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Magic Johnson leads dream
team bidding for Dodgers
Magic Johnson, the Lakers legend-turned-businessman, has lined up
the Guggenheim financial services firm and respected baseball executive
Stan Kasten in hopes of buying the Dodgers.
The crowded fastbreak of prospective Dodgers owners suddenly has an
all-star businessman and community leader holding the ball.
It's Magic Johnson, and the score for this city could be huge.
Johnson announced Friday that he had joined forces with Guggenheim
Baseball Management, an arm of a financial services firm that controls
more than $125 billion in assets, in hopes of buying the Dodgers.
Unemployment rate falls to lowest
level in more than two years
The U.S. unemployment rate fell last month to its lowest level in more
than two and a half years as employers stepped up hiring in response to
the slowly improving economy.
The Labor Department said Friday that the unemployment rate dropped
to 8.6 percent last month from 9 percent in October. The rate hasn't been
that low since March 2009, during the depths of the recession.
However, unemployment ticked up amongst African-Americans up
from 15.1 to 15.5 percent and black teen joblessness also went up from
37.8 to 39.6, after three straight months of drops.
Still, 13.3 million Americans remain unemployed. And a key reason the
unemployment rate fell so much was because roughly 315,000 people
had given up looking for work and were no longer counted as unem-
The presidential election is less than a year away, which means
President Barack Obama will almost certainly face voters with the high-
est unemployment rate of any president since World War II. Rival
Republicans have made the nation's joblessness a key campaign issue.
Employers added 120,000 jobs last month. And the previous two
months were revised up to show that 72,000 more jobs added -- the fourth
straight month the government revised prior months higher.
FAMU dismisses 4
students connected to death
Florida A&M University (FAMU) said that it's dismissing four students
for their role in the death of a marching band member last month, while
audio of an emergency call released last week showed that the drum
major had vomit in his mouth in the moments before he died.
University President James Ammons referred to the dismissals in a
memo he sent earlier this week to members of the FAMU Board of
Trustees, but didn't specify what the four students did. Authorities say
hazing played a role in the death of Robert Champion, but they have not
released any more specifics as they continue to investigate.
Ammons says in his memo that the university has a zero-tolerance pol-
icy on hazing, then states: "I want to report that four (4) students have
been dismissed from the University in connection to the Robert
The 26-year-old Champion was found unresponsive Nov. 19 on a bus
parked outside an Orlando, Fla., hotel after the school's football team lost
to a rival.
Miami Police under investigation
for shooting Black men
The Obama administration is now investigating a rash of deadly Miami
police shootings that have left as many as seven young black men dead,
some of them unarmed, over the last eight months to determine if the
constitutional rights of any of the victims might have been violated.
The investigation, known as a "pattern of practice" probe, will seek to
systematically examine the police and training policies of the MPD, par-
ticularly as it relates to the use of deadly force involving African-
The Justice Department's decision to investigate the department comes
only months after noted civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton called for a
federal investigation on the matter while speaking at a local NAACP
rally. In the wake of the public outcry, Police Chief Miguel Exposito, a
37-year veteran of the force, was relieved of his duties in late September.
Players File Antitrust
Lawsuits Against the NBA
Locked-out NBA players including Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant
filed class-action antitrust lawsuits against the league in at least two
states, saying David Stem's ultimatums left them no other choice.
Atty.David Boies, who represented the NFL during their lock out and
now has been brought aboard by basketball's players, said the NBA lock-
out violates antitrust laws by refusing to allow players to work.
Boies added that Stem's ultimatum to the now-disbanded union to
accept the owners' last economic model or face a harsher proposal
"turned out to be a mistake" that strengthens the players' case because it
proves that the collective bargaining process had ended.
"If you're in a poker game, and you run a bluff, and the bluff works,
you're a hero. If someone calls your bluff, you lose. I think the owners
overplayed their hand," Boies said at the players' association headquar-
ters. "They did a terrific job of taking a very hard line and pushing the
players to make concession after concession after concession, but greed
is not only a terrible thing it's a dangerous thing."
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Volume 25 No. 8 Jacksonville, Florida December 8 -14, 2011
NAACP Calls Out Assault on Voting Rights
Hispanic and young voters come
out in huge numbers to elect a
Democratic president, how do the
Koch Brothers, American
Legislative Exchange Council and
other right-wing officials respond?
According to an NAACP report,
they make multiple national legisla-
tive efforts to restrict the votes of
these groups. The civil rights organ-
ization is sounding the alarm and
says the restrictions are tantamount
to a coordinated assault on voting
The Rev. Williams J. Barber II, a
member of the NAACP national
board of directors and chair of the
NAACP Political Action and
Legislative Affairs Committee,
compared the restrictions to Jim
"In some ways, these tactics are
not Jim Crow. They do not feature
night riders in sheets terrorizing
black voters with physical threats
and overt messaging, poll taxes and
other disenfranchising tricks. This
is, in fact, James Crow, Esquire.
Jim Crow prevented African
Americans from participating at
all." he said. Continued on page 2
Let's Move Jacksonville
Shown above is State Senator Audrey Gibson and School Board Chairwoman Betty Burney leading the
crows in aerobics at Edward Waters College on Kings Road. The Let's Move event is a tenet of First Lady's
Michelle Obamas fitness campaign to encourage citizens to take charge of their health and get moving. KFP
Duval County School Board
President Betty Burney joined
forces with the Duval County
Health Department and the I'm a
Star Foundation to host "Let's
move Jacksonville" and shake off
those 'Thanksgiving pounds'. The
action packed free event consisted
of an action packed block party on
the Campus of Edward Waters
College last weekend.
Over 200 people came together
for a day of information featuring
vendors, sports activities and nutri-
tious snacks. Seniors showed
movement is easy for all ages with
a demonstration of dance moves
from the Sophisticated Ladies and
Gents Dance Team. School district
food providers Chartwell gave
away samples of zucchini, while
The Honey Dripper House provid-
ed an assorted rainbow of sugar
free honey dippers for the students.
The goal was to expose students to
the benefits of active healthy eating
habits and exercise tips. Participant
Brenda Harris watched the crowd,
"this is an opportunity for the com-
munity to recognize that health and
awareness is the only way to a
healthy heart and prosperous
Similar Let's Move events are
being held around the country.
Stylist and entrepreneur Anne Grimsley and Sean Simpson
stand next to the AIDS van parked at AMG Salon.
Salon Owner Brings
AIDS Testing to Customers
Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Hall
The former Leah Hudson was all smiles as the blushing bride last week-
end as she and new husband Samuel Hall hosted a Holiday Soiree and
Reception in honor of their recent wedding. Held at Sway at the Beaches,
the happy couple requested guests donate to the Bridge or the Discovery
Montessori School in lieu of wedding gifts. The festive occasion that invit-
ed a few hundred of their closest friends included hors de' oeuvres, danc-
ing and fellowship as they greeted each of their guests.
In recognition of World Aids
Week, AMG Uptown Salon brought
the fight of the beleaguered disease
to their hair salon in the heart of
Innovative entrepreneur and salon
owner Ann Grimsley arranged for
the River Region van to be parked
at her downtown salon for patrons
to get a free and quick AIDS test.
She said her goal was to encourage
customers to get tested and receive
vital information relating to the use
of condoms to protect again the
spread of STDs and other sexually
"I know what my customers go
through and it's important they look
out for themselves," said Grimsley.
Sometimes it's just a little easier
when the information is at your
doorstep," she said.
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Job Corps Signs Wellness Partnership to
Provide Healthcare for Students 16-24
Charles and Elaine Spencer Betty Holzendorf and Dr. Landon Williams
The Jacksonville Job Corps Center
and the Duval County Health Depart-
ment recently partnered to provide
health services to more than 350 stu-
dents enrolled at the Jacksonville Job
Corps Center. Center Director
Kenderson Hill, Wellness Janette
Dunlap and Duval County Health
Department (DCHD) representative
Funmi Borisade, RNC met last week
to formally sign the contract.
"The one year grant in the amount
of $16,500.00 will greatly enhance
our student services," said Center Di-
rector Kenderson Hill.
The grant will assist the center
with a variety of health and wellness
initiatives, earlier this year Job Corps
requested 125 centers nationwide to
participate in the H.E.A.L.S. Pro-
gram (Healthy Eating and Active
Lifestyles) to reduce obesity and in-
corporate exercise into their daily
lives. The center with the assistance
of Community Partner-Deen Well-
ness kicked off that initiative in Sep-
tember. As a result, students and staff
Shown above is Janette Dunlap, Wellness Manager, Funmi Borisade of
the DCHD and Job Corps Director Kenderson Hill.
have incorporated healthier habits.
Jacksonville Job Corps center trains
about 525 students per year. The
young men and women study to be-
come; carpenters, electricians, certi-
fied nurse assistants, office
administrators, Pharmacy Techni-
cians and other professional.
The center's top priority is to teach
eligible young people 16-24 to skills
that they need to become employable
and to help place them into meaning-
ful careers. For more information,
visit www.mtctrains.com.or contact
Joann Manning Business & Commu-
nity liaison at 632-5410.
NAACP: Don't block the vote
The International Longshoreman Association Local 1408 celebrated their 75th anniversary last weekend at an all
star gala at the Hyatt Hotel.Over 1,000 participants celebrated the union legacy amidst the backdrop of live music
and special guests. Each attendee also received a souvenir program, mug and bag to commemorate the evening.
Shown above are (L-R):Sha-Vonda and Henry Hunter, Tanya and Greg Simmons, Barbara Peterson, Sharon
and Quinton Whitfield, Rev. Que and Valerie Glover and May and Gary Peterson. FMP Powell Photos
continued from page 1
Some states across the country that
saw unprecedented levels of electoral
participation by blacks and Hispanics
in the 2008 presidential election are
being targeted for voting restrictions,
according to a new report Monday by
The 67-page study released by the
civil rights group found 14 states en-
acted a total of 25 measures that the
NAACP said are tantamount to a co-
ordinated assault on voting rights,
with the African-American and other
minority communities as the primary
These new tactics will weaken the
electoral strength of communities of
color, students and the poor [and] at-
tack the very electoral strength that
made possible the nation's first black
president," NAACP President and
CEO Benjamin Jealous told reporters
on a conference call.
