as FAMU band
in the way
of having a
S.C. school offering belts to students
as an alternative to discipline
In an effort to get students to stop wearing sagging pants, one South
Carolina high school is taking a different approach to the legal and prof-
itable ones taken in other parts of the country this year.
Students at Northwestern High School, in Rock Hill South Carolina,
don't face discipline for wearing saggy pants the first time around.
Instead, school officials will lend them a belt.
The new rule is an update to one that previously sent students to the prin-
cipal's office if they were found wearing pants that sagged below their
Sagging pants has set off a series of reactions in recent years, from fed
up onlookers like Kimberly Ogba in New York who created a t-shirt line
that reads "Pull Your Pants Up!" to airline staff who arrested a University
of New Mexico football player for refusing to oblige their request to
cover his bottom aboard a plane in June.
And in Albany, Georgia, officials used its saggy pants ordinance to gen-
erate income from people wearing skirts or pants that hang 3 inches
below the top of their hips and exposing their skin or underwear, accord-
ing to TIME magazine. The city brought in nearly $4,000 from the fines
it issued since the rule was enacted last November.
Frank Lucas is still a gangster
arrested for Social Security fraud
NEWARK Frank Lucas, the former heroin
kingpin of New York City and the man who's life
is told in "American Gangster," starring Denzel
Washington is charged with theft by deception for
deceiving the U.S. Treasury. He denies any
wrongdoing and is trying to work a deal.
Authorities claim that Lucas claimed he lost a
Social Security check and received a new one and
then cashed them both.
Lucas, who once ran a billion-dollar business
smuggling heroin before going straight, could go to jail for bilking the
U.S. government out of $17,300. Now 81 and ailing, Lucas was charged
with theft by deception after he allegedly told the U.S. Treasury he lost a
Social Security check with funds earmarked for his 15-year-old son and
asked for a duplicate, prosecutors said.
Lucas was busted in 1975, convicted of drug dealing and sentenced to
70 years. But he began spilling the beans on other dealers, enabling the
feds to make more than 100 other arrests.
He and his family were placed in the witness protection program.
Then in 1984, Lucas was caught trying to exchange an ounce of heroin
and $13,000 for a kilo of cocaine. He served seven years in prison and
was released in 1991.
From that point on, Lucas stayed out of trouble and faded into obscuri-
ty until the movie about his life was released.
Harvard has the highest Black
Graduation rate in the Ivy League
The eight Ivy League colleges are generally considered to be among the
most prestigious institution of higher education in the nation. All of these
institutions have graduation rates for African Americans of 85 percent or
better. Nationwide the college graduation for African Americans is 44
percent. At Harvard 96 percent of all African-American students earn
their degree within six years. The graduation for African Americans at
Princeton and Yale is 94 percent. Columbia University trails the Ivy
League with a still very respectable 85 percent graduation rate for
African Americans. White students have a higher graduation rate than the
rate for African-American student at all eight Ivy League colleges. The
largest racial gaps are at Dartmouth and Columbia where the white grad-
uation rate is 7 percentage points higher than the rate for African-
American students. The smallest gap is two percentage points at both
Harvard and Princeton.
Upcoming end of jobless benefits
to hit African-Americans hard
A new state-by-state report released by the AFL-CIO shows that
African-American families will be disproportionately impacted by the
loss of their unemployment benefits on December 31 if Congress fails to
act to extend unemployment insurance.
Nationally, the unemployment rate for African-Americans is 15.5 per-
cent, up from 15.1 percent in October. And the loss of public-sector jobs
has disproportionately impacted African Americans nearly two-thirds of
city employees across the country facing layoffs are African American.
According to Georgia Tech University economist Thomas Boston, the
drop in the black unemployment rate from 16.7 percent to 15.1 percent,
was not so much a dip as it was a more accurate reflection of the black
unemployment picture because the August figure of 16.7 percent was
falsely high because seasonal adjustments had not yet been made.
The unemployment rate for African-American youth was 41.3 percent
in the second quarter of 2011, compared to 22.3 percent for other
American youth. And the economic crisis hasn't just meant a loss of jobs.
The African-American community has been devastated by the housing
crisis. Today less than half of African-American households own their
own home, compared to three quarters of white households.
The average benefit provided by the federal extension amounts to $296
a week, which covers a family's minimum expenses for survival.
-i Coming of Age
with Vivica Fox
SAt 47, the
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Volume 25 No. 9 Jacksonville, Florida December 15-21, 2011
Is the Occupy Movement Another Fight for Us to Battle?
by Danielle Wright
For the past few months the
Occupy Movement has been com-
pelling attention for its daring
protests across the country, but it
has also been receiving notice for
the comparative lack of participa-
tion from the African-American
Why has there been such a dis-
connect? Some are saying it's
because wealth inequality for
Blacks has been an issue for years.
On the West Coast, for African-
Americans, the response to the
Occupy movement is, "Where have
you been all this time when we've
been in crisis?" according to James
Taylor, associate professor of polit-
ical science at the University of San
Francisco. Blacks have been feeling
pain all along. The fact that a gen-
eral movement that seeks an
alliance with Blacks has only now
sprung up undermines that move-
ment's sincerity and even legitima-
cy to many minorities.
This view is also shared by some
Oakland, Calif., activists like
Charlene Adams. Adams and other
On Friday, December 9th, 2011 the Stanton Class of 52 held its annual Christmas Party at the Clarion Hotel.
The festive occasion included class members joined by their family and friends for an afternoon of fellowship.
Activities included games and dancing. (Shown L-R): Albertice Harris, Constance Young, Dennis McLendon,
Vivian Wilson and Ruby Williams. (Standing are): Dwitt Cooper, Victoria Terrel, Alphonzo Atwater, Bettye
Sessions, Mercedes Robinson, Trixie Andrews, William Young, Freddie McLendon, Thelma Johnson, James
Murray, Vivian Hill, Shirley Harris and Laura Lee. (photo by Rhonda Silver)
parents at her child's school sympa-
thize with the core premise of the
Occupy Movement that the
American dream is disappearing
because of the nation's wealth
inequality. But they feel that the
problem has been a part of West
Oakland residents' lives for as long
as they can remember.
Continued on page 3
Fellowship at UNF
Growing up a youth
future would include
being stricken with a
brain tumor or help-
ing others with her
These days the former Raines
High School graduate, author and
attorney is doing just that with her
brainchild, All About Healthcare
Most recently under her guid-
ance, a graduate fellowship was
established at the University of
North Florida Brooks College of
Health. The commitment will fund
two (2) Students annually for three
All About HealthCARE Ad-
vocates is a non-profit organiza-
tions that deals with care of
patients, their education and
Fis the Season to Say "I Do"
Darryl K. Thompson and Ndiya Nkongho were married on October 9,
2011 in the Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Atlanta, GA.
Darryl is the son of Sandra C. Thompson and the late Lucius Thompson;
and grandson of the late Martha and David Cummings of Jacksonville, FL.
Dr. Nkongho is a partner in the Pine River Psychotherapy Associates in
Atlanta, and Darryl is a Transportation Analyst in Atlanta with AT&T.
A reception was held on December 10th 2011 in Jacksonville, FL at
Jacksonville's Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority House for friends and family
members who were unable to attend the ceremony in Atlanta.
Robert E. Davis and the former Traci N. Collier recently celebrated their
nuptials with a week long Caribbean cruise. Collier is a graduate of Raines
High School, Edward Waters College and the University of North Florida
and holds multiple Bachelor and Master's degrees. She is the Deputy
Director of the Supervisor of Elections office and is also a Licensed
Robert Davis graduated from Ribault High School and attended Florida
A & M University and is the CEO of Robert Davis Construction, Inc. Mr.
and Mrs. Davis look forward to sharing their union with family and friends
with a reception after the new year.
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Census: Black Affluent
Migration Widens Income Gap
Experts say that the shift in population will change race relations in the south -
by Naeesa Aziz and Milwaukee.
New census data shows that high- The data also showed that an
er earning African-Americans are increasing number of Blacks are
increasingly moving out of inner earning less. Black families who
city neighborhoods, causing a were already earning less than
widening in the wealth gap between $15,000 rose in number from 20
whites and inner city Blacks that percent to 26 percent over the past
may have a future effect on race decade, while those making
relations. $200,000 or more remained at a sta-
Last year recorded the largest gap ble 1.1 percent since 2000.
between Black and white income in However, as African-Americans
the inner city since the 1990s with who have managed to avoid the
whites earning income nearly 1.7 past decade's decreases in income
times higher than that of Blacks. leave northern urban areas to head
The cities that showed the starkest south, experts say that the influx of
contrast in income were Detroit, affluent Blacks will present a new
Chicago, Philadelphia, Cleveland race dynamic.
Continued from front
They believe that few of their Bay
Area neighborhoods, who have
come to set up temporary tents
down the streets from their predom-
inately Black neighborhood, next to
the downtown skyscrapers, really
feel the impact of the inequality.
"Why don't people come out here
and Occupy about the violence in
our neighborhood?" Adams said.
The 44-year-old mother is not only
a project manager at a substance-
abuse clinic, but every Saturday she
stands on street comers with other
members of her church to hold
signs asking people to "Stop the
Could there be a solution to bridge
Others believe that there could be
less of a disconnect between Blacks
and Occupiers if the movement
addressed issues that affect a
majority of Blacks.
"If they'd talk about" low-per-
forming schools in black neighbor-
hoods, said Phillip Jackson, who
has been chronicling Occupy the
Hood events in Chicago, Black
people would say, "'Wow, now
they're talking to us' ... But if you're
saying, 'Wall Street hasn't been fair
to us' most African-American
folks are going to say, 'What does
that mean to us?"'
