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PUBLISHER : STRATEGIC HUMAN SERVICES    VOLUME NO. 11 - ISSUE NO. 34        ISSN 1548-6087                   August 27 - September 2, 2009
       PROVIDING INFORMATION ON RESOURCES AND EVENTS THAT IMPROVE THE LIFESTYLE OF INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES IN OUR COMMUNITY


    WVON HOSTS FORUM FOR DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES FOR
    COOK COUNTY BOARD PRESIDENT AT MALCOLM X COLLEGE
                                                                                                                           current events. WVON (1690 AM)             which airs from 3:00PM until
                                                                                                                           is licensed to Berwyn, Illinois, and       7:00PM, Monday through Friday.
                                                                                                                           is the only Black owned radio station          The candidate’s aspiration is to
                                                                                                                           serving the Chicago market.                be elected to the position of Chief
                                                                                                                                The Democratic candidates             Executive Officer of Cook County.
                                                                                                                           included; Cook County Board                The Board is comprised of 17
                                                                                                                           President Todd Stroger (current);          elected Commissioners, serving a
                                                                                                                           U.S. Congressman Danny K. Davis,           four-year term. The President is
                                                                                                                           D-7 th District; Alderman Toni             elected by the voters of the entire
                                                                                                                           Preckwinkle of the 4th Ward and Cook       County.
                                                                                                                           County Clerk of the Circuit Court              Cliff explained the rules to the
                                                                                                                           Dorothy Brown.                             audience and the candidates. They
                                                                                                                                The first African-American to         were given 2 1/2 to 3 minutes for
                                                                                                                           serve as President of the Board was        their opening and answers to the
                                                                                                                           also a member of the Democratic            moderator’s questions, and 1 minute
                                                                                                                           Party John H. Stroger, Jr. He served       to rebut or respond to another
                                                                                                                           from 1994 until 2006 and was               candidates remarks. The type of
                                                                                                                           succeeded first by President Bobbie        questions Cliff asked ranged from
                                                                                                                           Steele, the first female president, also   how do you respond to concerns
                                                                                                                           African-American and then by               about there being four African-
                                                                                                                           incumbent President Todd Stroger,          American candidates? How do you
                                                                                                                           who is the son of John Stroger, Jr.        deal with lowering taxes and raising
                                                                                                                                WVON’s staff was set up               revenues? How do you reduce jail
Cook County President Forum at Malcolm X College.                                                                          outside the theater where they had         overcrowding? Are you in favor of
                                                                                                                           the guest lines up and write down          decriminalizing marijuana? How do
   Thursday August 27th 2009 four         WVON-1690 AM at Malcolm X               station is also called “The Talk of      their questions for the candidates.        you insure more minorities have
Democratic candidates for President       College, 1900 West Van Buren in         Chicago” and provides a talk forum            The forum, held in the                contracts? What can you do to help
of the Cook County Board of               Chicago from 6-8pm. WVON is             for the African-American                 auditorium was filled to capacity and      people in trouble with foreclosure?
Commissioners participated in a           located on the city’s South Side at     community, where they discuss            was moderated by Cliff Kelly “The
forum hosted by radio station             1000 E. 87th Street. Chicago, IL. The   political, social, economic and          Governor of Talk Radio, a show                          See CCBP page 3


Hernandez-Valle family presented An Award by Attorney   INSIDE
  General Lisa Madigan and Save Abandoned Babies      THIS ISSUE
         Foundation at St. Anthony Hospital              YOUTH
                                                                         Joshua Baker                                                                                   BECAME YOU
     A press conference at St.                                                                                                                                            PAGE - 3
Anthony Hospital was the scene of
a heartbreaking story about a baby
that was discovered in an alley
garbage can in the Brighton Park                                                                                                                                           THE 7
Neighborhood at 10 p.m. The
Hernandez-Valle family, a family of                                                                                                                                     DEADLY SINS
four were honored as heroes.
