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First Black Ivy League President
to leave Brown University
PROVIDENCE, R.I. The first African-
American to lead an Ivy League university is step-
Ruth J. Simmons announced Thursday she'll
leave her position as Brown University's president
at the end of the current academic year. She plans
to continue teaching as a professor of comparative
literature and Africana studies.
Simmons says in a statement her time leading
the Providence, R.I., school was "deeply satisfy-
ing" but the time is right for new leadership.
Simmons became president in 2001. She joined the university after
serving as president of Smith College in Northampton, Mass.
State of Virginia unveils public
database with over 1,500 slave names
If you're looking for some clues to your ancestry, you may find them
The Virginia Historical Society has launched a new database with over
1,500 searchable slave names.
The database, Unknown No Longer, which appears on their site, can
find the slave names based on keywords such as name, gender, location,
occupation and plantation. In addition to the names, the database includes
more than 250 digital images of original source documents.
Since its founding in 1831, the organization has collected more than
eight million unpublished manuscripts. The database is the latest step by
the society to increase its collections relating to Virginians of African
Virginia slave records date back to the 1700s. The state held more slaves
than any other states.
Violent crime down in 2010
The Bureau of Justice Statistics reports a significant decrease in crime
from 2009 to 2010. The number of violent crimes committed in the
United States fell six percent in 2010, making it the fourth year-on-year
decline, the FBI announced.
The report was compiled from data submitted to the FBI by more than
18,000 city, county, university and college, state and federal law enforce-
ment agencies from around the nation.The report, Crime in the United
States, 2010, contains information on the number of reported murders
and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rapes, robberies, aggravated
assaults, burglaries, larceny-thefts, motor vehicle thefts and arsons.
There had been an expectation that crime would increase in a weak
economy, writes the Associated Press. But according to University of
Cincinnati professor John Eck, that is not the case.
"The connection between crime and the economy is an illusion," Eck,
who teaches criminal justice research methods, told the AP. Eck says an
important factor in driving down crime rates is improved policing prac-
tices that focus on high-crime locations.
Don't ask don't tell policy ends
Gay service members may now openly state their sexual orientation
after the repeal of a 1993 law allowing gays to serve only so long as they
kept their sexual orientation private took effect this week.
The repeal, signed by President Obama, puts an end to an 18-year pol-
icy that came into effect during the Clinton administration. Military offi-
cials announced that all necessary preparations were made in advance of
the repeal and that the military is ready to step into a new era.
All pending investigations, discharges and other administrative pro-
ceedings that were begun under the law will now come to a halt.
Black gay advocates say the repeal marks an even larger win for gay
African-American service members as the group was being discharged at
nearly three times the rate of their non-Black counterparts.
However, even amid the excitement of the repeal, there are still chal-
lenges. Officials say there will not be any immediate changes to eligibil-
ity standards for military benefits and entitlements, such as designating a
partner as one's life insurance beneficiary or as designated caregiver in
the Wounded Warrior program.
Transvestites rob Orlando fabric store
I Four men dressed as women
are accused of walking into an
Orlando, Florida fabric store
last Sunday and shoplifting
A clerk at the Jo Ann Fabrics
store said the men started
stuffing feathers, lace gloves,
glitter tights and bra pads into bags.
When confronted by the clerk, the cross-dressing crooks fled from the
store, police said.
Police later caught up with the group a few blocks away from the store
where the perpetrators had eight hundred dollars worth of merchandise.
Police arrested three of the four men.
Unfortunately, Jo Ann Fabrics is not the only fabric store the perpetra-
tors shoplifted from. The men also stole thousands of dollars worth of
feathered boas, sequin trims, and fabric from Sewing Studio Fabric Store.
The cross-dressing bandits face multiple charges.
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Volume 24 No. 49 Jacksonville, Florida September 22-28, 2011
X. GOP led states now want
to change the voting rules
Florida has been spent years since
the embarrassing 2000 presidential
election debacle of to clean up their
voting methods. Now, after years
of expanding when and how people
can vote, state legislatures around
the country under new Republican
control are moving to trim early
voting days, increase identification
requirements and put new restric-
tions on how voters are notified
about absentee ballots.
Democrats claim Republicans are
using midterm election wins to
enforce changes favorable to their
candidates prior to the2012 presi-
dential election. They say such leg-
islation could lead to longer lines in
Democratic-leaning urban areas
and discourage people from voting.
Supporters say stronger ID rules
helps prevent fraud. And at a time
when everyone faces tough budg-
ets, continued on page 3
Cflarill'(/ linllI Jacksonville's annual Caribbean Carnival
took place last weekend in Metropolitan Park with participants in full
regalia. Following a festive parade through downtown Jacksonville, atten-
dees enjoyed a full day of ethnic food, live entertainment, contests and
vendors celebrating the diversity of island culture. Shown above is
Carnival Parade King Alan Noiningham of Trinidad at the park.
If illis' honored as Distinguished Couple Shown
above are Floyd and Wanda Willis flanked by Mr. Universal Teen
DeAndre Jones and Miss Universal Teen Kesharee Baxter at the Women
of Color's annual Ebony and Ivory Gala. The annual event honors those
who champion causes serving the community.
For more photo highlights, honorees and attendees, see page 8. FMPphoto
Oliver wins Dancing With the Stars True renaissance
woman Marsha Oliver can now add 'champion ballroom dancer' to her
resume. This week Oliver made history as the first champion of color in
the local coveted Dancing with the Stars event. Her winning ensemble
with dance partner Chris Thomas wowed judges with her rendition of the
rumba to the song of "Dance With My Father" and the cha cha to Earth
Wind and Fire's "September". In addition to bragging rights and a trophy,
Oliver also received a gift basket full of restaurant gift cards, tickets,
chocolates, and spirits. She is shown above with best buddies who came
out to support her (L-R) Angie Nixon, Marsha Oliver, Stephanie Boykins
and Tangela Mayhew. T Austin photo
Eta Phi Beta S,~ L iJ yg. presentL
The Nu Chapter of Eta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., presented their bi-annual Red & Gold Junior Cotillion last week-
end at the Bob Hayes Sports Complex.. Eight young ladies who have been experiencing a season of parties and
lessons in finer womanhood donned their white gowns for their debut. The evening included the formal dance,
debs and escorts celebration and the crowning of Miss Red and Gold for scholarship funds. Shown above are
debutantes: (L-R) Brandy Beans, Brittany Beans, Damaris DeVaughn, Sarafina Hinton, Mikayla Hunter, Kyndall
Outler, Javica Terry and Deja Wigfall-Shine. Rhonda Silver Makalaniphoto
"Hero" by the
has been a tire-
Davis less volunteer
with the Central and North Florida
Chapter since the late 1990's. Mrs.
Davis is a Support Group
Facilitator and is also the Team
Captain for two different teams for
the Walk to End Alzheimer's.
Mrs. Davis is among four other
honorees for the year. In Florida
there are 450,000 people living
with Alzheimer's and 960,000
caregivers. Millions of people are
enduring the disease that steals
memories, independence, control,
time and ultimately life. The
'heroes' distinction tributes those
who continue to advocate
Alzheimers awareness and preven-
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Africa's richest man wants continent to reap what he sows
AARP Tax-Aide, the nation's largest free, volunteer-run tax preparation Africa's richest man wants his con-
nd assistance service, is seeking volunteers to help taxpayers who are tinent to grow -- and some say his
-eking assistance preparing and filing their 2011 tax returns. project to build its largest fertilizer
Volunteers will receive free tax training. They need to be comfortable plant could provide relief to farmers
sing computers, and also people who will help with greeting clients. The and help put a dent in food shortages.
volunteers will learn new skills and work with a fantastic group of volun- The project, set to come on stream
ers, while giving back to countless people. in three years, may also serve as an
,ast year, 116 local AARP Tax-Aide volunteers helped prepare over 5,200 example of how Nigeria, the conti-
x returns in the Jacksonville and Beaches area. nent's largest oil producer with mas-
For more information on how you can join the AARP Tax-Aide team, sive untapped gas reserves, can put
sit our Web site at www.aarp.org/tavolunteer8, or call (904) 540-7465. its often-squandered natural re-
_sources to good use.
The 411 on prepaid visa cards
By Jason Alderman
According to Gail Cunningham,
spokesperson for the National Foun-
dation for Credit Counseling, we
live in a credit-dominated society.
"Without a checking or savings ac-
count," she says, "it's difficult to
cash payroll, Social Security and
unemployment checks; you need a
credit or debit card to shop online,
book a flight or rent a car; and you
may be forced to carry large
amounts of cash to pay bills."
One increasingly common money
management tool for people in this
situation is prepaid cards. These
cards look and work much like reg-
ular debit cards except that instead
of funding them through a checking
or savings account, you load money
on the card by cash, check, funds
transfer or direct deposit by an em-
ployer or government entity.
Common prepaid card features in-
You don't need a bank account
or solid credit rating to obtain one.
They start out with a zero bal-
ance until you add money. Pur-
chases or ATM withdrawals will
diminish the card's balance until it
reaches zero and you discard it (as
with gift cards) or you reload the
Spending is limited to the
amount loaded on the card, so you
can't buy more than you have.
Cards can offer "Zero Liability"
protection if you promptly report
loss, theft or fraudulent charges.
Most allow ATM cash with-
drawals and online or phone pur-
chases. 0 ,.,,
They're safer to earry than large
amounts of cash:
Common types of prepaid cards
Reloadable cards to which
more money can later be added.
Gift cards used until their bal-
ance is depleted; they're not reload-
Teen cards where parents can
reload the cards and monitor pur-
chases online or by phone (allowing
teens a chance to manage spending
and budgeting in a controlled envi-
Travel cards a safe alternative
to cash and travelers checks.
Payroll cards wages are loaded
into the card's account for immedi-
ate access (similar to checking ac-
count direct deposit).
cards benefits such as Social Se-
curity and unemployment are
loaded into your card account.
Healthcare cards allow
point-of-service access to funds in
your Flexible Spending Account or
Health Savings Account to pay for
qualified medical expenses.
Prepaid cards may come with fees
and restrictions, so it's important to
read the card's terms and conditions
carefully and to shop around for the
best deals. Good comparison sites
include www.bankrate.com and
Here are a few questions to ask
when comparing cards:
What identification do I need to
buy this card?
Where can I use it? (Certain re-
tailers only? Online? Phone?)
Can I later add funds to it? For
example, will it accept direct de-
posit of payroll or Social Security
Is there an expiration date?
Will I receive monthly state-
Can I check balances by phone
What fees apply? Common fees
include those for card activation, re-
loading funds, balance inquiries,
ATM or bank withdrawals and de-
What happens if it's lost or
To learn more about how prepaid
cards work, you can order a free
"Prepaid Card Basics" brochure at
Practical Money Skills for Life
free personal financial management
program run by Visa Inc.
Bottom line: Always make sure
you fully understand the terms and
conditions of any financial product
or account before signing up.
Of course, Nigeria-based Dangote
Group, headed by Aliko Dangote,
once dubbed Africa's richest man by
Forbes, could stand to rake in yet an-
other small fortune along the way.
The company has set out plans for
the plant to be located in the south of
Nigeria in Edo state. It would employ
some 7,000 people, directly and indi-
rectly, according to Dangote, and
eventually allow Nigeria to stop im-
porting fertilizer and use its wealth of
natural gas reserves as part of the
The plant would also produce
enough to export, the company says
while describing the plant as the
biggest in Africa.
"There is no reason why Nigeria
should be importing fertilizer," Aliko
Dangote said in a statement.
"I am happy that with this agree-
ment, by the time our plant is com-
pleted and commissioned, the
country will become self-sufficient in
fertilizer production and even have
the capacity to export the products to
other African countries."
The Nigerian program officer for
the International Fund for Agricul-
tural Development, a UN agency,
welcomed the plan.
"Whatever happens here will have
a multiplier effect on the rest of
Africa," said Benjamin Odoemena.
"Once there is food sufficiency in
Nigeria, other African countries, in-
90 percent of export earnings.
But the oil industry provides few
local jobs, while it has been esti-
mated that agriculture employs about
70 percent of the workforce. Most
are subsistence farmers.
cluding the famine-ravaged Horn of
Africa, will benefit."
Of course, there are sure to be
sceptics. Nigeria, Africa's most pop-
ulous nation, has had a long list of
highly ambitious projects that were
by corruption or
similar fate will
befall the Dan-
gote plan re-
mains to be
seen, but the ty-
has a history of
make his case,
with his com-
strong in areas
sugar and food
When operation inr 4 ,te
plant will produce 7,700 metric
tonnes per day of granulated urea,
consisting of two trains with a pro-
duction capacity of 3,850 metric
tonnes each per day, they said.
Agriculture has long been neg-
lected in Nigeria, with the oil indus-
try providing some two-thirds of
government revenue and more than
The Northeast Florida Community Action Agency
(NFCAA), a nonprofit organization, will hold their
monthly Board of Directors meeting:
Thursday, September 29, 2011
4070 Boulevard Center Drive, 4500
Building, Suite 200, Jacksonville, Florida 32207.
For more Information, call 398-7472 ext 224.
If you're struggling to keep
your home, there is help.
Making Home Affordable is a free program from the
U.S. government that has already helped over a million
struggling homeowners at risk of foreclosure.
The sooner you act, the better the chance we can help you.
