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PUBLISHER : STRATEGIC HUMAN SERVICES VOLUME NO. 13 - ISSUE NO. 18 ISSN 1548-6087 May 26 - June 1, 2011
PROVIDING INFORMATION ON RESOURCES AND EVENTS THAT IMPROVE THE LIFESTYLE OF INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES IN OUR COMMUNITY
Henson Elementary School in the Process of Freedom riders reCeive a
Selecting A New Principal
Tali Bakhit tribute at the powerhouse Nicholas Short
(L-r) Demetrius Hobson , D’Andre Weaver, and Devon Horton, candidates for principal answers Freedom riders who protested during the civil rights movement in the 1960’s celebrated 50th
questions from residents. anniversary at Powerhouse High School.
Nine out of ten votes were given to the was made during a forum that took place on On May 21 at the Powerhouse, Babylon, the event, entitled Traveling Down
best candidate Mr. Demetrius Hobson to Monday, May 23, 2011 at 5:30 PM in Henson’s several singers, poets and other performers Freedom’s Main Line: The Freedom Rides
replace Mr. Robert Pales (retiring) as Henson auditorium. The forum was open to the demonstrated their talents in honor of the at 50, celebrated the 50th anniversary of the
Elementary school’s new principal by Hensons public, where those who attended the forum Freedom Riders—a group of protesters who Freedom Riders’ protests. The event is part
Local School Council board. The selection See Henson page 3 defied Jim Crow travel laws in 1961. See Riders page 5
Hosted by comic and radio host Brian
westside naaCp honors Quintet at 2011 INSIDE
Freedom Fund awards gaLa Travles R. Lane Stage Play:
Steppin into S
“A MAN’S “A M
PAGE - 3
NAACP Freedom Fund Award Honorees: (l to r) Claudell Ervin, Sonny Parker, Guest Performer: Otis Clay is flanked on left by Freedom Fund Committee Chairman
Dee Alexander, Marzette Griffith and Richard Boykin.
Asserting its relevance in keeping the 101 year-old Westside
Jacqueline Greer, and by Karl A. Brinson and Vera Davis on the right.
Award recipients and to represent radio, and Nicole Harvey, a
the dawning decades of the 21st
Century, a vigorous and vital
Chapter of the National Association
for the Advancement of Colored
for an organization that remains
prominent on the front lines of
domestic violence and CEO of
Chicago Westside Branch chapter
of the century-old NAACP
People vibrant and actively
engaged today in the 21st Century
the struggle to elevate the lot of
the unfortunate and oppressed, in
the Eden Advocacy Community
Development Corporation, emceed Foward
celebrated its 2011 Freedom Fund struggle for black empowerment in Chicago and beyond. Coming just the program in the hotel’s Churchill
Awards Dinner Saturday evening
with a crisp, entertaining program
“It has not been easy,” Davis
four days after the 57th anniversary
of the historic Brown decision
Legendary gospel and soul
PAGE - 4
at the Best Western hotel in Hillside. added, “but I am delighted with ending racial segregation, the event singer Otis Clay was the Special
“It is so good to see the what they have done.” was also attended by several local Guest Performer and also received
Chicago West Side Branch of Entitled “Roots Night: One African American dignitaries and an award after entertaining the
the NAACP as a going strong as
a viable institution,” said U.S.
Congressman Danny K. Davis
Nation. One Dream! From Whence
We Came!,” the program hosted
more than 300 people who joined
broadcast on StarPlanetTV.com, a
24-hour Internet TV station.
