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Hip-Hop Mogul, Chris Lighty, Dies at 44
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In This Issue
- Hip-hop Mogul Chris Lighty
Dies in NYC at 44

- Longtime Journalist, Jackie
Robinson Retires (Pg. 9)
- NY Fair Attendance Dips, But
More Paid Full Price
- $18.8M Bus Hub Opens in
- Syracuse Industrial
Development Agency to Vote
on Tax Incentive for Tops, Site
- Wake for NY Teen Killed in NJ
Party Bus Accident
- Cornell Tells Students: Be
Careful After Assaults
- Guilty Plea from Buffalo Worker
in Meter Thefts
- Human Rights Film Festival
Celebrates 10th
COLUMNS: Pgs 10 - 11
- My Idea of a Neighborhood

By Kofi Quaye

- The Invaluable Art of Being
Nice in a Relationship
By Boyce Watkins
- Who Built What?
By Julianne Malveaux
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Locaon: Van Duyn School, 401
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Neighborhood Watch Groups of
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Neighborhood Watch Groups of
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please contact Tony Borelli at
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United Way Cookoff Kickoff at the CNY
Regional Market
Time: 12pm – 2pm
Locaon: 2100 Park St.
10th Annual Kickoff Cookoff event
sponsored by Empower Federal Credit
Union and Crouse Hospital.
Kickoff Cookoff is a fun and friendly
cooking compeon among over
40 local companies that run a
United Way campaign within their
organizaon. Parcipants include
CEOs, campaign volunteers and their
teams and leaders of organized labor.
Admission is open to the public and
ckets are $5. For more informaon:
Jose Feliciano and Pat Metheny Unity
Band co-headline 3rd annual arts
across campus Legends of Jazz series
Locaon: Onondaga Community
All four part “Season Tickets” and
individual show ckets go on sale at
10 a.m. this Saturday, September 8
at Sound Garden, 310 West Jefferson
Street, Armory Square in downtown
Syracuse. For more informaon go
to hp://www.sunyocc.edu/index.
Sat Sep 8, 2012
Locaon: Clinton Square
Irish Fesval
One of the largest cultural events
in Central New York, the Syracuse
Irish Fesval celebrates the Irish
heritage with dance, music, food,
acvies and Gaelic and Celc
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syracuseirishfesval.com for more
Delta to Launch New Service
between Syracuse and Minneapolis-St. Paul
SYRACUSE, N.Y., September 6, 2012
– Thursday Delta Air Lines begins
direct service from Syracuse Hancock
Internaonal Airport to Minneapolis-
St. Paul Internaonal Airport
connecng central New Yorkers to the
The first flight, scheduled to depart
Syracuse at 6:55 a.m. ET and arrive
in Minneapolis at 8:25 a.m. CT is the
fih hub the airline will serve out of
Syracuse, and the most western hub in
the Syracuse network. Flights between
Syracuse Hancock and Minneapolis-St.
Paul will operate with regional jets on
the two-class CRJ900 with a total of 76
daily seats, including eight Economy
Comfort seats and Wi-Fi accessibility.
“This is an important addion to the
Syracuse network,” said Syracuse
Mayor, Stephanie A. Miner. “When we
look at the markets that will serve the
needs of our passengers, Minneapolis-
St. Paul is among the highest. Not only
will passengers now have direct service
to the Midwest, the connecons, both
domesc and internaonal, will make
ge ng to the west, and in parcular
the west coast, that much easier.”
Syracuse residents can now enjoy 14
peak-day flights to five Delta hubs –
Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis-St. Paul,
New York LaGuardia and New York JFK.
Earlier this year, Delta began service
from Syracuse to LaGuardia with five
daily flights.
“Delta is commied to becoming the
preferred airline in New York, and an
important part of that is providing
service to key upstate markets like
Syracuse,” said Gail Grimme, Delta’s
senior vice president – New York. “We
are excited to have been able to launch
two new routes from Syracuse this
year allowing travelers direct service
to the Big Apple, the Land of 10,000
Lakes and the ability to connect to
hundreds of desnaons beyond.”
Syracuse Industrial Development Agency
to Vote on Tax Incenves for Tops, Site Developer
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Thursday the
Syracuse Industrial Development
Agency (SIDA) approved tax incenves
for the redevelopment of a grocery
store on Pond Street. The exempons
requested by Morgan Management
(d/b/a Morgan Pond Street, LLC) and
Tops Friendly Markets are part of an
effort to return a full service grocery
store to the North Side of Syracuse.
“This is an important step in the
process of securing a permanent
grocery store at this locaon,” said
Mayor Stephanie A. Miner. “My
administraon has worked very hard
to ensure local residents have access
to a quality, full service grocer in their
neighborhood and we are commied
to working with Morgan Management
and Tops...”
