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Five Reasons Why California’s Healthcare Reform is a Sham

Be Proud. The San Fernando Valley’s Black Newspaper

February 2008 Black Collge Expo 2007 Prominent Pastor Serving the San Fernando Valley and Beyond

Honored for His Humanitarian Accomplishments

Tammy Johnson New America Media, News Analysis


OAKLAND, Calif. -- After a year of false starts and rejections, Governor Schwarzenegger and state legislative leaders have produced a bill that they claim will provide healthcare for all Californians, ABX1-1. This bill has been heralded as groundbreaking, comprehensive healthcare reform. Now that the bill awaits approval by the State Senate and funding from California voters via a ballot initiative, advocates of the bill are putting on a full court press. State leaders, long-time health advocates and pundits tell us that it’s now or never, when it comes to making healthcare reform happen. With a $14 billion state budget deficit shadowing the effort, communities of color are being told to get on board and ignore concerns about how the policy will actually affect them. But with people of color making up 75 percent of the state’s uninsured, the question that should be posed is: Is this a saviour or a sham? For at least five good reasons, I fear that it is the latter. 1. The universal coverage in ABX1-1 may not include you. The bill’s authors claim that ABX1-1 covers 3.7 million uninsured Californians. What we know for sure is that if you are not a full time worker you are not covered. If you are an undocumented immigrant you are not covered. And if you are too poor to afford the (unregulated) premiums and don’t qualify for “hardship” consideration, then you have the “right to be uninsured.” Guess who that will be? 2. ABX1-1 gambles with the healthcare of our children. While theoretically it expands coverage to all children, even undocumented, in reality this provision is merely an enticement that is unlikely to materialize. The political jockeying by the feds over the funding for the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) makes the timing and amount of funding dicey at best. This is no small thing since public health programs insure 2.6 million children of color in California. It is estimated that over the next five years, California { See HEALTH CARE Pg 7)

February 7th is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Get Tested Today!!!!!!!!

In December L.A.’s Black youth took over the L.A. Convention Center. A number of high school students as well as their parents came out to the Black College Expo on Dec 15, 2007. During the annual conference students had an opportunity to get information about Historical Black Colleges and Universities as well as local California colleges and universities. (Photo: Madinah U. White)

No Medicine For The Pain


Schwarzenegger’s CSU cut. Education


“A single tree can not make a forest” -Nigerian Proverb about cooperation

Missing Teen

Blacks, Hispanics and Other Groups Less Likely to Get Strong Pain Medications in Hospital Emergency Departments


lacks and Hispanics who go to hospital emergency departments in pain are significantly less likely than whites to get pain-relieving Inside Say It Loud! opioid drugs, according to a new study funded by the Float like a butterfly U.S. Department of Health sting like a bee greetings and Human Services. The study, which anafrom Muhammad Ali. lyzed treatments for more Sports than 150,000 pain-related visits to U.S. hospitals Ethnic media meeting. between 1993 and 2005, News found 23 percent of blacks and 24 percent of Hispan-

Dr. Kings dream.

n commemoration of this year’s King Holiday, the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) paid tribute to Bishop Thomas Dexter (T.D.) Jakes by presenting him with the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award during its 24th annual Ambassadorial Reception and Awards Dinner in New York City. The black-tie event was held on Monday, January 21, at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers. “I am deeply honored to receive this award,” said Bishop Jakes. “Dr. King fought for freedom and justice in an effort to create harmony among all people and I am deeply humbled that the Congress of Racial Equality bestowed me with this prestigious honor.” Bishop Jakes heads the globally recognized multicultural, nondenominational church The Potter’s House of Dallas, which has more than 30,000 members and more than 50 outreach ministries. Twice featured on the cover of Time magazine as “America’s Best Preacher” and one of the nation’s “25 most influential evangelicals,” Jakes is a ministerial trailblazer. In addition to his spiritual work, Jakes is a successful entrepreneur with more than a half-dozen diverse businesses. Noted for his humanitarian endeavors in the United States and overseas, Bishop Jakes has long been committed to bettering the lives of people around the world. His work ranges from building water wells in Africa to providing relief to tsunami and Hurricane Katrina victims, as well as offering programs to help individuals improve their socioeconomic status. “The Martin Luther King award is for individuals who through their words and actions have served to continue to promote and put forth the work of Dr. King to achieve brotherhood, peace, equality, and justice for all,” said CORE Executive Director George Holmes. “Bishop Jakes is certainly an individual who has done that.” Past recipients of the award include: actor James Earl Jones, boxing legend Muhammad Ali, astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Elie Weisel.

ics received opioids compared with 31 percent of whites. Twenty-eight percent of Asians and other groups received opioids. “This study provides a particularly compelling reminder that treatment disparities persist among racial and ethnic groups,” said Carolyn M. Clancy, M.D., director of the HHS Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. “We have a lot of work to do before high-quality health care is available to everyone.” The study, Trends in Opi-

oid Prescribing by Race/ Ethnicity for Patients Seeking Care in US Emergency Departments, was published in the January 2 issue of JAMA. The research was funded by AHRQ and the National Institute on Drug Abuse, part of the National Institutes of Health. “Minority health disparities are an urgent problem in this country,” noted Nora Volkow, M.D., director of the NIDA, “and should be addressed through efforts to educate physicians, reduce stigma and promote

cultural competence across all health care settings.” Opioids are narcotic pain medications used to treat patients with moderate to severe pain. The new study analyzed the use of several commonly prescribed opioids, including hydrocodone, meperidine, morphine, codeine and oxycodone. Among patients in pain in emergency departments, the use of opioids increased from 23 percent in 1993 to {See NO MEDICINE Pg 7}

ESSENCE of a Revolution

Susan L.Taylor Starts a New Movement Through Mentorship Essence Magazine and Susan L. Taylor have started a new revolution with the launch of A National Mentoring Movement called ESSENCE CARES, which will recruit 1 million mentors. This new movement is united with organizations such as 100 Black Men of America; the National Urban League; The Links, incorporated; as well as the YWCA. In January Dr. An-

thony Asadullah Samad and the 100 Black Men of Los Angeles hosted a reception for Susan L. Taylor at the Museum of African American Art. This museum is the only one of its kind west of the Mississippi. “The Museum of African American Art showcases art of and about people of African decent and our contribution to the world culture,” said Berlinda Fontenot-Jamerson, President of

The Museum of African American Art (Los Angeles). It was just days after Martin Luther King Jr’s Birthday and just days before the official holiday. On Friday, January 18th a museum full of powerful black individuals gathered to welcome Susan L. Taylor and to join in her mentoring movement. During the event speakers talked about Su{See ESSENCE Pg 2}

CHIOMA EZRONESHA GRAY Case Type: Non Family Abduction DOB: Apr 27, 1992 Sex: Female Missing Date: Dec 13, 2007 Race: Black Age Now: 15 Height: 5’4” (163 cm) Weight: 115 lbs (52 kg) Hair Color: Black Eye Color: Brown Missing City: VENTURA Missing State: CA Missing Country: United States Case Number: NCMC1086049 Circumstances: Chioma may be in the company of Andrew Tafoya. A felony warrant is on file for Andrew. They may travel to Mexico in a white 2008 Acura TSX with the California license plate 6AXX928. Andrew has multiple tattoos.


Say It Loud! Feb 1, 2008 Vote Hope and Stevie Wonder Plan to Sign, Seal and Deliver Voters to Obama on Super Tuesday With Latest PSAs


ote Hope intends to sign, seal and deliver voters to Obama with their latest public service announcement featuring Stevie Wonder. The video PSA, fourth in a series produced by the grassroots organization, encourages youth and underrepresented communities in California to vote during the February 5th primary. To view videos, go to: http://www. Wonder, who has been a visible Obama sup-

porter, and whose song, “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” has been played during Obama rallies, hopes that his efforts will help increase both voter turnout and support for Obama. “It’s time to bring this country back to a good future,” says Wonder. “You’ve got a voice, you’ve got a choice. Vote for Change,” he adds. The forty-five second spot features Stevie Wonder writing in Braille to spell out his candidate of choice, Barack Obama. Other Vote Hope videos feature hip hop artist Com-

mon, and several Los Angeles-based underground lyricists (Project Blowed), who wax poetically

“You’ve got a voice, you’ve got a choice. Vote for Change” - Stevie Wonder about why they support Obama. “I’m voting for Obama because he’s just there to do some good in the world,” said Com-

mon in the video. “A voteless people is a hopeless people. I didn’t vote until I got Bush’s first term, then the bogus sequel,” spits MC Open Mike on the video. Wonder, Common and lyricists take their “getout-the-vote” message straight to the people via video-sharing Web sites like YouTube, MySpace and FaceBook. Vote Hope has also produced Tu Voz, Tu Voto (Your Voice, Your Vote), a Web-based, English and Spanish-language, serial melodrama about a fictional Ortiz family and

their burgeoning support for Senator Obama. All videos are available on and on the Vote Hope YouTube channel, http://www. Vo t e H o p e 2 0 0 8 . Vote Hope’s goal is to increase voter support for Obama in the California primary. “Increasing voter turnout among young people and communities of color in California will be critical to Obama’s success,” said Vote Hope founder Steve Phillips.

Ethnic Media Takeaways * African-American, Latino and Asian media share a common history of advocating on behalf of their communities – a tradition that was started centuries earlier by black newspapers. * Pioneering figures in the black press set the stage for ethnic media to gather their communities around contemporary issues that affect them, from immigrant marches to protests over the Jena Six case.

