with your own eyes is another thing.

GROUND BREAKING (Ghana, West Africa) (L to R) George Fraser, Yvonne Pointer and Anthony Tay

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cover Believing that there is a solution for just about everything, Pointer began to observe, “I watched as others were buying things – souvenirs and I'm giving away everything. I don't fault them, but the last thing I could think about was buying anything I just wanted to give back anything that I thought would help.” As she pondered the difference between her and others on the trip a guide said to her, “Some people are here on vacation, but you are here on a mission.” As she reflected on what brought her to Ghana in the first place and her belief that education is an answer to many ills, the vision was realized. She would continue to send funds to help support the education of youth in Ghana as well as expose them to other things like candy, toys, books and clothing. This proved to be only a portion of her vision; the larger more permanent vision was the construction of a school. When asked how she decided on a school Pointer spoke of her own life, “I dropped out of school, but I did go back and got my GED and took some college courses. I instead opted for community services, but I know what learning does for your mind – it expands it. So I want to give that option to these young people.” Many have questioned why she would send candy, something they won't ever have again and to this she says, “When you're exposed to something, it will make you want to find it.”

Yvonne Pointer with students in the “Gloria Pointer Teen Movement Center” program (Ghana, West Africa)

Just as God had lead her through her deepest sorrows, He continued to guide her on the journey of empowerment by placing thoughts and people in her path to fulfill the vision. One of the first on this visionary tour was Dr. David Whitaker, founder of Ashe Culture Center in Cleveland and member of a tribe and village in Elmina, Ghana the future home of the Gloria Pointer school. Pointer says, “It is important to know somebody,” because this relationship led to the land that was needed to construct the school. Explaining she said, “This vision came with no land, no dirt – I had nothing, but in walks Dr. Whitaker!” Not long after her discussions with Dr. Whitaker about land for the school, Pointer was attending the John Hay Senior Breakfast to present the annual

Gloria Pointer Scholarship when she sat down next to Judson Kline, a local architect. Kline and Pointer began to chat and found they had similar interests and she began to share her vision for a school in Ghana. Kline says “I began to connect the dots and thought that she should meet my college classmate JE Eliot at the Miami University of Ohio and Gail DellaPiana.” Kline explained that DellaPiana founded Ghana Design-Build Studio which brings students to Ghana for six weeks to actually build projects of the village's choosing. Pointer recalls that meeting and thinking “now we have all the ducks in a row – land, the money is coming along and now architects!” The students from Design-Build did not become a part of the project, but the relationship developed with Kline and DellaPiana has been helpful. Pointer said, “When I received blueprints I sent them to Jud for his guidance and Gail came to Cleveland and has even taken items back to Ghana for me.” The groundbreaking was only the first step in this process that Pointer says should be complete in early 2014, now she is in fundraising mode and the offers of support are vast. “I have a couple interested in adding a library to the school, and we are looking at a way individuals can dedicate rooms in the school.” This school Pointer says is similar to the biblical story of teaching a man to fish so that he can eat for the rest of his life and with this project, “Money is not what expands your mind, but a school will do that.” She sees this as another form of service, “Service is what saved my life and what gets me out of the bed everyday.”

Students at a local school welcoming Yvonne Pointer

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Destination College Degree: How to Guide Your Mentee Through the College Years by Michelle Phillips Fay Contributing Writer

Ordinarily, these years will be tough and disquieting times for your mentee. Throughout their college tenure, the mentor's role is to support their evolving self-concept while helping to sustain self-confidence. Acknowledging when you honestly can that their experiences mirror ones shared by you will help to relieve anxieties.

Some of the best advice that you can give a mentee who is about to enter college is this: "You can change your major 20 times in college -- twice in the Registrar's Office and 18 times in your head."

Frequent and meaningful communications before problems arise will help facilitate the "tough talks." These are conversations when your mentee will float an idea or revelation past you to see what you think. Sometimes what comes forth initially will not hold true to the end. So it is best to consider some ideas merely a trial balloon being sent up to test the reaction.

In the end, the only thing that matters is that they remain focused on the goal of attaining a degree. The journey begins with studying the online course catalog that sets forth the school's distribution requirements. There they will also find a listing of the specific courses required for the various majors offered.

Many of these test cases will center around how to present one's self to the world, ranging in complexity from hairstyles (natural, dreadlocks, relaxed) and fashion statements (piercings, tattoes, Kardashian "kouture") to lifestyle choices (drinking, vegetarianism, living together) to declarations of sexual orientation (to come out or not to come out).

As they search through the course offerings for desired days and times, along the way most people will spot an attractive course offering outside their "planned" major. Sampling other disciplines in college is natural, and necessary. Doing so satisfies a basic desire of thinking people -- the desire to know more. In many ways, pursuing a college degree is much like sightseeing in an unfamiliar city. If touring Washington, D.C., for example, one may declare that the first stop will be The Washington Monument. But how many of us can resist peering through the gates of The White House while venturing down Pennsylvania Avenue towards the famed obelisk? Not many, I contend.

Make sure your reactions are measured and non-judgmental. You may be the first trusted person they turn to. Never turn away from them. Better to turn them toward their own mirrors, saying -- "Well, if that is how you see yourself, then who am I or anyone else to deny who you are. Or, if you think that is in your best interest, then by all means pursue it; provided, you first weigh the risks, if any, associated with the course of action." Encourage them through non-judgmental statements like these to examine their choices, but always with the goal of validating their personhood in the process. Remember that it is the rare person who does not need to see acceptance in the faces of those whom they respect. In most cases, an accepting or loving reception will lead to further and deeper self-reflection.

And why is that? Intelligent humans are curious by nature, and curiosity would get the best of us long before we see the pyramid top beckoning to us from behind the Treasury Department. Your mentee should be advised that on the road to completing distribution and major requirements, attractions like biopsychology or the economics of politics or Arabic might curiously appear on their registration forms. Later, while in these unanticipated courses, their ever-expanding minds may toy with the notion of actually majoring in "Econ" or "Pysch," as they have affectionately come to refer to these disciplines. Or perhaps maybe even a foreign language. And just as the excited tourist lingers outside the gates of The White House, the excited student should sit for a while pondering the question -- "What do I really want to do with my life?" Let them know that any time spent exploring this question will never be wasted. In fact, the self-knowledge gained through this exercise will far outweigh the knowledge obtained from the Econ problem set or the voluminous required reading in a political science course. There are no grades given for how well we come to know ourselves. The only reward is a well-lived life, pursuing dreams, and, hopefully, achieving some of them in the course of dreaming. How can a mentor help guide their mentee through this unwieldy process? A mentor's role in this process is to support the mentee on the journey of selfdiscovery. Self-knowledge is priceless. And unless legitimately earned, it is always purchased at a premium. Going to college is at its core a journey of self-discovery. Yes, students acquire a vast amount of knowledge about a multitude of subjects. But, if the college years are done right, the graduate comes away knowing more about self than the subjects they studied. It is a journey oftentimes scarier than sightseeing in a foreign land where you do not speak the language. And in these situations, it is always best to have a guide. College years will be filled with moments of uncertainty, self-doubt and occasionally, true terror. Coming to grips with the reality of who we really are, as opposed to who everyone told us we should be, is frightening. The biggest fear is worrying about whether people will accept us "as is." "Do they love me for who I am or only as the person they thought they had created?" This last question typically refers to parents, but it can also encompass schools, communities, social groups and churches.