Claudia, Victorino, son Alexander                                                                                                                                        OF BOARD
Hernandez and daughter were given
an award by the Save Abandoned                                                                                                                                          DEVELOPMENT
Babies Foundation and presented
by Attorney General Lisa Madigan.                                                                                                                                         PAGE - 4
     The son, Alexander, stated he
heard a baby cry and told his
mother, Claudia, and she knew at the
second cry it was a helpless new
                                          (L-r) Dawn Geras founder of the Save Abandoned Babies Foundation, Victorino Valle, Claudia Hernandez, son Alexander
                                                                                                                                                                         TIME TO
born. After the baby was
discovered, Victorino quickly called      Hernandez and daughter, Attorney General Lisa Madigan, and Guy A. Medaglia, President & Chief Executive Officer of
                                          Saint Anthony Hospital.                                                                                                      IGNORE THE
911. The Police who arrived on the
scene called paramedics, who then         mother or father of Baby Anthony        abandons a child.                        repercussions for doing so. Since           LOSERS WHO
rushed the baby to St. Anthony            Thomas. Dr. Takhsh, Chairman,               Little     “Baby Anthony             the law was passed in 2001, more
Hospital where he was taken care          Obstetrics at Saint Anthony, said       Thomas”, fortunately, was                than 53 infants have been legally             OPPOSE
of. The baby was named after the          he believed the full-term baby was      discovered in time to be saved.          relinquished at safe havens. Of the
paramedic who brought the baby to         probably born earlier that same         Others are not so lucky. The baby        56 babies that have been illegally          HEALTHCARE
the hospital and after the hospital       evening and appeared to in good         who was abandoned could have             abandoned during that time, only 29
itself “Anthony Thomas”. The baby         condition. When asked about the         been safely relinquished by his birth    survived. For more information on               FOR
was cared for at St. Anthony Hospital     condition of the mother emotional       parents under the Illinois Safe          SaveAbandonedBabies.org, contact
until August 12, when he was turned       and physical, he stated that the        Haven Law, which makes it legal to       dawn Geras, at (312) 440-0229.               EVERYONE
over to Illinois Department of Children   condition of the mother depends         hand an unharmed newborn to                  Joshua Baker is a summer youth
and Family Services.                      on her physical state at the time of    personnel at hospitals, police or fire   intern and contributing for North             PAGE - 5
     No information has been              birth and that there should be some     stations. The parent can walk away       Lawndale News. He is also a Senior
acquired yet on the location of the       emotional impact on a mother that       with no questions asked or               student at Crane High School.

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     2009 FOCUS                                                            Former Founding Board of Director: Larry Leonard
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 HEALTH & THE ECONOMY                                                      Washington, Susan Munro, Marta Foster, Margaret Davis, Larry Leonard
                                                                                     Consulting Editors and Writers:
    One of the major issues of the recent presidential campaign            Wilbert Cook, Bill Goosby, Fred Mitchell, Dr. Shemuel Israel,
was health care. Health care costs have become an escalating               Tamiko Bowie, Danita Bowie, Marquita Ware, Warren Polk, David
burden for employers and consumers alike. Research has                     Schultz, Reggie Lewis, Angelic Jones, Mary Moran, Clemolyn
                                                                           (Pennie) Brinson, Priscilla Lucas, Todd Thomas, Kabuika Kamunga,
shown that total health spending is reduced when consumers                 Sophia Karalexis, X’ernona Woods, Zaki A. Muhammad, Ben
bear more responsibility for their health and the expenses                 Protess, Demetrius Porter, David Tenario, S. Mike Cook, David
related to it. One of the best ways to increase life expectancy            Schultz, & Marlone Finley
while reducing disability is to encourage a culture of self-
care practices.                                                            Founding CEO & Publisher: Isaac Lewis, Jr.
    Self care is personal health maintenance. It is the care               Production/Layout Coordinator: Marquita Ware
taken by individuals towards their own health and well being.              IT(InformationTechnology) Manager: RonnieAllen
Self care includes the actions individuals take in their role as           Staff Accountant:
care givers for their children, their families, and others to              Communications Manager:
stay fit and to maintain good physical, mental, and spiritual
                                                                           Resource Project Director: John Moore
health.