Volunteers sought for tax season
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ber of Commerce and Industry,
Olufemi Deru, however argued that
farmers would benefit more if there
was a comprehensive policy on agri-
culture in the country.
"What Nigeria needs at the mo-
ment is an agricultural policy that
will make the sector the mainstay of
the economy," Deru said.
Page 2 Ms. Perry's Free Press
September 22-28, 2011
I Saft Plant Opening to Boost City's Economy
Clara White Mission graduates
granted a second chance at life
On Friday, September 16, 2011, The Clara White Mission held their
Culinary, Janitorial/Environmental Services, Highway Safety and
Construction Maintenance and General Education Department Graduation
at City Hall. Over 300 family members were in attendance to witness the
ceremony presided by Reverend Kelvin Lewis of Vision Baptist Church.
Pictured above is culinary graduate student Raymond Henderson.
Henderson proclaimed, "Before I came to the Clara White I was down on
my luck, I was at a job fair and spoke to a CWM Rep and the rest is his-
tory. I am now on my way to gainful employment." He is shown with his
mother Mattie Thomas.
The Clara White Mission prides itself on providing vocational training,
veteran services, housing and a daily feeding program to the many low-
income and homeless Jacksonville residents. For more information on the
next class, call (904) 354.4162 or visit www.clarawhitemission.org.
Dignitaries at the facility's opening (L-R) John Searle CEO Saft, Adele Griffin Regional Director for
Sen. Marco Rubio, Congresswoman Corrine Brown, Vice Admiral Mel Williams Associate Deputy
Secretary of Dept. of Energy, U.S. Bill Nelson and Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown.
Saft, the world's leading designer
and manufacturer of high-tech
industrial batteries, inaugurated the
world's most advanced automated
lithium-ion battery factory at the
Cecil Commerce Center on the
"Having a renowned internation-
al company such as Saft choose
Jacksonville is a major step in
building the economy of tomor-
row," said Jacksonville Mayor
Alvin Brown at the Friday opening.
"The new plant gives us high-tech
jobs to help put Jacksonville back
Lakeland Man Shoots Wife, Opens Fire
on Preacher After she Admits Infidelity
LAKELAND, FL Sent into a
shooting rampage after an alleged
confession of infidelity by his wife,
Jeremiah Fogle, 57, killed his
spouse of nine years before opening
fire on a church congregation,
wounding two others.
On Sunday morning, Fogle fatal-
ly shot his wife in the bedroom of
their home, and then ran across the
street to the Greater Faith Christian
Center Church and opened fire. An
assistant pastor and pastor were
wounded by Fogle and witnesses
said Fogle singled out the men as
one was kneeling in prayer when he
was shot in the back of the head.
Both pastors are currently in critical
Fogle's rampage ended when
several churchgoers tackled him to
the ground and took his gun. Nearly
two dozen people were at the
church attending service when
Fogle entered and began firing
When asked if he was remorseful
about the shooting, Fogle said
according to ABC News, "There
wasn't that many people in there ...
Tell them I'm sorry, you have my
Police say they found six more
rounds of ammunition on Fogle, a
possible indicator that he had
planned to shoot more people than
were hit. Fogle was a member of
the church where he was married
and previously worked as a deacon.
Sunday's murder of his wife,
Diane Fogle, is the second time
Fogle has killed a spouse. In 1986
Fogle was charged with manslaugh-
ter and given 10 years probation
after making a deal with the prose-
cutor that kept him for ever having
to serve jail time for the crime.
Diane was Fogle's seventh wife.
Despite the history, Fogle's
brother was in disbelief over the
"Something had to be wrong,"
Fogle's brother Collis Fogle Jr. told
the Orlando Sentinel. "I want to talk
to him and find out what triggered
Back at Fogle's house, police
found a written confession from
Fogle and mysterious notes alleged-
ly written by Diane chronicling her
infidelities with nearly 25 men, but
authorities say there is reason to
believe that she was forced to write
the statements. The notes were
stashed in a Bible, bookmarking a
passage from Matthew that discuses
murder and adultery.
"During the search of the resi-
dence, several notes were located
inside the residence which suggest-
ed apparent allegations of infidelity
with numerous subjects," a police
affidavit said according to ABC.
Fogle is now charged with first-
degree murder, three counts of
attempted murder and shooting into
an occupied dwelling or public
to work and is a great example of
the good that can come from the
public and private sectors working
The high-volume, state-of-the-art
production facility will build
advanced lithium-ion cells and bat-
teries for energy storage for renew-
able energy, smart grid support,
broadband back-up power, trans-
portation and defense. Saft's 16th
facility worldwide is also a unique
example of technical innovation,
including the production of 1 MW
of solar power from the largest
rooftop photovoltaic system in
Florida and fully-automated, totally
flexible production lines capable of
building multi new-generation Li-
With an annual sales capacity of
$300 million, Saft Jacksonville will
meet growing customer demand for
high performance, competitive
energy storage solutions and will
play an important part in the devel-
opment of the new-energy econo-
Saft was presented with incen-
tives from the state of Florida and
the City of Jacksonville to build the
plant, and construction of the
235,000-square-foot facility was
further funded by a $95.5 million
federal grant from the Department
of Energy under the American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
John Searle, Saft's CEO declared,
"I am delighted that our most
advanced facility ever is now ready
to serve our customers who are
demanding ever higher perform-
ance energy storage solutions.
Saft's strategy is to actively address
these new opportunities with our
latest generation lithium-ion tech-
Don't Ask Don't Tell Policy Officially Ends
continued from front
they contend local elections offi-
cials don't have the money to keep
early voting locations staffed and
The process of changing voting
rules may be nonpartisan on the
surface but it is dripping with poli-
tics just below the surface.
"We've had nothing short of a
rhetorical firefight for years
between the folks who are worried
about fraud and folks who are wor-
ried about disenfranchisement a
firefight which is pretty much neat-
ly broken down between the two
major parties," said Doug Chapin,
an election expert at the University
While states typically adjust vot-
ing rules ahead of presidential elec-
tions, this year provides an opportu-
nity for new Republican governors
and GOP majorities to legislate on
Put simply, Chapin said: "What's
happening in 2011 is just as much
about what happened in 2010."
New voting rules recently cleared
state legislatures in what have tradi-
tionally been presidential battle-
grounds, creating partisan rancor.
Plans to reduce the number of
days to cast an early ballot cleared
the Republican-controlled swing
states of Florida, Ohio and
Wisconsin. Legislatures in Georgia,
Tennessee and West Virginia also
lopped off advanced-voting time.
North Carolina has a pending pro-
posal. And Maine has done away
with a policy that allows people to
register at the polls on Election Day
before casting ballots.
Each party, when in control,
seeks to rewrite the rules to its elec-
Although the reality may not be
so cut and dried, both parties
believe a looser voting regimen
benefits Democrats because it
increases opportunities for
Hispanic, black, immigrant and
poor people harder to reach for an
Election Day turnout to vote.
Democratic voters held an edge
in early voting during the 2010
elections, despite the unfavorable
climate for the party nationally and
the eventual Republican gains.
Voters in 32 states and the
District of Columbia can cast a bal-
lot in person before Election Day
without having to give a reason.
Georgia and Ohio had some of
the longest early voting time peri-
ods. Georgia had 45 days, while
Ohio had 35. The new laws bring
the two states closer to the typical
timeframe, which is about two
weeks before the election.
The move to shrink the early vot-
ing window in some states comes as
others have pushed to require voters
to show a photo ID at the polls.
Five states Kansas, Wisconsin,
South Carolina, Tennessee and
Texas recently passed strict photo
ID laws. At the beginning of the
year, just two states Georgia and
Indiana required that voters must
show a photo ID in order to have
their vote counted.
Florida rolled back its early vot-
ing time to one week from two in an
overhaul that also makes it more
difficult for groups such as the
League of Women Voters and the
Boy Scouts of America to conduct
voter registration drives.
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS REGARDING
ORDINANCE 2011-554 REAPPORTIONMENT OF
JACKSONVILLE CITY COUNCIL DISTRICTS AND
AT-LARGE RESIDENCY AREA BOUNDARIES AND
SCHOOL BOARD DISTRICTS IN ACCORDANCE
WITH THE 2010 CENSUS DATA
Pursuant to Section 18.107(c) (Reapportionment of Council and School Board
Districts), Ordinance Code, the City Council Rules Committee will hold an addition-
al public hearing to receive comments and views of those persons who would be
affected by the amendments approved by Council on September 27th, 2011. The
meeting is scheduled as follows:
Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 6:00 p.m.
City of Jacksonville
City Hall at St. James
City Council Chambers, 1st Floor.
117 W. Duval Street
Jacksonville, FL 32202
All interested citizens are urged to attend this meeting. Information concerning the
Council Amendment and proposed maps may be obtained in the City Council
Legislative Services Division, City Hall, 117 West Duval Street, Suite 430, by call-
ing: 904-630-1404 or on-line at http://www.coj.net/City-Council.aspx.
If you are a person with a disability who needs an accommodation in order to
access public hearing facilities or participate in a public hearing proceeding, for this
meeting, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance.
To request such an accommodation, please contact the Legislative Services
Division Jacksonville City Council at least three business days prior to the required
service by using one of the following methods: Phone (904) 630-1404; Fax (904)
630-1242; TTD- (904) 630-1580.
Stephen C. Joost
Bill Bishop, Chair
Cheryl L. Brown
Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 3
September 22-28, 2011
Page 4 Ms. Perry's Free Press September 22-28, 2011
The term "Politics makes for
strange bedfellow" has been used
for many years. Some say that the
phrase originates from
Shakespeare. The phrase is not
only relevant in today's political
arena, but also hits home when we
look at the court battle over the
Fair Districts amendments.
In one of his books dating back
to 1850, Charles Dudley once
wrote, "Enemies forced by circum-
stances to work together; members
of an unlikely alliance."
The unlikely alliance is between
Corrine Brown, a staunch
Democrat, Miami Congressman
Diaz-Balart, a Republican, and the
conservative Republican majority
in the state House. All three parties
joined in a lawsuit against the Fair
District amendments in federal
The members of Congress argue
that the Fair District standards out-
lined in the amendments could
dilute minority representation in
Washington and Tallahassee.
It's is certainly a legitimate con-
cern. In Florida, our legislature is
one of the more unique bodies in
the country because the body does-
n't necessarily represent the state's
Blacks and Hispanics make up
in favor of Fair Districts Amendments
more than a third of our popula-
tion, but only around a tenth of
state elected offices with none in
statewide constitutional elected
Florida has 26 African American
legislators, 19 members of the
House of Representatives and
So while minority access seats
have helped initially, they have
also relegated blacks and hispanics
to those districts in many cases.
Diversity is still sorely lacking at
the state legislative level.
That's the point that many sup-
porters of Fair Districts point out.
Although there have been gains
because of minority access seats,
by designating certain seats for
blacks and hispanics you are actu-
ally limiting the potential for a
more diverse legislature and
Last week, a federal district
court judge in Miami upheld the
Fair District redistricting standards
for Congressional maps.
Judge Ursula Ungaro basically
rejected the argument that the anti-
gerrymandering amendments put
into the constitution last year
equated to state voters meddling in
the redistricting powers granted to
the Legislature by the U.S.
She said, "Amendment VI does
not supplant the Florida
Legislature," Ungaro ruled.
"Rather, it attaches a series of con-
ditions, adopted in accordance
with the state constitution, to even-
tual legislative action on redistrict-
The ruling was another victory
for Fair Districts and another
defeat for the strange alliance or
strange bedfellows. Both Congress
members say that they will appeal
the decision. So why do we even
need this type of constitutional
If you look at the make up of the
state's electorate, Republicans and
Democrats are fairly even, but
there are slightly more registered
Democrats in the state. So why is
the legislature overwhelmingly
That answer is easy mostly
because Republicans have con-
trolled the last two redistricting
processes. That is where the issue
of fairness or the lack there of,
comes into play.
The referendum certainly makes
a lot of sense when you think about
the current process and the unbal-
anced representation in
Tallahassee. That is why most
black legislators throughout the
state support the amendments.
In fact, the NAACP and
Hispanic advocacy group
Democracia, support the new stan-
dards and say concerns about the
impact on minority districts are
Also, when you consider the
elections of both President Obama
and Jacksonville Mayor Alvin
Brown to seats that required a large
percentage of whites to vote for
them, it really challenges the
essence of the argument for the
need for minority access seats.
Because of past discriminatory
practices, the Voting Rights Act of
1965 protects minority access dis-
tricts as a means enabling African
American representation. Here's
the catch though... if a district that
a black elected official holds does
not have a majority minority popu-
lation, then that district technically
is not protected by the Voting
As the legislature continues the
process of drawing maps, the Fair
District standards will have to be
considered. They were supported
by 63 percent of the those voting
last year and they have stood up to
judicial scrutiny. Now let's see
how "fair" the Republican led leg-
islature will make the process.
Signing off from House District
15, Reggie Fullwood
Silver Lining in Obama's Poll Numbers
by George Curry
We are reminded almost daily
that President Obama's favorable
poll numbers are at an all-time low.
