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Percy Sutton Estate "Under Siege"

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Sunday, January 3, 2010
Updated January 5

Ex-Reporter, Partner Filed Lawsuit Before His Death

Marcia Slacum Greene, Washington Post Editor, Dies of Cancer

Hispanic Journalists Raise $115,795 of $300,000 Goal

Editorial Writers Pull Out of Ida B. Wells Award

Eunice W. Johnson, Fashion Fair Creator, Dies at 93

New Zealand Police Investigating Howell Death

McDonald's, Ford Sticking With Black Magazines

Yemen, New Terrorism Focus, Not Press-Friendly

Vanity Fair Features Shirtless Tiger Woods

Short Takes

Percy Sutton, seated, at a 2006 Manhattan fundraiser for David Paterson's successful bid for New York lieutenant governor. At left is Malcolm Shabazz, grandson of Malcolm X; at right is Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y. Sutton was lawyer for Malcolm X and his family. (Credit: kenthephotographer)

Ex-Reporter, Partner Filed Lawsuit Before His Death

Three days before funeral services are to take place for New York power broker and media pioneer Percy Sutton, the New York Post disclosed Sunday that two fellow co-founders of Inner City Broadcasting charged in a lawsuit that Sutton and top executives at Inner City "have looted the company.

"It's a measure of Sutton's importance that even as the 89-year-old power broker lay in a New York nursing home struggling with dementia, his political allies scrambled to save his family empire," Isabel Vincent wrote in her story, headlined, "Fall of the house of Percy Sutton."

"But despite their best efforts, Sutton's estate remains under siege. One of his companies owes more than $1 million in taxes to the state. In the last year, shareholders and bitter former business associates lined up to sue Sutton and Inner City, the Post has learned. In one lawsuit, filed just before Christmas in state Supreme Court in Manhattan, two co-founders of Inner City Broadcasting are demanding millions in damages. According to the latest lawsuit, Sutton and top executives at Inner City 'have looted the company.' "

Sutton's son, Pierre 'Pepe' Sutton, who now runs Inner City, did not respond directly to the substance of the article, but wrote publisher Rupert Murdoch and Michelle Gotthelf, Post metro news editor, that "My family and I find it grossly offensive and disrespectful that you would publish 'Fall of the House of Percy Sutton' at this time. We were stunned and deeply disturbed by this assault upon the life and legacy of our father-husband and mentor. We can only wish that in the coming days - and at his home going service on Wednesday, January 6 - that all who have read this article will take the time to listen to the legion of voices that will truly speak about the incredible and remarkable life of Percy E. Sutton."

Hugh WyattFor his part, Hugh Wyatt, one of the first black reporters at the New York Daily News and a co-founder of Inner City Broadcasting, told Journal-isms, "This lawsuit is not about Hugh Wyatt or Chester Redhead," who filed suit with Wyatt. "This lawsuit is about minority control of a very powerful institution - a media institution, and a media institution carries three times the weight of any institution. It's about an entity to redress health-care disparities, police brutality and radio seeking economic and social justice for people. The question you want to ask is, did Inner City do this?"

Wyatt, who worked at the Daily News from 1965 to 1993, now edits and publishes the Spiritual Herald, which calls itself "the nation's premier national urban spiritual newspaper designed to address the needs and concerns of America's ethnically diverse religious spectrum through its tens of thousands of ministers, priests, rabbis, and other spiritual leaders."

The Post story traced the history of the nonprofit foundation that ran the legendary Apollo Theater, which Sutton bought in 1981 for $225,000 in bankruptcy court.

"The company was also the subject of an Attorney General investigation related to $2.2 million in loans that Inner City made to the Suttons to enable them to seize majority control of the company in the late 1990s," the Post story said.

"In a settlement reached in 1999, Sutton agreed to pay back the loans and prepare audited financial statements for his shareholders.

"But last month, Hugh Wyatt and Chester Redhead, two of the original founders of Inner City, say that nearly 10 years after the settlement, the company has refused to comply with many of its requirements. They also accuse the Suttons and other executives at Inner City of self-dealing, and seek $110 million in damages from the Suttons.

"Sutton's son, Pierre, who took over the day-to-day operations of Inner City in 1991, did not return the Post's calls. But following Sutton's death, there are whispers that the troubled company, which owns 17 commercial radio stations across the nation, is fighting for its survival."