Jealous vowed that in addition to
reaching out to secretaries of state,
members of Congress and the De-
partment of Justice, the group will
also take its case to the United Na-
tions "because both the impact in
many instances and the intent seems
to be to disenfranchise people of
Of the 14 states that passed restric-
tive voting measures in 2011, four
had experienced the largest growth in
black population in the past decade
(Florida, Georgia, Texas and North
Carolina), while three had the highest
growth rates in their Latino commu-
nities (South Carolina, Alabama and
Tennessee), according to the study,
which was done with the NAACP
Legal Defense and Educational
The NAACP called the measures a
"block the vote" effort and charged
they were a direct response to two re-
cent developments: the unprece-
dented levels of political
participation by black voters and oth-
ers of color in the 2008 election, and
the rapid growth of communities of
color as seen in the 2010 census.
The restrictive measures adopted
by the states include tightening re-
quirements for voter registration or
making the voter registration process
"unnecessarily difficult," increasing
disfranchisement of people with
felony convictions, reducing early or
absentee ballot voting opportunities,
as well as measures like photo ID re-
quirements that create barriers to par-
ticipation on Election Day.
"These vote-blocking e?orts im-
pose disproportionate burdens on our
society's most vulnerable members,
by exploiting socioeconomic dispar-
ities among voters based on income,
vehicle and home ownership, fore-
closure rates, education, and mobility
- many socioeconomic disparities
that are closely correlated with race,"
the report says.
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So the Herman Cain Timing is everything in Politics, President Obama
train has officially broke
down on the tracks and is
apparently being towed should Benefit from Republican Field and the Economy
back to Atlanta.
I will not belabor the many
issues that Cain has faced over the
past several weeks; but someone
pressed the fast-forward button
and his 15 minutes of fame fizzled
out much quicker than expected.
My personal advice to Brother
Cain comes from Lena Home. She
said, "It's not the load that breaks
you down, it's the way you carry
Politics is certainly a strange
monster. Take the Republican field
for example at one point
Michelle Bachman was the GOP
rock star; Then Mitt Romney was
the clear front runner. Then Gov.
Rick Perry, which didn't last long.
Then there was the Cain Train; and
now Newt Gingrich is considered
the front-runner for the GOP nom-
ination for president.
And most of this movement has
happened within the calendar year.
Now former Speaker of the
House Gingrich is the man of the
hour. The million dollar or several
million in campaign funds, ques-
tion is can Newt beat Obama?
My high school football coach
would remind me Fullwood
that's why you play the game. Any
team can be beaten on any given
Well coach, I certainly agree, but
if I were President Obama I
would love to face Newt Gingrich.
Not only is he ultra conservative,
which will hurt him with moderate
Republicans and Independents, but
also he has more skeletons in his
closet than a haunted house.
Even conservative pundits like
Ann Coulter has warned fellow
Republicans that the former House
speaker's past extramarital affairs
and other baggage make him a far
less formidable nominee than say a
more moderate conservative like
Not only does the unstable
Republican field help President
Obama, but the slowly rebounding
economy does as well.
The unemployment rate, which
had hovered around 9 percent for
the past two years, fell pretty dras-
tically in November. This is great
news for almost everyone except
those Republicans wishing to
dethrone President Obama.
The rate fell to 8.6 percent, the
lowest since March 2009, which
happens to be two months after
President Barack Obama was
sworn in. The experts or "talking
heads" seem to think that it's being
driven in part by small businesses
that finally see reason to hope and
I feel like a broken record, but
the economy is often the barometer
that makes or breaks any president
- regardless of party.
According to data released by
the Labor Department, the country
added 120,000 jobs in November.
Private employers added 140,000
jobs, while governments cut
20,000. What is even more impres-
sive is the fact that the economy
has generated 100,000 or more
jobs five months in a row the first
time this increase has happened
since April 2006.
Again, this is great news for
everyone except Gingrich and
If you had asked me a year ago,
I would say that President Obama
will get re-elected, but it is going
to be a very tough battle. Now, I
think that it will still be a battle,
but clearly the economy and the
Republican field's instability helps
As a wise man once said, "The
essential ingredient in politics is
timing." I said a year ago that elec-
tions are marathons not sprints.
The presidential marathon is only
halfway finished it getting
tougher the closer you get to the
Signing off from Tallahassee,
i Newt Gingrich's
SWar on Poor People
by George Curry
Republican presidential candi-
date Newt Gingrich launched a
nuclear attack on the needy last
week by using ugly stereotypes to
argue that people are poor because
they are lazy and the solution to
widespread poverty is scrapping
child labor laws and putting poor
kids to work in menial jobs.
He said in a speech in Council
Bluffs, Iowa: "Start with the fol-
lowing two facts: Really poor chil-
dren in really poor neighborhoods
have no habits of working and
have nobody around them who
works. So they literally have no
habit of showing up on Monday.
They have no habit of staying all
day. They have no habit of 'I do
this and you give me cash' unless
What planet does Gingrich live
My entire childhood was spent
in poverty and I can't remember a
time that my mother and stepfather
didn't have a job. In fact, I can't
remember a time when Mama did-
n't have at least two jobs. I've held
jobs since I was in the 6th grade,
jobs that included cutting the grass
of my elementary school principal,
delivering newspapers, washing
dishes at the University of
Alabama while I was a student at
Druid High School in Tuscaloosa,
and working as a waiter on trains
during Christmas breaks while
enrolled at Knoxville College in
Evidently, my experience was
not atypical. An analysis of Census
Bureau data by Andrew A.
Beveridge, a professor at Queens
College in New York, found that
most children live in a home where
at least one parent works. In fact,
three of every four poor working-
aged adults have jobs.
The problem isn't that those liv-
ing below the poverty line are
unwilling to work. The problem is
that their jobs don't pay enough to
lift them out of poverty, which is
defined as $22,050 for a family of
According to the National
Center for CIludrent aa .^'.
"Nearly 15 million children in the
United States 21 percent of all
children live in families with
incomes below the federal poverty
level $22,050 a year for a family
of four. Research shows that, on
average, families need an income
of about twice that level to cover
basic expenses. Using that stan-
dard, 42% of children live in low-
Gingrich falsely asserts that poor
children don't have a work ethic
except when it comes to illegal
activity. His solution is to repeal
child labor laws and put poor kids
to work as library assistants or
Federal law already allows
young people to work.
The Department of Labor notes,
"The Fair Labor Standards Act
(FLSA) sets 14 as the minimum
age for most non-agricultural
work. However, at any age, youth
may deliver newspapers, perform
in radio, television, movie, or the-
atrical productions, work in busi-
nesses owned by their parents
(except in mining, manufacturing
or hazardous jobs), and perform
babysitting or perform minor
chores around a private home."
Republicans have a record of
railing against welfare, labor
unions and the poor as part of their
political strategy. During his 1976
presidential campaign, for exam-
ple, Ronald Reagan told the story
of a woman from Chicago's South
Side who had 80 aliases, 30
addresses, 12 Social Security
cards, collected veteran's benefits
on four non-existent husbands,
received Medicaid, got food
stamps and collected welfare under
each of her fake names, netting her
tax-free income of more than
$150,000. It was later determined
that the woman resided only in
Like IReagan, Gingrich has
sought to .eliminate many federal
programs that assist poor people.
In 1994, he proposed kicking
young mothers off of welfare and
using that money to create Boys
Town-like orphanages. The New
York Times observed in an editori-
al, "The party that professes to sup-
port family values seems exces-
sively eager to yank poor children
away from their mothers and dump
them in institutions."
He also opposes extending
unemployment benefits for those
unable to find a job.
In an Aug. 12, 2011 e-mail to
supporters, Gingrich claimed "the
extension of unemployment bene-
fits has given people a perverse
incentive to stay on unemployment
rather than accept a job."
The only thing perverse is
Gingrich's inability to understand
that most people do not choose to
be either poor or unemployed.
In an attempt to smear President
Obama, Gingrich has repeatedly
called him "the most successful
food stamp president in American
Gingrich asserted, "We have
people who take their food stamp
money and use it to go to Hawaii."
First, what was known as food
stamps has been called the
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance
Program, or SNAP, since October
2008. Instead of using old paper
food stamps, recipients are issued a
plastic card similar to a bank debit-
card to make grocery purchases.
Second, the program has specific
limitations of what can be bought
with the funds, excluding such
items as beer, liquor and wine.
The average monthly "food
stamp" benefit is $133.49. That's
not enough to purchase an airline
ticket to Hawaii on Southwest, Jet
Blue or any other cheap carrier.
We should not be surprised by
anything Gingrich says,.This is the
same person wo ,claimed he
"helped balance the federal budget
for four straight years [1998 to
2001]." He wasn't even in office
those last two years.
Gingrich will say anything, even
if he knows it is a lie.
FAMU is Obviously
Different from Penn
Special to the NNPA from the Florida Courier
As a 19-year-old Georgia State University student, I became a member of
my fraternity's pledge club. As a pledge, I was beaten unmercifully, ridiculed,
taunted and more as was the tradition in a variety of campus groups.
Once I crossed "the burning sands," so to speak, and became a founding
member of the GSU chapter of the fraternity, I was elected founding president
by my founding brothers.
One of my first acts as president was to prohibit hazing! Yes, my brothers
put stress on future pledges, but more often than not we required them to wash
cars, run errands, do homework, raise money or volunteer in the community,
If you don't know, hazing is a crime. Despite that fact, hazing goes on essen-
tially at every college campus in every state and in most cities.
You tell me the name of any former or current college student that has ever
been a part of a fraternity, sorority, band, athletic team, military unit or secret
campus society that has not been hazed or does not know if hazing exists! You
don't even have to be a college student to know that hazing possibly exists.
Earlier in 2011, a criminal act was allegedly committed at Pennsylvania
State University. Once it was learned that university officials and administra-
tors were aware of suspicious acts involving possible crimes against a young
person, the athletic director was fired, coaches were fired, assistant coaches
were fired and even the president of Penn State University was fired.
The only person fired so far in the aftermath of the FAMU hazing tragedy
has been the university band director. How convenient.
