A lifestyle publicAtion for newcomers
SEX, MEN & hEALth:
What Women Need To Know
Paul Alphonse, Jr. M.D.
Celebrates 35 Years
September 2010 • Vol. 2 Issue 4
Lea O’Neal Turn to page 15 where you will find a most timely article on men’s sexual health
• targeted to our female readers. The article was written by Paul alPhonse, M.D.
Executive Editor a “New York to Florida transplant” and descendant of Haitian immigrants. He
Donald W. Gregg graduated cum laude in Biology from the University of Central Florida. In 2004,
Dr. Alphonse joined the team of medical and research experts at Midtown Urology.
To read more about Dr. Alphonse, go to: www.midtown-urology.com
Tracy Stalling Rev. Richard Berry and his wife Jane Berry have been married for 42 and raised a family in
• the S.W. community of Adams Park. Jane, a counselor and board member at the Atlanta Youth
Business Development Academy talks about life in one the first neighborhoods where Monica Pearson lived when
Jonathan V. Nicholson arriving in Atlanta 35 years ago. Her story, “WELCOME to Adams Park” appears on page 8.
Web Master scott eaves is an Atlanta native and is an Associate Broker with Chapman Hall
Tina Doughtery Realtors. He resides in midtown Atlanta and specializes in residential properties. Scott is
BusyBrain.net a board member of the Georgia Magnet Charter Schools Foundation and is an advocate of
• historic preservation and green building. His article, “Stop Renting, Buy” appears on page 8.
Bishop John H. O’Neal Known across Atlanta at the No Nonsense Trainer, carla FielDs is an accomplished
• personal fitness expert for close to twenty years. Her practical and competitive experience
Editorial Advisory Committee began when she started helping people achieve their fitness goals as a fitness instructor for the
Jane Berry YMCA, Main Event Fitness, and Australian Body Works. Carla currently has her own facility
Saleema R. Board where she emphasizes lifestyle changes through strength training and cardiovascular condition-
Karen A. Brame ing along with weight management by proper nutrition planning. “No Nonsense, No More”
Lonie Haynes (page 9) is her article. Visit her website: www.carlafields.com
Janice Lawrence-Clarke cinDi Porter has been a Financial Planner for eight years. She has led numerous
Art Leatores financial planning workshops. Her article, “Managing Your Move and Money” appears on page
Ron Montgomery 18. To request a complimentary copy of her new book, “24 Investment Strategies” contact her
Fredrick D. Robinson at: Cindi@navigatorfps.com
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John L. Sands, Jr.
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Welcome Magazine | September 2010 3
Life Worth City Lights,
Celebrating Southern Nights
from the publiSher eXeCutiVe eDitor
leA o’neAl DonAlD w. GreGG
aving spent the last 21 months ur contributors for this issue of WELCOME Magazine represent
in New York after surviving a the remarkable diversity that helps define Atlanta as an international
5-car DUI accident, I return to city. Their contributions range from practical down-home wisdom
my role as publisher with a heart brimming to a celebration of the individual talent that helps keep Atlanta moving.
with gratitude. Truly this is a wonderful We believe that knowing who you are where you are is the key to relocating
time to celebrate life, and I graciously successfully. Denard Stalling’s Question and Answer session brings a sense of
invite the staff of WELCOME Magazine, being grounded and joyous as he discusses his gallery in Vinings, his art and
our writers, supporters and most of all— music, and his family. “Each day I am inspired to grow where I’m planted,” he
our readers—to join me in honoring those writes, and that leads us to rejoice that we live in a city that inspires us to grow
who give so much of themselves to make Atlanta a better place to live, work along with it.
and play. We ask you to celebrate with us the variety and quality of articles in this
The woman who adorns the cover of this 4th edition is no stranger to any issue that serve to welcome the newcomer. Some articles introduce the new
of us. She is the legendary Monica Pearson, Action News Anchor at WSB- resident to resources and some give practical advice. For example, Shelly
TV. It was 35 years ago when she bounced onto the Atlanta scene. As our Dozier-Mckee’s article on how to make your home or apartment inviting is
history books reveal, Monica followed in the footsteps of those who opened timely as we look ahead to the holidays.
doors, plowed the journalistic fields and cleared the path for her to become an Cindi Porter gives good advice to the
outstanding icon in our midst. newcomer on managing the move and on some
We must give credit where credit has been earned. It was Xernona Clayton of the financial aspects that a move entails, and
who became the first African American to host a television show in the Scott Eaves makes a good case for using this real
southern region, called the Xernona Clayton Show. Her career was launched estate buyer’s market to acquire a house in your
in 1967 and her show aired regularly on WAGA-TV, a CBS affiliate here in new city. Embracing questions of both finances
Atlanta. and whose house it’s going to be, Attorney
According to WSB-TV, Jocelyn Dorsey became the first African American Shana Rooks looks at how prospective couples
anchor of a Channel 2 newscast as well as the first African American can avoid big surprises down the road.
news anchor in the Atlanta market. She was also a reporter, producer and Having taken care of all kinds of business and practical, day-to-day
assignment editor as early as 1973. concerns addressed by these contributors, how about taking some time for
The Honorable Steen Miles, former Georgia State Senator, was the first Number One? Cutting through all of the emotionally exploitative advertizing
African American managing editor of the news department at WXIA-TV, for erective dysfunction remedies, Dr. Paul Alphonse lays out what every
Channel 11. woman should know about ED—the many serious conditions that ED may
I hasten to call to your remembrance the name of Sidmel Estes who was the be a symptom of. Once you’re up-to-date on that, why not turn your exercise
first African American executive news producer at WAGA-TV, Channel 5. regimen over to an expert, Carla Fields, who will get you headed in the right
Hosted on September 13, 2010, at the Atlanta History Center, our 5th direction with the first part of her two-parter, “No Nonsense, No More.”
