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Tragedy on Calhoun Street
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Mother Emanuel AME massacre draws crowds, raises questions
By Clem Richardson Kenneth Washington was watching his TV in Cleveland Wednesday when he learned that a gunman shot up his family’s church in Charleston, South Carolina. Hours later, he discovered that the loss struck even closer to home. “I saw a picture of the church on TV,” Washington said. “I was born and raised here in Charleston, on Alexander Street, where my aunt, Suzie Jackson lived. Tywanza Sanders was my cousin. Ethel Lance was my cousin. So we had three in the family who were killed.” Washington joined the throngs of onlookers on Friday, June 19, who braved the sweltering 97-degree heat to stand in the street outside Emanuel AME Church. They honored the fallen: Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, Cynthia Hurd, Susie Jackson, Ethel Lance, Depayne Middleton-Doctor, Tywanza Sanders, Daniel L. Simmons, and Myra Thompson. Traffic was tied up most of the day as a
steady stream of cars and pedestrians traveled to the church on Calhoun Street. Many added bouquets to the makeshift floral memorial that spanned the length of the church front. Others clasped their hands, and bowed their heads in silent prayer. Keith Biggs, a staffer at nearby Citadel Square Baptist Church, and his wife Janice pulled bottles of cold water from two ice-filled coolers and offered them for free to the sweaty crowds. “We’re brothers and sisters in Christ,” Biggs said. “It was not two weeks ago that we helped Rev. Pinckney with a funeral they had. He sent me a thank you note with a $50 certificate I could use to take my wife to dinner. “They extended love to us, and we wanted to do the same for Brother Pinckney. We know they’re with the Lord now, but we want to help those who are suffering through this. We want an extension of Brother Pinckney’s love.” Biggs was not the only person impressed by the 41-year-old Pinckney, who, police say, Dylann Storm Roof killed along with eight of
Charlston young lady waits for the doors to open at Emanuel AME Church his parishioners in a bloody rampage as their evening Bible study class ended. Several people hailed Pinckney as a virtual Renaissance man; a caring, intellectual pastor first elected to the state legislature at age 23; a community leader and quiet man who, outside the pulpit, only spoke when he had something important to say. Charleston City Councilman and mayoral candidate William Dudley Gregory (D District 6) traces his family’s membership in Emanuel almost to the church’s founding in 1816. He now sits on Emanuel’s Board of Trustees. “This church has produced so many great leaders, starting with Richard Allen and Den-
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mark Vesey,” Gregory said. Vesey was a former slave and Emanuel minister who launched a failed slave revolt from the church in 1822. “It’s a church that has always been a part of the leadership of this city. That’s why it’s called Mother Emanuel.” AME bishops assigned Pinckney to Emanuel in 2010, and “he brought to the church this young energy and vision, and put this vision with action,” Gregory said. “It was quite refreshing.” Under Pinckney, Emanuel renovated three rundown church-owned properties and was in the process of installing the sanctuary’s first elevator. “So you’re talking about someone who was
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a visionary,” Gregory said. “Within five years we were able to complete all those projects, and from there we will start restoring the sanctuary. “He was clearly an intellectual, well studied, well versed,” Gregory said. “I liked to call him ‘Quiet Fire.’ He had this knack of taking on a lot of sometimes controversial things in the church with this even keel, but still being very effective. That is a real trick when you’re trying to run a church, and you’re younger and coming up with totally new ideas and new approaches. “He had the ability to move among opposition and still get what he wanted,” Gregory said. “He was a very hopeful person who clearly understood that without hope there was never-ending darkness. He knew you had to peer through that darkness to see the light.” It was unclear at week’s end when the County Coroner’s office would release the victims’ bodies, or if the families would hold one massive funeral service. Police told several Emanuel members that they would not be able to hold Sunday services in the sanctuary. Detectives still are handling it as a crime scene. NAACP President Cornel Brooks, a fourth generation AME minister, said many other issues surround the killings. “I am here to lend