The band director almost immediately demanded his reinstatement on
grounds that he went to proper administrative channels, informed university
officials that hazing was taking place in the band. But the fired band director
said no one sought to terminate hazing or suspend or expel students involved
in hazing from the band or from the school.
Who is responsible in a court of law when hazing results in a death?
Obviously the school and the state that operates the school are liable, but there
is a limitation on damages injured persons can received from the state. Any
amount over the limitation must come in the form of a "claims bill" and be
voted on by state legislators and signed by the governor.
The deepest pockets involved in universities most likely are the pockets of
the members of university boards of trustees.
What do trustees have to do with it? University faculty, staff and adminis-
trators must be trained on ways to protect students by preventing activities that
could be criminal or harmful to the students that attend the school.
Seems to me, if university trustees vote on university budgets and part of
that budget contains dollars for training, the trustees should have no problem
discussing in court whether state-funded training dollars were used for the
necessary and required training on how to recognize and stop hazing!
If hazing was allowed to persist because university employees were not
trained on stopping hazing, perhaps the university trustees are personally
liable for lack of institutional control of public taxpayer dollars or voting for
training budgets when employees were inadequately trained. (Interested
lawyers can review the 1992 federal case of Brown vs. City of Oakland, Cal.)
Crime 'pecking order'?
If a crime has been committed and no one is liable or responsible for the
death of a student, should we be concerned? Or is there a pecking order of col-
lege crime where some crimes are reported to police, some crimes are ignored,
some are covered up and some are just bottled up for years by silent accom-
At Penn State, people with knowledge of possible criminal activity along
with ultimate responsibility at the school, and those administrators that had the
biggest university paychecks, were fired.
But not all schools are alike.
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Summerville Baptist Church Eddie Long Decides to Take Time Off
to Honor Senior Members
The Summerville Baptist Church Fellowship Center, located at 2842
Mars Ave., will honor all the senior members with a special service on
Sunday December 18, 2011 at 11:00a.m. Bishop Rudolph Mc Kissick Sr.
will be the speaker for the service. For more information call 354-8186.
Rev. Dr. James W. Henry 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
To complete the application process or if you have questions contact
Woodlawn Presbyterian Church at (904) 765-2893 or (904) 768-5905.
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.
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.
Second Missionary Hosting
Douglas Anderson Alumni
The Douglas Anderson Alumni Association, Inc., will hold a Scholarship
Fundraiser on Sunday, December 11th at 4 p.m. The speaker will be Peggy
Johnson, Valedictorian of the Class of 1959, D.A.s first graduating class.
The class of 1961 will also be honored for their 50th anniversary.
It will be held at Second Missionary Baptist Church. For more informa-
tion, call Samuel Davis at 318-8957.
Atlanta Bishop Eddie Long,
head of one of the nation's largest
mega churches, announced Sunday
he will take "time off' from the pul-
pit to work on his family.
The announcement came three
days after his wife Vanessa filed for
Although her husband's church
issued a statement Friday, attributed
to Vanessa Long, saying she was
withdrawing the divorce petition.
her attorney said she \ a.s proceed-
ing with it.
Last spring, Long, head of
New Birth Missionar\
Baptist Church, settled a
lawsuit filed by four
young men who
accused him of pres-
suring them into sex-
while they were
teenagers and mem-
bers of the congrega-
He denied the alle-
gations against him.
"I'm going to take a
little time off to work
with my family," Long said
Sunday to a packed house at
the televised service.
"I do want you to know that this
is, for me and my family, especially
with me, one of the most difficult
times and things I've had to face,
and only because my strength, other
than God, is in Miss Vanessa," he
said to huge applause.
"And I want you to rest assured
that I love her and she loves me. ...
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In all the things that I've ever had to
deal with and being pastor, my rock
has been to be able to come home to
a virtuous woman who always had
peace in my house," he said.
"We're going (to) work it out," he
He insisted that the two
of them are not
th a t
the) are not
mad at each other.
Long said the situation is
"not because of allegations" of sex-
ual relationships last year and
instead blamed the pressures of
being a pastor's wife.
"It's been very difficult to her,
some of the things that she's had to
endure," he said.
The church issued a statement
emphasizing that Long is not step-
ping down, and "will continue to be
the senior pastor of New Birth."
Eddie Long's wife files for
Her attorney's statement last week
said Vanessa Long "continues to
hope that this matter may be
resolved expeditiously, harmonious-
ly and fairly."
Her divorce documents say the
Longs are "living in a bona fide
state of separation.
The 12-page petition adds that
Vanessa Long "is entitled to a
divorce upon grounds that the mar-
riage between the parties is irre-
trievably broken, there being no
reconciliation of the parties, and it
being in the best interest of all par-
ties concerned that this marriage be
terminated by divorce."
The statement attributed to her
that was issued by the church had
said, "Upon prayerful reflection, I
have reconsidered and plan to with-
draw my petition for divorce from
my husband, Bishop Eddie L. Long.
I love my husband."
"I believe in him and admire his
strength, and courage," that state-
ment attributed to her said, adding,
"My filing followed years of attacks
in the media that frustrated and
overwhelmed me. I love my family
and church family, New Birth
Missionary Baptist Church.
Therefore, my husband and I have
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mutually agreed to find healing
from these attacks. We ask that you
respect our privacy during this
In announcing that she was still
seeking divorce, her attorney
Michael W. Tyler said, "To avoid
any undue confusion, Mrs. Long's
future statements, if any,
will be issued
Two Eddie Long accusers break
The lawsuit filed against Eddie
Long by the four young men alleged
that he used "monetary funds from
the accounts of New Birth and other
corporate and non-profit corporate
accounts to entice the young men
with cars, clothes, jewelry, and elec-
Long has preached passionately
against homosexuality for years.
In an August interview, two of
Long's accusers said they were
haunted by what happened between
them and the powerful pastor and
added they are writing a tell-all
book about their experiences.
Church member talks about reals
estate lawsuit against Long
"It's just not enough anymore. I
thought I could cover the pain up. I
thought I could move, start over and
everything will go away. I was terri-
bly wrong," Jamal Parris, one of the
accusers, told CNN affiliate WSB.
Parris pointed to a "JL" tattoo on
his arm, which he said stands for
"Jamal Long." He said Long was
with him when he got the tattoo.
He said that he grew up without a
father and that Long preyed on that
vulnerability. "To have a man love
me for just who I was. I just had to
be me and love him back," Parris
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7 Year Old Writes Book on Obesity Struggle Its
7 year old LaNiyah Bailey
While most kids her age are play-
ing with toys, 7-year-old LaNiyah
Bailey is writing books about obesi-
ty and preaching advocacy of anti-
bullying. Her mantra is: "I am beau-
tifid. I am loved. I will not let what
others say define me. Bullying is
not cool." In an effort to share this
courageous mindset, LaNiyah cre-
ated a children's storybook, Not Fat
Because I Wanna Be, about a little
girl, Jessica, who is teased by her
peers for being overweight.
Written in the first person,
LaNiyah's inspiration comes from
her own personal experiences of
being "different". Even before little
LaNiyah was consuming solid food
she had feeding issues but it wasn't
until the age of 3 that it became
As her weight gain grew exces-
Ssive, LaNiyah's parents took her to
a pediatrician and put her on a strict
diet. "The pictures of inside my
stomach showed that my colon was
Really swollen," LaNiyah writes.
Despite consistent efforts to eat
healthy and exercise, LaNiyah still
battles obesity weighing over 100
pounds. She is currently undergoing
endocrine/pubertal tests to diagnose
writes in the book.
At an early age LaNiyah found
out first hand that words could be
very hurtful. She was made fun of
because of her weight at daycare
and in school. After spending many
days secretly crying, LaNiyah
decided to stand up against bullying
and fight back with her own words.
This book and her recent coloring
activity book, Stand up! Bully
Busters Coming To Town, are right
on time because both bullying and
obesity are prevalent amongst
youth. According to Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC), childhood obesity has more
than tripled in the past 30 years.
Also most recently, countless
accounts of bullying have ended
LaNiyah's book has been used as
a teaching aid to create awareness
in schools and was recognized as a
leading contributor in President
Obama's anti-bullying initiative.
LaNiyah says, "I just wish this
book can help other kids like me...
and I wish it can help people see
that [even though] you might be big
that you are not unhealthy or...a
monster, like people may make you
552 million people could have diabetes by 2030
The International Diabetes
Federation predicts that at least one
in 10 adults could have diabetes by
2030, according to its latest statis-
In a recent report the advocacy
group estimated that 552 million
number of cases to jump by 90 per-
cent even in Africa, where infec-
tious diseases have previously been
the top killer. Without including the
impact of increasing obesity, the
International Diabetes Federation
said its figures were conservative.
people could have diabetes in two
decades' time based on factors like
aging and demographic changes.
Currently, the group says that about
one adult in 13 has diabetes.
The figure includes both types of
diabetes as well as cases that are
undiagnosed. The group expects the
According to the World Health
Organization, there are about 346
million people worldwide with dia-
betes, with more than 80 percent of
deaths occurring in developing
countries. The agency projects dia-
betes deaths will double by 2030
and said the International Diabetes
Federation's prediction was possi-
"It's a credible figure," said Gojka
Roglic, head of WHO's diabetes
unit. "But whether or not it's cor-
rect, we can't say."
Roglic said the projected future
rise in diabetes cases was
because of aging rather
than the obesity epidemic.
Most cases of diabetes are
S Type 2, the kind that main-
ly hits people in middle
age, and is linked to weight
gain and a sedentary
Roglic said a substantial number
of future diabetes cases were pre-
ventable. "It's worrying because
these people will have an illness
which is serious, debilitating, and
shortens their lives," she said. "But
it doesn't have to happen if we take
Terry Harris and Spencer Lane
Anthony Hamilton came to town and lit up the Florida Times-Union with
his sultry voice and the sounds of North Carolina smoothness. Comedian
Rickey Smiley kept the audience in stitches as he pranced on stage with his
many antics and impersonations. The crowd was on its feet rocking to the
music and singing word for word. When Anthony is in town, Jacksonville
comes out in full force. This was definitely a concert that you should not
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Tapas and Talk
J oin Empowering Resources, Inc.
for a night of socializing, network-
ing and information on their cause.