Annual MECCA Awards Ceremony acknowledged 10 remarkable individuals Our publisher Lea O’Neal’s interview with Monica Pearson is a delight.
who enrich the quality of living for those who are in need. You will find their It’s a kind of house of mirrors--one seasoned interviewer interviewing another
photo and brief profile on pages 16 and 17. Similar to WSB-TV’s People-2- seasoned interviewer. As one of several female African-American pioneers in
People television show, the MECCA Awards grants you an opportunity to Atlanta television, Monica gives Atlantans another cause for celebrating the
infuse a little of your volunteer time in support of these non-profit institutions diversity and forward-looking spirit of this international city. Another long-
for the good of us all. time member of the Atlanta journalism corps, Frederick Robinson, gives his
Let your friends know that we have recreated our website and we welcome cautionary take on the recent and still unfolding saga of Shirley Sherrod.
you to join us online, in your leisure: www.WelcomeMagazineUSA.com We have saved Saleema Board’s contribution until last because what
she shares is right in the middle of what makes Atlanta work—the vibrant
volunteerism that unites new friends and old in a caring network. For the
newcomer, what better way to experience every aspect of the city’s life than
by pitching in?
4 Welcome Magazine | September 2010
Grow Where You’re Planted
Q&A with Artist Denard Stalling
By L ea O ’Neal
What do you enjoy most
about living in atlanta? I’ve
been married to my wonderful wife
Tracy for 21 years. As a matter of fact, we
just celebrated our anniversary August
19th. For us and for our two wonderful
daughters, Serra, 20, a junior at the
University of Georgia, and Taylor, 16,
a junior at Kennesaw Mountain High School, metro Atlanta affords an
opportunity to live the American dream. We selected Kennesaw because of
its diverse communities. Each member of my family is athletic. We enter
5K road races, marathons, hike, bike and walk nature paths especially the
Silver Comet Trail and Kennesaw Mountain.
Why did you select smyrna to open the vinings
Gallery? My business partner, Gary Handler and I have been friends
since the ‘80s. We worked for the same art gallery in the ‘90s and came
together in 1999 to open a fine arts gallery. We did our homework and
looked at every quadrant of town and settled upon the greater Smyrna
area for retail space because we both lived in Smyrna. We saw the
massive growth of high-end residential neighborhoods and knew we
could grow if we planted our business here.
Describe how you infuse your art with your
music. Most people do not know that I play the saxophone and
continue to study music. As a resident artist at the Vinings Gallery, my
passion is a blend of art and music. When you walk into the gallery
there is always soothing jazzy music playing to relax the soul. I actually
have a studio in the window and passersby can watch me paint. I so
enjoy painting musical instruments along with other genre.
as a husband, father and business owner, how have
you grown? I was born in Columbus, Ohio, and moved to Atlanta after lovely backdrop for any occasion. It also connects us with a new audience of
college in 1988. Beyond my wildest expectations, Georgia has nourished me prospective clients.
as a human being. In Georgia, for the most part, people live a stress-free life.
What do you say to aspiring artists? A lot of young artists can
I’ve discovered that my potential is unlimited. My wife is self-employed as an
paint. True. But like a singer, they need to find their voice, if you will. Because
art designer specializing in magazine production. As a family, Georgia is the
one has the ability to paint, they really need to cultivate their passion. It is that
perfect environment for us to explore our creative side.
passion that will drive them to their subject matter and style.
WelcoMe Magazine launched its first edition When will we see some of your newest works? I
at the vinings Gallery. What was that experience am always painting new bodies of musical composition. Recently, while
like for you? Since our inception, we have always graciously opened on vacation in the Nappa Valley of California, I became influenced with
our doors to welcome others to use our venue for professional purposes. landscapes. You’ll have to stop by the gallery to see for yourself how the fresh
It was our pleasure to host your launching event. This is our way of giving fertile soil of Atlanta comes to life before your eyes on canvas. Each day I am
back to the community. The Vinings Gallery is so beautiful that it makes a inspired to grow where I’m planted.
Welcome Magazine | September 2010 5
A Warm Welcome
By S h el ly D ozie r-Mck ee
H ave you ever gone to a friend’s house, entered their home and instantly
felt at ease, relaxed and comfortable? What is it that makes their home
so warm, so inviting and so welcoming? As a designer, it is my goal to make
each and every home (or space) that I decorate embody these characteristics.
A home should provide a Warm Welcome to both the homeowner and every
person that enters the door!
The first step in achieving a soothing and welcoming home environment
is to create a front entrance that is personal and dynamic.Try painting your
front door a fun, vibrant color and add some flowers for a bit of softness.
Greet your guest in style!
Next, ensure that every item in your home has a reason for being. De-
clutter your space and get rid of anything that no longer has meaning, that no
longer works with your design statement or that is simply old and outdated.
A home full of items you treasure, value and adore will automatically give off
a feeling of comfort and joy to your guest.
Third, walk through the main living spaces of your home and see if you
have appropriate conversation areas within your furniture groupings. Are
your chairs close enough to each other to create
Try painting comfortable conversation zones for family and
your front friends? A common mistake many people make
is placing furniture too far apart. Pull your seat-
door a fun, ing closer together to make your space more per-
vibrant color sonal, warm and intimate!
and add some The next step in creating a warm and welcom-
ing home is to control the lighting. While every
flowers... room in your home needs ample lighting for dai-
ly tasks, you’ll want to install dimmer switches to control the strength of that
lighting. Being able to dim your lights allows you to set the mood within your
home. Soft, subtle lighting is one of the most important elements in creating
a warm and welcoming home environment.
A final step in creating a comfortable and welcoming home for family and
friends is by accessorizing in your own personal way. Display items that are
a personal reflection of you. Frame photos, incorporate your favorite candle
scent and display some of your favorite coffee table books around for guest to
enjoy. These little touches, a reflection of things that you love, will embrace
your guests and surely make them feel right at home!
Shelly Dozier-Mckee owns The Scarlet Tassel, Inc., 6235-A Roswell Road, Sandy
Springs , Ga 30328, P 404-843-0387 x 14, F 404-843-0369. sdoziermckee@thescar-
lettassel.com, www.thescarlettassel.com. Find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/
6 Welcome Magazine | September 2010
The Shirley Sherrod Story:
What Should We Have Learned?
By Fredr ick D. Robinson
I t has been a few months since the Shirley
Sherrod story broke, and the question remains,
what should we have learned? To refresh your
truth was finally revealed, Agriculture Secretary
Tom Vilsack did the right thing and reversed his
white bothers and sisters, but you still got more
work to do. In part, Sherrod was a victim of an at-
tempt to equalize the sins of racial discrimination
memory, Sherrod, a former USDA official, was It was indeed a teachable moment, but what on the parts of whites and blacks. I don’t buy it
blasted by whites and blacks alike after Andrew should we have learned? Not to too quickly jump and neither should you.