support and to make clear that we support the vigorous prosecution of this crime and the ongoing investigation of this crime to determine whether or not there are any others complicit in it.” Noting that Dylann Storm Roof had a Confederate flag on his car, Brooks said, “We are here in a state where the capitol has a Confederate flag flying over it. Bringing down that flag will not bring about an end to racial hatred, but it would do a lot to prevent the nurturing of this kind of hatred.” The Stars and Bars does not fly over the state capitol, per se. Thanks to a legislative compromise in 2000, a smaller Confederate flag now flutters on a pole on the statehouse lawn. Not surprisingly, at this time of high emotions, controversy surrounds even this lower-profile presence of what many consider a symbol of racial oppression. Charleston Mayor Pro Tem and District 7 City Councilman Perry Keith Waring along with retired Charleston Chief Municipal Court Judge Arthur McFarland, said they hoped police
were able to determine if Roof acted alone, something both men doubted. “This young man repeated the ninth grade,” McFarland said. “Yet he drove over 100 miles from Eastover, South Carolina to Denmark Vesey’s church to shoot the minister. He could have shot a lot of black people between here and there. He meant to come here.” “These were all good, Christian people — not a criminal among them,” Waring said. “This shows how a community loses when something like this happens, because Christian people give back. “After the funerals, do we go back to business as usual?” Waring wondered. “My fear is
we will. Out of the Walter Scott shooting, body cameras for police officers became the buzzword, the strategy. “What’s going to come out of this? “President Obama is right,” Waring said. “If elementary kids can be mowed down in Sandy Hook with no results; if the people out in Colorado can be mowed down in a movie theater, with no results; if people in Bible study can be mowed down, with no results, the silence is beginning to be deafening. “If this becomes just another massacre in our rear view mirror, if nothing positive comes up to make it better, then shame on us.” All photos by Getty
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BUSINESS As Atlanta’s economy thrives, minority residents don’t
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Although the city is considered an economic powerhouse and “black mecca,” its wealth and promise don’t extend to many of its residents, particularly those of color, who struggle to make ends meet, get family-supporting jobs and access quality education and other key resources. A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, “Changing the Odds: The Race for Results in Atlanta,” highlights the city’s north-south divide and data showing that where children and families live — often synonymous with their racial or ethnic background — can determine their prospects for success in life. The report explores how race and community of residence create persistent barriers, resulting in sharp differences in the educational and economic opportunities available to Atlantans of color, and to children and families on the city’s north and south sides. The reality for black residents is particularly troubling. Among the report’s findings: • Eighty percent of Atlanta’s African American children live in communities with high concentrations of poverty, compared with 6 percent of their white peers and 29 percent of Asians. Forty-three percent of Latino kids live in these neighborhoods, which frequently lack access to critical resources such as high-performing schools and quality medical care. Only five of the city’s neighborhood
planning units (NPUs) along or south of Interstate 20 have poverty rates below 20 percent, and four have poverty rates higher than 40 percent. • The unemployment rate for African Americans in Atlanta (22 percent) is nearly twice the city’s overall 13 percent,
Bank of America highlights student from North Clayton High School about the management and operations of running a successful nonprofit organization. He also works in the East Lake Community Garden, which is a resource for the East Lake Community to learn how to grow a healthy, sustainable and beautiful garden. Karekin has a remarkable resume; he has been involved with the 100 Black Men of South Metro, the mock trial team, green team and the financial literacy team. He is attending Brandeis University in the fall and is planning on studying computer science. Johnson said “I have been able to learn a lot of interesting and valuable skills here at the East Lake Community garden. I learned how to flip the garden beds, grow sweet potatoes, squash and all kinds of vegetables.”
