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Volume 31 No. 49
The Voice of the Black Community
28216 S9 PI
James 8. Dub Library
100 Beatties Ford Rd
Charlotte NC 28216-5302
For black women, work’s never done
Often overlooked, series highlights issues facing African American females
By Chens F. Hodges
Very few studies have focused
on black women.
How does racism affect her?
How does growing up in a
world where the standard of
beauty is white, blond and blue
eyed effect her self esteem?
How do endless images of the
hypersexualized black vixen
affect her self worth?
Over the next four months,
The Post will probe many of
The American Psychological
Association released a report on
adolescent girls in 1996, which
included a section on African
“In examinii^ recent research
studies, the lack of data and
information about the psycho
logical development and lives in
general of adolescent girls of
color is of great concern. Major
studies on adolescent develop
ment are flawed by the presence
and absence of groups of girls of
color,” the report states.
One third of American girls are
Please see OFTEN/3A
SEEKING HISTORIC DESIGNATION
Coffee Cup co-owner Gardine Wilson is petitioning to have the restaurant declared an historic site.
Will Cup runneth out of time?
By Cheris F. Hodges
Is the Coffee Cup historic
enot^h to be saved from develop
For nearly 60 years, the restau
rant in the shadow of uptown
Charlotte has been a staple in the
community Famous for its down
home cookir^ and soul food, new
homes might mean the end of
Beazer Homes plans to build
townhouses around the restau
rant. Beazer owns the land and
informed the restaurant’s owner
that the company plans to devel
op the 15 acres of land into resi
Calls to Beazer were not imme
Gardine VTlson, owner of the
Coffee Cup, said he learned of
Beazer’s intentions last week.
“For Tis, we were xmder the
assumption that this was going
to be a multi use (development) —
part commercial, part residential.
We’d had some discussions with
3 see RESTAURANT/3A
Freshmen, publication attracted to JCSU
Academic year starts with large incoming class, rise in ranking
Can Bulls halt
J.C. Smith’s Marquis
Belton and D.J.
Haynesworth will try
to help the Golden
Bulls end 24-game
skid Saturday. 1C
By Herbert L. White
Johnson C. Smith University is
starting the 2006-07 academic
year on a roll.
More than 500 freshmen are
enrolled, the largest first-year
class in recent memory, officials
say Final numbers haven’t been
tallied, JCSU spokesman Benny
Smith said, because students are
still registering for classes.
“We have a lot more students
than we’ve had the last couple of
years,” he said “The students keep
coming in. “I teach a class and Tm
Also, JCSU is ranked among the
best southern colleges by U.S.
News & World Report, a national
The pubhcation ranked Smith
30th amoi^ 106 southern schools,
up 15 spots from last year. U.S.
News also identified JCSU as a
Tbp Tier Institution among com-
Please see INITIATIVES/2A
Robertson In a
JCSU is 30th in
a survey of
colleges by U.S.
News & World
JOHNSON C. SMITH UNIVERSITY
Garinger and Olympic
launch tailored studies
for 2006-07 school year
By Herbert L. White
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Ibadition gives way to change in Chailotte-
For the first time, high schools will be con
verted into smaller campus components to
provide specialized instruction. Garinger
and Olympic hi^ schools are the first to try
the smaller-is-better model when classes
Olympic has converted into five smaller
schools, called the Olympic Community The
change is funded by the Coalition of
Essential Schools, an $18 million grant pro
gram launched by the Bill and Melinda
Gates Poimdation. Olympic was one of five
U.S. high schools selected for the program.
Olympic was awarded $885,000 to boost aca
demic achievement and better prepare stu
dents for college and careers after high
“This new initiative not only propels the
small-schools movement, but the personal
ized instruction will give our students a com
petitive edge for the 21st century” said Pam
Espinoza, Olympic’s principal.
Olympic’s smaller schools are biotechnolo
gy health and pubhc education, internation
al business and communication; internation
al studies and global economics; math, engi-
neerii^, technology and science and The
Renaissance School for arts, humanities and
social justice. Each school wiU enroU up to
Garinger, one of four CMS schools to earn
a reprieve firjm a court-ordered closing last
week, is opening two specialized schools.
The North Carolina New School Project
picked Garinger for a program to improve
Please see FRIDAY/2A
NEWS, NOTES & TRENDS
After 25 years,
‘outpaces’ a cure
By George E. Curry
TORONTO - The math is madden-
it^y simple. Between 2003 and 2005,
a period of rapidly expanding AIDS
funding, the number of people in low-
and middle-income countries receiv
ing antiretroviral drugs increased by
an average of 450,000 per year.
During that same period, the number
of new infections averaged 4.6 million
a year. The bottom line; For every per
son who was treated for AIDS, anoth
er 10 became infected.
Helene D. Gajde, president of the
International AIDS Society and co-
Piease see AIDS/2A
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