While that is unmistakably true,
that's only half of the picture. Let's
first take a look at the numbers. A
Gallup poll pegged Obama's
August monthly approval rating at
41 percent, the lowest of his
However, Gallup found that
Congressional job approval was
only 15 percent at the beginning of
September, up two percentage
points from the record-tying low of
13 percent in August. Stated anoth-
er way, 84 percent of Americans
disapproved of the way Congress
was handling its job in August, a
figure that has fallen only slightly
to 82 percent so far this month.
A poll conducted for NBC News
and the Wall Street Journal (Aug.
27-31) found President Obama's
approval rating was 44 percent in
August, the lowest level of his
presidency and a long way from
his highest rating of 61 percent in
April 2009. A bare majority 51
percent disapproved of the job
Obama was doing in August and 5
percent were not sure.
The last time Obama enjoyed an
approval rating of at least 50 per-
cent among all Americans was the
first week of June. Over the past
three months, the steepest drops
have been among better educated
and high-income Americans,
according to Gallup. Support
among African-Americans over
that period slipped from 89 percent
to 83 percent. Obama's support
among Latinos fell from 56 per-
cent to 44 percent, which is 2 per-
cent greater than the 42-32 percent
decline among Whites.
Another sign of trouble for
Obama was the decline of support
in the 18 to 29 age category, a key
segment of his base. Over the last
three months, support in that cate-
gory has declined from 59 percent
to 46 percent, a drop of 13 percent.
Not surprisingly, voters' view on
the direction of the economy has
also soured. Only 19 percent in the
NBC poll thought that the country
was headed in the right direction.
Another 73 percent disagreed, say-
ing the nation was on the wrong
track. Five percent expressed
mixed feelings and 3 percent were
The most amazing finding in the
NBC/Wall Street Journal poll is
that while Americans give
President Obama low approval
numbers, they agree with his major
proposals to lower unemployment,
decrease the deficit and strengthen
When asked if they favor reduc-
ing the deficit by ending the Bush
tax cuts for families earning
$250,00 or more, 60 percent said
the proposal is totally acceptable
or mostly acceptable. Only 36 per-
cent said it was totally unaccept-
able or mostly unacceptable to
them. On the proposal to reduce
the deficit by a combination of
increasing taxes and reducing
spending, 56 percent found the
idea acceptable and 42 percent
found it unacceptable.
When asked about the
Republican proposal to reduce the
deficit only through spending cuts
and no tax increases, 34 percent
found that totally unacceptable and
26 percent found it mostly unac-
ceptable, with 3 percent unsure.
Only 15 percent said it was totally
acceptable and 22 percent mostly
The public also favors key ele-
ments of Obama's proposed jobs
plan. According to the NBC/Wall
Street Journal poll, Americans
Paying for long-term unem-
ployed workers to train at private
companies for eight weeks, and
then giving the companies the
option to hire them (62 percent say
it is good idea, 17 percent say it's
bad and the remainder don't know
enough or aren't sure);
Funding a new road construc-
tion bill (47 percent favor; 26 per-
Continuing to extend unem-
ployment benefits (44 percent say
it's a good idea, 39 percent feel it is
a bad idea) and
Extending the payroll tax rate
(40 percent favor, 20 percent
oppose, 38 percent say they don't
know enough about it and 2 per-
cent are not sure).
Interestingly, 37 percent of those
polled by NBC consider Obama a
moderate, 32 percent consider him
very liberal, 16 percent say he is
somewhat liberal, 7 percent con-
sider him somewhat conservative,
2 percent say he is very conserva-
tive and 6 percent are not sure.
There was a mixed message on
how voters will cast their ballot in
the next election. Given a choice
between Obama and an unnamed
Republican opponent, voters said
in the NBC poll that they were
more likely to vote for the GOP
candidate by a margin of 44 per-
cent to 40 percent. But when Mitt
Romney's name is inserted,
Obama narrowly defeats him 46 to
45 percent. When the candidate is
Rick Perry, the Republican front-
runner, Obama wins 47 to 42 per-
In an attempt to paint Obama as
politically impotent, critics point
to Republicans capturing the old
congressional seat of Rep.
Anthony Weiner in New York as
an example of a loss of support for
the president among Jews. New
York's 9th Congressional District
has the highest concentration of
Jews in the country. As Gallup
noted, 54 percent of Jews support-
ed Obama's job performance in a
poll taken earlier this month.
That's 13 percentage points higher
than his overall approval rating of
As a barrage of numbers are
tossed around to discredit the
prospect of Obama getting a sec-
ond' term, remember the maxim:
Figures don't lie, but liars will fig-
George E. Curry, former editor-in-
chief of Emerge magazine and the
NNPA News Service, is a keynote
speaker, moderator, and media coach.
He can be reached through his Web
site, www.georgecurry.com. You can
also follow him at
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Toyota Reigns Supreme for
America's Black consumers
The "Black Market" will play a major role among automobile makers for
the next two decades. The African-American market is "the best thing going"
and if automobile manufacturers don't establish creditable linkages for their
brands with this audience they will, undoubtedly, lose significant market
share and growth opportunities. The U.S. Census Bureau projects that the
African-American population will grow 12 percent by 2020 and by nearly 25
percent in 2030. In 2010, the Black car-buying pace totaled 10 times that of
the general market. Last year, Toyota led all automotive brands among new
vehicle purchases made by African Americans. New vehicle registrations
among this audience totaled 641,090 and amounted to 7.4 percent of all 2010
new vehicle registrations. Ford ranked second among African-American buy-
ers with Chevrolet rounding out the Top 3. The demand for Buick jumped 70
percent. Korean brands are also making gains among this key buying group.
In a well-publicized campaign about "respect and reciprocity" Black news-
paper publishers dared Toyota to forge better business relationships with
them and the communities that they serve. In their response to Black media
operators and market experts, Toyota has, in fact, set a new trend the indus-
try. Toyota made moves to reach Black buyers where they live. Deals are
being "put in place" that align automotive manufacturers' and dealers' spe-
cific initiatives to this audience. Toyota has America's Black newspaper pub-
lishers have reached an advertising agreement with Toyota that will soon
have their local publications promoting the benefits of purchasing a Toyota
product. Toyota's Lexus is America's luxury market leader, but Buick,
Hyundai, Kia, Cadillac, GMC and Infmiti are also doing extremely well in
the African-American market and should be on Black newspaper client lists
as well. However, Acura, Land Rover, Mercedes and BMW are not increas-
ing their share of the African-American market as effectively. These compa-
nies have an opportunity to connect more with this audience and increase
their market share by attracting more affluent African Americans to their
On the downside, "I want a 2012 Toyota Prius" isn't a mantra of many
Black car buyers. Blacks have not been vocal in terms of hyping the Prius or
any of the environmentally-conscious automobiles. First and foremost is con-
cern about the overall cost, a 2011 Prius ranges from $23,225 to $30,700. And
rarely have you seen a basketball player, hip-hop artist or actor stepping out
of a battery-powered Prius.
In 2011, executive leaders at Toyota had their hands full, but fought back
from massive safety recalls, the global credit crisis and factories damaged in
the March 11 Japan earthquake. Despite those challenges, the world's largest
automaker has restored its North American production to normal levels. This
production schedule surpassed the company's initial expectations. Shortly
after the March 11 disaster, Toyota had forecast a return to normal production
by November or December. But, in June, Toyota reported that eight of its 12
North American-built models returned to 100 percent output Avalon,
Camry, Corolla, Matrix, Highlander, Sienna, Sequoia and Venza. In August,
Toyota confirmed 100 percent production of Tacoma, Tundra, RAV 4 and
Lexus RX 350. Together, the 12 models account for nearly 70 percent of the
company's U.S. sales.
Over coming years, automotive manufacturers will seek to capture larger
numbers of Black buyers. Drive by any African-American church on Sunday,
and you'll see that Blacks are also purchasing Cadillacs, Lincolns, Mercedes
and BMWs. Those companies aren't ponyingg up" like Toyota. The pact
between the Black Press of America and Toyota sets standards Black con-
sumers should too demand. Black publishers want local companies and
multi-nationals to understand the value of using their-publications as adver-
tising mediums; conversely, it's important that Black consumers demand that
minority-owned media firms receive a fair share of corporate or governmen-
tal advertising expenditures. So, it's necessary that Black consumers insist on
retailers' "respect" and "reciprocity" that result in advertising purchases that
equal the level of Black patronage of their products. Companies' use of
Black media to reach African-American consumers with language and con-
tent that resonates among them makes good sense.
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Bethelites commit to a day of service pK'" *- a
in honor of Bishop McKissick, Sr. A .' :2 ;|
Shown above (L-R) is event chair Naomi Crowden accepting flowers
for her hard work from Thomas Barrington; Matthew Greene, Gloria
Howell and Alphonso and Florie Judge.
Shown are participating volunteers Deon Davis, Elder Rosemary
Winbush, Kendra Moten, Dion Silas, Alicia West, Elder Reginald
Caldwell, Jewel Johnson, Nikka Adams, Freda Gonzalez, Decaon
Gerald Armstrong, Deacon John Edwards and Sylvester Brown.
The Jacksonville Gullah
Geechee National Community
Development Corporation has an
open call out for performers of all
types The community is invited
to a special Octoberfest on
October 15th at the A. Phillip
Randolph Park located on 1st St.
and A. Phillip Randolph Blvd.
Bring your grill and cold drinks,
no alcoholic beverage allowed.
The all day event is free of
charge. For more information
contact /Dr. Benjamin Hamilton
(904) 355-2224 for further details
convenes in Jax
The Florida State Conference of
the National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People
will hold its 67th Annual
Conference in Jacksonville,
September 22-24, at the Wyndham
Jacksonville Riverwalk Hotel,
1555 Prudential Drive.
The Convention opens on
Thursday morning with registration
from 8-9 a.m. Workshops include
an Emerging Civil Rights
Issues/Energy Panel; Health Fair
and Armed Services Veteran's
Affairs Job Resource Fair and
On Thursday evening, the
Religious Mass Services will be
held at Bethel Baptist Institutional
Church at 6:30 p.m.
On Friday, "Shutting Down the
School to Prison Pipeline" will
begin at 9 a.m. The Membership
Luncheon will be held at 12:30
p.m. and the Armed Services and
Veterans Affairs Dinner will be
held at 6:30 p.m.
On Saturday, the Women In
NAACP (WIN) Breakfast will be
held at 7:30 a.m. and the Labor
Luncheon will be held at 12:30
p.m. A Civil Rights Advocacy
Workshop will be held at 9:45 a.m.
and a Redistricting Workshop will
be held at 3:15 p.m.
All activities will be held at the
Wyndham Hotel, except for the
Religious Mass Services at Bethel
Baptist Church. The public is
invited and encouraged to attend.
For further information, please
call the NAACP Office at 764-
7578 or E.G. Atkins at 655-3502.
The Matthew W. Gilbert Class of 1959 celebrated its 52nd high school
reunion on the 27th floor of the University Club last week.
The theme for the evening soiree was "The Promise Celebration."
Committee Chairperson Naomi Crowden chose the name from a prayer of
Moses listed in the Bible verse Psalm 90:9-10. The prayer denotes the
promise of living to the ripe old age of 70. The Class of 1959 commemo-
rated the promise with a joyous three day celebration of events enjoyed by
over ninety celebrants.
It was especially important in renewing and strengthening old friendships
and ensuring the bond as teenagers continues through their golden years.
Statistically Gilbert boasts 4 couples that have been married for 50 years
since high school; 64 people attended the luncheon, 96 attended the ban-
quet. In addition to the two University Club activities, they also attended
group service at First Baptist Church of Oakland followed by dinner at
"This reunion is one to celebrate our sense of community and brother-
hood. As Eastsiders we have a special bond," said Crowden
The next Matthew Gilbert Class of 59 committee meeting is scheduled
for October 6. For more information, call 764-3513.
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Empowerment Season at The Mount
Dr. John Allen Newman and the congregation at The Sanctuary at Mt.
Calvary on Jacksonville's northside invite the public to their 3rd annual
"Empowerment Season". The week is filled with empowering preaching
from preachers who seek to empower the congregation to become better
and stronger and more adept at doing ministry. The grand finale is the com-
munity fair which includes vendors, job fair, legal clinic, continuing edu-
cation, free haircuts and manicures, health fairs and even pre-need funeral
services. Everything is free and open to the public. Festivities kick off
September 28th October 1st. For more information, call 765-7620.
Gospel Showcase at Faith N Action
Faith N Action Christian Fellowship will have a Gospel Showcase on
Saturday, September 24th. Five performers will compete for a record con-
tract in addition to guest appearances. The church is located at 1409
University Blvd. North. For more information, call 414-0453.
129th Anniversary of Mt. Olive
Primitive Baptist Church
Mt. Olive Primitive Baptist Church will celebrate their 129th Church
Anniversary under the theme The Church Moving From the Seats to The
Streets : Acts 1:18. Festivities will begin on Sunday October 2nd and con-
tinue on the 9th, 16th and 23rd at 4 p.m. Each Sunday a guest Preacher will
deliver the word, and guest choirs to minister through songs. The Church is
located at 1319 N. Myrtle Avenue, Elder Lee Harris Pastor.
Sounds of Victory II in concert
Vicki Farrie Ministries will present "Sounds of Victory II" on Saturday,
September 24, 2011 at 6 p.m. at New Life Evangelistic Center, 8040 Lone
Star Road, Jacksonville, FL.