Breibart’s website, Big Government.com, posted to conclusions about such a complex issue? That Fredrick D. Robinson
a video that—in its selective editing—showed race remains a volatile and perplexing issue in is the former Editor of At-
her admitting to discriminating against a white America? Those certainly are profitable lessons. lanta Tribune: the magazine
farmer. As the story grew in the media, the USDA But there is another warning we should heed where he wrote a monthly
performed damage control and demanded her res- concerning this matter—some whites are all too column called Editor’s Per-
ignation, which she granted. Perhaps most hurtful ready to take the moral high ground out of the spective about issues —
to Sherrod was the fact that the NAACP prema- hands of blacks when it comes to race by singling ranging from business to pol-
turely applauded her resignation and dismissed out supposed instances of racist sentiments in itics — in the African-American community. During
her comments as antithetical to their mission. blacks. the mid-90s he was on the editorial board at the Atlanta
The problem was the sound bite posted by Bre- My argument is not that blacks can’t be racist Journal-Constitution, where he wrote editorials and a
itbart gave the wrong impression. In the tape he or that they aren’t in positions to hurt members weekly column on local and national issues. He has won
aired, yes, Sherrod admitted to some prejudice. of other races. Nonsense. But I am saying that numerous awards for both column and feature writing
However, the story she told involved a 24-year our country is a nation where the majority of the and has been published in books and newspapers, such
old incident and during her entire speech, which power is still concentrated in the hands of whites as the Chicago Tribune, Houston Post, Denver Post, the
Breitbart didn’t air, she spoke forcefully about and the results aren’t flattering to blacks. Milwaukee Times and others. He currently serves as the
how she changed for the betterment of society When it comes to racial discrimination, whites pastor of Mt. Gilead Missionary Baptist Church.
and challenged all of us to do the same. When the and blacks just aren’t on equal footing. I love my
Welcome Magazine | September 2010 7
Welcome to Adams Park
By Jane Be r r y
W hen my family and I relocated to Atlanta
in 1973, we fell in love with a quaint
community called Adams Park. Decades later we
Overall, what makes Adams Park such a
spectacular place to live and play can be found
in the strength of the Adams Park Resident
are still here – and loving it! Association (APRA). According to Corliss Claire,
Adams Park affords us a breath of fresh air. Our co-director; “We encourage our homeowners and
home is located a few giant steps from the entrance residents to get connected with the neighborhood
of the Alfred E. “Tup” Holmes Memorial Golf by joining APRA and becoming an active member.
Club. This property was once the battleground Meetings are held for one hour every other month
for a landmark legal fight over the desegregation at the Adams Park Recreation Center.” With
of golf courses across the United States. The Adams Park Community is a hidden jewel in such a vital group of devoted neighbors, our
In my backyard, we have special places to Atlanta!” says City Councilwoman Keisha Lance community remains alive and stable.
commune with nature. Our creeks and natural Bottoms, District 11. We have enjoyed living in such a well kept,
springs are a delight. And we have this all within If you are visiting Adams Park, you will have to well maintained park community. And yes,
the city limits of Atlanta. take a tour of our pride and joy facility, the Andrew Adams Park is a real park with a swimming pool,
“Not only are the historical homes and lots and Walter Young Family YMCA. At the helm softball field, 3 little league fields, a football field,
beautiful, and would certainly rival any number is executive director Diane Baker King. She is recreation center, 4 lighted tennis courts, several
of in-town enclaves, but the Adams Park spearheading the retrofitting of the Maya Angelou picnic shelter areas and a pavilion with a capacity
neighborhood is a tightly-knit community that Teen Center on their campus. Here, youth have of 100 friends.
generations of families have called home. The an opportunity to reach their educational goals On your next day off, visit with us and enjoy in-
community has the luxury of a suburban feel, but through mentoring programs, entrepreneurial town living with a suburban swagger. Neighbors
the convenience of being just a short 10 minute projects and tutorial undertakings. The facility is in our 750 single-family home community
drive to the airport and the heart of downtown. also upgrading the performing arts studio. welcome you.
Stop Renting… Buy Your Home Now
By Scott E aves
F ourteen years ago I graduated from college
and got a stable job with a local bank. Four
years passed, and I was still renting my college
at record lows and the tax advantages associated
with home ownership, it could be costing you
rent. I can’t think
apartment. Then, one day, I woke up and said, “I The cost of home of a better time
am going to buy a house.” Six months later I moved ownership is now to buy….rock
into my first home….a brand new 3 bedroom/2.5 bottom pricing,
bath house! This was during a seller’s market with
less than the cost high seller
increasing sales prices and interest rates. My rate of renting. motivation and
was 7.75% and that was with my .5% discount the best interest
for being a first time home buyer. I was ecstatic! rates ever. Furthermore, I believe we are sitting at
I finally became an adult. Buying my first home rock bottom. Your investment should grow over
helped me become more financial savvy, increased time and in 7-10 years be a move up buyer and
my overall financial portfolio and changed my buy your dream home. You might be even able to
career…I became a Realtor to help people like by that dream home now! I am telling you, THE
myself. TIME IS NOW!
Ten years later, the opportunity is even better! Chapman Hall Realtors, 404-236-0043 • Scott Eaves,
The cost of home ownership is now less than the 404-518-3820 firstname.lastname@example.org
cost of renting. When I bought my house, my www.scottsellsatlanta.com.
housing costs went up. Now, that real estate prices
have dropped between 30-50%, interest rates are
8 Welcome Magazine | September 2010
The Hidden Dangers
by D ianne Greg g
I have always eaten a healthy diet, or so I
thought. Never one for fad diets, I always ate
everything in moderation. I exercised regularly
and started adding soy protein to my diet when I
reached menopause. I believed what all the health
magazines and advertisers were telling me - “Soy
Relieves Menopausal Symptoms.” I believed it
would help reduce hot flashes and mood swings
and help prevent osteoporosis. Guess what? It
No Nonsense, No More didn’t!
I knew something was wrong when my weight
gain went from 118 pounds to 150 pounds!