"Reverse migration is changing
the South and its race relations,"
said Roderick Harrison, a Howard
Harrison believes that a rising
Black middle class will fuel the
belief among some Black conserva-
tives that disadvantaged Blacks suf-
fer because of their character, rather
than the color of their skin.
Also, other experts predict that
the shift in population will have an
impact on political and civil rights
strategy an issue that the
NAACP is currently grappling with
in its efforts to protect Black voters
from changes in laws that may dis-
proportionately affect those living
in places with recent swells of
However large the shifts, the
largest chunk of the Black popula-
tion still remain in urban cities and
small towns. Just 19 percent of
Blacks lived in suburban counties
with growing and higher-than-aver-
age income, while 45 percent live
in urban locales where black
incomes fell relative to whites.
River Region Holiday Party River Region board members joined employees and patrons
for their annual holiday party ast week. Shown above enjoying the occasion are board members (L-R) Boyd
Henderson, Kay Fullwood, James Parris, Minerva Bryant, Susan Cochran and Ed McCall. The festive occasion
at the local non profit's headquarters included awards dancing, food, live band, and door prizes. Over 200
employees, friends and family attended. River Region is going into its' 40th year of service in 2012. FMPphoto
Virginia Frees innocent Man After Serving 27 Years
A Virginia man's name was final-
ly cleared of wrongdoing on this
week after he had spent 27 years in
prison for rapes he did not commit.
Thomas E. Haynesworth, 46,
who was wrongfully convicted in a
series of rapes and other assaults in
1984, was granted a writ of actual
innocence in a majority decision by
the Virginia Court of Appeals. It is
the first time the state had done so
in a rape case without the certainty
of DNA evidence.
"It's a blessing," Haynesworth
said at a press conference. "There
are a lot of people behind the scenes
who believed in me. Twenty-seven
years, I never gave up. I kept push-
ing. I ain't give up hope."
On Feb. 5, 1984, Haynesworth,
then an 18-year-old with no crimi-
nal record, was walking to a gro-
cery store for his mother when a
woman who had been raped told
police that he was her attacker. In
the end, five women misidentified
him as their assailant. He would be
tried four times, convicted in three
cases and acquitted in one.
Prosecutors dismissed one case.
In 2009, DNA testing showed
Haynesworth did not commit one of
the rapes and revealed the true
assailant as serial rapist Leon W.
Davis Jr., who lived in the same
East Richmond neighborhood as
Haynesworth in 1984. Adding to
the confusion, Davis and
Haynesworth shared a resemblance
and had the same blood type.
Historically, prisoners were
barred from introducing new evi-
dence more than three weeks after
sentencing, but after DNA testing
resulted in hundreds of exonera-
tions nationwide, Virginia lawmak-
ers moved to allow courts to recon-
sider guilt based first on genetic
evidence before other forms such as
ballistics or recanted testimony.
There was no biological evidence
available in Haynesworth's other
two convictions, but in the case for
which Haynesworth was acquitted,
there was, implicating Davis and
proving that two of the women had
confused an innocent man for a bru-
tal rapist. Davis is currently serving
outmultiple life sentences for his
In a statement on Tuesday, Gov.
Bob McDonnell said he hoped the
ruling would provide Haynesworth
and his family with "finality and the
ability to close this painful chapter
in their lives."
His parole restrictions have been
lifted and his name taken off the
Virginia sex-offender registry.
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December 15-21, 2011
I-U INS EC ANGEbyWilim ee-1
Is it Time to Look at the Minimum Wage Again?
When my grandfather was grow-
ing up in Jacksonville his goal was
to get a good job and start a fami-
ly. At the time making $1.75 an
hour was pretty good money. It
was a livable wage back in the 40s
and 50s back then a good blue-
collar job could pretty much pay
the bills and put food on the table.
Of course most black folk were
not living "high on the hog" as the
old folk say, but we made it. Fast
forward to 2011 and of course
things have changed drastically,
but have they really? Nearly 20
years ago while in high school I
was a bag boy at the Winn Dixie on
McDuff Avenue. Things have cer-
tainly changed physically. Now
that old Winn Dixie is now a retail
My best friend and I were happy
to make about $5.50 an hour. We
still lived with our parents, and
basically needed money for
clothes, shoes, an occasional date
and other miscellaneous things.
That is why it's so amazing
when you think about the fact that
the federal minimum wage is still
only $7.25 an hour. I cannot think
of one single job that should be
paying employees a minimum
wage. It's absolutely ludicrous that
there are people being paid such a
low hourly rate.
I don't care if you work in the
fast food industry, janitorial servic-
es, digging ditches or watching
paint dry surely our American
corporations can afford to pay their
employees a true "living wage."
Going back to my grandfather
for a moment, a job should be a
bridge out of poverty, an opportu-
nity to a make a living from the
work or services you provide. But
for minimum wage workers, espe-
cially those with families, it is not.
At least us Floridians can say
that we are a little better than fed-
eral minimum wage Florida's
wage is $7.31.
This is just Reggie's opinion, but
I think that minimum wage should
be at least $8 an hour. And don't be
mistaken, I am not some crazy lib-
eral I am a small business
owner/proponent so I fully under-
stand the value of having to make
payroll. My hope is that by chang-
ing the minimum wage bar it will
have a ripple effect and cause pub-
lic and private sector companies to
adjust their low wage salaries
The minimum wage was first
enacted in 1938 as part of the Fair
Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
Initially just 25 cents per hour, it
has been raised several times in the
decades since. It was raised to
$5.15 in 1997 and stayed that way
for 10 years.
I don't think that I have to
remind anyone that the price of
everything seems to continue to
rise drastically, from milk to gaso-
line we have seen record prices
on various goods and commodities
over the past few years. Ten years
ago we were paying around a dol-
lar for a gallon of regular gasoline;
of course today we are paying well
"A minimum wage increase
makes straightforward economic
sense. It means more money in the
hands of people who are going to
spend it. Low minimum wages do
NOT help small business," said
Lew Prince, Managing Partner,
Vintage Vinyl, St. Louis, MO.
He adds, "Small business own-
ers know that keeping workers is
easier and cheaper than finding
and training new workers. And
small business owners know that
the longer an employee stays with
you -- the more they know about
your business and your customers,
and the higher their productivity."
There are some 18 states that
have minimum wage rates that are
higher than the federal rate. There
are five states that don't have min-
imum wage rate laws at all, and it's
interesting that all are in the South.
And four states have minimum
wage rates lower than the federal
By increasing minimum wage,
we could put additional money
into the hands of an estimated 10-
12 million low-wage workers,
which would give the economy a
real boost. And there will be some
states that "opt out" and decide that
having a minimum wage is not
good policy, I am no economist,
but I can assure you that good
companies don't mind paying
good decent wages.
In fact, Jim Sinegal, the CEO of
Costco said, "Paying your employ-
ees well is not only the right thing
to do but it makes for good busi-
This is an issue that could help
so many families that are the
"working poor." A 2001 U.S.
Conference of Mayors study found
that 37 percent of adults seeking
emergency food aid were
employed. Officials in 63 percent
of the cities surveyed identified
low-paying jobs as a primary cause
How do you buy food for your
family, pay rent, childcare, car
insurance and provide clothing for
members of your household mak-
ing a minimum or low wage?
There are four-member families
that make over $100,000 a year
and still struggle to make ends
meet, so I know that it is extreme-
ly hard for some of our low income
"To be a poor man is hard," said
W.E.B. DuBois. "But to be a poor
race in a land of dollars is the very
bottom of hardship."
Signing off from: Can A Brother
Get A Few More Dollars.com,
The Obama Blueprint for Re-Election
By George E. Curry
With the next election 11 months
away, President Obama has begun
sharpening his populist message
and drawing a sharp contrast
between his vision for America and
the Republican alternative.
Obama's speech last week in
Osawatomie, Kan. provided an
example of how he plans to attack
his Republican opposition.
"There is a certain crowd in
Washington who, for the last few
decades, have said, let's respond to
this economic challenge with the
same old tune. 'The market will
take care of everything,' they tell
us. If we just cut more regulations
and cut more taxes especially for
the wealthy our economy will
grow stronger. Sure, they say, there
will be winners and losers. But if
the winners do really well, then
jobs and prosperity will eventually
trickle down to everybody else.
And, they argue, even if prosperity
doesn't trickle down, well, that's
the price of liberty...That theory
fits well on a bumper sticker. But
here's the problem: It doesn't
President Obama realizes that it
will not be sufficient to simply por-
tray his Republican challenger as
hawking a discredited economic
theory while he highlights eco-
nomic inequality. In an interview
that aired Sunday night on the tele-
vision program "60 Minutes,"
Steve Kroft asked: "Why do you
think you deserve to be re-elected?
What have you accomplished?"
Without hesitating, Obama
replied, "Not only saving the coun-
try from a Great Depression. Not
only saving the auto industry. But
putting in place a system in which
we're going to start lowering
health care costs and you're never
going to go bankrupt because you
get sick or somebody in your fam-
ily gets sick. Making sure that we
have reformed the financial sys-
tem, so we never again have tax-
payer-funded bailouts and the sys-
tem is more stable and secure.
Ending Don't Ask, Don't tell.
Decimating al Qaeda, including
Bin Laden being taken off the
field. But when it comes to the
economy, we've got a lot more
work to do. And we're going to
keep at it."
It would be a serious mistake to
think that Obama can match his
2008 numbers in the upcoming
election. Don't forget that his 53
percent of the popular vote was the
largest share a presidential candi-
date had attained in 20 years.
In his "60 Minutes" interview,
President Obama acknowledged
the economy could be a stumbling
block to his re-election.
