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‘Youth of Color’ Voting Still Critical in Competitive Political Races

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  ‘Youth of Color’ Voting Still Critical in Competitive Political Races

New America Media
By Khalil Abdullah

Youth voter turnout in North Carolina, including a sizeable segment of ethnic voters, will play a critical role in determining whether Democratic incumbent Sen. Kay Hagan retains her seat against Republican challenger, state House Speaker Thom Tillis, according to data on the voting patterns of youth of color.

“The issue of the youth vote in North Carolina is related to but not identical to issues of race and ethnicity, but North Carolina’s young voters, ages 18 to 30 years old, are more diverse than its older voters. So who votes in this November’s election will be important to the outcome,” said Peter Levine, the director of the Center for Information & Research on Civic and Learning Engagement (CIRCLE), a nonpartisan institute based at Tufts University in Massachusetts.

In addition to North Carolina, states where the youth vote could affect the outcome in November’s competitive political races include Alaska, Colorado, and Louisiana, according to an analysis CIRCLE released in August. CIRCLE’s data on African American, Asian American, and Hispanic youth show the complexities at play in ways that may challenge common assumptions about what motivates youth to become civically engaged or affiliate with a political party.

For example, the data show “a significant percentage of African American men more often identify as conservatives, given the choice of ‘are you a liberal, moderate, or conservative,’” Levine said, as opposed to African American women, who more often tend to self-identify as liberal. Gender differences are not only apparent in choice of political party, but in how they view their personal involvement.

Though young women of color have typically higher rates of civic engagement than men as measured by volunteerism, they are “still less likely to see themselves as political leaders,” Levine said, adding that this view is fairly consistent with women across all ethnic groups.

The contrasts between different groups of youth can be striking. Data from 2010 shows that nearly 40 percent of young Latinos are “civically alienated” in terms of voter registration and voter turnout, falling behind African American and white youth. Yet, young Latina women were among the strongest supporters of President Obama in 2012.

Asian American youth were the next largest group to be “civically alienated” (just over 30 percent), but they led all groups in terms of donations to political causes (17 percent).

The data illuminates the tension between the idealistic goal of broadening youth participation in politics and the need of political parties to win at the ballot box by devising ways to decrease support for their opponents. That is certainly the case in North Carolina where the youth vote surged in the 2008 presidential election but ebbed in the 2010 midterm election, resulting in a Republican-dominated legislature that has sought to impose limits on youth voting.

“The swing in the electorate from election to election is a fascinating story in North Carolina,” Levine said, “but it is really a story of youth engagement and participation in voting. North Carolina shows that the youth vote does matter in competitive races.”

Levine said the youth vote may be critical in Louisiana as well. African American youth comprise about 40 percent of the state’s approximately 300,000 voting-age citizens overall, though only about one-third of the voters. “That’s still a significant bloc of voters,” Levine said. Should they vote en masse for embattled Democrat Sen. Mary Landrieu, it could yield the margin of victory to propel her to another six-year term.

Louisiana underscores the stakes for Democrats in this midterm election as to whether their party can retain control of the U.S. Senate when the House of Representatives already has a Republican majority that can impede President Obama’s legislative agenda.

Levine’s observations are that the younger voters tend to be more liberal on social issues, like supporting gay rights or immigration reform, but that political operatives from either party shouldn’t take the youth vote for granted. “Youth of color voters have diverse interests, and as young people, their votes are often unpredictable,” he said.

NAACP President and CEO to Host “Teach-In” at Oklahoma State University as Part of “Justice Tour”

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BALTIMORE, M.D. – On Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks traveled to Oklahoma to hold a “Teach In” at Oklahoma State University on the modern day civil rights movement. Brooks  joined scores of college students to discuss some of the most pressing social justice issues of the 21st century, including: voting rights, poverty, income inequality, student loan debt, stand your ground laws and racial profiling as part of the NAACP’s “Justice Tour.”

The goal of the “Justice Tour” is to rally Americans across the country to register to vote, to address the economic challenges facing thousands of families, to engage with young activists and veteran civil rights leaders and to build the ranks of NAACP membership. Brooks will be available for media interviews throughout the day.

