Vol. 16 No. 17
Showing the Way to Truth and Justice
April 30, 2009 - May 6, 2009
Six nabbed in bogus 'Obama' sneakers ring
COUNTERFEIT SNEAKERS — Brooklyn District Attorney Charles J. Hynes shows a counterfeit sneaker with President Obama’s picture to report-
ers at a press conference.
Gov. places NYS in emergency preparedness over Swine Flu
(See Story On Page 4)
WHAT’S GOING ON ObamaA; TripleCard:
NEW YORK BEACON, April 30, 2009 - May 6, 2009 newyorkbeacon.com
By Victoria Horsford
OBAMA’S FIRST 100 By Vinette K. Pryce MSNBC TV reported that an NBC/
Wall Street Journal poll gave an al-
President Barack Obama goes President Barack Obama spent most similar result with a 61 percent
to the head of the class compared the morning of his first 100 days job approval rating.
with his predecessers as media in the spotlight talking to Missouri That same poll revealed that when
scrambles to evaluate and grade residents at a town hall meeting he took office 26 percent of the
his performance during the first near St. Louis. American people thought we were
100 days. His popularity is high, There he said he was “not a headed in the right direction. One
approaching 70%. miracle worker.” hundred days later, that figure is up
Erstwhile US Republican Sena- But some of his critics are con- to 46 percent, MSNBC said.
tor Alan Specter announced that ceding that he may well be more Reportedly, Americans polled said
he was crossing the aisle to be- than that. this president in 100 days has shown
come a Democratic, bringing the Later that Wednesday evening that “he has the ability to deal with
Dems number closer to the 60 he held a news conference for all multiple issues”
member chamber, which would American to see. Pres. Obama was with troops in
be Republican filibuster averse. The ink on his report card had al- Iraq when pirates attempted to seize
He signed a $787 billion Stimu- ready dried, the yardstick mea- an American cargo ship. He met with
President Barack Obama sured and the standard imposed European heads of government,
lus Recovery bill into law.
His Health and Human Ser- rich. butt is about JOE TURNER’S since Franklin D. Roosevelt rated surprised the troops and coolly
vices Secretary nominee On April 25, at Reverend Al white director Bartlett Sher. The him one of the most accomplished quelled the incident by ordering the
Kathleen Sebelius was con- Sharpton’s National Action Net- NY Times Ben Brantley review commander-in-chief. US Navy to act with force if the cap-
firmed on April 28. He has vis- work Harlem headquarters, Gov- rhapsodized about the brilliance An overwhelming majority tain was placed in imminent danger.
ited three continents since he ernor Paterson was greeted by his of this limited-engagement Lin- graded the first Black president BBC World TV polled viewers of
took the oath of office and met base, Harlemites and members of coln Center Theatre presentation with an A. their international news broadcasts
more than 60 heads of state since the NYC black and white estab- of JOE TURNER’S at the Belasco Some generously doled out triple reporting an overwhelming A grade
January 20. And (he) has a laun- lishment – Congressmen Charles Theatre at 111 West 44 Street. A ratings. last Sunday.
dry list of international crises Rangel and Gregory Meeks; UFT Brantley said that JOE And others announced the only “He has hugely changed the im-
with which to deal such as the chief Randi Weingarten, Comp- TURNER is theatre-philes favor- letter to represent the president’s age of America in 100 days,” a com-
Iraq and Afghanistan wars, a troller Bill Thompson, Senator Bill ite of Wilson’s 10 plays about performance is with an A+ rating. mentator on the BBC said.
possible Taliban takeover of Perkins, and Assemblymen Keith African American life during the “I am glad I represented him,” “Kennedy, Nixon, Carter, Clinton,
nuclear club member Pakistan, and Councilwoman Inez Dickens 20th Century. People finding their State Senator Bill Perkins said from Bush – all made mistakes in their first
Somali Pirates, and the US eco- – who pledged support for his own voice in life is a theme that Albany. “People who supported 100 days,” the British broadcaster
nomic credibility in a globalized 2010 candidacy. runs through Wilson’s century- him are seeing that their efforts said. “He (Obama) can step into a
world. What’s Going On grades Most speakers agreed that long sagas. have proven fruitful. With the room and change the mood.”
