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NN leaders are man enough to “Walk a mile in her shoes”
  The Annual “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes”        total of $5,536 was raised this year. A huge
was held this past weekend at the Peninsula    difference from last year, which raised
Town Center in Hampton. The men’s              $11,000.
march benefited the Center for Sexual            The money supports the rape crisis
Assault Survivors, a non-profit agency         center. All their services are free, including
serving the Peninsula since 1996.              a 24-hour crisis hotline and one-on-one
  The Newport News Sheriff’s Office            counseling.
has always been a proud participant in           “This year I wore a pair of bright shiny
the event, and deputies crossed city lines     red pumps. I figure red goes with more
and walk again this year. They were in         outfits than pink,” joked Sheriff Morgan.
full uniform—footwear being the only             The way to curb the behavior of sexual
exception.                                     violence is through education and
  “Sheriff Gabe Morgan has been our            awareness. This event raises awareness --
biggest supporter,” said Shawna Gray,          and eyebrows. It is a light-hearted way to
executive director for the Center for Sexual   get people involved in a serious matter.
Assault Survivors. “This is our fifth year       Seventy men from all walks of life
doing this, and he has been onboard from       marched this year.
the beginning. He has said that every year       Newport News Mayor McKinley Price
the heels are going to get higher.”            was seen strutting in a black pair of pumps
  The Sheriff’s heels usually get higher       and airmen from Langley AFB had a team,          Newport News Sheriff Gabe Morgan striding alongside Newport News Mayor McKinley Price
as the pledges but this year was a little      as did the Peninsula Town Center Security
different.                                     Department. Cheerleaders from Hampton            and their customers came out of the           View more photos from the Walk a Mile in
  The high price of gas and the overall        University were on-hand offering rousing         businesses along the route to cheer and       Her Shoes event on page 3.
recession played a huge part this year. A      voices of encouragement. Shop proprietors        applaud.

  Redistricting session opens as reformers appeal for change
   Redistricting has always been a hot topic within the                                                                         recommendations without taking into account political
 state of Virginia. Now, Virginians are calling attention to                                                                    advantages or protecting incumbents.
 the issue once again.                                                                                                            According to data collected from last year’s U.S.
   The Virginia Redistricing Coalition rallied earlier this                                                                     Census population shifts have caused some districts
 week to call attention to redistricting. Their motive:                                                                         to move to northern Virginia.
 to make the process of drawing new legislative                                                                                   Rev. Doug Smith says urban and suburban interest
 districts more open and fair. Rally participants                                                                               will drive the General Assembly. Smith is a member of
 were also protesting political lines proposed by both                                                                          the independent advisory panel Gov. Bob McDonnell
 Republicans and Democrats.                                                                                                     organized that is in charge of recommending impartial
   Virginia is not only home to the Confederacy but                                                                             lines to redistricting.
 also has a history with the Voting Rights Act. That’s                                                                            The General Assembly is the place where the change
 why redistricting is such a huge issue within the state.                                                                       can happen and members seem dedicated to protecting
   Redistricting plans must be approved by the Justice                                                                          incumbents to maintain partisan power.
 Department or a federal court to ensure voting strength                                                                          At press time Democrats, who hold the majority in
 among minorities aren’t being strategically weakened.                                                                          the senate, are attempting to up their numbers in more
   Virginia’s Constitution allows the legislature, by          electoral advantage in order to alter counties and cities. In   districts and reduce Republican power in less districts.
 itself, to redraw both legislative and congressional          the past, even voting precincts have been torn apart from       Republicans, who have the majority in the House,
 districts to show population modifications after              redistricting.                                                  presented plans that some Democrats outside their
 national censuses.                                              Recently, the Independent Bipartisan Advisory                 districts or paired in the same district with party
   Politically, lawmakers have preserved one party’s           Commission on Redistricting was asked to offer                  collegues.
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Legislation signed for military and vets to gain in-state tuition
  The governor is continuing his efforts in       status for in-state tuition due when he or
making Virginia “America’s Most Veteran-        she accompanies the active-duty service
Friendly State.”                                member stationed outside of Virginia
  Gov. Bob McDonnell was recently joined          • Extend the expiration date of certain
at Fort Lee by a host of military service       licenses or registrations held by the spouse
and family members, veterans and elected        of a service member when stationed
officials to sign into law 25 bills aimed at    overseas
assisting active-duty military members,           • Allow the Department of Human
veterans and their families.                    Resource Management to offer voluntary
  The new laws are part of the governor’s       TRICARE supplement health coverage for
ongoing effort to make Virginia “America’s      state employees who are veterans of the
Most Veteran-Friendly State” and were           armed forces
passed by the General Assembly during the         • Provide to a veteran one copy of vital
2011 session.                                   record free of charge if that record is to be
  The measures are aimed at assisting           used to determine the eligibility for state or
veterans with balancing their service to        federal veteran benefits
the nation with their family and civilian         • Provide an exemption to the Certificate
commitments. The bills also make it easier      of Public Need (COPN) process to all
for military families to transition into        current and future veterans care centers
civilian life after concluding their military     Speaking about the legislation signed,
service.                                        McDonnell remarked that with legislation         in the nation,” the governor points out.        to determine eligibility for state or federal
  The bills signed include laws to:             passage Virginia moves closer to becoming        “In addition, over 823,000 veterans             veteran’s benefits. This will greatly speed
  • Waive the one-year residency                the country’s most veteran-friendly state.       call Virginia home, the 7th greatest            up the review process, helping our veterans
requirement for veterans needed to qualify        “The commonwealth is home to                   number in the country and by 2016 it is         get their disability benefits sooner,”
for in-state tuition                            327,000 active-duty military members             projected that Virginia will be home to         Northam said.
  • Clarify that a Virginia-domiciled           and family members, the second-                  the fourth-greatest amount of veterans            Delegate Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights)
military spouse does not forfeit domicile       largest active-duty military population          nationally.”                                    adds that the passage of HB1761, veterans
                                                                                                     Military members and veterans are           who are employed by the state will now
                                                                                                 an integral part of the fabric of life in       be able to enroll in TRICARE supplement

 PFAC offers clay camps                                                                          Virginia, McDonnell said, and “we must
                                                                                                 continue to work to better serve these
                                                                                                                                                 health coverage.
                                                                                                                                                   “State employees who elect to enroll
                                                                                                 brave Virginians who have kept our great        in TRICARE will benefit from the
   Peninsula Fine Arts Center’s Spring                                                           nation safe and make it easier on them          convenience and savings of payroll
 2011 Studio Art School offers Clay                                                              and their families to balance military          deduction for TRICARE supplemental
 Camp, an afterschool ceramic course                                                             and civilian life.” McDonnell continued,        coverage on a pre-tax basis,” Cox said.
 educating children ages 5-12 to express                                                         “They have served us, and we must serve         “This is advantageous to the state and to
 themselves through clay.                                                                        them. I am pleased that the General             our veterans by providing better access to
   Children have the chance to experience                                                        Assembly passed these important pieces          active duty and veterans services.”
 techniques like hand-building and use of the                                                    of legislation with broad bipartisan              Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli
 potter’s wheel. Clay Camp is offered in four                                                    support.”                                       added, “I am pleased with the progress
 sessions on Wednesdays from 4-5:30 pm:                                                            The courageous Virginians, McDonnell          that we have made on behalf of our
 April 13-May 4, for ages nine-12; and May                                                       says, who volunteer “to keep us free and        veterans in the 2011 General Assembly.
 11-June 1 for ages five-8.                                                                      secure” should be recognized for the            One of my main campaign platforms was
   Clay Camp is ceramic camp for young                                                           sacrifices they, and their families, make on    improving the veteran-friendliness of
 artists taught by Beth Turbeville and                                                           a daily basis in that effort.                   the Office of the Attorney General, and
 Diane Kroniess. Young minds learning                                                              The governor is a United States Army          2011 has been a good legislative year for
 hand-building and uses of the potter’s                                                          veteran. He served 21 years active duty         those who have served in the defense of
 wheel get the chance to get messy while                                                         and reserve, retiring as a lieutenant colonel   our commonwealth and country. I look
 creating their own unique work.                                                                 in 1997. His late father was a lieutenant       forward to working with the governor’s
   Turbeville says, “There is nothing                                                            colonel in the United States Air Force.         office and the Virginia Department of
 like getting your hands muddy and                                                                 The governor’s oldest daughter, Jeanine,      Veterans Services to make 2012 even
 that is what these kids will get to                                                             served in the United States Army, including     better.”
 experience at Clay Camp.”                      classes are family based in which children       a one-year tour of duty in Iraq. The              In 2010, the governor and General
   A no-experience-necessary environment,       ranging from ages three-10 can work with         governor’s late father-in-law served in the     Assembly advanced many efforts to
 Clay Camp provides all materials for           their parent to create clay works of art in a    United States Marines during World War          make Virginia more veteran-friendly,
 projects and activities that children in       studio setting. Additional classes include       II, surviving the battles of Saipan, Iwo Jima   including appointing a senior advisor
 the camp may need. Projects from this          other media like Children Can Draw!              and Okinawa.                                    for military community and dependent
 course encourage individual expression         Ages five-10, Introduction to Weaving              Senator Ralph Northam (D-Norfolk) says        affairs, passing real estate tax relief for
 and foster social skills by children           for Ages 10+, Teen Art Sample and Teen           there must be a continued effort to work        disabled veterans, continuing the Wall
 communicating with their classmates.           Jewelry.                                         toward making Virginia the most veteran-        of Honor, waiving administration fees
   Pfac offers other classes for children         The Studio Art School also offers              friendly state in America.                      for permits and applications for qualified
 such as Little Helping Hands- Spring           classes to adults in a variety of media            “We must focus on streamlining services       veteran small business start-ups, and
 Sunshine and Clay and Me & My Grown            such as Oil Painting, Drawing 101, and           for our veterans. SB959 provides veterans       providing college admission assistance
 Up- Spring Sunshine and Clay. Both             Evening Watercolor.                              a free copy of their vital records to be used   and improvements for veterans.
            Walking a mile in her shoes
The Hampton Roads Voice                                                                                         April 7 - 13, 2011 • 3

             Sherriff’s deputies prove they are man enough
                 Photos courtesy of NN Sheriff’s Office

                                                                              Peninsula security joins in the fun

                                                                      Participants enjoying themselves during the march

                                                             Men from different professional backgrounds participated in the event
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Gov. Bob McDonnell on “Virginia at Work!”