Get the Body You Want I complained to my doctors about the unusual
weight gain for eight years. No matter how care-
By C arla Fields fully I ate or how much I exercised, I continued
to gain weight. I weighed more than in my ninth
L et’s face it head on—if you want a body that
will last the rest of your natural days, you
will have to put in the time, the energy and the
and adolescents in the United States. America’s
obese children are at an alarmingly heightened
risk for elevated blood pressure, cholesterol,
month of pregnancy! Always nauseous, I was
retaining water and uncomfortable all the time.
The diuretics prescribed by my doctors didn’t
sweat equity it will take to carve out the body diabetes, and becoming obese adults. The work and extensive blood tests came back nor-
of your dreams. Sorry, you cannot wave a magic financial cost of childhood obesity tips the scales mal.
wand and the pounds will disappear. at 3 billion dollars a year. I had a soy burger for dinner after going to the
All is not lost! I’m here for you! On June 17, 2008, the director of the Centers doctor again in 2003 and that’s what did me in!
Start by setting realistic goals. Write them For Disease Control and Prevention, Thomas The next morning I was weak, nausea, anxious
down. Plan each day the night before, then go to R. Friedman, M.D., M.P.H., stated, “Obesity and had diarrhea.
bed on time and get up early enough to do the is one of the most serious epidemics facing the I felt like I was having a heart attack!
things on your plan. Learn to cook, and always United States. Obesity kills more than 100,000 I was rushed to the hospital and went into ana-
carry emergency food. If you work late, plan to Americans a year and costs about $150 billion phylactic shock!
work out first thing in the morning. Stay the a year to treat. It’s linked to an unhealthy After four days in the ICU, the doctors diag-
course! Don’t blow your time with meaningless environment that promotes over consumption nosed food poisoning. I found that hard to be-
conversation. Stay focused on your goals. of sugar, salt and fat. Children in particular lieve. It took two weeks at home to recover. When
To break the cycle of rollercoaster dieting and are at risk. Their obesity rates have tripled in a I felt better, I had my soy protein drink and was
live a healthier lifestyle, there are 3 key elements generation. A change to the food environment out the door. Within ten minutes, I started with
that work together. I am sure you’ve heard this is critical to empowering Americans to live palpitations, shortness of breath and anxiety. I
before, but all three feed off each other, and healthier lives.” came home and looked up “soy allergy” on the In-
any one missing element may interfere with Until next time, I am challenging you to cook ternet and had almost every symptom listed.
your progress. Let’s analyze each component more and eat out less. Increase your consumption As a result of removing soy from my diet, I
separately. of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Grill, bake have lost 32 pounds and not had any health prob-
As much as 70% of all disease has its origin or broil lean meat like chicken, turkey and fish. lems since. My journey led me to write this book.
in poor diet. Nearly two-thirds of all deaths in And become knowledgeable of Whole Food I’ve discovered how bad soy is at any age. Over
the United States are diet related. The six most Supplements (such as GNLD Multivitamins). 60% of products on the shelves contain some
common causes of death are all diet related. You need them to prevent chronic fatigue and to form of soy. Soy can be hidden in many ingredi-
You know them well: They are heart disease, increase your energy. ents, so it is sometimes hard to find. My extensive
cancer, strokes caused by hypertension, To get the body you want, take a stand today research reveals that soy does not prevent many
chronic lower respiratory disease, diabetes and of No Nonsense, No more. Let me hear from health problems, but rather can be the cause!
Alzheimer’s disease. you, I want to learn about your weight loss Osteoporosis, thyroid disease, infertility, you will
According to the 2007-2008 NHANES progress over the next few weeks. be shocked to discover that soy is not the health
(National Health and Nutrition Examination Carla Fields, the No Nonsense Fitness Expert can food it’s marketed to be.
Survey), obesity now affects 17% of all children be reached at: www.carlafields.com To learn more, visit www.hiddensoy.com
Welcome Magazine | September 2010 9
Celebrating 35 Years
By L ea O ’Neal
ecently, I spoke with Alvin Marx Sugarman, Rabbi Emeritus of The lea: is this why you do so much in the community?
Temple in Atlanta. His tender words of affection about Monica Monica: Yes, because volunteers helped my mother help to raise me.
Pearson I am sure speak for the over 5.4 million of us who call Atlanta She couldn’t afford Girl Scouts, but I was a Girl Scout because of people
home. Rabbi Sugarman said, “I have found Monica ever to be in the middle of contributing to United Way. I got my first job through a United Way agency,
everything that is vital and important to the well being of our community. Her at the YMCA. I was a Tri-Gray Y leader. I enjoyed the YWCA. It was place
smile, her intellect join in bringing an incredible understanding and serve as a to have fun…again; it was possible because of other people’s contributions. I
catalyst for action to help so many different causes for the benefit of our city.” can’t tell you how many United Way Agencies we used. I’m proud to say, I’m
lea: Whenever you lecture, we hear your reference to your mother’s probably one of few United Way clients who also became the volunteer head
love and your anchoring faith. What does the passage of scripture found of United Way. And I know how important education is also. My mother
in luke 12:48, “to whom much is given, much is required” mean to you? stressed that was the way out of poverty. That’s why I love reading to first
Monica: My mother is a firm believer in Luke 12:48. And even when she graders and have done it for years. There are two benefits for me and the
was making minimum wage, a divorced woman raising a child with no child children. My husband and I give the children books so they start a library and
support, she always gave to others. She would visit the sick. She would buy at they enjoy having someone other than a teacher work with them. It shows we
Goodwill and then donate to Goodwill. She said there were people in worse care. I also want to show the children they can be anything they want to be, if
shape than we were and it was important to share our “wealth.” Even at 87, they work for it. And I just love being with the children now that my daughter
she still is giving at the facility where she lives. She visits those who can’t get is almost 30.
around well. She gives tours. She does whatever is asked. She always said lea: When you and your husband were blessed with claire, your
it was important to share whatever gifts you have, also because others had daughter, how did becoming a mother change your outlook on life?