“Teach-ins are meant to be participatory and action oriented,” said NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks. “I have a sincere desire to hear from NAACP Youth and College members and other youth activists and support them in developing the strongest strategies for action in solving the social and political ills plaguing our society.”

Madigan Announces $105 Million AT&T Mobility Settlement Over Wireless Phone Bill Cramming

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CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan joined with her counterparts around the country, the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Communications Commission to announce a $105 million settlement with AT&T Mobility over reports that phone customers were receiving unauthorized charges on their cell phone bills, a practice known as “cramming.”

Madigan, the other attorneys general, the FTC and the FCC reached the settlement following reports of cramming from phone customers who were billed for services by third-party companies that they never authorized or wanted, such as “premium” text message subscription services (PSMS) that sent customers horoscopes, trivia and sports updates for $9.99 a month.

Cramming happens when third-party vendors use consumers’ phone numbers much like a credit card. Vendors add charges to phone bills for bogus products or services, such as celebrity gossip items, horoscopes, trivia and joke-of-the-day offerings, that consumers and businesses never requested or authorized. But because consumers rarely, if ever, detect the scam, the scammers often illegally profit for months at a time.

Madigan said wireless cramming is poised to become a major source of consumer fraud, much like it did on landline phones before the practice was banned in Illinois. In 2012, Madigan drafted and negotiated a law that banned unauthorized charges on landline phones, making Illinois only the second state in the nation to ban the practice on wired phone lines. But as more people now use cell phones as their primary phones, scam artists are migrating to wireless billing schemes, spurring the need for stronger consumer protections.

“Phone bill cramming is a pervasive problem impacting our landline and now mobile phone bills,” Madigan said. “This settlement is a step forward in stopping scammers from illegally profiting by putting unapproved charges on our bills. The new protections will ensure all third-party charges are first authorized by AT&T Mobility customers.”

Under the terms of today’s settlement, AT&T Mobility is required to provide $80 million in refunds to consumers who were victims of cramming. Refunds will be administered by the Federal Trade Commission. Consumers who believe they may have been a victim can learn more by visiting www.ftc.gov/att. Consumers who are unsure about their eligibility for a refund can visit the website or contact the Claims Administrator at 1-877-819-9692 for more information.

The settlement bans AT&T Mobility from the commercial PSMS business. It also requires AT&T Mobility to take a number of steps designed to ensure that the company only bills consumers for third-party charges that have been authorized, including the following:

  • AT&T Mobility must obtain a customer’s expressed consent before billing consumers for third-party charges, and must ensure that consumers are only charged for services if they have been informed of all material terms and conditions of their payment;
  • AT&T Mobility must provide a full refund or credit to consumers who are billed for unauthorized third-party charges at any time after this settlement;
  • AT&T Mobility must inform customers when they sign up for AT&T services that their mobile phone can be used to pay for third-party charges and how those third-party charges can be blocked if consumers do not want to use their phone as a payment method for third-party products; and
  • AT&T Mobility must present third-party charges in a dedicated section of customers’ mobile phone bills, must clearly distinguish them from AT&T Mobility’s charges, and must include in that same section information about the consumers’ ability to block third-party charges.

AT&T Mobility is the first mobile telephone provider to enter into a national settlement to resolve allegations regarding cramming; AT&T Mobility was one of the four major mobile carriers—in addition to Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile—that announced last fall it would cease billing customers for commercial PSMS charges.

In total, the Attorney General’s office has filed 30 lawsuits against crammers. Among the most glaring of the targets for these scams was by US Credit Find Inc., a Venice, Calif.-based operation, which crammed a Springfield public library’s dial-a-story telephone line. Madigan sued US Credit Find Inc. in 2009.

Over the last several years, Attorney General Madigan has advocated for a nationwide ban on phone bill cramming, testifying before the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee and filing comments with the Federal Communications Commission.

