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 Vol.45, o.26 •Jun 26 - July 2, 2013
www.frostillustrated.com •
ews & VIews of AFrICA AmerICAs
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1968 - 2013
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Recent visits from Dr. Mar-tin Luther King Jr.’s nephewDr. Derek King have manyFort Wayne residents think-ing about justiceand racial equalityin Fort Wayne areaschools. However,reported NAACPvisits to Fort Waynearea private schoolshave many resi-dents wondering if our schools, after50 years, are reallyequal. spoke with theRev. Dr. Bledsoe theFort Wayne ChapterNAACP’s presidentrecently about these visits.The Rev. Dr. Bledsoe stat-ed that what prompted theNAACP to visit the schoolswas “the voice of the chil-dren.” She told me that theNAACP has visited “severalschools” but she did not tellme the names of the schools.She said the meetings al-lowed her to listen to whatthe youth had to say and thatshe is “pleased and proud.”She also stated thatthe ultimate goalof their visits is to“provide solutionsfor our youth atall levels” and thatFort Wayne needsto “recognize theability of civil rightsand embrace it.”Unfortunately,she did not give methe direct goal of the visits and didn’tgive me much moreinformation.  alsoattempted to talk to a princi-pal of a Fort Wayne privateschool who informed me thathe was not at liberty to speak about the matter. Luckily, myself attend a Fort Wayneprivate high school and haveattended a few of these meet-ings and have a little moreinformation to give.The meetings consisted of afew members of the NAACP,some of my school’s facultyand every single black kid inmy school. Although someAfrican American studentsstated that they had not ex-perience any racial discrimi-nation, a large majority saidthey had. Many were evenangry and the meeting turnedinto us telling NAACP mem-bers and faculty about ourfeelings. We left the meetingwith promises of more meet-ings soon that would includeblack kids from other privateschools as well. Unfortunate-ly we haven’t had a meet-ing since that meeting and myself am not sure what theNAACP plans on doing.One of the students frommy high school stated, “Once[the NAACP] came and hadthe meeting it seems like alot less racist comments were
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 Members of the Oma-tayo Dance group,under the direction of  Diane Rogers, await their turn to performat the recent June-teenth Celebration.The Weisser ParkCommunity Center kicked off this year’sthree-day JuneteenCelebration withan evening of arts,including dance, musicand poetry on June 20 at the center. Thecelebration featured  several African dance groups, a number of  young poets and a live jazz performance, al set off at the end of theevening by a deliciousmeal of curried goat.
(Photo: Andy Kurzen)
 See more photos on p.7 
Striking a pose
Post 148Commanderissuesstatementon shooting
Veterans organization taking steps to increase security further 
As tod to Jeanie Summervie
Special to Frost Illustrated 
 EDITOR’S NOTE: On June 9, Fort Wayne resi-dent Jabron Totton tragically was murdered inthe parking lot of American Legion Post 148 at the corner of East Lewis Street and East HannaStreet. While the incident happened outside the Legion and after the veteran’s organization wasclosed, Post Commander Jesse Booker told Frost  Illustrated special reporter  Jeanie Summerville that he and post leadership and members want to do what is necessary to keep people safe not only inside but alsooutside. Their commitment and concern, he explained inan exclusive interview with Ms. Summerville, is for the safety and well-being of theentire community. And whilethe post has been relativelytrouble-free for many yearsand the recent tragedy was ahorrible but isolated incident there, American Legion Post 148, said Booker, already istaking steps to do whatever it can to increase security in thearea. The following are Com-mander Booker’s own wordsas told to Jeanie Summerville:
“I’m Jesse Booker the Commander of the Ameri-can Legion Post 148 and the incident that happenedhere, in itself, was just something that happened.I’ve talked with a number of people about this in-cident and it’s something that we couldn’t control,it just happened. And as far as I’m concerned, I’mgoing to leave it up to the proper authorities to getit solved. I’ve talked with the victim’s parents andwe know what happened but we don’t know why ithappened. And, as far as the victim’s parents, theywant closure.“Jabron was a gure here at the American Le-gion and he was always here from Thursdaythrough Sunday nights with his friends and he wasnever a problem and we were also friends. As amatter of fact, I know the family personally and Isat down with them on several occasions since theincident and they’re really understanding people.And we’re all GOD-fearing people and we comefrom the same background and the same church,
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(See “Unity” p.9)
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 EDITOR’S NOTE: The follow-ing is a piece outlining a path-way to stopping the violence incity streets, submitted by Brother  Marcus McGee. Before present-ing the actual piece entitled “I once was you,” Frost Illustrated  staff thought we also would pres-ent Brother McGee’s introductorynote to the letter that he sent us.