Art Porter, executive producer
dinner crowd with a two-song set
that included longtime gospel radio
staple “Walk A Mile In My Shoes”
(D-7th), whose wife, Vera, has been
“at the core” of resuscitating and
Davis at the 4400 Frontage St.
gala to honor five Freedom Fund
of “The Crazy Howard McGee
Morning Show” on 107.5 WGCI
and “When The Gates Swing
See NAACP page 4
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Henson from front page Stage Play: Steppin into Love
“A MAN'S LOVE STORY”
Residents, guests, Henson staff, LSC members and current principal Robert Pales (gray suite)
listens as candidates for principal at Henson Elementary answer questions
After being present, front and center brought about by the Art of Steppin.
had the opportunity to ask questions of each Julius Anderson (former Huges for the stage production of Steppin into Even though there were what some may
candidate and have those questions answered. Elementary Principal) moderator of Monday’s Love “A MAN'S LOVE STORY, I call negative scenes in the play, still that is
The Local School Council board members forum and Local School Council board can truly identify with all the Real life a part of Steppin Chicago Style.
were responsible for selecting the new school member says “Selecting the best candidate situations, a man middle age, or any age You gotta see this play for yourself,
principal, and it was required that seven out of was not an easy process because they all had man, for that matter, may encounter while so wear or bring your Steppin shoes cause
10 votes be received for the winning candidate. great backgrounds but as a board member my enjoying the Art of Dancing, which we
The Local School Council board members are responsibility was to look for a transformational when this play is over, you will want to go
in Chicago, and around the country call out and step. The two shows in Chicago
not only responsible for selecting Henson’s leader.” Each LSC board member had to
Steppin. Realistic, true to life, fun, and were on May 21, 2011 - 7pm Show and
new principal, but also are responsible for review 30 resumes and eight out of the 30
approving state and federal budgets for the candidates were selected for an interview. The relaxing is what this play is all about. May 22, 2011 - 4pm Matinee at KKC -
school, and acting as an advisory board. next step was to select three out of the eight Produced by Van Gray, and original Kennedy King College Theatre. The next
Also stopping by during the process was candidates for a second interview and those Westsider of Chicago, recounts the days two shows are out of town in Indianapolis,
the new Alderman of the 24th Ward Michael candidates were Mr. D’Andre Weaver, Devon gone past of clubs like The Rose and Indiana at the Madame CJ Walker Theatre
D. Chandler who stated that although he Horton and Demetrius Hobson. It was a five dances like Boppin, and the Bus Stop on June 3 for an 8pm Show and on June
doesn’t have a say in who is picked he stopped week process of reviewing and interviewing, gave life to what we call Steppin. 4, 2011, also an 8pm Show. For more
by to give his support to the families and the and Mr. Demetrius Hobson will take on the Written in a factual but humorous way information go to the website at www.
school. See page 7 the Play really is all about Relationships, steppinintolove.com
Democrats Redistricting Plan
Biggest Losers: African Americans
Valerie F. Leonard
Every 10 years, the State Legislature of the State’s population (2010 Census), as
draws boundaries for Congressional, State compared to 14.95% of the state’s population Hurry Prices Good Until June 1, 2011
Representative and State Senate Districts in 2000 (US Census Bureau). The African
based on the outcome of the most recent American population, as reported by the
Census. They must make sure the districts 2010 Census, declined by 10,461, which
are compact, contain land that is contiguous translates into less than a one percentage
(containing no breaks stemming from point decline over 10 years (a decline of
natural or manmade barriers) and have an sixty-six hundredths of a percent). This also
equal number of residents. Additionally, the represents less than ten percent of a single
State must protect voting rights of minority legislative district. When spread across
groups as prescribed by state and federal the current number of African American
voting rights laws. The State must make districts this reduction is negligible. Even
sure they don’t discriminate based on race, so, the Legislature’s proposal provides that
and provide equal protection under the law, the number of majority African American
including upholding the “one person, one districts be decreased, from 26 under the
vote” principle. The State must be sure current map, to 23 under the new proposal,
to avoid drawing maps that would dilute a magnitude of 11.5%.
minorities’ voting rights by concentrating 2. The State’s proposal provides
them in a single district, when there are gains in representation for Latinos at the
enough to create 2 districts with majority expense of African Americans.
