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Herman Cain's poll
numbers starting to drop
For weeks, polls have shown former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman
Cain holding strong despite the revelation of sexual harassment allega-
tions against him. Now, his support is starting to collapse.
A new CNN poll finds Cain dropping 11 points among Republicans,
from 25 percent in October to 14 percent on Monday. That puts him in a
statistical tie for third place in the GOP nominating contest with Texas
Gov. Rick Perry.
Even as most Republicans continue to say that the allegations have no
effect on their vote, Cain is sliding downward.
Cain's numbers with women have also been eroding. Cain already
relied overwhelmingly on male voters for his support, but his drop in
female supporters is now large enough to have an impact. He dropped 13
points with women in the CBS poll since mid-October.
Minority lawmakers oppose
rewrite of No Child Left Behind
Minority lawmakers say House and Senate plans to rewrite the No Child
Left Behind education law fail to protect minority children, those with
disabilities and children learning English.
The black, Hispanic and Asian Pacific American congressional caucus-
es insisted in a letter that they want a strong federal role in ensuring all
students meet targets for reading and math. They also want goals for
graduation rates spelled out in the law and are seeking assurances that
English learners will get a quality education.
They say they oppose changes that would diminish equal access to edu-
cation for all students. The letter, sent to lawmakers on education com-
mittees, was dated Thursday and obtained by The Associated Press.
The 2002 education law required annual reading and math testing and
sanctions for schools that don't meet requirements. Critics say it is too
rigid and led to "teaching to the test."
In September, President Barack Obama said he would give waivers to
states that met certain requirements to get around some of the law's
Gayle King added as
CBS Morning News anchor
Gayle King is set to join CBS' morning news show,
initiating the second makeover ever for the program.
The changes won't likely take place until early next
year, when construction is complete on the new studio.
King isn't replacing anyone, but joining current hosts
Erica Hill and Jeff Glor. Chris Wragge, who joined
"The Early Show" last January, is still a toss up, however.
Also to join the crew is Charlie Rose, who will still host his nightly pro-
gram on PBS. He'll co-anchor the 7a.m. hour with Hill, while King will
co-anchor the 8 a.m. hour with Glor.
The close relationship that King, 56, has with Oprah Winfrey is not lost
on execs at CBS News; sources say Winfrey is likely to pop up on the
show to chat with her friend, much like she does on King's radio show.
FBI: Hate crimes target blacks
in 70 percent of race-based cases
Blacks were the group most likely to be the targets of race-based hate
crimes, according to a new federal report.
The report, compiled by the FBI's civil rights division, found that the
large majority of racial bias crimes were "motivated by anti-black bias."
Latinos were the targets of 66 percent of all hate crimes motivated by eth-
nicity or national origin. Jews were the targets of most crimes against
religious groups, and most crimes against a particular sexual orientation
or gender were motivated by "anti-homosexual male bias."
The number of hate crimes remained essentially flat between 2009 and
2010. There were 6,628 hate crimes reported in 2010, up very slightly
from 6,604 in 2009. About 47 percent of all the reported hate crimes were
racially motivated, with 20 percent motivated by religion, 19.3 percent
motivated by sexual orientation, and 12.8 percent motivated by national-
Navy ship named for civil
rights leader Medgar Evers
SAN DIEGO The widow of Medgar
Evers broke a bottle of champagne against
the hull of a new Navy ship that has been
named in honor of the slain civil rights
Myrlie Evers was among a thousand people
who attended the christening of the USNS
the Advancement of Colored People were on hand to hear a speech hon-
oring Evers by Ray Mabus, the Secretary of the Navy.
The 689-foot cargo ship will deliver food, ammunition, fuel and other
provisions to Navy combat ships at sea.
The vessel was built in San Diego by General Dynamics NASSCO.
Medgar Evers, a World War II veteran and field secretary for the
NAACP, was shot to death in 1963.
Volume 25 No. 4 Jacksonville, Florida November 17-23, 2011
High Court Takes Up Challenge
to U.S. Health Care Reform Law
As expected, the Supreme Court
has agreed to decide the constitu-
tionality of the sweeping health
care reform law championed by
President Barack Obama.
The justices made their announce-
ment in a brief order issued this
Oral arguments are likely to be
held in late February or March,
with a ruling by June, assuring the
blockbuster issue will become a
hot-button political debate in a
presidential election year.
The high court agreed to hear two
major questions: whether the law's
key provision is unconstitutional,
and if so, whether the entire law,
with its 450 sections, must be
A conservative-leaning appeals
court panel on Tuesday upheld the
constitutionality of President
Barack Obama's health care law, as
the Supreme Court prepares to con-
sider this week whether to resolve
conflicting rulings over the law's
requirement that all Americans buy
health care insurance.
A panel of the U.S. Court of
Appeals for the District of
Columbia issued a split opinion
upholding the lower court's ruling
that found Congress did not over-
step its authority in requiring peo-
ple to have insurance or pay a
penalty on their taxes, beginning in
Cover Girls Thousands of music lovers packed Metropolitan
Park for the live old school performances at the Soul Food Music
Festival. Shown above smiling for the camera are cover girls Rosetta
Baker and Monet Pearson. For more highlights, see page 11. T Austin
Veterans Day on the First Coast veterans, sup-
porters and families of all ages came out in support of veterans on
Veterans Day. Shown above are retired armed forces members follow-
ing Jacksonville's annual parade (L-R) Nate Tyus, Rev. E.T. Norman,
Ron Jackson, Alpha Gainous, George Malvory, George Gillis, and Les
Green. For more parade scenes, see page 2. FMPowellphotos
Socialite Mattie Chappelle
Campbell. Celebrates 80 Years
Mattie Chappelle Campbell
by Rohnda Silver
November 12th, 2011 marked
the 80th birthday celebration for
Ms. Mattie Chappelle Campbell
who festively celebrated at the
Hyatt Hotel at a party given by
her daughter Mrs. Donna
Anderson. Ms. Mattie is the
founder of The Vieleido Ladies
Social Club and oldest living
member. A graduate of Bethune
Cookman University, and a
retired Duval County Educator,
She is a "Golden Soror" (over 50
years) of Alpha Kappa Alpha
Sorority, Inc. and was serenaded
by her sisters with the AKA Song
"20 Pearls". She is also a faithful
member of Mt. Olive AME
Church under the Pastorate of the
late Rev. Reed.
Glasses were raised, and the
toasts were bestowed on the lady
who touched the lives of so many.
A highlight of the evening includ-
ed her grandson Quentin
Gissentanner dancing with her to
"It's a Party!". Solos by Rufus
English took attendees back with
"Under the Boardwalk" and
"Wind Beneath Wings". She was
also lauded by a former student,
Deacon Ned Lane of New
Bethlehem Baptist Church who
honored her with the performance
by their Silent Mime Expression.
The Master of Ceremony was Mr.
There were nine guests attending
who were also celebrating birth-
days in the month of November,
and they were presented with
Urban League Brings Star Power to Powerful Historical Drama
Just in time for Veteran's
Day and the Jacksonville
Urban League presented the
acclaimed historical play
Black Angels over Tuskegee
at the University of North
Florida. The play featured
new and upcoming actors
along with veteran actors
reenacting a storyline that has
been told through the history
books, movies and Broadway
plays. Black Angels Over
Tuskegee is performed by
The Black Gents of
Hollywood, an all-male
ensemble driven to resurrect,
redefine and restore positive
images of African-American
men. Following the production, thespian lover Walter McConnell visited with the plays' actors (L-R) Ananias
Dixon, Melvin Huffnagle, attendee Stacey Calhoun, Thom Scott II, David Roberts and Layon Gray.
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By Jason Alderman
The other day I got one of those
annoying emails from a supposed
Nigerian prince promising rich re-
wards for helping to move money
out of his country. It's hard to be-
lieve those kinds of scams are still
thriving, but they are. In fact, ac-
cording to a recent survey con-
ducted by the Consumer Federation
of America, fraud (including fake
checks, bogus sweepstakes and
work-at-home schemes) is now
among the top 10 consumer com-
plaints received by consumer pro-
Endless variations on fake check
swindles are being perpetrated by
phone, letter and email, including
You've won a foreign lottery and
are sent a check that's the first in-
stallment of your winnings. To get
the rest, you must deposit and cash
the check, then wire the money to
someone who will pay facilitate the
transaction and pay taxes on your
Someone responds to your classi-
fied ad or online auction posting for
a valuable item. They have a logi-
cal-sounding reason why you're re-
ceiving a check above the purchase
price: For example, they live over-
seas and asked someone in the U.S.
who owes them money send you a
check for more than your sales
price; then, you'll keep your share
and wire the buyer the difference.
You're hired as a secret shopper to
help evaluate a money-transfer serv-
ice. You're sent a check to deposit,
minus your "pay," and are then
asked to wire out the remainder
using the service being tested.
What these scams have in com-
mon is that the checks themselves
are fraudulent. Thieves count on the
fact that your bank generally must
make deposited funds available to
you within a few days. However,
weeks may pass before the bank ul-
timately discovers the fraud, at
which point they bounce the check.
You must then repay your bank the
money or have your account frozen
or closed and be sued possibly
even face criminal charges.
Today's sophisticated scanners,
printers and software programs
make it easy to create checks that
sometimes even fool authorities. A
few warning signs:
Fake checks are often printed on
lighter, slippery paper and lack at
least one perforated or rough edge.
Missing or faded bank logo, sug-
gesting it may have been copied.
No street address or a P.O. Box
only, or an inaccurate ZIP code.
Check number at the upper right
corner doesn't match the number on
the check's bottom line.
Usually drawn for less than
$5,000 because by law, deposits
under that amount must be made
available to you within five days.
Crooks count on your completing
their transaction before the check
has actually been cleared by the is-
Stains or gaps around signatures,
a digitized appearance, or odd pen
strokes, suggesting a scanned or
The first nine digits in the check's
bottom line typically identify the
routing number of the issuing bank.