more than three times higher than the rate for their white counterparts (6 percent) and more than twice the rate for Latinos (9 percent). White residents earn more than three times as much as their black counterparts, twice as much as Latinos and about $30,000 more than Asians in the city. • Graduation rates for black and Latino students in Atlanta Public Schools are 57 percent and 53 percent, compared with 84 percent and 94 percent, respectively, for white and Asian students. Black and Latino students are more than three times more likely to drop out of school. “Atlanta appears to be thriving, but it’s clear that many of its residents of color, especially children and youth, are being left behind — to everyone’s detriment,” said Kweku Forstall, who leads the Foundation’s work in Atlanta, which primarily focuses on improving the lives of children and families. “We must work together — in the public, private and philanthropic sector — to help ensure all children and families have the chance to realize their potential and fully contribute to their city and the local economy.” To read ‘Changing the Odds” in its entirety visit www. aecf.org/resources/changing-the-odds.
Gwinnett Technical College student wins Sherwin-Williams Design Challenge
Dale Carithers By: Taylure Plain Shaw
By: Taylure Plain Shaw A local student, Karekin Johnson of North Clayton high school in Atlanta, has been named a 2015 Bank of America Student Leader. The Student Leader program is part of Bank of America’s summer youth employment initiative, and recognizes community-minded high school students across the country. The program connects them to employment, skills development and service. There are approximately 200 students nationwide in the Student Leaders program, and Karekin is one of five in Atlanta. As part of the Student Leaders experience, Karekin is completing an eight week long internship at the East Lake Foundation where he learns
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Pictured in the second photo from left to right they are: Kawther Berhanu, Aminah Matthews, Darryl Terry, Karekin Johnson and Joseph Lee.
Gwinnett Technical College student Dale Carithers won first-place in Sherwin-Williams STIR Student Design Challenge commercial design category this year. Winners were selected from a pool of hundreds of entries stemming from the top design schools in the nation. Besides recognition, Carithers received $2500. Carithers designed a beachside resort featuring a smooth neutral color palette. The Student Design Challenge asks students to design for an individual room or area in a home, or an entire home and/or commercial property such as a restaurant, hotel, museum, office or retail store. They could work as individuals or in teams and were required to use a minimum of three Sherwin-Williams colors in their designs. Entries were accepted at swstudentdesign.com from March 1 through April 15, 2015. Sherwin-Williams announced the winners of its fifth annual STIR® Student Design Challenge. Winners were selected from a pool of hundreds of entries stemming from the top
design schools in the nation. Students were challenged to design for an individual room or area in a home, or an entire home and/or commercial property such as a restaurant, hotel, museum, office or retail store. They could work as individuals or in teams and were required to use a minimum of three Sherwin-Williams colors in their designs. “Winning this competition has given me more self-confidence. For most of my life I had a mind frame that my ideas were not good enough or my talents were not merit. This way of thinking came from not being able to learn like other children in grade school,” Carithers said. “I had a hard time learning and comprehending with words but a picture, art, a form, texture, color as well as architectural could teach me and make me feel a million different things. I want to thank Sherwin-Williams and the judges for seeing value in my work. I’ve learned now, in my later years of life, that the way I learn is not a handicap, but a skill.”