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You may choose to educate them on any potential career repercussions, especially in the unforgiving age of Facebook. But as mentors guide; you do not judge. If the closeness of the relationship lends itself to sharing your personal beliefs or value system, then there may be an opportunity to have that conversation. Beliefs and value systems are best modeled, and not preached. Remember your mentee has been watching you for as long as you have been looking out for them. They know what you believe. What they really desire to know more than anything else is whether you believe in them. So, when guiding college-age mentees, do not neglect to attend to the education of the whole person, not merely the mind. The evolving self should not be overlooked. A degree in hand is nothing without self-love in heart.

~~~ Michelle Phillips Fay is a freelance journalist and active mentor. She served as the public relations liaison for the Greater Cleveland CARES Mentoring Movement, which was launched in Cleveland, Ohio in October 2010. Ms. Fay can be reached on Twitter at PrepOrationMentoring.


career profiles

As we focus on education and careers we thought it would be helpful for recent graduates and current students to glean some insight from women currently serving in positions they may one day seek to have. (Pages 18-20 by: Shelley Shockley, Pages 22-23 by: R. Lee Gamble)

Tracy Oliver, Director, Media Relations - OH Dominion East Ohio

Phenomenal Woman - As the Director of Media Relations what are your responsibilities? Oliver - My staff and I are responsible for protecting the reputation of Dominion by managing news media inquiries, responding to crisis situations and building and maintaining relationships with news media reporters and other external audiences. Phenomenal Woman - How many staff members do you oversee? Oliver - Two and a half.

Phenomenal Woman - How long have you held this position? Oliver - I have been in my position for almost 29 years. Phenomenal Woman - What school did you attend and what was your major? Oliver - I graduated from the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware with Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communications and Journalism, and a minor degree in African American Studies. Phenomenal Woman - Would you say that your current position is your dream job? Oliver - I would say that my current position has its daily challenges and rewards and I am grateful to work for a wonderful company. Phenomenal Woman - How did you choose this career path? Oliver - I have always had a curious and inquisitive nature. That led me to initially pursue a journalism degree. Once I realized how my skills were transferrable to other communications areas, I started my career as a radio news reporter and broadcaster. Eventually, that professional background led me to a career on the other side of the microphone in media relations. Phenomenal Woman - What positions did you hold prior to this? Positions that helped prepare you for this job? Oliver - Prior to joining Dominion, which was previously East Ohio Gas, I was the news director and talk show host at WJMO Radio in Cleveland. That job helped me to understand how reporters work, the importance of deadlines and providing accurate and timely information. I have a better appreciation for media relations work since I used to be in the business. However, today's 24-hour news cycle coupled with social media, makes the responsibilities of my job much more demanding and more dynamic. Phenomenal Woman - What advice would you offer to a young lady thinking of pursuing a career similar to yours? Oliver - I would tell her to bring everything she has to the table. Seek out other women who are in positions where she aspires to reach and actively pursue mentors. It's also important to network, to join trade organizations, to volunteer in the community and to reach back. Phenomenal Woman - What strengths do you possess that are key to your success? Oliver - I think good communications skills are essential, along with the ability to listen to others. It's also important to step out and lead, but just as critical to be a team player.

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Maureen Harper, Chief Of Communications For Mayor Frank G. Jackson

Phenomenal Woman – What are your responsibilities as Chief of Communications? Harper – I advise Mayor Jackson on communications matters, including media relations, public relations and crisis communications, social media, employee communications, as well as oversee TV20 (cable access station), the City's Photographic Bureau, and the Art in Everything initiative. Additionally I coordinate the Mayor's public appearances and speaking engagements, and serve as the Mayor's speechwriter. Phenomenal Woman - How many staff members do you oversee? Harper – 19 Phenomenal Woman - How long have you held this position? Harper - 7 years Phenomenal Woman - What was your major in college? Harper - Bachelor's in English (writing concentration) and Communications & Theatre Arts; master's in Interpersonal Communications Phenomenal Woman - What college did you attend? Harper - Heidelberg University (undergrad) and Bowling Green State University (grad) Phenomenal Woman - Would you say that your current position is your dream job? Harper - Yes, unless I can go back to backpacking for a living! Phenomenal Woman - How did you choose this career path? Harper - When I was a sophomore in high school, I read “All the President's Men” by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward and decided to be an investigative reporter. When it came time to choose a college, I really wanted to go to Heidelberg but they didn't have a journalism program. So, I decided that I would combine the writing track from the English program and the Communications track from the Communications & Theatre Arts program and make my own “journalism” degree. Then, during my first semester at Heidelberg I took the introductory level public speaking class, which was taught by the school's speech coach. He guided me in to public speaking and political communication. I was hooked. Phenomenal Woman - What positions did you hold prior to this? Harper - I think every job I ever had (I started working when I was 12) helped me prepare for this position, but particularly Public Relations Manager for Cleveland City Council and Publicist at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections. Before working my way up in my field, I was a receptionist, a waitress, a hotel clerk, a recreation specialist, an executive assistant, and a backpacking guide. Phenomenal Woman - What advice would you offer to a young lady thinking of pursuing a career similar to yours? Harper - As a general rule, believe in the work that you are doing. My work is directly tied to the Mayor of the City of Cleveland. If I didn't believe in his vision for the city and the work that he was doing to make that vision a reality, I would not be able to do my job effectively. On a practical level for any communications position: hone your writing skills and always know your audience. Phenomenal Woman - What strengths do you possess that are key to your success? Harper - I'm a bit of an adrenaline junky, which helps me work under tight deadlines and manage multiple projects, questions and issues at the same time. Confidence. The ability to stay calm in a crisis and focus on the work that needs to be done.


career profiles

THERESA HARRIS, Cement Finisher Cleveland Public Power Phenomenal Woman – What are your responsibilities as a Cement Finisher Harris –To prepare the area for removal and replacement of concrete. Phenomenal Woman - How many people do you oversee Harris –I am part of a crew of 4-5 members, but some job sites require more. Phenomenal Woman – How long have you held this position? Harris –I've been a Cement Masons Journeyman for 20 years. Phenomenal Woman –What training did you complete in order to obtain this position? Harris –I had to complete a 4 year Apprenticeship Program through the Cement Masons Local 404 also a ACI Certification and many journeyman upgrade classes that is ongoing. Phenomenal Woman –Would you say your current position is your dream job? Harris –Yes this is my dream job! I love my job, its hard work and sometimes long hours but it's not something that a lot of women do therefore I work with mostly men (SMILE)

Phenomenal Woman –How did you choose this career path? Harris –A female friend was working in the field and making good money and I thought I'd give it a try. Phenomenal Woman –What positions did you hold prior to this? Harris –Prior to this position I took some college courses and worked in factories but I had no experience in the construction field. What helped me to receive this position was that I was a High School Graduate and had good math skills. Phenomenal Woman –What advice would you offer to a young lady thinking of pursuing a career similar to yours? Harris –To complete High School and stay drug free, because you can do it! Phenomenal Woman –What strengths do you possess that are key to your success? Harris –I never gave up or never gave in and all the Glory goes to God. Phenomenal Woman –What have been some of your accomplishments in your field? Harris –I was the first female to serve on the Cement Masons Local 404 Executive Board.

