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The Cosmopolitan Review 5/19

Yvonne Delaney Mitchell | 5/25/2011, 4:23 p.m.

Former President George W. Bush stated, "There's an old saying in the old West: 'Wanted Dead or Alive.'" Somehow it all seems very apropos. I am also reminded, on the anniversary of the birth of Malcolm X: "By any means necessary!"

People around the world who believe in "Down with America" are entitled to their feelings. However, I would have a different feeling about the whole situation if bin Laden had taken his money, strength and power and built homes for his people, schools for his children and cities and towns where people could live and learn to love, not kill and hate. You just can't go around, randomly taking people's lives, creating a world of fear, terror and hate and think that's alright. It's not.

I've been told that when you cut off the head of a monster, the body dies. I hope that's true. In the words of Rodney King, "Can't we just all get along?"

A lot closer to home, I have to report the passing of Helen White. Helen was found in her apartment in the River Terrace Apartments when maintenance entered to investigate a leak from running water that had been reported. Currently, she remains in the morgue as there has been no one to claim her body. The only relative she is known to have is a cousin who is close to 100 years old and blind. If you know anyone who knows Helen, please contact the River Terrace management office.

Woodie King Jr.'s New Federal Theatre's 40th reunion gala and benefit takes place on May 22 at the Edison Ballroom, 240 W. 47th St. Luminaries from everywhere are gathering to celebrate.

Woodie has been specializing in what he calls "minority drama" since 1970. Passionate about live theater, he created NFT as a vehicle for emerging minority playwrights, actors and actresses and an audience who craved Black theater. Artists who passed through his doors, working to hone their craft in the very early stages of their careers, are too numerous to mention, but they are all coming out now to say, "Woodie, we salute you."

Until next week...kisses.