New York’s Beacon website: NewYorkBeacon.net Vol. 20 No. 20 Showing the Way to Truth and Justice E-Mail [email protected] 75 Cents May 16, 2013 - May 22, 2013 SLAMMER TOLL O.J. Simpson returns to Vegas courtroom to seek new trail (See Story On Page 3) O.J. Simpson talks with his attorney Patricia Palm during his retrial in Clark County District Court on May 13 in Las Vegas. Simpson seeks a new trial for a conviction in 2008 for robbery and kidnapping, claiming he had bad legal representation and his conviction should be reversed. (Pool photo by Julie Jacobson) Mexico police arrest two in Malcolm Shabazz death (See Story On Page 3) BEACON, May 16, 2013 - May 22, 2013 newyorkbeacon.net 2 Phony spiritual guru pleads guilty after stealing $650K Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., announced the guilty plea of Janet Miller, 39, for stealing more than $650,000 from a woman whom she claimed she could help spiritually. The defendant pleaded guilty to grand larceny in the third degree, and is expected to be sentenced on June 12, 2013. “Larceny is larceny, no matter what form it takes – fraud by a spiritual advisor is no different than fraud committed by an attorney, an accountant, or any other person who gains an individual’s trust in order to steal from him or her,” said District Attorney Vance. “My Office’s Special Prosecutions Bureau handles all manner of cases involving defendants who prey upon those in a vulnerable state, from immigrants to the elderly.” As admitted in her guilty plea, and according to court records, Miller first met the victim, a business owner, in July 2011 at an apartment on East 41 st Street in Manhattan. At this meeting, Miller claimed to possess spiritual powers, and told the victim that people were cheating, deceiving, and stealing money from her, and that the defendant could help. Miller also told the victim that she could see the victim’s dead grandmother crying. The defendant requested $900 from the victim in order to purchase materials to make a shield to block the devil; the victim paid her $400. Miller gave the woman water that was purported to be holy, as well as oils, salt, and crystals, and then began communicating with the victim on a near-daily basis. Between July 2011 and August 2012, the victim, at the direction of the defendant, repeatedly gave Miller money for items she claimed were needed to protect the victim and ward off the devil. She also gave Miller numerous items of jewelry the victim owned and purchased, at the defendant’s direction, two Rolex watches to give to the defendant. Over the course of the period charged in the indictment, Miller became the victim’s confidante. The victim’s father developed cancer, which Miller claimed she could help cure. Miller also persuaded the victim that her money was cursed and unclean, and that the defendant was capable of cleansing it. She asked the victim to withdraw more than $600,000 from her bank account in cash and give it to Miller, claiming she would take the money to a mountain to perform cleansing procedures. Miller was expected to return the money within a matter of weeks, but returned only a small portion of it. Assistant District Attorney Om Gillett handled the prosecution of this case, under the supervision of Assistant Districts Judy Salwen, Deputy Chief of the Special Prosecutions Bureau, and Thomas Wornom, Chief of the Special Prosecutions Bureau. Trial Preparation Assistant Colleen MacPhee assisted with the case. District Attorney Vance thanked Detective Daniel Casey of the 17 th Precinct’s Detective Squad. President Obama praises officer hero Obama praises hero NYPD cop, girlfriend at White House gala An impressed President Obama singled out courageous NYPD cop Ivan Marcano - and his surprised girlfriend - at a White House ceremony Saturday for heroic cops from around the country. Marcano, one of two of the 43 officers honored Saturday who Obama cited by name, was off duty, driving through the Bronx with his girlfriend, Hilda Miolan, on Oct. 24 when he spotted two armed suspects robbing a 60year-old cabbie. When Marcano stopped and identified himself as a police officer, one suspect immediately opened fire, wounding the officer in the arm and chest, inches from his heart. As Miolan, who Obama joked was probably “not very happy with” Marcano, drove him to the hospital, he saw the suspects and an accomplice. They had just crashed into a livery cab, jumped a curb on Burnside Ave. and ditched the car. Clutching his chest to keep pressure on his wound, Marcano jumped out of his car and approached them. As one, 18-year-old Prince James, reportedly fired again, Marcano, a righty shooting left-handed, fatally shot James in the head. “He wasn’t on the clock when any of this happened,” Obama said. “This was his date night. It’s unbelievable.” The President then asked Miolan to stand for applause. Miolan was not expecting to be called out by the president during her first ever visit to Washington, ‘but I got into it,’ she said. “She deserves a really nice dinner,” he said to laughter. Miolan, 24, said after the ceremony that she was not expecting “to be called out like that” by the President. She said it was her first visit to Washington. “I thought it was really cool,” she told the Daily News. “I was a little shy and embarrassed but I got into it.” She was not laughing at the time of the shooting, she noted. “It brought back a lot of memories from the incident, but other than that, the outcome has been great,” Miolan said. Marcano, then 27, was promoted to detective while recovering in the hospital during a visit by Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly. The White House event honored the National Association of Police Organizations 2013 TOP COPS awardees. The group includes NYPD Detectives Terence Munnelly and Steven Smith, who found the gun that shot Marcano and caught the surviving suspects within 36 hours. “They’ll tell you they’re not heroes,” Obama said of the full group. “They’ll say they were just doing their job. And today we honor them as top cops because they are half right. It’s true, they were just doing their jobs. From the moment they swore an oath to serve with honor, from the first time they put on a uniform and put on a badge, they knew they might be called upon to do some really tough stuff. “But I think that makes them more heroic, not less heroic, because they signed up for this,” Obama said. “They volunteered.” Celebrating the legacies of Malcolm X and Sonny Carson By Amadi Ajamu During the month of May, African people on the continent and in the Diaspora celebrate African Liberation Month. Black nationalist and Pan African leadership are honored for their tremendous contribution to our struggle for self-determination. In the United States, El Hajj Malik El Shabazz - Malcolm X and Sonny Abubadika Carson represent this loving, selfless commitment to the freedom of African people. These honorable men will be commemorated on the anniversary of their births May 19 and May 20 respectively. On Sunday, May 19t the 25th annual Black Power – Shut Em’ Down march and rally will be held in Harlem. The march will assemble on the corner of 125 th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd in front of the Adam Clayton Powell Jr State Office Building at 12 p.m.. “This year is critical for Africans in the United States and throughout the world,” states organizer, Omowale Clay of the December 12th Movement. “First, it is the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Organization of African Unity / African Union. We must remember the important role Malcolm X played in taking our freedom struggle into the international arena and establishing political links with our brothers and sisters in Africa fighting for their liberation. “For Africans in the United States the issue of self-determination and Pan Africanism must be put on top of our agenda. The collapse of U.S. economy and the deteriorating conditions in our communities in health, jobs, education, and housing, demand a conscious move toward self reliance now more than ever. The Black Power March is an example of Black peoples strength and control of politics and economics in our community. Every year for the past 25 years on May 19 we have demanded a ‘Commercial Moment of Silence’ and all stores on 125th St are shut down from 1pm to Malcolm X Sonny Carson 4pm in honor of our national hero, Malcolm X.” On Monday, May 20 the African Brotherhood for Self Determination – an outgrowth of the Black Men’s Movement founded by Sonny Abubadika Carson 27 years ago, will honor the legacy of Sonny Carson and Malcolm X. The African Brotherhood will hold a Cultural Celebration at Sistas’ Place at 456 Nostrand Ave in Brooklyn at 7 p.m.. Spokesman Vernon Verdree said, “Black people have a history of resisting racism and exploitation of our community since we were kidnapped and brought to this land over 400 years ago. Two leaders from our struggle, Malcolm X and Sonny Abubadika Carson have shown how Black men must stand up and represent our nation. We must understand that everything that happens inside of our communities must be controlled by Black people; this is the only way we can ever be free. Malcolm and Sonny practiced this on the local, national, and international level. We must look back and learn from our heroic freedom fighters. Conscious, committed, and disciplined Black men must fight for our Black nation - from hood to hood” The African Brotherhood for Self Determination’s Celebration will feature music by R&B sensation Blue Salim, culture, politics, reflections and refreshments. For more information call (718) 398-1766. Beacon (USPS 011-156), serving Metropolitan New York is published weekly by SHGM at 237 W. 37th Street, Suite 203, New York, NY 10018. Periodicals postage paid at New York, NY. POSTMASTER; send address changes to The New York Beacon - 237 W. 37th Street, Suite 203, New York, NY 10018. (212) 213-8585 Fax: (212) 213-6291, Web Site: www.newyorkbeacon.com, Email:NewYork[email protected], The New York Beacon Subscription rate: $35.00 per year. O.J. Simpson’s former lawyer’s work is expected to again draw withering criticism Tuesday in a Las Vegas courtroom where the imprisoned former football star and his new attorneys are trying to convince a Nevada judge that Simpson deserves a new trial. The 65-year-old Simpson arrived in court Monday in shackles and prison clothing — grayer and heavier than when he was hauled off to prison in 2008 to serve a minimum nine-year sentence. But he briefly flashed a smile for family members and friends in the second row. The focus on the first day of the five-day hearing was on promises and performance by Simpson’s Miami-based lawyer Yale Galanter during the 2008 trial and conviction that got Simpson nine to 33 years in prison for armed robbery and kidnapping for a hoMalcolm Shabazz was found fatally wounded outside a bar in Mexico tel room confrontation with two sports memorabilia dealers. City Galanter’s trial co-counsel, Gabriel Grasso, testified that Galanter took money for himself, didn’t pay Grasso, and refused to pay for experts to analyze crucial audio recordings that helped conPolice in Mexico have detained The bar owner later demanded vict Simpson. two men suspected of involvement they pay $1,200 for drinks and in the murder of Malcolm Shabazz, female companionship, accordthe grandson of US political activ- ing to Mr Suarez. ist Malcolm X. He said he had escaped as a The suspects work at the bar where fight broke out, before returning Mr Shabazz, 29, was beaten on to find his friend seriously inMay 9, 2013. jured on the ground outside the He was found with fatal wounds bar. in Plaza Garibaldi, a popular tourMalcolm Shabazz sustained a ist area packed with bars and res- beating in a bar on the second By J. Zamgba Browne Special to NY Beacon taurants, and taken to a Mexico floor of this building City hospital, where he died of his Mr Suarez said he had taken Chances of Brooklyn electing injuries a day later. him to a hospital where he died its first African-American borPolice said they were still search- of “blunt-force injuries”. ing for three more suspects. Malcolm Shabazz was the son ough president in the upcoming The two detainees have been of one of Malcolm X’s six daugh- Democratic Primary could be derailed if front runner Sen. Eric charged with murder and robbery. ters, Qubilah Shabazz. All five suspects work at The PalWhen he was 12, he was in- Adams is caught up in the web of ace Bar, where Malcolm Shabazz volved in a fire that killed his systemic political corruption that was beaten. grandmother, Betty Shabazz, the is sweeping Albany. Sen. Adams is among nearly a Miguel Suarez, a union activist widow of Malcolm X. who was travelling with Malcolm Convicted of manslaughter dozen Albany lawmakers whose Shabazz, said they had been in and arson, he was sentenced to names appeared on an FBI stink Mexico as part of their efforts to time in a juvenile detention cen- operation executed by former State Sen. Shirley Huntley. advocate more rights for Mexican ter. The Senator reportedly agreed construction workers in the United Malcolm X, a black power acStates. tivist and prominent figure in the to carry out the FBI stint after she Mr Suarez said he and Malcolm militant Nation of Islam move- was accused of stealing over Shabazz had been invited to a bar ment, was shot dead at a politi- $88,000 from a taxpayer charity fund which she controlled. Hunton Wednesday night by a woman. cal rally Mexico police arrest two in Malcolm’s grandson’s death O.J. Simpson “Hey Gabe. Wanna be famous?” represent Simpson and split an exGrasso recalled Galanter asking as pected $750,000 in legal fees onethe two embarked on a relationship third for Grasso and two-thirds for that has since deteriorated into law(CONTINUED ON PAGE 14) suits over a handshake agreement Sen. Adams says he is innocent of any political corruption charge ley pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a year and one day in jail. Sen. Huntley’s home in Queens was wired by the FBI to help her trap as many political figures as possible. Sen. Adam said as far as he was concerned he has nothing to fear, “I have not been contacted about any investigation. I believe deeply in transparency and the pursuit of justice and that is why I committed 20 years of my life to law enforcement,” said Sen. Adams. “I am more than willing to help with any investigation,” he added. Sen. Adams even e-mailed to several of his supporters to reassure them. “I want to assure that there is Sen. Eric Adams (CONTINUED ON PAGE 14) Council pondering whether to allow non-citizens to vote By J. Zamgba Browne Special to NY Beacon The New York City Council is currently reviewing a proposal for consideration that would allow non-citizens, including illegal immigrants granted amnesty, to vote in local elections. While non-citizen voting is allowed in some small municipalities across the country, in Maryland and Massachusetts, New York City would be the largest city to take such bold action. “It’s going to be huge and just imagine the implications that are involved here,” said Councilman Daniel Dromm, one of the co-sponsors of the legislation. But not all is on board with the plan. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, for example, is vehemently opposed. He said he doesn’t think the measure is acceptable under current New York State law. A Bloomberg spokeswoman, Evelyn Erskine said the Mayor “believes that voting is the most important right we are granted as citizens and we should have to go through the process of becoming a citizen and declaring allegiance to this country before being given that right.” The proposal currently has a veto-proof majority of supporters on the City Council with 34 of 51 members pledging to vote in favor, the amount required to block a veto. The New York Beacon leaned that the plan has been in the works since 2010 when only eight members supported it. A public hearing on the issue is being planned by the Council to allow people who are in the country legally, but are not citi- Aldofo Carrion zens, to vote. Advocates estimate that could be more than 800,000 people. Supporters say immigrants who pay taxes deserve to decide who spends them. Opponents who disagree sharply say that voting should be reserved for bone fide citizens in the country. New York State election law prohibits immigrants from voting, but supporters say the city has the right to set its own policies for local elections. “When all contributing members of our society can participate, democracy is better served and everyone benefits,” said Councilmember Dromm. Council Speaker Christine Quinn, a mayoral candidate and who exercises considerable control over what measures come to a vote, has yet to take a position on the proposed plan. She told reporters that she was trying to find out more about the proposed measure. Former Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion, Jr., who is running for mayor as an Independent, slammed the proposed legislation. He called the idea offensive, illegal and just plain dumb.” “There are very few things that bring me to the point of being almost speechless. This is one of them. Being a citizen of the United States is a privilege that carries with it an awesome and sacred responsibility- the right to vote,” said Carrion. Former MTA Chief Joe Lhota, a Republican mayoral candidate expressed his opposition to the proposal as follows: “No matter how well-intentioned, voting is a right reserved for citizens,” said Lhota. State Sen. Martin Golden and City Councilmembers James Oddo, Vincent Ignizio and Eric Ulrich are also opposed. They all agree that “to extend voting privilege to noncitizens not only devalues U.S. citizenship but is inconsistent with New York State Election Law.” 3 BEACON, May 16, 2013 - May 22, 2013 newyorkbeacon.net O.J. Simpson returns to Vegas court in an effort for new trial