Having fewer or more than nine dig-
its means it's fake. Verify correct
routing numbers at www.fededirec-
Many good resources exist where
you can learn more about fake
check scams and how to avoid them,
including the FBI
Federal Trade Commission
(www.ftc.gov), the Consumer Fed-
eration of America (www.con-
sumerfed.org), and the National
To paraphrase P.T. Barnum,
there's a new scam born every
minute. Just make sure you're not
one of the poor suckers who falls for
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May Bridge 'digital divide' '
A government initiative could
transform the lives of millions of
African-Americans who do not
have computers at home or access
The Federal Communications
Commission's $4 billion program is
a stepped-up effort to bridge the
"digital divide" between people
who have access to technology and
low-income Americans who cannot
afford this luxury.
Those that are eligible will pay
$10 a month for broadband Internet
access at 1 megabit per second and
$150 for a refurbished laptop, along
with applications that include digi-
tal literacy training.
The FCC is billing the public-pri-
vate initiative as the biggest effort
ever to help close the divide.
Overall, the U.S. ranks 18th
worldwide in the number of house-
holds with high-speed Internet
access, according to the World
The percentage of A'mericans
who use broadband at home rose to
68 percent last year, but "a persist-
ent digital divide" continues in rural
communities and especially among
low-income African-American and
Hispanics, says a report from the
Commerce Department's National
This lack of connectedness to
technology is a major stumbling
block in the job search process for
the 100 million people who do not
have broadband access at home.
Online competence is now the
expected norm, with at least 80 per-
cent of Fortune 500 companies,
such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc.,
Target Corp. and Exxon Mobil
Corp., requiring that job applica-
tions be submitted online.
That puts more than half of low-
income families and more than half
of black and Hispanic families at a
major disadvantage because they
don't have high-speed Int ernet
Karen Moran of Focus:ll()PE, a
Detroit-based non-profit organiza-
tion that provides education and
training to predominately low-
income African-Americans, says
for people who don't have the
Internet it opens so many doors,
"people are amazed and excited
about the possibilities."
Since 2010, Focus: HOPE has
been running a broadband Internet
training scheme for beginners.
Participants are encouraged to stay
online with offers of free or heavily
discounted PC's or laptops. They
are also given help accessing
affordable Internet services or no-
cost broadband for a limited period,
with the help of funding.
"If you are looking for a job with-
out the Internet you are at a major
disadvantage," and this holds back
low-income minorities and other
disadvantaged groups, says Moran.
Shown (L-R) School Board member, Betty Burney, Ribault Principal James Young, School Board member
Paula Wright, Honorce Dr. Alvin G. White; Marcel White (Alvin's son); Brenda L. White (Alvin's wife).
Ribault High Football Field to Bear Name of Dr. Alvin White
In honor of the educational con-
tributions of Dr. Alvin i. White to
Duval County as a teacher, coach,
principal and administrator; the sta-
dium at Jean Ribault High School
now bears his name.
On Saturday, November 5th at
the Northwest Classic, Dr. White
and his family walked to the 50-
yard line of the football field during
halftime of the Raines vs. Ribault
The announcer proceeded to read
the proclamation, from the Duval
County School Board, which
praised him for his efforts, contri-
butions, dedication and leadership
over his 35 years. The proclamation
then renamed the football field at
Jean Ribault High School the Dr.
Alvin G. White Trojan Stadium.
Jacksonville area Links celebrate 65 years of fiendship and service in D.C.
In honor of their beloved organization's 65th anniversary, thousands of members of the Links, Inc. converged
on Washington, D.C. to celebrate. The three day event included the dedication of their headquarters, friendship
celebrations and a dedication service. Festivities culminated with a sold out $500 per person gala dinner featur-
ing R & B artist Will Downing. Shown above are attendees from Jacksonville (L-R) Southern Area Director Eneid
Francis with Jacksonville Chapter member Patricia Bivins and members of the Bold City Chapter, Alice Venson
and Barbara Darby.
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Our Vets Have Made the Ultimate Sacrifice
- Even in the Face Inequality
It is always easy for me to
remember Veteran's Day because it
is my son's birthday November
llth. It's also a holiday that
reminds us of the sacrifices many
men and women have made fight-
ing for our country.
In fact, risking ones life for his
country is truly the ultimate sacri-
fice. Benjamin Franklin once said,
"Never has there been a good war
or a bad peace."
We honor all veterans on this
day, but I think special recognition
must be given to those who fought
for a country they loved that
refused to consider them as "true"
And this is not some radical
message intended to stir anyone
up, but recognition of the black
soldiers who fought for this coun-
try during very turbulent times -
dealing with open racism and seg-
One of the most troubling stories
I have ever heard was from a sen-
ior citizen who was attempting to
explain to me the various racial
and economical hurdles he had
gone through in his life.
He talked about serving our
great country in WWII and coming
home to be treated as a second-
class citizen. In fact, he talked
about military dogs being treated
better than African American sol-
He recalled being on a train in
Europe in which German prisoners
were able to ride in passenger cars,
but black soldiers had to ride in the
back of the train often with cattle
and other livestock.
So while African American sol-
diers fought in many battles and
died on many battlefields we were
never good enough to be consid-
ered as equals. Back in the home-
land blacks continued to be dis-
criminated against and lynched in
record numbers during WWII.
And throughout the South, a
racist legal system known as "Jim
Crow" segregated people by race
in restrooms, hotels, restaurants,
and most other public accommoda-
My grandfather was good
enough to drive trucks in the mili-
tary supplying goods and supplies,
but he wasn't good enough to eat at
a diner in downtown Jacksonville
or use the same restrooms as
whites in Hemming Plaza.
"My country tis of thee, Sweet
land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land
where our fathers died, Land of the
pilgrims pride," hardly words that
related to the true conditions fac-
ing black soldiers
Not only was the U.S. military
segregated during World War II,
but black soldiers were also
excluded from most victory
parades that followed. And
although many history books don't
tell us that African Americans truly
played a prominent role in the
United States' victories in WWII.
The Tuskegee Airmen escorted
bombers on runs in North Africa
and parts of Europe and never lost
a bomber. The 761st Tank
Battalion, known as the 'Black
Panthers,' landed in France four
months after the D-Day invasion
and later liberated concentration
camps. It wasn't until thirty-three
years after the war ended; the
group received the Presidential
The Tuskegee airmen were one
of the best known black battalions,
but the most famous African
American group of soldiers were
the 54th Massachusetts Infantry
who fought during the Civil War.
The battalion was made up of
former slaves from throughout the
North. The regiment was one of
the first black units organized in
the northern states, and so it was
considered an important test for
the possibilities surrounding the
use of blacks in combat.
In fact, the movie "Glory",
which recounts the story of the reg-
iment is one of my favorite movies
of all time.
Racism was commonplace in the
mid to late 1800s with slavery
being so prominent in the South,
but some 80 years later in the
1940s we faced almost the same
conditions during WWII. It wasn't
until African Americans arose as
an important voting block that
things began to change.
Funny how politics comes into
play and voting numbers begin to
transform political leaders ways of
thinking. The growing importance
of black votes beginning in the
1930s and 1940s forced the
nation's political and military lead-
ers to pay more attention to African
Americans' demands, particularly
in regard to the military.
Some would say why talk about
these past injustices, let's move
forward. I agree, but I am not talk-
ing about the past to upset any one,
and I am not advocating repara-
tions for these injustices, just sim-
Sometimes simple recognition
goes a long way.
The United States has the most
powerful military in the world, as
we stand "united" against terror-
ism, unfortunately we have never
been united against racism and dis-
We give honor to all veterans,
and thank them for their continued
sacrifice and commitment to this
Signing off from the Veterans
Democrats Play Dangerous Game Shunning President
by E.O. Hutchinson
The excuses some Democrats
give for their chill toward backing
President Obama's reelection bid
would fill up a legal pad. He's
made much too nice with the GOP.
He's put Medicare and Social
Security on the chopping block. He
hasn't pushed aggressively enough
for a full-blown FDR-style jobs
program. He let Wall Street and
banks off the hook with a placid,
terribly compromised financial
reform bill. He hasn't done enough
on home foreclosures. The Blue
Dog and moderate Democratic
congresspersons and senators that
represent shaky swing and conser-
vative districts are scared stiff that
if they rub shoulders too close to
Obama, they will be signing their
political obituary for reelection.
Their frost toward Obama is far
more worrisome than the pesky,
nuisance rants of Ralph Nader
about finding some progressive,
pro labor Democrat to run against
Obama. This is, of course, beyond
ludicrous, and not much more than
a cheap momentary headline grab-
bing ploy to feed the naive and
delusional thinking of some radi-
cals that a challenge to Obama
would somehow shove him and the
Democratic party to embrace an
unabashed anti-corporate, anti-
war, anti-poverty, pro-union, bank
and financial crackdown agenda.
This talk quickly faded into the
news dust bin. But it was revived
for a hot moment when it seemed
that Occupy Wall Street might
actually become an organized
movement with visible leadership,
tangible goals and might actually
target Obama as much as protes-
tors targeted the corporations and
GOP for aiding and abetting corpo-
rate pillage. This didn't happen.
But the talk and action by
Democrats is another matter. If
even a handful of the Democrats
that express wariness of the presi-
dent don't give Obama their full
campaign support, endorsements,
and a voter platform for him in
their states and districts during the
campaign it would be tantamount
to an endorsement of the GOP. The
effect would be to create party
paralysis and division at worst, and
uncertainty at best. This would be
disastrous to a presidential cam-
This was amply proven when
Ronald Reagan challenged
President Gerald Ford in 1976 and
when Senator Ted Kennedy chal-
lenged President Jimmy Carter in
1980. Their challenges weakened
both presidents, divided the party,
and ultimately helped make possi-
ble Carter's win over Ford and
Reagan's win over Carter possible.
At the lower rung on the political
ladder, a Democrat congressperson
or senator that refuses to vigorous-
ly push their constituents to sup-
port their party's presidential stan-
dard bearer sends the strong mes-
sage that the party's standard bear-
er's policies and actions are ques-
tionable or outright harmful to
The inescapable conclusion that
voters would draw from this is that
Obama's GOP opponent might
actually have something better to
offer voters on the crucial make or
break issues of the jobs and the
economy. This is especially dan-
gerous with polls consistently
showing that a solid majority and
that includes a lot of Democrats
give Obama a low mark on his
handling of the economy. The
other great danger in the
Democrats push back from the
president is that it waters down
even more the critical enthusiasm
level for Obama. This was the
biggest factor that powered him to
the White House in 2008.