Enjoy drink specials, complimenta-
ry tapas and live music, Friday,
December 9, 2011, 4:30 p.m. -
7:30 p.m. at the Suites, 4880 Big
Island Dr., (St. Johns Town Center).
For more information contact (904)
268-8287 or email enews@empow-
ermentresourcesinc.org or visit
at the Alhambra
The Alhambra Dinner Theater is
presenting the holiday show
"Christmas Carole," thru
December 24th to support the 2nd
annual Alhambra holiday toy drive.
Please bring a new unwrapped toy
for local charities. For reservations
call (904) 641-1212 or visit
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 email@example.com.
33rd Grand Reunion
Come celebrate the Douglas
Andersons 33rd Grand Reunion,
Friday, December 16, 2011, at the
Embassy Suites Hotel, 9300
Baymeadows Rd., 6:30 p.m. to
12:00 a.m. For tickets or more
information contact Samuel Davis
at (904) 318-8957 or email
Ritz Jazz Jam presents
The Ritz Jazz and Jam will present
Lalah Hathway in concert Saturday,
Saturday, December 17th at 8p.m.
at the Ritz Theatre, 829 North
Davis Street For more information
and tickets call (904) 632-5555.
ASALH Holiday Party!
The Association for the Study of
African American Life and History
James Weldon Johnson Branch will
host their Holiday Appreciation
Party and also celebrate their "16th
Anniversary," Saturday, December
17th from 4:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. at
the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
House, 1011 W. 8th. St. For more
information contact Gardner-James
at (904) 783-8755.
DVD Release Party
Come party with author Brenda
Jackson and the cast of the movie
"Truly Everlasting," at the DVD
Release Party, Sunday, December
18th 6 9 p.m., at Club Pure, 8206
Phillips Hwy. Live performances
and catering by renowned Chef
LeCount. For more information and
tickets call (904) 633-7787.
Wicked from Broadway
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.
Mayor Alvin Brown invites you
to commemorate the 83rd anniver-
sary of Dr. Kings birth with a
breakfast honoring his life and his
dream for social change. Activities
include keynote speaker Dr.
Bernice A. King, a delicious break-
fast and entertainment at the Prime
Osborn Convention Center, Friday,
January 13, 2012, 7:30 a.m. 9:00
a.m. For more information call COJ
special events department at (904)
Ringling Bros. Circus
Ringling Bros. and Barnum &
Bailey Circus will be in town
January 19 22, 2012, at the
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial
Arena. For tickets call (904) 630-
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
government arenas. For more infor-
mation contact the JPL at (904)
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
Tyler Perry's New Play
Tyler Perry, has assembled an all-
new cast of performers "The Haves
and The Have Nots." The play
arrives at the Times-Union Center
Moran Theater, Wednesday,
February 1, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. For
tickets, call 353-3309.
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-
Appeal for your excess clothes
The Millions More Movement, Jacksonville Local Organizing
Committee Inc.,a non-profit organization is appealing for your excess
clothes,clothes hangers, shoes of all sizes for women, men,children and
school supplies.These items will be used in their organization's next
"Clothes Give-A-Way". These items can be brought to 916 N.Myrtle
Avenue, Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00a.m. 5:00
p.m.You can also call us to pickup your donations.Our contact number is
904-240-9133 .If you would like to learn more about JLOC Inc., MMM
visit their website, www.jaxloc.org. Pick ups are available.
Kuumba Festival wants your old
newspapers for fund raising efforts
The Kuumba African-American Arts Festival is raising funds by recy-
cling your old papers. Bring your newspapers to their special recycling bin
located at the WinnDixie on Moncrief and Soutel.
Stanton Class of 1963 now meeting
New Stanton Sr. High School Class of 1963 will meet the third Sunday of
each month to prepare for their 50th class reunion in the year 2013. The
meetings will be held at the Highlands Branch Library, 1826 Dunn
Avenue, 3:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. Contact Gracie Smith Foreman or call (904)
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The Cain Train Has Been Derailed
Carl Griffin with George and Angela Harley
Steve Davis and Councilman Reggie Brown
NFL's newest coach of color, Jacksonville
Jaguars Coach Mike Tucker
Veronica Turner and Marie Danielski
With his wife Gloria by his side,
Herman Cain, the Black Republican
presidential candidate who was
accused of having a 13-year extra-
marital affair, announced that he
will drop out of the race while
fiercely denying the allegations
"With a lot of prayer and soul
searching, I am suspending my
presidential campaign, because of
the continued distraction, the con-
tinued hurt on me and my family,
not because we're not fighters,"
"I am at peace with my God,"
Cain said. "I am at peace with my
wife and she is at peace with me."
Cain, the former CEO of
Godfather's Pizza, has been dogged
for weeks by allegations of sexual
harassment and a sexual affair.
Cain ultimately decided to sus-
pend his campaign for president
after Atlanta businesswoman
Ginger White appeared on televi-
sion to detail her 13-year affair with
Cain. She said the relationship
began after they met at a business
meeting. Cain acknowledged a
friendship with White and said he
had been helping her financially,
but insisted it was not sexual.
"These false and unproved alle-
gations continue to be spinned in
the media and in the court of public
opinion so as to create a cloud of
doubt over me and this campaign
and my family," Cain insisted.
Cain has acknowledged that
White's allegations have led to a
drop in campaign contributions, and
a Des Moines Register poll shows
his support among likely
Republican Iowa voters has fallen
to 8 percent, down from 23 percent
in October. Cain told reporters that
he repeatedly gave White money to
help her with "month-to-month
bills and expenses."
"I send checks to a lot of people;
I help a lot of people," Cain told
Fox News. "That in itself is not
proof. So the other allegation in
terms of it being a 13-year physical
relationship, that is her words
against my word."
In her interview with MSNBC,
White said of her relationship with
Cain, "It wasn't a love affair, it was
a sexual affair."
"I am not a cold-hearted person,"
White said. "I am a mother of two
kids and, of course, my heart bleeds
for this woman [Cain's wife]
because I am a woman and being in
a situation like this cannot be fun.
And I am deeply, deeply sorry if I
have caused any hurt to her and to
his kids, to his family. That was not
my intention. I never wanted to hurt
anyone, and I am deeply sorry."
Two other women-Sharon
Bialek and Karen Kraushaar-pre-
Herman Cain gestures as he speaks to a Republican fundraiser in
Oklahoma City this week. Cain promised to continue fighting for sev-
eral of his initiatives "from the outside."
viously accused Cain of sexually
harassing them in the 1990s while
he was head of the National
Restaurant Association. Two more
women also have said Cain sexual-
ly harassed them while they worked
at the association, but have declined
to be identified.
At his rally in Atlanta, Cain
admitted, "I have made many mis-
takes in life, everybody has."
But he also told supporters that he
believed he was the right man for
the White House.
"I grew up in a world of segregat-
ed water fountains," he said. "My
father was a chauffeur and my
mother was a maid. We showed that
you didn't have to have a degree
from Harvard in order to run for
president. We showed that you did-
n't have to have a political pedi-
gree...I am proof that a common
man could lead this nation."
He left the crowd with a defiant
vow: "I am not going to be
silenced," Cain said, "and I am not
December 8-14, 2011
Mrs. Perry's Free Press Page 9
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FOR THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 6 12, 2011
WSSU Sports Photo
IN IT TO WIN IN: WSSU
seeks spot in NCAA Div.
FULFILLING II championship game in
semifinal matchup with
DESTINY Wayne State.
WINSTON-SALEM STATE PLAYS TO REACH
D2 FINALS; SWAC TITLE GAME IN B'HAM
NCAA DIV. II QUARTERFINALS PIONEER BOWL
W-Salem State 27, New Haven 7 J.C. Smith 35, Miles 33
NCAA Div. II Quarterfinals
Winston-Salem State 27, New Haven 7
Undefeated CIAA champion Winston-Salem State used a
prolific offense and quick, stingy defense in knocking off New
Haven 27-7 in a national quarterfinal game played at Bowman-
Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem Saturday afternoon.
WSSU (13-0) got two long touchdown receptions from quar-
terback Kameron Smith (19-26-1,274 yards) to wideout Jameze
Massey, running back Nicholas Cooper rambled for 132 yards
and one TD and the defense stymied a New Haven offense that
came in averaging 43.0 points, getting three interceptions and a
fumble and holding the Chargers (11-2) to just one first-quarter
Massey opened the scoring for the Rams hauling in a48-yard
pass from quarterback Smith at the end of a 8-play, 68-yard drive
on their first possession. UNH answered on the ensuing possession
going 57 yards in five plays and scoring on QB Ryan Osiecki's
36-yard scoring pass. After the UNH PAT, the Chargers led 7-6
but it was the last time they would change the scoreboard.
Cooper's 12-yard run and the ensuing PAT early in the second
quarter gave the Rams a 13-7 lead they would not relinquish. The
score.came after UNH fumbled a punt deep in its own territory
at the end of the first period.
After a scoreless third quarter, WSSU hit paydirt early in
the fourth quarter on a brilliant 33-yard touchdown reception
by Massey. Pinned against the sideline in the end zone, Massey
hauled in Smith's pinpoint pass while sliding out of bounds. After
Alejandro Suarez's PAT, the Rams led 20-7.
They would later add a one-yard touchdown run from Cedric
Hickman in the final half-minute. That score came after Cooper
broke loose on a 72-yard run down to the UNH-1 on a toss sweep
that iced the game.
Masssey finished with six receptions for 138 yards and the
two scores. Cooper amassed his 132 rushing yards on just 14
carries. Linebacker Carlos Fields led the WSSU defense with
seven tackles, five solos, and also got one of their three picks.
Defensive end Akeem Ward had 1.5 sacks among five tackles.
CIAA representative Johnson C. Smith survived a furious
last-quarter comeback to knock off SIAC champ Miles and win
Pioneer Bowl XIII in Columbus, Ga.
The Golden Bulls (6-5) led 10-7 at the break and behind two
second-half rushing touchdowns from QB Keahn Wallace and a
Denzel Hartley 23-yard scoring run early in the fourth quarter,
built that lead to 28-13.