Vicki is an anointed and appointed, seasoned and savvy singer/songwriter
and minister who possess a powerful and dynamic voice that has been used
by God to lead people into the life changing presence of God.
Vicki is no stranger to the gospel music industry. In 2005, she released her
debut CD entitled "Majesty" that was produced by GRAMMY Nominated
recording artist Troy Sneed.
Special guests include the Praise & Worship ministry of TOJ (formerly
Tribe of Judah); the Dance ministry of Saving Grace and the Urban
Contemporary ministry of Jubba ofAugusta, GA. This concert will be host-
ed by Comedian Mr. Charlie.
For more information, contact Kishia Kimbrough at 904-772-1490.
Aaron and Reahilda Hunter Sharon and Bruce Shanks
Christ Tabernacle M.B. celebrates 25th Anniversary
Christ Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church invites the community to join
in the 25th anniversary celebration on Sunday, September 25th at 4 p.m.
The special service will culminate their anniversary month and celebrate
the appointment of Dr. Kim C. Anderson as Pastor and First Lady Ouida
Anderson. The special event is being chaired by Brother Aaron and Sister
Reahilda Hunter and Deacon Bruce and Deaconess Sharon Shanks. The
public is invited to attend the service at the church located at 2335 North
Family, Friends and Faith
celebrated at St. Philips
Join St. Philips Episcopal Church in celebration of "Family, Faith and
Friends" on Sunday September 25, 2011 at 10:00 A.M. The Honorable
Mayor Alvin Brown will be the speaker for the occasion, and the
Jacksonville Mass Choir will also be featured. The event is co-chaired by
Ms.Terrye Mosley and Ms. Lileth Joseph. St. Philips Episcopal Church
established in 1882 is located in downtown Jacksonville, 321 Union Street,
where, Reverend Hugh Chapman is the rector.
For additional information, cal Mrs. Barbara Lee at (904)354-1053.
Church news is published free of charge. Information must be
received in the Free Press offices no later than Monday, at 5 p.m. of the
week you want it to run. Information received prior to the event date
will be printed on a space available basis until the date. Fax e-mail to
765-3803 or e-mail to JFreePress@aol.com.
Every 3rd & 4th
4 :00 p.m.
8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 7 p.m.
Mid-Week Worship 7 p.m.
Radio Weekly Broadcast WCGL 1360 AM
Sunday 2 PM 3 PM
**FREE TUTORING FOR YOUTH IN ENGLISH, SCIENCE,
HISTORY AND MATH EVERY TUESDAY 6:30 8 P.M.
that's on the
Pastor Robert Lecount, Jr
School of Ministry Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
Thursday High Praise Worship 7:00 p.m.
2061 Edgewood Avenue West, Jacksonville, Florida 32208
(904) 765-5683 Email:email@example.com
Documentary sheds light on Black Mormons
Racial issues have long been a
source of controversy within the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints and are at the core of a new
documentary, Nobody Knows: The
untold Story of Black Mormons. The
film treads of fraught territory,
exploring the faith's attitude toward
African-Americans from its begin-
ning in 1830 up to today. It features
interviews with Mormon scholar
civil rights leaders and Clergy.
Church founder Joseph Smith did
not discriminate against blacks and
many African-Americans were
ordained in the priesthood during
his time as leader. According to the
film it wasn't until after Smith's
death, when Brigham Young took
over in 1847, that racist folklore
because intertwined with Mormon
dogma. Young preached about the
myth of Cain who was cursed by
God and portrayed as "black" in the
Book of genesis and the Book of
Abraham. Darius Gray a black
Mormon and renowned historian
who co-produced Nobody Knows
with author Margaret Young, was
determined to restore the Mormon
gospel so that African-Americans
could be ordained. After
President Spencer Kimble
announced in 1978 that the
priesthood restriction would
finally be lifted, African-
Americans flocked to join the
Mormon faith. They were
disappointed to discover that
through the ban had been
revoked, a racial stigma still
echoed in the church.
Several black Mormons
featured in the movie main-
tain they feel segregated Samuel and Amanda Chambers are shown
today. "I don't mind defend- above. Sam was baptised into the LDS Church
ing the church to black peo- while still a slave in 1844. His first wife was
ple," says actress Tamu sold off. They came to Utah in 1870 after they
Smith. "I do mind defending were freed by the Civil War.
my blackness to the church."
As for (The Book of Mormon)
and other instances of Mormons in
the mainstream, Young said she
could appreciate the hit musical's
entertainment factor and was even
amused by HBO's polygamist show.
Big Love, But she stressed that nei-
ther is an accurate portrayal of
Mormonism today. "That's one of
the issues we're dealing with right
now. The stats are telling us that the
most hated (religion) groups in
America are Muslims and Mormons
and when people ask questions
about Mormons the two biggest
issues are race and polygamy. We
can only hope that our documentary
will start a conversation about the
race issue. Nobody Knows demon-
strates just how far black Mormons
have come since the priesthood ban
was lifted 43 years ago. Though it's
not mentioned in the film, Africa is
currently a prime breeding ground
for new members of the church.
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464
Sunday Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:40 a.m.
Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
12 noon-1 p.m.
The Word from the Sons
and Daughters of Bethel
3rd Sunday 4:00 p.m
Come share In Holy Communion Mn Ist Suma at 7:40 and 10:40 am.
Grace and Peace
loIJBjB 'm- visit www.Bethelite.org /
Seeking the lost for Christ
Matthew 28:19 20
Pastor Landon Williams
Disciples of Cbrist Cbristiar Fellowship
*A Full Gospel Baptist Church *
Worship with us LIVE
on the web visit
Dual Day at Greater New Hope
Greater New Hope AME Church, located at 2708 N. Davis Street,
Jacksonville, FL 32209 will present their annual Dual Day program,
Sunday, September 25th, 2011. Join the Greater New Hope family for
Praise & Worship as they celebrate men of distinction and women of excel-
lence working together in God's Service. Elder and Channel 12 News
Anchor/Reporter Ken Amaro will act as Master of Ceremonies. Guest
speaker for the evening is Ms. JuCoby Pittman., President/CEO The Clara
White Mission. For more information or tickets contact Rev. Mary F.
Davis, Pastor (904) 356-2121 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bishop McKissick, Jr. to keynote
workshop for fathers and sons
ISTEP (Inspiring Success That Equals Purpose) in partnership with CROP
(College Reach-out Program) of Florida State College presents a "A Fall
Empowerment Series for The Total Family," October 22, 2011, 10 a.m. -12
p.m. The theme is "I Believe in Me" with Bishop Rudolph McKissick Jr
and is geared for fathers and sons. For more information visit www.niain-
spirations.com or email email@example.com
I'm saved Now What? Book Signing
Self-Published, and up and coming author, Kristina Brown will have a book
signing, to promote her book I'm Saved-Now What? Saturday, October 1,
2011, 1:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m., at the Aloft Hotel, 751 Skymarks Drive,
32218. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call
New Bethel presents dinner theater
New Bethel A.M.E. Church, 1231 Tyler St., Rev. Harry L. Dawkins,
Pastor, presents "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner", a dinner theater per-
formance, Friday, September 30, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. Dinner will be served
5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Opening Curtain is at 7:00 p.m. A $15 donation is
requested for the dinner theater production. For more information call
904/333-0806. For more information, please email email@example.com.
Genealogists Exchange Meeting
The Southern Genealogist's Exchange Society will meet Saturday,
October 8, 2011 at 10:15 a.m. at the Mandarin Regional Library, 3330 Kori
Road, Jacksonville. October is Family History Month and the program will
be provided by members sharing their personal family history writings.
Free & open to the public. For more information call (904) 333-5222.
September 22-28, 2011
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Shown above in front of the birthday cake honoring her 82nd birth-
day is Lois Gibson as her daughter Audrey Gibson, who just found out
she won the State Senate democratic candidacy, looks on. FMPoweil
Audrey Gibson wins Senate Seat
Former state Rep. Audrey Gibson
easily won the Democratic primary
for a state Senate seat representing
parts of Jacksonville, St. Johns,
Flagler and Putnam counties.
Two hours after the polls closed,
Gibson had over 62 percent of the
vote in the four-candidate race.
Former state Rep. Terry Fields was
closest competitor, drawing just
over 32 percent of the vote in Duval
County and even smaller percent-
ages in the southern counties.
Candidates Ramon Day and
Leandrew Mills III split the rest of
Only 12,298 people voted in the
special election to replace Sen.
Tony Hill, who resigned to work in
the administration of Jacksonville
Mayor Alvin Brown. The senate
district includes more than 600,000
Just 10 percent of Duval County's
registered voters cast ballots in the
primary, and turnout was even
lower in the other four counties.
Duval County's Supervisor of
Elections Jerry Holland told
Channel 4 the election cost taxpay-
ers just more than $500,000.
No Republican qualified in the
race, but write-in candidate Andrea
Austin did qualify, and so the win-
ner of the Democratic primary will
appear on a general election ballot
on Oct. 18 -- at a cost of another
Holland said no write-in candi-
date has ever won an election in
Florida, and holding this election
will cost about $35 per vote.
"Taxpayers dollars," voter Mike
Phelts said. "What can I say. I guess
it's the law?"
Holland was in Tallahassee on
Monday lobbying to change that
law to minimize the need for spe-
cial elections and save money.
"One thing that I am proposing,
that when we have a vacancy in
these types of senate and represen-
tative races, that the party pick a
choice in order to fill (the seat until)
the next election," Holland said.
by Gerrie Summers
Some sisters view their wigs,
weaves and extension as a godsend.
These hairstyle methods can
instantly change a woman's appear-
ance, give her damaged hair a rest
from chemical processing, and help
her transition from chemically
treated tresses to her hair's natural
texture. What's more, these options
may even aid hair growth by pro-
tecting tresses from heat styling
tools and harsh weather.
If you're considering going from
real to faux real, heare's a look at
the most popular styling options
available and tips that will help
keep your natural. God-given hair
it's healthiest while you try out a
man-made mane or other enhanced
add-ons. But before we start what's
key says hair loss specialist Toni
Love author of The World of Wigs,
Weaves and Extensions is that you
select an experienced professional
to apply any type of commercial
hair. And have the hairstylist exam-
ine your hair and scalp to ensure
both are ready for the procedure
you've chosen. If your hair is
relaxed experts suggest indulging
your tresses in several deep condi-
tioning treatments before the serv-
ice. And if hair is in natural state
professionals recommend one or
two or these fortifying treatments.
WIGS The best thing about
these hairpieces is their versatility.
What's more, wigs are a great
option for women who don't want
to remain slaves to chemical treat-
ments or who want to give their hair
a break from daily styling, says
New York City-based hairstylist
Shedelle Holmes. "For those who
are transitioning (from chemically
treated styles.), as your hair begins
to grow you can trim the straight-
ened ends until you're comfortable
enough to do the big chop and
remove all the relaxed hair."
But wearing a wig doesn't mean
ON S ORA IG
you can skip taking care of your
hair and scalp. Make sure to wash
and condition the hair weekly with
a sulfate-free shampoo, and also use
a detangling, leave-in conditioner,
suggests Peggy Fuller, MD, of the
Esthetics Center for Dermatology
in North Caroline. Fuller also rec-
ommends wearing low-mainte-
nance style such as loose plaits and
knots or ,
the wig to
front or full-lace wig hairpiece con-
structed so that hair looks as if it's
growing out of its lace base. But
under these wigs and hairpieces of
all types, women should "avoid
tight elastic stockings or other pro-
tective head coverings that may
cause friction and tension on the
hairline and nape of the neck and
exacerbate hair loss," Fuller warns.
Holmes also cautions lace wig afi-
cionados to be careful. "The exces-
sive use of adhesives or other bond-
ing agents used to attach these hair-
pieces to the head, can pull the hair
and eventually cause traction alope-
cia (type of balding)," Holmes says.
EXTENSIONS Peruse online
forums about braided hair and
you'll read numerous stories about
severe hair damage women experi-
enced from putting in extensions a
quantity of hair added to one's own
for length and volume or to get a
new look. One woman revealed
what happened when a technician
braided too much hair onto her own
fine strands. The added hair was too
heavy. When she removed her
braids, she also lost a handful of her
own hair from the roots.
The big problem with extensions
is the hair's weight and the
pull it exerts on women's nat-
ural tresses. "When added
hair is applied or sewn too
tight on women's heads, this
along with the weight and
volume of the commercial
hair can do great damage to
the natural hair, especially if
it's thin or fine," Love says.
"Once traction alopecia sets in and
damages the follicles and scalp, it's
hard for fair to bounce back."
But despite these possible prob-
lems, when properly used, braided
extensions are a great protective
style. While wearing these add-ons,
wash hair once week to remove
product buildup and always dry hair
thoroughly to prevent bacteria build
up that can cause rot and mildew.
Also if possible use human hair
extensions because they're wash-
able. (Synthetic hair isn't water
friendly so it can matte and cause
your own strands to break when
you try to take out the braids.) And
when removing braids from relaxed
hair be careful not to stress tresses
at the demarcation point where the
difference in texture weakens the
hair. Give relaxed and natural hair a
rest for at least two weeks before
re-braiding. Opt for a very low-
maintenance style, or consider
wearing a flattering wig.
