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Winston-Salem chronicle. (Winston-Salem, N.C.) 1974-current, July 30, 2009, Image 1

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Vol. XXXV No. 48 WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. THURSDAY, July 30, 2009 Runners sprint to Durham track meet -See Pane BIO Political star will be missed greatly -See Pane 49 Ladies exercise the night s??Vnol* c^ebraV 75 cents Organizers asking crowds to be patient and courteous BY LAYLA FARMER THE CHRONIC 1 I . Excitement is building across the city, as the National Black Theatre Festival (NBTF) draws closer. In a matter of days, Winston-Salem will be trans formed. infiltrated with the influx of tens of thousands of purple clad theatre-goers, as is the Festival's* 20-year tradition. While the large crowds have become hallmarks of the NBTF, they have also, at times in the past, been a hindrance. The thousands that descend upon downtown can bring pedes trian traffic to a standstill. Although clashes have been few and far between during festival week, there are bound to be a few bad tempers as a result of the ?massive influx. NBTh organizers are asking festival-goers to bring their good manners and patience along with them next week. "We just want people to be patient and show that -good. North -Carolina warm hospitality because we will have guests. from all over the world here," said Sylvia Sprinkle-Hamlin. the widow of NBTF Founder Larry ? l Sylvia Sprinkle-Hamlin Leon Hamlin. The 2007 NBTF saw a large number of teenagers venturing downtown to try to be a part of the NBTF action in some way. Gerry Patton, the executive director of the N.C. Black Repertory Co., which puts on the NBTF, hopes that this year's slate of "Teentastic" NBTF events gives young people ages 13-19 a more creative outlet for their energies. Most of the "07 Teentasic events were held at the Dixie See NBTF on A5 1 Photos courtesy of DD&G Entertainment Tosha Thompson (sealed) and Bern Nadette Stanis in "CAUTION! Heartache Ahead." Do-It-Yourself Filmmaking ' Good Times' actress among stars of Greensboro woman s first short film BY TODD LUCK THE CHRONICLE A budding Greensboro screenwriter/director will see the fulfillment of a lifelong dream when she watches her very first film premiered in Maryland on Friday. Dornycya C ougg:* wiuic, directed and pro duced "CAU TION! Heartache Ahead," a short, independent film shot in her adopt ed hometown of Greensboro aj}U starring Bern Nadette Stanis, the actress famous for play ine Thelma on "Good Times." She had always dreamed of making movies, but wanted to do it the right way. "A lot of people think that anybody can make a movie and everybody can make a movie, but not everyone can make a movie well," said Suggs. "CAUTION!" is the story Suggs of a young married couple struggling to keep their rela tionship alive after the hus band breaks his vow of fideli ty. Suggs said she did not want to make another film about an outraged wife who , discovers her husband's indiscretions. Her film focus es on the wife's decision 'to stay ( with her man, . despite his wan- 3 dering eye. "It was just a ] story I knew that < people could relate too," said , Suggs, who says | she has friends < who have experi- , enced similar sit- | uations. "I had , nlentv of materi Although Suggs always yearned to be a filmmaker, when it came time for her to choose a college major, she picked architecture, a field in which she worked for a year. She wrote screenplays as a hobby. After she married and became a stay-at-home mom See Suggs on AS A worthy Investment * Photo by Layfa Farmer Little Sasha Galloway shows off her work last week during a session of HAWS' Summer Teaching Enrichment Program (STEP). The program has been made possible this year by the support of a number of partner agencies. See the full story on page' A3. PfrbU) by t-ayla Fanner HBBS volunteer Frank Thornas. A Few Good Men Agencies seek to recruit 100 male mentors for kids BY LAYI.A FARMER THE CHRONICLE Big Brothers Big Sisters Services Inc. has initiated an ambitious campaign in conjunction with Big Brothers. Big Sisters Of Greater Greensboro and Hijih Point based Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Piedmont. Launched July 24, the "100 Men. 100 Days" campaign is designed to recruit new big brothers to the programs. -all of which are lacking volunteers of the male variety. "We all need more male volunteers." said Judi Saint Sing, of the local BBBS office. "On average, we have about 300 little brothers waiting (for big brother matches) across the Triad." The Big Brothers Big Sisters organi zation provides mentoring opportunities for area children, ages six to 1 3 , who are in need of positive influences in their li \ es. "Most of them come from single par ent homes, or arc being raised by extend ed family, and the (adult) males are not in the picture." Sing explained, "...we believe that these kids need guidance and reinforcement. If they're living with their moms, they just need a male's perspec tive." See Mentors on A5 Fire victims find allies in ministers BY TODD LUCK FHj CHRONICLE Victims of rccent fires that damaged three local ipartment 'complexes were ^iven the royal treatment ruesday, by members of the Minister's Conference of Winston-Salem and Vicinity. In the past three weeks, separate blazes at Alder's Point. Colonial Heights and Countryside Villa apart nents have left many home ess. The Red Cross is pro viding temporary shelter and ither necessities. Members jf the Conference wanted to Jo their part as well, ruesday they treated fire victims to a hearty lunch and jave them $25 WalMart gift ;ards, clothes. shoes and jags of toiletries like soap, ooth paste and deodorant. Minister's Conference President Dr. Carlton Eversley said that churches Photo by Todd |,uck A volunteer helps a fire victim to pick out some clothing. have an obligation to help those in distress. "It's a very straight for ward Christian commitment from the community of faith to people in need." said Eversfey. who says he is proud of how the faith com munity has responded so far to the tragedies. Sec Ministers on A5 DON'T PASS THE BUCK BUY LOCAL

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