1998 FIRST DECADE OF JOURNALISM AND SERVICE 2008
Much to appreciate
VOLUME 11 NO. 10 WEEK OF NOV. 30-DEC. 6, 2008 ONE DOLLAR
THE TRIANGLE’S CHOICE FOR THE BLACK VOICE
By Sommer Brokaw working and taking care of
their children. Aaron
Annual program honors
THE TRIANGLE TRIBUNE
DURHAM - La’Kesha and Hackett earned his GED
Raleigh’s first black mayor
Aaron Hackett have been while he was serving 15
on their own since they months in prison for
ran away from home as assault, followed by nine
teenagers. At age 23, they months of post-release By Sommer Brokaw
are now married parents that he completed Oct. THE TRIANGLE TRIBUNE
with three kids, but 2006.
RALEIGH - The sixth annual Clarence E.
they’ve never had a place “I got threatened,” he
Lightner Youth Leadership Banquet
to call home until now. said. “I shot someone
honored the former Raleigh mayor’s
The Hackett family three times below the
memory and youth in a leadership acad-
moved into their first waist. I shot him before he
emy named after him. Hundreds attend-
apartment a few weeks got me.”
ed a reception Nov. 20 showcasing the
ago. “What I like most Nowadays, Aaron is
young leaders of tomorrow at the new
about this is having a place working on his music
Raleigh Convention Center.
to call home, having our career and taking care of
Rene Daughtry, an executive at the
own Thanksgiving and our his family. He empathizes
Research Triangle’s Cisco Systems, was
own Christmas together,” for the people that are
the keynote speaker at the dinner.
Aaron Hackett said. worse off than his family
Daughtry encouraged the audience to
La’Kesha Hackett would is now ,and said “If I blow PHOTO/SOMMER BROKAW
give to the Youth Leadership Academy.
like to go back to school to up, I’ll give back to the The Hacketts are coming together in their new home. “We don’t do this for fanfare,” he said.
get her high school diplo- community and people Left to right: Aaron, Maliki, Makiya, Makayla and “It’s about doing the right thing.”
ma, but she has been busy Please see SO MUCH/2A La’Kesha Hackett. More than $6,000 was raised from the
silent auction alone. Students’ Shae King
and Nidhi Diwakar were awarded $1,000
scholarships for their future education.
“These, your future doctors, lawyers
and engineers, artists, politicians and
executives, have learned that the impos-
sible dream is a very possible reality,”
said Vince Bayyan, executive director of
the Lightner Youth Leadership
Lightner (1921-2002) was Raleigh’s
only black mayor (1973-75). A board of
corporate executives, educators and
elected officials established the YLA a
year after he died to honor his legacy of
leadership and community service.
This year, the banquet also paid spe-
cial tribute to the late Ben Waters, a for-
mer news director for Capitol
Broadcasting’s WRAL-TV. His wife,
Martha Waters, serves as chair of the
Please see LIGHTNER/3A
Academic rigor breaks stigma
Shepard Middle School students sing a song taught by teacher Lori Cumferman.
By Hazel Trice Edney
NATIONAL NEWSPAPER PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION
By Sommer Brokaw orous course of study. Programme at Burton Elementary WASHINGTON - As much of America
THE TRIANGLE TRIBUNE “It’s one of the gems for Durham that feeds into the Middle Years prepared to celebrate Thanksgiving
DURHAM - Instead of “acting Public Schools,” school board chair- Programme at Shepard Middle, and feasts with family, a dubious anniver-
white,” high academic achievers in man Minnie Forte-Brown said. the MYP and IB Diploma programs at sary passed quietly inside the Lee State
Durham could be considered “acting The Programme, named after the Hillside High. “I think it’s giving me
prison in Leesburg, Ga.
black.” British word for program, engages that extra step as far as preparation
That was Nov. 3, 2008, the 17th
Research shows that anti-achieve- students in world learning, charac- for college,” said Lauren Banks, an IB
anniversary of the day that William
ment attitudes among black students ter-building skills and courses so rig- Diploma candidate who plans to
Jonathan Mayo was arrested and
known as “acting white” develops orous that they could be seen on the major in theatre at Howard
college level. The Programme has University. charged with armed robbery - only three
over time in schools where blacks are
been around since 1968. It’s an “I’ve heard someone tell me I was credits shy of graduation from
underrepresented in the most chal-
lenging courses. But in Durham, European concept to teaching that’s ‘acting white’ before, but I just Morehouse College.
black students are overrepresented gained a lot of popularity in the U.S., thought that person may be jealous Then a U S. Army ROTC scholarship
in the International Baccalaureate particularly in the last decade. of me because I get good grades,” recipient preparing to serve four years
Obamas reinforce sense of black family
It begins with the Primary Years as a second lieutenant after his pending
Programme, considered the most rig- Please see RIGOR/2A
May 1992 graduation, Mayo now pre-
pares to spend his 17th Thanksgiving
and holiday season behind bars. His is a
story that has gained the growing atten-
tion of rights leaders around the coun-
By Zenitha Prince Those glimpses into the inner The William Mayo story begins with a
THE AFRO-AMERICAN NEWSPAPERS workings of the future First noble deed as he reached out to two
WASHINGTON - For the past two Family have enchanted many youths from the streets of Chicago,
years, we’ve peeked into their and, among African-Americans, where he had worked as an undercover
lives; the infamous fist bump and have engendered a sense of inspi- store detective in Carson Pirie Scott, a
the president-elect’s solicitous ration and pride. popular department store. According to
hand on the small of his wife’s “It’s a beautiful thing to interviews with those close to the case
back; Sasha’s mischievous smile behold,” Princeton professor and a case history posted on
and Malia kissing her father Cornel West told the AFRO. “To FreeMayo.com, the chain of events are
goodbye as he dropped them off have the image of the First as follows:
at school; and even Michelle’s Family, a black family, in the On Nov. 3, 1991, Mayo picked up two
mom, Marian Robinson, clutching White House - a White House built street-prone Chicago teens, Tyrone
her son-in-law’s hand while by slaves and laborers - but now Wilson and Dale Thomas, whom he was
AFRO-AMERICAN NEWSPAPERS a black precious family there.