Independents and youth voters
were fired up by Obama's message
of hope and change, and fed up
with the GOP's corruption,
bungling, blatant cronyism and
scandals, and Bush's fumbles and
ineptitude. They stampeded to the
polls in droves to back Obama.
This made the crucial difference in
the must-win swing states of Ohio,
Florida, Pennsylvania, North
Carolina, and Virginia. Bush won
three of these five states in 2000
and 2004. Obama won all five in
2008. In 2012 they are up in the air.
Obama and his GOP opponent will
fiercely fight over them. The
slightest stoke of voter disillusion-
ment by wary Democrats would
further damp down enthusiasm
from the very same voters that
Obama will again need to turn out
in back numbers.
The burden on an incumbent
president is terrible, and unfair, but
real, and that's what Obama will
have to contend with. He will have
virtually no margin for error to
ward off the distraction of
Democrats that have a beef with
him and threaten to fold up their
tents and not fully support him. It's
not enough for Obama and
Democrats to bank on the GOP
self-destructing in rancor and divi-
sion to ease Obama's path back to
the White House. It will take tight-
fisted unity by the Democrats
behind the man who is their party's
presidential standard bearer.
Anything less than that by
Democrats is playing a dangerous
Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an
author and political analyst. He is
a weekly co-host of the Al
Sharpton Show on American
Urban Radio Network.
Occupy the Hood Calls Youth of
African Descent to Improve Their World
By Phillip Jackson
Special to the NNPA from the Michigan Citizen
The Occupy Wall Street movement has captured the imagination of the
world. We now have Occupy Tokyo, Occupy Berlin, Occupy Mexico, Occupy
Australia, Occupy Brazil, Occupy Denmark, Occupy Asia and even Occupy
Antarctica. But where are the young people of African descent and why are
their voices silent?
On Nov. 19, people of African descent are being encouraged to join the
Occupy Wall Street movement in their cities and in their communities. But
before occupying Wall Street or any street, we need to properly and success-
fully occupy the minds and spirits of people of African descent with thoughts
of improvement, achievement, excellence, progress and cooperative labor. We
must do this every day until we have created a new world in which people of
African descent will thrive.
To look at the evening news on the occupations, it would seem as though
young white men and women suffer most from the problems of our societies
and the world in, which we live. That is absolutely not true. In fact, the suf-
fering from social and economic ills of people of African descent around the
world is hugely disproportionate. So, why has the Occupy Movement not
inspired more young Black people across the globe to demand change and
improvement in their world?
Some say Black people have too many "real" problems to be concerned
about the volatility of the stock markets or whether Fortune 500 companies
will each capture another billion dollars. Some say Black Americans have for-
gotten the lessons learned from the civil rights movement. And others say
young Africans and young Black Americans today have been reprogrammed
with technological toys, various forms of entertainment and other relatively
mindless distractions. Regardless, young Black people around the world do
not understand that decisions that govern the quality of their lives are being
made without their input.
But a glimmer of hope has come to us in the form of a spin-off from Occupy
Wall Street. It is called Occupy The Hood. While Occupy Wall Street address-
es the viciousness of capitalism, uneven distribution and control of world
resources, corrupt and ineffective governments, lack of human well-being
across the world, climate change and the environment, wars and global vio-
lence and other dire issues that impact us all, Occupy The Hood is being led
by young people of African descent and addresses issues that cause people of
African descent to suffer. And while we must absolutely stand in solidarity
with our white, Asian, Arab and Latino brothers and sisters working to change
the world, we must also organize to directly improve the conditions in our
If things are going to change for us for the better, young people of African
descent around the world must begin the real work of nation building. This
work begins by getting in action in their communities, in their villages, in their
cities and in their countries to generate and ensure safe and prosperous
places for us. We cannot wait for our parents, our leaders, Wall Street or those
who occupy Wall Street before we take control of our futures and our destiny.
We must organize and get into action now doing the work to save our race.
On Nov. 19, people of African descent around the world will join in this
work to Occupy The Hood. This work calls us to mentor youth in schools and
in communities, assist and support senior citizens, work with men in jail,
prison and ex-offenders, clean up neighborhood paper, trash, etc., walk safety
patrols in communities, take youth to faith-based services, read to children at
local schools, organize community health walks/runs, hold community-wide
voter registration drives, organize men to take their children to museums,
parks, sporting events and cultural events, organize volunteers to help at local
hospitals, shelters, recreational and park-district facilities, shop at Black-
owned stores, and design and develop additional community-building direct
For young people of African descent, Occupy The Hood is this generation's
civil rights movement. Launching Occupy Wall Street took only three days.
How long will it take us to Occupy The Hood?
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Visit China with Jax Chamber
PRIDE Bookclub members had a wonderful time traveling to China with
the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, Nov 4 13, 2011. Members vis-
ited Beijing, Suzhou, Hangszhou and Shanghia. The highlights of the trip
were The Great Wall, Tian An Men Square and the Palace Museum also
known as the Forbidden City.
Date Night Rahman Johnson and longtime lady friend Cecelia
Dorsey got an early start on their weekend date night with a viewing of the
Urban League's Tuskegee Airmen play at UNF. The progressive young
couple continued their evening with dinner and networking.
Players Reject NBA's Offer, Season Threatened
y Brian Mahoney Hunter said. "That's the best situa- thought it was "extremely unfair." legally be voided.
1EW YORK NBA players tion where players can get their And they're aware what this battle Financially, both sides have lost
ivered a resounding but risky due process." might cost them. hundreds of millions because of
ponse to one more ultimatum And that's a tragedy as far as Hunter said all players will be the games missed and the countless
n NBA Commissioner David Stern is concerned, represented in a class-action suit more that will be wiped out before
rn: See you in court. "It looks like the 2011-12 season against the NBA by attorneys play resumes. Team employees are
'he players' association rejected is really in jeopardy," Stern said in Jeffrey Kessler and David Boies losing money, and in some cases,
league's latest proposal for a an interview aired on ESPN. "It's who were on opposite sides of the jobs. And both the owners and
v labor deal Monday and began just a big charade. To do it now, the NFL labor dispute, Kessler work- players eventually must regain the
banding, paving the way for a union is ratcheting up I guess to ing for the players, Boies for the loyalty of an angered fan base that
suit that throws the season in see if they can scare the NBA own- league, wonders how the league reached
pardy. ers or something. That's not hap- The league already has filed a this low point after such a strong
negotiating went nowhere, so opening pre-emptive lawsuit seeking to 2010-11 season.
v the union is going away. Hunter said players were not prove the lockout is legal and con- The proposal rejected by the
We're prepared to file this prepared to agree to Ster's ultima- tends that without a union that col- players called for a 72-game sea-
trust action against the NBA," tum to accept the current proposal lectively bargained them, the play- son beginning Dec. 15.
ers' guaranteed contracts could
on executive director Billy
or face a worse one, saying they
Valerie Jarrett keynotes White House
conference on African American policy
By AFRO Staff
Special to the NNPA from the
President Barack Obama held
the first ever African-American
Policy in Action Leadership
Conference at the White House on
Nov. 9 to coincide with the release
of a report, "The President's
Agenda and the African-American
In front of a gathering that includ-
ed Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.)
Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory
and Philadelphia Mayor Michael
Nutter, the president used the con-
ference to lay out his policy
achievements three years after win-
ning the Oval Office with the solid
embrace of Black Americans.
He also called for "persistence"
in the face of tough times. He
restated his belief that the 15.1 per-
cent unemployment rate among
African-Americans is "way too
high" and touted the administra-
tion's accomplishments in spite of
the political resistance the adminis-
tration has faced. "We've got a lot
of work to do," Obama said.
"Now, some of these strategies
are longer term -- all the good work
that we've done, for example, in
education," Obama said in the first
White House gathering of his
administration to be devoted to
policies directly affecting African
Americans. "The payoff is not
going to be tomorrow. It's not going
to be next year. It's going to be five
years from now and 10 years from
now as we steadily see improve-
ment in the performance of our
The conference was convened in
the wake of a stream of criticism of
Obama from Black pundits such as
TV talk show host Tavis Smiley and
African American scholar Cornel
West who say his policies haven't
touched African Americans in the
way many Black voters expected.
National Urban League (NUL)
President Marc Morial, who was
invited to the conference but was
not able to attend, hasn't been part
of the chorus of critics of Obama
but said a conference of this magni-
tude should've happened much
sooner. "Many of us would have
preferred it if this had been held
earlier," Morial told The Root. "But
that's not the most important thing.
The most important thing is that
President Obama speaks at the African American Policy Conference,
held at the White House on November 9, 2011.
there's a commitment by the White
House to strengthen the dialogue
with a broader group of leaders who
are very interested in the direction
of the country, and who represent
communities that have really taken
for the worse in the recession."
Obama says that we've been
through tough times before though
and with a little persistence,
America can rise from this reces-
"Our parents have been through
tougher times; our grandparents
have been through tougher times,"
Obama said. "We know tough
times. And what we also know,
though, is that if we are persistent,
if we are unified, and we remain
hopeful, then we'll get through
these tough times and better days
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First New Zion Missionary Baptist
Celebrating Fall Events including
Festival and Family & Friends
Anniversaries: First New Zion Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate
its 90th Church Anniversary & 26th Pastor's Appreciation each Sunday in
the month of November 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th
Free Fall Festival: On Saturday November 19th from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
there will be a free Fall Festival in honor of the church's 90th anniversary.
It will be a day of community outreach and involvement including a blood
drive; breast cancer screening; blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose
screenings in addition to vision, diabetes, nutrition information and a
clothes give away, along with many other opportunities to help our com-
munity. Vendors are welcome to participate by calling Catherine Andres at
Family & Friends Day: The First New Zion Missionary Baptist Church
invites the community to their Family & Friends Day on Sunday,
November 20th at 10:30 a.m. Friends and those who have been connected
to the church throughout the years are encouraged to attend.