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In health, income has greater impact than race By Freddie Allen, NNPA
Being poor can have a bigger impact on your health than your race. “Income is a driving force behind the striking health disparities that many minorities experience,” states the recent report by the Urban Institute, a research group originally founded to study programs associated with the War on Poverty. And even though Blacks have higher rates of disease than Whites, “these differences are dwarfed by the disparities identified between high- and low-income populations within each racial/ethnic group,” the report said. Poor adults are almost five times as likely to report being in fair or poor health as adults with family incomes at or above the federal poverty level — which in 2014, was $23,850 for a family of four — and they are more than three times as likely to have activity limitations due to chronic illness. The effects of poverty on low-income families are often inescapable. “Public transportation is often inadequate to enable residents to commute to employment, to find a better job, or to reach a supermarket, a reliable childcare provider, or health care services,” stated the report. Poor families also live in neighborhoods plagued by environmental pollution and live near busy highways and industrial factories. Poor families often lack access to fresh produce and live in communities super-saturated by fast food restaurants, carry-outs and liquor stores. Safe places for children to play can be scarce. Families with yearly incomes below $35,000 were “four times more likely to report being nervous and five times more likely to report sadness ‘all or most of the time,’” compared to families that made more than $100,000. Children who live in low-income households are at greater risk for childhood obesity and experience higher rates of asthma than middle- and high-income families. According to a 2010 American Lung Association report, the prevalence of asthma is 35 percent higher among African Americans compared to Whites. In 2012, the Center for American Progress said that asthma costs the country about $14 billion annually because of lost wages and missed school days. And instead of saving employers money, low-income workers often cost their employers more, the
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report said, because of higher health care expenses and diminished productivity, as a result of missing more days at work and coming to work sick. Adults who have suffered adverse childhood experiences, which can include oral, physical or sexual abuse or family dysfunction, are twice as likely to have heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes and four times as likely to have chronic lung disease, the report said. “Policies that reduce adverse childhood experiences or that promote improved educational outcomes can translate into improved economic well-being, better health outcomes, and lower health care costs,” the report explained. “Similarly, the effects of unemployment on health may be buffered by unemployment assistance and other resources (e.g., savings, family resources, and social or business contacts).” The report also recommended making stronger investments in early childhood education and expanding community-based programs and improving service provider networks. Urban Institute researchers noted that adults who had grown up in the wealthiest households often “had 7 to 20 percent better cognitive performance” than adults who had grown up in the poorest households. “People and interest groups working to solve these problems are doing more than improving income and wealth: they are ultimately benefiting population health for all age groups,” said report researchers. “Improving the economic conditions of Americans at many income levels — from those who are poor to those in the middle class — could improve health and help control the rising costs of health care. Jobs, education, and other drivers of economic prosperity matter to public health.”
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Tips to keep your teen safe in the Nominations open for Georgia digital world Nurse of the Year
TeenSafe CEO and expert in Atlanta to discuss cyber safety for children and teens
TeenSafe, the developer of the number one iPhone, Android and tablet monitoring service for parents of teens who are addicted to their devices, held a two-day symposium in Atlanta on June 23 and June 24 to discuss online dangers, sexting, online safety, cyberbullying, smartphone addiction, etc. With technology so prevalent in today’s day and age, TeenSafe has created a guide for parents to help keep kids safe in the digital world. Rawdon Messenger, TeenSafe CEO and industry expert is available to elaborate on the following safety tips: Digital safety tips” 1. Parent their digital life as you would their real life 2. Invoke healthy conversations with your child 3. Set house rules and limit digital use 4. Stay informed and be up-to-date with technology 5. Identify unhealthy technology use As digital natives growing up in a technological world, teens are constantly subjected to cyberbullying, sexual harassment and peer-pressure that are often communicated via mobile devices without a parent’s knowledge. TeenSafe’s mission is to help parents take advantage of every teachable moment when they feel it’s necessary for them to intervene. For more information on TeenSafe, visit www.TeenSafe.com