At its regular meeng on August 21,
SIDA authorized public hearings on the
proposed project. Both Morgan and
Tops were seeking exempons from
sales tax on construcon materials tax.
Morgan was also seeking exempons
from mortgage recording tax and
property tax in the form of a payment-
in-lieu-of-tax (PILOT) agreement.
The tax deals were approved by SIDA
and will go to City Council next week
for final approval.
The New York State Educaon
Department announced last week that
the Syracuse City School District has
been awarded the Systemic Supports
for District & School Turnaround Grant.
The two-year grant totaling over $2
million dollars will be used to build
district-level operang structures and
re-frame district systems to support
schools in improving student academic
performance while fostering a culture
of co-accountability.
SCSD’s recently released five-year
strategic plan, Great Expectaons
2012-2017, will serve as the blueprint
for the turnaround of low-performing
schools, with parcular focus on
building a district culture based on
high expectaons, respect, and co-
accountability for performance that
recognizes and rewards excellence at
all levels of the organizaon.
“We are extremely pleased that our
applicaon was approved by the State
Educaon Department. The SSDST
grant funding will allow the district
to operaonalize and fully implement
the iniaves of Great Expectaons
2012-2017. We have promised that
the plan will not sit on the shelf, but
rather guide us towards dramac
improvement of our schools and
gains in student achievement. Being
awarded this grant will help to ensure
our success,” said Superintendent
Sharon L. Contreras.
The District will partner with
Mass Insight Educaon’s School
Turnaround Group (STG) to provide
capacity-building experse targeted
toward district support systems and
structures. STG will also provide
technical assistance and professional
development to senior central offi ce/
school administraon and teacher
leaders. STG will train senior district
leadership in the key principles of
project management and performance
monitoring in order to delineate tasks
and allocate resources clearly and
effecvely to drive progress toward
achieving each iniave.
Included in the STG technical assistance
will be the implementaon of the
District’s Strategic Plan, including the
development of the Offi ce of School
Transformaon & Innovaon (OSTI)
to streamline and coordinate support
for schools, and the restructuring of
SCSD’s personnel department with
a focus on Talent and Performance
SSDST funding also empowers SCSD
to create a state-of-the-art “data
dashboard” system that will empower
district- and school-level leadership to
make mely, data-driven decisions for
the benefit of students.
NY Fair Aendance Dips, but More Paid Full Price
The New York State Fair had its lowest
total aendance in more than 20
years, but offi cials say that’s because
they cut back on the number of free
ckets they give out.
More than 70,000 people were at the
fairgrounds in suburban Syracuse on
Monday, pushing total aendance to
more than 845,000 for the fair’s 12-
day run. That’s down by nearly 72,000
from last year and it’s the lowest total
aendance since 1991.
But Director Dan O’Hara tells local
media outlets that aendance figures
in past years had included tens of
thousands of people who took free
ckets but didn’t actually aend the
fair. O’Hara says the number of people
who paid the fair’s $10 admission fee
increased this year.
Ticket revenues from the fair’s midway
are expected to surpass last year’s
record of $2.4 million.
New York State Educaon Department
Awards $2Mil School Turnaround Grant to SCSD
SCSD Superintendent Sharon Contreras
Guilty Plea From Buffalo Worker in Meter Thes
BUFFALO, N.Y. — A city of Buffalo
employee has admied stealing at
least $15,000 worth of quarters from
parking meters while working as a
meter mechanic over about five years.
Lawrence Charles pleaded guilty in
federal court in Buffalo Tuesday. He
told the judge that another employee
showed him how to steal from the
meters. He admits rigging some so
that quarters would collect in the
top, rather than fall through to the
collecon cup.
A second employee, James Bagarozzo,
is scheduled for a plea hearing
Charles and Bagarozzo came under
scruny last year aer their boss
noced the city’s computerized pay
staons were bringing in far more
money than the older quarter-fed
parking meters.
Under the plea deal, Charles is
expected to be sentenced to six to 12
months in prison.
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Wake for NY Teen Killed in NJ Party Bus Accident
NEW YORK (AP) — Students and
faculty at a Queens high school are
among those reeling from the death
of a 16-year-old boy in a New Jersey
party bus accident.
The wake for Daniel Fernandez was
held Monday in Rego Park. The line of
aendees waing to pay their respects
stretched down the street.
His father, Jose Fernandez said, “It’s
diffi cult. We are handling it the best
we can,” the Daily News reported
Fernandez was about to enter his
junior year at St. Francis Prep. He
struck a highway overpass in Fort Lee,
N.J. aer poking his head through a
roof hatch on the double-decker bus.