WEAVES a weave is the
process of adding a full head of hair
extensions to one's natural tresses
by sew-in glue-in methods. And
through dermatologists have
knocked poorly applied weaves
It's fun to experiment
with wigs and other
add-ons, but don't
)rget to care for your
own tresses while
you try different
because of balding risks, this pop-
ular styling option can also give
hair a rest from chemical treat-
ments or help women transition
from relaxed to natural hair. While
dermatologist Brooke Jackson
M.D., founder of the skin
Wellness Center of Chicago, finds
nothing wrong with wearing
weaves and braids, she suggests
women don't perm their hair
before putting in a weave or braids.
What' more, if your hair is already
traumatized from using relaxers,
Jackson cautions, don't damage
tresses even more by putting in a
And if your hair is healthy
enough to support a weave, don't
leave it in for more than four to
eight weeks. In addition, have it
professionally cared for by a stylist.
"It's always good to have your
stylist deep condition any visible
hair on a weekly basis," Holmes
recommends. Also give your hair a
break in between weaves. And
remember to trim the ends. When
it's time to remove your weave,
preferably have it done by a profes-
sional who follows the proper
removal procedures for sewn or
glued in hair.
"I've had all of these styles,"
Jackson admits. "My weave was
too tight and made me feel like I
was going to become my own
patient. No one should need to take
Tylenol after a hair appointment!"
Needless to say, when Jackson
got her weave removed, she fol-
lowed her own advice. A profes-
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Women of Color present annual Ebony & Ivory Gala
Monye Dawson, Denise Dawson, E. Trudy Dixon, Teresa Toomer and Rev. Kennetta Carter
r rB .. "' W -a .J
Standing: Annette Gadsden-Smith and Kevin M Smith, (seated I-r) Rev. Barry,
Angela Wright, Jacqueline Harrington, Sarah Phelps and Susan Pawkins
Lwidia Ouionones, Christina Dozier, Khalilah Lyotrol, Ericka Woolbright and Deidre Perkins
Hazel Martin, Mable D Bass, Vivian Southwell-Beam Honoree, Kay Odom,
Cydney Meadows, Jacquelyn Meadows and Peggy Rice Johnson
Family of the late Gertrude Peele, Wayne Ford, and Gayle Pitts,
accept the Education Award on her behalf and a $1000 donation
to her non-profit, the Reed Education Campus.
(Standing) Ruby Newman, Maliza McMillan and Mary Parker
(seated) Lou Myers, Hilda Myers, Joseph and Helen Jackson
1."N .... F r
Pauline Rolle, M.D.
Health and Safety Award
Estella Trudy Dixon
Fred Lee Education Award
Honoree Janice Tucker and
Fred Lee Education Award
The Women of Color Cultural
Foundation presented their annual
Ebony & Ivory Gala "An Evening
of Elegance", last weekend at the
WJCT Studios. The evening hon-
ored community trustees blazing
their paths in education, economic
development and health and safety.
Special honors were also given in
the fields of 'Distinguished
Couple' and 'Community Service
Agency.' Festivities were capped
off with a silent auction.
In addition to the Awards gala, the
WOC also present the Heart of
Woman Luncheon, the Universal
Teen Scholarship Program and a
community wide Health
Symposium. This year's honorees
were: Health and Safety Sandy
Barata, Dr. Pauline Rolle and
Economic Development Award
Michele Romolde; Education -
Janice Tucker, Estella Trudy Dixon
and Gertrude Peele (posthumous)
and Economic Development -
Lauren Little. Floyd and Wanda
Willis were awarded the
Distinguished Couple Award.
Master and Mistress of Ceremony
were Channel 4 anchors Tarik
Minor and Melanie Lawson. The
couple guided the program which
included the invocation by Rev.
Barry Wright and a tribute in song
by Elizabeth Sullivan
The purpose of the Foundation is
to address the needs of people of
color by eliminating disparities in
health, education, economic devel-
opment, and other areas that affect
equality and common good of the
Director Michele Romolde
Health and Safety Award
September 22-28, 2011
Page 9 Ms. Perry's Free Press
September 22-28, 2011
FOR THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 20- 26, 20112B KE0.sandW l
C IA A CENTRAL INTERCOLLEGIATE
N. DIVISION W L W L
Bowie State 2 0 3 0
Lincoln 1 1 1 2
Eliz. City State 0 1 2 2
Virginia Union 0 1 2 2
Chowan 0 1 1 2
Virginia State 0 1 1 2
Winston-Salem State 2 0 3 0
J.C. Smith 1 0 2 1
Shaw 0 0 0 3
Fayetteville State 0 0 0 3
St. Augustine's 0 1 1 2
Uvingstone 0 2 0 3
CIAA PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
OL- Daven Gray, So., OT, WSSU -
WR Douglas McNeil, Sr., BSU 8 receptions, 75
yards, 2 TDs and 2-point conversion.
B Kameron Smith, R-Jr., WSSU 17 of 31,355
yards, 6 TDs in win over Chowan.
OB- Daronte McNelll, Jr., TB, ECSU 135 yards
on 24 carries, 2 TDs vs. FSU
DL- John Davis, So., ECSU -4 tackles, 2 solos, 1.5
sacks, 1 recov., 2 break-ups, 1 hurry vs. FSU
LB Brandon Smith, Sr., ECSU- 8 tackles, 5 solos,
1 forced fumble, 1 interception vs. FSU.
DB-Jerrell Gaynor, Sr., LIVINGSTONE-2 intercep-
tions, 3 tackles vs. BSU.
ROOKIE Keahn Wallace, QB, JCSU -19 of 31 for
191 yards, 1 TD, 77 rushing yards vs. VSU.
SPECIAL-KendallJefferson, Fr.,RB, BSU-42yds
on 6 carries, 4 punt returns, 1 for 42-yard TD.
M AC MID EASTERN
MII mA C ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
W L W L
Hampton 1 0 2 1
Norfolk State 1 0 2 1
S. Carolina State 1 0 1 2
Delaware State 0 0 2 1
N. Carolina A&T 0 0 1 1
NC Central 0 0 1 2
Morgan State 0 0 1 2
Savannah State 0 0 0 3
Bethune-Cookman 0 1 1 1
Howard 0 1 1 2
FloridaA&M 0 1 1 2
MEAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
OFFENSE David Legree, Sr., QB, HAMPTON
-25-of-35 for 260 yards and 1 TD and rushed 17
times for 66 yards and a score vs. ODU.
DEFENSE Delbert Tyler, So., LB, HAMPTON
- 17 tackles, 8 solos, 2.5 for losses, forced 2
turnover vs. ODU.
ROOKIE Tiron Gulon, Fr., LB, NCCU 6 tackles,
4 solos, returned an interception 75 yards for a
TD in loss to Elon.
LINEMAN Blake Matthews, r-Jr., NSU 2
pancakes, 86% grade vs. Howard
SPECIAL TEAMS Taurean Durham, Jr., PK,
HAMPTON 2-for-2 field goals (32 and 37 yards)
and four PATs vs. ODU.
IA C SOUTHERN INTERCOLLEGIATE
l-A ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
Fort Valley State
SIAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
David Carter, Jr., RB, MOREHOUSE- Rushed for
123 yards on 18 carries, averaging 6.8 yards per
carry and four TDs vs. Edward Waters.
Kedric Hooks, Sr., LB, LANE- 7 tackles, 5 solos,
1 sack, 1 interception returned 58 yards for TD., 2
hurries vs. Point.
Marion Jones, Jr., MOREHOUSE-
Dondre Purnell, Fr., QB, STILLMAN 10 of 20
for 92 yards, 2 TDs, also rushed for 46 yards
on 9 carries,
Ryan Bullock, Fr., PK/P, LANE -3 FGs (32, 23,
36), 5 PATs, 4 punts.
S A SOUTHWESTERN
W C ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
E. DIVISION W L W L
Alabama State 2 0 2 1
Jackson State 1 0 3 0
AlabamaA&M 0 1 1 2
Alcom State 1 2 1 2
Miss. Valley St. 0 2 0 3
Ark. Pine Bluff 2 0 2 1
Grambling State 1 1 1 2
Prairie View A&M 1 1 1 2
Southern 1 1 1 2
Texas Southern 0 1 1 1
SWAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Jamle Payton, Sr., LB, SOUTHERN 11 tackles,
8 assists, 1 sack, 1 interception, 1 forced fumble, 2
recoveries, 2 hurries vs. Jackson Slate.
Nick Andrews, Sr., WR, ALABAMA STATE Nine
receptions for 148 yards with 2 touchdowns (50, 15)
in win over Grambling State. I
Rico Small, Jr., QB, TSU 10 of 17 for 290 yards
and 3 TDs (51, 14, 37), also ran for 26-yard TD in win
over Texas College.
ArturoTomayo, PK,ALCORNSTATE- Madelwofield
goals (40, 21) and 3 of 5 PATs vs. MVSU.
Jerry Lovelocke, r-Fr., QB, PV A&M 22 of 37
for 259 yards and 2 TDs vs. UAPB. Also threw 2
Langston 2 1
Tennessee State 1 2
Lincoln (Mo.) 1 2
Cheyney 1 2
Edward Waters 1 2
Concordia-Selma 0 2
W. Va. State 0 2
VU Lynchburg 0 3
Central State 0 4
Texas College 0 4
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Dante Thomas, RB, TENN. STATE 19
carries, 99 yards and a 5-yard TD run in loss
to Murray State.
Rico Council, TENN. STATE Led Tigers
with 10 tackles, 2 solos, and had a half-sack
in loss to Murray State.
Jamin Godfrey, PK, TENN. STATE Hit field
goals of 29 and 47 yards and was 3 of 3 on
PATs vs. Murray State.
Johnson C. Smith 14, Virginia State 7
Lane 46, Point University 18
Lincoln (PA) 19, Virginia Union 10
Louisburg 31, Va. Univ of Lynchburg 15
Missouri Western State 47, Langston 0
Morehouse 49, Edward Waters 15
Morgan State 13, Robert Morris 12
Murray State 58, Tennessee State 27
NW Missouri State 73, Lincoln (MO) 7
Norfolk State 23, Howard 9
Old Dominion 45, Hampton 42
South Florida 70, Florida A&M 17
Stillman 31, Kentucky State 29
Texas Southern 49, Texas College 6
Valdosta State 30, Albany State 27
West Alabama 45, Central State 7
Winston-Salem State 55, Chowan 24
HOW THEY DID IT
Indiana 38, BCSP No. 1 South Carolina State 21
South Carolina State (1-2, 1-0 MEAC) played its second good
game against a Div. I opponent but once again came up on the short end,
this time in Bloomington, Indiana vs. the Hoosiers.
SCSU QB Derrick Wiley threw for 211 yards and two TDs and ran
for 60 yards to keep the Bulldogs close but they could not stop the bal-
anced Hoosiers who amassed 288 passing and 279 rushing yards. SCSU
WR Tyler McDonald had 7 receptions for 159 yards and a 69-yard TD
Trailing 24-7 at halftime, SCSU got within ten twice in the second
half, at 24-14 late in the third quarter on Wiley's 8-yard TD pass to Caleb
Davis and at 31-21 with 12:10 to play on a 21-yard TD run by freshman
Old Dominion 45, No. 3 Hampton 42
BCSPNo. 3 Hampton(1-2,1-0 MEAC) staged a shootout in Norfolk,
Va. and came up just three points short. The Pirates totalled 397 yards to
391 for ODU.
HU QB David Legree threw for 260 yards and 1 TD and ran for 60
yards and another TD.
No;.7 Alabama State 31, No. 4 Grambling State 17
Alabama State (2-1, 2-0 SWAC) broke from
a 10-10 tie at the end of the third quarter scoring
three quick fourth-quarter touchdowns to knock off
Grambling (1-2, 1-1 SWAC) in Montgomery, Ala.
ASU back-up QB Greg Jenkins (7-12-1, 59
yards) hit Nick Andrews (7 receptions, 159 yards,
2 TDs) with his second TD from 15 yards out with
10:01 left completing a 7- play, 51-yard drive to put
ASU up 17-10. Jennings then scored on a 16-yard Andrews
run less than a minute later, two plays after a Kejuan
Riley interception. Three plays after that score, Riley picked off another
pass returning it to the Grambling 3. ASU RB Quenda McKibbon scored
from there on the following play.
Norfolk State 23, Howard 9
Norfolk State QB Chris Walley (17-23-1) threw for 239 yards and
2 TDs and the Spartans (2-1, 1-0 MEAC) got three field goals to get past
Howard (1-2, 0-1).
Victor Hairston (4 receptions, 59 yards) had a 21-yard first-quarter
TD reception and Keith Johnson hauled in a 44-yard fourth quarter catch
for a score. Placekicker Ryan Estep hit field goals of 26 and 38 yards
while E. Goldeberg hit a 51-yarder.
Howard QB Greg McGhee threw for 118 yards (18 of 38) with 1
TD and ran 14 times for 100 yards.
