Volume 24 ~ Issue 4
ADAFI The Voice Of Medgar Evers College
email@example.com February 2008
Medgar Evers College Grows
BROOKLYN, New York, Jan.11, ate Carl Andrews, noting the
2008- sweeping capital improvements
President Edison O. Jackson since the time of his own atten-
and the Medgar Evers College dance. “If it was not for Medgar
community celebrated a mile- Evers and the experience and
stone in the construction of the education I received here, I
College’s $243 million-dollar would not be standing before you
Academic Complex I, future today as a representative from the
home of the School of Science, governor,” he noted.
Health and Technology. Attended Signed by dignitaries and the
by City University of New York College community, the final
representatives, elected officials, steel beam of the five-story edi-
community based organizations fice was hoisted above the gath-
and business leaders, a topping ering with the attached American
ceremony was held on Crown St. and POW/MIA flags waving.
between Bedford and Franklin Ironworkers from then set the
Avenues in Brooklyn on beam into place.
Thursday, January 10, 2008 at Academic Complex I is sched-
10:00 am. uled for completion by 2010.
“It’s such a great day for all of Providing increased classroom
us, it’s a time of celebration,” space to accommodate extended
said President Edison O. Jackson. course and program offerings,
“In commemorating the comple- Academic Complex I is expected
tion of Academic Complex I’s to promote academic and intel-
outer framework, the topping lectual exchange in an environ-
ceremony honors the hard work ment that enhances the teaching
and diligence of all those individ- and learning experience.
Crane lifts beam for topping ceremony
uals associated with this momen- Funding for the project has been
tous step in Medgar Evers will be more good things to come Weinshall. future” Academic Complex I rep- provided by New York State and
College’s renaissance.” for Medgar Evers College,” said Additional features of the resented. Councilwoman Letitia New York City, supporters
An opening ceremony per- Vice Chancellor Dobrin. The building include a two-story James promised a push for fur- include Governor Eliot Spitzer,
formance by the Brooklyn Academic Complex I was glass pavilion-dining hall which ther improvementsforeseeing law former Governor George Pataki,
Steppers marching band was fol- designed by renowned architect serves as a multi-purpose room, and medical schools in the New York City Mayor Michael
lowed by Dr. Jackson’s welcom- James Polshek. The five story, used for lectures, concerts, social College’s future. Bloomberg, Brooklyn Borough
ing remarks. In his invocation, 194,000 gross square foot brick functions, computer labs, semi- “It is so much better to educate President Marty Markowitz,
Reverend Clarence Norman of structure will feature high-tech nar rooms as well as teaching and than anything else and that’s what Chancellor of The City
the First Baptist Church of computer-enabled classrooms, a research laboratories for the we need in our community,” said University of New York Matthew
Crown Heights prayed that the 120-seat lecture hall, computer physical and biological sciences, Rabbi Jacob Goldstein, a long Goldstein, as well as council
building would be “a place of labs, faculty and administrative nursing, and mathematics. time supporter of Medgar. “May members and community board
learning, a place of development, offices, and numerous student NYC Deputy Mayor for the school go from strength to leaders. The joint venture firm of
and a place where all people of study areas. “It is a testament to Education and Community strength. Mazel Tov.” McKissak-Turner manages this
the City can come.” Medgar Evers College and the Development Dennis M. Walcott “We have come a long way as a CUNY/Dormitory Authority of
CUNY Vice Chancellors Allan borough of Brooklyn that we’re gave thanks on behalf of the College and as a community,” the State of New York project.
Dobrin and Iris Weinshall con- going to have a spectacular build- Mayor and future Medgar Ever said NYS government official
gratulated the institution. “There ing,” said Vice Chancellor students for “the vision for the and Medgar Evers College gradu- Reprinted with permission fron the office
CUNY Honors Political Reporter and Author.
By Luc Josaphat the opening remarks for the was scheduled to be the keynote
On January 22, student’s lead- event. He acknowledged the hard speaker but was assassinated
ers from various CUNY colleges, work of student leaders who prior to the ceremony. In lieu of
CUNY administrators and the attended including Medgar Evers the assassination, Dr. Martin
Chancellor gathered at the College student leaders, whom he Luther King Jr. was invited to
Graduate Center in Midtown to called out. He recognized, “that deliver what he believed was one
honor political reporter and many of CUNY student leaders the most memorable speeches
author Dominic Carter of New are parents working hard aca- before the famous “I have a
York 1 News. Mr. Carter, who demically, while working full- dream” speech.
hosts NY1 News’ nightly politi- time sometimes holding two To loud applause and cheers,
cal show, “Inside City Hall,” is jobs,” before introducing a visibly emotional Mr. Carter
the author of a new memoir, No Matthew Goldstein, CUNY chan- took the stage. “I will try not to
Momma’s Boy: How I Let Go of cellor. be emotional,” he said while
My Past and Embraced the Chancellor Matthew fighting back tears.
Future. Goldstein spoke a few words in Mr. Carter, the first in his
Senior Vice Chancellor of memory of Martin Luther King family to graduate from college
University Relations and Jr. He remembers in June 1963 at (State University of New York at
Secretary of the Board of his commencement ceremony at Cortland), is the recipient of a
Trustees Jay Hershenson, made City College that Medgar Evers Samuel P. Peabody Award from
Continues on page8 MEC student leaders with Dominic Carter (center) and his wife
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MEC Professor talks color: Black VS White.
By Dr. Delridge L. Hunter legitimacy of “whiteness” as a the conquered cultures the fall
construct. Again legitimacy is out has been a failure to delve
My new book, The Culture of
evident. Never is their real name deeply into just who these people
Whiteness VS Black Popular
European American used in place who like to be called white really
Culture is a discourse that cri-
of the generic term “white.” The are? What is the heritage of white
tiques the culture of whiteness as
name Caucasian is used occa- people? Are these white people
a social construct. The book
sionally. Caucasian as the name really European Americans who
delves into the idea that people of
of a race is bogus, therefore, still claim the tradition brought
color (inclusive) are really repre-
deserves no discussion here. The from Europe as sacred and ances-
sented in the color scheme of
culture of whiteness is allowed to tral? Isn’t white really a position,
paint one may purchase in a hard-
ware store. It also examines and “Caucasian as the name of a race is bogus,
refutes white as a color is also the therefore, deserves no discussion here.”
complexion of some of these peo-
exist without question. As we as in chess, that European
ple of color. Actually, the con-
examine the precept, we find that Americans have assumed as the
struct is a fallacy. However, in
the whole process is a self inven- most favored position? How
every day conversation and
tion. much of the old world tradition
scholarly works the fallacy is
Never before have European still remains? Why have they form. The two are juxtaposed to been set into motion thus estab-
applied as though it is supported
Americans been examined by continued to claim the heritage see how each has impacted and lishing parameters of how
by scientific evidence, none of
scholars as a people who are self they distance themselves from informed the growth and devel- changes to be made may be
which has been examined. The
invented as the “White Man.” No when they reinvented themselves opment of the other. adapted by establishing other
perception of there being Homo
one has taken time to reflect on as “white” people? The work, A strong critique of the cul- ways and means of interacting
sapiens whose complexions
such a clear abuse of the language Culture of Whiteness versus ture of whiteness for its oppres- within the current social con-
approximate whiteness goes
and how the abuse has been Black Popular Culture applies the sive nature regarding the least struct.
without challenge. This fallacy
extended to other people by giv- Law of Position, a position theo- favored people in society is what
operates without anyone ever
ing these conquered cultures ry examines how the culture of is offered, here. As a conclusion
raising the question about the
names found useful to their aims. whiteness comes about and how an analysis is offered as to how
word “white” itself. Even when
No scholar has been identified that creation in turn allow a this practice may be overcome Dr. Delridge L. Hunter, is Professor
scholars critique the practice, the
who has challenged its usage to process called black popular cul- while acknowledging that the Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies at
question is seldom raised about
oppress other people of color. For ture to become a rival cultural dialogic of its entropy has already Medgar Evers College
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MEC Professor Speaks Against Hate Crimes
By Ronda Collins felony and battery; in May 2007. pose of the National March at least a week. She was beaten, was important to travel to West
Megan Williams, a twenty- On November 3, 2007, Black against Hate Crimes? stabbed, repeatedly sexually Virginia to participate in the
year-old African American Lawyers for Justice conducted a McLaughlin: The National assaulted by most of the defen- National March?
