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First Person: Living a Six-Figure Lifestyle on a $30,000 Salary Brian C. Hopkins Like millions of Americans out there, I like the nicer things in life. I have an affinity for high-end cars, designer clothing, and namebrand home furnishings. There was a time when I had the six-figure income to afford these things. That was before the crash of what has now become known as the dot-com era. After losing many nice things, I learned that even living at one's means can be a risky proposition. So the challenge became how to continue to live that lifestyle while spending drastically less than I did before. I wanted to figure out how I could afford these things at a $30,000-a-year salary, just in case I ever had another salary decrease. That planning all paid off when the great recession came. Here's how I learned to have a six-figure lifestyle with a $30,000 yearly budget. How to Get the Big Home This one was all about patience, hard work, and discipline. First: New homes are out of the question. They're generally overpriced. I almost bid on a couple of for-sale-by-owner homes, but just couldn't get the right combination of price and neighborhood. I focused on HUD homes and foreclosures, and learned quickly that banks don't want homes on their books. I found a HUD home in a neighborhood with prices averaging above $200,000. My home was more than 60% less than that. It required a bit of work -- I spent a lot of free time on it as a do-it-yourself project -- but in the end I had my nice home. No one knows that I paid less than $80,000 and that I have a monthly mortgage payment of less than $500. Getting the Car to Match the Lifestyle I'm a sport and luxury car enthusiast. First I wanted a Mustang, and this was the easiest deal of them all to find. I didn't go to dealers for this one. I went to Craigslist and the classified ads. I know many people will say that this is immoral, but I found a desperate seller who was willing to almost give the car to me because his notes were too high. I was happy, and he was happy to be rid of it. A simple refinancing and I

had a car note for less than $150 per month. Not long after that I decided that I wanted a Lexus, and I did go through a dealer to get that one. I got a great deal on a used Lexus (I no longer buy new cars). Here's how I saved about $5,000 on that deal. I Love Movado Watches Anyone who knows me knows that I love Movado watches and will rarely, if ever, wear anything else. At a $30,000-a-year salary, I certainly can't afford to shell out $1,000 or $2,000 on a watch. So I had to find a new source. I began scouring Craigslist, eBay, and pawn shops for good deals on watches. I found three Movado watches that were used and paid less than $500 total for all three of them. I recently sold one of these watches on eBay for $600. I now wear watches valued at more than $800 each, and I basically paid nothing for them. Got to Have My Designer Clothes I am an avid wearer of brands such as Ralph Lauren, Armani, Perry Ellis, and Gucci. Jackets for these brands can run from $300 to $3,000 dollars, so there's no way I can afford these on a $30,000 salary. I had to really swallow my pride and begin browsing through eBay for good deals on used items. A few of you may say there's no way you'd wear used clothing, but I say one trip to the cleaners, and they're as good as new. I found that even better deals can be found at consignment shops and Goodwill stores. At one Goodwill store, I found an Armani jacket for only $15, and I get constant compliments on it.

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Walk along the beach – Mission Bay Stop for dinner outdoors at Paradise Point Resort or Pack a lunch or bar-b-que on the beach area while taking in the beautiful sunset San Diego County Fair 7th Annual Gospel Festival Del Mar Fairgrounds Saturday, June 25 10:00 am – 8:30 pm SAVE THE DATE MCCSN’s July 19th Mixer – Bali Hai Restaurant 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Let’s Talk Social Media - Planning Essentials For Businesses Growth. The marketing tool that has proven success ratings! Seeking a hotel for your next meeting, family reunion, retreat, meeting or conference? Let us help you find the best hotel at the best rates. We provide global group hotel site selection and contract negotiation services at “no cost” to the client. Allow us to put our buying power to work for you today. To start your hotel site accommodation search, call Clara Carter at 619-265-2561. About – your online guide highlighting the city’s multicultural news, events, attractions, travel deals, and more. The website showcases the various facets of San Diego’s ethnic communities, encouraging locals to learn more about the city’s culture, while enticing visitors and meeting planners to book meetings and conventions to San Diego. To submit your next community event, log in to and click on the events tab and follow the prompts to add to the community calendar.

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Introducing Dr. JoAnne Cornwell of Sisterlocks


t has been nearly twenty years since the inception of Sisterlocks and for Dr. JoAnne Cornwell, a very interesting ride. With help from sisters, Celeste and Carol, Dennard Clendenin and Carol’s husband, Bob, Sisterlocks as a company began to take shape in JoAnne’s kitchen 19 ? years ago. That’s where the planning and plotting began. The indecision and the focus; the resolve and the questions. All of this came, however, after THE DISCOVERY itself. Dr. JoAnne Cornwell, currently Associate Professor of French and Africana Studies at SDSU, and founder of the San Diego State African American Alumni Association, was born JoAnne Jenkins in Detroit, Michigan. She grew up surrounded by lots of friends and family in a city which, at that time, due to a thriving auto industry and a burgeoning business called “Motown Records,” was a vibrant and stimulating place to be. Parents were involved in the care and development of their neighborhoods and communities. Block parties, school activities, field trips and involvement in civic, church and business growth and outreach was evident in the lives of the African American, WWII vets like JoAnne’s father, Joe who populated the neighborhoods with their families in the northwest Detroit area where Miss Jenkins grew up. Through her mother, Dora, she developed an enterprising spirit. Mrs. Jenkins was the neighborhood piano teacher and always willing to help JoAnne and her sisters in ways to make extra money. The neighbors were always willing to purchase from a bake sale or shrimp fry orchestrated by Mrs. Jenkins and her daughters. For fun, JoAnne and her sisters would organize talent shows and sell tickets to the other neighborhood kids for 1cent each. Diversity in the city was much more prevalent at that time and JoAnne attended Mumford High School, then a progressive, predominantly Jewish institution which was considered one of the state’s best secondary schools. With such alumni as film producer, Jerry Bruckheimer and Jazz Guitarist, Earl Klugh JoAnne was exposed to the variety of ideas and the discipline which would give her the foundation she would need in later life. After studying Spanish for three years at Mumford, she decided to switch to French at the age of 18, eventually becoming fluent, defending her PhD dissertation in the language. After high school, Dr. Cornwell attended Lakeland College in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Transferring from there after one year, she attended Butler University in Indianapolis, IN. She spent time as a student teacher at the Clairmont Colleges in Clairmont, CA and after taking time to work, eventually received her PhD from UC Irvine. The educational experience which may have affected her most, however, was while an undergraduate at Chapman College based in Orange, CA. During her time at Chapman, she participated in their “World Campus Afloat” program which allowed undergraduates to travel around the world while attending classes aboard a cruise ship. Coming from a working class family, she was awarded a full academic scholarship and while a student there, was exposed to life as most others never have the opportunity to do. With ports of call in England, Italy, Greece, Senegal, Ireland, India, Holland, Israel, Spain, The Far East, Sierra Leone, South Africa and many other locations, the young JoAnne Jenkins received an education which was impossible to glean from any book. This experience proved to be the one most responsible for her broader view of issues affecting people in general and in the African Diaspora in particular. All of these attributes and more point to the basic reason why her venture into the natural hair care business has been such a passion with her Always conscientious about her own appearance, she became aware of the ways in which the black women of other countries arranged their hair. She noticed that their hair styles had much more to do with their place in society than personal choice.. These lessons were not lost on her, but as the daughter and granddaughter of hairstylists and having spent many hours at her grandmother’s beauty salon, “Berenice’s Beauty Bar” on West 8 Mile Road, the social benefits of straight hair were deeply ingrained. After years of straightening her own hair, however, it had reached a point at which it was lifeless and would no longer grow. Faced with this dilemma, JoAnne knew she

had to do something with her fine, fragile but kinky hair. The choices at that time were few. Either cut it to a short afro, perm it or press it. Extensions seemed to be only a temporary fix. The full story appears in her book, That Hair Thing - The Sisterlocks Approach and chronicles her journey. But that journey and the resultant effect on the black hair care industry has been nothing short of revolutionary. In 1999 came the victory in a law suit. Cornwell v. State of California in which she fought for the right of any hair care practitioner in California (and by virtue of the suit being filed in Federal Court, the entirety of the U.S.) to work in natural, African-type hair without having to first obtain a cosmetology license. Dr. Cornwell and Sisterlocks prevailed which has since led the way for others in their prospective states to bring similar challenges. In response, she was visited at her home and interviewed by George Will for his column in the Wall Street Journal. Now, with the help of a loyal and hard working cohort of employees, Dr. Cornwell and the Sisterlocks Company is becoming a household name. From a humble start which included filling shampoo bottles with Celeste and Carol in her kitchen, to the many varieties of hair care products manufactured to spec and shipped all over the US and around the world, the influence

of Sisterlocks continues to grow. The current location on the corner of Utah St. and North Park Way in North Park houses the home office, storage and shipping operations, as well as an open space for training classes and special events. In this downturned economy, the Sisterlocks Company is managing to hold on while employing 8-10 people on either a full or part-time basis. This is in addition to the training provided to those taking the Sisterlocks Training Course. Since the inception of the training courses Dr. Cornwell, and by extension, The Sisterlocks Company have been providing opportunities for gainful employment to countless people who go on to practice their trade of installing the Sisterlocks in their own communities. As part of the growth of the Sisterlocks Company, their annual convention, called “Homecoming” began in 1995. These events were originally started by sister Celeste Geary as an informal way for clients and consultants to get together socially and network and generally enjoy each others company. They instantly began to catch on and the Sisterlocks Homecoming is now an annual event here in San Diego. Homecomings, or “Explosions” are now being held in other cities, such as Atlanta, GA and Baltimore, MD. This year Boston, Detroit,