shared to help us. Mother was born a Baptist and became Catholic when she Monica: My career goals changed. I no longer wanted to go to network
married my father. I was raised in the Catholic Church and school system. or move to a bigger city. Because moving to another city would have meant
But mother made sure I was well versed in both religions, sending me to speaking more, travelling more, being away from home more. That’s no way
vacation Bible School every summer. I am very ecumenical ☺ Maybe that’s why to raise a child. My work hours were ideal at WSB, 3 to 11:30, so I could go
I love Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church so much. My husband calls on field trips with Claire’s class, be a room parent and then go to work in the
it “Catholic-costal”—we sing Gospel music while observing the practices of afternoon. When she was in high school, I would go to her basketball games
the Catholic Church. As for her discipline, she was no nonsense. If you did on lunch hour, 7 p.m. and on weekends. I was available for school activities
the crime, you paid the fine. But she set the example for how to live. While and that was fun.
some parents would say, “Don’t do what I do, do what I say,” she was honest, lea: you spend a tremendous amount of your free time with kids. What
hardworking, intelligent and not afraid to be the parent. She knew how to say do you think parents should be doing with their offspring to raise healthier
no, be consistent with her punishment and her praise. She set goals for me and children?
helped me reach them, but she always reminded me I would be accountable Monica: Follow my mother’s guidelines and practices. My mother always
for whatever decisions I made, so make sure they were good ones. She also let me know I was loved, special and could do anything I set my mind too. She
said I was representing our family in whatever I did, so I couldn’t smudge the told me how important it was for me to sometimes step out on faith and try
family name or bring shame to the family and myself. She also would remind new things, take calculated risks to accomplish anything I wanted. She told
me there are no secrets, that whatever you do will be revealed, sometimes me to dream big and remember, with planning and hard work, anything was
when you least expect it. possible. She never humiliated me or called me out of my name. She was never
10 Welcome Magazine | September 2010
the type to yell or threaten. If she said she was going to charities in addition to anchoring the news at WsB-
do something, she did. She always listened to me, even tv. are you a workaholic? Memories and
when she was dead tired. She really meant I could talk to
her about anything. She had rules and I helped to write
Monica: No, I am not a workaholic. I know how to
schedule my time carefully and I do. I don’t speak as testimonials
some of them and I knew what was expected from me. much as I used to as I move towards retirement. I’m i remember very vividly the day
She always had a good sense of humor and would remind letting the younger folks do more of that. And I pick and you sat in the butler Street Y and
me she understood some of my moods, because she had choose carefully what I will do. It has to speak to me, have announced you had just been
been young once. She even talked about her mistakes meaning to me and do good in the community. I lean accepted as the anchor for WSb-
and would say, “Learn from my mistakes.” Most of all toward those things that touch children and the elderly. I tV. You were beautiful then and
even more beautiful now. i also
she set a good example. She didn’t smoke or drink or learned long ago that you don’t have to volunteer everyday,
appreciate the support you have
use drugs or curse. She kept me busy—”An idle mind is but you can schedule volunteerism. Find something you given to the ApeX museum over
the devil’s workshop.” My mother always said please and love and give to it one day a week. Or choose one major the years. You were host during the
thank you, and to help build my self-esteem, she would project you can work on for a short period of time. dedication of this building to John
say sometimes, “What a good idea!” “You really are doing lea: over the three and a half decades that you’ve Wesley Dobbs and also at the Susan
an excellent job at school or at work.” She also taught me lived in atlanta, what are the most significant changes taylor fund raiser. You are much
admired and appreciated. ~Dan
how to save money, schedule my days, because she gave you’ve observed in and about the city? moore
me responsibilities. She made me feel important. And Monica: There are too many to list, but among
Congratulations monica... i just
then we would sometimes just have fun, going to the them, the huge population growth and the traffic...
moved here from NY and you
movies, the park, reading books, going roller-skating. It is Transportation is an issue: the election of a Black mayor are, far best, the most wonderful
impossible to write all the wonderful things my Mom did and a woman mayor who happens to be Black; the newscaster i have ever watched!
to teach me how to be a mother. Olympic Games coming to the city; the changing face of ~Daniel mastrodonato
lea: through the years, there have been many the region. We truly are an international city now. i met monica several years ago at
opportunities that would have granted you national lea: there probably is not a family in this country an event when i worked at turner
television exposure. Why did you stay in atlanta? spared from the threat and the reality of cancer. as a broadcasting. She continues to
Monica: My daughter and WSB. It gave me a chance survivor, what did you learn about yourself as you went be an exemplary figure in the
communications industry and an
and that requires loyalty. When I went on the air as through the process of healing? excellent role model especially for
an anchor in 1976 at 6 and 11, there had never been a Monica: I looked at what I could do to make my life women. She is an excellent example
woman nor a black on those daily evening newscasts. simpler. I learned to say no and not feel guilty. Cleaned for our youth and she continues
They took a chance on me, developed me and I respect false friends, irritable and complaining people, negative to be a icon in our community. i
and appreciate and am grateful for that. Now, hard people, out of my life. Made myself a priority and realized consider it a privilege to be part
of this committee. ~Diane Daniels
work in the station, in the field as a reporter, and in the God brought this to me to help others…force others to
community as a volunteer and speaker helped to keep me go for that mammogram that they had been avoiding. I
Aida and i are thrilled for you.
there, but it would not have been possible if WSB hadn’t never cried over breast cancer because the body is like a
in your industry where it’s hard
decided to “integrate” the set. car—things go wrong. Fix it and keep going. to know the players without a
lea: the show, “Monica Kaufman’s close-ups” was lea: What do you love best about yourself? scorecard, you are the franchise
brilliant. you interviewed some of the most famous Monica: My smile and positive attitude. player! ~Allan flamm
celebrities across the country and around the world. lea: how do you keep your private life private? monica, you are an inspiration....you
What did you enjoy most about this television program? Monica: By not talking about it to anyone and are my big sister...my mentor...and
Monica: I love getting into people’s business, asking reminding myself I am allowed to protect that part of my friend. love you and Congrats!
questions others might not have asked and getting tidbits me and my family that should be just for me and my ~Karyn Greer
that other’s didn’t get. The research for the show was family. But things do come out and just because I’m Congratulations monica. You have
fun. I read magazines, books, newspaper articles and asked about it doesn’t mean I have to respond. I’m not passed every test and surpassed
the expectations of the naysayers.