woman was kidnapped, sexually National March Against Hate March against Hate Crimes dants who forced her to eat ani- McLaughlin: We must all
and physically assaulted, and tor- Crimes in Charleston, West aimed to urge prosecutors in West mal and human feces, drink urine stand against hate crimes. This is
tured by six people in West Virginia, in support of Megan Virginia to add hate crime out of a toilet and lick blood, not only about opposing racist
Virginia in September 2007. Williams and her family. charges against the six defendants among other unspeakable acts. and sexist violence, but it is also
Williams was held captive for six Dr. Andrée-Nicola who kidnapped, raped and tor- Collins: Since local authori- about demanding equal protec-
days in the Logan County. McLaughlin, scholar-activist and tured 20-year-old Megan ties following an anonymous tip tion under the law and equal jus-
Ms. Williams’ captors forced Professor and Director of Williams for at least a week in rescued Megan, how is she cop- tice for all. In fact, I wanted to
her to eat rat droppings, choked Women’s Studies at Medgar early September. Black ing? organize a fact-finding team early
her with a cable cord and stabbed Evers College, participated in the on. But several women with
“You see how hate crime intimidates a group and
her in the leg while calling her a National March against Hate whom I spoke were frightened to
Crimes: Marching for Megan in puts fear in its members?” go to West Virginia — what they
racial slur, according to criminal
complaints. They also poured hot Charleston, West Virginia on Lawyers for Justice whose presi- McLaughlin: Like most peo- perceived as “the backwoods”
water on her, made her drink November 3, 2007. dent, Dr. Malik Zulu Shabazz, is ple who have experienced trau- because of what happened to
from a toilet, and beat and sexual- As one of the speakers at the the lead attorney in the case for ma, Megan is still burdened by Megan. You see how hate crime
ly assaulted her during a span of National March, Dr. McLaughlin Ms. Williams organized it. the experience. Her mother intimidates a group and puts fear
about a week, the documents say. says she geared her remarks to Collins: What exactly is a reports that she wakes up in the in its members?
Frankie Brewster, 49, faced express the popular sentiment of hate crime? middle of the night screaming. When I learned that the pres-
the most serious charges among hundreds of people who came McLaughlin: A hate crime tar- Many people, however, have ident of Black Lawyers for
them. She was charged in 1994 from around the country to gets a particular social group been pulling for Megan and her Justice, Attorney Malik Zulu
with first-degree murder but demand justice for Megan based on race, gender, religion, family, especially since Blacks Shabazz, was organizing a rally,
pleaded guilty to manslaughter Williams. ethnicity, sexual orientation, comprise just two percent of the march and fund raiser, I signed on
and wanton endangerment. She Professor McLaughlin reports political affiliation or another population in the state of West immediately. He has to be com-
was released from prison in 2000 that the occasion represented a index of identity. It is designed Virginia. mended for real courage, chal-
after serving five years in the watershed moment in the human to intimidate and put fear in the For example, fundraisers at lenging racists and sexists who
death of an 84-year-old woman, rights movement for African group. Megan has revealed that several churches have been con- are elected or hired to uphold jus-
court records show. Americans because, although her tormentors repeatedly called vened following the National tice but instead want to intimidate
Bobby Brewster, 24, also of Charleston’s mayor dissuaded her “nigger” while abusing her. March in order to assist the those in pursuit of justice whom
Big Creek, is charged with kid- most local and national African She says one of the kidnappers Williams family in paying med- they cannot buy out. Shabazz is
napping, sexual assault, mali- American organizations from actually declared she was being ical bills. steadfast, standing up for the least
cious wounding and assault dur- participating in the National mistreated because she is black. Also, national figures, powerful among us because
ing the commission of a felony. March, attorneys, educators, cler- In this respect, tee-shirts including Montel Williams, Rev. Megan is also “mentally chal-
Danny J. Combs, 20, of Harts, gy, cultural workers, university and banners demanding “Protect Al Sharpton and Congressional lenged.”
is charged with sexual assault and and Bennett College students the Black Woman” and “Defend Representative Sheila Jackson It also makes me proud that,
malicious wounding. and leaders of anti-violence the Black Woman” made Lee (D-TX), have spoken out at our institution, Medgar Evers
Karen Burton, 46, of organizations and women’s Megan’s grievance abundantly about this case, demanding feder- College Students & Faculty in
Chapmanville, was charged with groups around the nation carried clear at the Rally and National al hate crime charges be lodged Support of Megan Williams and
malicious wounding, battery and the day. Women of color, articu- March against Hate Crimes. against the defendants. the Medgar Evers College Black
assault during the commission of lating a strong Black feminist Collins: What did Megan In addition to planning a History Committee will join vari-
a felony. message that condemned racist actually experience and how did “Unity Rally,” Medgar Evers ous groups in cosponsoring “Oh
Burton’s daughter, Alisha and sexist violence, equally this happen to her? College Students and Faculty in Megan, Don’t You Weep! Unity
Burton, 23, and George A. shared all platforms leading up McLaughlin: Megan has Support of Megan Williams is Rally Against Hate Crimes” in
Messer, 27, both of to, during and following the recounted that she was invited to inviting Megan to benefit from the Founders Auditorium on
Chapmanville, are charged with National March against Hate a party in Big Creek to which she the services of the College’s February 16, a Black History
assault during the commission of Crimes. was driven, only realizing that licensed mental health Counselor Month Benefit for the Williams
a felony and battery. She previ- I sat down with Dr. she had been duped upon her and our Women’s Center when- family.
ously faced charges of assault McLaughlin to get a sense of arrival. Local prosecutors agree ever she visits the New York
during the commission of a event. three men and three women held region.
Collins: What was the pur- her against her will in a trailer for Collins: Why did you feel it
Adafi/Business & Technology February/3
Rebate Checks Expected for Most Tax Filers
From AP Paulson said he would work Majority Leader Harry Reid
with the House and Senate to said the goal is to send the pack-
enact the package as soon as pos- age to the White House by Feb.
sible, because “speed is of the 15 for Bush’s signature, but he
announced a deal with the White
essence.” But he also cautioned noted the Senate would likely try
House Thursday on an economic
that “the work is far from over.” to add more spending to the pack-
stimulus package that would give
The Treasury Department has age.
most tax filers refunds of $600 to
already been talking to the IRS “I expect that the (Finance)
$1,200, and more if they have
about getting the checks out “as Committee and other senators
quickly as possible, recognizing will work to improve the House
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
that the tax filing season is ongo- package by adding funds for
said Congress would act on the
ing,” said Treasury spokesman other initiatives that can boost the
agreement — hammered out in a
Andrew DeSouza. economy immediately, such as
week of intense negotiations and
The rebates would phase out unemployment benefits, nutrition
uncustomary bipartisanship —
gradually for individuals whose assistance, state relief and infra-
“at the earliest date, so that those
income exceeds $75,000 and structure investment,” Reid said
rebate checks can be in the mail.”
couples with incomes above in a statement.
President Bush praised the
$150,000, aides said. Individuals Asked about this, Paulson
agreement at the White House,
with incomes up to $87,000 and praised Reid’s leadership but
saying it “has the right set of poli-
couples up to $174,000 would get said, “I don’t know what he has
cies and is the right size.”
partial rebates. The caps are high- in mind.”
The rebates, which would go
IRS will already be overwhelmed for gaining the rebates of at least er for those with children. Bush has supported larger
to about 116 million families, had
processing 2007 tax returns. The $300 for almost everyone earning The agreement left some law- rebates of $800-$1,600, but his
appeal for both Democrats and
makers in both parties with a bit- plan would have left out 30 mil-
Republicans. Pelosi’s staff noted “The Treasury Department has already been talking to the IRS ter taste, and they complained lion working households who
that they would include $28 bil- about getting the checks out “as quickly as possible,” that their leaders had sacrificed earn paychecks but don’t make
lion in checks to 35 million work-
too much in the interest of strik- enough to pay income tax,
ing families who wouldn’t have
rebates were expected to cost a paycheck, including those who ing a deal. Many senior according to calculations by the
been helped by Bush’s original
about $100 billion, and the pack- make too little to pay income Democrats were particularly Urban Institute-Brookings
proposal. Republicans, for their
age also includes close to $50 bil- taxes. upset that the package omitted Institution Tax Policy Center. An
part, were pleased that the bulk of
lion in business tax cuts. “I can’t say that I’m totally the unemployment extension. additional 19 million households
the rebates — more than 70 per-
The principal players in pleased with the package, but I do “I do not understand, and can- would receive only partial rebates
cent, according to an analysis by
pulling the deal together were know that it will help stimulate not accept, the resistance of under Bush’s initial proposal.