He was among 65 teens headed to a
sweet 16 party.
A security guard was on board at the
me. He said he had just gone to the
lower level of the bus as it approached
the overpass.
Daniel Fernandez shown right
Cornell Tells Students: Be Careful Aer Assaults
ITHACA, N.Y. — Administrators at
Cornell University are urging students
to take precauons aer three
reported assaults on or near the
Cornell police say a woman was
approaching a bridge early Sunday
morning when a man grabbed her
from behind and forced her to have
sexual intercourse. There were two
other reports Sunday morning of
women being grabbed and fending off
their aackers, one in a parking lot and
the other in an apartment.
As police invesgate the incidents,
Cornell offi cials are urging people to
lock their doors and to take precauons
while out walking in the evening.
Meanwhile, offi cials at the University
at Albany sent out an email urging
students take precauons aer a
reported off-campus rape of a student
this weekend.
$18.8M Bus Hub Open in Syracuse
A new $18.8 million bus hub opening
in Syracuse should make it easier on
commuters this winter.
The Centro Transit Hub opened
Tuesday, replacing the exisng transfer
staon in central Syracuse. The new
staon can accommodate 22 Centro
buses and will allow passengers to
switch busses while sheltered from
the elements.
The hub will handle the 5,000 to
8,000 people who transfer buses in
Syracuse. It was originally scheduled
for compleon in June.
NEW YORK (AP) — Chris Lighty, a hip-
hop mogul who helped the likes of Sean
“Diddy” Combs, 50 Cent and Mariah
Carey aain not only hit records, but
also lucrave careers outside music,
was found dead in his New York City
apartment Thursday in an apparent
suicide. He was 44.
He was found at his home in the Bronx
with a gunshot to the head and was
pronounced dead there, police said.
No note was recovered, but a 9 mm
handgun was found and there was no
sign of forced entry, said Paul Browne,
New York police spokesman. The
shoong appears to be self-inflicted,
authories said.
Lighty had been a part of the scene
for decades, working with pioneers
like LL Cool J before starng his own
management company, Violator. But
he was in the midst of a divorce and
had been having recent financial and
personal troubles.
Twier was abuzz with condolences
just hours aer the body was found
around 11:30 a.m.
“R.I.P. Chris Lighty,” Fat Joe posted on
his account. “The man that saved my
life!” Diddy wrote: “In shock.” Rihanna
posted: “Rest peacefully Chris Lighty,
my prayers go out to family and loved
ones! Dear God please have mercy.”
And Mary J. Blige wrote: “U never
know what can send a person over the
edge or make them want 2 keep living.
take it easy on people.”
50 Cent said in a statement issued
through his publicist that he was
deeply saddened by the loss.
“Chris has been an important part of
my business and personal growth for
a decade,” he said. “He was a good
friend and advisor who helped me
develop as an arst and businessman.
My prayers are with his family. He will
be greatly missed.”
Lighty was raised by his mother in
the Bronx as one of six children. He
ran with a group called The Violators,
the inspiraon for the name of his
management company, according
to the company website. He was a
player in the hip-hop game since he
was a kid DJ. He rose through the
ranks at Rush Management — mogul
Russell Simmons’ first company —
before eventually founding Violator
Management in the late 1990s.
“Today, we lost a hip-hop hero and one
of its greatest architects,” Simmons
Lighty’s roster ranged from Academy
Award-winners Three 6 Mafia to
maverick Missy Ellio to up-and-
comer Papoose and perpetual star
Carey. He made it his mission not so
much to make musical superstars,
but rather mulfaceted entertainers
who could be marketed in an array of
ways: a sneaker deal here, a so drink
partnership there, a movie role down
the road.
In a 2007 interview with The
Associated Press, Lighty talked about
creang opportunies for his stars —
a Chapsck deal for LL Cool J, known
for licking his lips, and a vitamin
supplement deal for 50 Cent.
“As music sales go down because kids
are stealing it off the Internet and
trading it and iPod sales connue to
rise, you can’t rely on just the income
that you would make off of being an
arst,” he said at the me.
Survivors include his two children. He
and his wife, Veronica, had been in the
process of divorcing. The case was sll
listed as acve, but electronic records
show an agreement to end it was filed
in June.
He was also having financial trouble.
City Naonal Bank sued Lighty, whose
given name is Darrell, in April, saying
he had overdrawn his account by
$53,584 and then refused to pay the
balance. The case was sll pending.
He also owed more than $330,000
in state and federal taxes, according
to legal filings. His tax problems
were much steeper a year ago, but
he cleared away millions of dollars
in earlier IRS liens last October, aer
selling his Manhaan apartment for
$5.6 million.