sometimes talked to people who knew the guests to get running for public office ☺ People get huffy with me and
i feel your joy, as i felt your pain
facts that would make good conversation. I tried never say, you always are getting into everybody else’s business, when you started the journey. As
to be in awe of the guests because then I would never but that’s my job. the first black male anchor at WAlb
ask the questions that made them go...hmmm. When lea: Dr. Martin luther King, Jr., had his dream. as tV in Albany and Georgia (1971) i
we started doing the show, there were very few programs you reflect over the last 35 years at WsB-tv, how do know what you had to endure. So
on the air like it, but now everywhere you look there is you feel about your dreams becoming a reality? keep that great smile and celebrate!
an entertainment program with interview with stars. Monica: I am living the dreams for my grandmother
Of course, my favorite interviews are with people in my and mother. I’ve come a long way from Smoketown in monica! 35 years? You don’t look
a day past 35. one of the absolute
business. I was honored to interview Walter Cronkite, Louisville, Kentucky. But I haven’t stopped dreaming.
best in the world. thanks for
Peter Jennings, Barbara Walter, Robin Roberts, Charlie There are things I still want to do, places I still want setting and maintaining the bar of
Gibson, Diane Sawyer and Oprah Winfrey. to visit and books I still need to write. Once a dream professionalism and outstanding
lea: you serve on numerous boards and give to many becomes a reality, it is time to dream a bigger dream. journalism. ~reggie Gay
Welcome Magazine | September 2010 11
SPECIALIZING IN FAMILY LAW
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Making New Friends
by S alee ma R . Board
here is a nursery rhyme that says, “Make new friends, but keep the octavia W
monica ric infrey, Sale
old. One is silver and the other is gold.” Little children recite and hmond Jac ema r .
kson, Dawn board,
sing these words, and as we grow older, these words become even ell patton
more valuable in our friendships.
Moving to Atlanta in 2005 from Detroit, Michigan, I am one of the work. Making new friends and nurturing old friendships is the key to creating
fortunate newcomers. As a corporate transfer, the Ford Motor Company paid an enjoyable lifestyle.
for my relocation. I had always wanted to move to “Hot-Lanta,” and when the April Shepperson, senior banquet chef at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis,
opportunity presented itself, I did not have to think twice. As a lead logistics suggests we all should “view making friends as you would form professional
provider for the company, the relocation to the southern region also meant a alliances. It should be a goal pursued. In order to have a friend, you have to
promotion and advancement in my career. be a friend. No one likes a one-sided relationship.” Over 20 years ago, Gwen
This transfer was made even sweeter because I had stayed connected with a McCants Allen volunteered with Hands On Atlanta and met some wonderful
host of friends through the years who were already established in the Atlanta people in the process. Many of them are still close friends. Volunteering your
area. A dear friend lived in Atlanta, Monica Richmond Jackson, whom I have time to help a cause pays off in more ways than one.
known since age 14. She along with Dawnell Patton, a close college friend, It does not take long to discover how easy it is to establish new friendships.
welcomed me with open arms. Betsy Allen of Orange, New Jersey, moved to Atlanta in 2007. She jumped
My unofficial welcome party also included Octavia Winfrey and Cordella right in and joined a church, became active in a few ministries and started
Rogers. What made life easy was the fact that my gathering of sisters was singing in the choir. Before long, she made new friends who coached her
there to guide me in the right direction. Whether I was looking for housing, with employment issues and assisted her in providing priceless business
a club for socializing, learning about the DeKalb Farmers Market or just connections.
finding a hair salon in the neighborhood, my friends all played a vital part in I am truly thankful for my trustworthy “sister-friends” and confidants.
helping me get acclimated to Atlanta, swiftly. Through the years they have enriched my life. They welcomed me and now I
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Marriage should be a partnership
where the couple works together
to build a better life—together.
Before You Say “I Do”
By S h ana M. Rooks, Esq.
W eddings are beautiful! So marriages should be blissful, right?
Unfortunately, many couples enter into such a sacred union without
first asking the right questions and conducting proper investigations. So
marriage, no divorce has occurred. Ask to see the divorce decree before saying
“I do.” Otherwise, the second marriage will be no good.
Does your future spouse have an order of child support? One of the
before you say “I do,” you should have a proper investigation of your future benefits married couples have is filing their income taxes together—married
spouse performed. Here are a few things to consider: filing jointly. However, either or both parties could be expecting a tax
is your future spouse divorced? That sounds like a simple question and refund—if there is an unsatisfied obligation of child support, the government
perhaps an insult to your potential husband or wife. However, there are can intercept the tax refund to pay that obligation—even the tax refund of
many people who confuse the process. A marriage is only dissolved when the “innocent spouse.” 1
a judge has signed a Final Judgment and Decree of Divorce. So if the party am i the only one? The reality is your mate may not be honest when you
has gone to court, had a trial or simply entered into a Settlement Agreement, ask him or her this question. Many of my clients have come to me advising
until the judge actually signs the Final Judgment and Decree dissolving the that on the day of their wedding, their spouse was involved with someone
and that affair continued through their marriage.
Given that your mate likely will not disclose Many couples
this information, you should hire a law firm to
conduct a premarital investigation. Then brace
enter into such
yourself for the truth—if you really want to a sacred union
know the truth! without first
What are his or her assets and debts? asking the right
Marriage should be a partnership where the
couple works together to build a better life—
together. There is nothing more frustrating than when one party seeks to
purchase real property together using both party’s credit rating to secure
credit for the purchase of the house, only to find that the other party has
filed for bankruptcy, has delinquent payments on existing debt or is more in
debt than previously reported.
The author of this article wants you to know that Shana M. Rooks & Associates,
LLC, in Jonesboro, Georgia, specializes in domestic relations law and can help you with
the points raised in the article. Given that the average wedding costs about $29,8002 and
the average divorce costs roughly the same, it would be prudent for everyone to consult
with legal experts about premarital investigations. Shana’s firm requires an initial
consultation to discuss your options. No one case is the same and therefore the cost for
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save you the expense of both a marriage and a divorce. Before you say “I do,” please
consider scheduling an appointment at www.shanarookslaw.com.
You may contact the IRS to advise that you are an injured spouse to see if
you qualify for relief.