Congress’ Joint Tax Committee
Pelosi, House Republican leader the economy. But if it does not, President Bush and Republican To address the mortgage cri-
— would go to individuals who
John Boehner and Paulson. The then there will be more to come,” leaders to including an extension sis, the package raises the limit
package would allow businesses Pelosi said. of unemployment benefits for on Federal Housing
Individuals who pay income
to immediately write off 50 per- Boehner said the agreement those who are without work Administration loans from
taxes would get up to $600,
cent of purchases of plants and “was not easy for the two of us through no fault of their own,” $362,000 to as high as $729,750
working couples $1,200 and
other capital equipment and per- and our respective caucuses.” Rep. Charles B. Rangel, D-N.Y., in expensive areas, allowing
those with children an additional
mit small businesses to write off “You know, many Americans the Ways and Means Committee more subprime mortgage holders
$300 per child under the agree-
additional purchases of equip- believe that Washington is bro- chairman, said in a statement. to refinance into federally insured
ment. Workers who make at least
ment. A GOP-written provision ken,” the Ohio Republican said. Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., loans. To widen the availability
$3,000 but don’t pay taxes would
to allow businesses suffering “But I think this agreement and I the Finance Committee of mortgages across the country,
get $300 rebates.
losses now to reclaim taxes previ- hope that this agreement will Chairman, said leaving out the it also provides a one-year boost
The first rebate payments
ously paid was dropped. show the American people that unemployment extension was “a to the cap on loans that Fannie
could begin going out in May,
Pelosi, D-Calif., agreed to we can fix it and will serve to mistake,” as he announced plans Mae and Freddie Mac can buy,
and most people could have them
drop increases in food stamp and move along other bipartisan to craft a separate stimulus pack- from $417,000 up to $729,750 in
by July, said Treasury Secretary
unemployment benefits during a agreements that we can have in age in the Senate starting next high-cost markets.
Henry Paulson, noting that the
Wednesday meeting in exchange the future.” week.
Space out, if you can.
By Akosua K. Albritton to find solutions to accessing
space, solving health compromis-
Ever asked yourself, “If I es, transportation, education and
could get a hold of $10 million, energy sources, and generation.
I’d solve world hunger, the ener- The foundation is a kind of think
gy crisis, or a disease?” What tank with bank.
about $15 million dollars to pro- Its board of trustees, major
vide safe and affordable outer donors and management team
space travel? analyze major global quality-of- googlelunarxprize.com
The X Prize Foundation is life issues that are caught up in The world will watch the
doing just that. Teaming with bureaucratic quagmires, misper- launch, landing and roving of the
Google Corp, the X Prize ception or lack of attention. future competition winners
Foundation offers a $30 million People like MIT’s Jeffrey through the Web site
cash award to the first two pri- Shames, Google’s Larry Page and www.googlelunarxprize.org. The
vately funded teams to land and movie producer Robert Weiss Web site is fascinating. Go
rove a robotic craft on the moon’s populate the board. online to watch the Moon 2.0
surface. Google Lunar X Prize follows video; register a team; get com-
This competition is the a 2004 space travel competition petition guidelines; and join
Google Lunar X Prize. Private called Ansari X Prize. The online forums. Teams may con-
firms, nonprofits, and schools Ansari competition resulted in nect with preferred partners like
around the globe are encouraged advancement in personal space Universal Space Network, Seti
to apply through the Google flight where price and risk were Institute and SpaceX who offer
Lunar X Prize Web site lowered but speed improved. significant discounts on commu-
(www.googlelunarxprize.org). Google Lunar X promises travel nication and vehicles.
Odyssey Moon became the first to and industrial development of Did you know that there’s
team to register for the competi- the moon. By industrial develop- Lunar Legacy promotion
tion. ment it means getting the moon’s attached to this X Prize? People
Santa Monica-based X Prize natural resources and using them can upload their digital photos
Foundation was formed in 1995 to generate energy—solar power and messages to a gallery. Much
with the belief that individuals collectors made from lunar mate- later, these items will be on the
and private entities can solve rial—or drive space missions rover that travels on the moon to
major issues affecting humankind throughout our solar system and be left on the moon. Is this lega-
without government involve- beyond. cy or waste?
ment. Though necessary, bureau- The Google Lunar X competi-
cracy tends to slow progress. tion runs through December 31, Ms AkosuaAlbritton is a writer for
Rather, the foundation advances 2014. our Time Press and the Amsterdam
“revolution through competition’ News
Adafi/Special of the Month February/4
Editor’s Note – As we celebrated Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday this past week, we felt it necessary to highlight his last speech. Many believed it to be the reason for his assassination. This speech
shows Dr. King branching to other area of the civil rights movement, talking about economic empowerment and foreign relations. Unfortunately, we could not reprint the entire speech. Instead we
excerpted only portion of it. We urge you to look it up in its entirety.
I've Been to the Mountaintop
Thank you very kindly, my friends. As I listened to Ralph Abernathy in his eloquent and generous introduction and then thought about myself, I wondered who he was talking
about. It's always good to have your closest friend and associate say something good about you. And Ralph is the best friend that I have in the world.
I'm delighted to see each of you here tonight in spite of a storm warning. You reveal that you are determined to go on anyhow. Something is happening in Memphis, some-
thing is happening in our world.
[...]We aren't going to let any mace stop us. We are masters in our nonviolent movement in disarming police forces; they don't know what to do, I've seen them so often. I
remember in Birmingham, Alabama, when we were in that majestic struggle there we would move out of the 16th Street Baptist Church day after day; by the hundreds we would
move out. And Bull Connor would tell them to send the dogs forth and they did come; but we just went before the dogs singing, "Ain't gonna let nobody turn me round." Bull
Connor next would say, "Turn the fire hoses on." And as I said to you the other night, Bull Connor didn't know history. He knew a kind of physics that somehow didn't relate to
the transphysics that we knew about. And that was the fact that there was a certain kind of fire that no water could put out. And we went before the fire hoses; we had known
water. If we were Baptist or some other denomination, we had been immersed. If we were Methodist, and some others, we had been sprinkled, but we knew water.
That couldn't stop us. And we just went on before the dogs and we would look at them; and we'd go on before the water hoses and we would look at it, and we'd just go on
singing "Over my head I see freedom in the air." And then we would be thrown in the paddy wagons, and sometimes we were stacked in there like sardines in a can. And they
would throw us in, and old Bull would say, "Take them off," and they did; and we would just go in the paddy wagon singing, "We Shall Overcome." And every now and then
we'd get in the jail, and we'd see the jailers looking through the windows being moved by our prayers, and being moved by our words and our songs. And there was a power
there which Bull Connor couldn't adjust to; and so we ended up transforming Bull into a steer, and we won our struggle in Birmingham.
[...]Now the other thing we'll have to do is this: Always anchor our external direct action with the power of economic withdrawal. Now, we are poor people, individually, we
are poor when you compare us with white society in America. We are poor. Never stop and forget that collectively, that means all of us together, collectively we are richer than
all the nations in the world, with the exception of nine. Did you ever think about that? After you leave the United States, Soviet Russia, Great Britain, West Germany, France, and
I could name the others, the Negro collectively is richer than most nations of the world. We have an annual income of more than thirty billion dollars a year, which is more than
all of the exports of the United States, and more than the national budget of Canada. Did you know that? That's power right there, if we know how to pool it.