minority populations. They must also make An examination of US Census data for
sure that they do not split the minority 2000 and 2010 indicates that, as a percentage
communities into 2 or more districts where of the State’s total population, the non-
they could never elect the candidate of their Hispanic black population decreased by two
choice. It is within these constraints that the thirds of one percentage point; the Latino
Lawndale Alliance and the United Congress population increased by 3.48 percentage
of Community and Religious Organizations points and the non-Hispanic white
(UCCRO) have evaluated the current population decreased by 4.17 percentage
proposal set forth by the State of Illinois. points. However, the Legislature’s proposal
Issues results in a 50% gain of majority Latino
1. The state’s proposal provides for a legislative districts, increasing from 12 to
disproportionately high reduction in the 18; the loss of three majority non-Hispanic
number of majority African American white or districts with no clear majority,
districts relative to the reduction in going from 139-136, or 2%; and an 11.5%
African American population between loss in majority African American districts,
2000 and 2010 going from 26 to 23. This, in spite of the fact
Non-Hispanic blacks make up 14.29% See Plan page 4
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majority African American Representative
LANE CHANGE: Stopping Our Cussing Plan from page 3 districts and 2 majority African American
Senate districts for Chicago’s West Side and
Children May Start Us Moving Forward that the number of non-Hispanic blacks, Western Suburbs.
A Commentary by Travles R. Lane - email@example.com as a percentage of the State’s population, 4. Loss of Congressional Seat
remained essentially the same over the past Presents a Challenge to the Ability of
As I daily avail myself of public her own child.
10 years. African Americans from Chicago to Elect
transportation all over Chicago and witness I mean, we did not even among
the coarse language, disgraceful lack of ourselves say words like “lie” or “fart” or We realize that race is not the sole Candidates of Their Choice to the U.S.
manners and deficient home training of even “hell” when I was growing up; we used determinant of legislative boundaries. A Congress
black children riding the buses and trains, it substitutes such as “telling a story” and “loss number of factors come into play, including Because the State of Illinois’ population
struck me recently to remember a time when his/her manners” and “go to the devil.” geography, political considerations and grew at a slower rate than most states in the
our youngsters knew better and behaved Nowadays, however, such filthy respect for communities of interest. In a country, we will be losing a Congressional
better. I can still recall the days when a words as “suck,” “dork” and “jerk” are as perfect world, the state would have 113 seat. Chicago’s three Congressional Districts
child addressed every adult he/she saw as a commonplace on television and other so- majority non-Hispanic white districts, 25 headed by African Americans have each lost
“Mr.” or “Mrs.” (whether they were married called family-oriented mainstream media population and must expand boundaries.
majority African American districts, 28
or not) and said “yes sir/ma’am” and “no sir/ as the “ho’s,” “bitches” and “m-f’s” you We were disappointed to read in Crain’s
ma’am to answer them. hear shouted daily by little black Chicago majority Latino districts and 8 majority
Asian districts. This would translate into Chicago Business that the proposed map
Any child who did not show all grown children at each other on the streets and in
approximately 37% of the districts being for Illinois’ Congressional districts would
people their proper respect was known as playgrounds throughout our neighborhoods.
ill-mannered and lacking in home training. That the taboo sexual nature of all these majority minority. The State’s proposal create 3 majority African American districts
Now, I don’t know about Chicago, but words seems to have been lost with their provides for 54 (23%) majority minority with 51% African American population. Our
such a child was an aberration in the black constant mainstream use today does little districts. The Unity Map proposal prepared conversations with UCCRO have indicated
communities of the 1950’s and 60’s of my to mitigate how coarse language reflects an by UCCRO includes 57 (32%) majority that the potential exists to draw 3 majority
childhood in Mississippi. explicit disregard for civility or community minority districts with percentages of 55% African American Congressional districts
And little children cussing in public among its public cussing practitioners. or greater. Absent perfection, we urge the with over 55% African American population.