"We've gone through an incredi-
bly difficult time in this country,"
he said. "And I would be surprised
if the American people felt satis-
fied right now. They shouldn't be
satisfied. We've got a lot more
work to do in order to get this
country and the economy moving
in ways that benefit everybody, as
opposed to just a few."
The electoral contest between
Obama and the eventual
Republican nominee begins almost
even, with the president holding
186 votes in his core states and the
GOP controlling 191. As always,
the outcome will be largely deter-
mined by what happens in the 12
Changing demographics could
work to Obama's advantage.
"The six Midwest/Rust Belt
states (Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota,
Ohio, Pennsylvania and
Wisconsin) are all marked by slow
growth and by a relatively small
and slow-growing percentage of
voters from communities of color,"
according to the Center for
American Progress report on elec-
toral votes titled, "The Path to 270:
Demographics versus Economics
in the 2012 Presidential Election."
It continued, "These states are
projected to average around 15
percent minority voters in 2012,
ranging from a low of 10 percent in
Iowa to a high of 21 percent in
Pennsylvania. But this relatively
small base of minority voters is
supplemented for Democrats by
fairly strong support among these
states' growing white college-grad-
uate populations, who gave Obama
an average 5-point advantage in
The three Southwest swing
states Colorado, Nevada and
New Mexico have experienced a
significant increase in voters of
color, primarily Latinos. Their pro-
jected non-White electorate is
expected to average 36 percent,
ranging from 21 percent of the
electorate in Colorado to 52 per-
cent in New Mexico.
In the three New South swing
states Virginia, North Carolina
and Florida there is both good
news and bad news for the presi-
dent. The good news is that voters
of color are expected to comprise
31 percent of the electorate. The
bad news is that unlike the
Southwest, White college gradu-
ates in the South favor Republicans
As Obama strategists carefully
craft his re-election, it is obvious
that the plan includes resisting
efforts to depict him as a weak
When asked in a news confer-
ence about Republican charges that
his foreign policy is one of
appeasement, President Obama
replied: "Ask Osama bin Laden
and the 22 out of 30 top al Qaeda
leaders who were taken off the
field whether I engage in appease-
ment. Or, whoever's left out there.
Ask them about that."
Why Kwanzaa is Still
Relevant to our Finances
The most challenging issue facing Black Americans today is our lack of
unity. The lack of unity that exists among African Americans undermines our
ability to progress politically, socially and economically. The Black Americans
that "blew up the most" over past decades typify the fact that the mass of high-
income Blacks mostly "went south to the suburbs" to buy into their concept of
the American Dream: materialism and individualism. To most of the African
Americans who make up the middle-class and are so caught up in their own
personal quest for stuff and self, "Black Unity" is a totally foreign concept.
As we approach the 2011 Holiday Season, it's evident Black Americans
don't stick together and that results in millions of Black Americans remaining
on unemployment and foreclosure rolls. As African Americans approach
2012 the economic rims seem to be coming off for a high percentage of us. As
the Black middle-class declines, we find that first Black President Barack
Obama has too shied away from "Black Unity" and has little identification
with our pain and no more with our plight than any of his predecessors.
Most of us know the answer to our situation, but refuse to acknowledge or
act on our lack of unity. The majority of Blacks seem unwilling to exercise the
discipline and take steps necessary to improve their conditions. All too many
Black Americans, particularly those who have achieved "middle-class status",
take pride in declaring "we are not monolithic." This is in direct contrast to the
concepts that keep families intact and financially prosperous good neigh-
borhoods, property ownership, saving habits, marriage, health care, strong
school expectations and inherited wealth. It's due to a lack of these factors,
the majority of African-American families are either borderline or at high risk
of falling out of the middle-class altogether.
For African Americans to become "players" in the financial system, we rec-
ommend the celebration of Kwanzaa programs. To be successful in American
enterprises, Black Americans need a model such as Marcus Garvey who led
the first mass Black movement of the 20th century. Garvey called upon
Africans everywhere to "reclaim Africa, struggle to reclaim their better selves,
and strive to restore their history and humanity." Garvey believed in the pri-
macy of race as the starting point for the liberation of all African people and
believed that the oppressed African people throughout the world should have
as their primary objective the emancipation of themselves as a race. Central to
Garvey's "race first" philosophy was the doctrine of self-reliance and self-
determination. All subsequent Black Power organizations and Black
Nationalist leaders drew from Garvey's "race first" focus and owe a debt to his
example and philosophy.
Everybody practices collective economics, except us. It's time to start a
movement in which Black Americans can invest their time wisely. This move-
ment toward Kwanzaa is based on Garvey's concept that "wealth" is strength,
power, influence, justice, liberty and real human rights. Instead of concentrat-
ing on mainstream participation and acceptance; in this movement more
Blacks will seek to reinforce their Black identity and roots.
The hope of this commentary is to build a viable network of people involved
in Kwanzaa programs across the nation. Start at OfficialKwanzaaWebsite.org,
for practices associated with Kwanzaa celebrations, which begin December
26th and lasts for seven days. The goal of the exercise is:
Harmonization of family and community interest around the Kwanzaa
Toward more of us developing an African-centric view of ourselves -
Kwanzaa Principle of Self-determination.
Recognition of reciprocal obligations Kwanzaa Collective Work and
Giving and receiving is the foundation for the Kwanzaa Cooperative
Understating that our best self comes from our own people Kwanzaa
Realization that the result of Kwanzaa Creativity Principle is continuous
excellence and productivity.
Development of mutual trust and belief in ourselves and our people.
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Martin Luther King Jr. Assassination
Documentary to Be Aired
The Smithsonian Channel will broadcast
historic footage in a documentary in February
With Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day only a little over a month away,
the Smithsonian Channel has announced its plan to offer a first-hand
look into the assassination of the acclaimed activist.
The network announced on Wednesday that it will air a documentary
in February showcasing news footage from April 4, 1968, the day King
was murdered. Most of the footage has not been seen on television since
it first aired.
The Smithsonian Channel notes that many historic moments are lost
since local televisions stations frequently taped over old broadcasts or
threw away film reels, but this rare footage captures events through
King's murder and its aftermath.
"This (documentary) plunges you into the immediacy of the period
and allows you to absorb it the way people at the time absorbed it,"
David Royle, executive producer of the Smithsonian Channel told the
Associated Press. "There's something that's electric about that. It gets
you to sit up and pay attention."
The documentary includes coverage of King's infamous "mountain-
top" speech delivered the night before his assassination and interviews
with Black Memphis residents at the time. Though coverage of such
events and interviews was unusual at the time, some University of
Memphis professors sensed civil rights history in the making. Their
footage may now be looked at as priceless.
"What they were doing was absolutely visionary and very unusu-
al," Royle said.
Philadelphia DA Drops
Death Penalty Against
by Danielle Wright
Philadelphia's district attorney
has decided to stop seeking the exe-
cution of Mumia Abu-Jamal, as
announced at a last week..
Mumia Abu-Jamal, a former
Black Panther, was convicted of
killing white Philadelphia police
officer Daniel Faulkner 30 years
ago this Friday. District Attorney
Seth Williams said that seeking the
death penalty could draw out the
case of Abu-Jamal for years, with
"There's never been any doubt in
my mind that Mumia Abu-Jamal
shot and killed Officer Faulkner. I
believe that the appropriate sen-
tence was handed down by a jury of
his peers in 1982," said Williams,
the city's first Black district attor-
ney. "While Abu-Jamal will no
longer be facing the death penalty,
he will remain behind bars for the
rest of his life, and that is where he
Abu-Jamal, bom Wesley Cook,
was convicted and later sentenced
to death for fatally shooting
Faulkner on December 9, 1981.
According to trial testimony, Abu-
Jamal witnessed his brother in a
scuffle with the young patrolman
during an early morning traffic stop
and ran toward the scene. When
police found Abu-Jamal, he was
wounded with bullets and Faulkner,
who had been shot several times,
was found dead.
The one-time journalist has been
incarcerated in a Pennsylvania
prison, but has garnered worldwide
support from the "Free Mumia"
movement, which asserts that Abu-
Jamal was the victim of a racially-
biased justice system.
Postal Service Layoffs to Hit Black America Hardest
It seems like when it comes to
Black unemployment, when it
rains, it pours.
The U.S. Postal Service previous-
ly announced that it will shut down
252 mail processing centers and cut
28,000 jobs in order to skirt
impending bankruptcy. While this
news may come as a disappoint-
ment to the entire country, for the
African-Americans who make up
more than a fifth of the USPS's
workforce, the move is even more
"People have raised their kids
with these jobs and bought homes
in the Black community," Chicago
postal worker Adrian Peeple, 42,
told the Chicago Tribune. "It'll be a
huge impact if they started laying
off or cutting back on people
who've been working here for quite
a bit of their lives."
Although the move wasn't a sur-
prise, the announcement's bitter
arrival came just days after national
unemployment numbers were
released, showing that once again,
Blacks are faring worse than the
national average. Many say that the
disparity can be traced to the large
number of Blacks who rely on the
ever downsizing public sector for
employment. In Chicago, for exam-
ple, nearly two-thirds of the 212
city employees facing layoffs are
Black, the New York Times reports.
"When no one else would hire
former slaves, the Postal Service
did so," U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush told
the paper. "For that reason alone,
the post office has been a signifi-
cant block in the building of the
Black middle class in America."
make up 21 percent of the Postal
Service's workforce. According to
data from the Government
Accountability Office, in 2002
Black men accounted for 11.2 per-
cent of career postal workers com-
pared with 5 percent for the overall
workforce. And although Black
women makeup only 6.3 percent of
the overall workforce, they make up
10.1 percent of all career postal
The U.S. Postal Service on
Tuesday agreed to delay the closing
of 252 mail processing centers and
3,700 local post offices until mid-
In a statement, the cash-strapped
agency said it would hold off on
closings by several weeks to give
Congress more time to pass legisla-
tion that would give it more author-
ity and liquidity to stave off bank-
ruptcy. The Postal Service, which is
expected to default Friday on a $5.5
billion payment to the Treasury, is
forecast to lose a record $14.1 bil-
lion next year.