We don't have to argue with anybody. We don't have to curse and go around acting bad with our words. We don't need any bricks and bottles, we don't need any Molotov
cocktails, we just need to go around to these stores, and to these massive industries in our country, and say, "God sent us by here, to say to you that you're not treating his chil-
dren right. And we've come by here to ask you to make the first item on your agenda fair treatment, where God's children are concerned. Now, if you are not prepared to do that,
we do have an agenda that we must follow. And our agenda calls for withdrawing economic support from you."
And so, as a result of this, we are asking you tonight, to go out and tell your neighbors not to buy Coca-Cola in Memphis. Go by and tell them not to buy Sealtest milk. Tell
them not to buy—what is the other bread?—Wonder Bread. And what is the other bread company, Jesse? Tell them not to buy Hart's bread. As Jesse Jackson has said, up to now,
only the garbage men have been feeling pain; now we must kind of redistribute the pain. We are choosing these companies because they haven't been fair in their hiring policies;
and we are choosing them because they can begin the process of saying, they are going to support the needs and the rights of these men who are on strike. And then they can
move on downtown and tell Mayor Loeb to do what is right.
But not only that, we've got to strengthen black institutions. I call upon you to take your money out of the banks downtown and deposit your money in Tri-State Bank—we
want a "bank-in" movement in Memphis. So go by the savings and loan association. I'm not asking you something we don't do ourselves at SCLC. Judge Hooks and others will
tell you that we have an account here in the savings and loan association from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. We're just telling you to follow what we're doing.
Put your money there. You have six or seven black insurance companies in Memphis. Take out your insurance there. We want to have an "insurance-in."
Now these are some practical things we can do. We begin the process of building a greater economic base. And at the same time, we are putting pressure where it really hurts.
I ask you to follow through here.
[...]Let us rise up tonight with a greater readiness. Let us stand with a greater determination. And let us move on in these powerful days, these days of challenge to make
America what it ought to be. We have an opportunity to make America a better nation. And I want to thank God, once more, for allowing me to be here with you.
[...]Well, I don't know what will happen now. We've got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn't matter with me now. Because I've been to the mountaintop. And I don't mind.
Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now. I just want to do God's will. And He's allowed me to go up to the
mountain. And I've looked over. And I've seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised
land. And I'm happy, tonight. I'm not worried about anything. I'm not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered this speech in support of the striking sanitation workers at Mason Temple in Memphis, TN on April 3, 1968 — the day before he was assas-
sinated. License to reproduce this speech granted by Intellectual Properties Management, 1579-F Monroe Drive, Suite 235, Atlanta, Georgia 30324, as manager for the King
Birmanham Institute Photo
We shall not, We shall not be moved.
New York Pays Respect to African Ancestors
By Suzette Andrews
What do lower Manhattan and United States. The unearthed Leon, 38, who
Howard University have in com- bones revealed the untold story of first submitted
mon? They conserved one of the our enslaved African ancestors the design in
historical phenomenons of the and also disclosed a large part of 1997. Earlier in
21st century. Considering that at whom the enslaved were, by the day, before
the time of its discovery in 1991, offering hints of where they came the candlelight
the largest and only documented from. march at the
“Urban pre-Revolutionary” Enslaved Africans were opening cere-
African cemetery in the country. involved in a range of activities, mony, which
The remains of more than 400 while helping to convert early started at the
African adults and children, New York into a vibrant seaport. Statue of
along with artifacts of beads, According to Dr. Michael Blakey, Liberty and
coins and shells were unearthed a biological anthropologist from ended at the
and transported to Washington, Howard University, in an inter- memorial site,
DC’s Howard University. There view with CNN reporter Ann Mr. Leon
they went through extensive Kellan, “The bones showed the emphasized
research by urban archeologists hardships the [enslaved] Africans that, “no longer
at the University; until finally, faced the moment they stepped will someone
October 4, 2003 the remains were off the ships, in some cases they be able to walk
returned to lower Manhattan dur- literally were worked to death.” by this site and
ing a, “Rite of Ancestral Return Dr. Blakey was also able to con- not be drawn in
Commemorative Ceremony.” firm by the relics that half of the by the physical
In observance of this anniver- bones belonging to the enslaved presence of the
sary, hundreds took to the streets African population died before ancestors, the
and walked in a candlelight pro- they became teenagers. spiritual pres-
cession from Battery Park to Now almost four centuries ence of the
Foley Square; so that we could since the first arrival of our ancestors and
understand our ancestors’ jour- ancestors, and sixteen years since the physical
ney. This honorary march the remains were rediscovered, presence of the
revered 15,000 once forgotten their memories were being hon- memorial.”
free and enslaved African souls ored. The drums played as the This magnifi-
who were buried 7.5 meters candlelight procession left cent memorial city.” Mr. Bloomberg then Africanburialground.com
memorial opens every day at 9:00
below the city’s streets of Battery Park and headed towards occupies an area of 15,000 affirmed, “Part of atoning for am and closes at 5:00 pm. The
Manhattan. Foley Square. In front of the square-feet. The granite monu- such a terrible injustice is to visitor’s center offers educational
This journey began in 1629, Millennium Hilton Hotel located ment, constructed with raw mate- acknowledge it.” programs and interpretations of
when the first enslaved Africans at 55 Church Street, a crowd of rial form Southern Africa and We continued our journey; the the memorial art commissioned
arrived in the then Dutch colony spectators had gathered to wit- Canada structurally contains drumming stopped when the pro- for the burial ground. The center
of New Amsterdam, now New ness the momentous occasion. It seven design elements, which cession entered Foley Square. A also schedules tours at 10:00 am
York City. The harbor and river was not difficult to envision includes a map of the world cen- male vocalist could be heard and 2:00 pm Mon. – Fri. There
had been discovered, explored obliquely to the left, the World tered on the mother continent; a singing, with a swift uplifting are also 90-minute walking tours
and mapped by an expedition of Trade Center site where the triangular structure meant to imi- rush, his voice filled the late about the African presence in
the Dutch East India Company, undiscovered remains of hun- tate the slave ship’s passage evening air; he sang out the early New York, which can be
captained by Henry Hudson in dreds of restless souls of the 9/11 across the Atlantic; twenty reli- lyrics: “When the saints go scheduled by calling: (212)-637-
1609. Possession of the territory tragedy laid nestled amidst the gious symbols representing the marching home, go marching 2019. The African Burial Ground
was accomplished with the first 15,000 souls of our ancestors. African Diasporas including home to Africa, I want to be in is easily accessible by public
settlement that was established Could there be an underlying images from Egypt, Haiti, Cuba the number, when the saints go transportation. The 4, 5, 6,R, W,
on Governor Island in 1624. message that connects these two and Brazil. The spiral wall leads marching home.” At this point I J, M and Z trains (Brooklyn
Much later in 1991 when eras? Perhaps this question will down to a map of the world cen- was not only empowered but I Bridge/City Hall) are one block
approximately 419 pieces of arti- be answered in another place and tered on the coast of West Africa, felt a rebirth of the cultural and away, the A train is three blocks
facts were excavated from the time. with rays spiraling outwards to spiritual connection to the ances- away (Chambers Street), the 1
construction site of a federal Continuing on this journey at the United States, Brazil, Europe tors. The experience of being a train is 4 blocks away
building at 290 Broadway, in the intersection of Duane Street and the Caribbean Islands. part of the candlelight procession (Chambers Street) and the 2 and 3
lower Manhattan, this set in and African Burial Ground Walk Mayor Bloomberg was also was a strong affirmation that the trains are 2 blocks away (Park
motion the revelation of this (Elk Street), the candlelight pro- present that day at the opening struggle for freedom continues Place). The A, C and E are 3
untold historical event. The cession came to a halt, at the most ceremony. In his address to the for African-Americans, and blocks away (Chambers/World
bones, almost 200 years old, were majestic site. We stopped in front audience, commenting on the sig- should be carried in the hearts of Trade Center).
believed to be those of the free of the African Burial Ground nificance of the occasion he all people of the African
and enslaved Africans in New Memorial site. This memorial is emphasized that forgetting might Diaspora.
York City. Archaeologist, Dr. the first national monument in the sometimes seem the easier route; Experience this wonderful
Warren Perry for the African United States, to address slavery he also stated, “[construction journey by visiting the memorial
Burial Project, stated that the and the early African-American workers] brought to light one of located at 290 Broadway, 1st
bones represent the emergence of experience. The memorial was the most uncomfortable and trag- Floor, close to Foley Square and
African-American culture in the designed by architect Rodney ic truths in the history of our just north of City Hall. The
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Since the Iraq invasion in 2003...