Gov. Bob McDonnell continued his “Virginia at Work!” tour with ribbon                                 Right photo 1st row: Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, McDonnell, and First Lady
cutting ceremonies at Thomas Johnson Furniture in Lynchburg and Phoenix                               Maureen McDonnell; 2nd row: Sen. Frank Ruff (R-Clarksville); Sen. John Miller
Packaging in Pulaski. He also toured the groundbreaking for the Commonwealth                          (D-Newport News); Del. John Cosgrove (R-Chesapeake); Del. Rich Anderson
Center for Advanced Manufacturing in Disputanta.                                                      (R-Prince William); Del. Riley Ingram (R-Hopewell)

Reproductive freedom threatened by bill signing                                                       Williamsburg’s connections to slave trade
   Gov. Bob McDonnell has signed a bill                of Virginia Executive Director Kent Willis.       During the era of the Atlantic slave trade         during the American Revolutionary era.
requiring the Virginia Board of Health to              “In signing this bill into law, Governor       in the 18th century, thousands of African               Colonial Williamsburg’s African American
issue regulations requiring abortion clinics           McDonnell has singled out abortion             captives, including members of elite families,        programming is made possible through the
that perform five or more first trimester              providers for completely unwarranted           were captured and sent to Virginia.                   support of Mr. and Mrs. Richard D. Parsons,
abortions a month to be categorized as                 and burdensome regulations that could             “Princes Without a Palace: Tracing African         Douglas N. Morton and Marilyn L. Brown, the
hospitals.                                             jeopardize the health of women, particularly   Princes and Captives in Williamsburg” connects        Norfolk Southern Corporation, the Charles E.
   The ACLU of Virginia and other                      those who are least able to afford medical     the Atlantic slave trade with historic buildings,     Culpeper Endowments in Arts and Culture of
reproductive rights advocates opposed                  care.”                                         people and events in Williamsburg and reveals the     the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Altria Client
the bill when it was introduced in the                   Ultimately, the effect of the law will       stories of African princes in exile. This program     Services, AT&T, Philip Morris, IBM and the
General Assembly and have expressed                    depend on the regulations promulgated          is at 11:30 a.m. May 5, 12, 19, June 2 and 9 at the   National Endowment for the Humanities.
concerns that the ensuing regulations                  by the Board of Health. The regulations,       DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum.                  Programs and exhibitions at The Colonial
will unconstitutionally restrict access to             which will likely include upgrades                “Princes Without a Palace” provides                Williamsburg Foundation’s DeWitt Wallace
abortions.                                             to facilities and higher standards for         an overview of the 18th-century Atlantic              Decorative Arts Museum are supported by
   The bill, SB 924 is an example of what              staffing and equipment, may require most       world including key events occurred in                the DeWitt Wallace Endowment Fund.
is commonly referred to as “targeted                   clinics to undergo unnecessary and costly      Africa, Europe and North America during                 Colonial Williamsburg’s walking tour,
regulation of abortion providers,” or                  renovations.                                   the slave trade. A historian narrates                 “Freedom Denied: Slavery in the Time of
TRAP, legislation and is intended                        “There is no study or expert medical         slides and video excerpts from Colonial               Liberty,” explores the struggles of African
t o m a k e a b o r t i o n s t o o e x p e n s i ve   opinion behind this bill,” added Willis.       Williamsburg’s Electronic Field Trip, “The            Americans to gain liberty and equality
for clinics to offer them, or if the                   “Abortions in Virginia, which are already      Slave Trade.” These are used to explore               during the era of the American Revolution.
costs are passed on to patients, too                   regulated, are safe. Widening hallways,        how businesses, governments and religions             The tour is offered at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays
expensive for women who need them.                     adding equipment and requiring additional      supported or opposed the slave trade and              and Fridays, April 6-June 10.
   The Education and Health Committee                  staffing, which are the likely requirements    the institution of slavery. Stories of princes          Using key documents from the period, this
of the Virginia Senate has routinely voted             of the new regulations, will not make it any   from elite families in Old Calabar (Nigeria)          tour explores aspects of law, religion and social
down such legislation after it passed the              safer.”                                        and a North Africa Muslim named Selim,                customs that established and maintained a
House of Delegates. However, this                        “Whether or not there will be a legal        provide insight into how they and many                system of slavery and oppression.
year the TRAP provisions came in                       challenge will depend on what the Board        others negotiated their survival in the                 Guests listen to the stories of 18th-century
the form of a House floor amendment                    of Health does,” said Willis. “We’ll           Atlantic world.                                       Williamsburg residents and understand the
that then went directly to the Senate                  be closely monitoring how the board               This program is part of Colonial                   variety of means by which enslaved and free
floor.                                                 proceeds with its deliberations, and           Williamsburg’s Equiano Forum on Early                 African Americans acted as agents of change.
   “We are disappointed that the governor,             while no one in state government is            African American History and Culture which              Admission to this one-hour walking tour
like the General Assembly, decided to put              completely immune from politics, we are        seeks to broaden the public knowledge about           is through any Historic Area admission
politics above women’s constitutional                  hopeful that professionalism will ultimately   African and African American history and              pass. A free reservation is required and can
rights and reproductive health,” said ACLU             win out over politics.”                        culture in Virginia and the Atlantic world            be made by calling 1-800-HISTORY.
The Hampton Roads Voice                                                                                                                                                      April 7 - 13, 2011 • 5

Grant award to help Portsmouth families get job training and employment
  U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary   participating in HUD’s Housing Choice                 The funding allows local housing                      new report just issued by HUD evaluated
Shaun Donovan announced recently that public     Voucher Program increase their education            authorities to hire coordinators (or caseworkers) to    the effectiveness of the FSS Program.
housing agencies in Portsmouth will receive      or gain marketable skills that will enable          link adults in the Housing Choice Voucher               Conducted from 2005 to 2009, HUD’s study
$42,796 to link low-income families with         them to obtain jobs that pay a living wage.         program to local organizations that                     shows the financial benefits are substantial
the necessary education and job training           “This program is absolutely critical in           provide job training, childcare, counseling,            for participants who remain and complete
to put them on the path to self-sufficiency.     today’s economy,” said Donovan. “The                transportation and job placement.                       the program. This study is the second of a
These agencies are among nearly 600 that will    research demonstrates that this program               Participants in the HCV/FSS program                   three-part series by HUD that evaluate the
receive approximately $54 million in grants.     works. When families are given the tools            sign a contract that requires the head of the           effects of the FSS program. The first study
  Funded through HUD’s Housing Choice            they need to move beyond the voucher                household to get a job and the family will              found individuals who participated in the
Voucher Family Self-Sufficiency Program          program, they do. Ultimately, they become           no longer receive welfare assistance at the             FSS program fared better financially than
(HCV/FSS), the grants allow public housing       self-sufficient and more vouchers become            end of the five-year term. As the family’s              those who did not enroll in the program.
agencies (PHAs) to work with welfare             available for other families, some who have         income rises, a portion of that increased               HUD’s Office of Policy Development and
agencies, schools, businesses, and other         been waiting for long periods to receive            income is deposited in an interest-bearing              Research (PD&R) will launch the third and final
local partners to develop a comprehensive        housing assistance. For America to win the future   escrow account. If the family completes                 installment to complete this series this year.
program to help individuals already              we need a trained and skilled workforce.”           its FSS contract, the family receives the                 PD&R will also launch two additional
                                                                                                     escrow funds that it can use for any purpose,           studies this year about the FSS program.
                                                                                                     including paying educational expenses,                  The first study will examine whether
                                                                                                     starting a business or paying back debts.               FSS participants who were still enrolled
                                                                                                       The Family Self Sufficiency (FSS)                     when the Prospective Study ended went
                                                                                                     Program is a long-standing resource for                 on to graduate from the FSS program and
                                                                                                     increasing economic security and self-                  whether they met their goals for financial
                                                                                                     sufficiency among HCV participants. A                   self-sufficiency.

                                                                                                      Shaka Smart agrees to eight-year contract
                                                                                                        Virginia Commonwealth University
                                                                                                      men’s head basketball coach Shaka
                                                                                                      Smart has agreed in principle to an eight-
                                                                                                      year contract.
                                                                                                        The agreement comes on the heels of
                                                                                                      VCU’s historic appearance in the Final
                                                                                                      Four of the 2011 NCAA Tournament.
                                                                                                        “Coach Smart’s contributions to the
                                                                                                      university are unquantifiable,” said VCU
                                                                                                      President Michael Rao. “His character,
                                                                                                      intelligence and pursuit of excellence
                                                                                                      embody VCU’s core values.
                                                                                                        At press time the the contract was not                               Shaka Smart
                                                                                                      fully executed but officials guarantee an
                                                                                                                                                            the bright future that our student-athletes
                                                                                                      announcement will be made upon completion.
                                                                                                                                                            possess, makes VCU a very special place
                                                                                                        VCU Athletic Director Norwood
                                                                                                                                                            for me to be the head basketball coach.
                                                                                                      Teague said they indicate Coach Smart’s
                                                                                                                                                            I’m very excited about the opportunities
                                                                                                      commitment to VCU.
                                                                                                                                                            that lie ahead for both our program and
                                                                                                        “True to form, Coach Smart’s primary
                                                                                                                                                            our university.”
                                                                                                      concerns were about his players, coaches
                                                                                                                                                              The Rams became only the third 11-seed
                                                                                                      and the overall support of the basketball
                                                                                                                                                            in NCAA Tournament history to reach
                                                                                                      program,” Teague said. “We are honored
                                                                                                                                                            the Final Four with wins over Southern
                                                                                                      that he has decided to stay a VCU
                                                                                                                                                            California, Georgetown, Purdue, Florida
                                                                                                      Ram. He exemplifies everything that is
                                                                                                                                                            State and Kansas. It was the first year that
                                                                                                      right about college athletics, and VCU
                                                                                                                                                            any VCU squad won more than one game
                                                                                                      is ecstatic about the future under his
                                                                                                                                                            in the NCAA Tournament.
                                                                                                                                                              Prior to VCU, Smart was an assistant
                                                                                                        At 33, Smart is among the 10 youngest
                                                                                                                                                            to University of Florida head coach Billy
                                                                                                      head coaches at the Division I level and
                                                                                                                                                            Donovan. He also was an assistant coach
                                                                                                      has guided the Black & Gold to 55 wins
                                                                                                                                                            at Clemson, the University of Akron and
                                                                                                      over the past two seasons. That is the
                                                                                                                                                            California University of Pennsylvania.
                                                                                                      highest win total over any two-year span
                                                                                                                                                              Smart played college basketball at
                                                                                                      in VCU history.
                                                                                                                                                            Kenyon College in Gambler, Ohio,
                                                                                                        “I’m extremely grateful for the belief
                                                                                                                                                            where he graduated magna cum laude
                                                                                                      that Dr. Rao and Norwood Teague have
                                                                                                                                                            with a history degree. He also earned a
                                                                                                      shown and continue to show in our
                                                                                                                                                            master’s degree in social science from
                                                                                                      coaching staff and basketball program,”
                                                                                                                                                            California University of Pennsylvania.
                                                                                                      Smart said. “Their support, in addition to
6 • April 7 - 13, 2011                                                          EDITORIAL PAGE                                                         The Hampton Roads Voice