Illinois Department of Public Health Director Outlines Ebola Preparedness in Illinois

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CHICAGO, IL – Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), briefed the media and public about the state’s preparedness efforts should a case of Ebola be suspected or confirmed in Illinois.  At this time, there are no suspected or confirmed cases of Ebola in Illinois.

“I want to reassure the people of Illinois that the state is reviewing and confirming protocols and plans already in place to ensure our public health systems is able to quickly identify a potential case, evaluate the person and isolate them if needed, implement infection control practices, conduct contact tracing of people potentially exposed to a suspected case, submit specimens for laboratory testing and provide care for the patient,” said Dr. Hasbrouck.  “If there is a suspected or confirmed case of Ebola in Illinois, we will immediately inform the public and provide as much information as possible.”

It is important to remember that Ebola is NOT an airborne infection.  Ebola is spread through direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes) with blood or body fluids (including but not limited to urine, saliva, feces, vomit, and semen) of a person who is sick with Ebola.  A person who is not experiencing symptoms such as fever, vomiting, diarrhea, cannot transmit the virus.

Any Illinois hospital following CDC’s infection control recommendations and can isolate a patient in a private room‎ is capable of safely managing a patient with Ebola.

Handling disease outbreaks is a core public health function and the state is prepared to conduct surveillance for possible cases, implement infection control measures, support medical facilities, perform contact tracing and assist with laboratory testing.  IDPH will continue to work with the CDC, local health departments, hospitals and medical facilities.

Preparedness steps IDPH has taken to prepare for a suspect or confirm Ebola case in Illinois:

  • Provided guidance on laboratory specimen submission and case management.
  • Tested established public health systems to ensure contact tracing is readily available.
  • Confirmed plans to establish an Ebola hotline should one be needed.
  • Created a web portal with information for IDPH health care partners.
  • Completed a CDC online assessment of our emergency preparedness and response activities related to Ebola.
  • Participated in national Ebola-related teleconferences.

IDPH will continue to provide all updated CDC guidance through SIREN (State of Illinois Rapid Electronic Notification) to appropriate audiences (Infection Control Professionals, Infectious Disease Physicians, Laboratories, Local Health Departments, Health Care Providers, Health Care Facilities, EMS Systems).

For the most up to date information visit http://www.idph.state.il.us/public/hb/hbebola.htm.

The Illusion of Inclusion: Raven-Symone and the Politics of Racial Dis-Identification

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By Dr. Umar Johnson

Dr. Umar Johnson

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Recent comments made by Raven-Symoné may have been ignorant and self-depreciating, but were not, by any stretch of the imagination, uncommon. On national television she stated, “I’m an American, not an African-American. I don’t know where my roots go (in Afrika), I don’t know how far back they go, and what country they go to… but I do know that I have roots in Louisiana.” As if this wasn’t insult enough to her ancestors, and all self-respecting Black people in this country, this African-American actress, who is undeniably of African ancestry, goes on to say, “I’m an American, and that’s a colorless person… I have a lot of things running through my veins.” Increasingly we are seeing more and more politically undereducated and self-hating African-Americans attempting to dis-identify from their Blackness.

However, this behavior is not without precedent. Historically, even esteemed scholars such as W.E.B. Dubois have, at one time or another, attempted to dis-identify from their Blackness, ridiculously claiming that they were the sum total of far too many different racial genotypes to affirmatively identity with their predominate Afrikanity. Although dis-identification has been a problem for Blacks since the end of slavery, we have seen a dramatic increase in this strategy since the election of President Obama and the birth of the alleged, and definitely hypocritical, “post-racial society.” How can a society that proclaims to be post-racial explain the record-breaking suspension and expulsion rate of kindergarten Black boys, or the highest incarceration rate in the world that disproportionately targets Black men and women.