London, England and Paris, France are among the locations to be added to the list. This years homecoming, the “Lifestyle Festival” is being held at the Jacobs Center. SISTERLOCKS TO HOST FIRST “LIFESTYLE FESTIVAL” AT JACOBS CENTER With lots of free family activities outside on the Jacobs Center East Lawn, the First Annual Sisterlocks Lifestyle Festival will begin with a bang on Saturday morning, July 9th at 9:00am with continued activities on Sunday, July 10th. The Jacobs Center is located at 404 Euclid Avenue in San Diego. Magicians, dancers, drummers, kids games and more with be front and center for a day of community fun to be enjoyed by the entire family. If you wish to become a Sisterlocks trainee to be taught the revolutionary hair locking technique that is Sisterlocks, or would simply like to learn how to better maintain your own Sisterlocks or Brotherlocks, this is the time and to sign up and make yourself available for such classes. Other classes and events are available for reasonable fees. Please see the Sisterlocks website for further information (


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Black San Diego is Being Led by Transplants It has been argued since the Civil War – whether southern Blacks are more ambitious and ultimately successful than northern and western Blacks. I remember moving here in the late 50s when there were virtually no native Black San Diegans. As I evaluate the generations of Blacks throughout the years, most Black people that have enjoyed some success in life are from someplace else. Our leaders are all from someplace else. Did whites in this city ever accept Blacks as a part of San Diego’s fabric? Or are we simply tolerated? We must keep in mind that San Diego had to be marched on, sit in, and sued, just like any other southern city for Blacks to be treated even half way equal. Blacks lived in Logan Heights, Linda Vista, military housing, or on a small block in La Jolla. The way I see it, Black Americans have risen in this city

much how high tide comes in and raises the boats in the bay. In other words, Black Americans conditions improved with general improvement of the city. That brings us to this problem: the fact that our leaders are from elsewhere. Did the leaders that first led Blacks in this town have any experience? Or did opportunity just knock and they stepped into positions they knew little about? Today in San Diego, Black Americans are progressing backward. The reason for the downward spiral is because our leaders are operating in many cases on the sharecropping mentality. When I go from church-to-church or business-to-business, most Black folks want to ride in on white people’s coat tails. I find that most Black Americans seldom express the desire for independent commerce. They want to build and make things

American Cancer Society Southeastern San Diego Relay for Life Seeks Cancer Survivors June 16, 2011 — The American Cancer Society Southeastern San Diego Relay for Life 24 Hour Walk for Cancer will be held on July 30 – July 31, 2011, 10 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Porter Elementary School 445 South 47th Street San Diego,

for themselves and be a part of the fabric, the commerce of San Diego. I don’t think that White America ever considers Black people beyond that of a servant class. Blacks have no radio station or TV station to represent Black interests. And the newspapers that we do have whites do not aggressively advertise with because they don’t see the need. So really, what are we to them? The Black population in San Diego County is about 4% and dropping. In the Southeast area that used to be Logan heights, we are probably 3%, and in the 4th District we are about 17%. We are barely important. If our population has dropped to these numbers, it means we had more people here in the 80s and 90s. Take a close look at our leaders. Our leaders may be substandard, they may be misinformed, and they may be from the generation of sharecroppers that never wanted anything for themselves, but we are all at fault for our relaxed sharecropping attitudes. A sharecropping mentality thinks that as long as my family is happy and my kids are going to college and we have the necessities, everything is all right. Do blacks want anything for themselves?

EDITORIAL I applaud the fact that Oprah stepped away from network TV and went out on her own so that she could own her own station. Did she walk away from success or did she walk toward something that was hers and hers alone? God bless the child that’s got her own. In Black San Diego, what do we have? Until Next Week, Willie Morrow

CA 92113. Relay is a fun-filled, overnight event designed to celebrate the lives of those who have faced cancer, remember loved ones who lost the battle, and fight back against the disease. The American Cancer Society Relay for Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day – cancer will be eliminated. African Americans have the highest death rate and shortest survival of any racial and ethnic group in the US for most cancers. Let’s get involved and make a difference! Relay is looking for Cancer Survivors, Teams of Walkers, Sponsors, Community Leaders, and other volunteers to help make this an experience you will never forget!

Survivors We are celebrating more birthdays and want to celebrate your birthday! July 6, 2011 5:30 p.m. Malcolm X Library 5148 Market Street San Diego, CA 92114

America's Oldest Traveling Preacher/Evangelist Bishop Otis Clark - Age 108

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Bishop Otis Clark, Age 108 Years America’s oldest traveling Evangelist A Legend Lives and Travels Among Us Today Bishop Otis Clark was born in 1903, in Oklahoma, before Oklahoma was an official state. In 1921, he moved to California to escape the Tulsa race riots. Clark has survived segregation and the Great Depression, also. At age 108, Bishop Otis Clark travels and preaches around the country and abroad, and looks forward to celebrating his 109th birthday this winter. This Pentecostal preacher is the world's oldest traveling evangelist his friends and supporters say. Otis Clark still has a sparkle in his eye, a hearty laugh, and a quick sense of humor. He says his goal is to keep up with the "young folks." He is doing a great job for 108 year old. "As long as I hold on to God, my health stays pretty good," said Clark. Bishop Clark knew the original members of the Azusa Street Mission, which was started by William J. Seymour in 1906 and was the location of the famous revival. Clark was eventually given power of attorney over the Azusa Street Mission. "We felt free. We were free to sing our song, dance our dance, whatever we wanted to do," he recalls. "Blessed are the free in heart for they shall see God. So, Azusa set a lot of folks free." Jail time eventually led him to Christ, and he was baptized at Azusa Church in 1930. In 1946, Bishop Clark was officially ordained as an evangelist and preacher. He preaches and teaches at churches across the country with his goddaughter, the Rev. Gwyneth Williams, and her daughter, the Rev. Star Williams - with whom Evangelist Clark lives. Gwyneth Williams said people look to Clark as a mentor. "He goes in and really, really encourages the pastors and ministers," she said. Clark's message remains the same. "I tell them to stay on God's side and be winners," he said. "You're satisfied. You're not afraid of nothing." Always the evangelist, Bishop Clark said, he has one goal he still wants to see accomplished during his lifetime. "I want all the folks to be saved and be on God's side," he said.


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OMNILOGUE© - “All of us communicating with each other, so that we all come to a collective understanding, so that we all work toward the same goal.” © Vision… a better understanding of ourselves, each other, the Universe, the World, and the communities in which we live.