The church is located at 4835 Soutel Dr. Jacksonville, Fl. 32208. For more
information call 765-3111. Dr. James B. Sampson, Pastor.
Woodlawn Accepting Youth
Applicants for Project LIFT
Woodlawn Presbyterian Church has introduced Project LIFT (Lifting
Ideas and Furthering Expectations Program), a free empowerment program
The program's purpose is to provide students a safe haven and after school
location for academic and nutritional support, enrichment and recreational
activities, while experiencing the gospel through a loving Christian envi-
ronment. The program is for 1st through 12th grade students attending any
Duval County Public School. It is designed to lift your child's self-esteem,
help with schoolwork, and provide strong sense of values and self-respect.
It is held on Wednesdays and Thursdays at the church from 3-6 p.m. The
curriculum includes everything from homework assistance and etiquette to
physical recreation activities and the gospel in action (integration of Bible
studies, grace before meals, etc).
To complete the application process or if you have questions contact
Woodlawn Presbyterian Church at (904) 765-2893 or (904) 768-5905.
Bruce Seldon 1st Annual Yard
Sale and Fish Fry at St. Pius
St. Pius V Catholic Church located at 2110 Blue Avenue (32209) will
host the 1st Annual Bruce Seldon Yard Sale & Fish Fry on Saturday
November 19, 2011 from 9 a.m to 3:30 p.m.
Thanksgiving Fest at The Fellowship
Bishop Bruce V. Allen and The Church Fellowship Worship Ministries
invite everyone to a day filled with MUSIC, FUN,FOOD, and FELLOW-
SHIP! Bring the family to the North Side Unity Thanksgiving Fest on
November 19, 2011 from noon to 4 pm. This is an outside event located at
the church, 8808 Lem Turner Rd. Meet public officials including, Public
Defender Matt Shirk, School Board member Betty Burney, Supervisor of
Elections Jerry Holland and others. There will be free haircuts to youth ages
6-17, clowns, bounce house, 10 vacation and clothes Give-A-Ways, free
food, Flu shots, immunizations and more! The public is encouraged to
People Helping People Day Celebration
The Annual Community Awareness and People Helping People Day
Celebration will be held Sunday, November 20th at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00
p.m. at The Greater El Beth-el Divine Holiness Church. There will be sev-
eral civic and political leaders to share information about credit repair,
expunging criminal records, Veterans Affairs, health issues, housing and
funeral arrangements. For more information on the free event call 710-
Calling 1962 New Stanton Graduates
Attention 1962 graduates of New Stanton Senior High School. A reunion
is planned for July 12-15. 2012. Call Adam Dubose, reunion chair at 704-
8946 or Ronald Galvin, President at 992-8433 for updates
One Accord Ministries Convocation
One Accord Ministries located at 2971 Waller St. in Jacksonville (1-10 and
McDuff) is having their 6th Annual Convocation on November 16,17,18,19
and 20, 2011. For more information call (904) 389-7373 or 389-5895. You
may also go to their website at www.jdgministries.org or email jdgmin-
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information Bishop Dr. Jan D. Goodman
Sr. Founder and Pastor. "God is Good" Come and be Blessed!
St. Paul AME Holds Pre-Thanksgiving
Worship and Communion Service
Saint Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church located at 6910 New
Kings Road, will hold a Pre-Thanksgiving Worship and Communion
Service on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at 7 P.M. Dr. Marvin C.
Zanders,II Pastor,and St. Paul's disciples extend an especially warm wel-
come to friends and the public to share in this worship experience. Pastor
Zanders reflected on God's goodness stating, "God has looked beyond our
faults, found our needs and blessed us."
For more information, call 764-2766 for additional information.
28 "Women for Christ"
Twenty-eight Women or Christ will hold their annual luncheon at the
Prime Osborne Convention Center on Tuesday February 7, 2012 from
11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m. This year's featured speaker is Jennifer Strickland a
nationally and internationally recognized author of "Girl Perfect:
Confessions of a Former Runway Model. For reservations go to:
www.jaxwomenforChrist.org For more information, contact Suzanne
Honeycutt via email at Suzannehoneycutt@aol.com or (904) 398-1191.
Homecoming at Mount Bethel
Mt. Bethel Missionary Baptist Church will be celebrating Homecoming
on Sunday November 20, 2011. The services will start at 8:00a.m. The
speaker will be R.R. Herring Sr. the 11:00a.m. Service speaker will be Rev.
Donnie Pierce. The Theme for the day is (It's so good to be Back home)
Gen.31:3. The attire of the day is from the 1900's to the 1950's. Everyone
is asked to come home for a day. Dinner will be served after morning wor-
ship. Looking forward to seeing you at Mt. Bethel Missionary Baptist
Church Homecoming Sunday at 1620 Helena St. Jacksonville, Fl. 32208
Pastor R.E. Herring Sr. For more information about this joyous occasion
please call (904) 764-8032.
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5 Ways to Find Unforgiveness and Remove It
by Joyce Meyer
Most all of us like getting promot-
ed, and there's nothing wrong with
that. But sometimes we fail tests in
certain areas that keep us from get-
Areas like forgiveness.
If someone has hurt you, don't
spend the next 10 years of your life
hurting yourself by hanging on to
that offense. Most likely, that other
person isn't even thinking about
you, while you dwell on the incident
for years. That only hurts one per-
You see, when you forgive some-
one, you are helping yourself.
To help you understand the
importance of forgiveness, here are
six ways to detect unforgiveness in
your own heart. Once exposed,
you'll be one step closer to your per-
sonal promotion from God.
1) Unforgiveness always keeps
In Luke 15:29, the elder brother
of the prodigal son said, "Look!
These many years I have served
you." Peter wanted to know how
many times he had to forgive some-
one. Unforgiveness is always look-
ing at the score. But 1 Corinthians
13:5 says, Love takes no account It
doesn't count up the evil done to it.
Back in the early days of our mar-
riage, when Dave and I were fussing
and fuming at each other, I would
bring up stuff that happened years
before and Dave would say. "Where
do you keep all that stuff?" Well, I
had a place, and it was all in there
eating at me. And every new thing
Dave did wrong would get added to
this list, and it kept growing until it
became a bitter giant in my heart.
2) Unforgiveness always boasts
of its own record.
In Luke 15:29, the older brother
of the prodigal son says "These
many years I have never done
wrong." Judgment always says that
I always do good and others do bad.
An unforgiving spirit keeps us from
God's best for us.
3) Unforgiveness always com-
"You never do anything for me."
Ever catch yourself thinking that
about someone? This attitude only
sees what others aren't doing and
doesn't see what they are doing.
God's Word clearly shows that we're
not supposed to complain. And if
you're continuously using your
mouth to complain about some inci-
dent of offense, you won't get past
it. Don't waste time by complaining.
5) Unforgiveness always alien-
ates, divides and separates.
When the kids are acting up, we
say "my husband's kids" or maybe
something like, "What are you
going to do about your son?" Those
are divisive statements. Maybe you
have a coworker who you stay away
from as much as possible or a sib-
ling you don't talk to much...why
do you separate yourself from
them? Maybe you need to forgive
6) Unforgiveness is always envi-
ous and jealous when angry at
someone who gets blessed.
If someone who has hurt you gets
a blessing, it grates on you...at least
it did for me until I learned how to
forgive. Forgiveness is a decision-
not a feeling.
When you pray for people who
have hurt you, it's a choice. But
there's healing in that for you. Bless
and do not curse them means to
speak well and not evil of them
when that person is not around. And
be good to them in various ways as
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Thursday High Praise Worship 7:00 p.m.
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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-- p.m.
The Word from the Sons
and Daughters of Bethel
3rd Sunday 4:00 p.m
Come share In Holy Communion on Ist Sunla at 7:40 a n 10:40 a.m.
Worship with us LIVE
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African-American Students Master the Game of Chess
Although they say "things come
in threes," the teen trifecta of Black
chess talent is one phenomenon that
many hope will keep spreading
beyond the trio of boys from the
New York area.
Three African-American teens,
Justus Williams, Joshua Colas and
James Black Jr., have all attained
the status of chess master before the
age of 13. And for the uninitiated:
the news is nothing short of amaz-
Chess masters don't happen
every day. Less than two percent of
the 47,000 members of the United
States Chess Federation have
earned that title, and only 13 of
them are under 14 years old. And
what are the chances that among
those 13, three would be African-
American and from the same region
of the country?
Nearly impossible says Aliican-
American grandmaster Maurice
"Masters don't happen every day,
and African-American masters who
are 12 never happen," Ashley, 45,
told the New York Times. "To have
three young players do what they
have done is something of an amaz-
ing curiosity. You normally would-
n't get something like that in any
city of any race."
Ashley is no stranger to trailblaz-
ing himself. He is the only African-
American to earn the esteemed title
of grandmaster; the highest chess
The boys' rise to master began
last September with Justus, a native
of the Bronx, New York, who
became the youngest Black player
to obtain the master rank at age 12.
Next to earn the title was Joshua, of
The Food Pyramid by Our Standards
It is well
known that food
choices are at the
Heart of many
such as diabetes
and high blood
1 ately affect
A f r i c a n-
I A Americans.
Now, a nonprofit
Food and nutri-
has adapted the
concept of the
food pyramid for
Afr i c a n-
Americans in an
A attempt to put an
S....end to diet-relat-
d ,- The pyramid
9- corresponds to a
[ group calls The
S African Heritage
Diet that they say is based on the
traditional diets of people of
African descent that are healthier
than what many Blacks consume
today. The diet draws inspiration
from the culinary traditions of the
American South, the Caribbean,
South America and Africa that the
group says can all be accommodat-
ed by eating within the guidelines.
