April 3, 2008 — Vol. 43, No. 34
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Local and Culturally Relevant Events this week:

Comedian and author Bill Cosby (left) emphasizes a point during a recent presentation as Dr. Alvin Poussaint (right) listens. The two appeared last week at a discussion and signing of their book hosted by the Museum of African American History and hosted at the Walsh Theater “Come On People: On the Path from Victims to Victors.” (Don West photo)
Gov. Deval Patrick (second from left) poses with youth members of the Healthy Opportunities for Peaceful Engagement (HOPE) Collaborative, a New Bedford-based anti-gang and street violence initiative comprised of 23 different agencies and headed up by executive director Deirdre Lopes (right). (Tony Irving photo)
Miguel De Los Santos of Roxbury teaches cutting edge Web design skills to inner-city teens from every Boston neighborhood as Verizon Communications and Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) partner for the fourth straight year to provide a high-tech program at ABCD’s headquarters in downtown Boston. This year, the initiative expanded to include an after-school component where students improve an existing Web site. (Don West photo)
Pine Manor College students Massawa Stevens and Diva Mendes will perform next Thursday night at a gala event entitled “That Takes Ovaries,” celebrating the bold, outrageous and courageous acts of a variety of women, at the college’s Ellsworth Theatre, 400 Heath Street, Chestnut Hill. Proceeds from the performance will go to the organization Web of Benefit and domestic violence survivors. For more information, visit www.webofbenefit.org or call 617-285-1900. (Photo courtesy of Rivka Solomon)
Boston Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis (right) was recently a guest on the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department Boston Neighborhood Network (BNN) cable show. On the Common Ground show, host Sheriff Andrea J. Cabral (left) spoke with Davis about his job as commissioner and some of the programs that the Boston Police Department manages. The Sheriff’s Department show airs Thursday afternoons at 1:30 p.m. on BNN Channel 9, with repeats airing on Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. and Monday mornings at 9:30 a.m. (Photo courtesy of Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office)
Born on May 4, 1908, in Thomaston, Ga., Tressie Johnson has been a resident of Boston since migrating here in 1944. “Mother Johnson” is a born-again Christian who credits her long life to living for Jesus and being kind to people. She loves to do word search puzzles, plays the piano and remains a wonderful cook. At 99, she is a picture of health, and prides herself on eating right and taking care of her body. On May 4, when Mother Johnson celebrates 100 years of life, those close to her plan to return some of the love she has so freely given them. (Photo courtesy of Loralean Brown)

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