Supporters of Sutton, including the Rev. Al Sharpton, Marc Morial, president of the National Urban League, and Hazel Dukes, president of the New York State Conference of the NAACP, wrote the Post:

"When Mr. Sutton founded Inner City Broadcasting Corporation and purchased WLIB radio in 1971 in New York, it was NYC's first Black-owned radio station. It is a sad commentary that in 2010 it remains one of only two African-American owned broadcast companies in the world's largest media marketplace. The Congressional Black Caucus's intervention to help save one of our country's last remaining Black-owned media corporations is no different than Congress's overall effort to save failing banks and the auto industry. Their work on behalf of Inner City Broadcasting was neither inappropriate, nor in anyway diminishes the work and legacy of Percy E. Sutton.

"Percy Ellis Sutton was a true American hero who served his country and his community. He was a dedicated and compassionate human being devoted to his family and his constituency. The idea that the New York Post would, at this time of his passing, attempt an effort to lessen his contributions and achievements is reprehensible. Today, we join forces to step up on the frontline to lay our captain to rest - reinforce his legacy and have him live beyond his existence."

Services for Sutton are scheduled for Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive in New York.

A pioneer in African American radio ownership in addition to his roles as New York political power broker, Tuskegee Airman, civil rights attorney and lawyer for Malcolm X and his family, Sutton died Dec. 26.

Washington Post's Marcia Slacum Greene Dies

Marcia Slacum Greene Marcia Slacum Greene, a Washington Post reporter and editor for more than 20 years who was active in the National Association of Black Journalists, has died after a yearlong battle with pancreatic cancer, Post editors told the staff on Tuesday.

"We don't have all the details, but Marcia had recently been at home under hospice care," the top editors said in their message. "Marcia will be greatly missed by her numerous friends in the newsroom, who treasured her personal warmth and great sense of humor. She was an outstanding professional who specialized in investigations and accountability coverage as a Metro reporter, and later became a respected and effective editor. She was City Editor at the time she became ill."

Greene, 57, was named city editor in 2006 as a 22-year veteran of the newspaper who was assistant D.C. editor for politics and government. Prior to becoming an editor, the Post noted at the time, she worked for the paper's Metro projects team, writing about the impact of illegal drugs and violence on urban communities and the lives of young people.

She was a 2005 graduate of the Maynard Institute's Maynard Management at Kellogg program.

In 2002, as an investigative reporter, Greene was cited internally for her role in the Post's Pulitzer-winning "comprehensive coverage of America's war on terrorism, which regularly brought forth new information together with skilled analysis of unfolding developments."

Within NABJ, she had co-chaired a task force on Africa.

Greene took a buyout from the paper last year. A journalism graduate of the University of Maryland, she was married to Jackie Greene, director of technology planning and fulfillment at USA Today, former treasurer of the National Association of Black Journalists and former president of Unity: Journalists of Color. The two met when both worked at the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times.

Late Tuesday, Post Senior Editor Milton R. Coleman announced these dates for the funeral and memorial services:
  • Funeral service: Saturday, Jan. 9, at 2 p.m. at: Springfield Baptist Church, 1784 Springfield Road, Meherrin, VA, 434-736-9795

  • Memorial service: Tuesday, Jan. 12, at 2 p.m. at: Peoples Congregational United Church of Christ, 4704 13th St. NW, Washington, DC 20011, 202-829-5511
Expressions of sympathy may be sent to:
jgreene (at)
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Jackie Greene
c/o Peoples Congregational United Church of Christ
4704 13th Street NW
Washington, DC 20011

Coleman told Journal-isms on Wednesday that a scholarship fund was being established.

Comments on Marcia Slacum Greene at end of column. [Added Jan. 5, updated Jan. 6]


Ivan Roman, executive director of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, explains the organization's financial shortfall. (Video.)

Hispanic Journalists Raise $115,795 of $300,000 Goal

The National Association of Hispanic Journalists raised $115,795 of the $300,000 it said it needed by Dec. 15 to continue its operations, Executive Director Ivan Roman said in a video posted on the NAHJ Web site.

Nevertheless, the organization "will be hitting the ground running in January" after the staff undergoes a third round of furloughs, Roman said. He appealed for contributions to continue services such as the $110,000 in scholarships the group awarded in 2009, the training and assistance it has provided to needy journalists and its advocacy for Latino journalists.

"Like many other organizations in today's economy, cuts in funding and in attendance at our excellent annual convention in San Juan have left NAHJ with a $300,000 budget shortfall," NAHJ President O. Ricardo Pimentel wrote to members in launching the "Count Me In" in July.