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An Executive Chef and A Butcher Went to the Market… By R. Lee Gamble What do you get when you put one executive chef together with a butcher? You get two successful and dynamic women who run The Pork Chop Shop at the historic West Side Market. Alexia Rodriguez and Emma Beno, partners in business and in life, have taken The Pork Chop Shop and made it a staple for shoppers and restaurants alike. But these young women did not start off in business; they worked their way up and took the time to really learn their crafts. Finding female executive chefs in the Cleveland area is like searching for a needle in a haystack. The cooking business in Northeast Ohio is very male dominated, but Rodriguez has made her mark. The former head chef at the Bonbon Pastry & Café, Rodriguez left the position after a fire damaged a portion of the West Side Market. She said she felt it was important to help Beno get The Pork Chop Shop back up and running. However, her dreams of cooking are not over – not by a long shot. “I don't have any formal training as a chef,” Rodriguez said. “I started working at a Holiday Inn here in Cleveland when I was 21. I was working in the basement, but one day I just went into the kitchen and they threw me on the line. When I left, after five years, I was a sous chef.” Rodriguez said it is not easy to become a chef. She had been working in restaurants in Ohio City since 2006 and she said a lot of people still did not know that was her career. But she is very encouraging of young women who are trying to make it in this field.

(L to R ) Executive Chef Alexia Rodriguez and Butcher Emma Beno.

“It is tough,” she said. “It is a demanding field and high stress. But if you love food and you have a passion for it, like anything you have to go for it. It is a very male dominated field, as is butchering and the market. Emma is the only female butcher. I think it is important to remember that women and men are equal, a lot of people still don't see it that way, but we can do anything that men can do.” According to Rodriguez, young women who want to go into the field of cooking should get out and start working in restaurants as well as attending culinary schools. “Everyone's circumstance is different,” she said. “I definitely always encourage pursuing an education. Even though I did not get my start in culinary school, I am a firm believer that education can take you a long way. I am sure if I went to cooking school right now, there are a lot of things they would tell me that I did not know about certain particulars. However, when it comes down to really cooking in the kitchen, either you have it or you don't. It is all about patience. I would recommend doing both. You really need to spend some time, like a residency, at a restaurant. You have to get a feel for the line and personalities.” The oldest of six, Rodriguez said she always had some basic knowledge of food growing up. Even as a kid she filled her spare time watching cooking shows. She found that what she retained from watching those shows is a big part of her knowledge in the kitchen. Rodriguez still works very closely with Bonbon, but at 31, she now believes in her heart it is time for her and Beno to do their own thing.

Emma Beno, only female butcher/youngest vendor at the West Side Market co-owner the Pork Chop Shop 22 ¦ JUNE 2013

“I am looking more towards opening up my own place with Emma,” Rodriguez said. “We work for ourselves here and I love being in the kitchen. I realized that I could make us money, why am I doing it for other people. We could do it ourselves and excel at it. I am a fan of breakfast, which is what attracted me to Bonbon. There are so many things you can do with eggs and keep it simple. When I am developing menus, I gravitate more towards breakfast items. This city is saturated with dinner service restaurants. But I like preparing breakfast and Spanish food. It is my background, so I have a lot of Latin flare that I incorporate in my food when I cook.” It was while she managed the restaurant Johnny Mango that Rodriguez learned about The Pork Chop Shop. One of the requirements of the restaurant was to purchase fresh produce and meats from the West Side Market, which Rodriguez was not familiar with. “I am originally from Lorain County so I knew nothing about the West Side Market,” Rodriguez explained. “I would actually drive [from Lorain] to Ohio City to work. It was a requirement to shop here and that is how I met Emma, she had worked down here since she was a kid at different stalls. When I met her she had just become a butcher for Dionne's Meats and then she started cutting meat for Foster's on the side. One day he said you know I am selling my pork stand. I told Emma I thought we should get in on this because it could be a great opportunity.” Beno started working at the market at various stands when she was in high school. She said she moved from a cheese stand to pastries. From there she went to a pork stand. “Working at a pork stand I had to learn to cut meat,” Beno said. “There was no point in my being there if I wasn't going to cut the meat. I did not know how to do it, I just learned as I went along. On my off days I worked for the former owner of The Pork Chop Shop cutting deer. It was during that time he mentioned he was selling his stand and I immediately offered to buy it.”

“What made it all easier for me is that a lot of people at the market have known me since before I came out,” Beno said. “They have watched me really grow and change. Some people understand me, some people don't. Some people are like why would you cut your hair? They remember how I looked before. For the most part people are fine with it, but there are those that aren't and that is ok. We have received a lot of support from people here and in the community who encourage us to keep doing what we are doing.” In deciding to go into business, Rodriguez said she took the time to look at the advantage of running a pork stand. Although there are eight other pork stands in the market, theirs is the only stand that focuses on pork only. The second advantage was Emma being a butcher. Since the fire, Rodriguez and Beno both say that business has almost doubled. “In the beginning it was just the two of us and Emma's dad would help out,” Rodriguez said. “We weren't trying to get rich, we just saw it as a huge opportunity for us to be here in the West Side Market. Then I went to work at Bonbon about six months later and brought the restaurant account here, which helped to bring other restaurant accounts in.” Beno agreed saying “It has been a strange turn of events. I got very lucky to obtain a stand, and to have met Alexia. We got lucky to have this business together. It was partly a matter of being in the right place at the right time. There are plenty of people that wanted to buy this stand. But the owner sold it to us because he knew we would really care about the business and run it right.” So the next time you have a taste for some fresh sausage links and bacon or you need an idea for how to cook that pork tenderloin, stop in at the West Side Market and visit The Pork Chop Shop. There are two fabulous women waiting to take care of you. They will even tell you the one about the chef and the butcher on the way to the market…

Beno said the best way to learn to become a butcher is to get in there and do it. Actually cutting meat is different from watching someone else do it. She said you learn the best tips and tricks from actual hands on experience. “You have to practice,” Beno explained. “Like anything else, you have to do it over and over again in order to do it quickly and to do it right.” At 23, Beno has been a butcher for four years. There are not many female butchers, but the ones she has met are from other areas across the country. Amazingly, Beno said, classes that teach you how to butcher meat are extremely expensive. This is another reason she believes you can't beat getting a job in a butcher shop and learning from those who already know how to do it. Beno is realistic about the field. She said it is not something someone just decides to do. You have to have a passion for it. “I love the market,” Beno said. “I think the market is my passion. I have left, come back, I have travelled and I have had other jobs, but I always seem to find my way back to the market. I did not care what the job was, I just wanted it to be in the market, so I know this is definitely my passion and pork is what I have been given to make that dream happen.” The couple, who reside in West Park, celebrated one year in business in January. Running the butcher shop has not been easy. When they first opened, some former male customers of the previous owner would come by the stand looking for him and they didn't want Beno to cut their meat. They would go across to another stand and ask the guys there to come to their stand and cut the meat. “In the beginning, because we wanted to build customers, it was easier to grin and bear it,” said Rodriguez. “But now we have been very successful at running this stand and we realize that if you are not happy with what you are getting here, there are eight other meat stands where you can go and have someone else cut your meat. That is just how it has to be, otherwise people will walk all over you.” Beno said getting a spot at the market is difficult, especially if you are a woman and then add in the fact that you are gay. Both Beno and Rodriguez had to overcome many hurdles to make their business work in a maledominated atmosphere.

(L to R ) Executive Chef Alexia Rodriguez and Butcher Emma Beno (Owners Pork Chop Shop / West Side Market)



Kent State University DDEI Hosts New Hire Diversity Networking Luncheon


wice a year the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusive hosts the New Hire Diversity Network Luncheon. This event provides a wonderful opportunity for new diverse hires to the university a chance to meet other new hires as well as network with administrators and staff to discover what resources are available to them on campus.

Dr. Alfreda Brown, Vice President of the Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Kent State University addresses the new hires.

Dana Lawless-Andric, Executive Director, Diversity & Inclusion, TRIO Upward Bound Programs encourages the attendees to network and meet new staff.

New employees and guests enjoy the luncheon.