But Miles scored 20 points from that point, the last touchdown
coming on a David Thomas to Antonio Pitts 21-yard scoring
pass with :02 seconds left to narrow the gap to 35-33. Running
back Jordan Lewis dropped a two-point conversion pass that
would have tied the game. JCSU recovered the ensuing onside
Thomas ran for 103 yards and completed 16 of 27 passes
for 267 yards, one touchdown and one interception, to lead Miles
(7-5). Pitts had five receptions for 101 yards and TD catches of
52 and 21 yards.
Wallace, named the game's MVP, rushed for three touchdowns
and completed 8 of 17 passes for 59 yards for JCSU. Dedric
Anderson ran for 104 yards including a 24-yard TD run in the
WHO ARE THE BEST PERFORMERS IN BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS
Rams playing for spot in NCAA Div. II championship game
WSSU rolls into national D2 semis
The undefeated CIAA champion Winston-
Salem State Rams and second-year head coach
Connell Maynor took another unprecedented
step towards winning a NCAA Div. II national
football title Saturday as they dominated New
Haven 27-7 (see story) in a quarterfinal playoff
game on their home field in Winston-Salem,
The Rams (13-0), the top seed and now
champions of Super Region I, advance to this
Saturday's national semifinal game where they
will host Wayne State (11-3), winners of Super
Region 3, with a chance to earn a shot at the
national championship on Dec. 17 in Florence,
Alabama. Delta State (11-2) and Pittsburg State
(11-1) play in the other semifinal game in Pitts-
The win over New Haven was precedent- set-
ting in several ways. The victory lands the Rams
in the national semifinals for the first time since
then WSSU head coach Bill Hayes' Rams won one
playoff game in 1978 to reach the semis. Hayes
is now the WSSU athletics director. In 1978, the
Div. II playoffs had an eight-team field.
The win vs. New Haven also gives the CIAA
its second win since 1993. WSSU's second round
win over California (Pa.) a week earlier broke a
nine-game losing streak for the conference that
stretched back to Hampton and head coach Joe
Taylor's win in the '93 playoffs. The CIAA is
now 4-28 in the playoffs.
It is also the first time an HBCU has reached
the semifinal round since Billy Joe's 1986 Central
State team and only the sixth time an HBCU
has reached the semis since the Div. II playoffs
started in 1973 (see STAT CORNER).
A win Saturday vs. Wayne State would also
put the Rams into the championship game for the
first time and would also be a first for a CIAA
team. The only HBCU to reach the championship
game was Joe's 1983 Central State squad which
lost the title to North Dakota State, 41-21.
In Wayne State, the Rams are facing a
Cinderella team that has won three games on
the road to reach the semis. Paul Winters, in his
eighth season, is the Warriors' head coach.
The Warriors, in the playoffs for the first
time in the 94-year history of the program, were
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10
SWAC Championship Game XIII
Grambling State vs. Alabama A&M in Birmingham, AL 1p
NCAA DIV II PLAYOFFS SEMIFINALS
Wayne State vs. Winston-Salem State in W-Salem, NC
WSSU Sports Photo
MAYNOR: WSSU head coach and his 13-0 Rams
need one win to make NCAA Div. II finals, two to
win the championship and fulfill his prediction of
an undefeated season (15-0) and national title.
seeded sixth in Super Region 3 and won at St.
Cloud State (48-38), at Nebraska Kearney (38-26)
and last week defeated Minnesota Duluth (31-25),
the defending Div. II national champions, to get
to the Final Four.
The balanced Warrior offense averages 36.3
points per game and is led by 6-3, 217-pound
redshirt-junior quarterback Mickey Mohner
(166-296-6) who has thrown for 2,584 yards and
24 TDs. Two WSU running backs have topped
the 1,000-yard mark Toney Davis (5-10, 212)
who has rushed for 1,340 yards and 20 TDs and
Josh Renel (5-9, 191) who has amassed 1,262
yards and run for 14 scores. Renel also returns
punts and kickoffs. Davis ran for 331 yards on
38 carries and scored five TDs in the first round
win over St. Cloud State.
Mohner's favorite target is Troy Burrell (5-9,
191) who has 82 receptions for 1,545 yards and
15 TDs on the year.
Free safety Jeremy Jones is the Warriors
leading tackler and leads the team with nine
interceptions. He had three picks in the win over
Nebraska Kearney. Sophomore linebacker Ed
Vivarette (6-0, 224) leads the Warriors with 7.5
The Warriors average 204 rushing yards and
189.9 passing yards per game and give up 23.4
points per game.
Buoyed by a diverse five-man receiving
crew, WSSU quarterback Kameron Smith has
been consistent and efficient in the two playoff
games throwing for 267 yards (20 of 33) and two
touchdowns against California and 274 yards (19
of 26) and two TDs vs. New Haven. Smith threw
an interception in each game.
Running back Nicholas Cooper has topped the
100-yard mark in both playoff games getting 118
yards and three TDs vs. California and 132 yards
and one TD vs. New Haven. He is averaging 7.6
yards per carry.
The opportunistic Rams' defense has been
led defensive back Alton Keaton, defensive end
Akeem Ward and linebacker Carlos Fields. The
unit got two sacks and three interceptions vs. Cal
and 3 sacks and another three picks vs. New Ha-
The only other game left on the 2011 black
college football schedule is Saturday's 12 noon
SWAC Football Championship Game where Ala-
bama A&M and Grambling will meet to decide
the league's champion for the fourth time. The
game will be carried live on ESPNU.
Grambling (7-4,6-3 SWAC) enters the champi-
onship on a six-game winning streak. Grambling's
last appearance was in 2008, when the Tigers
defeated Jackson State to claim the school's fifth
victory all-time in the SWAC championship game.
GSU is 5-1 all-time in the contest.
Alabama A&M (8-3, 7-2 SWAC) is the cham-
pion of the Eastern Division for the fifth time in
school history. The Bulldogs earned the division
berth via a three-way tie-breaker with Alabama
State and Jackson State. The Bulldogs also won
at Grambling for the first time in school history,
20-14, in the fourth week of the season.
Alabama A&M last appeared in the title game in
2009, losing to Prairie ViewA&M. The Bulldogs
won their only title in 2006 over Arkansas-Pine
Bluff. Prior to those two appearances, A&M has
played Grambling three other times (2000, 2002,
and 2005) with the GSU winning all three cham-
pionship game matchups.
2011 Overall: 8-3
2011 SWAC: 7-2
2011 BCSP Ranking: 5th
All-Time vs. GSU 5-16
Last Time vs. GSU: 20-14 W, '11
SWAC Championship Games: 1-3
Last title: 2006
Alma Mater: Wichita State ('94)
Vs. GSU: 3-9
At AA&M: 72-44, .620 (10th year)
Career Record: 90-57, .612 (13)
20 ....Hampton in Chicago .... 21 L
6 .........@ Southern....... 21 L
21 ..........Tuskegee........... 6 W
20 ..@ Grambling State.14 W
28 ....Ark.-Pine Bluff... 27 W
27 ... Miss. Valley St.... 14 W
27 ...Texas Southern..21 W
20 ..Alabama State in B'ham. 19 W
28 ... @ Alcorn State...14 W
6 ...... Jackson State .... 24 L
17......@ Prairie View ....15 W
Comegy gets two-year extension at JSU
Jackson State University has renewed Rick Comegy's contract as
the Tigers head football coach through 2013. JSU Athletics Director Dr.
Vivian L. Fuller made the announcement at an 11 a.m. press conference
Wednesday, Nov. 30, in the Sports Hall of Fame Room of the Lee E. Wil-
liams Athletics and Assembly Center.
"Coach Comegy and his staff have an excellent track record of on-
the-field success at Jackson State," said Fuller. "Moving forward under
his leadership, I expect the JSU Tigers to be champions in sports, in the
classroom and in the Jackson community."
Having just completed his sixth season with the Tigers, Comegy looks
forward to his two-year extension.
"I want to thank Dr. Meyers and Dr. Fuller for having confidence in
me and my coaches. I'm thankful that they believe in us to continue what
we're building here at JSU," said Comegy. "I love my job, I love my kids
and I love JSU."
21 ... Alcom State in Shrport....14 W
7........ @ La.-Monroe........35 L
17....@ Alabama State.....31 L
14 ...... Alabama A&M........20 L
23 ...Prairie View in Dallas ....31 L
44 ....Concordia-Selma.....0 W
30 ... Miiss. Valley State... 24 W
27 ... @ Ark.-Pine Bluff... 20 W
26 .... @ Jackson State.... 23 W
29 .....Texas Southern..... 25 W
36 ..Southem in New Orleans.. 12 W
2011 Overall: 7-4
2011 SWAC: 6-3
2011 BCSP Ranking: 6th
All-Time vs. AA&M: 16-5
Last Time vs. AA&M: 14-20 L, '11
SWAC Championship Games: 5-1
Last Title: 2008
Alma Mater: Grambling ('94)
Vs. AA&M: 7-3
At GSU: 59-22, .728 (8th year)
Career Record: 62-30, .673 (9)
Comegy, 59, completed his six years at Jackson State with a 41-26 record
and ended this last season with a 9-2 record. His teams won a SWAC cham-
pionship in 2007 and returned for SWAC championship play in 2008.
Comegy's coaching experience spans more than three decades. Before
joining Jackson State, he served as head football coach at Tuskegee, coached
for nine years at Central State, three at Millersville University, seven at
Colgate and two at Cheyney.
The Pennsylvania native is a 1976 graduate of Millersville University
of Lancaster, Pa., where he was a three-year letterman and an all-conference
defensive back. With the opportunity to play for the Philadelphia Bells of the
WFL, he left school for a year but returned in 1975 as a part-time student
and coach, and earned a bachelor's degree in sociology.
