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Winston-Salem chronicle. (Winston-Salem, N.C.) 1974-current, October 13, 2016, Page A10, Image 10

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Art show that examines media stereotypes set to open BY TEVIN STINSON THE CHRONICLE Tomorrow night, Winston-Salem State University's (WSSU) Diggs Gallery will open a powerful new exhibit that takes control of the stereo types and prejudices asso ciated with African American men often depicted in today's media. High school graduation rates are at an all-time high for black students. More black people are going to college than ever before, and the President of the United States of America is a black man. But, this is rarely the image depicted in the media. The same racial stereo types of African Americans that have exist ed since the day Dutch ships docked off the coast of Jamestown, Virginia, in the early 1600s, are the same images we see in the media today. When we turn on the news and other media, black people are often represented as unedu cated, criminal- minded, dangerous individuals. "Do You See Me?" fea tures nine emerging artists of color who are question ing the dominant narratives and imagery associated with black male identity. An opening reception for will be held on Friday, Oct. 14 from 4 to 7 p.m. The exhibit will run until March 1,2017. Diggs Gallery Director and exhibition curator, Endia Beal, said, "These artists are un-apologetical ly urging the viewer to step outside of stereotypes and prejudices that stigmatize black men and focus on themes of love, family, pain and pride. 'The themes presented in the exhibition are shared amongst all people and connect us as one. So, do you really see me? Do our differences make you uncomfortable? Together, these artists are working through the struggle and asking us to acknowledge the past, work to change the present, and be hopeful that in the future everyone is treated with love," Beal said. Dr. James Pope, WSSU assistant professor of liber al studies, said at a place in time where images inform perceptions of ourselves and others, "Do You See Me?" un-apologetically defies the dominant narra tive. "This exhibition is a clear intentional meditation on ways to take control, re insert be, and resist domi nant narratives of what it means to be SEEN," Pope wrote in an opinion piece featured in The Chronicle last week. "Do You See Me?" , includes artists Davion Alston, Jordan Casteel, John Edmonds, Ivan Forde, Aaron Fowler, Zun Lee, Terence Nance, Chris Watts, and Lamar Whidbee. Wells Fargo from page AT owners and entrepreneurs succeed," Dunn writes, adding, "Wells Fargo has loaned more dollars to small businesses than any other bank for 14 consecu tive years (2002-2015 CRA data)." Dunn continued, "Through our new Diverse Community Capital pro gram, Wells Fargo is extending $50 million in lending capital and $25 million in grants to Community Development Financial Institutions that help small businesses get started and established, including providing flexi ble, small-dollar loans." But the "$50 million in lending capital" and "$25 million in grants to Community Development Financial Institutions..." are, according Josh Dunn are "national figures," not the figures associated specifically to Winston Salem/Forsyth County. He adds, "Wells Fargo provides funding to the Carolina Small Business Development Fund - previ ously known as the Support Center - through the Diverse Community Capital Fund in support of African-American small business capitalization and technical support for small businesses across N.C., including those in Forsyth County." Again, Dunn did not provide a dollar breakdown per that funding specific to Winston-Salem/Forsyth County. Chronicle: What role is Wells Fargo playing in helping Winston-Salem's black community grow and prosper, especially given our mayor's cam paign to stamp out pover ty in our city? "Wells> Fargo is aligned with several focus areas and initiatives of the mayor's coalition," Josh Dunn says, " including through providing informa tion to the Winston Salem/Forsyth County Asset Building Coalition for underbanked residents of the Enclave community on our Easy Pay card as an alternative to traditional banking products, as well as by helping increase the number of clients receiving EITC by supporting VITA centers with funding from the Wells Fargo Foundation." "Our Wells Fargo/United Way Financial Capability Network partnership directly aligns with the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Asset Building Coalition, specifically with support for the operation of The Point. The Wells Fargo Foundation has provided funding and our team members actively volun teer to provide financial coaching and VITA tax return preparation. Financial Pathways of the Piedmont, Experiment in Self-Reliance, Goodwill and United Way are all local partners we support as they lead the financial capability network in Forsyth County," Dunn said. Chronicle: Wachovia had a good working rela tionship with Winston Salem's African American community prior to the Wells Fargo purchase a few years ago? What has Wells Fargo done not only to