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Chicago cop sentenced for
supervising torture of 100 Black men
CHICAGO Ill. Jon Burge, the former Chicago
cop convicted of lying about his role in oversee-
ing a ring of cops that tortured 100 black men,
was sentenced to four and a half years in federal
Burge was convicted of lying about his role in
a long-running torture ring that saw black men
taken to secret locations, where guns were placed
in their mouths and their testicles electrocuted
with a cattle prod to coerce confessions.
While men who confessed to crimes under extreme duress without
receiving their right to a trial were sent to prison for long stretches, the
real murderers could have been left on the street to commit other crimes.
"People in our community get more time than this for fistfights," said
Fred Hampton Jr., son of the late Black Panther of the same name.
Burge asked for a lenient sentence because of his military service and
because he has prostrate cancer and other ailments.
More Same-Sex couples are
minorities who raise kids in the South
Who would have thought that gay and lesbian citizens would flock to
the South for any semblance of acceptance?
Recent Census Bureau data will prove naysayers wrong.
According to Gary Gates, a demographer at the University of
California, Los Angeles, gay couples below the Mason Dixon Line are
more likely to be raising children than their counterparts on the West
Coast, in New York and in New England.
Our very own Jacksonville, Fla., a city that excoriated gays in the '80s,
so much so that a "gay" church was bombed, now has eight churches that
openly accepts lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) members,
and one of them even caters to their children.
As recently as September 2010, Florida was the only state that com-
pletely banned adoption by gay couples.
The study also smashes mainstream stereotypes that all gay people are
white, urban and affluent, revealing that the majority of same-sex fami-
lies living in this region are minorities.
71% of Black students score
below level for science proficiency
The nation's students are still struggling in science, with less than half
considered proficient and just a tiny fraction showing the advanced skills
that could lead to careers in science and technology, according to results
from an exam released Tuesday.
Only 1 percent of fourth-grade and 12th-grade students, and 2 percent
of eighth-graders scored in the highest group on the 2009 National
Assessment of Educational Progress, a federal test known as the Nation's
The results also show a stark achievement gap, with only 10 percent of
black students proficient in science in the fourth grade, compared to 46
percent of whites. At the high school level, results were even more bleak,
with 71 percent of black students scoring below the basic knowledge
level, and just 4 percent proficient.
La. Governor considering merging
U.N.O. with HBCU Southern Univ.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is considering merging the historically
black Southern University at New Orleans with the University of New
Orleans, a move that faces stiff opposition from black lawmakers in that
Earlier this week, Jindal ordered a study to determine the impact of
merging the two colleges and placing the newly formed institution in the
Louisiana State University system. Currently, SUNO is in the Southern
University system, a large, historically black public college system. UNO
is in the LSU system.
Jindal, a Republican, argues that students at both universities, as well
as Delgado State, a nearby two-year college, may be better served
through a merger.
"Both UNO and SUNO, which are just blocks apart, are under-enrolled
and have empty classrooms, while Delgado is struggling to meet the
needs of the community with its limited space," Jindal said in a prepared
Montel Williams on a crusade for
medical marijuana in Maryland
ANNAPOLIS, Md. Former talk show host Montel Williams is urging
state lawmakers to legalize medical marijuana in Maryland, saying it has
a role helping those with painful ailments such as his own.
The Baltimore native spoke recently at a news conference with
Maryland lawmakers who support legalized medical marijuana.
Williams, 54, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1990. He says he
has been living with pain in his lower extremities, face and side for years
and adds marijuana provides the only relief he can find.
When questioned by The Associated Press, he declined to comment
about just where he obtains the drug.
The Maryland Senate passed a bill last year to allow physician-approved
use of marijuana. The House didn't pass the measure but lawmakers say
they'll try again this year.
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Volume 24 No. 15 Jacksonville, Florida January 27 February 2, 2011
President Obama: Move
together or not at all --
Pleading for unity in a newly
divided government, President
Barack Obama implored
Democratic and Republican law-
makers to rally behind his vision of
economic revival for an anxious
nation, declaring in his State of the
Union address this week: "We will
move forward together or not at
To a television audience in the
millions, Obama addressed a
Congress sobered by the assassina-
tion attempt against one if its own
members, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
Her seat sat empty, and many law-
makers of competing parties sat
together in a show of support and
civility. Yet differences were still
evident, as when Democrats stood
to applaud his comments on health
care and tax cuts while Republicans
next to them sat mute.
In his best chance of the year to
connect with the country, Obama
devoted most of his hour-long
prime-time address to the economy,
the issue that dominates concern in
a nation still reeling from a monster
recession -- and the one that will
shape his own political fortunes in
the 2012 election.
The president unveiled an agenda
of carefully balanced political
goals: a burst of spending on educa-
tion, research, technology and
transportation to make the nation
more competitive, alongside
pledges, in the strongest terms of -
Continued on page 3
Williams Cephus Nupitals
Shown is Keisha Elmore with Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak.
lax woman spins the Wheel of Fortune
Mr. and Mrs. Jamin Cephus with Rev. Stavius Powell
This past weekend Angela Williams and Jamin Cephus were joined in
Holy Matrimony at the Fire Fighter Hall. The evening nuptials were offi-
ciated by Rev. Stavius Powell. The bride, daughter of James and Carzell
Gibson is a graduate of Edward Waters College and is a professor at FSCJ.
The groom, son of Robert and Scleter Cephus, also graduated from EWC
and is a student in the Police Academy. The large wedding party of twen-
ty-two wore brown and teal. The couple will honeymoon in the Bahamas
and continue their residence in Jacksonville, Florida. R. Siver photo
for minorities in
A recently released report from the
Center for American Progress
emphasized that minorities have
struggled through the recession far
more than whites.
Unemployment stands at nearly
16 percent among blacks vs. about
9 percent for whites and 13 percent
for Latinos. "These structural dif-
ferences in unemployment rates by
race and ethnicity meant that com-
munities of color fell into a deeper
hole in terms of economic security
during the recession and that com-
munities of color will need to see
much stronger growth than is the
case for whites to climb back out of
this hole," the report's authors
wrote. "Communities of color are
in more desperate need of policy
attention to jobs, wages, and bene-
fits than whites to just recover the
losses they suffered during the
recession since they experienced
sharper economic security losses."
As of the third quarter of 2010,
the last period for which the -
Continued on page 3
by L. Jones
Keisha Elmore had the surprise of
her life when she was selected as a
contestant for the hit game show
"Wheel of Fortune." Nearly four
months after auditioning at
Jacksonville Suns Stadium, she
received an email in February 2010
for the second round of auditions.
The interview process included a
practice game, written test and a
speaking introduction of yourself.
After that, contestants were elimi-
nated down to 30 40 individuals."
Two months later, a letter came in
the mail stating "we want you on
the show!" Keisha was excited, as
she has been a fan of Wheel of
Fortune for the past fifteen years.
Her total winnings totaled $4,200.
Taped in Los Angeles, California,
Keisha took along her husband, sis-
ter and son. Keisha and her family
had fun sightseeing celebrity
homes, the Hollywood Walk of
Fame, Disneyland and the Kodak
When not performing as a celebri-
ty contestant, Mrs. Elmore is a 5th
grade math teacher at Yulee
Elementary school in Nassau
County. Inspired by the experi-
ence, she said she is definitely
ready to audition for other game
shows. "Now that I've been on
WOF, it's not a dream and I will
definitely audition for other game
shows." Her next venture is to
become a contestant on the Price is
Right. When asked what she going
to do with her winnings, Keisha
replied, "pay bills, and take another
The show will air on Wednesday,
February 2, 2011.
Library Unveils Black History Calendar
Shown above is Dr. Brenda Simmons, Camilla Thompson and Cassandra Blackmon at the presentation
of Mrs. Thompson with her page from the calendar. T Austin photo
The Jacksonville Public Library
hosted the 21st unveiling of the
Annual Black History Calendar.
The foreword was written by local
historian Camilla Thompson and
included vignettes of various Civil
War affiliations with the state of
Florida. The idea for the calendar is
attributed to calendar advisor
Brenda Simmons and Clovia
Russell. In the past it has included
local citizens and their contribu-
tions. You can pick up your free
calendar at your area Burger King
and your local library.
January 27-February 2, 2011
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MLK's daughter's exit leaves casts a looming future over the SCLC
by E. Haines
The Southern Christian Leadership
Conference, founded by the giants
of the U.S. civil rights movement,
has spent years in decline and
power struggles. Now the once-
proud organization faces what
might be a final blow with the
refusal of the Rev. Martin Luther
King Jr.'s daughter to take the helm.
Last week, the recent indictment of
a former national chairman on theft
charges, King's one-time lieu-
tenants and his daughter had come
to the conclusion that the group --
By Jason Alderman
If you've tried to take out a loan
or open a new credit account
recently, you know that the days of
easy credit are long gone. Lenders,
insurers, landlords and even some
employers are more diligently scru-
tinizing your credit history to see if
you're a worthwhile risk.
A low credit score can cost a
small fortune over the course of a
lifetime. What often happens to
people with poor, or even fair, cred-
it scores is:
It's harder to qualify for a mort-
gage, you'll need a bigger down
payment and you'll pay a higher
interest rate, which adds up over
time. Someone with poor credit
might pay an extra $100,000 in
interest over the life of a typical 30-
year, $300,000 mortgage.
Similarly, someone with a poor
score might pay an additional
$10,500 in interest on a 60-month,
$25,000 auto loan.
Credit card interest rates can be
which led the movement to end seg-
regation in public facilities and
open access to the ballot box for
millions of black Americans --
might have run its course.
"We should've closed it down
years ago," former United Nations
Ambassador Andrew Young, one of
Martin Luther King Jr.'s closest
advisers, said after the Rev. Bernice
King's announcement. "I saw this as
a lost cause a long time ago."