watching the poll returns on mentoring. He drove them to
President-elect Barack Obama and family. Election Night. Please see OBAMAS/2A Please see CONVICT’S/3A
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Rigor of academics breaks down stereotypes
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Continued from page 1A be a thinker. “We don’t dents’ questions,” he class. They have to com- her Ph.D. in pharmacy by get credit for classes at
said Muhammad Karim, see a lot of following said. “Their questions plete a program of cre- 2014, said the hard work Hampton.”
a sixth-grade IB student peers and not wanting to actually guide where the ativity, action and serv- is worth it. “We had so McDonald is one of
at Shepard who wanted look smart,” Ford said. lesson is going. They are ice, write an extended much work that had to many students who have
to be in the Programme “But when they do come the guide, we are the essay of about 4,000 be completed on time so either gone on to histor-
to challenge himself. across those pressures, tour guides.” words and pass the IB time management was ically black colleges or
Kyra Mulder, another they’ll have the knowl- Burton Elementary is exams. Narcisse Mwanza essential. I also gained a Ivy League schools. John
sixth-grader in the class edge base and founda- now in its second year as said he studies five great knowledge in all Lyon received an
also likes the challenge. tion to say it’s OK to be a fully accredited IB hours a day to keep up the subjects I tested in. $189,400 scholarship to
“I do like the feeling of smart. It’s OK to be me.” school. The IB with his course load, and Now in college most of Harvard University, and
success,” she said. “I also A highlight of Burton’s Programme at Hillside he balances that with the classes aren’t chal- Callie Womble received a
like how in this class we IB Programme is its for- and Shepard, which being a student-athlete. lenging because what I full tuition Gates
build each other up.” eign languages, includ- began in the late 1990s, Natarrah McDonald, learned in the IB pro- Millennium Scholarship
The sixth-graders had ing a Mandarin Chinese went through a lot of tur- who attends Hampton gram,” she said. “Most to Winston-Salem
just learned songs their class. Another is a class- moil in the beginning, where she plans to earn important, I was able to University.
teacher, Lori room with an active but now it’s improving.
Cumferman, taught board hooked up to a “A lot of the credit for
them after attending the laptop and a multimedia that was made before I
Ron Clark Academy in projector. “The board even came to the
Atlanta. “No lesson will itself allows me to write school,” said Michael
replace pride in the on the board and manip- Foxmann, the first full-
hearts and minds of stu- ulate, and the kids can time coordinator of the
dents. You can however do the same,” teacher IB Diploma Program at
teach skills. Skills will James Johnson said. “For Hillside. “When Mr.
lead to confidence and the kinesthetic student, [Superintendent Carl]
confidence will lead to they can actually get up Harris came to Durham
pride and self-esteem,” there and they can actu- and learned more about
Clark said in a Wire Side ally create and move the program, he made a
Chat in Education World. things.” concerted effort to reach
Burton Principal Johnson’s first year as many students as
Takeisha Ford said the teaching the class was an possible and increased
school emphasizes “pro- adjustment. “I’d taught the budget for the pro-
file learning” to boost for six years in a tradi- gram.”
the students’ self- tional inner city school, To earn an IB diploma,
esteem. For example, then you bring me into students have to take six
they teach them to con- this situation and ask me courses from at least five
tinue to better them- to teach using a themat- different academic
selves and to constantly ic unit and more stu- areas, along with the
black family values
Theory of Knowledge
Continued from page 1A
And you can see that their family love is real; it’s very,
very real. “It’s not an artificial kind of thing.”
President-elect Barack Obama and his family repre-
sent the sort of black family model that some have
not seen beyond the fictional Cosby TV family that
was a rare phenomenon in itself.
“People call in [to my radio show] and they say once
they see the Obamas, they want what they have,” said
Alduan Tartt, a psychologist and family/relationship
expert from Decatur, Ga.
And it begins with the romantic relationship
between the president-elect and his leading lady, who
can often be seen leaning into each other, holding
hands or poking fun at each other as they did in their
recent interview on “60 Minutes.” “There is great pas-
sion there but also friendship. It’s definitely a rela-
tionship of equals,” said relationship guru, LaDawn
Black, of Baltimore.
And the bond is genuine, Tartt added. “It’s hard to
fake intimacy,” the psychologist said, adding that the
Obamas give credence to the idea that “Black healthy
love is real.”
So much to be
“A generation of us didn’t believe it existed,” he
said, and that’s because typically, the images of black
families and relationships are negative.