Larry Mestel, the CEO of Primary Wave
Music, the entertainment company
that created the joint venture Primary
Violator management last fall with
Violator Management, said: “We are
extremely shocked and sadden by
this tragic news. Chris was a friend,
business partner and most of all, an
icon, role model and true legend of the
music and entertainment industry. He
will be missed by many and we send
love and support to his family.”
Associated Press writers Jennifer Peltz,
David B. Caruso and Mesfin Fekadu
contributed to this report.
Hip-hop Mogul Chris Lighty Dies in NYC at 44
LL Cool J, Russell Simmons, 50 Cent
and Grandmaster Flash are among the
mourners at the Manhaan funeral of
hip-hop mogul Chris Lighty.
Speaking outside the chapel,
Grandmaster Flash said he wished
Lighty had reached out to him for help.
He says Lighty must have been under
“tremendous pressure,” adding, “it’s
really sad.”
Before the service, mourners filed
past his open casket. Lighty was laid
out in a dark suit, surrounded by
arrangements of white flowers. A slide
show depicng his life appeared on a
Stars Aend NYC Funeral of Hip-hop Mogul Lighty
(R) LL Cool J, foreground right, shares an embrace with another as he leaves the
Frank E. Campbell Funeral Chapel following the service for hip-hop mogul Chris Lighty,
Wednesday Sept. 5, 2012 in New York. Mourners in the packed chapel Wednesday
included Sean “Diddy” Combs, Missy EllioƩ, Q-Tip, LL Cool J, Russell Simmons, 50
Cent and Grandmaster Flash. Lighty, the 44-year-old hip-hop mogul was found dead
in his Bronx apartment last week with a gunshot wound to the head. (AP Photo/Tina
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- With a decision
expected soon on whether to allow
natural gas drilling in New York state,
pipeline operators are already looking
at se ng up shop, and opponents are
predicng environmental damage,
safety problems and land seizures
through eminent domain.
There's already a proposal for a
pipeline to carry low-cost natural gas
from Pennsylvania to major Northeast
markets, such as New York City and
Boston. A $750 million pipeline
proposed for southwestern New York
would also provide a route from wells
in New York if Gov. Andrew Cuomo lis
a 4-year-old ban and lets drilling begin.
Opponents claim that's the real move
for the pipeline plan.
``The only reason they'd spend
$750 million would be to get the
infrastructure in place for a hoped-
for future based on Gov. Cuomo's
decision,'' said pipeline opponent
Mark Pezza, a resident of Andes,
along the proposed pipeline route
in rural Delaware County. ``They'll
be si ng prey to control all the gas
flow'' from New York wells.
But the company proposing the
pipeline said New York wells aren't
factored into current plans and
addional capacity would have to be
added to accommodate them.
Vast reserves of natural gas lie in the
Marcellus Shale formaon beneath
Pennsylvania, New York and nearby
states, and advances in drilling have
created an energy industry boom,
with Pennsylvania one of its earliest
benefactors in the form of jobs and
profits. The new supplies have helped
boost the naonal gas supply so much
that prices have dropped to historic
The gas is freed from the ground through
a process in which large volumes of
water, plus sand and chemicals, are
injected deep underground to break
rock apart. Residents have complained
of groundwater contaminaon and
illnesses, but research is inconclusive
and in the early stages.
Many state and federal offi cials say the
pracce is safe when done properly,
but faulty wells have caused polluon.
``Natural gas isn't perfect, but from an
environmental point of view, it's much
beer'' than coal, New York Mayor
Michael Bloomberg said Thursday.
Bloomberg said the city needs more
natural gas to reduce the greenhouse
gases and unhealthy air quality caused
by burning oil and coal.
Cuomo hasn't denied a New York Times
report in June that he plans to allow
drilling to begin in the area near the
Pennsylvania border, where the shale
is richest in gas and communies have
voiced support for the industry. He is
widely expected to issue a decision
this month.
Even if New York doesn't decide to be
a host of the party, the pipeline feud
will keep it very much a guest.
The Constuon Pipeline would
run from Susquehanna County in
Pennsylvania through New York's
Broome, Chenango, and Delaware
counes to connect with the exisng
Tennessee and Iroquois pipelines in
the Schoharie County town of Wright,
80 miles southwest of Albany. It's
proposed by Williams Partners, an
energy infrastructure company based
in Tulsa, Okla., and Houston-based
Cabot Oil & Gas.
The pipeline is fully contracted
with long-term commitments from
natural gas producers operang in
Pennsylvania and isn't designed to
facilitate natural gas drilling in New
York, said Williams spokesman Chris
Stockton. The inial capacity will be
enough to serve the daily needs of
about 3 million homes, he said.