The Rev. Joseph Lowery, the
SCLC's longest-serving president a
said he spoke with Bernice King on
10 or more percentage points high-
er and credit limits are typically
Although credit scores aren't fac-
tored into federal student loan inter-
est rates, they are with private stu-
dent loans, often resulting in rates
several percentage points higher.
Here are a few key concepts:
Credit bureaus. Each major cred-
it bureau Equifax
compiles information from
lenders who've extended you credit,
tracking the number and types of
credit accounts you use, how long
they've been open and whether
you've paid your bills on time.
Credit report. Upon request from
you or a potential lender (and,
increasingly, employers and land-
lords), bureaus assemble a report
showing your credit history to date.
Among other things, it contains a
summary of open and closed
"She and the board couldn't find
common ground, so I think she did
the wise thing, rather than enter into
a relationship with built-in turbu-
lence," Lowery said, adding that he
was saddened by what has hap-
pened to the organization.
When King became the first
woman elected SCLC president in
2009, she vowed to reinvigorate the
organization by expanding the
group's reach to more women and a
Soon after, the SCLC's chairman
accounts, outstanding balances,
recent inquiries and negative items
(late/missed payments, bankruptcy,
tax liens, etc.)
Credit scores. When you apply
for new credit, the lender will ask a
credit bureau to compile a three-
digit credit score, based on informa-
tion in your credit report essen-
tially a snapshot of your credit pro-
file at that moment. The lender uses
your credit score to supplement its
own selection criteria to determine
whether you are a credit risk.
Five factors are used to determine
your credit score: payment history
(usually around 35 percent of your
score), amount owed (30 percent),
length of credit history (15 percent),
newly opened credit accounts (10
percent), and types of credit used
(10 percent). These five categories
may be weighted differently
depending on your individual cir-
You can order one free credit
report a year from each bureau.
and treasurer were accused of
financial mismanagement. and
squabbling among the group's lead-
ers landed the splintered factions in
a courtroom. She put off taking her
oath as president of the landmark
civil rights group co-founded by her
father, remaining largely silent as
the group's troubles escalated over
the past 16 months.
King said that in the end, she and
the group's leaders didn't agree on
how to move forward.
"In light of that, and attempts on
several occasions to try to reach out
(Order through the government-
port.com; otherwise you'll pay a
small fee.) This helps you identify
bad credit behavior and spot fraud-
ulent activity or errors before they
damage your credit.
A good strategy is to rotate order-
ing a free report from one bureau
every four months; that way, you'll
keep year-round tabs on what's
being reported about you. You can
also order individual credit scores
for around $15.
Many good resources share what
you can do to protect or repair -
your credit scores, including the
Credit Education center at
www.myfico.com, the Federal
Trade Commission's Credit &
Loans page under "Consumer
Protection" at www.ftc.gov, and
What's My Score, a financial litera-
cy program which also features a
free FICO Score Estimator that can
help you approximate your score
Steele comments on future plans following RNC ouster
Reports say Steele is mulling some of his colleagues, especially the adage is right. In Washington,
over offers from CNN and Fox new RNC Chairman Reince you should get a dog.
News to become a political analyst. Priebus. Steele said that Priebus, "We put a lot of resources in
Fox News would make the most who he appointed to the position of Wisconsin over the last two years,"
sense, as Steele served in that RNC general counsel, ran against Steele said of Priebus, who is also
capacity with the conservative news Steele when he saw an opening. chairman of the Republican Party in
., network before becoming RNC "I know exactly how Caesar felt," Wisconsin. "That's what you do for
chairman. Steele told FrumForum. "It is what the team."
SSteele recently expressed his it is. I trust my friends. Well, I guess
While politicos continue to
debate whether the circumstances
surrounding Michael Steele's with-
drawal from the race for
Republican National Committee
(RNC) chairman were fair, he said
he is still looking to make a nice liv-
ing in politics.
"He'll be fine," said conservative
political analyst Raynard Jackson.
"He'll do some TV and probably
some book tours."
eagerness to return to television in
an interview with FrumForum, a
conservative Web site dedicated to
the Republican Party and conserva-
Steele said he plans on "doin'
some TV here and there. There's a
presidential cycle coming up; I plan
to play in that a little bit."
Steele also reflected on the rea-
sons he was unable to gain enough
support to retain his position as
RNC chairman, telling CNN's Wolf
Blitzer that perhaps the party want-
ed someone with a different style.
"I've been trying to figure that
one out myself as well, and I think
the reality is they wanted someone
different in there," Steele said.
"They wanted someone who had a
different tone than I did. That's
He had more pointed words for
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Rev. Bernice King
and dialogue, this is where I've his assassination in 1968, Martin
landed," she said. "Essentially, I Luther King Jr. was the face of the
knew that I was not going to be SCLC for the major battles of the
merely a figurehead, so I had to civil rights era. He was succeeded
make a critical decision. I look for- by the late Rev. Ralph Abernathy,
ward to continuing the legacies of who served from 1968 until 1977,
my parents and establishing my and then Lowery from 1977 until
own legacy." 1997. Lowery then turned the
Although she called the SCLC's organization over to M.L. King III,
recent troubles unfortunate, King who headed it from 1998 to 2003.
stopped short of saying the SCLC At a press conference after her
should disband. election, Bernice King said she was
"They have chapters around the eager to rejuvenate the group.
nation who hold the name SCLC But the news weeks later that the
and they are doing different kinds SCLC was looking into allegations
of work in their communities," that its chairman and treasurer had
King said. "They have an opportu- mismanaged funds threw its board
nity ... to decide and redefine how of directors into chaos as members
they want to be seen in the public." chose sides. By the spring, the dis-
King said she notified board lead- pute over who controlled the SCLC
ers of her decision Thursday. Now, was headed to court. The group had
she said she is focusing on other split into two factions, both claim-
endeavors. ing to be in charge and making
This week, King launched a 100 decisions on behalf of the entire
Days of Nonviolence campaign at organization.
the Coretta Scott King Academy, Bernice King led a prayer for
named for her mother. The initiative unity within the group in August,
is in response to the shootings in calling for an end to the hard feel-
Tucson, Arizona, which claimed six ings. In September, a judge ruled
lives and left Democratic U.S. Rep. that the directors siding with King
Gabrielle Giffords recovering from were the group's legitimate leaders.
a gunshot wound to the head. The former chairman, the Rev.
King also plans to republish her Raleigh Trammell -- the subject of
mother's book, "My Life with the federal and internal probe -- was
Martin Luther King Jr.," and release indicted last week on charges
the King matriarch's never-before including grand theft involving a
published autobiography. meal program for low-income sen-
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Raines names gymnasium for endeared
Coach Dough White In honor of his 35 years of serv-
ice to Raines High School, Doug "Coach" White received the ultimate
honor last week with the naming of the school's gymnasium in his honor -
a tradition only spared for legendary coaches. Raines defeated longtime
foes Ribault at home before the Raines class of 1971 graduate was
bestowed the honor of being the namesake for the "THE DOUGLAS
WHITE GYMNASIUM". Under Coach White, the basketball team has
won two back to back state championships and a number of conference,
district, regional and tournament championships. He has also coached the
boys baseball team for many years in the past, served as athletic director
and has taught in the math department his entire tenure at Raines. Shown
above is Raines' Principal George Maxey with the honoree, Doug
White.s A photo
Mrs. Armstrong is shown above with
her cake at the Clara White Mission.
Mrs. Luressa Armstrong was all
smiles at her birthday party at the
Clara White Mission after all,
she had 90 reasons to celebrate.
Joined by family and friends, the
recreational room was festively
decorated and filled with well
wishers for the celebration.
Luressa Smith Armstrong was
the first of seven children bom to
Walter Lee Smith Sr. and Marie
Dryer Smith. She was born on
January 13, 1921 in Liberty
Move together or not at all
President Barack Obama is applauded by House Speaker John
Boehner of Ohio and Vice President Joe Biden while delivering his
State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington.
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presidency, to cut the deficit and
smack down spending deemed
wasteful to America.
Yet he never explained how he'd
pull that off or what specifically
would be cut.
Obama did pledge to veto any bill
with earmarks, the term used for
lawmakers' pet projects. Boehner
and other Republicans applauded.
But Obama's promise drew a
rebuke from his own party even
before he spoke, as Senate Majority
Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said
the president had "enough power
already" and that plans to ban ear-
marks were "a lot of pretty talk."
Obama's proposals Tuesday night
included cutting the corporate tax,
providing wireless services for
almost the whole nation, consoli-
dating government agencies and
freezing most discretionary federal
spending for the next five years. In
the overarching theme of his
speech, the president told the law-
makers: "The future is ours to win."
Yet, Republicans have dismissed
his "investment" proposals as mere-
ly new spending.
Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of
Wisconsin, giving the GOP's
response, said the nation was at a
tipping point leading to a dire future
if federal deficits aren't trimmed.
Ryan was to promote budget cuts as
essential to responsible governing,
speaking from the hearing room of
the House Budget Committee,
which he now chairs.
Obama entered the House cham-
ber to prolonged applause, and to
the unusual sight of Republicans
and Democrats seated next to one
another rather than on different
sides of the center aisle. And he
began with a political grace note,
taking a moment to congratulate
Boehner, the new Republican
speaker of the House.
Calling for a new day of coopera-
tion, Obama said: "What comes of
this moment will be determined not
by whether we can sit together
tonight but whether we can work
together tomorrow." On a night typ-
ically known for its political the-
ater, the lawmakers sometimes
seemed subdued, as if still in the
shadow of the Arizona shootings.
The president cast the challenges
facing the United States as bigger
than either party. He said the nation
was facing a new "Sputnik"
moment, and he urged efforts to
create a wave of innovation to cre-
ate jobs and a vibrant economic
future, just as the nation vigorously
responded to the Soviets beating the
U.S. into space a half century ago.
There was less of the see-saw
applause typical of State of the
Union speeches in years past,
where Democrats stood to applaud
certain lines and Republicans
embraced others. Members of the
two parties found plenty of lines
worthy of bipartisan applause.