No. 6 Winston-Salem State 55, Chowan 24
WSSUQB Kameron Smith (17-31-1) threw for
355 yards and six TDs (5, 29, 23, 85, 6 and 46 yards)
as the Rams (3-0, 2-0 CIAA S) routed Chowan (1-2,
0-1 N). Back-up WSSU QB Jamie Degeare (3-4-0) j
also threw for two scores covering 20 and 70 yards. B80
Chowan WR Robert Holland had six receptions for _j
108 yards with TD receptions of 51 and 18 yards. Smith
Johnson C. Smith 14, Virginia State 7
J.C. Smith scored on a 94-yard fumble return from Lance Harris
with :57 seconds left to give the Golden Bulls (2-1, 1-0 CIAA S) a victory
over Virginia State (1-2, 0-1 CIAA N). Antwan Lyde (25 carries, 103
yards) scored VSU's only TD on a 3-yard TD run. JCSU's other score came
on QB Keahn Wallace's 7-yard second-quarter pass to Avius Capers.
Wallace (19-31-2) threw for 191 yards and ran 18 times for 77 yards.
UNDER THE BANNER
WHAT'S GOING ON IN AND AROUND BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS
COLLINS OUT FOR THE SEASON:
A key defensive starter and one of the
heroes of Super Bowl XLV for the Green fI
Bay Packers is out for the season.
Packers head coach Mike McCarthy
says that safety Nick Collins, a seven-year
veteran safety out of Bethune-Cookman
and three-time Pro Bowler, will miss the
remainder of the year with a neck injury
suffered in the Packers 30-23 win over COLLINS
Collins, 28, was hurt in the 4th quarter when he tried to
tackle Panthers' running back Jonathan Stewart after Stewart
caught the ball. Collins' helmet made contact with Stewart's
leg. He had to be taken off the field on a stretcher.
He has not missed a game since 2007, when he suffered
a knee injury. Collins has started in all but two of 97 contests
since being drafted in the second round in 2005. Collins inter-
cepted a Ben Roethlisberger pass and returned it 37 yards for
a TD to put the Packers up 14-0 in Super Bowl XLV.
Key matchups in each conference
An early MEAC showdown is set this week as
BCSP No. 7 Hampton (2-1, 1-0) travels to Daytona
Beach, Fla. Thursday to take on No. 2 Bethune-Cook-
man (1-1,0-1). The 7:30 p.m. game will be televised
live on ESPNU.
Hampton already has a conference win over
Florida A&M while Bethune-Cookman lost its only
conference game to South Carolina State. This game
is critical as Hampton does not play South Carolina
State this season in the MEAC's revamped eight-game
A Hampton win would give the Pirates victories
over the teams other than South Carolina State con-
sidered contenders for the title and set up a big battle
with nearby rival Norfolk State in two weeks.
B-CU needs a win to keep from falling two games
back in the MEAC race.
Elsewhere in the MEAC, No. 1 South Carolina
State (1-2, 1-0) hosts Delaware State in Orangeburg,
SC (2 p.m.). No. 5 Norfolk State hosts Charleston
Southern. Morgan State (1-2) and Howard (1-2, 0-
1) meet Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at the Meadowlands in
the New York Urban League Classic. That game will
be carried on tape delay at 10:30 p.m. on ESPNU.
New MEAC members Savannah State (0-3) and
North Carolina Central (1-2) play their first of-
ficial conference game Saturday in Durham, N.C. at
6 p.m. Florida A&M (1-2) is in Atlanta for the Bank
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
Bethune-Cookman vs. Hampton in Daytona Beach, FL
Comcast Sports Southeast
Benedict vs. Fort Valley State in Columbia, SC
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
Emporia State vs. Langston in Emporia, KS
Texas Southern vs. Alcom State in Houston, TX
Tuskegee vs. Stillman in Tuskegee, AL
Air Force vs. Tennessee State in Colorado Springs, CO
Kutztown vs. Cheyney in Kutztown, PA
Central State vs. Dayton in Wilberforce, OH
Lane vs. Morehouse in Jackson, TN
Texas College vs. NW Oklahoma State in
Concord vs. West Virginia State in Athens, WV
SC State vs. Delaware State in Orangeburg, SC
Shaw vs. Elizabeth City State in Durham, NC
Jackson State vs. Alabama State in Jackson, MS
NC A&T vs. Coastal Carolina in Greensboro, NC
Norfolk State vs. Charleston Southern in Norfolk, VA
Concordia-Selma vs. Point University in Selma, AL
Miles vs. Albany State in Fairfield, AL
Prairie View A&M vs. Miss Valley State in Prairie View, TX
NC Central vs. Savannah State in Durham, NC
Virginia State vs. Chowan in Ettrick, VA
W-Salem State vs. Fayetteville State in W-Salem, NC
Kentucky Wesleyan vs. Kentucky State in Owensboro, KY
Davidson vs. Johnson C. Smith in Davidson, NC
Livingstone vs. Va. Univ of Lynchburg in Salisbury, NC
Saint Augustine's vs. Lincoln (PA) in Durham, NC
St. Louis Gateway Classic
Lincoln (MO) vs. Missouri Southern in St. Louis, MO
St. Louis Gateway Classic
Arkansas-Pine Bluff vs. Clark Atlanta in St. Louis, MO
TV / INTENT BROADCASTS
CIAA TV Network
Virginia Union vs. Bowie State in Richmond, VA
Bank of America Atlanta Classic Versus
Florida A&M vs. Southern in Atlanta, GA
NY Urban League Classic ESPNU Delayed 10:30pm ET
Morgan State vs. Howard in East Rutherford, NJ 3:30p
Grambling State vs. Alabama A&M in Grambling, LA 5p
HOT COACH: Still-
man head coach
Teddy Keaton leads
his first-place Tigers
into Tuskegee for
a key SIAC West
of America Classic (3:30 p.m.) at the Georgia
Dome vs. Southern (1-2). The game will be
carried live on the Versus TV network.
In the CIAA, Northern Division leader
Bowie State (3-0, 2-0 CIAA N) travels to
Richmond to face Virginia Union (2-2, 0-1) in
a key divisional matchup at 1 p.m. to be carried
live on the CIAA TV Network. Lincoln (1-2,
1-1 N), who got its first CIAA win last week
over Va. Union, comes to Durham, N.C. to meet
Saint Augustine's (1-2, 0-1 S).
South Division leader Winston-Salem
State (3-0, 2-0), averaging a black-college
high of 48.0 points per game and up to third in
the BCSP Top Ten, puts its unbeaten record on
the line at home vs. Fayetteville State (0-3).
WSSU entered the AFCA NCAA Div. II poll
this week at No. 23. Also, defending CIAA
champion Shaw (0-3) will be looking for its
first win hosting Elizabeth City State (2-2,
0-1 E) in Durham.
In the SWAC showcase, defending East
Division champ Alabama State (2-1, 2-0) and
head coach Reggie Barlow, coming off a big
win over Grambling last week that vaulted the
Hornets to No. 4, is at No. 6 and undefeated
Jackson State (3-0, 1-0) Saturday for a 4 p.m.
start. ASU and JSU are currently atop the divi-
sion race though JSU is ineligible for division
or conference titles because of academic issues.
That fact may add to the intensity and intrigue
of this affair.
Current West Division leader Arkansas-
Pine Bluff (2-0, 2-1), coming off a big win
over Prairie View A&M, travels to St. Louis
to face Clark Atlanta (2-1, 1-0) in the 3 p.m.
game of the Gateway Classic doubleheader.
1. SOUTH CAROLINA STATE (1-2) Fell at IU (Indiana),
38-21. NEXT: Hosts Delaware State Saturday.
2. BETHUNE-COOKMAN (1-1) Idle. NEXT: Hosts No. 7
Hampton in Daytona Beach Thursday.
3. WINSTON-SALEM STATE (3-0) Rolled over Chowan,
55-24. NEXT: Hosts Fayetteville State Saturday.
4. ALABAMA STATE (2-1) Got big 31-17 win over
Grambling State. NEXT: SWAC East showdown at No. 6
5. NORFOLK STATE (2-1) Downed Howard, 23-9. NEXT:
Hosting Charleston Southern
6. JACKSON STATE (3-0) Got by Southern, 28-24. NEXT:
Hosting No. 4 Alabama State.
7. HAMPTON (2-1) Lost 45-42 shootout to Old Dominion.
NEXT: At No. 2 Bethune-Cookman Thursday on ESPNU.
8. ALBANY STATE (2-0) Lost close one to Valdosta State,
30-27. NEXT: At Miles.
9. GRAMBLING STATE (1-2) Fell to No. 7 Alabama State,
31-17. NEXT: Hosts Alabama A&M.
10. FLORIDAA&M (1-2) Lost big at South Florida, 70-14.
NEXT: In Atlanta Saturday to face Southern.
Lincoln (Mo.) faces Missouri Southern in the
11 a.m. contest. Clark Atlanta got a big SIAC
win of its own last week knocking off Fort
Valley State and now sits atop the new SIAC
Elsewhere in the SWAC, Texas Southern
(1-1, 0-1 W) hosts Alcorn State (1-2, 1-2 E)
and Prairie View (1-2, 1-1 W) hosts winless
Mississippi Valley State (0-3, 0-2 E).
Another team making some noise in the
SIAC is surprising Stillman (2-1, 1-0). The
Tigderi, tiitd fist-year coach Teddy Keaton,
opened the season with a win at home over de-
fending CIAAchamp Shaw and lastweekedged
Kentucky State and now sit atop the new SIAC
West Division. The Tigers will travel to former
conference power but now winless Tuskegee
(0-2) in a key 1 p.m. divisional showdown.
Also in the SIAC, Morehouse (2-1) and
Lane (2-1) hook up in their first conference
game in Jackson, Tenn. Albany State (2-1),
down to 13th in the AFCA poll after losing to
Valdosta State last week, is at Miles (1-2, 0-1).
Benedict (1-2) hosts FortValley State (0-3,0-1)
Thursday in Columbia, S.C.
ISAAC REbMAN, RB, Pittsburgh (3rd year,
BOWIE STATE) Ten carries for 49 yards
including a 20-yard Tb run, the first rushing
TD of his career in 24-0 win over Seattle. Also
had one reception for six yards.
2011 LA K 0CLL GEVO LEY AL (esuts0Saning ad eeky onrs
Friday, Sept. 23
Virginia State @ Lincoln
Shaw @ JC Smith
Virginia Union @ Bowie State
WSSU @ St. Augustine's
Fayetteville State @ Livingstone
Friday, Sept. 23
NC A&T @ NC Central
SC State vs. Miss. Valley State
Sat., Sept. 24
UMES vs. Campbell
Norfolk State @ High Point
Norfolk State vs. Campbell
UMES vs. High Point
Friday, Sept. 23
Arkansas-PB @ Texas Southern
Tougaloo @ Alcom State
Miss. Valley State vs. SC State
Alcom State vs. Bellhaven
Jackson State @ Alcom State
CIAA CENTRAL INTERCOLLEGIATE
CI ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
DIV CONF ALL
N. DIVISION L WL W L
Chowan 1 0 5 0 9 3
Elizabeth City State 0 0 3 1 4 8
Virginia Union 0 0 1 2 1 7
Bowie State 0 0 1 2 1 8
Lincoln 0 0 0 4 012
Virginia State 0 1 1 3 1 9
Fayetteville State 1 0 1 1 4 4
Livingstone 0 0 1 0 2 3
St. Augustine's 0 0 5 1 5 7
Winston-Salem State 0 0 4 2 4 7
Shaw 0 0 1 5 212
J.C. Smith 0 1 0 2 1 5
CIAA PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
MEAC MID EASTERN
IM EAC ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
N. DIVISION W L W L
Maryland-Eastem Shore 0 0 5 5
Hampton 0 0 3 7
Norfolk State 0 0 2 7
CoppinState 0 0 3 11
Morgan State 0 0 2 12
Delaware State 0 0 1 10
Howard 0 0 1 13
Bethune-Cookman 0 0 6 8
S. Carolina State 0 0 5 9
N. Carolina Central 0 0 0 11
FloridaA&M 0 0 0 9
Savannah State 0 0 0 14
N. Carolina A&T 0 0 0 12
MEAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Krytea Gardner, Jr., OH, B-CU Led team to 2-2
record htling 22%t from the floor with 73 kills, 41
digs on defense In 3-2 win over Hamplon, had
29 kills and 14 digs.
Saltaua losla, Fr., OH, UMES Guided leam to
2-1 week with 59 kills, 30 digs and 6 blocks and
11 blocks in throe matches
SIAC SOUTHERN INTERCOLLEGIATE
S I C ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
Fort Valley State
DIV CONF ALL
W L WL WL
1 0 10 73
1 01 0 21
2 12 1 24
0 0 00 23
0 2 02 63
0 2 02 29
5 05 0 65
3 14 1 56
3 2 32 35
1 21 2 1 5
1 3 14 25
0 5 05 05
SIAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Lydia Wise, Fr, OH, CLAFLIN 33 kills .372 hitting
percentage in Iwo winning matches. Had 21 kills, 5
digs, 2 assists and 2 blocks vs CAU.
Kathrln Fischer, So., CLAFLIN 78 assists in
two wins. Career-high 38 vs. Paine, bettered
with 40 vs. CAU.
Courtney Person, Fr., CLAFLIN 25 digs in
Miss. Valley St.