With only a few weeks left to nominate an outstanding nurse who has demonstrated excellence and leadership in the field of nursing for the Georgia March of Dimes 2015 Nurse of the Year Awards, the Georgia March of Dimes wants to remind Georgians of the July 15 deadline. There are 15 diverse nursing categories to choose from in order to honor often under-recognized individuals throughout the state—nurses. The winners will be announced and awards presented at a gala event on Saturday, November 21 at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta, Buckhead. To be eligible for an award, nurses must be nominated by a colleague, peer or a patient whom they have served. Nominees may have achievements in research and education, or may be working at the front lines of car — from advanced practice to critical care and maternal/newborn care. To submit a nomination, visit http://bit.ly/NOTYGeorgia by July 15. Only nominations submitted online will be accepted. Award recipients will be determined by a distinguished selection committee comprised of experienced health care professionals. The 2015 Nurse of the Year event is cochaired by Janis Dubow, Vice President, Quality Improvement and Chief Nursing Officer of Northside Hospital, and Lisa Eichelberger, Dean, College of Health, Clayton State University. This year’s Presenting sponsor is Northside Hospital; Gold sponsor is UnitedHealth Group; and Silver sponsors include, Capella University, Central EMS, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing and Grady Health System. Through the Nurse of the Year Awards, the
March of Dimes brings together the health care community to pay tribute to the profession of nursing — the unsung heroes and heroines who save the lives and health of others. The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. For additional information on the 2015 Nurse of the Year, contact the March of Dimes at 404350-9800 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Delicious, stay cool celebration ideas for the 4th of July (StatePoint) Beat the heat this 4th of July and throughout summer with some delicious and refreshing celebration tips. It’s all about keeping your cool when preparing and enjoying fun meals. Cool, Crisp Wine Stick with fresh and crisp white wines that complement lighter, warm weather fare. Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are classic white wine varietals easily found at grocery stores. Chardonnay, a medium bodied wine with notes of fresh melon and pineapple, makes an excellent pairing with BBQ chicken or richer seafood dishes, such as crab or salmon. A wine to try is St. Francis Sonoma County Chardonnay 2013, made from grapes handpicked in the cool of night to create a wine with delicate aromas, crisp acidity, and a rich, lingering finish. For a lighter bodied wine, Sauvignon Blanc, with a highly aromatic fruit profile, is perfect for salads, sushi and fresh, young cheeses such as goat cheese. For your 4th of July picnic, consider grabbing a bottle of St. Francis Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc 2014 that features crisp flavors and aromas of citrus, kiwi, and mango with a touch of lime. Chilled Dishes In summer, the last place you want to be is in a hot, humid kitchen. The perfect solution is to make classic chilled dishes like fruit sorbets, tomato salsas, fresh green salads and seafood carpaccio. For summer’s most refreshing meal, St. Francis Winery Chef Bryan Jones shares his recipe for Chilled Potato-Leek Soup with White Truffle Oil and Lemon. Pair with St. Francis Sonoma County 2013 Chardonnay or 2014 Sauvignon
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Blanc and serve with a light green salad and a baguette with goat cheese. Ingredients: • 2 russet potatoes, diced • 3 leeks • 3 cloves garlic, chopped • 3 tablespoons butter • 4 cups water • 1/2 cup heavy cream • 2 teaspoons salt • White truffle oil • 1 lemon • 4 chive strands • Salt and white pepper to taste Preparation: • Trim off the green end of leeks, slice in half lengthwise and rinse. Dice leeks. Heat 3 tbsp of butter in a medium sauce pan over medium heat. Add leeks, garlic and 2 tsp salt. Cook until leeks are soft but not brown, stirring occasionally. • Add diced potatoes to leeks and cover with 4 cups of water. Bring to a boil, and reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes or until potatoes fall apart. • Add cream, bring to a boil and remove from heat. Let cool to almost room temperature. Purée in a blender until texture is creamy. • Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl. Adjust seasoning and place in refrigerator to chill.
• Divide soup into bowls. Drizzle with a small amount of white truffle oil. Zest a small amount of lemon and sprinkle with chopped fresh chives. Enjoy. For more wine paired recipes from Chef Bryan Jones, visit www.StFrancisWinery.com/culinary/recipes. Celebrate the 4th this year with cool vibes, chilled food and crisp wines.