In a speech with little focus on
national security, Obama appeared
to close the door on keeping any
significant U.S. military presence in
Iraq beyond the end of the year.
"This year, our civilians will forge a
lasting partnership with the Iraqi
people while we finish the job of
bringing our troops out of Iraq," the
The president reiterated his call
for a comprehensive immigration
bill, although there appears little
appetite for it Congress. Another
big Obama priority that stalled and
died in the last Congress, a broad
effort to address global climate
change, did not get a mention in the
State of the Union. Nor did gun
control or the struggling effort to
secure peace in the Middle East.
Country. Georgia. Her fam-
ily moved to Jacksonville
When she was still a young
girl and she graduated from
Stanton High School as a
member of the Class of
1942. She was an active
member of St. Joseph's
Colored Methodist Church
(now UMC) at the corner
of Jessie and Spearing
Luressa married Martin
Palmer Armstrong in 1947.
They were blessed with
two daughters, Suzan and
Joyce. Martin was a career
U.S. Navy man. Thus, the
family lived in various
cities in the US and lived
in Naples, Italy as he served his
country. In 1955, she and Martin
bought a home in Bucks County,
PA. There she returned to her
pursuit of a nursing career, which
she had started at the old
Brewster Hospital nursing pro-
gram in Jacksonville.
She is currently a faithful mem-
ber and stewardess at Mt. Zion
UMC church, where Rev.
Georgia Gaston is the Pastor.
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authors had data, African
Americans' usual median weekly
earnings were $623 in 2009 dol-
lars; Latinos earned $532. In com-
parison, whites made $774 each
week, while Asians earned $871.
In 2009, 25% of Latino families
and 25. 8 percent of African-
American families lived below the
poverty line. Poverty rates were
9.4 percent among whites and 12.5
percent among Asians.
Nearly 75 percent of whites own
homes, compared with 45 percent
of blacks and 47 percent of Latinos.
In 2009, 12.0 percent of white
Americans lacked health insurance,
compared with 21 percent of
African Americans; 32.4 percent of
Latinos, and 17.2 percent of
Simmons Pediatrics honors
best and brightest patients
Simmons Pediatrics recently hosted their 8th Annual A&B Honor Roll
party for dozens of their young patients at Dave & Busters. Parents kept a
watchful eye as Dr. Charles Simmons treated his guests to treats and games
for maintaining good grades while under his care. They were also given a
medallion to show they were all winners and special in the race for educa-
tion. Shown above is Dr. Charles Simmons with littleBethany and Bailesh
with their father Benny Moore, Jr..
Free parent workshops
Parents and care-givers are invit-
ed to attend Duval County Public
Schools' Title I Parent University
Winter 2011. Parent University
offers a series of workshops
designed to provide helpful infor-
mation for parents so that they may
better assist their child to be suc-
cessful in school.
The event is free and registration
has already began.
Workshop topics will include:
- FCAT reading, math and science;
- Navigating the DCPS system;
- Riverdeep Destination Success
and Compass Odyssey;
- Family literacy;
- Bullying; and
- Preparing your child for college
Parent University will also high-
light the Superintendent's Reading
Initiative featuring district and
community literacy experts.
It will be held on Saturday,
January 29, 2011, from 8:30 a.m. to
2:30 p.m.at the Florida State
College of Jacksonville, North
Campus, 4501 Capper Rd.,
Jacksonville, FL 32218.
For more information, call 390-
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clothes,clothes hangers, shoes of all sizes for women, men,children and
school supplies.These items will be used in their organization's next
"Clothes Give-A-Way". These items can be brought to 916 N.Myrtle
Avenue, Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00a.m. 5:00
p.m.You can also call to have your donations oicked up at 904-240-9133
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Rick Scott and Lt. Governor
Jenifer Carroll launched their
inaugural tour in December, a
few newspapers ran an interest-
ing picture of the team. Posed at
Universal Studios, Scott and
Carroll where smiling down at
two Black children who looked
mildly interested in their new
found celebrity status. It was a
revelation of sorts because dur-
ing the campaign, and in the
Scott commercials, you had to
squint to find a person of color,
because they just weren't there.
Carroll was not in Scott's main
TV spots only in the ad that they
ran in weekly Black newspapers
the last two weeks of the cam-
Scott had pollsters and so did
Alex Sink. Scott's pollsters told
him what pollsters told Sink;
91% of Blacks will vote for
Sink. They were wrong.
97% of Blacks casting ballots
actually voted for Alex Sink. It
was astounding. No Republican
ticket has polled so low among
Blacks in Florida in 4 decades.
Why? Well, the Florida
Democratic Party and the Sink
campaign advertised for 7 weeks
in Black newspapers (20) and on
radio (30 stations). But the big
Kahuna in the room was
President Barak Obama. Scott
kept tying Sink to Obama and
that combined with her message
on education and job opportuni-
ty made her a friend and advo-
cate to the community.
While Sink crushed Scott (by
at least 2-1 and 4-1 in some)
metro areas statewide, he nickel
And she never stopped. But still,
the loss was painful because she
was supposed to win.
The critics of Sink and the
Florida Democratic Party were
carping and complaining about
things they knew nothing
about....like campaign strategy.
They are the same ones who had-
n't worked a campaign in 20
years for that reason and after the
election were suddenly part of
that paltry 3% of Blacks who
voted for Rick Scott. Oh yes.
As disappointing as the out-
come of the election was for
Blacks, there was a stinging les-
son in it for Scott and Carroll.
They know that they have to find
a way to increase Black support
of the Republican nominee in
2012. Right now Scott's strategy
is to attend Black church services
in Tallahassee and send Carroll to
churches in South Florida.
Hmmmm. How about a plan to
reduce the staggering Black
unemployment rate? Oh sorry,
too much substance.
So we can conclude several
things. The Black vote is clearly
the determining factor in election
outcomes. That's power. They
know this. And with President
Barak Obama out flanking the
GOP every day, people get "the
message." The President's
approval rating is higher than any
President at this point in his sec-
ond term. Obviously, in 2012 the
Republicans will have to do bet-
ter than 3% of the 1.4 million of
Florida's registered Black voters
if they hope to deliver a critical
state like Florida. The curtain is
Rick Scott needs to take his
own advice and "Get to work."
A hard look at racial health disparities
by Judge Greg Mathis
Republicans, trying to make good on campaign
promises, are working hard to repeal the 2010
healthcare law that, once fully implemented, will
provide health insurance in some form for all
Americans. Those who supported the law realize
that it's imperfect, but recognize that the law's pas-
sage was an important first step. Over time, the law
will save billions of dollars and ensure that
Americans, regardless of income, can access med-
ical help when they need it.
A new study shows us that money will be saved in
other ways, too. A report released by the Center for
Disease Control and Prevention reveals shocking
racial health disparities. Billions of dollars are
spent each year treating illnesses in advanced
stages. With healthcare more readily available, it is
safe to assume that chronic conditions can be treat-
ed regularly and early, avoiding costly hospital
stays and saving the larger public money in the long
Granted, each of these illnesses are preventable.
Personal responsibility eating right, exercising,
practicing safe sex goes a long way in making
sure an individual is not afflicted with these dis-
eases. However, if one does find themselves strug-
gling with one of these illnesses, they should be
able to access quality medical care early and often
and not have to worry about costs.
Before Republicans continue with their plan of
repealing the healthcare law, with no workable pro-
posal for a replacement, they should first think
about what price the country will have to pay if they
are successful. The Republican party should not
only leave the current healthcare law intact, they
should sit down with Democrats and strategize to
improve it. One of those improvements should be
funding more community clinics in urban areas -
clinics that educate and counsel residents on disease
prevention. The Republican party needs to realize
that honoring campaign promises is important but
only if that promise is in the best interest of the
Corporations take advantage of prison labor
by Boyce Watkins
Good old fashioned capitalism is
one of the most dangerous things to
happen to the American justice sys-
ten in a very long time. Capitalism
is an animal that T es on itself and
is never fully satiated. The goal of
any corporation is to maximize
shareholder wealth, no matter how
wealthy you already are. Therefore,
if the system needs prison inmates
to increase shareholder income, the
natural thing to do is to find more
inmates to help increase productive
capacity. That's exactly what's hap-
pening, as the United States now
leads the world in the number of its
citizens it places behind bars, with
quite a few corporations benefiting
as a result.
Companies such as Nike, TWA,
Dell Computers, Microsoft and
Burger King are reportedly using
prison labor to make many of the
products you know and love.
Farmers are starting to use prison
labor after not being able to find
enough migrant workers. Prison
labor allows companies to deal
with the rising challenge of global-
ization, opening the door for them
to make a profit without having to
pay workers a competitive wage.
"We are contacted almost daily
by different companies needing
labor," says Bruce Farely, manager
of the business development unit of
Arizona Correctional Industries
(ACI). "Maybe it was labor that
was undocumented before, and
they don't want to take the risk any-
more because of possible conse-
quences, so they are looking to
inmate labor as a possible altera-
According to Prison Legal News,
MicroJet used prison labor to cut
airplane components, paying $7 an
hour for a job that normally pays
$30 per hour. BP has been using
prison labor to clean up some of the
most dangerous regions affected by
the massive oil spill this summer,
which is in contrast to their promise
to hire local residents. Prison
inmates are a great labor force,
mainly because they don't union-
ize, Congress doesn't care much
about how you treat them, and
American citizens think they
deserve whatever they get.
In most cases, the bulk of the
income earned by prison inmates
doesn't go to the inmate or his fam-
ily. Most of it goes to taxes and
payment for his/her incarceration,
allowing prisons to earn a profit
from the inmate's labor. Some of
the funds rightfully go to victim
restitution and a small portion goes
into a savings account that doesn't
typically provide the inmate with
enough income to make it on the
outside. Also, like a temporary hir-
ing service, prisons are able to
extract a profit if they can charge
more for the inmates' labor than
they are paying the inmate himself.
