Posted Dec. 27, 2007 -- Susan L. Taylor, editorial director of Essence magazine, is stepping down from her post to work on her Essence Cares mentoring movement full-time, sources say.
"With mentoring I see light shining at the end of a long dark tunnel. There is a chance that if I devote more time and space in my life to learning and working with the growing number of community leaders throughout the nation who are organizing local Cares mentoring efforts, such a movement will succeed in doing what political will and public policy have not done: give our children in peril a chance to develop the extraordinary in themselves."
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The mentoring program is a partnership with the National Urban League, 100 Black Men of America, the Links, Inc., and the YWCA.
"She lives it and breathes it," and feels she needs to work at it full time, said Taylor's friend Terrie M. Williams, as reported in Richard Prince's Journal-isms column. "She has put probably 10 young people with very, very distressed lives through college. You wouldn't know this, because she doesn't talk about it," Williams said.
Taylor, 61, was the founder of her own company, Nequai Cosmetics, before becoming Essence's fashion and beauty editor for the magazine in 1970. She is the author of "In the Spirit: The Inspirational Writings of Susan L. Taylor," based on her monthly column, "Lessons in Living" and with her husband, "Confirmation: The Spiritual Wisdom That Has Shaped Our Lives."
Snipes' Trial to Move Forward
Wesley Snipes' federal tax-evasion trial will go forward next month in this central Florida city, despite arguments by the actor's lawyers. The rulings were made by U.S. District Judge William T. Hodges on Monday, according to court documents.
Snipes' lawyers had claimed the 45-year-old actor cannot get a fair trial in Ocala, located about 80 miles north of Orlando. Snipes previously filed two motions to dismiss or transfer the trial because of racial prejudices. Federal prosecutors have previously said there is "no basis in reality" for Snipes' claims.
An October 2006 federal indictment charges Snipes with fraudulently claiming refunds totaling almost $12 million in 1996 and 1997 for income taxes already paid. The star of the "Blade" trilogy and other films also was charged with failure to file returns from 1999 through 2004.
Lawyers argued Snipes had the right to a trial in New York, where he lived between October 2000 and April 2005 when the offenses allegedly occurred, or in Orlando, where he also has a home.
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