    Extreme self care means making choices and decisions that              Marketing Consultant: Dr. Shemuel Israel
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with activity, and surrounding ourselves with supportive, like-            Technical Assistant:
minded people who are committed to improving or restoring                  Website Consultant: Lamont Simmons
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  Youth Became You:                                                                 Mentoring The Youth of These Mean Streets




                                                                                                                          Luther Head, Paul McPherson, and Will Bynum.

                                                                                                                                                       community youth. In response to one of this
                                                                                                                          be the best they can be.     year’s challenges, YBU would like to thank:
                                                                                                                          Lynn also attends many       Alderman Ed Smith for his continued support
                                                                                                                          of other events these        and vigilance in keeping Moore Park a viable
                                                                                                                          youth are involved in, as    member of the Chicago Park District, as well
                                                                                                                          well as volunteering at      as Park District staff Art Richardson and
Simmie Coobs Moore Park Basketball tournament participants.                                         Moore Park’s fieldhouse as a mentor and            Michael Scott Jr. for their support of the
                                                                                                    coach. Mr. Bailey has donated technology           tournament efforts. Jackson Square Nursing
    What began by good friend Lynn Bailey        seasonal blessing for many neighborhood            equipment to aid students involved in the          Care Facility Director Connie Ortega for
as a simple tribute to local basketball legend   street vendors and youth. They’ve earned           afterschool program, enabling them to              providing an alternate parking site for
and single parent, “Simmie Cobbs”, who           money for running the clock, keeping score,        complete homework assignments in their             tournament attendees this year. Matthew
passed away in 2005 of a heart attack, has       cleaning the park to selling snacks, food, and     pursuit of good grades, snacks, jerseys and        Lynch of The Jesuit Academy for writing our
now grown into one of the city’s most widely     DVD footage of the games not to mention the        more. Even the roughest around the edges           local government in support of the removal
attended summer sporting events!                 DJ, contests and prizes! It’s just like a block    look up to Mr. Bailey as a respected member        of the bogus parking restrictions on the #??00
    With frequent celebrity sightings and        club party all summer long! Senior citizens have   of the community. He’s a member of the             Quincy Street along the non residential area
participation from NBA players such as Luther    been quoted saying, “they feel safe travelling     Moore Park Advisory Council as has the             aligning Moore Park. Mr. Lynch commends
Head of The Miami Heat, Paul McPherson           the neighborhood during tournament times,          support of local politicians, businesses and       the tournament for it’s record of non-violence
formerly of The Golden State Warriors, and       they feel that their children and grandchildren    churches alike.                                    despite the large crowds, he also agrees that
Will Bynum of The Detroit Pistons to College     are safe in the park during these games.”              This year the great neighborhood event         this is a public park, there is no need for permit
star and State Champion, Sherron Collins this        The Simmie Coobs Moore Park                    has endured extreme scrutiny and opposition        parking along Quincy Street.
has surely become an event the whole             tournament has further developed a passion         from the 15th district police department. In a         FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HOW
community has come to look forward to.           in the Coordinator Lynn Bailey, as it was the      scam to bilk west side residents visiting Moore    YOU CAN SUPPORTYOUTH BECAME YOU
    This annual basketball tournament is         catalyst that birthed his Illinois non-profit      Park, signs have been posted along Quincy          CONTACT: Treasurev1@yahoo.com or 773-
designed to promote community unity              organization Youth Became You. Lynn Bailey         Street restricting parking without a residential   331-7250. We are in search of an inside venue
throughout multiple generations. The key         believes in the youth of this community, he        permit. This is a public park and is further       for next year’s event, all gifts are welcome
things being healthy fellowship, healthy fun!    stands by them. He constantly mentors them         seen as an attempt to ultimately privatize         whether monetary, equipment, administration
This event has grown into tremendous             to push themselves to do the right thing and       Moore Park restricting accessibility to            or time, we appreciate your support.




                                                 other. The forum ended on time promptly at
CCBP from front page                             8:00PM. A more detaild report on the
                                                 responses to questions from the audience by
If you decided not to run as a candidate who     the candidates will be in the September 3rd
would you vote for? At the end the candidates    issue of the NLCN. An excerpt of the forum
gave their closing remarks.                      can be heard on www.nlcn.org.