America heads down a very dan-
gerous slope by allowing for the
creation of such a massive industry
surrounding the incarceration of
our fellow Americans.
Some of the groups fighting for
tougher crime laws are those who
stand to benefit financially from
mass incarceration. For example,
one of the strongest supporters of
the infamous California Three
Strikes law has been the California
Prison Guards union, otherwise
known as the California
Correctional Peace Officers
Association (CCPOA). The group
saw a dramatic increase in salary
and benefits resulting from their
lobbying efforts in favor of the law.
Around the nation, prisons become
a multi-billion dollar cash cow,
where wealth is extracted from the
families of those who don't have
the resources to hire attorneys to
fight the legal system.
One of the great threats to
American freedom is the way we
treat our inmates and their families.
The Thirteenth Amendment of the
U.S. Constitution, which allegedly
abolishes slavery, actually says that
slavery is still legal if used against
those who've been convicted of a
crime. Because a simple toughen-
ing of crime laws can expand the
number of Americans labeled as
criminals, we can make the prisons
as full as we'd like them to be.
Additionally, as more and more
Americans end up behind bars,
their unsupervised children become
the next generation of "financial
food" upon which the current sys-
tem can feast itself. The pool of
prison labor will surely continue to
grow and so will the profitability.
Another problem for our society
is that capitalism is already
designed to strengthen the institu-
tion of slavery. Pure capitalism
teaches survival of the fittest, and
that those on the bottom rungs of
our socioeconomic caste system
have volunteered for exploitation.
It is designed to control the free-
doms of the poor, and is most
frightening when it is left unregu-
Almost no segment of our socie-
ty is less-regulated than the Prison
Industrial Complex. We live in a
nation that believes that anyone
convicted of a crime deserves
whatever punishment they receive,
thus opening the door for egregious
violations of human rights, labor
rights and fundamental American
freedoms. The black community
should be especially offended,
since those who are most affected
are members of our own families.
Perhaps it's time to wake up.
and dimed her in about 40 rural
counties and it added up to
60,000 votes. Losing by 60,000
is like losing by 2 in a state like
Florida. Black turnout was high-
er than normal in an off presiden-
tial election year, but it wasn't
enough. When you're running
against a guy who reaches into
his own stash to buy 70 million in
spots, well that's pretty daunting.
There was virtually no money
left for a structured GOTV or
ground game, and the media con-
sultant sucked up all the money.
What I like most about Alex
Sink is that she is smart, but more
than that, she is very tough. A lot
of things happened in this cam-
paign that would have brought
many to their knees. I've been a
witness to campaign madness
longer than I should discuss and I
have to say she was a champ.
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The 2011 Black Agenda
As Black Americans enter 2011, again as the nation's most economical-
ly disenfranchised group; to what extent should President Barack Obama,
and other government officials, be pushed to give special attention to our
issues? This issue of Black Empowerment is raging into its second year.
Some among us believe that holding Obama's feet to the fire is not neces-
sary (or potentially politically perilous for him) and that the unique issues
facing African Americans can be addressed within the context of larger
solutions. This philosophy show what "losers" we are and epitomizes a
culture of spinelessness and behaviors that keep us from addressing issues
critical to African Americans.
Black Americans are stupified by Barack Obama: confused and stupid at
the same time. Too many are conflicted and say stupid things like:
"President Obama is not the President of Black America and should not be
held to that standard". While political power and clout is the way
Americans have traditionally pushed governments to deal with their caus-
es, in this case Blacks and their elected-leaders want to go easy on this
president because he is Black. In the
process they fail their constituents The Black Agenda is
America's most vulnerable necessaryfor us to tap
The reality that today's Blacks, and into billions of dollars are
"post-racials", don't understand, and moving through the
refuse to address: is that it is America
is a centuries-long system of inequality political system. Black
based on race. Obama professes "col- elected officials know how
orblindness" and is a sad symbol for to make government largess
Black progress. Like his predecessors, work they've never done
Obama says things like "it's finally with the idea of
time to make things right in America" h g B i
but he never does. Special problems helping Blacks mind.
require special attention. America's Black population lags economically
and still has disproportionate social problems. A Black Agenda is needed
just to gain equity in jobs, education, and infrastructure investments.
The Black Vote elects over 10,000 Black officials and sends thousands
more Whites to office. But we have not been effective in turning that vote
into the power that returns sufficient goods and services back to our com-
munities and now need to place greater emphasis on civic engagement that
leverages our vote into public policy resources. We should not be afraid to
demand the accountability of our officials.
Groups of Americans, whether organized along ideological, religious,
cultural, business, or other kinds of lines can, and do, ask the president for
special attention to their issues. African Americans, however, have "gone
to sit in the corer, as expected, and, Glory be"; wait for the President to
get around to their concerns whenever it's convenient. For Blacks to be
"viable" in 2011 requires that we make sure that Congress and the White
House put racial needs beyond the daily partisan diet.
'The Black Agenda is necessary for us to tap into billions of dollars are
moving through the political system. Black elected officials know how to
make government largess work- they've never done with the idea of help-
ing Blacks in mind. The Black Community needs its leaders to make
"race" a specific priority in 2011. Across the board, his year's goals should
be to develop and implement actions for tackling poverty, poor schools,
infant mortality and chronic an unemployment.
Today there are 45 Blacks in Congress, including the November 2nd
class that put two Republican men, from Florida and South Carolina, and
Alabama's first Black woman, a Democrat in Congress. There are five new
Blacks in the 112th Congress and the newly elected Black Republicans are
expected to be less involved in race-specific that Barack Obama. Black
Republicans, nor Barack, should fear a "Black Agenda". Adaption of a
"Black Agenda" is simply about making sure that some of the most acute
issues facing Blacks country are respected and acted upon. We need to
hold peoples' feet to the fire whether Democrat, or Republican.
Let's admit it; Black Americans' agenda is not same as the one Barack
Obama brought to the White House two years ago. Our agenda is better
programs and policies toward good health care, education, employment
and wealth building. We should overlook his so-called "Blackness" and
hold President Obama as accountable as any President.
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When will the Black "Silver Generation"
start making today's dreams a reality?
By: Willie B. Hall
Friday, August 5, 1966, marked a
new obstacle for Dr. Martin Luther
King Jr. and the Civil Rights move-
ment. On that day in Chicago, vio-
lence rose to a high when Dr. King
himself was hit in the head with a
stone while marching for the
SCLC. Never before had he experi-
enced the high level of resistance of
an African American Minister (Rev.
Joseph Jackson) to the plans of the
movement. Dr. King had never par-
ticipated in a demonstration that
ended in violence. As he had
removed the jacket of his gray suit
and his red and gray tie Dr. King
told reporters "Frankly, I have never
seen as much hatred and hostility
on the part of so many people," he
In 1963 Dr. King gave the world
his dreams, when will the Black
"Silver Generation" start making
today's dreams a reality?
As I look back at the Civil Rights
movement I want to focus on the
fact that the "Silver Generation"
was deeply involved in the move-
ment. In 1957 it was 9 high school
students who integrated all white
Central High School in Little
Rock, Arkansas even as orders
came from the governor to not
allow it. Three years later in
Greensboro, North Carolina it
was four black students who
attended North Carolina
Agricultural and Technical
College that begin a sit-in at a seg-
regated Woolworth's lunch counter.
This sit-in led students from all
over the south to mimic their
actions. The result was the integra-
tion of parks, swimming pools, the-
aters, libraries, and other public
facilities. It was also the Student
Committee (SNCC) that was
founded at Shaw University,
which provided young blacks in
the civil rights movement an
opportunity to obtain training. It
was SNCC that later made a leader
out of Stokely Carmichael and cre-
ated the term "Black Power". There
were also youth in Birmingham,
Alabama who missed school,
protested peacefully, were met with
fire hoses and police dogs and as a
result drew international attention
to the issues of civil rights and later
compelled President Kennedy to
address civil rights publicly for the
first time. These events and activi-
ties helped to turn Dr. King's
dreams to realities.
Fast forward to 2011 and look at
the state of our country, we and the
first African American president
have a daunting list of issues that
must be addressed: high unemploy-
ment, lack of health care, violence
in OUR neighborhoods, poverty
and always racism. I don't believe
Dr. King would have the same
dream if he was alive today because
there are different problems. There
are substantially more African
American college aged men in
prison, in the United States than
enrolled in college. African
American youth are arrested for
25% of the national crimes and
make up around 16% of the youth
population. African American
youth 19 to 24 years old are around
20 times more likely to be infected
with HIV than young adults in any
other racial group. One cannot
ignore the fact that those previously
listed issues are affecting our com-
munity greatly in negative ways.
Where are the youth and young
adult priorities? If you walk the
campuses of most HBCU's across
the country you will see many
advertisements for parties, step
shows, concerts and athletic events
displayed. If you question the same
organizations that are sponsoring
those events to list the negative
issues that they are addressing fac-
ing our people, the list is very short.
Those students would rather spon-
sor a step show then a voter regis-
tration drive. I am all for activities
that allow youth leisure and relax-
ation but how can you relax when
in those same schools you're party-
ing in are not providing you ade-
quate education, housing, security
and affordable tuition?
It seems that some of the organi-
zations that "we" have created to
uplift our people are doing more
hurt then harm. Our organizations
are plaged with disorder. Alpha Phi
Alpha Fraternity who proudly boast
King as a member, has constantly
had numerous chapters face hazing
cases and in one incident the frater-
nity paid over $500,000 that was
the result of a man's death. Imagine
the causes that could have been
supported with that money.
The NAACP (I mention them in
particular because I have been an
executive board member of one of
their college chapters.) should
begin to focus on a relevant and
responsibly aggressive agenda and
engage both young adults and
young people. Any organization
that has a 64 member Board of
Directors that are not engaging
young people is an organization
that must begin to think how long it
will continue to run at all.
Is there hope? Yes. The
Presidential campaign of Barack
Obama seemed to inspire the youth
and young adults and move them to
action in ways like never before.