Parson of innocence for Wilmington Ten
By Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr.                        terror campaign led by the Ku Klux Klan and the
   Forty years ago in Wilmington, N.C., there         Rights of white People (ROWP) organization. Our
was a serious struggle of Black Americans             movement’s headquarters in Wilmington
to end racial discrimination and violence             - Gregory Congregational United Church of
over the manner in which public schools were          Christ - and the surrounding African American
desegregated. The NAACP, national and local,          community was placed in a state of siege by
had won a series of important court battles in        armed white vigilantes, who opposed racial
Wilmington and across America to desegregate          justice and equality.
public school systems. But, during the Nixon            The Civil Rights Movement evolving
administration in the early 1970’s, African           from the 1950’s and 1960’s into the 1970’s
Americans in the south, as well as in other regions   had to grapple with the fact that the Nixon
of the nation, were being challenged                  administration took steps to counter and
with the systematic racial disparities                suppress the momentum and progress of the
involved in the details of how federal                movement in the wake of the assassination of
court-ordered school desegregation was
being enforced.
                                                      The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in
                                                      1968. Thus, what we faced in Wilmington,                  The VOICE Unleashed
   We are grateful that the National Newspaper        N.C. in 1971 was not only the vile of local         One of the primary functions of          is arrested in the city, 16 Blacks
Publishers Association (NNPA) committed               racial hatred and violence, but also we later     a city is to keep its citizens safe        are arrested, and calls for police
to lead a national initiative to get a “Pardon        found out that right-wing law enforcement         and secure. If it fails on that front,     assistance by non-English speakers
of Innocence” for the Wilmington, N.C.                officials in the Nixon Administration aided       and residents are unable to carry          were often unanswered.
Ten. While the specifics of the case of the           and abetted the concerted frame-up, unjust        out their daily activities because           But, the troubling news doesn’t
Wilmington Ten are unique, this case of               conviction, and imprisonment of the               they are afraid for their lives and,       stop there. Reports of the use of
political prisoners raised the broad issues and       Wilmington Ten.                                   in some cases, leery of the police         excessive force by officers are
plight of the struggle for African American             We are the Wilmington Ten: Wayne                themselves, it is very hard for that       widespread and the department has
liberation and empowerment to a global level          Moore, William Joe Wright, Connie                 city to function. Such is the case in      been accused of failing to investigate
during the 1970’s.                                    Tindall, Marvin Patrick, James McKoy,             New Orleans.                               serious crimes.
   Black       students,        parents,        and   Ann Shepard, Willie Earl Vereen, Jerry              The United States Justice Department       So what’s next for the N.O.P.D? How
community leaders made a decision in                  Jacobs, Reginald Epps, and Benjamin F.            spent 10 months investigating the          does this troubled department ‘make
Wilmington in February 1971 that they                 Chavis, Jr. Because of our involvement            city’s police department, at the           it right’?
would stand up and fight to protect and               in the struggle in Wilmington in 1971,            mayor ’s request, and discovered a           Obviously, city officials can’t be
secure the “quality” education of African             we were unjustly charged, arrested, tried,        deeply dysfunctional and corrupt           trusted to do this alone; they’ve
American students by attempting to preserve           convicted, and sentenced to a combined            system, one that regularly abuses its      dro p p e d t h e b a l l f o r f a r t o o
the high academic integrity and institutional         maximum total of 282 years in prison in           power and the city’s residents.            long. Federal oversight is necessary
legacy of African American public schools such        North Carolina in 1972. We all were                 New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu         to help clean up the department
as Williston Senior High School. The United           completely innocent of the alleged                contacted federal officials just after     and manage it until it proves it can
Church of Christ, as a progressive mainline           charges of arson and conspiracy to assault.       he took office, making good on a           manage itself properly.
Protestant denomination of 1.7 million members,       In 1978, Amnesty International declared that      campaign promise to clean up the             New Orleans has made great
and its Commission for Racial Justice led by The      we were “Political Prisoners.” We stayed          Crescent City’s long dirty police          progress since Hurricane Katrina
Reverend Dr. Charles E. Cobb, decided to stand        in prison during most of the 1970’s while         department. The first step? Figuring       roared in, causing billions in damage
with the student-led coalition in Wilmington to       our case was on appeal. On December 4,            out just how widespread the problem        and taking thousands of lives. But
demand fairness and equal justice. As a young         1980,the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals     actually was.                              the city, with all of its history and
civil rights activist, I was dispatch Because we      overturned the unjust convictions of the            The investigation uncovered some         culture, cannot be truly great – or
dared to speak out and to engage in non-violent       Wilmington Ten, because of “prosecutorial         shocking truths about the New Orleans      say it has rebounded – until its
street protests to the long, unprecedented history    misconduct” in the unconstitutional and unfair    Police Department, truths that reek of     police department gets on the right
of racial violence and injustice in that port city,   frame-up. Yet, to date there has not been an      racial profiling and discrimination. For   side of the law.
the African American community became the             official “pardon of innocence” issued by the      every one Caucasian person that              -- Judge Greg Mathis
targets of a violent, paramilitary, anti-Black        state of or by the federal government.
 The Hampton Roads Voice                                           LETTERS TO THE EDITOR                                                                           April 7 - 13, 2011 • 7

   P.T. Hoffsteader, Esq.

Washington “Chainsaw Massacre”                                                                       On the Mayport in Norfolk
  The rush in Congress to slash vital programs   can we as a nation move forward if                    Private ship-repair yards supporting Naval    have the proven ability to support a
is turning into a horror film: “The Washington   we allow more people to go hungry, more             Station Mayport can perform basic               homeported nuclear-powered aircraft
Chainsaw Massacre.” Instead of taking            families to become homeless, more people            maintenance procedures such as painting,        carrier with existing infrastructure and a
thoughtful steps to reduce the deficit and       to lose their jobs and access to health care,       welding, and repairs to some ship systems,      skilled workforce. In addition, it remains
build foundations for a more prosperous          and fewer children to have educational              [but] they are incapable of performing the      unclear how much this strategically
future, conservative ideologues on the Hill      opportunities?                                      full cycle of major maintenance required to     questionable homeporting scheme will cost.
seem intent on blazing a trail of destruction      Instead of slashing programs that help the        service a nuclear-powered aircraft              Senators Webb and Warner
that will hurt millions of people who are        most vulnerable, Congress should reduce             carrier. The Navy’s facilities in Norfolk       Washington, D.C.
struggling just to get by.                       the billions spent in tax breaks for corporations
  Indiscriminately cutting human needs           and the wealthy, and make conscientious             Demographics cloud optimism
funding would hinder the health and              cuts in wasteful military spending. Protecting
                                                                                                       Optimism about studies that show a drop       homicide increased from 57 percent to 65
development of millions of low-income            the well-being of real people and helping
                                                                                                     in the African America percentage of crime      percent. There was a small decline in
children, risk harm to seniors and people        them to get back to work is what will get
                                                                                                     may be dampened by demographic trends           robbery, from 57 percent to 54 percent. It
with disabilities, and threaten the survival     our country moving again.
                                                                                                     and statistical aberrations. The rise in the    is the case that violent crime rates are lower
of millions of families still hurt by            R. Vaughan
                                                                                                     U.S. Hispanic population and the sharp          today for African Americans, as they also
unemployment and reduced income. How             Powhatan
                                                                                                     jump in Black violent crime during the late     are for other race groupings, but the their

Blacks giving a pass on domestic violence
                                                                                                     1980s and early 1990s may skew statistics       percentage of violent crime is about the
                                                                                                     from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports and        same today as in 1980.
  Critics of Chris Brown, the felon who          been fined for the unethical practice as has        the National Crime Victimization Survey           Studies that purport to show declines in
beat up former girlfriend Rihanna and lived      DJ Funkmaster Flex. So do the standards             that appear to show a recent drop in Black      African American violent crimes may also
to sing about it, say he’s buying favor in       apply to printed and digital media?                 violence.                                       rely on timelines that are too short to be
Black media outlets, literally.                    The Society of Professional Journalists             Studies on African American violent           effective. For instance, studies that start in
   Brown, who recently smashed windows           has articulated a comprehensive policy of           crime -- a crime that involves force or the     the late 1980s and 1990s cover a period of
of the dressing room immediately following       journalism ethics that can help guide any           threat of force -- often fail to account for    rapid increase in African American violent
his “Good Morning America” interview             conscientious online writer. No pay for play        the rise in the number of Hispanics in the      crime fueled by crack cocaine use in the
with Robin Roberts, has his album artwork          This blogger might be a repeat offender.          U.S. Since there is no Hispanic category in     inner cities. The recent decrease is more
taken over the teen oriented blog, “Necole       A little over a month ago, she tweeted that         the UCR and approximately 93 percent            likely a return to average crime rates.
Bitchie” whose decision to prominently           her “friend” had told her that he found the         of Hispanics identify themselves, or are          A study that uses statistics from a short
feature Brown’s new CD violate media             love of his life with on a popular dating           identified by law enforcement officers, as      time period can lead to a regression to the
ethics without the required words                website. The post sparked immediate                 white, most arrests of Hispanics are added      mean effect, which basically means,
“advertisement” or “sponsored ad.”               reaction because it was clearly a ‘tweet for        to white violent crime rates.                   when a trend rises quickly, it can fall just
  This has set off an industry conversation      dollars’ moment.                                      The result is that the violent crime rates    as quickly.
about the ethics of Black blogs. Since many        Writers who accept gifts, payments or             for whites are inflated and the African           The improving trend in African American
bloggers fight for legitimacy when attempting    honoraria from the people or groups they            American rates are deflated in these            violent crime does not indicate that they
to gain press credential for major events,       cover open themselves up to charges that            studies. When the researchers adjusted          are experiencing better social standing in
are bloggers required to have standards and      their work is a paid advertisement for those        for the Hispanic effect, there was little       the U.S. Their progress may not be as
follow journalism ethics?                        sources, according to the online Journalism         overall change in the Black percentage of       pronounced or as broad.
  In radio, receiving money to play a song       Ethics guide.                                       violent crime.                                    There may be a growing affluent African
is an illegal practice called PAYOLA.            DJ                                                    Using arrest statistics from 1980 to 2008     American middle class, but at the same
Popular radio station owner Radio One has        Washington, D.C.                                    in California and New York, two states that     time, the community’s underclass appears
                                                                                                     include a Hispanic category, the recalculated   to have become even more disenfranchised
                                                                                                     national figures indicated that the African     and more segregated from the rest of society.
                                We value your opinion.                                               American percentage of assault increased        Darrell Steffensmeier
                               Send letters of interest to:                                          slightly from 42 percent to 44 percent and      Professor, Penn State
8 • April 7 - 13, 2011                                                                 RELIGION                                                           The Hampton Roads Voice

 T.D. Jakes questions if the church is behind the eight ball
  What would your church do if there was                                                               The conference at the Orlando World           of being effective, the congregations and
a natural disaster or long-term weather-                                                             Center Marriott Resort & Convention             your generation and the community suffers
related shutdown? Would the ministers and                                                            Center, featured a prominent list of the        for the fact that you have more sizzle than
deacons know how to get the word out or                                                              who’s who in mega church ministries,            steak.”
even teach Bible Study over the Internet?                                                            including Bishop I.V. Hilliard; Pastor            Jakes’ last Pastors and Leaders Conference
  Is your church tech-savvy enough to                                                                Paula White; Donald Lawrence; Pastor Bill       about five years ago in Washington, D. C.
make a mass announcement over Facebook,                                                              Hybels; Charles Blake; Dr. John Hagee,          had more of a spiritual theme. There will
Twitter or Scream?                                                                                   Dave Ramsey, First Lady Serita Jakes, and       still be a balance, this time, he said, but there
  I n a public relations c risis, who                                                                Bishop Jakes who has more than 30,000           will be an “extreme amount of workshops”
would your church put in front of the TV                                                             members in his Potter’s House in Dallas.        on issues that help personal and church
cameras?                                                                                               The ministry size and success of the          ministries to grow and stabilize.
  Does your aging pastor have health and                                                             speakers are not for the purpose of teaching      Jakes quizzes, “Is the church behind the
life insurance?                                                                                      attendants how to be like them, Jakes said.     eight ball?” on Facebook and Twittering?
  Which is most essential – the anointing                                                              This conference will focus more on the          Acknowledging that some may be
or the structure for the anointing and what                                                          nuts and bolts of ministry. “Rich doesn’t       intimidated by the tech talk, but they are
does that even mean?                                                                                 solve problems. You can be reach                simply new methods by which to spread
  These are just a few of the issues that                                                            and be suicidal; you can be rich and            the gospel.
were addressed at Bishop T. D. Jakes latest                                                          dysfunctional.”                                   “These are extensions of what he does. It
Pastors and Leaders Conference, “What                                                                  He continues, “Rather than seeking to         will add to him; not take away from him,”
You Don’t Know Can Hurt You.”                                                                        be successful, we need to be working to         Jakes said. “You can have all the anointing
  “I just see so many people who are going                        Bishop T. D. Jakes                 be effective. And if in the process of being    you want – symbolized by olive oil in the
out to do 21st century ministry in a 20th                                                            effective, we become successful, then so        scriptures. But, if you don’t put the oil in
century kind of way,” Jakes said. “Because           changing trends from the IRS to public          be it … The problem with this generation        a container, in a structure, it’ll spill. A lot
the world is moving so fast and the church           relations to dealing with the myriad of         I see coming today is that their focus is on    of us are really anointed, but we lack the
often is not, I think it’s important that we         things that are changing in every aspect of     the success and not on being effective; so      structure to have the greatest impact in the
keep up with the changing laws, with the             Christian leadership.”                          if you become successful at the expense         21st century.”

