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to the 7th Anniversary/Black History Celebration edition of Urban Trendsetters News Magazine. I am so excited to share this edition with you. Though this journey has not been an easy one, it has been an awesome one. Since our inception it has been our goal and purpose to provide the community with positive news from an urban perspective. President Obama, has called for a “change” in America, in our communities and in the way we do business. As a community it is time for us to begin to take advantage of every opportunity available-to get up, stand up and begin to resurrect ourselves into a community of purpose and perseverance like never before. At Urban Trendsetters it our number one mission is to “do our part” by helping you “do your part”. As we move forward into this new era we believe that they key to rebuilding our community is communication with our community. The people of our community will not begin to move without direction and knowledge of where to go. Our job is to provide them with that knowledge in a clean, crisp and trendy format that speaks to and about them. What is your role? To form a marketing and advertisement partnership with Urban Trendsetters and to continue to support the advertisers who support this media outlet. Over the course of this year Urban Trendsetters has strategically aligned itself with over 20 media sponsorships throughout the state of Ohio. Through these partnerships we have the ability to reach over 100,000 readers per month. Because of these relationships, as an advertisers this will allow your business and or your organization’s information to be distributed throughout the events, thereby giving you the audience you need to reach that need and desire the services you have to offer. We have been proud to provide our readers with a positive perspective of the urban community. Now we are equally excited to announce our venture into television, same name-same focus! Through WSYX-TV ABC affiliate MYTV and WRCXTV40 Dayton, a magazine formatted television show based on the news magazine will launch this quarter. As with Urban Trendsetters News Magazine, the Urban Trendsetters television show will showcase events, business and individuals throughout Ohio, as well as some national events and entertainers that visit our state. With a time slot secured in Columbus and Dayton Urban Trendsetters TV will reach over 1.5 million households every Saturday morning at 9am and take the Urban Trendsetters Brand to new heights. The television show will utilize an interactive format with a “man on the street” interviews and on-location tapings. Ideally it is the goal with the development of the television show, along with the news magazine is to be recognized and in demand with each coming issue and show. Urban Trendsetters Live long-term goal will be to become a nationally recognized entertainment television show located in the state of Ohio. We realize however, that we can not do this alone and we need your continued support. As we move into our anniversary we would again like to thank all of our advertisers, sponsors, readers and fans for all that you have done to make Urban Trendsetters a success. We pray that you will continue to allow us the opportunity to serve and be a voice for the urban community. For more information about Urban Trendsetters and our media products log onto Remember, at UTS we celebrate Black History 365 days of the year, join us!

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Ohio State student Monica Okon interned at NASA, where a project manager role reminded her why she’d gone into engineering in the first place. At Ohio State , Monica Okon is a senior majoring in biological engineering. But this summer at NASA’s John Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Okon wore a different hat: project manager. She oversaw the design and creation of a toilet that will work in a space shuttle’s zero gravity atmosphere. “One of the neat things about NASA is we have to look at all aspects of interaction of the astronauts up in space,” says Nancy Hall, a NASA research scientist who supervised Okon. “For example, how do you handle an astronaut going into the bathroom in a reduced gravity environment? If you think of everything floating, you cannot just go in a traditional toilet, so this flexible membrane commode Monica was working on was testing one of these systems to validate some of modeling we have done.” Okon’s background made her a good fit to manage the project, Hall says.

So Okon oversaw it “from design to creation”--a task that showed her to apply what she has learned at Ohio State. “It’s my responsibility to make sure that the stuff is done, because if it doesn’t get done, then I delay the project,” Okon says. Ohio State students have interned in a variety of positions around the world, working in fields such as TV (Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Daily Show), healthcare (The National Institutes of Health), marketing (brand management with Procter & Gamble), and politics (Congress, British Parliament). More than 6,000 Ohio State undergrads get college credit for internships or co-ops each year. Students benefit from real-world experience and get a resume boost--and many, like Okon, leave their jobs with a connection to a career mentor. “I really cherish my relationship with Nancy. I think of her as a true role model. She is a great mentor. She’s taught me so much, how to carry yourself in the workplace,” Okon says. “NASA’s been great. It’s really helped reaffirm my sense of why I wanted to remain an engineer, why I wanted to contribute something to a greater good.”

State News Governor Announces Appointments

Columbus, OH – Ohio Governor Ted Strickland today announced appointments to several state boards and commissions.

The Eastern Gateway Community College Board of Trustees is responsible for hiring, fixing compensation of, and removing employees of the college as deemed necessary. It should do all else necessary to ensure the successful and continuous operation of the college.

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Kathi Welsh, of Boardman, has served as the chief deputy clerk of the Mahoning County Clerk of Courts Office since 1994. She previously served as an assistant prosecuting attorney for the Mahoning County Prosecutor’s Office from 1989-1994. Welsh also currently serves as a member of the board of trustees for the Mahoning County Bar Association and previously served as the president. She received a bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University in 1982 and a law degree from the University of Akron in 1985. Molly Seals, of Canfield, has served as the senior vice president of human resources and learning for the Eastern Division of the Catholic Healthcare Partners. She has over 20 years of human resources and employee development experience. Seals previously served as the president of the American Society of Healthcare Human Resources in 2007. She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of the State of New York and a master’s degree from Bowling Green State University. Marilyn Montes, of Youngstown, has served as the director of human resources for the Community Action Agency of Columbiana County since April 2009. She previously served as a recruiter for the Humility of Mary Health Partners from 2008-2009. Montes is also the founder of Latinas United Networking Association. She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Phoenix.

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William Mullane, of Warren, has served as the supervisor of school improvement and public relations for the Ashtabula County Educational Service Center and the Jefferson Area Local Schools since 2006. He previously served as the principal for Warren G. Harding High School from 1997-2006. Mullane is currently a member of the Warren Redevelopment and Planning Corporation and of the board of directors for the Trumbull Art Galley. He received a bachelor’s degree from Kent State University in 1978 and a master’s degree from Youngstown State University in 1989. Dorothy Blaner, of Toronto, has served as the executive secretary for the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School District since 1978. She has also served as an adult education business teacher for the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School since 1987. Blaner previously served as the council president for the City of Toronto in 2005. She received a bachelor’s degree from Wheeling Jesuit College in 1987 and a master’s degree from the Franciscan University of Steubenville in 1996. John Gilmore, of Steubenville, has served as a sanitary engineer for the Jefferson County Ohio Water and Sewer District since 2001. He previously served as the vice president of operations for the Insul Corporation from 1998-2001. Gilmore also serves as a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Waterworks Association. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1962 and a master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1990. Donald Crane, of Salem, has served as the business manager for the Youngstown/Steubenville and Vicinity Regional Council since 2007. He also serves as the president of the (Continued on page 11)

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Western Reserve Building and Construction Trades since 2003. He received an associate’s degree from Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics. Patricia McNicholas, of Youngstown, has served as the executive director of the Beatitude House since 2001. She previously served as the director of Beatitude House’s Potter’s Wheel Program from 1996-2001. McNicholas currently serves as a member of the board of trustees for the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown. She received a bachelor’s degree from Youngstown State University in 1965 and a master’s degrees from the Catholic University of America in 1976 and a master’s degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1988. McNicholas also received a doctorate from the United Theological Seminary in 1992. Dante Zambrini, of Canfield, has served as the superintendent of the Canfield Local Schools since 2002. He previously served as the assistant superintendent for the Canfield Local Schools from 2001-2002. Zambrini currently serves as a member of the Canfield Local Schools’ Local Professional Development Committee as well as the Mahoning County Education Service Center’s District Curriculum Council. He received a bachelor’s degree from Youngstown State University in 1976 and a master’s degree from Youngstown State University in 1980.

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The Governor’s Council on People with Disabilities cooperates with all employers both public and private in locating or developing employment opportunities for the disabled and assisting in the creation of committees at the community level. Connie O’Brien, of Xenia, previously served as the director of customer service and resource development for the Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission. She previously served as the manager of the employer services unit for the Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission from 2000-2006. O’Brien received a bachelor’s degree from Wright State University and a master’s degree from the University of Dayton. Matthew Sauer, of Cincinnati, has served as the accommodation coordinator for the University of Cincinnati’s Department of Disability Services since 2001. He previously served as a consultant for the Mayerson Foundation. Sauer has also served as a guest lecturer for various organizations since 1981. He received a bachelor’s degree from Wright State University in 1981, a master’s degree from Wright State in 1983 and a doctorate from the University of Cincinnati in 1995. Scott Lissner, of Columbus, has served as the Americans with Disabilities Act coordinator for the Ohio State University since 2000. He previously served as the director of disability (Continued on Page 47)

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Patricia Fletcher, of Steubenville, has served as a member of the Jefferson Community College Board of Trustees since 1990. She spent 34 years working for the Steubenville City Schools, 19 of which she served as the principal of Garfield Elementary. Fletcher has also served as a member of the Steubenville Fair Housing Commission and as a member of the board of trustees for the Franciscan University of Steubenville. She received a bachelor’s degree from Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Pressley Gillespie, of Youngstown, currently serves as the executive director and of the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation. He previously served as a vice president at the Key Bank Corporation. Gillespie currently serves as a member of the Governor’s Minority Business Advisory Board and the Mahoning-Youngstown Community Action Partnership. He received a bachelor’s degree from Youngstown State University.

National News Nationwide Insurance Supports Black History Month with Family Heritage Campaign

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Website Helps Families Build Heritage Tree; Donation Supports United Negro College Fund

COLUMBUS, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- In recognition of Black History Month, Nationwide Insurance is encouraging consumers to get online to share, build and capture important family history in celebration of the rich heritage and legacy of the African American family. In addition, consumers can visit to build a personalized music library and support the United Negro College Fund (UNCF). Beginning today, families can connect with their ancestry, celebrate their past and work together to honor the present. It’s all part of Nationwide’s ongoing effort to reach African American consumers. This particular campaign, created by McKinney, Nationwide’s advertising agency of record, includes the creation of a Family Heritage Tree website where visitors can create their family history. “Nationwide continues our commitment to support the African American

community,” said Mark Hara, vice president for Nationwide. “The Nationwide Family Heritage Tree website allows each member of the family to input data, build their family tree, add photos, input facts about their heritage and invite others to share.” The Family Heritage Tree website is a resource for visitors to share data and stories with other family members, allowing for two-way interaction to help build a more robust and complete family history. It also provides an opportunity for family members to add comments and work together to create their family tree. “We are excited to launch this campaign on the first day of Black History Month,” said Hara. “We hope families will use this web tool as a way to honor their past, share stories amongst family members and build their family history for themselves, and their children.” In addition to the website, through a partnership with, Nationwide is helping to support the UNCF. During Black History Month, Nationwide will have two branded stations available on Pandora, the popular personalized and free internet radio service. Nationwide will donate $5.00 to UNCF for each one of the first 6000 visitors who listen to either one of the two Nationwide branded radio stations on Pandora. “We’re pleased to partner with Nationwide, to give them a truly innovative and creative option that facilitates their financial contribution to the UNCF and delivers discovery and joy to those who get the chance to listen to the great music on the Nationwide branded stations,” said Pandora’s chief revenue officer John Trimble. “Pandora’s multi-platform advertising solution, combined with our breadth of demographic knowledge about our listeners, ensures that our partners, such as Nationwide, will have their campaigns seen – and heard – by their ideal target audience who are listening to internet radio.” The campaign takes a unique approach to encourage families to share information, interact through the internet using the Family Heritage Tree website to capture their legacy and support the United Negro College Fund. The Heritage Family Tree website can be accessed beginning February 1, 2010 through the end of the year.

Black Lawmakers Raise Heat on Obama to Focus on Minorities Hard-Hit By Recession By BEN EVANS Associated Press Writer

While still careful about criticizing Obama publicly, they appear to be losing their patience after watching him dedicate more than $1 trillion to prop up banks and corporations and fight wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, while doubledigit unemployment among blacks crept even higher. “Obama has tried desperately to stay away from race, and all of us understand what he’s doing,” said Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo. “But when you have such a disproportionate number of African-Americans unemployed, it would be irresponsible not to direct attention and resources to the people who are receiving the greatest level of pain.”

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Black lawmakers who have largely held their tongues during President Barack Obama’s first year in office are stepping up their demands that the nation’s first black president do more for minority communities hit hardest by the recession.