Editorial Writers Pull Out of Ida B. Wells Award

Bobbi Bowman of the American Society of News Editors receives the Ida B. Wells Award last summer at the National Association of Black Journalists convention in Tampa, Fla. (Credit: Jason Miccolo Johnson/NABJ)The National Conference of Editorial Writers, a partner in administering the Ida B. Wells Award, which annually honors a media executive who has helped diversify the nation's newsrooms and improve coverage of people and communities of color, has decided to end its involvement.

In a letter to the other co-sponsors, the National Association of Black Journalists and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, NCEW President Tom Waseleski, editorial page editor at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, gave three reasons for the NCEW Foundation's Dec. 5 decision:

"One is the expense to the foundation of hosting award recipients when the presentation is made at the NCEW convention. Another is the time spent by the foundation and NCEW members in maintaining our dealings with the award — at a time when our membership and revenues are down and when we need to focus more attention on the health of our organization. A third factor, which is certainly debatable, is the feeling among some that the true pioneers in diversifying America's newsrooms have by now been honored."

Medill Professor Loren Ghiglione, co-curator of the award, told Journal-isms, "NCEW's decision will not affect the award. Now, more than ever, it is important to recognize the news industry leaders who seek to make their organizations reflect the diversity of the U.S. population. The Ida B. Wells Award needs to continue."

Waseleski said the NCEW Foundation and NCEW "intend to continue providing the annual Minority Writers Seminar at the Freedom Forum Diversity Institute at Vanderbilt University in Nashville" and "to present annually the Barry Bingham Sr. Fellowship, which provides $1,000 toward an educator's outstanding efforts to encourage minority students in the field of journalism."

Past Ida B. Wells recipients include Jay T. Harris, former publisher of the San Jose Mercury News, Reginald Stuart, corporate recruiter for Knight Ridder, Steve Capus, president of NBC News, Donald Graham, publisher of the Washington Post, Johnita P. Due, senior counsel and Diversity Council chair of CNN, and Bobbi Bowman, diversity director of the American Society of News Editors.

Eunice W. Johnson with designer Yves St. Laurent (credit: Johnson Publishing Co.)

Eunice W. Johnson, Fashion Fair Creator, Dies at 93

Eunice W. Johnson, the widow of Johnson Publishing Co. founder John H. Johnson who named the company's flagship magazine, Ebony, died of renal failure Sunday at her Chicago home. She was 93, a Johnson spokeswoman said.

"Ms. Johnson, in her 90s, was to be feted later this month at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art for her work in making couture accessible to African-Americans nationwide through the Ebony Fashion Fair, which for decades showcased black designers and models," Shia Kapos wrote on her Crain's Chicago Business blog.

" 'Her pivotal personality instilled pride in an alternative, distinctive beauty,' Harold Koda, curator of the Costume Institute at the Met, said in my Taking Names column about the tribute published this week in Crain's Chicago Business.

"It was through her husband, who died in 2005, and his pioneering work in publishing that 'Mrs. J,' as she was affectionately called, gained national attention. She served as secretary-treasurer of Johnson Publishing, the company that is now headed by her daughter, Linda Johnson Rice. But her work in fashion — including designing the Fashion Fair cosmetics line — made her an international wonder.

"Ms. Johnson was producer and director of the Ebony Fashion Fair, a fashion show that traveled through dozens of cities nationwide and in Canada displaying the latest in high-end fashion to communities otherwise ignored by the couture market."

Her official biography says, "Both she and Mr. Johnson noticed the Ebony Fashion Fair models struggling to find cosmetics in shades that matched their deeper skin tones. Fashion Fair was born in 1973 in answer to this problem and today it is the world leader in cosmetics and skin care for women of color."

New Zealand Police Investigating Howell Death

"Police in New Zealand say former Washington Post ombudsman Deborah Howell may have been crossing a highway to take a photograph when she stepped in front of a car and was killed," the Associated Press reported on Monday.

"Detective Sgt. John Hamilton of the Blenheim police says a full investigation is under way and will take some time.

"He says that based on witness statements so far, it appears Howell was crossing the highway to take a picture when she stepped in front of a car in the far lane. Hamilton says it's possible she was 'completely unaware of the vehicle.'

"Drivers in New Zealand travel on the left side of the road, not the right side as in the United States, so pedestrians must look first in the direction opposite than they normally would."

