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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

No Green Gene? No Problem, Visit a Farmer’s Market


In March 2009, First Lady Michelle Obama broke ground for the White House organic garden. I watched her on television as she made the first dig, and was thrilled at the site of the twenty-three fifth graders from Bancroft Elementary School in Washington, D.C., digging right along with her. The 1,100-square-foot garden plot is located on the south lawn of the White House. The garden is a symbol that educates and encourages children about nutritious foods to eat. It will provide food for the White House’s First Family, staff, visitors, and also help feed the hungry. 

Growing up, we always had a garden. Although my mom, Hazel Ann, may not give herself this title, but I label her as an “avid gardener.” Along with my in-laws, Ernestine and Jay, she grew up eating organic vegetables and fresh fruits grown from her backyard. Unfortunately, everything I plant dies, so I guess the green gene skipped me. Now, as a mother, I sometimes feel guilty because I don’t have a garden to gather fresh vegetables. Instead, I buy fruits and vegetables from the local grocery store.

Optimistic, I decided to venture out and learn more about organic foods and various ways to support local farmers. I gained an interest in buying directly from farmers, after visiting Sag Harbor’s Farmers Market. While at the market, the weather matched the personalities of the farmers: absolutely beautiful. There were white tents lined up in a row with local farmers selling everything from vegetables, baked goods, cheese, honey, fish, and much more. Many farmers offered samples to my family and me as we visited each tent. The food was very tasty and nutritious.

We live in a super-sized world where fast food and eating out is advertised on a daily basis. Sometimes easy access to fast foods can make us forget about what is most nutritious for us to eat. Local Harvest.org web site states, “The best organic food is what's grown closest to you. Use our website to find farmers' markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area, where you can buy produce, grass-fed meats, and many other goodies.” I’ve used the website to help find local farmers’ markets near my community. The next trip to the farmers’ market will be at Serenbe. I look forward to instilling in our children the lifestyle of eating healthy and supporting local farmers. 

AMC Theaters brings the IMAX EXPERIENCE to AMC Stonecrest 16

 
Lithonia, GA - Be sure to visit the new IMAX Theater at AMC Stonecrest Mall 16! We just went to see "Pirates of the Caribbean." The boys had a blast and the IMAX 3D experience was amazing!

Visit AMC Stonecrest Mall 16 and check out these new movies: 


May 6: THOR
May 20: PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN
June 10: SUPER 8
June 24: CARS 2
July 1: TRANSFORMERS
July 15 HARRY POTTER PART 2


Ticket prices are an additional $4 added to general admission to view a 2D IMAX film and an additional $5 for a 3D IMAX film. 


AMC Stonecrest 16 and IMAX is located at 8060 Mall Parkway, Lithonia, 30038. 888-262- 4386. 


















6 week Adult Blues Workshop and Jam Session in Atlanta, GA

ADULT BLUES WORKSHOP AND JAM SESSION

JULY 2 - AUGUST 12

Every Thursday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
SaNa Sounds Recording, LLC
ATLANTA GA

only $199.00 FOR 6 CLASSES

Join non-musicians and musicians for a 6 week exploration of the Blues

- its' healing properties
- 12 bar, soul, country, and jazz blues
- learn basic Blues theory
- learn how to sing, play, announce, or just enjoy the Blues
- enjoy a live performance during every class every Thursday

NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED!

ONLY $199.00 for 6 classes Thursdays 6pm - 9pm July 2 - August 12

Send check or money order to
SaNa Sounds Recording, LLC
PO Box 11432
Atlanta GA 30310
404 344-8893

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Thanks to an exciting new partnership with the Georgia Public Library Service, Georgia residents can check out the Zoo Atlanta Family Pass for free admission for a family of four.