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Dating back to Obama’s campaign, many black leaders have pressed him to take more of a stand on the challenges facing minorities. Most voiced criticisms privately for fear of jeopardizing his candidacy or undercutting his popularity after his election. They also have tread lightly so as not to be at odds with their own majority-black constituencies, who strongly support Obama. But frustration has been building. The 42-member Congressional Black Caucus flexed its influence last week when 10 of its members held up a financial regulation bill backed by the administration until leaders agreed to add about $3 billion in foreclosure relief for struggling homeowners. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., the House Financial Services Committee chairman, later added $1 billion for neighborhood revitalization programs. (Continued on page 13)

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Global Trends BET News Anchor Jeff Johnson Reports From Haiti

(Continued on page 12 ) During the stalemate, the lawmakers issued a statement saying they would no longer support public policy “defined by the world view of Wall Street.” “Policy for the least of these must be integrated into everything that we do,” they said. The all-Democratic caucus responded to Obama’s proposal for a new jobs package by saying it would insist on initiatives targeted to minorities. Pointing to outsized percentages of African-Americans losing their jobs and homes, caucus Chairwoman Barbara Lee, D-Calif., said Obama must live up to his campaign talk that racial disparities cannot be ignored. “The facts speak for themselves,” Lee said. “The gaps are very real.” Some have sought to pin blame on the president’s advisers. “It’s not the president. It’s his economic team,” said Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Fla. “I don’t think they’re doing their job.” The unemployment rate among African-Americans is nearly 16 percent, almost double the 9 percent rate for whites. Roughly one in four blacks lives in poverty, compared with about 11 percent of whites. Obama was a black caucus member in the Senate before winning the White House last year, but he has never had a close relationship with the group. In recent interviews, he has addressed their criticisms by saying he must represent the entire country, not any one population, and the best way to help low-income communities is to improve the overall economy. “I think it’s a mistake to start thinking in terms of particular ethnic segments of the United States rather than to think that we are all in this together and we

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BET News’ exclusive reports from Haiti can be seen during scheduled news briefs beginning on January 27, 2010 and during BET Networks’ “SOS Saving OurSelves = Help for Haiti,” telethon hosted by Queen Latifah and Sean Combs that will be aired on BET and Centric, as well as MTV Networks’ MTV and VH1 on Friday February 5, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT. Extended packages of this exclusive coverage will also be available on the network’s website For more information about BET News’ Exclusive Reports from Haiti, please visit

are all going to get out of this together,” he said. Many blacks in Congress take exception to that view, arguing that decades of neglect and discrimination warrant particular attention to minority concerns. Veteran black lawmakers such as Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., and House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, D-Mich., have been among the most vocal. Conyers told The Hill newspaper that Obama called last month to ask why Conyers was “demeaning” him so much. Conyers has since declined to discuss the call, and Lee wouldn’t say whether she has had a similar conversation with the president. Black lawmakers say the differences are not new and Obama shouldn’t take them personally. The caucus has had similar disputes with most recent presidents, including in 1993 when it spurned an invitation to meet with President Bill Clinton over potential budget cuts to domestic programs such as Medicare. “What I think the CBC is saying is that our voices have to be raised on behalf of our constituents, just as the Blue Dogs or any other caucus does,” said Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., referring to the conservative Democratic group that has leverage because it often holds swing votes. “In politics, what happens is the squeaky wheel gets the oil.”

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New York, NY ( -- After a series of aggressive attempts, BET News anchor Jeff Johnson made his way to the earthquake stricken city of Port-auPrince, Haiti on Sunday, January 24, 2010 to report on the tragedy and to lend a helping hand in the aid and recovery of the Caribbean’s poorest country. During the two day trip Johnson met exclusively with music artist, producer and Haitian ambassador, Wyclef Jean and members of his Yele organization to tour the devastation that is estimated to have left over 150,000 dead, 194,000 injured and a million people displaced.

Green & Trendy

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Going green is keen

It seems like everyone is talking about “going green.” Not a day goes by without a green news story or a new green product coming onto the market. Google the words “go green” and more than six million search results come up. Clearly, we’re fast becoming a green-conscious society. And with good reason. Going green and managing our resources has a positive effect on everything from our health to the environment to climate change to our finances. The practice of “reduce, reuse and recycle” not only saves energy and keeps landfills clear, it turns what would otherwise become waste into valuable resources. Of course, going green is especially important for Downtown Columbus as we work toward become America’s 21st Century City. Mayor Coleman’s “Green Memo,” which was issued in 2005, is the City’s plan for making Columbus the best — and greenest — place to live and work. Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District is in the midst of creating an active, uniform recycling program for those who live, work and do business Downtown. Together, we’ve made a great start. In fact, Downtown is already the greenest place in central Ohio in terms of land use, but we still have work to do. From pursuing responsible, sustainable growth to providing environmental stewardship to improving recycling efforts and reducing solid waste, it’s time to Get Green Columbus.

•Use eco-friendly cleaning products or make your own natural cleaning products (PDF). •Since 90 percent of energy used in laundry and dishwashing comes from heating the water, wash in cold or warm water — never hot. •Unsubscribe to catalogs that you regularly toss in the trash without reading. •Buy a made-from-recycled plastics toothbrush that can be sent back, postage paid, for further recycling. •Purchase reusable gift bags instead of wrapping paper. Tips for Working Green •Print documents double-sided or, better yet, only keep electronic files. •Keep a small recycling bin next to your office trash and see how much waste you can divert from the trash into the bin. Contact SWACO at (614) 8715100 and ask about their Just In Time Recycling Services (JITRS) program. •Ditch the lunchroom disposables in favor of reusable plates and eating utensils. •Buy a travel mug to fill up at the local coffee shop. Some coffee houses will give you a deal for bringing your own container. •Reuse boxes and packing materials for storage, signage or moving. •Take the stairs instead of the elevator. It’s not only green-friendly, it’s heartfriendly. Resources •Make your own eco-friendly household cleaners (PDF). •Report illegal dumping and littering through the Nail-a-Dumper Hotline, (614) 871-5322. •Get everyone in on recycling by hosting a “Waste Less Meal” at your next event.

Recycling Downtown is easy! •Wanna recycle but don’t know where to take your stuff? Downtown has more than 25 nearby residential drop locations. oFind a drop location near you oGet a list of recyclables •Got some “What do I do with this” kinds of items? Downtown has pick-up service and drop-off locations for non-hazardous items, such as appliances, fluorescent bulbs and printer cartridges. oGet disposal information •Need to know where to take flammables, toxics and corrosives? Downtown is conveniently located near the city’s Permanent Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) location. oPrint location information and hours of service What’s next for Downtown recycling Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District, in partnership with SWACO, the City of Columbus, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Short North Business Association, is working on a recycling plan exclusively for Downtown and Short North property owners. Tips for Living Green •Invest in a reusable shopping bag and take it with you to grocery and retail stores.

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Michael. Why not really look at ourselves and make the changes that we know we need to make within ourselves? If we don’t do that, then no, things won’t change. If we do, things will definitely change. We have to be the ones who step up in our homes, families and communities. No one else will do it. We all have to do our part.” He followed that by, “The question that I have for you young man is this, Are you doing your part?” The teenager was baffled, “Doing my part?” “Yes, do you plan on staying out of trouble, graduating from HS, going to college, graduating from college, doing well for yourself and after you’ve done well for yourself, come back and help a young person from the community you came from or one similar to yours?” The young man smirked uncomfortably, shrugged his shoulders and said at a very low volume, “Yes.” Mr. McKay challenged him, “I want to hear you say, I’m going to do my part.” The young man said softly, “I’m gonna’ do my part.” McKay challenged him again, “I can’t hear you. You’re going to have to say that again.” The young man said it again, this time a little louder. By the time it was over, not only was the young man exclaiming that he would do his part, but the entire room was shouting it. I happened to agree with the film maker. In 2008, I would have never believed that in 2009 we would have a Black President, Michael Jackson would no longer be with us or that “Tiger Gate” would become a new term. Things can change. Tiger Woods can regain his stature and we can decrease the percentage of young Black men going to prison. The young men of tomorrow who are babies today. You can’t tell me a three year old won’t listen or can not be taught. You can’t tell me that a six or 10 year old won’t either. We have to do our part. That is what I intend to do, my part. In 2010, throughout Black History Month and thereafter; as well as all of the Men’s Day celebrations that will soon go on in our churches across the country, I am imploring everyone to get this film and watch it. Watch it with your family, with your friends and your community. It would be a mistake to not share this gem of a film with Black students, Black families and the faithful. Every HBCU and Black College Student Union should show this film. Every African American organization who wants to uplift our young men and women and even our older men and women should watch For Our Sons. You will only benefit from the experience. For Our Sons is available on DVD free of charge (Just pay for s & h) at Let’s all do our part.

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community center in New York City, I could not help but feel proud of who my grandfather was, who I am and what my son can become. Not only can this film inspire, I believe it can save some of our young men and women who might be at risk of becoming another statistic. It is my suggestion that every Black person see this inspiring film. The film takes narrative excerpts from the lives of 19 Black men from different walks of life, with various experiences, diverse religious views and belief systems who together tell a meaningful story of resilience, mental toughness and commitment. For Our Sons is a real and undeniable truth that millions of Black men have faced and experienced in our journey to become men in this country. It Chicago, IL ( - Recently, I had the gives a clear picture of where we have been and privilege of attending a screening of a documentary what the possibilities can be for our young people, entitled, For Our Sons. It is a film that takes as its some of whom have lost hope. subject the alarming statistic that 1 in 3 male Black I witnessed this loss of hope first hand during babies born between 2000 and 2010 will spend the question and answer period portion of the some time in PRISON during their lifetime. program. After the film ended, 40 plus people gave As I sat and watched this film with my son in a an ovation. Afterwards, various audience members, young and not so young stood up and asked the film maker questions. For ten minutes or so, a positive exchange of dialogue took place. Then a young man, in his teens, who was obviously unmoved, stood up and asked with pure skepticism, “Do you really think it’s possible to turn things around? I mean, come on now. Let’s be real.” The film maker, Mr. Eric McKay’s response was, “If you would have told me in January 2008, that in 2009 we would have a Black President, that Michael Jackson would be gone and that Tiger Woods would be involved in a sex Free tax filing programs are offered to anyone whose scandal, I would’ve told household income is less than $57,000 through the you, you were out of your Ohio Benefit Bank. And, you can receive your refund mind. Anything can be in as few as 7-10 days with no fees or other charges. changed overnight. We have to decide to change To file your taxes for free, call 1-800-648-1176 it. We have to stop talking or visit about Obama and do what Obama did. Become Community Organizers, starting with our families. And it might sound corny, but instead of getting teary eyed singing, ‘Man Visit your local Ohio Benefit Bank site. Find a location near you by searching In the Mirror’ and talking about how much we miss

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BMI Trailblazers Awards Tribute to Donnie McClurkin & Andrae Crouch to Premiere on Gospel Music Channel February 21 NEW YORK, February 5, 2010 The Gospel Music Channel (GMC) will broadcast the world premiere of the BMI Trailblazers Awards Tribute to Donnie McClurkin & Andra Crouch on Sunday, February 21 at 8:00 p.m. EST. The special was recorded live during the 11th Annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music A w a r d s Luncheon held

Artist. He released a critically acclaimed new collection entitled We Are All One (Live in Detroit) in March 2009, and in addition to garnering a 2010 Stellar Award nomination for Traditional Male of the Year, he will co-host the Stellar Awards ceremony with fellow BMI trendsetters Kirk Franklin and Vickie Winans. For McClurkin, being honored alongside the genre-shaping Andra Crouch is a deeply personal accomplishment: He fondly refers to Crouch as his mentor. Eight-time Grammy winner Andra Crouch is a definitive pioneer. One of the most influential molders of contemporary gospel music, Crouch combines the power of the traditional with the immediacy of the contemporary. His work with The Disciples and later, as a solo artist, is legendary, and as a songwriter, he is behind classics, including The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power, Through It All, Bless His Holy Name, and My Tribute, which has been performed by more than 600 artists all over the world. He has collected a host of Dove and Stellar Awards. In addition to working with pop icons including Madonna, Diana Ross, and Elton John, Crouch contributed songs to films including The Color Purple and The Lion King. The vocal arranger for Michael Jacksons smash Man in the Mirror and the stars Invincible album, Crouch also penned You Will Be There, featured in the film Free Willy. A member of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, he became the only living gospel artist to earn a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2004, and the following year, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the inaugural NARAS Salute to Gospel Music.