Among the remembrances of Howell, who died Friday at 68, was one from Ryan Williams, director of programs and professional development at the National Association of Black Journalists.

"Deborah was the administrator for the NABJ/Newhouse Foundation Scholarship for many years (even after departing Newhouse) and [helped] contribute to a great number of our student members receiving Newhouse Foundation Scholarships to further their education in journalism," he wrote.

"Returning to the office from the holiday break, Irving and I both recalled Deborah being a firm but fair stickler in reviewing scholarship applications," he said, referring to Irving Washington, NABJ program manager. "She made us push harder for quality applications, thus making what we do even better.

". . . Her legacy lives on through the many students and young journalists helped by the Newhouse Foundation Grant."

McDonald's, Ford Sticking With Black Magazines

"The nation’s first black president, Barack Obama, dominated American magazine covers last year, but for titles targeting African Americans, getting marketers’ attention in this recession has been a tougher proposition," Lucia Moses wrote Sunday for Mediaweek.

". . . Not all marketers have cut back on the category. McDonald's hasn’t slashed spending in black-interest print media because, explained Rob Jackson, marketing director for African-American consumer market programs there, “They see us in these publications, which has greater meaning. They speak directly to the consumer in a way that mass-market media don’t.”

"African-American publications enjoy a strong loyalty with consumers, which makes them an efficient buy for advertisers wanting to reach them, agreed Stefano Curti, president of Johnson & Johnson beauty care.

"Ford Motor Co. also has stayed committed to black-aimed media in 2009 on the belief that in a downturn, that audience doesn’t change its spending habits as much as the general market does. 'African-American consumers contribute quite a bit to our business overall,' said Crystal Worthem, multicultural marketing manager at Ford. 'We want to continue to grow.'

"Titles that want to capitalize on that sentiment need to have strong assets outside print, though. At Essence, those include the Essence Music Festival, online video programming and a weekly news segment on CNN. In 2010, its 40th anniversary, it will introduce more fashion and beauty coverage in its issues, including a September issue devoted to those topics. And in January, it will bring out its first research study of African-American women and fashion preferences."


The Web site Sahara Reporters said it had obtained a copy of the international passport of Farouk Umar AbdulMuttalab, the 23-year-old Nigerian arrested on Christmas after a failed plot to bomb Northwest Flight 253 only minutes before it landed in Detroit.

Yemen, New Terrorism Focus, Not Press-Friendly

"Reporters Without Borders condemned Yemen’s attempt to use the current anti-terror push to crush human rights after security forces today fired on a crowd of protestors staging a 'sit-in' outside the offices of a banned newspaper," the press freedom group said on Monday.

"The state of press freedom in the country has considerably worsened since May 2009, particularly in the south of the country. Nothing has been heard of Khalid Jahafi, a journalist on the opposition news website since security forces arrested him on 27 December 2009 while he was taking photos of clashes between police officers and supporters of the southern pro-independence movement (

Shafi’ al-Abd, a journalist on the newspaper al-Nada, as well as four members of the leadership of the Federation of Southern Youth, were arrested by police in Aden on 28 December, before being moved to Khor Maksar jail in Aden province. The journalist has been charged with forming a political party hostile to 'security and national unity'. A court in Lahij province has also postponed indefinitely and without explanation the trial of journalist Iyyad Ghanem, who is in worsening health from a two-week hunger strike. He has been in custody for six months after filming a rally by supporters of the southern rebel groups in the city of Korsh."

When a flight carrying suspected terrorist Farouk Umar AbdulMuttalab, who had trained in Yemen, landed at the Detroit airport on Christmas, "the two major Detroit newspapers had an additional challenge," Stephanie Clifford reported in the New York Times. "Earlier in 2009, they ceased home delivery several days a week, and they had to figure out whether the event was important enough to revise that plan."

They decided it was not.

Clifford wrote that, "Traffic at the papers’ Web sites, and, rose 60 percent over the previous Christmas, measured by unique visitors, and 40 percent on Dec. 26," said Jonathan Wolman, editor and publisher of the Detroit News.

The story quoted Paul Anger, editor and publisher of the Free Press:

“We don’t feel like we have to do an edition that would be delivered to home. This is not that kind of world anymore is the way we look at it. This is the digital age.”

