Sunday, March 26, 2006

Happy Women's History Month!

This issue, there are several stories about the accomplishments and the plights of women.

As always, the sources are links to the actual website for the story. Stories that have no links will be featured in full length at the very end in the body of the newsletter. Feedback is desired and welcome. Feel free to email me at Hope you're enjoyceinglife!!! JD

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In The JJ This Issue...

Colleges Open Minority Aid to All Comers
New York Times
Amid threats of litigation and pressure from Washington, programs created for minorities are being opened to white students.

Youngster's Black Power Poem Upsets School Officials
New York Post
A 7-year-old prodigy unleashed a firestorm when she recited a poem she wrote comparing Christopher Columbus and Charles Darwin to "pirates" and "vampires" who robbed blacks of their identities and human rights.

Ice Cube To Star In/Produce 'Welcome Back, Kotter' Remake

10 Plus 1: Ed Bradley, On The Other Side Of The Table
CBS News
In his 25 years with "60 Minutes," Ed Bradley has asked questions of everyone from Bob Dylan to Timothy McVeigh to Neil Armstrong. But this week he's kindly agreed to put himself in a different role and answer some questions from us.

Gentrification Changing Face of New Atlanta
New York Times
For the first time since the 1920's, the black share of Atlanta's population is declining and the white percentage is on the rise.

Is T.D. Jake's Deal Going Sour?
T.D. Jakes has not gotten his $20 million Katrina check because the corporate rulers have no intention of allowing Blacks from New Orleans to regroup and return.

Michelle Williams Announced as Minority Owner of Chicago Sky

The Business of Education
Joseph C. Phillips
Unlike other big businesses, the business of education remains accountable not to the consumer -- parents and students -- but to the bureaucrats and politicians that write the checks and continue to churn out mandates.

Target Market News buys Black Issues Book Review from Cox, Matthews & Assoc.
Target Market News

Pimp Pop Culture Brushes Aside Girls' Fate
Washington Post
The recent conviction of Jaron R. Brice for pimping could have been accompanied by the Oscar-winning song, "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp." Except that only the most depraved audience would have sung along.

Scant Drop Seen in Abortion Rate if Parents Are Told
New York Times
Parental notification laws have not produced the sharp drop in abortions that advocates had hoped for, a Times analysis shows.

NYC to Subpoena Ad Agency Execs in Diversity Probe
Industry's Minority-Hiring Practices Called a City 'Embarrassment'

'N.Y. Times' Needs Diversity Improvements, Study Finds
Editor & Publisher
The "Jayson Blair debacle continues to haunt the Times and continues to affect diversity efforts, according to dozens of interviews with employees."

Armed Kenya media raid condemned
BBC News
Diplomats from nearly 30 countries have joined Kenya's opposition and media groups to condemn the raid by armed, masked police on a media group.

Belafonte Won't Back Down
He not only calls George Bush a terrorist, he takes on the debacle of Hurricane Katrina and illegal wiretapping.

Why Is Tavis Smiling? - And Why Are We Watching?

Prisons Often Shackle Pregnant Inmates in Labor
New York Times
Corrections officials say they must strike a balance between security and the well-being of the pregnant woman and her child.

The Latest "Role" Models for Black Women
Having four movies about sisters out at the same time is good news, says Jill Nelson--although she'd prefer it if two out of four parts weren't played by brothers.

Pittsburgh Black Cultural Center Renamed the August Wilson Center
Diversity Inc.

'Black Family Today' magazine is launched through physicians' offices
Target Market News

Schools Where the Only Real Test Is Basketball
New York Times
An investigation by The Times found basketball-centered schools where students were athletes trying to raise their grades.

Street Lit With Publishing Cred
New York Times
Relentless Aaron's Journey From Prison to Four-Book Deal

Online book videos bring words to life
USA Today
When HarperCollins' Amistad imprint wanted a fresh, new way to promote Lolita Files' fifth novel, Sex.Lies.Murder.Fame, it jumped on the hottest promotional bandwagon in publishing and created its first online book video.