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Kent State University Women's Center Hosts the 2013 Mothers, Mentors and Muses The Kent State Women's Center, a department of the Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, recently hosted the 4th annual “Mothers, Mentors and Muses” scholarship fundraiser reception. This event provides the campus community with an opportunity to celebrate the extraordinary efforts of the honorees who have impacted the lives of students, colleagues and the campus community. The Women's Center receives nominations from the campus community of women who made a significant difference in another's life- whether academic or personal. Individuals could be nominated as a “mother” – one who has helped birth ideas, thoughts and academic endeavors in others, or who serves as a nurturing individual to others; a “mentor” – one who serves as a trusted counselor, colleague and role model; and/or a “muse” – one who inspires creativity and artistic/academic passion in others. Including this year's 54 honorees, 194 women total have been celebrated as a Mother, Mentor or Muse over the past 4 years.

Keynote speaker for the evening was Jennifer M. Kulics, Ph.D.; Student Ombuds, President, Women's Center Advisory Board and her topic was:

“The Gift of Being Present”

Mothers, Mentors & Muses Honorees 2012-2013 Keisha Aiken Amelie P. Anderson Michelle R. Baldini Dr. Christa Boske Dr. Joanne Caniglia Lori Cantor Jessica Corey Cheryl Cunnagin Cheryl DeGregio Amy DeZee Sylvia M. Docking Dr. Cathy Dubois M. Kathleen Dwinnells Dr. Laura Dzurec

Rachel Foot Margaret Garmon Dr. Irene Gianakos Dr. Amoaba Gooden Kathleen "Kelly" Hall Lynette Johnson Sylvia Dillard Johnson Sanda Katila Marlo P. Kibler Kathryn Klonowski Dr. Janice Kroeger Dr. Martha Lash AnnMarie LeBlanc Tasha Ledrich

Dr. Jennifer Marcinkiewicz Jacquie Marino Dr. Jennifer Maxwell Maggie McKendry Julie Messing Stefanie Moore Dr. Tricia Niesz Catrina Palmer Holly Persuhn Dr. Renate Prescott Brenda Richardson Renee Romine Kathy Schumann Wendy Shih

Melissa Spohn Christine Strock Dr. Tiffany Taylor Millie Therrien Alicia Thomas Cynthia Trocchio Barbara Allegra Verlezza Marianne Warzinski Ronna Watson Dr. Sonya Wisdom Samantha Woolverton Ernestine Young




ELYSTA Productions

by Marian Marron

Once again ELYSTA team and sponsors such as: AVON (Tina Hobson), Divine Naturals (Shawnte Herkley), Pat Catans, b.a. Sweetie Candy Company, Great Wolf Lodge provided Cleveland with an entertaining and uplifting Fashion Show and more. ELYSTA Models rocked the runway with poise, professionalism, and grace to the majestic spins of DJ Quest. Kimberly Brown and ELYSTA Productions sponsored their third annual Chocolate Ball of Fashion. Emceed by Ms. Adrianne Sims, ELYSTA Productions provided live entertainment, food and fashion. This year's event was another stellar performance from the ELYSTA models as they premiered the Spring fashions from Ashley Stewart (Richmond Mall), Something Borrowed Bridal (Elaine Hunt), K.I.M. (Keep It Moving) Tees, Unique Melodies (Melody Howard), The World of Shirts (Mike Resnick) and Glam Jewelry (Monique Trice). As with every year, ELYSTA provided the audience with a variety of fashion and entertainment. Featuring exotic body paint provided by CJ's Face and Body Art (Jeanette Benware) and Amanda's Elaborate Eyes, Face and Body (Amanda Destro Pierson) and local musical artists, Mookie Montonio and Bloc Kartel from TET Entertainment (Management- Antoinette “Ms Crème”. The ELYSTA models were Slammed by the Glam as they were provided with makeup from: BellaDivine Makeup Bar (Idella Allen), Changing Faces (Maranda Tate) and Mr. Antonio. The show was held at The Juanita Watkins Center inside Euclid Square Mall, where guest were greeted once again by their Matre D Sir Walter Moss and overwhelmed with the fabulous décor provided by U-design Events (Dee Jackson). VIP guest enjoyed catering from 'Ms. Julia's kitchen' (Julia Kellom) while everyone enjoyed Sweet treats from Gifted Creativity (Chocolate Covered Strawberries by Markell Davis), Cake Crumbs Café & more ( Pretty little Cake Balls by Starlette Sizemore-Rice) and Olivia Rose Confections (Cupcakes by Saidah Farrell). All in attendance would agree that the most moving portion of the show was the all white tribute to ELYSTA's Angels: Donald Miller and Mikey Tyree, both formal ELYSTA models who God called to his heavenly runway. ELYSTA models and team members dressed in all white, while Lauryn McKinley (Donald) and Ilyse Caffee (Mikey) each wore white angel wings and carried candles to symbolize the ELYSTA angels as the Host Adrianne Sims read wonderful words about each of these young men. The audience then watched a tribute video showcasing some of the guys' time on the ELYSTA runway. Lastly, each model and team member gave someone in the audience a white flower symbolizing their appreciation for their love and support, there wasn't a dry eye in the building.

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E.L.Y.S.T.A- Empowered Ladies and men Yearning for Spirituality, Togetherness and Achievement. ELYSTA Productions is uniting with other organizations to bring a positive message to the teens in our community. Having a passion for youth, it is important to help showcase numerous young talented artists at local events. ELYSTA Productions encompasses volunteers of all ages who are mentored by adult volunteer staff to create a successful production experience. ELYSTA's goal is to give young people an opportunity to hone their skills and gifts in a family environment while promoting and supporting them in a public arena.

Fan Favored Fashion from the Show: ·

For the Bride: The classic umpire waist line dress (provided by Something Borrowed Bridal)


For the Bold: Floral is fashion! Floral print has grown into Spring/Summer fashion and Ashley Stewart's pink and white floral two piece suit was a hit


For the Brave: Heel-less platform shoes- worn by several ELYSTA models, 6 inches of versatility and beauty


For the Bright: For the Jewelry is all about- Color! Pink, cobalt, green, yellow, orange, bring all the colors of the rainbow into your jewelry collection. However, remember less is more, so if you choose to be bright with your jewelry ,it's not necessary for the clothing to have embellishments (provided by Glam Jewelry)


For the Beauty Queen: The ladies shed their ELYSTA formal gowns and revealed a short more fun and flirty dress for night life


For the Behaved: High low dresses- this trend has carried over from last year and is not limited to formal dresses, but also more casual spring and summer wear. Even the more refined 'behaved' lady will enjoy this style


For the Boys: Custom Tailored Suits and Tuxedos (provided by The World of Shirts)


For the Brazen: BODY PAINT

Pictures provided by Fred Jones of FJ Photography. For more information on ELYSTA Modeling Agency, upcoming events, or how you can apply to be a part of the next event as a model, vendor or sponsor, please contact Kimberly N Brown at 440-345-MODL or visit: www.elystaproductions.com



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Makeup tips by Marian Marron


hen it comes to makeup I've learned there's a fine line between clown makeup and glam makeup. However finding that line is the key. So I encourage all my divas to channel the mini- you that loved to sneak in her mother's makeup bag and grab the darkest eye liner and the reddest lip stick and create your masterpiece! Please understand, makeup is only to enhance your natural beauty, it is not the defining factor of who you are as a woman or an individual. Often times African-American women are afraid of color when it comes to makeup so we tend to throw on some lip gloss, eyeliner and maybe mascara. Well in 2013- don't be afraid to explore color such as greens and blues. When it comes to makeup it's not your complexion that can be the distraction but the application of the makeup.


There are so many looks you can go for with makeup, but in general there are two: A natural (everyday look) and an evening (smokey eye look). Our Licensed makeup artist Maranda of Changing Faces gave two ELYSTA models, Ilyse(up) and Jazmine (down), these looks. First you see both models in their natural beauty without makeup. Next you see them with a more natural look, the models are obviously of two different complexions but the use of color is used equally on both. For Ilyse's first look (left) , Maranda did an everyday look using a brown eyebrow pencil to define her natural arch then highlighted the brow by using Naked Lunch by MAC right underneath the arch of the brow. Soft Ochre by MAC as the base and applied it to her entire lid, Brown Script by MAC to the lid to create a suddle pop of color and a soft moche pink on the cheeks. Completing the look with a little mascara (False lash by MAC), fluidline (Blacktrack by MAC) at the lash line and eye liner (Engraved by MAC) to defined the eye, very limited foundation, and a soft pink color for the lips. For Ilyse's second look. Maranda went more fashion forward. Using this year's predicted color of green to the eye lid, she also added green to the underlay of her eye and extended it out past her corners, creating such a beautifully bold look and to top it off she used a soft pink lip stick with a green heart to the lips. For Jazmine’s first look, she went with the evening look, using a 'smokey-eye' to define/contour the shape of the eye creating just enough drama! She used a brown eyebrow pencil to define her natural arch then highlighted the brow by using Naked Lunch by MAC right underneath the arch of the brow. Soft Ochre by MAC as the base and applied it to her entire lid, Tempting by MAC to the lid to create a gold shimmer, Black Tied by MAC to the crease and a pink/orange blush to the cheek. Completing the look with a little mascara (False lash by MAC), fluid line (Black track by MAC) at the lash line and eye liner (Engraved by MAC) to defined the eye, very limited foundation, and a gold color for the lips.