Continued from page 1A housing and supportive
who need it the most.” services. Their transi-
The couple married in tional housing program,
September 2006 while Family Matters, helps
Aaron was completing families with children
his last month on parole build their skills so they
because they wanted to can live independent
have a stable environ- lives.
ment for their children The couple has lived in
that were on the way. As hotels or shelters during
teenage runaways, the previous holidays with
couple had a hard time their family. They said
making ends meet. They the supportive services
were homeless for a at Genesis Home taught
while after an apartment them more about budg-
they were living in shut eting and responsibility.
down because of a slum “It just seems that if we
landlord’s poor mainte- had never gone to the
nance. Genesis Home we proba-
Aaron said he ran away bly wouldn’t have made
from home because his it this far,” La’Kesha said.
grandmother was “too “I’m going to be cooking
strict.” La’Kesha said she my first Thanksgiving
had too many responsi- dinner at home. And
bilities at a young age. “I after that ,we’re going to
really didn’t have a go out and do Christmas
childhood,” she said. “I shopping for the kids.”
was always cooking and Makayla, the youngest
cleaning and watching daughter, is 6-months-
kids.” old, and their other
They are thankful for daughter, Makiya, is a
everyone that helped year old. Three-year-old
them to get to where son Maliki wants a Choo
they are today. Audrey Choo train for
Williams, who volunteers Christmas.
at the Durham Housing
Authority and Housing “He used to be like the
for New Hope, helped one who said ‘I want to
get them meals, clothes get out of here and go to
and personal items. my own home,’“ Aaron
“I just saw a loving said. “I’m thankful, first
couple, and I took to of all, for having people
them,” she said. who helped us out and to
Prior to getting their have our own place - our
first apartment, the fam- actual first family holi-
ily was staying at day together. Sometimes
Genesis Home, which it gets hectic, but we’re
works to end homeless- thankful to just look at
ness for children and our children and be able
families by providing to see them smile.”
Lightner program helps youth
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Continued from page 1A The YLA started in process continues Na’Tasha Thompson, a
board for the Lightner 2003 with 30 students throughout the year with 15-year-old sophomore
YLA. and has grown to an sessions conducted at Garner Magnet High
Born in Raleigh on Aug. average of about 60 stu- every fourth Saturday on who already owns her
15, 1921, Lightner was dents per year. It is a the campus of NC State. own production and
educated in Raleigh leadership development Students have met playwright company,
Public Schools. He grad- process that kicks off national and internation- Drama Queens
uated from N.C. Central with a one-week summer al leaders like former Butterflies. “It’s helped
and Echols College of camp experience known President Bill Clinton, me to become a better
Mortuary Science in as Camp Challenge, former Secretary of State CEO, and it’s helped me
Philadelphia. After a tour which exposes youth to Colin Powell and enter- to learn to work better
of duty in the U.S. Army, leadership concepts of tainer/activist Bill Cosby. with people.”
Convict’s sentence called excessive
he returned home to financial literacy, team “I’ve learned a lot of
manage Lightner Funeral building and public leadership skills, a lot of
Home for 45 years. speaking. The training people skills,” said
Continued from page 1A robbed a husband and Wilson and Thomas were unless they cooperated,
Morehouse just to show wife at gunpoint. The on their way back to the the two teens turned
them the college campus teens tied the couple’s car in the dark and got against Mayo, ultimately
and a possible new way hands behind their backs in. The three pulled off, becoming state’s wit-
of life. and fled. When the headed back to Chicago. nesses, accusing him of
But, unbeknown to apparently unsuspecting Under pressure from being the mastermind
Mayo, both Wilson and Mayo emerged from the the police who threat- for the robbery.
Thomas were drug home of his friend, ened more jail time
dependent and were
looking for a fix. They
seized an opportunity
shortly after 7 p.m. when
Mayo parked the car and
went into the home of a
friend in Smyrna, Ga., to
pick up some clothing.
After Mayo left the car
and darted inside one of
the row houses, the two
teens, intending to rob
both Mayo and the occu-
pant of the home, ven-
tured into the darkness,
entering another house
by mistake. There, they
A time for Thanksgiving is now
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Raleigh • Cary • Durham • Chapel Hill
The past year has been a prayer of black theologian the reins of my security; For all this I make an act of
tumultuous and uncertain one Howard Thurman, "A Litany of The tightening of the grip in Thanksgiving this day.
for many Americans. Thanksgiving," that my family a single handshake when I I linger over the meaning of
Each day's headlines reads together each feared the step before me in my own life and the commit-
brought worrisome news: the Thanksgiving. the darkness; ment to which I give the loyal-
115 Market Street, Suite 211 Durham, N.C. 27701 collapse of Wall Notice how few of the things The whisper in my heart ty of my heart and mind:
Gerald O. Johnson Street; massive he talks about cost money: when the temptation was The little purposes in which I
PUBLISHER home and job Today, I make my Sacrament fiercest and the claims of have shared with my loves, my
losses; and a of Thanksgiving. appetite were not to be denied; desires, my gifts;
Cashing in on
Bonitta Best spreading glob- I begin with the simple things The crucial word said, the The restlessness that bottoms
al economic cri- of my days: simple sentence from an open all I do with its stark insistence
sis. Fresh air to breathe, page when my decision hung that I have never done my best,
We all felt Cool water to drink, in the balance. I have never reached for the
enormous fear The taste of food, For all these I make an act of highest;
MARIAN and insecurity The protection of houses and Thanksgiving this day. The big hope that never quite
EDELMAN for our family's clothes, I pass before me the main- deserts me, that I and my kind
and children's The comforts of home. springs of my heritage: will study war no more, that
futures. For these, I make an act of The fruits of the labors of love and tenderness and all the
Yet a bright rainbow of hope Thanksgiving this day! countless generations who inner graces of Almighty affec-
broke through the clouds of I bring to mind all the lived before me, without whom tion will cover the life of the
despair with the election of warmth of humankind that I my own life would have no children of God as the waters
There was Reaganomics in the 1980s, and some of us had meaning; cover the sea.