Ving Rhames Brings Nat Turner to the Big Screen

NBA To Launch Upscale Men’s Wear Line
Dress Items to Be Branded With Basketball League's Logo

Selling Junk Food to Toddlers
The New York Times
With more than nine million obese youngsters over 6 in this country, it's time to stop encouraging another generation to eat wrong.

Smithsonian To Host Museum's First Ever On Going Exhibit On Hip-Hop Culture

The Next Big Things for Newspapers: Podcast, Vodcast
Editor & Publisher
Are you taking them seriously at your newspaper? It's time to do so. Publishers looking for advice can study the industry's pioneers. What's clear is this: It's imperative to reach news consumers via digital channels.

Hallmark Cards To Launch Lifestyle Magazine
Hallmark Cards, which recently announced its intention to get out of the TV business, is now moving into magazines.

Best Selling Author Bebe Moore Campbell Takes Time To Recuperate From A Neurological Condition
Press Release
Full Recovery Expected As Author Continues Writing.

Maryland Lawsuit Seeks to Eradicate Wrongful Foreclosure in African-American Community
Press Release

April Silver Gives Her ?Two Cents? as Co-Host of New Music/Talk TV Show on BETJ!
Press Release

Giant Magazine Taps Publishing Visionary Smokey Fontaine As Its New Editor-In-Chief
Press Release
Founder of america Magazine Takes Top Post at
“The Ultimate Entertainment Magazine



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Hurston/Wright Foundation Seeks Submissions For Summmer Writing Workshop

Submissions from African American Writers Needed

Washington, DC ( - The Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation is accepting applications for its annual Writers' Week summer workshop for Black writers. It is the nation's only multi-genre summer writer's workshop for writers of African descent with a tuition-free component for high school students. The workshop will be held on the campus of American University in Washington, DC from July 16 to July 22, 2006. To participate, writers must submit an application along with samples of their work by April 21, 2006.

The week brings together Black writers from around the United States, as well as Black writers from the Caribbean, Africa, and Europe, who create a nurturing, safe space to discuss their work, its meaning, and unique aesthetics. Hurston/Wright Writers' Week is distinguished by the diversity of the writers it attracts: published, unpublished, college students, high school students, seniors, retirees, professionals-all chosen to participate in the Week on the strength of their writing.

"The Hurston/Wright Writers' Week workshop allows Black writers to create a space where our unique story is completely understood," said Marita Golden, founder of the Hurston/Wright Foundation. "Participants build relationships with mentors and become part of a supportive community that sustains them long after the week has ended."

All courses during the week are taught by published authors and include workshops on fiction, memoirs, creative writing, and poetry. Confirmed workshop leaders include:

* Marita Golden, acclaimed author of 12 works of fiction and nonfiction, including the popular best sellers Long Distance Life, Migrations of the Heart and Don't Play in the Sun. She has been a member of the graduate creative writing faculties at George Mason University and Virginia Commonwealth University.

* Wil Haygood, author of Two on the River; King of the Cats: The Life and Times of Adam Clayton Powell Jr.; The Haygoods of Columbus: A Family Memoir; and In Black and White: The Life of Sammy Davis Jr. He is currently a staff writer for the Style section of the Washington Post.

* Venise Berry, author of best selling novels, So Good: An African American Love Story, All of Me, A Voluptuous Tale, and Colored Sugar Water. Berry is an associate professor of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Iowa City, Iowa.

* Patricia Elam, author of the novel Breathing Room. Her fiction and nonfiction writings have been published in The Washington Post, Essence, Emerge, Newsday, and in such anthologies as Father's Songs and New Stories from the South.