LIVING WELL YMCA brings water safety to Black children
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Summer has officially graced us with her long-awaited presence, a season that means longer days of fun at amusement parks, days at the beach, and swimming pools for families. For others, it’s a reminder of tragedy the summer can bring. Just this month, five children ranging from the ages of 2 to 5 were reported dead after drowning in backyard and community pools. The tragic accidents have similar narratives — unattended children are left to wander near pools alone. Without the proper supervision, the children — who in most cases do not know how to swim — panic and drown. A recent survey by USA Swimming reveals that nearly 40 percent of White children have little-to-no swimming abilities. But the staggering percentage seems minuscule when compared to the 70 percent of Black children who cannot swim. Sixty percent of Hispanic children face the same worry. This summer, the YMCA plans to change that with their National Water Safety Program. Children will learn how to improve their motor, cognitive, and social skills before stepping foot in the pool. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports drowning as the second leading cause of injury-related death among children under the age of 15. Other studies show Black children from ages 5 to 19 drown in swimming pools nearly five times more often than White children. The painful stereotype of Afri-
can-Americans’ poor swimming skills is just one reminder of the trouble a child can face. The world was also reminded in 2010, when six African American teenagers from Louisiana drowned in Shreveport’s Red River. The teens — from two different families — were found dead after trying to save a friend from rough waters. The victims of the Warner family included Takeitha, 13; and her brothers, JaMarcus, 14; and JaTavious, 17. The others killed were the Stewarts: Litrelle, 18; LaDarius, 17; and Latevin, 15. Sadly, parents and friends watched in horror as the teens drowned in up to 20 feet of water because they, too, couldn’t swim. “None of us could swim,” Marilyn Robinson lamented, adding that she watched helplessly as the victims went under. “They were yelling, ‘Help me, help me. Somebody please help me.’ It was nothing I could do but watch them drown, one by one.” YMCA Aquatic Director, Janet Wright says parents and children can learn together and smash the stereotype while also saving lives in the process. “There needs to be a shift in the mindset first,” said Wright. “If there’s someone present who is trained and knows how to swim, there shouldn’t be anything to be afraid of. They’re going to work with you, especially if you’re at the YMCA. Swimming itself is a life skill, so you’ll be using this for a long time. Even when you can’t run anymore, or bike anymore, aquatics is one of those things you can do from the time you are born, until the time you leave this earth.”
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ENTERTAINMENT Rick Ross arrested Tasha Smith makes directorial debut again in metro with ‘Boxed In’ at 2015 ABFF Atlanta
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By Madge Evans
Tasha Smith‘s directorial debut in Boxed In, recently made its premiere at the AMC 25 Theater in New York City during the 19th annual American Black Film Festival to a filled to excess crowd. Produced by Kim Ogletree and starring the lovely Tyra Ferrell, Walter Fauntleroy, and Antonique Smith, this short but powerful movie explores mental illness in the African American community, specifically in the form of bipolar disorder. The gripping story of a mother dealing with her son’s bipolar disease and all the elements that come with it, inclusive of his girlfriend’s ability to “hang in there,” sheds light on the reality of this oft swept under the rug subject in the African American community. The movie premier was followed by a Q & A session by Kim Ogletree, Tyra Ferrell, and Tasha Smith in which Smith discussed her inspiration for the movie, the dynamics of being a first time director and filming on a minimal budget with only four days to shoot, the hilarious encounters she experienced at USC, and most importantly, how bipolar disorder affects black women and men and the black family as a whole.
Atlanta to host 2015 Mandela Washington Fellows Rick Ross has been arrested again in the Atlanta area, but this time it is not just a simple marijuana charge. The rap mogul was arrested in Fayette County along with his bodyguard on charges of kidnapping, aggravated assault and aggravated battery, all felonies. According to police sources, Ross was having work done on the property he bought in Fayette County and allegedly got into a fight with one of the workers and pistol-whipped him, WSB-TV reports. Ross, born William Leonard Roberts II, is being held at the Fayette County jail for an initial appearance and bond hearing, according to the U.S. Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force, which assisted the Fayette County Sheriff ’s Office in the arrest. The Miami-raised musician purchased the Fayetteville mega-mansion that once belonged to boxing legend Evander Holyfield. This represents the second time inside a month that Ross was arrested in Fayette County. Ross was arrested two weeks ago on a misdemeanor marijuana charge in Fayette County. Ross also has weed-related arrests in Miami in 2008, in Louisiana in 2011 and in North Carolina in 2013.
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NNPA and Chevrolet celebrate 75 years of service General Motors hosted an elegant luncheon reception at its headquarters in Detroit during the National Newspaper Publishers’ Association 2015 reception and salute in recognition of its 75th anniversary. The NNPA is the nation’s largest and most influential Black-owned media trade association.