What is Community? Striking at the heart of the problem is, again, the issue of identity. Black People, African Americans, Afro-Americans, Negroes, Colored People – whatever we are – we’ve got a problem. Many of us don’t even believe we exist! Recently I have read numerous articles in local papers and on-line publications saying that there is no Black community in San Diego. While this is patently absurd, apparently we have come to believe this ourselves. I have heard too many Black San Diegans say that there is no Black community in San Diego. In my training as a community organizer, we define “power” as: “The ability to define reality, and to get others to respond to that definition as if it were their own.” I have an old Doubleday Dictionary from 1975, which I keep because they keep changing the definitions of words. It defines “community” as: “The people who reside in one locality and are subject to the same laws, have the same interests, etc.” Black people in San Diego DO have a community, by this definition. Whether it’s southeastern San Diego, the Fourth District, Encanto, Emerald Hills, Valencia Park, Lincoln Park, Skyline Hills, and other areas, everyone in San Diego knows the locality where Black people live. Obviously, we are subject to the same laws and to disparities in how those laws are applied to us versus other ethnic groups. And, believe it or not, we have the same interests, primarily due to our common history in this country. So if everyone else knows where to find the Black Community, why don’t we? I think it is because you have given away your power by letting other people tell you that you have no Black community. If you believe it, then how can you be building the Black community? If you are not building the Black Community, what are you doing? If you believe there is no Black Community and you are not helping to build the Black community, you are part of the problem rather than being part of the solution. There is a way to fix that. Start working in your own community. You can start, or work for, a Black community business. There are lots of Black community organizations you can volunteer with. There are plenty of Black community schools you can help. You can go to the government and find out what Black community services you can provide. Stop tearing down the Black community by saying it doesn’t exist. Start doing what you can do to build it up. If you can’t think of anything to do, send me an e-mail and I’ll be glad to help you out. Peace. CMH

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APPLYING HOLISTIC EATING PRINCIPLES TO YOUR DAILY DIET By Lady Topaz Holistic nutrition includes consciously eating healthy foods that promote vibrant physical and mental health, while supporting a strong immune system and preventing disease. Healthy food and nutrient supplementation (nutraceuticals) can also be used as medicine to control or reverse most health issues. Living the principles of holistic nutrition will make a huge difference in how food is assimilated and utilized by your body. Though there isn’t a specific diet that will accommodate all people, there are certain basic Holistic Nutrition Guidelines to use when choosing the food you eat and the way you prepare it. HOLISTIC NUTRITION ~ GUIDELINES FOR HEALTHY EATING What To Eat Drink adequate amounts of purified water at least eight 8-ounce glasses daily. Even mild dehydration will interfere with the digestive process and aggravate several symptoms and diseases. Choose organic food as much as possible to avoid pesticides, herbicides, genetically modified (GMO) foods, and irradiated food. Fresh organically grown food has more nutrient value and tastes better, and organic meats and dairy don’t contain hormones and antibiotics. Select whole grains when buying foods such as bread, pasta, rice, tortillas, and cereal. Whole grains provide more nutrients and fiber. About 22 natural nutrients are processed out of grains in the making of refined flour products. ‘Enriched’ is a misnomer since only 6 or 8 synthetic nutrients are actually returned after processing. Try to buy locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables. Sometimes it’s better to eat freshly harvested local produce that isn’t certified organic, rather than organic produce that was harvested before ripening and transported thousands of miles to the grocery store.

If you can’t grow your own produce, find a Farmers’ Market in your area, or ask your grocer to offer local produce. Essential fatty acids are necessary for good health, so eat good fats in moderation but don’t avoid fat altogether. Use organic cold-pressed oil such as extra virgin olive oil for salads. Cooking requires an oil that can be heated without being denatured, so choose organic canola or coconut oil. Flax seed oil is a great addition to a breakfast smoothie. Eat raw and minimally processed whole living food as much as possible. Foods in their natural state contain more nutrients and active enzymes. I love the versatility of the Vita-Mix for preparing nutritious foods, juices, healthy desserts, and even baby food. Eat a variety of nutrient-rich healthy foods. There is no single food that provides the more than 40 different nutrients we need for good health. Experiment with different foods and recipes. What To Avoid Eliminate refined sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and artificial sweeteners such as aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal) and sucralose (Splenda). All contribute significantly to serious health problems. Salt: Limit sodium to less than 2,300 mg per day - equivalent to about one teaspoon of salt. Check food labels; you’ll be amazed how much sodium is added to processed foods. Substitute regular table salt for something healthier, like sea salt or Himalayan salt. Coffee and sodas - non-foods that have many destructive physiological consequences which cause several illnesses and chronic disease. Trans fats (hydrogenated oils); saturated fats - primarily from animal sources such as red meat, and whole milk dairy products. Don’t microwave food or beverages. Use a toaster oven, double boiler, tea kettle, or other appliance to heat or cook food. Food additives: artificial colors and flavors, preservatives, MSG. Genetically modified (GMO) foods: Continued on page 16

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1. When you were growing up when you hear the call letters XHRM 92.5 what’s the first thing that comes to your mind? A.K.D. : . So many images come to mind. .Great music. Black San Diego. Those call letters are ingrained in my memory. As a African American kid growing up in San Diego, Willie Morrow was the man. At that time for me, Mr. Morrow and XHRM exemplified the black media experience in San Diego. It was where I heard black voices, black music, and the black experience in my city. Earth, Wind, and Fire, Stevie Wonder, Mtume, The Gap Band, Marvin Gaye, DeBarge, Ohio Players etc.: XHRM was the place where you heard these amazing artists and many more on the radio in San Diego. It wasn’t just about the sounds on the radio either. I remember hearing about the Mr. Black San Diego contest, and events like the Ebony Fashion Fair on what was the REAL 92.5 back then. I don’t say that to slight the current station. These are just my memories of growing up in my city and it was different for those that were here and know. I even think I went to the Fashion Fair with my mom once or twice. It was about community also. I grew up in Mira Mesa (Da Mecca as it is known by those that grew up there) and if you know anything about San Diego then you know that is just bout the end of the line before areas start being called “North County”. Not exactly in the midst of what was physically considered San Diego’s “black community” but XHRM could take and keep us there. That was where I would hear about what was going on with black folks in San Diego. I remember hearing about the parties at The El Cortez Ballroom and clubs like Shakey’s, The Bacchanal, and of course The Magic Lamp which was basically right in the neighborhood on the corner of Black Mountain and Miramar Roads. My sister and brother used to go to those places. I would hear about what was going on with black churches and events happening in South East San Diego and other predominately black communities. My dad would drive me across town to Mr. Morrows’s barbershop which was on Market Street at the time to get my hair cut. The XHRM offices were in the same building. I used to think to myself ; “Maybe I’ll see Tayari or Shelley Fox today when I get my hair cut. Maybe even Gene Harris or Mr. Morrow himself.” It’s an honor to say I work along side Tayari and Shelley at Smooth FM 98.1 today. So when I think back to XHRM as a youth growing up in San Diego, I think


Introducing Ahmed Dents Growing Up In Radio

of a medium that kept me tied to the black community in San Diego.. 2. What does it mean to be African American and in radio? AKD: First of all it is a true honor and a blessing and I am extremely thankful. You have to understand that I grew up on radio! Everyday I say to myself; “There is no way I should be here.” but at the same time say, “Behind this microphone is where I belong” It means a lot to me to be a man from the Hip Hop generation, generation X or whatever you want to call it and be in this position. When I was growing up it was very difficult to see black men or women in mainstream American media. To be African American and in radio is a continuation of cultural tradition in a sense. To me, it is following in the footsteps of the Griots and storytellers. Men and women that were gifted in voice and articulation to and communicated information whether historical, current, or entertaining to the tribe or community. I truly believe that. I also believe it shows young African Americans that

there are other roles they can strive for in the entertainment industry. You don’t just have to be the rapper, singer, comedian, or dancer. You can be the radio personality, the program director, the news anchor, investigative journalist, and much more. You can use your voice as a platform to teach and communicate. Look at what we have: Tavis Smiley, Tom Joyner, Michael Baisden, Gwen Iffil, Wendy Williams, and Free just to name some. Sunday evening I was on the air when President Obama held a press conference announcing that Osama bin Laden had been killed by U.S. forces. To be in the position to be able to make that announcement on the air to a segment of the public meant so much to me. There is still this perception among some African Americans and all Americans for that matter that they are limited to a few goals but that is not true. Look at the story of Petey Greene from Washington D.C.. The man went from a prison cell to radio to winning Emmy Awards. He had a goal, didn’t take no for an answer, and worked it. This was not given, it was

Page 9 earned. For me this started with passing out bumper stickers and hanging station posters. I had to prove to Mike V. at Smooth FM 98.1 that I could do what I knew I could do and I still work to improve to this day and I am thankful to him for giving me the chance to be in the studio there. If you are willing to work then you are willing to win. I play to win. If I win, then anyone coming along after me that sees my example and works to achieve their goals wins also. Being an African American in radio is a badge of honor for me especially here in San Diego. Its not just a job. It is purpose and calling. 3. What does African American music do for a community? A.K.D. : It binds the community. Most cultures have their own traditional music or they co-adopt one or form a hybrid. Music is used in everything. Its used in celebration. Its used in mourning. Its used to relax and educate. Music in the African American community is a tie that binds. The love, trials, pride, pain, victories, the very soul of African Americans is carried through the music. It provides a release of energy and ideas. It can help people from different geographical, social, and economic areas or origins to come together through the beat, guitar, horn, or voice. There is no better, faster, or more positive way to bring people together than music. Put that jam on and people start talking and dancing .Conversations become less guarded. Like memories start being shared and when memories and feelings become communal , the community is in good shape. From negro spirituals, gospel, jazz, R & B, and Hip Hop come the history of a people. There are the fears alongside the aspirations and realizations of dreams in the music of black people. In this music is the love for one’s family. The demanding of respect. Tales of abuse. There are odes to our heroes and lamenting of our tribulations both collective and individual. Also in the music is the resilience ,strength, improvisation and fortitude to rise to the highest of our ideals. The music is a major force in helping the community stay connected even if through debate. 4. How do you educate through jazz, its history is so great Are we missing something? A.K.D. : Yes, we are missing something. You have to understand that before hip hop, Jazz is the only true artistic export from the United States to the rest of the world. The history of Jazz is a Continued on page 16