Sen. Barack Obama as the 44th have known:
the Reaganomic blues during that time. The seers who saw visions All these and more than
president of the United States, My mother's arms,
Old Ronnie ushered in a period of economic empowerment, and dreamed dreams; mind can think and heart can
45 years after Dr. Martin The strength of my father,
for some, that is still remembered, by some, as the best ever. The prophets who sensed a feel,
Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a The playmates of my child-
To this day, the conservatives are making every attempt to truth greater than the mind I make as my sacrament of
Dream" speech at the Lincoln hood,
reincarnate the Great Communicator by holding séances oth- could grasp and whose words Thanksgiving to Thee, Our
Memorial. The wonderful stories
erwise known as political debates, like the one we saw held could only find fulfillment in Father, in humbleness of mind
I thank God that America has brought to me from the lives of
at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Calif., dur- the years that they would and simplicity of heart.
climbed another rung up the many who talked of days gone
ing the Republican primary. never see; So let us all be grateful for all
ladder towards freedom and by when fairies and giants and
Those folks love themselves some Ronald The workers whose sweat has the miracles in our lives and
justice for all; that her dream all kinds of magic held sway;
Reagan, and they loved Reagonomics. watered the trees, the leaves of go forth with faith, courage
has risen above the rubble of The tears I have shed, the
Now we have Barackonomics. No, we have which are for the healing of the and determination as our
war, the quicksand of greed, tears I have seen;
not seen the result of Obama's economic poli- nations; President-elect did.
and the chasms of racial, reli- The excitement of laughter
cies yet, but the current environment is rife The pilgrims who set their Marian Wright Edelman is
gious and class strife. and the twinkle in the eye with
with excitement, anticipation, and hope for the sails for lands beyond all hori- president of the Children's
And I thank God for kindling its reminder that life is good.
change millions voted to see. zons, whose courage made Defense Fund and its Action
hope among our children and For all these I make an act of
We will soon find out what the big picture
CLINGMAN holds, but even prior to the election, Obamania all of us. I especially thank God Thanksgiving this day. paths into new worlds and far
Council. For more information
about the Children's Defense
for the vision, courage and I finger one by one the mes-
ushered in a new language, a new zeal for pol- The saviors whose blood was Fund, visit www.childrensde-
hard work of Obama, who sages of hope that awaited me
itics and a new economic arrangement for black folks, the
A new multi-racial America is on the way
called us to become our best at the crossroads: shed with a recklessness that fense.org/.
likes of which I have never seen. only a dream could inspire and
selves, and that we answered. The smile of approval from
Always watching for the economic advantages available to God could command.
I share again the beautiful those who held in their hands
black people, during the campaign I saw hordes of brothers
and sisters making money.
Although it was reported that the lion's share of the $650
million or so raised by the campaign flowed into the domi-
nant media outlets, with black-owned media receiving very
few of those party favors, some of our more enterprising There may be a tendency Obama presidency marks the cent of blacks graduate from Marc Morial is president and
black entrepreneurs managed to hitch a ride on the Obama among some in our communi- beginning of a new "multi- high schools in many major CEO of the National Urban
gravy train. ties and else- racial" era in American gover- American cities. We see a League.
I attended one of the Obama rallies held at the University where to see nance that empowers and financial crisis with huge
of Cincinnati, and I saw black vendors - actually only black the election of employs more of the growing numbers of black homeown-
vendors selling everything from Obama action figures to Barack Obama diversity that is America's ers losing their homes, jobs
Obama Bobble Head Dolls to glow-in-the-dark thingamabobs as a magic bul- great strength in solving our and life savings. We see an
to placards, buttons, glasses, cups, banners, and T-shirts of let that will common problems. unemployment rate that's
all designs and themes. Obama should have copyrighted his instantly solve The thing that impressed me double that of whites and wide
name and image. all our prob- the most about the Obama academic achievement gaps.
MARC H. Some com-
My old friend and world-renowned painter, Gilbert Young, campaign was its ability to Our prisons are dispropor-
called me to announce his latest creation: a painting of Barack bring so many heretofore dis- tionately populated by black
Obama that Obama himself signed and endorsed. The paint- MORIAL mentators have parate parts of America males. Taken together, these
ing is titled "History + Hope = Change" (www.history- even suggested together in common purpose. facts underscore the reality
hopechange.com). that an Obama Obama liked to say that this that the first black president
Now you know there will be bushels of money made from presidency ushers in a new election was not so much does not mean we can now all
that painting. And, as they say, "It's all good!" "post-racial" era that lowers about him as it was about us. close up shop and go home.
I can't recall seeing black vendors selling Reagan items or the urgency and takes the He stressed that change People like you and organi-
those of the other 42 presidents for that matter; no, not even spotlight off the need for comes from the bottom up, zations like the National Urban
Bill Clinton or John Kennedy. So I was encouraged to see so equal opportunity and eco- not the other way around. League are more important
many black folks cashing in on Barackonomics. It's about nomic justice for urban and That means that we as citizens than ever to lifting up our
time. African-Americans. and advocates must take an communities and moving this
It's good to see black people finally getting in on the eco- I strongly disagree. This may even more active role in gov- country forward.
nomic side of politics, especially the folks at the bottom of be a time for celebration, but ernance at all levels. Our voic- In the coming weeks, I will
the heap. Yes, big business got its share as it always does, but it's no time for complacency. es must continue to be heard talk about some of the most
finally thousands and maybe even millions of brothers and While it is true that for the first from city hall to the halls of difficult challenges facing the
sisters got in on the act as well. time in a long time, African- Congress to the White House. emerging Obama
My advice is for them to stay with Barackonomics as long Americans and other minori- I am encouraged that the Administration - from the
as they can. Come up with new ideas, new products and new ties can feel like we have a real Obama transition team is needs of our children to the
services to sell. friend in the White House, we putting a high degree of growing importance of minor-
The ICE Supreme Man(www.icesupreme.com), Ashiki must also understand that emphasis on building, as Bill ity businesses - and suggest
Taylor in Atlanta, has created a new flavor, "Obama Medley," Obama can only be effective if Clinton did, an administration ways we can work together to
and Farley's Coffee (www.farleyscoffeeinc.com) executives' the same extraordinary coali- that "looks like America." move our empowerment
Raymond Wilford and Ricky Tillman have developed an tion of white, black, Hispanic, But looks are not enough. agenda forward.
