Wednesday, August 26, 2009

BRONZECOMM: Tuesday Morning News and Events Roundup 8/25/09
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In the Tuesday Morning Bronzecomm Newsletter: Parking Meter Deal draws fire from Illinois Voter's Group Olympic Committee faces community unreadiness and answers questions President Obama declares Minority Enterprise Development Week Upcoming Events at the DuSable Museum Time coming soon for the Jazz Institute's Jazz Club Tour Marking the passing of Johnnie Carter, leading tenor of Harvey's own The Dells 30th Annual Jazz in the Alley this Sunday in Bronzeville Call for Volunteers to work at the African Festival over Labor Day Weekend Athletes can be historical markers: 2 Champions remembered ...and there's more, much more. If there are items you think will be of interest to your friends, family or co-workers, please pass our Newsletter on to them with an invitation to take advantage of the FREE SUBSCRIPTION by sending an email to with the word SUBSCRIBE in the subject line. That's all it takes. And please remember to add our email address to your address book so your ISP knows you want the newsletter and do not want the newsletter lumped in with "spam" or "junk mail."Thank you. Raynard
1. From: Raynard Subject: Voter's Group goes after Parking Meter deal
Illinois Voter Group Sues to Overturn Chicago Parking Meter PrivatizationSource: The Truth about
Motorists have been hard hit by the increase in the cost of parking in in Chicago, Illinois that began with a deal struck in February.
In the central business district, for example, the cost to park for an hour doubled from $1 an hour to $2 and will quadruple to $4 an hour by 2013. Meters must also now be fed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The hikes came after Mayor Richard J. Daley (D) leased the city’s 36,000 parking meters to Morgan Stanley for 75 years in return for an up-front payment of $1.15 billion. The Independent Voters of Illinois-Independent Precinct Organization (IVI-IPO), a liberal government reform group, fought back last Wednesday by filing a lawsuit hoping a judge would find the parking meter contract unlawful.
“This is a horrible deal for Chicago taxpayers,” IVI-IPO spokesman Owen Brugh said. “But IVI-IPO intends to hold the city accountable. Even the city of Chicago has to follow the law.”Read the entire article and download the suit: click here>>>2. From: Raynard Subject: Tribune writer looks at 2016 Ward Meetings, Community Unreadiness and Olympic gamesmanship Chicago 2016's ward meetings wind down,but opposition, questions remainSource: Chicago Tribune
City's financial guarantees for Olympic Games raise concerns among residentsIn a sweltering meeting room filled to overflowing, Bronzeville residents fired one question after another at Chicago's 2016 Olympic boosters."If we can find these resources for an Olympics, why can't we find them for year-round?" asked Kelly Saulsberry, a museum program coordinator, who said she found it "really troubling" that the city's promises of youth sport programs and economic development were contingent on landing the Summer Games. Her pointed question and comments, like many others aimed at the bid leadership during a 2 1/2 -hour session on the South Side, drew vigorous applause. As the Chicago 2016 bid team winds down its 11th-hour sales blitz in the city's 50 wards, it has become clear that the meetings have not doused the brush fires stoked in June when Mayor Richard Daley did an about-face, saying he would sign the host-city contract placing full financial responsibility for any losses on the city."People are just not buying into the spin coming out," said Stephen Alexander, a senior research fellow at the Egan Urban Center at DePaul University, who has attended several meetings.But just by enduring the grillings, the bid team may be helping its cause, observers say."While clearly there are some negatives coming out of it, I think ... it probably has been good in terms of demonstrating some transparency and openness," said public relations expert Jonathan Dedmon, a principal at the Dilenschneider Group. The meetings also are likely to play well with the International Olympic Committee, which will choose among Chicago, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo on Oct. 2. "This is somewhat a perception game that the bid cities are playing with the IOC voters," said Paul Swangard, a sports marketing expert at the University of Oregon. Read the rest of the article on line: click here>>>
3. From: Metropolis Subject: President Obama Celebrates Minority BusinessesTHE WHITE HOUSEMINORITY ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT WEEK, 2009- - - - - - -BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICAA PROCLAMATIONOur Nation's strength rests on the ingenuity and creativity of the American people. Across our country, almost 4 million minority-owned firms exemplify this spirit as they create jobs, develop new products and services, and promote community and economic development. The growth and expansion of these businesses is an increasingly critical part of our economic recovery and long-term prosperity.At a time when too many Americans are facing extraordinary economic challenges, supporting the development of minority owned enterprises will help accelerate the revitalization of our economy. Of the 630,000 minority-owned employer firms, these businesses are providing employment and stability to 4.7 million workers while renewing urban neighborhoods and rural communities. They represent a key component of future growth for our economy.Minority Enterprise Development Week is an opportunity to commemorate the tremendous value minority entrepreneurs and their employees bring to our economy and our Nation as a whole. They embody the timeless American values of hard work, integrity, and optimism. They also serve as role models to countless children who want to start their own business or reach their personal goals. Through their accomplishments and example, these leaders affirm that, with determination and commitment, every American can achieve his or her potential and live out their dreams.NOW, THEREFORE, I, Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States do hereby proclaim August 23 through August 29, 2009, as Minority Enterprise Development Week. I call upon all Americans to celebrate this week with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities to recognize the many contributions of our Nation's minority enterprises.IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twentieth day of August, in the year of our Lord two thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth.BARACK OBAMA