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New Orleans Ethnic Media Hold First Convening Christine Senteno America Media and Loui-

The challenge, he said, is to explore ways ethnic media can identify stereotypes, munication. confront them and begin to NEW ORLEANS, La. – In New America Media the first-ever convening of Executive Director Sandy strengthen ties. The national poll reLouisiana ethnic media, Close announced that her civil rights and immigrant organization wants to help vealed that respondents felt rights groups in New Or- create a network that has the that ethnic media had a key leans, representatives from support of academics, jour- role to play in the coverage African-American, Latino nalism schools, civil rights of race relations and needed and Vietnamese news or- groups and ethnic media to step up to that challenge. African-American, Laganizations met last week outlets in order to promote tino and Asian media share to discuss how to work inter-group relations. a common history of adtogether on issues of comCivil rights advocates mon concern. Ethnic me- said access to housing, jobs, vocating on behalf of their dia, which played a critical environmental information communities – a tradition role during and after Hurri- and health care, as well as that was started centuries cane Katrina, are now faced quality education and pub- earlier by black newspawith a new challenge: how lic safety, were major con- pers. In her presentation of the to cover the rebuilding ef- cerns for all communities history of African-America forts in a changing city – in New Orleans. media in New Orleans, and news from each other’s Many community-based communities – as the rest of organizations talk about LSU Associate Professor Jinx Broussard said piothe country watches. these issues in silos without Across the nation, Amer- looking for opportunities neering figures in the black icans are getting news to collaborate, observed press set the stage for ethnic about New Orleans from Catherine Han Montoya, media to gather their commainstream media sources, program coordinator with munities around contemponoted New Orleans Tribune the National Council of La rary issues that affect them, editor Jacques Morial. Eth- Raza. Montoya, who is half from immigrant marches to nic news outlets need to Korean and half Latina, protests over the Jena Six look for ways to get news said these matters play out case. New Orleans has changed about their communities in her own family. rapidly from what Mayor to the American public, he “As my uncle eats the said, noting that ethnic me- kim chee and my aunt eats Ray Nagin described as dia bring a unique perspec- the enchilada, I recognize a “chocolate city” before tive to the national debate these issue are not just hap- Hurricane Katrina to what – one that is often over- pening at the policy level; has become a community with a large influx of Latilooked. they are happening at the nos who found jobs clean“Obviously, there is dinner table,” she said. ing up and rebuilding the a need for ethnic meNew America Media’s dia,” added New Orleans recent national poll findings city. This rapid shift in deAgenda Publisher Vincent on race relations, which re- mographics has led to an Sylvain. “The audience is ceived widespread cover- anti-immigrant backlash. Yet, according to Henry there. They need the infor- age in both the mainstream Fernandez, a senior fellow mation.” and ethnic media, were The Jan. 25 event was presented at the event by at the Washington, D.C. jointly hosted by New pollster Sergio Bendixen. Center for American Progress, anti-immigrant groups February 7 cans. These barriers can include is National Black HIV/AIDS poverty (being poor), sexually Awareness Day transmitted diseases, and stigma Say It Get Tested Today!!!!!!!! (negative attitudes, beliefs, and Of all racial and ethnic groups in actions directed at people living the United States, HIV and AIDS with HIV/AIDS or directed at have hit African Americans the people who do things that might hardest. The reasons are not di- put them at risk for HIV). rectly related to race or ethnicity, ( Info from: Center 4 Disease but rather to some of the barriers Control and Prevention ) faced by many African Ameri-

New America Media, siana State University’s News Report, Manship School of Com-

are attempting to exacerbate these tensions in order to drive a wedge between ethnic groups. He said hate groups are fundamentally against people of color. Mainstream news outlets routinely use such organizations as the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) as experts on immigration issues. The internationally known civil rights organization Southern Poverty Law Center has identified FAIR as a hate group. Fernandez cautioned ethnic media against using sources that may have ties to these groups. Ralph Izard, professor at LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communications, said his school would be looking for ways to continue to keep New Orleansbased ethnic media connected to each other. Many of the more than 70 participants expressed interest in keeping a dialogue going about race relations, issues affecting New Orleans’ ethnic groups, and stepping up to the challenges they face in covering these issues. New America Meda Christine Senteno, Jan 21, 2008 Copyright © New America Media

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san L. Taylor and Essence Cares as well as MLK. “I am grateful for his dream and that we have a responsibility to live the dream and that in every single thing that we do we have a responsibility to be great. And with that responsibility I reach out to people like Anthony who are making a difference in the community and I would say even in the world,” said Shelley Freeman, Regional President for Wells Fargo. Freeman added that we have a responsibility, a responsibility to give back to our community and a responsibility not to make excuses. “When we talk about the ground that Martin Luther King has laid for all of us really to position all of us to be successful in life and this is very important that we have a responsibility to be great because somebody else struggled for us,” said Freeman. “I am inspired by people like Susan Taylor who took the magazine to award winning level; who is an incredible editor who is an incredible journalist. If you hear her speak you will hear that she is an incredible speaker and a true inspiration. I want to thank her for her contributions to Essence and to the black women of America,” said Freeman. Wells Fargo was one of the many sponsors of the evening. Sponsors also included Our Weekly and Macy’s. Our Weekly’s Publisher Natalie Cole tried something different she got on the mic and she begun to sing. “I think that its critically important that we pay homage to those of us who are out there doing all the right things and inspiring people to reach to new levels,” said Cole. “Susan L. Taylor is someone that I happened to grow up with..I feel like I know her even though I have not met her personally. I feel like I’ve always known her and I’m so happy that she has been there to provide inspiration to young black women as myself as we were growing up, were every we were in the country we tried to keep it in the spirit,” added Cole. Tommy Dortch the former national chair of 100 Black Men was also in attendance at the reception. It was a fit for 100 Black to take part in the Essence Cares mentorship movement because of the organization’s role in education, economic development, health and wellness and mentoring. “We want you to take a pleasure. A pleasure in doing for young men and women what was done for each and every one of you,” said Dortch. Essence Cares is looking for adults from the black community to mentor for four hours a month. “I’m looking in the mirror and I’m saying to myself and I’m saying to you not on my watch. Hell no,” said Susan L. Taylor. “We don’t have to do what Dr. King did. We don’t have to do what Rosa Parks did or what Fannie Lou Hammer did or Marcus Garvey,” said Taylor. Dortch and Taylor are moving across the country, they have 22 Care Circle on the book for this year. They are linking exiting mentorship organizations. “At the end of the day we can’t expect others to do for us the things we can and must do for ourselves,” said Dortch. For more information about Essence Cares visit

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Saharra Speaks Hey It is time for a celebration! Yes that is right, it is the 82nd Anniversary of the National African American History Month started by Dr. Carter G. Woodson in 1926. My name is Saharra Jovan White and I am the publisher of Say It Loud! your black newspaper serving the San Fernando Valley. I am the eldest of my parents Timothy and Darleen White’s nine children. I was born in the garden state New Jersey and raised in the San Fernando Valley. I attended Valley Schools George Ellery Hale Middle School, El Camino Real High School and now I am attending the California State University of Northridge. I started Say It Loud! to make a difference in my community. While I am a couple of units away from my degree in journalism from CSUN, if I didn’t start my own newspaper I would have got my first job working where ever, and I would have always wondered if I could have done it. I don’t have to wonder


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anymore, because I did it. In our premiere issue of Say It Loud! I published a poem I wrote called Black History. In this poem it discusses Black History Month being the shortest month of the year. We can celebrate black history everyday of the year, we don’t need a month. As the staff of Say It Loud! picks up their pens to write a new history, we hope to have your support and love as we continue to grow. The staff at Say It Loud! encourages every adult 18 years of age and older to vote on February 5th. History is being made as we have a black man Barack Obama and a women Hillary Clinton running for the presidency. I can remember yesterday how it was for me to vote in my first election, it felt amazing. It was my duty to vote, that is the least I could do for those that fought for my opportunity to vote. We don’t care if you vote Democrat, Republican, Green, Peace & Freedom, American Independent , or Libertarian just go out in vote. In this issue you will have the opportunity to read a review by

the black community since I was youngster. I believed there is a revolution going on and it isn’t through hip-hop. Young people my age can make a difference. Martin and Malcolm were in there 20’s. I’m 23 years-old and I am apart of the revolution I have been writing about issue that matter in our community since I was 16 years old. I am aware of what it means to be black. Another professor while frustrated with students in class said, “we just don’t give a damn.” There are a number of people that don’t care about the issues we face. I care. I care about the number of us dying from Aids, the war in Iraq, Darfur, and the list goes on, I care. I will continue to care until the problems are fixed. I will continue to write until the problems are fixed. I ask all teachers, professors, and leaders not to give up on our youth. It is the youth that holds the key to our future. The youth holds the key to our future, yes they do. I encourage every adult to join Susan L. Taylor and Essence Cares as they recruit 1 million mentors in the

Keeping Dr. King’s Dream Alive on the Border


Father Michael Seifert New America Media, Commentary

f Dr. Martin Luther King were alive today, he’d be marchAdvertise Today! ing in the Rio Grande Valley. Forty years (818) 458-0208 after his death, it is here that his lovely dream of equality for all God’s children is suffering to be born. Dr. King rightly named poverty as a blight on the American Dream, and it would test the imagination These are letters we received to find an area of our counabout stories in the October try poorer than the Valley. We fail every social indiissue of Say It Loud! cator of wellbeing: access Letter to publisher: to medical care, employment, affordable housing I finally finished reading and high school graduation my copy of the first issue of rates. My own community, Say It Loud! I am so proud Cameron Park, has a per of you, and impressed as capita income of $4,135— well. Congratulations on less than that of Guatemala. successfully launching Yet, we live in Texas— your first media venture. one of the wealthiest reI am certain it will not be gions in the world. Texas your last--the best is yet to produces more wealth than come! entire nations. But Texas doesn’t take care of its own. Alfred Edmonds Sr. VP, The heartbreaking thing is Editor-in-Chief, Black En- that most of those forced to terprise Magazine suffer the stingy misery of Texas poverty are children. Congratulations for an exThat is why my organicellent pioneering effort! zation, Proyecto Digna, has This newspaper is infor- joined with other groups mative, insightful and rel- nationwide in the Equal evant. Provides an impor- Voice for America’s Famitant outlet for news and lies Campaign. As the 2008 information about our community that would easily or calculatedly be ignored by Michael the so-called mainstream Por el Padre i el Dr. Martin media. Great job and good Luther King esluck with future editions. tuviera hoy vivo, se estaría maniDr. T. Spencer-Walters festando en el Professor and Chair. Valle del Río Grande. CuPAS, Cal State University arenta años después de su of Northridge. muerte, es aquí donde su precioso sueño de igualdad Saw your paper at Eso Won para todos los hijos de Dios Bookstore. The paper looks está sufriendo por nacer. great, what the Say It Loud! El Dr. King acertó custaff is doing is wonderful. ando describió la pobreza como una plaga en el Sueño Americano. Y pondría a Marvin Boateng prueba la imaginación enEditorials and Letters to contrar un área en nuestro país más pobre que el the Publisher Say It Loud! welcomes your Valle. Fracasamos en cada indicador social de bienletters and editorials. Send your thoughts to Say It estar: acceso a cuidados médicos, empleo, vivienda Loud! 23705 Vanowen St., #179 asequible, y tasa de graduación de la secundaria. Mi West Hills, CA 91307 comunidad en sí, Cameron Or email to: Park, tiene un ingreso per Letters and editorials should capita de $4,135 – menos que el de Guatemala. be 600 words Sin embargo, vivimos or less and must have the en Texas – una de las entiname of the sender with a valid day time phone dades más ricas del mundo. number.