    The auditorium was packed with                   Shaka Barak is the President of the
supporters for each candidate, along with        Marcus Garvey Institute, Inc, a U.S. Veteran,
many undecided voters gathering information      and is a contributing writer for North
to make their vote in the next primary.          Lawndale News. He can be contacted by the
    The audience was very excited for the        following: P.O. Box 1723, Oak Park, IL. 60304;
candidates of their choice while the             Phone708-802-1445.
candidates were very casual towards each
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                            ON VIDEO                                                      THE 7 DEADLY
                            Compiled and Reviewed by David Schultz                        SINS OF BOARD
                  MOTHERLAND (**1/2) This direct-to-video documentary by
              filmmaker Jennifer Steinman chronicles the life experiences between
              six diverse mothers brought together after the common loss of their
                                                                                          DEVELOPMENT
              child via suicide, street gang violence, struck by a drunk driver, head              Valerie F. Leonard
                                                                                            Community Development Consultant
              –on collision, motorcycle accident and part of a triple homicide.
                  The ladies embark on a 17 day trek through South Africa to handle
                                                                                             We have all heard of the 7 deadly sins for
              their personal grief and memoirs of the lost loved ones through
                                                                                         our everyday lives—lust, gluttony, greed,
              volunteer work with native children in poverty and/ or with HIV aids.
                                                                                         sloth, wrath, envy and pride. These vices, if
              There is plenty of emotion from the ladies but the beautifully
                                                                                         left unchecked, can lead to harmful
              photographed film has compassion, but not enough drama or wildlife
                                                                                         consequences. When it comes to board
              to match the scenic splendor.
                                                                                         development, there are 7 mistakes that can
                  This is a sincere documentary with limited audience appeal to
                                                                                         stagnate organizational growth.
              show those “sadden by tragedy” individuals working through their
                                                                                             1. Selecting board members based on
              grief, by seeing how their humanitarian efforts help other kids that
                                                                                         friendship or family relationship, without
              sometimes remind them of their own and wonder what might have
                                                                                         regard to level of commitment, core values or
              been.
                                                                                         skills the prospective members bring.
                  Not rated; 80min. Gigantic Digital Home Video
                                                                                             2. Allowing prominent, or “big name”,
                  SUGAR (***) The seldom seen life of Dominican baseball players
                                                                                         people to come onto the board with the
              trying to make it in the United States’ big league is an intriguing
                                                                                         understanding that they won’t be able to
              backdrop for this drama that avoids being the traditional “rags-to-
                                                                                         make meetings or attend functions
              riches” scenario. Miguel “Sugar” Santos (*Algenis Perez Soto) is a
                                                                                             3. Having board members “rubber stamp”
              19 yr old descent kid with a mean knuckle curveball that is enough to
                                                                                         decisions made by the board president or
              get him noticed who on his home turf is confident and relaxed with a
                                                                                         executive director, without discussing the
              steady girlfriend.
                                                                                         benefits and consequences of the decision
                  Along with other hometown prospects hoping to following in the
                                                                                         upon the organization.
              footsteps of Sammy Sosa and Pedro Martinez and be signed to an
                                                                                             4. Lack of commitment and participation
              American team that would provide the kind of income that is non-
                                                                                         from board members
              existent locally.
                                                                                             5. Failure to adequately monitor the
                  While Sugar performs on the diamond field, he encounters
                                                                                         organization’s finances
              numerous incident that lead to challenges and changes in himself
                                                                                             6. Failure to file required annual reports
              that shows the pitfalls and culture shock when going from obscurity
                                                                                         with the state and local government
              to notoriety.
                                                                                             7. Failure to keep abreast of the latest
                  PG-13; 118min (English sub-titles) Sony Pictures Classics Home
                                                                                         developments in the organization’s industry,
              Video’ Available: Sept. 1
                                                                                         locale or community
                  Coming Soon to Home Video: Denzel Washington match wits
                                                                                             To learn more about how your
              with John Travolta in a remake of “The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3”
                                                                                         organization can avoid the 7 deadly sins of
              due out Nov. 3.
