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Vol.XXXVIII No.21 WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. THURSDAY, January 19, 2012
Authors Murray, Billingsley to
tout "Sinners & Saints" at
Carver Branch Library
BY CHERIS F. HODGES
FOR THE CHRONICLE . ?
Best-selling authors Victoria Christopher
Murray and ReShonda Tate Billingsley are
Writing twins that is.
The two authors teamed up to bring two
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dalous first ladies
in fiction together
in the church-based
novel "Sinners &
Saints," which was
released earlier this
So, are you on
Team Jasmine or
and flawed heroine
of five previous
Sin and A Shame,"
'Too Little Too
Jasmine" and "Sins
of the Mother."
ly flawed and popu
lar heroine from
Murray "Let The Church
Say Amen," "Say
Amen" and "Say Amen, Again." Fans love
the characters, the authors said.
Though Murray and Billingsley are alike
in their writing style - Jasmine and Rachel
are polar opposites. Jasmine is older, from
the big city - New York that is ?and prefers
the finer things in life. Rachel is a younger
southern girl with TJ Maxx tags on her
"Before we even knew that we would be
writing together, we'd said this is a perfect
?match," Murray said about the characters.
"They're just so opposite."
"Readers resonate with both of them
because they can see the good and the bad,"
Here's the gist of the book: Rachel's
preacher husband and Jasmine's preacher hus
band are up for the president of the American
Baptist Coalition. Of course, the first ladies
want to see her respective husband as the
See Authors on A10
A Denim Mission
Middle-schoolers join national
jean-collecting ejfort y
BY TODD LUCK
Homeless teenagers will benefit from East Forsyth Middle
School's Teens for Jeans program.
The school is cottecting gently-used jeans of all sizes and
styles from now through Feb. 7. The school's effort is part of
DbSomething.org's fifth annual national Teens for Jeans ini
tiative. DoSomething.org, which encourages teenagers to get
involved with community service, has teamed with clothing
store A^ropostale, which then turns the jeans over to homeless
East Forsyth Middle signed on to the jean-collecting proj
ect after PTA Board Member Sarah Jackson came across infor
mation about Teens for Jeans on Do Something's web site.
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Photos by Todd Luck
ready to start
the jeans chal
Dossie Poteat is
proud of his
Goler program opening doors for contractors
Photo by Layla Fanner
Michael Suggs(left) and Curtis Cazoe stand outside the construction site of
the CDC's latest duplex, which Cazoe has worked on.
BY LAYLA FARMER
THE CHRONICLE ^
It is said that in the business world, it's
not what you know, but who you know.
Greensboro resident Curtis Cazoe is a
believer in that old adage. The president of
SSMC Inc. says his association with the
Goler CDC's Piedmont Contractors
Resource Center (PCRC) has helped his ?
company's bottom line.
Cazoe, a native of Trinidad and Tobago,
had worked as an electrical contractor for
more than two decades when he decided to
forge his own path as an entrepreneur.
Though he was familiar with the work and
the industry, Cazoe, whose company name
is made up of his brother's and two sisters'
initials combined with his own, said being w
the man in charge was a different story. "
"It was always a dream to do my own
See Goler on A9
'Driving a Successful Economy
Photo by I-ay la Farmer
Forsyth Tech Dean Leonard Kiser stands outside the
school's new Transportation Technology Center on
Patterson Avenue. The Center celebrated its grand
opening this week. Read more on page A3.
Two Reasons to Celebrate
Residents honor MLK and
BY LAYLA FARMER
Residents at Azalea Terrace Apartments cele
brated the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther
King and one of their own Monday morning,
during a special MLK Breakfast at the complex
on Deny Street. f
The breakfast was organized by a newly
organized group of Azalea* Terrace residents
known as The Big Five. The group formed late
last year in an effort to bring residents of the
small senior living community together. The
Big Five's inaugural event was a fish fry in
Vickie McCallum presents a cake to Fannie "Mama"
See Birthday on A? Carson as Carson's nurse, Linda "Red" Young, looks on.
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