The agreement by the Postal
Service also means that cuts to first-
class mail that would slow delivery
and, for the first time in 40 years,
eliminate the chance for stamped
letters to arrive the next day, would
not occur before May 15.
Previously, the post office said it
had hoped to implement the cuts to
first-class service in April.
In all, roughly 100,000 postal
employees could be cut as a result
of the various closures, resulting in
savings of up to $6.5 billion a year.
The Postal Service, an independ-
ent agency of government, does not
receive tax money, but it is subject
to congressional control on major
aspects of its operations.
Holder: Don't Take Your
Right to Vote for Granted
It's no coincidence that Attorney General Eric Holder chose the Lyndon
B. Johnson Library in Austin, Texas, as the site of a forceful speech
against voter suppression. He referenced the location's significance right
at the top.
"In 1965, when President Johnson signed the landmark Voting Rights
Act into law, he proclaimed that 'the right to vote is the basic right, with-
out which all others are meaningless,' Holder said on Tuesday night.
"Today, as attorney general, I have the privilege -- and the solemn duty
-- of enforcing this law, and the other civil rights reforms that President
Johnson championed. This work is among the Justice Department's most
On that note, he first dove into widespread concern over measures
passed by numerous Republican state legislatures that restrict voter-reg-
istration drives, require birth certificates to register to vote, cut early vot-
ing and mandate specific government-approved ID before voters can
cast their ballots. In his travels across the country this year, Holder
recounted, he has repeatedly heard from Americans who view this spate
of new laws as a deliberate attempt to make it harder for people to cast
their ballots in 2012, with voters who are low-income, students, elderly
or racial minorities most affected.
We'll help you stay
in control of your money.
His writings and radio broad-
casts from death row have made
him the subject of many books
and movies. In 1995, he
described his life in prison and
dealing with the justice system
he calls racist and ruled by polit-
ical expediency in his book,
Live from Death Row.
Over the years, through
numerous appeals, Abu-Jamal's
defense has challenged the pre-
dominately white make-up of
the jury in his case, instructions
given to jurors, and statements
In October, after the U.S.
Supreme Court declined to
weigh in on the racially-charged
case, the fate of Abu-Jamal was
put into the hands of prosecutors
who had the option to decide
again if they wanted to pursue the
death penalty or accept a life sen-
"Another penalty proceeding
would open the case to the repeti-
tion of the state appeals process and
an unknowable number of years of
federal review again, even if we
were successful," Williams said. He
also acknowledged that prosecutors
decided to put the death sentence to
rest because, after nearly three
decades, some witnesses have died
or are otherwise unreliable.
The press conference announcing
the news was also attended by
Philadelphia police commissioner
Charles Ramsey and the widow of
the slain officer, Maureen Faulkner,
who previously lashed out and
called the judges who overturned
Abu-Jamal's death penalty "dishon-
est cowards." She gave her blessing
to today's announcement, but said
she still wanted Mumia held to
account for her husband's killing,
when they were 25-year-old newly-
"I will not stand by and see him
coddled, as he has been in the past,"
Faulkner said. "And I am heartened
that he will be taken from the pro-
tective cloister he has been living in
all these years and begin living
among his own kind the thugs
that infest our prisons."
Abu-Jamal supporters, including
activist and professor Dr. Comel
West, plan to gather at the National
Constitution Center to celebrate a
man they call an "innocent revolu-
tionary and celebrated journalist"
on Friday, the anniversary of
Faulkner's death and Abu-Jamal's
D b 1521 2011
Summerville Baptist Church
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
for youth .
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.
St. Andrew AME Church Hosts
a Nightof Christmas Worship
On Thursday, December 15, 2011 at 7 p.m., the Saint Andrew African
Methodist Episcopal Church Gospel Choir invites the community to a night
of Christmas Worship. The church is located at 125 9th Street South
Jacksonville Beach, Fl 32250. All are welcome and the musical is FREE to
the public. For more information, contact Dr. Vallie M. Holloway 850-212-
Seeking the lost for Christ
Matthew 28:19 20
Pastor Landon Williams
Final Services Set for the Late
104 Year Old Pauline Brown
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Shown above at the celebration are Sarah Thompson and her daugh-
ter, Elder Karen Woodson, as she is ushered into the surprise party in
her honor at Bethel Baptist Institutional Church.
Family and Friends Join
Sarah Thompson for Surprise
Retirement Celebration at Bethel
A surprise Retirement Party for
Mrs. Sarah Thompson was held
December 10th, 2011 at Bethel
Baptist Institutional Church. The
honoree was recognized for 27
years of faithful service to the bank
now known as Wells Fargo, having
won year after year, awards for per-
fect attendance and outstanding
Friends and family lauded Mrs.
Thompson for being a wonderful
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mother, a good neighbor and awe-
some friend. Her daughter, Elder
Karen Woodson said with a smile,
"Keeping this affair a secret was
one of the hardest challenges she's
had to face." The program included
a dance tribute by Demi McCoy,
comedian Jason Granger, scripture
reading by Elder Darletha LaSane
and closing remarks by the honoree.
Family and friends are mourning
the loss of Pauline Brown, beloved
mother, grandmother, great grand-
mother and great-great grandmother
who passed away on December 9
2011. Pauline was born September
Born in South Carolina but reared
in Jacksonville, Mrs. Brown attend-
ed Duval County Public Schools.
She was united in Holy matrimony
to the late John L. Brown, in 1939.
They were blessed with an adoring
daughter, Betty Jean Bernice
Brown. Throughout her working
years, she worked at St. Vincent's
Hospital. She was also a faithful
member of Mt. Canaan Baptist
Pauline fulfilled her lifetime with
hobbies and activities to include
singing, knitting, making clothes for
dolls, shopping, baseball and play-
ing cards to name a few. But most
of all she enjoyed the company of
her family and friends. She held
membership with The Johnson
Travel Club along with others.
Pauline was preceded in death by
her husband, John L. Brown; step
daughter: Edna Henderson; 2 sis-
ters: Corrine and Sadie Bernice
Kelly; and brother James Kelly, Jr.
She leaves to mourn her passing
her daughter: Betty J. Pinkney;
granddaughter: Scarlet V. (Issac)
Newsome, grandson: Clarence
Pinkney; 2-great-grandsons, 2-
great-grand daughters, 4 great-great
grandchildren; nieces; nephews;
cousins; God-children and many
Funeral Services will be held on
Saturday, December 17,2011, 11:00
a.m. at Mt. Canaan Baptist Church,
34 W. 18th St.
Pastor Perry Robinson is the offi-
ciating minister. Visitation will be
held from 5-8 p.m. on Friday,
December 16, 2011, at James
Graham mortuary, 3631 Moncrief
Road, Jacksonville, FL. Interment
will be at Edgewood Cemetery.
New York Post Finds Rev. Sharpton
Knee Deep in the Red of a Financial Mess
Rev. Al Sharpton
The Rev. Al Sharpton's nonprofit
paid him nearly $242,000 even
as it carried $1.6 million in debt,
according to documents obtained
by The Post.
In all, the controversial activist
and his empire, including the
National Action Network and two
for-profit companies, were $5.3
million in the red, public records
Most of NAN's money woes
stemmed from more than $880,000
in unpaid federal payroll taxes,
interest and penalties. It also paid
more than $100,000 to settle two
lawsuits, byproducts of the unpaid
And it still owed $206,252 in
loans to Sharpton's for-profit Bo-
Spanky Consulting Inc. and
Sharpton Media LLC, the records
Sharpton drew a $241,732 salary
and perks that included first-class
or charter air travel, tax filings
show. He owes the IRS $2.6 million
in income tax, and nearly $900,000
in state tax.
The defunct Rev-Al
Communications Inc. owes the
state almost $176,000, and Bo-
Spanky is $3,500 behind on state-
Sharpton has said he is on a
repayment plan with state and fed-
NAN last year took in more than
$3 million in donations, which
allowed it to chip away at its tax
burden. This year, its board of
directors voted to resolve the tax
issues and paid all back state taxes,
said Exec. Dir. Tamika Mallory.
The civil-rights group is also
addressing the $883,503 it owes in
federal payroll taxes, she added.
And it is close to finished repay-
ing the Peabody Hotel in Memphis
$106,981 owed since 2008, when
NAN skipped out on its bill after its
annual convention, according to its
2010 audited financial statements.
Plus, it paid $5,500 to a Phoenix
developer to settle a legal dispute
over the rental of chapter offices.
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Tavis Smiley to Lead National
Conversation on Remaking America
ing White Paper from
School of Public and
Affairs (SPEA), to be
released earlier in
reveals the "new
poor" and how the
face of poverty in
America has changed.
professor and author;
authority on personal finance;
Michael Moore, Academy Award-
winning filmmaker; Barbara
Ehrenriech, prolific author of
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not)
Getting By in America; Jeffrey
Sachs, poverty expert and
Professor of Health Policy and
Management at Columbia
University; Majora Carter, Urban
Revitalization Strategist; and
Vicki B. Escarra, President and
CEO of Feeding America.
Additional panelists to be
The conversation will rebroad-
cast for three nights on Tavis
Smiley on PBS beginning
Monday, January 16 through
Wednesday, January 18.
