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 As you know last week was the 5th anniversary of the Iraq war, and I shared with you my feelings about this war.  (Click here to view last week's e-mail blast)  Now, this past Tuesday, March 25th, the 4,000 mark was reached for the total amount of soldiers & loved ones we've lost in this war, and sadly it's constantly growing.  As I stated last week our families, friends and loved ones who make up these troops must be brought home.  THIS WAR IS NOT WORTH THESE VALUABLE LIVES!!! 

Thanks to the many of you who wrote me about the tribute song by Alexandra Lajoux.  I neglected to share her contact information with you last week, so per many of your request her website is as follows: American Classics Recordings - http://www.alexismusicstudio.com/bio/ Click the picture to again view Ms. Lajoux's tribute to the Troops "We Thank You" written and performed by Alexandra Lajoux.  

  Alexandra Lajoux pays tribute to the troops by singing "We Thank You"


 Recognizing and Celebrating Women's Accomplishments throughout History -  This past month we have recognized, celebrated and honored women around the world.  We have celebrated their diverse and historic accomplishments, as well as their rich and varied contributions to the history and culture of the United States and around the world.  For this last week we continue celebrating a few more women of African-American decent who are “FIRSTS” and who have contributed to the advancement of women and paved the way for many who have become successful.  As you know, the challenges today are smaller in comparison to the challenges these women faced in previous years as they pursued their goals, and you can just imagine what they endured during their life as they moved towards obtaining their goals and achievements from the problems of intense racism (not only being a woman, but also being black), segregation, and normalized sexism.  However despite their race, gender, class and age, these women drew something deep inside their souls and stayed motivated and succeed with pursuing their goals. This week we celebrate women who are "FIRSTS" during the years of 1991-Current.

SharonPrattDixonKelly2.jpg (22924 bytes)1991: Sharon Pratt Dixon was the first black woman to serve as Mayor of a major U.S. City.  She was the elected mayor of Washington, D.C. from January 2, 1991 – January 2, 1995 making her the first for a woman of any race to do so and the first African-American woman to serve as mayor of a major American city.   From 1991 to 1994, the difficult job of running Washington, D.C., belonged to Mayor Sharon Pratt Dixon Kelly, a successful utilities attorney who had had no previous experience in city government. Kelly was voted mayor in the wake of Marion Barry's fall from political grace. During her uphill campaign, Kelly portrayed herself as a squeaky-clean political outsider, even though she had strong connections to the national Democratic Party.  Kelly, a middle-class African American who was born and raised in the District of Columbia, promised to reduce crime, cut the city's bloated budget, and clean up corrupt government. Although she was turned out of office after just one term, Kelly earned herself a permanent place in history by becoming the first female mayor of the nation's capital.  For more details click here: http://www.blackpast.org/?q=aah/kelly-sharon-pratt-dixon-1944

MaeJemison1.jpg (4276 bytes)1992: Mae Jamison became the first black female astronautDr. Jemison was born in Alabama on October 17, 1956, and raised in Chicago. She did well in school from a young age and was able to go to Stanford University on scholarship at the age of 16. She graduated in 1977 with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a B.A. in African-American Studies. She attended medical school at Cornell University and became an MD in 1981. While in medical school, she traveled to Cuba, Africa and Asia to help sick people. After medical school, she spent time in the Peace Corps supervising medical staff in Sierra Leone and Liberia. In 1987, Dr. Jemison fulfilled a lifelong dream of being an astronaut when she was accepted into NASA’s astronaut training program out of over 2000 applicants.  After flying in space, Dr. Jemison taught at Dartmouth College on the topics of developing countries and advanced technology. She then created the Jemison Group, which works to bring advanced technology to people worldwide and foster a love of science in students. She divides her time between speaking engagements and serving as president for two technology companies.  Ms. Jemison encourages women and minorities to enter scientific fields "I want to make sure we use all our talent, not just 25%.".  In 1999 Jemison accepted appointment as the President's Council of Cornell Women Andrew D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University.   http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/women/TODTWD/jemison.bio.htm; http://afroamhistory.about.com/cs/astronauts/a/bio_maejemison.htm