Voters 18 to 24 were the only age
group to show a significant increase
in turnout, reaching 49 percent in
2008. African Americans had the
highest turnout rate in 2008 among
18 to 24 year old voters, 55 percent,
an 8 percent increase from 2004.
Why is this important? One of the
best ways to turn dreams to reality
is to put the right people in the right
THEN YOU SEE THE POWEA OF COMMUNITY COALITIONS.
They help community groups like the PTA", your church, clubs, even
your employer organize resources and focus them where they're
needed most. Especially fighting to keep kids away from drugs. If
you're in a community group, ask if you can do more by teaming
up with a community coalition. It's really simple. Just go to
www.helpyourcommunity.org or call 1-877-KIDS-313 to
contact a community coalition in your area. They'll tell you exactly
how your group can help. You'll be surprised at what you have to
offer. And how much you can accomplish.
YOU GET MORE WHEN YOU GET TOGETHER
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public offices. These people can
then create legislation and address
issues on a broader and wider
Does it stop with electing the
right politicians? No. We must con-
stantly hold our elected officials
accountable for the decisions they
make and the issues they address.
They have to be committed to the
communities and people they serve.
Furthermore, we must be individu-
ally invested in our local communi-
ties. Local church's, schools, com-
munity organizations, youth pro-
grams are all places we can start.
The third Monday of every
January marks the day the nation
celebrates the life and dream of
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. If
asked, how do I feel about the cur-
rent state of the "Silver
Generation"? I feel similar to the
way Dr. King felt on that dark day
in 1966, tragic. The best way to
honor Dr. King is to model his life
style. We must be steadfast in our
priorities and quick to shun those
things that will do little to advance
us as a people. I leave you with the
words of Jeff Johnson.
"The time is now." The youth of
today are the leaders of TODAY. If
we fail to sow the seeds of educa-
tion and real leadership into our
young people today, we will be
forced to reap the weeds of our
ignorance verses the flowers of our
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Shown above at the session are (L-R) Sen. Tony Hill, Amani
Robinson, Mekiel Robinson, Jolisa Cannon, Michai Crumpler and
Reggie McAfee in the Highlands Middle School Media Center.
Track& Field legend inspires and rewards
Highlands Middle School student athletes
Former track star Reggie McAfee,
the first African American to break
the four-minute barrier by running
the mile in 3.57.8 in 1973, recently
had the opportunity to share his
experience with the Highland's
Middle School track team.
Arranged by Senator Tony Hill,
the University of North Carolina
track star's accomplishment also
erased a stereotype in which most
people thought African Americans
were only sprinters. McAfee says
about the stereotype "I just never
bought into that."
Mr. McAfee spoke to the students
about character and how important
it is, about being good students and
staying in school. The students
were very receptive to his com-
ments and happy to meet a person
who made the kind of accomplish-
ments he has made. He told them
about his high school record which
held for 32 years.
In addition to inspiring the stu-
dents, McAfee gave out twenty-six
(26) pairs of running shoes to mem-
bers of the track and cross/country
teams from the Mizuno Running
Company which he is affiliated
with. He is also the founder and
Executive Director of Cross-
Country for Youth, located in
Charlotte, North Carolina.
J. Allen Axson Public Montessori
School located at 4763 Sutton Park
Court, will host an Open House,
Saturday, January 29, 2011 from
10 a.m. to noon.
This is a unique opportunity to see
the Montessori method of teaching
in operation at a Duval County
public magnet school. The
Montessori method uses hands-on
materials in a self-paced curricu-
lum within a multi-age classroom.
Classrooms will be open so that
you may see students interacting
with each other and their teachers.
Tours are also available on Monday
and Friday mornings January
For more information, call 992-
Fort Mose celebrates
Black History Month
Florida's Fort Mose Historic State
Park in St. Augustine will celebrate
the first free black community in
the U.S. on February 12, 2011.
Re-enactors in period clothing
will tell the story of Fort Mose dur-
ing "Flight to Freedom," a living
history demonstration. In addition,
there will be Colonial Spanish mil-
itary drills and demonstrations of
musket and cannon firing through-
out the day. The event will also
include African drumming, various
exhibits and food vendors.
The entrance fee into the park is
$2.00 per person. For event details,
please contact Terri Newmans at
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African Brunch at Mt. Lebanon
Mt Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church will present its Annual African
Brunch on Saturday, February 20th from 10 a.m. noon. The luncheon will
include fun, fellowship. Poetry, music, theatre and authentic African cui-
sine. The church is located at 9319 Ridge Blvd., 32208 (off Soutel). Rev.
Eugene Wiggins, Pastor.
Dr. Lisa Allen to culminate
St Paul AME Revival
St. Paul AME Church welcomes Dr. Lisa Allen, Music Professor at The
ITC (Interdenominational Theological Seminary), on the 5th Sunday,
January 30, 2011 at the 10:55 a.m. Worship Service. Minister Marlowe
Smith and The Women's Conference Choir will lead the musical Worship,
prepared to accompany the voice of Dr. Allen, who at some point will sure-
ly break out in song! Join us for Powerful Worship. Dr. Marvin C. Zanders
II and the Saint Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church Family extend a
warm welcome to what promises to be a life changing experience. St. Paul
is located at 6910 New Kings Rd. Contact the church office at (904) 645-
0634 for additional information. Website: www.stpaulamejax.com.
Black History Month
Poetry Contest for Youth
The Jacksonville African American Genealogy Society will present it
Fifth Annual Black History Month Poetry Competition for elementary-
high school students. The theme for the contest is "Remembering the Past
for Future Generation Longevity". All entries submitted must be original
and include the student's name birthdate, address, grade, school, homeroom
teacher, and parental permission to participate. Submitted poems will
become the property of JAAGS and emailed / postmarked before 12:00 AM
February 20. 2011. Entries should be mailed to JAAGS 3730 Soutel Drive
#2201, Jacksonville, FL 32208 or emailed to email@example.com. Cash
prizes and a 1 year family membership to all participants.
Refreshing Women Push TV Ministry
Refreshing Women is looking for Christian Talent, soloist, speakers,
praise dancers and poem readers for a free service that is free to the pub-
lic. The show will be air Saturday mornings at 8A.M. on Comcast 29.
Any Pastor wishing to come on the show in the near future are welcome,
and can have their church name and worship service added to the
Community Shout or Roll, by sending their, church name, address and time
of service to P.O. Box 350117 Jacksonville, Fl. 32235-0117. For more
information, call Rev. Mattie W. Freeman at 220-6400 or email CFIGC-
Seeking the lost for Christ
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Pastor Landon Williams
Jax native Rev. R.B. Holmes on a mission to save Black families
Jacksonville native R.B. Holmes
now of Tallahassee, FL is meeting
with pastors throughout the country
to discuss ways in which churches
could help black families. His cru-
sade is called Save the Black Family
Now and will soon be installed in 25
The pastor of Bethel Missionary
Baptist Church in Tallahassee is
founder of the movement, he said,
to restore the structure that enabled
black Americans to endure so many
"I am who I am because I had a
strong mama and a strong daddy
who were married 62 years,"
Holmes said. "They raised eight
kids, and none of us went to jail".
Holmes recently imparted to a
group of pastors in Canton, Ohio.
"We all did well because of family
principles like faith and prayer."
He added that the family structure
is what enabled black Americans to
withstand such injustices as Jim
27th Women in Christ Luncheon
Prime Osborne Convention Center will be the sight of the 27th Women
in Christ Luncheon on Tuesday February 8, 2011, 11:30 a.m.- 1p.m. Last
year over 2,000 women attend) This year's featured speaker is Dee Brestin
a nationally ad internationally recognized author/speaker. Dee has spent the
past 25 years writing, speaking, encouraging and challenging women of all
ages, from all stages of life how to discover a life-changing intimacy with
Jesus. Her book, Friendships of Women has sold millions. Dee brings to life
the truth of God Word through her use of real-life stories, humor, and clips
from classic musicals. It is often said Dee keeps our attention-and helps us
see the truth of Scripture as well as hear it. Dee began connecting with
women with her classic, The Friendships of Women, and continues under-
standing the needs of mothers, singles, and widows. For reservations, go to
St. Paul Lutheran to Install Pastor
Saint Paul Lutheran Church will host hundreds of people from across the
city and state as the congregation celebrates the installation of its new pas-
tor, Rev James Wiggins, Jr. The ceremony will take place on Sunday 30,
2011 at 4:00 p.m. at Saint Paul Lutheran Church-LCMS 2730 W.
Edgewood Ave. Jacksonville, Fla. 32209.
Saint Paul Lutheran was established in 1956 on the City's north side as
an outgrowth of the Synodical Lutheran Church's desire to grow Black
ministry in Florida. Today St. Paul remains among a handful of African-
American Lutheran Churches in the state. The Rev James Wiggins, Jr will
be installed on Sunday January 30, at 4:00 p.m. Clergy from the First Coast
Circuit and the Florida-Georgia District Office will participate in the instal-
lation ritual. The installation message will be delivered by the pastor's
brother the Rev. Stephen Wiggins of Atlanta. Rev Wiggins come to St. Paul
Church Hosts 5th
Greater Grant Memorial AME
Church located at 5533 Gilchrist
Rd. will host their 5th Sunday cel-
ebration at 10 a.m. on Sunday Jan
30, 2011. The Youth Division of the
lay has invited the Rev. Terry
Lamar Hill Jr. to be the speaker for
Rev. Terry Lamar Hill Jr. is the
founding Pastor of The Citadel
Church of Jacksonville. A native of
Florida,his walk in the call of God
began at an early age, preaching his
first sermon at only nine years old.
Formally he accepted the call to
preach in 1992. He was ordained
into the Gospel Ministry by his
father in 1998, Rev. Hill subse-
quently served as Youth Pastor for
three area churches. True to his call-
ing to ministries to youth he formed
Promise, a youth choir that minis-
tered for 4 years in Jacksonville.