Comegy will earn a salary of $191,580, which is a 3 percent increase
over his previous salary
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YEAR (IN FIELD) TEAM
2011 (24) WINSTON-SALEM STATE
1986 (8) CENTRAL STATE
1983 (8) CENTRAL STATE
1978 (8) WINSTON-SALEM STATE
1973 (8) GRAMBLING
BLACK COLLEGE TEAMS IN
NCAA DIV. II FOOTBALL
1983 (8) CENTRAL STATE
C IA A CENTRAL INTERCOLLEGIATE
N. DIVISION W L W L
Virginia Union 1 0 5 3
Bowie State 0 0 3 1
Eliz. CityState 0 0 5 2
Lincoln 0 0 5 4
Chowan 0 0 4 4
Virginia State 0 1 1 7
Winston-Salem State 0 0 5 0
Shaw 0 0 4 1
Uvingstone 0 0 3 1
J.C. Smith 0 0 3 3
St. Augustine's 0 0 3 4
Fayetteville State 0 0 2 3
CIAA PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
PLAYER Antonio Reddic, 6-4. So., G, CHOWAN
- Averaged 22.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and
3.0 blocks in two wins. Had 23 points, 10 boards vs.
ROOKIE- Jordan Jones, 6-5, Fr., F, ST. AUGUSTINE'S
- Averaged 5.5 points and 3.0 rebounds in two games.
NEWCOMER- PhilllpWood, 6-2, Jr., G, JC SMITH -Sank
two free throws with 3 seconds left in win over Belmont-
Abbey. Finished with career-high 31 points.
COACH- Shawn Walker, ECSU -Led Vikings to 2-1 record
with wins over Norfolk State and Mount Olive.
M EAC Mio EASTERN
V ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
W L W L
Norfolk State 2 0 6 2
NCCentral 1 0 5 3
Delaware State 1 0 4 3
Bethune-Cookman 1 0 3 5
Hampton 1 1 4 4
Savannah State 1 1 3 6
Coppin State 0 0 3 4
Morgan State 0 0 0 8
South Carolina State 0 1 4 5
N. Carolina A&T 0 1 4 5
Howard 0 1 2 5
Md.-EasternShore 0 1 2 8
FloridaA&M 0 1 1 7
MEAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
PLAYER- Dominique Sutton,6-5, Sr., F, NC CENTRAL
- Averaged 16.5 points and 8.0 rebounds in two wins. Had
17 points, 11 boards in win over NC A&T.
ROOKIE Taarlq Cephas, 5-9, Fr., G, COPPIN STATE
- Had 24 points, 3 assists, 2 steals and a rebound in win
over West Virginia Tech.
DEFENSE Kendall Gray, 6-10, Fr., C, DEL STATE
- Averaged 5.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in two wins.
Had 15 points, 9 boards vs. E. Kentucky, six blocks and
six rebounds vs. UMES.
SIA C SOUTHERN INTERCOLLEGIATE
W L W L
Paine 3 0 4 1
LeMoyne-Owen 3 0 3 1
Benedict 2 0 3 1
Miles 2 0 2 1
Albany State 1 1 1 2
Fort Valley State 1 1 1 2
Clark Atlanta 1 1 1 5
Claflin 2 3 2 4
Morehouse 1 2 1 4
Stillman 1 3 3 3
Kentucky State 1 3 1 3
Tuskegee 0 2 0 2
Lane 0 2 0 4
SIAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
ShawnAllen,6-3, Jr., G, MOREHOUSE-Averaged
21.1 pointsand 10.1 rebounds in three games. Had
career-high 27 points vs. Stillman Also averaged
3 steals and 2 assists.
Brandon Darrett, 6-7, Fr., F, KENTUCKY STATE
-Averaged 10.5 points, 70 rebounds, 3.5 blocks
and 1 steal in two games,
SW A ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
W L W L
AlabamaA&M 0 0 2 3
Southern 0 0 2 5
Prairie ViewA&M 0 0 2 6
Ark. Pine Bluff 0 0 1 4
Alabama State 0 0 1 5
Texas Southern 0 0 1 6
Jackson State 0 0 1 7
Miss. Valley St. 0 0 1 7
GramblingState 0 0 0 6
Alcom State 0 0 0 6
SWAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
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Cooper runs for 132 yards, TD
SWAC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME XIII
CHAMPION EAST DIVISION
SOUTHWESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
N WEST DIVISION
N ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2011 BIRMINGHAM, AL. LEGION FIELD 1 P.M.
BLACK COLLEGE TEAMS IN
NCAA DIV. II FOOTBALL SEMIFINALS
Page 10 Ms. Perry's Free Press
December 8-14, 2011
I I Last Chance for Dropout Crisis Exhibit
January 9th will mark the closing
day for the Dropot Prevention
exhibit at the Cummer Museum of
This exhibition features images,
photographed by Jacksonville artist
Ingrid Damiani, chronicling the
compelling challenges and success-
es of local students. The exhibit
serves as an anchor for several cam-
paign initiatives by spreading
awareness of the dropout crisis, and
by engaging and challenging the
Jacksonville community to take
action and work to solve the prob-
lem. Through use of photography
and interviews, young people tell
their stories, be it of challenge and
struggle or overcoming and experi-
encing success. The stories will
highlight a variety of factors that
can contribute to student success,
including but not limited to: caring
adults, effective support programs,
and school- based best practices.
Duval County has a serious
dropout crisis. With a graduation
average of 66.6% our public
schools are below the national aver-
age. One in three public high
school students fails to graduate in
four years, and very few students
go on to graduate after the fourth
year. The majority of dropouts
leave after only two years of high
school. However, 60% of these stu-
dents complete other
programs after drop-
ping out, demon-
strating that they
do want to obtain
shown that stu-
dents at-risk of
dropping out can
be identified as
early as 6th grade,
before they disen-
gage or fall signifi-
Shown right is Devonte,
Age 18. Photograph courtesy
of ngrid Damiani.
Shown above (L-R) Standing, Jimmy Johnson, Billy Moore and Willie Dorsey. Seated Juanita Wyatt,
Louise Guinyard, Ann Minatee Bodison, Charlotta Stewart, Camilla Thompson and Edna Moses Bell.
Northwestern Class of 1961 Honors
Educators with Teachers Day of Tribute
Following a successful 50th
Anniversary Celebration which
included a Ladies Brunch, Fish Fry,
Prayer Breakfast and a Black and
Gold Ball & Banquet in October,
the Northwestern Class of 1961
continued the celebration by honor-
ing their teachers.
The Teachers Day of Tribute was
held at the Piccadilly Cafeteria on
the west side. Among the teachers
joining the classmates for the
luncheon were, Camilla Thompson,
Charlotte Stewart, Annie Minatee
Bodison, Juanita Wyatt, Louise
Guinyard, Edna Moses Bell, Renzer
Bell, Willie Dorsey, Lionel Billy
Moore and Jimmy Johnson.
The class surprised Coach
Johnson on his birthday with a cake
and card signed by everyone.
Classmates joining the luncheon
were: Gloria McQueen James,
Yvonne Marshall Walker, Mamie
Dix Brightman, Victor and Sadie
Burt, Earnestine and Harvey La
Count, from Tallahassee, with her
sister, Shellie Williams retired
teacher of Jacksonville, Betty
Keys-Jackson, Leonora Brady
Patten, Lettisher Collins, and moth-
er, Mrs. Henrietta Collins who will
be 101 years old in 2012 and niece,
Roslyn and sister Verona William,
Nadine Brevard Rick, Betty Barber
Williams. Also in attendance was
Novella Williams, in spite of recent
health challenges, was also able to
join us for the luncheon.
In addition to a certificate a
appreciation for their "Time,
Special Gifts and Love", each of
them received a tote bag full of
goodies. Each teacher was given a
folder in the color of their choosing
containing a class photo, teachers
roster and a Class of '61 directory.
Many of the honorees expressed
their thanks and shared special
memories. Mr. Moore, always
"full" of things he'd like to share,
brought his own perspectives on
life, as an instructor at
Northwestern that only a young
Band Director who experienced it
firsthand can bring.
PRIDE Hosts December Meeting
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Sloot was the book
for discussion at the PRIDE Book Club December meeting. Members,
shown above, shared their insight into the book and spread holiday
cheer at the monthly event hosted by Vanessa Boyer.
Teen Xinos and Kudos Hold Old
Fashioned Bake Sale Fundraiser
Kaylan Eden, Makia Wicker, Charlie Poole
and Whitley White at the Phi Delta Kappa,
Inc. Delta Delta Chapter Bake Sale.
The youth group of the National
Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc.,
Delta Delta Chapter sponsored a
Bake Sale on Saturday, December
3, 2011 at the Ducote Federal Credit
Union. There were plenty of choices
to satisfy anyone's sweet tooth at the
old fashioned fund raiser. All funds
raised are for scholarships toward
the youth group member's educa-
tion beyond their high school years.
The event was a success thanks to
sorority members who donated
baked items and to the public for
patronizing the youth's efforts.
Shown above are member of the national sorority of
Phi Delta Kappa, Inc., Olester Williams, Lillian Porter
(Youth Advisor) and Rebecca Highsmith.
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Amateur Night Auditions 15-6 pm
R.S.V.P. Holiday Musical Extravaganza I 7pm I $10
Museum Film Series: "When We Were Kings" I 11 am I $5
Lalah Hathaway in Concert 18 pm I $27.50
Kwanzaa Community Celebration 17 pm I FREE
IN THE MUSEUM Permanent Exhibition: Lift v'r Voice andSin
Gallery Exhibition: I MI & AFRICNM M AMEISOilRT IN JIlCISOfl[l 100-1915
MUSEUM HOURS AND COST: Tues-Fri 1Oam- 5pm, Sat O1am- 2pm, Adults- $8 (hildren, Students, and Seniors- $5
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Page 12 Ms. Perry's Free Press
December 8-14, 2011
by John Blake (CNN)
When I was a teenager trying to figure out what the
ladies liked, I would turn on the TV on Saturday after-
noons to catch "The hippest trip in America."
I'd close my bedroom door to make sure my younger
brother wasn't watching, and then I'd imitate the latest
dance moves on "Soul Train". Standing in front of a
mirror, I'd unleash a series of spasmodic dance moves
before embarrassing myself too much to continue.
Soul Train's dancers never had that problem. As the
show's festive theme song played, dancers in tight dou-
music," he says. "Our whole purpose was the message
is in the music, and that message was to love one anoth-
er and to do unto others as you would have them do
Love songs flowered during that era also because
black people were more optimistic, music critic Rashod
Ollison wrote in an essay on Barry White, the singer he
described as the "low-as-the-ocean-floor bass voice"
who gave us love songs such as "Never Gonna' Give
White was caught up in the same social pathologies
that trap some black youth today. He was a teenage
father and gang member who spent time in jail, but
"music saved him," Ollison wrote.