"How is it possible to sleep at
night when poverty in America is
forcing our children to surrender
their life chances before they
know their life choices?" ques-
tions Smiley. "Let's not wait on
our government. We can be the
catalysts for change today."
Doors open at 5 p.m. for those
wishing to attend and advance
registration is required at
erica..public intellectuals Cornel
Record unemployment, corpo-
rate avarice, empty houses but
homeless families, dwindling
opportunities in a politically para-
lyzed nation-these are the realities
of America, land of the free and
home of the perennially poor and
the new poor the former mid-
This January, broadcaster Tavis
Smiley will convene a panel of
thought leaders and advocates to
explore how to restore prosperity
The nationally televised discus-
sion, "Remaking America: From
Poverty to Prosperity", will be
held from 6:30 p.m. 9 p.m.
Thursday, January 12, 2012, at
George Washington University's
Lisner Auditorium in Washington,
D.C. To attend the event is free
and open to the public.
"We are facing a critical time in
our history that we cannot side-
step," says Smiley. "The time is
now to get serious about eradicat-
ing poverty before poverty eradi-
During the LIVE broadcast on
C-SPAN, panelists will discuss
solutions for restoring America's
prosperity. Additionally, the par-
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Don't Let Hair Stand in the Way of a Beautiful Body
By Kate Ferguson
A recent Wake Forest University
study may seem almost laughable:
About a third of black women cite
hair care difficulties as the reason
they work out less than they would
like or why they don't exercise at
all. But these finding aren't amus-
ing. African-American women are
at a high risk of obesity and its
many consequences. What's more,
African-American women have the
highest rates of being overweight
and obese compared with other
groups in the United States. About
four out of five tip the scales.
After the finding was published,
the discussion began. Health care
providers took notice and started
considering the link between black
women's hair issues and physical
how to find
to address the
woman a n
she also say if
she has some-
place to go,
to ruin her hair, Jeanette's biggest
fashionable coiffure versus fitness
challenge? The need to
wash her hair so often. "It's 70%
United Health Group, teamed with
Bronner Bros. the Atlanta based
company that produces annual
beauty and hair industry trade
shows. The result? An innovative
hair fitness competition that chal-
lenged hairstylists to create the best
fitness-friendly hairstyles for
women. "We have learned to have
great respect for the African-
American hair professional," says
Reed Tuckson, MD, the executive
vice president and chief of medical
affair for United Health Group.
"We're helping them become much
more capable and available to par-
ticipate in the fight for health across
the board in our community."
Tuckson says his organization
will continue to partner with com-
munity hairstylists in order to
of America's Black
inconvenient because Iwomen are overweight
work and don't have a lot of
time to redo my hairstyle," she
says. But a lack of hair management
time is only one of several key
complaints cited by black women
regarding their physical activity and
hair care regimens. In an American
Association of Retired Persons
(AARP) consumer focus group
report, black women said concerns
about the high costs of hair care and
damage from regular cleansings
cooled them to exercising more
To explore solutions to such
problems, one health care company.
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MTV's "True Life" Casting Black Women Going Natural
MTV's "True Life" is casting African-American women
who are ready cut off their relaxed hair and go natural.
If you appear to be between the ages of 15 -28 and would
like to document your transition to natural hair, send an
email to email@example.com and tell them your hair
women's health. "Hairstylists are
people who have an incredibly
intense and intimate relationship
with their customers," Tuckson
Regarding women whose hair
concerns keep them from exercis-
ing, Tuckson believes that hairstyl-
ists can show them how to better
work with their tresses. The idea is
to offer black women easy and con-
venient styles that'll allow them to
work out and work up a sweet. This
can also be the spur that's needed to
motivate women to engage not only
in exercise, but to have positive atti-
tudes about diet and lifestyle modi-
fication that enhance their health,
This is a very serious issue in our
community. "A lot of us are
unhealthy because we eat every-
thing we want and avoid physical
activity," says celebrity stylist Elgin
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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports
activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Holiday Open House
The public is invited to the
Mayor's Holiday Open House,
Friday, December 16th, from 3-7
p.m. at City Hall. Come meet your
local government representatives.
For more information call (904)
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.
Santa Claus at the Zoo
The Jacksonville Zoo and
Gardens' annual "Visit with Santa"
will take place December 17th
from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Guests will
receive $5 off general admission
when they bring a new, unopened
toy for Toys for Tots. The zoo is
ocated at 370 Zoo Parkway, one-
half mile east from 1-95. For more
information, go to jacksonville-
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.
The next P.R.I.D.E. Book Club
meeting will be Saturday, January
7th at 2 p.m., at the American
Beach Community Center, 1600
Julia Street, American Beach,
Fernandina Beach, Fl. 32034.
"Smarty Pants" by G. W. Reynolds,
III will be discussed. For more
information contact host Marsha
Phelts at 904-945-0837.
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 anniversary
of Dr. Kings birth with a breakfast
honoring his life and his dream for
social change. Activities include
keynote speaker Dr. Bernice A.
King, breakfast 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) 630-CITY.
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-
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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
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
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visit their website, www.jaxloc.org. Pick ups are available.
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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
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Carroll, and First Lady Ann Scott educators in an elementary, middle
today invite students in kinder- or high school in Florida. Three
garten through 12th grades to par- winners will be selected: one ele-
ticipate in the Florida Black mentary (K-5) teacher, one middle
History Month art and essay con- school (6-8) teacher and one high
tests. They also invite students, school (9-12) teacher. Winners
parents, teachers and principals to will receive a check for $1500.
nominate full-time African- About the Student Contests
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A new allegation of hazing in connection with Florida A&M's Marching 100 band has arisen.
HicIelle Ohama Breaks Group Jumping Jacks Record
CNN Three members of Florida week after her beating and nearly
A&M University's marching band two weeks before the suspected
have been charged with hazing a hazing-related death of Robert
fellow member of the famous Champion, a 26-year-old drum
Marching 100 who took her com- major for the legendary marching
plaints to police, band. The school's board of trustees
voted last week to repri-
STORY HIGHLIGHTS mand its president in the
A freshman suffered blood wake of Champion's
clots and a cracked femur after death, and the band's
a November beating director has been placed
on administrative leave
Three of her fellow students while state police investi-
are charged with hazing gate.
The case is separate from Incidents of hazing
the recent death of FAMU have followed the FAMU
drum major Robert Champion band for years. In 2001, a
student was paddled so
badly he had to be hospi-
The freshman suffered a cracked talized for kidney failure, and just
femur, deep bone bruising and weeks before Champion's death,
blood clots after being beaten band director Julian White suspend-
repeatedly on the thighs by two of ed 26 members for hazing.
her fellow students, according to The three suspects -- 23-year-old
arrest affidavits from Tallahassee Sean Hobson, 19-year-old Aaron
police. Golson and 22-year-old James
The victim, Bria Hunter, went to Harris -- were booked Monday. All
the hospital on November 7 -- a three are charged with hazing, a
crime under Florida law, while
Hobson and Golson are charged
with felony battery as well.
In interviews with detectives,
Hobson and Harris denied any
physical abuse took place.
According to the affidavits, all
three are members of the "Red
Dawg Order," a group of band stu-
dents from Georgia. Hunter told
police she was asked to join the
group and was subjected to physical
abuse on October 31 after she false-
ly told Hobson that she skipped a
meeting of the order to attend a
meeting of her section.
"For the deceit, Hunter stated that
she was lined up with approximate-
ly 11 other pledges with her being
at the front," the affidavit recounts.
She said she was hit more than 20
times by Hobson and Golson on
that occasion, and hit with a metal
ruler in another meeting at Harris'
apartment the next day.
Three witnesses corroborated
Hunter's account, the affidavit
Obama now holds part of a world
The first lady announced in an
emailthis week that her October bid
to break the record for the most
people doing jumping jacks in a 24-
hour period succeeded. Mrs.
Obama says 300,265 people partic-
ipated, shattering the old record.
In order to achieve her goal, Mrs.
Obama led about 400 elementary
and middle-school students from
Washington in jumping jacks on the
South Lawn of the White House.
Other jumping jacks events were
held around the world on Oct. 11.
The effort was organized by
National Geographic Kids maga-
zine in support of the first lady's
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NCAA DIV. II SEMIFINALS
Wayne State 21, Winston-Salem St. 14,
SWAC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Grambling State 16, Alabama A&M 15
I FINAL 2011 BCSP OOTALTOsE
SFOR THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 13 19, 2011
WSSU CIAA Sports Photo
VSU AD Peggy Davis to
FINISH lead conference on interim
basis thru rest of 2011-12
ON TOP season.
WSSU LOSES IN D2 SEMIS, BUT IS FINAL
BCSP NO. 1; GRAMBLING WINS THE SWAC
1. WINSTON-SALEM STATE (13-1) ,
- Rams earn top ranking in final Top Ten by
virtue of undefeated regular season (10-0),
CIAA championship game win over Eliza-
beth City State and top seed in NCAA Div.
II Super Region I. Won CIAA's first game in
D2 playoffs since 1993 with second round
win over California (Pa.) before knocking MAYNOR: Second-year head
off New Haven in national quarterfinals. coach leads Rams to undefeated
regular season, CIAA title and
Suffered only loss in national semifinals to NCAA D2 semifinals.
Wayne State. Head coach Connell Maynor's
prolific offense and standout defense led Rams to historic season.
2. NORFOLK STATE (9-3) Spartans under Pete Adrian finished 7-1 in
MEAC to win their first-ever conference title and automatic bid to the FCS
playoffs. Had losses to West Virginia and Bethune-Cookman in the regular
season. Defeated by Old Dominion in first round of FCS playoffs.