The belief that anyone in this country will cease to identify you with your particular race just because you hate your membership within that particular group is ridiculous. All politics in America are race based. Every job and dollar spent is in neglect of, or support for, one racial group or the other. Raven-Symoné, and other Negro victims of white supremacy haven’t the slightest clue about the true significance of race in this country. However, their frequent comments, expressing their desires not to be Black, only adds to the argument on whether “Blackness” is still relevant in a society with a Black president, and millions of African-Americans who prefer not to be identified with their most obvious physical and biological characteristic, their racial background. The question on whether Blackness is still relevant in a society based on white privilege is rather ridiculous in a country where White police officers kill at least two unarmed Black men a week, without probable cause, and aren’t even brought in for questioning. If you think America is post-racial then go ask the parents of Trayvon Martin or Michael Brown their opinion. Still further, visit anyone of America’s prisons where a plethora of Black men and women await life sentences for no other reason than not having enough money to hire a decent attorney.

The recent movement spurred by many Blacks to dis-identify from their race has inadvertently supported the rise in attention being paid to the political agendas of other minority groups, who don’t have a problem being who they are, most notably, gays and Latinos, both of whom are aggressively championing their causes on the local, state and national level. The American social order has definitely done its part to confuse the descendants of enslaved Afrikans by recently adding to the legal nomenclature additional racial categories, such as bi-racial and multi-racial, which gives 21st century Blacks a false belief in the so-called “post-racial America.” These new racial descriptors do nothing more but sow even more dissension within a group of people whose only solution lies in their identification and unification as a distinct racial group. The psychological consequences of calling oneself biracial and multiracial lie in the false sense of separateness it gives the victim from the rest of their African-American in-group. Still further, it promotes an attitude of “less Black” and “more White,” which spells disaster for internal racial harmony amongst African-Americans still suffering the vestiges of Post-Traumatic Slavery Disease (PTSD) and light-skinned supremacy. Not to mention the fact that for hundreds of years White Americans paid to attention to the bi-racial parentage of neither its free or enslaved Afrikans, which begs the question as to why they claim to be so concerned about mixed parentage all of a sudden.

If running away from being Black is impossible, if one’s racial identity is biologically fixed at birth, then why do so many Blacks try anyway? The answers to this question are too numerous to be addressed here, but for the sake of discussion, we will reduce it to two simple answers: self-hatred and political deception. Let it not be lost on you that Blacks are the only people in the United States who are actively trying to be what they are not. African-Americans are the only active proponents of integration and a color-blind identity, and both are the logical consequences of a people not wanting to be unashamedly who they really are. In her conversation with Oprah, a confused Raven-Symoné stated “I don’t label myself, I have darker skin, I have a nice interesting grade of hair. . .” These comments reveal her obvious hatred for self, and yet her simultaneous approval of Eurocentric standards of beauty, which is usually at the core of most Black persons’ reasoning for wanting to escape their Blackness in the first place: notably not being physically attractive according to White standards, and also not being socially desired by White people.

Since the beginning of human history most groups have valued their cultural-historical uniqueness, and most still do. When was the last time you found an Anglo-Saxon, European Jew, Asian, Arab, East Indian or Native American trying to be something other than themselves. These are very proud people who represent and identify with their collective racial experience wherever they go. Only because of self-hatred is the Afrikan trying to be what he or she is not. In the past, African-Americans would deal with racism by confronting it dead on. However, in the Obama era, rather than fight against racial oppression, many Blacks have simply chosen to dis-identify from being Black altogether. The politics of racial invisibility and color-blindness is certainly a welcomed change of tactic by the United States government as it would help to expedite their agenda of wholesale mass incarceration and extermination of African-American people.

The entire purpose of the “Post-Racial America” Campaign is to convince the foremost victims of white supremacy, American Blacks, that their skin color, or more accurately that their cultural-genetic uniqueness, is no longer considered a threat to European ambitions, in hopes that they forego their racial identity so that it can be conceptually amalgamated into the larger imaginary political construct of simply being an “American.” This would be quite an anomaly since every other American’s identity in this country is afforded a cultural prefix that anchors them somewhere else in the world (i.e., Italian-American, Chinese-American, Arab-American, etc.) For the American Negro to eliminate their cultural prefix would eliminate them from the map of human geography and would paradoxically justify America’s neglect of them as the only people in the country who have no clue as to where they come from, and just how they arrived in America. “Historical amnesia” as a strategy, postulated by Raven-Symoné and other Blacks, seeks to forget one’s history and culture as a strategy for being accepted by American Whites will not work for one primary reason: self-respecting people who embrace their culture and history cannot respect another people who do not. That is to say historical amnesia would ironically increase the contempt that America has for the Black man or woman, and not lessen it, as it underscores racist antebellum beliefs about Blacks that have existed for centuries, chiefly that they are animals who have no history or culture.