CSUN student Joshua Thompson of the Ray Charles Live! play that was performed at the Pasadena Playhouse. Thompson is a student in professor Johnnie Scotts Pan African Studies Writing Class. While meeting up with Scott in January, I now know why his name is known across California. Scott who was a part of the original Watts Writers truly cares about his students. As we discussed the play reviews written by his students he gave me a short break down of his students. In a way he knows his students like the back of his hand, it was wonderful hearing his stories about his students. I have not had the opportunity to have professor Scott as an instructor, but I’ve heard he is a wonderful professor. Say It Loud! will be publishing the Ray Charles Live Reviews of all of Scott’s students on our website During my freshman year at CSUN one of my professors made a comment that this generation didn’t have a revolution. I disagreed with her comment. I have been aware of the issues in


elections approach, we are collaborating with other community groups to plan a series of town halls across Texas, in conjunction with others taking place across the nation. As we plan these town hall meetings, families are already sharing their own dreams for their children--that they will grow up in safe housing, with quality health care and education; that the parents of our community will have jobs with living wages that allow them to support their families, and the childcare they need to go to those jobs without worry for their children. Together, as this conversation builds, we are creating a national platform of family issues. Martin Luther King’s dream wasn’t a daydream; he was dreamer with a plan. We are as serious about our dreams as King was about his. For example, many historians would argue that the turning point of the civil rights movement was the Children’s March in Birmingham in 1962. On January 26, as part of the Equal Voice campaign, more than 700 people will join a Poor People’s march from down-

Say It Loud! African American Community. The youth need our help. There are things in the San Fernando Valley effecting the black community. Things that the black community should be aware of, like the increase in hate crimes against African Americans, the treatment of African Americans in learning institutions elementary, middle, high school (LAUSD), and college. Racial profiling by local police, and business establishments. Those in the African American Community in the San Fernando Valley starting businesses should know there is a Black Chamber of Commerce in the Valley. There are black churches such as Calvary Baptist Church in Pacoima. There are black owned businesses that we can frequent and support. Thank you for supporting Say It Loud! We look forward to serving the black community in the San Fernando Valley with news about them.. ~Saharra Jovan White Publisher Say It Loud!

town Atlanta to the state capital. The caravan will make stops along the way, such as a local hospital, to draw attention to the uninsured. Participants will plant justice flags along the way. Not long ago, I had a visit from a group of public health professionals. They had come to see me because health care is so abysmal here that my community has become a topic of exotic interest to scholars. We went for a walk, ending up looking out over a creek that runs in front of the church. The academics took note of the collection of cement and tar-papered shacks lining the stream. Someone was burning garbage. The stench drifted over us. One of the visitors asked me, “Are we in the United States or in Mexico?” I said, “This is Texas. Why do you ask?” She said, “Because it reminds me of home.” I asked her where that was, and she replied, unsmiling, “Calcutta, India.” But we aren’t in India, or Guatemala, or Mexico. We are Texans. We are working Texans, men and women who work two

shifts or two jobs, and then another on weekends. Salt of the earth, the Bible calls us. “El pueblo de Dios,” Cesar Chavez named us. But for all our effort, we barely pay our bills. Minimum wages cannot support a family, no matter how many jobs you manage to hold down. We are too proud to beg, so we don’t all eat the way we need to. We pray, always and fiercely, that we don’t sicken, thatthe shadow of an accident does not cross our homes. We simply cannot afford to be sick. Despite the hardness of life here, we love the Valley. There is a quality of life here that is missing in San Antonio or Houston or Dallas. There is an intangible spirit that defies the measures of the social sciences. Some call it solidarity, others a love for the extended family. Church people call it community. The Valley is one place in America where neighbors still unashamedly go doorto-door to ask for donations for a funeral, where no one sleeps on the streets, where no one goes without a meal, however simple that offering might be.

We consider ourselves brothers and sisters, and today’s harsh anti-immigrant voices have deepened that sense of community. We especially care about our children. When the president vetoed the expansion of children’s health coverage, the anger here was palpable. We look forward to the 2008 elections, for many here have recently discovered the power of the vote. One after another, the presidential candidates call for “change.” We in the Rio Grande Valley are ready for change. We believe, as Dr. King said, that “the arc ofthe moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” We are people of faith, hope and long-suffering love. We understand the hard work that social change requires, and we are not afraid of that. After all, we are working people. After all, we are the legacy of Don Cesar Chavez and of Dr. Martin Luther King.

Estados Unidos o en México?” Le dije, “Esto es Texas. ¿Por qué me pregunta?” Dijo, “Porque me recuerda a mi tierra.” “¿Dónde es eso?”, le pregunté. “Calcuta, India,” dijo sin sonreír. Pero no estamos en la India, ni en Guatemala, ni en México. Somos tejanos. Somos tejanos trabajadores, hombres y mujeres que trabajan dos jornadas o dos trabajos, y luego otro trabajo el fin de semana. La sal de la tierra es lo que nos llama la Biblia. “El pueblo de Dios” nos llamó Cesar Chávez. Pero con todos nuestros esfuerzos, apenas podemos pagar nuestras deudas. Los sueldos mínimos no pueden mantener a una familia, independientemente del número de trabajos que uno logre abarcar. Tenemos demasiado orgullo como para pedir limosna, así que no todos comemos como necesitamos. Rezamos, siempre y con intensidad,

para que no nos enfermemos, para que la sombra de un accidente no cruce por nuestros hogares. Simplemente no nos podemos permitir enfermarnos. A pesar de lo difícil que es la vida aquí, queremos mucho al Valle. Hay una calidad de vida aquí que falta en San Antonio o Houston o Dallas. Aquí hay un espíritu intangible que desafía las medidas de las ciencias sociales. Algunos lo llaman solidaridad, otros amor por la familia. La gente de la iglesia lo llama comunidad. El Valle es un lugar en América donde los vecinos todavía van de puerta en puerta sin vergüenza a pedir donaciones para un funeral, donde nadie duerme en las calles, donde nadie pasa hambre, no importa lo sencillo que sea esa ofrenda. Nos consideramos hermanos y hermanas, y las voces severas anti-inmigrantes

han profundizado ese sentido de comunidad. Nos preocupan sobre todo nuestros hijos. Cuando el presidente vetó la expansión de la cobertura médica para niños, la ira aquí se palpaba. Esperamos con emoción las elecciones de 2008, ya que aquí muchos han descubierto recientemente el poder del voto. Uno tras otro, los candidatos a la presidencia emiten una llamada de “cambio”. Nosotros en el Valle del Río Grande estamos listos para el cambio. Creemos, como dijo el Dr. King, que “el arco del universo moral es largo, pero se dobla hacia la justicia”. Somos gente de fe, esperanza, y amor sufrido. Entendemos el trabajo duro que el cambio social requiere, y no tenemos miedo a eso. Después de todo, somos gente trabajadora. Después de todo, somos el legado de Don César Chávez y del Dr. Martin Luther King.

New America Meda Michael Selfert, Jan 17, 2008 Copyright © New America Media

Mantener el Sueño Vivo en la Frontera Seifert

Texas produce más riqueza que naciones enteras. Pero Texas no cuida de los nuestros. Lo que más rompe el corazón es que la mayoría de los que están forzados a sufrir la miseria tacaña de la pobreza de Texas son los niños. Hace poco, me visitó un grupo de profesionales de salud pública. Me habían venido a ver a mí porque la atención sanitaria es tan abismal aquí que mi comunidad se ha convertido en tema de interés exótico para los investigadores. Dimos un paseo, y terminamos mirando un arroyo que corre en frente de la iglesia. Los académicos tomaron nota de la colección de cemento y de las chozas de papel alquitranado a lo largo del riachuelo. Alguien estaba quemando basura. El hedor llegaba hasta nosotros. Una de las visitas me preguntó, “¿Estamos en los