For Jazmin's second look, Maranda just added gold glitter eye shadow for that extra pop. A sheer lip gloss and contoured her check bones to add extra definition and structure to her face. The addition of glitter eye shadow is popular right now and I predict it will be in growing demand for 2013. Tips about eye shadows: When applying makeup to the eye lid, use an eye primer for longer lasting wear. When applying color, two or three colors can be used. With two colors, you apply the lightest color underneath the brow (ie. Tan shimmer), a darker color in the crease (brown) and your color of choice for the lower lid. For three (3) colors, you would take on the same concept, the lightest color underneath the brow, the darker color at the crease and then your pop of color, like pink or purple, even green at the lowest part of the lid to the eye lash. Using a shadow brush and blending brush accordingly. Line the lid (if you choose) with an eye liner across the top, following the natural line of your eye and at the bottom of the eye. The key to a flawless face is applying eye shadows first before your foundation, that way any errors you make can be corrected without having to reapply your foundation.


Natural Health

A Calling to Heal in Non-Traditional Ways by R. Lee Gamble For 36 years Terri DiPaola has been coaching people on the importance of the mind, body and nutrition connection. She now has a bigger stage to promote her message on as director of University Hospital's (UH) Connor Integrative Medicine Network located at the UH Ahuja Medical Center. “I got pregnant with my first daughter when I was 23, which was in 1975 and at the time I had a best friend who had moved to Atlanta, GA,” DiPaola said. “She came under the influence of an Indian guru and he advocated a vegetarian diet, yoga, meditation and some type of spiritual practice. My friend really became a devotee of this guru and she changed her lifestyle. When she found out, I was pregnant she told me about the lifestyle changes she had made and she wanted to send me a couple of books to help me take care of myself during the pregnancy.” DiPaola said her friend sent her two books. One was called Eating May Be Hazardous to Your Health and it was written by a woman who had worked for the Food and Drug Administration. The author was a researcher who warned against the addition of additives, preservatives, coloring and flavorings -all the chemicals that were being added into the food. DiPaola said the book discussed how the standards of the American diet were getting worse because it was moving away from foods as nature intended. “Our creator provided the perfect foods for us,” DiPaola said. “Those are the foods found in nature. Those were the foods that our bodies were designed to digest and assimilate. The further we get away from that, the sicker we are going to be. So I read that book and it changed my life because it made such perfect sense to me. The author really advocated eating a diet full of fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, grains and beans. That is what we are hearing now, more and more.” Because the book had impacted her, DiPaola began changing her lifestyle. She became a vegetarian. DiPaola never had sugar in her house and she never bought soda. Laughing, DiPaola said people thought she was nuts. “I started shopping at the two health food stores that were around at that time,” she said. “I began buying books and educating myself. Then I started meeting other people and I would occasionally hear about class or a lecture in something that would interest me. Anything I could find, I would go to. That

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really started it. Ever since then, I began to really study everything on our diet, and that evolved into learning about our consciousness. For more than 20 years, I attended a ton of lectures, workshops and seminars. I even participated in fire walks on hot coals and jumped off mountains. This path has led me in many directions and I have learned, and truly believe, that the body has an amazing ability to heal itself.” Hospitals are beginning to recognize that fact as well. Appreciating the importance of healing the body, mind and spirit connection, more Terri DiPaola Director-University Hospitals hospital systems are beginning to Connor Integrative Medicine Network offer patients non-traditional forms of medicine as part of the treatment protocol. With that idea in mind, the Connor Integrative Medicine Network offers a unique approach to healing and well-being that blends evidencebased, holistic therapies like acupuncture, massage, yoga and Reiki with traditional medicine to promote optimal health of mind, body and spirit. “There are now about 39 percent of all hospital systems in the country that have integrative medicine departments,” said DiPaola. “These are therapies and services that are used in conjunction with traditional medicine. For example if you are someone being treated for cancer and you are going through chemotherapy, that is a traditional treatment. But maybe you are experiencing nausea and vomiting as a side effect from the chemotherapy so you might want to use acupuncture in conjunction with your chemotherapy, because acupuncture is really known to help lessen the nausea and the vomiting. In some cases it gets rid of it all together. That would be an example of complimentary.” DiPaola said the alternative piece is added if you decide to use something in place of the traditional method. For instance, a cancer patient may decide not to use the traditional methods of radiation and or chemotherapy. Instead

they opt for a change in diet, use of supplements and acupuncture as well as massage. By using this in place of the traditional treatment the patient has chosen an alternative method of treatment. “It has probably been in the last few years that this field has been called integrative medicine,” said DiPaola. “What it means is that you are now integrating practices like acupuncture, meditation, chiropractic, therapeutic yoga, tai chi, many of which have existed for thousands of years, but that have really not been a part of western medicine. Now western medicine is recognizing that there is a lot of benefit to many of these practices.” Traditionally, western medicine does not embrace anything that is not evidence-based, so a lot of research has been done to verify the usefulness of these alternative treatments and practices. The National Institute of Health, has a department called NCAM (National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine), which does a lot of research in this area in order for the federal government to ensure that these types of treatments and practices are safe. “Integrative offices like ours tend to offer the practices that have been proven,” DiPaola explained. “So we offer treatments such as acupunctures. Because the interest in these types of practices is growing, in less than one year, we have grown from one acupuncturist to four. We have also grown from offering services just at one location here at Ahuja to four locations in less than a year.” One very unique aspect of the program is that all of the services offered are completely self-pay. The Connor Integrative Medicine Network does not accept any health insurance. “Many people that come to us are pretty desperate,” she said. “They have some sort of chronic illness or a serious health challenge and they have tried everything modern medicine has to offer and they are not getting better. They figure, well I have tried everything else so I might as well try this, so they try acupuncture or they will try massage therapy and I will say more often than not, at least 90 percent of the time they find great benefit in what we offer. “There is no treatment, traditional or non-traditional, that works for everybody all the time,” DiPaola added. “Patients who use our services do not need a doctor's referral. However, more and more as doctors learn about us, the more they are beginning to understand the benefits our services may have to their patients. So we are seeing them begin to offer these services as something patients should consider using as well.” Through integrative medicine, people now have a chance to take control of their health and their lifestyle. The typical practice for most people is to make poor dietary and lifestyle choices, develop an illness, go to the doctor and get medication for it and continue the bad habits that created the situation. Now hospitals like UH have put in place programs, treatments and classes where people can learn how their bodies work and how to create healthy lifestyle practices for themselves. “I have been into this for a long time and I am so grateful to be here,” DiPaola said. “Bringing integrative medicine into a major academic health system in this country like University Hospitals is so important because it will change lives – for the better.” If you would like more information on the classes, therapies and practices that the Connor Integrative Medicine Network offers, call 216-285-4070.


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Make Your Own Facial Toner Make a small amount of cucumber juice. If you do not have a juicer –puree cucumber in a blender and pour through a sieve. Take the ¼ of a cup of fresh cucumber juice and add ¼ of a cup of which hazel. Add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. This will last a few days in the fridge. Just take a cotton ball and gently wipe your face with it. By Marjorie Clark Contributing Writer

Green Coffee Bean –not just for weight loss! Green Coffee Bean, from the Arabica plant contains chlorogenic acid, a polyphenol (antioxidant). This compound in plants, speeds up metabolism and does so too in animals. It slows the release of sugar from the liver into the blood. So the body reaches for fat in the fats cells to burn for energy. Not only does this help with weight loss, but it also helps to stabilize blood sugar. When one eats a high carb meal after taking green coffee bean, extract, she or he will not have that blood sugar crash that is exhausting. Green coffee bean (low in caffeine oddly enough) is too beneficial to those with blood pressure issues as it has an antihypertensive effect on the blood vessels. You might want to further investigate for yourself this wonderful supplement that is very popular for weight loss.