                                                                                                     See Development page 6
                               THE NORTH LAWNDALE COMMUNITY NEWS
            August 27 - September 2, 2009                                                                                                                                                 Page 5
   LANE CHANGE: Time to Ignore the Losers
     Who Oppose Health Care for Everyone
                                                                                                                                              “Life”
                                                 Beth ShalomBnai Taken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation Nashe
                    A Commentary by Travles R. Lane - the1tlane@yahoo.com                                                                 Or Secretary Nedra Logan Dye

     One thing I’ve noticed about all the people          over backward to please people comparing you             Life is now                             chance in your life.
kicking up such a virulent fuss about health care         to Hitler and accusing you of wanting to
reform, they’re not talking about healthcare, they        establish “death panels” for the elderly.                Thursday, August 27, 2009                  The day of forgiveness is Yom
are instead raving against “losing our country”                There is also nothing to be gained by               This week lesson is about rustication   Kippur. It is in the Holy Book.
and “socialism.”                                          political calculation on the matter. Because the     and reckoning.                                 Once a year we are forgiven for
     Which poses the question to me: What is it           loss to the country if we don’t get public health
about a proposal to give every American citizen           care will be of much greater consequence to              Where do you start?                     the issues of errors we have made
an equal right to health care that makes it anathema      the future of our nation than the loss of White          What is u doing right now with your     GOD, Ourselves and others.
to our national identity and free enterprise system       House if that indeed is the cost of getting it       life?                                           We take the whole day to plead
to these rabid objectors, many of whom are already        done.
themselves enjoying the benefit of government                  I’ve said all along that the president is
                                                                                                                   Reading the entire book of              for forgiveness to the highest God, as
sponsored medical care?                                   making the mistake of trying to ensure his           Duetronomony you will find in the           well ask our friends and colleges to
     Perhaps, then, the argument is not really about      reelection rather than maximizing the opportunity    twenty seven chapters around the            forgive us if we offend them in any way
health care at all. Maybe what these people truly         he has to achieve significant changes in the
fear is their loss of status in a nation where having
                                                                                                               eighteen verses several clear               shape or form.
                                                          term he already has won.
anything that others lack is a cause for fighting,             Until he puts his foot down and show some       descriptions of behavior appear. Take          Life is Now Do good now and let
not to keep what one has, but merely fighting just        real willingness to get down and dirty with his      inventory and start write now making        see what Happen.
to deny others the ability to have it. These people       adversaries in the Beltway and the corporate
are primarily simply afraid of losing the sense of        boardrooms of America, he will simply be a
privilege that comes with having someone to be            “change agent” who actually changes nothing
better than.                                              in the way things have been done since the
     So they scream and shout and raise all kinds         Constitution was written.
of hell at the notion of a public option that would            We will all continue to live at the mercy of
give all Americans equal access to the ability to         those with the money to buy the representation
live regardless of their economic circumstances.          that rightfully belong to every citizen regardless
And in doing so, they reveal just how cruel and           of their financial status.
evil people can be simply for the sake of feeling              And that would be a shame. Because if a
like they matter more to the world than those they        black president is truly going to be of any
would rather see suffer and die.                          indication that the United States is moving
     Because that is all the comfort the present          beyond the narrow agenda of fostering division
healthcare system in America provides. If you can         among its people, he has to first change the
afford the insurance, you get to feel you matter          formula that calls for acceptance of the status
more in the world than those you cannot. If               quo.
everyone has healthcare, you are no longer special             Real healthcare reform would send that
in that regard. Let’s face it. There is no good reason    message loud and clear. And it will bring the
to deny anyone the right to health care, and the          nation closer to the day when that government
time has come to quit making that right a privilege       of the people, by the people and for the people
based on the whims and profit motive of insurance         truly works for all the people.
companies.                                                     It doesn’t require four more years or 40 more
     It is also time for President Obama to quit trying   years to make that happen, if our president stop
to work with Republicans on this issue when it is         listening to the very people who have already
plain to see they have no intention of supporting         expressed their disdain for his current election
anything he does. There is no merit to bending            and their overwhelming desire to see him fail.