14 Welcome Magazine | September 2010
Sex, Men and Health
What Women Need to Know
By Paul Alph onse Jr., M D, FACS
erectile Dysfunction is More It is a common forget erectile dysfunction affects not only your partner, but your sexual re-
common than you Know lationship.
health condition Erectile dysfunction and Prostate cancer are potentially deadly conditions,
E rectile dysfunction (ED), also
known as “impotence,” is the repeated
inability to get or keep an erection firm
but there are many ways you can help. Encourage your partner to sched-
ule an appointment to get an evaluation if there are any signs of erection or
urinary problems. More importantly, accompany him to a checkup; you can
enough for sexual intercourse. It is a approximately 30 provide a new perspective that may not have been evaluated. Reassure your
common health condition that not only
affects approximately 30 million men in
million men in the partner that it’s nothing to be embarrassed about and that in the end you are
concerned about him and his health. Making this an intimate conversation
the United States and 152 million men United States between you and your partner can ultimately save your relationship and your
worldwide, but also the women in their
lives. Yet, despite the high prevalence of sexual dysfunction, 9 out of 10 men
in the U.S. have yet to seek treatment from a physician. As a result, this is an
important opportunity for you not only to get informed, but to manage this
sexual issue together with your partner.
Diagnosis of eD May uncover other serious, treatable
Erection problems can be a powerful early warning indicator of impending
serious heart disease, including a heart attack or even death.
The development of erectile dysfunction can be used to alert both patients
and doctors to future coronary heart disease. Other danger signs exist such Presents
as poor blood glucose control, high blood pressure and excessive cholesterol The 1st Annual Student Juried Essay Contest
levels. This is because diabetes, erection problems and heart disease all have
an ominous common factor—damage to the blood vessels or “Endothelial
“To Whom Much is Given,
The Journal of the American College of Cardiology emphasizes how
important it is for men to consult their
Much is Required”
doctors about ED and for their doc- High School students in Metro Atlanta are welcome to enter this
Risk Factors You and tors to treat sexual dysfunction, as well 500-word literary competition. The winner of our juried contest will
Your Partner Should as, their overall cardiovascular health. have his or her work featured in a full-page article in the December
Know Even more important is the finding that 2010 edition of WELCOME Magazine including a photograph and
• Age cholesterol-lowering medications can profile listing. Students will select one of the following local celebrities
• Diabetes reduce the chance of heart problems as the subject of their original essay project: Monica Pearson, Tyler
• Hypercholesterolemia by about 30%, while Viagra and similar Perry or Usher. Deadline to receive all entries: October 20, 2010 at
• Atherosclerosis compounds may also be able to offer a midnight.
• Lifestyle small amount of protection.
Many physicians recognize and often to receive an official entry Form
encourage the crucial role that partners email Ms. lea o’neal, Publisher: WelcomeMag@yahoo.com
and mothers have in the etiology and management urological issues. Don’t
Welcome Magazine | September 2010 15
5th Annual 5th Annual
n celebration of her 50th
birthday, lea o’Neal,
publisher of WelCome
an awards program
saluting local citizens for
theirvolunteerism. She called
it the meCCA Awards.
meCCA is the acronym
for: master of excellence
for Commitment to the
Community in Atlanta.
the 5th Annual meCCA As president of the Atlanta Bruce Deel was asked to take a
Awards Ceremony was a Writers Club, Marty aftewicz six month assignment and close
reception held at the Atlanta tripled membership in less than down a small church in the inner
history Center, September
three years to over 600 members. city of Atlanta named Midtown
Under his leadership, the Mission. Bruce realized that
WelCome magazine organization initiated the Atlanta instead of closing the church, that
is pleased to share a Marty Aftewicz Writers Conference now held Bruce Deel he had a new calling to be the
short profile of our 2010
recipients. We encourage each spring, started a free annual youth workshop, and Senior Pastor at Midtown Mission. He is the Executive
you to network with was instrumental in establishing a scholarship fund for Director of City of Refuge. City of Refuge, a 501(c)3
these individuals and the future writers at Georgia Perimeter College. While the non-profit was founded to providing emergency needs
institutions they represent. Atlanta Writers Club was started in 1914, Marty worked such as food, clothing and shelter for people in need.
Nominations are now to reclassify the group to a 501(c)3 status and dedicated City of Refuge serves over 10,000 people annually, with
being received for the 6th his time to create programs to help area writers improve 9 key programs. Innovative and effective programs such
Annual meCCA Awards.
their craft. Terry Kay, one of the most highly acclaimed as the 180o Kitchen, a culinary arts training program for
potential recipients are
individuals who over the writers in the Georgia, referred to the Atlanta Writers at-risk youth, and Eden Village I and II, two redemptive
years have made vast Club as “the most influential literary organization in the housing centers for homeless women and children were
contributions to non-profit South.” initiated.
organizations. they give of
themselves unselfishly either Often behind the scenes The family of Cynthia C.
by raising the awareness raising three children and Hagain became a statistic in 1996
of the institution or have supporting her husband of 38 when an underage drunk driver
been instrumental in leading
years, bank president George killed her mother, her sister
Andrews, Janice Andrews has and only sibling, and her sister’s
We welcome your
emerged a vibrant leader in fiancé. After years of traumatic
nomination of an Janice Andrews Cynthia C. hagain
outstanding individual to the Atlanta community. Janice grief she started speaking and
receive a meCCA Award next specializes in commercial lease management and sharing her story as a volunteer for MADD and on the
year. potential candidates currently serves as general manager under the brokerage Gwinnett County Victim Impact Panel. Cynthia joined
will be acknowledged for management division for Capitol City Bank and Trust the MADD State Office Staff in Georgia the summer
accomplishments and Company’s 25,000 square foot Peachtree Street office of 2002 where she has served the past eight years as
achievements in the greater
building. With close to a dozen board memberships and the State Victim Services Coordinator and only paid
a various community and non-profit affiliations, Janice advocate. Cynthia assists victim families and survivors
Nominations will be
schedules time to work with Georgia Toastmasters. She of drunk and impaired crashes. Her Walk Like MADD
received until December
31, 2010. Contact the is one of the leading organizers of Capitol City Bank and Atlanta team, Hagain’s Hearts, is not just dedicated to
Nominating Committee at: Trust Company Legacy Builders Toastmasters Clubs. her family, but has been dedicated all six years to her
Welcomemag@yahoo.com Currently she serves as a corporate liaison for their friends, their children and all the families she has served
Atlanta, Augusta, Albany and Savannah Toastmaster all over Georgia while at MADD.