3. BETHUNE-COOKMAN (8-3) -Wildcats in second year under Brian Jenkins
tied for second in MEAC with S. C. State at 6-2 behind Norfolk State. Only
MEAC team to beat Spartans. Losses to SC State, NC A&T and Miami.
(TIE) SOUTH CAROLINA STATE (8-3) Buddy Pough's Bulldogs tied for
second with Bethune-Cookman in MEAC behind Norfolk State. Lost to
Central Michigan, Norfolk State and Florida A&M.
Winston-Salem State stopped by Wayne
State, 21-14 in Div. II semifinals
Wayne State derailed CIAA champion Winston-Salem State's
run at a Div. I national football championship, knocking off the previ-
ously undefeated Rams in the semifinal round of the national playoffs in
a hard-fought game at Bowman-Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C.
The Warriors (12-3) jumped to a 7-0 lead on the first possession of
the game and never gave up that lead in handing the Rams (13-1), the
top seed of Region 1, their first loss of the season. Wayne State led 14-7
at the half and then got a turnover off a fumble by WSSU QB Kameron
Smith and a short TD a play later on a run by fullback Chet Privett to
lead 21-7 with 4:34 left in the third.
Winston-Salem State fought back however, getting a key intercep-
tion by linebacker Malcolm Rowe in the fourth quarter that he brought
back to the WSU 6. Tailback Nicholas Cooper scored on fourth down
from the 1-yard line to bring the Rams within 21-14 with 10:34 to play.
The Rams would get two more fourth-quarter possessions but
penetrated only to the WSU 47. A fourth down pass in the final minute
was knocked away by Warriors' defensive back Gerren DuHart to end
the final threat.
The Wayne State defense
held aRams'offense in checkthat
came in averaging 43 points per
game. Cooper, the Rams' 245-
pound senior 1,000-yard rusher,
totalled 96 yards on 21 carries
with 66 of those coming after
the break. Smith was harassed
all day and sacked five times. The
Wayne State defense registered
13 tackles for losses.
WSU's biggest stop was
WSSU Sports Photo
WSSU tailback Nicholas Cooper
(9) ran for 96 yards on 21 carries
and scored on a 1-yard run.
holding the Rams out of the end zone after a WSSU drive reached their
2-yard line near the end of the third quarter with WSU up 21-7. The War-
riors threw Cooper for five and six yard losses on first and second down
and then forced two incompletions in the end zone.
Wayne State needed just four plays after the opening kickoff to
reach paydirt. Josh Renel did all the damage, running for 29 yards on two
carries and covering the final 25 yards on a swing pass from Mohner to
put the Warriors up 7-0 less than three minutes into the game.
Mohner would come back to score on a 1-yard run with 8:38 left
in the second quarter to give WSU a 14-0 lead. The tally came at the end
of a 12-play, 80-yard drive.
The Rams first TD came when Smith hit wideout Jahuann Butler
on a 26-yard scoring pass :51 seconds before the half. Alejandro Suarez's
PAT sent the Rams into the break trailing 14-7.
Mohner finished the game completing 13 of 22 passes for 156 yards
with two interceptions. Renel led the ground attack, running for 82 yards
on 22 carries. Dominique Maybanks had six catches for 35 yards.
Smith completed just 13 of 29 passes for 129 yards for WSSU. He
was held to 28 rushing yards on 13 carries. Cooper added five catches
for 25 yards. Dominique Fitzgerald had three receptions for 49 yards.
Rowe led the WSSU defense with 11 stops and one interception.
Grambling comes back to knock off
Alabama A&M 16-15 for SWAC title
Pedraic Major Photo
OFFENSIVE MVP: Michael Willis (I.) of Farmer's Insurance and
SWAC Commissioner Duer Sharp (r.) present Most Valuable Of-
fensive PlayerAward to Grambling seniorwide receiver Mario Louis
(#1, c.) who had two receptions for 86 yards including an 80-yard
third-quarter TD reception in the Tigers' SWAC Championship
Game win over Alabama A&M.
Grambling State scored 16 unanswered points to capture the
2011 SWAC Football Championship over Alabama A&M Saturday at
Birmingham's Legion Field. Down 15-0 with less than three minutes
remaining in the first half, the G-Men used a field goal and two big plays
to capture their sixth title in the 13-year history of the event.
Alabama A&M jumped out to a 15-0 lead on an 11-yard run by
Kaderius Lacey, a 36-yard strike from QB Deaunte Mason to Terence
Pride and a 34-yard field goal by Chance Wilson. However two missed
PAT attempts by the Bulldogs proved to be their undoing.
A 27-yard field goal by Grambling's Zoltan Riazzo with just 2:42
remaining in the first half cut the AAMU lead to 15-3 at halftime.
Grambling won the game despite completing just four passes and
being outgained in total yardage 331-183.
Two big plays by GSU, one in each of the two final quarters, helped
propel the Tigers into their only lead of the game and fourth straight win
over A&M in the championship game. An 80-yard touchdown pass from
D.J. Williams to Mario Louis and a missed PAT attempt helped GSU
cut the lead to 16-9 at the 6:53 mark in the third quarter.
GSU's Jacardi Carter picked up an AlabamaA&M fumble and ran
66 yards to tie the score at 15 with 12:27 in the fourth quarter. Riazzo's
PAT gave Grambling its first lead of the game.
Grambling's defense shut out A&M in the second half and held
Lacey, the SWAC's second leading rusher, to just 86 yards in the game.
Meanwhile, SWAC rushing leader Dawrence Roberts of Grambling ran
for just 63 yards, well below his season average of just over 110 yards
Grambling finishes the season at 8-4 with its seventh straight victory
of the season. AAMU falls to 8-4.
Winston-Salem State is final BCSP No. 1
The historic run of the 2011 Winston-Salem
State team to the national semifinals in NCAA
Div. II football earns the Rams the designation as
the top team in black college football inand the
No. 1 team in the BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS PAGE
Second-year head coach Connell Maynor's
Rams were the only black college team to go thru
the regular season with an unblemished record,
posting a perfect 10-0 mark. They then backed
that up with a dominating win over Elizabeth
City State in the CIAA Championship Game.
By virtue of their unbeaten record, the Rams
rose as high as third in NCAA Div. II national
polls and earned the top seed and first round
playoff bye in Super Region I.
But it was in the 24-team playoff field that
the Rams really distinguished themselves as a
Their 35-28 second round win over California
(Pa.) ended 18 years of CIAA frustration, halting
a nine-game playoff losing streak dating back to
They followed that up with a 27-7 win over
New Haven in the quarterfinal round that propelled
them into the national semifinals. It marked the
first time a CIAA school had advanced to the Div.
II Final Four since present WS SU Athletic Direc-
tor Bill Hayes took a Rams' team to the semis in
1978 a feat that stretched back 33 years.
Though the 13-1 Rams fell short in the na-
tional semifinals to Wayne State (see story), they
distinguished themselves as the most outstanding
team of the 2011 season and thus take home the
BCSP final No. 1 ranking. The Rams follow Al-
bany State of the SIAC who took the final No.
1 a year ago after an undefeated regular season
and spot in the D2 quarterfinals.
Pete Adrian's Spartans of Norfolk State
(9-3) were another team to make some history
in 2011. The Spartans broke thru to win their
first-ever MEAC championship and get the first
FCS playoff berth in school history. They posted
a 7-1 conference mark with its only blemish a
WSSU Sports Photo
RAMS ARE NO.1: Winston-Salem State's unde-
feated regularseason (10-0), CIAAchampionship,
march to the NCAA Div. II semifinals and 13-1
overall record mark them as the BCSP Final No.
1 for the 2011 season.
last-second loss to Bethune-Cookman. NSU
holds down the No. 2 spot.
Bethune-Cookman and South Carolina
State both finished with 8-3 overall records
and shared second place in the MEAC behind
Norfolk State. The two share third in our final
poll as a result of their similar results. Second-
year head coach Brian Jenkins's Wildcats were
the only conference team to beat Norfolk State
but stumbled against South Carolina State and
North Carolina A&T. SC State beat B-CU but
lost to Norfolk State and Florida A&M.
With MEAC teams holding down three of
the top four spots and five places in the Final Top
Ten, there's little argument that the MEAC was
the strongest conference among the four HBCU
In Doug Williams's first year back at the
helm at Grambling, the Tigers started slow, losing
four of their first five games, but re-grouped to
win seven straight including last Saturday's win
over AlabamaA&M in the SWAC Championship
Game (see story). The G-Men round out the top
five in our final Top Ten.
With a 7-2 SWAC record, Jackson State
tied Alabama A&M and Alabama State for the
East Division title and would have represented
the division in the title game if not for NCAA
and SWAC imposed postseason bans for low
academic performance. The 9-2 Tigers performed
well enough however to earn head coach Rick
Comegy a contract extension and the No. 6 spot
in our final ranking.
Anthony Jones's' 8-4 Alabama A&M squad
was the beneficiary of JSU's ban and represented
the East in the title game. The Bulldogs hold down
the seventh spot.
Hampton andFloridaAM, who tiedforfourth
in the MEAC with 6-3 league marks and who both
had 7-4 overall records, hold down the eighth and
ninth spots in our final ranking. Donovan Rose's
Pirates of Hampton knocked off Joe Taylor's
FAMU Rattlers in head-to-head competition and
therefore get the eighth position.
CIAA North Division champ and conference
runner-up Elizabeth City State (8-4) rounds out
the BCSPTop Ten. Waverly Tillar's squad earned
a bid to the NCAA Div. II playoffs losing a first
round game to California (Pa.).
In addition to Doug Williams's first-year
performance with the Grambling Tigers, a number
of other first-year coaches and their teams made
strides that bode well for the competitiveness of
black college football in the future.
