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Vol. XXXV No. 5
THURSDAY, October 2, 2008
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Job Fair offers second
chances to ex-offenders
Photo by Layla Fanner
Miti. Ernest Tatum with Paulette Stokes. o
BY LAYLA FARMER
More than 300 men and women waited anxiously in the
hallway at the Hewitt Business Center on Marshall Street
Tuesday morning for an opportunity many believed they
might never get - a chance at honest employment without
having to belabor their criminal records.
The "New Beginnings: A Source of Hope" job fair, a col
laborative effort of the Northwest Piedmont Council of
Governments' (NWPCOG) Workforce Development
Program; the Forsyth County Detention Center; and
Tabernacle of Faith Church, was designed specifically with
ex-offenders in mind. The fair was intended to be an avenue
for attendees to apply for employment and gain access to
resources in the community that could help them in their
"All we've tried to do is reach out into the community,"
commented Paulette Stokes of NWPCOG. "The job mar
ket's tough, but for people who have these circumstances in
their background, it's even tougher. We wanted to be able to
touch people and say there are those of us who understand."
Though there was a wait to get in the door, ex-offender
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Photo* by Todd Luck
Moses "Mo" Lucas, Lynette Wilson and George "Big" Redd listen to a speaker during last week's dedication ceremony.
Roads of Success
Street names honor three legends
BY TODD LUCK
Those driving through Kensington
Village Apartments may see some
familiar names as they ride through
Roads at the new apartment com
plex have been named after three com
munity icons: long time YMCA men
tor Moses "Mo" Lucas, retired police
officer George "Big" Redd and the
late Louise Wilson, an educator,
activist and former director of the
Experiment in Self Reliance.
The renamed streets are meant to
inspire, according to City Council
Member Joycelyn Johnson, who pro
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Photo by Eadu Beal
A sample of some of her work.
Africans in Italy
Local woman forms connections during *
BY LAYLA FARMER
Venice, Mediterranean men and meatballs.
Those were the things that came to mind when Endia Beal
used to think of Italy.
After spending a
semester abroad in
Florence, last spring, Beal,
a city native and a 2008
alumna of UNC-Chapel
Hill says she has a com
pletely different take on
that nation and her own.
Though she found that
Italian life is heavily influ
enced by American, and
American, culture, the
many contributions of
nearby African cultures
are largely ignored there,
"(As a black person)
you don't feel connected,"
she reported. "My white
friends felt like they could
connect. They had a sense
of feeling honored or
Photo by Layti Farmer
Endia Beat is looking to show
case her vast collection of photos.
Though Africans, as
Beal, an art history major, puts it, "are not catered to" in Italy,
Senegalese and Moroccan immigrants populate the city in great
number, she says. Unfortunately, many of those who live there
have entered the country illegally are forced to rely on illegal
methods of making money as well, Beal says. Hawking counter
feit bags and watches has become a dangerous, yet necessary way
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Photo by Felecia P. Lonf
The mother of the late,
great Larry Leon
Hamlin, Annie Hamlin
Johnson, cozies up to
family friend Brian
McLaughlin at a week
end fundraising event
for the upcoming
National Black Theatre
Festival. To read more
about the event, see
The 4 Home Where the Heart Is
Substance abuse program
alumni hold reunion
BY T. KEVIN WALKER
There is a reason why it is not called
"The Fellowship House."
Within the walls of this hands-on
substance abuse treatment program is
the kind of love, support and encourage
ment that keeps families bound - a sort
of warmth that is like mom's apple pie
and dad's kind smile, all rolled together.
The residents, alumni and staff of
"The Fellowship Home" consider them
selves a giant close-knit family. They
have been there for one another in the
worst and best of times. The Home's
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