Williams plans to submit a dra
environmental impact report to the
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
in October, followed by a formal
permit applicaon in January. If it's
approved, pipeline construcon would
start in April 2014 with a goal of having
it operaonal by March 2015.
The federal agency has directed
Williams to submit documents
showing the pipeline is needed, or
whether exisng pipelines could
handle addional capacity.
At public meengs and in leers to
the federal commission, residents
have aired concerns about potenal
gas explosions and leaks, noise and
air polluon from compressor staons
that boost pressure along the pipeline,
and destrucon of forest land.
``We feel the danger and potenal
contaminaon as well as the
destrucon to the land, roads, beauty
and serenity of our town will greatly
affect the lives of all our residents,''
wrote Karen O'Neill of the Schoharie
County town of Summit.
Bruce Kernan, owner of a 400-acre
producve forest in the Delaware
County town of Harpersfield, said the
pipeline path across his land would
destroy wetland habitat and remnants
of historic farms, eliminate more than
80 acres of valuable mber stands,
and reduce water quality.
Anne Marie Gar, of East Meredith,
filed a complaint with federal
commission saying residents have told
her landmen working for Williams
have threatened them with eminent
domain proceedings to forcibly take
their land.
``Eminent domain is a last resort,''
Stockton said. ``We'll negoate with
each property owner for an easement
giving us the right to install the pipeline
across their property. The landowner
can sll use the land for crops or just
about anything except planng trees
or building structures.''
But for residents who recall past
pipeline disasters, the queson of
safety is paramount.
``The one thing I think we are all
concerned about is if this pipeline
is put in the ground, is it going to be
safe,'' said Earl Van Wormer III, town
supervisor of Esperance in Schoharie
County. Two people were killed and
the village of North Blenheim was
flaened in 1990 when propane
leaked from a pipeline and blew up.
In March, an explosion at a Williams
compressor staon in Pennsylvania's
Susquehanna County shook homes
a half-mile away, but damage was
limited to the site. A Tennessee Gas
Pipeline segment in eastern Ohio
exploded in February 2011, shoong
flames 200 feet into the air and forcing
an evacuaon of homes, but no injuries
were reported. There were explosions
on the Tennessee pipeline in Ohio and
Mississippi in November 2011.
``Any me there's an accident, it's a
tragedy, even if nobody is hurt,'' said
Cathy Landry, spokeswoman for the
Interstate Natural Gas Associaon of
According to the U.S. Energy
Informaon Administraon, the U.S.
natural gas pipeline network has more
than 300,000 miles of interstate and
intrastate transmission pipelines and
more than 1,400 compressor staons
that maintain pressure to move gas
along the lines.
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Human Rights Film Fesval Celebrates 10th
The Syracuse University Human Rights
Film Fesval (SUHRFF) celebrates
its 10th anniversary from Thursday,
Sept. 20, through Saturday, Sept. 22,
with a lineup of award-winning films
addressing social jusce issues around
the globe.
The fesval is part of Syracuse
Symposium 2012: Memory-Media-
Archive, and is presented by the
SU Humanies Center and the
S.I. Newhouse School of Public
Communicaons. The Alexia
Foundaon for World Peace,
established in memory of Newhouse
student and Pan Am Flight 103 vicm
Alexia Tsairis, is collaborang this year
as a fesval presenter.
This year’s fesval is dedicated to
the memory of Fulbright Scholar
Bassel Al Shahade. A student in the
College of Visual and Performing Arts’
Department of Transmedia, he was
tragically killed in May in Homs, Syria,
while working as a cizen journalist.
A nave of Damascus, Al Shahade
combined a keen filmmaking talent
with an enormous commitment
to making media that maers,
parcularly in his homeland. He truly
embodied the ethos of this fesval.
“Thanks to the mulmedia digital
revoluon of the past decade, more
and more stories of inhumanity
and injusce are brought to light.
SUHRFF has thrived as an annual
event at Syracuse University because
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“‘Undesired,’ by Walter Astrada, our
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Jackie Robinson, Reres
Jackie Robinson
Jackie Robinson, the first African
American female anchor on WSTM-TV
Channel 3 and the second one in the
history of Syracuse rered from the
staon Tuesday.
Her career, which spanned 34 years
with the staon, was celebrated by co-
workers and family as she signed off
with “Goodnight, Central New York” a
final me at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Robinson, a Syracuse nave and
Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse
School of Public Communicaons
graduate, started her career at WSTM-
TV in the early 1970’s, called then
WSYR-TV. She worked as a newsroom
secretary during her summer breaks
while she was aending what was
then Cicero High School, a cnycentral
report said.
Robinson became the first African
American anchor at WSTM when she
was promoted to the weekend post
in 1985. She was promoted to anchor
WSTM’s 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. weekday
newscasts in 1990.