The enclosed story is from my personal experiences and themeans of the story is to uplift, notto tear anyone down. It is not in-tended for anyone to be forced ona religion. You must nd your ownrock to build your foundation on.But, build it for the greater goodof humanity. GOD intended for us to live a certain way and thatis through love. Our life is short-lived when we lean on our ownunderstanding. We have to get bet-ter, we must get better, to have a productive life in harmony.We are a peculiar people. We areunique, equipped with many tal-ents that we have to tap into. Havefaith in what you can do. Put thesame energy that you put into thestreets into something positive andmeaningful.There is too much violence go-ing on. I you have children or if you don’t have children, think about how you would want themto live. Get inspired to do better.Achieve greatness. Be somebody.Do not just be what society saysyou are—things like “a failure,”“no good,” never amount to ‘noth-ing,’” “thug,” “menace,” “prosti-tute,” etc. We have to overcomeour adversities. Get out of our comfort zone. We have to, becauseachievement comes from takingchances. We played suicide withour lives in the streets. So, why nottry? There are only two things thatwill happen from making wrongchoices: That’s getting killed or ending up in prison. You chooseyour destiny...
I once was you
How are you, ladies and gentle-men and boys and girls? I hopeeverything is well and you’re ingood spirits. Considering the cir-cumstances, I’m truly blessed to be alive.Before I get started, my nameis Marcus McGee. I’m born andraised in Fort Wayne. Everyonecalls me McGee in the streets. But,I no longer go by that name. I’ma born again Christian, so now I prefer Marcus because all thingsare new and old things are passedaway. I’m 34 years old, with four children.I’ve been in and out of prisonon drug charges since 2000. Alltogether, I have served 12 yearsso far, including my current sen-tence—which, God willing, will be over in October of this year! Ihope to be able to meet you guys.I’m not proud of what I’ve donein my past, but I can tell you this:It is what I have been through thathas shaped me into the man I amtoday. So, I’m sure if you are sit-ting here, you too are trying toovercome something or are goingto be the solution to the problemor both. I’m still in both categories because no one’s perfect.I once was you and stillam. I just reach out inways to better myself. Idon’t hold myself back from anything.I know I can do allthings, no matter whatthe situation—and youshould too. Never limityourself. And again, I’mnot saying I have it allgured out. But, I can tellyou my experience andwhat I do to be at peaceis part of my foundationthat I live on and that’s LOVE. Our  purpose is to LOVE one another,even if we don’t want to. Our pur- pose is to serve GOD wholeheart-edly. Now, I’m not telling you to be-come a Christian but I’m tellingyou that if you want to live, thenyou must nd your rock to buildon. We can’t keep serving thestreets; I used to serve the streetsliterally. I lived for the streets andlook where it has gotten me. Theonly reason I am able to share mystory is because of GOD’S mercy.See, we have a mission on thisearth and it’s not a mission of vio-lence. It’s a mission of LOVE. Now men, I don’t want you tostart thinking like a proud man.I’m just being frank because wemen think that showing love or  pouring our hearts out about whatwe believe is soft.And, oh, I’m sure you’re proudof being hardcore or a thug. Allof that is ne if you utilize it for the right reason. Use your energyfor your passions. It won’t happenover night. It takes time. Patienceis the key. Make goals and reachthem and don’t stop there—keep pushing. You have to because it’sa lifelong process. Like I said, Iwas once you, seeking answersthat I used to try to gure out onmy own. But, now I have turned toGOD for answers and surroundedmyself with positive people whohave the same interests.We can’t keep doing thesame old things, expect-ing different results. Itwon’t work. I know. I’ma witness to it.This is my third in-carceration from sellingdrugs. My life is on a dif-ferent path and all I haveis my word and I will tellyou I will help in anyway I can. Sacrices arewhat I’m willing to make.Don’t keep going downthe same path. Start newtoday.Seek knowledge, wisdom andunderstanding. Know who you are.Study yourself and don’t lean untoyour own understanding. Leanunto a spiritual understanding. Youmight say you don’t have a spiri-tual understanding and haven’tconnected yet. But, I would sayyou have because if you’re sittingin this gathering, then somethinghas awakened in you that is want-ing out of what you were or were becoming.We must become beacons of light shining in dark places. Iknow that each and everyone of you is unique. The reason I knowis because all that is in scriptureis true. I have studied myself andfound me. I was lost in darkness,not seeing what I had become andwhat I was doing until, one day, Isurrendered and gave my life over to GOD and accepted the LORDJESUS CHRIST as MY LORDand SAVIOR, who is the head of my life! I claim that what he sysis true and will work in my lifethrough his will.So, whatever it is you believe in,