Additionally he has served on the
boards of numerous teen organiza-
tions and school groups. Rev. F.D.
Richardson Jr., Pastor
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Thursday High Praise Worship 7:00 p.m.
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"Why were we
able to hang in, in
spite of? Strong
families," he said.
Holmes said the
goal of Save the
Black Family Now
is to reduce the
rates of divorce,
dropouts and teen
pregnancy by 25
percent by the year
be one of 25 chap- /
ter cities in which Jacksonville native and pastor of Tallahassee's
he hopes to plant Bethel Missionary Baptist Church is on a mission to
programs designed strengthen African-Americans by restoring the
to foster and nurture principles of the Black family.
Locally it will be hosted by Rev.
Leofric Thomas of Open Arms
As he travels around the country
recruiting member churches, he
urges pastors to use a multi-pronged
strategy of media, ministry and
business to help black-family stabil-
ity, noting that Bethel Baptist owns
and operates a newspaper, The
Capitol Outlook one of 182
black-owned newspapers in the
country a radio station, a credit
union, two schools and a first-time
Holmes said his church uses its
media outlets to showcase positive
news stories about the black com-
munity, saying "you can't get the
message out if you don't have the
medium. I can reach 100,000 people
on my radio station, but I can't
'whoop' but so far."
"We live in a visual world,"
Holmes said. "You have to show
people who are married. We have to
Holmes noted his church honored
140 married couples last week.
"If 140 couples killed each other,
it would have been on '60 Minutes,'
he said to laughter. "I'm not against
pop culture, but we can't allow pop
culture to define what our families
should look like. I don't need Lil'
Wayne, Drake or some other rap star
to tell me about family. Many of the
top 10 rap stars are fatherless, so
they sing what they know. We gotta
tell them what we know.
"Our heroes are our mom and
dads, folks who have been together
in spite of. If you want to have a
real, 21st century ministry, start
honoring black families."
Holmes said black pastors should
have the same passion for helping
black families that the Tea Party
movement has for politics.
"I'm not mad at Sarah Palin," he
said with a smile. "I'm going to read
her book. The Tea Party changed
this country in 15 months. A family
movement can change this country
in 15 months."
He added that the Obamas exem-
plify the black family.
"What his critics miss about
Barack Obama is, he's got a wife,
two kids and mother-in-law living
with him that's a black family,"
he said "That's the story the media
missed. It's the most powerful thing
about that brother. And that happens
all across this country, and this city."
"There's no perfect family,"
Holmes said. "Adam and Eve didn't
have a perfect family. It wasn't per-
fect, but it was a family."
Holmes said every family pro-
gram requires benchmarks and
should be tailored to address the
unique problems of each communi-
"We have the mandate," he said.
"We just need the ministry."
To contact Holmes call 850-222-
8440, or e-mail to bethel@betheltal-
Holy Tabernacle Church
The Holy Tabernacle Church is hosting a Holy Ghost Revival on January
28th and 29th, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. and on the 30th at 9:45 a.m. with Bible
School and Worship Service immediately following. Come hear the word
of God from a man of God that wants men to be saved and serve the true
and living God. Bishop Robert L. Jones and Pastor Paul R. Cardona, along
with the Holy Tabernacle Church family cordially invite the public to fel-
lowship. The church is located at 6416 Miriam St. Jacksonville, Fl. For
more information call the church at (904) 765-3754 or Min. Horace Bell Jr.
at (904) 708-5331.
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Hard-to-Read Novel Explores the
Emotional Nuances of Slavery
Just out in paperback, Wench, by Dolen Perkins-
Valdez, takes place against the backdrop of the real-life
Ohio resort, Tawawa House -- a place where many
readers will be shocked to learn that Southern slave-
holders took their slave mistresses for open-air "vaca-
HWEN 1 It is the story of four of these mistresses, or "wench-
\ '' ...... es," and the complexity of their relationships with
one another, their masters and their ideas about free-
How would they have gotten there? And what did the resort look like?
Why would a slave taken to a Northern free state not run? According to the
Washington Post, Wench explores these questions and more.
The book tackles topics that are hard to talk about or even comprehend.
Perkins-Valdez told the Washington Post that black and white readers alike
have struggled to make sense of the story, explaining, "White women have
expressed doubt that Southern wives would have stayed married to men
who fathered children with slaves. Black readers can't stomach a slave
woman loving a master."
WOMEN OF COLOR
Heart of a
The 7th Annual Heart of a
Woman Luncheon presented by the
Women of Color Cultural
Foundation, Inc. will be held on
Saturday, February 5, 2011 from 11
a.m.- 1 p.m.
The 2011 Universal Teen
Scholarship Program is seeking
both male and female high school
students to compete for $10,000 in
scholarship money through the
Women of Color Cultural
Foundation, Inc. Orientation is on
Saturday, January 29th at 2 p.m.
Both events will be held at WJCT
Public Television Station, 100
Festival Park Avenue.
To be mailed an application or
more information about either
activity, contact Dr. Helen Jackson
at (904) 683-1757 or via mail at
Jack & Jill belles ready to dazzle The Jacksonville Chapter of Jack & Jill are arduously prepar-
ing for their upcoming Beautillion this spring. Recently the "belles", who will be escorted by the "beaus" as they
are presented to society, held a dance rehearsal to practice for the formal presentation. Shown above at the rehears-
al instructed by Kezia Rolle from the Performers Academy are (L-R) is Ariel Greene, Lauren Allen, Sydney
Brown, Elizabeth Smith, Cornetta Jones, Mikyle Crockette, Kristen Huyghue, Kathryn Huyghue, Karissa Hall,
Rachel Harris and Rachel Applewhite. The event will be held March 19th at the Omni Hotel.
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Race may be a factor when
obese patients get counseled
Obese people may not be treated
equally when it comes to being
counseled on diet and exercise by
their physicians. A study finds that
blacks may get less counseling than
whites, regardless if the physician
they see is black or white.
The study, published online
recently in the journal Obesity,
looked at a sample of 2,231 visits of
black and white men and women
considered obese (having a body
mass index of 30 or more) to their
black or white physicians.
Researchers noted if they were
given guidance on weight reduc-
tion, diet and nutrition, or exercise
during the visit. Hispanic and Asian
patients and doctors were excluded
from the study since their numbers
were so small.
Black patients who visited white
doctors had less chance of being
counseled on exercise than white
patients seeing white doctors.
Black patients who saw black doc-
tors were also less likely to get
advice on weight reduction than
white patients who saw black doc-
Researchers offered some ideas
for the discrepancy: Doctors may
have less faith that black patients
will follow advice; black physi-
cians may be trying to be culturally
sensitive to their black patients; and
physicians generally may not get
proper training or have the neces-
sary resources to advise patients
about managing their weight,
regardless of their race.
"Future work," wrote the authors,
"should examine similarities and
differences in the contribution of
patient, clinician, and health system
factors to low levels of weight-
related counseling among patients
of different ethnic groups."
FBI: Woman confessed to
A woman who raised a child
snatched from a New York hospital
more than two decades ago has
admitted kidnapping the baby after
her own attempts to have children
failed, saying in a statement she
was "truly sorry," the FBI said in
court papers Monday.
Ann Pettway confessed to taking
the baby in early August 1987 from
Harlem Hospital during an inter-
view Sunday after she surrendered
to the FBI and Connecticut police, a
criminal complaint prepared by FBI
Agent Maria Johnson said. Pettway
surrendered days after a widely
publicized reunion between the
child she raised -- now 23-year-old
Carlina White -- and her biological
Pettway said she had had difficul-
ty having her own children in the
1980s, was dealing with the stress
of trying to be a mother and had
suffered several miscarriages, when
she went to the hospital and saw the
baby, Johnson said.
"Pettway took the victim from the
victim's family and this was totally
unacceptable. Pettway is truly
sorry," Johnson said Pettway told
her in a written statement Sunday.
After taking the baby, Pettway
brought her outside the hospital
and, when no one stopped her, pro-
ceeded to a train and on to her home
in Bridgeport, Connecticut, where
she told friends and family mem-
bers that the baby was her child, the
Prior to representing Pettway at a
court hearing Monday, attorney
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Robert Baum said: "She feels badly.
She's very upset. She's expressed
concern about her family. But she
understands the gravity of the
Baum said he did not plan to
request bail for Pettway, who could
face a mandatory minimum of 20
years in prison or as much as life if
she is convicted.
Brian Pettway, a 38-year-old
cousin of Pettway who lives in
Connecticut, said his cousin
appeared pregnant in 1987 and dis-
appeared, only to return with a baby
the family assumed was hers. He
said Pettway was a reliable, loving
and trustworthy cousin.
The Connecticut man said his
cousin raised the girl "as best she
could" in a crime-ridden neighbor-
hood. He said the girl seemed
baby in 1987
happy and pleasant.
"She just raised that baby like it
was her daughter, like she sat in that
delivery room and gave birth to
her," Pettway said.
Pettway received two years of
probation last June after she took
items from a store where she
worked, which is considered
embezzlement under North
Carolina law, state correction
spokeswoman Pamela Walker said.
Under terms of her probation, she
wasn't allowed to leave the state.
Department of Correction offi-
cials there tried repeatedly to con-
tact her after finding out investiga-
tors wanted to question her in
Carlina's 1987 abduction.
North Carolina officials said
Friday they believed Pettway was
on the run from authorities.
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Learn to make rum
The perfect date night or answer
to curious knowledge will be fund
at the Museum of Science and
History on January 27th from 6- 8
p.m. Bacardi's sensory science
team will be onhand to teach the
science behind making rum. You
must be 21 years of age or older to
participate. Call 396.MOSH
(6674), ext. 230 to register. Space is
Best of Jacksonville:
A MOCA benefit
What has been described as
Jacksonville's best party is coming
soon! The Jacksonville Museum of
Contemporary Art's 8th annual ben-
efit features good times with fun
people, catchy music, delicious
drinks, great food and exciting
prizes.It will be held on January
27th at 7 p.m. at the museum locat-
ed at 333 N. Laura Street. For more
information, call 366-9911.