Meanwhile, Sahara Reporters, an online community of international reporters and social advocates writing from a Nigerian perspective, continued to criticize, variously, the United States, Nigeria, AbdulMuttalab and the father who reported him as having extremist tendencies. Others commented as well.

Vanity Fair Features Shirtless Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods, by Annie LeibovitzTiger Woods is in hiding and the tabloids are reportedly willing to pay as much as $250,000 for a fresh photo of him. But in the meantime, Vanity Fair is coming out with a February issue in which "Annie Leibovitz catches the icon, pre-scandal, in prophetic isolation, while the author finds the clues in the wreckage."

Some members of the Sports Task Force of the National Association of Black Journalists were not impressed.

"Is he posing for a role in a prison movie?" asked one.

"To see any black man in a demeaning pose like this brings tears to my eyes," said another.

Joan Walsh wrote on "Vanity Fair should be ashamed of itself. The Thug Life photo of Tiger Woods that graces the magazine's February cover will go down in history with Time's 'darkened' O.J. Simpson cover and Vogue's portrait of a brutish LeBron James carrying off a blond princess two years ago. I've always defended Woods' freedom to call himself Cablinasian, as befitting his mixed heritage. But Vanity Fair just proved the arguments of black people who dislike what they see as Woods' racial dodge. He'll always be black, but especially after he gets in trouble."

Short Takes

  • "Nearly six months after Walter Cronkite's death, his voice is leaving the 'CBS Evening News,' " David Bauder wrote Monday for the Associated Press. "His introduction of anchor Katie Couric was replaced Monday by a voiceover featuring actor Morgan Freeman."
  • Callie Crossley"WGBH radio has set the launch date for two new midday talk shows with a Boston focus," Johnny Diaz wrote last week in the Boston Globe. "'The Emily Rooney Show,' hosted by WGBH-TV's 'Greater Boston' host, will start at noon, Jan. 11, on 89.7 FM. Rooney's program will be followed by 'The Callie Crossley Show,' hosted by the 'Beat The Press' commentator. It will center on current events as well as local and regional arts and culture. The new shows are part of WGBH's efforts to reinvent 89.7 FM as a full-time news and information radio station."
  • "Dominic Carter has hit rock bottom," Annie Karni wrote Sunday in the New York Post. "Two months after the former NY1 political anchor was found guilty of attempted assault for beating, choking and kicking his wife, he spends his days worrying about how to pay his mortgage and agonizing over 'how fast things got out of control. I don't set the alarm anymore,' Carter said in a tearful interview, his first since the attack on his wife was revealed by The Post two months ago. 'I wake up. I sit around the house. I read the papers, watch a movie.'"
  • Joanna Hernandez started a new job as multiplatform editor on the Universal Desk at the Washington Post, Veronica Villafa?±e reported on her Media Moves site. Hernandez, a former region director for the National Association of Hispanic Journalists who is vice president of Unity: Journalists of Color, had most recently taught journalism at City University of New York. She worked as a copy editor for the Record and the Herald News in northern New Jersey.
  • National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" aired a piece on New Year's Day about Ernie Manuelito, who died in 2009 at age 57. "His was the first voice ever to be heard on KTNN-AM, the Navajo nation radio station. Known to listeners as Early Bird Ernie, Manuelito loved oldies (Buck Owens and George Jones were favorites) and sports, especially football. He reported on local news, but he also brought the outside world to his Navajo community. He announced Super Bowl XXX and the Salt Lake City Olympics in the Dine (Navajo) language. Ernie spoke Navajo well ‚Äî better than many ‚Äî and said that putting the Navajo language on the air was an important public service."
  • Maggie RodriguezCBS's Maggie Rodriguez announced to "The Early Show" anchors on Monday that she's four months' pregnant and is expecting her second child July 1, CBS announced. (Video)
  • "No one was more surprised than Belva Davis when KQED Channel 9 asked her to stay on as anchor of its revamped weekly news analysis staple, 'This Week in Northern California,' " Lisa Vorderbrueggen wrote Wednesday in the Costra Costa (Calif.) Times. "Davis has been on television in the Bay Area for 43 years ‚Äî 16 of those on KQED public television ‚Äî and has earned a wall full of journalism awards."
  • Often, Lester Holt, anchor of NBC's "Weekend Today," "is asked whether it‚Äôs hard to be a person of faith in his profession," Bobby Ross Jr. wrote for the January issue of the Christian Chronicle. "Whenever that question is posed, he said, the implication seems to be that 'this business is not for people of faith. I think there‚Äôs a connotation that we‚Äôre the liberal, atheist media,' Holt said. 'And I know a lot of people in this business who are people of faith ‚Äî maybe not this specific faith that I share, but people who believe in God and follow their faith. So I don‚Äôt find it hard.' "
  •, a Web site founded in November by Robert "Rob" Redding Jr. of the online Redding News Review, Monday announced these winners: Syndicated Personality of the Year ‚Äî Joe Madison of XM satellite radio and WOL-AM in Washington; Radio Personality of the Year ‚Äî Herman Cain of WSB-AM in Atlanta; Station of the Year ‚Äî WGIV-FM in Charlotte, N.C., and TV Personality of the Year ‚Äî Oprah Winfrey. "The nominees were submitted via email and the winners were selected by me," Redding told Journal-isms.
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Marcia Slacum Greene

