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Vol. XXXV No. 41 .
THURSDAY, June 11, 2009
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ptHMos by 'Kevin Walker
Bishop John Heath and dancer Joseph Cox perform a scene from "Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope."
Stage set for upcoming National Black Theatre Festival
BY T. KEVIN WALKER
Mi CHRONICI I
The show must go on. That's one show business adage thai the
National Black Theatre Festival has learned the hard way.
Two years ago. just weeks before
the 2007 NBTF was slated to begin,
the festival's founder, visionary and
heartbeat, Larry Leon Hamlin, passed
away - leaving empty an enormous
pair of shoes to fill. And with less than
two months to go before the curtain
rises on this year's festival, about
$100,000 is still needed to meet a
fundraising goal of $750,000.
But those who look forward to the
biannual festival and the dozens . of
productions and star-power that come
with it. shouldn't fret. Organizers say
now that Winston-Salem has been
christened "Black Theater Holy
Actor Ted Lange hugs Annie Hamlin Johnson.
Larry l.eon Hamlin
Ground," nothing will bring down the festival.
"They have the Tonys, we have the NBTF." NBTF Spokesman
Brian McLaughlin said Monday, highlighting the lack of people of
color at Sunday night's Tony Awards in New York City.
See NBTF on A tO
for kids in foster care
Professor plans week of events with youngsters
Hioto hy l^jyla I rtrmei
James Sanders is looking forward to
TEAM VP event*.
BY LAY I. A FARMER
Sanders is anxiously awaiting
June 12. but not for the reason
many other area youngsters
are looking forward to the last
day of school. Sanders, a jun
ior at Glenn High School, has
He is one of 40 area
youths, ages 16-18 who have
been selected to participate in
the first-ever TEAM UP pro
The brainchild of Dr.
Novis Pagiavlas, an associate
professor of marketing at
University. TEAM UP (Teens
Engaged in Aspiring
Mentorships ? an Uplifting
Partnership), is a week long
excursion where the youth -
( all foster children - will
See TEAM I P on A9
want to join
BY TODD LUCK
THE CHRONK Ui
It'll be July before candidates can even file with the Board
of Elections to run in this year's City Council races, but new
comers have already announced their intentions to run.
Nelson Malloy. after five terms and 20 years on the
Council, says that he will not seek re-election. leaving his
seat open for a new representative of the North Ward.
Meanwhile, first-termer Evelyn Terry will have to. fight at
least one fellow Democrat in the primary to keep her
Ward seat .
Ma I 1 o y
Monday on the
steps of City
win in his
tions. He cred
ited his mem
bership in the
in him the
value of being
a public ser
He said he
decided not to
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Photo bv Todd Luck
run in oraer to Nelson Malloy with longtime Jriends Larry
focus on his Little, left, and Darryl Hunt.
wheel-chair bound since he was injured by a gunshot wound
in the 1970s: he was a Black Panther at the time. Malloy also
said he wanted someone with fresh energy to have an oppor
tunity to serve. ,
"Serving in this capacity almost becomes like a marriage
between yourself and your constituency, the citizens." Malloy
said. "You forge a lot of bonds over the years."
So far. two Democrats have announced their desires to
replace Malloy, also a Democrat, on the Council. S. Wayne
Sec t it) Council on AH
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Concert sings praises of being healthy
BY LAY LA FARMER
Gospel choirs and other acts lent
their voices to a worthy cause
They made a joyful noise at the
YWCA's first ever "Lift Every
Voice ... Against Breast Cancer"
event at Kennedy Learning Center.
In addition to the two-hour-long,
free gospel concert. Lift Every
Voice incorporated health screen
ings and invited vendors from a
variety of disci
plines to come
and spread the
was held in lieu
of the Sister Stroll, an annual walk
that raises money for mammograms
for disadvantaged women, accord
ing to coordinator Betty Meadows.
"We're offering them a gospel
experience as well as a health expe
rience." she said Of Lift Every
Voice. "We want to empower
women to save their own lives
and to save someone else's life."
The new format was designed to
appeal to the strong faith that many
breast cancer survivors have relied
on during their healing process, said
Meadows, who leads the YW's
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