16 Welcome Magazine | September 2010
Dating back to 1993, Roker’s music business career earned him more tator, Beth holds a B.S. in Education (University
Charlie McKinney has than 700 gold and platinum albums for sales of Maryland) and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political
volunteered his time of 500,000 units or more for each award. He Science (Emory University). She was a found-
and energy to helping achieved the distinction of becoming the first ing member of the Atlanta Women’s Founda-
metro Atlanta’s homeless African American to produce a sporting event tion board. During her AWF service, she learned
children through his for Network TV and the Black motion picture to about Cool Girls, Inc., an award-winning after-
Charlie Mckinney work at the Children’s become number one in Daily Variety Box Office school program dedicated to empowering low in-
Restoration Network (CRN). This past March, in which he starred and co-produced, ( Johnny come girls. Beth went on to become a member of
Charlie spearheaded his own fundraising event Tough, 1973). Today, Roker oversees several non- and eventually chair of the Cool Girls board, and
in downtown Atlanta called “A Slice of Hope profit institutions including Teens on the Green, now serves on its Advisory Council.
2010”. Over 150 guests attended and the event Through the Eyes of a Child and JAG BMX
generated close to $5,000. Encouraged by the where over 1,200 youngsters earn scholarships for Brenda Seay Stinson is
event’s success, he is making the Slice of Hope college. In his lifetime, more than 200 individuals a visionary and business
an annual community event. For his vision, his entered the executive level of employment due to leader who believes
drive and his endless desire to make a difference, Roker’s assistance. in giving back to the
CRN proclaimed Charlie a “Hero Volunteer” community. After receiving
for his support. Charlie has also been awarded Susan J. “Sue” Ross is a a degree in Information
“photo-griot” with a spe- Brenda Seay Stinson and Computer Science
the President’s Volunteer Service Award from
President Obama’s Council on Service and Civic cialization in document- from Georgia Tech and spending 25 years as an
Participation for his contributions this past year ing images which portray IT manager and consultant, Stinson was led by
to Atlanta’s metro homeless children. the comings and goings God to further utilize her skills in the area of
of the African-American education. Along with her husband Joe, Hope
Dr. Sukhvarsha Narula Susan J. Ross community – cultural, Schools of Excellence was founded in 2006 as a
is a lifelong educationist political, social and economic. She combines her non-profit organization. She led her colleagues
and the retired President life’s work with her positions in government ad- to become fully accredited by the SACS and
of a reputed college in ministration for the City of Atlanta, serving as SAIS during the first year in business. The school
India. She earned her photographer for many Atlanta events including focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering and
Doctorate (Ph.D.) in the annual Dream Jamborees, the 1988 Demo- Math (STEM) and the students of HSE rank
Dr. Sukhvarsha Narula Energy Management cratic Convention, the Atlanta Third World Film in the top 90th percentiles and score two to four
and has been an enduring activist for energy Festivals, the Atlanta Jazz Festivals, the Nelson grades above the their grade level.
conservation and a greener world. Her passion Mandela visits, King Week, the National Black
for women and youth empowerment has inspired Arts Festivals, the Centennial Olympic Games
her to provide scholarships for poor students in and the Paralympic Games. Sue has chronicled
India and also serve as the chairperson and an activities during the administrations of Atlanta’s
advisor in many such cause related organizations. five African-American mayors in Atlanta. One of
Dr. Narula is highly respected and has served the many institutions Ms. Ross passionately sup-
the community for over 40 years. She strongly ports is, Sisters…By Choice, Inc. an organization
supports UNITED SIKHS - a global civil rights, dedicated to significantly reducing the incidents
education and human development organization and severity of breast cancer.
and Raksha – a local non profit that addresses
social issues concerning children, senior citizens Founder of The Schap-
and new immigrants for South Asian community. iro Group, Dr. Beth Scha-
As a god fearing woman with strong family values,
she is the mother of two beautiful children and
piro is an industry-leading
strategic thinker. The savvy
director of countless suc-
lives in Lawrenceville with
her husband of 35 years.
Dr. Beth Schapiro
cessful political campaigns, MECCA
For 18 years, Renny
Beth approaches every chal-
lenge from a strategic perspective. Corporate, gov- Awards
Roker was the marketing
ernment, and advocacy clients seek her counsel to
help hone and accomplish their strategic objec- •
Renny Roker for Nat King Cole. tives. A well-known media analyst and commen-
Welcome Magazine | September 2010 17
Managing Your Move And Your Money
by Cindi Porte r
s 2011 comes into view, it is a great opportunity to take stock of our • Have you created a budget that reflects your new circumstances?
lives, our dreams and our investments. It is easy to be overwhelmed When you relocate to a new city there are many pressing items that require
with our everyday chores and issues. If you have just moved to your attention.
a new city, this can be even more daunting. Yet if your life is undergoing a Make certain that you include a financial review near the top of your “to
significant readjustment, it is probably more important than ever to reassess do” list.
your financial circumstances and plan accordingly. The current economic
environment makes this even more necessary. We moved to Atlanta 12 years ago. We love the city, our local community
Some items that you may want to be certain you don’t overlook: and the endless possibilities of things that are available to do here. It is a great
• Have you set up your will in the state of Georgia? place to call home. If you are new to the area, we welcome you. As
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What can you learn when you listen to a life? Young people can become more aware of their
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of older adults. This is also an opportunity to build closer connections between young and old
as they get to know each other in new, often unexpected ways; it’s a connection of the genera-
tions through oral history.
To enter, a Junior High or High School student must interview an older person over 50. The
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about an older person’s life, and will be judged not on a laundry list of dates and life facts, but
on an evocative, creative story that captures the essence of a person’s life, or a critical moment or
experience. Eligibility: Each team must consist of a young person 14-18 years and a grandpar-
ent or grand-friend 50 years or older. Contest begins November 1, 2010. Deadline: January, 25,
2011. The winning essay will appear in Welcome Magazine’s February 2011.
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