Friday, January 15 in Nashville. Hosted by Catherine Brewton, BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, the intimate ceremony served as a dynamic jump-start for the 2010 Stellar Awards weekend, honoring pioneers Donnie McClurkin and Andra Crouch. The GMC special features exclusive footage of the events allstar musical tributes to McClurkin and Crouch. Byron Cage hosts the tribute to McClurkin, which features inspired live performances by gospel powerhouses including Latice Crawford, Micah Stampley, Pastor Marvin Winans, and Yolanda Adams, who is joined by McClurkin for a rousing rendition of We Fall Down. Adams then hosts the musical homage to Crouch. Spine-tingling performances are delivered by stars including Adams, BeBe Winans, CeCe Winans, TaTa Vega, Mary Mary, Pastor Marvin Winans, and Dorinda Clark Cole. In addition to airing on Sunday, February 21 at 8 p.m. EST, the special will be rebroadcast on Sunday, February 21 at 10 p.m. EST and Monday, February 22 at 12:00 a.m. EST. A devoted pupil of gospel legends, Donnie McClurkin has done more than admire the giants: He has become one himself. The two-time Grammy winner is one of the genres finest producers, beloved vocalists, and most inspiring communicators. A discerning songwriter, he has composed a rich catalog of worship songs, including BMI Christian Award winners Im Walking and Thats What I Believe, while he has also collected a trove of Dove, Stellar and other prestigious honors, including the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Gospel

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The Journey Columbus’ Oldest Black Baptist Church

Second Baptist Church 1824 to Present

PREACHER CREATES “TOO MUCH DRAMA” Columbus, Ohio -- December 29, 2009. Widely recognized as one of the nation’s best preachers, Dr. C. Dexter Wise III has expanded his reach with the publication of his latest book, “Too Much Drama: What To Do When Your Life Is Going Over The Top”. In this latest work, the founding pastor of Faith Ministries Church located in Columbus, Ohio, analyzes the signs, side-effects, sources, and solutions to the problem of Too Much Drama. When asked why he wrote a book on this topic, Dr. Wise said “The last thing you need is for somebody to tell you that you have too much drama. You already know that. What you need is help on how to reduce it, resolve it, and remove it. That’s what I provide in my new book”, continued Wise. Dr. Wise talks about the drama magnets who draw it, the drama mediums who spread it, the drama emitters who radiate it, the drama addicts who chase it, the drama makers who produce it and the drama managers who control it. Dr. Wises’ most insightful and creative contribution to the discussion of Too Much Drama is to identify what he calls Drama Points. These Drama Points are the likely places to check as major culprits of the drama in your life. They include: your script, your part, your cast, your stage and much more. Too Much Drama is not just a book. It is a complete curriculum created by Dr. Wise which, in addition to the book includes: a Bible Study Book, a Video Bible Study Teaching Series and a Sermon Series all on “Too Much Drama”! These are great for individuals, small groups, book clubs, church wide studies and more. Dr. Wise is also available for interviews and book signings upon request. All of these resources are published by Wise Works, Inc. and will be available January 4, 2010. To order online go to or by phone (614) 898-1997.

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A brief historical biography and list of spiritual leaders of Second Baptist Church follows: 1824 - The Baptist Church (later known as First Baptist Church) was chartered with seven members, three of whom were of African-American descent. 1834 - Request was made to the Baptist Church to be set aside as a colored mission church by sixteen (16) black members. 1836 - The independent request was honored and Rev. Ezekiel Fields was called to be the first Pastor. First Baptist formally recognized the Colored Baptist Church as Second Baptist Church. The first meeting place was 69 Mulberry Street. 1844 - The State of Ohio granted a charter and Second Baptist Church (SBC) broke ground for a new brick church at 105-115 East Gay Street. 1847 - A friendly split of the Church by intense abolitionists, who formed the Anti-Slavery Baptist Church, occurred. These members were more militant and active in the Underground Railroad. 1851 - Second Baptist Church incorporated by an Act of the General Assembly. 1858 - The Rev. James Preston Poindexter was called as the Pastor of Second Baptist Church. The Anti-Slavery Baptist Church was invited to reunite with Second Baptist. The two congregations merged. 1865 - The Church’s elementary school closed and all pupils enrolled in Columbus Public Schools. 1881 - Rev. James P. Poindexter and Rev. Washington Gladdon of the First Congregational Church entered into a desegregation suit against Columbus Public Schools. 1882 - Rev. Poindexter was elected to the school board. 1907 - The Rev. Henry H. Mitchell and the Second Baptist Congregation celebrated the ground breaking for a new church located 186 North 17th Street. 1936 - The Rev. Charles Frank Jenkins begins his thirty-five (35) year ministry at Second Baptist Church. The church’s membership tripled during this time. 1951 - Construction of first addition began. 1960’s - Poindexter Village was named after Rev. James P. Poindexter of Second Baptist. The Senior Citizen complex at 1100 E. Broad Street is called Jenkins Tower, after Rev. C. F. Jenkins.

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Second Baptist Church is the oldest Black Baptist Church in Columbus, Ohio. Second Baptist is the Mother Church of ten Baptist churches: Russell Street Baptist, Hildreth, Memorial Tenth Avenue, Shiloh, Union Grove, Bethany, Oakley, Good Shepherd, Greater Love. However, three of these churches no longer exist under the name initially established. Additionally, there are three new names Pilgrim, Union and Beulah. In 1847, as the United States suffered under the burning issue of slavery, Second Baptist’s Pastor, James P. Poindexter, became an articulate and enthusiastic voice against slavery within our community. Second Baptist continues to meet the needs of the church congregation and community as it continues to spread the gospel and serve the Columbus area.

MOtivation & Empowerment

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Optimizing Success Part 1 of a 3 part series

If you’ve gone so far in life as to have a promising career, earn an MBA, or realizing what truly makes you happy, then you’re obviously someone who has thought a lot about what it means to be successful. But even people deemed successful can struggle with inertia, unsure of which move to make or whether they have any moves left at all. Maya Angelou said that some people go so far in life and then they park. They have some defeats and disappointments, and they park. Or they get to a certain income level, and they park. They get into a relationship that dies, and they just park. Optimal success is realizing, everyday that you wake up, that you haven’t done your best yet, that you need to dig deeper and reach higher ... that you have to get a move on! Relationships are key to upward mobility and optimal success. If you find that you are stalled in a comfortable spot, then you would do well to consider who was on the journey with you when you decided to park. I believe that who we are and who we become is a direct result of the relationships that we have and the books that we read. These things are essentially your fuel for this journey called life. According to a study by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), you earn within $5,000 of what the five people closest to you on a regular basis earn. Doesn’t that make a lot of sense? It does to me. Think about it: $200,000 a year people do not communicate on a regular basis with $30,000 or $50,000 a year people. They tend to have different interests, different friends, and different things that they are doing with their lives. In order to achieve optimal success, you have to continue to upgrade your relationships. Motivational speaker Dr. Dennis Kimbro said, “If you are the “smartest one in your group, then you need to get a new group.” I agree wholeheartedly! As you look at yourself and at the relationships you have, ask yourself these questions:

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What is this relationship doing to me? Am I growing or developing? Am I pushing myself as a result of this relationship? Does this relationship inspire me? Does it bring the best out of me? Am I learning from this relationship, or is it tearing me down? Have I reached a plateau as a result of this relationship? Is it nourishing, or is it toxic?

The people in your life will rub off on you. You’ve got to know the full impact of that. On your way to greater things, you can’t afford to take everyone with you. You have to figure out whom you must leave behind. Some people will go on supporting their stagnation. Some of them will not only stop themselves in mid-flight, but they will try to hold you there, too! They will say, “Don’t go! It’s not worth it,”especially when you encounter disappointments and setbacks.

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MOtivation & Empowerment Five Steps of Improving Your Life Now 1.Assess Yourself

Les Brown

Assessing yourself is key to finding out who you are and what you are capable of doing. Conduct a personal questionnaire and ask yourself; a) What are my personal and professional goals? b) What would give my life more value and satisfaction? c) What strengths do I have and what weaknesses do I need to improve? d) What do I need to change about myself? I ask myself these questions once a month to keep me reaching new goals and conquering new heights. You must gain insight on yourself, scrutinize your answers, and implement a new strategy for success.

2. Create A Personal Development Regimen

3. Pursue Your Dream

When I see people wandering through life aimlessly, I like to ask this important question: What are you doing with that stuff you’ve got? It matters, you know. Your genes, your experience, your ideas, your talents and passions, they combine to form some stuff that is uniquely yours. No one has what you have, not exactly what you have, and that makes the question all the more important. If you are uniquely qualified to act on your special stuff, what is it we will miss, if you sit there and let it languish and fade into nothing? If we miss your painting, your poem, your song or your leadership, perhaps we’ll all suffer. If you decide that your deep passion to serve or create or develop some special thing is not that important, who knows what contribution, what gift we might all be denied. Imagine the teacher, or scout leader, or Olympic runner, or firefighter, or coach, or singer who touched your life in some special way. Then imagine life without the commitments it took to produce this example of humanity that you admire and appreciate. So, what are you doing to do with that stuff you’ve got? Do you have a plan or an idea? I have a suggestion: develop it and pass it on. Make the commitment to do what is required, whatever it might entail, and keep that commitment. No excuses accepted. Your efforts are a legacy in the making, and what you don’t do is being written as well.

Go after your dream as if your life depends on it, why, because it does! When I was pursuing my dreams, it took more than blood, sweat and tears; it took sacrifices that I didn’t want to make, it cost me many relationships and made me the punch line of many jokes. I knew however, there was a bigger person inside of the man who was born on a floor of an abandoned building in one of the poorest areas of Florida. No one can bring out your contribution and dream to the world but you; and pursuing your dream will not be easy. I once heard that if you want to conduct an orchestra, you have to turn your back to the crowd. Turn your back on mediocrity and fear; you are the chosen one, go pursue your dream!

4. Reinvent Yourself

Become a new person and find out what do you need to change about yourself. Are you negative? Should you go back to school? Do you need a makeover? What needs to change about you? In life, today you have to do the things others won’t do, in order to have tomorrow the things others won’t have. Find out what it is and make life work for you.

5. Develop Relationships You Can Grow From

If you are the smartest one in your group of friends, guess what, you need a new group of friends. We earn within four-to-five thousand dollars of what our closest friends make. Since we tend to rub off on each other, build relationships with people who have goals and a larger vision for their lives.

Seize the opportunity in front of you. Use it to develop your greatness, and let the lessons you learn be part of what you pass on to others. So, do good work, and help others do theirs, when you can. The world needs your best. So, do your best, and pass it on.

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Like losing weight, you first develop new eating habits, a workout routine, and spend time reading about others’ weight loss success. Whether it’s eating more fruits and vegetables or doing cardio exercises five times a week, developing a new habit takes thought and strategy. The same holds true for our personal lives, we must create a strategy for personal development. Give yourself an hour each day and read something positive that can affirm your self-assurance. You must create an “It’s Possible” mindset. With a possibility way of thinking and you cannot continue to listen to people, music, and statistics that tear you down. The Good Book reminds us to be transformed by the renewing of our mind. Create a personal development regimen by renewing your mind through positive books and CDs. Constantly work on positively enhancing your mind and be careful of the negative messages that will try to attack you everyday.

Family Trends

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Come Together as a Family in Ohio

Doesn’t it seem like things move so fast these days? New grandchildren, children, cousins, nieces and nephews are born and the kids are growing up. Summer 2010 is the perfect time to slow it down and celebrate the joys of family… African-Americans have a history of coming together to celebrate family and culture with family reunions that create cherished memories. Ohio is the ultimate family reunion destination and this summer is the perfect time to take advantage of everything our beautiful state has to offer to reunite your loved ones. Whether you’re looking to please a crowd under age ten, over 50 and everything in between, Ohio has the history, events, destinations and attractions to make your family reunion a celebration of culture, family and the good life! And, Ohio is accessible to families no matter what their budget. Here are some great reunion ideas from big events everyone will love to budget-cutting strategies to help you make this summer a time your family will never forget. Make it Large! What could be more fun than joining one of the largest Black Family Reunions in the nation? How about the fact that it’s free? This August, Cincinnati will host more than 100,000 family members at the 21st Annual Midwest Regional Black Family Reunion Celebration. This weekend of free events includes a parade, a scholarship golf open, a R&B concert, a gospel concert and of course tons of food, games and music. With all these free attractions, concerts and events, you can afford to bring the whole family and splurge on room service. Another Ohio reunion weekend your family will love is the O’Jays Family Reunion, which features the famous group of musicians “Livin’ for the Weekend,” in their hometown of Canton. The event includes many fun family activities, and in Canton you’ll be close to the Football Hall of Fame and the famous Clearview Golf Course, the first African-American owned and operated course in the United States! Make it Pop! Music is something that brings people together from all walks of life. Let music bring your family together this summer at the Macy’s Music Festival, one of the largest jewels in the Queen City’s (Cincinnati’s) crown! The Macy’s Music Festival is a two-night extravaganza in late July that features R&B, jazz, hip-hop and soul. Or, if you’d like to get together earlier in the summer, build your family reunion around Cleveland’s Rock and Soul Festival in June at the world-famous Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum or the Annual American Rib Cook-Off and Music Festival in May. In mid-June, take the whole family to the Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival in Gahanna, near Columbus where they can hear some of the best blues and jazz in the Midwest and enjoy 60 hours of entertainment for just a few dollars per person. Or, stop by the Art Tatum Jazz Heritage Festival in Toledo in June and enjoy a family reunion near the shores of Lake Erie. Make it Real! With the great outdoors of course. Ohio has some of the most beautiful parks and recreational areas in the country. Whether you want to enjoy some of your family’s famous barbeque chicken or organize a day of friendly sports competitions, Ohio’s parks are ready for you. One of Ohio’s greatest natural resources is the beautiful, Lake Erie, and right on the lake, Put-in-Bay is a great location for your family reunion! The island features wonderful outdoor attractions for the kids and a winery and active nightlife for the adults. If you’re looking for a more athletic

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reunion, consider a canoe or kayak adventure in Mohican State Park near Mansfield. The park also features fishing, hiking and mountain biking. For the “extreme” reunion, head to Hocking Hills where you can take the family rock-climbing, zip-lining or rappelling. Whether you want to relax, cook out, and toss the ball back and forth, or rappel down a rock ledge, Ohio has dozens of picturesque parks where your family can reunite and have fun. Make it Memorable! Memories are so important in remembering where we’ve come from and where we’re going, both as a family and as a culture. Visit the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati and take time to reflect on past triumphs and struggles. With dozen of compelling exhibits, activities and events, the Freedom Center can be a full-day activity. If you are very interested in the Underground Railroad, your family can visit some of the hundreds of Underground Railroad stops throughout the state. If you’re visiting the Columbus area, don’t forget to catch a show at the Kings Arts Complex, a performing arts center devoted to African American art and music. Another museum that really rocks is Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. With Exhibits on everything from Motown to the late, great Michael Jackson, this famous museum has something for everyone in the family. Make it Last! Ohio has great options for lodging, from elegant bed and breakfasts for small family reunions to resort lodges that can accommodate all the second-cousins and grandchildren. For an intimate reunion, visit the Whispering Pines bed and breakfast on the shores of Atwood Lake. The B&B features plenty of wonderful amenities that will help your family enjoy some much needed R&R. For a spot under the stars, reserve a cottage or space in the resort lodge at Shawnee State Park near Portsmouth. Or, for family fun right on location, check out Kalahari, the largest indoor water park resort in North America!