Gov. Cuomo unveils resort gaming plan to bring tourism, jobs to upstate BEACON, May 16, 2013 - May 22, 2013 newyorkbeacon.net 4 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo ha unveiled a comprehensive resort gaming destination plan to create jobs and boost tourism in Upstate New York. The Governor’s plan capitalizes on the economic gains that other states have made through resort gaming which would increase revenue for localities and provide new economic opportunity for Upstate local businesses through increased tourism. The plan also details a nonpolitical independent process for the siting of resort gaming destinations, new specific criteria for selecting the gaming operators, and a breakdown on the distribution of revenue in a way Gregory Woods Obama nominates Harlem jurist to serve on U.S. District bench U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer has announced that President Obama has nominated Gregory Howard Woods III to serve on the bench of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Schumer recommended Mr. Woods to President Obama in February and today praised the President for this nomination. Mr. Woods is a resident of Harlem and was born April of 1969. “I am pleased that President Obama has nominated M r. Wo o d s t o t h e D i s t r i c t Court, “said Schumer. “Mr. Woods is an accomplished attorney and is dedicated to public service. I have every confidence that his years of experience in both the public and private sectors will translate into a very successful career as a judge.” Mr. Woods is of African American descent and a graduate of Williams College and Yale Law School. Mr. Woods received his J.D. f r o m Ya l e L a w S c h o o l i n 1995. At Yale, Mr. Woods was Essays Editor on the Yale Law Journal and was awarded prizes for best brief and best oralist in the school’s moot court competition. Mr. Woods received his B.A. magna cum laude f r o m Wi l l i a m s C o l l e g e i n 1991. Mr. Woods currently serves as General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Energy. Prior, he served as Deputy General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Transportation and was appointed by Secretary Ray LaHood in 2009. As Deputy General Counsel, Mr. Woods was awarded the “Secretary’s Partnering for Excellence Aw a r d ” a n d t h e “ G e n e r a l Counsel’s Team Award.” Mr. Woods was also an associate and then partner at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, working on a variety of financial and corporate matters and focusing on both the United States and Latin America. Mr. Woods was a member of the firm’s corporate practice, focused primarily on corporate finance, and advised a variety of corporations, banks and investors in domestic and cross-border mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures. Mr. Woods was a member of the firm’s hiring committee, diversity committee and pro bono committee. M r. Wo o d s ’ p r a c t i c e a n d client service led him to be recognized by Chambers USA as a leading lawyer in New York in Banking and Finance, among other hono r s . M r. Wo o d s e n t e r e d public service in 1995 as a trial attorney for the Department of Justice. There, he practiced as a civil litigator until 1998, primarily litigating cases around fraud and fraud-related activities. Mr. Woods has also done a large amount of pro bono work with Practicing Attorneys for Law Students (PALS), an organization devoted to serving the needs of minority law students in the New York area. In addition to h i s t i m e w i t h PA L S , M r. Woods is a board member for the Union Settlement Association – a social services organization serving East Harlem – and previously worked pro bono as counsel to the New York City Investment Fund. that benefits multiple localities, counties and the State. Under the Governor’s plan, upstate New York would be divided into six regions, and three resorts would be bid out with only one resort eligible to be located within a region. “Our state has a unique opportunity to revitalize the local economies of communities in Upstate New York and create thousands of new jobs where they are needed most,” Gov. Cuomo said. “For years neighboring states like Connecticut and New Jersey have benefited from New Yorkers leaving our state to visit their gaming facilities. We want to reverse this trend by putting new resort destinations in Upstate New York, a strategy that will attract more tourists and visitors to come and shop at our local businesses, visit regional attractions, and help create new jobs in our communities. This proposal sites gaming resorts through an independent, nonpolitical process, to fairly and strategically capitalize on the enormous potential gaming has for growing our state’s economy.” Tourism is already a major economic driver in New York State, placing as the state’s fifth largest industry, employing more than 700,000 people, generating $57 billion in spending and accounting for more than $7 billion in local and state tax revenue. Resort destinations with enhanced gaming pose an opportunity to supercharge the state’s tourism efforts, especially in Upstate New York. The economic impact and jobs potential of resort gaming is significant: · In New Jersey, an estimated 35,500 direct jobs are associated with gaming, and a Rutgers Study estimated over 100,000 indirect jobs.· In Connecticut, there are an estimated 14,600 direct jobs, and more than 16,400 in Pennsylvania.· The Foxwoods Resort in Connecticut alone employs more than 8,200 people and generates $165.5 million in revenue to the State. · Here in New York, Resorts World, which does not offer full gaming and has no hotel, generates $306 million in revenue to the State while employing 1,750 people.· The impact crosses over to the many small businesses supported by gaming resorts. In New Jersey, gaming resorts spend an average of $2.3 billion annually with over 2,000 independent vendors operating in every county in the state – including transportation companies, food vendors, and professional services. Heather Briccetti, president and CEO at The Business Council of New York, said, “Governor Cuomo’s gaming and destination resort proposal will transform regions in upstate New York into world class vacation destinations. As the fifth largest employment sector in New York, tourism plays a crucial role in expanding our economy. The Governor ’s plan will attract more tourists to our struggling economies upstate, which will breathe new life into small business, helping them grow and thrive in New York. I thank the Governor for his leadership and look forward to working his administration as we continue to build a new, business friendly New York. Mario Cilento, president at NewYork State AFL-CIO, said, “This gaming proposal will generate tens of thousands of stable, good paying jobs that will help middle class families who have been struggling for far too long. The New York State AFL-CIO is proud to partner with the state in making casino gaming a reality. With this proposal, Governor Cuomo is delivering for New York’s hardworking families.” Steve Acquario, executive director at NYS Association of Counties, said, “The plan outlined by the Governor today will help our communities prepare for this new industry. There are economic development, law enforcement, infrastructure and human service needs that will accompany this gaming plan and our regional governments will be critical to ensuring its success.” Gerri Warren-Merrick appointed to key leadership role with AARP New York AARP New York announced the appointment of Gerri WarrenMerrick to its executive council, the organization’s highest level volunteer advisory body for New York State. Warren-Merrick will serve in an advisory role to set state priorities and represent AARP’s 2.5 million members and more than 5,000 volunteers in New York State. She will play a key role in AARP’s strategic planning activities, as well as assist with a variety of advocacy, communications and community outreach work in the state. “Gerri brings a wealth of experience on policy issues and state and city-wide civic engagement to AARP – we’re excited to appoint someone of her caliber to play a key role in directing AARP New York’s work, ” said Beth Finkel, AARP New York State di- rector. “Her work in New York’s African American communities is commendable and her background will serve an excellent addition to AARP New York.” AARP New York is widely recognized for enriching the lives of senior adults who have a quest for adventure, life-long learning and productive-healthy lives,”” said Warren-Merrick. “I look forward to adding my experience to the excellent work being done by AARP, especially the focus on growth of the organization through diversity and inclusion initiatives related to women and families in New York.” Warren-Merrick’s commitment to community service has resulted in placement on organizational boards of directors with a focus on enriching lives and strengthening communities. They have included Big Brothers and Big Sis- Gerri Warren-Merrick ters, Harlem YMCA, Aaron Davis Hall, New York Women’s Foundation, New York Women’s Agenda, Friends of Education at MOMA, Harlem Arts Alliance and the Abyssinian Development Corporation. She was a New York City Partnership David Rockefeller Fellow and is a trustee of the State University of New York (SUNY) and president of the Greater New York Chapter, Links Incorporated. Warren-Merrick has received several awards including the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor; New York Women’s Agenda Star Award, the Girl Scouts Woman of Distinction Award and the Abyssinian Baptist Church Unsung Heroine Award. A graduate of Penn State University, she was honored with the University’s College of Com- munications’ Alumni of the Year Award. During almost three decades of dedicated tenure at Time Warner Inc. companies, Gerri WarrenMerrick served in several executive positions in global public policy, cable strategy, social responsibility, philanthropy, and corporate communications. After completing a successful corporate career, she launched WarrenMerrick Communications, a consulting firm, which helps community organizations and corporations improve their effectiveness in communications strategy and social responsibility. Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Gerri and her husband Dr. Leon Merrick live in New York City. They are both dedicated members of the Abyssinian Baptist Church where they were ordained as Deacons in 2010. 5 BEACON, May 16, 2013 - May 22, 2013 newyorkbeacon.net BEACON, May 16, 2013 - May 22, 2013 newyorkbeacon.net 6 Editorial The end of America’s dominance Beacon By William Reed NNPA Columnist Walter Smith: Publisher & Editor-in-Chief Miatta Haj Smith: Co-Publisher & Executive Editor William Egyir: Managing Editor Cleveland’s Charles Ramsey: Hood or hero? By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist When some of us saw the first video of Charles Ramsey, the colorful Black dishwasher in Cleveland who is being celebrated as a hero for rescuing three White women captives from horrid conditions in a Cleveland house, we had a flashback to Antoine Dodson, who became a flamboyant Internet sensation after saving his sister from a would-be rapist in their Huntsville, Ala. housing apartment, and Sweet Brown, who barely escaped a fire in her Oklahoma City complex. But more than any other famous “hilarious Black neighbor” Internet sensation, the coverage of Ramsey – and his criminal past – raises serious questions about how we treat a hero with a troubled past and, yes, how Blacks and Whites look at the same event through different prisms of race. First, as they say in TV news, let’s go to the videotape. “I’ve been here a year,” Ramsey said in an interview with WEWS, a local television station. Referring to Ariel Castro, the suspect arrested for holding the women against their will, Ramsey said, “You see where I’m coming from? I barbeque with this dude. We eat ribs and whatnot and listen to salsa music… “He just comes out in his backyard, plays with the dogs, tinkers with his cars and motorcycles, goes back in the house. So he’s somebody you look, then look away. He’s not doing anything but the average stuff. You see what I’m saying? There’s nothing exciting about him. Well, until today.” Ramsey explained that Castro “got some big testicles to pull this off, bro.” He added, “I knew something was wrong when a little, pretty White girl ran into a Black man’s arms. Something wrong here. Dead giveaway.” There was plenty wrong, as Ramsey learned when he put down his McDonald’s Big Mac and answered a call for help from Amanda Berry, who had been last seen in 2002 on the eve of her 17th birthday. The two other women were Georgina “Gina” DeJesus, who had been missing since 2004 at the age of 14, and Michelle Knight, who disappeared in 2002 at the age of 21. While being hailed as a hero, Ramsey was the object of both racism and ridicule. Though we’re reluctant to publicly admit it, some African-Americans cringed at the sight of Ramsey. His hair, curled in the back like Al Sharpton’s do and as slick as Chuck Berry’s, is interspersed with what we once called post office hair – each nap has its own route. This is one of the few cases where a person’s mug shot looks better than his real life photo. To put this in context, think back to when Black civil rights protesters dressed up in their Sunday’s best, knowing they were going to get physically assaulted by police and White supremacists. Then, as now, image matters. Es- pecially when one of us appears on TV. Still, there are plenty of people in our community who look like Ramsey and their speech and appearance make them no less valuable than the best dressed and most articulate among us. Some have suggested than many Whites take delight in seeing Blacks caricatured in the image of Charles Ramsey and Antoine Dodson. “Perhaps it’s time for the world’s meme artists to stop assuming that any black dude getting interviewed on local news about a crime he helped to foil can be reduced to some catch-phrase or in-joke,” Miles Klee wrote on Blackbookmag.com. “It’s just baffling that we’re trying to find a way to laugh about what is, in itself, a harrowing turn of events.” Most of us knew, or at least suspected deep down, that something about Ramsey’s past would surface, causing further embarrassment. The Smoking Gun website disclosed on May 8 that Ramsey “is a convicted felon whose rap sheet includes three separate domestic violence convictions that resulted in prison terms.” Blacks instantly asked: Why is something that happened a decade ago – and had nothing to do with Ramsey’s heroism – relevant today? Cleveland’s WEWS-TV, facing a backlash from viewers, apologized for reporting on Ramsey’s criminal past. “While the story was factually (CONTINUED ON PAGE 14) The sequester is but a bump on the road to America’s real ruin. For those who don’t know, the U.S. is no longer “the greatest nation.” Nor does it even make the list of the 10 most prosperous countries in the world. Whether Black or White, middle to upper class, urban, rural or suburban, most Americans operate under the assumption that the U.S. still ranks as No. 1 in the world. Yes, the U.S. remains the world’s largest economy, and we have the largest military by far, the most dynamic technology companies and a highly entrepreneurial climate. However, Blacks who still preen at the thought of Obama being the “commander in chief” are going to have a rude awakening when it’s all over. A sobering 2012 index analyzed 142 countries in eight categories: economy, education, entrepreneurship and opportunity, governance, health, personal freedom, safety and security and social capital. The index shows that the U.S. is no longer the top dog. Rather, 12th in prosperity; 3rd in oil production; 7th in literacy; 27th in math; 22nd in science; 49th in life expectancy; 178th in infant mortality; 3rd in median household income; 4th in exports and 39th in income inequality. The first step in solving any problem is to recognize there is one. As we move toward the future, it’s important that we note that the decisions that created today’s growth – decisions about education, infrastructure and the like – were made decades ago. What we see today is an American economy that has boomed because of policies and developments of the 1950s and ’60s: the interstate-highway system, massive funding for science and technology, a public-education system that was once the envy of the world and generous immigration policies. The economic bottom is falling out while the Black middle class waddles down discount aisles at Walmart. We are the group at the highest risk of economic downturns, but over the past 50 years, Blacks have bought into a mindset of dependency. Ninety-three percent of Black Americans recently voted for a continuation of that dependency on government for handouts from food stamps to welfare. Democratic leadership has caused Blacks to collectively accept the fact that America has become a debtor nation. Suck it up. Let’s acknowledge that the big government agenda the Democrats have pursued over past years has stunted economic growth and led to staggering levels of wealth decline among Blacks. Cartoon character Pogo provides great insight: “We’ve met the enemy and they is us.” Our plight today is based on our past practices to “go along to get along.” Much of America’s forward growth depends on the results of the 2014 congressional elections and 2016 presidential campaign. What kind of decisions will the masses of Blacks make about being open to the messages of Republicans? In his book, America the Beautiful, fiscally and socially conservative figure, Dr. Benjamin Solomon “Ben” Carson, Sr., an African-American neurosurgeon and director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, pushed himself into the forefront of the public’s attention. In his book, Carson