When I listen to White's songs today, I'm struck by
his constant references to love. White was in love
with love. He even named his band "The Love
It seemed like an easier time to talk about
love because things seemed to be getting
better. Ollison wrote in his essay in The
"Black pop was ripe with music that
echoed the aspirations of a people
realizing some of the dreams of the
cl ll rights movement," Ollison
%, rote "Ghettos had become
bumt-out shells after MLK was
gunned down. Those who had
the means to leave were now
nrcked in the 'burbs,' working
"in offices their mamas used to
At the time, I was just a kid
grmoing up in a gritty part of
\We.t Baltimore, which would
later serve as the setting for
the HBO series "The Wire."
But even then I could see evi-
Sdence of that hopefulness.
SNI older brother became the
first family member to graduate
from college. He took me with
him \ hen he bought his first suit,
and later when he bought his first
House. He gave me the first ride in
Shis brand-new, pine-scented Pontiac
"- E e bod\ seemed to be following
the path that George Jefferson, the strut-
R&B artist Chris Brown called "No
Bull S**t," in which he sings about
inviting a woman over to his place at 3
in the morning because "you know I'm
Then he sings to her to take off her
clothes because "you already know
what time it is" and orders her to "reach
up in that dresser where them condoms
Compare Brown's lyrics to
Pendergrass' "Come Go With Me,"
where he spends the song telling a
woman, "You look so sweet ... You
look like you ought be with me ... We
could sip a little wine, work things
"It was more about romance and
seduction," Hines says of classic R&B
love songs. "It was more of, 'Let me
work my way into something with
you,' instead of 'Let's do it.' Teddy
"You look like you oughta be with
me... We could sip a little wine, work
things out And dance to the music
nice and slow"
Lyrics to Come Go With Me by Teddy Pendergrass
[Pendergrass] had to convince a woman to 'Come on
over to my place."'
A recent study of Billboard hits confirms the notion
that wooing a woman is disappearing from modem
Psychology professor Gordon Gallup Jr. and student
Dawn Hobbs studied the subject matter of the 174
songs that made the Billboard Top 10 in 2009. They
analyzed three musical genres among the top-selling
songs: R&B, country and pop.
The researchers at the University at Albany in New
York found that R&B contained the most references to
sex per song (an average of 16 sex-related phrases per
song). The top three sexual themes in R&B songs were
the singer's sex appeal, the singer's wealth as it relates
to finding a partner, and descriptions of sex acts. A total
of 19 song themes were examined.
The least-popular theme in R&B music was
"courtship," while country music offered more songs
about courtship than any
other genre, the study said.
Music critic Ollison
says men and women have
Why songs about love matter
So where do you go if you want to hear good con-
temporary R&B? Critics say to check out independent
labels, neo-soul websites and Internet destinations like
Some people may say it's not important if we stop
singing about love, but I'm not so sure.
Black music isn't just for black folks; it's America's
music. It's been that way for years. Black musicians
who played the blues inspired rockers like Elvis Presley
and the Rolling Stones; contemporary hip-hop artists
have as many white fans as black listeners.
What happens when millions of young listeners --
regardless of color -- learn about intimacy from songs
that reduce love to reaching "up in that dresser where
them condoms is"?
And what happens to black people if we can't sing
Whenever I see a black couple doting on their chil-
dren in public, I want to throw a ticker-tape parade. I
know so few blacks who are married. How do we build
families and raise children if we can't even stay togeth-
Music was never just about entertainment in the
black community. It was about hope. From the spiritu-
shi n -"l t
the dance floor. I loved the huge afros, the lapels that
were so wide you could land a small plane on them, and
the suave "Soul Train" host, Don Cornelius, who signed
off each show by declaring, "We wish you love, peace
... and sooooulllll!"
But most of all I loved the music on "Soul Train,"
especially the slow jams. They had everything -- evoca-
tive lyrics, head-bopping grooves, soaring string
arrangements and a whole lot of talk about love.
Yet when I listen to R&B today, I ask myself the
same question Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway
posed in their classic 1972 duet: "Where is the Love?"
Listening to black music today is depressing. Songs
on today's urban radio playlists are drained of romance,
tenderness and seduction. And it's not just about the rise
of hardcore hip-hop or rappers who denigrate women.
Black people gave the world Motown, Barry White
and "Let's Get It On." But we don't make love songs
I asked some of the stars who created the popular
R&B classics of the late 1960s, '70s and early '80s.
Their answer: The music changed because blacks lost
something essential -- something that all Americans,
regardless of race, should regret.
Some of what we lost, they say, was an appreciation
of love itself.
Earth Wind & Fire keyboardist and founding member
Larry Dunn says a new generation of black R&B artists
are more cynical because more come from broken
homes and broken communities.
"How are you going to write about love when you
don't know what it is?" asks Dunn.
EWF, which gave us 1970s classics such as "After
the Love is Gone," didn't create songs just to make hits,
Dunn says. They also wanted to change lives. The
group was known for songs like "Devotion" and
"Shining Star" that celebrated love of self and God.
Those sentiments may sound hokey now, but Dunn
says EWF could tell their songs had the intended effect.
People played EWF love songs at their proms and wed-
dings, and people still write letters of thanks to the
"We had one guy who came up to us before a show
and told us that we had helped him get off heroin," says
Kenny Gamble brought the same ambition to his
sound. Gamble is the co-founder of Philadelphia
International Records, known as the Motown of the
'70s. The record label patented "Philly Soul" -- tight,
sophisticated arrangements with lush strings that
formed the backdrop for classic love songs such as
Billy Paul's "Me and Mrs. Jones" and Teddy
Pendergrass' "Come Go With Me."
Yet Gamble's songs were also driven by black pride
and self-help. With his co-producer and songwriter
Leon Huff, Gamble created social conscience anthems
like "Wake Up Everybody" by Harold Melvin & The
Blue Notes and "Love Train" by The O'Jays.
Both the love songs and those with messages sprang
from the same source, the belief that loving one anoth-
er and your community was important, says Gamble,
who still lives in Philadelphia renovating blighted
neighborhoods through his nonprofit, Universal
"We had so much harmony, so much purpose in our
TW r^Tc^n ITT T?
ting black character in the 1970s sitcom, took in the
opening montage of "The Jeffersons." We were "movin'
on up" and finally getting "a piece of the pie."
It was a time when, as a friend of mine said, "Being
black was the bidness!" We celebrated our kinky hair
and dark skin and greeted each other as "brother" and
"sister" without any sense of irony. Everybody seemed
to have a copy of Jet or Ebony magazine on their cof-
fee tables; a man would have been slapped if he called
a black woman a bitch.
Then it all seemed to evaporate. Crack cocaine deci-
mated black communities in the 1980s. The blue-collar
jobs that gave many black families a foothold in the
middle class began to disappear. Desegregation split
the black community. Those with money and education
moved to the suburbs. The ones left behind became
Today, we have a black first family, but our own fam-
ilies are collapsing. A 2009 study from the Institute for
American Values and the National Center on African
American Marriages and Parenting at Hampton
University in Virginia highlights the erosion.
The study found that while 70.3% of all black adults
were married in 1970, that rate dropped to 39.6% by
2008. The study also showed that while 37.6% of black
births were to unmarried parents in 1970, that figure
soared to 71.6% by 2008.
Our music became as grim as those statistics. Singing
about love now seems outdated.
Too narcissistic to love
Something else also happened: Black people became
more narcissistic, and so did our love songs.
There's been a lot written about the narcissism of
young Americans. They don't want to pay their dues.
They are self-absorbed -- tweeting, texting, posting
asides on Facebook -- and they are constantly
immersed in their private worlds.
This self-absorption has seeped into contemporary
black love songs.
One of R&B's most popular current hits is "Quickie"
by Miguel, who declares, "I don't wanna be loved. I
want a quickie."
There's nothing wrong with singing about sex. Few
songs are as sexually charged as Marvin Gaye's "Let's
Get It On." And few singers can evoke bedroom heat
like Al Green. But black men don't even bother to
romance women in love songs anymore, says Kimberly
Hines, editor-in-chief of SoulBounce, an online pro-
gressive urban music site.
Consider a recent Valentine's Day song by popular
objectified each other in modern R&B and whine
"about not getting what they felt they deserved."
"It's a shame, because our desires don't change and
we still want to be loved and open to someone, but the
music we're sharing doesn't evoke it," Ollison says. "It's
not about sharing. It's very narcissistic, sort of look at
"You don't need a band anymore"
That narcissism hasn't just seeped into the songwrit-
ing. It's infected the process of recording R&B love
songs, as well.
During the classic soul era of the '60s, '70s and '80s,
making records was a communal experience. It was a
time of great bands. Think of the album covers from
that era -- they were crowded with musicians.
The ability to play well -- and with others -- was
expected. But how many contemporary R&B artists
can actually sing, write or play instruments?
Dunn, of Earth Wind & Fire, says he was playing
professional engagements every day of the week by the
time he was 15. There was only one prerequisite for
being in a band.
"You had to play your butt off," he says.
What made the classic R&B love songs great wasn't
just the singing or the lyrics. It was the music. The
wicked groove the drummer and bassist unleash on
Barry White's "Never Gonna' Give You Up,"
Dunn's jazzy keyboard riffs on "Reasons," the
bittersweet saxophone accompaniment on Billy
Paul's "Me and Mrs. Jones" -- it all still sounds
That musical depth is missing from contempo-
rary R&B love songs. Funding for music pro-
grams has been cut from many schools, so kids
often don't grow up learning how to play instru-
Any wannabe singer with a mediocre voice
can now sit home in his or her underwear and eat
Doritos while cutting a song on a computer and
post it on the Internet the next day.
"You don't need a band to make music any-
more," says Hines of SoulBounce, which com-
piled a list of the top 100 classic R&B love
"A lot of producers "I don't wanna be in
just do everything by quickie. No bite ma
computer and knock
that song out. and no hickies. Ifyou
Musicians have got- mami come get with m
ten checked out of the
Lyrics to Qu,
that slaves sang to survive brutal racism to civil rights
anthems like "We Shall Overcome," love of God, self
and one another was the message in much of our music.