were as unheard of as talking backing to But before all you other older brothers State to adopt UCCRO’s proposed Unity The Legislature must ensure that
your mama. and sisters out there jump to the conclusion Congressional district boundaries be drawn
Map, which, more than any other proposal
I am telling you, my sensibilities are that our bad-mouthed little black boys and with an eye towards protecting the voting
sometimes floored by the talk and behavior I girls are simply reflecting their exposure in the State, respects minority communities
of interest and optimizes opportunities for rights of African Americans. This would
see and hear from children in this city every to the smutty, nasty language of the hip-
us to elect candidates of our choice. include optimizing the opportunity for us
day. Then I wonder, how in the hell can hop/gangsta rap culture, I say look back a
black people ever hope to have a future of little farther to uncover the beginning of the 3. Legislature’s Proposal Provides to elect candidates of our choice in each
progress to invest in when these are the kinds cussing epidemic among our youth. Less than Optimal Opportunity for of the majority African American districts
of children they are raising to invest that Because back in the days before African Americans on Chicago’s West in the Illinois Delegation. The lines should
hope in? Excusing the five or 10 percent of wholesale integration in America, cussing Side and Western Suburbs to Elect also be drawn to enhance the chances of
our children who may beat the odds, we are children in black communities were as Candidates of Their Choice. African Americans on the West Side to elect
effectively condemning Black America to rare as interracial or same-sex couples on The State’s redistricting plan keeps the candidates of choice from the West Side of
oblivion with these loud, foul-mouthed and television. Today, unfortunately, former North Lawndale and East and West Garfield Chicago.
ill-mannered youngsters we are unleashing taboos are all too commonplace public A Call to Action
communities essentially intact, and have
in our homes and neighborhoods in ever features of a society that pays millions If you would like to voice your concerns
growing numbers. for profane rappers and other coarse created proposed Representative Districts 9
and 10 with a majority of their populations about the State’s legislative proposal,
I mean I saw a 30-something looking entertainment while lamenting the loss of
being African American. However, we are contact the following:
mother recently getting on the bus cussing decency in our communities.
at her little nine-year-old daughter in a back- But while mainstream American culture concerned that the Legislature’s proposal Senator John Cullerton (Democrat),
and-forth exchange resembling two adult readily accommodates and even profits from effectively creates 2 African American President of the Senate
women having a dispute. And the daughter nasty words and the nasty attitudes they majority districts and 2 African American (217) 782-2728
put her little hands on her hips and did that flow from, Black America cannot afford coalition districts (districts where there Representative Michael Madigan
angry black woman, head-shaking thing as either. And if we are to truly move forward are two minority groups with significant (Democrat), Speaker of the Illinois House
she delivered her own sharp responses. She as a community in this country, we are first population, but do not make up a majority), of Representatives
then stood up front and essentially ignored going to have to return respect and home as opposed to maintaining 4 majority (217) 782-5350
her exasperated mother’s commands to sit training to our children—for adults, and for Senator Kwame Raoul, Chairman
African American districts that currently
down the rest of the ride. each other. (Democrat), Senate Redistricting Committee
Unable to control the girl, the mother We have to stop accepting the filthy, exist on the West Side. Maps developed
by the United Congress of Community (217) 782-5338
then spent the trip ride showing a fellow backwards language of coarse adults from
and Religious Organizations (UCCRO) Representative Barbara Flynn Currie
passenger the infant daughter she was the mouths of our babies.
carrying while talking about the 9-year-old’s Just saying. have shown that it is possible to draw 4 (Democrat), Chairman, House Redistricting
obstinacy as if speaking of a peer rather than Committee (217) 782-8121
NAACP from front page
Open.” Both songs are featured on Clay’s
new CD on his own Echo Records label.
Prior to Clay’s closing valediction,
the attendees enjoyed a meal of baked
breaded breast of chicken, green beans
and seasoned potato wedges followed by
apple pie. Afterwards, with DJ Prince,
aka William Linzy furnishing the musical
background, the mostly old school crowd
turned its attention to the object of the
evening, the recognition of internationally
renowned Chicago jazz and gospel singer
Dee Alexander and four Westside men for
outstanding contributions in their chosen
Retired Chicago Police Department
District 11 Commander Claudell Ervin,
Former NBA player Sonny Parker,
performing artist Marzette Griffith and
attorney Richard R. Boykin, a partner with Music Player: DJ Prince kept the sounds coming
the prominent Chicago and Washington, throughout the evening.