Seasonal Allergies This time of year, pollens are abundant in the air we breathe. Many people flock to the drugstore to buy a quick fix over the counter drug. Some of the side effects can make people drowsy, spacey or make the heart race. Many people go for an alternative healthy approach. Stinging nettles in the form of tea, pill, or tincture will often do the trick without those awful side effects. In a recent clinical study, at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland Oregon, of 69 people, using stinging nettle for hay fever proved to work effectively against it- as the placebo had not. Consider too Quercetin, N-Acytl Cystine (a protein building block) or a combination of these found in combination in some alterative allergy formulas at your local health food stores.

As cool as a cucumber! To cleanse the lymphatic system, make the blood more alkaline, feel great and have healthy skin, you might want to start from the inside of the body. Cucumbers have high levels of vitamin A and C as well as contain lots of potassium. Juice cucumbers and drink a cup at least four times a day for a few weeks. One option is to thinly slice a cuke and put it in a large pitcher of water and the nutrients and taste will defuse into the water after a few hours. This is a very pleasant drink too! 32 ¦ JUNE 2013

The buzz on B 1 Thiamin also called vitamin B1 was the 1st B vitamin discovered. It is necessary in the production of energy from the conversion of sugar in the body's cells. It is also too important in the production of neurotransmitters – for healthy nerve signaling. Thiamine also keeps the outer covering of nerve cells healthy. This is known as the myelin sheath. If you picture a wires insulating coating of plastic, this is very similar in nature. If a nerve’s outer covering is damaged, these delicate nerve signals can be messed up. B1 (100 milligrams) if taken an hour or so before going outside, when mosquito season is upon us will deter them. They smell it through our skin. This is why when one eats or drinks sugar before going out they will smell it and bite you.

Omega 7! You have heard of Omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids. Omega 7 is aslo beneficial for your overall health. Loaded with Vitamin C, E, Carotenoids and other important nutrients, Sea Buckthorn oil proves to heal and soothe sun damaged skin, prevent and reverse wrinkles when taken orally and externally. Sea Buckthorn used for thousands of years by Tibetan people- is a very tough berry that flourishes in extreme cold, which is why it might have such healing properties. It is also good for mucus membranes, all through the body and joint health as it is lubricating. You can buy the oil in gel caps to take internally or as an oil to eat and or put on topically for radiant healthy skin.

Benefits of Lavender Lavender oil induces relaxation thus helps one get to sleep at night. You can put a few drops on your pillow to relieve insomnia. Lavender oil is also used to promote hair growth. It is wise to mix it into carrier oil such as jojoba as lavender is very intense. A few tablespoons of jojoba oil to a few drops of lavender will do the trick. Just massage into the scalp before bed. In the morning shampoo the oil out. Lavender is also used topically over sore muscles and joints to relive pain. Just rub a small amount over the afflicted area. If you have a bottle around and get bit by an insect try dabbing it on to relieve itching.

R Lipoic Acid You may have heard of the antioxidant Alpha Lipoic Acid. R Lipoic Acid is the biologically active form that the human body makes. The production of this key youth protective molecule is far more powerful than the alpha lipoic form. It too helps to kick in production (and protect the breakdown) of other key antioxidants such as coenzyme q-10. In a study at the University of Berkely California in 1996, a microbiology professor found that the ingestion of r-lipoic acid brings up the synthesis of another key antioxidant which is involved in the detoxification system of the liver called Glutathione! Many studies point to the amazing health benefits of this wonderful supplement.

The above not a medical advice; please consult your physician before starting any regimen.

C.P.R. – Caring People Respond by: Kimberly N Brown, MHA You come home from a hard day at work and take a nap while your 10 year old is in their bedroom finishing their homework. You instruct them to remain quiet and not to leave the house while you catch up on some much needed rest. You lay down for what seems to only be 30 minutes. When you awaken, you notice the room is dark and the house is extremely quiet, you yell out to your 10 year old, wondering why they didn't wake you sooner, while at the same time you notice that you have actually been asleep a little over two hours. You yell out again, but get no response. Strangely you notice the television is not on and as much as you would like to believe that your child is simply being obedient and finishing their homework, you know full well they would be more likely to take advantage of the extra television time opportunity. You step into your child's room only to find them unconscious on the bedroom floor. In a panic you call out their name again and again you get no response. You fall to their side on the floor and begin to scream for help, but you're alone in the house. After a few minutes, your pain aching screams get the attention of your neighbor walking down the street. His knocking is muted by your gut wrenching cries for help. Unable to get into the house, he grabs his cell phone and calls 911, without much detail to what's going on, the neighbor urges the operator to get there right away as he continues to bang on the door. As you cover your mouth in disbelief that your child lay lifeless on the floor and you kneel helpless by their side, you finally hear the knocks at the door. Bent over in agony, you rush to the door. Relieved to see a familiar face, you grab the neighbors arm and take him to your unconscious child. Now what seems to have been 20 minutes, you have someone who can help. Your neighbor attempts to stimulate a response from your child, but is unsuccessful. He opens your child's mouth and begins to breathe into their mouth and push on their chest. “What are you doing? You're hurting him”! – you scream out in disbelief. “Ma'am he needs CPR”, the neighbor explains. He continues to give breaths and push on their chest. Finally, you both hear the sirens getting closer. Again, you rush to the door, while the neighbor continues to give CPR to your child. You usher the EMS in and take them to your child. The EMS take over for the neighbor and bring out an odd looking machine with paddles , like the one you've seen on TV. They apply the paddles and shout out “Clear”, you watch your child's body jerk from the shock. The neighbor explains they are using an AED machine, Automated External defibrillator to help your child. The EMS continue to work on your child and after what appears to be a lifetime, they finally get a faint heartbeat and are able to stabilize your child enough to transport to the nearest hospital. As you board the EMS, all you can do is pray that your child will live…………….. The “pushes on the chest” this scenario describes are compressions, which are a part of CPR- Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation. CPR and First Aid don't require years of schooling or an advanced degree, it only requires Caring People willing to Respond. Anyone can sign up for a CPR and First Aid training classes and within a short time gain the necessary knowledge to respond and possibly save a life. While CPR doesn't “restart” the heart, it can however improve the person's survival rate by circulating oxygenated blood to the brain and heart, delaying tissue death and permanent brain damage.

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GET STARTED! Sign up for a class TODAY! The effectiveness of CPR varies, and studies suggest this is partially because it is often performed incorrectly. It is crucial to have the skills, training and confidence to perform CPR. The more training received, the more skills practiced, the more comfortable you become and the more willing you are to respond and help a victim in need. Strangers are more likely to assist a victim than someone who as a connection, not only because of the initial shock of helping a loved one but also because there is a high percentage of parents and grandparents who have no knowledge of CPR and First Aid. This makes it increasingly more important for families, including teens who are babysitters, to enroll in CPR and First Aid classes. At the next baby shower, give the gift of knowledge- Enroll the future parent(s) in a CPR and First Aid class. For those who like happy endings…. The child in the story survives with no permanent brain damage and spent a few days in the hospital. What seemed to be forever, really was not in actual time and the child was fine. Mom immediately signed up for CPR and First Aid classes and while she attempted to pay the neighbor generously for helping save her child's life, he happily declined since his act of heroism was covered under the Good Samaritan Act making him unable to accept gifts. He was however inspired to save more lives and enrolled in and finished school as a paramedic. To learn how you can become a Caring Person Responding with Cardiopulmonary resuscitation and First Aid Contact Kimberly Brown, MHA at 440.345.6635 or email cpr6635@yahoo.com. Classes offered: CPR (Infant, Child, Adult), AED, First Aid, and Heimlich maneuver. Great for New Moms, Day Care Centers, Babysitters, Fitness Trainers, Grandparents, and Educators alike