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FEBRUARY Art /Photography February 8 - June 8 Bob Dylan’s American Journey, 1956-1966. Visitors will be amazed by the exhibition’s unprecedented collection of films, artifacts, and listening stations, as they discover Dylan’s story intersecting with folk music, rock ‘n’ roll, and a nation in the throes of social change. The Skirball Cultural Center, Getty Gallery, 2701 N. Sepulveda Bl L.A. Info: (310) 827-0889 or www.skirball. org. Sat. Feb. 10th @ 2-7p.m. An Afternoon of Art with Synthia Saint James. Presented by the African American Firefighter Museum. African American Firefighter Museum.1401 Central Av. L.A. Admission: Free. Info: (213) 7441730 or Sat. Feb. 10th @ 2 p.m. Reflecting on a Life in Art. CAAM’s Executive Director, Charmaine Jefferson, dialogues with the respected and renowned Artis Lane. They reflect upon Ms. Lane’s life, technical, stylistic and cosmological evolution and ways in which she seeks to have her work inspire others. CAAM 213.744.7432 or www.caam. Feb. 22-24 Santa Monica Arts Festival Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St. Santa Monica Friday 11am-7pm; Saturday 10am-7pm; Sunday 10am5pm Admission: $7.50; Senior Citizens $6.50; Children under 12 FREE Info: Warren Cook (805) 461-6700. or www. Sat. Feb. 23rd @ 6p.m. The 17th Annual Watkins Award. The National Alliance of African American Athletes (The Alliance) will recognize another stellar group of high school athletes from across the nation for the Franklin D. Watkins Memorial Award. Intercontinental Hotel in Century City. Info: Reginald Grant (323)-376-1057 or www. Closes Feb. 29 MLK in California Martin Luther King visited California regularly from 1956 through 1968, participating in the civic and social life of the state. This special photography display chronicles his travels, from speeches in the Bay Area to a parade in Los Angeles, reminding us all of the importance of our region to his life and work. California African American Museum, 600 State Dr, Exposition Park, L.A. (213) 744-7432 or www. Closes June 1 The African Presence in Mexico: From Yanga to the present. The existence of Afro-Mexicans was officially affirmed in the 1990s when the Mexican government acknowledged Africa as Mexico’s “Third Root.” The exhibition is organized by the National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago. California African American Museum, 600 State Dr, Exposition Park, L.A. (213) 744.743 or www. Awards/Galas/Dinners Thurs. Feb.7 @7:30p.m. West Angeles CDC’s 14th Annual Unity Awards Benefit Banquet. Honoring Courtney B. Vance & Angela Bassett. Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel 9500 Wilshire Bl, Beverly Hills. 6:30pm VIP Reception, 7:30pm Dinner. Info: (818) 906-0240 or (323) 291-1472 Thurs. Feb. 7th @ 6:30-8:30p. m. African-American History Month Living Legends Award Ceremony. Honoring Grammy


Award Winner Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds. Must RSVP call (213) 744-2111. CAAM Sat, Feb. 9th @ 6p.m. 100 Black Men of OC 13th Annual Gala. 100 Black Men Chapters are educating and empowering youth and their families while positively impacting communities. This will be their 13th Annual Gala, sponsored by the 100 Black Men of Orange County. Disneyland Hotel, Anaheim, CA INFO: Tammy Dickerson (310) 216-4722 or Thurs. Feb. 14, Image Awards. The 39th NAACP Image Awards will be LIVE this year. SHRINE AUDITORIUM, 665 W. Jefferson Blvd., L.A. Mon. Feb. 18th 18th Annual Beverly Hills/ Hollywood NAACP Theatre Awards. The prestigious starstudded gala is produced in an effort to acknowledge the many contributions of African Americans in theater. Directors Guild of America (DGA) Theatre. 7920 Sunset Bl., L.A. Technical Awards Luncheon and Show - 12:30pm - 3:00pm Performance Awards - 7:00pm - 9:30pm Info: 323.464.7616 or www. bhwdnaacptheatreawards. com. Fri. Feb. 22 @ 6:30-9:30p.m. “Mission Possible: Becoming a Deallionaire” 13th Annual Med Week Awards Dinner & Dance hosted by Los Angeles Minority Business Opportunity Center (LA MBOC). Millennium Biltmore Hotel 506 South Grand Av. Downtown L.A. The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) established MED Week, by Presidential Proclamation each year since 1983. Info: (626) 791-3847or www. Fri. Feb. 29 @ 6p.m. UCLA Black Alumni. UCLA Black Alumni Dinner. Millennium Biltmore Hotel 506 South Grand Av. Downtown Los Angeles. Info: Wendy Gladney (626) 7913847, or Black History Month Feb 23-24 @ 9-5 Aquarium of the Pacific African Heritage Festival. Celebrate the richness and diversity of African and African American cultures at our annual African Heritage Festival. The weekend will feature traditional foods, live entertainment, and arts and crafts. The festival will host local African American storytellers, dance troupes, divers, musicians, and artisans. Free with Aquarium Admission. Aquarium of the Pacific 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach. Info: 562-5913100 or Fri. Feb. 29 @ 10:30 a.m. 11th Annual Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce Black History Celebration Luncheon. The Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce will host it’s annual Black History Celebration Luncheon. The luncheon will include an awards program and a Cultural & Vendor Walkway. Torrance Marriott Hotel 3635 Fashion Way Torrance. Info: Tobin & Associates 323.857.0869 Tickets: Torrance Area Chamber 310.540.5858 or Books/Media/Writing/Lectures Weds. Feb. 6th at noon. Dr. Viviana Gladden. The first international model will speak at CSUN. Hosted by the Pan African Studies Dept. Cal

State U Northridge (CSUN), 18111 Nordhoff St Northridge. For location info: (818) 677-3311. Wed. Feb. 27th @ 6:30-9:30p. m. Thurs. Feb 7th @ 7:30-9:30p. m. My Brother/My Sister. Spotlight on African American Women and Men Then and Now. Cal State U Northridge (CSUN), 18111 Nordhoff St Northridge, Jerome Richfield Rm 315. Mon. Feb. 18th @ 12 p.m. Neither White Nor BlacK: Black Slave Owners. A part of the PAS Faculty Black History Month Series. Cal State U Northridge (CSUN), 18111 Nordhoff St Northridge. For location info: (818) 677-3311. Weds. Feb. 20th @ 12 p.m. Race and the Persian Gulf War. A part of the PAS Faculty Black History Month Series. Cal State U Northridge (CSUN), 18111 Nordhoff St Northridge. For location info: (818) 677-3311. Tues. Feb. 26th @ 7p.m. Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome. A Speaker and film event hosted by the Black Student Union at CSUN. Black House, 18356 Halsted St, Northridge. Info: bsu.csun@ Weds. Feb. 27th @ 6:309:30p.m. NAACP Media Forum. NAACP CSUN chapter presents a panel discussion about African American’s and the media. Say It Loud! Publisher Saharra J. White will be one of the panelists. Cal State U Northridge (CSUN), 18111 Nordhoff St Northridge event in Grand Salon. For info: Business Thurs. Feb. 14th @ 12:30p.m. Strategies for Managing Money. Lecture Hosted by the PAS Dept at CSUN. Cal State U Northridge (CSUN), 18111 Nordhoff St Northridge. For room info: (818) 677-3311. Thurs, Feb. 14, 2008 @ 11:301:30p.m. GLAAACC Town Hall Luncheon. Featuring Councilmember Webdy Greuel, Dist. 2. She will discuss doing business at L.A. City Hall and business opportunities. Radisson Hotel @ USC, 3540 S. Figueroa St, L.A. Must RSVP by Feb 8 to the GLAAACC office at (323) 292-1297 or info@glaaacc. org. $25 for members $40 for non-members. Tues. Feb. 19 @ 10-4p.m. LA MBOC & Cal Trans Mini Expo/Small Business Fair. Hosted by Los Angeles Minority Business Opportunity Center (LA MBOC). $10. Info: Fri. Feb. 22 @6:30-9:30 “Mission Possible: Becoming a Deallionaire” 13th Annual Med Week Awards Dinner & Dance hosted by Los Angeles Minority Business Opportunity Center (LA MBOC). Millennium Biltmore Hotel 506 South Grand Av. Downtown L.A. The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) established MED Week, by Presidential Proclamation each year since 1983. Info: (626) 791-3847or www. Thurs. Feb. 21 Minority Business Opportunity Day 2008 SCMBDC’s annual Minority Business Opportunity Day (MBOD) is the largest and most successful gathering of minority business enterprises (MBEs) and corporate businesses in Southern California. Nearly 1000 corporate representatives and MBEs participate annually. Pacific Palms Conference Resort Industry Hills. Info: Shawn Smith 213.689.6960 x 230 or

Thurs, Jan. 31 @ 7:30 am Drum Major For Justice Awards. Inglewood Business Opportunity Network (IBON) hosts its 2nd Annual Drum Major For Justice Awards networking breakfast. Hollywood Park Pavilion, 3883 Century Blvd., Inglewood. $25 in advance $30 at the door. 310670-9600 ext. 3 or Carnival Sat. Feb. 2nd @ 8p.m.-2a.m. Queen Mary Brazilian Carnaval 2008! A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit the Brazilian Women’s Group, a non-profit organization that dedicates its social work to underprivileged children and elderly in Brazil. It is an allconsuming party of fun, feathers, fantasy and outrageous costumes. Info: (818) 5661111 or www.BrazilianNites. com. QUEEN MARY- Long Beach, 1126 Queens Hwy Long Beach Dance/Balls Thurs. Feb. 8th @7 p.m. Concert of Dance. Instruments of Praise (IOP) is a non-profit, faith-based performing arts organization that is committed to training the next generations of artists to serve the world. Lake Avenue Church, Pasadena, Info: Kelly (626) 797-1301 or www.prboutique. net/cod2008.html Sat. Feb. 9 @ 7p.m. Seventh Annual Red and White Ball Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Rolling Hills/Palos Verdes Alumnae Chapter Torchbearer’s Foundation requests the honor of your presence to attend “From the heart of Delta” our Seventh Annual Red and White Ball. This event benefits our programs and other community service activities. Donation: $75 per person. A portion of your donation is tax deductible. Formal Attire Requested. Sheraton Gateway Hotel (LAX) 6101 West Century Bl., L.A. Info: Glenis Ford, Chair - Education Wed, Feb. 12, 2008 @ 8:3010a.m. Early Childhood Education Policy Briefing. An opportunity to hear about what important policy issues will be affecting early childhood education in 2008. Center for Healthy Communities, California Endowment-Cabrillo Room, 1000 N. Alemedia St, L.A. Must RSVP to Thurs. Feb. 21 @ 4:30-6p.m. Teacher Job Fair. Preparatory Workshop. A representative from LAUSD and another local school district will discuss issues important to credential students attending the Teacher Job Fair on March 13th. Seating is limited. Cal State Los Angeles, Salazar Hall E184 Info: Career Development Center (323) 343-3237 or Sat. Feb. 23rd @ noon-2:30p. m. FAMU Black History Celebration 2008 Scholarship Luncheon This year’s theme is “Rattle Renaissance: A Rebirth of Rattler Pride & Spirit”. Hosted by the Florida A&M University National Alumni Association Southern California Chapter. Tickets are $60 for adults and $25 for students. Proceeds benefit FAMU student scholarships. Mimosa Hour 11:00am – 12:00pm; Luncheon 12pm – 2:3pm Radisson Hotel 6161 W. Centinela Av., Culver City. Info: (213) 385-2392 or www. Thurs. Feb. 28th @ 7p.m. Miss. Black & Gold. Scholarship Pageant hosted by Alpha Phi Alpha. Cal State U Northridge (CSUN), 18111 Nordhoff St Northridge event in Performing Arts Center.