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Young & Trendy Sprite Step Off Kicks off 2010 with Regional Final Rounds

Step Off

•San Francisco – Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula, Moldaw-Zaffaroni Clubhouse in East Palo Alto The Sprite Step Off will culminate with the National Finals held on February 20, 2010 in Atlanta, GA. The event will feature the top 12 teams – six fraternities and six sororities – as they compete to see who is the best step team in the Sprite Step Off and vie for a share of the $1.5 million scholarship prize pool. “After all is said and done, we believe the Sprite Step Off will be the model for a premier college Greek stepping competition,” said Elias. About the Sprite Step Off Championed by Sprite, the leading lemon-lime sparkling beverage brand among multicultural young people, Sprite Step Off is a national competition that celebrates the creativity and originality of the multicultural college experience through stepping, scholarship and service. It is the largest step competition for Greek letter organizations in the U.S., with the largest prize pool ever. Sprite Step Off will make it possible for a broader audience to experience an iconic form of self-expression that has been shared by multicultural college students for decades and encourage young people nationwide to get involved in community service to improve their communities. For more information on Sprite Step Off, visit

•Southern University, Baton Rouge, LA, January 16 •The Grady Cole Center, Charlotte, NC, January 23 •Regal Theatre, Chicago, IL, January 23 •Texas Southern, Houston, TX, January 30 •Roseland Ballroom, New York, NY, January 30 •San Francisco Design Arts Center, San Francisco, CA, February 6 Each Regional Final event will be hosted by a local personality and feature eight to fourteen fraternities and sororities, local celebrities and guest performances from musical artists. The McDonald’s Flavor Battle will also take the stage with a premiere DJ competition, featuring three local DJs each representing a favorite McDonald’s burger. Audience members will then voice their choice for their favorite DJ’s “flavor” via text message. In addition, the Sprite Step Off Service Challenge continues with each competing step team collecting books for donation to a local Ronald McDonald House. The teams will also participate in a two-hour service activity at a local Boys & Girls Club in each city. As part of the service activity, Sprite will present each Boys & Girls Club visited with a $4,500 check and more than 100 books. The Clubs include: •Baton Rouge, LA – Boys & Girls Club of Greater Baton Rouge at Park Forest Middle School •Charlotte, NC – The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Greater Charlotte at the Salvation Army Belmont Boys Club •Chicago, IL – Boys & Girls Club of Chicago at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Club •Houston – Boys & Girls Club of Greater Houston at NFL Youth Education Town •New York, NY – Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club at the Lucile Palmaro Clubhouse

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Six-City Tour Starts January 16 in Baton Rouge - Charlotte, Chicago, Houston, New York and San Francisco also Host Sprite Step Off Regional Finals ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Sprite Step Off is coming to a college town near you with $1.5 million in scholarships up for grabs. The step competition for college fraternities and sororities kicks off this month with a six-city tour featuring live performances by Ludacris, Lupe Fiasco and other artists. The Regional Final events will take place in Baton Rouge, Charlotte, Chicago, New York, Houston and San Francisco, with the winning fraternities and sororities moving on to the Finals in Atlanta next month. “In 2010, Sprite wants to help spark a new wave of fresh thinking and creativity among multicultural young people and what better way than through the Sprite Step Off,” said Augusto Elias, Sprite brand director, Coca-Cola North America. “With an unprecedented number of teams competing, top-notch performances by renowned music artists, the largest prize pool ever, and an overall commitment to education and the community, the Sprite Step Off is a step competition like no other.” The Sprite Step Off is the largest college fraternity and sorority stepping competition ever, totaling $1.5 million in scholarships. The tournament-style program also features musical performances by popular artists such as Hip Hop stars Ludacris, B.o.B. and Lupe Fiasco and R&B sensations Mario and The-Dream. Community service is also an important part of the college Greek life, and Sprite is embracing it through the Sprite Step Off Service Challenge, a community service platform that calls upon all Americans to collectively donate 1.5 million hours of community service. The tournament, which began in September 2009 with a series of Qualifying Rounds followed by Regional Semifinals in October, will continue with additional Regional Final rounds featuring more than 60 teams over the span of six events, including:

Education Trends

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The HBCU Foundation, Inc. Teams Up With Kroger Stores in Michigan and Ohio to Help Students Attending HB

How Technology Can Boost Student Achievement

Columbus, OH ( -The HBCU Foundation, Inc., as a part of its mission of helping disadvantaged high school and college students who attend, or plan to attend a Historically Black College or University (HBCU), has teamed up with The Kroger Company to raise funds for high school and college students in Michigan and Ohio. Through Kroger’s “Community Rewards” program, Kroger shoppers in the sates of Michigan a n d Ohio can earn rewards for The HBCU Fo u n d a t i o n who will be credited up to $50,000 per quarter based upon total purchases made in select Kroger Stores through April 30th, 2010. Under its Community Rewards program, Kroger has committed to donating up to $1,250,000 to qualifying charitable organizations. The HBCU Foundation has answered the prayers of students and their families since 1999 by providing timely scholarships to disadvantaged nationally and is especially proud to be engaged locally here in Ohio and Michigan. Students and their families are being forced to make tough decisions about where to shop so we want to make it a little easier for these families, students and our supporters. Having a partner in our scholarship fundraising efforts like Kroger Stores could mean the difference between a student completing his or her education, or dropping out of school entirely,” says Daniel Moss, CEO of The HBCU Foundation, Inc. For purchases to qualify as a part of this program, supporters must first register their Kroger Shoppers Cards online at www.KrogerCommunityRewards. com and follow the provided instructions upon signing up. The HBCU Foundation has leveraged partnerships like those with the “Kroger Community Rewards” program to help support its goal of developing leadership from among the nation’s brightest young minds at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and especially to raise funds to support scholarship-giving as well as the awarding of technology grants to the HBCUs, their students and alumni organizations. The HBCU Foundation holds several events each year including its annual HBCU Alumni Cruise, a fundraiser benefiting HBCUs and students nationally. About The HBCU Foundation Founded in 2006, The HBCU Foundation, Inc. is the non-profit arm of the largest organization and website dedicated to Historically Black Colleges and Universities in existence – has more than 1.7 Million HBCU Alumni and Student members and has been serving the needs of the HBCU Alumni and Student communities online since 1999. For inquiries or to pledge your support, please call 614-416-5517, or visit

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Parents and educators agree students need to develop learning skills that help them think critically, analyze information, communicate, collaborate and problem-solve. Turn To Technology Technology plays an essential role in realizing these learning skills in today’s knowledge-based society. Consuming, processing and learning from media in many forms simultaneously is how today’s tech-savvy students function. For more than six hours per day--eight when you count exposure to multiple forms of media at the same time--students consume media, the Kaiser Family Foundation found. Building information and communication technology literacy means this country can better compete in a global marketplace. Fortunately, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, just about every school in the U.S. with access to computers has Internet access. Schools Have The Answers What’s more, most schools in America today can turn to a scientifically proven, standards-based digital media service that empowers teachers to improve student achievement. This powerful, dynamic and engaging digital resource can supplement-even replace--traditional textbooks. Called Discovery Education streaming, it enhances curriculum with up to 9,000 videos and 71,000 high-quality digital video clips, as well as articles, images and more. Searchable by keyword, content area and grade level, these videos and other digital assets are easily integrated into school curricula. Studies And Students Research by Cometrika, an independent research firm, and Dr. Frank Boster, a professor at Michigan State University, found the more this digital learning tool is used, the higher students score on achievement tests, especially for younger students. “My analyses indicate that Discovery Education streaming positively affected achievement scores,” said Dr. Boster. “The impact that this digital media service had on every level of student achievement was statistically significant.” Discovery Education is a division of Discovery Communications, whose networks include Discovery Channel, Science Channel and Animal Planet. What’s Next? Classrooms are moving from textbooks to digital content that features up-to-date, standardsbased videos, virtual labs, simulations, e-books and text passages. Leading this shift are such digital resources as the Discovery Education Science-Elementary and Middle School solutions, which, according to Kelli Campbell, Discovery Education senior vice president, “are poised to replace traditional textbooks as the primary instructional tool to engage students in learning.” You can learn more online at

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Celebrating Our 7th Anniversary Cable Industry Honors Black History Month

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More than 100 Programs are Available via “Black Experience On Demand”

Alexandria, VA ( -- In recognition of Black History Month in February, the nation’s content providers and cable companies are providing digital cable customers with On Demand access to hundreds of programs and movies, specifically focused on the Black experience and history. “By aggregating Cable On Demand content around an important theme like Black History Month and making it easy to find on the interactive guide, we’re able to offer our viewers a chance to explore multiple aspects of the Black Experience at their own convenience, with just a few clicks of the remote control,” said Mark Hess, cochair of CTAM’s Advanced Cable Solutions Consortium (ACSC) and Senior Vice President of Product Development for Video, Comcast. Multiple genres of programming are available as a part of this ”Black Experience On Demand” initiative, including movies, music, biographies, documentaries, news and television series. Shows will be accessible via the On Demand feature whenever the viewer chooses. Viewers can access these programs in a “Black Experience” or “Black History” folder from their Cable

On Demand menus. On Demand also enables viewers to start, stop, pause and rewind the show of their choice. Specific program offerings with descriptions can be found at “The value of Cable’s On Demand service is spotlighted with this Black Experience effort. As an industry, we can honor the contributions of African American leaders whose stories are captured in film, music, television and news, while leveraging the power of our medium and the volume of relevant content available via Cable On Demand,” said Heather Baldino, co-chair of CTAM’s ACSC and Senior VP, Marketing, Turner Broadcasting. Participating cable companies include Cablevision, Comcast, Cox Communications, Insight Communications, Mediacom and Time Warner Cable. Programming for the initiative is provided by A&E Network, BET, Big Ten Network, CNN, Food Network, HBO, HGTV, HISTORY, Investigation Discovery, Lifetime, Logo, MTV, National Geographic Channel, Nickelodeon, Showtime, Spike, Starz, Sundance Channel, TCM, Travel Channel and VH1, as well as Universal Studios and Warner Bros. “Black Experience On Demand” is part of a broader industry effort to help consumers better understand the breadth and depth of content available to them through Cable On Demand. Rentrak recently reported that consumers spent more than 3.1 billion hours watching Cable On Demand content in 2009. Total On Demand transactions grew nearly 15 percent year-over-year, to over seven billion transactions last year. Digital cable customers of participating cable companies can check their local Cable On Demand listings for specific programming information and availability.

“Walmart Recognizes and Supports Black History Month 2010”.