Debbi Morgan Returns to Pine Valley, Once Again

By R. Lee Gamble Actress Debbi Morgan, portrayed J.J's girlfriend on Good Times and then went on to have a starring role in Alex Haley's Roots the Next Generation. But it wasn't until she landed the role of Angie Baxter on All My Children (AMC) in 1982 that Morgan soon became a household name as half of daytime's first and only black super couple, Angie and Jessie Hubbard. Morgan's portrayal of the role landed her the daytime Emmy for best supporting actress in 1989. She continued to portray the character off and on over the years until the show's cancellation in 2012 and fans were forced to bid a sad farewell to one of the country's most popular daytime dramas after 41 years. But that was not the end of Pine Valley – far from it. In fact the fan outcry about the cancellation was so overwhelming that Prospect Park Studio's The Online Network bought the rights to the show from ABC. Giving the fans what they were clamoring for, AMC returned in a shortened half-hour format at Hulu and iTunes at the end of April. “I guess the best description that I can give about the return of All My Children is that I am just simply over the moon,” said Morgan. “I am just over the moon for everyone, for the fans and their devotion to the show for many years. Our fans were not taken into consideration when the network made the decision to cancel the show.” Morgan said she is not just happy for the fans, but for the cast as well. “The fact that all of us had become such a close knit family after all of these years and now we are able to come back together is wonderful. We are working with great people, and with the powers that be, that are running the show now - well we just couldn't be happier.” Having the opportunity to work with cast member Darnell Williams, who portrays Jessie, is an added bonus. After all these years of working together, Morgan said she and Darnell have just grown closer. In fact she said it is hard to remember a time when she was not working with him. “It is great when you have someone there that really knows you,” she said. “Darnell gave me away at my wedding in 2009 to my present husband. He is

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pretty special to me. We really, really have a close bond. I don't know what it would feel like to do All My Children again if he wasn't a part of it.” Morgan tips her hat to Prospect Park for working so hard to make it happen. The production company's initial attempt to produce the show online fell through and many people thought AMC was gone for good, but the company did not give up. The second attempt to acquire the show, along with the rights to One Life to Live was successful and now fans of both can continue to enjoy the stories from Pine Valley and Llanview. “I think for all of us, we did not know how much hope to put into it a second time but to have it all come to fruition, and then to have Agnes Nixon, the creator of AMC and One Life to Live back at the helm consulting, all these things were a sign that all of the right ingredients were in the pot,” Morgan said. Morgan added she believes whole heartedly that AMC and One Life to Live will be a success on the internet. “I believe in the next four or five years our television sets are just going to be monitors and everything will be on the internet for us to decide what we want to see,” she said. “It is like the transition that happened in the 50s from radio to television - it is something new and ground breaking. Now it is moving forward. People no longer have to sit in front of their televisions at a certain time in order to watch their favorite show. They can go on with their daily lives and just pull it up at their leisure. I think it's just wonderful.” Over the years, Morgan has played Angie and then walked away to pursue other roles on various daytime dramas such as Generations and the Young and the Restless, but somehow she always found her way back to AMC. “I have a strong belief in when we come into this transition, you know into this body, God has a plan for us and we have a destiny, even though we have free will and free choice, I think our destinies are pretty much mapped out,” she explained. “If you had asked me back in 1982 if I would still be playing this character I could not have imagined it. So it just has to be part of what the universe had planned for me.”

Morgan says this is how she views it because over the years she has gone away and she has had the opportunity to do other things. She left the first time because she did not want to get locked in doing daytime dramas. Morgan did want to do films and she wanted to do work in prime time. As an actress she has been very fortunate to have accomplished these dreams. “One of the sad things I find, even though there have been changes in the entertainment industry, for me, in 2013, the changes just have not been major enough,” she explained. “We don't see a lot of African Americans in prime time. I mean we have Kerri Washington now who is doing an incredible job on Scandal, but we should have 10, 12, 15 shows that are featuring strong black female characters. “Progress on this front is so slow,” she added. “Being an actress, African American, and in a certain age group, you find that there is no material being written for us. I feel very privileged because a lot of times when you hit your 40s you have to start finding something else to do. The jobs are just not going to be there. I have been able to be employed for so much longer because of AMC and playing this character that has such a special place in my heart.” Morgan said as happy as she was to be a part of the first black super couple, she still can't help but think that there should have been so many others. Darnell Williams as Jesse Hubbard and Debbi Morgan as Dr. Angie Hubbard

“When I think about the fact that I am the only African American actress, as of 2013 that ever won a Daytime Emmy Award for best supporting actor, it is sad. In this type of serialized drama, which I am told we are now called, these stories represent whole cities. What cities have you been in where you don't see diversity? When you have a cast of anywhere between 16 and 20 characters, I don't understand why you can't have a handful of Latinos, African Americans and Asians.” With the new serialized dramas moving forward, Morgan said she is hopeful that you will see more diversity involved in the programs. Both AMC and One Life to Live have moved in that direction with the addition of new African American cast members. Model, Saleisha Stowers will now have the role as Cassandra Foster the adopted daughter of Jessie and Angie. Actor Corbin Bleu from High School Musical and model Laura Harrier have both been added to the cast of One Life to Live. Never one to sit idle, Morgan is not only returning to AMC, but she has written a one-woman show, based on her life, that she will be performing in as well.


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The Place Beyond the Pi n es is a Gritty and Raw Film By R. Lee Gamble The Place Beyond the Pines takes you into a world that is gritty and raw and makes you deal with how easily one's person's life can become enmeshed with someone else's. The performances of Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper are masterful and the pair bring to life a story that is both full of sadness and redemption. Directed by Derek Cianfrance, this emotional drama tells the story of Luke (Gosling) a motorcycle stunt performer who travels with the carnival from town to town. While passing through Schenectady in upstate New York, he tries to reconnect with a former lover, Romina (Eva Mendes), only to learn that she has given birth to their son Jason in his absence. Luke decides to give up life on the road to try and provide for his newfound family by taking a job as a car mechanic. Noticing Luke's ambition and talents, his employer Robin (Ben Mendelsohn) proposes to partner with Luke in a string of spectacular bank robberies - which will place Luke on the radar of ambitious rookie cop Avery Cross (Academy Award nominee Bradley Cooper). Avery, who has to navigate a local police department ruled by the menacing and corrupt detective Deluca (Ray Liotta), is also struggling to balance his professional life with his family life, which includes his wife Jennifer (Rose Byrne) and their infant son AJ. The consequences of Avery's confrontation with Luke will reverberate in the next generation. It is then that the two sons, Jason (Dane DeHaan) and AJ (Emory Cohen), must face their fateful, shared legacy. In the vein of Monster's Ball, The Place Beyond the Pines finds two families connected by circumstances. What is wonderful about the film is how it is shot and directed. How often have we all said "I would love to be a fly on the wall?" The Place Beyond the Pines turns the viewer into that "fly" and you feel as if you are peeking behind the curtains and viewing those private moments and conversations that should always remain just that, private.

Gosling's performance is impeccable. From his body movements to his facial expressions, to the way he speaks, he completely embodies Luke. There are moments in scenes where he stands quietly, saying nothing just looking, but you feel the energy from him, the heat and you know that something explosive is coming. Cooper is moving as a cop riddled with so much guilt from his encounter with Luke that he can no longer look at his own son. You see his character Avery struggle with doing the right thing even if he sacrifices those he loves in the process. Eva Mendes portrayal of Romina can best be described as real. Romina could have been any waitress, in any greasy spoon diner, doing the best she can to take care of her son. She is caught between two men, one that fuels her sexual desire and another who can give her and her son the stability that she needs. I was taken aback when she appeared on the screen the first time because she so embodied the around-the-way girl. The highlight of the film was watching Ray Liotta. There are certain roles that he is made for and the corrupt Detective Deluca is one of those parts. Liotta is a natural and when he is on the screen he dominates. The scenes between Liotta and Cooper heighten the intensity and edge that runs throughout this film. This movie reminds you that everyone has choices to make and that these choices can reverberate long after you are gone. It is a fantastic film and definitely worth the price of the movie ticket.