Catholic parents march in favor of paddling, archbishop says it’s morally troubling
  Forty-five years ago, as a student at              punishment institutionalizes violence, runs
Cor Jesu High School in the mid-1960s,               counter to Catholic teaching and good
young Archbishop Gregory Aymond                      educational practice, and violates local
occasionally saw an angry teacher                    archdiocesan school policy.
suddenly cuff a student, or shove him hard             “I do not believe the teachings
in the chest. It never happened to him,              of the Catholic Church as we
Aymond said, nor does the memory of                  interpret them in 2011 condone corporal
faculty discipline meted out to teen boys            punishment.
in those days particularly trouble the man             “It’s hard for me to imagine in any way,
who later became the archbishop of New               shape or form, Jesus using a paddle,” he
Orleans.                                             said.
  Now, more than 500 students, parents                 Moreover, he said, the social research
and other supporters of St. Augustine                “is very, very clear: Violence fosters
High School marched on the offices                   violence.”
of Aymond to oppose his call for an end                The Center for Effective Discipline has
to the school’s policy of using corporal             identified St. Augustine as the lone Catholic
punishment.                                          school in the country still using corporal
  The archbishop “is trying to fix something         punishment.
                                                                                                     “I do not believe the teachings of the Catholic Church as we interpret them in 2011 condone
that’s not broken, and he’s going about it in          In a prepared statement, Aymond held
                                                                                                     corporal punishment,” Archbishop Gregory Aymond says.
the wrong way,” said Jacob Washington, the           his ground and prayed for a “peaceful
student body president at the historically           resolution” to the dispute. “I share their
Black school.                                        passion for the school and its success;         institutions broadly reflect Catholic values.     The archbishop said he wants to avoid
  The protesters called on the archbishop to         we disagree only on the issue of corporal         More particularly, he said, “When a           a display of episcopal authority in a
issue a “public, unequivocal retraction ... of all   punishment,” Aymond said.                       school chooses to be a part of the family of    confrontation with St. Augustine and those
statements linking St. Augustine disciplinary          Supporters say the issue is not as            Catholic schools, they commit themselves        who love it.
policies with violence, particularly in the New      much about the wooden paddle as                 to adhering to the rules that are set for the     “I don’t want to go there. I want to be
Orleans community.”                                  the rights of Black parents to educate          office of Catholic schools. And in this         persuasive, and I want to be influential, and
  Protesters also demanded proof of                  and discipline their children in their own      case, (St. Augustine) is not following the      I want to do this in as much a peaceful
Aymond’s claims that parents have                    traditions.                                     rules.”                                         and reconciling way as possible,” he
complained about the paddling policy,                  “It’s about the right to self-govern,” said     Aymond said he is “eager for further          said.
along with evidence for a study he has cited         Warren Johnson, a 1981 alumnus.                 dialogue and conversation” with St.               “I would never want to use the last
to bolster his position.                               As archbishop, Aymond is charged              Augustine’s constituents, preferably behind     resort.”
  The archbishop has said corporal                   with generally ensuring that all Catholic       the scenes.
The Hampton Roads Voice                                                           EDUCATION                                                                       April 7 - 13, 2011 • 9

Ralph Nader says it’s time to stop athlete scholarships
   Consumer advocate Ralph Nader is              youth sports arena — club teams, personal
calling for the elimination of college           trainers, etc. — to prey on families’ dreams
athletic scholarships, saying the move is        of an athletic scholarship,” he said. “The
necessary to “de-professionalize” college        lure of the elusive athletic scholarship
athletes.                                        is the primary — sometimes the only
   “As we near the exciting conclusion of        — marketing tool these youth sports
‘March Madness’ — which would more               entrepreneurs use.”
accurately be described as the 2011 NCAA           He said he would try to gin up support
Professional Basketball Championships —          for his proposal from university
it’s time we step back and finally address the   presidents, Capitol Hill and the education
myth of amateurism surrounding big-              department.
time college football and basketball               “We’ll use all the levers,” Nader said.
in this country,” said Nader, whose              “We’ll use the parents of athletes who’ve
League of Fans is proposing that the             been mistreated and sick, and forced to
scholarships be replaced with need-based         play when they’re injured.”
financial aid.                                     Nader added that he hadn’t yet canvassed
   NCAA spokesman Bob Williams                   Capitol Hill, but figured he’d find lawmakers
said that referring to college athletes as       who are concerned about the way college
professionals defies logic.                      athletes are treated.
   “They are students, just like any other         He noted that the Drake Group, a
student on campus who receives a merit-          college athletic watchdog organization,
based scholarship,” he said.                     has come out in favor of banning athletic          Consumer advocate Ralph Nader wants to revive the League of Fans, a sports reform group that
   Nader, a former presidential candidate,       scholarships.                                      has been dormant for some time.
argued that his plan would also help               Nader said that colleges should either           exempt status currently given to athletic      athletes.
reduce the “win-at-all-costs” mentality in       integrate athletics into the educational           departments, and make universities operate       Nader said his proposal was the opening
high schools, by reducing the incentive of       mission by eliminating college scholarships, or,   them as unrelated businesses.”                 initiative of a rejuvenated League of Fans, a
college scholarships.                            “openly acknowledge the professionalism in           The longtime former head of the NCAA,        sports reform group that has been dormant
   “An entire industry has developed in the      big-time college sports, remove the tax-           Walter Byers, has called for paying college    for some time.

Schools with poor graduation rates should be banned from NCAA tournament
By Perry Green                                                                                                                                     of Black players graduate. The University
  NNPA - If a school can’t keep at least                                                                                                           of Akron also graduates every white player,
half of its athletes on pace to graduate,                                                                                                          but has a zero percent Black player’s
it should not compete for a National                                                                                                               graduation rate.
Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)                                                                                                               According to the Knight Commission, in
championship and be cut out of the                                                                                                                 the last five years, teams that had graduation
multi-million dollar post-season pay-out,                                                                                                          rates of less than 50 percent or an APR
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said.                                                                                                           standard of less than 925 earned 44 percent
   In a crusade launched in the early stages                                                                                                       of the total $409 million distributed.
of the NCAA basketball championship                                                                                                                  NAACP President Ben Jealous agreed
tournaments, Duncan zeroed in on the                                                                                                               with Duncan, but also acknowledged the
failure of 10 of the 68 schools in the                                                                                                             high graduation rates made by the other 58
Division I men’s tournament to be on track                                                                                                         schools in the NCAA Tournament.
to graduate half of their players, noting that                                                                                                        “When you are coaching student-
                                                                               Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
Black players are particularly ill-served.                                                                                                         athletes, you have a responsibility to them
  “If you can’t manage to graduate               the tournament.                                    Florida’s Institute for Diversity and Ethics   both as an athlete and a student,” said
half of your players, how serious is the           “Right now the formula handsomely                in Sports’ annual study report that found      Jealous, who highlighted programs like
institution and the coach and the program        rewards teams for winning games in the             that 10 of the 68 schools currently involved   those at Xavier University, which sends
about their players’ academic success?,”         tournament, but does little to reward              in the NCAA Tournament carry academic          designated personnel to check on players
Duncan questioned. “Teams with academic          teams for meeting minimal academic                 progress rates (APR) of less than 925,         frequently to make sure they attend class
progress rates below [that level] should be      benchmarks,” said Duncan. “I simply                which would create a graduation rate           and study regularly. “It happens because
ineligible for post-season glory.”               cannot understand why we continue                  of less than 50 percent. The academic          coaches decide to make sure that the young
   His remarks came hours after writing on the   to reward teams for failing to meet the            progress rate is an NCAA measure of the        men are prepared for victory in life and not
Washington Post’s opinion page that schools      most basic of academic standards off the           progress toward graduation of student-         just on the court.”
“need to stop trotting out tired excuses for     court.”                                            athletes.                                         Duncan suggested that barring schools
basketball teams with poor academic records        He was citing the findings of the                  Dr. Richard Lapchick, the primary author     with poor graduation rates from the NCAA
and indefensible disparities in the graduation   Knight Commission on Intercollegiate               of the study, noted that only 59 percent of    tournament would motivate more programs
rates of white and black players.”               Athletics. That group, formed in 1989              Black basketball players graduate, far less    to follow Xavier’s lead.
  Duncan also recommended the NCAA               to combat college sports scandals by the           than the graduation percentage of whites at       “The dream of playing in the NCAA
restructure its post-season tournament           John S. and James L. Knight Foundation,            91 percent. The reports show percentages       tournament is what brings so many
revenue-distribution formula, which currently    called for tougher standards for schools and       are even lower among schools such Kansas       student-athletes on to these college
pays the conference of each school $1.4          student-athletes a decade ago.                     State University, where 100 percent of         campuses,” he said.
million for every game their team plays in         He also cited the University of Central          white players graduate, yet only 14 percent
10 • April 7 - 13, 2011                                                  ENTERTAINMENT                                                                  The Hampton Roads Voice

Former Pittsburgh Steeler Chuck Sanders gives back to elevate community
By Rebecca Nuttall                               is what we’re about; we’re about supporting
  This Spring, former Pittsburgh Steeler and     praise and worship. It is a great way to
well-known philanthropist Chuck Sanders          advertise.”
will open Savoy, a new upscale restaurant          Of his many contributions over the last
in the Strip District. In the time since plans   year, perhaps the most significant was
for the restaurant were first set in motion,     a $100,000 donation to the Pittsburgh
Sanders has kept busy organizing gospel          Initiative to Reduce Crime. The anti-
concerts and managing his many charitable        violence program run by city government
contributions through Chuck Sanders              confronts gang members and threatens
Charities, all while operating his company       them with severe consequences if they
Urban Settlement Services LLC, which has         refuse to stop their violent behavior.
found itself among the top 15 in the nation         “I had talked with Chief Nate Harper and
for Black enterprise.                            (District 9 Councilman Rev. Ricky Burgess)
    “Success breeds success. This didn’t         about what the program was about. On the
happen overnight. There’s a legacy that          surface, of course, it was about stopping
I’m trying to uphold. I’m very proud of the      the murder rate, but once I looked into
reputation my father had and I’m happy to        the program I saw that there was actually
carry it on myself,” Sanders said. “It’s very    a mechanism in place. I really wanted to
important to me to do things right.”             focus on the social service aspect of it once
                                                                                                 PILLAR OF SOCIETY—Chuck Sanders has become a staple of Pittsburgh’s philanthropic
  In a creative marketing strategy, Sanders      I saw there wasn’t any corporate money in       community. (Photo by J.L. Martello)
is organizing several concerts presented         place,” Sanders said. “Being realistic and
by Savoy including, CeCe Winans, who             understanding it takes time, I feel good        Development Global Alliance, NAACP,               a lot of good programs out here that just
performed at the Benedum Center, and             about where we are. I am disappointed that      Hill House Association, Macedonia Baptist         need help,” Sanders said. “I’m just a
Charlie Wilson who will appear at the            more private businesses haven’t donated         Church, the Program to Aid Citizen                true believer in giving. It was how I was
Monroeville Convention Center on May 8.          money to the program, but that’s not going      Enterprise, and a scholarship fund for            raised. It’s why you’re blessed. It’s always
   “I love music; I just love gospel             to stop me from contributing.”                  Slippery Rock University.                         worked. It’s a great formula.”
concerts. It’s not a moneymaker,” Sanders          Sanders’ other philanthropic involvement        “One of the goals of Chuck Sanders                Savoy Restaurant is predicted to serve as
said. “I want to make a statement that this      includes contributions to the Workforce         Charities is not to reinvent the wheel. There’s         “See “Chuck Sandersˮ on pg. 11
The Hampton Roads Voice                                              ENTERTAINMENT                                                                         April 7 - 13, 2011 • 11