From left: Laura Hernandez-Romine, GM Marketing Diversity manager, Global Marketing Services; Ed Welburn, GM vice president, Global Design; and Crystal Windham, GM director of Design, Global Chevrolet. By Terry Shropshire Television and radio personality Egypt Sherrod served as mistress of ceremonies on Sunday, June 21 at the highly anticipated and well received Family Food Fest on Fathers’ Day at the Georgia Aquarium. Beth Spangler a contestant on “The Voice” performed during the diverse representation of men and women cooks from communities across Atlanta during the inaugural Family Food Fest event, a multi-cultural and multi-generational celebration. “Family Food Fest was created to offer an annual multicultural, family-oriented experience where local men and women can come together to show off their cooking skills, raise
money for local charities, and celebrate strong father’s,” says event manager, Diane Larche´. “We are extremely excited about launching this spectacular event at the Georgia Aquarium; it’s the perfect location to bring together good food, entertainment and family.” In addition to an opportunity to sample an assortment of dishes prepared by professional and self-proclaimed master chefs from all walks of life, the three-hour charity event featured a health pavilion, a kid’s zone and live musical performances featuring various genres. There was a silent auction and giveaways that include a stay at Breezes Resort & Spa in Nassau Bahamas, and round trip airline tickets on Southwest Airlines.
From left: Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., NNPA president and CEO; Laura Hernandez-Romine, Marketing Diversity manager, Global Marketing Services; Ed Welburn, vice president, Global Design; Crystal Windham, director of Design, Global Chevrolet; and Cloves C. Campbell, NNPA Arizona informant chair.
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by Dr. Julianne Malveaux
by Rev. Jesse Jackson
Remove Confederate flag and agenda it represents
Mix review of latest job numbers The unemployment rate rose just a bit in May, an indicator that Wall Street and Main Street are celebrating because that means more people are looking for work and that more people are optimistic. Some polling data says something quite different. Two major media polls show widespread dissatisfaction with the status quo, with majority support for an increased minimum wage, for paid parental leave and paid sick leave. Further, more than 60 percent said there was room for advancement in our economy An analysis of the New York Times/CBS poll concludes, “inequality looms large” in the minds of most Democrats and independents, and nearly half of all Republicans. These are the folks who are reading the headlines that say things are getting better, and living a life that say things are too slow and too stagnant for them. The disconnect partly reflects the difference between productivity increases and GDP increases. In other words, people are working harder, and national productivity is growing faster, than wages are. Last month, the average hourly worker earned about 8 cents more than they did the month before. Those eight cents represent a 2.3 percent increase this year. This sounds like good news this year, but what about stuck wages for the past several years? Those who are reading about good news are asking, “What about me?” The latest unemployment report sends a similarmixed message. While the unemployment rate ticked up from 5.4 percent to 5.5 percent, the good news is that 280,000 new jobs were created in May 2015. That’s great news and on target for the number of jobs that need to be created to bring us back to the employment levels we enjoyed eight years ago. Not so good news: Many of these jobs aren’t “good jobs.” Nearly half of the jobs in “business services” are part-time or consulting jobs. These are jobs that offer no health insurance, no sick days, no paid vacation. These are folks who, even when highly compensated, are on their own. Perhaps the increase in leisure and hospitality employment reflects optimism about the
economy, because it suggests that employers think more people will be traveling and enjoying hospitality services this summer. Still, most of the jobs in this industry are part-time, with the average worker getting 22 hours a week — too few to qualify for benefits. In hospitality, including food and drinking places, young people are working for low wages, often depending on tips, always earning less than they might if the labor market would absorb them at their skill level. Meanwhile, many of us who enjoy the services of the coffee barista, the waitress, or the theme park guide don’t ever wonder how well they are paid. But it still makes sense to revel in the good news, that the unemployment rate is lower than it was a year ago. Always, though, there are the footnotes. The 5.5 percent unemployment rate is 10.8 percent when indices of labor utilization are considered. The African American unemployment rate, at 10.2 percent, is nearly 20 percent when underutilization measures are considered. The 20 percent rate lower than a year ago, but it is still too high. The percentage of the population that is employed also reflects significant racial gaps. While nearly 70 percent of White men are working, just 62 percent of Black men have jobs. And while the same percentage of White women and Black women hold jobs, given data on men, it is clear that African American women are responsible for much more of the family income than Caucasian women are. No wonder people who hear about “good news” don’t feel it. No wonder they are responding to polls with a concern that does not reflect the so-called good news. No wonder too many are concerned about poor working conditions, about feeling that they have no opportunity to improve their situation, about being frightened by the income inequality that will determine the futures of their children. Are we excited about the news that the economy is recovering? Of course. But some of us would be much more excited if the recovery trickled down.