It was a message that made a difference during a crit-
ical part of my life.
During my first year of college, I almost flunked out
because I didn't believe anyone from my neighborhood
could do well in school. I bought the notion that being
smart was a "white thing."
But I remember driving over to my older brother's
house one weekend to listen to Earth Wind & Fire.
Donning my headphones, I listened to the band encour-
age me to "Keep My Head to the Sky" and tell me that
I needed "Devotion" to "open all life's treasures."
I needed something more than songs, but they helped
my self-confidence. I was proud to belong to a people
who could create such exquisite, hopeful and exuberant
music. Maybe, I thought, I could create something
worthwhile myself one day.
I took that attitude into the classroom and it changed
my life. I graduated with honors.
But I wonder where a new generation will go to hear
those songs that talk about striving and love.
I wonder if they will even know enough about their
past to ask.
Where is the love?
love, Ijust want a
rks, no scratches
can get with that,
ickie performed by Miguel
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December 8 -14 2011
December 8-14, 2011
Royal Distinct Dames of the Red Hat Society
Shown above are debutantes Bianca Sessions, Jeanetta Martin, Brea Parks, Leslye Randolph, Shanequa
Taylor, Kai Butler, Channing Ashley, Ashleigh Willis, Alexis Guns,Aieress Hanna, Kirsten Demps, Kelcey
Sablon, and Amme Smith.
Gamma Rho Oinu-rt. Ch.oc:,er ofAKA 2011 Debutante Channing Ashley
Hosts Grand Aifaiir .'? i; "Breakfast at Tiffany's" Inspired Theme
Last weekend, The River Club in downtown Jacksonville served as the perfect backdrop for an event honoring
debutante Channing Ashley. This event, hosted by her mother, Cordelia Mitchell, also honored debutantes par-
ticipating in the Gamma Rho Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha's 2011 Coterie. In the true spirit of "Breakfast
at Tiffany's" all of the debutantes looked lovely in their little black dresses and fabulous pearls. To help prepare
for the formal ball being held in December, professional ballroom dancers from The Dance Shack, taught the debs
and their escorts how to Waltz and Salsa. Also in attendance at the event were chapter president Bonnie Atwater
and Gamma Rho Omega members, Julianne Blackmon and Saundra Brown.
2012 Ron Brown Scholar Program Seeks to
Give $40k Each To 10 African American Students
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(L-R) Lois JuLuke, Shirley Marshall, Jacquelyn Williams, Mary Hogan, Geraldine Brantley, Margaret
Dyson, JoAnn Telfair, Clementinea Hall, Sylvia Briley, Carolyn Ballou, Vice Queen Flora Parker, Joann
Floyd, Francis Kight and Francina King, and in the center is Queen Mae Fowler. R. Silver photo
"The Royal Distinct Dames of the gala began with an opening with a Parker.
Red Hat Society celebrated their 1st welcome by Queen Mae Fowler, Guests for the black tie event
Christmas Gala on December 2nd prayer by Lady Geri Duhart and included other Red Hat groups,
at the the Crown Plaza Hotel. The occasion by Vice Queen Flora friends and family members."
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity's Silhouettes Focus on Seniors
The Ron Brown Scholar Program
seeks to identify African-American
High School seniors who will make
significant contributions to society.
Applications must excel academ-
ically, exhibit exceptional leader-
ship potential, participate in com-
munity service activities and
demonstrate financial need. The
applicant must be a US citizen or
hold a permanent resident visa card.
Current college student are not eli-
gible to apply.
Each year a minimum of ten stu-
dents will be designated Ron
Brown Scholar and will receive
$10,000 for a total of $40,000. The
recipients may use the renewable
scholarships to attend an accredited
four year college or university of
their choice within the U.S.
Ron Brown Scholarships are not
limited to any specific field or
career objective and may be used to
pursue any academic discipline.
More than 250 students have been
designated as Ron Brown Scholars
since the inception of the program.
Scholars are selected in the spring
prior to entering college.
Applications are screened during
the month of February by program
staff. In March, finalists are invited
to participate in a weekend selec-
tion process in Washington, D.C. at
the expense of the CAP Charitable
Foundation. Finalists are inter-
viewed by members of the selection
committee and are expected to par-
ticipate in several selection week-
end activities. Winners are selected
on the basis of their applications,
interview and participation in
Selection Weekend activities. The
deadline to apply is January 9,
2012. For more details visit:
(L-R) Doris Smith, Dana Cunningham, Future Surcey, Audrey McCauley-President, Jimmie Pearl
Harper, B. Delores Flemming (Executive Dir. Peaches-Na-Basket), Gail Kenney, Murnett Boston, Betty
Cody, Karen Gant, Gracie Chandler and Brenda Miller. R. Silver photo.
Last Sunday, the wives of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., (Silhouettes) Jacksonville Alumni Chapter, host-
ed Project Christmas Joy at Peaches-Na-Basket Adult Day Care as part of their community outreach. After much
deliberation, they decided to make seniors their focus. Their goal is supporting their husbands by extending their
loving arms to a community in need. The Silhouettes provided food, music, and gift baskets for staff and partic-
ipants at the center.
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First Class Graduates From Oprah Winfrey's School In South Africa
Mpumi Nobiva was raised by her
grandmother in a neighborhood
:beset by poverty and crime after her
-mother died of AIDS. Now one of
:the first to graduate from Oprah
Winfrey's school, she is headed to
:college in North Carolina.
Winfrey spent $40 million to give
,her girls a campus with computer
and science labs, a library and a
wellness center. None paid tuition.
The students are high-achievers,
*often from communities where
*Schools are struggling to overcome
-the legacy of apartheid.
And as the South African school
,year nears its end, all 72 members
of the school's first graduating class
have been accepted to universities
in South Africa or the United States.
More than a dozen have received
Winfrey told her students that
when you teach a girl, you teach a
"The first class, my class, will
prove that," said Nobiva, 18, who
will study visual and performing
arts at Johnson C. Smith University
in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Winfrey will be at the school for
graduation ceremonies in January,
school officials said Wednesday as
students gathered to reflect on their
experiences over the last five years.
The school has drawn sometimes
harsh attention because of the
celebrity who founded it, and also
because of early problems.
Students have been accused of
being spoiled. Allegations that a
woman employed to care for the
girls in their dormitory had instead
abused teens were the subject of
headlines around the world. The
woman was acquitted last year.
Earlier this year, a newborn born
to a student at the school was found
dead, again drawing international
"Yes, we've had bad coverage,"
Nobiva said. "But it has certainly
made us stronger."
has visited her
school often, has
instilled a sense of r- .
ing doctors, 44
neers and lawyers
- spoke of their
plans to serve their
"You can imag- ,
ine the impact of
girls with that 4.
insight going out
into the universe," Student Mpumi Nobiva, front, attends a gathering with class mates in last week at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy
Nobiva said. at Henley-On-Klip, South Africa, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011. As the South African school near it's end, all 72 members of the
school's first graduating class have been accepted to universities in South Africa or the United States.
New President Says Haiti is a Future Tourist D n
Martelly said Haiti's beautiful coastline could attract plenty of
tourism. The inspired president is shown in the inset.
CARACAS Two years after an
earthquake flattened Haiti, its
President Michel Martelly says
ramping up the impoverished coun-
try's long-neglected tourist sector is
the key to its economic future.
"We no longer want handouts, we
want to promote Haiti," Martelly
told AFP in an interview at the
Martelly, who said Haiti must no
longer be associated only with
"poverty and misery," declared that
he intends to promote the
Caribbean island nation as a vaca-
"We want to show the other part
of Haiti that has never been shown
to the world," said the president,
who was in Caracas for the inaugu-
ral meeting of the Community of
Latin American and Caribbean
States, a bloc that excludes the
United States and Canada.
The Haitian leader, who took
office some seven months ago, said
once prospective investors are
made aware of the country's poten-
tial, they will feel comfortable
enough to "come to Haiti and
And he added that holiday mak-
ers -- who flock to Haiti's neighbor
the Dominican Republic which
shares Hispaniola island -- could
provide just the boost the country
needs to lift itself out of dire need.
"Tourism is a sector that can
bring a lot of money, and we have
lots of things to show to the world,"
he said, speaking in English.
"We have a very rich and diversi-
fied culture, we have beautiful
sights, a historical past. We have the
most beautiful coast," he said.
Martelly added that this new
thrust on tourism in his view is the
best way to ensure Haiti breaks its
dependency on foreign aid.
"I am the leader of a country who
has been neglected for the last 200
years," he said.
"It is my responsibility to bring
development to Haiti," said
Martelly, who said he also hopes to
advance the country's struggling
Martelly said he regrets that
much of the aid that Haiti received
in the aftermath of the January 2010
disaster focused only on short term
aid to the earthquake victims, at the
cost of longer term development
"The money was not well invest-
ed because instead of bringing
water and food to the people we
could have started the reconstruc-
tion of Haiti," he said.
"Provide jobs and the same peo-
ple could have been able to buy
their (own) food and their water,"
The impoverished nation of nine
million people was the poorest
country in the Americas even
before the massive quake, which
killed some 225,000 people and
leveled much of the capital city
In the aftermath of the last year's
earthquake, Haiti -- which has
always been dependent on foreign
aid -- remains more economically
depressed than ever.
Martelly, however, said his plan
provide a longterm solution for lift-
ing his country out of privation.
In addition to promoting tourism,
Martelly said he would like to
invest between $3 billion to $4 bil-
lion in projects -- including the
development of downtown Port-au-
Prince -- that would "really lift the
economy and allow Haiti to take
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at the Australian Masters for his
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outside his Florida home, and
stunning revelations of extramari-
tal affairs soon emerged. It cost
him his impeccable image, his
marriage and four major sponsors.
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things are finally looking up. He
has added three sponsors in the
last five months and finished third
at the Australian Open.
Woods won the Chevron World
Challenge, which he hosts for his
foundation, for the fifth time. He
finished at 10-under 278 and
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