gives the President an A-!!! Paterson’s biggest enemy is NY Pulitzer Awardee August Wil- stimulus he showed that he not Cable Network News (CNN) said
He confronts a new problem, media. Regarding Giuliani as son was a vocal opponent of only cared about Wall St. but our it was the first 100 days that presi-
the Swine Flu, aka H1N1 Flu, a Paterson’s 2010 Republican chal- non-traditional casting and street.” dents make the worst mistakes.
respiratory virus transmitted lenger, Reverend Sharpton in war- would not allow whites to direct “He has proven himself worthy.” “Ford pardoned Nixon, Kennedy
from pigs and from human to rior mode bellowed. “Bring him his plays. His widow digressed The Harlem state senator said last had Bay of Pigs (Cuba)” but this
human contact, which originated on!” and with good effect based on week at a press conference, Pres. president has set a different tone
in Mexico with pandemic poten- VILLAGE PEOPLE feedback from friends, including Obama announced a $400 million dealing with home foreclosures,
tial. While President Obama can Congratulations to African- cast member LATANYA JACK- stimulus that is going to benefit stimulus bills, he visited 12 states,
allay fears about H1N1 Flu, it is American Washington Post Op/ed SON. The Harlem One Stop The- public housing. He said people liv- had…we are living in extraordinary
scary reviewing all of the Fed- writer EUGENE ROBINSON for his atre Club has booked JOE ing in public housing will finally times, it is nothing like the days of
eral authorities addressing this Pulitzer Prize. Denied the WAPO TURNER’S seats for the June 3 see improvements to elevators, FDR.”
health crisis: the Centers for Dis- managing editor job a few years performance at a discounted windows, doors and services. The fact Pres. Obama has “re-
ease Control, yes; but Home ago, Robinson has no regrets. As group rate $67.50. Email info@ “He gets good grades,” Perkins newed friendships with Europe”
Land Security? managing editor he would be in- harlemonestop.org if you are in- added. seems to be a big plus for many.
The H1N1 Flu is included in eligible for a Pulitzer. Congrats to terested. Since day one of his 100 day On the AOL web portal 62, 633 in-
the President’s daily intelligence MIRA LOWE, newly named edi- A revival of the Arthur Miller audition, Pres. Obama faced as dividuals were polled with a ques-
briefing. There is no vaccine to tor in chief of Jet Magazine, the American classic, DEATH OF A many challenges with resistance tion “which grade would you give
prevent or protect humans from nation’s #1 Black newsweekly. NY SALESMAN opened last week, from the Congress, insurance Pres. Obama?” A majority 27 percent
H1N1. The seasonal influenza Link/actress/wife/mother with an all Black cast headed by companies, banks, Republicans gave the leader an A. With A to F
vaccine may help provide par- HARRIETTE MANDEVILLE just CHARLES DUTTON at Yale Rep- and Democrats and even a con- the options, figures dispersed a va-
tial protection. Symptoms are returned from a spiritual retreat to ertory. Play runs through May 23. servative, talk show host who riety of grades with voters favorably
high fever, diarrhea, muscle pain India…… For information, visit hoped he would fail. The demands accessing their politics and conser-
and discomfort, cough, sore Journalist/educator RON www.yalerep.org. of two wars, a recessive economy, vative scores.