1992: Carol Mosely Brawn became the first black woman Senator  (serving from the State of Illinois from 1992-1998).  A woman of extensive achievements and a pioneering entrepreneur, Carol Moseley Braun has established herself as an agent for change passionate about preserving the American Dream for the next generation.  Carol Moseley Braun formerly served her country as Ambassador, United States Senator, County Executive Officer, State Representative and Assistant United States Attorney. Her extensive and constructive legislative record reflects a commitment to social justice, fiscal prudence and good government. The hallmark of her public service has been courageous dedication to the harmony of the whole community, and she has worked to build an inclusive society that taps the talent of all people. A woman of extensive achievements, she is passionate about preserving the American Dream for the next generation.  Amb. Braun was a candidate for the 2004 Democratic nomination for President of the United States. As a candidate she qualified for more states’ ballots than any woman in the history of this country.  For more details click the following link: http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=m001025 or http://www.thehistorymakers.com/biography/biography.asp?bioindex=17&category=politicalMakers

tonimorrison_t1.jpg (18260 bytes)  1993: Toni Morrison - The first black woman to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature.   Born Chloe Anthony Wofford, in 1931 in Lorain (Ohio), the second of four children in a black working-class family. Displayed an early interest in literature. Studied humanities at Howard and Cornell Universities, followed by an academic career at Texas Southern University, Howard University, Yale, and since 1989, a chair at Princeton University. She has also worked as an editor for Random House, a critic, and given numerous public lectures, specializing in African-American literature. She made her debut as a novelist in 1970, soon gaining the attention of both critics and a wider audience for her epic power, unerring ear for dialogue, and her poetically-charged and richly-expressive depictions of Black America. A member since 1981 of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, she has been awarded a number of literary distinctions, among them the Pulitzer Prize in 1988. http://aalbc.com/authors/toni.htm or http://www.distinguishedwomen.com/biographies/morrison.html

RitaDove.jpg (56358 bytes)1993-1995: Rita Dove became the first black women Poet Laureate.   In 1993 Rita Dove was appointed Poet Laureate of the United States and Consultant in Poetry at the Library of Congress, making her the youngest person — and the first African-American — to receive this highest official honor in American letters. She held the position for two years. In 1999 she was reappointed Special Consultant in Poetry for 1999/2000, the Library of Congress's bicentennial year, and in 2004 Virginia governor Mark Warner appointed her as Poet Laureate of the Commonwealth of Virginia, a two year position.  To learn more about Ms. Dove (in detail), please click the following link: http://people.virginia.edu/~rfd4b/compbio.html or http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/185

Ross-Lee_Barbara.jpg (13428 bytes)1993:  Dr. Barbara Ross Lee become the first African American woman to be appointed dean of an American Medical school.  As a child, Dr. Barbara Ross-Lee and her siblings sang in a church choir. Her sister, Diana Ross, left the projects as the celebrity lead singer of the Supremes. Dr. Barbara Ross-Lee earned a degree in science and chemistry in 1969. She went on to join the National Teaching Corps. This is a program in which she could study for free, while she taught in the Detroit public school system. In 1969, Michigan State University opened a College of Osteopathic Medicine. Osteopathic Medicine is a branch of medicine which views the human body holistically; it emphasizes the prevention and treatment of illness and injury through the use of manual and physical therapies along with traditional practices such as drugs and surgery. As a single mother, Dr. Barbara Ross-Lee needed help with childcare, so she sold her house and moved back in with her mother. In 1973 Dr. Barbara Ross-Lee graduated from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.   For the next 10 years, she ran a hectic family business in inner city Detroit.  In 1984, Dr. Barbara Ross-Lee left the family business and joined the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as a health professions consultant on education. In 1993, she was honored to become the first African American woman to be appointed dean of an American Medical school. She remained dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine of Ohio University until 2001.  In 2001 Dr. Barbara Ross-Lee became the vice president for Health Sciences and Medical Affairs at the New York College of Technology. In 2002 she became the dean of New York Institute of Osteopathic Medicine. Currently, she remains one of seven women deans of medical schools in the United States, as well as the first African American to hold the title. http://www.blackpast.org/?q=aah/barbara-ross-lee-1942 or http://www.nlm.nih.gov/changingthefaceofmedicine/physicians/biography_279.html

