Vol.1 No. 2
IN THE NEWS
WHAT'S GOING ON
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
PUBLICATIONS & MEDIA
IN THE NEWS
New Federal Law Strengthens State DUI Laws
On October 23, 2000, President Clinton signed H.R. 4475. The
law requires states to set the blood-alcohol concentration
(BAC) at 0.8 as a national minimum for driving under the influence
(DUI) or lose federal highway funds. Clinton first called
for the 0.8 limit in 1998. At the signing, he credited Mothers
Against Drunk Driving (MADD) with convincing members of Congress
to pass the legislation against the strong opposition of the
alcohol beverage companies. Eighteen states already meet the
new standard. Other states have four years to lower the BAC
to .08 before any funds are jeopardized. The final deadline
for compliance is 2007.
Chicago Sun Times Article
State DUI Laws
Spike Lee Pushes the Envelope on Media Stereotypes
The buzz has already started about Spike Lee's new satirical
movie -- "Bamboozled -- about imagery and how Black folks
are portrayed in mass media. Lee has called much of Black
sitcom television and rap music a modern day Black minstrel
show that denigrates African Americans and uses this movie
to dramatize his feelings. Bamboozled is the fictional story
of "Mantan the New Millennium Minstrel Show," a
successful TV comedy that stereotypes Black men as lazy and
shiftless. The movie opened in New York and Los Angeles on
October 6 and will begin its national run on November 20.
Africana.com has had several articles on the movie and a recent
interview with Spike Lee:
Bamboozled: Collision of Ideas in a Galaxy of Satire
Spike Lee Opens Up
Review of the Bamboozled Sound Track
Here are some additional reviews and interviews:
Review of Bamboozled
Interview with Spike Lee
WHAT'S GOING ON
A Message from Coach Powell
The Coach Powell Youth Academy will be part of the 14th Annual
Conference -- "Counseling & Treating People of Colour:
An International Perspective." The conference takes place
in San Juan, Puerto Rico, December 3-6, 2000. The youth academy
is designed to develop peer leadership, drug and violence
prevention skills, and cultural understanding for youth ages
13 to 20. Alfred "Coach" Powell is the author of
Message in Bottle40 oz. Scandal, Volumes 1 & 2.
For more information, contact Edie Lundgren at 631-444-8361.
For RealA New Web Site from Reality Check
In 1996, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
launched a campaign called "Reality Check" with
information about marijuana for parents and other adults who
work with youth. Now, there's a new web site with marijuana
information that was designed for youth by youth. It's called
"For Real" and uses the tag line: "Real people.
Real life. Real marijuana information." To learn more
about "For Real," go to: http://www.health.org/reality/whatsnew2000/forreal.htm
The Grim Reaper Returns
A group of talented rappers who call themselves "Black
Shadows" won NAAAPI's Grim Reaper Rap Contest. The trio
hails from the Millennium Community Outreach Institute in
Baltimore, MD. They'll be performing at the 2nd Annual Pennsylvania
African American Tobacco Control Conference on November 13,
2000 in Bryn Mawr, near Philadelphia.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Establishing a Legacy for Living
2nd Annual African American Tobacco Conference
Bryn Mawr, PA
23rd Annual Great American Smoke-Out
American Cancer Society
14th Annual Conference
Counseling & Treating People of Colour:
An International Perspective
San Juan, Puerto Rico
HRDI is handling registrations
Contact: Martina Jones
Leadership Forum XI
The Future of Community Coalitions
Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America
Contact: Ronald Dixon at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: 703-706-0560, ext. 231
International Candlelight Vigil of Remembrance and Hope
Mothers Against Drunk Driving
San Diego, CA
Tel: 214-744-6233, ext. 264
PUBLICATIONS & MEDIA
NAAAPI has sample copies of "Breathing Free: Secondhand
Smoke & African Americans" and accompanying announcer-read
radio public service announcements. The culturally- appropriate
booklet addresses environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) issues
from an African American perspective. We are seeking funds
to test the concepts in various Black communities. If you
are interested in reviewing the booklet and getting involved
with the pilot project, send an e-mail to email@example.com
or call Carmella Chandler at 610-617-9145. Remember, the theme
for World No Tobacco Day 2001 is Clean Indoor Air.
"Making a Killing" Video
INFACT has released a new video on the transnational tobacco
companies and how they market to kids around the world. The
video is called "Making a Killing: Philip Morris, Kraft
and Global Tobacco Addiction." It includes discussion
of the targeted marketing of tobacco products to people of
color by two African American advertising & marketing
professionals. The Uptown Coalition for Tobacco Control &
Public Health screened the video last month. For information
on where the film is being screened or to order a copy for
your own use, contact INFACT's campaign headquarters at 1-800-688-8797.
The INFACT web site is www.infact.org
The "Afya Uhuru" Newsletter
The National African American Tobacco Prevention Network
(NAATPN) has a new online newsletter called "Afya Uhuru."
The name comes from two Swahili terms -- "Afya"
meaning "healthy" and "Uhuru" meaning
freedom. Sandee Headen is the executive director of the Network
and Sherri Hyde is the newsletter editor.
NAAAPI Membership Drive
The National Association of African Americans for Positive
Imagery (NAAAPI) is continuing its membership drive for individual
members and organization affiliates. Discounts are available
through December 31, 2000. Information and membership forms
for individuals and affiliated organizations and coalitions
are available on NAAAPI's web site: by contacting Carmella Chandler at firstname.lastname@example.org
(e-mail) or 610-617-9145 (phone).
NAAAPI'S Nzuri Project -- Alcohol Abuse Prevention
NAAAPI is building a national network of organizations
involved in alcohol abuse prevention in the African American
community -- either as a stand-alone issue or in conjunction
with tobacco use, drug abuse, youth service and/or violence
prevention. The network is a key element of the Nzuri project,
a three-year initiative (1998-2001) funded by the Robert Wood
Johnson Foundation. (Nzuri means "good" in Swahili.)
A New Look for NAAAPI Online
NAAAPI's Web Site is undergoing some cosmetic surgery.
Our new look is due to debut on or about December 1, 2000.
If there's anything you think we should include, just let
Words to the Wise is published online by the National
Association of African Americans for Positive Imagery (NAAAPI).
is provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
welcome your comments!