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                                                        ADAFI       The Voice Of Medgar Evers College

                                                                                      adafi@mec.cuny.edu                                                                                      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.
                                       Phoenix Brooks




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
                                                                                                                                                                            of communications




                     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
                                                                                                                      Phoenix Brooks




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


INDEX                                   MONTHLY SPECIAL                         OPINION                                                Entertainment
Campus News                 2
Features                    5                                                                        Page      7                                           Page      10
                                                               Page     4
Editorial                   9
Arts                        11
Sports                      12
                                                                        Adafi/Campus News                                                                              February/2

   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-
WASHINGTON -
                                                                                                                                  enact the package as soon as pos-     age to the White House by Feb.
    Congressional            leaders
                                                                                                                                  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
children.
                                                                                                                                  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
                                        abcnews.com




                                                                                                                                  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
pay taxes.
                                                      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



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                      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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         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
improve ourselves.
                                       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-




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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




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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




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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
ence to command the United States armed forces and adapt our nation’s defenses to the demands of a         Steve Warren                                  Opinion Editor
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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                                                                                                           Adafi would like to thank the following people for their continued sup-
                                                                                                           port and advisement: Robin R Ford, VP Vincent Banrey, Phoenix
                                                                                                           Brooks, Kevin Adams and the office of Student Life, and Tony Akeem.




                 Adafi Wishes Everyone a Happy New Year.
                                                                               Untitled
                                                                      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
                                                                         Adafi/Entertainment                                                                     Febuary/10

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.
Unprepared Stepfather
                                                                  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.
                                                              Tuesday, February 5, 2008
  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
with emotions. Weigh out your options.                        Cash Only Adults: $5.00
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   First, be honest with her about your doubts regarding      Children (14 & under): $3.00
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.
communication in a relationship. Be very clear so there       Contact Info
will be no misconceptions if you decide the instant fam-      Rink Info & Weather :( 718) 287-6431
ily is not for you. You need to find out why she chose not    More Info at www.nycgovparks.org
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

                                                              Art
He says...
                                                                  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.

Need advice.
Send your He Says...She Says questions
to adafi@mec.cuny.edu
                                                                                     Adafi/Arts                                                                    February/11

                         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
                                                                                    Adafi/Sports                                                                    February/12
         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

				
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