Obama "Hero's" Blend. I am sure there are hundreds of other Asian-American and Native- We still have a lot of work to In 10 weeks, we will have a
enterprising black folks across the country who are making American voters that elected do. On the one hand, we now new president who cam-
him, now works together to
How about an olive branch for Rev. Jackson?
money via Barackonomics, and I see no problem with that. have the ultimate successful paigned on the promise of
I do see a problem with them just settling for the moment, support his agenda for role model. On the other hand, change. It is now up to us to
however. We had better get a good understanding of the fact change. In my view, the we see that fewer than 50 per- help him keep that promise.
that economics runs politics, and this time is no different
from all the other presidential elections when it comes to
Let's not merely live for the moment and then go back to
sleep in the next couple of months. Let's take the small
When the 2008 contest for Obama could signal that he Further, his reach is broad - I participated in the opening
lessons of Barackonomics and do big things with them. Let's
the Democratic nomination wants Lieberman punished by from Wall Street to Main Street town hall meeting led by talk
support one another with the knowledge that there is
for President got heated, New stripping him of his commit- to the 'hood. radio hosts' Bev Smith and
enough, more than enough, to go around.
York Sen. Hilary Rodham tee chair, but he has not done The President-elect could Mark Thompson.
Raise the bar even higher. Be creative and innovative,
Clinton threw all kinds of wild so. Disloyal Lieberman has benefit from Jackson's insight, While Jackson and Sharpton
devise new entrepreneurial ventures and strategies to capi-
accusations at President-elect had to pay no consequences at just as he has benefited from were missed, there was rich
talize on Barackonomics.
Barack Obama. all for his behavior. the insights of McCain. conversation about the state
You can't pay your bills with hope, history or hysteria.
He wasn't fit, he wasn't Meanwhile, the Rev. Jesse During the campaign, it was of the Civil Rights Movement,
Emotional investments do not pay dividends.
ready, and she didn't know Jackson made some ugly com- understandable that Obama and the responsiveness that
Euphoria is not bankable. Inspiration that is not followed by
whether he was a ments when he was off-mike would not meet with Jackson Obama will have to the
perspiration - taking some action, doing some work - will be
Muslim or not. at Fox News back in July. for fear of being considered African-American community.
as fleeting as a shooting star.
Time heals all He was roundly, and justifi- "too black" or "too left." While the President-elect is
If we don't turn "Yes we can!" into "Yes we did!" beyond the
wounds, and now ably, criticized for his remarks After all, the Jackson wing of meeting with this group and
election, beyond the inauguration and beyond the parties,
Clinton is poised by an array of people, includ- the Democratic Party is that, hearing from this or that
then shame on us.
to be Secretary of ing his son. unapologetically left of center. leader, it is important for him
Allow your inspiration to catapult you to collective eco-
State. From all outward appear- Now the campaign is over, to maintain an open door to
nomic empowerment by establishing equity funds, bartering
The fact that ance, Jackson seems to be per- Obama has been elected, and the civil rights community.
groups, urban gardens, food cooperatives, rotating credit
sona non grata to the Obama he has said he will be the pres- And it is important for him
associations, small business associations, cooperative pur- JULIANNE she campaigned
team. ident of all of America. to be open to meeting with,
chasing programs, youth entrepreneurial training programs, enthusiastically
MALVEAUX for Obama didn't So while Clinton, Lieberman He has reassured the right among others, Jackson.
and all of the entities we need to survive and thrive in this
hurt her chances to be the and even McCain have been wing by meeting with McCain. Such a meeting would signal
dire economic environment.
third most powerful person in forgiven for their campaign Why not reassure the black left respect, magnanimity, and the
If we do these things and more, we will have justified our
government, and the appoint- behaviors, there appears to be by meeting with Jackson? open spirit that has welcomed
emotional euphoric response to Barack Obama being the
ment suggests that Obama is no forgiveness for Jackson. The black left was in full Clinton and Lieberman to the
44th President of the U.S.
serious when he says he The elder statesman contin- force at the State of the Black Obama team.
If we fail to do these things, we will miss out on the eco-
wants to surround himself ues to lead Rainbow/PUSH and World Conference in New While the success of the
nomic benefits that always find their way to the special inter-
with the best and brightest continues to make a difference Orleans this weekend. Obama administration does
ests. Aren't we special? Don't we have our own interests?
minds in our nation. on issues of social and eco- But for a family emergency, not depend on a meeting with
You had better believe the big guys will capitalize on their
Sen. Joe Lieberman cam- nomic justice. Jackson would have been Jackson, it sends an important
investment in Obama. Question is, Will we?
paigned against Obama, so He has not let the cold there. signal to a sector of our nation
Let's understand that part of the change we voted for is
enthusiastically supporting shoulder from the Obama The Rev. Al Sharpton was that supported him.
grounded in economics, at least I hope it was. And let's com-
fellow Sen. John McCain that team slow or stop him, but it also scheduled to speak. Why not reach out to
mit that the change we receive will be much more than mere
he hoped to get the vice-pres- is clear that he would welcome Minister Louis Farrakhan was Jackson and, by extension, to
idential nod that Sarah Palin the opportunity to spend a on the program for Sunday. the black left?
ended up with. few minutes with Obama. Organized by Dr. Ron
Elected as an independent, And why not? Jackson has Daniels, the gathering drew Dr. Julianne Malveaux is
Send your letters, comments or questions to: president of Bennett College for
he has been allowed to main- rubbed elbows with Wall Street the Urban League's Mark
The Triangle Tribune giants through his annual Wall Morial and the Congressional Women.
tain his seniority as a
115 Market Street, Suite 211 Street Project conference, and Black Caucus's Dr. Elsie Scott,
Democrat, and even a com-
Durham, NC 27701 mittee chair, despite his acts understands some of the fun- the University of Maryland's
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org of disloyalty to the damentals behind this current Dr. Ron Walters, among oth-
Democratic Party. economic meltdown. ers.
