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' ^ j 1 'j .V # 17 120409 1 5 -DIGIT 27.0. NORTH CAROLINA ROW FORSYTH CTY PUBLIC LIBRARY 660 W 5TH ST WINSTON SALD-! NC 27.01-2755 THURSDAY, August 6, 2009 First IN WHAT? ; .. ; , County earns dubious distinction for STI spike BY T. KEVIN WALKER THE CHRONICLE Winston-Sajem/Forsyth County is used to leading the way. We spawned the nation's very first local Patricia Toney based Arts Council in 1949; and more than 200 years ago, Saleni College became the first education al institution for women in the United States: and. of course, we are tops in black theater, as this week's National Black T h e a t r e Festival ( N B T F ) proves. But don't expect to see the county's latest top dis tinction in glossy tourism brochures. Forsyth County now leads the state in verified syphilis infections, with numbers surpassing even larg er counties like Mecklenburg, Wake and Guilford. "That is not what we want to be No. I for," See STIs on A8 Grassroots effort launched to help Obama move agenda BY TODD LUCK THE CHRONICLE Organizing for America (OFA) has arrived in North Carolina to sign-up advocates for the healthcare reform fight that President Obama and most Democrats are facing. OFA is the the successor of Obama for America - the successful nationwide push that pro pelled him to the White House. OFA wants to be a grassroots movement to support the president 's policies, which art topped by his efforts to offer affordable healthcare to every Lindsay Siler American. OFA chapters exist in 41 states. It has only taken root in North Carolina in the last four weeks. State Director Lindsay Siler is on a listening tour of the state. She stopped at Emmanuel Baptist Church, where about 50 people were on See OKA on A8 Photo bv kf vm \^lkcx 200V Kational Mack Theatre Festival organizers , celebrities and fans join together Monday to sing "Lift Every Voice," the black national anthem. ne Ourtat" U 2009 National Black Theatre Festival starts in earnest Photo by I .a via Farmer Celebrity Co-Chair Ted Lange welcomes festival-goers. BY LAYLA FARMER AND T KEVIN WALKER THE CHRONICLE V V' ' ?- ; ' ?; The Twin City shed its small town feel this week, if only temporarily, to become what is known as "Black Theatre Holy Ground." The National Black Theatre Festival, the biennial event that earned the city its illustrious nickname, started off with a hang Monday, as fes tival organizers, performers and guests gathered to begin the celebration. For many in the theatre world, the NBTF has become a can't-miss event, a reunion of sorts that draws many of theater's best and brightest black minds. The festival has earned a strong reputation as a place to see and be seen since its inception 20 years ago. as is evidenced in the new. curious faces that flock to the city each time it is staged. This year, those new faces included Evelyn Coker and several of her friends and colleagues. The group of South Carolina women were in the Triad to attend a gather ing of regional Community Development Corporation officials in Greensboro. They saw a flier about the NBTF in their hotel and immedi ately drove over on Monday night. Sec NBTF on A 12 No Laughing Matter Kim Wayans showing that she's not limited to comedy BY LAYLA FARMER THE CHRONICLE 1 When it comes to writing. Kim Wayans is a jack of all trades. Wayans, 47, started out as an actress, but her ventures of late have been far more diverse than that of the average thespian. The former "In Living Color" star has stretched her wings in recent years, serving as a producer, direc tor, and writer for the ABC comedy "My Wife and Kids," starring her brother, Damon. "I've sur prised myself; I thought I was just going to be this little Kim Wayans actress." Wayans joked. "Who knows what I'll do before it's over." While she has appeared numerous times Sec Wayans on At I A Legend Speaks 44 Imitation of Life" has earned Moore icon status BYT. KEVIN WALKER THE CHRONICLE Ask Juanita Moore about her storied show business career, and the names of leg ends will begin to slip from her lips as causally as if she was talking about the Average Joe around the corner. "I got started by Marlon (Brando - that is)," she said Tuesday afternoon while seated comfortably in her hotel room. " I was working at an after hours club ... and he would come there ... he liked the chicken. He encour aged me to act." Her big break came in 1949 when she landed a role (with just a single line) in the El ia Kazan film "Pinky," which starred two great Ethels - Barry more and Waters. Moore worked steadily after that, but there were no breakout roles for black actresses. "All we did at that time was bring in a tray - that was it!" she said of the industry 's insistence that blacks only play the hired help. But whatever role she had Juanila Moore's film career began nearly 60 years ago. to play. Moore played it with passion and meaning. Ironieally. it was a role as a housekeeper that catapulted her career to new heights Moore was in her late Ms when she was east as Annie Johnson in the 1959 film "Imitation of Life." in which she played the mother of a light-skinned daughter unwilling to accept being black. Moore earned a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for the role, becoming just the fourth African-American at that time to receive an Academy Award nomination. Moore Mtd the role ' almost never happened for her. "They didn't want me. They wanted Mahalia Jackson for the part." said Moore, who was friends w ith the gospel singer. After Jackson insisted to producers that she was a singer not an actress, atten tion turned to Moore See Moore on A 10 'DON'T PASS 'the buck; BUY LOCAL

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