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August 29, 2013

Kam Williams

LAWT Contributing Writer


Cloves C. Campbell, Jr., is the Publisher of the Arizona Informant, a family owned and operated newspaper that provides an important voice for the African-American community in Arizona. This year it celebrates 42 years of publishing. Currently, he serves as Board Chair of the National Newspaper Pub­lishers’ Association (NNPA). As a Phoenix native, his personal commitment and knowledge of the community in which he grew up shows throughout his work. Most recently, he served in the State House of Representatives for District 16 from 2007-2010 fulfilling duties on the Appropriations, Banking and Insurance, and House Ethics committees. With an extensive background in marketing communications, media/public relations and advertising sales, Cloves lent his expertise as Vice-Chair of Arizona African-American Demo­cratic Caucus. He is also a board member of the following organizations: The George Washington Carver Museum Board, Roosevelt Foundation for Our Children’s Future, The Black Theatre Troupe, Arizona African American Legis­lative Days Coalition, Wells Fargo Community Advisory Board, Tanner Chapel A.M.E. Church Renaissance Committee and First Tee of Arizona. A lifetime member of the NAACP, Cloves was educated at Pitzer College in Claremont, Calif., and University of Virginia Darden School of Business Legislators Program. He and his wife of 22 years, Lanette, have three children: Daivon, Chanette, and Cloves III.

LAWT: Hi Cloves, thanks for the interview. Congrat­ulations on being reelected Chair­man of the NNPA!

Cloves Campbell: Thanks, Kam. It is truly an honor to be the Chairman of the premiere news organization in the world for black folks.

LAWT: How are things at the Informant?

CC: Things are going really well. We are celebrating 42 years of  publishing.

LAWT: I really admired your dad and your uncle, and I think it’s great that you and Roland have not only built upon their vision, and that you run a photo of them in the paper every week. That touches me every time I see it, since they were such solid gentlemen and reminded me of my father who was from the same generation and also a WWII veteran.

CC: Thank you. I believe that it is important to remember the people that paved the way for you. They are definitely my role models. I think about them every day.

LAWT: How would you describe the primary mission of the Black Press?

CC: I believe that our mission is to deliver the news of and about the Black Community to our respective markets. The most important aspect our mission is that we deliver that news from the black perspective.

LAWT: What’s at the top of your agenda as you start your new term?

CC: My main focus will be, as it was two years ago, to continue to integrate the digital platform to our member papers’ portfolios. How­ever, we still want to maintain our strong print presence, as well as to continue to reach out to younger readers.

LAWT: Do you consider mainstream papers as your competition?

CC: Not at all. Mainstream papers biggest competition is television. They are competing for the instant gratification customer. Black newspapers are a niche market and black consumers are now being targeted by major corporations for their dollars.

LAWT: Do you think the NNPA publications get their fair share of corporate advertising dollars?

CC: Definitely not! We have been making that argument for several decades. As a matter of fact, two years ago we partnered with the Nielsen Ratings Research Company to do a study of African-American consumers and it has been very useful in our advertising sales call and marketing efforts.

LAWT: What did you think of the Zimmerman verdict?

CC: Unfortunately, it was what I expected. Once we knew the makeup of the jury, the verdict was a forgone conclusion. Naturally, I am disappointed, but I honestly believe that this may be the wakeup call that this generation of black folks needs.

LAWT: Does Arizona have a “Stand Your Ground” law in effect right now?

CC: Yes we do. We are currently engaging with our legislature to review the law.

LAWT: The Ling-Ju Yen question: What is your earliest childhood memory?

CC: Well, probably really wanting a pair of cowboy boots. It is likely the reason why I wear them now so much!

LAWT: The bookworm Troy Johnson question: What was the last book you read?

CC: “Uneven Lies” by Pete McDaniel.

LAWT: The music maven Heather Covington question: What was the last song you listened to?

CC: “Jamaican Funk” by Tom Browne.

LAWT: What is your favorite dish to cook?

CC: Angel hair pasta with shrimp.

LAWT: The Mike Pittman question: What was your best career decision?

CC: Getting into the newspaper business, of course!

LAWT: The Anthony Anderson question: If you could have a superpower, which one would you choose?

CC: I would be able to fly. You saw Big Willy in the film Hancock!

LAWT: The Judyth Piazza question: What key quality do you believe all successful people share?

CC: The ability to listen.

LAWT: The Michael Ealy question: If you could meet any historical figure, who would it be?

CC: Frederick Douglass.

LAWT: What advice do you have for anyone who wants to follow in your footsteps?

CC: Treat everyone the same way you would want to be treated.

LAWT: Attorney Bernadette Beek­man asks: What is your favorite charity?

CC: The Arizona Informant Foundation. [Chuckles] I'm a little biased.

LAWT: The Tavis Smiley question: How do you want to be remembered?

CC: As a person who was always willing to help others.

LAWT: Thanks again for the time, Cloves, and best of luck with all your endeavors, brother.

CC: Thank you, Kam. I always look forward to reading your articles.

Parent Category: ROOT
Category: News

August 29, 2013

By Xavier Higgs

LAWT Contributing Writer


As the nation paid tribute to the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, Southern California was able to commemorated iconic event in a unique way.