KateOkikiolu.jpg (372964 bytes)  1997: Kate Okikiolu becomes the first Black to be awarded Mathematics' most prestigious young person's award, the Sloan Research Fellowship. She also won the new $500,000 Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers and in 2001 she was the first Black woman to publish in the best mathematics journal.  Ms. Okikiolu comes from a mathematical family, her father is a mathematician and inventor and her mother is a high school mathematics teacher. Her parents met when her father left Nigeria to study mathematics at the same college in England where her mother was studying physics. Her father, the Nigerian George Okikiolu, has written more mathematics papers than any other Black mathematician. She is married to mathematician Hans Lindblad.  Ms. Okikiolu earned her B.A. in Mathematics from Cambridge University in England before coming to the United States in 1987 to attend graduate school mathematics at UCLA (the University of California, Los Angeles). There, she worked with two mentors, Sun-Yung (Alice) Chang and John Garnett, and was able to solve a problem concerning asymptotics of determinants of Toeplitz operators on the sphere and a conjecture of Peter Jones, characterizing subsets of rectifiable curves in Euclidean n-space. She earned her Ph.D. at UCLA in 1991, and she has been exhibiting first rate mathematical abilities.  After her doctorate, Kate went, in 1993, to Princeton University where she was an Instructor and an Assistant Professor until 1995. From 1995 until 1997 she was a visiting Assistant Professor at MIT. She became a resident status in the U.S. at this time. Since 1997, she has been on the faculty in the Mathematics Department of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), first as an Assistant Professor. Also in 1996, Dr. Okikiolu spoke as part of the twenty-fifth anniversary celebration for Association of Women in Mathematics (AWM). In 2002, she gave the Claytor-Woodard lecture at the NAM meetings.  Note:  The Annals of Mathematics A collection of research papers published before 1980 and written by black mathematicians, there is no central mathematical theme to this book. The range of the papers is wide, from mathematics education to group theory. However, it is a strong statement about the professional diversity in the field of mathematics. Blacks have made major contributions to the advancement of science and mathematics and this book is a partial description of that fact.

cathyhughes2.jpg (5600 bytes) 1999: Cathy Hughes is The First African American Woman to head a firm publicly traded on the stock exchange in the United States with an initial public offering of 6.4 million shares of Class A Common Stock at $24.00 a share.  Ms. Hughes is founder and Chairperson of Radio One, Inc., the largest African American owned and operated broadcast-company in the nation, (a national chain of approx. 71 radio stations in 22 markets, valued at $2 billion with 16 million listeners.)   The First African American company in radio history to dominate several major markets simultaneously, and the first woman-owned radio station to rank # 1 in any major market.  Ms. Hughes company eventually became the nation’s largest black-owned radio chain.  In 2004, her company launched a new cable channel, TV One, aimed at African Americans.  Cathy Hughes was born in Omaha, NE in 1947.  Beginning her career in radio in 1969, Hughes' first position was with KOWH, a black radio station in Omaha. Her successes there prompted the Howard University School of Communications to offer her a position as a lecturer and as Assistant to the Dean of Communications.  In 1973, Hughes was named general sales manager to WHUR-FM in Washington, D.C, and by1975  was hired as the general manager of the station. Under her guidance, WHUR-FM, which had been struggling along with $300,000 in annual sales revenues, increased its annual revenues to more than $3.5 million.  In 1978, Hughes left WHUR for WYCB Radio, where she served as the vice president and general manager of the station.  Hughes and her husband at the time, Dewey Hughes, decided they wanted to buy their own radio station in 1979, and after being rejected by thirty-two banks, they found a lender. With their loan, they purchased WOL, a small Washington, D.C. station and Radio One was born. While Hughes wanted a talk format for the station, the bank was pressing for music. A compromise was reached permitting Hughes to have a morning talk show program that was followed by music programming throughout the day.  Hughes' marriage ended shortly after purchasing the station and she began her path as a single mother. She purchased her husband's share in the station, but hard times soon forced she and her son, Alfred, to give up their apartment and move into the station to make ends meet. Over time, however, the station began turning a profit, largely due to the success of her talk show.  Since the early days of being a station owner, Hughes' rise has been remarkable.  http://www.tvoneonline.com/shows/show.asp?sid=123&id=1126 or http://www.blackperspective.com/pages/mag_articles/sum01_soulofthecity.html