Robinson is a recipient of the Syracuse
University Chancellor’s Award for
Outstanding Journalist and the
Governor’s Award for Outstanding
African American of Disncon. She
has been recognized numerous mes
by the Associated Press, United Press
Internaonal, and Syracuse Press Club.
She holds an honorary decorate from
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The Invaluable Art of Being Nice in a Relaonship
I spend a lot
of me talking
about what it
takes for black
men to be decent.
S o m e t i m e s ,
brothers think
I am picking on
them, but that’s
not the case. So,
to balance things
out, I thought
I would take a
second to speak
about the ladies, although this thought
applies in both direcons.
I hear from a lot of decent men who
have trouble meeng kind, loving and
considerate women. This is the untold
story in the black dang pool, since
the nice guy isn’t always the one who’s
in your face and dang five women at
the same me. But as much as the
narrave tends to be one that focuses
on how pathec the brothers are (yes,
some of us are not relaonship-ready
on any level), the fact is that quite a
few black women are not prepared
to work for the very thing that they
Here’s one p that might help you
(male or female): The art of being
nice can really go a long way in a
relaonship. I’m not talking about
being nice with condions, if the
person treats you a certain way or if
you feel that you’re ge ng what you
want. I’m talking about being nice
because you are a nice person. I have
this conversaon with my daughters
on a regular basis, because watching
them grow up as teenagers made me
aware of just how nasty, cay and toxic
some black women can be toward one
another. This can create a condion
where frowns are more likely than
smiles and “mean mugging” becomes
an Olympic sport.
I honestly tell my girls that they can
be firm, independent women, while
at the same me, allowing men to
see them as the kind of pleasant,
loving creatures that they would look
forward to coming home to everyday.
Of course, there are women who
don’t want to hear a man say this,
interpreng my words to exude some
sort of an-feminist desire to dominate
the spirit of independent womanhood.
But I remain commied to sharing the
truth: Few decent men I know are
interested in dealing with a mean,
nasty, untrusng person who nags
him unl his hair falls out and seeks
to emasculate him at every turn. He
certainly isn’t going to be interested in
locking himself into a lifelong marital
contract where that woman can leave
him and take half his stuff so she can
be with another man.
One interesng thing I’ve noced
is that there appear to be no mean
people on the planet. Everyone wants
to believe that their heart is pure and
that they only show their ugly side
when they’ve been forced to do so. It’s
the world that made you mad, and not
something inherent in who you are.
Some of the most vile people I’ve ever
met will gladly say that they are only
mean because they have to be that
way in order to cover the so layers
of a damaged, loving soul. Honestly,
a lot of criminals, murderers and child
molesters are quick to say the same
thing: “I hurt others because I was a
vicm myself,” ignoring any personal
accountability for their acons and
outcomes, yet always wondering why
no one wants to trust them with their
While we all go through our
disappointments in life, we must take
responsibility for our acons toward
other people. We can’t control
what others do to us, but we do
have complete control over how we
respond. So, if your relaonship has
ever had you thinking about busng
out someone’s windows, kicking them
in the face, or cussing out their closest
relaves, you must realize that it was
a personal decision to absorb and
then release the poison that came to
corrupt your soul. It will also be you
who pays the long-term price for the
bierness by staying in “why me?”
My Idea of a Neighborhood Bank
The other day, I
received a leer
from a most
unlikely source,
a customer
associate of the
Key Bank branch
on the corner
of East Colvin
and South Salina
streets. She
apologized for
a mistake that
occurred during a transacon the
week before. I had made a deposit
and the receipt she gave me had an
amount that was less than what it
should have been. It was her fault; she
said and would make sure it doesn’t
happen again.
I was surprised that she found it
necessary to write what was essenally
a formal leer of apology. Aer all, she
had admied the mistake the moment
I spoed it, corrected it and conceded
that human error on her part was to
blame. As far as I was concerned it was
case closed. I assumed it was just one
of those instances when a computer
messes up by processing informaon
fed to it by the people operang them.
But, the more I thought about the
way the bank handled the incident,
the clearer it became to me that this
parcular branch of the Key Bank
seems to do everything just about
right. Unl the error with my deposit,
they had not given me any reason to
complain. My interacon with the
managers and associates has been
posive. They know how to take care
of business and at the same me
make customers feel special. That was
precisely how I felt when I received the
Making customers feel special means
a whole lot considering the fact that
in the African-American community,
banks tend to be viewed in quite
distasteful terms, and are oen
blamed for being less than lenient with
applicaons from for credit privileges
and other services. Many African-
Americans hold the view that the
banks are only interested in taking in
money as deposits. They even accuse
the banks of making it hard for them
to make withdrawals from funds being
held in their accounts.