Where do I get the Zoo Atlanta Family Pass?
  • You must visit your local public library to obtain the Zoo Atlanta Family Pass.
  • Adults with a valid library card from any branch of a participating public library system throughout the state of Georgia* may access the Zoo Atlanta Family Pass. One pass is available for checkout at each participating branch and may be checked out once per year, per household.
    *excluding the Auburn Avenue Research Library in Atlanta
How do I use the Zoo Atlanta Family Pass?
  • Check out the Zoo Atlanta Family Pass DVD at your local library. (No self-checkout; DVD must be checked out at the library front desk.) When you return the DVD to your library, you will receive a receipt. Please save this receipt; it is required for Zoo admission. The pass is valid for 7 days from the date of the receipt showing the return of the DVD.
  • Present your Zoo Atlanta Family Pass receipt at the Zoo Atlanta front gate for admission.
  • Pass is valid for two adults and up to two children; standard general admission will apply to families larger than four. The pass is valid for general admission only and may not be used for fee-based events or programs. Not valid with any other discount, offer or promotion; may not be redeemed for cash. 
  • If the DVD is lost or damaged, a $30 replacement fee will be charged by the library system. Overdue fines will be charged for late returns.
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DIVAS WITH A CAUSE BENEFIT CONCERT

  BENEFIT CONCERT TO RAISE AWARENESS & FUNDS FOR LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS
Seven Vocalists, Seven Causes, One Amazing Night of Music!
SMYRNA, GA ( May 19, 2011) --- On Sunday, June 19 seven of Atlanta’s top female vocalists: Sandra Hall, Theresa Hightower, Melanie Massell, Toni Redd, Gwen Hughes, Claiborne and Maryline Blackburn will come together to perform as DIVAS WITH A CAUSE in order to inspire, educate and raise funds for causes that are important to each of them. 

These strong, caring and independent women will perform in concert to support the following organizations: the Shepherd Center Foundation, the Kidney Foundation, Doris Shaheen Breast Health Center, The Valerie Fund, The Joan Gaeta Lung Cancer Fund, Humane Society of Forsyth County, and Alzheimer’s Association of Georgia.  Make plans now for an incredible night of music on Sunday, June 19 at 5:30 pm at The Buckhead Theatre. Tickets are on sale at www.divaswithacause.com, The Buckhead Theatre (Thursday & Friday from Noon- 4 pm), or by calling (678) 653-3061
“Shepherd Center is honored to have been selected by Melanie Massell as a beneficiary of this wonderful event,” says Bonnie Hardage, Shepherd Center Director of Major Gifts. “Support from the community has a direct impact, everyday, on restoring hope and rebuilding the lives of our patients. We are grateful to be included in this effort to not only build awareness about the wonderful work of seven charities, but also celebrate the beautiful talents of seven amazing ladies as they give of their time and talents to do good for so many in our community. “

Through music, the universal language, these organizations will benefit from the philanthropic efforts of these women. “It is indeed an honor to be part of such an incredible fundraising collaboration of talented female vocalists,” states Maryline Blackburn, the former Miss Alaska who beat Sarah Palin in the 1984 Miss Alaska Scholarship Pageant.

This event promises to be a night filled with Life, Love and Laughter. Porsche Foxx, founder of the Porsche Foxx Community Force, enthuses, "It's exciting to see this group of talented ladies focus on the community and provide an explosive night of entertainment!"

Joe Gaeta, President of the Joan Gaeta Lung Cancer Fund, says, "The Joan Gaeta Lung Cancer Fund is very grateful that the 'Barefoot Diva' Gwen Hughes chose our organization to support. We are excited to be a part of DIVAS WITH A CAUSE and are confident that it will bring awareness not just to our lung cancer fund, but to all the worthwhile causes represented.”

In 2010 The Roxy Theater, an Atlanta landmark, was renamed The Buckhead Theatre and renovated to reclaim the magic and dazzle of its jazz-era beginnings. Central to Buckhead nightlife for more than 80 years, The Buckhead Theatre is steeped in the lively spirit of its history, yet fully modernized to accommodate today’s multifaceted forms of entertainment and special events. The restorative vision for this magical Atlanta landmark is credited to R. Charles Loudermilk.  The Buckhead Theatre is located at 3110 Roswell Road (near the intersection of Roswell Road & Peachtree Road).

Tickets to DIVAS WITH A CAUSE are: $30 in advance, $40 at the door, and $75 VIP. * VIP tickets include special seating, an after-show reception with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, and a “Meet and Greet” with the DIVAS!  To purchase advance tickets visit www.divaswithacause.com, The Buckhead Theatre (Thursday & Friday from Noon-4 pm), or call (678) 653-3061.

