The Afro-American, July 3, 2010 - July 9, 2010
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AKAs Induct Honorary Members
Alpha Kappa AlphaSorority, one of the largestwomen’s organizations inthe world, recently inducted
several high-prole honorary
members at a privateceremony. According to apress release issued by theorganization, Dr. Helen D.Gayle, president and CEO of Care USA, and media mogulSheila C. Johnson becamemembers of the storiedorganization, which wasfounded at Howard University in 1908.During the sorority’s national convention July 9-16 in St.Louis, Mo., immunologist and Balm in Gilead founder PernessaC. Seele will join the organization as an honorary member.Honorary membership in Alpha Kappa Alpha is thesorority’s most prestigious designation, and according to astatement, the new inductees represent the “highest standards of character, courage and womanhood.”
“We are lled with pride to have these outstanding
women of such great stature join our great sorority,” saidthe sorority’s international president Barbara McKinzie in a
press release.”They represent the best in their elds, the most
committed to Alpha Kappa Alpha’s noble service mission andthe best in character. We look forward to embracing them asmembers of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.”
Obama to Host Arica Independence Celebration
President Barack Obama, the son of a Kenyan manand White American woman, will host a 50th anniversarycelebration of 18 African nations’ independence in the capital
this summer, government ofcials told
.“It will not just mark the 50th anniversary of independencebut will really look forward and invite young leaders from eachof those countries to discuss the future as
well,” the unnamed ofcial reportedly said.
The event is slated to take place in earlyAugust.
BET Founder Brings Business to Haiti
With the rainy season creating additional strife inearthquake-ravaged Haiti, BET founder and business mogulBob Johnson is bringing new hope to the Caribbean nation.Johnson’s investment company, RLJ Companies, partneredwith Global Building Solutions following the January naturaldisaster to develop mass housing and now has new plans to
bring work and nancial assistance to Haiti.
The venture, named Caribbean Opportunity Holdings,will construct factories in the island nation that will buildconstruction materials, according to a press release issued bythe company.“We know that putting a manufacturing facility in countryas opposed to shipping all of the materials from outside willcreate more jobs and make it cheaper to make the houses,” said
Chief Operating Ofcer Lisa Pickrum in a press release.
She went on to say the company plans to “move beyond aid
in to prot-sharing businesses.”
A press release from Johnson states the two factories willbuild earthquake- and hurricane-resistant panels for housing inHaiti’s quake-battered capital and in the city of Cap-Haitien.Johnson announced the new project during a recent tripto Port-au-Prince, where he met with Haitian President RenePreval and Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive.
Black Caucuses, Mayors Push or Federal Action on CleanEnergy Policies
On June 29, members of the Congressional Black Caucus,Hip Hop Caucus and National Conference of Black Mayorsconverged in Washington, D.C., to push for federal action onclean energy and climate policies.The mayors met with members of Congress in the House
and Senate, as well as administration ofcials to draw attention
to the matters. One year after the House passed the historicclean energy and climate legislation, the Senate still has notenacted a similar legislation.In addition, the mayors highlighted efforts to improvethe sustainability of their respective cities through the “Greenthe City” initiative and explained why Congress should movesto reduce pollution, create jobs and improve the environmentalcondition of people in urban communities.Reps. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and Emmanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) chair the Congressional Black Caucus and CBC Energyand Environment Taskforce.
Some Blacks Angry over Selection o White Actress toPortray Cleopatra
Angelina Jolie has won thepart of Cleopatra in an upcoming
lm, and while the author of
the book on which the movie isbased has praised her selection,many African Americans feeldifferently.Stacy Schiff, author of
Cleopatra: A Life
that, “Physically, [Jolie’s]got the perfect look.” But manyBlack Americans are outragedthat yet another White woman isset to play the Egyptian queen.“Honestly, I don’t care howfull Angelina Jolie’s lips are, howmany African children she adopts, or how bronzed her skin will
become for the lm, I rmly believe this role should have gone
to a Black woman,”
magazine columnist ShireaCarroll wrote. “What’s next? A biopic on Sojourner Truthplayed by Betty White?”The Queen of the Nile has already been portrayed by threeWhite actresses: Claudette Colbert in 1934, Vivien Leigh in1945 and Elizabeth Taylor in 1963.
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Historians say Cleopatraprobably looked more likethis computer generatedmodel (let), than Angelina Jolie, who is slated to playher in an upcoming flm.
Sheila C. Johnson is oneo three women inductedinto Alpha Kappa AlphaSorority as honorarymembers.