Perhaps most surprising was the performance
of two first-year coaches and their programs in the
The Miles Golden Bears (7-5, 5-2 SIAC) in
their first year under head coach Reginald Ruffin,
emerged from a tight race with Stillman (7-4,5-2)
and new head coach Teddy Keaton in the SIAC
West Division to knock off perennial kingpin Al-
bany State in the first SIAC Championship Game
and win their first-everleague title. The Bears would
go on to lose a close game to CIAA representative
Johnson C. Smith in Pioneer Bowl XIII.
Howard (5-6, 4-4 MEAC) under first-year
head coach Gary Harrell also made some big
strides getting wins over Florida A&M and Hamp-
ton. North Carolina A&T (5-6, 4-4) in its first
year under Rod Broadway was a factor, particularly
early in the MEAC race, knocking off Bethune-
Cookman before suffering four tough single-digit
Davis tabbed as CIAA Interim Commissioner
HAMPTON, Va.(December 8, 2011) The Central Intercollegiate
Athletic Association (CIAA) and its Chairman, Dr. Mickey Burnim, an-
nounced the appointment of Peggy Davis as Interim Commissioner for the
Davis, whose role is effective December 10 and will run thru the end
of June 2012, has been athletic director at Virginia State University since
July 2003. She has been a part of the CIAA family since 1997 where she
held the titles of head women's basketball coach, associate athletic director
and senior woman administrator at VSU.
"The CIAA Board of Directors is very pleased that Ms. Davis has
agreed to accept this assignment and serve this great conference," Burnim
said in the release. "Her accomplishments are exemplary and well respected
across the Conference and beyond."
Davis plays a vital role as a member of the CIAA 100th Anniversary
Planning Committee. She is past President of the CIAAEx-
ecutive Committee, as well as the CIAAAthletic Director's
Association. She is also a member of the CIAATournament
Committee. Davis has been named Athletic Director of the
Year of the CIAA for four of the last five years. She was
also honored with the Jeannette A. Lee Administration Davis
Achievement Award in 2005 and 2010.
She holds memberships in the National Association of Collegiate
Women Athletic Administrators (NACWAA), National Association of
Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), and the Women's Basketball
Coaches Association (WBCA). Davis also sits on the NCAA Division II
Men's and Women's Tennis Committee representing the Atlantic Region.
A national search has begun for a permanent Commissioner for the
CIAA. The Board of Directors is expected to complete the search by July
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VirginiaUnion 1 0 6 4
Bowie State 0 0 5 1
Eliz. City State 0 0 5 2
Lincoln 0 0 5 4
Chowan 0 0 4 5
Virginia State 0 1 1 7
Winston-Salem State 0 5 0
Shaw 0 0 4 1
Livingstone 0 0 3 2
J.C. Smith 0 0 3 3
St. Augustine's 0 0 3 5
Fayetteville State 0 0 2 4
CIAA PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
PLAYER Darren Clark, 6-0, Sr., G, BOWIE STATE
- In two games, averaged 24.0 points, 8.0 rebounds
and 7.0 assists.
ROOKIE- Jordan Jones, 6-5, Fr., F, ST. AUGUSTINE'S
- Was the third leading St. Aug scorer with 9 points in
loss to North Greenville.
NEWCOMER Damion Harris, 6-7, So., F, VIRGINIA
UNION Had 17 points in win over Virginia State at New
York's Big Apple Classic.
COACH Luqman Jaaber, VIRGINIA UNION Guided
Panthers to 22nd straight win over Virginia State and
Jaaber his first CIAA win at Big Apple Classic.
M EAC MID EASTERN
E ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
W L W L
Norfolk State 2 0 6 4
NC Central 1 0 5 5
Bethune-Cookman 1 0 3 6
Savannah State 1 1 4 7
Hampton 1 1 4 6
Howard 1 1 3 7
Delaware State 1 1 4 5
Coppin State 0 0 3 5
Morgan State 0 0 0 8
N. CarolinaA&T 0 1 4 5
South Carolina State 0 1 4 6
Md.-Eastem Shore 0 1 3 8
FloridaA&M 0 1 2 8
MEAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
PLAYER Percy Woods, 6-1, Jr., G, UMES Had 16
points, 10 assists and 5 steals in win over Mercy. Made
4 of 6 3-pointers in Ihe win.
ROOKIE Prince Okoroh, 6-5, Fr., F, HOWARD- Aver-
aged 13.5points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.0 steals and
1.0 blocks in 1-1 week. Okoroh had 21 points, hitting on
10-of-12 from the field in win over DelSlate.
DEFENSE Yannick Crowder, 6-8, Sr., C/F, FLORIDA
A&M Averaged 10 rebounds, 4.3 blocks and 2 steals
in three games. Had 13 boards, 7 blocks and 4 steals vs
Allen;13 rebounds vs Southeastern, 5 blocks vs USF
S IA C SOUTHERN INTERCOLLEGIATE
S ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
Fort Valley State
SIAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Cecil Bent, 6-9, Sr., C, FORT VALLEY STATE
- Averaged 12 points and 4 rebounds in wins over
Claflin and Stillman
Corey Hunter, 6-8, So., F, KENTUCKY STATE
- Averaged 13 points and 7.0 rebounds in two
games, wins over Stillman and Claflin.
S WAC ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
W L W L
AlabamaA&M 0 0 2 3
Southern 0 0 3 7
Alabama State 0 0 2 6
Prairie View A&M 0 0 2 7
Ark. Pine Bluff 0 0 1 5
Texas Southern 0 0 1 6
Alcorn State 0 0 1 7
Jackson State 0 0 1 8
Miss. Valley St. 0 0 1 8
Grambling State 0 0 0 6
SWAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
AZEEZ Communications, Inc. Vol. XVIII, No. 20
5. GRAMBLING STATE (8-4) After losing four of its first five, Tigers won
seven straight including Saturday's 16-15 win over Alabama A&M to win the
SWAC Championship in Doug Williams' first year back at the helm. Tigers
lost early to La. -Monroe, Alabama A&M, Alabama State and Prairie View.
6. JACKSON STATE (9-2) Tied for SWAC East title with Alabama A&M
and Alabama State but ineligible for championship. Overall record earned
head coach Rick Comegy a two-year extension.
7. ALABAMA A&M (8-4) Anthony Jones's Bulldogs tied with Jackson
State and Alabama State for SWAC East Division title before falling to
Grambling in SWAC championship game. Also lost to Hampton, Southern
and Jackson State.
8. HAMPTON (7-4) Donovan Rose's Pirates tied for fourth with FAMU
in MEAC. Had losses to Old Dominion, Bethune-Cookman, Norfolk State
9. FLORIDA A&M (7-4) Joe Taylor's Rattlers tied for fourth with Hampton
in MEAC with 5-3 record. Lost to Hampton, South Florida, Howard and
10. ELIZABETH CITY STATE (8-4)- Won CIAA North Division crown lost to
Winston-Salem State for the second time in 2011 season in league champi-
onship game. Receiving NCAA Div. II playoff berth. Vikings also lost to Delta
State and to California (Pa.) in Div. II playoff opening round.
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Penn State: How Many of
the Victims Were Black?
No one is commenting on the fact that many of the alleged victims were
Black youth while everyone involved in the cover up are White men
By Danny J. Bakewell, Jr
Sentinel Contributing Editor
The molestation of a child is a
sick and heinous crime. The allega-
tions against Gerald "Jerry"
Sandusky the long time coach at
Penn State University and founder
of The Second Mile Foundation.
The case has brought an end to the
face of Penn State University (Joe
Patemo) along with the school
President, Athletic Director, many
of its assistant coaches and for the
most part its entire football pro-
The veil of secrecy preceding
the recent events has been ongoing
for the past 12 years may be more
heinous then the alleged crimes
themselves. While state and federal
law prohibit the identity of a sexual
crime victim from being released
(no matter what age) it is interesting
that no one is discussing the race of
these young victims. Which also
leads one to ask if these boys had
been young white males would the
code of silence and veil of secrecy
have remained so strong and so
quiet for so long?
The Second Mile Foundation
was started as a Group Home in the
State College Area (home of Penn
State). According to both the grand
jury report as well as the second
Mile website as "a program to work
with troubled boys and grew into a
charity dedicated to helping chil-
dren with absent and dysfunctional
families." What has not been dis-
closed is that many of the alleged
victims are African American.
According to Pennsylvania foster
care records 48% of all children in
out-of-home care are African
American and 53% of all children
in foster care are male with an aver-
age age of 11 years-old.
The likelihood that the majority
of these children are African
American is overwhelming.
Particularly given that these kids
were in a program that the state fos-
ter care population is over 50%
African American Males and that
the Second Chance Foundation
client base is poor, underprivileged
and foster children and that the
coach (Sandusky) used sports as a
major recruiting tool to get close to
the victims it would not be a risk at
all to believe that at least half of the
Penn State victims were Black
boys. The victim population most
likely reflects that of the foster care
population. Throughout the grand
jury report are stories of young
boys between the ages 9 and 12
years old. All recruited and
involved with Sandusky through
the Second Mile Program.
Furthermore in almost every
account, someone saw lewd and
lascivious acts being conducted
upon children ranging from oral
sex, to actual intercourse between
Sandusky and these children.
Graduate assistant coach Mike Mc
Queery actually witnessed the inter-
course and later reported it to then
Head Coach Joe Paterno. Paterno
did report the allegations to Athletic
Director who later interviewed Mc
Queery and then reported back that
they had taken away Sandusky's
keys to the locker room. Mc Queery
was never questioned or inter-
viewed by campus city police.