5A Business/Real Estate
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2008
Raleigh • Cary • Durham • Chapel Hill
GM names first black female director
THE MICHIGAN CHRONICLE it is not easy. Enjoying what you
do, however, makes it all worth-
DETROIT - Crystal Windham
while. I hope other young
has been appointed director of
women will look to what I have
General Motors North American
done and be inspired to consid-
Passenger Car Design, making
NORTH AMERICAN er automotive design.”
her GM’s first African-American
In 2002, Crystal was appoint-
female design director.
ed to design manager, Interiors,
For anyone who’s con- Windham, 35, will head the
and worked on several award-
sidered freelance or inde- interior design for the following
winning vehicles. Following that
pendent contract work as architectures: Global Midsize
assignment, Windham became
projects to do in between Car, Global Compact Car and
design manager, Advanced
jobs, it’s time to think Global Small Car.
Exteriors, for full-size trucks,
again. Windham was a lead designer
and in May 2007 she was
Freelancing has become on the 2008 award-winning
appointed design manager,
a full-time career for Chevy Malibu Car of the Year.
Exteriors. Her career has come
many, as well as a great She began her career at GM in
way to earn a second 1994 and has held assignments
“As an interior designer, I cre-
income for others. With across brand studios, including
ate solutions and appealing
the slipping state of the an international assignment at
spaces for customers. As a
economy, it’s predicted Adam-Opel.
leader, it’s my job to foster cre-
to continue to grow in “A mentor guided me towards
ativity and ensure that creativi-
popularity and become automotive design. Without
ty is represented in the final
even more lucrative. guidance and support from
product. Our design vision,
“In an economic down- family and coworkers, I would-
intent and integrity led us to
Small businesses need Web presence
turn, companies tend to n’t be where I am today,”
create the best interiors in GM’s
be more cautious around Windham said. “I truly love my
history,” she said.
permanent hiring and job; it’s creative, expressive, but Windham
look for cost-effective
alternatives to manage
workloads,” said Ben
Jablow, senior business
development director of
Sologig.com, a leading
job site for independent
professionals. NORTH AMERICAN PRECIS SYNDICATE own to help reach new customers online.”
“This presents opportu- • Do-It-Yourself tools. For those companies that want to do it
One of the biggest problems small businesses have is making themselves, Verio’s EasySite Web site builder can make Web design
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sure their online site is meeting their needs. quick and easy. Just follow the simple steps to create your own site
currently freelancing and
Research shows that among the key challenges identified by and publish it on the Internet in just a few minutes. You can cre-
those who are consider-
small and medium-sized businesses were the lack of time to regu- ate well-designed home pages with standard features, photo
ing trading in their corpo-
larly update their site content, a need to redesign their site and a albums, a Flash intro movie, feedback forms and more.
rate warrior status to be
lack of traffic. One survey confirmed that less than half of compa- • Do It For Me. Businesses can leave the design, creation and
their own boss.”
nies approached said they were actively marketing their site, ongoing maintenance and updates of their site to experienced pro-
According to a recent
although more than two-thirds indicated they want to use their site fessionals at Verio. Customers engage in a personal interview and
to market their business and increase new customers and sales. needs assessment to ensure the site meets their business require-
vey of more than 2,900
The good news is there are now a number of tools that can take ments, and can expect to have their new site ready in a matter of
the headache out of developing a site and keeping it current. days to help their business get up and running quickly. Site
42 percent of employers
According to Ken Maier of the Web-hosting company Verio: “With updates and maintenance are included, and Verio offers an all-in-
who do business with
Verio’s Do-It-For-Me Web site design and Do-It-Yourself tools, busi- one solution that not only handles the creation of a customer’s
nesses can choose to have professionals affordably develop a site site, but the marketing and promotion of it as well.
als are relying on free-
to meet specific business needs or customize a Web site on their To learn more, visit www.verio.com/online-marketing.
lancers and contractors
the same or more than
they did one year ago.
Fifteen percent plan to
bump up compensation
for independent profes-
sionals over last year,
with one in three paying
$50 or more per hour.
One in five will pay $75
or more per hour while
one in 10 will pay $100 or
more per hour.
Opportunities are avail-
able in a variety of fields.
Twenty-eight percent of
employers who work
with freelancers and
plan to hire in booming
fields such as IT and
engineering. Other popu-
lar areas include every-
thing from business con-
sulting, sales and
accounting to health care
support and administra-
Consider the following
tips to help find inde-
pendent contract and
• Network, network,
network. Send newslet-
ters to those on your pro-
fessional contact list to
let them know you’re
available for contract
work and explain the
services you offer. Also,
ask for referrals from
previous clients if you
have any, and attend
local or industry events
and conferences. By Jason Alderman depending on others to do so. mation like vesting requirements, pension
• Position your skills. SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE Consider these pension-related issues calculation formulas and payment options.
Tailor your resume and when planning for your retirement You should also receive an annual state-
marketing materials for If your employer provides a traditional
pension plan, you are part of a vanishing income: ment with updated benefit estimates.
each new opportunity. • Understand the government’s involve- Carefully review these documents for
It’s a good idea to include breed.