D.C. firm Barnes & Thornburg, LLP, were
also honored with Freedom Fund Awards. early into their 40-year marriage.
Dining for a Cause: More than 300 people enjoyed dinner at the 2011 Westside Branch NAACP Freedom
A Westside native whose career Fund Awards in the Best Western hotel's Churchill Room Saturday (May 21). “I didn’t have time,” he said to loud
journey has taken her to exotic locales applause and laughter.
around the globe, Alexander received “Plan your work; work your plan and don’t “That I would become commander on A former NCAA All American and
the Fund’s Outstanding Jazz Performer be afraid take chances or be different,” the West Side, and that my son would follow Golden State Warrior first-round draft pick,
Award and credited the “love, laughter, Alexander advised. me as the alderman on the West Side, that’s Parker was recognized for giving tirelessly
music and something good cooking in the Humanitarian Award honoree and God’s work,” said Ervin, who had a 33- of his time to mentor and nurture Chicago’s
kitchen,” of the home she shared with her former Village of Hazel Crest Police Chief year CPD career, “and when you recognize at risk youth as the founder and president
mother and brothers for her success. Ervin followed Alexander to the podium and Jesus Christ as the center of everything, you of the Sonny Parker Youth Foundation.
The Providence St. Mel High School cited God as the power that guided his career can reach your goal.” The elder Ervin also A Farragut Academy and Illinois High
graduate also encouraged the young and the fortunes of his son, recently sworn- thanked the patience of his wife Thelma, School hall of famer, he was honored with
people in the audience to pursue their in 28th Ward Alderman Jason Ervin, who was who he said is still waiting for the divorce he See NAACP page 7
own dreams with confidence and tenacity. also in attendance. was too busy to deal with when she asked out
May 26 - June 1, 2011 The North Lawndale Community News Page 5
Riders from front page
of a series of Chicago performance festivals
that were inspired by Freedom Riders, a
documentary that was directed by Stanley
Nelson. (The documentary is based on
the award-winning book Freedom Riders:
1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice.)
The series was produced by the Illinois
Humanities Council and was directed by
Alice Kim, director of The Public Square.
The event began with a clip from
the documentary, which featured vintage
footage and photos of the Freedom Riders.
The clip also included commentators that
offered descriptions the struggles that the
Freedom Riders faced.
The first performance was made by
the Neighborhood Writing Alliance, an
organization that allows adults in Chicago
to write, publish, and perform works about
their lives. The Alliance spoke to the crowd
about how they will never forget what the North Lawndale Community News, saying
Freedom Riders have done for America and “Sweet Chariot.” that the performances were “awesome.” He
the strife that the protesters went through Afterwards, there was a performance noticed that the performances showed the
to achieve their goals. The Alliance talked from the Congo Square Theatre, an ensemble performers’ understanding of the Freedom
about the segregation that existed many theatre company that produces theatre that is Riders. “I think each performance was
decades ago and how African Americans created from the African diapora and other able to articulate how each artist saw the
had to fight against the injustice that world cultures. Using theatre, the performers Freedom Riders movie and just civil rights
occurred during that moment in time. They recited several facts about the Freedom in general,” he said.
spoke about how thankful that are to the Riders and provided detailed backgrounds What he liked about the event in general
Freedom Riders for their efforts. of some of the protesters who were involved was that it was an opportunity for people
Next, the crowd witnessed a in the Freedom Riders’ protests. with various backgrounds to join together.