Adafi mourns those who have lost their lives.
New You Resolution: Will it Happen this Year
By Steve Warren ping the gym workouts. I under- need. I want to eat better, exercise year wasted to bad health and bad to bite you in the ass in the form
stand. I mean c’mon, those gym more, and stop staying up until habits. high cholesterol and/or high
Happy New Year and wel-
workouts are hard. And the gym 3am. Although I make and break I know watching TV and surf- blood pressure. Take it from
come back to school. I hope the
is far and the subway is always so these promises to myself every ing MySpace is easier and cheap- someone who still has the bite
holiday season was good to
crowded and gas costs so much. year, this year I have a feeling er than joining a gym, but nothing marks.
everyone. The long and overly
The smoker goes back to the they’ll stick. worth having is easy. Start out As the saying goes, “There’s
commercialized holidays are
cigarettes. I get that too. After all, Why, you ask? Because this is now with small steps, and by the no time like the present”, and it’s
finally behind us and a brand new
you don’t want to gain weight, the year I reach two expected summer you’ll be dropping jaws true. Make this the year you get
year awaits us all.
and sometimes your man, milestones in life. My younger on the Coney Island boardwalk. in shape and take better care of
As we look towards the new
woman, boss, kids, professor, or sister is having her first child, and And yes, I’ve heard that quit- yourself.. Start by taking short
year, many of us make resolu-
the President just stresses you I am turning 40 (yes, I AM that ting cigarettes is harder than quit- walks and the pounds will melt
tions to quit smoking, get in
out, and you need a drag to keep old). I am slowly but inevitably ting heroin, but those smokes will off before you know it. Put down
shape, eat better, get better
you from going all postal on maturing, or turning “old” to be catch up to you. Even if you the cigarettes, even if you start by
grades, or just be a better person.
somebody. Besides, you can quit blunt. As much as approaching never get cancer and it’s only in smoking just one less per day.
After all, this is the time that we
whenever you want, and you middle age scares me, it does the form of bad breath and the I know they help with the
all tend to take stock of ourselves
don’t want to now, dammit! bring with it a certain wisdom need to take elevators to anything stress, but consider this, George
and make the determination to
Seriously, I really do under- and maturity that changes your above the 2nd floor. Bush will be out of office this
stand. I myself need to stop pro- perspective, you realize that time And trust me, all those year, and that’s gotta lower your
Unfortunately, most resolu-
crastinating and start working is limited, and each year that we Chinese takeouts, pizza slices, stress levels a little.
tions fail within the first month or
towards the things I want and put off our resolutions is another and fried chicken will come back
two. The out-of-shape start skip-
What is your New You resolution? Will it happen this year?
Johane Dasney Stanley Jean-Baptiste Marlene Henry,
What is your new you resolution? What is your new you resolution? What is your new you resolution?
My New year resoltion is have My new me resolution is to make People shouldn't have to wait to
more money in the bank. the deans list. make resolutions. They are not
important for me. Many people
Will it happen this year? Will it happen this year? make resolutions and keep them
Yes, it is already happening I am shopping less and sav- Of course, it has to happen, there is no other alternative. for a while and then let go
ing more. I am reading Suze Orman, Young, Broke and Plus Iam very determine once I set my eyes on some-
Fabulous. I will make it happen. thing I must get it to be satisfied.
Clarence Wyllie Apolos Israel Lisa Dubois
What is your new you resolution? What is your new you resolution? What is your new you resolution?
I don't make resolutions general- To turn in my assignments in on My resolution is to create an inner
ly. The only resolution I have is to time. focus for school and work and to
make maximum credits at school. create order
Happy New You
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Love Does not Live Here Anymore.
By Stacyann Stewart Do people still have honest Should women consider the wonderful thing. If you have it, sort of standard, forget the bio-
“I’d rather have bad times relationships? Or do they just use financial and/or emotional contri- hold on to it. If you’re seeking it, logical clock, the friend who’s
with you than good times with each other for passing time? Is it bution, or lack thereof, enough to be careful. But, you are fooling married and looks happy but may
someone else, I’d rather be beside a relationship or a convenient salvage a breaking point relation- yourself if you believe that the be living in hell.
you in a storm than safe and arrangement? Are there rules for ship? To what extent should we dollhouse game you have going- I’m not saying that your mis-
warm by myself, I’d rather have relationships and if so who accept our mate’s infidelity? on is love. ter right is going to magically
hard times together than to have it should implement them? The I often asked what causes infi- “In my mind I’ll always be his emerge from your dreams but we
easy apart, I’d rather hold the one truth is, for a relationship to work delity? Nine out of ten women lady,” was a hit for Heather must go back to the basics, back
who holds my heart.” Thanks to there has to be a joint understand- always blame themselves for Headley, sad, but she is right as to school, do your homework.
the legendary Luther Vandross ing from both parties. their mate’s unfaithfulness. “I the affair ended, he had quickly Allow it to be true love, not
for such wonderful and heart felt Ladies, we need to listen to should have done more. I should moved on to greener pasture. just intimacy but passion,
music, but this “lovvy dovy kiss our partners, when and how they I have listened to him and pay Ladies, I know it’s hard to move endurance and commitment.
kiss”(Chris Brown) mode has no say things. For instance, when a him more attention.” Actuality, on from a broken heart but he Don’t settle for anything less.
place to go but out in the bone man says he loves you—believe had he loved and respected you, has. If you have given a relation- And for that to happen it must
chilled outdoors as love and com- his actions. When he says he he would have brought his stank ship everything and it did not last, consist of positive exchange, and
patibility don’t live here any- does not want a commitment— ass home last night. then let it be. compromise.
more. believe his words. Denial is another purse we Give yourself time to grieve; Find a man that does what
I did a survey where I asked a How many times have we walk around with daily. Men are do not jump into another relation- Luther suggests, “Buy me a rose,
number of women the mind-bog- seen a woman show off her ring, always looking for a new toy to ship. Take time to get to know call me from work, open the door
gling question: were you chosen pound her chest, confess that she play with. Don’t be caught up in yourself and the rest will fall into for me, show me that you love me
or did you choose? Two thirds of is wifey. When in reality she is the hype. Take it for what it real- place. Don’t run back to him the by the look in your eyes, these are
the women claimed their mates one of many in her man’s little ly is; if you’re a “booty call” moment he utters some sort of the little things I need the most in
chose them. The few who weren’t black book. Often times, a don’t act like the wife. regret. Do not force something my life.” And later there will be
too sure, candidly said it was a woman wants to believe that her Karen White says it best “I’ll that does not fit. plenty of time for Marvin Gaye’s,
mutual decision. mate is faithful and, is the only rather be alone than being unhap- Women we should not accept “Let’s get it on.”
one that he is intimate with. py.” Love, whatever it is, can be a just anything, we must have some
Did it Ever?
By Katherine Martinez what their relationship is with ing he made it clear to me that he Forward to December 2007, women script in their internation-
their man. If you know your man was not looking for a relation- after minor disagreements, lots of al movies of love. Actors who
In my opinion…some woman
is cheating on you, do not wait to ship. However, as time went on I hugs and kisses, headaches and were not right for the part in the
are in complete denial, when it
catch him in the act. Dump him grew very close to him. We went an extreme amount of feelings for first place but were still scripted
comes to men. Some women
right there. Save yourself the to ball games together, held one another, we were still not a with little regards to what they
believe what they want to
headaches, and the snooping hands, kissed passionately and couple. You see, I messed up. can and/or cannot do.
believe. Yes, even in the year
around. There are much better we even giggled at each other’s When I first met this particular After investing six months
2008 women are still from Venus
things to be looking for. good and bad jokes. He even told guy, I heard everything he said with this guy, in the end, the only
and men are totally from Mars.
For instance, six months ago, me that he loved me. We did but “I do not want a relationship.” thing I gained was the ideal
Some women choose to believe
I started dating a guy I met at the everything that a real couple did I wanted to hear what I want. friendship.
what they want and tend to use
national Puerto Rican day parade but we were not officially a cou- Man are not necessarily liars,
their feelings as an indication of
in New York. As we started talk- ple. they are more like actors that
Political Reporter is
Oh Megan, Don't You Weep!
