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Vol. XXXVII No. 22
THURSDAY, January 27, 2011
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Longtime leader no longer
with YWCA's Sister, Speak!
BY LAYLA FARMER
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Some African American breast
cancer survivors are worried about
the future of the YWCA's popular
Sister. Speak! program after its long
time director was replaced.
Betty Meadows, who served as
program coordinator for Sister,
Speak! fofrtearly a decade, and the
late last year.
2000 to address
the rising num
ber of black
the years, the program would birth
Sister, Stroll!, an annual awareness
walk; provide free mammograms to
local women; issue an annual calen
dar featuring the photos and stories
of local survivors; and, perhaps most
importantly, provide a network for
survivors to share, laugh and fellow
Many of the sisters of Sister,
Speak! credit Meadows with making
the program a success, but Meadows
said this week that the courage and
enthusiasm of the women themselves
was the key.
"It's not me. It is the community
that came together to do what was
necessary, and most of all the sur
vivors, who participated and gave of
their time to ensure that the program
was successful," Meadows said.
"They had built a bond with me in
working on the program and when
ever I needed help, I could call on
them and they would show up."
Meadows declined to discuss
what led to her departure from the
YWCA , but said that she enjoyed
educating the community through
the program and forging friendships
with the survivors.
"They gave me the strength to
continue to fight in the program."
Meadows said of the survivors.
"They gave me strength to know that
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An artist's rendering of Trinity Glen.
E. Winston to see
BY LAYLA FARMER
Waterworks Road will become home to over 100 local senior citizens
next year, when construction on Trinity Glen, a skilled nursing home
facility owned by Lutheran Services for the Aging (LSA), is complete.
The 117-bed facility wilt serve as a replaifement for the Lutheran
Home Winston-Salem on Old Walkertown Road. Lutheran Services, a
not-for-profit organization, has managed the Lutheran Home for about a
decade, said Mary Ann Johnson, director of community and foundation
relations for the LSA. The Old Walkertown Road facility is aging and
past its prime.
_ "It's a very old building and it had gotten to the point where it was not
the best stewardship of resources to continue to try to improve it."
See Development on A 10
By Any Means
Agency encouraging HIV testing by
giving away tickets to ball
BY LAYLA FARMER
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A local organization ,is
striving to make HIV/AIDS
Intersections of the Triad,
a Winston-Salem-based non
profit that works on local
solutions for homclessness as
offering free tick
ets to its April 2
Truth" ball to any
one who gets an
HIV test. Tickets
to the event for
those who do not
get tested are $25
The event, which will be
held at the downtown Milton
Rhodes Center for the Arts, is
thought to be the first ball
room event to be staged in
Winston-Salem, which pres
ents both a challenge and a
golden opportunity for the
organization, said Dr. Victor
Seltzer, founder and president
"You have to open up peo
ple's eyes to the unknown.
We have to address this HIV
thing in a very different way,"
Seltzer commented. "I think
it will be a challengefbut it
will be a fun challenge when
people get to understand what
it is we're doing, and we can
reach so many people in the
community this way."
In larger cities, ballroom
events have become a staple
in the black and Latino LGBT
(lesbian, gay, bisexual and
Balls received international
attention in 1990,
after the critically
tary "Paris is
released. The events
draw attendees and
across the country.
"vogue" dance com
petitions and runway
events that offer prizes to
those who strut their stuff in
the grandest style. Some
competitors are men dressed
in drag or men who live their
lives as women, known as
"fern queens." Others dress to
accentuate their masculinity
(for males) and femininity
(for females). Competitors are
judged on a variety of criteria,
from costume to dance skills,
general appearance and atti
tude. Frequent ball partici
pants often belong to "hous
es," fraternity-like groups that
are led by a "father" and a
"mother" and often derive
See Ball on A2
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Intersections President Dr. Victor Seltzer (left) and Anthony Oakes stand on the
steps of the Intersections' headquarters on 15th Street.
Gone Too Soon
WSSU Photo by Garrett Garrtis
The Winston-Salem State University family gathers last Thursday to pay
tribute to one of its own. Student Brittany Dennis was found dead in her
dorm room earlier this month. Reportedly, the Durham native died of a
heart-related ailment. Last week 's memorial service featured remarks from
Chancellor Donald Reaves and SGA President Jonathan Jackson.
Woods tops psychologist's 'Sorry' list
BY TODD LUCK
According to a local psychologist. Tiger Woods
scored a hole-in-one away from the
green last year when he came clean
to the world about his infidelity.
Dr. Jennifer Thomas, co-author
of "The Five Languages of
ApoTogy," rated 2010's most public
apologies and believes Woods'
mea culpa was last year's best.
On her blog, drjen
rates public apologies using a -five
star scale. The best apologies, she
says, appeal to a wide range of peo
ple because they employ one or more of what she calls
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Tiger Woods apologized to the world.
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