2001: Dr. Condoleezza Rice becomes the first black female National Security Advisor - Appointed by President Bush.  Dr. Condoleezza Rice became the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, commonly referred to as the National Security Advisor, on January 22, 2001.  Born November 14, 1954 in Birmingham, Alabama, she earned her bachelor's degree in political science, cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Denver in 1974; her master's from the University of Notre Dame in 1975; and her Ph.D. from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver in 1981. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has been awarded honorary doctorates from Morehouse College in 1991, the University of Alabama in 1994, the University of Notre Dame in 1995, the National Defense University in 2002, the Mississippi College School of Law in 2003, the University of Louisville and Michigan State University in 2004. She resides in Washington, D.C.  


RuthSimmons.jpg (55154 bytes)  2001:  Ruth Simmons, President of Brown University became the first African American to lead an Ivy League institution Ruth Simmons 1945-, American educator and college president, b. Grapeland, Tex., grad. Dillard Univ. (B.A., 1967) and Harvard (A.M., 1970; Ph.D., 1973). As a scholar she was primarily concerned with the francophone literature of Africa and the Caribbean. On the faculty and in the administration at Princeton Univ. from 1983 to 1990, she was associate dean of the faculty (1986-90). From 1990 to 1991, she was provost of Spelman College. She returned to Princeton in 1992, serving as vice provost. In 1995 she was named president of Smith College, becoming the first African-American woman to head a top-ranked college or university. While there she established the first women's college engineering program and founded Meridians, a journal addressing the concerns of minority women. Simmons left Smith in 2001 to become president of Brown Univ.  http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G1-68504364.html or http://www.ivyleaguesports.com/schools/simmons.asp 

halle_berry.jpg (41265 bytes) 2002:  Halle Berry is the first black woman to win an Oscar for Best Actress in Monster's Ball.  First black American in the miss World Competition (She didn't win a prize but her dress did.)  Born on August 14, 1966, in Cleveland, Ohio and grew up in  a single-parent household which was somewhat though (Halle’s father walking out on the family when she was 4.)  Ms. Berry in high school was a cheerleader, an honor society member, editor of the school paper, and class president; she was also crowned her high school's prom queen.  In 1983,  Halle's boyfriend entered her name in the Miss Teen Ohio beauty pageant, and she was crowned Miss Teen Ohio in that competition.  Ms. Berry won many other high-profile competitions, including Miss Teen All-American, Miss USA (first runner-up) and Miss World.  Halle continued her education at Cleveland's Cuyahoga Community College in 1986, studying broadcast journalism, but she didn't complete her degree in college instead she left the program to pursue a career in modeling and started studying acting in Chicago.  Ms. Berry moved to Manhattan, where she immediately landed her first TV gig in Living Dolls and in 1991 she got her first big break in Spike Lee's "Jungle Fever" as a crack-addicted woman.  Soon thereafter Ms. Berry reverted to television with a recurring role on the popular prime-time soap opera Knots Landing in 1991.  Her next movie role was “The last Boy Scout” where she played Damon Wayans’ exotic girlfriend.  In 1992, Halle landed a starring role opposite Eddie Murphy, in Boomerang.  In 1993, she married Atlanta Braves right fielder David Justice (they divorced in 1996).  In 1994, Halle starred in The Flintstones, but her riveting big-screen role as an illiterate addict who abandons her child in a garbage can in 1995's Losing Isaiah shot her star up higher.  Other movies Halle starred in include Executive Decision (1996), Race the Sun (1996), B*A*P*S (1997), Bulworth (1998), and Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999), for which she won a Golden Globe and an Emmy for Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV movie.  In 2000, Halle starred as Storm/Ororo Munroe in the live film adaptation of the cartoon strip X-Men.  She also returned to modeling as a spokesperson for Revlon, and because Halle was diagnosed with diabetes, she became an avid volunteer for the Juvenile Diabetes Association.  In 2001, Halle married soul singer Eric Benet (divorced in 2003.)   In 2002 she made history at the Oscars as the first black actress to receive a Best Actress Academy Award for “Monster’s Ball”, and a SAG award for Best Actress in Monster's Ball as well.  This Best Actress Academy Award. Her Oscar triumph cemented her as an A-list actress, and she appeared as Bond Girl Jinx in the film Die Another Day (2002), as well as in X2 (2003), the second installment of the X-Men franchise.  In 2003 she appeared in the psychological thriller “Gothika and in 2004 as “Catwoman”.  In 2005, Halle appeared in the TV movie Their Eyes Were Watching God and lent her voice to the animated film Robots. Her projects for 2006 included the third X-Men installment, X-Men: The Final Stand, and the thriller Perfect Stranger.  Halle was also named the new face of Versace.  During a photo shoot for the designer, Halle met her boyfriend top model Gabriel Aubry.  In 2007, after starring in “Things We Lost in the Fire”, Halle confirmed reports that she was pregnant with boyfriend Gabriel Aubrey’s baby.  Most recently 2008, Ms. Berry had a baby girl.  For more details on Ms. Halle Berry click the following link: http://www.hallewood.com/ 