Honored by CUNY
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the Citizens Committee for Children of New York for vision,
innovation and dedication to children and families.
In his book, No Momma’s Boy, Mr. Carter chronicles his tri-
umphant struggle to overcome his mother’s mental illness while
growing up in the Bronx. “We never had a good relationship”
he recalls of his mother, “She would be gone for weeks, some-
times months.” After she passed away, through his research dis-
covered that his mother suffered from schizophrenia. “ For a
Carmen Williams (left) consoles daughter, Megan long time I walked around with a secret” he says, “I could not
tell anyone.” That he “had been sexually abused” as a child. Yet
Unity Rally against Hate Crimes he overcame it all to become one the best political reporter in
A Black History Month Benefit & Open Mic for the
New York City.
Mr. Carter got the audience involved, calling on Medgar
Evers College Freshman and Seek student Brandon Austin, ask-
Saturday, February 16, 2008 4:00-9:00 PM
Medgar Evers College Founders Auditorium ing him about his determination to complete his college educa-
1650 Bedford Avenue tion in the face of adversity. Mr. Austin, a business major, wise-
Brooklyn, New York 11225 ly answered, “I will fall seven times and rise again.”
Doors open at 3:00 PM Mr. Carter concluded by directing the students’ focus in the
Featuring Megan Williams interview, Carmen Williams, lead attorney Malik Zulu
audience to his many accomplishments in the midst of many
Shabazz, Imani Singers, Imani Dance Ensemble, Medgar Evers College Drama Club, challenges. The moral of his story, “when my guidance coun-
DuPrée, Spoken-word artist Christopher Slaughter
selor told me I should not bother with college, because I will be
Co-sponsors: Black Lawyers for Justice, Black Professors for Justice, John Henrik
Clarke – CLR James African World Research Institute, International Cross-Cultural
dead or in jail. He gave me all the motivation I needed to go
Black Women's Studies Institute, Medgar Evers College Center for Women's
Development, Medgar Evers College Students & Faculty in Support of Megan Williams,
and graduate from college” to be where I am today.
Medgar Evers College Women's Studies Program, New Black Panther Party, The
People of the Sun Middle Passage Collective and more...
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This election year is electrifying to say the least. Every candidate is talking about change; “[the] Luc Josaphat Editor-In-Chief
ability to bring about real change in Washington” with new ideas and renewed hope, a “seasoned and Dawn Johnson Business Manager
experienced” candidate that will look out for the middle class, or “[the] vision and unrivaled experi- Jerib Carson News Editor
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changing and dangerous world.” Kareem Thorpe Sport Editor
This has me thinking, how easy will it be for the elected candidate to implement the changes prom- Mel Smith Staff Writer
ised? Not very easy, I suppose. Professor Robin Ford Academic Advisor
Campaigning cost money. The only way to get that money is by making promises to people or
company that will finance those thirty-second ads. Unless you are Michael Bloomberg who has more
than enough money to fund his own campaign, you have to make promises. And those promises must Kevin Adams Contributng Writer
be kept once elected. Akosua Albritton Contributing Writer
It reminds me of the season four of the HBO series The Wire, in which one of the characters of the Suzette Andrews Contributing Writer
show was a candidate for the mayoral race in Baltimore. Throughout his campaign, he made promis- Ronda Collins Contributing Writer
es to voters based on everything that the incumbent mayor was having difficulty accomplishing. Dr. Delridge L. Hunter Contributing Writer
He promised higher salary to the police force, and more funds for schools. In one scene, he asked Blanche Mackey-Williams Contributing Writer
a former mayor of the same city what he should expect once elected. The former mayor tells him that Katherine Martinez Contributing Writer
he should expect to dine from a bowl of feces until his term is over. After he won the elections, the Solwazi Afi Olusola Contributing Writer
reality of the former mayor’s blatant statement set in. He could hardly get anything done. Why one Stacyann Stewart Contributing Writer
may ask, because everyone wanted to cash-in on his or her promises.
For the past eight years, the poor have gotten poorer while the rich continue to use sophistry, like
tax cuts and zero percent home financing to get richer. It is indeed time for a change. As we near Adafi is published monthly by the editorial staff at:
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By Blanche Mackey-Williams
I know what melancholy is
It's what gives and what I know
Its wailing and no one hearing
It's melting and losing
Its abuse with no savior
And escape with no covenant
Its child with no mother
Its woman with no lover
It's gray and dark
It's coiling and growing
It's hurting and curdling
I know what it is, I live there.
Melancholy I know.
Ain’t I A Man?
By Solwazi Afi Olusola
what is it that are these the things
makes a man? that real men do?
is it a special formula nah…being a man is about developing
in the Creator’s plan? good character in you;
a man is what every boy yeah, it’s about taking responsibility
wants to be; and doin’ what’s right;
but when or how helping my community while understanding
is this level achieved? it’s for Africa i must fight;
maybe being a man is merely yeah, it’s about taking care of my children
the result of my penis; and respecting elders always;
nah, i just and about honoring black women
can’t believe this; ‘till the end of days;
maybe being a man it’s not about how much cash i have
is determined by the car i drive; and my ability to buy things i don’t need;
or by how many bullets it’s about having self-discipline
i survive; and controlling my greed;
perhaps it’s determined see, manhood is protecting my family
by how many women i date; from enemies far and near;
or by the number of ladies taking a stand, sacrificing my life
that tell me the sex was great; and having no fear;
perhaps it’s when i reach my development shall not
a certain numerical age; be limited to biology and wishful talk;
or when i get mad at a brother my ancestors have created a path
and beat him down in a violent rage; upon which i shall now walk
He Says...She Says Brooklyn’s To Do List
By Blanche Mackey-Williams
Brooklyn, you won’t find another place like it! With a population of over 2,465,326 people in Brooklyn, Adafi’s
She Asks... Arts & Entertainment section serves as a premiere guide for the students at Medgar Evers College. We aim to edu-
cate our fellow students through arts, fashion and culture. With so many exciting events going on in this fabulous
I am 25 years old. I met this woman who is 5 years
borough, our Arts & Entertainment section will be filled with info on what to see, where to eat and more important-
older than I am. After dating for about 2 years, it felt
ly where to be! Brooklyn is where it’s at. I am talking from restaurants, art exhibits to plays and more. For the busy
right and I asked her to marry me. Now I find out that
student that has no time to research what’s happening in Brooklyn, I have done it for you. Satisfying your inner art
she has two kids that I was not aware of, living back in
buff, palate, check out what Brooklyn has to offer.
her country. I am torn because she is a great person but
she hid this fact from me for 2 years. My family says
Theatre & Film
that I should leave her but we have already moved in
together and share a bank account that with savings to
Get a head start on celebrating Black History Month; head down to the Brooklyn Public Library’s Eastern
buy a house. I love her a lot but I do not prepared to be
Parkway branch, as they will be conducting a film series February 5, 12, and 19 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm. The series
a stepfather so soon. I don't even know if I want kids.
will feature “A Raisin in the Sun”, “The Great White Hope”, “Mississippi Burning” and “Malcolm X.” This is a
What should I do?
great form of entertainment plus it’s free! Check www.bpl.org for more info.
Also check out MEC’s own Film and Culture series that will feature Banished. Banished, directed by Marco
Williams is a fascinating profile of three American towns, all shadowed by a history of “banishing” black citizens
(or “racial cleansing,” as it is often phrased) in the early twentieth century, forcing families to abandon valuable
She says... land, livestock and, often, the bodies of relatives. Williams aptly avoids any dense historical accounts, instead focus-
ing on the effects past injustices have on the present. The subject matter is unnerving and he does it justice by put-
ting the entire communities on camera: civil rights activists, Klan members, and even white-haired bingo players
Dear Unprepared Stepfather, offer insight.