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By Karen Kucher SAN DIEGO — More than $1.77 million in grants from Walmart designed to help families when school is out for the summer are going to three organizations to provide summer school for 1,000 middle-school students and support a free meals program. The funds are part of a $25 million nationwide initiative by Walmart and the Walmart Foundation to expand nutrition, learning and employment services for students during summer months. Local grants include $1.5 million over the next three years to THINK Together, an Orange County-based nonprofit; $224,000 to the San Diego Unified School District; and $50,000 for the San Diego Park and Recreation Department. THINK Together is offering summer-school programs at eight middle schools in San Diego: Bell, Lewis, Mann, Marston, Pacific Beach, Roosevelt, Taft and Wangenheim. Students will be taught language arts, math, science and physical education in sessions that start June 27, said Randy Barth, chief executive officer and founder of THINK Together. San Diego Unified used its grant to buy barbecues, coolers and other equipment to support its Summer Fun Cafe programs at three dozen locations, said Gary Petill, the district’s food services director. Funds also will be used to provide meals for parents accompanying children on special BBQ days. The city Park and Recreation Department used its grant for promotional materials and recreational equipment at five sites in the South Bay where free lunches are being served this summer. Walmart spokeswoman Kelly Cheeseman said, “We know that if kids have eaten healthy, if they are participating in summer learning, they are better prepared for going back to school.”



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Curtain rises on community theatre season Community Actors Theatre is launching its 2011-12 season with the production of “That Night School,” running through June 26 at the newly renovated building at the corner of 54th & College Grove Drive. Auditions for the August show “Come Back Little Sheba,” will be held Saturday, June 4 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. For tickets and more information about the upcoming season and other special community and fundraising events, call CAT: (619) 264-3391 or visit the website:

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San Diego City Council President Tony Young Receives Affordable Housing Award SAN DIEGO, Calif. (June 21, 2011) — San Diego City Council President Tony Young was recognized during the June 21 Council meeting for receiving the “In Appreciation” Award of Excellence from the National Association of Housing & Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO). The honor was announced last month at NAHRO’s Pacific Southwest Region annual convention in San Francisco and presented on Tuesday to Council President Young by San Diego Housing Commission Board Chairman Gary Gramling. “Council President Young is a proven ally of the San Diego Housing Commission and its affordable housing programs and operations, and is highly deserving of this Award of Excellence,” said Gramling. In nominating Council President Young for the award, the San Diego Housing Commission noted “his progressive leadership on local housing issues as well as his strong commitment and support of affordable housing programs and services.” Through the provision of federal Community Development Block Grant funding, Young was instrumental in helping the San Diego Housing Commission establish a “one-stop” resource center for low income individuals and families seeking a wide range of housing assistance — from tenant issues and foreclosures to first-time homebuyer loans. The recourse center opened earlier this month at the San Diego Housing Commission’s downtown headquarters. He also was lauded for his support of the relocation of the San Diego Family Justice Center, a city agency that helps families affected by domestic violence, to its new home at the housing commission’s Smart Corner complex. An advocate of affordable housing programs, Young supported the San Diego Housing Commission’s innovative Finance Plan, which raised $95 million in low-interest Fannie Mae and FHA mortgages by leveraging the equity of its existing properties to create additional affordable rental housing for local families. Young also supported the housing commission’s 2010 agreement to assume administration of the city’s Homeless Services programs, including the Emergency Winter Shelter program that provides shelter to more than 350 homeless individuals and veterans during the winter months. In addition to his duties as Council President, Young co-chairs the joint City-County Reinvestment Task Force (RTF). The RTF monitors local banking practices and recommends investment strategies that benefit low and moderate-income neighborhoods through small-business loans, affordable housing developments and single-family home financing. “I am humbled by this recognition,” said Council President Young. “I share it with the many dedicated citizens and tireless city leaders who are working hard every day to make San Diego a more affordable and livable community.” Council President Young represents the City of San Diego’s Fourth Council District, including neighborhoods across southeastern San Diego from Oak Park to Paradise Hills and from Mt. Hope to Lomita Village.

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Tolbert doesn’t pull punches in offseason workout By Nick Canepa Union Tribune ike Tolbert will tell you quicker than a left jab. The sweet science is not about chefs making dessert. The cream puffs get recognized and quickly are noshed in the ring. Boxing is a brutal business. You get hit hard by not-so-sweet people who love hitting other not-so-sweet people as hard and as often as they can. Next to conditioning for the fight game, football workouts are like hoisting mojitos at the Bellagio’s pool. But the Chargers’ running back, a late arrival to pugilism thanks to the NFL lockout, is one of those who don’t mind the thought of getting hit — if he has a good chance to hit back. Tolbert has taken to boxing — or at least the sparring and conditioning part of the sport. He loves it, all of it. Can’t get enough. Even if quarterback Philip Rivers has called an unofficial workout for Chargers players banned from the team’s facility, Tolbert will be there for that in the morning and then head for the Community Youth Athletic Center in National City for more difficult work with boxing trainer David Soliven. “Mike Tolbert can be a fighter, without question,” says Soliven, whose CYAC will benefit from “Barona Battle of the Badges,” featuring 14 bouts between peace officers from SDPD, Marines, Navy, Border Patrol, the Probation Department and the Donovan Correctional facility today starting at 4 p.m. at the Barona Resort and Casino. “He’ll tell you this workout kills. Boxing is different from football, baseball and basketball. There’s no playing in boxing. “Mike’s work ethic is unbelievable. He spars with heavyweights. I have to tell him to slow down. He’s lighting ’em up.” Tolbert may not be tall in stature at 5-9, but he’s a heavyweight. Mike dressed out at 258 pounds before he checked into the CYAC. He isn’t preparing for a fight. It isn’t as though he has to make weight, but he


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‘I’m naturally born aggressive,” he says. “Before this, I’d done some Jiu-Jitsu and taekwondo, but never strictly boxing. It’s rough; it’s the roughest workout I’ve had in my life. It’s a completely different type of animal. In the NFL, you’re like a tiger, but in boxing you’re a lion.’ approaches his newfound avocation as if he does. If you’ve watched him play football, then you know he isn’t one for shortcuts. There is no halfway to Mike Tolbert. He was an undrafted free agent (and likely will be a restricted free agent if the NFL and the players association get together on a new CBA). He didn’t get to where he is playing cards in the locker room. “I’m down to 244 now,” says the fourth-year pro and October father-to-be. “I work out here five times a week for around two hours. I try to spar twice a week.”

He wishes he could do more. “I’m naturally born aggressive,” he says. “Before this, I’d done some Jiu-Jitsu and taekwondo, but never strictly boxing. It’s rough; it’s the roughest workout I’ve had in my life. It’s a completely different type of animal. In the NFL, you’re like a tiger, but in boxing you’re a lion. “My first day here six months ago I was taking it light and I was exhausted. I felt like I was going to die. But I fell in love with it. If I could do it 24 hours a day, I would. I feel like I could go 7-8 rounds now without breaking a sweat. Conditioning is so difficult; I really think it’s

going to translate to what I do on the football field.” It doesn’t bother Tolbert if he runs through all of the Rivers workouts and then takes on a totally different sport. “When I work out four days a week with the team, I come here after that, so I’m usually going from 8 in the morning until 1 in the afternoon,” he says. “We’re having great turnouts at the workouts, sometimes 30 or 40 players. Since we started in early March, we at least have between 15 and 30 players. But those workouts are nothing like this. “And sparring takes your training to a different level. I’m naturally a physical guy and when you get in the ring it’s man against man. It takes motivation and adrenaline to a whole other level. Hit somebody with a three- or four-punch combination and it gets you inside. You can feel the rush.” Tolbert has felt more than a rush. He’s been hit hard, probably a lot harder than he’s been hit on a football field. “I’ve been caught with a few good punches,” he says. “I took a standing-8. I’ve been 8-counted. One of the SDPD guys. I threw a hook and he slipped in a body shot. I had trouble breathing for two or three minutes.” Two others Chargers, safety Paul Oliver and guard Louis Vasquez, also work out at the CYAC, and Tolbert, who says he’ll be ringside “screaming” today at “Badges,” would like to see more players around. “(Safety) Steve Gregory wants to come and (guard) Kris Dielman and (center) Nick Hardwick are talking about it. I’d like to get some of the guys together for a three-day audition camp so they can see what it’s all about. “It’s great that the team’s so together. Everybody’s been talking about other teams working out, but we’ve been at it since March. I think we’re going to have an advantage.” Maybe, for once, a puncher’s chance?