(l to r) Ryan Gosling stars as Luke and Eva Mendes stars as Romina in Derek Cianfrance's sweeping emotional drama, The Place Beyond the Pines, a Focus Features release. Credit: Atsushi Nishijima

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Jackie Robinson's Life is a True Inspiration

LUCAS BLACK as Pee Wee Reese and CHADWICK BOSEMAN as Jackie Robinson in Warner Bros. Pictures' and Legendary Pictures' drama "42," a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

By R. Lee Gamble The film 42 is truly inspirational and moving but not for the reasons most people would think. Yes, Jackie Robinson was the first black player to integrate baseball when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers. Yes, Robinson will always be known as one of the greatest players of all times. But neither of those things is what I found to be the most moving. What touched me was the type of man that he was - his character. Academy Award winner Brian Helgeland wrote and directed a beautiful film that really delves into the heart of this man. So often biopics deal with famous people on a very superficial level - sacrificing good stories for salacious details. Not 42. This film truly grapples with the pain Robinson endured in order to show the world that everyone, no matter their skin color, deserves a chance. He had to fight against discrimination from managers and players on other teams as well as the hatred and fear from his teammates. Actor Chadwick Boseman was outstanding as Robinson. He brings so much dignity to the role of a man that was called the most disgusting names, as well as spit on; just to play the game of baseball. Robinson's relationship with Brooklyn Dodgers owner, Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford), is a friendship that is built on mutual respect and honor. Harrison Ford was powerful in this role. Rickey and Robinson were men of their word and when Rickey tells Robinson that he will stand with him no matter what he had to go through, he did just that. Although he was not the one to take the physical and emotional abuse that Robinson experienced, he was the one to help pick up the pieces and be there for him.

becomes something else entirely. Watching it, I could not help but view it in the context of today. This film just heightened the respect I have for President Obama and what he has gone through. Sadly some of the things that were said, and the names that Robinson were called are the same things that our President has heard. I have a brand new understanding for why he, like Robinson, continues to take the high road. You can't change minds if you give people a reason to fear you. I cannot recommend this movie enough. This is a must see. Take your children. Go as a family. 42is a film everyone can be proud of. It is important for all of us to remember how far we have come and how easily it is for us, if we allow it, to slip right back into that ignorance again. This movie is definitely worth the price of a ticket.

He was not the only one. Robinson's wife Rachel (Nicole Beharie) and journalist Wendell Smith (Andre Holland) were also there going through the struggle right by his side. Not just a historic film about baseball, 42 is also a love story. The relationship between Robinson and his wife Rachel is one full of love, trust and deep devotion. Both Boseman and Beharie bring that love to life on the screen in ways that are romantic and playful. As a black woman I have to say how refreshing this was to see. There were no affairs. After he got off of that baseball field, Robinson's wife and children were home for him. One of the best scenes in the film is when Robinson is in the maternity ward looking through the glass at his son. As he gazes at him, Robinson tells his son how he was just a few months old when his father left him. He could not say whether his dad was a good man or a bad man. He could not say, because he never had the chance to know his father. But on that night, at that glass, Robinson pledges to his son that he will always be with him until the day that he dies. Moments like that scene are what make this movie so special. To be the first to do anything is always difficult, throw race into the mix and it www.PHENOMENALWOMAN.me ÂŚ 37

Enjoy Perfectly Topped Spring Desserts Double-Mocha Layer Cake Total time: 1 hour, 43 minutes Yield: 16 servings 1 cup hot water 4 teaspoons MAXWELL HOUSE Instant Coffee, divided 1 package (2-layer size) chocolate cake mix 1 package (3.9 ounces) JELL-O chocolate Instant Pudding 4 eggs 1/3 cup oil 4 ounces BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, divided 1 package (8 ounces) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened 1 jar (7 ounces) JET-PUFFED Marshmallow Crème 1 tub (10.6 ounces) COOL WHIP Chocolate Whipped Frosting, thawed

Lemon Pound Cake Trifle

Heat oven to 350°F. Line 13x9-inch pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides; spray with cooking spray. Add hot water to 2 tsp. coffee granules in large bowl; stir until dissolved. Add cake mix, dry pudding mix, eggs and oil; beat with mixer until blended. Pour into prepared pan. Bake 30 to 33 min. or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely. Melt 2 oz. chocolate as directed on package. Add to cream cheese, marshmallow creme and remaining coffee granules in large bowl; beat with mixer until blended. Use foil handles to lift cake from pan; cut crosswise in half. Stack cake layers on plate, spreading cream cheese mixture between layers. Spread frosting onto top and side of cake. Melt remaining chocolate; drizzle over cake. (FAMILY FEATURES)

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Prep time: 15 minutes Makes: 8 servings 1 regular size package (10.75 ounces) Sara Lee Lemon Pound Cake, thawed 3 cups sliced strawberries 3 cups blueberries 1 container (12 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed, or whipped cream Slice frozen pound cake crosswise into 3 layers. Using a star-shaped cookie cutter (or any cookie cutter shape), cut pound cake into star shapes. Cut remaining pound cake into 1-inch pieces or into smaller star shapes. Place half of the cut-up pound cake pieces on the bottom of a trifle or serving bowl. Place star shapes on side of bowl. Top with half of the fruit and whipped topping; repeat layers. Garnish with small star shapes, if desired. Serve immediately or store in refrigerator, until ready to serve.

Beef & Horseradish Wraps Makes 4 servings Preparation Time: 30 minutes 1 jar (16 ounces) Aunt Nellie's Sliced Pickled Beets 1/2 cup shredded carrots 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish 1/2 cup spreadable cheese (such as goat cheese or herb/garlic soft cheese) 2 large soft flour tortillas (about 10- to 12-inch diameter) 10 green onions (green part only) 10 thin slices deli roast beef Drain beets; chop. Discard beet liquid. In medium bowl, combine beets, carrots and horseradish. Spread 1/4 cup cheese evenly over each tortilla, leaving 1-inch border. Arrange 5 green onions (do not chop) on each; press lightly into cheese. Place 5 slices beef on each tortilla covering green onions, then sprinkle beet mixture evenly over beef. Roll up in parallel direction of the green onions. Wrap each roll tightly in plastic wrap. Refrigerate up to 4 hours. To serve, remove plastic wrap; cut each tortilla into 2 pieces.

Bean & Vegetable Salad Makes 4 servings Preparation Time: 30 minutes 1 can (15 ounces) READ 3 or 4 Bean Salad 2 cups vegetables, cut into thin strips* 1/4 cup very thinly sliced red onion, optional Cracked black pepper Chopped parsley, optional Dressing: 2 tablespoons reserved bean salad liquid 1 tablespoon apple cider or wine vinegar 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 large clove garlic, minced Drain bean salad; reserve 2 tablespoons liquid. For dressing, combine reserved bean salad liquid, vinegar, oil and garlic. Whisk until combined.

In large bowl, toss together drained bean salad, vegetables and onion, if desired. Toss with dressing. Season with black pepper and stir in chopped parsley, if desired. Serve at room temperature or chilled. *Cut vegetables into thin strips about 2 x 1/4 inch. Vegetables can be one or a combination of: carrot, celery, bell pepper, cucumber, zucchini, yellow squash, or other favorite vegetable.

Spicy Beet, Fruit & Nut Bars Makes 28 bars Preparation Time: 25 minutes Bake Time: 20 minutes 1 jar (15.5 ounces) Aunt Nellie's Harvard Beets 1 package (15.25 ounces) spice cake mix 1 cup packed light brown sugar 1/4 cup canola or vegetable oil 1 large egg 1 cup dried mixed fruits, chopped if necessary 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, pecans or almonds (or a combination), toasted Confectioners' sugar Preheat oven to 350°F. Drain beets. Puree beets in food processor or blender until smooth; set aside. Line 15 x 10 x 1-inch baking pan with aluminum foil. Spray lightly with nonstick cooking spray. Place cake mix in large bowl. Add pureed beets, brown sugar, oil and egg. Beat on low speed of electric mixer 2 minutes or until completely combined, scraping bowl as necessary. Stir in fruits and nuts. Spread dough evenly in prepared pan. Bake 20 minutes or until pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar. Cut into bars. www.PHENOMENALWOMAN.me Œ 39


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