provides new perspectives on our educational system, capitalism versus socialism and our moral fabric, to which people should be attentive. America the Beautiful is an incisive manifesto of the values that shaped America’s past and must shape her future, the book calls upon us all to use our God-given talents to lead and improve our lives, communities, nation, and our world. America can be great again. Good leadership is what we need. All that’s required is leadership that will fight for moral values, stand up for what is right, and strike down the wrong laws for the right reasons. Maybe it’s “mainstream” Blacks have adopted that cause (CONTINUED ON PAGE 14) Giving students the gift of a prosperous professional future By Keith Peden Every spring, Americans celebrate volunteerism during National Volunteer Week. So now is precisely the time to ask ourselves how we can best donate our time and talents. Of course, there is no shortage of worthy causes. But one area where volunteer work is particularly impactful is educational programs that help young Americans develop an interest in science, technology, engineering and math — the so-called “STEM” fields. Developing proficiency in these subjects can set students up for a career in some of the nation’s most promising industries. Even during this period of high unemployment, the demand for qualified STEM workers vastly outpaces supply. A recent report from the non-profit Change the Equation found that, in the broader economy, unemployed Americans outnumber job postings by three to one. However, for STEM professions, there are about two open jobs per jobless American. The demand for well-trained professionals in fields such as biotechnology, aerospace, and software development won’t wane anytime soon. A recent report from the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology found that for the United States to remain a dominant force in sci- ence-based industries, we will need to produce roughly 1 million more STEM professionals over the next decade. Achieving this goal starts with motivating young Americans to pursue STEM degrees. Today, a mere 300,000 Americans earn a bachelor or associate degree in a STEM subject each year. More troubling still, only 40 percent of students who intend to major in one of these areas actually completes a degree. Students who end up pursuing a STEM education often developed an interest in science and technology at an early age. A single formative experience can provide a lifetime’s worth of motivation. That’s why helping young Americans discover their passion for these subjects is such a worthwhile volunteer opportunity. Executives in technology and science-driven industries have an enormous role to play in sparking an early enthusiasm for STEM subjects. Already, some industry leaders are doing their part to generate STEM excitement in our schools. For example, tech giant Google uses its talented workforce to help spark student interest in science. In collaboration with the Citizen Schools initiative, Google volunteers have participated in 139 apprenticeship courses. These educational programs expose middle school students to technical subjects like software engineering and robotics. Students in these courses receive hands-on instruction from some of the most talented minds in the tech world. Last year, Altria gave a sizeable donation to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund to help new middle school teachers learn hands-on approaches to making math and science instruction interesting, relevant and fun. Here at Raytheon, we have a rich culture of STEM-related philanthropy. For instance, firm employees give their time to initiatives like MATHCOUNTS, which inspires interest in math among middle school students through competitions, clubs, and other enrichment pro(CONTINUED ON PAGE 14) 7 Black empowerment ‘at last’ – or last? By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist When Beyonce Knowles sang the Etta James song “At Last” at President Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration, the song could have had several meanings. At last we have an African American president? At last, the muscle of the Black vote has been flexed? At last, there is some hope for our country to come together with the mantra “Yes, We Can”. Watching the President and First Lady Michelle Obama slow dance to the romantic standard reminded us that African American families have not often been positively depicted. This attractive image of an intact Black family had come “At Last”. Thus, the song was symbolic of what many folks, and especially African Americans, believed about the Obama presidency. Some of us blindly believed that with an African American president opportunity had come “At Last.” Some believed it so fervently that the least criticism of President Obama, no matter how mild and how lovingly conveyed, could cause you to be run out of the race. An alumnus of M o r e h o u s e C o l l e g e , R e v. Kevin Johnson, the selected baccalaureate speaker at his alma mater, wrote an opinion piece that was mildly critical of President Obama. As a result, the former director of the White House Initiative on HBCUs and new Morehouse President John S. Wilson, Jr. changed the format of baccalaureate to a panel, not one speaker, as is customary. The purpose of baccalaureate is to have one speaker to focus on the spiritual dimensions of graduation. There is no way that Rev. Johnson would deliver a political speech. Still, he was essentially disinvited from the baccalaureate because of his views. President Obama is the president of the United States of American, not the president of Black America, we are often reminded. Yet, it seems that African Americans have been kicked to the curb in terms of focus and attention. Other groups – the LGBT community, the Latino community – have been mentioned explicitly. However, on African American issues, our president has been silent. Now, some African American people are crooning “At Last.” Charlotte Mayor An- thony Foxx has been nominated to serve as Secretary of Transportation. If confirmed, Mayor Foxx, an outstanding an eminently qualified candidate would join Attorney General Eric Holder as the second African American to serve in a regular cabinet post. Similarly, the nomination of Congressman Mel Watt to lead the Federal Housing Finance Agency is a step forward. F H FA r e g u l a t e s Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and allows Congressman Wa t t t h e o p p o r t u n i t y t o implement some of the Obama initiatives on homeowner recovery from the Great Recession. The raging right has already come after C o n g r e s s m a n Wa t t . T h e Daily Caller (a political blog) has reported an unsubstantiated claim by former presidential candidate Ralph Nader that the Congressman disrespected him in a letter. Nader has never produced t h e l e t t e r. T h u s , t h e p u rpose of the claim is to besmirch FHFA nominee Congressman Mel Watt. If Watt is confirmed, this represents a step forward for both President Obama and for African American people, and for the entire nation. The issue is, of course, conf i r m a t i o n . Wi l l t h e W h i t e House Congressman, be able t o g a r n e r t h e v o t e s Wa t t needs to be confirmed? What does the White House gain or lose if Watt is not confirmed. The “At Last” segment of the African American community will credit the president for making the nomination, even if not confirmed. The more critical segment of the African American community will view the ways the White House embraces this nominee, and question commitment. Ask UN Ambassador Susan Rice knows what it feels like to be dropped, when Senate confirmation seemed unlikely. During President Obama’s first term, his inattention to the African American community was understandable, though not acceptable. He was busy straddling lines, seeking compromise, and leaving a legacy of health care reform. African Americans were patient in the hope that “as last” African Americans would get recognition in his second term. After all, as a lame duck president, he has much to gain, and little to lose in rewarding his most loyal constituency. At last some of us have our disappointment confirmed. Our president’s inaugural speech mentioned every community except the African American community. President Obama and his supporters should not be t h i n - s k i n n e d . P h i l a d e l p h i a ’s R e v. K e v i n Johnson should not be “disinvited” from the Morehouse baccalaureate. Nor should a panel dilute his message, when the tradition is to have a sole s p e a k e r. J o h n s o n i s a P h i Beta Kappa graduate of Morehouse College, who deserves to be treated with respect. His column pointed out realities – President Clinton appointed seven African Americans to his cabinet, President B u s h , f o u r, a n d P r e s i d e n t Obama, just one. Congresswoman Marcia Fudge, who leads the Congressional Black Caucus, in a letter to President Obama, wrote, “The people you have chosen to appoint in this new term have hardly been reflective of this country’s diversity. Are the Foxx and Watt appointments a response to criticism? Based on their appointments, should Black folks sing “at last” or “not yet”? Julianne Malveaux is a Wa s h i n g t o n , D.C.-based economist and writer. She is President Emerita of Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, N.C. Our era of political extremism By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist Last year, James Porter, the recently-elected president of the National Rifle Association, declared that President Obama was a “fake president …[whose] entire administration is anti-gun, anti-freedom, anti-Second Amendment.” Earlier this month, Adam Kokesh, a failed Republican candidate for Congress from Arizona and Internet talk show host, declared he would lead a July 4 march in Washington, D.C. of thousands of followers with loaded rifles slung across their backs as a demonstration against “tyranny.” District law bars private citizens from carrying firearms in public, and city police officials have said they won’t permit such a march. Kokesh said such action would show that “free people are not welcome in Washington, adding that “we would rather die on our feet than live on our knees.” The bipartisan Congressional effort to craft an immigration bill exploded in controversy last week when it was revealed that, Jason Richwine, a co-author of a heavily-criticized study on the subject submitted by the conservative Heritage Foundation, had previously asserted it was unlikely “Hispanics will ever reach IQ parity with whites” and that, despite their long existence in America, Black Americans have yet to adapt properly to American culture. You can believe that these three expressions of conservative political opinion – and scores of other similar ones – are unconnected. But that would be exactly the wrong analysis. If the first term of the Obama presidency proved anything about today’s American political culture, it showed conclusively that we live in an era of conservative extremism. The assertion of extreme ideas and actions spewing from conservative elected officials, office-seekers, political operatives, talk show hosts and donors has become so commonplace that it’s sometimes difficult to gauge the depth of this GOP-led corrupting of the traditional practice of politics. But this is how Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein, two longtime and respected students of Washington governance, put it in an April 27, 2012 op-ed column for the Washington Post: “The GOP has become an insurgent outlier in American politics. It is ideologically extreme; scornful of compromise; unmoved by conventional understanding of facts, evidence and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition.” The “old” American political tradition enshrined the “winsome-lose-some” notion of compromise as the only way a nation full of competing political, social and business interests (a nation that was from the beginning multiracial) could continue to exist. Of course, no one knows better than Black Americans that for most of American history the White majority’s adherence to compromise cost them and other people of color dearly – because their rights were often “compromised” out of existence. But they bore that burden for centuries because of their faith in the ultimate triumph of the American Ideal. Albeit slowly, the fruit of their labors and patience was that a critical segment of White Americans came to understand what democracy means. It’s long been clear, however, that not all Americans – especially those on the right – want to accept that lesson. There’s seemingly no end to the bizarre notions and toughguy posturing and outright racism, sexism and homophobia that represent conservatism today. This nihilistic politics has underscored that conservatism is rooted in callousness, and the more it comes under pressure from the movement toward greater equality of opportunity, the more deranged it becomes. Thus, as the three examples above show: The resort to conspiracy theories, especially those involving federal government “tyranny.” Concomitantly, the indulgence in fantasy notions of the lone-hero super White man, armed to the teeth and ready to preserve his I-made-it-all-my- self “independence.” And, most of all, the designation of “enemies” who are, first, dehumanized – so they can be dealt with without mercy. This perspective on the conservative movement’s unyielding obstructionism to anything President Obama proposes, whether it be legislative policies or appointees to the cabinet and federal judgeships, makes his achievements in office all the more impressive. But it also indicates what grievous damage has been done to the president’s program – and to the American political tradition. In their Wa s h i n g t o n P o s t o p - e d c o l umn of last year, Mann and Ornstein looked ahead to the November presidential election and ruefully predicted that no matter who won, “If anything, Washington’s ideological divide will probably grow after the 2012 elections.” Unfortunately, they were right about that, too. Lee A. Daniels is a longtime journalist based in New York City. His latest book is Last Chance: The Political Threat to Black America BEACON, May 16, 2013 - May 22, 2013 newyorkbeacon.net Opinion BEACON, May 16, 2013 - May 22, 2013 newyorkbeacon.net 8 African Scene Kofi Annan: African countries are plundered by secret mining deals Sudan's gold mining industry Gold rush leads to mine collapse in North Sudan (GIN) – Efforts to ramp up Sudan’s gold mining industry came to a disastrous end this week as the 131 foot deep Jebel Amir mine collapsed taking 100 lives. Sudan had hoped to turn the country’s small-scale gold mining in the region to a major moneymaker, replacing the oilfields now claimed by the newly-independent nation of South Sudan. Some $2 billion was earned last year from gold exports. Hopes were to produce about 50 tonnes of gold this year, making Sudan the 3d-largest gold miner in Africa, according to Reuters. Thousands of artisanal miners began digging for gold until the mine collapse that also took the lives of 9 rescuers. Local officials dispute the number of fatalities which were allegedly confirmed by an African Union / U.N. peacekeeping delegation (UNAMID) that has been attempting to keep peace in the still hotly-contested region among local ethnic groups, bandits and rebels. At press time, responsibility for the condition of the mine or the welfare of the widows was not determined. Meanwhile, in Khartoum, Sudan’s national assembly ratified the African Charter on Democracy, Elections, and Governance, adopted by the African Union Assembly in 2007. The charter contains controversial provisions which allow the AU to intervene in member states to restore democracy. Samia Habbani, a member of parliament, warned that the charter could be another “rope wrapped around Sudan’s neck”, while MP Ahmed Hassan Kambal stressed that signing the charter into law requires the country to have a “clean” human rights record which does not apply to Sudan. A third minister, Mustafa Osman Ismail, called the charter an opportunity that should not be missed adding that this step means African leaders have begun reform by themselves, mentioning that if Arab leaders took the same step, they could have prevented the eruption of the Arab Spring. w/ pix of gold bars Tax avoidance, secret mining deals and financial transfers are depriving Africa of the benefits of its resources boom, ex-UN chief Kofi Annan has said. Firms that shift profits to lower tax jurisdictions cost Africa $38bn (£25bn) a year, says a report produced by a panel he heads. “Africa loses twice as much money through these loopholes as it gets from donors,” Mr Annan told the BBC. It was like taking food off the tables of the poor, he said. The Africa Progress Report is released every May - produced by a panel of 10 prominent figures, including former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo and Graca Machel, the wife of South African ex-President Nelson Mandela. African countries needed to improve governance and the world’s richest nations should help introduce global rules on transparency and taxation, Mr Annan said. The report gave the Democratic Republic of Congo as an example, where between 2010 and 2012 five under-priced mining concessions were sold in “highly opaque and secretive deals”. This cost the country, which the charity Save the Children said earlier this week was the world’s worst place to be a mother, $1.3bn in revenues. Kofi Annan This figure was equivalent to ing firms. Africa loses more through what it double DR Congo’s health and education budgets combined, the calls “illicit outflows” than it gets in aid and foreign direct investment, it report said. DR Congo’s mining minister dis- explains. “We are not getting the revenues puted the findings, saying the we