Heartfelt prayers for Jackie Greene. May the Lord sustain him through this difficult time.

Marcia Greene

I am quite sad to hear of Marcia's passing. I had the pleasure of working for Marcia on the City Desk as an intern at The Post in 2004. She was a great person and top-flight editor who pushed me to dig deeper and bring more context to bear in my reporting and writing. I'll be forever thankful for the wisdom she shared. Dakarai I. Aarons Staff Writer Education Week

Marcia Greene

I've known Marcia and Jackie for many, many years. I remember when I interviewed at the Washington Post, Marcia was one of those comforting faces - and voices - who lent a supportive hand. Both she and Jackie were hugely valuable to NABJ - nationally and locally, and particularly in helping me with the Region III director duties back in the day. Marcia was one of the folks who was always behind the scenes making stuff happen for young black journalists.

Marcia Greene

I am completely stunned by the news of Marcia's death. She was truly one of the unsung heroines of NABJ. When her husband, Jackie and I served together on the board, I always knew who was in charge when I called Jackie about various issues. Marcia was always the "quiet storm" who was tough, but also compassionate enough to make things happen. My prayers go out to Jackie and the rest of their family at this difficult time.

Marcia Greene

Marcia Greene was a completely, A-one, class act. Smart, cool, fair and talented. May God rest her soul and comfort Jackie and her family.

Marcia Green

Just a note to let Jackie Green know that he and his family are in our prayers in Detroit. Marcia was a special woman, who was one our NABJ family members. We were praying that Marcia win in her battle with cancer - it wasn't what we wanted but in the end Marci still wins - no more hospitals, doctors, scans, medicine, etc. Just know that we are praying for you Jackie and know that Marcia's memory will live on through her works and well as through you and all of us! Be encouraged. Consider this passage from 1 Corinthians 15:12-19 (The Message Bible): "Now, let me ask you something profound yet troubling. If you became believers because you trusted the proclamation that Christ is alive, risen from the dead, how can you let people say that there is no such thing as a resurrection? If there’s no resurrection, there’s no living Christ. And face it—if there’s no resurrection for Christ, everything we’ve told you is smoke and mirrors, and everything you’ve staked your life on is smoke and mirrors. Not only that, but we would be guilty of telling a string of barefaced lies about God, all these affidavits we passed on to you verifying that God raised up Christ—sheer fabrications, if there’s no resurrection. If corpses can’t be raised, then Christ wasn’t, because he was indeed dead. And if Christ wasn’t raised, then all you’re doing is wandering about in the dark, as lost as ever. It’s even worse for those who died hoping in Christ and resurrection, because they’re already in their graves. If all we get out of Christ is a little inspiration for a few short years, we’re a pretty sorry lot. But the truth is that Christ has been raised up, the first in a long legacy of those who are going to leave the cemeteries." We will see Marcia again!

Inner City Broadcasting Corp, We Once Knew U

It's sad that Inner City Broadcasting turned intself into a shell of a operation it once was 30 years ago, long gone are the days of frankie crocker, dorothy brunson running the ship at that place, u can trace inner city broadcasting corps problems back to not the 96 telecommunications act, but a few years before that, when peppy sutton began the day to day operations at inner city broadcasting. Hugh Wyatt is correct what has inner city broadcasting done in the last 10 years it said it would? what it has done is shunn the community and play in the corp radio game, that plays them, therefore they have to inlist friends in congress to save them because of debt that all media companies face today. Mr Sharpton is wrong this is the inner city broadcasting corp in today 2010, nothing to champion in my opinion. But somthing to be very disturbed about.