Ark. Pine Bluff
Prairie View A&M
W L W L
1 0 6 11
0 0 4 8
0 0 4 13
0 0 1 12
0 1 6 6
SWAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
q AZEEZ Communications, Inc. Vol. XVIII, No. 8
West Georgia 23, Miles 20
Alabama A&M 21, Tuskegee 6
Alabama State 31, Grambling State 17
Alcom State 39, Miss Valley State 14
Appalachian State 41, Savannah State 6
Ark.-Pine Bluff 36, Prairie View A&M 29
Benedict 23, Shaw 17
Bowie State 41, Livingstone 14
Clark Atlanta 16, Fort Valley State 11
Delaware 45, Delaware State 0
Edinboro 41, Cheyney 13
Eliz. City State 42, Fayetteville State 21
Elon 23, NC Central 22
Indiana 38, SC State 21
Jackson State 28, Southern 24
BCSP NFL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
FOR GAMES OF SEPT. 18-19, 2011
JUSTIN bURANT, LB, Detroit (5th year,
HAMPTON) Led Detroit with 11 tackles, 8
solos, one tackle for loss in big 48-3 win over
A AROUND TOWN
What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
Annual Book Sale
The Bradham Brooks Northwest
library will hold their annual book
sale Thursday, September 23,
noon 8 p.m., Friday, September
24, 10 a.m. 5 p.m., and Saturday,
September 25, 10 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
Visit Bradham Brooks library at
1755 Edgewood Avenue W. or call
Beta Greek Picnic
The ladies of Zeta Phi Beta
Sorority, Inc. invite the community
to attend their Greek Picnic, located
in Zeta Phi Beta Park, 3721 Owen
Road Jacksonville, Florid 32208. It
will be held Saturday, September
24th from 1 6 p.m. Activities
include a step show, stroll contest,
volleyball, raffle, food and more.
For more information, call Denise
Everett at 704-5181.
Donate to the
Pet Food Bank
The First Coast No More
Homeless Pets Pet Food Bank will
have a donation event. Help fill the
truck on Saturday, September 24th
from 10 a.m. 2 p.m. at the Orange
Park Mall, 1910 Wells Rd Suite
1096a, in front of Sears. Volunteers
will be on hand to unload food
donations in a drive up setting. All
types of dry dog and cat food are
needed. For more information call
904-425-0005 or visit www.fcn-
Dog Days in
the Park 2011
Join the Springfield Animal Care
& Rescue Club (SACARC) for Dog
Days in the Park 2011, celebrating
fun for the whole family includ-
ing the four-legged members.
Bring the kids and the dogs to
Confederate Park 956 Hubbard
Street, Jacksonville, FL 32206 on
Saturday, September 24, 2011
from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for food,
beer and fun. For more information
visit www.sacarc.org or email con-
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 633-9308.
The Jacksonville Bar Association in
conjunction with other organiza-
tions are offering an "Ask-A-
Lawyer" event on Saturday,
September 24th, 9:00-12:00, at the
Gateway Town Center. The service
is free-of-charge. Attorneys will
conduct individual, 10-to-15-
minute consultations. For more
information contact Kathy Para,
Esq. at (904) 356-8371, ext. 363.
Ride for Justice
The 6th annual Ride for Justice
will take place on September 24,
2011 to benefit the Justice
Coalition. The ride will begin at the
Jacksonville Landing lead by
Sheriff John Rutherford and Clay
County Sheriff Rick Beseler on a 50
mile scenic route, ending at Old
Plank Baptist Church where riders
will be served a barbecue lunch.
Register by calling 783-6312 or
online at www.justicecoalition.org.
Cruise with Raines
Class of 1970
The Raines Class of 1970 is sailing
on a cruise September 22-29, 2012.
The ports of call are Port Canaveral,
Nassau Bahamas, St. Thomas, and
St. Maarten. For more information
contact Toby Byrd at (904) 879-
2605 or email tobybyrd@wind-
Improv at Alhambra
The Alhambra presents a special
night of Live Comedy Featuring,
Live Improv, a theatrical art form
that combines acting and quick-wit-
ted humor to create a totally
unscripted, fast-paced comedy per-
formance. The Improv Effect cre-
ates scenes, games and songs
entirely based on audience sugges-
tions. Come Improv on Monday,
September 26th at the Alhambra
Dinner Theatre, 12000 Beach
Blvd., at 8:00 p.m. For reservations
call (904) 641-1212 or visit.
The Jacksonville Diversity
Network will hold a discussion on
Tuesday, September 27th at 6:30
p.m. The main topic is "How would
we reduce the deficit?" Issues to be
presented will be from our 'diverse'
points of view. The discussion will
be held at River House, 1878 King
St., For more information email
Learn African dance
Join Cathedral Arts for an evening
of dance, Wednesday, September
28, 5:30-8:30 p.m., at the Art
Center II Studios, 229 North Hogan
Street. Learn lessons in ballroom
and West African dance. Chew will
be providing dinner fare, I Love My
Life Chocolate will be providing
raw, vegan chocolate for dessert,
Bold City is providing the beer, and
Hope Wine Shop at Home has the
wine covered. For tickets, please go
Duval County Master Gardeners
will be hosting Plant Clinics at the
following locations on Saturday,
October 1st from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.
at Trads Garden Center, 8178 San
Jose Blvd., Hall's Nursery, 111524
San Jose Blvd, Gore's Nursery,
10357 New Kings Road, Turner
Ace Hardware, 784 Marsh Landing
Parkway, and Hall's Ace Hardware,
5645 Blanding Blvd. For more
information contact Becky
Davidson at 255-7450 or email
for Gene Hollomon
An Honorary Tribute for Eugene
(Gene) Hollomon- a fundraiser, jazz
and variety show will be held at the
Karples Manuscript Library and
Museum Saturday, October 1st, 6
- 9 p.m., 101 East Laura Street,
Jacksonville FL 32201.
For more information call Roxann
Hilbert at (904) 699-5952.
Kids' artistic book fair
On Saturday, October 1, 2011,
from noon to p.m. The Cummer
Museum of Art & Gardens, located
at 829 Riverside Avenue, presents
Words of Art: A Children's Book
Fair & Literacy Family Day. Meet
Jacksonville children's authors and
illustrators, while shopping for
books and graphic novels. This
event will feature storyteller and
musician Ajamu Mutima. For more
information contact: achamber-
email@example.com or call (904) 899-
6034 or visit www.cummer50.org.
Daddy Daughter Dance
Girls Inc. of Jacksonville's is host-
ing its' Daddy Daughter Dance on
Saturday, October 1, 2011. The
event is held in honor of girls and
their fathers, or special men in their
lives, and will take place at the
Renaissance Resort at the World
Golf Village, 500 South Legacy
Trail, St. Augustine, Florida 32092
from 6 10 p.m. For more informa-
tion visit www.girlsincjax.org or
call (904) 731-9933. Or visit
at the Ritz
Join the Ritz Theatre for a free
evening of Spoken Word, Thursday,
October 6th at 7 p.m. Call 632-
A Taste of Jacksonville
To celebrate the tenth anniversary
of the Florida Black Expo, there
will be a "A Taste of Jacksonville"
event showcasing area chefs, cater-
ers, bakers and restaurants to local
area and national companies. It will
held Thursday October 6, 2011.
For more information call 403-6960
or call (352) 327-1977.
Join Tony Boselli
for Mud Fest 2011
The Boselli Foundation will pres-
ent the 2011 Jax Mud Fest on
Saturday, October 8th at the
Jacksonville Equestrian Center
(13611 Normandy Blvd., 32221).
The event features a 5K Mud Run
for ages 10 and up, a 1/2 Mile Kids
Mud Run for children ages 6-9 and
an outdoor festival. Come out and
enjoy a day packed full of great
food, drinks, music and other fami-
ly fun. The games begin at 9 a.m.
For more information call 904-573-
4881 or email
Florida Black Expo
The 2011 Florida Black Expo is set
for Saturday, October 8th at the
Prime Osborn Convention Center.
Guests include CNN commentator
Roland Martin, vocalist Oleta
Adams, actress Wendy Raquel
Robinson, and House of Payne
actor David Mann. For more infor-
mation visit call 800-419-2417.
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50 Cent to play pimp in Nicholas Cage film
50 Cent has signed on to play a pimp in a movie
detailing Alaska's infamous serial killer, Robert .
According to the Anchorage Daily News, the rapper
real name Curtis Jackson is joining the cast of
Nicolas Cage will star in the movie detailing the
police investigation of Hansen, who preyed on prosti-
tutes and strippers in the 1970s and early '80s in
Anchorage. Hansen confessed to killing 17 women; some he let loose in the
Alaska wilderness and hunted.
Cage will play an Alaska State Trooper who investigated the murders. John
Cusack will play Hansen, and Vanessa Hudgens, of "High School Musical"
fame, will play a victim who escaped.
ABC cancels Raven Symone comedy
Raven-Symone is finding out the hard way that
growing up is hard to do.
The actress who first gained popularity as the
adorable moppet on "The Cosby Show" and became
a squeaky-clean tween fixture on the Disney
Channel is finding the road to more adult projects a
bit bumpy, despite attracting attention for a
slimmed-down figure after losing about 40 pounds.
Her latest project was "State of Georgia," an ABC
family comedy that starred Raven-Symone as an
aspiring actress who leaves the South to become a
big star. The comedy, which ran last summer, was
canceled Friday after failing to attract viewers.
Beatles banned segregated audiences
The Beatles showed their support for the US civil rights movement by
refusing to play in front of segregated audiences, a contract shows.
The document, which is to be auctioned next week, relates a 1965 concert
at the Cow Palace in California.
Signed by manager Brian Epstein, it specifies that The Beatles "not be
required to perform in front of a segregated audience".
The agreement also guarantees the band payment of $40,000.
Other requirements include a special drumming platform for Ringo Starr
and the provision of 150 uniformed police officers for protection.
Judge Tosses lawsuit from LeBron James'alleged dad
A judge has dismissed a lawsuit against LeBron James from the man who
claims to be his biological father,
Leicester Bryce Stovell sued
LeBron and his mother Gloria last
year claiming they defamed him, c l
blocked him from making money h
and tampered with paternity test
results that showed he was not
According to TMZ, a
Washington, DC judge has dis-
missed all eight claims in Stovell's lawsuit. In the docs, the court said Stovell
had insufficient facts to support his claims.
As for Stovell's belief he could have earned big money, the court said,
"Apparently Stovell believes that companies are willing to pay him for being
the father of LeBron James." Tthe court once again said Stovell has no proof
to back that claim.
Stovell, a lawyer who claims a one-night stand with Gloria led to her preg-
nancy with LeBron, tells TMZ he still thinks there is "a likelihood" that he
is the NBA star's biological father, and he wants to retake a DNA test.
He also says he might appeal the dismissal.
Whatever Happened to Freddie "Boom-Boom"
Born in New York City on September 4, 1953, Lawrence Hilton Jacobs was the fifth of nine children hailing
from a family with West Indian heritage.
He began auditioning for acting gigs while still attending the High School ofArt and Design, and after grad-
uation, he supported himself by taking a series of menial jobs, honing his skills atAl Fann's Theatrical School
and with the Negro Ensemble Company.
Later heading to Hollywood, Lawrence appeared in a handful offeature films, Death Wish, Claudine, The
Gambler, and Cooley High, before landing the role of a lifetime in 1975 as Freddie "Boom-Boom" Washington
on a new TVseries called Welcome Back, Kotter. Though fated to be associated with that lovable character for-
ever, he has, nonetheless, gone on to enjoy an enduring career, evidenced by a resume' which boasts over 50
big screen and television credits, plus work as a director, as a scriptwriter, as a composer, and as a producer.
Here, he talks about his latest movie, Sublime, recently released on DVD, a thought-provoking, sci-fi
thriller, where he plays a man with suspicious motivations who goes by the name ofMandingo.
by K. Williams
Kam Williams: Hi Laurence. The
first thing I want to ask you is
whether you remember my cousin,
Maurice Sneed, an actor who came
up around the same time as you.
Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs: Oh, man,
to death! Are you kidding me?
What a small world man! I haven't
seen Maurice in a million years.
Q: I can't wait to tell him that we
spoke, although we all call him
Brother. That was his nickname as a
LHJ: Here's just a little interesting
piece of trivia. See if you can find a
was made in
and I did that
It's a street gang
Q: I'll check it
out. Weren't you
also in the
duction of What
o the Wine Sellers
Buy back in the
him? If so, I
might have met
you when he
meet the rest of
LHJ: No, I
only did that
play with the
New York com-
pany. I think
actor did Wine
Sellers ... at
some point in
back then. But say "hi" to Maurice
Q: Will do. Is it true that you did
an assortment of odd jobs after high
LHJ: Yeah, I had a lot of jobs,
because I wanted to be an actor, and
I had this bad habit of wanting to
eat regularly. So, I had to make
some money somewhere. I was
everything from a stock worker in
an Alexander's department store to
flower delivery person to a messen-
ger to a grocery clerk to a gas sta-
tion attendant. I even worked in
Television leaves healthy Black
marriages out of the picture
by Goldie Taylor, TG
Camping, rugby, and well, Sarah
Silverman. These, at least according
to a now infamous list, are a few
things white people like. New
Balance shoes, parental hatred and
yoga made the top 100 too. Which
is funny, only because I could never
really figure out why I kept skip-
ping the classes I eagerly signed up
for. And well, I'm certain that if I
even thought about hating my
mother she'd whack me in the head
with a Bolo-bat.
Number 116 is "black music
black people don't listen to any-
more". And that fully explains #69:
Mos Def. Or Yasiin, as he prefers to
be called these days.