sheilacrumpjohnson2.jpg (10144 bytes)2003: Sheila Crump Johnson became the first black female billionaire A businesswoman, a musician, a philanthropist, and the first African-American woman to become a billionaire. She is also one of the few women in the United States who owns a professional sports team:  She is president and managing partner of the Washington Mystics women's basketball team.  Sheila Crump Johnson is the cofounder of BET with former husband Robert L. Johnson. The two equally split $1.5 billion in proceeds after BET was sold for $2.3 billion in stock. (They divorced in 2002).  She also has extensive real estate holdings, including the 200-acre Salamander Farm in Virginia and another farm and a condo in Florida. She also owns 18 show horses.  She is the visionary entrepreneur who purchased former ambassador Pamela Harris man's 350-acre tract (reportedly for $7 million) to build the resort.  She is the philanthropist who supports the UNCF and has given $7 million to Parsons School of Design (she's a board member), $1 million to the State University of New York at Morrisville and $3 million to the Hill School in Middleburg.  She is president of the Washington International Horse Show, which under her leadership made a profit for the first time in its history.  She is a photographer whose work is displayed in galleries and restaurants around Virginia. She is a designer who has created her own line of luxury linens that is manufactured in Italy. One pattern was inspired by her photograph of iceladened trees on the farm.  She is an accomplished violinist, former music teacher and author of a music textbook.  She is the proud mother of 22-year-old Paige Johnson, a champion equestrian and Olympic hopeful, and 18-year-old Brett.  She is a savvy businesswoman who employs 25 people.   Sheila Crump Johnson is a busy woman, one who has always been productive and creative, but who seems to have gotten a new lease on life in recent years. She has come into her own as her own person, out of the shadow of her former husband, their 33-year marriage and the giant media company they founded together.  In 2005 Ms. Johnson married the Hon. William T. Newman Jr., the Arlington judge.  http://www.theconferenceforwomen.com/speakers/johnson.html 