DIVAS WITH A CAUSE is produced by C’Quinz Entertainment.  Founded in 1993, C’Quinz Entertainment, LLC has provided a variety of quality entertainment for public, private, national & international events, as well as profit and non-profit organizations.

For additional information, photos, or to schedule an interview with the DIVAS, please contact Karen Hatchett at Hatchett Marketing & PR:

Monday, May 30, 2011

Verizon Wireless Celebrates It’s a Family Affair™ contest with Blair Underwood


Oakland, CA, May 23, 2011 With the season of family reunions and summer vacations fast approaching, one lucky family will soon celebrate a reunion they’ll never forget.  The grand prize winner of Verizon Wireless’ It’s a Family Affair™ contest will win an all-expense-paid family reunion for up to 100 guests.  The prize includes a reunion venue, catering, entertainment and a dedicated website to post family images, videos, comments and more.

 “Four years ago Verizon Wireless introduced How Sweet the Sound, a national gospel choir competition, and the response from the African-American community was overwhelmingly positive,” said Christina Gonzalez, director of multicultural marketing for Verizon Wireless in the western U.S.  “With It’s a Family Affair, we’re giving back to the community, once again, in a culturally relevant way.”  

Families can register for the contest at www.VerizonFamilyAffair.com now through May 30, 2011 at midnight.  Entrants must submit photos that demonstrate how their family keeps their close connection, and answer a few short, open-ended questions, such as: “What words of wisdom does your family live by?”

The voting period runs from June 7 to June 16.   Verizon Wireless will select fifty families as semi-finalists and post their stories on the contest website.  The public will then vote to determine which family wins the ultimate family reunion from Verizon Wireless. The company will announce the winning family no later than June 25.  

To celebrate the It’s a Family Affair™ contest, Verizon Wireless recently hosted a family-friendly event at its Communications Store in San Leandro. Some attendees won prizes such as BlackBerry® smartphones and tickets to local concerts.

In addition, the first 100 people who donated no-longer used cell phones and accessories to Verizon Wireless’ HopeLine® phone recycling program at the event had an exclusive opportunity to participate in a meet and greet with actor and director Blair Underwood that included a picture with Underwood and an autographed photo. Pictures from the It’s a Family Affair™ event are available to be viewed at www.verizoninsider.com/galleries.

HopeLine from Verizon Wireless turns no-longer used cell phones and accessories into support for domestic violence agencies that serve victims and survivors of abuse.  For more information about HopeLine, please visit: www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline

To learn more and register for the It’s a Family Affair contest, visit www.VerizonFamilyAffair.com.


                                             
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s fastest, most advanced 4G network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 104 million total wireless connections, including more than 88 million retail customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 85,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit
www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Dr. Manning Marable: Remembering Our Father

Celebration of the Life of Dr. Manning Marable on the Morningside Campus of Columbia University, Roone Alredge Auditorium, Lerner Hall on May 26, 2011. 



On behalf of my older sister, Malaika, and twin brother, Joshua, we want to thank you for joining us this evening, to celebrate the life of an extraordinary and inspirational man, and above all, an exceptional Father.  On this day, and every day, it makes us proud to honor a true champion for our people, whom he so loved, our Dad.

Our hearts have continued to ache over his passing, but we have found strength in reflecting on the memories that we shared and how he chose to express himself and live on earth.  We are forever thankful and appreciative of everyone who has reached out to us, and who loved him as much as we did. We thank you.

To most of you, he was Dr. Marable, Professor Marable, or Manning. To us he was Dad, Daddy, and Pops. To him we were Tiger, Soji (My Little Girl) and Handsome Son.

There is no greater gift to give your children than to be amazing. Dad was amazing.

Daddy was our Hero.  Growing up we were captivated by his storytelling that took us to his childhood days - playing practical jokes on Uncle Jimmy, marveling over his younger sister, our Aunt Madonna, and spending long-hot summers with family in Tuskegee, Alabama.  He was an animated storyteller, had a great sense of humor and was very funny. His stories of real life experiences captured our imaginations, warmed our hearts, and impacted our lives.