performance by Ami Saraiya and Anna Ugochi, an Afro-soul singer, was the next “You never really see people from different
Soltys, two singers that provoke a cross- person to perform on stage. She sang three walks of life—old, young, White, Black—
cultural awareness with their music. They songs that were designed to uplift and inspire get together for pretty much anything. It’s a
sang four songs that were related to the people. Two of those songs she sang, “So Be segregated town.” He thought it was “cool”
struggles of Freedom Riders and other civil It” and “Nigeria,” were written by her. to see people using the arts for civil rights.
rights protesters. Among the songs they The event ended with the Young Chicago Kim also enjoyed the performances.
sang were the classic freedom song We Shall Authors (YCA), a group that uses creative She felt that the performers successfully
Overcome and Sam Cooke’s famous song writing, performance and publication to interpreted what happened in history. She
A Change is Gonna Come. The audience, promote self-expression. They recited four added that the event and events like it
who knew both songs well, sang along with poems and one monologue in honor of the “remind us of what took place in the past,
Saraiya and Soltys. They also performed Freedom Riders. but they also help to point a way for the
original songs entitled “Change” and After the event, Babylon spoke to the future.” - Freedom Riders photos by Calvin
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AT THE FLICKS David Schultz, film critic
recollection to how Alan shot in the arm y the two
got a bald head; Stu Russian bikers retrieving
got an elaborate tattoo the monkey. We are misled
around his right eye. to believe; but instead are
Similar to Mike fearful that bullet wound
Tyson’s and the real was more serious that isn’t
life lawsuit from the funny to watch.
artist against the film Mike Tyson being
and studio over belated brought back as part of
copyright infringement) Alan’s surprise at the
and later flashback in the wedding doing a bad yet
film’s other controversy enthisastic karaoke of “One
with the artist that was Night in Bangkok”.
supposed to be cameo While periodically, the film makes joke of Po being a panda who’s suddenly
by the scandal ridden flashbacks to how the trio got into this mess realizes he’s not related to the duck who
Mel Gibson who was from a brawl at a nightclub that continues eventually found him as an infant in the
THE HANGOVER PART II (*1/2) ultimately replaced to weak effect by Stu’s drunken fling with prostitutes that this basket and who raised him as his own child.
From being plausible in Vegas to ridiculous filmmaker Nick Cassavetes when Liam time has a “Crying Game” connection. But later, the film hints at a inter species love
in Bangkok. More silliness than genuinely Neeson was unavailable for re-shooting the Even though, “The Hangover, Part 2” interest between the bumbling but determined
funny. As expected, The Hangover, Part scene. delivers what is expected. It doesn’t improve panda and the more powerful and skillful yet
II” tries to create its own encore buzz in While, Phil on the floor unconscious with on the premise, by changing the location; In concerned Tigress (Angelina Jolie).
a different locale. The end result leaves a a drug dealing spider monkey that licking a order to duplicate the laughs, which are far Po’s concerns turns out to be connected
bit more of a bitter after taste through its severed human finger and a missing Teddy and few in- between this cinematic fiasco. to the film’s opening prologue in which a
absurdity. inside a shoddy village motel somewhere in R; 103min. A Warner Bros. Pictures banished, evil peacock, Lord Shen (Gary
This time, Stu Price (Ed Helms) is the crowded market district of Bangkok. Release – Presented at selected theaters Oldman) vows revenge on China by altering
wedding bound for Thailand to marry Lauren Also amidst this pass-out trio under a KUNG FU PANDA 2 (***1/2) Where his destiny of defeat from a black and white
(Jamie Chung), daughter to a wealthy, pile of clothes is the party-loving Asian drug some movie sequels fail to have enough kick opponent that was foretold by a soothsayer
uptight father who thinks little of Stu and his dealer businessman, Mr. Chow (the hilarious as the initial film, DreamWorks Animation’s (Michelle Yeoh).