2005:  Dr. Condoleezza Rice becomes the first black female Secretary of State (2005 to present)  appointed by President Bush (66th Secretary of State).  In June 1999, Dr. Rice completed a six year tenure as Stanford University's Provost, during which she was the institution's chief budget and academic officer. As Provost she was responsible for a $1.5 billion annual budget and the academic program involving 1,400 faculty members and 14,000 students.  As professor of political science, Dr. Rice has been on the Stanford faculty since 1981 and has won two of the highest teaching honors -- the 1984 Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 1993 School of Humanities and Sciences Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching.  At Stanford, she was a member of the Center for International Security and Arms Control from 1981-1986 (currently the Center for International Security And Cooperation), a Senior Fellow of the Institute for International Studies, and a Fellow (by courtesy) of the Hoover Institution. Her books include Germany Unified and Europe Transformed (1995) with Philip Zelikow, The Gorbachev Era (1986) with Alexander Dallin, and Uncertain Allegiance: The Soviet Union and the Czechoslovak Army (1984). She also has written numerous articles on Soviet and East European foreign and defense policy, and has addressed audiences in settings ranging from the U.S. Ambassador's Residence in Moscow to the Commonwealth Club to the 1992 and 2000 Republican National Conventions.  From 1989 through March 1991, the period of German reunification and the final days of the Soviet Union, she served in the Bush Administration as Director, and then Senior Director, of Soviet and East European Affairs in the National Security Council, and a Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. In 1986, while an international affairs fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, she served as Special Assistant to the Director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In 1997, she served on the Federal Advisory Committee on Gender -- Integrated Training in the Military.  She was a member of the boards of directors for the Chevron Corporation, the Charles Schwab Corporation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the University of Notre Dame, the International Advisory Council of J.P. Morgan and the San Francisco Symphony Board of Governors. She was a Founding Board member of the Center for a New Generation, an educational support fund for schools in East Palo Alto and East Menlo Park, California and was Vice President of the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula . In addition, her past board service has encompassed such organizations as Transamerica Corporation, Hewlett Packard, the Carnegie Corporation, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, The Rand Corporation, the National Council for Soviet and East European Studies, the Mid-Peninsula Urban Coalition and KQED, public broadcasting for San Francisco.  http://www.state.gov/secretary/ 

HeleneGayle_full.jpg (71648 bytes)2006: Dr. Helene Gayle, President & CEO of Care USA.  The First African-American and the First Woman Entrusted to lead this Organization in its 61 year history. Dr. Gayle joined CARE USA as president in 2006. Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, she received her B.A. from Barnard College of Columbia University, her M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and her M.P.H. from Johns Hopkins University. After completing her residency in pediatric medicine at the Children's Hospital National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., she entered the Epidemic Intelligence Service, a training program in epidemiology at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, followed by a residency in preventive medicine, and then remained at CDC as a staff epidemiologist. At CDC, she studied problems of malnutrition in children in the United States and abroad, evaluating and implementing child survival programs in Africa and working on HIV/AIDS research, programs and policy. Dr. Gayle also served as the AIDS coordinator and chief of the HIV/AIDS division for the U.S. Agency for International Development; director for the National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention, CDC; director of CDC's Washington office; and health consultant to international agencies including the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank and UNAIDS. Prior to her current position, she was the director of the HIV, TB and reproductive health program for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, responsible for research, program and policies related to HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, reproductive health issues and tuberculosis.  Dr. Gayle has published numerous articles on public health, especially related to HIV/AIDS, and has received many awards for her scientific and public health contributions. She attained the rank of rear admiral (assistant surgeon general) in the U.S. Public Health Service. She is also on the boards of the Institute of Medicine and the Council on Foreign Relations.

2007 Paula Madison is the First African American Woman to be General Manager at a Network-owned Station in a top five Market.  Ms. Madison is President  General Manager of KNBC; Executive Vice President of Diversity of NBC Universal.  Ms. Madison, Executive Vice President, Diversity, NBC Universal & Company Officer, General Electric.   Madison, an 18-year GE veteran, was named an officer in June 2007. In May 2007, NBC Universal President and CEO Jeff Zucker appointed her as the company’s chief diversity officer. When the announcement was made, it was the first time in the history of NBC Universal that a senior executive has had diversity as his or her sole responsibility. As the liaison between the company and key national and local leaders, Madison also serves as the diversity spokesperson for NBC Universal. Madison is responsible for working with the company’s business executives to ensure the organization is an industry leader in developing the programs and culture that will enable the company to better reflect the makeup of its increasingly diverse, globally-based customers, clients and audiences.  From November 2000 to May 2007, Madison was the President and General Manager of KNBC, NBC's owned and operated station in Los Angeles. She was the first African American woman to become general manager at a network-owned station in a top five market. In April 2002, when NBC purchased the Telemundo network, Madison added a new title and responsibilities to her repertoire when she was named Regional General Manager of the Spanish language network’s Los Angeles stations, KVEA and KWHY. In July 2006, she added yet another role to her existing responsibilities – that of Executive Vice President, Diversity, NBC Universal. She was no stranger to this role, however. Madison held the position of Vice President, Diversity, and then Senior Vice President, Diversity, for the NBC network from February 2000 to May 2002.  For more details on Ms. Madison click the following link.  http://www.answers.com/topic/paula-madison