According to the Department of Labor, ment. The vast majority of pension plans accuracy, especially the income level used
a summary statement at are insured by the government-created to calculate your benefit. If you don’t
the top of your resume to only about 20 percent of private sector
workers are covered by pensions today - Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, understand something, ask. If you haven’t
highlight your experience which guarantees payment of vested ben- received these documents, contact your
that is most relevant to half the level of 30 years ago.
Many companies seeking to trim expens- efits in participating plans, up to legal lim- current or former employer’s benefits
the position. You can also its set annually by Congress. department.
include a portfolio that es, not to mention those undergoing bank-
ruptcy, have frozen pension benefits or • Track down old pensions. Many people • Boost your own retirement savings.
consists of examples of have had numerous employers. If you Rather than relying on Social Security and
your work, especially if terminated their plans outright. Although
many such companies end up enriching worked several years for a company that pension benefits alone, save as much as
you’re in a creative field. provided a pension at that time, you may you can on your own, whether through a
• Make use of the their 401(k) plans, if employees choose not
to participate, they’ll lose out on matching be eligible for a pension benefit. But if 401(k) plan, an IRA or personal savings.
Internet. Niche jobs you’ve moved since then or your former Good information sources on pensions
boards such as contributions. Fortunately, the 2006
Pension Protection Act encourages compa- employer merged or went out of business, and retirement planning include AARP
Sologig.com help to con- the plan could have a hard time locating (www.aarp.org) and Practical Money Skills
nect contractors, consult- nies to automatically enroll eligible
employees in 401(k) plans, likely boosting you. To track down previous employers or for Life, a free personal financial manage-
ants and freelancers with successor companies, try checking with a ment site sponsored by Visa Inc.
employers seeking to participation rates.
Younger workers probably still have time reference librarian to search corporate (www.practicalmoneyskills.com/retire-
outsource work. The site name changes; former coworkers; unions ment).
is free for job seekers. to amend their retirement saving strate-
gies, but people closer to retirement may you belonged to; or a library, historical Pensions can be a great source of retire-
For more information society or chamber of commerce where the ment income. Just be sure you’ve got other
about freelance, contract feel the pinch if pension benefits they’ve
counted on come up short. Either scenario company operated. resources lined up as well.
or consulting work, visit • Know your plan. Your pension plan Jason Alderman directs Visa’s financial
www.Sologig.com. highlights the importance of closely man-
aging your own retirement savings and not administrator should provide a summary education programs.
plan description that explains key infor-
6A Community Focus
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2008
Raleigh • Cary • Durham • Chapel Hill
The Science House at
NC State will be able to
expand its successful
efforts to serve underrep-
resented and rural high
school students and their
teachers thanks to an
Maddox Innovative Technology
ST. AUGUSTINE’S Experiences for Students
Father William E. and Teachers grant from
Maddox is the school’s the National Science
Sertoma Club gives to NCCU program
new chaplain. Maddox
comes to St. Aug’s after The $1.2 million, three-
nearly seven years as rec- year grant will fund the
tor at St. Titus Episcopal Left to right: Joe Becton, Thomas Layton, Fred Green, Donell Lewis and Charlie Nelms. Photonics Leaders II pro-
Church in Durham. He gram, which focuses on
replaces Father Clifford recruiting rising 10th-
Coles, who retired earlier graders into the “science
this year. pipeline” and preparing
Although this will be
SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE Michaux Jr. School of Education where Joseph them for careers in scien-
Maddox’s first time work- Becton (1958), president of the club, presented the tific fields. The program
DURHAM - The James E. Shepard Sertoma Club, a
ing on a college campus, check. enrolls students for two
civic-based organization known for its charitable
he said he doesn’t believe “We hope that this gift will encourage more peo- years of hands-on science
works in the surrounding area, donated $20,000 as
his work will change ple within the Durham community to reach out and instruction in optics,
part of its annual contribution to the N.C. Central
greatly. “Regardless of help in expanding this component of the universi- electronics and informa-
University Foundation. The funds will be used
ty,” Becton said. tion technology, and
Health portal launched
the setting, the proclama- toward the purchasing equipment and advancing
tion of the gospel is the The James E. Shepard Sertoma Club, an affiliate offers them summer
the development of the Department of
same,” Maddox said. of Sertoma International, was chartered in 1983 and internship opportunities
Communication Disorders’ Ph.D. program.
“People are seeking to named in honor of NCCU’s founder for the purpose in related industries. In
NCCU Chancellor Charlie Nelms received the
understand and embrace of “serving mankind.” addition, PL2 will offer
for women of color
group at a membership meeting at the H.M.
religion.” training and teaching
Maddox hopes to facili- techniques to school-
tate that understanding, teachers who serve these
but to simultaneously student populations.
make himself accessible Students who successful-
to students just needing ly complete the program
an ear. “My concern is and continue on to col-
deep for every one of our lege will receive PL2-
students who need to funded scholarships to
have someone to talk to. use at the college of their
My role as chaplain is to choice.
facilitate the opportuni- PL2 will build upon the
ties for worship and for By Ayana Jones success of The Science
moral and ethical devel- THE PHILADELPHIA TRIBUNE House’s previous photon-
opment. My goal for ics program, which
Three savvy health profession- resulted in 100 percent of
Sunday morning is that als have partnered to launch a
there will be people pres- the participants going on
health and wellness Web commu- to college, and 85 percent
ent in the sanctuary seek- nity for women of color.
ing to grasp the power of them majoring in sci-
Dr. Nicole Farmer, Erika Evans- ence, technology, engi-
and strength of a Weaver and Karen Cherfils are
Heavenly Father.” neering and mathematics
working to impact the dynamics fields.