Dad was gifted.  He had the ability to make you feel like you were the most important person in the world.  His charm, charisma, and radiant heart could light up any room.  People were drawn to his magnetism.  Dad was hip and in his own words, a real "cool cat."


Dad provided sound advice at the right moments, to comfort you during the toughest times.  He was always there when you needed him most. His smile, loving hugs, light-hearted jokes and songs, would make you come alive and brighten your day.

As a child, our grandparent's blessed over him and directed him towards becoming a historian. Dad had an incredible mind, and his memory was remarkable.  Growing up, we called him our “walking encyclopedia.”  We could be anywhere, and he would know the importance and historical significance of each place, building, and person.  He was a humble genius.  A classic academic. We recall as children, forming an assembly line at the kitchen counter, stuffing and sealing envelopes for his column,“From the Grassroots,” which later became the column, "Along the Color Line." 

We believe he spoke so passionately about his work because he loved it so much, but also for all of us to carry on his legacy. Every story, every book, every lecture, small talk at the dinner table, walk on the Vineyard, speak truth to power and his words into existence and live not only for him but for yourselves.

He will always be with us. He lives through his teachings, books, students, colleagues, family, children, and grandchildren. Dad would want us to find our life's true passion and live each day walking on that path and fighting for what's right, even when some may be too scared or think that you are wrong. That's speaking truth to power.


We miss everything about him. His laugh. His smile. His real hugs and warm embrace. The way he danced, talked about sports, his listening ear and sound advice.  His hand clap and laugh, pretending to bite his nails waiting to tell us the punchline of a joke. The twinkle in his eyes when he talked about his life's work. The many other books that he had stored in his mind. Him.

So today we say, thank you. Thank you Daddy for being an inspiration to us all. Thank you for being an exceptional human being. Above all thank you for being an amazing Father.

We are forever thankful for his love, support, and guidance.  

Our Dad was not only amazing in his work but truly amazing as a Father. That's the type of legacy that we want to leave. Be Amazing.

Thank you. 


Photos from public memorial

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Quality of An Education

My heart ached when I read the article in The Huffington Post, "Detroit Schools Closing: Michigan Officials Order Robert Bobb to Shut Half The City's Schools."  The school closings may increase class sizes to 60 students.  My mind spun around in circles.  I had a gut-wrenching feeling just thinking about how many students will not receive a quality education, if this plan passes.

Americans are experts and innovators in many fields, but when it comes to education, we're not progressing as we should.  The average teacher’s salary in the United States according to payscale.com, is $35,869 - $53,734 per year.  How many teachers are going to sign up to teach a class with 60 students for $35,869 dollars per year?  It's hard to manage an average class size of 26 students, let alone 60 students.  There are so many implications for what could go wrong if this happens.  Such stress upon the teachers and student population, could eventually lead to increased crime, poverty, and a higher drop out rate.

I have worked in education for nearly 12 years, but don't know all of the ins and outs of budgets or the reasons why teachers aren't getting paid more.  I have never met a teacher that doesn't love her/his occupation.  They stay late hours to grade papers, read assignments on the weekends, spend their own money on school supplies, and counsel students.  At the same time, I have also met teachers that feel that their efforts aren't appreciated, work in undesirable conditions, and feel underpaid.  What would it take for teachers to make more money?

The topic of a quality education is constantly discussed in our household and with friends.  We agree that class sizes directly impact student achievement.  There was a clear difference when we took our oldest son out of a daycare that had 22 students in each class, and moved him to another daycare with 6 students per class.  He was able to receive individual attention in smaller groups, and excelled faster in his new environment.  Stronger relationships with his teachers and classmates were developed.

Every child deserves a quality education from grades K-12.  America continues to struggle on being highly ranked in the world of education. We are one of the wealthiest nations in the world, but our high school students are at best average in math and science.  We must not fail our own children, in or outside the classroom.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Group to Protest Clayton County Breast Feeding Law

By MYFOXATLANTA STAFF/myfoxatlanta

FOREST PARK, Ga. - Mothers and advocates of breastfeeding plan to protest a controversial ordinance Monday. The group is upset over a new law in Clayton County which limits public breast feeding.