maintain, but enhance its relationship with Winston-Salem's black community since you took over? Dunn said that Wells Fargo has maintained branch banking offices in predominately African American communities, "including our MLK, Jr. Drive and Coliseum loca tions. Additionally, we maintain a positive rela tionship with several organizations that focus on serving the African American community," including: "Wells Fargo has sup ported the Winston-Salem Chronicle's MLK Jr. Day Breakfast for two years, as well as The Chronicle's 31st annual Community Service Awards Banquet. Wells Fargo also supported The Chronicle through an insert for the National Black Theater Festival. (Dunn did not say, howev er, that Wells Fargo has cut its budget to The Chronicle 1- \ eacn year;. ?Wells Fargo provides funding and board leader ship for scholarships and programs at Winston Salem State University, including significant sup port for their Student Success Center to help increase student retention and graduation. ?Wells Fargo was the presenting sponsor for the installation event that took place when Chancellor Elwood Robinson was elected and began his tenure at Winston Salem State University. ?Wells Fargo supports Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County with bind ing for new homes and rehabilitation of existing homes in the Kimberly Park neighborhood and other neighborhoods for low- and moderate-income homebuyers and home owners. ?Wells Fargo team members provide leader ship and volunteer support for Big Brother Big Sisters, as well as funding for men tor programs at Cook Elementary School afid other low performing schools in Forsyth County. ?Wells Fargo supports YMCA after school and summer enrichment pro grams and scholarships for low-income families and children. ?Wells Fargo ?).team members volunteer to teach financial education classes to minority low-income clients through Habitat for Humanity, Experiment in Self Reliance's [ESR] Road to Empowerment and IDA programs, along with Title 1 elementary schools in Forsyth County. ?Wells Fargo team members provide leader ship on several boards of organizations serving African-American and low-income residents, including ESR and Habitat for Humanity. ?Wells Fargo provides funding and volunteers to Whole Man Ministries N.C. for transitional hous ing, financial education job placement and wrap around services for homeless vet erans. ?Wells Fargo provides funding, technical assis tance and team member volunteers to support the Prosperity Center and Goodwill for workforce development. ?Wells Fargo has pro vided funding and board leadership in support of the North Carolina Institute for Minority Economic Development. ?Wells Fargo has pro vided funding and board leadership in support of the North Carolina Community Development Initiative and Initiative Capital for affordable homeowner education, home preserva tion programs and small business/economic devel opment across N.C., including Forsyth County. ?Wells Fargo maintains a campus card and banking relationship with N.C. A&T University, which entitles students and facul ty to special services. ?Wells Fargo proves funding and board leader ship for Forsyth Technical Community College's small business programs. ?Wells Fargo provides funding to support the City of Winston-Salem's micro lending program in partner ship with city's small busi ness ecosystem. ?Wells Fargo provides funding in support of the S. G. Atkins Community Development Corporation's efforts for homebuyer education and foreclosure prevention. Chronicle: In all of the above, how can Wells Fargo improve its rela tionship with Winston Salem's African American community? "Wells Fargo maintains open and consistent com munications with the African-American community, elected offi cials and business owners," Josh Dunn said, later adding, "We will continue to host community conver sations with the African American community and other diverse segments to ensure that we are aligning the priorities and needs of every community with the products, services and goals of our company." HANDWASHING One of the best ways to prevent the spread of infection and illness at home, in the workplace, childcare facilities, and in hospitals. FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT: WWW.COC.GOV Forsyth County Dtpmtmtnt tf PtMtc Httkk Promoting Health. Improving Lives XXXXXXXXXX XXXKXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXX XXKXXXXXX b e S s T 7:3^H| SE^^SJwfu.EDU dan^Bt^ ?, . y CLASSICAL BY W A jVE FOREST u <M\ V E R S I T Y SHOi^VOVICH ? ? OTHE^y (^^) XXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXX XXXXX|[^^RxXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXX ? ' The Cathedral of Refuge HIT Wi ,1 ?nm i l? mn. II- - Community Health Fair Open to the Public! Main Street Academy Gymnasium 2700 South Main Street Winston Salem, NC 27127 Saturday November 05,2016 10am to 3pm Free Health Screenings Free Blood Sugar, Blood Pressure, Cholesterol Checks Free Medical Items Onsite Health Team and Ministry Team T ' Prayer, Free Bibles, Ministry and Spiritual Support Onsite Family Support ' *

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