deserve often because of either country had “lost nothing”. “These assets were ceded in to- corrupt practices, transfer pricing, tal transparency,” Martin tax evasion and all sorts of activiKabwelulu told Reuters news ties that deprive us of our due,” Mr Annan told the BBC’s Newsday proagency. The report added that many min- gram.. “Transparency is a powerful eral-rich countries needed “urgently to review the design of their tool,” he said, adding that the retax regimes”, which were designed port was urging African leaders to to attract foreign investment when put “accountability centre stage”. Mr Annan said African governcommodity prices were low. It quotes a review in Zambia ments needed to insist that local which found that between 2005 companies became involved in minand 2009, 500,000 copper mine ing deals and manage them in “such workers were paying a higher rate a way that it also creates employof tax than major multinational min- ment”. “This Africa cannot do alone. The tax evasion, avoidance, secret bank accounts are problems for the world… so we all need to work together particularly the G8, as they meet next month, to work to ensure we have a multilateral solution to this crisis,” he said. For richer nations “if a company avoids tax or transfers the money to offshore account what they lose is revenues”, Mr Annan said. “Here on our continent, it affects the life of women and children - in effect in some situations it is like taking food off the table for the poor.” Under-pricing deprives Africa of much-needed money, the report says Central African U.S. ally survives coup attempt (GIN) – A coup attempt against the President of Chad, Idriss Deby, a close U.S. ally in the socalled ‘war on terror,’ was thwarted by government security forces who arrested the coup plotters in a shoot-out in the Chadian capital N’Djamena on May 1. Those arrested included highranking army officers, military personnel and civilians, and an opposition lawmaker. It was the latest in several attempts to remove the four-term President. A U.S. State Dept report for 2012 links Deby to atrocious human rights abuses. “The most significant human rights problems were security force abuse, including torture and rape; harsh and lifethreatening prison conditions; and discrimination and violence against women and children. “Other human rights abuses included arbitrary arrest and detention, including incommunicado detention; lengthy pretrial detention; denial of fair public trial; and property seizures. The government restricted freedom of speech, press, assembly, and movement.” Déby, who himself came to power in a coup in 1990, is a regional powerbroker. During the recent troubles in Mali he provided some 2,000 troops to drive out Islamist fighters, saving western countries from committing Iddriss Derby, Chad president their own “boots on the ground.” Chad is a significant source of oil to the U.S. with much of its 150,000 barrels per day sold to U.S. markets. U.S. companies Chevron and ExxonMobil work with Malaysia’s Petronas to extract the crude. Last year, in a lavish ceremony, President Deby tied the knot with the daughter of Sudan’s Janjaweed militia leader, Musa Hilal. The wedding, at a five star hotel in Khartoum, was attended by Sudanese President Omar alBashir and over 400 VIPs. According to press reports, Deby paid a $26 million dowry of which $25 million was paid to Musa Hilal and the rest to his daughter Amani in the form of gold and jewellery. The Janjaweed Arab militias were mobilized by the Sudanese government to put down an insurgency in Sudan’s western region of Darfur in 2003. That counter-insurgency campaign, which mainly targeted African ethnic groups, led to the death of approximately 300,000 people and the displacement of more than 2.7 million, according to United Nation figures. Despite its great oil wealth, Chad remains one of the most impoverished countries in the world. w/pix of Pres. I. Deby 9 BEACON, May 16, 2013 - May 22, 2013 newyorkbeacon.net The dawg days are over: Randy Jackson leaving ‘American Idol’ BEACON, May 16, 2013 - May 22, 2013 newyorkbeacon.net 10 John Liu Comptroller Liu slams mayor’s homeless policies By J. Zamgba Browne Special to NY Beacon City Comptroller John Liu is highly critical of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s homeless policies. He said the policies have failed homeless people. The Comptroller asks that communities across the five boroughs accept homeless shelters. “It is a disgrace that in a city where luxury abounds nearly 21,000 children go to sleep in a shelter each night,” said Comptroller Liu. “The Mayor ’s disastrous homeless policies exclude communities from having a real voice in the shelter sitting process waste millions of taxpayer dollars each year,” he added. A report released by the Comptroller’s office, “Down and Out: How New York City Places its Homeless Shelters,” details how the City is not meeting the goal of early and open public consultation required by the socalled Fair Share sitting process, and makes recommendations for making the process fairer and more transparent. In an accompanying brief, Comptroller Liu recommends the creation of a Strong Families Rental Voucher Program that would provide housing vouchers for up to 10,000 families living in the city’s shelters at a substantial budgetary saving to taxpayers. “Our report found that homeless shelters tend to be clustered in the poorest neighborhoods. The sitting of the shelters in these neighborhoods may permanently condemn these areas to poverty,” said Comptroller Liu. “Moreover, there needs to be complete transparency and significant community involvement in this process. That is not happening. “Homeless families need concrete rental assistance that will enable them to have stable residences and join their communities. Our proposal is a win-win for homeless and taxpayers alike,” said Comptroller Liu. The Comptroller also said that struggling families will be empowered and given an opportunity to start over, and, at the same time, taxpayers could save as much as $237.5 million annually, After a dozen seasons of faithful dawgged) service, “American Idol’s” only constant judge, Randy Jackson, is no longer in it to win it. Randy has confirmed to E! News that he will be leaving “Idol” after Season 12. “Yo! Yo! Yo! To put all of the speculation to the rest, after 12 years of judging on ‘American Idol’ I have decided it is time to leave after this season,” Randy announced in his characteristically colorful manner. “I am very proud of how we forever changed television and the music industry. It’s been a lifechanging opportunity, but I am looking forward to focusing on my company Dream Merchant 21 and other business ventures.” R a n d y ’s a n n o u n c e m e n t comes the day after The Wrap reported that Fox supposedly intends to fire all of the current judges (and maybe even longtime producer Nigel Lythgoe) next season—so it’s possible that this is a case of Randy jumping before he is pushed. This news also comes right after Yahoo!’s Reality Rocks reported that Randy is no longer managing the career of fellow judge Mariah Carey. I have mixed feelings about this news. It can be argued— and it has been argued, by me, many times in the past—that Randy was often a useless judge, reducing his critiques to catchphrases and clichés (“dawg,” “yo,” “in it to win it,” “for me for you for me,” “she’s gotta have it!”) and obnoxious celebrity name-dropping, rather than drawing on his years of actual experience working and playing with everyone from Carlos Santana and Jerry Garcia to grand divas like Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Fergie, Aretha Franklin, Madonna, and of course Mariah. Knowing the impressive background Randy had as a record label executive, artist manager, and session musician, it was at times downright frustrating for me to sit back and watch him just play the fool for Randy Jackson laughs (or for ratings). But still. Randy may have been a buffoon sometimes, but he was always part of the “Idol” family— outlasting Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Kara DioGuardi, Ellen DeGeneres, Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler, and, lest we forget, Brian Dunkleman. There was a certain comfort that came from having Randy around and hearing him reliably hash out the same critiques over and over and over again. “Idol” just won’t be the same without the Dawg. For me for you for me. A representative for Fox declined to comment. Court denies govt. motion to stay order that morning-after pill be made available In a scathing decision, U.S. District Court Judge Edward R. Korman has denied the Obama administration’s Motion to Stay his Order from April 5, 2013, requiring that emergency contraception be made available without age and point-of-sale restrictions. Calling the government’s appeal of his order “frivolous and ... taken for the purpose of delay,” Judge Korman rejected the government’s efforts to continue to deprive women and girls in the United States access to MorningAfter contraceptives. His Memorandum and Order calls the conduct of Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius in blocking access “politically motivated, sicentifically unjustified, and contrary to agency precedent” and a decision “so unpersurasive as to call into question her good faith.” The Opinion calls the Obama administration’s argument “largely an insult to the intelligence of women.” The court’s opinion details the “barriers to all women” that the government is creating for access to emergency contraception, including the high cost of the drug that the government is allowing Teva Pharmaceuticals to charge through a “sweetheart” exclusivity arrangement with the FDA and the fact that the government’s proposal will delay the ability of women to obtain a time-sensitive contraceptive despite the fact that the label for the drug states that it should be taken “as soon as possible ... after unprotected sex.” The Court details the harmful impact of photo identification requirements that will disproportionately affect African American women, poor women and immigrant women, and notes the Obama administration’s own hypocrisy in challenging Voter ID laws while simultaneously demanding ID requirements of all women and girls for access to medication. He calls the invocation of the use of the drug by younger adolescents “a red herring to justify the continued burden suffered by older women who seek access to the drug.” “President Obama is seeking to sacrifice the reproductive rights of women of all ages at the altar of his political strategy,” stated Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, executive director of the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund. “He wants to placate the political right wing at the expense of the health needs and reproductive rights of women. It is as plain as day that the Obama administration has used deception and distraction as a tactic to avoid complying with the Court Order to make the Morning After Pill available without age restriction or identification barriers.” “This is politics at its worst and the administration should be ashamed of its duplicitous conduct,” stated Andrea Costello, Senior Staff Attorney at the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund and counsel for the plaintiffs in the litigation. The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF) represents the plaintiffs, grassroots feminists activists with National Women’s Liberation (NWL) and 15-yearold Anaya Kelly in Tummino v. Hamburg. The lawsuit was filed along with the Center for Reproductive Rights and Southern Legal Counsel against the Food and Drug administration and Health and Human Services. On April 5, the Court ruled in the plaintiffs’ favor that there was no scientific basis for the Obama administration to continue to restrict access to emergency contraception. Judge Korman ordered that it be made available to women and girls “without a prescription and without point-of-sale or age restrictions within thirty days.” The Court found that the FDA had improperly restricted this safe and effective contraceptive after “political interference” from the White House, and had done so against the medical and scientific evidence recommending the drug be made readily available. Instead of complying with the Court’s Order, the government announced Tuesday, April 30 that it would force all women and girls to present government-issued ID to store clerks in order to obtain emergency contraceptives, and that it would continue to deprive over-the-counter access to young teenagers. In its Opinion, the Court called this agreement an effort to “sugarcoat” the appeal that the Obama administration filed the next day, Wednesday, May 1st. 11 Fashion, Beauty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . .& Stuff By Audrey Adams Celebrating bonds Audrey Adams Celebrations always bring relationships to mind. On Mother’s Day I took a walk and I couldn’t help but notice people and their groupings. There were, of course mothers and their children, husbands and significant others. So, I sat down on a bench to people watch and as folks walked by I could catch snippets of their conversations and “dissect” each group as they passed. One such group consisted of two couples, “banker type” husbands, their wives, children and pets. The husbands were pushing the strollers and talking shop. Part of the conversation centered on bonds— fixed income securities with fixed interest. People who typically buy bonds want protection of their principal investment, security, guarantees and consistency . . . all stable elements. It was the word “bonds” that caught my attention because it summed up Mother’s Day! The groups of people were re-enforcing their bonds with their moms. Although the bonds are emotional, every- one was in a sense protecting their investment oflove, time and commitment. We tend to look for security within our family unit. Guarantees are hard to come by these days; so nurturing and maintaining our bonds is important to us. By consistently providing our own form of fixed interest, we keep our principal intact, allowing us to build upon the future of the bond. The result: Security; which stabilizes us. I thought that the premise of fixed income securities representing all of our relationships was intriguing. The bankers were talking about money in the bank, but you can’t even achieve that goal if your personal, professional and spiritual relationships don’t provide you with the security and sense of well-being you need to excel. Bonds are important alright, they represent a lifetime of interest compounded daily. You can bank on that. Think about it. See you next week. I invite you to visit my website, TheAdamsReport.com and checkout my online radio show, Talk! with Audrey for a series of interviews that will inform, motivate and inspire you. Tune in to listen to a live broadcast of TALK! with AUDREY . . . every Tuesday from 6:00 to 7:00 P.M. on Harlem’s WHCR 90.3 FM. Listen for FREE Anytime: This week, I decided to go back to into my archives for Mother’s Day, I thought my exclusive in- terviews with celebrity moms might be of interest to you. These interviews were recorded in 2007 to promote the National Association of Black Female Executives in Music and Entertainment’s ( NABFEME) Annual Conference. Founded by former entertainment executive, JOHNNIE WALKER, NABFEME promotes the entry, development and advancement of women of color in music and entertainment. During each conference, Johnnie held a luncheon to honor the mother’s of the industry. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house! I spoke with Dr. Mahalia Hines, mother of Common; Sharon Benjamin Hodo, mother of Andre 3000; and Will Smith’s mom Carolyn Bright Smith! Hear what they have to say about their life and famous sons! To listen visit: talkwithaudrey.com. Audrey Adams, former director of corporate public relations and fashion merchandising for ESSENCE continues to motivate and inspire women through her syndicated columns and motivational speaking engagements. E-mail your fashion, beauty and lifestyle questions or comments to her at: [email protected] THE ADAMS REPORT© Census report shows Blacks voted at higher rates than whites in 2012 Melanie L. Campbell, president and CEO of The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, and convener of Black Women’s Roundtable said last week that according to a U. S. Census Bureau report Black women votes surpassed all others in the 2012 election. The report said about two in three eligible blacks (66.2 percent) voted in the 2012 presidential election, higher than the 64.1 percent of non-Hispanic whites. This marks the first time that blacks have voted at a higher rate than whites since the Census Bureau started publishing statistics on voting. Campbell said, “Let me first say it’s a great day in America for Black People - especially Black women. It is extremely gratifying to see Census data that reinforces what we already knew: despite rigorous systematic efforts to suppress our vote, Blacks voted at higher rates than whites in 2012. Black women outdistanced every demographic in America and made a difference Melanie Campbell in the outcome of the election. “Given the enormous challenges facing our community, The National Coalition’s Board of directors, members and affiliates are proud to have played an integral role in a historic turnout. Working in partnership with A. Philip Randolph Institute and other coalition members, our Black Women’s Roundtable unified women in our communities to help us organize, educate, mobilize and protect the Black vote in 2012. Black women delivered in a powerful way. “Fifty years after the historic March on Washington - when the Black vote was suppressed across the country - there is no better tribute to the leadership of A. Philip Randolph, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Dr. Dorothy I. Height and other civil rights leaders. “So, today we celebrate the power of the sister vote as we continue to organize and mobilize to push our elected officials to act in our best interest.” Brandon Victor Dixon LOVING IT! By Tony Felton Imitation of life Brandon Victor Dixon portrays the life of Berry Gordy, JR. in Motown The MusicaL on Broadway. Diana Ross did not have Billie Holiday to consult, to ask for advice (‘Lady Sings The Blues’). Barbra Streisand and Fanny Brice (‘Funny Girl’) did not spend two weeks together in Los Angeles to get to know one another. Dixon was blessed to pick the brain of a living legend in order to get it right! “I argued with the man,” Dixon recalls laughingly. “He would say to me, ‘No, but I wasn’t that angry when I said that.’ So I had to remind him, I read your book. And the script says ‘emphatically.’ Blessing? Yes, it was. But at times it was also a curse (smiling). He was right there. All the time. Watching me. Correcting me. Imitation? It was hard putting myself on stage night after night and to be objective. I would call it more of a representation than an imitation.” Motown,: an enormous caldron of melodic history in popular music that has been categorized as good, great, and the best. MOTOWN music, after decades of changing tastes and trends, embodies them all with particular emphasis on being the best! Some might even say, the absolutely very best! MGM/Metro Goldwyn Mayer studios used to boast that they had more motion picture stars than the stars in heaven. MOTOWN could have declared the same: The Andantes, Ashford & Simpson, Bobby Taylor, The Contours, The Commodores, Diana Ross, David Ruffin, Eddie Kendricks, The Four Tops, Gladys Knight & The Pips, The Isley Brothers, Jr. Walker & The All Stars. “Berry Gordy,” Dixon reflects, “made it all happen. He had a dream. He had a desire to want to see all that talent, those young people, to fulfill their dreams. He literally changed the face of America. He changed how America viewed and thought of Black people. I was born in 1981. Was introduced to Motown through the Jackson Five. I’ve been told that back then, they had never seen Black people like Motown; had never heard people sing like Motown. Berry Gordy was just as important to the Civil Rights movement as Martin Luther King.” Motown The Musical opens with the character Berry Gordy, Jr. displaying the personality antithesis to his hit recording for the flamboyant Jackie Wilson entitled ‘To Be Loved.’ He felt anything but being loved as he contemplated whether or not to participate in the television production celebrating Motown’s 25 years of greatness. Pressured by his long-time friend and Motown legend, Smokey Robinson, he reluctantly gave in to the pressure. What followed was a rags to riches, blood, sweat and tears rise theatrical display, set to the most popular-popular music the world has ever witnessed. And of all places, it took place in Detroit? Jimmy Ruffin, The Jackson 5, Kim Weston, Lionel Richie, Mary Wells, The Marvelettes, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Marvin Gaye, The Originals, Rick James The Supremes, The Spinners, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Syretta Wright, Teena Marie, Tammi Terrell, Tata Vega, The Temptations. All born/raised or migrating to Detroit to find stardom. Not in New York. Not in Los Angeles. Or Paris. Or even Philadelphia. But Detroit? “Detroit produced more than just cars,” historian Dixon explains. “Jerry Bruckheimer, the film/television producer (‘Glory Road,’ Beverly Hills Cop, Crimson Tide, Remember the Titans, Top Gun/ Amazing Race, CSI anthologies) came from Detroit. Allee Wilson who wrote ‘September’ for Earth, Wind, & Fire, used to sit outside of HITSVILLE (Motown landmark recording studio building), listening to the sounds coming from those walls. She listened. She learned how to write hits. She sold millions of records. How ironic it is that as this writer prepares this column for publication, that the movie, ‘Glory Road’ is on television which features, notwithstanding a few Negro spirituals, mainly Motown music. “I am a very confident, low-keyed person,” Dixon shares. “I don’t usually get wrapped up into all of the glitter and glamour of show business. Not into the frills. I am the same man I was before Motown. I’m more about the work. Let’s talk about the craft. Let’s talk about how we can make this thing work? How can I do the best thing possible for the project. It took my two weeks in L.A. for this Motown experience, the reality of it all, to really hit me. I remember Family Night, seeing most of the people who have worked for Motown over the years. Those who (CONTINUED ON PAGE 14) BEACON, May 16, 2013 - May 22, 2013 newyorkbeacon.net THE ADAMS REPORT BEACON, May 16, 2013 - May 22, 2013 newyorkbeacon.net 12 Beacon On The Scene Gloriously gifted stars of Ailey perform on Apollo Stage at spring gala benefit Ailey at the Apollo By Audrey J. Bernard Lifestyles & Society Editor The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (AAADT) — founded by Alvin Ailey in 1958 to carry out his vision of a company dedicated to enriching the American modern dance heritage and preserving the uniqueness of the African American cultural experience — hosted its 2013 spring gala featuring dancers from the entire company dancing in tandem in front of over 900 festively dressed guests on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at the world-famous Apollo Theater in Harlem, NYC. Ailey, who died on December 1, 1989, presence could be felt when it was announced that the benefit was the most successful event in Ailey’s history having raised a record breaking one million dollars to benefit student scholarships to The Ailey School and the organization’s Arts In Education & Community Programs, including AileyCamp. The dazzling dance program featured a spectacular onenight-only performance starring Ailey’s future and present stars in performances by all tiers of AAADT: rising stars of Ailey II, gifted young dancers from The Ailey School, and talented students from AileyCamp. Stellar performances included excerpts from Virtues (Ailey II); Grace (AAADT); Rennie Harris’s Home (AileyCamp New York); Synthesis (The Ailey School); Strange Humors (AAADT); and culminated in excerpts from Revelations (“Take Me to the Water” and “Move, Members, Move”). The benefit honored Ailey Board of Trustees member Robert Kissane. AAADT’s Artistic Director Robert Battle and Associate Artistic Director Masazumi Chaya welcomed Honorary Chair Kimberly Chandler, Honorary Co-Chairs Lynne & Anthony M. Carvette, Leslie & Tom Maheras, David E. Monn, Almaz & Marc Strachan; and Vice Chairs Michele & Timothy Barakett, Judith Byrd, Eboni Marshall Turman & Rossie E. Turman III and Yelberton R. Watkins. The newly appointed Executive Director Bennett Rink acknowledged the attendance of Artistic Director Emerita Judith Jamison and extended special thanks to the evening’s generous benefactors; the benefit committee; Ailey at the Apollo ambassadors committee chaired by John Campbell, JCINTIME Events; and the Artistic Director’s Circle Co-Chairs Simin & Herb Allison. The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater also wishes to thank Diageo for providing the wine and spirits for the gala reception; David E. Students from The Ailey School perfoming Synthesis Ailey at The Apollo under the glamorous tent decor designed by David E. Monn Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater perform Alvin Ailey's Revelations Honoary Chair Kimberly Chandler and daughter Sacha-Marie Chandler Event Co-Chairs with Artistic Director Robert Battle and Event Honoree Robert Kissane and wife Angela Kissane Herb & Simin Allison, Ailey Artistic Director Robert Battle Bennett Rink, Robert & Angela Kissane, Robert Battle, Judith Jamison Veronica & Police Commissioner Khephra Burns,Terry McMillan Gala Vice Chairs Eboni Marshall Ray Kelly (Photo by Freddie Rankin) (Photo by Dario Calmese) Turman, PhD, Rossie Turman III (Photo by Freddie Rankin) Monn for providing the concept and design of the gala reception; printing of the programs and inserts that were kindly donated by BlueOcean Worldwide, a division of Peeq Media; and special thanks to gift bag donors American Airlines, The Araca Group, BET Networks, CS, FOX Audience Strategy, L’Oreal USA, Penguin Group (USA), Inc. and the Upper West Side Whole Foods Market. Also, kudos to lighting by Al Crawford, catering by Sonnier & Castle and sound equipment provided by PSL Productions. At the conclusion of the exhilarating show, guests were pumped Gala Vice Chair Judith Byrd (Photo by Freddie Rankin) up to the max as they cheerfully filed out of the theater to the adjacent Apollo Tent to attend the pumping post party with dance driven music by DJ Kiss. (Photos by Christopher Duggan) 13 BEACON, May 16, 2013 - May 22, 2013 newyorkbeacon.net BEACON, May 16, 2013 - May 22, 2013 newyorkbeacon.net 14 NAACP mourns the passing of Bishop Roy A. Holmes (from Page 16) Missouri, Indiana and Central Africa (Malawi and Mozambique). In July of 2012, Bishop Holmes was assigned to serve the North Eastern Episcopal District which includes: New York, New England, Western New York, Bahamas Islands and London-Midland. In December 2012 he was appointed presiding prelate of the Cape Fear Conference upon the death of the late Bishop James E. McCoy. Bishop Holmes has served the A. M. E. Zion Church as a mem- ber of the Connectional Budget Board; Department of Ministerial Relief; delegate to the General Conference; delegate to the World Methodist Conference; former assistant secretary to the Board of Trustees of Hood Theological Seminary; former president and secretary of the Hood South Korean president thanks Rangel, others for service during Korean War (from Page 16) Koremains steadfast in solidifying our blood-shed alliance, as we stand strong together against the threats by North Korea and continue to work on strengthening our economic and cultural ties.” Rangel added: “I send my best wishes to President Park and applaud the people and country that will always hold a special place in my heart.” Rangel enlisted in the United States Army, and served from 1948 to 1952. During the Korean War, he was an artillery operations specialist in the all-black 503rd Field Artillery Battalion in the 2nd Infantry Division. He received a Purple Heart and Bronze Star award for leading his comrades out of a deadly Chinese Army encirclement during the Battle of Kunu-ri in 1950. The Korean War was one of the bloodiest wars fought in the coldest winters, in which the United States suffered 54,246 casualties and 8,176 POW/MIAs and unaccounted for in just three years (1950-1953). Rangel was also a VIP guest at the Commemorative Dinner hosted by Korean President Park Geunhye at Smithsonian American Art Museum and Nationl Portrait Gallery on Tuesday evening. Sen. Adams says he is innocent of any political corruption charge (from Page 3) nothing on those tapes that will implicate in any wrongdoing,” the Senator wrote. Adams recalled the chat he had with Sen. Huntley at her home. “Our brief encounter was normal conversations regarding our work in Albany,” he explained. He also remembered the Senator brought up her problems and how it was affecting her family. Adams emphasized that his meeting with Sen. Huntley fo- cused on legislative and government affairs. Among the politicians who were secretly recorded by Sen. Huntley include Sens. John Sampson, Ruth Hassel-Thompson, Jose Peralta and Velmanette Montgomery; City Councilman Rubin Willis; former political consultant Melvin Lowe and Curtis Taylor, a former press advisor. Legal experts said only three yielded evidence useful to law enforcement authorities. In addition to the tapes’ audio, Brooklyn attorney Howard Schwartz said “the subject of an investigation is someone who may or may not involve in criminal activity. “The target on the other hand, is the person or persons are after,” said Schwartz. When an individual is the target of an investigation, according to Schwartz, “law enforcement officials have already made the determination about said person or persons have committed a crime and are seeking evidence to support an indictment,” O.J. Simpson returns to Vegas court in an effort for new trial (from Page 3) Galanter. Grasso said he was only paid $15,000 while the weight of pretrial work fell to him. He said Galanter kept telling him that he didn’t have money to hire investigators or an expert to analyze crucial audio recordings that were later played for the Simpson jury. “I don’t think it was in Mr. Simpson’s best interest,” Grasso testified.” In a case of this magnitude, we had no help. The state had a jury consultant. Did we? No.” Galanter is expected to take the witness stand on Friday. He declined comment Monday. Attorneys for the state, H. Leon Simon and Leah Beverly, are ex- pected to cross-examine Grasso on Tuesday. Simpson attorney Patricia Palm played a videotape of Galanter telling the trial judge he wouldn’t oppose the use of the recordings because, “We looked at them. We had experts look at every word. We had maybe six or seven words we objected to.” (Photo: Julie Jacobson, AP) Alumni Association. At the time of his death he served as the secretary of the Board of Trustees for Livingstone College and vice chairman Board of Trustees, Hood Theological Seminary; Visiting Member at Chicago Theological Seminary, Life Member and member of the National Board of Directors for the NAACP serving as first vice chair of the Religious Affairs Committee and member of the Image Awards Committee; and member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He was the recipient of several awards including: UNCF Alumni of the Year Award Morris Brown College; Hood Theological Seminary Recognition Award; Personalities of the South the Eleventh Edition; Former President of the Pasquotank County NAACP (Elizabeth City, NC); Member of the Pittsburgh Branch NAACP Executive Committee; Champion of Justice Award – Redistricting of Pittsburgh, PA; City of Chicago Honorary Street sign, June 2000 (Rev. Roy A. Holmes Blvd.) at corner of 84th and Damen, Chicago, IL; and Who’s Who in Executive and Businesses 2001-2002, and the 2003 Monarch Award in the category of Religion from the Xi Nu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Chicago, IL, and the Outstanding Leadership Award from MAADD (Ministerial Alliance Against the Digital Divide), Chicago, IL. LOVING IT! (from Page 11) were there from the beginning. Our first preview performance really let me know that this production was and is of incredible significance.” Brandon Victor Dixon’s professional resume, B/M, is a plethora of outstanding achievements: Color Purple The Musical (Tony nomination), Rent, The Scottsboro Boys, The Lion King. Numerous television and theatrical awards. (He is now this year’s Best Actor Drama League Award Nominee.) “I’ve known, or at least my mother told me, that I’ve wanted to be an entertainer since I was three years old. I know no other life. I don’t feel lost or adrift. If not an entertainer? Perhaps a lawyer. Knowing what you want to do is very important. Unless you know, it will be very difficult to move in any direction.” And the LORD said to Samuel, “Behold, I will do a new thing in Israel, at which both the ears of every one that hears it shall tingle.” (I SAMUEL 3:10-12) MOTOWN: the artists, all the song writers (Holland Dozier Holland/ Ashford & Simpson), the musicians (The FUNK Brothers), the secretaries (Martha Reeves & Diana Ross), the maintenance people, and all the other contributories helping to create/support the tingling SOUND OF ALL AGES! The world has never and will never experience anything like MOTOWN ever again. Still STRONG after more than 50 years! There will be dancing in the streets for millenniums to come! “I am an artist,’ Dixon concludes. “I know where I’m going in terms of my goals. I want to be able to pick and choose my work and spread that love. Working with people I admire in this business is a wonderful thing. How can you not love it? Yeah, it makes me tingle.” The end of America’s dominance (from Page 6) them to accept leadership that has followed the same path of profligate spending and reckless disregard of the long-term economic drain for short-term economic gains. We have opted for mediocrity and self-indulgence and we have reaped the harvest that we have sown. We become great again by becoming an informed and educated electorate, making the right decisions to go forward. William Reed is head of the Business Exchange Network and available for speaking/seminar projects through the Bailey Group.org. Cleveland’s Charles Ramsey: Hood or hero? Giving students the gift of a (from page 6) “was raised to help women in dis- Facebook page. She told the tress.” Smoking Gun, “For my daughter’s prosperous professional future In view of that assertion, sake I show he didn’t always look sound, the timing of it and publication of such information was not in good taste, and we regret it,” the station said on its Facebook page. Normally, I would agree that Ramsey’s criminal past, certainly in this situation, should be irrelevant. But there’s nothing normal about this case. Unfortunately, Ramsey invited the scrutiny when he said he suspected domestic violence because he Ramsey’s domestic violence convictions – hardly a record of helping women in distress – became fair game and should have been reported by the news media. But the reporting should not end there. Ramsey’s ex-wife, since remarried, said Ramsey eventually apologized for battering her and they now interact on “an okay basis.” In addition, she posted two earlier photos of Ramsey on her hood.” George E. Curry, former editorin-chief of Emerge magazine, is editor-in-chief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service (NNPA.) He is a keynote speaker, moderator, and media coach. Curry can be reached