February TBA Sixth Annual Knowledge Symposium. The Symposium” exhibit hall will showcase educational programs and services from approximately 60 tutoring, mentoring, after-school, college prep, financial aid and related exhibitors. Admission is Free! UCLA Parking Lot 4: $8.00. Call to register for FAFSA workshops, campus tours or to request free transportation on our buses. Info: (310) 645-0188 or Election 2008 Fri, Feb. 1, 2008 @ 1p.m. Washington Week. WETA presents Washigton Week with Gwen Ifill & National Journal. Gwen Ifill is moderator and managing editor of “Washington Week” and senior correspondent for “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.” She is also frequently asked to moderate debates in national elections. Alex Theatre, 216 North Brand Bl., Glendale Info: (818) 2437700 Tixs: (818) 243-2539. or Pbs. org/weta/washingtonweek. Free Fri. Feb. 1st @ 8:30p.m. Rock The Vote!. Mingle with the most powerful and influential leaders in Politics and the Entertainment Business. Rock the Vote media campaign and street team activities is to increase youth voter turnout. Rock the Vote coordinates voter registration drives, getout-the-vote events, and voter education efforts, all with the intention of ensuring that young people take advantage of their right to vote. BOULEVARD 3, 6523 Sunset Bl., Hollywood Info: Tyrone Bland (202) 423-1435 Mon. Feb. 4 @ 6:30-9:30p.m. NAACP-CSUN. Chapter hosts Candidates Fair. Cal State U Northridge (CSUN), 18111 Nordhoff St Northridge, Shoshone Rm (SSU) located at the corner of Zelzah & Lassen. Info: (909) 717-8980 or Sun, Feb. 10th @ 3p.m. Black People, Obama and the Presidential Election. Rev. Al Sharpton the President of the National Action Network will be speaking. African American Cultural Center (US) 3018 W 48th St L.A. (323) 299-6124 or Sun, Feb 3, 2008 12-1:30p.m. Election Forum 2008. The Muslim Public Affairs Council presents Election Forum 2008. Islamic Center of Southern California, 434 S. Vermont Av., L.A. (213) 383-3443 or F a s h i o n Feb. 2-Health Tues. Feb. 5th @ 6-9p.m. Black Health Forum. Hosted by the Black Student Union at CSUN as well as other campus orgs. Cal State U Northridge (CSUN), 18111 Nordhoff St, Northridge Jerome Richfield 314. Info: bsu. or www. FU Northridge (CSUN), 18111 Nordhoff St, Northridge. Info and location: (818) 677-3311. Vintage Fashion Expo. Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St Santa Monica. Info: (707) 793-0773 www. or www. M e e t i n g s Sat. Feb 9, 2008 AZACA aka the Association of Zambians in California. General meeting. California State University Dominquez Hills, Lacorte Hall. (310) 2432175., email for time Sun. Feb 17th @ 3-5p.m. Southern University Alumni Meeting. Monthly meeting of Southern University Alumni in Los Angeles. Lucy Florence, Leimert Park. Info: Fred Williams (323) 292-1148 or www.

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Fri. Feb. 21st @ 4-6p.m. Black History on the Money. Hosted by USC Black Alumni Association. VIP Reception held at Widney Alumni House (7-8:30p.m.) Info: Music Fri. Feb. 1st @ 6p.m. Hands for Hope. 8th annual starlight Jazz Serenade benefit supports underprivileged youth. Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, 5220 Lankershim Bl., North Hollywood. (818) 763-Hope or (866) 4683399. or $50-100. Fri. Feb. 8th @ 7p.m. Wyclef Jean. Hip Hop, must be 18. House of Blues 8430, Sunset Bl., West Hollywood. $35. (323) 848-5100 or Hob. com. Sat. Feb. 9th @ 9p.m. T-Pain. Genre: Hip Hop, must be 18. House of Blues, 8430 Sunset Bl., West Hollywood. $36.50 (323) 848-5100 or Sat. Feb. 9th @ 8p.m. Ain’t Misbehavin’. Arts Northridge presents Ain’t Misbehavin’ the Fats Waller Musical Show. Cal State Northridge, Performance Hall, Northridge. (818) 677-2488. $48. Tue. Feb. 12 @ 8p.m. Common. Presented by Power FM. House of Blues, 8430 Sunset Bl., West Hollywood. $40. (323) 848-5100 or Hob. com. Weds. Feb. 20th @ 1p.m. History of Funk. Hosted by the student club The Hip Hop Think Tank. Cal State U Northridge (CSUN), 18111 Nordhoff St Northridge event in Reseda Rm. Mon. Feb. 25th @ 1p.m. Roots in Hip Hop. Hosted by the student club The Hip Hop Think Tank. Cal State U Northridge (CSUN), 18111 Nordhoff St Northridge event in Reseda Rm. Sat. Jan. 26 @ 7:30-10:30p.m. Let’s Do It Again. Phyllis Battle & Vanessa Burch and an evening of Music and Dining. PAPA WEST, 4336 Degnan Bl. L. A. (310) 658-0347 Religion Sun. Feb 3rd @12-1:30p.m. Muslim Public Affairs Council. The council presents Election Forum 2008. Islamic Center of Southern California, 434 S. Vermont Av., L.A. (213) 383-3443 or Weds @ 5p.m. MSA CSUN. Muslim Student Association at Cal State U Northridge general meeting. CSUN, Northridge, Granada Room, USU. www.Msacsun. com Sat. Feb. 9 @ 6p.m. Valentine Gospel Dinner This is a Valentine Dinner for fellow churches and other individuals to come out and have a great time in the spirit. It is a sit down dinner hosted by Rev. Lester Barrie. Holiday Inn, Long Beach. Info: Jera Culbert (310) 592-4346 or www. Thurs. Feb. 28th @ 11:30a.m. Black-Jewish Relations. Event hosted by CSUN Hillel club. Cal State U Northridge (CSUN), 18111 Nordhoff St Northridge event in Grand Salon. TAXES Sat. Feb 2. @ 10a.m.-2p.m. L.A. TAX DAY. Free income tax preparation. Exposition Park Intergenerational Community Center (EXPO Center), 3980 S. Menlo Avenue, L.A. (310) 693-6530 or

ART & ENTERTAINMENT Say It Loud! Ray Charles Live! The Mastermind, the Book Review legend; the Man We Never Truly Knew Song For Night Feb 1, 2008

a novella by Chris Abani

Joshua Thompson Say It Loud! Contributor


asterful! Stupendous! Breathtaking! These words do not even begin to describe the significance of the inspiring musical Ray Charles Live! This musical is truly a “new” type of musical to the eyes and ears of Ray Charles fans everywhere. It is a stageworthy project that pays homage to the maestro of blues, Ray Charles, and transcends the cinematic glamour that the film Ray brought to the big screen. The stirring musical opuses and skilled cast who partook in this musical truly resurrect the musical genius and life story of Brother Ray. The show revolves around Ray Charles creating one last live album. And the guest artists that are featured on this album are not fellow recording artists but as Ray Charles puts it, “People from my life ya’ll”. As the album is recorded and one scene transitions to the next, his life story is told. As the audience receives the anticipated quantity of musical memento, they also obtain an unpredictable dosage of the reality that only Ray Charles could musically and spiritually see. While millions saw the movie Ray, only a select few were privileged enough to partake in this musical experience on November 16th, 2007. As a Cal State University Northridge undergraduate, I am currently enrolled in Pan-African Studies 155: Freshman Composition. I was fortunate enough to be under the direction of Professor Johnie Scott and to be given the opportunity to experience this musical magic. As a music major and saxophonist, my passion for music has fueled specifically from jazz and the blues, when I heard that the class would be seeing Ray Charles Live!, I was touched in an unspeakable way. Ray Charles has always been one of my biggest musical influences, and I was very anxious to see theatrical content of the musical, but most of all hear the music itself. As one who has played in the orchestra pit for musicals and plays, I knew that the hired musicians for this musical would do Ray Charles justice. It takes a special breed of musician to play the songs made famous by Mr. Charles. To play “What’d I Say” is one thing, but to play it exceptionally well is another. Saxophonist Charles Owens and drummer Raymond Pounds are only two members of the 12-piece band that was formed. These individuals have played alongside Quincy Jones, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight, James Newton, James Brown, Michael Jackson, and even the famous trumpeter Miles Davis. With accreditations such as these, the