* Steven Barnes, author of best selling novels such as Dream Park (with Larry Niven), Legacy of Heorot and Beowulf's Children (with both Niven and Jerry Pournelle). His solo novels include Streetlethal, Gorgon, Child, Firedance, The Kundalini Equation, and Blood Brothers. He has been nominated for the Hugo and Cable Ace Awards, and is the writer of "A Stitch In Time," the Emmy-winning episode of Showtime's The Outer Limits.

* Tyehimba Jess, a winner of the 2004 Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and was a 2004-2005 Winter Fellow at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. His first book of poetry, Leadbelly, was a winner of the 2004 National Poetry Series. Jess is an assistant professor of English at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

* Kenny Carroll, a creative writing teacher at Duke Ellington School of the Arts. For the past 10 years he has been the executive director of DC Writers Corps, a non-profit organization committed to engaging middle and junior high school students in the literary arts.

Participants may choose from a base tuition of $650 or for advanced writers, the tuition is $800. Room and board is available at an additional cost. Qualifying high school students will receive a full scholarship including room and board.

Hurston/Wright Writer's Weeks is made possible with the support of American University, Verizon Foundation, Broadway/Doubleday Group, and the generous support of individual donors.

For more information about the Hurston/Wright Foundation and its annual Writer's Week or to download an application, visit or call 301-683-2134.

About the Hurston/Wright Foundation
The Hurston/Wright Foundation is a nonprofit resource center for readers, writers and supporters of Black literature. The mission of this literary organization is to discover, develop and honor Black writers for the purpose of preserving the legacy and ensuring the future of Black writers and the literature they create. Since its inception in 1990, the Hurston/Wright Foundation has grown from serving only one segment of the community of Black writers, college writers of African descent, to providing culturally sensitive services and guidance for Black writers and their readers at every stage of their development.

BET PR Interns Wanted:

BET's Corporate Communication's department seeks high performing students (undergrad and graduate level) for internship opportunities. BET, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc., is dedicated to providing a solid learning foundation for student interns. Internship applications are accepted throughout the year, however; participants must commit to a minimum 12-week non-paid internship. We are currently looking to fill several spots for the spring and summer semesters (spring dates: March 15 - June 2, 2006 / summer dates: June 12 - August 25, 2006).

As a PR intern, your responsibilities will include supporting the press department with various tasks such as answering phones, filing, creating media clippings, researching information, compiling and distributing screener press kits, maintaining database, as well as other administrative and PR duties. Assistance with special events, such as the BET's Spring Bling, BET Awards, as well as our music programming (106 & PARK, RAP CITY, BET STYLE, THE STUDENT CENTER, etc.), are also a part of internship duties. The internship program allows students to receive first-hand knowledge of the rewards and challenges of working for a multi-facet entertainment company such as BET.

All interested students, please submit your resume and a recent writing sample to:
NEW YORK, NY 10019

Any questions, please call Tricia N. Newell or Tara Smith, 212-975-4048.

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Responsibilities will include:

Create, update and manage the issue plan, editorial tracker, and
editorial closing schedules.

Oversee the traffic of all content in the copy, mechanical, and final
layout stages. Ensure flow of page movement between editorial,
copy/research, and art departments.

Manage assignments to and supervise junior, copy and research editors.
Assign and manage freelancer work schedules and contracts.

Create, manage, reforecast and have fiscal responsibility for
editorial budgets reporting to Associate Publisher.

The successful candidate will have 5+ years experience in a consumer
magazine environment and will possess excellent organizational,
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Best Selling Author Bebe Moore Campbell Takes Time To Recuperate From A Neurological Condition
Press Release
Full Recovery Expected As Author Continues Writing.

Washington, DC – Today, Ellis Gordon, Jr., husband to bestselling author and mental health advocate, Bebe Moore Campbell announced that his wife was recently diagnosed with a neurological condition that will require her full attention for recovery. During recovery, Campbell will continue her writing, but her other activities and appearances have been cancelled for the next 90-120 days. Ms. Campbell’s physician, Dr. Keith Black, a world renowned neurosurgeon who made the diagnosis stated, “With the prescribed treatment for her condition and with the proper time to heal and rest, there is every reason to believe that Ms. Campbell will have a normal recovery and will resume her regular schedule of activities. She is in the best of care.”

