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Bishop Samuel L. Green, Jr. Remembered


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Hampton Jazz Festival captivates audiences


More Hampton Jazz Festival Photos


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Norfolk swears in first new mayor in 22 years


Forte Jazz Band featuring Brian Pinner performs at HJF. Photo by Larry Dixon, Jr.


BY ANGELA JONES One could only marvel


at the level of expertise that evidently went into the planning and execution of the 49th Annual Hampton Jazz Festival. Just as impressive as the acts inside the coliseum, the efforts of the City of Hampton to make every aspect of festival attendees' experience as comfortable and stress-free as possible did not go unnoticed.


Drivers were waved-on


to the least congested routes to enter and exit coliseum area parking lots and getting into the building was also hassle-free. Hampton police officers patrolled inside the coliseum to ensure the safety


of the more than 20,000 people attending this year’s festival.


The lineup featured a


return of festival favorites like Gladys Knight, Charlie Wilson, Boney James, Michael McDonald and Stephanie Mills. The lineup also included local jazz favorites like Forte and Myra Smith.


Newcomers New


Edition took the audience down memory lane with songs, like Candy Girl, Cool It Now and If It Isn’t Love.


“The annual Hampton


Jazz Festival presents the


opportunity for us to HAMPTON JAZZ 6


This Edition’s Highlights


Health Editorial Your Opinion Matters Hampton Roads Upcoming Events Scholarships Watch


Poverty, stress put African Americans at risk A plan for police and community unity Are we all finally getting in formation? On-site assessment set for Hampton police Job Readiness Class in Norfolk Wag! College Scholarship Video Contest 5


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Kenneth Alexander is sworn as mayor with his family at his side. BY CHRIS PARKS


On July 1, Kenneth Cooper Alexander


was sworn-in as the first new mayor that Norfolk has seen in 22 years and purportedly the first African American mayor ever. According to 2010 census data, 43 percent of Norfolk’s residents are African American; down 1% from the 2000 census figures.


Photo by Randy Singleton “I am humbled that I have the opportunity


to be the first African American mayor for the city of Norfolk but more importantly there is work to do,” Alexander said.


“I hope not too much is made of Alexander


being hailed as the first African American mayor of Norfolk, a Norfolk native said after


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Internet businesses: To buy or not to buy one


Steelers Coach in Hampton Roads


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