Do banks and other financial
instuons subject African-Americans
to more scruny with the aim of
finding reasons to deny or not
approve? It is a major queson that
has not been answered. It connues to
be discussed in the media. The banks
deny any such bias on their part and
stress that the same criteria apply to
all applicants; they have to sasfy
eligibility requirements.
I know that Syracuse-area banks
have not shied away from portraying
themselves as being part of
neighborhoods and residenal areas
where they operate. They have
launched sophiscated public relaons
campaigns that focused on sending the
message that they want to be viewed
as being more than a mere physical
presence where they have branches.
I recall one huge bill board that said
something to the effect that the
business of the community was their
business; and that included invesng
in businesses in the community and
funding nonprofit iniaves that seek
sponsorship from them.
I also know that not too long ago,
Syracuse-area banks tended to
take a federal mandate called the
Community Reinvestment Act a lile
more seriously than they do now.
The act provided a raonale for the
banks to make a commitment to re-
invesng in the communies. It used
to be on noce that most banks openly
displayed in their lobbies.
Like most instuons in this country
and elsewhere, banks and other
financial enes have gone through
changes that have altered the way
they do business, the role they play,
and the degree to which they impact
society. Banks especially had to deal
with the phenomenon of the credit
union. Though they had been around
for some me, credit unions didn’t
pose much of a challenge to banks and
other financial services unl recently
when media hype and other factors
revealed how fragile the banks had
become. It seemed as though they
could no longer provide the security
people sought.
Credit unions offer an alternave to
tradional banking in many ways.
Most of them are located in areas to
which neighborhood residents have
easy access. The terms and condions
on loans and other services seem to be
more customer- friendly.
I have dealt with both credit unions
and banks. More than twenty years
ago, I joined a credit union and
connue to be a member. The totality
of my experiences with both has been
less than ideal. I have applied for lines
of credit, loans and other services
from both that weren’t approved.
And that brings me back to the branch
of the Key Bank that I do business with.
I have decided that it fits my definion
of a neighborhood bank, even though
they make no such claim. One reason
is good enough-proximity. It is in the
immediate vicinity of where I live,
which translates into easy access. I also
know that most of the staff is African-
American. Most important, they make
me feel special.
Kofi Quaye has been a Syracuse
resident for more than 30
years. He is a writer, author and
publisher. Over the years, he has
been involved with the publication
of several African American
focused newspapers in Syracuse.
Who Built What?
com) - When
the Republican
N a t i o n a l
C o n v e n t i o n
opened last
Tuesday night, the
theme was “We
Built This”. One
of the speakers
was a Delaware
who happens to
be Lana, Sher
Valenzuela, who touted the success of
her upholstery business.
She implied that her business thrived
because of her hard work, and of course
it did. She also thrived because she
started out with $2 million loan from
the Small Business Administraon,
and got another $15 million in non-
compeve government contracts.
Would her company, First State
Manufacturing, have made it without
help? Your guess is as good as mine.
But the noon that “we built this” is
extremely shortsighted.
What exactly did these Republicans
build without government help? They
don’t even go to work every day at
our naon’s capitol without the help
of unpaid enslaved people who toted
rock and worked in hot sun to build
our naon’s Capitol. It took unl
2010 for our naon’s leaders to erect
a plaque commemorang this effort.
What “we” built the Capitol? Is it the
same “we” the Republicans are talking
It reminds me of a book wrien by
Pulitzer Prize winner Annee Gordon
Reed, The Hemmings of Moncello
(2008). As she reprises some of
former President Thomas Jefferson’s
diaries, he writes about all the
coon and tobacco “we” planted. I
had an amazing visual of Jefferson
with a hoe picking and planng. He
didn’t. He appropriated the effort of
other people’s work, iniave, and
infrastructure. He didn’t plant a thing.
Enslaved people did the work. Based
on his diaries, though, the man who
died nearly bankrupt, expropriates the
work of others in his use of the term
Now, the Republicans are going to
the Tampa Bay Times Forum to hold
their convenon. This is a convenon
center that was partly built with
government money, to the tune of $86
million. As the arena was renovated to
accommodate Republican aendees to
the Convenon, no doubt government
funds were also used for some of
this. This is one of the tax subsidies
that Republicans oen decry. And
how does government jusfy this?
The infusion of all those big spenders
might bring money to local venders
and tax dollars to the community. I’d
like to see the accounng.