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DENTS Continued from page 9 history of the soul of America. These great artists such as Miles Davis, Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Sarah Vaughn, John Coltrane, Charles Mingus and more were producing some of the greatest composed and improvisational music the world had ever heard in the midst of barbaric and racist treatment in their own country. They were communicating the blood, sweat ,tears, joy and love of that history and struggle into their music for the world to hear. This is a music that takes from the beginning of the 20th Century to present time. We are talking World Wars,The Great Depression, Jim Crow, the Civil Rights Movement , Vietnam and so much of our country’s history. I f you study Jazz, you study over 100 years of the United States. So yes if we ignore the history of this genre of music, then we are definitely missing something. 5. Living in America’s finest city, Can it be the finest without Black music? A.K.D.: There is no way it can be. We are here, so the music has to be here. We are part of America’s Finest so the music has to be also. When you are walking around the East Village or Gaslamp Quarter in downtown San Diego, you are walking around what was considered the “Harlem of The West”. Duke Ellington, Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong , Billie Holiday and many other giants frequently played in clubs and hotels in Downtown San Diego. There is no way the Gaslamp Quarter or San Diego would be what it is without that. 6. Why did you gravitate towards music or the arts all together? A.K.D.: I was a kid I used to draw and write a lot. As a family we really consumed a lot of entertainment. My Dad, brother and sister listened to a lot of music. My mom loved soap operas. My dad also used to watch many different talk shows. Donahue, Johnny Carson, Diana Shore, Dick Cavett, and Flip Wilson. I’ve always loved music but I also love all kinds of visual arts also. Comic books, newspapers, and magazines were my thing also. I have always been attracted to the creativity of the mind especially when it comes to or things related to speech and written word. I think two of the greatest things about the music and the arts is

SAN DIEGO MONITOR are that it can be a release for everybody involved and they can be used as a vehicle to carry a social message as well. The greatest forms of expression can be found in art. I really think being involved in the arts is just the place for me to be. Working at San Diego Repertory Theatre and Smooth FM 98.1 one has allowed me to see and meet so many different types of artists and creative minds. 7. Who are your music heroes? A.K.D.: Wow. Where do I start? Mile Davis, Tupac Shakur, Marvin Gaye, Phyllis Hyman, Sade, Quincy Jones, Jay Z. The list can continue for days. I am really attracted to artists that can transcend their respective art form and make an impact on society. 8. Politically speaking, what’s wrong in this city in regards to keeping a black sound here? A.K.D. : That is a very good question. It could be a population problem, Its partly a numbers game. Blacks don’t make up a huge section of the population in San Diego. I think us as black people are going to have to get more involved in in the arts period here in San Diego. I was in a store a couple of months ago and asked the woman at the counter if she ever went to the theater and she replied; “ No. I’m black!”. That kind of attitude is not going to help in furthering any kind of black arts. Also I think there is no urgency in developing any kind collective mechanism to keep the black sound here. In my opinion that is going be hard to do with the entertainment Goliath of Los Angeles just up the freeway in combination with the fact that we are not close to being a Chocolate City.. 9. What’s the future with Black music in this city? A.K.D. : Despite my answer to the previous question, I think the future of black music or sound in San Diego is bright. The reason I think that is because of the emergence of social media and the fact that artist are playing smaller venues and clubs. Facebook, Twitter, and other social media communities allow artists and fans to communicate on a level unheard of before. Artist can now announce their tours directly to their fans and those same fans can actually comment on their media pages and demand that come to their city and people through that medium can form communities online which translates to real life. That buzz and experience can be shared instantly. So now I believe more than ever you have Avant,

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Ndambi, Lalah Hathaway, Marhsa Ambrosious , Tank, etc. coming to town. More word about soul, r&b, jazz and hip hop groups is being spread around and now with smaller venues and clubs being the way to go for more artists it equals more visibility and access to the black sound. I’m not worried at all about the future of black music in San Diego. There are just to many platforms available for it to be ignored anymore. 10. How important is for the younger African Americans to get involved with radio? A.K.D. : I think it is very important. Of course it is a career choice and you have to love it to do it. Radio can take a person in so many directions and it is a career in which you can make a difference. It is communication at a very high form. It goes back to seeing and hearing people that look and sound like ourselves along side others. It inspires

confidence among the younger people. When you can apply yourself to this line of work it will require you to enrich yourself. You will have to strive to keep your communication skills sharp, to be aware and knowledgeable of current events. In every city is a radio station. There are all kinds of stations around the nation. There is Jazz, Classical, Sports, Country, Talk and so much more. Everyone of those will allow young people to develop skills and knowledge in so many different cultural areas and careers. It is a great platform to dive off of into a sea of possiblities. 11. Do you blog, How do we connect with you? A.K.D. : I do have my own personal blog called The Studio @ 39th which you can find at or my Facebook page, Ahmed K. Dents.


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Continued from page 8 Unfortunately, it’s not required that the consumer be notified about the presence of GMO foods. Most canola and soy is GMO, so never buy non-organic canola oil or non-organic soy products like soy milk, tofu, or soy protein powder. Other Considerations of Holistic Nutrition Use natural plant-based digestive enzymes to enhance your digestion. Enzymes will also reduce the formation of certain digestive by-products that can lead to intestinal toxicity and autointoxication. Our ability to produce enzymes decreases as we get older, and cooking and processing destroys the enzymes that were originally part of the food. Use a high quality daily multi-nutrient to supplement your healthy food choices. Even most organic produce does not have the same nutritional value that foods had several decades ago. Modern agricultural and food distribution practices and compromised soil, air, and water quality have degraded the nutritional content of food. Today we would have to eat much larger portions to get sufficient nutrients from our food. If changing to a healthier eating lifestyle is a major shift for you, make gradual changes. Developing new eating habits can feel overwhelming and confusing, and that may interfere with your success in making permanent changes.

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Haitian Film Reminder of America’s Past By Leroy Baylor The Price of Sugar is an internationally acclaimed documentary that exposes some of the many injustices inflicted on migrant Haitian workers in the Dominican Republic. Produced in 2007 and winner of several awards, the documentary‘s most powerful effect is that it instantly creates empathy of viewers with Haiti’s plight. Such empathy has led the Millions More Movement to sponsor a free showing of the documentary Thursday evening, June 30 at Muhammad Mosque No. 7 in Harlem. Steve Muhammad, a spokesperson for the group said, “My brother had me see the film and I was struck by the clear similarities of what I’ve read of Black Americas’ experience on the slave plantations of the South; being paid with script only usable on the plantation, paid less than actual hours worked, back breaking child labor, disrespect, vicious brutality. The movie captures not only the tragedy of indentured servitude but most importantly, the resiliency of the Haitian people”. Mr. Muhammad feels it’s important for Black people to know and understand the injustices suffered by each segment of the Diaspora. He states that it’s not a matter of a ‘cursed’ people, but one of fear of the potential of a people whose history is one of greatness and successful rebellion against colonial powers. “As long as you can keep our potential bottled up, keep us divided and fighting each other”, he continued, “The longer you can rule us, whether you are talking about the Caribbean, South America, South Pacific, Africa or the U.S.” Mr. Muhammad sees the June 30th event as an opportunity for members of the Haitian community, American Blacks and other members of the Diaspora to meet and greet and facilitate the flow of knowledge and skills. “We’re one and we need to create venues, programs and events that reinforce that oneness. We have different languages and cultural expressions but when you look closely and listen you see and hear that thread of African rhythms, dance, culinary, laughter that marks us the sisters and brothers we always have been. “In addition”, he explained, “we will ask for donations towards the Haitian Relief Fund that Minister Farrakhan has established to get water filtration systems to Haiti.” In February Minister Farrakhan responded to the plight created by the spreading cholera epidemic in Haiti by donating a portable water filtration unit before the establishment of a fund to purchase additional systems. Mr. Muhammad said that the community and all of those who want a better life for the Haitian people are welcome to attend the June 30th, 7PM film showing. For further information call (646) 491-5502 or email Muhammad Mosque No. 7 is located at 106-8 West 127th Street near Malcolm X Blvd in Harlem.