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Celebrating Our 7th Anniversary Black History Tribute Saluting some of the history makers of our time around the $10 million cornerstone project: the restoration of the historic Lincoln Theater. The area is rebounding with seven major commercial and residential projects totaling $30 million in new private investments. Mayor Coleman worked with business leaders to start a massive revitalization initiative for Downtown, including the creation of the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation in 2002 with the responsibility of implementing the city’s Downtown Business Plan. Since 2002 more than 5,000 new apartments and condos have been built or are under development; a new downtown park system is being designed; 2,900 jobs have been moved into downtown, and there has been more than $2.18 billion in new investment. Mayor Coleman has a proven record of balancing budgets, and Columbus is one of the only major cities in the nation to maintain a AAA Bond rating from all three Rating Agencies. Since 2000, Mayor Coleman has spent almost $70 million less than budgeted. In that time, the city has also reduced its civilian workforce by 30 percent. Since 2001, Columbus has cut $155 million from what would have been spent in a continuation budget. Under Mayor Coleman’s leadership, the City of Columbus has been recognized as the nation’s 8th best place to live by CNN and Money magazine, which also declared Columbus as the nation’s safest big city. Forbes Magazine has recognized Columbus as the top up-and-coming tech city and the top city in which to retire. Columbus regularly makes top rankings as a hot destination for relocation of businesses: In December of 2008 it was ranked as the 7th best metro area for business by WSJ MarketWatch; in June 2008 it was ranked the 7th best city for high-impact companies by the U.S. Small Business Administration; it was ranked as the 3rd “Big City of the Future” by international fDi Magazine and the 4th “most business friendly.” In addition, Columbus continues to earn top rankings for its stable housing market, affordability, and as a top City for African-Americans, young professionals, and members of the GLBT community. Prior to becoming mayor, Coleman served as President of Columbus City Council from January of 1997 to November of 1999, and as a council member from February of 1992 to December of 1999. Michael Coleman graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1977 with a degree in Political Science. He earned his law degree from the University of Dayton Law School in 1980. Michael B. Coleman was born on November 18, 1954; He has three children: Kimberly, a private banker in Chicago, Justin, a Columbus police Officer, and John-David, a Sergeant in the US Marine Corps.

Pastor Kenneth E. Moore, Sr Pastor Kenneth E. Moore, Sr. is the son of Lurlene and Rufus (deceased) Moore, the husband of Charlotte Moore, the father of Kennitha (David), Bonita, Kenneth Jr. and Hezekiah, and the grandfather of Amari, Temple and Kambre. Kenneth Moore graduated from Marion Franklin High School, after which he proceeded to Franklin University. He attended the School of Biblical Theology, Columbus, Ohio, where he obtained credits for a Master of Theology. After answering his call to the ministry, he was an Associate Minister at Southfield Baptist Church, Columbus, Ohio from 1991 until 1997. In 1997, following the directive of God, he founded New Birth Christian Ministries, Columbus, Ohio, where he is currently the Pastor. The scriptural basis for our name and mission come from St. John 3:3 and St. Luke 22:32. The “New Birth” John 3:3, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God,” and “Christian Ministry” Luke 22:32, “ but I prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou are converted, strengthen thy brethren.”

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Mayor Michael B. Coleman was elected in 1999, and was re-elected to a third term in November 2007. Mayor Coleman’s core focus has been building stronger, safer neighborhoods, through a variety of initiatives, including the increased construction of quality, affordable homes for families. The mayor helped spur construction through city incentives of more than 12,500 new housing units in Columbus neighborhoods. Mayor Coleman has also focused squarely on qualityof-life initiatives, through innovative programs like Neighborhood Pride, a proactive effort to engage residents and businesses as partners in fix up thousands of homes and clean up their neighborhoods. In 2006, the Mayor created the Home Again program and set aside $25 million to acquire, rehab and tear down vacant and abandoned houses in Columbus neighborhoods. To date, more than 600 homes have been impacted. Mayor Coleman is committed to improving the quality of life for families in Columbus’ neighborhoods. Since taking office in 2000, the Mayor has leveraged incentives to create and retain more than 30,000 jobs at companies like NetJets, a growing international powerhouse in the aviation Industry. Working with businesses and community groups he has increased the development of new homes for families, spurring construction through city incentives of more than 12,500 new housing units. This includes the work of the Columbus Franklin County Affordable Housing Trust Corporation and units in the Neighborhood Investment Districts, which Coleman created to leverage private investment in building quality, affordable housing. In addition, Mayor Coleman has led the restoration of the King Lincoln District after decades of neglect and blight,

BlaCK hISTory -Salutes The Honorable Joyce Beatty

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Senior Vice President for Outreach and Engagement, The Ohio State University The Honorable Joyce Beatty is Senior Vice President for Outreach and Engagement at The Ohio State University, the first African-American female Senior Vice President at the nation’s largest university. The office she manages brings a focus and energy to the University’s mission of improving lives through teaching, research, andservice. It is a solid foundation that enhances access and integration between internal and external stakeholders for collaboration and partnership both across the university and our global community. Her offices are involved in diverse areas including economic development, neighborhood revitalization, STEM education, government, lifelong learning, and community health care. Beatty came to Ohio State after serving an historic tenure in state government. She made history in 2006 when she became the first AfricanAmerican female Leader of the Ohio House of Representatives’ Democratic Caucus. Ebony Magazine selected her as one of its 150 most powerful AfricanAmericans in the nation in 2008. She gained national attention for her skillful leadership in delivering bipartisan passage of STEM education legislation and for championing financial literacy education. Beatty sponsored legislation that made Ohio the first state to designate December 1st as “Rosa Parks Day” to honor the civil rights pioneer. As a legislator and stroke survivor, Beatty was keenly involved in health care policy. She has served as national spokesperson for the American Heart Association, and she led the effort for a new Ohio law that requires insurance providers to cover routine costs for cancer patients enrolling in clinical trials. One of her most prized triumphs is winning first-ofits-kind state funding for breast and cervical cancer screenings for working

women without health insurance, work that Komen Columbus recognized by honoring Beatty with its 2008 “Public Service Award.” Her involvement in healthcare and research continues at Ohio State. Beatty was a featured speaker as COSI unveiled the new “Labs in Life” partnership, the first working laboratories inside a science museum in the country. Beatty and her offices are also involved in a five-year, more than $2 million National Institutes of Health grant to study cardiovascular disease in women, particularly minority women. Beatty is a widely sought-after public speaker, avowed community activist and business leader. She served as featured speaker at the televised Cleveland City Club, where she focused on education, economic development and health care. She is no stranger to Washington, D.C., and she was featured as a keynote speaker at the 50th Anniversary Convention of the AFL-CIO. She also established Joyce Beatty & Associates, Inc., a management training company, and she has worked with the Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) on HUD relocation projects. Other clients have included: City of Columbus Department of Development; Ohio’s Bureau of Workers Compensation; COTA; Duriron Manufacturing Company; The Ohio State University; Columbus United Way and Ohio Community Action Agencies. She is currently writing a book, “From the Floor to the Floor.” Beatty sits on several regional and national boards. In addition to COSI, she serves on the boards of the National Outreach Scholarship Council (NOSC), Campus Partners, the American Heart Association and the Central Ohio Diabetes Association. Joyce Beatty is married to Otto Beatty, Jr. a Columbus attorney, businessman and former state representative. She is the stepmother to attorney Otto III and Judge Laurel Beatty. When she finds some time to herself, Beatty enjoys boating, tennis, reading, cycling and swimming.

Elder Dane D. Clark Elder Dane D. Clark is the Senior Pastor of Bethel Temple Apostolic Church and Bethel Temple Ministries in Columbus, Ohio and has been preaching the gospel for over 30 years. As the visionary for this ministry, he has been effectively releasing a transforming word that has been changing the lives of people and advancing the kingdom of God. Operating in a prophetic anointing, Pastor Clark is a preacher, teacher and counselor who actively engages individuals, empowering them to become what God has ordained. Along with his wife, he conducts marriage enrichment workshops, establishes foundational ministries, trains others to fluently flow in the spirit, provides resource for spiritual empowerment and provides oneon-one counseling sessions. He is actively involved with the Marion Franklin Southside Civic Association and is creating ministry beyond the walls of the sanctuary, but in the lives of people.

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Pastor Clark is an accomplished columnist, national speaker and author that carry’s a kingdom message which transcends the sanctuary, penetrating the hearts of men for the Glory of God. He has released in both national and local publications such as Hope Today Magazine, the Columbus Call and Post, The Praise Reporter and Urban Trendsetters News Magazine. He has also been featured in both the 2008 and 2009 Who¹s Who in Black Columbus and can be heard every first and second Sunday on JOY106.3FM. In 2009, God continued to propel Pastor Clark and the ministry of Bethel Temple, allowing him to release of his first book, the ³Life Streams of the Church,² published through WordSong Publishing. This publication releases foundational principals that empower and sustain the body of Christ. Taking the gospel message to the nations, God opened the door in November of 2009, for him to travel to Nagland, India where he ministered at the Christian Leadership Summit. In conjunction with his heart for the community, God has blessed this ministry to acquire 5 acres of land and to purchase a new building; seeing the manifestation of the next phase of the ministry come to flourishion, ³The Bethel Temple Ministry Center.² Pastor Clark is the father of three children, Dana, Troy and JeLisa, and has been very happily married to Lady Lisa for 34 years.

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BlaCK hISTory -Salutes President Obama’s Historic Election Inspires Quilt Show

Journey of Hope in America Now On Display at National Afro-American Museum

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1971 - The Rev. Harold E. Pinkston was called to serve as Pastor. In 1975, Pinkston left Second Baptist to form Good Shepherd Baptist Church. 1976 - The Rev. Leon L. Troy, Sr. begins his twenty (20) year ministry at Second Baptist Church. The Church’s membership grew from 250 to over 1200. New ministries such as the Deaconess Board, Operation: Potato, Operation: Shoe Leather, Summer Camp, and Student Ministry (college students) were established. A new parking lot was built, new vans purchased, and the Sanctuary was air-conditioned. 1984 - The Second Baptist Church Housing Association, Inc. was authorized by the Church membership. 1986 - The SBC Housing Association dedicates the senior housing building as Chandler Arms. This Senior Citizen housing at 350 Gould is named after Mr. Everett Chandler. 1990 - On April 29, Rev. Troy and the SBC Congregation dedicates the new church annex which contains new Pastor and ministerial offices, secretary’s office, classrooms, children’s church and nursery, choir room, elevator, women’s lounge and car ramp. 1996 - Second Baptist ordains its first female minister, Rev. Yvette W. Hensley.

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On August 31, The Rev. Leon L. Troy, Sr. retires as Pastor. 1999 - In February 1999, Rev. David S. Carter is installed as Pastor of Second Baptist Church. 2000 - Second Baptist church sanctuary is renovated with a new design, a center isle. The church vision and purpose is presented to the church family. 2004 - Pastor David S. Carter leaves Second Baptist Church. Second Baptist Church Housing Association dedicates new wing of Senior Housing Complex. The new building is Chandler Arms II – Eldon Ward Wing. This building is located at 285 N. Gould Rd. Rev. Leon L. Troy, Pastor Emeritus returns to serve as Spiritual Overseer in the absence of a Pastor. 2006 - Present Rev. Howard T. Washington installed as Pastor of Second Baptist Church.

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(WILBERFORCE, OH) Marking the first anniversary of Barack Obama’s inauguration as the 44th president of the United States is a remarkable exhibition that commemorates his historic election. The Journey of Hope in America: Quilts Inspired by President Barack Obama features more than 100 art quilts exploring the impact of electing the first African American to the presidency. Now on display at the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center in Wilberforce, Ohio, through Dec. 18, 2010, this extraordinary quilt show was the inspiration of internationally known quilt artist, author and historian Dr. Carolyn L. Mazloomi of Cincinnati. She has brought together a diverse group of 95 fiber artists representing a variety races, cultures, generations

and religions to reflect on Obama’s election from their shared experience as American citizens. Mazloomi explained, “Artists featured in Journey of Hope in America were moved by the historic campaign and by Obama’s vision to mark the occasion with a commemorative quilt. Although quilters created works inspired by their own unique experiences, there are recurring themes in many of the works: hope for a brighter future; paying homage to the fight for equality; and participation in the voting process. Some quilts depict aspects of the Obama family’s life stories and others connect their lives to the expansive sweep of American and African history and the Civil Rights Movement. The quilts in Journey of Hope in America do not disappoint.” The collection of powerful quilts from a wide range of styles, including art quilts, folk art and traditional quilts. The featured quilts illustrate a broad range of techniques and materials, including piecing, painting, appliqué, embroidery, dyeing, photography, beading and digital transfer, as well as inspirations. Throughout The Journey of Hope in America, viewers will experience the narrative quilt as an avenue toward expanding understanding Obama’s election as a significant milestone in history. The companion catalogue encourages visitors to read more about the inspiration and meaning of the quilts and the role of quilting in American culture. Admission to the museum is $4 for adults, $1.50 for children ages 6-10 and college students with I.D, and free to Ohio Historical Society members and children ages 5 and under. For more information about the exhibition or other National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center exhibits, call 937.376.4944/800.752.2603 or go online at journeyofhope or The Ohio Historical Society is a nonprofit organization that serves as the state’s partner in preserving and interpreting Ohio’s history, archaeology, natural history and historic places. For more information about the Ohio Historical Society and its programs, call 614.297.2300/800.686.6124 or visit


Proceeds from Games to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Ohio COLUMBUS, OHIO – Tickets for the 2010 McDonald’s All American® High School Basketball Games and 2010 POWERADE® Jam Fest are on sale to the public today at 10 a.m. The events, which will be held at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio, will feature the top 24 boys and 24 girls high school basketball players in the country. Tickets for both the POWERADE Jam Fest (March 29, 2010, 6:30 p.m. ET) and the McDonald’s All American High School Basketball Games (March 31, 2010, 5:30 p.m. ET – Girls, 8:00 p.m. ET - Boys) can be purchased at, by calling 1-800-745-3000 or at the Value City Arena Box Office. Ticket prices range from $8 - $13 for the POWERADE Jam Fest and $7 - $55 for the McDonald’s All American High School Basketball Games. Proceeds from the events will directly benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio (RMHC). The RMHC provides a home away from home

for families with seriously ill children staying and receiving treatment at nearby hospitals. In addition to purchasing event tickets, consumers can also support RMHC by visiting their favorite central Ohio McDonald’s restaurant. From January to March 2010, a special run of collector’s cups featuring McDonald’s All American alumni Mike Conley, Greg Oden, Jessica Davenport, Alonzo Mourning and LeBron James will be available for purchase with a portion of proceeds donated to RMHC from local McDonald’s owner/operators. More than 900 high school athletes have been named to the McDonald’s All American High School Basketball Team in the last 33 years. From that alumni class, more than 90 percent have played college basketball for Division I programs and more than 150 currently compete in the NBA/WNBA, meaning Ohio will get an opportunity to see the stars of tomorrow up close and personal.