For Blacks to fall for this dangerous ploy would give the government the chance to erase Black people, and their critically important issues, from public discussion altogether. This scenario has already played out as a consequence of the 1964 Civil Rights Bill that saw the inclusion of the words “minority” and “gender” as a replacement for “Negro” and “Black” as it related to the groups that would be protected within the scope of the soon to be new law, at that time. By allowing the public discussion to include all non-white peoples under a general descriptor of “minority,” rather than continuing to assert they were fighting exclusively for the rights of Black people, Negro leaders gave consent to the stealing of rights and incentives away from their own Black communities in deference and preference to Asians, Mexicans and other groups. Still worse, none of these other racial groups did anything to advance the cause of Blacks during the civil rights struggle. In fact, upon arrival in America, many of these ethnicities fought for the right to identify as white people, and away from Black people. Trying to blend in with other groups, all of whom practice their own unique form of prejudice against the African-American, is no solution to the Black man’s problem in America.

Simply stated, America wants the Black man and woman to abandon their racial identity in order that Black issues can be removed from the public agenda. This has been the primary purpose of biracial and multiracial campaigns: to get enough Black people to dis-identify from being Black in preference of some new socially-acceptable racial designee so as to render Black people and their issues irrelevant altogether. Any student of military history knows that a propaganda campaign against a particular group in public is always the precursor to a military campaign against them physically. Black people who hate being Black are playing right into the extermination agenda of the United States government that seeks to remove Black issues and Black people from the political landscape altogether. Now is not the time for African-Americans to hide behind an elusive and indescribable “American” identity that has never, and will never, apply to them. Now is the time to stand up unapologetically and proclaim their uniqueness as a people, and the uniqueness of the Black plight in America!

Umar Johnson is a Doctor of Clinical Psychology and Certified School Psychologist. He is author of “Psycho-Academic Holocaust: The Special Education and ADHD Wars Against Black Boys.” As a special education expert and consultant he helps Black parents around the world advocate for their children. He is amidst a $2-Million-Dollar fundraising campaign to acquire the HBCU St.Paul’s College in Virginia to be purchased and re-opened as the Frederick Douglass & Marcus Garvey (FDMG) RBG International Leadership Academy for Black Boys. He is one of the most requested motivational speakers in the world and can be reached for interviews and events scheduling at www.DrUmarJohnsonSchool.com or 215-989-9858.

2015 Coca-Cola Scholarship Program Now Accepting Applications

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Deadline to apply is October 31, 2014

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — The Coca-Cola Scholarship program is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors each year. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, and their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities.

With the 26th class in 2014, the Foundation has provided over 5,400 Coca-Cola Scholars with more than $54 million in educational support. 150 Coca-Cola Scholars are selected each year to receive this $20,000 scholarship.

Applicants must be: Current high school (or home-schooled) seniors attending school in the United States (or select DoD schools); U.S. Citizens; U.S. Nationals; U.S. Permanent Residents; Refugees; Asylees; Cuban-Haitian Entrants; or Humanitarian Parolees; Anticipating completion of high school diploma at the time of application; Planning to pursue a degree at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution; and Carrying a minimum 3.00 GPA at the end of their junior year of high school.

All applications must be submitted online by Friday, October 31st.
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Cook County Department of Building and Zoning Proposes Adopting International Building Code Standards for Unincorporated Cook

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Amendments to the current code will bring unincorporated areas in line with neighboring municipalities

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Commissioner Peter Silvestri introduced an ordinance to the Board of Commissioners today to bring the County’s Building Code in line with international standards. The new code would apply to building, electrical, plumbing and mechanical permits issued for projects in unincorporated areas of Cook County by the Department of Building and Zoning.