through his Web site, www.georgecurry.com. You can also follow him at www.twitter.com/currygeorge. Subscribe and Advertise in the New York Beacon 237 W. 37th Street, Suite 203 New York, New York 10018 Tel: (212) 213-8585 (from Page 6) grams. Firm employees also give their time to initiatives like the FIRST program, which engages high school students in robotics competitions nationwide. Volunteerism is strongly encouraged at Raytheon. In fact, during 2011 and 2012, company employees donated nearly 400,000 hours to serving their communities. The emphasis we place on volunteerism is in line with a broader national trend. In 2011, the number of American volunteers reached a five-year high of 6.4 million. And more than 18 percent of those volunteers spent their time teaching or tutoring. These efforts to encourage student achievement in the STEM fields are extremely important when it comes to preparing young Americans for the jobs of tomorrow. If the United States is going to produce the kind of qualified professionals that the job market demands, industry leaders must continue to donate their time to cultivating STEM passions in local student bodies. National Volunteer Week is the perfect opportunity to redouble our efforts to improve the lives of young Americans and set them on a path to professional success. Keith J. Peden is senior vice president of Human Resources and Security for Raytheon Company. Lifestyles & Society Editor Celebrated children’s book author Robie H. Harris is this year’s recipient of the coveted Mills Tannenbaum Award for Children’s Literacy presented by Reach Out and Read of Greater New York (ROR GNY) at its annual benefit and auction on Monday, May 6, 2013 at the Helen Mills Event Space and Theater on West 26th Street, NYC. Sponsored by Scholastic and The Morrison Foerster Foundation and emceed by Emmy Award-winning correspondent, NBC4 New York’s Lynda Baquero, the event featured a cocktail re- gram. “Our Annual Benefit, Where Great Stories Begin, was a great success,” exclaimed Traci Lester, executive director, ROR GNY. In presenting the inaugural Mills Tannenbaum Award for Children’s Literacy to Harris, Lester stated, “This award was created in honor of the commitment and long-time support of Gary Tannenbaum and Helen Mills, and is being presented to Harris, a children’s book author dedicated to promoting a lifelong love of reading in young children.” Harris is a master storyteller whose books fearlessly tackle the daily lives with great sensitivity. Her books engage young readers with delightful characters and humor, while allowing children to explore strong feelings and difficult situations within the safety of the written word. Her work exemplifies the kind of creative effort Reach Out and Read families need to help spark and sustain a lifelong love of reading in their children. Event chair and ROR GNY’s Vice Chair, Board of Directors Katinka Domotorffy, introduced the organization’s newest campaign The Prescription For Childhood Literacy. New York is excited to launch its new initiative: The Prescription For Childhood Literacy to expand the number of hospitals, clinics and pediatricians who help us level the playing field for preschool children.” Reach Out and Read prepares America’s youngest children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together. In the Greater New York Region ROR GNY provides new, age-appropriate books and literacy guidance to over a quarter of a million children. (Photos by Gerald Peart) 15 BEACON, May 16, 2013 - May 22, 2013 newyorkbeacon.net AUDREY'S Robie H. Harris recipient of Reach Out and Read’s SOCIETY Mills Tannenbaum Award for Children’s Literacy WHIRL By Audrey J. Bernard ception, auction and awards pro- big questions children face in their “Reach Out and Read of Greater BEACON, May 16, 2013 - May 22, 2013 newyorkbeacon.net 16 South Korean president thanks Rangel, others for service during Korean War Congressman Charles B. Rangel was acknowledged for his service in the Korean War by the recently-inaugurated South Korean President, Park Geun-hye, during her address to a Joint Session of Congress regarding U.S.South Korean relations. Rangel is among the four remaining Members of Congress who served in the Korean War from 1950-1953. At the beginning of her speech, President Park referenced her visit to the National Korean War Memorial and thanked America’s Korean War veterans: “Let me express on behalf of the people of the Republic of Korea our profound gratitude to America’s veterans. Their blood, sweat and tears helped safeguard freedom and democracy. I also offer my heartfelt appreciation to four men in particular. They served in that war and now serve in this chamber. Their names are Congressman John Conyers, Charles Rangel, Sam Johnson, and Howard Coble.” “I am deeply honored that President Park thanked me and my fellow comrades for our service. I have never seen a head of state receive the standing ovation that she received today,” said Rangel. “As a Korean War veteran, I was proud to join millions of people across the world in congratulating the Madam President as she ascended to the presidency. This historic occasion of swearing in a female to the head of government reflects the tremendous leaps that The Republic of Korea has made to become a shining example of one of the most successful democracies in the world.” President Park’s visit to the United States, her first abroad since becoming president in February, marks the 60th anniversary of the U.S.-South Korean alliance and comes amid increasing provocations by North Korea. The United States still maintains 28,500 troops in South Korea. President Park, who is also daughter of the late South Korean President Park Chung-hee, made history when she become the first female to be elected as President in December 2012. She Rangel (second from left) acknowledges thank from South Korean president became the sixth South Korean leader to address a joint meeting of Congress. “South Korea has emerged from the ashes of war into a vibrant democracy, a dynamic economy, and a true world leader in the 21st century. Seoul’s skyscrapers, booming businesses and rising apartment buildings are a testament to the resiliency and determination of the Korean people,” said Rangel. “The United States remains steadfast in solidifying our blood-shed alliance, as we stand strong together against the threats by North Korea and continue to work on strengthening our economic and cultural ties.” Rangel added: “I send my best wishes to President Park and applaud the people and country that will always hold a special place in my heart.” Rangel enlisted in the United States Army, and served from 1948 to 1952. During the Korean War, he was an artillery operations spe- cialist in the all-black 503rd Field Artillery Battalion in the 2nd Infantry Division. He received a Purple Heart and Bronze Star award for leading his comrades out of a deadly Chinese Army encirclement during the Battle of Kunu-ri in 1950. The Korean War was one of the bloodiest wars fought in the coldest winters, in which the United States suffered 54,246 casualties and 8,176 POW/MIAs and unaccounted for in just three years (1950-1953). Rangel was also a VIP guest at the commemorative dinner hosted by Korean President Park Geunhye at Smithsonian American Art Museum and Nationl Portrait Gallery on Tuesday evening. ### Washington, DC - Today, Congressman Charles B. Rangel was acknowledged for his service in the Korean War by the recentlyinaugurated South Korean Presi- dent, Park Geun-hye, during her address to a Joint Session of Congress regarding U.S.-South Korean relations. Rangel is among the four remaining Members of Congress who served in the Korean War from 1950-1953. At the beginning of her speech, President Park referenced her visit to the National Korean War Memorial and thanked America’s Korean War veterans: “Let me express on behalf of the people of the Republic of Korea our profound gratitude to America’s veterans. Their blood, sweat and tears helped safeguard freedom and democracy.I also offer my heartfelt appreciation to four men in particular. They served in that war and now serve in this chamber. Their names are Congressman John Conyers, Charles Rangel, Sam Johnson, and Howard Coble.” “I am deeply honored that President Park thanked me and my fel- low comrades for our service. I have never seen a Head of State receive the standing ovation that she received today,” said Rangel. “As a Korean War veteran, I was proud to join millions of people across the world in congratulating the Madam President as she ascended to the Presidency. This historic occasion of swearing in a female to the head of government reflects the tremendous leaps that The Republic of Korea has made to become a shining example of one of the most successful democracies in the world.” President Park’s visit to the United States, her first abroad since becoming president in February, marks the 60th anniversary of the U.S.-South Korean alliance and comes amid increasing provocations by North Korea. The United States still maintains 28,500 troops in South Korea. President Park, who is also daughter of the late South Korean President Park Chung-hee, made history when she become the first female to be elected as President in December 2012. She became the sixth South Korean leader to address a joint meeting of Congress. “South Korea has emerged from the ashes of war into a vibrant democracy, a dynamic economy, and a true world leader in the 21st century. Seoul’s skyscrapers, booming businesses and rising apartment buildings are a testament to the resiliency and determination of the Korean people,” said Rangel. “The United States remains steadfast in solidifying our blood-shed alliance, as we stand strong together against the threats by North Korea and continue to work on strengthening our economic and cultural ties.” Rangel added: “I send my best wishes to President Park and applaud the people and country that will always hold a special place in my heart.” Rangel enlisted in the United States Army, and served from 1948 to 1952. During the Korean War, he was an artillery operations specialist in the all-black 503rd Field Artillery Battalion in the 2nd Infantry Division. He received a Purple Heart and Bronze Star award for leading his comrades out of a deadly Chinese Army encirclement during the Battle of Kunu-ri in 1950. The (CONTINUED ON PAGE 14) NAACP mourns the passing of Bishop Roy A. Holmes The NAACP mourns the loss of Bishop Roy A. Holmes, member of the NAACP Board of Directors and its Religious Affairs Committee. Bishop Holmes is survived by his wife, two daughters and two grandchildren. Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman of the NAACP Board of Directors, said in a tribute:: “Bishop Holmes was a true man of service, He was always ready to answer the call to duty, whether in the NAACP or in the A.M.E. Zion Church, where his leadership extended over two continents. He was devoted to his family and to educating the next generation of leaders. His passing is a terrible loss for the NAACP and the faith community.” Benjamin Todd Jealous, president & CEO of the NAACP: “Bishop Holmes was an inspired steward of the longstanding bond between the AME Zion denomination and the NAACP,” stated Jealous. “I valued and relied upon his wise counsel and will sorely miss him.” Bishop Holmes was a lifetime member of the NAACP and a member of the NAACP Board of Directors. His ministry began at the age of 13, and he received his first pastorate at the age of 15. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1974 from Morris Brown College, Atlanta, Ga; his Master of Divinity from Hood Theological Seminary, Salisbury, NC; and his Doctor of Ministry in 2002 from the Chicago Theological Seminary, Chicago, Ill.. His first pastorate was St. Matthew A. M. E. Zion Church in Whitmire, South Carolina (1975-78), followed by Mt. Lebanon A. M. E. Zion Church in Eliza- beth City, North Carolina (197882), Wesley Center A. M. E. Zion Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (1982-88), and the Greater Walters A. M. E. Zion Church in Chicago, Illinois (1988 - 2004). Bishop Holmes was consecrated the 92nd Bishop of the A. M. E. Zion Church on August 3, 2004 during the 47th General Conference. He was assigned to the Western Episcopal District, which includes the Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon-Washington and the South West Rocky Mountain Conferences. Upon the untimely death of Bishop Milton A. Williams, he was assigned the Michigan Annual Conference and Central Africa (Malawi and Mozambique). In 2008, he was assigned to the Mid-West Episcopal District which includes; Michigan, Tennessee, Kentucky, Bishop Roy A Holmes (CONTINUED ON PAGE 14) By Victoria Horsford HOT TOPICS THE USA: How do I hate thee, let me count the ways is the Congressional GOP strategy to derail the Obama Presidency. Scores of Obama’s nominees are stalled in the US Senate while the US Congress boasts a pretty consistent record of budget intransigence, repeated calls to dismantle Obamacare, which should be fully operational in 2014. Last week the emergence of three socalled Obama White House missteps have dominated media, all aimed at the threat of impeachment. The GOP anti-Obama attack dogs have invoked the Benghazi, Libya tragedy again, accusing the White House of cover-ups and altering Susan Rice’s talking points as she prepped for Sunday morning TV last year. The Benghazi attack it two-pronged. It is also to thwart “Hillary Clinton 2016” momentum. The GOP blames the Obama IRS for special surveillance of right-wing groups and tax filings. Is there any American president who does not have IRS monitor their detractors. At press time, the White House was being maligned for monitoring phone records of AP employees…but failed to say that it was probably related to 2012 Associated Press leaks which compromised the CIA and national security matters. What a racist American congress! Our GOP Congress is adept in distracting the American public from the greater evil, their inability to work and compromise with the President Obama and the Democrats, and to work towards the best interests of their constituents. NEW YORK: NY Magazine, the NY Times, the tabloids and alternative newspapers and the pollsters keep sending the message to New Yorkers that Christine Quinn is the Democratic favorite for the 2013 NYC mayoral race. It was encouraging to read in NY Daily News Sunday story about African American candidate Bill Thompson, 59, who is operating under the radar screen with a strategy which is based on a coalition of Blacks, Latinos and Orthodox Jews. That’s good but not inclusive enough. It is important to bring ethnics in the outer boroughs into that coalition. Thompson also enjoys support from NY elites like Reverend Floyd Flake, of the Greater Allen AME Cathedral in Queens; Merryl Tisch, NYS Board Of Regents Chancellor; and former Senator Alphonse D’Amato! Disgraced congressman Andy Weiner is covetously eying the NYC mayoral race, but friends Bill and Hillary informed him that they could not support him. INTERNATIONALAFFAIRS NY/AFRICA: The Center for Media and Peace Initiatives (CMPI) convenes AFRICA @50 INTERNATIONAL SUMMIT on May 28 at the AU Mission to the UN, which is located at 305 East 47 Street, Manhattan. The daylong Summit, which coincides with the Africa Union’s, (AU) formerly the OAU, Golden Jubilee, will examine the waves of democracy in Africa during the past 50 years of self rule and democratization. Some of the confirmed speakers, include Palan Mulonda, Zambia Ambassador to the US; Jennifer Dunham, Freedom in the World, Freedom House; Dr. Cyril Obi, African Peace Building Network, Social Science Research Council; and Dr. Uchenna Ekwo, CMPI. The Event fee is $29. Pre-registration is required. Visit www.cmpimedia.org or call 917.803.5540 CARIBBEAN: The Women With Purpose: Mind, Body & Soul Global Summit convenes June 18-22 in St. Martin/St. Maarten, on the Dutch side of the Dutch/French island in the Caribbean. The WWP SUMMIT will be attended by upwards of 300 professionals – entrepreneurs, scientists, artists, bankers, techies - from North and South America Europe, Africa, and Asia, who eagerly anticipate this distinct distaff experience which will include a series of seminars, workshops, day trips and more. CNN producer/host Soledad O’Brien and OWN TV’s Iyanla Vanzant are among the media execs on the WWP calendar. Valerie Norman Gammon, who has produced Essence Awards and the Essence Music Festival is WWP event producer. For more info, visit womanwithpurposeglobalsummit.com or call 754 300.7594. NEWSMAKERS NY Governor Cuomo nominated a Black jurist Sheila Abdus-Salaam as associate justice of the NY Appellate Division, the state’s highest court. She was unanimously confirmed by the NYS Senate. Associate Judge Abdus-Salaam is the first Black woman on state’s Court of Appeals. The Peebles Corporation, a Black-owned real estate firm, purchase a NYC office building located at 346 Broadway, in Tribeca, Manhattan for $160 million. According to R. Donahue Peebles, it is the first time that an African American owned company has acquired a major commercial property outside of Harlem. Peeble plans to convert the 13-story 419,000 SF building to a mixed used site to include a 170-room boutique hotel and to residential condos. Clem Richardson, 58, a NY Daily News writer since 1993, who kept the paper’s fingers on the pulse of the city’s Black population and the UPTOWN section, was a pink slip casualty as was writer Albor Ruiz, who kept pace with Latino affairs. NY Daily News is nation’s fifth most widely read newspaper. Bill Thompson Floyd Flake Judge Sheila Abdus Salaam Naomi Campbell Gladys Knight GEMINI BIRTHDAYS: Sonia Braja, Wayne Brady, Naomi Campbell, Ice Cube, Keith David, Morgan Freeman, Pam Grier, Naomi Horsford, Gladys Knight, Patti LaBelle, Bob Tate, Dr. Sandra Epps, Nikki Giovanni, Ronald Grant, Lauren Hill, LaToya Jackson, ,Karen Soltau, Mamadou Niang, PRINCE, Lional Richie, Salmon Rushdie, Zoe Saldona, Kai Sidberry, Sandra Williams, Venus Williams, Roslyn Woods, Simone White, Roslyn Woods Cabbagestalk. Former NYS Governor David Paterson keeps a few day jobs. He did seminars at New York University, hosted a WOR-AM Radio show and he consults to Touro College of Medicine in Harlem. RIP: Malcolm Shabazz, 28, grandson of Betty Shabazz and Malcolm X and the father of two children, was killed on Thursday, May 10 in Mexico City. The Black Star News, an internet news service, runs an interesting piece “Malcolm Shabazz’s Suspicious Violent Death: Some Questions for Miguel Suarez, Too.” Mexican authorities have arrested two men on 5/13 in connection with the murder. Our thoughts, love and prayers are with the Shabazz family during the bereavement and beyond. . RIP: Jamaica-born Winifred (Winnie) Dozier Davis, 78, died. A Harlem real estate denizen, who owned the luxe apartment building, the Dorrence Brooks, located at 337 West 138 Street, on St. Nicholas and Edgecombe Avenues, which she sold about 6 six year ago. Dozier Davis is survived by loving sisters and brothers, their children and grandchildren. SPRING/SUMMER EVENTS The Galleries at the Interchurch Center presents “ART OF THE 5: Queens represents” a group show, the second in a series of five annual exhibitions at the Interchurch Center located at 475 Riverside Drive at 120 Street, Harlem. The Art Of The 5 exhibition showcases works by professional and emerging fine artists, one borough at a time. The series 2012 launch exhibited the works of Bronx artists. There are twelve borough of Queens artists, including Tania Alvarez, Yanka Cantor, Indrajeet Chandra Chud and Roy Steele, on the 2013 exhibition calendar. Guest curator Debra Vanderburg Spenser says “That this is not a thematic show is intentional as it encompasses each artists individual practice rather than looking for links between them. The ART OF THE 5 opening reception will be held on May 16, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Gallery hours are M-F, 9 am to 5 pm. For more info, call 917.703.3196. THREE ON 3 and the Mt. Morris Park Community Improvement Association present jazz renaissance saxophonist Oliver Lake and his Trio at the Mt. Morris Ascencion Church, located at 15 Mt. Morris Park West at 122 Street, Harlem, on Sunday May 19 at 3 pm….. 