"In my work with the African-
American community, I see a gen-
eral lack of education in terms of
the foods their ancestors prepared
and enjoyed; today these food con-
nections are all but lost." Constance
Brown-Riggs, MSED. RD and
author of The African American
Guide to Living Well with
Diabetes, said in an Oldways press
release. "This pyramid is an impor-
tant new educational tool: it is an
innovative way that we, as health
professionals, can communicate
with, connect to and educate
The African Heritage Diet
Pyramid emphasizes the consunp-
tion of leafy greens in addition to
varied amounts of vegetables,
grains and starches. According to
the pyramid, meats, poultry,
seafood and dairy are suggested in
moderation. The pyramid differs
from the USDA's new suggested
dietary guidelines in that it priori-
tizes greens as the base of the
African-American diet and suggests
how often certain items should be
consumed within the week. Instead
of the ever-scrutinized food pyra-
mid, the USDA now promotes the
MyPlate guidelines that aim to help
Americans make more practical
choices at each meal.
In creating the pyramid, Oldways
called upon the expertise of nutri-
tion scientists, community health
experts and culinary historians,
whose work was made possible
through a grant from the Walmart
Foundation. Oldways has also cre-
ated and introduced four other
(Mediterranean, Asian, Latin
American and Vegetarian), along
with health/education outreach pro-
White Plains, New York, who
became a master last December.
Months later, in July, James a
Brooklyn resident joined the
boys as a master.
How they do it? Long hours
studying the game with profession-
al coaches who are grandmasters.
Lessons can run up to $100 an hour
and the boys have found that the
decision to become a chess great
has meant forgoing some of the
more popular after-school activities
for their love of the game.
Justus began playing chess after
his mother challenged him to try
something other than basketball, his
favorite sport. Now, in addition to
competing for his own titles, the
teen is challenging others to "Dare
to be Different" and try out non-tra-
ditional sports and activities, such
All of the boys have their sights
set on one day becoming grandmas-
ters and this week, will work on that
goal as they play in the World Youth
Chess Championship in Brazil. The
boys are rivals, but in the end, they
remain cordial colleagues who
understand the rarity and impor-
tance of their titles.
"I think of Justus, me and Josh as
pioneers for African-American kids
who want to take up chess," James
told the Times.
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NMA Says New Prostate Cancer
Screenings Not for Black Men
Despite concerns by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force that rou-
tine prostate cancer screening may do more harm than good, another
group, The National Medical Association, an association representing
more than 50,000 African-American physicians says black men should
continue getting screened using the standard PSA blood test.
According to the National Cancer Institute, prostate-specific antigen
(PSA) is a protein produced by cells of the prostate gland. The PSA test
measures the level of PSA in the blood, and though it is normal for men
to have a low level of PSA in their blood, prostate cancer or benign con-
ditions can increase a man's PSA level.
That's where the conflict comes in. Opponents to PSA testing favor a
watch-and-wait approach to prostate cancer screening, because, they
say, the test does not save lives over all and often leads to more tests and
treatments that needlessly cause pain, impotence and incontinence in
The National Medical Association maintains that the test is beneficial,
however, particularly among African American men who are more than
twice as likely as White men to die of the disease.
"As a national organization, comprised of the nation's leading experts
in minority health, we support the American Urological Association's
best practice statement regarding the PSA blood test to detect prostate
cancer at its earliest stages," the NMA said according to UPI.com.
The NMA also said that the large clinical studies performed on the
PSA in Europe, Canada and the United States involved few African-
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FOR THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 15 21, 2011
I Norfolk State wins MEAC, FCS playoff bid;
T SWAC races go down to the wire
TH REE Norfolk State Sports Photo
DOW N ADRIAN: His Spartans
clinched program's first-
O N E ever MEAC title and FCS
playoff berth with win at
TO GO Morgan State.
SIAC, CIAA AND MEAC TITLES CLAIMED;
THREE GET NCAA DIV. II PLAYOFF BIDS
FOOTBALL GAME RECAPS
Winston-Salem State 38, Elizabeth City State 18
Running back Nicholas Cooper ran for 163 yards and scored
three second-half touchdowns as undefeated South Division
champion Winston-Salem State held
off a late charge and subdued North
Division champ Elizabeth City State
38-18 before a capacity crowd at the
S 27th CIAA Championship Game in
Durham, N.C. Saturday.
The Rams (11-0), in just their
second year back in the CIAA after
a five-year flirtation with moving
up to NCAA Div. I status, and in its
second year under head coach Con-
nell Maynor, now will enter the Div.
II playoffs as the top seeded team in
the Super Region I (see related story).
But to accomplish both tasks, the Rams had to battle the
Vikings (8-3), a team WSSU had narrowly defeated 22-17 early
in the regular season.
Leading just 10-6 at the half Saturday, the Rams appeared
to blow the game open when they scored two quick touchdowns
to open the second half, both on short Cooper scoring runs to go
up 24-6, needing just two plays in each to reach paydirt.
An end-around by Jameze Massey on the first play from
scrimmage after the second-half kickoff covered 61 yards and set
up Cooper for a 3-yard TD run that put the Rams up 17-6.
After ECSU drove 47 yards in nine plays to reach the WSSU
15, WSSU defensive back Alton Keaton sacked ECSU quarter-
back Creven Powell, stripped him of the ball, scooped it up and
ran 64 yards to the ECSU 14. Two plays later Cooper took it in
from one yard out for the 24-6 lead.
But ECSU fought back. The Vikings put together an 8-play,
61-yard scoring drive that started late in the third quarter and
culminated on the first play of the fourth quarter on QB Creven
Powell's 14-yard pass to wideout Billy Wiggins. After a failed
two-point conversion attempt, ECSU trailed 24-12.
On the second play of WSSU's ensuing drive, Massey
fumbled and ECSU recovered at its own 40. Four plays later, fac-
ing a fourth-and-2 from the ECSU 48, star running back Daronte
McNeill broke loose on a 52-yard scoring run to bring the Vikings
within 24-18 and swing momentum the Vikings' way.
But the Rams were not to be denied. They drove 70 yards in
nine plays, with Cooper carrying four times for 55 yards includ-
ing the last 20, to go back up 30-18. The Rams would later add a
safety and another score, this one by fullback Tyrone Gholston
from 24 yards out after going 64 yards in seven plays, all on the
ground, in the waning minutes for the final margin.
WSSU scored ten points in the first quarter on placekicker
Landon Thayer's 27-yard field goal and QB Kameron Smith's
9-yard pass to Tehvyn Brantley. McNeill scored on a two-yard
second-quarter run for ECSU's first half points.
For the game, WSSU totalled 426 yards of total offense, 339
on the ground led by Cooper's 163 yards in 24 carries. McNeill
ran for 145 yards on 26 carries to lead ECSU.
Miles 20, Albany State 17
Miles sophomore placekicker Patton Chambers kicked thru
a 29-yard field goal with just :09 seconds left to give the West
Division champion Golden Bears a 20-17 upset win over East
Division titleist and defending conference champ Albany State
in the inaugural SIAC Championship Saturday at Clark Atlanta's
It's the first time since 2000 that either Albany State or
Tuskegee didn't win the SIAC. With only four winning seasons
since 1963 and a 3-8 record in 2010, Miles seemed like an unlikely
candidate to break through. But first-year coach Reginald Ruffin
led Miles to the West division championship and won the league's
first championship game.
The game-winning drive started with 3:20 left in the game
right after Albany State's Brandon Hamilton missed a 38-yard
attempt to break a 17-17 tie. With junior quarterback David
Thomas at the helm, Miles (7-4) started from its own 31 and
reached the Albany State 12. Thomas passed
for 26 yards to Vondragu Hudson on third-
and-12 and scrambled 12 yards to thcAlbany
State 12. Chambers' kick knuckled low and
just cleared the crossbar.
"I was hoping we got closer because I
don't like taking those 40-yard kicks under .,,
pressure," Chambers said.,
Miles stymied the SIAC's No. 2 pass-
ing offense. ASU QB Stanley Jennings, the
league's two-time offensive player of the year,
completed 11 of 23 passes for 126 yards with
an interception. His 21-yard touchdown pass T A
to Jessie Atkins staked Albany State to a 9-7
lead late in the first half.
Miles answered in the third quarter when Thomas ran in from
five yards for a 14-9 advantage and added a Chambers' 34-yard
field goal late in the period to lead 17-9. Albany State quickly
answered with Nathan Hoyte's 2-yard touchdown run, which
was set up by Jennings' 38-yard pass to Hoytc. Hoyte added a
two-point conversion run to tie the score at 17-17 with 13:26
Miles scored first in the game on Thomas's 29-yard pass to
Antonio Pitts, the final play in a 12-play, 80-yard drive.
Hoyte finished with 147 yards on 21 carries to earn ASU
MVP honors. Miles RB Jordan Lewis ran for 100 yards on 20
carries and Thomas ran for 46 yards and a score and passed for
158 yards (13-23-1) and a TD to earn the Miles MVP.
The CIAA and SIAC conferences (see
championship game stories) were not the only
ones to crown a champion Saturday as Norfolk
State added its name to the title list.
The Spartans, in the seventh year of head
coach Pete Adrian's tenure, wrapped up its
regular season Saturday with a 47-14 win over
Morgan State to claim its first-ever MEAC
gridiron title in 15 years in the league.
The win also gives the champion Spartans
(9-2, 7-4), ranked 20th nationally in the latest
Sports Network FCS poll, another first the
conference's automatic bid to the Football Cham-
pionship Subdivision (FCS) playoffs.
Adrian, who took over at Norfolk State in
2005 after spending seven years as a defensive
assistant and coordinator at Bethune-Cookman,
led the Spartans to their first winning season as
a Div. I program in 2007 and followed that up
with the program's first back-to-back winning
seasons in Div. 1 in 2009 (7-4) and 2010 (6-5).
This year's team took the next step.
"I think team chemistry has been the differ-
ence." Adrian said on Tuesday's MEAC Telecon-
ference. "1 said back in the off-season, in January
and February when we went to work, that if we
played hard we'd have a chance to win.
"We've been very solid on defense, solid in
the kicking game and solid on offense."
The Spartans have a week off as they await
the announcement of their first round FCS playoff
opponent this Sunday.
Meanwhile, a trio of MEAC teams have
some unfinished business in their final regular
season games Saturday that may play into the
FCS playoff picture.