Thanks for all your e-mails regarding the comments I made about the "Race" issue Senator Obama spoke about last week during his historical address to the nation, and the issue with Pastor Wright, as well as the "Black Church".  It's rewarding to know so many of you are on the "same page" as I am, and it seems you are absolutely "feeling me".   The more I write, the more I become enlighten by many of you.  Thanks for the knowledge and for sharing your feelings on all these issues.  It's a joy to know you are reading and appreciate receiving the e-mails, and most importantly feel the e-mail newsletters contain lots of important information.  Thanks again!!!

On the negative side of things the media is still talking about this Rev. Wright's issue, they are still "bashing" and trying to intensify the matter in an effort to keep it alive.  They just won't give it a rest and let it go.  Why can't they focus on the positive and important issues taking place on the campaign trail with the democratic candidates?  Why haven't they gone exceedingly "crazy" over Senator Clinton's over exaggerated tale/statements (during several speeches) about her Bosnia trip while she was First Lady?  Actually, many in the media is claiming she misspoke and/or just brushed it off.  Well, I guess as they say in Jamaica "so it ah go".

After a quick vacation over the Easter weekend with his family Senator Barack Obama is back on the campaign trail.   Below you will find the speech he made on Thursday-3/27/08 regarding the Economy.  One important thing I learned this week was more than 4 million voters registered to vote as Democrats in the Pennsylvania Primary (approximately a total of 4,044,952 people are now registered to vote in the Democratic primary).  The most exciting news is more than 120,000 new voters joined since Jan. 1st, and more than 86,000 others switched from other parties to register as Democrats.  As far as campaigning in PA, I understand Senator Obama plans on touring the state vigorously by bus, just as he did in Iowa. I believe his tour will start Friday in Western Pennsylvania and work its way east.  

The overall delegate count as of today per CNN and MSNBC for each Democratic candidate is as follows.  A friend told me Senator Obama received one (1) more super delegate this week, and it looks like he has because (per CNN) his total is now 1,622 (1413 Pledged and 209 Super delegates, and Senator Clinton's total per CNN is 1,485 (1,242 Pledged and 243 Super delegates.  MSNBC's count as of today is: Senator Obama's total 1,626 (1408 Pledged and 218 Super delegates), and Senator Clinton's total is 1,506 (1,251 Pledged and 255 Super delegates).  The total delegates needed to get the nomination is 2,025.           

Please remember to judge Senator Obama on his words, his actions and the content of his character.   As I've told you every week, kindly continue standing up and do not accept the same old tactics, rhetoric and old politics.  I encourage you to continue talking about race and the hurtful issues you might have experienced throughout life.  Most importantly let's continue building this movement and voting for Senator Obama.  You must know by now that with your support and votes Senator Obama will continue succeeding. We know he is "the one".  Yup, "the one" who absolutely has the ability and wisdom to move us forward;  "the one" who has the answers to all of the many issues plaguing America currently, and we know he is "the one" who can take us forward towards that change we are seeking in a positive manner.  I hope you are looking forward to the overall change as I am, so lets continue making history together!!!!

October 6, 2008, is the deadline for registering to vote in the General Election that will take place on November 4, 2008.  Click the following link for some very important information regarding voting and to register. http://www.declareyourself.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=14&Itemid=8#how


Renewing the American Economy Senator Barack Obama at New York's great Cooper Union Hall on March 27, 2008. 

Senator Obama was introduced by New York's Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and during his speech Senator Obama said "tougher government regulations that reflect the realities of modern finance are needed to get a grip on the economy before it gets even worse".  Click the Picture to view the entire speech the Senator delivered on Thursday 3/27/08.  Courtesy of www.msnbc.com (33 minutes. & 18 Seconds)  If you want to read the Senator's speech CLICK HERE to enter his site to read it in its entirety.

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Senator Obama discusses the economy in an interview on March 27, 2008, with CNBC's Maria Bartiromo 

Ms. Bartiromo talks to Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama about his plans to revive a sagging U.S. economy and help reverse the rise in mortgage defaults and foreclosures.
Courtesy of www.msnbc.com - (13 minutes & 52 seconds)  Click the picture to view.