Urban Youth Learn the Art of Global Travel By Leroy Shabazz The International Youth Leadership Institute (IYLI), an independent, inner city organization, is taking a creative approach in bringing travel opportunities to New York City youth and giving them a global vision for their career goals. Detailed preplanning, involving months of study of history, culture, customs, politics and economics of the destination country, primes high school youth to match what they’ve studied with first-hand experience once they arrive at their destination. This preparation makes them above average travelers for the present and future. And, once they arrive in the country, they take an intensive language course at a university. This supplementary education concept is the brainchild of Dr. Michael Webb, an educator who grew up in Buffalo, New York and who co-founded IYLI with Keith Brown. They were prompted to create the organization after working in Africa and not seeing young Blacks and Latinos. “Other people were there, but you didn’t see us”, Webb says, “and we wanted to create opportunities for our youth to travel to Africa, take them beyond their neighborhoods and make them citizens of the world.” The organization’s first trip was in 1990 to Egypt and the youth (called ‘Fellows’) were there three weeks. Now, there have been 32 trips to 13 countries in Africa and Latin America. The 2011 trip will take 15 youth and 4 group leaders to Tanzania and Aliyah Muhammad of Harlem’s Muhammad Mosque No. 7 is eagerly anticipating her third trip as an IYLI ‘Fellow’ in July. “Traveling gives you an edge in college interviews,” she says enthusiastically, “You’re able to connect with recruiters on a different level based on what you know, not who you know. “I’ve been to Brazil in 2009 and Egypt in 2010 and looking ahead to the business world. The way we’re prepared for travel makes us ideal candidates for gaining employment or starting our own businesses,” she continued. “We have accelerated language classes in the country we visit and I actually got a college credit from the University of Cairo last year.” Another New York City high school student, Imani Clayton, said her trip to Egypt in 2010 gave her an appreciation for the education opportunities here. “Some children in other countries have to pay to go to school. Traveling could give my peers motivation to rise above ‘not learning’,” she observed. “It’s helped me grow in knowledge, to look at another people’s culture, religion and food. I thought there were large differences between Islam and Christianity, but it was only when I was abroad that I went to a mosque, it was very comfortable.” Emmanuel Muhammad, younger brother of Aliyah, said his Egypt trip made him want to be involved in making a difference in this country and other parts of the world. “The school I attend pushes you to travel,” he states, “when you’re able to interact with other people it doesn’t leave much room for ignorance.” The students’ recollections of last year’s Egypt trip are informative. In the Aswan section of Egypt they noted that the indigenous people do not respond to being called “Egyptian”. “They’re quick to tell you that they’re Nubians,” Aliyah said, “in Cairo they called us ‘cousin’ but in Aswan the people said, ‘welcome home my Nubian sister’. In fact,” she adds, “they wanted to know how Dr. Ben is doing.” The reference is to Dr. Yosef A. Ben Jochannan, Harlem’s elder historian who popularized Aswan with scores of trips to this Nubian section of Egypt where the indigenous Black population is based. On Thursday, May 19, the non-profit organization holds its 22nd Anniversary Benefit at the National Black Theatre in Harlem. Parents have an opportunity to meet the families involved in IYLI and be informed on 2012’s trip. See or call 718-246-2620. Diedre Muhammad, Jean Brown, Koya Prester and Irijah Stennett are some of the adults who will be present to guide others to take advantage of this educational opportunity. Dr. Webb, and IYLI’s volunteer staff, is eager to share their blueprint so that youth in other parts of the U.S. can benefit from education travel projects. “I’ve seen tremendous growth and confidence in the students,” says Webb, “their realization that they are special, can do things at the college level such as research papers, take intensive language courses, live among indigenous people for the four weeks of our trips proves we don’t have to wait on someone to develop our youth. We have the brainpower and the resources to secure our children’s futures in very innovative ways.”

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Census shows whites lose US majority among babies By HOPE YEN, Associated Press ASHINGTON – For the first time, more than half of the children under age 2 in the U.S. are minorities, part of a sweeping race change and a growing age divide between mostly white, older Americans and fast-growing younger ethnic populations that could reshape government policies. Preliminary census estimates also show the share of African-American households headed by women — mostly single mothers — now exceeds African-American households with married couples, reflecting the trend of declining U.S. marriages overall. The findings, based on the latest government data, offer a preview of final 2010 census results being released this summer that provide detailed breakdowns by age, race and household relationships. Demographers say the numbers provide the clearest confirmation yet of a changing social order, one in which racial and ethnic minorities will become the U.S. majority by midcentury. "We're moving toward an acknowledgment that we're living in a different world than the 1950s, where married or two-parent heterosexual couples are now no longer the norm for a lot of kids, especially kids of color," said Laura Speer, coordinator of the Kids Count project for the Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation. "It's clear the younger generation is very demographically different from the elderly, something to keep in mind as politics plays out on how programs for the elderly get supported," she said. "It's critical that children are able to grow to compete internationally and keep state economies rolling." Currently, non-Hispanic whites make up just under half of all children 3 years old, which is the youngest age group shown in the Census Bureau's October 2009 annual survey, its most recent. In 1990, more than 60 percent of children in that age group were white. William H. Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution who analyzed the data, said figures in the 2009 survey can sometimes be inexact compared with the 2010 census, which queries the entire nation. But he said


when factoring in the 2010 data released so far, minorities outnumber whites among babies under age 2. The preliminary figures are based on an analysis of the Current Population Survey as well as the 2009 American Community Survey, which sampled 3 million U.S. households to determine that whites made up 51 percent of babies younger than 2. After taking into account a larger-than-expected jump in the minority child population in the 2010 census, the share of white babies falls below 50 percent. Twelve states and the District of Columbia now have white populations below 50 percent among children under age 5 — Hawaii, California, New Mexico, Texas, Arizona, Nevada, Florida, Maryland, Georgia, New Jersey, New York and Mississippi. That's up from six states and the District of Columbia in 2000. At current growth rates, seven more states could flip to "minority-majority" status among small children in the next decade: Illinois, North Carolina, Virginia, Colorado, Connecticut, South Carolina and Delaware. By contrast, whites make up the vast majority of older Americans — 80 percent of seniors 65 and older and roughly 73 percent of people ages 45-64. Many states with high percentages of white seniors also have particularly large shares of minority children, including Arizona, Nevada, California, Texas and Florida. In California, for instance, the median age for whites jumped from 40.3 in 2000 to 44.6 years old, even as the state's overall median age remained one of the nation's lowest at 35.2 due to minority births — a sign of the rapid race change under way, according to 2010 census data released Thursday. California's minorities now make up 58 percent of the state's population, up from 51 percent in 2000. "The recent emergence of this cultural generation gap in states with fast growth of young Hispanics has spurred heated discussions of immigration and the use of government services," Frey said. "But the new census, which will show a minority majority of our youngest Americans, makes plain that our future labor force is absolutely dependent on our ability to

integrate and educate a new diverse child population." Kenneth Johnson, a sociology professor and senior demographer at the University of New Hampshire, noted that much of the race change is being driven by increases in younger Hispanic women having more children than do white women, who have lower birth rates and as a group are moving beyond their prime childbearing years. Because minority births are driving the rapid changes in the population, "any institution that touches or is impacted by children will be the first to feel the impact," Johnson said, citing as an example child and maternal health care that will have to be attentive to minorities' needs. The numbers come amid public debate over hotly contested federal and state issues, from immigration and gay marriage to the rising cost of government benefits such as Medicare and Medicaid, that are resonating in different ways by region and demographics. Alabama became the latest state this month to pass a wide-ranging anti-immigration law, which in part requires schools to report students' immigration status to state authorities. That follows tough immigration measures passed in similarly Republican-leaning states such as Georgia, Arizona and South Carolina. But governors in Massachusetts, New York and Illinois, which long have been home to numerous immigrants, have opted out of the federal Secure Communities program that aims to deport dangerous criminals, saying it has made illegal immigrants afraid of reporting crimes to police. California may soon opt out as well. States also are divided by region in their attitudes about old-age benefits and gay marriage, which is legal in five states and the District of Columbia. Among African-Americans, U.S. households headed by women — mostly single mothers but also adult women living with siblings or elderly parents — represented roughly 30 percent of all African-American households, compared with the 28 percent share of married-couple AfricanAmerican households. It was the first time the number of female-headed households surpassed

those of married couples among any race group, according to census records reviewed by Frey dating back to 1950. While the number of black single mothers has been gradually declining, overall marriages among blacks are decreasing faster. That reflects a broader U.S. trend of declining marriage rates as well as increases in non-family households made up of people living alone, or with unmarried partners or other non-relatives. Female-headed households make up a 19 percent share among Hispanics and 9 percent each for whites and Asians. Other findings: • Multigenerational households composed of families with grandparents, parents and children were most common among Hispanics, particularly in California, Maryland, Illinois, Nevada and Texas, all states where they represented roughly 1 in 10 Latino households. • Roughly 581,000, or a half percent, of U.S. households are composed of same-sex unmarried couples, representing nearly 1 in 10 households with unmarried partners. Unmarried gay couples made up the biggest shares in states in the Northeast and West, led by the District of Columbia, Oregon, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maine and Vermont. The largest numbers were in California and New York, which is now considering a gay marriage law. • Minorities comprise a majority of renters in 10 states, plus the District of Columbia — Hawaii, Texas, California, Georgia, Maryland, New Mexico, Mississippi, New Jersey, Louisiana and New York. Tony Perkins, president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council, a conservative interest group, emphasized the economic impact of the decline of traditional families, noting that single-parent families are often the most dependent on government assistance. "The decline of the traditional family will have to correct itself if we are to continue as a society," Perkins said, citing a responsibility of individuals and churches. "We don't need another dose of big government, but a new Hippocratic oath of `do no harm' that doesn't interfere with family formation or seek to redefine family."