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musical contractor Lea Chazin knew exactly what sound she wanted to accompany and accentuate the life force of this show. On this extraordinary night, 100 students from four different course classes including myself representing the Pan-African Studies Department at CSU Northridge were situated on a bus and driven to the historic Pasadena Playhouse. The Playhouse was declared the State Theatre of California in 1937 after the remarkable achievement of having performed the entire Shakespeare canon for the first time in this country. This theater is also known for housing the visions of authors such as F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Saroyan, and Tennessee Williams and breathing life into their written works through theatre. By being the select theatre to house Ray Charles Live! , author Susan-Lori Parks vision was also ushered in through the doors that I entered. Not only was Mrs. Parks’s vision invited, but we were invited above all other students to experience a work of art that many would have taken for granted. The musical itself was truly something to behold. The character of Ray Charles was played by Brandon Victor Dixon, a Broadway star who received a Tony nomination for the character of Harpo in The Color Purple. Brandon Dixon truly captured the mannerisms and persona of the singer. Not only was his acting up to par, but it was his singing that also revealed that the very soul of Ray Charles had manifested itself within him. His renditions of “I Got A Woman”, “Unchain My Heart”, and “Georgia On My Mind” were so melodic that it caused me to believe that Ray Charles was actually performing on stage. The songs themselves, while groovy and hip were musical testimonies of the very life that Ray Charles lived. One of the most memorable moments was the scene where Ray Charles tells Tom Dowd (played by Matthew Benjamin) that he wants to record one more song. Tom says both sides of the album are completed, but Brother Ray protests that because the recording is about his life he feels compelled to tell the audience through song who the true Ray Charles is. It is in this scene that Ray sits at the piano and sings “You Don’t Know Me”. The heart and soul of Ray Charles is poured out in a simple melody. Behind the fame, drugs, and the multitude of women, Ray Charles was a man who was looking for true love, but only after his hardships did he realize that that love came from his mother and his music. The world knew Ray

Charles as a blind pianist, songwriter, drug addict, party animal, and womanizer. However, that was not the real Ray Charles. If there was anyone who knew that it was his mother Retha Robinson. If Brandon Dixon were to get an award for this musical, Yvette Cason would certainly deserve an award for Best Supporting Actress. “Retha” Robinson stood as a fortress for Ray Charles and Yvette Cason became that citadel. By listening to her sing “Drown In My Own Tears”, you feel the unconditional love that she has for her son George and the inconsolable pain she endures now that her son has drowned and died. Ms. Robinson was the most important thing in Ray Charles’s life above his music, and Yvette Cason became that vital aspect. Overall, this musical was a loving and respectful tribute to the man Ray Charles and his legacy. According to the Los Angeles Times, members of Ray Charles family have very disapproving opinions of the manner in which Ray Charles is portrayed. The legal representative describes Ray Charles in the production as a one-dimensional character whose womanizing takes precedence over all else. It is a known fact that Ray Charles in his day is what we would consider as the modern day player. However, that is not what the world remembers him for: it his music that has left its mark in music and our hearts. The intent of this musical was to draw fans deeper into the Ray Charles story and his music, and it did just that. Ray Charles Live! was and is a lively show that captured the hearts and musical passions of every audience member. This project brought back the same intensity of the crowds that flocked to flail their arms at the sky and bob their heads in solemn agreement with Charles’s musical testaments for love and melodic transcendence. Ray Charles was the one man who could make you shake a tail feather on Saturday night, and make you get up and praise the Lord early Sunday morning. The good times are definitely rolling for Ray Charles in heaven though he is no longer with us. As long as visionaries like Susan-Lori Parks and director Sheldon Epps continue to spread his message, Ray Charles will continue to live on. On a scale of piano notes from C to G, G being the highest, I give Ray Charles Live! a G for Greatness! What’d I Say? A G for Greatness! After all Ray Charles did say “I never wanted to be famous. I only wanted to be great.” Let us reverence the man and his musical genius, so that his spirit may continue to inspire and touch future generations.

Theatre/Film Feb-March 9, 2008. The Color Purple. From the classic Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and the moving film by Steven Spielberg. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand, L.A.

bly, Danny Glover, Joel Haikali and Obed Emvula. The film depicts the long struggle waged by the people of Namibia for their independence that was ultimately won with the help of Cuban military volunteers fighting in Angola. Directors Guild of America. 7920 Sunset Bl. L.A. Info: 323.295.1706 or

Weds. Feb. 6th @ 7p.m. Sankofa. Film showing as part of the Movie Series hosted by the African Student Organization at CSUN. CSUN Black House, 18356 Halsted St., Northridge. Info: aso-csun58@ Thurs. Feb. 7th @7p.m. PAFF Opening Night Film-Namibia: The Struggle For Liberation Written and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Charles Burnett, starring Carl Lum-

Feb. 7-18th 16th Annual Pan African Film and Arts Festival (PAFF). Will take place Thursday, February 7 through Monday, February 18 at the Magic Johnson AMC Crenshaw 15 Theatres and the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza in Los Angeles, California . Highlights of the 2008 festival include the star-studded red carpet Opening Night Gala to be held in Hollywood at the Director’s Guild of America on February 7th. Magic Johnson The-


e all hear about war and the horror stories that go along with it. We all know or believe that war is a grown up thing, a decision made by adults, and carried out by adults. This is what we are made to believe or choose to believe. In foreign places were war is quite different. Children are just as much a part of war as any adult. They are thrown into the battle and forced to learn how to kill to survive. “Song For Night” brings this harsh reality to light in a way that puts you the reader right in the line of fire, in the young minds of the youth who are forced to become a part of a long battle that they did not choose. These children are forced to enter an adult world were death and life is a very thin line. The story takes you into the mind of a 15-year-old boy who is forced, after his entire family and village are wiped out, to become a part of an army of youth. They are trained at boot camp by a general referred to as John Wayne, but John Wayne he is not, this guy is the bad guy, the person whom you would never trust your child with, who has no moral values, the devil himself. At this boot camp, these children are taught to diffuse mines. They comb the landmines, and are known as mine diffusers. Upon graduation their vocal cords are cut so that if any one of them happened to set of a bomb, the others will not know and be effected by the cries and screaming of their fallen comrade which would make their task even harder to continue and carry out. This general takes away any innocence a child may have had. He takes away any pride a man may have. He takes away the joy that any person might have had and fills the void with distrust, betrayal, violence, rape, greed and death. With silence and no words that can be spoken to each other, you enter into the mind of this young boy and follow him through a journey unlike no other. You follow him to places he is going, to places he has been, and to places were he or any other child should never be. “Song For Night” will make you wonder about the things we do not see and witness for ourselves. It will force you to become more aware of the bigger picture outside your world. It will make you realize how blessed we are in this land called America. It will make you want to go out like so many people are doing today and reach out to those whose land is far away and far from the freedom that we know.

atres, Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Mall, and the Director’s Guild of America King & Crenshaw Bl., L.A. Info: 323.295.1706 or Weds. Feb 13. @7p.m. Blood Diamonds. Film showing as part of the Movie Series hosted by the African Student Organization at CSUN. CSUN Black House, 18356 Halsted St., Northridge. Info: Sun. Feb. 24th @ 4p.m. For Whom the Bell Toll Set For Life (A California Nonprofit 501C3 Organization) PRESENTS A Black History Month Celebration. A musical comedy drama, “For Whom the Bell Toll” set in the 1950s. General admission is $15 and $10 for Seniors and Children. Special VIP tickets are available for $25. Guest will also be

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treated to a Black Art exhibit of pen & ink illustrations by Disney Artist Ron Husband of Ron’s World. Proceeds raised will support SET for LIFE 2008 programs and the new sanctuary capital campaign of Second Baptist Church, Inc. The Duarte Performing Arts Center.1401 Highland Av. Duarte. Thurs. Jan. 31 @ 7p.m. FAMLI Film Screening, “Negroes with Guns,Robert Williams & Black Power” Monthly Film Screenings & Discussions hosted by FAMLI Inc. & In The Black Productions. Lucy Florence Cultural Center, Leimert Park, L.A. Info: (323) 293-1356

Feb 1, 2008 EDUCATION Students respond to the Governor’s proposed $312.9 million CSU budget cut Dina Cervantes Say It Loud!

Chair of the California State Student Association and CSUN senior The California State Student Association (CSSA) is committed to the accessibility of an affordable quality education for the 450,000 students of the California State University. On Tuesday, January 8, 2008 the Governor delivered the state of the state address in which he highlighted his priorities for the year. Governor Schwarzenegger addressed state budget reform, education, and his strategic growth plan. The Governor also spoke about hard times and across-the-board cuts to programs and services due to the fiscal emergency of the state.

It is in hard times that an accessible and affordable quality education should be the number one priority. Public higher education provides the economic engine for California; as well as the teachers, social workers, and nurses that are needed. Public higher education is the key to the social well being of Californians, as well as the future economic success of our Golden state. The Governor announced his plan outlining solutions to California’s critical need for approximately 20,000 new engineers over the next decade. This will be done by expanding existing education-

al programs and building new partnerships between the CSU/ UC/CCC. The Governor also addressed the shortage of teachers to come in the upcoming years. The CSU is the leader in providing teachers to the state, producing the majority of K-12 teachers (CSU 2007). Fully funding public higher education and opening the doors to an accessible and affordable quality education for all Californians will address the needs of the state. We call upon the Governor and the Legislature to fully fund public higher education and solve the state’s problems. It is no secret that undergradu-

PAID INTERNSHIPS FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS AT THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE (GAO) APPLY UNTIL FEBRUARY 15 THROUGH USAJOBS GAO is looking for graduate students in a wide variety of fields to assist GAO analysts to plan and conduct reviews of executive and legislative branch programs in paid internships. The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), the congressional watchdog, is an independent and nonpartisan agency. GAO’s analyses and insights help Congress make informed decisions on policy and programs and ensure the accountability of the Federal government for the well-being of the American people. For more information, see job announcement # GAO-08-TEAMS-034701 at USAJOBS, or visit

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ate student fees have increased 70 percent since 2002 (20022007) and we continue to face those increases despite the need for an educated and prosperous California. The rising cost of student fees has squeezed families that don’t qualify for financial aid and cannot afford to pay for college. The students of California are disappointed that the Governor has proposed to cut $312.9 million from the CSU and increase student fees once again. In the coming months CSSA will be working with student leaders on each of the 23 CSU