Both Bethune-Cookman and FloridaA&M
enter Saturday's season-ending Florida Classic in
Orlando's Citrus Bowl at 7-3 overall and tied with
South Carolina State (6-4 overall) for second
in the MEAC with 5-2 conference marks.
The Florida Classic winner with have an
argument for playoff inclusion as will S.C.
State, who finishes its regular season Saturday
Norfolk State Sports Photo
THE GLOW OF VICTORY: Norfolk State head
coach Pete Adrian and his happy troops bask in
the sunlight of victory after their 47-14 win over
Morgan State Saturday clinched the school's first
outright MEAC football championship and FCS
at Savannah State (1-9, 1-6).
FAMU beat SC State in head-to-head com-
petition but lost MEAC games to Hampton and
Howard. B-CU beat league champion Norfolk
State but suffered conference losses to SC State
and North Carolina A&T. SC State beat B-CU,
but fell to FAMU and Norfolk State in conference
"The thing that I have a problem with and
most other coaches have a problem with whether
they will speak up or not, is seeing teams that have
a worse record that get into the playoffs in front
of teams that are in the MEAC," said B-CU head
coach Brian Jenkins on Tuesday's teleconference.
"To me that's unbelievable and something needs to
be looked at about that because surely if teams in
the MEAC had a worst record, they surely wouldn't
let us in.
"I'm seeing some teams that are 6-4 that are
slated to go to the playoffs. And you got teams like
us and FAM and South Carolina State who have a
chance to have a better record than those teams. I
think people need to take notice of how tough our
conference is. Anybody in our conference can beat
anybody any given day."
In the SWAC. this past Saturday's results
means races in the East and West Divisions will
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19
Hampton vs. Morgan State in Hampton, VA 1 p
NC A&T vs. NC Central in Greensboro, NC 1:30p
Delaware State vs. Howard in Dover, DE 12n
Savannah State vs. SC State in Savannah, GA 2p
32nd Florida Classic ESPN Classic Live
Florida A&M vs. Bethune-Cookman in Orlando, FL 2:30p
Capital City Classic
Alcorn State vs. Jackson State in Jackson, MS 1 p
Prairie View A&M vs. Alabama A&M in Prairie View, TX (HC) 2p
Arkansas-Pine Bluff vs. Texas Southern in Pine Bluff, AR 2:30p
Tennessee State vs. Jacksonville State in Nashville, TN 2p
NCAA DIV II PLAYOFFS FIRST ROUND
Elizabeth City State vs California (Pa) in California, PA
Albany State vs. North Greenville in North Greenville, SC 12n
come down to games over the final two weeks of
the regular season.
In the East, Alabama State lost its final SWAC
game to Southern 26-23 to finish 7-2 in confer-
ence play while Alabama A&M lost to Jackson
State, 34-6 to fall to 6-2 headed to its season finale
Saturday at Prairie View A&M.
If Alabama A&M wins Saturday, the Bulldogs
will win the East and represent the division in the
Dec. 10 Championship Game in Birmingham.
Jackson State, who also has a 6-2 conference mark
and finishes its season Saturday vs. Alcorn State, is
ineligible for the division or conference champion-
ship. If A&M loses, Alabama State will represent
In the West Division, three teams are still alive.
Prairie View and Grambling State are tied at the
top with 5-3 SWAC marks. Both Arkansas-Pine
Bluff and Southern are just a game behind at 4-
Prairie View can win the division and a cham-
pionship game berth if it defeats Alabama A&M.
If Prairie View loses, Grambling can win the West
and play in the championship game with a Bayou
Classic win Nov. 26 over Southern.
If both Prairie View and Grambling lose,Arkan-
sas-Pine Bluff can capture the division crown with
a win Saturday at home vs. Texas Southern.
Three teams earn D2 playoff berths
Three black college teams are among the
field of 24 announced Sunday for the 2011
NCAA Division II Football Championship.
The CIAA placed two teams in the field.
undefeated champion Winston-Salem State
(11-0) and runner-up Elizabeth City State
(8-3). They will be joined in the playoff field
by SIAC runner-up Albany State (8-3).
The Rams of Winston-Salem State under
head coach Connell Maynor, kept theirrecord
perfect Saturday with a 38-18 win over Eliza-
beth City State in the CIAA Championship
game in Durham, N.C. (See championship
game story) and enter the playoffs as the No.
1 seed in Super Region I.
By virtue of that seeding, the Rams get a
first-round bye and will host a second round
game at Bowman-Gray Stadium in Winston-
Salem on November 26.
The Rams, who now have two wins over
ECSU this season, could meet their CIAA
rivals again as the Vikings, under head coach
Waverly Tillar, are seeded fourth in the
region, and play a first-round game Saturday
at No. 5 California (Pa.). The winner will face
the Rams next Saturday.
ECSU will be making its third appearance in
school history in the NCAA Division II Playoffs
(1981. 2006). In 1981 the Vikings lost in the
opening round to Northern Michigan 55-6 and
in 2006 ECSU hosted its first ever home playoff
game and dropped a 17-10 decision to Delta
Following its 20-17 loss to Miles in the
SIAC Championship Game Saturday (see story
below), Albany State moved to No. 6 in NCAA
Super Region Two and will travel to play at No.
3 North Greenville on Saturday (12 noon). The
winner will travel to play No. 2 Mars Hill. who
CIAA Championship Game
W-Salem St. 38, Eliz. City St.18
SIAC Championship Game
Miles 20, Albany St. 17
B-Cookman 59, Savannah St. 3
Florida A&M 31, NC Central 10
Hampton 42, Delaware State 6
Norfolk State 47, Morgan St. 14
SC State 30, NC A&T 22
UAPB 15, Miss Valley St. 3
Grambling St. 29, Tex. S'thern 25
Jackson St. 34, Alabama A&M 6
Prairie View A&M 40, Alcorn St.14
Southern 26, Alabama State 23
California (PA) 43, Cheyney 3
Charleston (WV) 42, W. Va. St. 20
Concordia-Selma 12, Stillman 7
Edward Waters 38, S. Virginia 15
SW Assemblies 31, Texas Coll. 20
S. Nazarene 38, Langston 34
St. Francis (IN) 50, Central St. 29
Tenn. State 35, Tenn. Martin 30
Urbana 69, Lincoln (MO) 14
Va. Univ of L'burg 40, G. Mason 0
has a bye in the opening round, on Saturday. November
26th at 12 noon.
This will be the 13th playoff appearance in the
Albany State's history including their eighth consecutive
appearance, all of which have come under head coach
An interactive NCAA Division II Playoff bracket
can be found at http://www.ncaa.com/interactive-
McNeill, Keaton lead 2011 CIAA
all-conference team, award winners
The CIAA announced its 2011 all-conference and players of the year
last week in voting conducted by the league's Football Coaches Associa-
Elizabeth City State running back Daronte Mc-
Neill, who led the conference in rushing (1,435 yards, A'
143.5 yards per game) and scoring (20 TDs., 148 points)
was named offensive player of the year and Winston-
Salem State defensive back Alton Keaton (78 tackles, 54
solos) was named defensive player of the year. Keaton's
teammate, Dominique Fitzgerald, who led the league
in punt returns, was named special teams player of the
ALL-CIAA FIRST TEAM
OFFENSE TE: Anthony Faulcon, Sr., ECSU; OL: Sanerivi Reupena, Sr. ECSU;
Baron Coffin, Sr., ECSU; Larry McDonald, Sr., FSU; Markus Lawrence, Jr., WSSU;
Darrell Billiot, Sr., WSSU; WR: Jamian Smith, Sr., SAC; Robert Holland, Jr., CHOWAN;
QB: Kameron Smith, Jr., WSSU; RB: Daronte McNeill, Jr., ECSU; Nicholas Cooper,
Sr., WSSU; PK: William Rudd, Sr., VSU
DEFENSE DL: Brad Davis, Jr., ECSU; John Davis, Sr., ECSU; Derrick Johnson,
Jr., JCSU; Tim Green, Jr., LINC; LB: Daron Jones, Sr., LIN; Brandon McElwee, Sr.,
LIN; Jeremy Pruitt, Sr., VSU; DB: Kenny Turner, Sr., BSU; Nigel Ross, So., ECSU;
Josh Scales, So., FSU; Alton Keaton, Sr., WSSU; P: Tyler Robb, Sr., JCSU; PR:
Dominique Fitzgerald, Sr., WSSU
OFF ENSE TE: Michael Byrd, Sr., WSSU; OL: Rico Avellano, So., JCSU; Michael
Griffin, Sr., VSU; Francisco Clifford, Sr., VSU; James George, Sr., VUU; Daven Gray,
So., WSSU; WR: Tyron Laughinghouse, Jr., SAC; Matthew Coston, Jr., LIN; QB:
Teddy Bacote, So., SAC; RB: Kevin Swain, Jr., ECSU; Colon Bailey, So., FSU; KR:
James Proctor, Jr., Sr., BSU; PK: Alejandro Suarez, Fr., WSSU;
DEFENSE DL: Shonquez Nelson, So., SAC; Charles Deas, Sr., SHAW; Stanley
Porter, Sr., SHAW; Akeem Ward, Sr., WSSU; LB: Tyheim Pitt, So., LIV; Chaz Rob-
inson, So., SAC; Carlos Fields, So., WSSU; DB: Patrick Charles, Sr., CHOW; Josh
Brooks, Jr., ECSU; Jamil Berry, Sr., SAC; Antonio Harris, Sr., VUU; P: William Rudd,
Sr., VSU; PR: Tyron Laughinghouse, Jr., SAC
Morehouse's Carter named top player as
SIAC postseason awards handed out
ATLANTA-Morehouse running back David Carter, Albany State
quarterback Stanley Jennings and Albany State linebacker Jamarkus
Gaskins were the top award winners as the Southern Intercollegiate
Athletic Conference announced the 2011 SIAC Football All-Conference
team as voted by the SIAC Football Coaches Association.