throat, stuffy nose, headaches SCOTT spent his spring break in OUT OFAFRICA and a myriad of problems Pres. With all the expectations of change
and fatigue. Japan….Harlem community pillar The CELEBRATE AFRICA Obama now says “”We have be- of US policy from every leader in
THE WEEK IN REVIEW/NY MARTHA DOLLY died. Born in FOUNDATION (CAF) and its gun to pick ourselves up and dust the world, President Barack Obama
On April 24, Governor David Haiti in 1923, Mrs. Dolly embraced partner New York University will ourselves off, and we’ve begun could hardly fulfill the public prom-
Paterson told NY 1 TV host the American dream. She earned host the Second CAF Dinner the work of remaking America.” ise he made to his daughters Sasha
Dominick Carter’s NY1 TV he degrees in the U.S, became a nurse Awards Gala on Wednesday, “These challenges could not be and Malia on Nov. 4, 2008.
plans to keep his job and will be and married, Dr Harold Dolly. She May 13 at NYU at 60 Washing- met with half measures. They With visits to Europe, the Carib-
the NYS Democratic Gubernato- is survived by two children Harold ton Square South, Manhattan. couldn’t be met with the same, old bean and the Middle East where he
rial Party contender in 2010. He Dolly and Donna Atmore-Dolly Celebrate Africa Foundation formulas. They couldn’t be con- greeted military troops in Iraq, re-
was adamant that neither NYC and a granddaughter Ania. Board trustee and spokesperson fronted in isolation. They de- newed relationships, expanded
media, nor the polls were going THEATRE STUFF Chika Onyeani announced the manded action that was bold and family visits to Cuba, cordially
to run him out of state. I know AUGUST WILSON’S drama, honorees: the Republic of sustained,” Pres. Obama said. greeted known enemy leaders, es-
that local media, including NY1 JOE TURNER’S COME AND Botswana as the Best African “The changes that we’ve made calated troop deployment to Af-
and Carter have been foretelling GONE, is at the center of a storm Country of the Year 2009 and are the changes we promised. ghanistan, signed 15 major bills,
Paterson’s demise. offstage almost as volatile as the Edward Bergman, Executive Di- We’re doing what we said we championed a piracy episode at sea,
The NY Times published a riveting Black American classic rector of the Africa Travel Asso- would do.” decided on how to stimulate the
cover story a few weeks ago does onstage. The latest scuttle- ciation as a visionary who has “We’ve got a lot of work to do economy, faced-off with the Con-
claiming that Paterson has fallen contributed immeasurably to the because on our first day in office, gress, made numerous visits to 12
out of favor among Blacks. It continent’s economic growth we found challenges of unprec- US states, he has also hosted eight
was mentioned that the Demo- through tourism. edented size and scope.” foreign heads at the White House.
crats should give him a deadline Botswana President Seretse Tested at every juncture, he He has met with 44 heads of gov-
by year’s end to withdraw as a Ian Seretse Khama has been in- quickly made decisions that im- ernment; attended four multilateral
candidate, if his numbers con- vited to receive the CAF 2009 pacted a natural disaster such as summits and issued 19 executive
tinue to plummet. award. The CAF Best Country a flood in North Dakota, and at orders.
Governor Paterson, is the ipso criteria includes a nation’s prac- the 11th hour of his 100 day just It took him almost three quarters
facto leader of the state Demo- tice of democratic ideals, good missed a barrage of criticisms for of his test days to present the be-
cratic Party. Then mainstream governance, tolerance war on an alleged Air Force One photo loved daughters with a pet named
media proffers polls showing terrorism and resource manage- opportunity involving jets flying Bo. It was not until Easter that the
that Giuliani is favored by more ment. Botswana, a diamond-rich over New York City. busy commander-in-chief honored
New Yorkers to be Governor than landlocked country in southern The Associated Press gave the his promise.
Paterson, if a vote was held to- Africa, boasts one of the president a 64 percent approval And on the 99th day, he received a
day. Governor Paterson has had continent’s highest per capita in- rating. According to their poll 48 big boost from Pennsylvania Sen.
audiences with labor leaders, comes. Event tickets are $250. percent of Americans believe the Arlen Specter who switched parties
NYC real estate barons, still bris- Tables are $2250. Call 917.279. country is headed in the right di- defecting the Republican to join the
Mira Lowea 4038 rection. Democrats.
tling about higher taxes for the