212.289.8096. A management consultant, Victoria Horsford is a NY based writer and pop culture historian who is reachable at: [email protected] BEACON, May 16, 2013 - May 22, 2013 newyorkbeacon.net WHAT’S GOING ON 17 BEACON, May 16, 2013 - May 22, 2013 newyorkbeacon.net 18 NNPA Award Winner Enter tainment By Don Thomas At MIST in the Village of Harlem Vaughn Harper’s ‘First Friday’s’ is an AWESOME R&B/Jazzy-nite experience Vaughn Harper and Walter Edwards Living Legend and former popular WBLS Radio “Quiet Storm” air personality Vaughn Harper kicked-off the month of May by presenting “First Friday’s” at the trendy MIST, located on the lobby level of the Luxury Kalaharari Apartments, 46W, 116 th Street in the Village of Harlem. The awesome opening night experience and moving forward is aimed at reviving the ballroom and entertainment atmosphere of the Harlem Renaissance. “First Friday’s” will bring back the atmosphere of the legendary Savoy Ballroom with a universal entertainment lineup including R&B, Jazz, comedy, poetry and fashion shows. On the first Friday of each month the evening will present a wide range of established and community entertainment. No longer will adult partyminded individuals have to go to dinner at a restaurant, head to another venue to watch a concert, drive to a nightclub to dance. Vaughn Harper presents “First Friday’s” brings it all together, in one place. “When I hosted the “Quiet Storm” it was always about delivering a 360 degree music experience from R&B to Jazz all the way up to today’s NeoSoul,” says Harper, who has the penchant to embraces it all. Since Harper’s retirement from “The Quiet Storm” in 2009 at least 20-30 people everyday has asked him to do something that would be an extension of the his radio program. Though many projects have crossed his desk, the “First Friday’s” at MIST seemed like the best fit. Providing Harper an opportunity to do something different each month with a smoothgroove R&B/Jazzy favored live band specifically geared to the 40 and older crowd, Harper along with Developer Walter J. Edwards/CEO Full Spectrum NY decided that “First Friday’s” would attract a mature crowd and judging from the opening night fashionably attired crowd that attended that is exactly what’s happening. There is nowhere else in Manhattan to satisfy a night out in one location like MIST. It’s the only entertainment facility of its kind that includes a restaurant, bar, movie theatre and sound stage that converts into a ballroom with the latest technology. The establishment accommodates 500 guests making it the perfect setting to revive the entertainment era of the Harlem Renaissance. Guests can dine, dance, be humored by a comedian all while being welcomed by host Vaughn Harper. “First Friday’s” comes complete with an amazing DJ mixing the best sounds of R&B, Jazz, Reggae, Latin and Hip Hop. “First Friday’s” allows Harper to do what he does best. Introduce new acts. On opening night newly signed recording artist Shaliek thrilled the crowd with tracks from his soonto-be released CD titled The Past. Music legends like the late great Luther Vandross, to the still popular R&B recorders Regina Belle, Keith Sweat and others have boast about sitting with Vaughn Harper during his WBLS radio years, when he interviewed and introduced their songs to millions via the airways. Now “First Friday’s” will redefine how adults are entertained. Doors open at 8pm, showtime begins promptly at 9pm. Vaughn Harper and his lovely wife Sandra (center) are surrounded by well wishers M. Morton Hall, Bob Tate, Debi B. Jackson, Marita Monroe, Shaliek, guest, Joyce Harding, Ruben Rodriguez, LaVerne Perry, Marc Dorsey and Robin Downs at the opening night of “First Friday’s” at the MIST in the Village of Harlem. (Photos: Ronnie Wright) By Audrey J. Bernard Lifestyles & Society Editor Byron E. Lewis, Sr., chairman emeritus and founder of UniWorld Group, Inc. (UWG), the longest-standing full-service multicultural advertising and communications agency in the U.S., was honored Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at 7pm at The Schomburg Center, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard, Harlem, New York. Entitled “A Tribute to Byron E. Lewis, Sr. — Celebrating an Industry Icon,” the event featured a host of industry, community and political leaders who gathered to pay tribute to a revered industry giant who changed the course of advertising. “A Tribute to Byron E. Lewis, Sr.” took place on the evening following his induction into the 64th Advertising Hall of Fame — the advertising industry’s most distinguished honor. The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies & gala dinner was held in the Grand Ballroom of New York’s historic Waldorf Astoria hotel. “UniWorld Group treasures the legacy built by our founder, and we are overjoyed to pause and honor him for his contributions to the industry and to the community,” said Monique L. Nelson, chairman and CEO, UniWorld Group. “Byron’s induction into the Advertising Hall of Fame, complemented by this tribute, indicates not only how he has changed advertising, but how he has influenced the way businesses see people of color.” Known as one of the “founding fathers of multicultural advertising and marketing” in the United States, Lewis built a company out of necessity and ended up changing an entire industry in the process. The evening will include a roast as well as a video tribute to the advertising pioneer. The distinguished co-chairs for the evening included Tom Joyner, Richard D. Parsons, Robert Townsend and Monique L. Nelson. The host committee members included Len Burnett, Jeff Friday, Don Jackson, Linda Johnson Rice, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Debra Lee, Ed Lewis, Voza Rivers and Alfred Liggins. George Fraser was the evening’s host. “A Tribute to Byron E. Lewis, Sr.” served as a fundraiser benefit for the Long Island University Byron Lewis Entrepreneurial Institute. Lewis founded UWG in 1969 at a time when minorities were not represented in a positive manner in mainstream media. Nor were minorities employed in major Fortune 500 companies or Madison Avenue advertising agencies. Centuries of negative and stereotypical portrayals of minorities severely damaged minority and mainstream audiences alike. During the late 1960s and ’70s, the federal government initiated a series of Affirmative Action mandates for major corporations and communications companies to hire minorities to help offset Rev. Al Sharpton, Byron & Sylvia Lewis being entertained by host George Byron at podium Fraser these negative social conditions. Kodak, AT&T, Burger King, airs in 100 markets; Sounds of the Lewis was able to take advantage Colgate-Palmolive, Pepsi-Cola City, a nationally syndicated raof these mandates and launch and The Home Depot, to name a dio program created for Quaker UWG. few. Lewis retired as UWG’s Oats; and the highly successful Headquartered in Brooklyn, chairman emeritus in May 2012 American Black Film Festival. UWG has satellite offices in At- when Monique L. Nelson became Founded in 1969 by Byron lanta, Georgia, and Dearborn, the new chairman and CEO. Lewis, UniWorld Group, Inc., is Michigan. Throughout the years, Lewis is also known for creat- the longest-standing full-service the agency has created award-win- ing successful media properties, multicultural marketing agency in ning and pivotal campaigns for including the nationally syndi- the United States. The agency such clients as the Ford Motor Com- cated television news program continues to be a trendsetter, pany, U.S. Marine Corps, Eastman America’s Black Forum, which poised to connect forward-think- Byron Lewis, Debra Lee George Graser, Byron Lewis, Monique Nelson Monique Nelson, chairman & CEO, UniWorld Group makes remarks before introducing the evening's honoree ing brands to the $2 trillion spending power of multicultural consumers while pushing the envelope with innovative ideas and fresh solutions for the general market as well. UniWorld Group also has a strategic alliance with WPP, one of the world’s largest communications services groups. For more information on UniWorld Group, Inc., visit www.uniworldgroup.com. (Photos by Terrance Jennings) Congressman Charles B. Rangel, Byron Lewis, Hon. David N. Dinkins Richard Parsons, Jeff Friday, Byron Lewis 19 BEACON, May 16, 2013 - May 22, 2013 newyorkbeacon.net Advertising Industry pays moving tribute to Byron Lewis at Schomburg Review BEACON, May 16, 2013 - May 22, 2013 newyorkbeacon.net 20 ‘Benefits’ is a intriguing one-act drama Yusef Salaam Contributing Scribe The Harlem-based H.A.D.L.E.Y. Players in association with Voza Rivers/ New Heritage Theatre Group are offering an intriguing one-act drama, “Benefits”, by Martha J. Thomas. Astutely directed by Ward Nixon and playing at the Harlem School of the Arts, the drama presents an incisive perception of the troubles middle-age workers and senior citizens encounter when working for years without retirement benefits. The play focuses on divorced Alma Fields, 40 years old. She recognizes that she’s been laboring at a pharmaceutical company The cast of “Benefits” (photo: Seitu Oronde) for decades without a retirement plan; quite unlike her mother who lives very comfortably off her deceased husband’s (Alma’s dad) social security and retirement benefits. Never mind, Alma, played by Valarie Tekosky, has a plan. She’ll ask her longtime lover to marry her and secure benefits by way of his job. After all, he has asked her to marry him twice. Tekosky brings humor and passion to her role whether it’s confronting her man Award Winning Take 6 celebrates amazing 25 Takes 6 greets Debi B. Jackson (her mother) Bernice White, Sandra “Sam” Harper (her mother) Allice Ross at Blue Note media luncheon, celebrating the group’s 25 th anniversary (Photo: Ronnie Wright) By Don Thomas Switzerland, France, Japan, Australia, Norway, eastern Europe The most awarded a and South America. cappella vocal group in hisDuring the special Blue Note tory, Take 6, are celebrating media meet and greet luncheon, their 25th Anniversary. The the gents treated the audience multi-platinum recording by belting out a few tracks from group, made up of Claude their Take 6 Special 25th AnniverMcKnight, Mark Kibble, Joel sary Moments CD, including Kibble, Dave Thomas, Alvin “One,” and “Family Of God/ Chea and Khristian Dentley, Love.” The gents also delivered have thus far earned 10 an awesome a cappella rendition Grammy Awards with 24 nomi- of “Spread Love,” which was renations, 10 Dove Awards, a quested by Ronnie “The PhotogSoul Train Award, 2 NAACP rapher to the Stars” Wright, who let it be known that he is a direImage Awards, and more. The gents kicked off their hard Take 6 loyal fan. The gents also announced 25 years of performing at the legendary Blue Note supper they are currently working on a club in the tony West Village new collaboration with megastar of Manhattan, thrilling sold- Stevie Wonder on his millionout audiences from May 7-12. sellers “My Sheri-Amore” and “I This was the beginning of the Just Call To Say I Love You.” American leg of a year-long They will also perform on an upworld tour that takes them to coming PBS- Great Performances Germany, England, Sweden, 40th Anniversary Special in Fall 2013 and will be featured in Voice Of American documentary. The 1 st Annual Take 6 A Cappella Competition will be held February 15-16, 2014 at the University of Florida Performing Arts in Gainesville, Florida With recognition in musical genres from Gospel, Jazz and R&B to Pop, the sextet is recognized as the pre-eminent a capella group in the world, and have earned praise from such luminaries as Stevie Wonder, Brian Wilson, and Quincy Jones, who calls them the “baddest vocal cats on the planet!.” A group that knows no musical bounds, Take 6 has come a long way from their days at Huntsville, Alabama’s Oakwood College where McKnight formed the group as The Gentleman’s Estate Quartet in 1980. When they signed their first record deal eight years later, with Reprise Records/Warner Bros., they became Take 6. Their self-titled debut CD won over jazz and pop critics and the public alike, scored two 1988 Grammy Awards, landed in the Top 10 Billboard Contemporary Jazz and Contemporary Christian Charts, and they’ve never slowed down. Their 15 subsequent albums received the same warm reception and sales success. The members of Take 6 are not only men whose tenets include faith, friendship, respect, and love of music, they put their support and energy behind their beliefs. The gents are advocates for music education, supporting the efforts of the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) and others on that mission. friend, Rudy Townsend, who’s shaky about her marriage proposal, checking her sassy and “hot behind” teenage daughter, Ebony (Chaunice Chapman), or teasing her mother, Cookie Winborn. Albert Eggleston effectively communicates Rudy as well-meaning man who loves Alma, but marriage phobia blocks him from walking up the big “I do” aisle again after a bitter first marriage that has left him scarred. Colette Bryce features Delores, a successful, single career (no children) woman and Alma’s friend. Bryce capably chisels Delores as adventurous, independent, and cursed with a Mother Teresa personality that leaves her open to be used by men. Chapman skillfully spreads Ebony with various colors from silly to mature, disciplined and impulsive regarding the call of her sexual inclinations. The guy that Ebony sticks with like a stamp to a letter is an aspiring rapper, Akeem, a first- class performance by Donnell E. Smith. Cookie Winborn’s image of Inez Browne is comically brazen, has an assured self-esteem, and is nosey. She commits the maximum of her creativity to her Inez character, and in doing so, illuminates the stage. Kimberlee Monroe is Vera Flood, a humble soul, who can barely sustain herself off of her social security benefits. Monroe robes her character in clothes of a seemingly simple mind, one who’s willing to go along to get along, but Inez concocts a scheme to get a fellow church member’s retirement benefits, that exposes a surprising side of Vera. The technical crew should take a bow for their roles in making “Benefits” a success. Ward Nixon, set design; Fulton Hodges, stage manager, Katherine Roberson, costumes that matched the characters’ personalities; Derrick Minter, sound and light design. 