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N. Brentwood, Maryland


at De Panyard

PAN MASTERS STEEL ORCHESTRA Cordially invite you a special Performance at "DE PANYARD" at a  special "Friday Night Lime" 


OBERLIN STEEL (From Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio)



Performs on FRIDAY, MARCH 28th

9:00 PM

(4559 Rhode Island Ave, North Brentwood, MD)

FREE ADMISSION (Donations accepted)

Go out for a special "Friday Night Lime" and enjoy food, drink and great steelband music.  Oberlin Steel is a 19-member group from Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio.  Their annual spring break tour brings them to DC for the first time in 10 years!  Several Oberlin alumni are current players in Pan Masters, and many more have played with PMSO over the years.  Pan Masters is glad to be hosting Oberlin Steel again at De Panyard!

For More Information Call: 301-864-2610 or panmasters@hotmail.com 

Read more here about Oberlin Steel




Memphis, Tennessee

April 2-4, 2008



Appearances by: Martin Luther King, III, Myrlie Evers-Williams, Earl Graves, Sr., Michael Baisden, Tom Joyner, Sean Hannity, Harry Belafonte, Marc Morial, comedian Mo’Nique, and many others to appear

Details: Reverend Al Sharpton and the National Action Network (NAN) will host its 10th annual convention at the Peabody Memphis from April 2nd to April 5th to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The historic gathering will be an impressive who’s who in civil rights, business, politics, labor, entertainment and the religious community and thousands from across the country will assemble for the “Recommitment March” on Friday, April 4th to the Lorraine Hotel to pause in silence while remembering Dr. King at the moment he was shot 40-years-ago. The 

“Recommitment March” to be led by Rev. Sharpton and Martin Luther King, III, will serve as an opportunity for people to recommit themselves to fighting for the ideals that Dr. King envisioned 40-years ago. The march will show a new generation led by them that are prepared to lead the fight for social justice going forward the next forty years. According to Rev. Sharpton: “Just as the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness for forty-years after Moses brought them across the Red Sea, Dr. King was our Moses, and forty years later, Martin Luther King, III, myself, and many others will commit ourselves to going forward to make a pledge to better ourselves and our community. Click here for highlights and to register for the convention.


Temple Hills, Maryland

You Are Cordially Invited to an International Reunion


Gerri "Ms Peasie" Adams, as she and many of her friends Celebrate the Late Legend Marvin Gaye, Jr.'s Birthday

Friday, April 4, 2008

from 9:00 pm - 1:30 am


Camp Springs Elks Lodge 2332

7550 Temple Hills Road, Temple Hills, Maryland

Donation: $22.00

Contact #'s: 301-322-6827 and 202-583-3021

Music by Bobby's Music Machine

Dress Attire is "All White Tonight" - Cash Bar  - Buffet   - "Open Mic"





Want to travel to Jamaica for FREE?
 Journey to Jamaica May 2-9, 2008
to encourage, inspire and spark children’s interest in reading!
·         Do you have a passion for helping children?
·         Do you want to help make a difference in the lives of children all over the world? 
·         Become a Literacy Ambassador and participate in various Education Week events as we travel throughout the island to celebrate Read Across Jamaica Day (May 8).
Thanks to a CLASS grant from NEA Student Programs, two lucky college students will have their travel expenses paid to journey to Jamaica as "Literacy Ambassadors".  Applications are now being accepted.  Deadline to apply is April 11, 2007.
For an application or more information, visit www.readacrossja.com or Contact:  Ja'nice Wisdom, Project Coordinator at 301-806-2984.
“Share a book with a child and you have given illiteracy a dose of cure!”
Volunteer today!



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Very Special Birthday Greetings once again to our friends David, Keith (Keith, we hope your party this weekend to celebrate your special day is full of fun), Kimmy,  Emmanuella, Loriel Starr, Tupac D and Ron Deberry

From all of us here at Arious we hope your special day was filled with lots of joy!!!!

We would like to extend birthday greetings to Paris, Alona, Jerri, Ronella, Earl, and Carolanne

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