MLB to honor Morgan Freeman, Carlos Santana and Ernie Banks
  Academy Award Winner Morgan Freeman,         MLB.com/civil rights game, and highlights
Grammy Award Winner Carlos Santana,            will be available on MLB.com, the official
and Baseball Hall of Famer Ernie Banks         website of Major League Baseball.
will receive MLB Beacon Awards during            American Civil Rights Movement leader
2011 civil rights game week, a series of       and co-founder of the Southern Christian
events developed by MLB and the Atlanta        Leadership Conference the Rev. Joseph
Braves to pay tribute to all of those people   Lowery will deliver the keynote speech
who fought on and off the field for equal      at the banquet. Proceeds from the affair
rights for all Americans.                      will benefit the Washington, D.C. Martin
  Freeman, Santana, and Banks will be          Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project
honored with the MLB Beacon of Hope,           Foundation.
Beacon of Change and Beacon of Life,             The 2011 civil rights game week also
respectively, at the MLB Beacon Awards         will feature the inaugural Selig Business
Banquet on Saturday, May 14th. The MLB         Conference; a Red Carpet tribute to Hank
Beacon Awards recognize individuals            Aaron and special screening of the Academy
whose lives have been emblematic of the        Award-nominated documentary “Chasing
spirit of the Civil Rights Movement.           the Dream”; the Baseball & the Civil Rights
  The Banquet is part of civil rights game     Movement Roundtable Discussion; and the                     Morgan Freeman                                     Carlos Santana
week, which culminates with the 2011 civil     Civil Rights Game Youth Summit/”Wanna
rights game between the Atlanta Braves and     Play?” Event.                                 the Atlanta Black Crackers and the Phillies      Crackers caps.
Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday, May 15 at       The Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia         will wear those worn by the Philadelphia           For more information, visit www.MLB.
Turner Field in Atlanta. The game will air     Phillies will celebrate the Negro Leagues     Stars. Additionally, there will be a pregame     com/civilrightsgame.
live on TBS. Fans can purchase tickets to      during the game on Saturday, May 14. The      ceremony honoring former Negro Leagues           Special to the NNPA from the Tri-State
the MLB Beacon Awards Banquet at www.          Braves will wear replica uniforms worn by     players, and fans will receive Atlanta Black     Defender

   Ask Gwendolyn Baines Serena Williams ad shelved                                             A racy video game ad featuring Serena            “As part of the process for creating
                                                                                             Williams won’t be aired on broadcast             marketing campaigns to support our titles,
My mother wants me to                                                                        television after the game’s developer said it
                                                                                             was too risqué.
                                                                                                                                              we pursue a variety of creative avenues,”
                                                                                                                                              the company said in a statement. “This
turn down my scholarships!                                                                     The ad for “Top Spin 4” features Williams      video is not part of the title’s final
                                                                                             as “the world’s sexiest tennis player”           marketing campaign and its distribution
Dear Gwendolyn:                                                                              facing off against Rileah Vanderbilt, an         was unauthorized.”
  I read your column and noticed that most                                                   actress labeled “the world’s sexiest tennis        However, to some people, 2K Sports’
of your letters come from adults. I am 17                                                    gamer.” The scantily-clad women make             response rings hollow. Many say that the
and scheduled to graduate in May. I am                                                       suggestive facial expressions, motions, and      company was behind the ad from the start,
the second highest in my graduating class.                                                   moaning while showing lots of skin, to the       but didn’t want to deal with the negative
I have received at least six scholarships.                                                   tune of a techno soundtrack.                     attention it brought.
Four of the colleges are Ivy League and                                                        The public response to the ad, after             “2K Sports deliberately created an
two are small colleges in small towns.                                                       Vanderbilt allegedly introduced it to            absurdly racy ad to drum up interest in
  I am so disgusted. Going away is fine        Dear Shirley:                                 cyberspace through her Twitter account,          the game but didn’t have the courage to
with my father, but mom – I just don’t know      Have a talk with your mother letting        was negative. As a result, 2K Sports, the        officially endorse the commercial because
about her. I can’t understand why she wants    her know that this is your time to leave      game’s developer, canned the commercial          of possible public backlash,” a commentary
to keep me from getting a good education       – your time to seek a higher education        and distanced itself from it.                    on the website Sports by Brooks said.
away from home. Our town is small and          – your time to seek a job or start your
there is no university or college here – not   own business after college graduation.
                                                                                                                                              that humbly. I’ve been part of some really nice
even a junior/community college.               You may even decide to get a master’s         Chuck Sanders
                                                                                                                                              restaurants in other places. We’re going to
  My father is educated but was never able     degree or a Ph.D. Becoming a lawyer,          From Page 10
                                                                                                                                              be able to offer food and atmosphere that
to get a high paying academic job. After       doctor, accountant, or move into the high
                                                                                             another feather in the cap of successful         Pittsburgh has never seen.”
marrying my mother (who was pregnant           paying field of technology could possibly
                                                                                             endeavors Sanders has been involved                 In the future, Sanders will return to his
before their marriage) my father stayed        become an interest.
                                                                                             in during the past decade. The Urban             real estate roots with the development of
here because mom didn’t want to leave her        Shirley, your mother is part of ‘ole
                                                                                             Redevelopment Authority, who lent                condominiums and housings on land in the
parents. Staying here really did hinder my     school’ thinking you will go astray from
                                                                                             $310,000 to the project, recently described      Strip District. He also plans to continue
father. He is such a wonderful person          your upbringing. You mentioned that your
                                                                                             the $2.1 million investment as a “first class    his work with Urban Settlement Services
but sometimes I can see the pain in his        mother was pregnant when she and your
                                                                                             restaurant with a five-star chef and a New       to help homeowners who are at-risk of
eyes.                                          father married. It is amazing how she
                                                                                             York-style lounge.”                              losing their homes because of the current
  Gwendolyn, I don’t want to give up           is thinking. Today’s parents hope their
                                                                                               “When you think of the great moments of        economic crisis.
my dreams only because my mother               children do not become addicted to drugs
                                                                                             your life, a lot of them were probably sitting     “That crisis, while it might be getting
doesn’t want me to move away. What             and all the other evils of the world. Let
                                                                                             around the table with family and friends,        better, there are still people losing their
can I do?                                      your mother know that whatever she fears
                                                                                             enjoying a meal. It’s a place where everyone     homes at alarming rates,” Sanders said.
Shirley                                        you will do if you leave home, you can do
                                                                                             can go and be comfortable,” Sanders              Special to the NNPA from the New
                                               --- at home.
                                                                                             said. “It’s just a really pretty place. I say    Pittsburgh Courier
12 • April 7 - 13, 2011                                                             The Hampton Roads Voice

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The Hampton Roads Voice                                                          HEALTH NOTES                                                                    April 7 - 13, 2011 • 13

Farming initiative helps low-income produce healthy habits
By Herbert L. White                                    “I think in underserved communities
  Feeding people is a dirty job, but Robin           where there’s not been access or we’ve
Emmons doesn’t mind.                                 lost touch with what our grandmothers did
  Emmons, founder of Sow Much Good,                  outside our back doors, there’s an education
a non-profit organic farming initiative for          component that has to go along with that,”
underserved communities, broke ground                Emmons said. “We can’t just set up gardens;
earlier this month on a production garden            we have to go engage communities and
at her Huntersville home.                            answer their questions. Many people think
  Last week, she launched a garden at                Type 2 diabetes is in the cards, that’s their
Ashley Park Elementary School to engage              fate. They don’t understand that’s not
students in the science of agriculture. The          necessarily a genetic thing.”
harvest – blueberries, radishes and leaf lettuce –     SMG is an accidental mission. Emmons
is expected to be ready by late May.                 became an advocate for her chronically
   “Our goal is to educate people about the          homeless and mentally ill older brother,
benefits around eating nutritionally dense food      Brian Hill. As part of his recovery, Emmons
products, specifically those that are organic,       made a point of providing him fresh food
and taking control over their food source,”          from her garden. Not only did it improve
Emmons said. “We can’t grow enough to                Hill’s well-being, it provided inspiration.
feed the need, but if people understand the            Economically-challenged communities
                                                                                                     Robin Emmons, founder of Sow Much Good, prepares soil for planting at her Huntersville home.
benefit and understand it’s not impossible           can benefit from home-grown food,
                                                                                                     The non-profit grows organic produce in economically-disadvantaged neighborhoods.
to do it for yourself, maybe we can create a         said Elizabeth Racine, a UNC Charlotte
movement that turns into a revolution.”              professor who co-wrote a study that
  Sow Much Good, which Emmons                        identified so-called “food deserts” where       found a need for healthy, organic food was        “You’ve got to have people to make that
launched in 2009, aims to reach out to               stores that sell fresh fruits and vegetables    especially acute in economically challenged    happen,” she said. “My hope is to model
low-income residents in Charlotte’s food             are scarce. Eating balanced meals, she          urban neighborhoods that lacked access to      this in other areas of the country once we
deserts, where access to fresh produce is            insists, helps alleviate maladies like high     fresh produce. Partnerships with businesses,   have the pilot and the success here. The
limited by economics or the lack of supply.          blood pressure and cancers that strike          colleges and neighborhood groups helped        need is significant, not just here, but across
The initiative’s goal is to empower families         African Americans at higher rates than the      launch the first production gardens that       the country.”
and communities to grow and prepare their            general population.                             provide economic and social benefits           Special to the NNPA from The Charlotte Post
own food.                                              As Emmons talked to more people, she          through urban farming.