Health & Wellness The Women of EHE International Go RED to Raise Awareness of the #1 Killer of American Women: Heart Disease February 1, 2010-New York, NY- The women of EHE International, a leader in preventive healthcare for 97 years, are donning their red dresses once again in support of national Red Dress Day designed to raise public awareness of heart disease as the #1 cause of death among women. This year’s official photo features 35 women from EHE International adorned in glamorous red silk and satin formal dresses. Since 2004, EHE International has featured its women and its heart disease campaign in a window display located at 10 Rockefeller Plaza in the heart of New York City throughout the month of February.

February 5th is National Wear Red Day®. This day promotes the Red Dress symbol and provides an opportunity for everyone to unite in a life-saving awareness movement by showing off a favorite red dress, shirt, or tie. “One of the most important steps that women can take in order to properly care for their hearts is learning their risks for heart disease” added McKeever. “Wearing a red dress is not just about being fashionable; it is a powerful proclamation that women in America are taking responsibility for their heart health.” About EHE International Since 1913, EHE has been the recognized leader in employee and individual Preventive Healthcare Plans (PHP) specifically designed for the early identification of preventable disease and risk factors; clinical management of health findings; referral resources; and personal coaching intervention programs of adverse lifestyle behaviors associated with poor nutrition, physical inactivity, and smoking. It’s nationally available PHP is a comprehensive, integrated approach to preventive healthcare for the reduction and management if future medical claims expense. For more information, contact EHE International, 10 Rockefeller Plaza, 4th Floor, New York, New York 10020; 212.332.3702; www. About National Wear Red Day EHE International has helped celebrate this campaign with all of their employees, regardless of gender, wearing an item of red clothing on February 5th and donating the proceeds for every Red Dress pin sold.

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This year’s photo was taken at Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. EHE’s women rejoice in the battle against heart disease while praising the beautiful Egyptian architecture. “Heart disease is the leading cause of death among American women and is responsible for nearly 480,000 female deaths a year,” stated Deborah McKeever, president of EHE International. “Many of the risks associated with heart disease can be managed through education, lifestyle behaviors associated with nutrition and physical activity, avoidance of smoking, and regular physical exams,” McKeever continued.

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Uniquely U

A rising jewelry designer gives you a Unique Experience

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By: Currecia M. Coleman

Danielle Benson is owner of Nontle Jewelry and Accessories in Columbus, Ohio where people can purchase handcrafted one of a kind jewelry and accessories that you will not find anywhere else in the city. She began her career in 2007 because she realized that she couldn’t find any accessories

to match her outfits, so she purchased beads and began to make her own jewelry. After she perfected her craft, Danielle started to make the jewelry out of her home and sell it to family and friends. Ms. Benson has started an event every third Wednesday of the month entitled “Uniquely U” at Urban Spirit Café in the Lincoln King District where guest are able to purchase her jewelry along with other unique items such as handbags and scarves while enjoying soft music, food and networking. Nontle Jewelry is committed to meeting the needs of their diverse customers and strives to continue to sell items that are colorful, fun and have people asking “Where did you get that from?” With Nontle Jewelry’s different lines, you are sure to find just the right piece that suites your style. How did you get the name Nontle Jewelry? DB: I went on Google and did a name database search and looked through all the names because I wanted a name that meant something and I came across the name Nontle which means “Mother of Beauty” in African Xhosa.

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How long have you been making jewelry? DB: For about two years. It first started off as a hobby because when I would go to buy jewelry, I couldn’t find the right jewelry pieces to go with my outfits. After I realized I was getting good at making jewelry, I took a jewelry making class about a year ago just so I could fine tune my craft. What type of jewelry do you make? DB: Mostly beaded jewelry such as; earrings, necklaces, and bracelets. Lately I have had request to make belly chains and other types of jewelry. In the future I will include in my jewelry line more jewelry sets for men as well as cuff links. I would also like to include a variety of clip on earrings for women. Why would a customer want to purchase jewelry from Nontle Jewelry and accessories? What sets you apart from other jewelry lines and companies? DB: First off, I have jewelry that is different and one of a kind that you won’t find in a shopping mall or anywhere else. I use collections of beads that I have gotten from all over the world such as China, Africa and even some places here in the United States. Since my jewelry line is unique, it allows you to be creative with your style and stand out amongst the crowd and not see the person next to you with the same jewelry set. Where do you get your inspiration from to make your jewelry? DB: I typically get my inspiration from my surroundings. For example, if I see a beautiful sunset I try to capture that in my jewelry. Sometimes I get my inspiration from my dreams and when I wake up in the morning, I start writing down my thoughts on the pen and paper I placed next to my bed! I also look in different catalogs that I receive in the mail and get ideas from different jewelry styles that catch my attention and build my line upon what I see so that it will help me to remain different. Who would you love to see wear your jewelry line? DB: I would love to see fashion forward people wear it! Celebrities such as: Kimora Lee Simmons, Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama, Kim Kardashian, Tyra Banks and anyone else who are notable for their fashion style. I would also love to see my jewelry line incorporated into high fashion shows and in magazines. Where can you see Nontle Jewelry and Accessories in 5 years from now? DB: in the next year, I would love to see Nontle Jewelry and Accessories in its own independent store located in the up and coming Lincoln- King District. I would not only sell jewelry, scarves and handbags but I would want to collaborate with unique designers and sell their clothing and shoes as well so it would be more like a boutique. I definitely want to turn my business into a franchise and have it in other fashion forward, trendy and artsy cities such as Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. For more information about Nontle Jewelry and Accessories, please contact Danielle Benson at or visit her website at:

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Fashion & Beauty Therez Fleetwood

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The Urban Trendsetter Fashion Designer of Bridal Gown For years, Therez has been touted as the country’s leading designer of exotic wedding dresses as she weaves cultural connections into a distinctive collection of wedding gowns inspired by Egypt, India, Morocco, South Africa, and Asia. Her gowns are created in a variety of fabrics and adorned with silver or gold lace, embroidered trims, hieroglyphics, colorful beads, trinkets, and shells. Therez Fleetwood moves against the trends and expresses her fashion sensibilities while breaking the modern wedding mold. Her name. has become synonymous with the “exotic” wedding dress. Brides like her because her designs are unique, sexy and fun, allowing them to make a personal statement on their wedding day. Her design philosophy has redefined the perception of the “traditional” wedding gown as she creates a unique collection of dresses – most noted are her Egyptian influenced silhouettes. Therez studied fashion design at The Fashion Institute of Technology and worked as a production manager in New York City. It was in this position that she fell in love with garment construction and the meticulous procedures involved in the garment making process. She worked in production for several years, honing her skills, until the perfect opportunity came her way to branch out on her own and start her own company. Therez’s bridal gowns have been featured on the pages of several of the top fashion magazines and showcased on numerous television talk shows. Her wedding dresses have been on display in New York at the Museum of the City in the “New York Gets Married” and “Black Style Now” exhibits as well as the Fashion Institute of Technology in honor of the Black Fashion Museum. It was her desire to travel that brought her to several countries throughout the world and it was her love of Africa, that prompted her to write, The AfroCentric Bride - A Style Guide, which provides clear, concise and helpful information for couples who choose to infuse cultural elements into their wedding. She is also

the designer of the authentic kente cloth costumes worn by Mickey and Minnie Mouse made exclusively for the Walt Disney Theme Parks and Resort.

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Trendy travel “There’s No Place Like My Home” Yvette Nicole Brown, star of NBC’s “Community,” and Ohio Native, shares her Favorite Ohio Destinations along with specialty items (and Cleveland favorites) like pierogis,” she says. “I remember going to the West Side Market with my Grandma when I was a kid. Lots of fond memories there!” Make Your Own Memories: Ohio is full of fresh farmers markets and old-style markets like the North Market in Columbus, a 44,000 square-foot market that features everything from handcrafts to homemade waffles and the Findlay Market in Cincinnati which has been providing fresh foods to its historic neighborhood since 1852.

1. Karamu House “Karamu Theater is the oldest African-American theater in the United States,” says Brown “Many of Langston Hughes’ plays were developed and premiered at the theater.” Brown has a personal connection to the Cleveland theater, which inspired her as a child. “Karamu has a special place in my heart because I went to a lot of plays there when I was a little girl and my uncle, the late actor Charles Brown, performed there,” she says. “It’s a must see/visit when you’re in town.” Make Your Own Memories: Another great theatre and arts organizations to visit in Ohio is The Cincinnati Black Theatre Company (CBTC), which keeps the spirit of African-American theater alive through thought-provoking, musical and fun-filled performances for all ages. While keeping the spirit of the African-American theater alive, CBTC is also committed to enhancing literacy, promoting diversity and multiculturalism, pursuing collaborations and providing access to the arts.

5. Things I love about home that may be too sentimental for anyone but me… Yvette Nicole Brown’s number five destination is an amalgamation of her favorite places that true fans of Brown or true fans of Cleveland might visit. “I think I’ve hit all the cool ‘mainstream’ places in Cleveland, but there are certain places I go whenever I visit that are very special to me. No list I write about Cleveland would be complete without them, so I decided to save my # 5 just for them. Here we go…” “Sightseeing: I like to drive the length of Euclid Avenue from East Cleveland to downtown to be reminded of how the city has changed for the good. Lots of memories run the length of Euclid; lots of history, too.” “Holiday time: Nothing beats the lights at the Nela Park branch of General Electric on Noble Road. I used to live across the street from Nela Park and during the holidays my family NEVER put up Christmas lights, the light show across the street was always SO much better. “Memory Lane: Though sadly, it’s closed now, I love to drive by Randall Park Mall. Most of my best childhood memories (first job, first movie I went to) took place at Randall Park Mall. It’s near Thistledown racetrack and my high school, Warrensville Heights High. Everything about that stretch of Northfield Road just feels like home.”

2. The West Side Market “If the West Side Market doesn’t have it, it probably doesn’t exist,” says Yvette Nicole Brown. “It’s been around since 1840, and it is Cleveland’s oldest public market.” The market features hometown favorites and cuisine from around the world. “Various vendors sell baked goods and fresh produce

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3. East Fourth Street Entertainment District “This is maybe one of my favorite places on earth!” says Brown. “It’s located in downtown Cleveland and it has EVERYTHING… food, entertainment, you name it! And whatever it doesn’t have, it’s only a stone’s throw away from. Part of East 4th’s delights are Lola Restaurant, not to mention The Corner Alley (a bowling alley/bar/restaurant!) and the House of Blues. This one will not disappoint! Love it, Love it, LOVE IT!!!!” Make Your Own Memories: When you visit Ohio, great entertainment isn’t far behind! Visit Cincinnati’s Avenue Entertainment District, located on Cincinnati Avenue between Mesa and Stanton streets for hip bars, hot restaurants and sizzling nightlife. In Columbus, the Short North is famous for its nightlife and atmosphere. 4. The Cleveland Museum of Art “What can I say about the Cleveland Museum of Art that isn’t already known? I absolutely LOVE it! That’s news!” says Brown. “It boasts an extensive collection of Pre-Columbian art, medieval European Art, and Asian and Indian art. They also have an armor court, which is a light-filled enclosed courtyard, filled with a dozen suits of medieval armor. They also have a large French Impressionist collection. And get this, a large cast of Auguste Rodin’s ‘The Thinker’ sits in front of the Cleveland Museum of Art. What is cooler than that?” Make Your Own Memories: Ohio is full of award-winning museums of art, culture and history! Visit the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center in Wilberforce, which educates the public about African American history and culture from African origins to the present through a variety of programs, including museum exhibits, research and publications, visiting scholars, oral and visual history and adult and children’s educational activities.