White people also seem to be
enamored with marriage. Although
that age-old social institution didn't
make the list, a recent study in the
new book "Is Marriage for White
People?" lays out the case.
Over the last 50 years, African-
Americans have become "the most
unmarried people in our nation"
says the book's promotional materi-
al. "[Black women] are more than
twice as likely as white women to
"The shortage of successful black
men not only leaves black women
unmarried, it renders them more
likely than other women to marry
less educated and lower earning
The solution? Marry a white man,
I suppose if I actually believed
author and Stanford Law professor
Ralph Richard Banks, I'd be ready
to hurl myself over a bridge. Not
that interracial marriage is neces-
sarily a bad thing. I've been there
and I've got incredible children (and
a lifelong friend to show for it).
Drowning in a river of grief, I may
never gone back for a second
chance, found the love of my life
and grown my family to a party of
seven. But, it's the settling part that
most disturbs me.
What's wrong, anyway, with mar-
rying someone who earns less
money or didn't go to B-school? Mr.
Right might be an artist, an entre-
preneur or run a non-profit. Heaven
forbid he turn out to be a school-
teacher, police officer or social
worker. Nothing about a six-figured
salary guarantees a happy, sustain-
able marriage. Besides, the shoe has
been on the other foot for centuries.
Men marry women of lesser income
Banks, learned as he may be,
misses the real point. Marriage, like
good parenting, is handed down
like baseball and chili recipes.
Negotiating the waters of healthy
relationships and marriage is a
learned skilled. Its relative strength
and durability is held in something
as basic as mimicry. We do what we
In 2007, I conducted a study on
behalf of my then client Procter &
Gamble. The P&G/ Essence poll
showed that 77 percent of African-
American women believed they
were more negatively portrayed in
popular culture than any other race
or gender. It was rare, they said, that
black women were reflected -- par-
ticularly in music, film and televi-
sion -- in healthy, balanced relation-
ships. And black men were fairing
On screen, they are hapless street
urchins -- abusing the women who
loved them, abandoning the chil-
dren who needed them. Generally
speaking, aside from The Cosby
Show, black people have a difficult
time pointing to widely distributed,
positive reflections of black life.
Our "condition", as it were, is too
often housed the dilapidated, drug
infused, bullet-riddled construct of
Hollywood's fertile imagination.
Before you discount the power of
what we watch or listen to.
Remember, the soundtrack of the
1950s and 60s helped to fuel the
civil rights movement and that the
counterculture films of the 60s
helped end wars, change social
mores and advance human rights.
All we are saying is give peace a
chance... Remember the power of
Black radio to impact the public
discourse and incite change?
So-called reality television, with
its not so real housewives and the
near weekly hyper-sexualized
slugfests, is candidly damaging.
Not only for the way it advances
cruel and vicious stereotypes, but
the insidious way in which it infects
and affects the way we see our-
selves. Hollywood doesn't get all of
the blame. Just like the local dope
boys around the way, they under-
stand something about demand.
They make what they know we'll
watch. Sadly, this season's network
television line-up promises no
reprieve and the news coverage sur-
rounding Professor Banks' some-
what less than profound book is
But, complaints about what
newsrooms choose to cover or
ignore, as well as what entertain-
ment industry chooses to green
light, wear old when we keep tun-
ing in, clicking and downloading.
We can expect nothing to change
about that until we change.
For the record, I am not offended
by Professor Banks presentation of
statistics. The gender, academic and
economic imbalances are evident
and clear. It's his analysis of root
cause and solution that I find so
troubling. If it's any consolation, at
least he didn't call me "angry."
Because you know there's nothing
Black women like more than being
Macy's dusting off fur coats for two
Q: How old were you when you
got bit by the acting bug?
LHJ: Early, just like your cousin.
Sneed was around 13 or 14 when he
started. We were both out of New
York. I bounced around then, trying
to get work while still going to
school, which is a little tough. And
then, when I became 18, Ijust start-
ed studying with the Al Fann
Theatrical Ensemble and with the
Negro Ensemble Company. Work
started to flourish from that.
Q: What was one of the early pro-
ductions you remember appearing ?
LHJ: Al Fann had a famous play
back then called King Heroin which
everyone who came to the ensem-
ble did. In the late Sixties and early
Seventies, as you know, the heroin
epidemic was exploding. I also did
Cora's Second Cousin, The Dean,
and The Exterminator, where I
played a guy who lands in purgato-
ry where he gets put on trial by the
bugs for trying to kill them.
Q: You made your screen debut in
Death Wish, the original vigilante
movie. Did you die in that flick?
LHJ: Yep, I was killed, shot by
Bronson [star Charles Bronson]
with a gun. It's kind of funny,
because when we were doing that
scene over by the Hudson River,
which took two days to shoot, it
was so cold I couldn't believe it.
And then some of the spray from
his blank gun hit me in the face,
man. I just sprung back from it, and
the director thought I was overact-
ing, but it had burned my face.
Q: People forget that even shoot-
ing blanks is potentially lethal. I
remember how the actor Jon-Erik
Hexum accidentally killed himself
on a movie set with a blank.
lets you give sitKdents at risk of dropping out the boost thcy need to nake it
through high school. Because ovC 30o of students in the U.S. aIn't giadiating.
And they've got a lot mrore to tackle than just thUr sdcooihvork.
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LHJ: Yeah, he put the gun to his
head and he took himself out, which
is a drag, man.
Q: Would you say that Cooley
High was your breakout role?
LHJ: Oh, big time! Yet, it's funny
how these things can overlap. Back
in those days, when a movie came
out, it might stay in theaters for a
year or even longer. So, I had done
Claudine and Cooley High, and
then Welcome Back, Kotter. And
they were all out at the same time.
So, I was all over the place.
KW: What was it like to have that
degree of fame all of a sudden?
LHJ: It was like an explosion. You
just don't get ready for it. I don't
even know how you can, because
you just don't expect it. For me, up
until that point, you would do a gig,
and then you'd go out and try to find
the next job.
So, I had no idea what effect
something blockbustering would
have. To me, it was just a job that I
was trying to do the best I could.
We had shot the first five shows
before it went on the air. Then, it
was this firecracker hit, and people
were recognizing me, so it was just
nuts. It was overwhelming, insane,
wonderful and scary all at the same
time. It's really peculiar that people
see you on television and then think
they have a personal relationship
with you. So, they want to touch
you, and grab you, and sit down and
have lunch with you. It's strange,
and you never get used to that.
KW: I guess they know who you
are, but they don't really know you.
Did you have a hard time handling
that aspect of fame?
LHJ: You learn to roll with it. I'll
talk to anybody and everybody. I
learned that from Jack Albertson
years ago. When he was doing
Chico and the Man with Freddie
Prinze, we were doing Kotter right
next-door to them. We all used to
hang out on the lot together. And
Jack, Red Foxx and Scatman
Crothers were like the elder states-
men, telling us the vaudeville sto-
ries from their early days. But Jack
is the one that told me, "Larry, you
should talk to everybody, that's how
you learn life." It was a simple thing
to say, but I got it. It's also a way of
keeping yourself down-to-earth.
U ,"I |. j,, Schomburg Center's New Director Shaping Vision for Cultural Mecca
Alabama's 16th Street Baptist Church honors
young civil rights victims on 48th anniversary
Maxine McNair, mother of 1963 bombing victim Carol Denise
McNair is shown above leaning forward in her wheelchair, looks to see
her daughters name on the marker. The memorial marker is set on the
side of the church where the bomb exploded.
Birmingham Members of an
Alabama church that was bombed
early in the civil rights movement
observed the 48th anniversary of
the attack last week by dedicating a
stone marker at the site of the blast
that killed four black girls.
Maxine McNair, the mother of one
of the young victims at the
Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in
Birmingham, joined hands with
others as a crowd sang "We Shall
Overcome" at the dedication. Bells
tolled, the girls' names were read
out loud and a group of about 100
people went outside to view a stone
tablet etched with the names of the
victims and a Bible verse. The
marker was erected along an out-
side wall at the spot where the pow-
erful explosive was planted.
Thousands of visitors stop each
year at the church and often ask
where the bomb was placed. The
girls' deaths shocked the nation and
came to symbolize the depth of
racial animosities in the South at
the time of the nascent civil rights
movement of the 1960s.
The bomb went off just before a
Sunday morning worship service
on Sept. 15, 1963, killing Cynthia
Wesley, Addie Mae Collins, Carole
Robertson and Denise McNair. Two
more black youths, Virgil Ware and
Johnny Robinson, were shot to
death later that day in violence that
Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad
By Cyril Josh Barker
When you enter Dr. Khalil
Gibran Muhammad's office at the
Schomburg Center for Research in
Black Culture, it's easy to see that
he's been there only a short time.
There are empty shelves, very little
art on the walls and a desk that has
yet to be overwhelmed.
The Black history scholar, who
came from Indiana University, has
been on the job as director of the
Schomberg for a little over a month
and half and already has his work
cut out for him.
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TULSA, Okla. -- The Cherokee
Nation's election commission voted
last week to allow descendants of
slaves once owned by tribal mem-
bers to cast ballots for principal
chief, but they'll only count in the
event of a court order.
Federal officials objected to a rul-
ing last month by the tribe's highest
court that found only people of
direct Cherokee ancestry could be
members of the tribe and vote in the
upcoming election, essentially
denying ballots to some 2,800
While the election commission's
vote doesn't directly overturn the
ruling by the Cherokee Nation
Supreme Court, it does allow for
freedmen to cast provisional ballots
in an effort to make the election
results stand, regardless of how the
courts ultimately rule.
The longstanding dispute
between the tribe and the freedmen
has only complicated the Sept. 24
special election between former
Chief Chad Smith and tribal council
member Bill John Baker.
Tribal Supreme Court justices
tossed results of the original June
25 election after finding the winner
of the contest couldn't be deter-
mined with a mathematical certain-
ty. A new election was ordered.
The election has drawn national
interest because while the tribe is
based in Tahlequah, many of its
300,000 members live outside
On Aug. 22, the tribe's high court
overturned a tribal district court rul-
ing that nullified the 2007 constitu-
tional amendment on grounds that it
violated an 1866 treaty between the
tribe and federal government that
granted former slaves citizenship.
The justices disagreed, saying the
treaty never afforded citizenship to
After the tribe sent out letters
kicking freedmen descendants out
of the tribe and stripping them of
their voting rights and benefits, the
U.S. Department of Housing and
Urban Development froze $33 mil-
lion in funds to the tribe. Last week,
Assistant Secretary for Indian
Affairs Larry Echo Hawk wrote a
sternly worded letter disagreeing
with the tribal court decision.
"I urge you to consider carefully
the nation's next steps in proceed-
ing with an election that does not
comply with federal law," Echo
Hawk wrote to acting Chief S. Joe
Crittenden. "The department will
not recognize any action taken by
the nation that is inconsistent with
these principles and does not accord
its freedmen members full rights of
Crittenden has said the special
election would take place as sched-
uled and told citizens the nation
would not be governed by the
Bureau of Indian Affairs.
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Redemption? NAACP Gives White
Convicted Murderer A Scholarship
The NAACP has given a man who was convicted of a murder in 1992
an academic scholarship, according to numerous news sources.
Over two decades ago,
i Bruce Reilly, 38, was con-
i evicted of murder after he
stabbed and Emerson
College professor, Charles
SRussell, to death.
Reilly plead no contest to
second-degree murder and
robbery and spent 12
years in jail.
Reilly now is pursuing a law degree at Tulane University, and has
received a Dean's Merit Scholarship and an NAACP Legal Defense
There is also a question about whether Reilly would even be able to
practice law as a convicted felon. According to the Louisiana State
Supreme Court, felons are not automatically precluded from practicing
law, but thlle have the burden of pi i ing "good moral character and fit-
ness to practice."
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He follows in the footsteps of Dr.
Howard Dodson, who announced
his retirement in 2009 after spend-
ing over 25 years at the Schomberg.
Muhammad has already hit the
ground running: In the short time
that he has been at what he calls the
"Library of Congress for the Black
community," his plan to build on
the Schomburg's stellar legacy
includes putting the center in better
reach of young people and broaden-
ing horizons for everyone in the
He feels his new position is
everything he thought it would be.
"It is what I expected," he said.
"The transition was long enough for
me to get a sense of the scale of
work involved and the scope of
responsibility the position involved.
The center is just an amazing place
in terms of the number of lives it
touches, the number of themes that
Muhammad has also used this
time to get better acquainted with
the 50 employees that work under
him, including librarians, writers,
archivists, historians and an admin-
As the fifth director in the
Schomburg's 85-year history,
Muhammad said he wants to put his
focus on the youth. He already has
plans outlined to engage young
people between the ages of 5 and
15, which include building a space
at the Schomberg for kids, connect-
ing with youth organizations and
getting into schools.
As the Schomburg Center grows,
Muhammad said he wants to give
the community a new experience
with Black history that they've
never had before. He added that
under his leadership, amateur and
educated historians will expand
their knowledge as soon as they
walk in the door.
"People need to walk through
those doors and feel the weight of
the past in terms of reverence for it,
in terms of the ongoing engagement
with it and the need for the
Schomburg to be part of creating
new pasts. I want people to say,
'Wow, this is different,'" he said.
"That's the message that I want to
send: that you are in a place that has
been at the forefront of engaging
the history of Black people in this
country and in the world.