“The current Cook County Building Code dates back to 1949. Although various amendments have been approved throughout the years, it remains significantly outdated. It’s important that our regulations for unincorporated areas are consistent with those of bordering municipalities and that our building code reflects modern realities,” President Preckwinkle said. “These new standards will encourage more economic development in unincorporated areas, and provide further incentives for municipalities to incorporate these properties.”

“Adoption of these new codes protects public safety, saves time for contractors, and improves efficiency for the County,” stated Commissioner Silvestri.

The specific international standards proposed are the 2009 National Electrical Code, the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code, the 2009 International Building Code, the 2009 International Residential Code and the 2012 International Mechanical Code. The proposed ordinance is supported by the local building, electrical, plumbing and mechanical unions.

The ordinance was referred to the Building and Zoning Committee and is expected to be on the Board agenda for approval at the November Board meeting.

Kathleen Turner to Preside Over 50th Chicago International Film Festival’s International Feature Competition Jury

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CHICAGO, IL – The 50th Chicago International Film Festival, North America’s oldest competitive international film festival, announced today that Academy Award®-nominated and Golden Globe®-winning actress Kathleen Turner will be the President of this year’s International Feature Competition Jury. Joining her are acclaimed filmmaker and New German Cinema pioneer Margarethe von Trotta; Turkish director Ferzan Ozpetek (whose latest film, “Fasten Your Seatbelts,” is an Official selection at this year’s Festival); award-winning Israeli cinematographer Giora Bejach; and Iranian editor and director Parviz Shahbazi.

“This group of old friends and film artists, most of whom have shown their films in past editions of the Festival, have the task of selecting the best of the best in world cinema,” said Founder and Artistic Director of the Chicago International Film Festival Michael Kutza. “I anticipate their deliberations will be spirited and insightful and I very much look forward to their selections.”

Turner will also talk candidly about her craft and career during An Evening with Kathleen Turner on Tuesday, October 14 at the AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois St.).

The jury will present the Gold Hugo to the best of the 16 films in competition from Argentina, China, Denmark, the Dominican Republic, France, Georgia, Hungary, Iran, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Norway, Poland, Russia, Sweden and the United States as well as awards in the categories of acting, directing and writing, among others. Past Gold Hugo winners include Leos Carax’s “Holy Motors” (2012, France), Steve McQueen’s “Hunger” (2008, UK), Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s “Amores Perros” (2000, Mexico), Zhang Yimou’s “Ju Dou” (1990, China) and Wim Wenders “Kings of the Road” (1976, Germany).


Kathleen Turner (United States)
Screen icon Kathleen Turner has garnered critical acclaim for her performances in various movies, including “Body Heat,” for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe; “Romancing The Stone” and “Prizzi’s Honor,” which earned her a Golden Globe Award for each; “Peggy Sue Got Married,” which brought Turner both an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe nomination; and “War of the Roses,” yet another Golden Globe nomination. Turner has also starred on Broadway in “Cat On a Hot Tin Roof,” for which she received a Tony nomination, “Indiscretions,” “The Graduate,” and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” for which she received a second Tony nomination. She also received the Piper-Heidsieck Award for Outstanding Achievement at the 28th Chicago International Film Festival for work that exemplifies independence, courage and risk-taking. Most recently she completed filming “Dumb & Dumber To” in Atlanta with Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels.

Margarethe Von Trotta (Germany)
One of the foremost German film directors, a member of the New German Cinema movement and one of the most important feminist filmmakers in the world, Von Trotta made her first film, “The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum,” co-directed with Volker Schlöndorff, in 1975. Subsequent films include “The Second Awakening of Christa Klages” (1977), “Sisters, or the Balance of Happiness” (1979), “Marianne and Julianne” (which won top prizes at the 1981 Venice and Chicago International Film Festivals), “Rosa Luxemburg” (1986) and “Hannah Arendt” (2012).