Using the Online Engagement Experience, PBS viewers were able to converse electronically while watching PBS. The 52-minute online event originated from the KOCE studio in Costa Mesa, CA. It gave online participants the opportunity to ask questions of a panel that included Bobby McDonald, President of the Black Chamber Orange County, Dr. Patricia Adelekan, retired educator, and Rev. Elmer Redding, Assistant Pastor Bryant Temple A.M.E. Church.

“We want to highlight the 50th Anniversary of the March, and remind people of that experience,” says McDonald. 

He added that PBS SoCal wanted to use new technology to allow more people to be engaged.

Dr. Adelekan recalled meeting Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who would often visit her hometown of Columbus, Ohio at the Mt. Olivet Baptist Church. She said it was during one of his visits in early 1963 he announced the plan for a March on Washington to bring to the attention a need for justice and equality for minorities in this country.

The scripted program seem to flow including the panel discussions, segments about the creation of the MLK Memorial on the Washington Memorial, as well as questions originating from a companion event at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles.

Rev. Redding and Dr. Adelekan attended the March on Washington in 1963. Both remembered how dissatisfied most African Americans were with the state of affairs in America.

Ironically, at that time, neither of them was fully aware of the historical significance of the March.

Rev. Redding was 11 years old, and was taking to the March by his father who insisted they attend.

“We push our way as close to the Lincoln Memorial as we could, says Rev. Redding.” They arrive just in time to hear Mahalia Jackson singing and just before Dr. Martin Luther King speech.

Parent Category: ROOT
Category: News

August 29, 2013

By Gregory Dale

Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper


At the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, a host of dignitaries lined the stage situated at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Under clear blue skies, leaders discussed why they’re still marching a half century later.

Martin Luther King Jr. III took the stage roughly at 12:43 pm. In a tone that eerily mirrored his father’s, he discussed how America needs a new plan to provide jobs in the wake of a struggling economy.

He also called for the end of senseless violence around the country.

“My father [Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.] sought the blood of the community. No more Newtowns, no more Columbines and no more violence in Chicago,” he said. “We need to keep on walking, keep on talking and keep on educating.”

Shortly thereafter, National Action Network (NAN) leader Al Sharpton took the stage and opened by discussing the struggles Black participants in the ’63 march faced just to make it to the Nation’s Capital.

“Fifty years ago, some came to Washington and rode on the back of the bus. Some couldn’t stay in hotel rooms and had to sleep in cars,” he said.

He later urged generations young and old to come together and fight for injustices and social ills around the nation.

After Sharpton’s speech the crowd exploded in applause and cheers.

Parent Category: ROOT
Category: News

August 29, 2013

By Kevin Liptak

CNN Wire Service


A jury’s decision in July to acquit George Zimmerman in the murder of Trayvon Martin represented “questionable judgment,” former Secretary of State Colin Powell said in an interview aired Sunday.

But the retired four-star general, who was the first African-American to serve in the top U.S. diplomatic post, went on to suggest the case wouldn’t have a lasting impact on Americans’ lives.

“I don’t know if it will have staying power,” he said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

“These cases come along, and they blaze across the midnight sky and then after a period of time, they’re forgotten,” he said.

Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot Martin in February 2012, was acquitted by a jury in July on state criminal charges. The case sparked a nationwide discussion of race. Martin was an unarmed black teenager, and Zimmerman identifies himself as Hispanic.

After the verdict, President Barack Obama delivered a personal statement about the case, delving deeply into issues of race and justice, and connecting the difficulties facing American-American men to situations he himself had faced.

Powell said Sunday he’d like Obama to “be more passionate about race questions.”

“In my lifetime, over a long career in public life, you know, I’ve been refused access to restaurants where I couldn’t eat, even though I just came back from Vietnam. ‘We can’t give you a hamburger, come back some other time,’” Powell said, adding that while progress has been made toward racial equality, there is still work to be done.

“We’re not there yet,” he said. “And so we’ve got to keep working on it. And for the president to speak out on it is appropriate. I think all leaders, black and white, should speak out on this issue.”

Parent Category: ROOT
Category: News


Electric vehicle charging stations now available at county facilities for public visitors

Electric vehicle charging stations now available at county facilities for public visitors

August 28, 2014   LAWT News Service   Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chairman Don Knabe announced the installation and launch of electric...



County invites residents to community meetings to discuss community development and housing funds; Five community meetings are scheduled from September 9 through September 23, 2014; Public can also submit written comments through October 23, 2014

County invites residents to community meetings to discuss community development and housing funds; Five community meetings are scheduled from September 9 through September 23, 2014; Public can also submit written comments through October 23, 2014

August 28, 2014   LAWT News Service   The Community Development Commission of the County of Los Angeles (CDC) invites residents to a series of five...


Sports News

Age no opponent for some of NFL’s veteran stars

Age no opponent for some of NFL’s veteran stars

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Arts & Culture

Hip Hop Corner: The Godfather of Hip Hop

Hip Hop Corner: The Godfather of Hip Hop

August 28, 2014   By Jineea Butler  NNPA Columnist      Hip Hop has always had a fetish with gangster movies and characters. We often see artists...


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