4. From: DuSable Museum Events Subject: Upcoming EventsDuSable Museum EventsYou make history every day! Help us celebrate by becoming a member today! Call (773) 947-0600 x 238 for more information. www.dusablemuseum.orgDuSable Museum EventsHistory is being made at DuSable Museum! Join the DuSable Museum today! Call (773) 947-0600 x 238 for more information. SPECIAL EVENTS MOVIES IN THE PARKPresented by The Chicago Park District and DuSable Museum7:30PMFree AdmissionSaturday, August 29, 2009 - SparkleMARK YOUR CALENDARA SENTIMENTAL JOURNEYWednesday, September 9, 20092:00 PMAdmission: $10.00 per personJoin actress/singer Sasha Dalton and her very special friends as they take you on a musical journey of memories.CURRENT EXHIBITSThe DuSable Museum of African American History presents The Soul of Bronzeville, The Regal, Club DeLisa and The BluesAn exhibit by The Chicago Blues MuseumThrough December 15, 2009Focusing on American music traditions, the DuSable Museum is pleased to present The Chicago Blues Museum exhibition The Soul of Bronzeville. This exhibition salutes Chicago as the home of many legendary blues and R&B musicians including: Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Buddy Guy, Jerry Butler, Gene Chandler, Mavis Staples, The Chi-Lites, The Dells and many, many others. Through instruments, original photographs, personal memorabilia, concert collectibles, music and moving footage, The Soul of Bronzeville chronicles the musical contributions of Bronzeville and the artistic legacy of the blues.DuSable Museum Events740 East 56th PlaceChicago, IL 60637(773)
5. From: Subject: Jazz Tours Old and New - presented by The Jazz Institute of Chicago
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Subject: 30th Annual Jazz in the Alley Festival 2009Pass it on.SUNDAY AUGUST 30TH!

7. From: Melvyn Williams Subject: Dells Tenor (Johnnie Carter) Passes
Johnnie Carter of The Dells (known as the world's greatest tenor) passed at 1:00 am. August 21, 2009, from lung cancer.Johnnie was diagnosed with this dreadful disease, last August while The Dells were appearing in Las Vegas. The Dells refused to perform without Carter, and had been trying to nurse him back to health for one year.
We will keep you informed, as to the funeral arrangements.
God decided that it was time for Johnnie to come home, he will be missed.
The Mighty Dells
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9. From: Sol Cyrans Subject: Give Back to YOUR COMMUNITY: VOLUNTEER FOR 20th AFRICAN FESTIVAL OF ARTSGive back to your community and become a part of the historic and legendary African Festival of the Arts FamilyApplication for volunteers available for download name is Lavon Pettis, I am the volunteer coordinator for the 2009 African Festival of the Arts. I extend an invitation for YOU to join our team as a volunteer for the 20th annual African Festival of the Arts September 4-7 2009. Please review our Corporate Promotional Video on Youtube if you have any questions about the festival year our festival features Ahmed Jamal, George Clinton and Cecile of Les Nubian will grace the Pre Festival Gala on September 2 with a special performance. The dates for volunteer orientation are August 25, (6200 S. Drexel Harris YMCA) and on site at Washington Park on September 1st, Orientation begins promptly at 6:30 pm until 7:30 pm.. Please let me know which date is best available to suit your needs. I look forward to the communication. You can find a volunteer application on the festival website:
** Reminder African Festival of the Arts discounted pre tickets now available for purchase and download online!If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me! Lavon PettisVolunteer Coordinator 20th African Festival of the Arts Lavon PettisPhone: (773) 955-7742Fax: (773) 955-9683
solsofafricans@africanfestivalchicago.com 10. From: Subject: 34th District Scholarship Reception
Celebrating at the recent 2009 Scholarship Awards Reception, sponsored by State Representative Constance A.”Connie” Howard (D-34), are scholarship awardees (standing) and members of the 34th District Scholarship Committee (sitting). Standing, (left to right), are Elizabeth Smith ( Eastern Illinois University); Jasmine Morris ( University of Illinois – Urbana/ Champaign); Sierra Freeman (University of Illinois – Urbana/Champaign); Gigi Frye (University of Illinois, College of Medicine); Darius Guiden (University of Illinois, College of Medicine); Rodrick Grant (Western Illinois University); Roby Mitchell (University of Illinois, Urbana/ Champaign); and Michael E. Taylor, father of awardee, Azia Taylor (Southern Illinois University). Seated (left to right) are Audria Huntington; Armel Peel; Rep. Howard; Yolanda Price-Greene (Chairman); and Mark O’Bannon. Not pictured---committee members: Dr. Dorothy Holley Turner and Sandra Akbar. Each member of the Illinois General Assembly is able to award tuition waivers to students (residing in their respective districts) attending, or planning to attend, public universities within the state. Members of the Scholarship Committee represent the education, business and professional communities in the 34th District.Rep. Howard praised, both, the work of the committee and partnership with Ada S. McKinley Education Services, that made possible a presentation from Sharon Harper-Logan, Ada S. McKinley Education Services, who shared “words of wisdom” with the youth and their family members, present. “Citizens of the 34th District owe a debt of gratitude to those men and women who have devoted their time and effort to the success of this selection process. Their job is not an easy one---having to review scores of applications and selecting eight (8) most deserving individuals from the numbers of those applying,” said Howard. She added, “We, highly, value our partnership with an organization that is as well-respected as Ada S. McKinley and which has such an outstanding reputation for improving the quality educational opportunities for our youth.” At another reception, held one week earlier, Representative Howard joined with her colleagues---State Senator Donne Trotter (D-17) and State Representative Marlowe Colvin (D-33) in extending best wishes and providing “useful gifts for college students” to individuals from each of the three districts who were not awarded the scholarship. Student at this reception, also benefitted from a presentation by Harper-Logan, who, on behalf of her agency Director, Revie Sorey, presented book scholarships and provided refreshments for the festivities.