More than 100 breast feeding women and supporters are expected to take part in a nurse-in Monday morning in Forest Park. The so-called "lactivists" are upset over a new law in the Clayton County community limiting public breast feeding.

The ordinance, which was passed to cut down on public nudity, prohibits breast feeding children aged 2 or older.

Organizers have used Facebook to publicize the event and say people from as far as Alabama are expected to attend.

The nurse-in is scheduled to take place in front of the Forest Park City Hall.

For more on breastfeeding you can also visit myatlantamoms!

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Agents on a Mission Tour - Disney Pixar’s “Cars 2”

Multi-City Tour Comes to Atlanta




Presented by State Farm, the “Agents on a Mission” tour hits the road with Disney • Pixar’s “Cars 2” this spring when four-time Piston Cup champion Lightning McQueen and best friend Mater join master British spy Finn McMissile—life-size remote-controlled models that race around, light up and rev for fans.



LOCATION: Perimeter Mall Parking Lot - Corner of Ashford Dunwoody Road and Perimeter Center West

TIME: 12pm-6pm

CONTACT: 770-394-4270

Click here for more information.

Events at Perimeter Mall

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Mark Your Calendars! First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Campaign Event in Atlanta



Mighty Jumps Party and Play Center of Buckhead and Free Condoms and Lollipops.com have partnered to bring First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Campaign to Atlanta.  In 2010, President Barack Obama signed a proclamation declaring May as National Physical Fitness and Sports Month – so, what better way to commemorate both initiatives than by sponsoring Atlanta’s very first Family Fitness Challenge! 




Special guests include Big Brothers Big Sisters of Atlanta and the event will offer family-friendly competitions, such as jump rope, 3-legged race, sack race, and hula hoop contests, fun music, OMG Photo Booth, nutrition and health information resources, and provide healthy snacks for all participants.

The event is free for parents and/or guardians and entrance fees for children will be offered at a special rate.
Details on the event are below.


Mighty Jumps Indoor Party and Play Center
1019B Collier Road
Atlanta, GA 30318


May 21, 2011
10:30 A.M. - 2:30 P.M.


Cost: $8.99 per child - Parents exercise for free!

See you there!


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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Verizon Wireless Celebrates the Launch of It’s a Family Affair™ contest with Tavis Smiley

California Family to Win Ultimate Reunion Valued Up to $20,000

Los Angeles, CA, May 16, 2011 With the season of family reunions and summer vacations fast approaching, one lucky family will soon celebrate a reunion they’ll never forget.  The grand prize winner of Verizon Wireless’ It’s a Family Affair™ contest will win an all-expense-paid family reunion for up to 100 guests.  The prize includes a reunion venue, catering, entertainment and a dedicated website to post family images, videos, comments and more.

“Four years ago Verizon Wireless introduced How Sweet the Sound, a national gospel choir competition, and the response from the African-American community was overwhelmingly positive,” said Christina Gonzalez, director of multicultural marketing for Verizon Wireless in the western U.S.  “With It’s a Family Affair, we’re giving back to the community, once again, in a culturally relevant way.”

Families can register for the contest at www.VerizonFamilyAffair.com now through May 30, 2011 at midnight.  Entrants must submit photos that demonstrate how their family keeps their close connection, and answer a few short, open-ended questions, such as: “What words of wisdom does your family live by?”

The voting period runs from June 7 to June 16.   Verizon Wireless will select fifty families as semi-finalists and post their stories on the contest website.  The public will then vote to determine which family wins the ultimate family reunion from Verizon Wireless. The company will announce the winning family no later than June 25. 
To celebrate the launch of the contest, Verizon Wireless hosted a family-friendly event recently at its Communications Store in Torrance.  Some attendees won prizes such as BlackBerry® smartphones and tickets to concerts and sporting events in Los Angeles.

Attendees also had an opportunity to meet talk show host, author and entrepreneur Tavis Smiley.  He signed his newly released book “Fail Up” and posed for pictures with those in attendance. Pictures from the It’s a Family Affair™ event are available to be viewed at www.verizoninsider.com/galleries.