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BOLD EXPRESSIONS AFRICAN AMERICAN QUILTS FROM THE COLLECTION OF CORRINE RILEY May 15, 11 | Nov 6, 11 Upper Level Gallery The exhibition showc<None>ases more than fifty quilts made throughout the American South between 1910 and the 1970s. Stunning color combinations and distinctively free patterns epitomize an artistic vision that is unique to the American folk art tradition. African American quilts, made entirely by women, are celebrated for their bold improvisation and modern take on traditional quilting patterns, such as the House Top or Log Cabin, Star of Bethlehem and Pine Burr. Many of the quilts are made from materials that were readily available to the makers, including flour sacks, old blue jeans and work clothes and fabric remnants. This early form of recycling and reuse was a necessity that became the foundation for unique expression. The exhibition will also explore a variety of construction techniques and quilting. Corrine Riley, Collector As a textile student at the Art Institute of Chicago in the 1970s, Corrine Riley was exposed to “big” modern paintings, which set her on a quest “to look for things in the real world that displayed this quality of intense personal expression.” She still recalls coming face to face with her first African American quilt, a Strip Quilt from East Texas that ignited in her a passion to search out and study these asymmetrical, symbolic and improvisational objects of use. Riley, a quilt collector for 35 years, has become a quilt restorer and textile collector, so she is never at a loss when replacing worn fabric. She says, “I have collected vintage fabrics for 30 years, so I can usually find something that comes from the same era to match it.”

I wanted to take this transparent time in my life to have a very candid conversation, as candid as is expedient. My pastor has said on several occasions, “Just because you see something with your eyes doesn’t make it so. Always look at all things through the lens of the scriptures.” I wasn’t quite sure at the time how you reconcile seeing something with your own eyes, being able touch it, taste it, and feel it and yet discount it. I mean seeing is believing, right? I’ll even take it one step further and suggest even if you feel you’ve investigated it, and believe you are still seeing the same thing, if it doesn’t line up with scripture then you need to proceed with extreme caution, or even leave it alone altogether. I recently had a situation that seemed too good to be true. I researched it, did what I thought was my due diligence only to find out that what I thought was legitimate turned out to be counterfeit. This principle can be applied to every aspect of our life. My particular situation was a business venture. I am thankful to God that He put a bit of wisdom in me that stated don’t move on this until you have absolute clearance. Let me simply say this, I pray that it will bless someone, we have many teachers out there telling us about money falling from the sky, coming from nowhere, and calling it the blessings of God. We may even have those who speak from the Old Testament about Israel receiving land, homes, and vineyards by which they had nothing to do with obtaining and not because they were deserving- it was something He chose to do. You don’t see this principle laced throughout scripture so be careful about a teaching derived from one scripture and not the whole scripture of God. We have way more scriptures in the bible that speak about earning a living, God’s distaste for slothfulness, and God’s admonition against unholy gain. We are reminded in the New Testament that he who doesn’t work is not to eat as well as we are to work six days and rest one. God’s intention was and always will be that we work for what we get in order to truly appreciate and benefit from His bountiful blessings. Counterfeit anything is FAKE, no matter how you slice it. This is not meant to put God in a box or eliminate His ability to do whatever He wants, it’s simply an encouragement to look toward scripture ensuring that you embrace the heart and spirit of it. Can God bless you financially in a way in which you had nothing to do with? Absolutely, He is God. The issue isn’t, is He able, the question is what is His pattern and which is safer to place your faith on an instance or His consistent nature? The answer is the whole scripture and not one instance. And trust me it’s not just the babes in Christ who may find themselves hood-winked. On the internet there are promises of business opportunities, ways for you to make money by doing little of nothing, individuals promising you that they will involve you in wonderful pyramid businesses and we jump, because it’s made to sound like easy money. Let’s face it, there are some who make money on those projects, but the vast majority, don’t. Always seek God’s face on any business venture you are endeavoring to embark on. Look for absolute peace. If you have any apprehensions you wait until all apprehension is gone. Be like Gideon (Judges 6-7), ask God to do what only He can do to reassure your next move. This may take longer than you want, but trust me better to be safe than sorry. Don’t stop at business ventures look for counterfeit in all areas of your life: Friends (clearly understand the definition of a friend) Careers/Jobs Spouses (be clear that you understand what is expected of both partners and be sure you and that person are living examples of the expectations) Churches (Don’t fall for just any church, especially, don’t let the choir be your litmus test. Make sure the teaching is sound. This means you must be sound in scripture or at the very least be willing to research what you’re being taught.) Financial Decisions – (Ensure that God is leading you as to how to spend, save, and invest your money.) Once again this list is not meant to be exhaustive it’s meant to be instructive and encouraging, for some even confirmation.

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SOUTHWESTERN COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT CITIZENS’ BOND OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE FOR PROPOSITION R The Board of Trustees (the “Board”) of the Southwestern Community College District is seeking qualified, interested individuals and/or representatives to serve on the Southwestern Community College District Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee (“CBOC”) for the implementation of Proposition R Bond Program. This application period is to replace the following positions: 1. Senior Citizen Group Representative (SCG): Active member in a senior citizens’ organization 2. Taxpayer Organization Member (TOM): Active in a bona fide taxpayers’ association 3. Community Member at Large (CML): Resident of the Southwestern Community College District 4. Advisory or Foundation Representative (AFR): Active in an Organization Supportive of the College, such as Advisory Council or Foundation Proposition 39 Bond Election On November 4, 2008, voters residing within the Southwestern Community College District passed Proposition R. Proposition R is a $389 million dollar bond measure which authorizes funding for needed repairs, upgrades, and new construction projects at the District. Proposition 39 requires 55% supermajority for approval; this bond was passed by 71.4%. Establishment of a Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee After a bond authorized under Proposition 39 is passed, State law requires that the Southwestern Community College District Board appoint a Citizens’ Oversight Committee to work with the District. The District has established the Citizens’ Oversight Committee and approved Bylaws therefore. Committee Duties In accordance with Education Code Section 15278(b), the Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee will carry out its stated purposes and shall perform the following duties: • Inform the Public – The Committee shall inform the public and the Board concerning the District’s expenditure of Bond proceeds. • Review Expenditures – The Committee shall review expenditure reports produced by the District to ensure that (a) Bond proceeds were expended only for the purposes set forth in the Authorization; and (b) no Bond proceeds were used for any teacher or administrative salaries or other operating expenses. • Annual Report – The Committee shall present to the Board, in public session, an annual written report which shall include the following: • A statement indicating whether the District is in compliance with the requirements of Article XIIIA, Section 1 (b)(3) of the California Constitution; and • A summary of the Committee’s proceedings and activities for the preceding year. Appointment of Committee Members It is anticipated the Governing Board will approve the four (4) open positions of the Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee at either the July 13, 2011 or the August 10, 2011 Board Meeting. Time Commitment and Term This is a two (2) year commitment which begins upon Board approval. Would you be Interested in Serving? If you wish to serve on this committee, please review the committee bylaws which will provide further information about the committee’s role and responsibilities. The application and bylaws are available on the District Web-Site or by contacting Ms. Janell Ruiz at 619-482-6311 or e-mail at

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resident Obama announced Wednesday night that he will be withdrawing 33,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan by next summer — in time for the critical time of his career: the presidential election campaign. He denied against the advice of top military advisers. “We are meeting our goals,” he says in a nationally televised address from the White House. “Our mission will change from combat to support.” President Obama is ordering about 5,000 troops to pull out beginning next month and another 5,000 by the end of this year. The remainder of the 33,000-troop “surge” that the president ordered in December 2009 will be brought home before September 2012. “This decade of war,” he says. “Has caused many to question the nature of America’s engagement around the world. When threatened, we must respond with force — but when that force can be targeted, we need not deploy large armies overseas. We stand not for empire, but for self-determination.” President Obama argued for a new doctrine that gives more deference to the heavy cost of defending the United States against global Islamist extremism in an era of huge budget deficits.