Ferzan Ozpetek (Turkey)
Born in Istanbul in 1959, Ferzan Ozpetek moved to Italy in 1976. His first film “The Turkish Bath” received acclaim around the world. His subsequent films include “Harem Suaré,” a selection at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival, “His Secret Life,” chosen as the best feature at the 2002 New York Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, “Facing Windows,” winner of the Best Film Prize at Italy’s David di Donatello Awards, “Sacred Heart” (2005), “Saturno Contro” (2006), “A Perfect Day” (2008), “Loose Cannons” (2010), winner of a Special Jury Award at the Tribeca Film Festival, “Magnificent Presence” (2011) and “Fasten Your Seatbelts” (2013), an official selection of the 50th Chicago International Film Festival.

Giora Bejach (Israel)
A Director of Cinematography on many different projects, Giora Bejach won the 23rd European Film Academy award for Best Cinematography for Samuel Maoz’s “Lebanon” (2009). He is the winner of the Best Cinematography prize at the Israel Film Academy for “Big Bad Wolves” (2013), “Lebanon” (2009) and “Out Of Sight” (2005). He was also the cinematographer on the acclaimed Sundance documentary “The Green Prince” (2014) and Amos Gitai’s segment in “Words with Gods” (2014), an official selection of the 50th Chicago International Film Festival.

Parviz Shahbazi (Israel)
Born in 1963 in Tehran, Parviz Shahbazi edited several films and directed 12 short films before making his first feature film, “Traveller from the South,” in 1996. His subsequent films include “Whispers” (2000), “Deep Breath,” which played at the 2003 Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes, “Karat 14” (2009) and “Trapped” (2013), winner of the Best Director Prize at the 2013 Fajr Film Festival.

The awards ceremony will be held Friday, October 17 at 9 pm at The Sofitel Chicago Water Tower (20 E. Chestnut St.). Awards will also be presented in these competitive categories: New Directors Competition, the Roger Ebert Award, the Chicago Award, the Q-Hugo Award, DocuFest and Shorts. Past award winners have gone on to win Oscars® and Golden Globe® awards, among other notable recognitions. Awards Night is a night for the 50th Chicago International Film Festival juries, filmmakers and guests to come together and celebrate each other’s achievements.

Awards Night Sponsors
Evening Hosts: Michigan Avenue Magazine and Sofitel; Lead Partner: Wintrust Community Banks; Evening Partners: Stella Artois, Casale del Giglio and Effen Vodka.

Led by Tourism Partner Illinois Office of Tourism and Presenting Partners Columbia College Chicago, the 50th Chicago International Film Festival’s sponsors include Official Airline: American Airlines; Headquarters Hotel: JW Marriott Chicago; Major Partners: Intersites, Wintrust Community Banks; Participating Partners: AARP, Allstate, Bloomberg, Casale del Giglio, Cultivate Studios, Netrix, Stella Artois; Platinum Media Sponsors: NCM Media Networks, Ingage Media, JC Decaux and Michigan Avenue Magazine.

The John and Jacolyn Bucksbaum Family Foundation is the program partner for the International Feature Competition.

Cinema/Chicago, the presenting organization of the Chicago International Film Festival, is a not-for-profit arts and education organization dedicated to encouraging better understanding between cultures and to making a positive contribution to the art form of the moving image.

The 50th Chicago International Film Festival runs October 9-23, 2014.

“Logan Square Art Walk and Visual Scavenger Hunt to Cross Borders”

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Chicago Detours Offers Special Event for Chicago Artists Month

CHICAGO, IL – On Sunday, October 26th, Chicago Detours will partner with Azimuth Projects for a special event that combines visits to neighborhood artists’ studios and galleries with a walking tour of the everyday landscape in Logan Square. The experience, which is an official event for Chicago Artists Month, includes a visual scavenger hunt with original art prizes and an opportunity to experience African hair braiding.

Chicago Detours collaborated with Azimuth Projects to design the art walk within the Chicago Artists Month’s 2014 theme of “Crossing Borders.” This special, one-time only experience will address the borders of anything from physical barriers, such as those within our neighborhood landscapes, to more conceptual barriers of sound, culture, skin and cuisine.