To learn more and register for the It’s a Family Affair™ contest, visit www.VerizonFamilyAffair.com.
Marable Family Reunion, Montgomery, AL (2008)

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s fastest, most advanced 4G network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 104 million total wireless connections, including more than 88 million retail customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 85,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
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Are Smart Phones Dumbing Down Our Children?

My nephew can use an iPhone better than I can. He can flip through photos, enlarge pictures, turn them upside down, and the two-year-older can even go to his favorite Apps and demonstrate how to use them. I stare at him in shock, but quickly remember that my almost four-year-older can do the same thing.

Am I the only blogger in America that doesn't have a smart phone? I have this cute, sliding, free phone, while my husband has a sleek upgrade. Our oldest son can't figure out why my phone isn't like the majority of people in America.

Growing up, our cell phone was connected to a large battery and remained in the trunk of my mom's car, "for emergency purposes." The phone was huge and looked like a jukebox. We didn't have TV's in our rooms, had one desktop computer, a typewriter, which my dad used, and got phones in our rooms when we entered high school. I was so brainwashed about not having a TV in my room, that as an RA in college, I put my only TV in the living room.

The question is debatable, "Are smart phones and technology dumbing down our kids?" My initial reaction to that question is, "no." I think texting is making our kids a bit hyper and poses a danger when they try to multitask by tweeting, eating, breathing, and walking at the same time.

Emory University English professor Mark Bauerlein, is the author of The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future, stated he “does not trust anyone under 30.” What happens when the 30-year-old somethings, have children, then he would probably argue that we are corrupting them with social media. Are we tweeting too often: http://www.howoftendoyoutweet.com?

Matt McGee's article, "By the Numbers: Twitter vs. Facebook vs. Google Buzz,” statistically points out how often people are using social media:

Updates/Posts

* Facebook status updates: 700 per second
* Twitter tweets: 600 per second
* Buzz posts: 55 per second

And compared to searches (see our postscript below)

* Google: 34,000 searches per second
* Yahoo: 3,200 searches per second
* Bing: 927 searches per second

I'm torn about this subject, because sometimes I believe social media can cause interruptions in life and warp of reality. I get perturbed when someone answers a text during a meeting or a meal. Some have become too busy trying to describe their latest activity in 140 characters, while others are constantly responding to the question on Facebook, "What's on your mind?" On the flipside, social media has allowed people to connect and easily stay in touch.

Truth be told, social media is ingenious. We are in an age where technology is increasing, as well as our interest in learning more about the subject and discovering the wonders of the unknown and greater possibilities. Bottom line, I believe parents must monitor their children’s over-usage of technology. If your son/daughter is starting to put tweet phrases in his/her English paper or on the SAT, then we have something to be worried about. Until then, just monitor their statuses and tweets.

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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Connect with Me on LinkedIn.com

LinkedIn is the leading professional network on the web with 100 million + members. 

Connect with me on LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/sojournergrimmett


Saturday, May 14, 2011

Atlanta's Premiere Fashion Swap Party! - Today!

SWAPNISTA DAY PARTY 
Hosted by Pretty Girls Rock Dresses & Fashion Envy LLC
 
Atlanta's Premiere Fashion Swap Party, Since 2008

When: Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 2:00pm 
321 Nelson Street SW, Atlanta, GA 30313 
Contact: 678.860.4253   info@fashiontoenvy.com    
Twitter: @swapnista @pgrdresses Hashtag: #swapnistadayparty

For more details and to Save the Date click HERE.



Atlanta Baby & Child Expo - Today!


* WINNER OF THE ATLANTA BABY & CHILD EXPO FREE TICKETS *

Congratulations Jennifer W. from Marietta, GA!

Atlanta Baby Event Brings Together Top Maternity and Parenting Products, Professionals and Services

The Atlanta Baby and Child Expo is a one day extravaganza of “all things baby” for new moms and moms-to-be, as well as their friends and family.  Set for May 14th at the Fabulous Fox Theatre Ballrooms, this is not your mass-expo event, but an elite pampering and shopping experience, providing new and expectant moms with a true treat.