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Yvette Nicole Brown is a bona fide Hollywood star, with her most recent role on NBC’s new hit comedy, Community. Brown has also appeared on the big screen in Tropic Thunder, 500 Days of Summer and Dreamgirls, and on the small screen in Disney’s Drake & Josh. Her credits include a number of other television programs including Seventh Heaven and Two and a Half Men. When Brown takes a break from the big and small screen, her destination might surprise you! But, it’s no surprise to Brown, who has many fond memories of growing up in the Buckeye State, with all it’s wonderful eateries, attractions and the many destinations that make Ohio a great place to visit. Brown grew up in East Cleveland, Ohio and attended the University of Akron. Now, she’s sharing her childhood favorites with her fans, in the hope that they will find as much richness, enjoyment and beauty in the places that remind her of home as she has over the years. Read on to hear what Yvette Nicole Brown says about her top five spots to visit when she comes home, and find some additional suggestions for attractions that will help your family make your own Ohio memories. “Here, in no particular order, are my top five places to visit and see in my beloved hometown of Cleveland,” says Brown.

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-Whether they’re on the road for business or pleasure, novice trip takers could benefit from the advice of seasoned travelers such as Ryan Bingham, a character played by actor George Clooney in Paramount Pictures’ recently released film “Up in the Air”. The film, directed by Jason Reitman, is a compelling story set within a world of frequent travelers. “When I traveled constantly for work, I found that there was something intriguing about a life on the road--you find a subculture of people who spend countless hours on planes and in hotel rooms and turn travel into a sport, often solely for the thrill of it. The main character in ‘Up in the Air’ is one of those passionate travelers, and travel is a powerful setting for the story,” Reitman said. Not everyone can have the travel perks that come with Bingham’s millions of frequent-flyer miles; however, travelers looking to get the inside scoop on how to travel well can go to Web sites such as to listen to what the community of real-life expert travelers is saying. “Many people who are looking to plan a trip often don’t realize that with a little online research and a few phone calls, they can find ways to make their trips more convenient and affordable,” said blogger “Canarsie.” “Traveler blogs are a great place to find and share hints on how to get the most out of frequent-flyer miles or find a hotel.” Here are a few tips from well-traveled bloggers that may help: • Find Out What’s Free--Ask the hotel concierge or look at the local papers to find out about free concerts, free days at museums, street fairs and the like. • Prepare For Your Arrival--Use the Web to prearrange for comfort foods, bathrobes, birthday balloons or even an extra refrigerator to be waiting in your hotel room such as Hilton Hotels’ Requests Upon Arrival service. You can create your own personalized experience before leaving home. • Call the Hotel Before You Travel--Speaking directly to someone who is an employee at the hotel property at which you are staying may yield unpublished or unadvertised information, such as special discounted room rates, amenities or promotions. It does not hurt to ask, and you have nothing to lose. • Airport Parking--Use an off-site airport parking lot instead of the parking lot on the airport grounds if you plan to drive your car to the airport. Off-site parking lots are often less expensive and have free transportation for the short trip between the parking lot and the airport. To reduce the cost of parking further, many off-site parking lots have coupons on their Web sites. Some even offer free amenities such as drinks, newspapers or bonus miles or points. • Drive Smart--Check with your insurance agent to see if your current plan covers auto rentals. If it does, save yourself the cost of the insurance at the rental counter. Also, check with the financial institution that issued your credit card to find out if rental car insurance coverage is part of the cardmember benefits. • Remain Loyal--Follow the path of Ryan Bingham in “Up in the Air” by using loyalty programs. Hilton HHonors, one of Bingham’s preferred travel programs, helps him bypass hotel check-in lines and enjoy special amenities, such as upgraded rooms, complimentary breakfast, executive lounge access, or bonus points. • Get Out Of Line--If you’re traveling internationally, the U.S. Customs Global Entry program could allow you to bypass lengthy passport-processing lines. Participants who are preapproved by Customs and deemed “safe travelers” can instead quickly be processed through kiosks that scan fingerprints and passports and ask customs declaration questions. • Don’t Part With Your Pet--Some hotels let guests bring certain pets along so you save the cost of a kennel--and you and your furry friend may have more fun, too. • Leave The Laptop--If you’ll have access to a computer at your destination, use your MP3 player, iPod or flash drive to transport files from your computer. That way you can save the trouble of carrying a laptop on trips and unpacking it at security checkpoints. Also, many hotels have business centers that are equipped with computers, printers, telephones and office supplies. • Book Early and Save--Check with your hotel to see if it offers deals when you book in advance. Some chains, such as Hilton Hotels, offer advancepurchase rates that let travelers save up to 20 percent off of the best available

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rate when they book ahead of time. Taking advantage of these offers can be a smart way to cut costs if you have a set travel schedule or plan to host standing annual, quarterly and/or monthly conferences.

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To stay focused on safety, drivers may want to ask themselves the following questions: • Are you keeping your eyes on the prize? With cars more than ever resembling mobile offices and entertainment centers, it can be easy to forget

you’re behind the wheel. Most accidents occur in seconds and distractions delay your reaction time. • Are you awake enough to drive? Driver fatigue leads to inattentiveness, and according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 100,000 crashes are caused each year by drivers literally being asleep at the wheel. Recognize the signs of drowsy driving, which include difficulty focusing, frequent blinking, irritability and frequent yawning--and then, take action. • Are you more interested in your cell phone conversation than the road ahead? Even in states where it’s permissible, talking on a cell phone increases the likelihood of getting involved in a motor vehicle accident. If you need to call, pull off the road. • Do you have a designated deejay? Simple things like changing the radio dial or finding that “perfect song” on your MP3 player may seem harmless, but they can be a big distraction. • Are you being lazy about changing lanes? It’s critical to look briefly over both shoulders before changing lanes. Even if you have onboard technology installed in the car, such as blind-spot and rearview indicators, the basics you learned in driver’s education will always apply: signal your intention, check your mirrors and then glance back both ways to be certain that no one--or nothing--is in your blind spot. • Are you day driving or daydreaming? Even without external distractions, it’s easy to get caught up thinking about personal problems or work assignments. If you feel yourself losing focus, give yourself a wake-up call and set aside your problems. They can wait until the ride is over.

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-Texting while driving has received a great deal of attention lately, and with good reason: Keeping your eyes on a tiny keyboard rather than the roadway ahead is a disaster waiting to happen. However, texting is just the latest in a long list of distractions that could have deadly consequences on America’s roadways. “Safe driving is about focus,” said Bill Moore, president of MetLife Auto & Home®. “Many accidents could be avoided if the basic principles of defensive driving and driver attentiveness were observed.”

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Special Presentation “Bridging the gap: Columbus Police & Community.” The presentation will be a skit with police officers and our area youth to show teens /everyone why police act the way they do when they pull up on you, and how you should react when they come. Information that will keep you from being arrested. Statistics show that 70% of African -Americans ages 17-25 get arrested and many of those would not have been if they reacted differently. 

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Tech Trends High-Tech Repair Jobs Are Part Of The Work-From-Home Trend

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African Americans Find Tech Career Success With Support From The CompTIA Educational Foundation -- Students Ready for College but Need More Industry Support to Grow Programs -Oakbrook Terrace, IL -- To help more African Americans enter the information technology (IT) workforce, the CompTIA Educational Foundation provided 239 African Americans with IT training and certification last year, and another 19 received merit award scholarships to help them further their educational goals. African Americans are finding new tech career success, although they are still somewhat under-represented in the IT workforce. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2008 calculated that approximately 574,000 African Americans worked in IT and related fields. African Americans make up roughly 12.5 percent of the entire U.S. population, compared to only 8.6 percent of the IT workforce. To help diverse the IT workforce, the Foundation’s Creating Futures program provides training and certification opportunities to U.S. veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, minorities, at-risk youth and dislocated workers. The program works with employers to identify their hiring needs, then tailors its training to help individuals obtain the skills employers require. The Foundation’s IT Merit Awards Scholarships recognize outstanding accomplishments by students and adult learners in both the CompTIA Education to Careers (E2C) and CompTIA Learning Alliance (CLA) programs who have trained for and received CompTIA certification. Two recent African American merit award winners came from the Barbara Jordan High School (BJHS) in Houston, Texas, a magnet school that makes it possible for students to earn a high school diploma while acquiring career and technical skills in their chosen career. Recognized by receiving the National High Schools that Work Gold award, it was one of only ten recipients to receive the award in 2009. BJHS Seniors Dennis Christian and Lyndon Bolden passed their CompTIA

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A+ certification tests last fall and already have been accepted into Texas’ top universities. Dennis will attend Texas A&M University in the fall and plans on majoring in telecommunications. Interested in computers since he was young, he will travel and volunteer with the YMCA this summer before starting college. Lyndon will attend the University of Texas to major in management information systems. He will move into college in early July with hopes of gaining a student job within the computer maintenance department on campus. Lyndon starting off his high school career focusing on football and athletics, but a knee injury refocused him on an IT career in his junior year. BJHS combines hands-on study with online curriculum. The school works with HP and the Houston Community College System (HCCS), but needs more local business support. Kevin McDonald, an instructor in the program, comments, “Our students need to see where the job opportunities are and what those jobs are like, so that the students can see themselves in those roles. We need more local companies to allow field trips to their offices and job shadowing.” “Our industry can only grow stronger with more diversification and more qualified technicians,” said John Venator, president and CEO of the CompTIA Educational Foundation. “IT jobs are available, but we lack enough qualified workers to fill them. With programs like Creating Futures and the IT Merit Awards, we help more individuals launch a career in IT. However we need more companies and training organizations to step up. Dennis and Lyndon exemplify the type of bright students our industry wants. Let’s work together to help even more people join our industry.” Individuals and companies can make a donation and learn about partnering opportunities, and prospective participants can apply for IT training, by visiting the CompTIA Educational Foundation website,

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When it comes to finding a rewarding job, a growing number of people think there’s no place like home. According to trend watcher Mark Penn, over 4 million Americans now work entirely from home and 20 million work from home part-time. Some say that tech jobs--such as programming or computer and smartphone repair-are particularly well suited to be part of this trend. For example, a leading provider of online technology services called recently announced that it is embarking on a campaign to hire more than 100 work-

from-home online technology-solution engineers within the next 100 days. Prospective hires must be bright, self-motivated individuals who are already highly competent at fixing computers as well as syncing printers, smartphones and other consumer tech appliances. They’re also likely to be the person who friends and relatives call when their computer goes on the blink. Upon an initial screening, applicants will undergo additional competency testing and, if selected, will be compensated to receive rigorous online training to ensure that they meet the “best in class” standards of technical aptitude and customer service developed by for its team of personal technology experts. “Our services are in greater demand than ever as consumers are looking to us to ensure their computers, printers and other critical devices such as digital cameras are operating efficiently,” said Josh Pickus, president and chief executive officer of “To meet this demand, we’re seeking to hire individuals with the right tech experience and talent in areas where jobs have been scarce and we can make a positive impact on their recovery.” Tech-savvy individuals who think they have the right stuff can click or visit to review the qualifications for employment and submit a confidential application., Inc. provides what it describes as “instant technology relief” to consumers and microbusinesses. Its expert “solutions engineers” can provide quick, cost-effective and satisfying technology support experience over the Internet and the phone using an advanced technology platform.

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Trendy Palette Romantic Dinner Update: Lamb Is For Lovers —A meal can be more than mouthwatering when you prepare it with the right ingredients. Plan your menu around lamb and the delicious results will provide a romantic dinner for two. Whether you opt for the show-stopping rack or tender-loving loin chops, the following recipes for American Lamb Loin Chops and Red Chile Grits will make this a meal to remember: American Lamb Loin Chops with Creamy Red Chile Grits Courtesy of Chef Tim Love Serves 2 2-5oz. American Lamb Loin Chops 2oz. olive oil 1clove of garlic, minced Kosher salt to taste Cracked black pepper to taste Heat cast-iron or heavy- bottomed saucepan over medium-high heat until hot and barely smoking. Brush lamb chops with olive oil and minced garlic. Season liberally with salt and pepper. Place on pan for 3 minutes a side or until medium-rare. Remove lamb chops from pan and let sit uncovered for 5 minutes. Serve with creamy red chile grits. Red Chile Grits 2tablespoons olive oil 3fire-roasted red bell peppers, skins peeled and seeded, medium dice 4cloves roasted garlic 1small red onion, medium dice 1tablespoon butter 4cups chicken stock ¼cup heavy cream


cup grits 2cups shredded manchego cheese ¼cup chopped chives Salt and pepper to taste In a hot sauce pot, add olive oil, roasted peppers, garlic and onion. Stir until well incorporated, then add butter. Melt the butter down, then add chicken stock and cream and bring to a boil. After liquid comes to a boil, turn down the heat to medium-low and stir in grits and cheese. Keep stirring thoroughly until the grits are cooked all the way. Add chives, salt and pepper. These delicious lamb chops with creamy red chile grits are a delicious way to woo your loved one. Celebrate Food, Family, Friends and Fun As We Benefit