Carter, a native of Marietta, GA. was named the
SIAC player of the year after leading the conference in
rushing and scoring with 1.495 yards (149.5 yards per
game) and 19 touchdowns (114 points), respectively,
both of which currently rank fourth nationally in Divi-
sion II. The 5-10, 225-pound junior, a two-time All-
SIAC first team selection, set a new NCAA Division
11 record for most rushing yards in a half with 251.
.lennings, a native of Marietta, GA, was named
the top offensive player. He leads the SIAC with 2,312
yards and 23 touchdowns. The 6-2, 250-pound senior L
also ranks second in the SIAC with 231.2 passing yards CARTER
per game. 2,378 yards of total offense, and passing efficiency at 133.5.
In 10 games, Gaskins, a native of Tifton. GA, finished with 61 tackles
and a conference-leading 12 sacks. The 6-2, 218-pound senior linebacker
is fourth in the SIAC with 14.5 tackles for loss and totaled three fumble
recoveries and a forced fumble in the regular season.
Fort Valley State running back Travis Richmond was selected as
SIAC Freshman of the Year. In eight games. Richmond rushed for 574
yards on 92 carries and five touchdowns while also catching 14 passes for
81 yards. Richmond, who was also an All-SIAC second team selection.
averaged 71.8 rushing yards per game which ranks third in the SIAC.
Miles College Head Coach Reginald Ruffin was selected as SIAC
Coach ofcthe Year. In his first season at Miles College. Ruffin led the Golden
Bears to the lirst-ever SIAC West Division title, finishing with a 5-2 record
in the SIA(' and 6-4 overall. Ruffin led Miles to an SIAC title in Saturday's
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Page 8 Ms. Perry's Free Press
a Liberia's Sirleaf Wins 90% in Boycotted Vote
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18th Century Slave Cemetary
KINGSKEY PLANTATION A
local 19th-century cemetery,
believed to hold the remains of
slaves, has been uncovered at
The discovery of six gravesites
was made last year at the Kingsley
Plantation located right outside of
Jacksonville in Nassau county, but
the announcement was delayed to
allow for further research and to
alert possible descendants of those
buried there. It brought a sense of
accomplishment to those who spent
years finding the site and a surge of
emotions to those whose ancestors
were enslaved there.
"The word emotional almost
seems not powerful enough," said
Johnetta Cole, director of the
Smithsonian Institution's National
Museum of African Art and a
descendant of the Kingsley family.
"I wept. This is not ordinary; this is
not an everyday experience."
A team led by James Davidson, a
University of Florida anthropolo-
gist, worked with just two vague
century-old leads to find the site,
which was described as being adja-
cent to a giant oak tree. Once
Davidson found the graves, a smat-
tering of clues helped determine
they were, in fact, apparently those
Square-cut nails in the coffins
helped pinpoint the fact that they
were from the 19th century. Five-
hole buttons and brass coat buttons
narrowed the time frame even fur-
ther. And measurements on the
skeletal remains indicated they
were likely those of Africans rather
than Europeans or Native
None of the materials ever left
the gravesites, though, out of
respect for the dead.
"We were not going to exhume
anybody, we were not going to col-
lect any material," Davidson said.
The remains include a man who
appeared to have died at around age
40, a woman who lived to 60 or
older and three children. The age
and sex of the sixth body was not
Because there is little documen-
tation of who was enslaved at
Kingsley Plantation, identifying the
remains and whether they have any
living descendants has not been
possible, the investigators said.
The gravesites are on Fort
George Island, on land adminis-
tered by the National Park Service
in an area called the Timucuan
Ecological and Historic Preserve.
No decision has been made yet on
whether to pursue additional exca-
vations to determine if other graves
are located there. Nor has there
been a decision made on whether to
mark the gravesites.
Zephaniah Kingsley moved to
Fort George Island in 1814 with his
wife, Anna Madgigine Jai, who he
purchased as a slave in Senegal.
Historical records show she helped
manage the plantation and, after she
was freed by Kingsley, owned her
own slaves. The couple is Cole's
MONROVIA, Liberia Africa's
first and only female president
handily won re-election with 90.2
percent of the vote, but her victory
has been rendered hollow and her
government may struggle to prove
its legitimacy because the opposi-
tion boycotted the poll.
Hours before the results were
announced last week in an election
that was supposed to solidify
Liberia's shaky peace, opposition
leader Winston Tubman said he
would not accept the outcome of
this week's presidential runoff.
With nearly nine-tenths of
precincts reporting, National
Election Commission chair
Elizabeth Nelson announced late
Thursday that Sirleaf had received
513,320 votes out of 565,391 tal-
lied. Only 52,071 ballots, or 9.2
percent, had been cast for Tubman,
a former United Nations diplomat
who, like Sirleaf, was educated at
Last week, Tubman called on his
supporters to boycott the presiden-
tial runoff, and many polling sta-
tions closed early due to the dismal
turnout. By early morning, many
had no lines outside. By afternoon,
poll workers were seen dozing,
some laying their heads on tables
next to near-empty ballot boxes.
Turnout hovered around 33 per-
cent of registered voters, not even
half of the 71 percent who turned
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf arrives to cast her ballot
for re-election as president, at a polling station in the village of Fefee,
outside Tubmanburg, Liberia, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011. Election violence
killed one person the day before amid the opposition's call to boycott
the presidential runoff election.
out for the election's first round.
"We're getting pressure from
everywhere including the White
House to partake in something we
know is stacked against us,"
Tubman said. "The international
community cannot see our case, and
we wanted to bring this to their
attention ... They should know
we're not just making trouble. I'm
not a trouble maker. They should
not ignore us. This was a way that
our voice was heard."
He has argued that the electoral
process was biased in his oppo-
nent's favor and that his party had
collected evidence of ballot stuffing
and of improperly filled-in tally
sheets. International observers said
that there was no evidence of fraud
and on Thursday, State Department
spokesman Mark Toner said that the
United States was "disappointed"
by the opposition's withdrawal.
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Carter said the boycott had marred
"The opposition's decision to
boycott the runoff was based on
their assertion that the overall elec-
tion was significantly flawed. These
claims remain unsubstantiated," the
group said in a statement. "(The)
boycott essentially denied the
Liberian people a genuine choice
within a competitive electoral
Most analysts and country
experts believe that Tubman would
have lost Tuesday's election if he
had participated. His Congress for
Democratic Change party got
around 33 percent of the vote in the
first round last month, compared to
around 44 percent for Sirleaf. She
later won the endorsement of the
third-place finisher, who had just
over 11 percent.
"If you look at the figures, you
can see that Tubman (was) almost
certainly going to lose. He is 12, 13
points down in the polls," said
Stephen Ellis, the author of a histo-
ry of the Liberian civil war and
researcher at the African Studies
Center Leiden in the Netherlands.
"It's an obvious calculation. He
withholds legitimacy from the gov-
ernment," Ellis said. "If it was felt
by a large part of population to not
be legitimate, in a place like
Liberia, with its history, it becomes
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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports
activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
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musical stage play
Gospel duo Trin-i-tee 35:7 will
bring their inspirational message to
theater-going audiences in the play
Dream with Your Eyes Open. It will
be performed on November 19th
and 20th at the Florida Theatre.
For more information call (615)
385-1211 ext. 3.
Feed the City
The Clara White Mission will
present the annual "Feed the City"
event on Saturday, November 19,
2011. It will be held from 10a.m. -
3 p.m. Feed the City is open to the
city's homeless and families that
are less fortunate in our community.
Come to 613. W. Ashley St., or call
(904) 354-4162 for further details
on volunteering or enjoying the hol-
The next Jacksonville Genealogi-
cal Society meeting will be held
Saturday, November 19th at 1:30
p.m. at the Webb-Wesconnett
Branch Library on the west side.
The guest speaker will discuss,
"The Family Search". For more
information email genealogyger-
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People Helping People
The Annual Community
Awareness and People Helping
People Day Celebration will be
held Sunday, November 20th at
11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. at The
Greater El Beth-el Divine Holiness
Church There will be several civic
and political leaders to share infor-
mation about credit repair, expung-
ing criminal records, Veterans
Affairs, health issues, housing and
funeral arrangements. For more
information on the free event call
Turkey Jam with
Frankie B. and Maze
The holiday Turkey Jam featuring
Frankie Beverly and Maze, Friday,
November 25, 2011 at 8:00 p.m.,
Times Union Center for the
Performing Arts, 300 Water Street.
For more information contact the
box office at (904) 633-6110.
The Men's Room
Come join an intimate conversa-
tion between men and women,
Friday, November 25, 2011, from 9-
11 p.m. at Poppy Love Smoke, 112
East Adams St., with music by DJ
KB. Come hear what men have to
say up front instead of behind
women's backs! For more informa-
tion call (904) 521-8349.
in the South
The 23rd annual Christmas Made
in the South, Arts and Crafts
Festival will be held November
25th 27th from 11-5 p.m. at the
Prime Osborn Convention Center.
The event is a fantastic way to ease
into your holiday shopping and find
that special gift. It features crafts-
man, art, gourmet food, and diverse
entertainment to satisfy every
demanding appetite. For more
information visit www.madeinthe-
southshows.com or email festi-
or call (704) 847.9480.
World AIDS Week
World AIDS Week will be
observed in Northeast Florida from
Monday, November 28 Saturday,
December 3, 2011. The Northeast
Florida World AIDS Week
Committee has activities planned
throughout the week in its contin-
ued quest to bring awareness to
HIV/AIDS in Jacksonville and sur-
rounding areas. Seminars, a quilt
display, and a Community Awards
ceremony and more will take place
during the week. For more informa-
tion visit www.northeastflorida-
worldaidsweek.org or contact
Chenita M. King-Williams at (904)
244-8802 or Nicole Richardson at
email@example.com or call (904)
Honoring Elders in
Join the Friends of Elder Source
"A Night with the Stars" event hon-
oring advocates and caregivers of
Elders in the Jacksonville
Community. The event will feature
awards and keynote speaker, the
honorable Mayor Alvin Brown and
special recognition of Mrs. Delores
Barr-Weaver, Tuesday, November
29, 2011 at the Marriott Southpoint,
4760 Salisbury Road Jacksonville,
FL 32256. For more information
contact Amy Moring at (904) 391-
Ritz Jazz Jamm
The Ritz Theater present Jazz
Pianist Alez Bugnon, Saturday,
December 3rd for two shows (7
and 10 p.m.). Contact the box
office at 904.632.5555 or visit
Mayor Alvin Brown and the City
of Jacksonville present it's annual
Senior Holiday Festival, Saturday,
December 3rd, at the Prime
Osborn Center, 1000 Water Street.