You’ll get to meet with Atlanta’s most experience professionals, check out the finest baby products, and be able to register for premier services.  The event is geared toward expectant and new moms, from pregnancy to pre-k, and will include expectant massages, a maternity fashion show, cravings corner, baby dream gear runway, and a mom and baby product area where you can purchase the items you adore.  There will also be thousands of dollars worth of giveaways, from strollers to car seats and even a crib.  There are even special features from the www.BabyNameWizard.com where you can try matchmaking your interests with baby name options and the Bump It Up Style Lounge where you can get personalized tips on how to “bump up” your style before and after your pregnancy.  


Attendees who register at least one week in advance will go home with sweet swag bags.  VIP’s will be able to enter early and have access to a VIP only zone with additional treats.  Tickets can be purchased online at www.AtlantaBabyandChildExpo.com.  Potential vendors and sponsors can also find out more information on that site. This is the officially licensed Atlanta event for the Pregnancy Awareness Month campaign and is organized by Bottles to Britches Premier Baby Planners, a company with a passion for educating and connecting new and expectant parents with the people and products they need.  Partners and sponsors include TheBump.com, Atlanta Parent magazine, Safe Kids of Georgia, Atlanta Kids Directory, www.MomsLikeMe.com (Atlanta), www.AtlantaMoms.com, and www.MyAtlantaMommy.com, along with many other national and local leaders in the baby industry. 



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Friday, May 13, 2011

Public Memorial Service for Dr. Manning Marable

The public is invited to attend a Memorial Service for
Dr. Manning Marable on
Thursday May 26, 2011 at 5:30pm
on the Morningside Campus of Columbia University
Roone Alredge Auditorium, Lerner Hall (115th Street & Broadway)
Manning Marable
Dr. Manning Marable
(May 13, 1950 - April 1, 2011)
Scholar, Activist, Mentor

Written by Russell Rickford:

Prof. Manning Marable, an ebullient teacher and institution-builder who embodied the reciprocal possibilities of scholarship-activism, and a Du Boisian intellectual who sought in the black past lessons for the radical transformation of American democracy, died on April 1, 2011 at the age of  60.

Dr. Marable was a prolific scholar whose labor in the arenas of history, political science and social criticism inspired popular and academic audiences. He was a “race man” in the best sense of the tradition—“our grand radical democratic intellectual,” in the words of philosopher Cornel West. His wellspring of love for black folk nourished a passion for democracy and a vision of Africana studies as a crusade for the material and spiritual liberation of all oppressed people. Marable’s deep knowledge of the African Diaspora made him a force in the field of black history; his courage and progressive politics made him a treasure for “the grassroots.”

For Dr. Marable, “living black history” was more pilgrimage than principle. His journey began on May 13, 1950 in Dayton, Ohio. Born to James and June Morehead Marable, schoolteachers who enforced a regimen of U.S. and world history books, the young bibliophile soon discovered the gift of historical imagination. Acutely conscious of race matters, he was further politicized by the April 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. He was among the first mourners to arrive at the Atlanta church that hosted King’s funeral. (He covered the event for Dayton’s black newspaper.) A high school senior at the time, he perched on the steps of Ebenezer Baptist in the predawn shadows to await the masses.

A precocious student, he completed his bachelor’s in 1971 at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana (while leading the black student union) and went on to earn his master’s (1972) and Ph.D. (1976) in history at, respectively, University of Wisconsin, Madison and University of Maryland, College Park. Between the mid-1970s and early 1990s, Dr. Marable served on the faculty of Tuskegee Institute, University of San Francisco, Cornell University, Fisk University, Colgate University, Purdue University, Ohio State University, and University of Colorado, Boulder.

As a scholar who traversed the disciplines of history, political science and sociology, Dr. Marable grounded his work in the black American experience while exploring the larger African Diaspora, traveling to Kenya, Tanzania, Cuba, South Africa and Brazil. He developed political and academic contacts throughout the black world, seeing the remaking of racialized societies as the primary task of the engaged intellectual. Armed with the theories of Du Bois, C. L. R. James and Antonio Gramsci, he mastered political economy, emphasizing material solutions to social inequality and exposing the interlocking shackles of race and class.