“Logan Square Art Walk and Visual Scavenger Hunt” begins at Autotelic Studios near Armitage and Sacramento and ends at Azimuth Projects, near the square of Logan Square. The walk, which is limited to 22 guests, will visit the Autotelic Studios apartment gallery, a mobile exhibition space called “Trunk Show,” the Comfort Station, and the Azimuth Projects apartment gallery.

In between gallery stops on the walk, Amanda Scotese of creative tour company Chicago Detours will lead guests in a sort of visual scavenger hunt. Guests will be presented with a series of abstracted and close-up photos of landscape features. Then as the group walks, the first to notice the object will win the prize of a small, original artwork from an artist featured at one of the exhibition spaces.

Scotese will then share ideas, writings, or stories connected to the identified architectural or natural object. These objects, which range from the habitat of rats to gates and fences, are all overlooked features of the everyday built environment that can be read as cultural artifacts.

The first exhibit on the tour will be Melissa Leandro’s Explosiones Locales at Autotelic Studios, which explores the roles of traditional DIY commerce and cultural appropriation. Her ice cream social experience includes homemade ice cream and presentation of hand-woven tapestries made of disposable doilies.

En route through the neighborhood to the next gallery stop, the group will find Trunk Show, a mobile art show displayed from a 1999 green Ford Taurus. It’s filled with limited edition artists bumper stickers, curated by artist Kelly Lloyd. Radio jams and road snacks may be included.

After walking up Milwaukee Avenue, the group will stop at Comfort Station, located right in the square. This small neighborhood art center will be exhibiting the visual and musical collaboration of It Ended With My Putting it On, or The Huntersmoon Come Like a Memory in Hell. For this show, Matt Woodward presents large-scale pieces that interrupt the historic interior of the Comfort Station. Wrekmeister Harmonies presents a sonic piece created in response to Woodward’s work.

The last stop is Azimuth Projects’ Bricoleur, a collaborative, interactive fiber installation and hair braiding experience. Sarah Beth Woods produces sculptural works made of brightly colored hair extensions, fabric, yarn, and chains. Fatimata Traore is a hair stylist with over 20 years of African hair braiding experience. Together they will present an experience that bridges sculpture and hair braiding, alongside tastings of West-African style rice with chicken or vegetables.

The two-hour-long art walk and tour on Sunday, October 26th, 11am-1pm, requires advance reservations through www.chicagodetours.com. Guests meet at Autotelic Studios at 1856 N. Richmond St. The $25 ticket includes original art prizes, visits to galleries, landscape tour commentary, refreshments, and special gifts. The art walk ends at 2704 N. Whipple St. at Azimuth Projects where guests can have their hair braided on a first-come, first-serve basis for a $10 donation.


Chicago Detours offers guided tours of architecture, history and culture that bring people to explore stories and places locals don’t even know. The tour company is a passionate team of educators, historians, artists and storytellers, and is proud to be one of very few tour companies in Chicago that is rated five stars on both Yelp and TripAdvisor.

For additional information, contact Amanda Scotese, 312.350.1131


NAACP Statement on U.S. Supreme Court’s Refusal to Hear Marriage Cases

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Baltimore, MD – The U.S. Supreme Court recently declined to hear seven marriage equality cases from the Fourth, Seventh, and Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeal.  The NAACP signed onto several amicus briefs, including Herbert v. Kitchen (Utah); Smith v. Bishop (Oklahoma); and McQuigg v. Bostic (Virginia); Rainey v. Bostic (Virginia); and Schaefer v. Bostic (Virginia) that argued that bans on same sex marriages were unconstitutional and should be reviewed under a high level of scrutiny. By denying review of these cases, the Supreme Court has finally cleared the way for couples in at least 16 states to exercise their fundamental right to marry.   Having taken a stance against miscegenation laws in Virginia as far back as 1967 and having issued a 2012 resolution reaffirming our long-standing commitment to equality under the law for all people, the NAACP believes that the Court’s refusal to hear these matters is a big step towards our goal of achieving equality under the law for all people—no matter whom they love.

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