dental profession that he considers beneath jive talking Ken Jeong) who invites to the “Kung Fu Panda 2” manages to prove to When Shen with his army has created
being an actual doctor against his adored 16 nuptial by Alan without telling Stu and be the exception to the rule. There is also a a cannon weapon intended to destruct
yr old med school trainee, genius son, Teddy Alan. While Doug is with the bride her folks fresh and solid energy that not only makes kung fu that would allow him to take
(Mason Lee) and Phil’s wife, receiving periodic phone “Kung Fu Panda 2” better than the original. control of China. Po embarks on this
A week before his departure, Stu reveals calls from the duo, trying to hide what has But firmly establishes itself as a mission to stop this old adversary that
during Phil’s (Bradley Cooper) dental happened. as the wadding day approaches. “Po”-tential movie franchise that could happens to have his own “parental issues”.
appointment his impending nuptials, Mr. Chow is about to reveal to Alan, create its own trilogy and beyond like what When Po occasionally encounters memory
inviting Phil along with Doug (Justin Stu and Phil what occurred the night before. was achieved with “Shrek”. disturbances that disrupts his concentration
Bertha) But not the crass man-child-like When Mr. Chow suddenly seems to have Full of more colorful depth and style in battle that eventually leads to Po having
Alan (Zach Galifianakis) whose already overdose from his blow. The guys become along with an expanded sensed of humor to learn about the importance of inner peace
heard it through the grapevine. But stays nervous and put Mr. Chow’s body inside the beyond the expected from Master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman) that
brooding and confined to his bedroom hotel’s ice machine. girth jokes and bumbling humor, The plays into the film’s battle finale
awaiting his overdue, formal invitation. From this chaotic situation that eventually addition of the 3D effect greatly enhances And Po eventually recalls what happened
Of course, Stu well remembers the turns out to another plan gone wrong from the martial arts battle sequences and depth to his natural parents who sacrifice their lives
chaos Alan caused in the initial “Hangover” Alan, “The Hangover , Part 2” evolves to the scenery that is glorious as it’s is during a brutal uprising in which Lord Shen
film and doesn’t want to invite Alan. This from a weak comedy with naughty bits and adventurous. In “Panda 2” one’s rightful initially ordered to kill all pandas in hopes
leads to Phil being recruited to change Stu’s dark tendencies into a warped mystery. As origins versus another foretold destiny are of prevents the soothsayers’ prediction.
mind by coaxing him to visit Alan who the trio set out to find a missing Teddy that headed on a collision course. When Po (Jack And later offers a surprise ahead of the end
has locked himself in his room inside his leads to incidents with a Russian biker who Black) is sent into battle with his fellow credits that Po is unaware of that obviously
father’s (Jeffery Tambor) house. want their monkey back who happens to be martial arts masters, the Furious Five to hints a third chapter in the future.
Ultimately, the wolf -pack is reunited and carrying the bank account code number that handle a disturbance in the village against Initially develop under an alternative
set out for Thailand to meet Lauren’s family is now needed in an exchange for Teddy wolf bandits. title, “The Kaboom of Doom”, DreamWorks
that is almost ruined by an awkward speech with Mr. Chow’s business partner, Kingsley Po notices an emblem on the sleeve of Animation’s “Kung Fu Panda 2” firmly
from Alan who resents Teddy whose been (Paul Giamatti). one of the bandits that triggers a portion provides more action, better story line,
invited to join the wolf pack on the beach As you might be able to tell, “The of a suppressed childhood memory. This dazzling visual effects, and amusing jabs
for one campfire drink. Against the wishes Hangover, Part 2” obviously follows the incident makes Po return to his foster parent that offers something for everyone without
of the bride to be that only wanted a non same path as the original. But this film duck, Mr. Ping (James Hong) to question losing its oriental influences to establish
alcoholic bachelor brunch in a diner. often made me feel uncomfortable with its who he really is and suddenly discover that its moral message of :letting go” through
Naturally from that one drink; Stu, Phil sudden burst of violence. Since as when Phil he has “daddy issues” on where did he come loyalty and responsible to what matters in
and Alan slowly awakened without any tries to ask a question, only to get suddenly from. the presence than the past.