Rep. Maxine Waters: A legislator and activist on HIV in the Black community
By Nick Chiles                                                                                                                                      African Americans are about 12 percent
  NNPA - One of the most prominent and                                                                                                              of the population, we’re almost half of all
effective African American members of                                                                                                               HIV/AIDS cases! Taken together, two-
Congress, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA),                                                                                                                thirds of all HIV/AIDS cases involve
has long been a fighter against the spread                                                                                                          minorities.     That kind of disparity
of HIV/AIDS in the African American                                                                                                                 indicates a crisis, and as chairwoman of
community and a strong advocate for the                                                                                                             the Congressional Black Caucus in the late
rights and care of individuals with HIV/                                                                                                            1990s, I got Health and Human Services
AIDS. Given the tremendous challenges                                                                                                               Secretary Donna Shalala to publicly say so
facing our nation at a time of great                                                                                                                after asking her about the disease’s impact
possibility for people with HIV/AIDS,                                                                                                               on the African American community.
Waters was asked about her views.                                                                                                                     From that admission, I began work to
  What concerns do you have about how                                                                                                               create the Minority AIDS Initiative. It
the challenges to health reform might                                                                                                               wasn’t easy, but this was a top priority
affect people with HIV/AIDS?                                                                                                                        for me. The Black community was being
                                              Maxine Waters is an advocate for the Minority AIDS Initiative in Congress and usually gets tested
  Health disparities like HIV/AIDS, heart                                                                                                           torn apart by HIV/AIDS, and many other
                                              in public on Capitol Hill or in Los Angeles so others can join in and see how effortless it is.
disease, cancer, diabetes, etc., for people                                                                                                         communities of color were not faring much
of color are getting worse, and more and                                                                                                            better.
more people are going without health related to HIV/AIDS.                                         to financially support it 150 percent. Again,       The Minority AIDS Initiative provides
insurance. That’s why the Affordable Care        Moving forward, I’m encouraged that ideals are one thing, but securing adequate                    grants to community-based organizations
Act, also known as the health-care reform the president announced a National HIV/ funding to make those ideals come true is                         and other health-care providers for HIV/
law, specifically addresses these disparities AIDS Strategy last year, with the three something else.                                               AIDS awareness, treatment and prevention
and other pre-existing conditions and makes primary goals of reducing the number of                 What deciding moment occurred in                programs serving African American, Hispanic,
it illegal to be denied health insurance new infections, increasing access to care your life that made you become committed                         Asian American and Native American
because of them. We cannot allow the for people living with HIV, and reducing to this issue?                                                        communities. It also enables health-care
health-care reform law to be repealed, and HIV-related health disparities. A national               Well, for years I had been troubled by the      providers serving minority communities to
part of the reason I voted against repeal was strategy is something that’s long overdue prevalence of HIV/AIDS in our community                     expand their capacity to deliver culturally
because the Affordable Care Act will help and something I’ve long called for, and I and among women, homosexual men, and                            and linguistically appropriate care and
lessen health disparities, including those urge everyone not only to get behind it but other communities of color. Even though                      services.
14 • April 7 - 13, 2011                                                          COMMUNITY LINE                                                          The Hampton Roads Voice
Unity Awards Nominations                        The National Alliance                              George III, George IV, George V, and George       Poetic Principles Featuring
                                                                                                   VI. He has two daughters, Freeda George
  The Hampton Citizens’ Unity Commission          The National Alliance on Mental Illness-                                                           Poet Kate Daniels
                                                                                                   and Georgetta. He also has three daughters
is accepting applications for its 2011 Unity    Central Virginia Chapter (NAMI-CVA), is                                                              Wednesday, April 27
                                                                                                   from a previous relationship.
Awards Program through Friday, April            having their monthly meeting on Thursday,                                                            Time: 6 p.m. –7 p.m.
                                                                                                     Foreman’s most notable fights in his early
7. This program recognizes individuals,         April 7, 2011 at 7pm at the Weinstein JCC                                                            Place: Conference Rooms
                                                                                                   career were his knockout (TKO-2) against
initiatives, organizations and businesses       on 5403 Monument Ave., Richmond. There                                                                 Kate Daniels, a Richmond-born poet and
                                                                                                   Joe Frazier in Kingston, Jamaica, on January
that have had a positive impact on racial       is a change, it is on the first Thursday this                                                        graduate of the University of Virginia, will
                                                                                                   22, 1973 and his loss to Muhammad Ali
and cultural diversity in Hampton.              month. Our featured speaker will be Dr. Kathy                                                        read from her work, answer questions, and
                                                                                                   (KO by 8) in “The Rumble in the Jungle” in
  Nominations are judged on whether they        Tierney, a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who                                                        sign books as Poetic Principles takes up its
                                                                                                   Kinshasa, Zaire, on October 30, 1974. He
achieve one or more of the following:           is Director of the Crisis Stabilization Unit                                                         new home at the Library of Virginia. An
                                                                                                   later became the oldest heavyweight boxing
  •Demonstrated behavior and commitment         at Richmond Behavioral Health Authority.                                                             associate professor of English at Vanderbilt,
                                                                                                   champion of the world, ever, when at age
to fostering healthy race & cultural            She will present information on “Earlier                                                             Daniels was recently named the winner of
                                                                                                   45, he knocked out (KO-10) Michael Moorer,
relations;                                      Intervention to Promote Positive Recovery                                                            the 2011 Hanes Award for Poetry by the
                                                                                                   26, on November 5, 1994 to reclaim the title
  •Advanced awareness of diversity issues;      Outcomes.” The meeting is free and open to                                                           Fellowship of Southern Writers for her
                                                                                                   he held more than 20 years earlier. He has
  •Fostered dialogue among diverse cultural     the public. For further information, please call                                                     work to date. She is the author of A Walk in
                                                                                                   been named one of the 25 greatest fighters
groups or diversity efforts;                    (804) 285-1749.                                                                                      Victoria’s Secret (2010), Four Testimonies
                                                                                                   of all time by Ring magazine.
  •Worked to dispel myths and                                                                                                                        (1998), The Niobe Poems (1988), and The
                                                                                                     More than 100 million units of the George
misperceptions about diversity issues; and      Young Dems                                                                                           White Wave (1984). Originally a program
                                                                                                   Foreman Grill have been sold over the past
  •Demonstrated a commitment to cultural          When Virginia Young Democrats gather                                                               co-sponsored by New Virginia Review
                                                                                                   15 years, bringing Foreman a fortune
diversity through community involvement.        for their annual convention April 8 – 10 in                                                          and the VMFA, which was the host of the
                                                                                                   believed to be more than $200 million.
  Applications are at www.hampton.              Williamsburg, Rep. Bobby Scott will join                                                             events, the reading series will now take
gov/unity. Awardees will be recognized          them. Scott, a long-time supporter of young        Voorhees Cartography Lecture                      place at the Library, which has replaced the
at a reception to be held on Thursday,          Democrats, will address the group at their                                                           VMFA as co-sponsor and as host.
May 12 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at The                                                             Saturday, April 9
                                                banquet the evening of April 9.
American Theatre, 125 East Mellen St.,                                                             Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.                            Registration Opens for
                                                   Every spring, Virginia Young Democrats
Hampton.                                                                                           Place: Lecture Hall
                                                gather to conduct club business, elect new                                                           Youth Peace Summit
                                                                                                     The 2011 Voorhees Lecture features
                                                officers and celebrate members’ achievements.
                                                                                                   two speakers. Richard W. Stephenson,                Young people can now register for the
                                                The Virginia Young Democrats is a
 Project Inclusion Forum                                                                           retired Library of Congress specialist in         seventh annual Richmond Youth Peace
                                                statewide organization for Democrats under
                                                                                                   American cartographic history, will discuss       Summit, Saturday, April 30, 10 a.m.-4
  The Project Inclusion Leadership              the age of 36. With 51 chapters and 10,000
                                                                                                   “Jed Hotchkiss and Albert Campbell: The           p.m., at Ginter Park Presbyterian Church,
Development Program will host the               members, the Virginia Young Democrats
                                                                                                   Army of Northern Virginia’s Preeminent            3601 Seminary Ave, Richmond 23227.
2011 Hampton Roads Citizens Board               are the premiere volunteer organization
                                                                                                   Mapmakers.” Cassandra Farrell, Library of         The event is open to young people ages 12-
Governance Forum, Thursday, April 7,            for Democrats in the commonwealth.
                                                                                                   Virginia map specialist and senior research       19, free of charge. Lunch will be provided.
6 p.m. at Norview Middle School, 6325           Visit vayd.org to learn more about the
                                                                                                   archivist, will speak on “Highlights from         Participants are asked to arrive by 9:30.
Sewells Point Road, Norfolk.                    organization and to contribute to thousands
                                                                                                   the Library of Virginia’s American Civil            The summit promotes teen leadership,
  Attendees can network and hear from a         of young Virginians seeking to make
                                                                                                   War Map Collection.” There will be a              nonviolent conflict resolution, social justice
panel of government officials as they discuss   Virginia a more equitable place.
                                                                                                   special one-day exhibition of maps relating       and positive self-expression. Morning and
the basics of applying and participating on                                                        to the talks, as well as behind-the-scenes        afternoon workshops offer a variety of
local boards. Jennifer Aulgur, director of
                                                HU Students Life Lessons
                                                                                                   tours of the Library. The exhibition will be      topics of interest to teens, including conflict
appointments in the Office of the Secretary                                                        open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and the        resolution, leadership skills and positive
                                                  Former world heavyweight champion
of the Commonwealth of Virginia, will                                                              lectures will begin at 1:00 p.m. To register,     expression through the arts. The summit
                                                George Foreman will address students at
serve as the keynote speaker.                                                                      please call (804) 692-3813.                       also features a midday theater performance
                                                Hampton University on Friday, April 8. He
  This event is free and open to the public.                                                                                                         by The Conciliation Project.
                                                will speak at 11 a.m. in the Scripps Howard        Ordinance of Secession
Refreshments will be served following the                                                                                                              Participants are eligible to earn credit
                                                School of Journalism and Communications
program. To RSVP, visit http://inclusion15.                                                        Saturday, April 16                                for six community service hours. Early
                                                auditorium. HU’s William R. Harvey Leadership
eventbrite.com/.                                                                                   Time: 9 a.m. –5 p.m.                              registrants get first choice of workshops.
                                                Institute is sponsoring the event, which is
  For     more      information,      contact                                                      Place: Library Lobby                                Participants can register online (preferred
                                                open to all Hampton University students.
inclusion15@gmail.com or 757-853-8500.                                                               The Library of Virginia houses a unique         method) by emailing rypp@rpec.org, or by
                                                  A successful author, minister and
  Project Inclusion Leadership is a 12-                                                            and important document related to Virginia’s      visiting www.rpec.org, through U.S. mail
                                                entrepreneur, Foreman will discuss his life,
week leadership development program                                                                Civil War history–the Ordinance of Secession.     (RPEC, 400 W. 32nd St., Richmond VA
                                                his transition from boxer into businessman,
sponsored by the United Way of South                                                               Because of its age and fragile condition,         23225), or by calling 232-1002. Advanced
                                                and the importance of leadership.
Hampton Roads. One of three programs                                                               this rare piece of Virginia history is rarely     registration required.
                                                  “I come from an era where all too many
nationally recognized by United Way of                                                             on public display. In addition to the Ordinance     The Youth Peace Summit relies on
                                                kids learned their lessons from the streets,”
America as a “Best Practice For Diversity                                                          of Secession, the Library of Virginia will        volunteers and contributions. Donations from
                                                Foreman said. “A top college education is
Program,” the program is designed to                                                               display archival records that document the        individuals are encouraged. Organizations
                                                important in my family. To tour and speak
recruit, educate, develop and retain leaders                                                       emancipation of African Americans by              sending groups of young people to the event
                                                with students at such a fine university is a
for inclusion as effective directors on the                                                        Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation       are asked to donate $5 per participant to help
                                                thrill for me.”
boards of local non-profit agencies.                                                               and passage of the Thirteenth Amendment           defray the costs of the event.
                                                  Foreman will be in Hampton along with
  The Virginia Commission for the                                                                  to the U.S. Constitution. Among the items
                                                his son George III, who will fight the
Arts will accept until April 1, 5 p.m.,                                                            displayed will be the journal of the 1864
                                                following evening at the Hampton Roads                                                                If you represent a non-profit or are hosting a
applications for its 2011-2012 Local                                                               Virginia Constitutional Convention that
                                                Convention Center as part of a full card of                                                             free community event, submit particulars
Government Challenge Grants, Artist in                                                             banned slavery and cohabitation records
                                                boxing entitled “The Legend Continues.”                                                                no less than two weeks prior to the event.
Residency Grants, and the 2012-2013                                                                that formalized marriages between enslaved
                                                  Foreman Sr. has 10 children. Each of                                                                   E-mail: editor@voicenewspaper.com
Performing Artist Tour Directory.                                                                  African Americans.
                                                his five sons is named George: George Jr.,                                                                       We reserve the right to
                                                                                                                                                                  edit all submissions
The Hampton Roads Voice                                                                  NATIONAL                                                                April 7 - 13, 2011 • 15