Come enjoy live music, a tradition-
al holiday dinner, door prizes and
more! For tickets contact the Mary
Singleton center at (904) 630-0995
or City Hall at (904) 630-3690 or
Jack & Jill Holiday
Join the local chapter of Jack and
Jill of America for the 1st annual
Holiday Affair with Santa with pro-
ceeds to benefit the Daniel
Foundation of Jacksonville. It will
be held on Sunday, December 4,
2011, 2 5 p.m., at The Garden
Club of Jacksonville, 1005
Riverside Avenue. There will be a
special guest performance by The
Jacksonville Children's Mass
Choir. To purchase tickets e-mail
call (904) 438-2806
The Children's Christmas Party of
Jacksonville will provide toys for
local children who otherwise might
not receive toys during the holiday
season, Saturday, December 10,
2011, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for
more details email christstmaspar-
Holiday Soul Concert
Former Temptations lead singer
Richard Street will headline the
"Holiday Soul" concert at the
Times Union Center on Sunday,
December 11, 2011. Also appear-
ing will be the Jacksonville Mass
Choir and Joy Dennis. For more
information contact Elgin Carelock
at (404) 993-7189 or email
CCastle@smgjax.com or ecare-
The Raines Class of 1972 will hold
a Christmas Party on Friday,
December 16, 2011 at Carl's Place
on 8th and Main Street. For tickets,
or more information about Class of
1972 Reunion activities, call 764-
3292 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
After breaking box office records
and selling out in record time in
2009, "WICKED," Broadway's
biggest blockbuster will return to
Jacksonville at the Times-Union
Center's Moran Theater, 501 W.
State St., from January 4-22, 2012
for 24 performances. For tickets or
more information contact Sarah
Roy at (904) 632-3211.
Change III: Youth
Rights Right Now!
Youth Real Talk conversation will
take place Thursday, January 26,
2012 from 5:30 p.m. 8:30 p.m., at
the Jacksonville Public Library, 303
N Laura St. The exchange will deal
with youth rights, issues in health,
justice, family, social, and govern-
ment arenas. For more information
contact the JPL at (904) 630-2665.
Ribault Class of'78
travels to Atlanta
Come join the Ribault High
School Class of 1978 as they pre- :.
pare to come together for the Honda
Battle Of The Bands at the Georgia
Dome in Atlanta, Georgia,
Saturday, January 28, 2012 at 3:00
p.m. For more information on the
trip, call 410-9603 or email
The Harlem Globetrotters will
bring their 2012 World Tour to
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial
Arena on Friday March 2, 2012, at
7:00 p.m. To purchase tickets visit
www.ticketmaster.com or by phone
at (800) 745-3000 or email ccas-
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Maurv wants to publicize Beiber's paternity test Maury
Povich has reportedly jumped into the Justin Bieber baby scandal, offering
the teen heartthrob a venue to reveal results of a paternity test he said he'd
take to prove his is NOT the father of a woman's baby.
The show has invited Biebs onto the show, to take a paternity test. The
17-vear-old has denied accusations by 2 -,, ea.r-old fan Mariah Yeater, who
claims that he fathered a child with her when he was 16.
Bieber indicated that he's willing to take a paternity test to clear his name.
Patti LaBelle being sued for alleged-
ly assaulting a baby and its mother
According to reports, last year, R&B luminary
Patti LaBelle acted like a diva when she hurled
curses and a half bottle of water at a mother and AH ft
her 18-month-old baby. r.
Now the veteran singer's facing a lawsuit filed
by Manhattan residents Kevin and Roseanna C-
Monk, who live in the apartment building
where the whole yelling match took place.
According to the couple's lawyer, Samuel L.
Davis, LaBelle chastised the mother for letting the toddle take steps away
from her as she hassled with some luggage and a car seat.
After Mrs. Monk scooped up the child, she turned to the singer and told
her it was none of her business.
That's when LaBelle threw the water, hurled an insult or two, and even-
tually attempted to hit Monk when she responded. No arrests were made.
Chad and Evelyn Hire a Wedding Planner Love is in the air and
wedding planning will commence for couple
Evelyn Lozada and Chad Ochocinco.
The pair is actually getting married, for all you
doubters out there. The couple is moving for-
ward with their decision to commit themselves
to one another and have hired celebrity-wed-
ding planner Diann Valentine of WE TV's "I
vs "I've been working with them a little over a
month now," Diann told S2S. She revealed that
the pair is still in the very early stages of plan-
ning the wedding but some ideas are starting to come together.
"We don't have a date yet, but we know that it's summer 2012," Diann
said, confirming the deadline that Evelyn set shortly after "Basketball
Wives" wrapped its last season.
T.I. and Tiny +6 to Debut
New Reality Show on Vhl
VH1 has announced that its new
reality series "T.I. & Tiny: The
Family Hustle" will premiere on
Dec. 5, at 9 p.m. ET.
Viewers will get a behind-the-
scenes look at the most private
moments of the Grammy-winning
artist as he is reunited with his wife,
Tameka (a.k.a Tiny), and his chil-
dren following a 12-month prison
sentence that was completed sever-
al months ago.
The new series follows the "King
of the South" at his most vulnera-
ble, as T.I. re-acclimates back into
his life as a father, husband, son,
musician, apparel magnate, busi-
nessman, actor and best-selling
author (Power & Beauty).
During filming of a music video,
the audience will catch a tender
moment as T.I. teaches his son the
importance of education and doing
his school work. For the first time,
fans will get to know T.I.'s children
and see their reactions as they real-
ize their father is a member of hip
hop elite. T.I. even begins to
instruct his eldest son, Domani on
the secrets to putting on a great
concert performance and allows
Domani (aka T-Money) to show off
his skills in front of a crowd of
3,000 at the Scream Tour.
"Tameka and I have a strong, lov-
ing family," said T.I. "In this family
documentary, you will see the chal-
lenges of raising children while bal-
ancing a career. It's like a lot of
A families, only our home is in
Viewers will also catch a
glimpse into fascinating rela-
tionship between T.I. and his
wife Tameka, who has faithful-
Sly stood by TI.'s side through
his highs and lows and who
herself was a former member
of the '90s Grammy-winning
pop group Xscape. The mother
of two of T.I.'s children, along
with her own fifteen-year-old
daughter, Tameka was forced
to hold down the fort while T.I.
was behind bars.
A biopic of jazz legend Miles
Davis looks set to go into produc-
tion after it was announced that
director George Tillman Jr has
signed up to the project.
Currently titled Miles Davis, the
film will draw on the book Dark
Magus: The Jekyll and Hyde Life
of Miles Davis by Davis's eldest
son, Gregory Davis, and will be
able to use Davis's music in its
Davis's turbulent life, which
included a string of seminal albums
as well as drug and alcohol addic-
tions and relentless womanising, is
natural fodder for a movie adapta-
tion. The actor Don Cheadle has
been developing his own project
for a number of years in conjunc-
tion with another of Davis's sons,
Erin, but now looks to have been
beaten to the wire.
Producers said they were aiming
for a film in the same vein as the
Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line
and the Ray Charles film Ray:
Jay-Z Reported to Stop Sale
of Occupy Wall Street Shirts
Mentor and friend Russel Simmons and Jay Z with his shirt on.
Is Jay-Z part of the 1%? He's not
a Wall Streeter or a big time banker
but ask some of the Occupy protest-
ers and they likely would lump him
in with them.
The rapper turned big time music
mogul turned Mr. Beyonce had
been selling shirts on his Rocawear
website that stylistically edited the
words "Occupy Wall Street" to
actually say "Occupy All Streets".
Then, people started finding out
that none of the $22 from each shirt
sold was going toward the Occupy
movement. Needless to say, more
than a few people close to the
protests were not happy that what
they were doing was being sold for
profit. According to E! Online,
Jay-Z seems to have had a change
of heart as the shirts have disap-
peared from the site.
While some of the protesters
voiced their displeasure, Rocawear
and Russell Simmons both made
statements that put the shirt in a
more positive light. Rocawear stat-
ed that the shirt was made to sup-
port Occupy Wall Street (but not
give it money, apparently). As the
rep noted, the shirt reminds us "that
there is change to be made every-
where". Simmons tweeted that by
creating and wearing the shirt (pic-
tured), Jay-Z took the Occupy
movement to "the next level".
According to a post on the
Roc4Life blog, the shirts weren't
pulled, they were sold out.
From Left to Right: Jamal Greene, Assoc. Prof., Columbia Law School. Talib Kweli, Hip-Hop Artist & Activist,
Dr. Brenda Greene, Prof. of English & Exec. Dir., Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College
Every child deserves
a Great Teacher
Every morning fourth-graders go to schools where
only 1 In 3 of them can read at grade level.
A child with an ineffective teacher learns only half
as much in one year. Students with an ineffective
teacher three years in a row will likely never catch up.
Given the stubborn "achievement gap," we just can't
afford that status quo anymore.
At StudentsFirst, our goal is to make sure every child
in America has a great teacher in every classroom.
Our children cannot wait. Join our movement to put
an effective teacher in every child's classroom.
To join the movement visit www.StudentsFirst.org/join-now or call 916-287-9220.
A movement to transform public education
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UNDAY DINNER CHEF.
When I was little I helped my Granny make all her desserts for Sunday Dinner. Now, I take her recipes and
make them with organic or all natural ingredients. It's easy to find everything I need right at Publix. Of course,
when I told everybody what I was up to, they were skeptical. But you should have seen their faces after they
took that first bite! Now, no one in the family would dream of having a Sunday Dinner without
one of my homemade desserts. And come Monday morning, there's not a slice left either! ( '
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Thursday, November 24, 2011 Closed
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