Comic Eddie Griffin
at the Comedy Zone
Multi-talented comic Eddie
Griffin will be in Jacksonville to
perform at the Comedy Zone
January 27-28. The popular comic
has been the star of television,
movies and even his own reality
show. For tickets and show times,
Open dialogue on
Jax race relations
E3 Business group will present
"Real Talk Real Change Are you
living color?" The open forum is a
dialogue on the state of racism and
prejudice in NE Florida. Expert
panelists will discuss workplace
prejudice, racism, class and "pimp-
ing your pedigree". It will be held
Thursday, January 27th from 6 -
8:30 p.m. at the Main Library The
forum is free and open to the public.
Call 888-525-2299 xll7for info.
The National Sorority of Phi
Delta Kappa Sorority, Inc.- Delta
Delta Chapter, will present
"Thinking Outside of the Box:
Innovative Strategies for the 21st
Century Learner." The seminar is
for all educational professionals. It
will be held at the University of
Phoenix, North Florida Campus,
4500 Salisbury Road Jacksonville,
Florida 32216. The session will
start at 8 a.m. 1 p.m. on Saturday,
January 29th. For more informa-
tion, call Ms. Highsmith at 355-
9953. You can also RSVP via e-
mail to email@example.com
(Master Plan Points).
Triple Threat Tour
The Triple Threat tour featuring
feat. Tank, Chrisette Michelle &
Marsha Ambrosius will be in
Jacksonville on Friday, January
28th at 7:30 p.m. at the Times
Union Center. contact Ticketmaster
for more information.
Zora Neale Hurston
Festival of the Arts
The annual Zora Neale Hurston
Festival of the Arts will be held
January 28-30 in Eatonville, FL
(outside Orlando). Headlining the
mainstage this year will be R&B
legends Ashford & Simpson at 3
p.m. on Saturday, January 28th.
Events are free and open to the pub-
lic. In addition to other events,
there will also be stages featuring
Jazz, Latin Rhythms, and Spoken
Word performances. For more
information or showtimes call 407-
977-5004 or zorafestival.com.
Gilbert Jr/Sr. Reunion
The 13th Annual Alumni Reunion
to be held January 28 & 29 at the
Hyatt River walk Hotel. Festivities
include a welcome reception and
banquet on Saturday, starting at 6
p.m. The Class of 1961 will be hon-
ored. No tickets sold at the door.
For more infor call Linda Jackson-
Bell at 713-0973.
Zora Neale Hurston
Festival Bus Trip
On January 29, 2011, the Clara
White Mission will sponsor a bus
trip to the Zora Neale Hurston
Festival in Orlando, FL. The bus
will leave the Clara White Mission
at 8:30 a.m. and depart Orlando at
7:30 p.m. Bus cost includes trans-
portation and refreshments. For
more information call 354-4162.
of the Stars
The United Negro College Fund
will have an Evening of the Stars
viewing party on Saturday,
January 29th at 6:30 p.m. at the
Ritz Theatre. The evening will
include performances by the
Northside Center of the Arts and the
renowned choirs of Edward Waters
College. Ticket price includes cock-
tails and hors de' oeuvres. For more
information call 470-8251.
Candidate Speed Dating
The Jacksonville Community
Council, Inc. will present Candidate
Speed Dating on Tuesday,
February 1st. JCCI Forward will
present Mayoral and At-Large
Council candidates. Participants
will have a one on one opportunity
to ask candidates..."Why You?" all
while you enjoy dinner with other
Forward members. There are only
64 seats total for this event. It will
be held from 5:30 8:30 p.m. at
City Hall on the first floor in the
Lynwood Roberts Room, 117 W.
Duval St. RSVP@jcci.org (Subject
at the Ritz
Join the Ritz Theatre for a free
evening of Spoken Word, Thursday,
Feb. 3rd at 7 p.m. Call 632-5555.
at the Ritz
Come visit the best local talent out
there at Amateur Night at the Ritz
on Friday, Feb. 4th at 7:30 p.m.
The monthly event always sells out.
For more info call 632-5555 or visit
Jazz Jamm at the Ritz
This month's Ritz Jazz Jamm will
feature Roy Ayers. It will be held on
Sat. Feb. 5th at 7 and 10 p.m. at
the Ritz. For more info visit
www.ritzjacksonville.com or call
Kings of Comedy
The Jacksonville Clean Kings of
Comedy will be in performance on
Saturday, February 5th at the
Times Union Center. Showtime is 7
p.m. Entertainers include Funny-
bone, Mr. Charles, Cousin Wayne,
Mr. Charlie and Mello D.
For tickets, call 800-745-3000.
PRIDE Book Club
The February meeting of the
PRIDE Book Club, northeast
Florida's largest and oldest book
club of color, will be held Saturday,
February 5th at 3:00 PM. The
meeting will be held at the Main
Library downtown on the 4th Floor.
For more information, call Pat
Morisson at 630-2665. The book
for discussion is Noble Hand Up by
Candidates for the office of Mayor
and City Council will be featured at
a candidates' forum on Monday,
February 7, 2011, at 7 p.m.The
event will take place at the
Northwest / Bradham-Brooks
Library, 1755 Edgewood Avenue
West. Candidates will be asked
questions from a panel and the audi-
ence. The forum is sponsored by
Herkemba, Inc. For more informa-
tion call (904)654-2816.
Comedians Sommore, Bruce
Bruce, DL Hughley and others will
be in concert on Friday, February
11th at the Jacksonville Veterans
Memorial Arena. Tickets are on sale
now through Ticketmaster.
The Jacksonville Association of
Black Journalist has scheduled their
first meeting of 2011 for 10:00 a.m.
- 11:30 a.m., Saturday, February
12th at a location to be determined.
Up for discussion will be a variety
of items including JABJ's partici-
pation in an upcoming jointly spon-
sored mayoral candidates' debate
scheduled for February 28. For
more information call 607-0660.
Rachelle Ferrell will be in con-
cert at the Ritz Theatre, Sat., Feb.
13th at 8 p.m.. Tickets $37. For
more info visit www.ritzjack-
sonville.com or call 632-5555.
EWC Alumni Night
The Edward Waters College Office
of Alumni Affairs will host an
alumni night and reception on
Saturday, February 13, 2011 at 6
p.m. in the Adams-Jenkins Sports &
Music Complex. All Jacksonville
area alumni and former students of
Edward Waters College are invited
to attend. The event will also
include a basketball doubleheader.
For more information, call (904)
470-8252 or visit www.ewc.edu.
The 13th Annual Kingsley
Heritage Celebration will be held
on February 19th and 26th featur-
ing a series of events free to the
public. The annual celebration
explores the cultural traditions
found in modem American society,
which originated during the planta-
tion period. The lineup includes his-
torian Rodney Hurst, Auntie Roz
and the Afro-Caribbean Dance
Theatre and a master storyteller.
The plantation is located off
Heckscher Drive/A1A, Call 251-
3537 for more detailed information.
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S Wendy Williams to host game show
Queen of gossip TV, Wendy Williams, is getting
S ready to host a brand new dating show called "Love
The edgy former radio personality, and now talk
show host, will be lending her best relationship
advice and matchmaking skills as singles battle it out
to win a relationship with that special someone.
It's said to be a mix between a game show and talk show in which
guests must choose one person for a relationship by the show's end.
In the meantime, Wendy will continue her talk show, but is defi-
nitely open to trying new things.
"Love Triangle" will premiere on GSN April 18th.
Judge rules for Marley's heirs
A federal jury has sided with Bob Marley's fam-
ily in ruling against a Nevada company accused of
making and selling apparel featuring the reggae
Jurors ruled against a corporation called
AVELA and owner Leo Valencia, awarding
$300,000 in damages to a company owned by
More damages are expected to be awarded after determining how
much profit was lost because of unfair competition.
A lawyer told the jury in Las Vegas that Bob Marley's children don't
want to see the reggae legend portrayed as a bobblehead or a plush toy.
The reggae superstar died in 1981 from a brain tumor at age 36.
Marley's heirs, under the name Fifty-Six Hope Road Music Ltd.
and Zion Rootswear, filed the lawsuit in 2008.
Report: Eric Benet Engaged
to Prince's Ex- Wife
With Halle Berry and her ex-
boyfriend in tabloid headlines this
week, the Oscar winning actress' ex-
,~ husband is making news of his own.
Us magazine is reporting that Eric
SBen6t is now engaged to Prince's ex-
,A wife Manuela Testolini.
Ben6t, who was married to Berry
From 2001 to 2005, proposed to his
girlfriend of three years Testolini in
November. Testolini wed Prince in 2001, but filed for divorce from the
star in 2006.
Berry's 2005 divorce from Benet came in the wake of his alleged
"sex addiction," although he denies ever having such a condition.
Beyonce and Eastwood in talks for A Star is Born
There's just something about the film "A Star is
Bom" that makes Hollywood want to keep remaking
it over and over.
It's already been done 3 times before starting with
the original in 1937.
Now, in 2011 legendary actor-director Clint
Eastwood and Beyonce are in talks with Warner
Bros. to direct and star.
Set to produce are Billy Gerber, Basil Iwanyk and Jon Peters, who'
made the 1976 version of the film with Barbra Streisand and Kris
To date, deals have not been finalized and negotiations are ongoing.
Eddie's Daughter New Face of Dark and Lovely
daughter Bria has
been hired as the
SDark and Lovely.
H G Father and
a launch party for
the occasion in
New York City,
(L-R) Nicole Mitchell, Bria Murphy, Eddie along with Bria's
Murphy and Shayne Murphy attend announcement mom Nicole
of Bria as the new brand ambassador at Juliet Mitchelle (mar-
Supper Club on Jan. 18, 2011 in New York City. ried to Eddie from
1993-2006) and sister Shayne Murphy.