Banks’ foreclosure bias hurts everyone                                                                 Newsmaker award recipients applauded
By Charlene Crowell
   NNPA - Fix or Evict, the Center for
                                                   of foreclosures, $1.9 trillion in losses will
                                                     We need mandatory reforms that ensure             for contributions to make America better
Responsible Lending’s latest in a series           servicers follow the law and act in the best
of research reports on mortgage lending            interests of their clients – that would end up
and foreclosures, reaches eye-opening              benefiting everyone.”
conclusions in its ongoing scrutiny of               Perhaps if investors with deep pockets
America’s still-unfolding foreclosure              could align themselves with the people whose
crisis. It’s no secret that banks and other        pockets have been picked, we could have a
loan servicers are harming struggling              real and sustainable recovery. Sure, it would
homeowners by pushing unnecessary                  be an odd couple alignment. But, maybe after
foreclosure. Now, this research shows that         so many losses, it’s the one that could make
banks are also acting directly against the best    the true difference. be stripped away by
interests of loan investors – the companies        2012. From CRL’s perspective, it is time
that own the loans including pension funds         for the banks to accept the consequences
and life insurance companies.                      for the hundreds of billions of dollars in
  Most importantly, the report found that          damages that have been inflicted on the
the lending industry’s poor track record on        nation. It was the lack of accountability by
loan modifications cannot be blamed on             banks that is so disturbing when the public
homeowners who re-default.                         bailed them out. Before any foreclosure is
  “It’s well documented how mortgage               allowed to proceed, there needs to be full
servicers’ unfair, shoddy practices have           disclosure for homeowners and investors              CBC Members Congresspersons William Lacy Clay (D-MO) and Maxine Waters (D-CA)
hurt homeowners,” said Mike Calhoun,               to ensure thatevery loan got a good look             (center) were two of 10 Congresspersons honored for their bold action as members of the
president of CRL. “This research shows             from the servicer. Further, the current              Financial Services Committee at the dinner. They are flanked by Dorothy R. Leavell, NNPA
that servicers also routinely give the             loan servicing investigation by the nation’s         Foundation Chairperson (left) and Danny J. Bakewell (right). Photo by Carole Geary
investment community a raw deal.”                  attorneys general must result in remedies
  At present, families facing eviction             to reform an industry that perpetuated the        repairs that occur outside the HAMP program,    modifications as well.
outnumber those with a modification by a           crisis. Let’s not forget that this crisis began   HAMP loan modifications are most likely           “The misalignment of economic
12-1 margin. Updated statistics show that          with foreclosures and spread to the rest of       to involve reducing the homeowner’s             interests between the owners of
residential mortgage foreclosures are on           the economy.                                      monthly payment – and this is the type          mortgages and those who service
track to reach 13 million by the end of 2014         Findings from Fix or Evict? also corroborate    of modification that is likely to be the most   them is the single reason why the
at a cost of nearly $1 trillion in direct          recent data from the Home Affordable              successful.                                     mortgage problem has become a crisis
losses to families, local governments, and         Modification Program (HAMP), which showed           It is amid this growing body of objective     and every loan got a good look from
financial institutions. When CRL factored          how four out of five households that received     analyses that some from the investment          the servicer. Further, the current loan
in the lost value to homes in close proximity      HAMP modifications are still current on their     side are questioning the low number of          servicing investigation by the nation’s
                                                   mortgages. Unlike many short-term loan                                                            attorneys general must result in remedies
                                                                                                                                                     to reform an industry that perpetuated the
  North Carolina Dems reach out to HBCU students                                                                                                     crisis. Let’s not forget that this crisis began
                                                                                                                                                     with foreclosures and spread to the rest of
  By Herbert L. White                                                                                                                                the economy.
    North Carolina Democrats are looking                                                                                                               Findings from Fix or Evict? also corroborate
  to strengthen ties with students at                                                                                                                recent data from the Home Affordable
  Historically Black Colleges and                                                                                                                    Modification Program (HAMP), which showed
  Universities (HBCUs).                                                                                                                              how four out of five households that received
    The College Democrats of North Carolina                                                                                                          HAMP modifications are still current on
  will hold a leadership conference for HBCU                                                                                                         their mortgages. Unlike many short-term
  students in late March in Greensboro. The                                                                                                          loan repairs that occur outside the HAMP
  forum – a first for the state Democratic                                                                                                           program, HAMP loan modifications
  Party – will focus on engaging students in                                                                                                         are most likely to involve reducing the
  the political process, political activity, and                                                                                                     homeowner’s monthly payment – and
  on-campus leadership. North Carolina has                                                                                                           this is the type of modification that is likely
  11 HBCUs, second only to Alabama.                                                                                                                  to be the most successful.
    “HBCU students have a unique story                                                                                                                 It is amid this growing body of objective
  and this HBCU Leadership Conference is                                                                                                             analyses that some from the investment
  here to ensure that we give them a voice                                                                                                           side are questioning the low number of
  and a seat at the table,” said N.C. A&T            Rep. Watt is one of several democrats seeking to improve political ties with college students   modifications as well.
  student D.J. McKelvey, CDNC’s Black                                                                                                                  “The misalignment of economic
  college coordinator.                              Run for Public Office” and “Campaign and          Carolina recognize the importance of           interests between the owners of
    U.S. Rep. Mel Watt (D-NC) will be among         Professional Involvement.”                        engaging HBCU students,” CDNC President        mortgages and those who service
  the panelists and speakers, which include           Party activists see the conference as an        Tori Taylor said. “We are taking the first     them is the single reason why the
  N.C. State Reps. Marcus Brandon and Alma          opportunity to strengthen ties between            step in hopefully a long, consistent line of   mortgage problem has become a crisis and
  Adams, N.C. Sen. Gladys Robinson and state        Democrats and young voters whose                  communication between HBCU students            a massive economic drain on this country,”
  Democratic Party Chair David Parker. Panel        support helped Barack Obama carry North           and the Democratic Party.”                     said Bill Frey, president of Greenwich
  topics include “HBCUs, Politics and History,”     Carolina in the 2008 presidential election.       Special to the NNPA from The Charlotte         Financial Services and a longtime investor
  “Black Women and Politics,” “How to                 “The College Democrats of North                 Post                                           advocate.
16 • April 7 - 13, 2011                                                                                                                                  The Hampton Roads Voice

Rangel says Congress should be consulted about Libya dealings
By Herb Boyd                                      worrying about getting rid of Gaddafi? I
  If there are any side effects or residue left   don’t like the idea of his being taken out.”
from a straining battle over his possible           The congressman stopped short of
removal from office, Rep. Charles Rangel          endorsing Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich’s
did a good job concealing them. What              call for an impeachment of Pres. Obama,
wasn’t hidden was his objection to the            who has charged the president with going
Obama administration as it joined a               beyond constitutional guidelines.
coalition in an attack on Libya.                    “I’ll leave that alone,” Rangel said of
  “What needs to be done at this point is a       his feelings about impeachment. And, he
call by the president or the vice president       used an anecdote from his past to sidestep
for a special session of Congress to inform       Minister Louis Farrakhan’s idea of sending
us and to ask our position on this matter,”       a diplomatic team of prominent Black
Rangel said during a press briefing last          Americans to sit with Gaddafi.
week at the State Office Building.                  “I was in Tanzania at the time of its
  “Obama is going along with past presidents      independence, and I was asked by some
and the United Nations, which is 90 percent       of the leaders, ‘What brings you to our
[influenced by] the U.S. At the end of the day,   country? Are you also made in America
we pay the price physically and financially.”     like so many of the bombs falling on our
  Rangel was outraged that President              people?’ It dawned on me, from their                                                    Charles Rangel
Barack Obama agreed to launch an attack           perspective, that color had nothing at all to
on Libya without consulting Congress,             do with the situation.”                         the Korean War, introduced once again—for         statement. “We make decisions about war
thereby repeating a pattern of previous             Critically connected with the recent          the fifth time he said—a Universal National       without worry over who fights them. Those
presidents, including Harry Truman in             move by the Obama administration on             Service Act, or a draft bill.                     who do the fighting have no choice.”
Korea, Lyndon Baines Johnson in Vietnam,          Libya, which the president said he didn’t         The bill calls for the establishment              The Obama administration, Rangel observed,
and George W. Bush in Iraq. “When they            need congressional authorization for since      of a universal requirement for national           may have no choice about the cost of
say we should get rid of Gaddafi, who is the      the Senate had unanimously approved a           service. “If you enjoy the benefits of our        entering another war or “what’s the end
‘we’”? Rangel continued. “Yes, we should          resolution calling for the United Nations       democracy, then you should be willing and         game and how do we get out of it.”
have compassion for the rebels, but should        Security Council to impose a no-fly zone        required to contribute to its defense,” he        Special to the NNPA from the New York
we have a number of sleepless nights              over Libya, Rangel, a decorated soldier of      said, reiterating a recently released press       Amsterdam News