11. From: Raynard Subject: Buddy Guy - First Time I Meant the BluesBuddy Guy performing First Time I Met The Blues, with David Myers, bass, from the movie Chicago Blues, in 1970. From: Raynard Subject: The day Delhi was enchanted by Jesse OwensThe day Delhi was enchanted by Jesse OwensSource: The Times of
The story of the families of Jesse Owens and Luz Long coming together to watch the long jump event at the World athletics championships last

Saturday from the box where Adolf Hitler once sat, has moved yours truly to recall a memorable visit by the legendary athlete to Delhi over a half century ago. In the Cold War years of the 1950s when Delhi would be visited by American sporting icons, acting as that country's ambassadors, Owens, winner of four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, was the one who left the most abiding impression. As for Long, Owens' rival and friend in the Berlin long jump pit, a blue-eyed blond archetypal German, he went to war against the Allies in the North African desert as a young officer in Field Marshal Erwin Rommel's Afrika Korps. He got killed there. As Owens had famously said, "Friendships born on the field of athletic strife are the real gold. Awards become corroded, friendships gather no dust." The Delhi of those years was several times smaller than the unmanageable mega metropolis it now has now grown into, but there was more athletic activity. More people would turn up to watch a Milkha Singh or a Gurbachan Randhawa train on the cinder track of the National Stadium than they do now for national competitions. It was in such an ambience that Owens made his visit. After spending an afternoon or two with young boys and girls on the track, Owens was scheduled to address a gathering at Sapru House. Dressed like a diplomat in a black suit and a matching bow tie, Owens made a striking figure as he took the stage. When it was time for questions, a curious young girl - she must be a grandmother now - asked what diet she should eat to be a good sprinter. Owens said that he didn't know much of diet aspect. He then brought the house down by saying, "If my mother cooked beans I ate beans, if she cooked meat I ate meat, and on the rare days she cooked both I ate both beans and meat." Owens made no secret of his impoverished childhood in Maryland, Ohio, where his school coach would bring beef from his home and tell the scrawny boy to eat it and put some muscle on his bones. "The purpose of going to the Olympics is to win. Otherwise you can hold them in your own backyard." To recall forgotten history, the special box in which the Owens and Long families sat at Berlin is the same from where Hitler, after being mesmerized by Dhyan Chand's wizardry, is reported to have offered to make the humble soldier from the 2/14 Punjab Regiment a general should he desire to join the German Army, as the story goes. The nervous maestro, whose 104th birthday falls on August 29, decided to return to his own sweet home, or barracks, of his Jhelum-based regiment. Read the article online: click here>>>12. From: Raynard Subject: Sugar Ray Robinson Revisited – Part One Sugar Ray Robinson Revisited – Part OneBy Thomas HauserSource: Sugar Ray Robinson is the gold standard against which all fighters are judged.“He had everything,” legendary trainer Eddie Futch said after Robinson died. “Boxing skills, punching power, a great chin, mental strength. There was nothing he couldn’t do. He knew almost everything there was to know about how to box. When Ray was in his prime, he owned the ring like no fighter before or since.”Robinson was a natural welterweight who knocked out middleweights with one punch. In his first 131 professional fights, he lost once. During that time, he beat Henry Armstrong, Sammy Angott (twice), Fritzie Zivic (twice), Tommy Bell (twice), Kid Gavilan (twice), and Jake LaMotta (five times).In 201 fights spanning twenty-five years (a career that began before Pearl Harbor and ended at the height of the war in Vietnam), Robinson suffered a single “KO by.” That came when he challenged Joey Maxim for the light-heavyweight championship and collapsed from heat prostration after controlling the fight for thirteen rounds. Sixty years after Robinson was in his prime, he’s still thought of as the greatest fighter to ever lace on a pair of gloves. Read the rest of this biographical essay online: click here>>>----------------------BRONZECOMM PARTNERS:
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