Harambee High School Conference at Cal State U Northridge Northridge Center (USU) February 23, 2008 9a.m.-3p.m. For info call (818) 677-3311

NABJ Founders Reinvest in Student Members Three NABJ Founders pledge sizeable donations to the scholarship fund

National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) founders Maureen Bunyan, Les Payne and DeWayne Wickham pledged more than $60,000 to the organization’s annual scholarship program. Wickham, USA Today columnist and NABJ past-president, pledged $12,000. While Bunyan, news anchor for WJLA-TV in Washington, DC, and Payne, Newsday columnist and NABJ past-president, contributed $25,000 each. Bunyan and Payne’s pledges break the record for the largest individual donation to the scholarship program to date. “The generosity of Maureen, Les and DeWayne is overwhelming,” remarked NABJ President Barbara Ciara. “It’s not often that the NABJ scholarship fund receives a pledge of this

size. I challenge other members to follow their lead and invest in the next generation of black journalists.” The contributions allow Wickham, Bunyan and Payne each to name a new scholarship in their honor. They join Carole Simpson, Gerald Boyd and Robin Stone whose generous donations also established NABJ scholarships. “NABJ invites all members to contribute to the future of the organization. Donations like this help us maintain our million dollar endowment. That money is dedicated to budding AfricanAmerican journalists by supporting their education and fostering their career aspirations,” said NABJ Executive Director Karen Wynn Freeman. Each year, NABJ awards more than

campuses, as well as at the UC and CCC campuses to analyze the proposed budget, and empower all students to hold elected officials accountable to fully fund public higher education and stop student fee increases. CSSA is committed to continue the fight for access and affordability during the budget crisis. Keeping fees low is one part of that equation: We must continue to have financial aid for needy students and secure full state support for our universities to provide the highest quality education to the people of California.

$30,000 in scholarships to deserving students interested in pursuing a career in journalism. Each scholarship is worth up to $5,000. Scholarships are open to any foreign or American-born NABJ member, currently attending an accredited fouryear college/university in the U.S. or those who are candidates for graduate school. The scholarship program is a part of NABJ’s Student Education Enrichment and Development (SEED) Committee. Annually, SEED supports student members with internships, scholarships and student media projects such as the chance to publish or produce stories about the annual convention. For more information on the NABJ scholarships or to donate to the program, please visit

WHITE HOUSE INTERN A White House Internship provides an opportunity for current students and

recent graduates to experience everyday life at the White House while working with high-level officials on a variety of tasks and projects. For more information and an application please visit SUMMER 2008 INTERNSHIP May 20t h - August 15th APPLICATIONS DUE FEBRUARY 2 6 , 2 0 0 8. FALL 2008 INTERNSHIP August 26th - December 12th APPLICATIONS D U E J U N E 3, 2 008 PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION TO:

Early Childhood Education Policy Briefing

An opportunity to hear about what important policy issues will be affecting early childhood education in 2008. Center for Healthy Communities, California Endowment-Cabrillo Room, 1000 N. Alemedia St, L.A. Feb 12, 2008 from 8:30-10a.m. Must RSVP to

Education Is a Civil Right Take Your Child to School

National African American Parent Involvement Day (NAAPID) will be observed Monday, February 11, 2008. Parents will be taking their children to school/visiting their children in school in support of this national endeavor to encourage parents to come together in a single setting to promote educational excellence for today’s youths. For more info visit

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National Black AIDS Awareness Day is February 7, 2008 In 2005, African Americans accounted for 18,121 (49%) of the estimated 37,331 new HIV/AIDS diagnoses in America in the 33 states that have longterm, confidential namebased HIV reporting

GET TESTED Today!! No Medicine from Pg1 37 percent in 2005. That trend accelerated in 2001 when The Joint Commission, which accredits health care organizations, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs initiated campaigns to improve the quality of pain control in hospitals. The new study is the first to measure opioid prescribing trends since those efforts. The study is based on data compiled by the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, which is administered by the U.S. Census Bureau. Study authors, led by University of California-San Francisco researcher Mark J. Pletcher, M.D., M.P.H., analyzed 374,891 emergency department visits over 13 years. Of those visits, 156,729, or 42 percent, were related to pain. Among the study findings: -- While the use of opioids increased overall between 1993 and 2005, the differences in use between racial and ethnic groups did not diminish. In 2005, the last year of the survey, 40 percent of whites in pain received opioids; 32 percent of all others received the drugs. -- Differences in prescribing between whites and non-whites were greater among people with the worst pain. Among patients in severe pain, opioids were prescribed to 52 percent of whites, 42 percent of Hispanics and 39 percent of blacks. -- Blacks were prescribed opioids at lower rates than other groups for almost every type of painrelated emergency department visit, including back pain (33 percent for blacks versus 48 percent

for whites), headache (22 percent versus 35 percent) and abdominal pain (20 percent versus 32 p e r c e n t ) . -- Opioids were prescribed less often for blacks than whites for kidney stones (56 percent to 72 percent) and long bone fractures (45 percent to 52 p e r c e n t ) . -- Non-opioid pain relievers, such as acetaminophen (sold as Tylenol), were prescribed more for non-whites (36 percent) than whites (26 percent). -- Opioid prescribing rates were particularly low for black and Hispanic children; blacks in government-owned, non-federal hospitals; uninsured patients; and among all non-white patients in hospitals in the N o r t h e a s t . The study did not conclude why non-whites were less likely to receive opioids, but suggested racial and/or ethnic bias as a significant factor. “Causes of disparities in medical care, however, are complex, and simple racial/ethnic bias is unlikely to fully explain the problem,” the study noted. Race and ethnicity influence all aspects of the relationship between patients and clinicians, including how patients communicate pain to doctors, what kinds of treatment are requested and how medicals staffs respond, the study said. Authors said that new strategies are needed to address pain management in emergency departments, perhaps including changes to pain treatment regimens or educating patients to specifically ask for pain relief.

HEALTH CARE from Pg 1 will need an increase of $6.7 to $8.1 billion to cover 800,000 uninsured children. Meanwhile, 25 California counties are poised to lose coverage over the next two years due to the lack of SCHIP funding. 3. Much like the Massachusetts plan, ABX1-1 requires individuals buy insurance. Among adults between the ages of 18-64, over one third of Latinos, 22 percent of American Indians, 17 percent of Asians, and 15 percent of blacks lack health insurance coverage. If the parents of those kids have a job, they will be required to pay unregulated premiums, co-pays and other out of pocket expenses. Even within the state purchasing pool there are neither caps on premiums nor floors for coverage. And with the unemployment rate increasing, significantly so for communities of color, it is shortsighted to focus solely on providing healthcare coverage for workers. 4. ABX1-1 doesn’t do enough to address the concerns of communities of color. Some who advocate for those communities have done an excellent job of ensuring that key provisions, race specific data collection and support of community clinics, are included in the bill. But the grey areas regarding implementation and accountability would directly impact the quality of care that people receive. For instance, it is assumed that seasonal and temporary workers, who are not covered by the bill, will still be able to access healthcare through the expansion of public programs. But that’s a major assumption considering Gov. Schwarzenegger’s budget proposal includes cuts to the tune of 1 billion dollars for these very same programs. We know from experience that when it comes to race and policymaking, leaving loose ends to sort themselves out later is

a recipe for disaster for our communities. 5. ABX1-1 sets up the principle of universal healthcare for failure. Communities of color have seen good intentions turned into bad outcomes before. Look at what has happened to public education. In the 1990s the state provided money to reduce its class sizes in the primary grades. But schools that served predominately students of color didn’t have the additional classroom space needed in order to take advantage of the policy. The unintended effect was to create a mass flight of qualified teachers from urban poor schools to suburban schools. This left schools that serve mainly students of color with a glut of emergency-permitted, and under qualified teachers. Today, students of color are worse off. Now imagine the frustration that could be created by having the illusion of universal health coverage without quality care? Will people be happy having the insurance companies or state boards choose their doctor and hospital? It’s a certain setup for failure. What is important is not that “the year of healthcare reform” is symbolically redeemed by the passage of this legislation and the subsequent ballot measure. What is essential is that healthcare reform is done right. And that is something to think about when people say that we can fix the shortcomings of the bill later. Decades of experience has taught us that when it comes to issues of racial equity, good intentions do not necessarily produce outcomes that benefit everyone, especially communities of color. Solutions to our healthcare crisis exist. ABX1-1 is not one of them. New America Meda Tammy Johnson, Jan 21, 2008 Copyright © New America Media

HEALTH EVENTS Tues. Feb. 5th @ 6-9p.m. Black Health Forum. Hosted by the Black Student Union at CSUN as well as other campus orgs. Cal State U Northridge (CSUN), 18111 Nordhoff St, Northridge Jerome Richfield 314. Info: bsu.csun@yahoo. com or www.myspace. com/bsu_csun. Feb. 7-11, 2007. 2nd National Black Women and HIV/AIDS Conference. This year’s theme: It’s All About M.E.E.! Sistahs Getting Real About HIV: Mobilization, Education, Empowerment. Sponsored by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women and the National Council of Negro Women. Omni Hotel, 251 S. Olive St. L.A. Weds. Feb. 13th @ noon ‘Code Yellow: The Crises at King Drew Medical Center.’ A lecture series hosted by the PAS

dept at CSUN. Cal State U Northridge (CSUN), 18111 Nordhoff St, Northridge. Info and location: (818) 677-3311. Sun. Feb. 17 @ 10 a.m. Beauty, Wellness & Prosperity Networking Breakfast Lucy Florence Cultural Center 3351 W. 43rd Street, L.A. A monthly series that provides a platform for meeting new people who care about natural health, wellness and a healthy pursuit of prosperity, as well as learning about how to take back control of your own mind/body/spirit health and wellness. Speaker Rebecca Hulem: The Menopause Expert and author of “Feelin’ Hot? A Humorous, Informative and Truthful Look at Menopause.” Tickets: $10 (includes breakfast). Limited seating. Reserve in advance. Info: Rhonda Kuykendall-Jabari (323)759-7985. Lucy Florence Cultural Center (323) 293-1356 or