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                                                                                                                                                            From Sista To Sister:
                                          AT THE FLICKS                                                                                                     “Let’s Pave The Way”
                                                           David H. Schultz, film critic
                                                                                                                                                                                Tali Bakhit
                                                                           Then David finds           grandson’s methods toward the woman he
                                                                      himself forced to play on       wants in Rose                                                              My Sister’s let’s pave
                                                                      Rob’s touch football team.           (Doris Roberts) who already has a senior                          the way. From Chicago, to
                                                                      Where David encounters          boyfriend (Rance Howard) and happens to                                Philadelphia, Washington
                                                                      on the rival team, a woman,     be Julie’s grandmother.                                                DC, to NYC the crime rates
                                                                      Julie (Marla Sokoloff) who            Joe finds himself being the object of desire                     are rising. There must be a
                                                                      seems to “one up him” in        by another, more aggressive lady, Edna                                 better way. We must pave
                                                                      every way and won’t cater       (wonderfully played by Liz Sheridan) whose              the way. Young kids are dying each and
                                                                                                                                                              everyday from gun shot wounds to the
                                                                      to his terms. Naturally,        looking for more than companionship. And
                                                                                                                                                              head, chest, back, and abdominal area.
                                                                      David becomes initially         eventually Edna slips a “Mickey” in his drink
                                                                                                                                                              Innocent by standers, gang bangers, and
                                                                      infatuated by this woman        to help Joe ease worried concern over sexual            drug slangers. We must help pave the
                                                                      who won’t allow herself to      stamina. Until Edna begins to tremble and then          way. No matter what the situation. That
                                                                      be had.                         rushed to the hospital, but not before she              innocent child didn’t deserve to be
Andy Griffith as Grandpa Joe and Paul Campbell
                                                                           David inherited his        offers a different perspective to living out            gunned down in the streets, neither did
as David Mitchell in Play the Game                 “tricks of the trade” from his father who cares    one’s golden years in a non restrictive manner.         that gang banger, or the drug slanger.
                                                   only for his son’s ability to sell cars and make        While director Fienberg cleverly                   Something is wrong here, can’t we all see
    PLAY THE GAME (***) This romantic              money for him. Much to the disapproval of          continues to shifts his script between the              it. No one deserves such a harsh
comedy sounds like another typical battle of       his Grandpa Joe (Andy Griffith) whom David         exploits encountered between the young                  consequence, everyone deserves a
the sexes through theorized beliefs and            goes to visit in the retirement community to       (Campbell) and the old (Griffith) in their              chance. We’ve become so isolated, no
tactical maneuvers that men and women put          fulfill his late grandmother’s wish, to train      separate relationships,                                 one wants to speak up, and speak out.
each other through. But Northwestern               Grandpa Joe to meet women by playing the                We see amusing and insightful moments              No one wants to take responsibility for
University attendee and first-time writer-         game through five courses. When the most           written with warmth, honesty and                        what is happening to our communities.
director Marc Fienberg’s “Play the Game”           important thing Joe wants isn’t the sex, but       intelligences that delightfully catches us by           One says it’s the drug dealers, another
succeeds to show the film has a lot more on        the companionship he enjoyed with his              surprise                                                says, it’s the gang bangers, and then
                                                   “dearly departed” wife.                                 “Play the Game” is the little big movie that       another says it’s the white man, they just
its mind within showing the ins and out of
                                                       At age 84. Andy Griffith gives an incredible   should be seen by young and old as a date               don’t give a damn. But have you ever
the game that makes for one of the most
                                                   and wonderful performance with this                movie or just on the merit of Fienberg’s                heard the quote “We are the masters of
delightful surprises of the season.                                                                                                                           our own destiny?” Yes we are! These are
    The movie starts out being about David         character that represents the ideals of his        reflective script and direction script that
                                                   much beloved, homespun TV series image             smoothly crosses the generation gap to                  our communities, and our children that are
(Paul Campbell), a car salesman for his father’s                                                                                                              being killed in the inner city of Chicago.