White House officials have denied that political considerations affected the president’s decision, but President Obama also used his nationally televised address to announce two economic plums for his home base: a NATO summit and the next Group of Eight conference in Chicago, both in May 2012.

President Obama is facing enormous hurdles as he approaches his re-election campaign, including a jobless rate of 9.1 percent. His job-approval rating this week plummeted to 43 percent in one poll. President Obama had set a timetable of July 2011 for beginning to withdraw troops if conditions on the ground warranted it. The president said the military surge had achieved the goals of denying Al Qaeda a safe haven, reversing the Taliban’s momentum and starting to train Afghan security forces to take control of their country. However the pace of troop withdrawal is much more rapid than recommended by retiring Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, who favors a pullout of only a few thousand troops this year. Mr. Gates and much senior military brass are concerned that too rapid a withdrawal will threaten the loss of security gains achieved in the past 18 months. House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, even said he hoped that President Obama would continue to “listen to the commanders on the ground.” The administration is under growing pressure from lawmakers of both parties to scale down the 10-year-old war in the country that provided a haven for the plotters of the Sept. 11 attacks. More than 1,600 U.S. troops have been killed, and it’s costing taxpayers about $10 billion per month. In Congress, congressmen now call the nation’s debt crisis a bigger security threat than Al Qaeda. But in any case Pres. Obama is still insisting a framework for a political settlement in Afghanistan as the troop withdrawal proceeds—including talks with Taliban leaders. “Our position on these talks is clear,” he says. “They must be led by the Afghan government, and those who want to be a part of a peaceful Afghanistan must break from Al Qaeda, abandon violence and abide by the Afghan Constitution.” To contact me via email: and follow me on Facebook.





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Juneteenth Celebration with the Seasoned of Senior’s in Southeastern San Diego On June 17, 2011 at the George Stevens Senior Center over 150 seniors came out to commemorate the Texas tried and true celebration called Juneteenth characterized at the George Steven’s Senior Center as a spiritual, cultural, and informative gathering of seasoned individuals. A good time was had by all, games were played – icebreaker- finding out where each person was from in the south and introducing themselves to each other. Line dancing was performed, lip syncing was expertly performed, a lively Feeling Fit exercise instructional event headed by Mr. Herbert Argrow was embraced by all in attendance and southern style cuisine of sumptuous fried chicken and potato salad and fried fish with coleslaw along with a generous slice of lemon pound cake. Seniors reminisced of back in the day and what it was like being black in the United States reflecting on the various inroads as well as the areas that seemed to stand still. Rosemary Pope, the executive director stated, “we take this time to ensure that all seniors are informed of various services and resources. Anything that will enhance senior’s quality of life we take every opportunity to ensure that the services are regularly in front of our seniors.” Resource tables including, representatives for SDG&E, Meals on Wheels, Retired Senior Volunteer Services, Highway Patrol Senior Volunteers, AARP, and

Lincoln Heritage Insurance Company were available to assist the seniors with various needs. One highlight of the day was the recognition the oldest senior in attendance, Mrs. Myrdie Locket who turns 101 years young on Christmas Day this year.

Mentor Mr. Williams with his future Champions; Venus and Serena!

The importance of mentoring relationships The importance of mentoring relationships becomes evident as we recognize the value of networking and maintaining relationships throughout our professional career. The value of a good mentor is immeasurable when it comes to learning the tricks of the trade as well as becoming connected to those in the know and possesses the ability to hire. A mentor can help to alleviate much of the frustration interns and new employees often feel in their first few months on the job/internship. By sharing their insight and knowledge of both the company and the industry, new recruits in the field can be spared a great deal of stress which is often felt by new employees/interns when acclimating to a new work environment. A good mentor can advise and support the intern or new employee and help avoid an unnecessary resignation due to feelings of incompetence and isolation. A successful mentor demonstrates and upholds the values and ethics of the profession they represent. Good mentors introduce their new recruits to others within the organization and industry. They will offer support and assistance until you feel comfortable in the work setting. As time goes on, professional mentoring often becomes a two way street and offers benefits to both parties.

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La Toya Jackson Questions Who Killed Michael In New Book NEW YORK (June 20, 2011) -that he gave her only “evasion and La Toya Jackson writes in her new excuses.” book “Starting Over” that the first She also writes that she searched Jackson’s bedroom and found it “torn question that ran through her mind after she learned of her brother’s to pieces,” with furniture overturned and items scattered about. They death was, “Who killed Michael?” The book is scheduled to go on included notes she believes were written by Michael indicating that he sale on June 27th, two years after the pop star’s death of a sedative overneeded his father Joseph’s help to get “these people out of my life” and that dose. Dr. Conrad Murray has pleaded he “only agreed to 10 shows.” not guilty to involuntary manslaugh- Latoya and Michael Jackson ter, and trial is set for September. When he died on June 25, 2009, La Toya Jackson says her brother often predicted he Jackson was a few weeks away from kicking off a would be killed over his estate and music publishing string of 50 shows at The O2 Arena in London. Originally only 10 concerts were announced, but tickets catalog. She also says she learned a lot about Michael’s well- sold out in less than an hour and 40 more shows were being in the days before his death. His daughter Paris added.La Toya Jackson writes that she heard from other told her that “Daddy was always cold” and that “he people in Michael’s life who were suspicious of his final days, including friends and fans. would always cry.” She won’t be the last of her family to share their La Toya Jackson writes that she confronted Dr. Conrad Murray in the hospital shortly after her brother story. Brother Jermaine Jackson has a book coming out was pronounced dead to find out what happened and in September.

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Congressman Filner Chairs Gandhi Memorial Lecture at UCSD La Jolla, CA – U.S. Congressman Bob Filner will chair the San Diego Indian American Society’s 28th Annual Gandhi Memorial Lecture at the University of California San Diego at 3:00 p.m. this Sunday. The keynote speaker, Dr. Vilayanur S. Ramachandran, is the Director of UCSD’s Center for Brain and Cognition and a Distinguished Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology. Dr. Ramachandran, author of “The Tell-Tale Brain,” has been named by TIME magazine as one of the top 100 most influential people in the world. Congressman Filner will also award certificates to high school students who have been selected as AVID and Mahatma Gandhi Scholars by the San Diego Indian American Society. The organization was founded in 1984 by Professor M.C. Madhavan and has since awarded over 420 Mahatma Gandhi memorial scholarships to San Diego area high school graduates. Every year since 2005, the organization also selects 4 AVID scholars who will be first generation college students. These AVID scholarships are funded for four years. WHAT: Congressman Filner chairs the 28th Annual Gandhi Memorial Lecture WHEN: 3:00 p.m., Sunday, June 26, 2011 WHERE: Atkinson Hall, CalIT2, (Parking Lots 502 and 503) University of California San Diego, La Jolla


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National Women Veterans Associations of America As Founder of the National Women Veterans Association of America, through dedicated military service share the same dream as my fellow sisters, to cherish, honor, and respect our country. We love her so deeply, that we individually decided to sign away a part of our lives that can never be replaced. This monumental journey has led us to the new voice of today’s veteran. Women are serving in the United States military at all-time record high. Making the choice to sign on the dotted line that you as an individual are no longer one, but a unity, a sisterhood a wavering loyal bond. “Women Veterans Matter.” Women have served with or in the military since the American Revolution. But it was not until World War II that large numbers of women (over 300,000) served and were in all branches of the armed forces. After the war, most women were discharged, but in 1948, Congress passed legislation permitting women to become members of the regular forces and be a permanent presence in the military. “Women Veterans Matter!” In this uniquely diverse country, the very country that military women and men give their very lives…..we are told…… within our communities….. I’ve experi-


enced similar experiences as you…...what makes you better….or Women don’t serve in the military in our country, it’s forbidden! And we say not here! This is America! We women, along with our brothers, swearing to protect, under that ever so vital oath….”Women Veterans Matter!” Today, military women continue to propel forward breaking down barriers such as submarine assignment, front line duty, and combat pilot billets. Vietnam War verses Gulf War. War is War. We as a nation make mistakes but is imperative that We get it right this time! “Women Veterans Matter” More than ever women with children are serving in the military and humbly honored to do so! Crossing the bridge of equality into the 2000’s and taking an about face. From nurses to direct combat, the veteran unification amongst women and her counterparts have been self-gratifying. “Women Veterans Matter”!Lastly, as an organization we vow to advocate, enhance awareness, transform legislation, and stand steadfast….so that all of America, the entire world, recognizes that women veterans matter. Thank You, Tara Wise


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