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You see his smooth pecan tan
skin, here is melodic voice and rec-
ognize the sprig in his eye and you
know this senior citizen is some-
thing special. At age 83, his days of
singing calypso tunes to thousands
of fans are behind him, but Harry
Belafonte says he still has one song
to sing for people around the world
-- his song ofjustice.
Belafonte was at the Sundance
Film Festival last week with a new
documentary, "Sing Your Song,"
that tells of his life from being born
in Harlem and raised in Jamaica to
becoming a star singer of the 1950s
and '60s with hits such as "Banana
Boat Song," also known as "Day-
But what the nonfiction film
focuses on -- and what Belafonte
thinks may be lost on some people,
especially younger generations -- is
the work he and others did to
advance civil rights and justice in
the United States and around the
The movie's title comes from
something African-American singer
Paul Robeson told Belafonte when
he was a young man: "Get them to
sing your song, and they will know
who you are."
Asked what he believed his song
opens a chicken
joint in Iowa
ty show star
Flavor Flay has
S Clinton, Iowa
t y l this week of
Chicken, the first
in a planned chain.
Flay, who has a culimary degree
Sand, restaurant experience, picked
this unlikely launch location after
consulting with business partner
and local restaurateur, Nick
"When the (Cimino) family first
met me, it was automatically love
at first sight," Flav told the Clinton
Herald. "They loved your boy
Once Flav started selling his 99-
cent chicken wings at Mama
Cimino's in Las Vegas, Nick
Cimino developed the idea to bring
FFC to Clinton.
Flav insists that he will be an
active owner. He promises to be in
town often to help promote the
product and make sure the chicken
is cooked to his liking.
"I don't want to be just known to
have a spot," Flav said. "You're
going to find me in here working.
You're going to be catching me
seasoning my chicken, flouring my
chicken, frying up my chicken, and
not only that, but serving my chick-
en to my people."
was, at 83, Belafonte's answer
was: "The same melod i
just needs to be sung again,
What it needs are more
voices of harmony. It's a
beautiful chord that
everybody gets to sing /
in the same place at
the same time with
the same purpose.
The song is the
Song" was among
the opening night
festival for mak-
ers of movies out-
which is backed by
actor and activist
has long been a place
movies, and much of
their work deals with
social issues, so "Sing Your -
Song" fit perfectly.
In fact, on opening night fes-
tival director John Cooper said,
"at our core, the life of Harry
Belafonte and Sundance are almost
But Belafonte admitted to some
trepidation about making a docu-
mentary of his life when
approached by producer Michael
Cohl because, he said, "it looked
He was swayed by family mem-
bers and by his own concern that
the groundbreaking history of
women and men like Dr. Martin
Luther King, was lost on a younger
"What I looked at were the
(issues) of the day and the absence
of people being inspired and fueled
to take charge and take responsibil-
ity for changing," Belafonte told
"The great void that I hear
expressed by people who say, 'I
don't know what to do' or 'there's
nothing we can do' must be chal-
lenged. And the best way to chal-
lenge that myth is to say, 'take a
"Sing Your Song"
traces Belafonte's career as a singer
and in movies and on television. He
was a major star of his generation,
yet in the late 1950s and 1960s
when traveling to segregated U.S.
cities, he was barred from some
restaurants, hotels and other public
places because he was black.
The documentary tells how he
fought racism in very public ways
by marching with civil rights pro-
testers such as Dr. King and singing
and dancing with white women on
TV at a time when such a thing was
not done in some communities.
In the 1970s and '80s, Belafonte
extended his influence to the anti-
apartheid movement in South
Africa, and was instrumental in dis-
tributing the song, "We Are the
around the globe.
"I don't think you can get into a
place of activism on (civil rights)
and not understand how it is related
to all the other struggles. You might
be able to fix your neighborhood
for the moment, but you're just in a
neighborhood. Look at the commu-
nity, look at the larger problem,
look at the world."
Belafonte now uses a walking
cane and moves slower than he
once did. He no longer wears the
tight pants and open shirt that
helped make him an international
But two things are still true about
Belafonte while watching and lis-
tening him at Sundance. His vision
is as clear as ever, and his voice is
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Birds of a feather Talk about star power! Free Press photographer Tonya Austin had to look twice
while photographing the recent Orlando Magic game. Sitting together courtside were Alphonso Ribiero. Terry
Crews and Anthony Anderson. The well known actors didn't mind at all when she asked them to strike a pose for
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Herschel Walker, 48, says he
can play in the NFL again
For past couple of years, former
NFL running back Herschel Walker
has been steadily training in the
mixed martial arts world. He's cur-
rently 1-0 in his short MMA career
and is gearing up for his next fight
on January 29 in the Strikeforce
MMA league. But in a press confer-
ence to promote the fight, Walker
told reporters that he's considering
an NFL comeback.
"I know I can play," Walker. "If I
continue to stay in the shape I'm in
Ocho Cinco ready
now, I know I can play when I'm
50. Right now, if you asked if I can
play today, there's absolutely no
doubt in my mind I can play foot-
ball today, that I can help out a team
today. I 100 percent guarantee you I
can help a football team out."
He also said that he's in better
shape than he was in his 20s and
last year when the 40-yard dash in
4.38 seconds, a stat that NFL coach-
es salivate over. Walker played for
Dallas, Minnesota, Philly, and the
to go back to Chad
Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco is putting his unusual name back
in the news.
Ochocinco suggested at the end of an interview with ESPN on Tuesday
that he's planning to change his name back to Johnson. He didn't give a
specific reason, other than saying he's "done enough with the Ocho thing."
He has talked about changing his name several times. Leading up to a
game against the Jets during the 2009 season, he insisted that he would
change his name back to Johnson if cornerback Darrelle Revis shut him
Ochocinco failed to catch a pass, but kept his name. He later said his com-
ments were made in fun and he was never serious about a name change.
New York Giants through his 12-
year career before retiring in 1997.
He was selected to the Pro Bowl
twice in his career and ranked
eighth in all-purpose yards with
"I still say I may try out for foot-
ball again and show people I can do
that, because I want to be the
George Foreman of football and
come back and do it one more
time," he said.
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Tiger Woods can't start a new
sear without being reminded of the
last one and the last one wasn't
Some ot his peers couldn't help
but chuckle when the pro-am tee
times for the Farmers Insurance
Open \\ere posted in the locker
room. For more than a decade.
\Woods had the first available tee
imne, a perk for being the best play-
er on the PGA Tour, or not far from
it. Those pro-am times are deter-
mined by the previous year's money
list. This No. 68 on the money list.
He tees off at 11 a.m., which is
about the time he used to finish.
And then there's the world rank-
Woods lost his No. 1 spot nearly
three months ago to Lee Westwood,
so that's old news. He dropped yet
another spot to No. 3 this week
when Martin Kaymer won the Abu
Dhabi Championship by eight
shots. And if Woods doesn't return
to his former self quickly, it won't
be long before he slips even farther.
The last time he was not in the top
three was May 11, 1997.
What's more noteworthy about
the world ranking, however, is it's
the first time Woods has been
ranked behind someone younger
than him. He turned 35 over the
Woods has known this day was
coming, even when his game
appeared untouchable. In time,
there would be a player -- or play-
ers, in this case -- younger than him
and not as intimidated.
Sure, there was a brief challenge
from Sergio Garcia. Adam Scott
reached as high as No. 3, and Paul
Casey did the same a year later.
Now, the youth brigade is coming
Ahead of him in the ranking is
Kaymer, the 26-year-old German
who won the PGA Championship
last year to become the youngest
major champion since Woods.
Kaymer also won the European
Tour money title, and started the
year with an eight-shot victory over
what will be one of the strongest
fields the European Tour will see all
"He's probably the most formida-
ble player in the world when he is
leading," Padraig Harrington said.
That's what they used to say
about Woods. But in his most recent
tournament, the Chevron World
Challenge, Woods blew a four-shot
lead in the final round to U.S. Open
champion Graeme McDowell. It
was the first time Woods had lost a
lead that large.
"He used to appear invincible,"
McDowell said that day. "Of
course, he's made himself appear
more human in the last 12 months.
But there's something a bit special
about his golf game, and I fully
expect that mystique to return."
McDowell is 31, and right behind
Woods in the world ranking at No.
Woods also has to contend with
younger players like Rory McIlroy,
Paul Casey and perhaps even Luke
Donald from Europe, not to men-
tion Dustin Johnson and Anthony
Kim from the American side.
So many talented, young players
will not make Woods' task any eas-
ier. The bigger question is whether
Woods is equipped for the fight.
Some of the answers might arrive
this week at Torrey Pines, a public
course along the Pacific bluffs that
Woods has owned like no other. His
epic U.S. Open title in 2008 was the
seventh time he had won as pro on
Torrey Pines. He has not lost on this
golf course since 2004, although he
missed the last two years. He has
never finished out of the top 10.
But just like last year, no one is
quite sure what to expect.
His new swing coach, Sean
Foley, said he spent about four
hours a week with Woods on the
practice range at Isleworth the last
few months, and he liked what he
saw. He said Woods no longer has
to think as much about what he's
doing. The swing repeats more eas-
ily. What he feels matches up with
How will that translate with a
scorecard in hand?
"If you want to anticipate what
happens in the future, look to the
past," Foley suggested.
When Kaymer won in Abu
Dhabi, it was his ninth win in his
100th start on the European Tour.
That still doesn't compare with
Woods, who won 28 times --
including six majors -- in his first
100 starts on the much stronger
History is easily forgotten,
although in this case, it's under-
Woods has overcome swing
changes in 1998 and 2004. He has
overcome knee surgeries, one at the
end of 2002, two during 2008. Even
so, he has never been humbled like
he was last year, when his private
failures became so public, and so
His performance was such that no
one fears him.
Really, the only thing No. 3 can
do now is try to play like he did
when he was No. 1.
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