During the first half of his career, Dr. Marable headed the Race Relations Institute at Fisk, the Africana and Latin American Studies Program at Colgate, and the Department of Black Studies at Ohio State. However, it was his directorship of Columbia University’s Institute for Research in African-American Studies, which he founded in 1993, that marked his most significant personal and political transitions.

Facing the sudden acceleration of sarcoidosis, an illness he had battled for years, and increasingly devoted to the socially redemptive power of political ideas, he crafted the Institute in the image of Du Bois’s Atlanta University project. Under Dr. Marable’s stewardship, the Institute married scholarship and social transformation, launching initiatives to bolster the case for African-American reparations, fight the specter of racialized mass imprisonment, and reclaim the radical vectors of Malcolm X’s legacy. Meanwhile, Dr. Marable cultivated two generations of scholars, activists and students, discovering in each individual a unique genius for advancing the cause he lovingly described: empowering the black masses to reclaim their agency and “return to their own history.”

Dr. Marable wrote prodigiously. The legal pads he dispatched in longhand became the masonry of a scholarly edifice that included more than 30 books and edited volumes, as well as hundreds of articles in academic and popular journals. From the Grassroots, Blackwater, How Capitalism Underdeveloped Black America, Race, Reform and Rebellion, Beyond Black and White, Let Nobody Turn Us Around  (with Leith Mullings), The Great Wells of Democracy, Living Black History, and now, Malcolm X, anchor the shelves of countless students and circulate endlessly in prison yards, their covers curled and shabby, their wisdom pristine. Committed to class-conscious analysis rendered in straightforward prose, Dr. Marable also  produced and distributed free of charge, a public affairs column—“From the Grassroots” (later “Along the Color Line”)—that for three decades reached a vast readership through the black press, reinvigorating Du Bois’s legacy of political commentary and agitation.

Much of Dr. Marable’s energy was spent building—and not merely interpreting—the movement for racial justice. As he observed, “It is only when we stand against the current, confronting the powerful forces of prejudice and inequality, that the tools of scholarship become meaningful.” Some of his most rewarding experiences came through his involvement with the Institute of the Black World in the 1970s (an association that enabled him to chauffeur—and thus interrogate and debate—the great Pan Africanist historian Walter Rodney). He participated in the National Black Political Assembly, the National Black Independent Political Party and the Democratic Socialists of America in the 1980s and the Committees of Correspondence in the 1990s. His long record of leadership on the left included his role as co-founder of the Black Radical Congress in 1998 and his participation in the 2001 United Nations World Conference on Racism in Durban, South Africa.

From Jamaica to Cuba to Sing Sing Prison, Dr. Marable lectured. He made frequent media appearances on programs like Democracy Now! He served as founding editor of Souls, a journal of black history, politics and culture. He established Columbia’s Center for Contemporary Black History. He created archives and digital resources for teachers and researchers. He served on the board of the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History. He received many commendations, including the 2005 National Council for Black Studies Ida B. Wells—Cheikh Anta Diop Award for Outstanding Scholarship and Leadership in African-American Studies, as well as two honorary degrees: John Jay College of the City University of New York (2006); and State University of New York, New Paltz (2000).

Dr. Marable was a generous mentor. A Marxist feminist who was also a “Malcolmite”; a black history savant with pop culture tastes (“You can’t handle the truth!” was one of his stock phrases); a dissident social scientist who remained faithful to the political promise of the hip-hop generation, he brandished these identities with passion and grace, convincing his pupils that they, too, could achieve a more perfect whole. Ultimately, that eclecticism reinforced his vision of what social history and critical theory might accomplish: the construction of a liberation movement that shatters social barriers based on color, class and gender.

Dr. Marable is survived by his wife, the anthropologist Leith Mullings; his three children, Malaika Marable Serrano, Sojourner Marable Grimmett, and Joshua Manning Marable; two stepchildren, Alia Tyner and Michael Tyner; a sister, Madonna Marable; his mother, June Morehead Marable; three grandchildren and an extended family in New York, Ohio and Tuskegee.

Donations can be made to The Manning Marable Memorial Social Justice Fund which will provide grants and awards to organizations and individuals that reflect an honor Dr. Marable’s commitment to the struggle for justice. 

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