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When asked whether that isn”t how BET made its millions with graphic music videos, Mrs. Johnson replied, “I was always against that from the start.” She is proud to have produced “Teen Summit” to counter the negative video images.

Mrs. Johnson“s philanthropic organization is planning three community forums in the U.S. this summer. The next, featuring Princeton scholar Cornel West, will tackle racism and the n-word and is tentatively scheduled to be held in the District on July 15.

Teens need better role models and alternative activities, she said. Mrs. Johnson presents a formidable role model for aspiring teens and women as evidenced by the line of card-carrying well-wishers waiting for an opportunity to greet her or present her with their own projects.

Also present were representatives of several organizations, including the Women’s National Basketball Association, the Jackie Robinson Foundation, the National Association of Female Executives, and Parsons, the New School for Design, which agreed to be partners in the CARE campaign.

They aim to enlist 3 million American women to become “powerful” mentors, donors or volunteers.

“My tentacles can reach out a lot faster and a lot farther, and I can make an even greater impact” with the “I Am Powerful” movement, Mrs. Johnson said, which is “one of the greatest legacies I can leave to my children and family — that she really did help others.” Obviously, at home and abroad.

{bullet}For information on the “I am Powerful” campaign, go to www.iampowerful.org.