Weds. Feb. 27-28 @ 84p.m. National Woman’s Heart Day Health Fair The Sister to Sister Heart Health Fairs are community-based events where women come together to learn about the risks of heart disease, the #1 killer of women. Those who attend the fairs receive individual heart-health screenings and personalized counseling sessions at no cost. 2029 Century Park East Century City Info: Jeannie Moore 949.831.4933 or jmoore@ fairs/los_angeles.php. Feb. 29th - March 1st @ 9a.m. Emerald Nuts Quality of Life Expo. Attendees will discover the latest in running, cycling, health & fitness, travel, lifestyle improvement and much more. L.A. Convention Center, West Hall1201 S. Figueroa St. L.A. (310)444.5544 or

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Say It Loud! Poetry Corner Sean Hill “Right, Left...” 1957, 57 steps, Things like this are just meant to connect, 9 Children walked to their school mobs of the worst part of us the ignorance, the pain of change people weren’t ready for... 57 steps up to the Central High School, fear and confusion mixed like two parts courage and a sprinkle of fate 9 kids had a date with destiny Didn’t know if they could afford to pick up the check heck I’d place bets if they could expect what came next, turned away from the door, ignored like their existence didn’t matter, screams and yells of nigger shouted by men, women, and children of another skin color, of another mindset, a mind state that was forced by a federal government, when people are doing wrong, and forced to do right, what else could be expected but a fight? whether segregated or integrated, the debate of true freedom is when you have true choice, without the influence of fear whispered in your ear If you want to solve problems that you’ve never solved before, you’re going to have to do something you may have never done before They say it’s a cold world, but the worst frost bite is within, forget sins and religion, when kids think they’re hated for their skin why act surprised when people don’t truly love their own kin, Ignorance is bliss much like a kiss from a lover who’s lips have another’s lipstick. They may have loved you but their love won’t help you reach your own potential, The way of the world, isn’t the way I want it to be, the world is what we can make it, that’s the way it’s been as far as eye for an eye can see 1957, 57 steps too much to connect placing your best foot forwardthe right stepis what matters next...

Feb 1, 2008 SPORTS Greetings From Muhammad SPORTS EVENTS A l i & O t h e r s Darleen D. Edwards-White Say It Loud!

Say It Loud! Staff uhammad Ali first gained national attention with his boxing skills and wit when he won the Gold Medal at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome. During his long and successful professional career, Ali has been a prominent international figure, dubbed the “Athlete of the Century” by numerous sports and entertainment publications and broadcast outlets around the globe.


Now, Muhammad Ali, who has endorsed a variety of products, has his very own greeting cards. The American Greeting Cards Corporation recently launched these cards after entering into an agreement with Muhammad Ali Enterprises LLC. to release eight initial cards ranging from birthday to anytime designs. The cards, launched in January, are just in time for black history month and a part of the Ebony Inspirations Collection which debuted in 2007 to great praise from consumers. The cards utilize images of Ali coupled with the some of his most recognizable quotes. “It is truly an honor to work with such a respected and revered person like Muhammad Ali. His life, career and humanitarian efforts have had a lasting im-


pression on people of every race, religion and ethnicity,” said Paul Palmer, Director of Ethnic Card Marketing at American Greetings. “It’s a natural fit for Ali to be the focal point of cards that inspire and motivate others to reach their goals, persevere through hardship, and celebrate their many accomplishments in life. The cards truly capture his spirit and determination in a way that moves others to strive for greatness in much the same way that ‘The Greatest of All Time’ has done throughout his life.” Other unique cards of the Ebony Inspirations Collection feature cover art from the 62-year history of the influential publication, along with brief bios on the eight historical figures and events commemorated. New covers and stories will be shared as part of a 12card line. Historic covers featured on the cards com-

memorate former Secretary of State Colin Powell, actor/ comedian Redd Foxx, civil and human rights activist Dr. Betty Shabazz, tennis legend Arthur Ashe, entertainers Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, boxing champ Joe Lewis and the historic cover honoring the 1963 March on Washington with motivational messages from renowned Bishop T.D. Jakes. “The first collection of Ebony Inspirations really resonated with consumers,” said Paul Palmer, “We wanted to build on that positive energy with a new offering that included even more influential figures from our history. The new cards feature fascinating people who have been instrumental in shaping not only the African American culture but the country we live in today.” The Muhammad Ali collection from American Greetings became available in January as part of the Black History Month line in grocery stores, drug chains and supercenters nationwide for $2.99 each. American Greetings and Carlton Cards stores will also carry the line. Products featuring sound bytes of Ali’s famous quotes, including cards and holiday ornaments, are scheduled to hit shelves this year and in 2009 at American Greetings retailers nationwide.

Mens track field 02/01/08 Friday Washington Invitational Seattle, WA TBA 02/02/08 Saturday Washington Invitational Seattle, WA TBA 02/09/08 Saturday All Comers Northridge, CA 8:30 a.m. 02/16/08 Saturday Washington Seattle, WA TBA 02/23/08 Saturday All Comers Northridge, CA 8:30 a.m. 02/29/08 Friday MPSF Indoor Championships Seattle, WA TBA Womens track and field 02/01/08 Friday Washington Invitational Seattle, WA TBA 02/02/08 Saturday Washington Invitational Seattle, WA TBA


02/01/2008 Friday Girl’s Basketball @ San Fernando 2:30 & 4:00 Boy’s Basketball vs San Fernando 5:30 & 7:00 02/04/2008 Monday Girl’s Soccer vs Kennedy 2:30 & 4:00 Boy’s Soccer @ Kennedy 2:30 & 4:00

02/16/08 Saturday Washington Seattle, WA TBA 02/23/08 Saturday All Comers Northridge, CA 8:30 a.m.

02/07/2008 Thursday Wrestling vs Arleta 5:30

02/29/08 Friday MPSF Indoor Championships Seattle, WA TBA

02/08/2008 Friday Girl’s Basketball vs Panorama 2:30 & 4:00

2/1/08 Friday Varsity/JV Boy’s Basketball vs Verdugo Hills 5:30 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. Varsity/JV Girl’s Basketball at Verdugo Hills 5:30 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.

02/10/08 Sunday Wrestling @ San Fernando 5:30

02/09/08 Saturday All Comers Northridge, CA 8:30 a.m.

Canoga Park

2/06/08 Wednesday Varsity/JV Boy’s Basketball vs Poltechnic 2:30p.m.-4p.m. Varsity/JV Girl’s 2:30p.m.-4p.m. Basketball at Polytechnic

Boy’s Basketball @ Panorama 5:30 & 7:00

02/11/08 Monday Girl’s Basketball @ Monroe 2:30 & 4:00 Boy’s Basketball vs. Monroe 5:30 & 7p.m.

For more February sports events check out our sports page on - Madinah U. White Say It Loud! Intern

The Peacemakers of Today & Tomorrow



ormer NFL running back Jim Brown is teaming up with fellow Hall of Fame athletes George Foreman and Bill Russell in launching a new program to help improve underprivileged communities across America. The Amer-I-Can Foundation for Social Change headed by Brown introduced the “Peacemakers” initiative on Thursday, January 31st during super bowl weekend in Phoenix, Arizona. The launch of the initiative will take place during Amer-I-Cans 20th anniversary. The do-good program is looking to help raise money in efforts to financially support the program to help stop the violence and increase the peace in schools as well as educate young minds across America. The goal is to raise $20 million dollars by December. The Foundation will implement the Amer-I-Can life-management skills used by its parent The Amer-I-Can Program, a non-profit organization teaching youth about self-determination techniques, motivating them with goals and showing them how to utilize these tactics in everyday life. In a press release George Foreman said, “I’m thankful for the opportunity to join forces with two of the world’s most ex-

2/08/08 Friday Varsity/JV Boy’s Basketball at Grant 5:30-7p.m. Varsity/JV Girls’ Basketball vs Grant 5:30-7p.m.

02/06/08 Wednesday Girl’s Basketball @ Kennedy 2:30 & 4:00 Boy’s Basketball vs Kennedy 2:30 & 4:00 Girl’s Soccer @ Panorama 2:30 & 4:00 Boy’s Soccer vs Panorama 2:30 & 4:00

2/05/08 Tuesday Varsity/JV Boy’s Soccer vs Polytechnic 2:30p.m.-4p..m. Varsity/JV Girl’s Soccer at Polyotechnic 2:30p.m.-4p..m.

Felicia C. Serrano Say It Loud! Staff

2/07/08 Thursday Varsity/JV Boy’s Soccer at Grant 2:30-4p.m. Varsity/JV Girl’s Soccer vs Grant 2:30p.m.-4p.m.

(Photo: Amer-I-Can) ceptional human beings in this quest to save and change lives.” Since it’s inauguration in 1998, the life-management skills program has been used in schools, communities, prisons, and juvenile camps in over 16 states nationally. Internationally, it has taken off in countries like Belize, the United Kingdom and South Africa. The whole reason behind the “Peacemakers” initiative is to improve communities and save lives lost to violence, especially among today’s youth. The Violence Policy Center in 2004 showed that three times the amount of

young men between the ages of 15 and 24 were killed by guns in America’s cities compared to soldiers in the Middle East. Chairman Bill Russell stated, “My goal is to bring passion, compassion, and intelligence to my position as Chairman of The Amer-I-Can Peacemaker’s initiative,” according to a press release for the fundraiser. “We have the opportunity to exponentially increase the number of lives saved and changed once we begin funding our own programs,” said Founder and CEO Jim Brown.

For more info, call (888) 259-9534 or visit

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Say It Loud! (Feb 2008)  

This is the second issue of Say It Loud! Say It Loud! is published by Saharra Jovan White and White Media & Communications.

Say It Loud! (Feb 2008)  

This is the second issue of Say It Loud! Say It Loud! is published by Saharra Jovan White and White Media & Communications.