Stop painting the city red:Change can, will happen
(See “McGee” p.9)
Voices of UnityJackson, Houstontribute ambitious
On June 29, Unity Performing Arts Foundation(UNITY) is scheduled to present what organizers say its biggest andmost innovative summer production ever. Many have asked: “Whatmakes this production so special?” This concert is a tribute to thelate Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston, entitled “Alive Again.”Imagine, an evening of electrifying singing, dancing and speech, all presented by talent from right here in Fort Wayne.The concert will feature Fort Wayne’s own World ChampionVoices of Unity Youth Choir under the direction of Marshall White,dancers from Sheekristyle Dance Studio as well as soloists including professional recording artists Wayne Starks, Niyoki Nero and MikkiWhite. Other soloists include UNITY alumni,Matt Grifn, Breaun Scott and many others.UNITY ofcials said the lives and music of Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston offer a grand window into the fruits of uncommontalent, perseverance and insight, as well as thestruggles to maintain balance in an often-dif-cult world.Marshall White, Voices of Unity music direc-tor and CEO of parent organization Unity Per-forming Arts Foundation, said, “Presenting a production that requires this level of artistic genius is a serious stretchfor youth, but it is not impossible with the collective energy and tal-ents of all who are involved.”The choir members were required to study biographies and watchdocumentaries on the lives of Michael Jackson and Whitney Houstonduring the planning of this tribute. Exposing the youth to their livesand to the power of their music helped drive home the importance for them to achieve artistic excellence for this concert.“It is our hope, as the organization moves forward, more peoplein the community will embrace our artistic programming and youthdevelopment platform and join us in our artistic goal of providingquality entertainment for the entire family. You will have the experi-ence of your life on the night of this concert. You will be mesmerizedwith the talent that exists in our great city,” said White.Veronica Townes, the creative coordinator for the production, said, “The Voices of Unitymembers and other local talent have investedmany hours of hard work and practice to presenta show that will honor the legacy of both art-ists. In order to breathe new life and restore afresh appreciation of teamwork and unity duringsuch a turbulent disconnected time in our owncommunity, these young people decided to dosomething fun and different. From
 I Wanna Dance with Somebody
, I’m sure you willexperience something that reminds you of a happy and exciting timein your life. A time when you were happy just because.”Unity Performing Arts Foundation (UNITY), is a fully supportedcommunity arts organization founded in 2000 by Marshall White andseveral other members of the Fort Wayne community. UNITY is acomprehensive artistic concept that brings singing, dancing, creativewriting, drama, oratory, and instrumental music under one umbrella.UNITY has been very successful in lling a local artistic void,which has existed for years in the community. The organization hasnot only attracted many minorities but also youth from more than
Voices of Unity Youth Choir performs with Gospel star Kirk Frank-lin.
(Courtesy photo)
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(See “Dog bite” p.9)
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The Fort WaynePolice Department is presently investigating an incident of theft andfraud. At approximately 12:30 p.m., June 10, at 4122 Lima Road (site of Dunham’s Sports), a male subject entered the site asking for a job appli-cation. While in the business, he passes by an ofce, observes a purse,and immediately walks to the purse and removes the wallet from inside.Visit www.frostillustrated.com/category/videos/ to take a look.Later that same afternoon, another male subject, in the company of afemale subject, makes a purchase using the stolen credit card from thewallet/purse. None of these individuals have been identied. Investiga-tors have obtained a video and still images captured via in-store camerasurveillance of those involved. Investiga-tors are hopeful that someone will recog-nize these individuals and come forwardwith information.Anyone knowing the identity or where-abouts of the suspects is asked to contactFort Wayne Police at (260) 427-1201or Crime Stoppers at (260) 436-STOP[7867].This is an ongoing investigation with the City of Fort Wayne PoliceDepartment and the Allen County Prosecuting Attorney’s Ofce.