When he was an infant abandon in basket. PG; 90min. A DreamWorks SKG Picture
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bedrooms $775 – 2416 W. Roosevelt. 1 first fl, hardwood flrs, washer, dryer,
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for artists & non-artists. Visitors Day relax.” Because of Pales’s love
includedl Men preferred. (773) is Saturdays from 11-3 p.m. Currently
557-9421 compiling a list of adults and teens who for education after retirement he
want paid apprenticeships. Check out the plans to continue to serve in the
HELP WANTED website! www.urbanartretreat.com field of education by consulting and
becoming a Principal coach. Robert
Woman for live-in position in Pales’s last day as a Principal of
remarks of the programs as he declared Henson elementary school will be
Wisconsin. Cleaning, cooking and the organization remains engaged
helping with personal affairs, all June 30, 2011.
in “the civil rights challenges” on a Markus Thorne a community
expenses paid including food and “daily basis.” He also identified job
lodging, call 920-206-1654 advocate and instructor for the
fairs, workshops, and ex-offender “Young Men Education Network,”
NAACP from page 4 services among the many tools being
employed by the branch to impact
a partner of Henson says “I have
worked with Principal Pale for 1
an Outstanding Achievement in the poverty and apathy that hinder year and he has done an exceptional
Youth Development Award, which growth and development of Westside job, his door is always open to his
he shared with his wife, Lola. communities from North Lawndale staff and he has great leadership
“It’s all about giving back,” to Austin. skills.” Thorne believes that it
said Parker, who played six years in According to the online takes a great leader to become a
the NBA with the Warriors before website http//www.encyclopedia. school Principal and this is what
founding the foundation that bears chicagohistory.org, the Chicago the students, staff and community
his name in 1990. “I have never branch of the National Association are looking for. Thorne adds “We
forgotten I come from the West Side. for the Advancement of Colored are looking for someone that loves
“I’ve had a lot of awards, but People was organized in 1910 as kids and their families, someone
this is the best one I’ve gotten.” who communicates well, someone
“a vigilance committee” within the
Boykin, who specializes in who is a servant and willing to get
larger national organization, which their hands dirty, and someone
lobbying the federal government on was found in 1909. And from that who can deal with the board of
behalf of major organizations and “Committee on the Negro,” the education, staff and community.”
institutions nationwide, received an chapter has been at the forefront of Although Thorne said that he really
Outstanding Humanitarian Award community activism on the Westside liked candidate D’Andre Weaver,
and Griffith was recognized with and throughout Chicago. he believes that Demetrius Hobson
an Outstanding Performing Artist And with crime, poverty and will take the position because he had
Award. massive budget cuts at every level a great presentation and a certain
The program, which paid tribute of government threatening to plunge confidence about him that made
to late chapter leaders Nola Bright, the Westside into an ever more everyone feel comfortable able him
Anita Hines and Mattie K. Moore, distressing depression, Brinson taking on such a huge responsibility.
was also an occasion to recognize declared, “The NAACP is needed While it is official that Hobson will
a quartet of accomplished young now more than ever.” take on the new position as Henson’s
Westside NAACP members, who While giving Brinson the major Principal the students, staff and
exhibited their talents in introducing credit for the renewed energy and community are looking forward to
the honorees. Whitney Young High activity that continues to ensure the the great journey that will involve
School graduate Patrick Easley Westside NAACP, Davis, whose their new transformational leader.
joined 8th graders Tevis Jackson and wife preceded Brinson as branch For more information about
Jessica Bailey onstage along with president, added, “As long as there Henson Elementary School call
6th grader Janeicia Williams, the are those who are downtrodden, (773) 534-1804
daughter of Westside branch third Henson is located at:
persecuted and denied the opportunity
vice president Deborah Williams. 1326 South Avers Avenue
to have their own, and do what they Chicago, IL 60623-1398
Westside Branch President Karl want there,” the NAACP will always (773) 534-1804
A. Brinson provided the opening be there, and always be relevant.”
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