Marcia Slacum Greene--Deepest Sympathies

Marcia will be deeply missed from the ranks of fine journalists...who seek to tell powerful stories, share information and improve the lives and conditions of others. Her remarkable committment to the mission of the National Association of Black Journalists insures the legacy of her work lives on. Jackie, we will keep you in our prayers.

Marcia Greene

It's been a rough few days for blacks in journalism ... Percy Sutton, Eunice Johnson and now Marcia Greene. Yes, I put her in that company, because even though she was quite junior to the other two, Marcia was a beacon of our generation. I didn't know her well ... mostly through NABJ ... but we had a lot of friends in common so there was always something to talk about. Whenever I saw Jackie, I looked for her. She would smile, hug, encourage, inquire ... as if we were old friends. She was among a group of journalists who labored hard on behalf of integrity, professionalism and diversity. I'm so sorry to hear of her passing. My heart and prayers go out to Jackie. She will be so, so missed.


What a woman. Jackie, I'm smothering you in prayer.

Marcia Greene

I've known Marcia for 30 years. She has been my colleague, my friend and even my boss. We sat next to each other at The Washington Post, she city editor, me an ACE. She set the standard for ethics, fairness and professionalism. She was a very demanding and exacting editor and committed to the National Association of Black Journalists. Her passing is a big blow to me personally and to our craft. I miss her greatly. My condolences to her husband, Jackie, another NABJ stalwart, and her family.

Marcia Slacum Greene

My deepest sympathy to Jackie, and the Slacum family -Barbara, Reginald and Michael - as well as to Marcia's aunt, Mrs. Joanna Bell. I am truly sorry for your loss and will keep you in my prayers. Marcia is gone way too soon, but will be remembered as a remarkable example of a life well lived. Always modest, her accomplishments are noteworthy. She was a small town girl who made it big in the city. I have watched with pride over the years as her contributions to the Washington Post and the NABJ were publicized. I remember her numerous prestigious awards and her TV appearances. The Springfield community has reason for great sadness at her loss, but also reason for tremendous pride at the life she lived. May she rest in peace.

Tribute to Marcia Slacum Greene

I was very saddened to see the news of the passing of Maria Slacum Greene, City Editor of the Washington Post. I worked closely with Marcia from the late 1980s when she was Co-Chair with me of the NABJ World Affairs Task Force. I would like to pay tribute to her efforts to strengthen links between NABJ and Africa and African journalists. I contacted Marcia only a few months ago to request her advice on arranging a meeting for the Executive Director of UNAIDS (the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS) and journalists at the Washington Post. She was very helpful as always, and it comes as a shock to learn that she is no longer with us. I join other NABJ colleagues in extending condolences to her husband Jackie and the family, and I hope that NABJ can honor her memory by building on her efforts to forge strong links with Africa. Djibril Diallo PhD.(Lond.) Senior Advisor to the Executive Director UNAIDS New York Office 60 East 42nd Street, 9th floor, Suite 932 New York, NY 10165-0932 Telephone: +1 646 666 8008 Mobile: + 1 917 349 1454 Email:


Marcia and Jackie have been special to me/us since before it became common, public knowledge that they were an item. That's how exclusive, how specific and how careful they've been throughout their time together. They've been special friends, and we cherish, love and respect the two of them. They've done so much for so many, and in so many ways. Some know what they've done for UNITY. Some know what they've done for NABJ. Some know what they've done for the Washington Post and USA Today. Some know what they've done for young people. A few know what they've done for those closest to them. Even fewer know the incredible other-focused acts they've done without a single iota of care whether anyone knows. It's just who they've been, together, and who Jackie will be as he carries on their helpful legacy. Our prayers are with Marcia, Jackie and their families. NOTE: Please join Marcia's Facebook Fan Page. We're putting links to anything published about Marcia, asking for recollections, memories and other sharing and providing information about the Saturday funeral in Virginia and the Tuesday memorial service in Washington, D.C.

Marcia Slacum Greene

Marcia was a talented writer with an enormous heart who'll be sorely missed. I met her long ago when I was a copy clerk for the St. Pete Times. I buzzed around all the newsroom's young, gifted and black pros (Vanessa Williams, Vernon Smith, David Squires), and Marcia always made time when I asked for career advice. She had it all: good looks, a wonderful relationship with a young photographer named Jackie Greene, and a talent that would soon take her to the top. She was an inspiration. Darryl Fears

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