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Ervinsbringscomedyto themasses
By D.l. Russe
Special to Frost Illustrated 
Entrepreneur Kevin Ervinsspent the better part of 20 years asa manager for local McDonald’srestaurants. During those years of toiling over the everyday opera-tions of a fast food chain, Ervinslearned that the best way to get his job done was to keep a smile andto always try to incorporate laugh-ter into his day.It was this love of laughter thateventually led him to pursue hisdream of bringing comedians he’denjoyed seeing on ground break-ing comedy shows like BET’sComic View, Russell Simmon’sDef Comedy Jam and MartinLawrence’s 1
Amendment to FortWayne.Ervins said didn’t really knowwhere to start, but he believed if he was able to offer a more edgystyle of comedy, locally, peoplewould come out to see it. So withnothing more than his own enthu-siasm and a little help from his“right-hand-man,” Cortney White,Ervins formed Sold Out Arts En-tertainment and jumped into therole of comedyshow promot-er. He began by posting anopen call for comedians onthe popular internet site,Craigslist.com, and it didn’t take long beforeSold Out Arts Entertainment hadenlisted comedian Master Major as the headliner for its rst show. Next he needed a location, whichthe Neon Armadillo was more thanhappy to provide.Since that rst show in Juneof 2012, Ervins admits he haslearned a lot about promotion andhis shows have evolved into moreof an event, than simply a com-edy show. An evening of “GrownFolks Comedy,” now incorporatescomedians, improvisation, crowd participation, spoken word per-formances, and even live music.Sold Out Arts Entertainment hasalso helped local comedians likeMarlin Hill, Kool Kat Duane, andMiss Lowe hone their skills whilenetworking with other performers.In the last year, Sold Out ArtsEntertainment has promoted morethan 15 of their “Grown FolksComedy” shows, in four differentlocations around the city, alongwith hosting smaller events suchas wedding receptions, and localcompany parties.Upcoming events from SoldOut Arts Entertainment includea “Grown Folks Comedy,” showfeaturing Amber James on June 29,the company’s rst “Latino Com-edy Explo-sion,” featur-ing comedianGlen Martinoon July 13, andtheir secondGospel come-dy event, later this summer.Ervins said his longterm goalis to be the Midwest’s premier  provider of urban entertainmentthrough his promotions and if hissuccess over the last year is anyindication, he’s headed in the rightdirection.
By Peggy Bender
 Fort Wayne Animal Care & Contro
Accord-ing to the Centers for DiseaseControl and Prevention 800,000Americans seek medical atten-tion for dog bites each year; half of which are children. The rate of dog bite-related injuries is high-est for children ages ve to nineyears, and nearly two thirds of injuries among children ages four years and younger are to the heador neck region.Fort Wayne Animal Care &Control reminds parents to su- pervise the interactions betweenchildren and dogs. Accordingto shelter spokesperson PeggyBender, “Young children oftenlack the skills to understand whenan animal is uncomfortable or justwants to be left alone, so the keyto safety is supervision and edu-cation. Children don’t understandhow quickly a dog being teasedcan jump a fence or break a chainto bite them.”Animal Care & Control stronglyadvocates bite prevention to keepchildren safe by providing bite freematerials to area classrooms, tour groups and at community events.Parents should review safety rulesthroughout the summer monthswhen dog bites increase.“By teaching children to respectthe dogs they own and to never tease a dog through a fence, ani-mal bites are reduced.”
• Be cautious around dogs youdon’t know.• Treat your own pets with re-spect and gentle handling.• NEVER leave a baby or smallchild alone with a dog.• Avoid unfamiliar dogs. If adog approaches to sniff you, standstill.
In most cases, the dog will goaway when it determines you arenot a threat.• Don’t pet a dog by reachingthrough a fence.• Always ask permission before petting someone’s dog.• Don’t run past a dog. Dogsnaturally love to chase and catchthings.• Never disturb a dog that’s car-ing for puppies, sleeping or eating.• If you are threatened by a dog,remain calm. Don’t scream or yell.If you say anything, speak calmlyand rmly. Avoid eye contact. Tryto stay still until the dog leaves, or  back away slowly until the dog isout of sight. Don’t turn and run.• If you fall or are knocked to theground, curl into a ball with your hands over your head and neck.
Company Facts
Name: Sod Out Art EntertainmentOwner: Kevin ErvinsSpeciaty: Urban EntertainmentWebsite: www.SodOutArts.comContact: (260) 425-0066
 Kevin Ervins is owner of Sold Out  Arts Entertainment and a pro-moter of “Grown Folks Comedy”  shows.
(Courtesy photo)
(Courtesy FWPD)
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