The savage act of racial terrorism at Mother Emanuel, the Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, S.C., has been met with extraordinary expressions of faith in that community. On Thursday, the victims’ relatives offered the terrorist their forgiveness. On Sunday, Mother Emanuel’s doors opened for regular services. Hatred and violence would not break the congregation’s spirit. The murderer, Dylann Roof, said his intent was to trigger a race war. He spat on and burned the American flag, but waved the Confederate flag. Naturally, this has revived the demand that the Confederate flag be taken down at the South Carolina state capitol. The flag is a symbol. It stands for secession, sedition, slavery, segregation and suppression of rights. That it flies at the state capitol expresses the failure to address racial division. Germany does not fly a Nazi flag. South Africa does not fly the flag of apartheid. The flag is a symbol, but the agenda of the flag is very real. The flag agenda is to preserve states’ rights over constitutional rights, racial divide over liberty and justice for all. The flag agenda demands that states, not the federal government, establish rules around voting. When the Supreme Court’s conservative gang of five disemboweled the Voting Rights Act, a flood of measures designed to make voting harder for minorities, the poor and the elderly ensued. The flag agenda asserts states’ rights over national reform. The Supreme Court’s conservative justices decided that states could refuse the expansion of Medicaid that was part of health care reform. Only one state of the former confederacy then accepted billions from the federal government that would expand health care for their citizens, boost their economy and aid their hospitals. The flag agenda sustains our systemic system of criminal injustice, where African Americans are more likely to be stopped, more likely to be charged, more likely to be detained, more likely to be jailed and — as we have seen again and again — more likely to be at risk from the
police that are supposed to protect them. The flag agenda suppresses the right of workers to organize, the right to a living wage, a safe workplace, a healthy environment. The flag agenda impoverishes poor white workers by pitting them against poor black workers. Today everyone is outraged at the killings, but there is not the same outrage that African Americans have the highest rates of infant mortality, unemployment, imprisonment, segregated housing and home foreclosures, segregated and underfunded public schools, poverty, heart disease, liver disease, diabetes, mental health issues, HIV/AIDS, denial of access to capital and more. The flag is a symbol, but the flag agenda is this institutionalized state of terror. There was an urgency to identify and arrest Roof before he hurt anyone else, but there is not the same urgency to identify and arrest the current economic and political conditions — the institutional racism and structural injustices — before another generation is lost. The flag should come down. It is deeply offensive that politicians who aspire to lead this nation as president are too cowardly to call for its removal, hiding behind states’ rights, the poisonous doctrine that is the heart of the flag agenda. But putting the flag in a museum is not enough. Dylann Roof is 21 years old. He was not alive when Rhodesia existed or South Africa was under apartheid. He was taught his hatreds; he wasn’t born with them. His hatreds found deadly expression, but so too do the institutionalized injustices that are not limited to South Carolina. Racism requires a remedy. We need a White House conference on racial justice and urban policy to offer a vision and a policy to deal with our structural injustice. Remove the flag, of course. But we need the president and the Congress to challenge the flag agenda.
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