of health-care communication “The Photonics Leaders
through their digital media com- program integrates sci-
pany, OurHealth LLC. The compa- ence, parental support
ny has launched and professional devel-
www.ourhealthourlives.com, an opment for teachers in
interactive site geared toward
order to prepare students
offering women a platform to for the realities of the
voice their medical concerns and global workforce,” said
have their questions answered by Pamela Gilchrist, science-
medical professionals. technology specialist
The network features various with The Science House.
specialists such a dermatologist, “We’re hopeful that the
SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE obstetrician/ gynecologist, phar- continued success of this
macist, psychologist and a holis- program will result in the
The 2008 “Maintain, tic practitioner.
don’t gain! Holiday PHOTO/ABDUL SULAYMAN/PHILADELPHIA TRIBUNE integration of highly
“We really feel like what’s lack- skilled employees into
Challenge” began Nov. ing in what’s provided through Left to right: Dr. Karen Cherfils, Erike Evans-Weaver and Nicole
24. Farmer. the national workforce,
health information over the and will help the U.S.
Even scarier than the 1 Internet is that it’s not often cen- lance copy editor who specializes health, otherwise the wrong deci- maintain its position as
to 5 pound holiday tered around what our cultural in health-based projects. sion can be made,” Farmer global leader in STEM
weight gain is the fact needs are,” said Farmer, a According to Farmer, one ele- stressed. research and discovery.”
that most people who Washington, D.C.-based internist. ment that makes their site differ- Evans-Weaver is concerned that UNC-CHAPEL HILL
gain that weight never The site is being launched at a ent is they recognize the impor- most of the mental health infor- An alumna who dedicat-
manage to lose it. But time when African-American tance of viewing women as mation that is presented online is ed her life to education
this year, you don’t need women are suffering higher rates health-care consumers. Part of mostly Eurocentric. has left the UNC School of
to be afraid of the holi- of mortality due to conditions like their mission is encouraging “A lot of the mental health ther- Information and Library
days. heart disease and breast cancer. women to realize that they have apies are so individually-based, Science more than $1 mil-
The third annual free “We call ourselves social entre- an active voice in their health- so coming from a collectivist cul- lion for student scholar-
challenge, sponsored by preneurs and part of what social care, and they have the right to ture, it doesn’t really connect well ships.
the statewide Eat Smart, entrepreneurs do is that they question their physicians. with how we think and interact Jane Iris Crutchfield
Move More NC move- realize there is a void, and they With that in mind, the site will and engage and relate to one spent her career as a
ment, will run through find ways to fill it. The problem also offer insight on what women another. So I would like to see teacher and school librar-
Dec. 31. The six-week that we need to address is the fact should be looking for in a medical more information that speaks to ian. She taught in the
challenge offers tips, that health disparities exist, and professional and what questions who we are as a culture instead of Danville, (Va.) Public
tricks and ideas to help we need to reduce them,” said to ask. “You have to be your own pathologying our behaviors,” Schools and later in the
Shaw student crowned Miss Black N.C.
Cherfils, a New-York-based free- consumer when it comes to your Evans-Weaver said. Richmond (Va.) Public
their weight throughout
the holiday season Schools. She came to the
instead of trying to lose UNC school after 19 years
weight. of teaching to pursue a
Free online signup is at degree in library science,
www.MyEatSmartMoveM graduating with a bache-
ore.com. You only need By David Andrew said she stood there Each contestant was every woman out there,”
lor’s degree in library sci-
enter an e-mail address “shaking and crying in judged on a personal ence in 1955.
FOR THE TRIBUNE Vann said.
to join. All participant disbelief” as last year’s interview, on-stage ques- The $1.12 million gift,
CLAYTON - On Nov. 8, “The main goal is to fol-
information is confiden- winner Audrey Cox gave tioning, aerobic wear, given by Crutchfield in
Shaw stu- low suit with my plat-
tial. her the scepter and sash. eveningwear and talent. memory of her mother,
d e n t form,” by making certain
Each week, you will “The competition was “It was the first time in Janie Gammon
Nefertiti “every youth in N.C. is
receive free weekly e- tight,” Noire Productions my life that I sang in Crutchfield - who always
Byrd traded financially aware,” Byrd
mailed newsletters full Executive Director front of an audience,” encouraged Iris to pursue
in her books said.
of tips to manage holi- Anthony Vann, the event said Byrd, who chose an her education - will go to
for a crown. According to event offi-
day stress, ideas for fit- organizer, said. “There original piece from the school’s Susan Grey
At a packed cials, Byrd will host the
ting in physical activity were seven contestants gospel singer Devon Akers Scholarship Fund,
C l a y t o n Byrd local United Negro Fund
during the busy season, from all over N.C. - from Wright, “I’ll never Forget named for a former
C e n t e r charity event in January.
and resources for cook- Precious Wilson repre- You.” school dean. This endow-
Arena, Byrd was crowned Pageant officials said
ing quick and easy meals senting the Capital City Among those who wit- ment fund assists deserv-
Miss Black North Carolina Byrd will compete in Miss
when time is in short to Courtnee Mason from nessed her singing debut ing students who are both
USA 2008. Black USA in New York
supply. You can also the small town of was her grandmother. admitted to the Master of
A native of Wilmington, next June.
download a calorie Gastonia near Charlotte - The competition not only Science in Library Science
Byrd is a freshman at “I will be expecting to
counter, food log and who all displayed a vast left Byrd with a $1,000 degree program, and dis-
Shaw majoring in busi- win that, too,” she said.
activity log to help track amount of inner and scholarship, but the job tinguished by evidence of
ness administration. She professional promise.
your progress. outer beauty.” of being “a role model for