21 Matilda The Musical – Broadway’s latest tour de force — receives 12 Tony Nods Matilda The Musical at Sam S. Shubert Theatre Marquee Matilda The Musical, directed by Matthew Warchus, with a book by Dennis Kelly and music and lyrics by Tim Minchin opened on Thursday, April 11, 2013 at the Sam S. Shubert Theatre, 225 West 44th Street, NYC followed by a swinging soiree at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square. The play which is produced by The Royal Shakespeare Company and the Dodgers received 12 Tony Award nominations! The play is already a box office hit and the producers are doing a slow calypso dance to the bank. Like Harry Belafonte sings, “Matilda, she takes me money and run Venezuela.” The dark musical is like a female version of Harry Potter filled with wonderment, wit, a hapless start but an auspicious ending. The production stars four young starlets who share the title role: Sophia Gennusa, Oona Laurence, Bailey Ryon and Milly Shapiro. The other principal players who hold their own are Karen Aldridge, Bertie Carvel, Gabriel Ebert, Lesli Margherita, and Lauren Ward. Special mention to Aldridge who teaches Matilda the importance of books. Her poignant role as a Caribbean-flavored local librarian leaves a lasting impression. Also, Carvel is deserving of every accolade he’s the recipient of. He’s awesome! Matilda The Musical is the story of an extraordinary 5-year old genius who dreams of a better life. Unfortunately, she’s living in a live nightmare staring two lame idiotic parents and brother who drop her off at a school where she’s terrorized by an abusive headmistress who calls the kids “maggots” and believes that only harsh punishment can teach a child. Armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, Matilda dares to take a stand and change her destiny. Good triumphs over evil as Matilda uses magical powers she did not know she had to end her bad dream. The child-friendly favorite is setting Broadway on fire — stealing the hearts of young theatergoers and their parents who start the excitement from outside the theatre as they line up on long lines that snakes around the corner making it hard for other theatergoers to get into neighboring plays. However, once inside the theater, the hype is contagious – just like the cast. Based on the Roald Dahl children’s classic, Matilda The Musical picked up 12 Tony Award nominations including: Best Musical, Best Actor (Bertie Carvel), Best Featured Actor (Gabriel Ebert), Best Featured Actress (Lauren Ward), Best Di- Cast of Matilda The Musical Opening Night Curtain Call of Cast with Matthew Warchus, Dennis Kelly, Tim Minchin Ryan Steele, Ben Thompson, Tamika Sonja Lawrence, Colin Israel, Betsy Struxness, John Arthur Greene, Thayne Jasperson Gabriel Ebert, Karen Aldridge Tim Minchin, Rob Howell, Chris Nightingale, Hugh Vanstone, Dennis Kelly Karen Aldridge Matilda young ensemble cast Lauren Ward, Matthew Warchus rector (Matthew Warchus), Best Choreography (Peter Darling), Best Book (Dennis Kelly), Best Score (Tim Minchin), Best Orchestrations (Chris Nightingale), Best Set Design (Rob Howell), Best Costume Design (Rob Howell), and Best Lighting Design (Hugh Vanstone). Also, Sophia Gennusa, Oona Laurence, Bailey Ryon and Milly Shapiro Oona Laurence, Milly Shapiro, Bailey Ryon, Sophia Gennusa will receive Tony Honors for Ex- sign, Rob Howell; Theatre cellence in the Theatre for their World Awards for Best Debut performances as “Matilda” in Performance, Bertie Carvel; and Matilda The Musical. Broadway.com Audience Choice In addition, Matilda The Mu- Awards for Favorite Breaksical has already won the New through Performance, Bertie York Drama Critics’ Circle Carvel, and Favorite Song, Awards for Best Musical; Outer “When I Grow Up,” Music and Critics Circle Awards for Out- Lyrics by Tim Minchin. The standing Book of a Musical, Den- Musical is also up for several nis Kelly; Outstanding Set De- Drama Desk Awards and Drama Lesli Margherita League Awards. Matilda The Musical boasts sets and costumes by Rob Howell, with choreography by Peter Darling, orchestrations, additional music and musical supervision by Christopher Nightingale, lighting by Hugh Vanstone, and sound by Simon Baker. (Photo Credit: Walter McBride for broadwayworld.com) BEACON, May 16, 2013 - May 22, 2013 newyorkbeacon.net THEATER TALK On Broadway BEACON, May 16, 2013 - May 22, 2013 newyorkbeacon.net 22 Our precious trip to Bountiful! By Ernece B. Kelly Drama Critic Early in the first act of the current revival of Horton Foote’s sentimental drama, “The Trip to Bountiful”, (Vanessa Williams) as Jessie Mae Watts barks at her motherin-law, Mrs. Carrie Watts (Cicely Tyson), “You’re gonna go too far with me, old lady.” That contentious relationship is one source of tension throughout the two-act play, along with other questions— Will Mrs. Watt’s die suddenly? Will she ever make her longedfor trip to Bountiful? Will her son, Ludie (Cuba Gooding Jr.) lose his job? This trio lives in Jessie Mae’s house in Houston, a city Mrs. Watts is not comfortable in, wanting instead to return to rural Bountiful where she raised Ludie in her father’s house. These comforting memories are resisted by her weak son who repeats his wife’s mantra, “It does no good to remember.” Feeling her stre-ngth and dignity draining away from the twin assaults of city life and Jessie Mae’s harshness, her l o n g i n g g r o w s u n t i l s h e ’s driven to a desperate act. Jeff Cowie’s handsome sets are arranged so that audiences can view multiple places and one scene featuring a cut-out of the bus interior suspended in a massive black sky dotted with stars is stunning. John Gromada’s sound design with its spare, incidental music, makes judicious use of the house band. Other than the small but memorable role of the white sheriff (Tom Wopat), the central roles are played by AfricanAmericans. This makes two scenes especially poignant. The first is that beautiful one which opens the play. Mrs. Watts sits in a rocking chair quietly talking with Ludie who sits at her elbow. Rarely are audiences treated to such a lovely domestic sight. The other one, rivaling the first—in its expression of Black love and solidarity—introduces veteran actor (Arthur French) in the role of Roy, as a bus station attendant, and includes (Condola Rashad) in the role of Thelma, a bus passenger. The two take the older woman under their wing as she discovers she’s at a way station, without money and with only a hairbrain scheme for getting to Bountiful. Although “The Trip to Bountiful” is set in 1953, it doesn’t tackle the rampant racial segregation head-on. Instead it subtly hints at it. There are signs for “Colored” and “White” in the bus terminal, and the Blacks in the waiting room are dressed as if going to church with one woman even wearing white gloves. In this manner, director Michael Wilson shows sensitivity in re-conceiving the original 1953 teleplay which starred Lillian Gish. (More recently, Geraldine Page won an Oscar for portraying Mrs. Watts in 1987. Although primarily a serious portrait of a strong and determined elderly woman, “The Trip…” is liberally sprinkled with humorous scenes such as the hiding and search for Carrie Actor Dule Hill who co-starred with Actress Condola Rashad in “Stick Fly” paid her a visit backstage after her outstanding performance in Tony Award nominated “The Trip To Bountiful.” Rashad also received nomination as Best Featured Actress in a Play (Photo: Duvet) Watts’ pension check. (Cicely Tyson holds her own as a comic actor—stomping through the house and singing morning hymns, deliciously provoking her daughter-in-law.) But the drama has weaknesses. The casting of an arrestingly beautiful Vanessa Williams as a middle-class Southern woman hooked on Coca Cola’s is never convincing, and the final scenes in Bountiful drag as awkward dialogue substitutes for action and tension. But with its fine overall acting, brisk direction and attractive sets, “The Trip to Bountiful” adds up to a rich, and sat- Off-Broadway A provocative Broken Fences By Ernece B. Kelly The poetic, well-acted play, “Broken Fences” is sadly marooned on the 12 th floor of a small theatre complex in the West 50’s. It deserves to be on Broadway and seen by larger audiences. With its small ensemble cast, it takes on the big and thorny question of what happens in single-race neighborhoods—in this case the historically African-American, Garfield Park in Chicago— when a white family moves in. In “Broken Fences” the taxes rise astronomically, the police grow hostile toward old residents and protective of the white ones, and suspicions grow on both sides of the literal fence separating the home of white newcomers, April (Krissy Shields) and her husband Czar (Brian J. Carter), from the backyard of the Black couple D (Erika Rose) and her fiancé Hoody (Clinton Lowe) who trace their home ownership back two generations. Others in the cast are Marz (Emilio Aquino), Esto (Benjamin Foronda), Spence (Scott Aiello) and Barb (Lori Funk). Lorraine Hansberry’s, “Raisin in the Sun” was the first modern drama to look at the relationship between Blacks and property. And in the 2012-2013 season alone, Manhattan audiences have experienced two others on the subject: “The Luck of the Irish”— here a white couple acts as ghost buyers for a Black couple—and “Clybourne Park” which re-visited the Hansberry neighborhood two generations later when whites want to move back in. Unlike those three dramas, “Broken Fences” delves into the psyches of the four main characters, giving them gener- ous monologues for lyrically describing their lives. Unique also, is the play’s frankness about the Black community’s hostility toward whites—expressed in (harmless) graffiti and (potentially dangerous) vandalism. Director Alex Levy deftly handles the eight-person cast on this tiny stage surrounded on three sides by audience members, and Kathryn Kawecki’s spare set consisting of little more than packing boxes and lawn chairs—created by set fabricator Lucas Lasky— is cleverly augmented by chalk lines on the stage floor showing Chicago streets and parks. Big of heart, ambitious in its sociological reach, and consistently dramatic, “Broken Fences” is worth the elevator ride up to the 12 th floor! “Broken Fences” is at Theatre 54, 244 W. 54 th Street, NYC thru May 19 th. isfying theatrical experience. “The Trip to Bountiful” is at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre in Manhattan’s Theatre District, closing July 1st. [EDITOR’S NOTE: Congratulations to “The Trip To Bountiful” cast members Cicely Tyson and Condola Rashad for their Tony Award nominations. Ms. Tyson as Best Actress in a Play. Ms. Rashad as Best Featured Actress in a Play. The production also received Best Revival of a Play and John Gromada received a nomination for Best Sound Design of a Play. Don Thomas/entertainment editor] Strindberg’s witty Island prison By Ernece B. Kelly Despite its depressing title, the play “The Dance of Death” brims with wit and humor. Yes, there’s plenty of talk of dying and the pointlessness of life (“Winter in our hearts”, one character says.), but even the performance of that dance of death is more charming than ominous. Playwright August Strindberg, famous for breathing psychological insights into late 19 th /early 20 th century drama, cleverly shows here how light and dark co-exist. Having sent their children away, the handsome but monstrous couple, at the play’s center, Edgar (Daniel Davis) and his wife Alice (Laila Robins) are left alone—even the last servant is running away— to express their misery with each other and life in general by hurling insults, sarcasm and threats at one another. Edgar’s take-command behavior—influenced by his military training and his conviction that people are “scum”— keeps the townspeople at arm’s length. And the setting, an island, keeps the couple apart from the mainland. “The atmo- sphere is poisonous,” Alice’s cousin Gustav (Derek Smith) says of their home. And even Alice refers to herself as having a “poisonous pallor” which vividly contrasts with the warmly hued oil portrait of her dominating the sparsely furnished living room, making up the single set. Old wounds are rehashed— Alice reminds him that she gave up an acting career for marriage, and Edgar complains of her constant need for money. “Women, they bleed us white” he tells G u s t a v, e v e n r e s e n t i n g h i s young daughter ’s request for funds. Mike Poulton’s directing is brisk, and Brandon Wolcott’s sound design with its occasional teletype tapping and wind unexpectedly swooping through the parlor doors, adds dramatic interest. But foremost is the superb acting of the husband and wife who also dominate with their magnetic physical presence. In the less showy role of Gustav— their pawn—Derek Smith also gets to show his considerable acting chops. “The Dance of Death” played at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in the West Village thru May 4 th. 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Dated: January 18, 2013, Leta Liou, Esq., The Law Firm of Liou & Maisonet, PLLC, Attorneys for Plaintiff, 124 Nassau Street, Suite 2, New York, New York 10038, (646) 587-0188. NOTICE: The nature of this action is to dissolve the marriage between the parties, on the grounds: DRL Section 170 subd. (2) - the abandonment of the Plaintiff by the Defendant for a period of more than one year. The relief sought is a judgment of absolute divorce in favor of the Plaintiff dissolving the marriage between the parties in this action. The nature of any ancillary or additional relief demanded is: That the Plaintiff shall have sole custody of the child of the marriage, Xiomara L. Soto, born on July 7, 2006; That the Defendant shall have reasonable rights of visitation with the child; That the Family Court shall have concurrent jurisdiction with the Supreme Court with respect to any future issues of maintenance, child support, custody and visitation; That the Defendant shall pay to the Plaintiff $163.00 per week for child support; That the Plaintiff shall provide health insurance benefits to the child until the age of 21 years; That the Court issue an appropriate Qualified Medical Child Support Order; That the Plaintiff may resume use of her prior surname, Rivera; That the Court grant such other and further relief as the Court may deem just and proper; The parties have divided up the marital property, and no claim will be made by either party under equitable distribution. NOTICE OF AUTOMATIC ORDERS. Pursuant to domestic relations law section 236 part b, sec. 2, the parties are bound by certain automatic orders which shall remain in full force and effect during the pendencey of the action. For further details you should contact the clerk of the matrimonial part, Supreme Court, 60 Centre Street, New York, NY 10007 Tel (646) 3863010. DRL 255 Notice. Please be advise that once the judgment of divorce is signed in this action, both parties must be aware that he or she will no longer be covered by the other party’s health insurance plan and that each party shall be responsible for his or her own health insurance coverage, and may be entitled to purchase health insurance on his or her own through a COBRA option, if available. BEACON, May 16, 2013 - May 22, 2013 newyorkbeacon.net CLASSIFIED 23 BEACON, May 16, 2013 - May 22, 2013 newyorkbeacon.net 24 BEACON Marc Rasbury SPORTS It’s man in the mirror time By Marc Rasbury As the Knicks head into game 4, they are backed in a corner not only due to the fact that they find themselves down 2 games to one. But they find themselves in the midst of a little internal controversy brewing within the locker room. Shortly after Game 3, 82-71, defeat at the hands of Indiana Pacers, Tyson Chandler indicated that the reason why the Knicks lost was because on offense the team was not moving the ball and they were depending on too many isolation plays. It was obvious that he was directing his comments towards Carmelo Anthony and perhaps JR Smith. The sad thing is that he had a point. I have said it all along and as well as my fellow colleagues in the media and the fans alike. But the timing has me and many others scratching our collective heads. You cant play as poorly as Chandler played on Saturday and then come out pointing the blame at others. Roy Hibbert abused the Knicks’ center to the tune of 24 points and 12 rebounds. Hibbert looked like Akeem “The Dream” out there. Hibbert has worked on his game and has improved dramatically since joining the league but come on now. If the Knicks are going to advance to the Conference Finals, Chandler is going to have to do a better job on Hibbert. Chandler must resemble the Defensive Player of Year that they signed last year. You are not going to shut down Hibbert completely but he cannot have the success he experienced in Game 3. And that means, Mr. Chandler you must look in the mirror and do your job, which means holding down the fort. Anthony has his job and you have your job. Do your job especially before you start looking elsewhere. However, speaking of Anthony he has to do his job as well. 21 points on 16 shots is not going to cut it. You are one of the more gifted scorers of this generation. You were brought here for moments like this and this is what you wanted. Now it is time for you to stand and deliver. I know that your teammates are not showing up as well. JR Smith cant buy a basket. Steve Novak has been a non factor. Jason Kidd has not scored at all in this series. But Melo you are the prolific scorer and you must act like your childhood idol, Bernard King and put this team on your back and carry them to the Conference Finals. This is not the time to point fingers. This is the time for this team to come together and everybody do their job. Melo must score and Chandler must defend. Hopefully, the rest of the team will relocate their jump shots. It is time for everybody on this roster to look at the man in the mirror. Tyson Chandler Matt Harvey soars while Mets bats fizzle By Derrel “Jazz” Johnson Matt Harvey With well over 120 games left in the 2013 Major League Baseball season for the New York Mets, it is clear that the biggest bright spot for the franchise and their Flushing faithful is secondyear pitcher Matt Harvey. With a sparkling 1.44 ERA in eight starts this season, Harvey is 4-0, and the Mets are 6-2 in games he has started. That means that the 1421 Mets are only 8-15 that Harvey doesn’t start. With an ERA below one and a half runs per game and four no decisions in eight starts, it is clear that the Mets are not providing Harvey, or any starter for that matter, adequate run support. Harvey has pitched well enough to have six or seven wins, but the offensively challenged Mets make it necessary for Harvey to pitch that well to avoid a loss. This will be a season of many growing pains for the New York Mets, who were picked universally by baseball pundits to be among baseball’s worst. In Matt Harvey, Mets fans get to see a glimmer of their bright future.
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