(Clint Howard) dealership who is considered        and moral values that is given a light homage      indicate the self discoveries and similarities
                                                                                                                                                              How could we let things get so bad?
and idolized as a ladies man by his black and      in this film’s finale with fishing in the lake     therein each age group encounters, comes to
                                                                                                                                                              Everyone is playing the blame game. But
married co-worker, Rob (Geoffrey Owens) who        scene.                                             terms and make alterations in their beliefs and
                                                                                                                                                              we must all understand that “It takes a
lives vicariously through hanging out and              Griffith is still giving advice and life       living.                                                 village to raise a child.” And we are the
observing with his bachelor buddy, David           lessons to this new womanizing version of a             This is a relatively smart, funny, and             village, us, the people of the community,
whose quick to demonstrate his ability to          grown up Opie in Paul Campbell whose               uplifting movie that I hope isn’t overlooked            the teachers in the schools, and the
capitalize on an individual’s vulnerability to     character falls enough in love with Julie, but     in its initial release now (that could occur due        parents which are the primary care takers.
sell them overprized and accessorized cars         continues to rely on his “game” tactics that       to the limited marketing and small distribution)        We aren’t to neglect our youth and play
by day.                                            denies until later, his true feelings and          While some might view this movie as being               the blame game but we are to lend a
    While by night at a local bar, David           personal discovery that make him realizes the      safe and simple. Sometimes the best life and            helping hand, to the innocent bystander,
demonstrates and explains those same               possible soul mate that his Grandpa Joe had        love lessons are just that.                             the gang banger, the drug slanger and the
methods to lure any woman to be interested         for most of his married life.                           PG-13; 105min A Story Films Picture                drug user. We have to rebuild in order to
in him.                                                While Joe is having trouble applying his       release –Presented at selected theaters                 prepare for a better future. We have to
                                                                                                                                                              pave the wave. We can’t be frightened or
                                                                                                                                                              isolated but we must work together. We
                                                                                                                                                              must get rid of our jaded mentalities in
                                                                                                                                                              order to be strengthened and united.
                                                                                                                                                                   Yes, times have truly changed, and we
                                                                                                                                                              all know this. Any day of the week we can
                                                                                                                                                                                   See Sista page 7

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  Sista from page 6
  turn on our televisions sets and hear the dreadful stories of our youth being gun down in
  the Chicago streets everyday. Just recently, CNN’s Don Lemon did a special report on what
  he calls “Chicago’s Deadly Streets.” What is most frustrating is that as much as the stories
  about our inner city neighborhoods are being talked about not much is being done to solve
  this problem. To many, it’s just a story. However, I say thanks Don for the story, but we
  need some help over here in Chicago, and we need it ASAP! I speak to you my Sister’s to
  make clear and known that we are slipping, and we must wake-up and do something about
  what’s going on in our inner city streets. It’s very easy my Sister’s, we are the backbone of
  our communities. We have to pave the way, we have to stand up to the call and hold our
  brothers responsible. Helping our brothers to understand the significance of raising our
  young men. It’s so much to write about, and so much to talk about, but there is even more
  to be done, about this major issue of our youths lives being cut short, and jail is certainly
  not the answer. We need to rehabilitate our youth, and jail is certainly not the answer. We
  need to love our youth, and I tell you again that jail is not the answer. How do we break this
  bond of demonic forces that so flourishes the mind set and the actions of our youth? I have
  the answer my Sister’s and Brother’s——love, love will pave the way. Nurturing our youth
  to be the leaders of today and tomorrow. We must start now before it’s too late, the clock
  is ticking. Let’s begin the shift.
       Love & Light,
       Your Sister Tali
      Tali Bakhit is a visionary journalist, writer, entrepreneur, and owner of her own company
  Bon-chic Productions. Born and raised in the inner city of Philadelphia, she knows the struggles
  that young African American sisters go through on the everyday basis. As a writer for the the
  North Lawndale Community Newspaper, Tali has made a loyal commitment to give back to the
  Sisters and prove yes we can all get along and create a since of loyalty. Peace & Light My sisters.
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