President Obama is right to talk
about the way all enterprise is
interconnected and the many ways
that the government role smulates
business. Federal, state, and local
government engage in pracces that
subsidize businesses because they
hope for a return, or because they
believe that there are benefits to the
community that may come because of
government investment. Most sports
arenas and fine arts concert halls
have some government investment,
and hopefully nobody is running
around shoung “we built this”. Sll,
the Republican stance seems to be a
purposeful amnesia, an aempt to
ignore the many ways government
facilitates the building that they claim
they do.
Congressman Paul Ryan, Governor
Romney’s running mate, peppered
his speech with slams on President
Obama. In his Wednesday night
speech, he said “None of us have to
sele for the best this administraon
offers, a dull, adventureless journey
from one entlement to the next,
a government-planned life.” What
entlements is he talking about?
Subsidies to Head Start, proven to
make a difference in early childhood
educaon? Unemployment benefits,
which many in his Janesville, Wisconsin
hometown community used when a
General Motors plant closed under
President George Bush not, as he
reported, President Obama? Would
he remove Pell grant subsidies to
college students? Would he eliminate
Social Security? Does he visit naonal
parks? Government subsidies that.
Does he ride on any of our naon’s
government subsidized roads and
highways? Ryan has told us what he
feels about Medicare, but his slam
on government entlements ignores
the work government has done.
Who built the roads? “We” didn’t.
Government did, with the help of well-
paid contractors.
If Republicans want to know what “we”
built, they need to look back to the
record of former President George W.
Bush. That President built a banking
crisis, and gave banks nearly $800
billion to bail them out. Mr. Bush built
an unemployment rate that connued
to soar under the leadership of his
successor, President Barack Obama.
This President built a couple of wars,
leaving the splash back to President
Obama. Romney, Ryan, do you own
the house your party built, the house
President Obama is trying to repair?
Will you claim the “we” on this?
Republicans ought to be reminded
about who built what when they walk
into our naon’s Capitol. Some folks
eagerly claim credit for their quasi-
accomplishments. Others toil, and
it takes more than 200 years for our
naon to acknowledge them. As a
descendent of enslaved people, that
“we built it” rhetoric repels me. It
reminds me that there are some who
fail to acknowledge the ways we are all
Julianne Malveaux is and economist
and author based in Washington, DC.
The views expressed on our opinion pages are those of the author and do not
necessarily represent the position or viewpoint of MRMG or CNY Vision
mode as you wonder why no one will
spend more than a few minutes in
your presence before moving on to a
more pleasant situaon. Those are
the facts, deal with it.
My personal thought? If you didn’t
grow up witnessing healthy, stable
relaonships up close, and your
current relaonships aren’t working,
you might want to read a book or two
on the topic….and NOT one telling you
to think like a man or how to get over
on the opposite sex. Most decent men
I know don’t want to date another
dude and if you go into a relaonship
prepared for war, you’ll either get
more war or peace through submission
and dominance (i.e. dang a pushover
who doesn’t respond to your abusive
The same way that making a woman
feel beauful and loved will convince
her to sleep with a man, making a
man feel strong and supported will
make him want to commit to you. If
both pares don’t have the ability to
truly submit to the person they love,
then the relaonship is going to go
nowhere. Our broken families have,
unfortunately, reduced many African
American relaonships to pissing
contests between the wannabe playa
who doesn’t want to take responsibility
and the “strong black woman” who
refuses to acquiesce to a man on any
level. As a result, they get together
just long enough to make a baby and
then part ways so that their child can
grow up in a situaon that connues
the cycle of broken relaonships.
Unhealthy people tend to aract
other unhealthy people, and two
unhealthy people can’t form a healthy
partnership. Chad and Evelyn serve
as Exhibit A. Before you can have a
healthy relaonship with another
person, you must first form a healthy
relaonship with yourself. In life, you
will almost always either get what you
give or get what you’re subconsciously
looking for, so if you’re always ge ng
the wrong things, the answers to your
dilemma may lie inside.
The boom line is simple: To have good
relaonships, be a truly good person
and seek out a truly good partner.
Also, prepare to submit yourself to
the situaon, thus doing everything in
your power to make the other person
happy with the hope that (because
you chose a good partner), they are
going to do the same thing for you.
Good love is just like a good business
partnership: Both sides invest, both
sides work their bu off, both sides
take risks and both sides get rewarded.
Don’t expect someone to partner with
you in business or in love if you’re only
thinking about what you’ll get but
not thinking just as carefully about
what you’re willing to give that suits
the needs and specificaons of your
partner (yes, catering to your partner
makes you an irreplaceable partner).
Finally, remember that, no maer
what life puts you through, there is
something beauful about a woman
who knows how to be nice. So, frown
less and smile more, le ng your light
shine brightly. Always put your best
foot forward and others will surely do
the same.
Dr. Boyce Watkins is the founder of the
Your Black World CoaliƟon.
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