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You are facing a daunting decision that will affect Doors open at 6:15 P.M.
your present and future. You have a "great" woman that Open Mic hosted by XYAYX MULTIMEDIA
you have proposed to. You have established a home, Show begins at 6:30 P.M
finances and most of all trust. The trust has been broken,
so it will affect everything else in the relationship. Outdoor activity
She hid the fact that she has two children who lives Get your skate on at Wollman Rink in Prospect Park. It’s definitely the season, and you don’t have to leave your
back home. You have every right to be hurt and angry borough to do it. This is excellent for the kiddies, adults and it’s perfect for that first date.
with her; but before you make a decision in haste filled Admission
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fatherhood. You must stress the importance of an open Skate Rental: $5.50 Free lockers available; bring your own lock or purchase one at the gift shop.
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will be no misconceptions if you decide the instant fam- Rink Info & Weather :( 718) 287-6431
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to reveal this information from the beginning. Is she
planning on bringing her children here to raise them or Eat
are they in someone else's custody? If you feel that the
family setting is not for you, end the relationship and If you love great food you will definitely find these two hot spots pleasing to the appetite.
move on. If you are satisfied with her reasoning and you We head downtown near the Brooklyn Hospital. Soul food lives at this little restaurant, tucked between a condo and
truly love her then stay and make it work. At some point, a parking garage. The Food that they serve is good for the soul especially when we are talking about Ruthies. If
arrange to meet the children, and accept them into the you love catfish, smothered turkey wings, macaroni & cheese—the way your mamma makes it (not that runny stuff)
relationship. What ever route you choose, forgive her then you are at the right place. The best way to describe the food here is delectable. Located at 96 Dekalb Ave in the
completely. Do not harbor any negative emotions that Forte Green area of Brooklyn
may be carried over to another relationship. Lastly, if Next we head up a few blocks to Mullanes bar & grill that serves up some of the best American bar food in
you must, part on good terms. Brooklyn. The vibe is right the ambiance is right and food is tight. Brunch is served on Saturday and Sunday from
11:30am to 4pm and only one thing is more than $10: the Special Benny, a version of eggs Benedict with asparagus,
portobello mushrooms and roasted red pepper.
Located at 71 Lafayette Ave in the Forte Green area of Brooklyn
Check out the remix of the Global Feminism at the Brooklyn Museum. This exhibit showcases forty recent
Dear Unprepared Stepfather,
works selected from Global Feminisms, the international survey of contemporary art that inaugurated the Elizabeth
A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art. Many of the artists are from countries that seldom figure in the discourse about
You are a young man who has his whole life ahead
contemporary art world such as Kenya, Thailand, and Guatemala. All of which are rich in details, telling a complex
of him. You should be with someone who shares the
story through paint, sculpture and photography.
same values and integrity as you. It seems as if this
More info at www.Brooklynmuseum.org
woman tried to hook you before you realized who she
was. She kept her children in the dark for fear of loos-
ing you. By her not revealing this pertinent piece of
information to you, she stands a greater chance of los-
ing you. It will not be because of the secret, but the lie.
If she lied about her own children, then she is capable
of lying about anything. I think you should pack your
bags, and cut her loose.
Send your He Says...She Says questions
B-boying Alive and Well: Inside the Circle.
By Akosua K. Albritton
Inside the Circle is a kinetically inspiring docu- tion to a level of reconciliation. While Omar expe-
mentary about the world of b-boys and “breaking” as riences international fame, flying frequently to
lived through three young Texans, Josh, Omar and places like Singapore, Russia, Mexico and Europe,
Romeo. This film is a testament to the cultural stay- Josh deals with family tensions and the criminal jus-
ing power of break dancing, which originated in tice system. It appears that Josh will be lost in the
Bronx, NY in the Seventies. It screened during the system until he connects with a counselor at Youth
2008 Dance on Camera film festival at Lincoln Advocates. Romeo contends with such production
Center’s Walter Reade Theater, January 6 and 11. issues as flyer distribution, t-shirts and quality
Fast forward to present day Austin, Texas to find flooring. Romeo considers ending the B-Boy City
the dance form in the loving hands of Latinos, Euro- competition due to strong audience outrage at one
Americans and the world-at-large. Romeo Navaroo, event. He hangs in there, though.
past b-boy-turned-event promoter, says, “B-boying The life of breaking is all consuming. Most
is an explosion of who you are.” Romeo plans and don’t work because “the job will take up time.”
promotes semiannual dance competitions called B- Many hours are spent practicing. Many b-boys drop
Boy City in Austin. Underfunded, Romeo consis- out of school. With low funds and shared love of
tently draws crowds of b-boys and b-girls, DJs spin- dance, the crews are more so families. The crews
ning the latest sounds, graffiti artists, and rappers. put money together to eat, get dressed—maybe pay
The camera stays focused on the circle to document cell phone bills. Omar, respected internationally,
the physical and artistic prowess of young men. B- deals with the angst of his father’s concern for him
boying is quite strenuous where people spin on their to “get a real job.”
hands, knees, heads and elbows. Josh is a rare white Marcy Griott produced and directed Inside the
American youth who’s been taken in by the Masterz Circle. The filming was done over four years. Time
of Mayhem crew. Josh remembers when people lapse was depicted through the latest B Boy City
wouldn’t take him seriously because he was white. sign. The last B Boy City this writer noticed was B
B-boys discounted his power and rhythm. When he Boy City 11. Griott said, “Filming the intense break
proved he had both, he received and kept his props. competitions were exhausting. How the people
Josh’s best friend is Omar. The film shows the actually doing the dancing could withstand it is
friendship in its bloom to high emotional competi- amazing.” www.insidethecircle.com
New R&B Bombshell from Boogie Down Goes Hard, Not Home.
Lafonda – Go Hard or Go Home: The Mixptape LP dance floor but do not provide much variety for Lafonda’s
Playboy-Chi & Sleepless Productionz Inc. lyrical Mezzo-Soprano voice. While crediting inspiration
Reviewed by Kevin Adams from artists like Patti Labelle, Anita Baker, Michael
Jackson, Toni Braxton, and even her mother for influenc-
Lafonda’s Go Hard or Go Home: The Mixptape LP ing her to become a singer, it seems that she gets a great
embraces a facet of female empowerment embraced by deal of her swagger from her hip-hop leanings.
many popular contemporary artists: that a sensual, femi- As the name of the LP informs the listener, Lafonda is
nine appearance and equality between the sexes need not well intent to “go hard or go home” by marrying rap-
be mutually exclusive. While discussing this theme occa- inspired tracks with her funky performance. On “Ohh
sionally on the CD, “the R&B Bombshell from the Bronx” Ahh,” the percolating beat does heavy lifting while her
never becomes too preachy for her own good, understand- percussive melodies weave gingerly around the other
ing that finding true love is her deeper concern. rhythmic elements to create her signature sound. Her
Featured on the opening track is the rapper Sha unobtrusive vocals and fairly straightforward lyrics leave
Dirty—the perfect sparing partner on “Build Like That,” something to be desired when trying to know this artist.
and ‘I’m not a gold digger’-type club anthem where Too frequently, her voice doesn’t get the space it needs to
Lafonda opens up in a moment of vindication. Its repeti- cut loose with emotion. Hopefully in today’s competitive
tive, combative chorus is the perfect composition to independent market, Lafonda’s voice will get the deserved
endear every female who’s ever been the recipient of an opportunity to shine.
unwelcome drink when out on the town.
Later on the mid-tempo groove, “The Finer Things,”
the singer, like many young women, is looking for love, diamond ring.”
but she’s not so eager for romance that she’ll sacrifice her Playboy-Chi is at the helm of the all of disc’s tracks, Kevin Adams is the Director of Student Life at Medgar Evers
emotional needs in return for “money, house, car, and a and provides the mostly pulsating, beats that satisfy on the College
Lupe Fiasco - The Cool Rather than follow up his Grammy nods, BET Hip Elsewhere, Lupe takes time away from prophesying
Atlantic: 1st & 15th Entertainment Hop Award nominations, and recognition as GQ’s rap’s doom to comment on his own rise to fame with the
Reviewed by Kevin Adams “Breakout Man of the Year,” Lupe Fiasco declines further track “Superstar.” An issue that clearly causes discomfort
crossover by justly stating, “I flatly refused/I ain’t dumb and stirring apprehension: “A fresh, cool young Lu/trying
down nothing” on the track “Dumb it Down.” His com- to cash his microphone check, 2, 1, 2/wanna believe my
plex wordplay is intact, but the refreshing enthusiasm own hype, but it’s too untrue/the world brought me to my
present throughout much of his debut album, Food and knees, what have you brung you?” This type of introspec-
Liquor, has turned gloomy, replaced on his sophomore tive musical departure brings balance to his apocalyptic
release, The Cool, with a distant nihilism of the current vision.
state of rap music. In hip-hop’s growing popularity contest complete with
Miles Davis announced the “birth of the cool” with the mean-mugging thugs and ringtone-rappers. Lupe Fiasco,
same quiet bravado that Lupe Fiasco announces the “death to his credit, is the insider brave enough to articulate the
of the cool” by crafting an album full of conflicted rhymes thoughts that most of his peers ignore. However, this
and warm, jazzy beats covering a range of issues more record will likely alienate fans weaned on a diet consist-
akin to the underground than the mainstream. Whether for ing of commercialized rap and that’s a shame, because his
better or worse, Lupe believes what people consider as vision is to convert them from that tired discussion.