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Columbus, Ohio-- As part of our Black History Month Celebration, the King Arts Complex is proud to present Dr. Charles “Chuck” Davis and his African American Dance Ensemble “DanceAfrica” performing their magic with dancers and rhythms deeply rooted in the tradition of Africa on Saturday, February 20, 2010 in the Pythian Theatre. Dr. Charles “Chuck” Davis is the founder and Artistic Director of the African American Dance Ensemble and the New York based DanceAfrica. The history of DanceAfrica began with the political movements in the 1960’s. The growth of dance in the 1970’s led to the development of a number of African American dance companies. DanceAfrica debuted in the spring of 1978 with a day long African bazaar. Keeping with tradition, the King Arts Complex will offer an African bazaar, and showcase troupes based both in Africa and the African Diaspora with style from indigenous African to urban American hip hop. DanceAfrica has shown that “traditional” African dance is not fixed in time and

remains tremendously inclusive and diverse, and that even the most cuttingedge choreography can contain African influences. DanceAfrica embodies tradition, but also a spirit of change and growth reaching back into the past and forward into the future, embracing the links between cultures across the African Diaspora, always bearing the message, “Pease, love, and respect for everybody”. VIP Reception will be held at 6:00 p.m. in the Ballroom followed by a full performance at 7:00 p.m. in the Pythian Theater. Tickets for members will be $25/$30 VIP and tickets for members will be $20/$25 VIP. For more information, call The King Arts Complex at 614-645-KING (5464) or visit

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Releases Debut Jazz Project In the late1970s and throughout the 80s Dayton, Ohio was known as a major hub for the R&B and Funk music scenes; but during the nineties hip hop took over and the east and west coasts became the focal points for urban music. However, this decade is witnessing a musical resurgence in the Dayton community, only this time it’s in the genre of jazz. One artist who hopes to be at the center of this movement is Robert Sanae, son of Robert Kuumba Jones, of the famed Ohio Players. Sanae began his musical career as a member of the R&B group Zapp featuring Roger Troutman. It was during these years that he honed his skills as a trumpeter, keyboardist, vocalist and gained production experience. In fact, he successfully contributed to five albums with the Troutman organization. His project entitled “Crater Creek Project” is an original compilation of contemporary jazz. According to Ron Gable, publisher of Jazz Advocate, “Robert is a credible player on all instruments; his main forte is the composition and the blending of sounds. What comes out is the real McCoy; a truly new version of an old art form.” Jazz enthusiasts can listen to Sanae’s project by visiting his MySpace page: . .

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(“Love You I Do”). The most popular song from the film, “Listen,” has been incorporated into the new stage version of DREAMGIRLS as a stirring Act II duet for Deena and Effie. This all-new production of DREAMGIRLS premiered at Harlem’s legendary Apollo Theater in New York City on November 22, 2009, before embarking on an international tour. <>


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Full of onstage joy and backstage drama, this all-new production of the Broadway musical DREAMGIRLS tells the story of an up-and-coming, 1960s singing girl group, and the triumphs and tribulations that come with fame and fortune. Hopeful talents Deena Jones, Lorrell Robinson, and Effie White are performing as The Dreamettes when ambitious agent Curtis Taylor, Jr. discovers them. He lands them a job as backup singers for the soul and rock ‘n’ roll sensation James “Thunder” Early and begins to guide their quickly rising career. However, when the beautiful Deena emerges as the star of the group rather than the fullvoiced Effie, the girls are brought to a personal and professional crossroads. DREAMGIRLS will introduce Moya Angela as Effie White, and feature as The Dreams, Syesha Mercado (Deena Jones), Adrienne Warren (Lorrell Robinson), and Margaret Hoffman (Michelle Morris) with Chaz Lamar Shepherd as Curtis Taylor, Jr., Chester Gregory as James “Thunder” Early, Trevon Davis as C.C. White, and Milton Craig Nealy as Marty Madison. The cast of 26 also features Tallia Brinson, Felicia Boswell, Ronald Duncan, Patrice Covington, Talitha Farrow, Brittney Griffin, James Harkness, Robert Hartwell, Eric Jackson, Chauncey Jenkins, Jared Joseph, Nikki Kimbrough, Brittany Lewis, Douglas Lyons, Kimberly Marable, Jarran Muse, Amaker Smith, and Marc Spaulding. DREAMGIRLS is directed and choreographed by Robert Longbottom with co-choreography by Shane Sparks, scenic design by Robin Wagner, costume design by William Ivey Long, lighting design by Ken Billington, sound deign by Acme Sound Partners, and media design by Howard Werner for Lightswitch. DREAMGIRLS features music by Henry Krieger and lyrics and book by Tom Eyen with additional material by Willie Reale. DREAMGIRLS is produced by John Breglio for Vienna Waits Productions. The original Broadway production of DREAMGIRLS opened December 20, 1981,at the Imperial Theatre and won six Tony Awards and three Drama Desk Awards in 1982. It closed on Broadway August 11, 1985, after 1,521 performances. The original Broadway production was directed by Michael Bennett and choreographed by Bennett and Michael Peters. DREAMGIRLS was adapted into a motion picture by DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures, and opened in December 2006. The film won two Academy Awards, five Golden Globes, and two Screen Actor’s Guild Awards in 2007 in addition to a Grammy Award for Best Song written for a Motion Picture


Ohio Events Celebrate Black History Month Special events around the state showcase contributions,

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photographer Gordon Parks. Bare Witness brings together 73 works grouped specifically by Mr. Parks himself. “’Bare Witness’ refers to Mr. Parks’ photographic investigation of social, political and racial issues throughout the world. He had the ability to become personally involved while never forgetting his position as a journalist. He bore witness for us all,” says Tom Loeffler, Toledo Museum of Art assistant curator of works on paper.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Jan. 20, 2010) – African Americans have helped shape Ohio’s history and culture through significant contributions to the arts, music, politics, humanitarian efforts and more. During Black History Month, Ohio travelers are invited to celebrate the ragtime sounds of Scott Joplin and the significant contributions he made in music history; the strength of Angela Davis and her writings that stood up to an unfair world; the iconic photography of Gordon Parks and his relentless motivation to capture raw social and political issues all over the world; and the philanthropic contributions of Eliza Bryant, whose humanitarian work touched thousands. This February, visitors are encouraged to enjoy riding the ripples African Americans made throughout Ohio’s history and culture, and reflect upon the arduous path traveled to make those resounding waves. For additional opportunities to learn more about the robust African-American history and culture in Ohio with your family and friends, visit 40th Annual United Black World Month 2010, The Ohio State University, Columbus, month-long Join The Ohio State University as it celebrates Black World Month. This month-long celebration will consist of panels, lectures, socials and many other programs. On Feb. 11, The Multicultural Center presents An Evening with Ms. Angela Davis, the featured speaker for the 40th Annual United Black World Month Celebration. Davis, a feminist and writer, is the author of eight books and has lectured throughout the world. Her work as an educator – both at the university level and in the larger public sphere – has always emphasized the importance of building communities and of struggle for economic, racial and gender equality. Black History Month at the Ohio Statehouse, Columbus, month-long The Ohio Statehouse will celebrate Black History Month during February with a special exhibition and tour of the George Washington Williams Room, which memorializes Ohio’s first African-American legislator. The month-long celebration also includes lunch-time concerts and Soul Food Wednesdays at the Capitol Cafe each Wednesday in February from noon1p.m. Bare Witness, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, month-long Bring your family during Black History Month, to view a powerful exhibition of iconic and powerfully moving images by the late African-American

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The Fisk University Jubilee Singers, Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts, New Albany, Feb. 6 Come enjoy the talented voices of the young men and women of The Fisk University Jubilee Singers. Bring your family to enjoy and listen to this talented group as they continue the tradition of singing Negro spirituals, allowing them to share a unique style of music. Black History Month: All that Jazz... and Poetry...and Art, Historic Fort Steuben, Steubenville, Feb. 8 - 26 Take the family to experience All that Jazz... and Poetry...and Art, at Historic Fort Steuben. This exhibit highlights artists, musicians and writers from the AfricanAmerican community, as well as recognizing their success throughout history. Black History Month Luncheon, Flora Stone Mather Center for Women (Case Western Reserve University), Cleveland, Feb. 12 Case Western Reserve University presents its annual Black History Month luncheon with Women in History, a non-profit organization established to educate through the dramatic re-creation of lives of notable women in U.S. history with a monologue in authentic period costume. The luncheon features an actress portraying Cleveland native Eliza Bryant, a humanitarian who founded the Cleveland Home for Aged Colored People. RSVP is required for this event. US Air Force Band of Flight Concert, National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, Dayton, Feb. 13 Come out with your family for an evening as the Band of Flight commemorates Black History Month, Valentine’s Day and Presidents Day during the annual Hearts, Heroes and Heritage Concert. The National Museum of the United States Air Force partners with the USAF Band of Flight to honor the AfricanAmerican culture for Black History Month. Annual Black History Month Program, Pro Football Hall of Fame, Canton, Feb. 18 The Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Annual Black History Month Program is a great event for not only football fans but the entire family. This year’s event will feature Ron Mix, AFL star and Hall of Famer, as well as, James Harris, a pioneer at the quarterback position with the Buffalo Bills and now senior personnel executive with the Detroit Lions. Mix and Harris will share stories about their past and experiences on and off the field. An Evening with the Toledo Symphony in celebration of Black History Month, St. Martin de Porres Church, Toledo, Feb. 28 Come out and celebrate Black History Month and St. Martin de Porres’ 20th Anniversary, “Looking Back to the Future.” Music for the evening includes the Toledo Symphony with guest conductor, Chelsea Tipton, the Mosaic Singers, playing music composed by African-Americans Adolphus Hailstork and the late Scott Joplin. For more infromation log onto

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(Continued from page 11) support services for Longwood College from 1988-2000. He also serves as a lecturer for the Knowlton College of Architecture and the Moritz College of Law. Lissner received a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University in 1978, a master’s degree from the City University of New York in 1982, and a doctorate from the University of Virginia in 1988.

an examination of existing federal and Ohio laws that currently affect the production and consumption of Ohio steel, problems that the Ohio steel industry currently faces, including foreign competition and the economic climate for the Ohio steel industry, and other matters relevant to the future of the steel industry in this state. The Council also submits an annual report to legislative leaders and advises local and state government officials.

Ashley Lemons, of Bryan, has served as the director of the housing resource center for the Defiance Satellite Office of the Ability Center of Greater Toledo since 2008. She previously served as the regional accessibility specialist and disability rights advocate for the Ability Center of Greater Toledo from 2002 to 2008. Lemons received an associate’s degree from the Community College of the Air Force in 1998 and a bachelor’s degree from the University of the State of New York in 1999.

Terry Fedor, of Chagrin Falls, has served as a general manager of Mittal Steel since 2005. He previously served as a senior division manager for Mittal Steel from 2004-2005. He serves as a member of the board of directors for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland. Fedor received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from John Carroll University in 1988 and 1993, respectively.

Marshall Kimmel, of Bidwell, has served as the director of the department of accessibility at the University of Rio Grande since 1995. He has also served as the secretary for the Jackson Rotary since 1992. Kimmel served in various roles for the Ohio Rehabilitation Commission from 1968 to 1992. He received a bachelor’s degree from Rio Grande College in 1967. Linda Oda, of Springboro, has served as the director of communications for the Ohio Association of County Boards of Development Disabilities since 2008. She has also served as a fiscal officer for Clearcreek Township since 2008. Oda previously served as the director of public information for the Springboro Community Schools from 2002-2007. She received a bachelor’s degree from Miami University in 1987. The Ohio Housing Finance Agency provides access to financial resources for the development and management of quality, affordable housing. The agency’s programs serve first-time homebuyers, renters, senior citizens and other populations with special needs who otherwise might not be able to afford quality housing. William Martin, of Concord, has served as the president and owner of Barrington Homes since 1975. Martin also serves as the chair of the Western Reserve Community Development Corporation. He has also served as a trustee for the Ohio Home Builders Association since 1996. The Ohio Steel Industry Advisory Council is responsible for conducting

The Unemployment Compensation Advisory Council may request that the director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services or any employees subject to this chapter appear before it to testify relative to the functioning of relevant matters. The commission may conduct research of its own, make and publish reports, and recommend to the Administrator, the Unemployment Compensation Board of Review, the Governor, or the General Assembly needed changes in Chapter 4141 of the Ohio Revised Code. Donald Blatt, of Centerburg, has worked for the United Steelworkers since 2001. He was previously employed by Ormet Aluminum from 1979-2001. Blatt also currently serves as the rapid response coordinator for the United Steelworkers. He attended the Harvard University Trade Union Program in 2009 and attended the United Steelworkers Leadership Scholarship Program. The State Independent Living Council works with the Rehabilitation Services Commission to increase the ability for disabled Ohioans to live independently. The council helps these individuals through improved transportation, housing, peer counseling, employment and education opportunities and the promotion of self-advocacy for people with disabilities. Edward Hoff, of Delaware, currently serves as the president of the board for Delaware Creative Housing. He previously served as the director of operations for Delaware Creative Housing from 2003 before retiring in 2006. Hoff also currently volunteers at Riverside Methodist Hospital in the Acute Rehabilitation Unit.

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