Calls and expressions of concerns have been received and acknowledged by Campbell’s family. “We appreciate the care, love and acts of concerns of our many family and friends,” said Gordon,Jr. “Your continued prayers are invited.” The family requests that the public respects Ms. Campbell’s privacy during this time. “She needs this time to heal and recover so that she may return full time to her life’s work and continue with her passion and one of her greatest gifts from God, writing,” Gordon Jr., said.

Expressions of concern and comfort may be sent to Ms. Campbell at 3255 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90010-1418. Email messages may be sent to and visit for updates.
For more information, please contact, publicist, Linda Boyd of The Wharton Group at (202) 291- 6435, (202) 726-4515 or (202) 669-9139.

Maryland Lawsuit Seeks to Eradicate Wrongful Foreclosure in African-American Community
Press Release

Washington, DC ( - A lawsuit filed in the Federal District Court of Maryland is asking the Court to address the common foreclosure practices that has undermined the American Dream for African-American families in areas heavily populated by minorities. The action is denouncing the practice of "reverse redlining" whereby mortgage servicers have specifically targeted the African-American community in regard to certain services, practices and policies. The implementation of these acts has caused a substantial increase in the number of foreclosures in the African-American community as compared to non-minority communities.

The mortgage servicer is typically an intermediary which engages in the collection of mortgage debt. Rarely originating the loan, the mortgage servicer is often assigned the loan or purchases the loan from the secondary market.

What is most interesting about the lawsuit is its attempt to draw a distinction between predatory lending and predatory mortgage servicing. Recognizing the inability of minorities to obtain conventional financing, the lawsuit notes that aggressive foreclosure practices innately attaches itself to those individuals and households with sub-prime loans. Sub-prime loans, due to its costliness and high interest rates, are inherently harder to maintain by the homeowners and has become quite common in the African-American community. Considering the fact the minority community has been the target of sub-prime loans in years past, it goes without saying they are predisposed to foreclosure when unfair and deceptive trade practices are implemented by the mortgage servicer.

While addressing the predatory lending dilemma garners the attention of the press and legislature, the failure to address predatory mortgage servicing will allow this problem to persist. With the family home often being the largest investment of the vast majority of people, it is time certain protections are in place to prevent mortgage servicers from stealing the African-American dream.

About William C. Johnson, Jr. & Associates, PLLC
William C. Johnson, Jr. & Associates, PLLC is a Civil Rights and Consumer Protection firm practicing in the jurisdictions of Maryland and Washington, D.C. The firm typically provides litigation and transactional advice to businesses and individuals.

April Silver Gives Her ?Two Cents? as Co-Host of New Music/Talk TV Show on BETJ!
Press Release

Brooklyn, New York - - AKILA WORKSONGS, Inc. is pleased to announce that its Founder and President, April R. Silver, will co-host a new television show on BETJ (formerly BET Jazz). My Two Cents features Silver, author Keith Boykin and media executive Selwyn Sefu Hinds as the regular fixtures on the show. Lawyer/on-air personality Ryan Smith, television producer Cassidy Arkin, and other guests will rotate as panelists. As a weekly music/talk program, My Two Cents will present ?fresh and original voices discussing the issues of the day stitched together with Classic Soul & R&B videos.? The program premieres Wednesday, March 1 at 1:00 pm EST. Repeats are scheduled for 9 pm and 12 midnight. Next week, the show will start its regular schedule: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Friedays at 1:00 pm (with repeats at 9 pm and 12 midnight).