“cool” ultimately consumes them and he challenges lis-
teners to hearken to a time when music meant more.
This conceptual CD is bound by a browbeating theme
Have youseen the movies
that condemns the elevation of violence and disposable or heard the music
content in rap by following four characters: The Cool (a
hustler-turned-zombie), Michael Young History (The reviewed here?
Cool before his death), The Game (a male personification
of a hustler’s damaging influences), and The Streets (a
female embodiment of an urban area’s corrupt allure). On
“Streets on Fire,” Lupe even denounces mainstream hip-
Email your thoughts at:
hop as a virus that could “kill the whole world” and on
“Hello Goodbye,” criticizes it for “The faith/that being a
slave is so great.” Adafi@mec.cuny.edu
THE UPS AND DOWNS OF MEC ATHLETICS 2007
By Kareem Thorpe overall record and from 1-5-2 to goalkeeper and the development volleyball team returns all but will surely be a more lethal unit
Tumultuous game-play and 4-3-1 CUNY record from a year of the Crosborne/Gurrell/Moora one graduating senior in Melissa in 2008.
mediocre results all but sum up ago. combination on offense will play Douglas. Although she was a Women’s Basketball 2007-
the way the fall seasons went for The Cougars are littered with an important part in the success major component in the team’s The Medgar Evers Lady
MEC Athletics in 2007. Yet returning talent for next season in of the team in 2008. The makeup success, the Lady Cougars are Cougars of basketball have been
although majority of the teams the form of 10 of 11 starters of the starting lineup and the sure to not miss a beat and contin- not as good as their roster may
didn’t necessarily succeed returning without team captain emergence of particular players ue in stride to another CUNY show thus far, but have endless
record-wise, a number of budding Anderson Neverson. The experi- defensively to support the strong championship appearance with potential and a star player to help
stars emerged to the forefront enced gained from this past sea- goalkeeper play can be just the the emergence of junior turning steer the ship in the right direc-
despite the disappointing tallies. son and CUNY tournament will cog that may turn next season senior Katrina Griffith who con- tion. As good as advertised is the
From a statistical standpoint, one definitely position Medgar Evers into one of serious CUNYAC tributed nicely being fourth on sophomore guard/forward out of
would believe that the immediate Cougars Men’s Soccer Team to contention for the Lady Cougars. the team in kills with 41 and August Martin high school,
future of Medgar athletics would con- fourth in digs notching 88. Shauntelle Nelson. Despite the 4-
be rather bleak, yet that isn’t the tend Men’s Basketball 2007- 10 overall record and the 2-5
case. With the experience gained f o r Since the opening tip of the CUNY record, Shauntelle has
by the returning underclassmen 2007-2008 men’s basketball sea- been on a tear posting numbers
of each team, not only can MEC son, it’s been a rocky road for the beyond comparison. Her accom-
athletics improve in team play, Cougars of Medgar Evers. The plishments haven’t gone unno-
but a CUNY title contention is season hasn’t ended yet, but the ticed by CUNY as she was named
closer than you may think for a men’s squad has currently posted the City University of New York
number of these very squads. a record of 1-16 and lost their last Athletic Conference/Con Edison
Men’s Soccer 2007- 13 games. They have yet to Women’s Basketball Player of the
Out of all the athletic clubs in record a conference victory going Week for the week of January
Medgar Evers College, no team 0-7 in that department. That’s 14th averaging 21 points, 13.5
experienced more success than good for dead last in the South rebounds and 7.5 steals for the 2
the Men’s soccer team. The Division of the CUNY Athletic games won that week. The scary
Cougars posted a 7-10-1 overall Conference. Although a playoff part of this season going into next
record and a 4-3-1 CUNY record championship again in 2008. Women’s Volleyball 2007- seed is highly unlikely at this season is the combination of
which was good for fourth place Women’s Soccer 2007- The Medgar Evers Woman’s point, Coach Merrill Davis Jr. Nelson and breakthrough fresh-
in the 8-team CUNY conference: With a disappointing record Volleyball Team suffered a sea- and his boys remain optimistic at man guard Danielle Moseley.
the one tie coming in a nail-biter of 4-13-2 overall record and a 0- son similar to the men’s soccer the possibility of stringing Along with this formidable
against #1 ranked York College. 4 CUNY record, the Lady team. A trip to the post-season together some wins for a momen- guard combination, strong sup-
Led by the power shooting of for- Cougars of MEC did not perform was on their agenda yet they tum boost heading into next sea- porting cast and bench play is
wards Kerry Celestine and Ancil to a high level in 2007. However, couldn’t get it done in the clutch. son. The Cougars are led by team crucial in turning this season
Porter-Lee (9 and 6 goals scored despite the poor record, midfield- That didn’t take away from the
respectively). Stellar midfield er Camille Crosbourne lead the season as glimpses of success and
play by Michael Plummer (6 team in scoring with 13 goals. prominent performances were
goals scored), and the methodical Defender Ava-Dean Gurrell also tallied by these very Lady
goal-keeping of John Ajirotutu chipped in with 6 goals. Cougars. Strong individual sea-
(88 total saves). The Medgar Freshman midfielder Sasha sons were turned in by Charitia
Evers Cougars were able to make Moora helped to set up those Henry who led the team with 198
a remarkable run all the way to goals leading the team with 5 kills, Jasmine Gonzalez who
the 2007 CUNYAC Men’s Soccer assists. The biggest surprise, turned in 190 kills and Melissa
despite the losses, is the 91 saves Douglas who turned in a
respectable 103 kills. Huge con-
tributions were steadily turned in
by the trio as they were the only
players on the team to record
triple digits in kills. They were
also the only members of the
team to record triple digits in digs
as well (Gonzalez-167, Douglas-
133, and Henry-139). captain Kallai Sharp along with around and possibly making a
A spot in the 2007 CUNYAC sophomore guard/forward push towards the playoffs. With
Women’s Volleyball Ronald Holloway, junior forward Medgar sitting in third place of a
Championship was the reward for Clovis Essis and freshman guard 5 team South Division and only
the hard work put in by the Lady Julian Miles. Although the being 3.5 games back of CSI
Cougars. Their 16-12 overall Cougars are having a season they (College of Staten Island), a siz-
record and 4-5 CUNY record was may want to forget, a win streak able win streak would have
Championships. Although the tallied in by freshman goal keep- good enough for the seventh seed here and a “grind it out” win there Coach Roy Anderson’s team right
magical run ended in the semi- er Julissa Blanco. and a clash with 26-6 (8-1) may be just what they need in back in the thick of things. That
finals against a more than game Optimism is the focal point CCNY. Medgar Evers was swept order to once again become a momentum could also very well
York squad; the season was still a for next season in which high in straight sets 3-0) by The respectable force in the CUNY have a steam roller effect heading
strong one where the midfield expectations are on the horizon Beavers of City College in the ranks. They’re not too far off con- into CUNY play for next season.
defensive and smart offensive for the Lady Cougars. An entire quarterfinals ending what seemed sidering all of the individual tal- Expect major improvement from
play helped the club to vastly returning roster expected back to be a promising season. As next ent present up and down the ros- the Lady Cougars!
improve from a 2-11-2to 7-10-1 which includes a stonewalled season approaches, the women’s ter, but as a collective unit, they