Eddie and Sylvia Brown named ‘Marylanders of the Year’
  Eddie C. and C. Sylvia Brown have a             Price, before founding Brown Capital
talent for using philanthropy as a tool to        Management in 1983. His Baltimore-based
battle inequality. They and their family have     business was soon able to amass more than
contributed more than $22 million to various      $6 billion in assets under management.
charitable causes over the past 15 years.         The Brown’s established their charitable
  The Maryland Historical Society (MdHS)          foundation (C. Sylvia and Eddie C. Brown
selected the browns as the society’s              Family Foundation) in 1996.
“Marylanders of the Year,” an award whose           The Brown’s $1 million challenge grant
recipients have included Ben Bradlee, Tom         gift to the Enoch Pratt Free Library is the
Clancy and R. Sargent Shriver.                    largest donation extended to the institution
  Maryland Day commemorates the founding          in its 129-year history. Its purpose was
of Maryland. On March 25th, 1634 settlers         to make widely available the libraries
stepped from two small sailing ships, the         collection of African American literature
Ark and the Dove, onto Maryland soil. They        then stored in a basement area.
landed at St. Clements’s Island on what is now      Their largest overall gift was the $6
St. Mary’s County, Maryland. MdHS leads           million that helped fund construction of        The president of the Maryland Historical Society (MdHS), Burt Kummerow (left) led the
the commemoration in Baltimore each year          the $20 million Brown Center, located on        ceremony for Eddie C. and C. Sylvia Brown as the Society’s “Marylanders of the Year.” They
with a patriotic celebration and the naming of    the urban campus of the Maryland Institute      have contributed over $22 million to various organizations aiding inner city children in Baltimore
the Marylander of the Year.                       College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore.             and elsewhere.
  Burt Kummerow, MdHS President,                  They also underwrote a number of full           Entrepreneurship to provide faculty training      to expose their talents and skills to a wider
said, “Eddie and Sylvia have generated            scholarships for African American students      and activities that help kindle the spirit of     audience.
spectacular dividends for impoverished            to attend MICA.                                 entrepreneurship in UMBC students.                  Some other recipients of the Browns’
inner-city residents and leveled playing            Their second largest single gift of $5          The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland        philanthropy include; Bloomberg School of
fields across the country in the realms of        million was for the Turning the Corner          African American History & Culture received a     Public Health at Johns Hopkins University,
education, health care and art.                   Achievement Program (TCAP) that guides          $1 million challenge grant from the Browns        Center for Urban Families (CFUF) that
  However, a number of their gifts have           inner city Baltimore youth towards success.     for the purpose of helping the museum             develops career paths and strong family
been targeted to improving the quality of           University of Maryland, Baltimore County      establish an endowment.                           models, Baltimore School for the Arts, Howard
life in the broader Baltimore community.”         (UMBC) is another educational institution         The Brown’s mission in the realm of             University, Middle Grades Partnership in
  After college Eddie joined IBM as an            that has received the Browns assistance.        the arts has been two-pronged: to provide         Baltimore city and the Soulful Symphony/
engineer, earned an MBA and worked                They provided $1 million to form the Brown      more opportunities for African Americans          Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO)
as an investment manager for T. Rowe              Capital Management Faculty Institute of         in the arts, while simultaneously helping         Partnership.
20 •April 6 - 12, 2011                                                                                                                                        The Richmond Voice
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                                                                                WORLD BRIEFS                                                                    April 7 - 13, 2011 • 17
                                                                             Special to TEWire from GIN
                                                                               Special to TEWire from GIN

Fears rise in Africa over nuclear plans                                                             ‘Titide’ is back in Haiti
  With six nuclear power plants on               Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, and Egypt are             Former President Jean Bertrand-Aristide
the drawing boards in South Africa,              studying prospects for nuclear energy.             is back in Haiti after a seven-year exile in
local groups are increasing pressure on          Ghana and Niger have both scrapped their           South Africa. He returned less than two
government for a building moratorium.            plans for the moment.                              days away from the run-off election.
  “The decision to go nuclear will be our          “Nigeria has for some time now tinkered            Accompanied by actor and activist,
mess to sort out,” warned Lerato Maregele,       with the idea of nuclear power to generate         Danny Glover, Aristide was welcomed by
Youth Coordinator at Earthlife Africa            electricity,” observed a recent editorial in       many of his supporters.
Johannesburg. “We will have to live              Nigeria’s Daily Independent. But “Nigeria            “If you could lean your heart against
with the ever-present danger of a nuclear        should be prepared for the earthquake              mine, you would hear how it beats faster,
accident for the rest of our lives. … The        experience. Having experienced earth               you would hear how it sings a consoling
South African government will be leaving         tremors in 1933,1939,1984,1990,1994,1997,          melody for Haiti,” Aristide said in a public
us with climate change and a big nuclear         2000 and 2006 with the surface wave                statement at the airport, alternating between
bill. Thanks a whole lot.”                       magnitude of between 3.7 and 3.9 the               Haitian Creole, French, Spanish and Zulu.
  “As South African citizens, we’re              probability cannot be ruled out.                   “Haiti is our mother who needs to breath
concerned,” remarked Makoma Lekalakala             “Building nukes is like building a               the oxygen of dignity…”
of the Johannesburg group. “We’ve been           large building without any toilets,” wrote           Ricardo Noel witnessed the reaction of
                                                                                                                                                             Jean Bertrand-Aristide
campaigning around nuclear for quite a           Ethnopunk on South Africa’s Business               Aristide's supporters upon his arrival.
long time … Government and the power             Day website. “There is no safe means of              “The streets of Port-Au-Prince were in
company Eskom must stop and not extend           disposing of the waste…The same people             total jubilee,” he said. “The people that         Aristide said that he will not participate
their nuclear plant for the future.”             who told us asbestos is safe are telling us        worked in the airport actually left their       in politics, but will focus on education.
  Today, South Africa’s two nuclear power        that uranium and nuclear waste is also             job site and ran towards the airplane. It         “Today, in the shade of Toussaint
reactors stand alone on the continent, but by    safe. We should therefore all demand a             was amazing.” Noel, along with a group          Louverture, we are happy to come engage
the end of the decade, that could very well      public inquiry into the deaths of workers          of nearly 30 Howard students and faculty,       the youth, the new generation, who want
change. More than a half dozen African           due to exposure during uranium milling             volunteered in Haiti as part of Alternative     education in dignity and without exclusion,”
countries – Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya,              and mining.”                                       Spring Break.                                   he said.
                                                                                                      Noel recalls seeing graffiti on the wall        “My job is to serve you with love. Your
                                                                                                                                                    job is to live so Haiti does not die. The job
Ouattara forces promise Abidjan offensive
                                                                                                    that said, “Obama, fok Titide retounen,”
                                                                                                    (Obama, Titide must return).                    of a good patriot is to love his country.”

  The prime minister of Ivory Coast’s
internationally recognized president, Alassane
                                                                                                    Swaziland serial killer faces hanging
Ouattara, has said the time is right for a
                                                                                                     A serial killer responsible for at least       the late 1990s and lasted until 2001 when
“rapid offensive” against the country’s main
                                                                                                    28 deaths in the southern African state of      police arrested Simelane after a tip.
city, Abidjan. Guillaume Soro said days of
                                                                                                    Swaziland has been sentenced to death by          He led the police to shallow graves where
clashes in the city had sown panic among
                                                                                                    hanging.                                        45 bodies were found altogether, including
troops loyal to incumbent Laurent Gbagbo.
                                                                                                     A judge handed down the sentence nine          several pregnant women.
  Many residents are trapped indoors
                                                                                                    days after David Simelane was convicted.          The serial killer was charged with 34
without food, water and electricity.
                                                                                                     His lawyer said he would appeal against        murders and convicted of 28.
  Earlier, the UN urged Ouattara to
                                                                                                    both the verdict and the sentence.                No executions have been carried out in
investigate hundreds of deaths blamed
                                                                                                     The killings are thought to have begun in      Swaziland since 1983.
partly on his supporters in Duekoue.
  The UN recognized Ouattara as president
after a run-off vote in November, but                                                               Libya rebels move on Brega
Gbagbo also claimed victory and refused
to quit. Gbagbo has received a boost as his                                                           Libyan rebels are advancing towards the       held talks in Athens early this week. He is
defecting army chief of staff, Gen Philippe                                                         eastern oil town of Brega, reports say, in      reportedly keen to open a dialogue with the
Mangou, has returned to the fold.                             Alassane Outtara                      renewed fighting with forces loyal to leader    international community.
  Gen Mangou met Gbagbo after leaving                                                               Col. Muammar Gaddafi, who currently               According to reporters on the road close to
the South African ambassador’s residence                                                            hold the territory. Brega has changed hands     Brega, the rebels appear to be more buoyant
                                                   A group of journalists trying to drive into
on this week, where he had taken refuge.                                                            several times in the past month.                and organized than recently, while the sounds
                                                 Abidjan were fired on repeatedly by militias.
  Pro-Ouattara troops have been massing                                                               Senior Libyan envoy Abdul Ati al-Obeidi       of gunfire and weaponry can be heard from
                                                   A spokesman for the UN mission in Ivory
just outside Abidjan amid confident talk                                                            is now in Turkey for talks. He has said Col     the front line a few kilometres away.
                                                 Coast (Unoci) said there had been shooting
of a final push, although they have been                                                            Gaddafi wants the fighting to end.                 “Rebel fighters are charging towards the
                                                 near the presidential palace, where Gbagbo
saying that for days, according to reports.                                                           Meanwhile, Italy has become the third         front line, clearly bolstered by the presence
                                                 was believed to be staying.
Residents occasionally venture out to brave                                                         country to recognize the rebel council as       in their ranks of more and more soldiers
                                                   A source in Ouattara’s camp said there
bullets and looters in search of water, now                                                         Libya’s legitimate government.                  who have defected from Gaddafi’s army,”
                                                 had been a relative lull in the fighting while
cut off in parts of the city.                                                                         Obeidi, Libya’s deputy foreign minister,      said BBC reporter Wyrie Davies.
                                                 reinforcements arrived from the country’s north.
18 • April 7 - 13, 2011                                                                                                                        The Hampton Roads Voice

          The VOICE flashes back to: Booker T. Washington
    Booker Taliaferro Washington was a dominant figure                                                                    Washington’s efforts included cooperating with white
  in the Black community in the United States from 1890                                                                   people and enlisting the support of wealthy philanthropists,
  to 1915. Representative of the last generation of Black                                                                 helping to raise funds to establish and operate thousands
  leaders born into slavery, he spoke on behalf of Blacks                                                                 of small community schools and institutions of higher
  living in the South.                                                                                                    education for the betterment of Blacks throughout the
    Washington maintained his standing because of                                                                         South.
  the sponsorship of powerful whites, substantial                                                                           Northern critics called Washington’s followers the
  support within the Black community, his ability to                                                                      “Tuskegee Machine.” After 1909, Washington was
  raise educational funds from both groups, and his                                                                       criticized by the leaders of the new NAACP, especially W.
  accommodation to the social realities of the age of Jim                                                                 E. B. Du Bois, who demanded a stronger tone of protest for
  Crow segregation.                                                                                                       advancement of civil rights needs. Washington replied that
    Washington was born into slavery to a slave mother                                                                    confrontation would lead to disaster for the outnumbered
  and white father, who was a nearby planter, in a rural                                                                  Blacks, and that cooperation with supportive whites was
  area in southwestern Virginia. After emancipation, he                                                                   the only way to overcome pervasive racism in the long run.
  worked in West Virginia in a variety of manual labor jobs                                                               At the same time, he secretly funded litigation for civil
  before making his way to Hampton Roads seeking an                                                                       rights cases, such as challenges to southern constitutions
  education. He worked his way through Hampton Normal                                                                     and laws that disenfranchised Blacks.
  and Agricultural Institute (now Hampton University) and                                                                   During a difficult period of transition, he did much to
  attended college at Wayland Seminary (now Virginia                                                                      improve the working relationship between the races. His
  Union University). After returning to Hampton as a                                                                      work greatly helped Blacks to achieve higher education,
  teacher, in 1881 he was named as the first leader of the                                                                financial power and understanding of the U.S. legal
  new Tuskegee Institute in Alabama.                                                                                      system. This led to a foundation of the skill set needed to
    Washington attained national prominence for his                                                                       support the Civil Rights Movement and further adoption
  Atlanta Address of 1895, which attracted the attention                                                                  of important federal civil rights laws.
  of politicians and the public, making him a popular                                                                       Washington died in1915, at the age of 59. His death
  spokesperson for Black citizens. He built a nationwide                  (April 5, 1856 – November 14, 1915)             was believed to have been a result of congestive
  network of supporters in many Black communities, with                                                                   heart failure, aggravated by overwork. Five years ago
  Black ministers, educators and businessmen composing        winning wide support in the Black community and             examination of medical records indicated that he died
  his core supporters.                                        among more liberal whites. He gained access to top          of hypertension, with a blood pressure more than twice
    Washington played a dominant role in Black politics,      national leaders in politics, philanthropy and education.   normal.
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