According to BETJ, the 10 year-old channel will be revamped, but ?jazz programming will remain at the core of the channel. BET J will continue to present the best of Jazz in its day parts and late night programming.? In primetime, however, the network will ?branch out and present ? Neo-Soul, R&B and Classic Soul. These genres will be featured alongside compelling Pop Culture programming that targets African Americans age 30 and above. BETJ will fill the void in the marketplace for meaningful topical and nostalgic programming for African American adults that speaks directly to them and their experience?.wrapped around its musical play list are other lifestyle and cultural offerings that include short films, spoken word, celebrity interviews, nostalgic retrospectives and engaging conversation.? Beginning March 1, BETJ will reach 23 million subscribers in the United States and the Caribbean.

?I was completely taken off guard when BETJ reached out to me for this, but it?s a sweet opportunity to amplify some of the philosophies and opinions that have driven my life?s work.? Silver says. ?The vibe with everyone has been great and the discussions have been fluid and dynamic. I think My Two Cents will be welcomed by the mature audience that Keith, Selwyn, and I reflect,? she adds.

For more information on My Two Cents or BETJ, please visit For more information on April Silver or AKILA WORKSONGS, please visit or contact Lea Byrd of LEABYRD PR at 917.319.5449.

Giant Magazine Taps Publishing Visionary Smokey Fontaine As Its New Editor-In-Chief
Press Release
Founder of america Magazine Takes Top Post at
“The Ultimate Entertainment Magazine”

Neil Steinberg
5W Public Relations

NEW YORK, NY (MARCH. 2, 2006) – GIANT Magazine ( announced today that Smokey Fontaine has joined the magazine as its Editor-in-Chief. Fontaine, one of the most innovative forces in magazine publishing today, brings to Giant an impressive resume highlighted by his founding of america Magazine. With his hiring, Fontaine will work alongside Giant Magazine’s Founder and President Jamie Hooper in taking the Giant brand to the next level. Giant, now boasting an ABC-audited ratebase of 300,000, has developed a devoted reader following with its intelligent and humorous pop-culture coverage.

At america Magazine, Fontaine spearheaded one of the most critically acclaimed glossies in recent years. The magazine was hailed by print press including The New York Times, Women’s Wear Daily, Advertising Age and The Village Voice who named the publication as its “#3 Most Stylish Magazine of 2004”. The magazine attracted some of the music industry’s biggest stars, featuring covers of Mariah Carey, 50 Cent, Kanye West and P. Diddy among others. Before founding america, Fontaine served as Music Editor of The Source Magazine and as US Editor of Trace Magazine, while also authoring several books, including EARL: The Autobiography of DMX, from Harper Collins Entertainment. Fontaine is also a featured music correspondent for the BBC and Channel 4 networks in England, and makes numerous appearances on FOX News and VH-1.

“Smokey Fontaine is immensely respected as a journalist and editor—especially within the music world -- and we are thrilled to have him at Giant’s helm. His leadership and unique point-of-view will further broaden the scope of Giant’s entertainment and pop culture coverage,” said Jamie Hooper, Founder and President of Giant Magazine. “With this move, we will fully realize Giant’s role in the marketplace as ‘The Ultimate Entertainment Magazine’.”

“Giant is already one of the most cutting edge magazines in its arena, and I look forward to raising its profile in the industry,” said Smokey Fontaine. “Giant will be a one-stop resource on all things pop culture to an even wider audience.”

With an ABC-audited ratebase circulation of 300,000, Giant Magazine provides top consumer brands the opportunity to reach the desirable young adult consumer. Featuring the latest in movies, music, electronics and everything pop culture, Giant provides “entertainment intelligence” for readers in every issue.

Giant is the ultimate entertainment magazine for America’s growing and thriving culture of 20- and 30-something pop-culture enthusiasts — people for whom movies, music, TV, games and books, both new and classic, are the most important thing in their lives. Giant shares a common passion for these subjects with its readers through a fun, humorous tone, exciting photography and graphics and an intense attention to editorial detail and fact. Giant provides information and a unique point of view on current entertainment and pop culture trends, so our readers feel smart and excited to tell their friends what they’ve read.

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