But what about the report or
failure to report the instance by then
elementary school wrestling coach,
Joseph Miller who witnessed and
incident in 2006 or 2007 but failed
to report it for almost 5 years. Or
Steven Turchetta an Assistant
Principle and head football coach at
a local high school who testified
that he witnessed on more than one
occasion Sandusky removing a boy
from class and ultimately heard of
the sexual assault allegations by the
boy's mother, who called the school
to report the sexual abuse.
Sandusky and Penn State are
both considered culpable in these
sickening crimes. Sandusky
because he not only used his rela-
tionship with Second Mile to gain
access to the boys and preyed on
the very vulnerability that The
Wall Street Bails Out
Carver National Bank
Carver is the country's largest Black owned bank
Shareholders at Carver Bancorp,
America's largest Black owned and
operated bank, have known since
early spring that their bank was on
the brink of bellying up. Recently,
they voted in favor of a rescue
package from the federal govern-
ment and Wall Street firms.
That voted meant the Harlem-
based bank would receive $55 mil-
lion and thereby relinquish control.
The bank had few alternatives. It
was either take the money or close
the doors. "There were no alterna-
tives "said Carver's CEO Deborah
Wright. The amount of capital
needed was not available locally.
According to several news
reports, the decision rankled many
shareholders, who wondered how
things will pan out in the future
with outsider now in control. Last
year the bank lost $40 million
which practically eliminated the
profits it had secured over the last
decade. The main problem was the
bank's inability to recover past-due
real estate loans, a total of $120
million, greatly exceeding what it
had set aside in reserves.
Wall Street Banks will now hold
73 percent of Carver's shares, the
U.S. government 25 percent and the
remaining shares to Carver's exist-
ing stockholders. Among Wright's
future plans is to resume control of
the government's percentage of
holdings as soon as possible. Such a
measure would mean a dramatical-
ly increase in new bank accounts
and the purchase of loans from
Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, is charged
with sexually abusing eight young men. He waived his preliminary hear-
ing this week.
Second Mile Foundation was sup-
posed to be assisting these boys
with overcoming and making them
stronger men. As well as Sandusky
used his relationship with Penn
State to give these children access
to a football program known world-
wide and is an icon in Pennsylvania
which is where Sandusky lured
these boys with gifts trips and
access that grown men would be
overwhelmed with let alone 9-13
year boys from impoverished
homes and foster care facilities.
Penn State because they knew
about these allegations and improp-
er events and actions almost 15
years ago, did nothing but turn a
blind eye. It is outrageous and sick-
ening that this 67 year old man is
alleged to have done to a few as 9
and now allegedly up to 23 boys all
who came from broken homes in
the poorest parts of the community
who were only looking for guid-
ance and someone to look up to.
Role Models Sought for Young Black Males for E-Mentoring Program
Getting to the top takes hard work
and dedication. Trying to pass that
commitment down to inner-city
kids can be a challenge at times, but
the What It Takes Foundation
believes it has a social media forum
that may get through to them.
Through a grant from the John S.
and James L. Knight Foundation,
the What It Takes Foundation is
running an "e-mentoring" program
that connects inner-city boys with
professional black men who will
serve as role models on a secure
platform powered by icouldbe.org.
The program is under way with stu-
dents in the Philadelphia public
schools including Mastery Charter
Schools; however, more black pro-
fessional men are needed to partici-
pate. In this pilot program, each of
the 200 boys will be paired with a
mentor based on career interest. The
schools will provide the technical
assistance to ensure that the stu-
dents are on task.
"We are looking for professional
black men to engage with the boys
and stay connected through technol-
ogy," said Anthony Martin, founder
of the What It Takes Foundation
and Urban Youth Racing School.
"This will be the first mentoring
program in the Philadelphia region
to employ technology to conduct
web-based training, communication
and engagement, particularly with a
focus on the young African-
American male population."
The e-mentoring program will
support caring, structured relation-
ships through vehicles like e-mail,
chat rooms and computer confer-
ence systems, to connect mentors
with their mentees across time and
or distance. In addition, the mentors
and mentees will have in-person
meetings to help cement relation-
The boys will meet their mentor
for Ihe first time in person on Dec.
201h for the next "What It Takes"
Symposium, the seventh sympo-
sium since 2009. The event's details
are being finalized; however, James
"JB" Brown, a three-time Emmy
winner, and CBS and Showtime's
Inside the NFL anchor, will be the
moderator. Panelists are being final-
ized but in attendance there will be
high-profile athletes, successful
businessmen and entrepreneurs,
military officials and professionals.
What It Takes is a national e-
mentoring initiative being piloted in
Philadelphia and funded by the
Knight Foundation through its
Black Male Initiative. The
$490,000 grant seeks to inspire the
young men to become successful,
civically engaged adults while also
inspiring the men to continue their
engagement in bettering their com-
munities. United Way is partnering
with the What It Takes Foundation
in this project.
An expansion of the What It
Takes program, the e-mentoring
effort aims to span the social net-
working, geographic and genera-
tional divide between mentors and
mentees, while encouraging mean-
ingful relationships. In particular,
the program will focus on improv-
ing the boys' emotional well-being,
career awareness and attitudes
toward school while helping black
professional men become more
involved in bettering their commu-
"At Knight we are looking for
ways to use technology to connect
and engage citizens and we are also
interested in lifting up Black men
who are engaged in their communi-
ties. The What It Takes e-mentoring
program is a convergence of those
two interests," said Donna Frisby-
Greenwood, Philadelphia program
director for Knight Foundation.
"We hope this program will also
bridge generations and make it eas-
icr for highly successful and very
busy men to share their knowledge
and experience with young men
who are trying to figure out how
they too become successful."
The mission of What It Takes is
to keep inner-city boys interested in
school so that they can earn good
marks and be successful, while
learning how to devise a strategic
plan to move forward into their
"What It Takes emerged from
Urban Youth Racing School's
efforts to interest more inner-city
students in STEM subjects," said
Martin. "Students were excited
about racing go-karts and learning
math, but they were frustrated they
did not know what it takes to be
successful young men, who could
graduate from high school, go to
college and live a good life. What It
Takes fills that void by having men,
many of whom have struggled
through the same path as your
young men. reach back and tell
them \What I Takecs."
In addition to teaching young
people the ins and outs of the racing
industry, Martin helps his kids
develop necessary life skills -- inte-
grating valuable components such
as education, leadership skills and
diversity training into the overall
curriculum at UYRS.
For more information on What It
Takes E-mentoring and to view the
"What It Takes" All-Star PSA, log
To become a mentor, contact Dr.
Ashaki Coleman at
The nationally acclaimed Urban
Youth Racing School, a 501(c)(3)
nonprofit organization. The pro-
gram enrolls urban boys and girls
ages 8 through 18, and is fiee for all
participants. More than 2,800 boys
and girls have successfully complet-
ed UYRS programs with noticeable
improvements in academic achieve-
iment. For more information on
UCYRS log onto www.ilrs. comn
Florida A&M University Alumni
Website Shares Stories at FAMUNITED
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. Florida A&M University alumni have
created a website that will house video blogs
about the FAMU experience.
The website, www.WEAREFAMUNITED.com, represents FAMU
students of past and present. The website
displays intimate stories of the diverse FAMU experience. The goal
of the site is to paint a true portrait of the
FAMU student, the FAMU spirit and FAMU story all while ignit-
ing a movement.
"FAMUnited is a movement to bridge the gap between Rattlers by
uniting them all around a central bond that we
all share a love for our university," said Amanda Byrd, a 2010
occupational wellness graduate. "It is time for
us to honor our university and its legacy by sharing our stories."
S i f--n /. MUNITED.com
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this site will be a true reflection of
"I am excited about this campaign because no one can tell the FAMU
story better than those who experienced
FAMU," said Bland. "These voices need to be heard louder than they
have ever been heard."
Marie Wiloughby, a 2009 health care management graduate, said the
website shows the positive things FAMU
has done for its students.
"There are so many faces and so many stories that have come from
The Hill," she said. "FAMU gave us a voice,
now its time to lend her ours."
WEAREFAMUNITED.com encourages current students, alumni and
the FAMU community to upload their video
blogs to Youtube.com or Vimeo.com and send their video blog link to
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And it means your Internet is about to take a big leap forward
with LTE a super-fast mobile broadband technology.
We are going to deploy it to more than 97 percent of all Americans,
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opportunities it brings.
So, the moment something worth celebrating happens in your
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by Kate Ferguson
Used to be that when you hit 40
you were considered over the hill
especially if you were a woman,
today that's changed. Just ask 47
year old Vivica A. Fox. The actress
and entrepreneur is called a
"cougar" That means a sexy, 40
plus woman younger men find hot
and desirable enough to date.
Today, Fox is not alone, Many
women older than 40 often look
half their age. Indeed, some women
look even better at 40 than they did
at 20. The reason, because, much
like Fox they take good care of
themselves by watching what they
eat and staying physically active. "I
work out three to five times each
week," Fox says. "I do a lot of
water aerobics, cardio and light
But staying active is only one part
of the reason folks retain their
health and good looks longer.
According to data from the Federal
Interagency Forum on Aging
Related Statistics, today's older
Americans enjoy unprecedented
longevity and better health than pre-
vious generations. What that means
for Fox and other baby boomers
(those born shortly after World War
II, from 1946 to 1964) is there's a
new time line and definition for
aging. And this is challenging many
people's misconceptions about get-
But for Fox and many boomers,
age really is just a number that has
nothing to do with how good they
can look and how confident they
feel. "I don't have a problem with
aging what so ever," Fox says. "I
have accepted that I'm not a 20 year
old. But if you take care of yourself,
you should be able to age graceful-
ly and still always look good.
Getting older doesn't automatically
mean you lose your looks."
But retaining your physical
attraction as time marches on isn't
the only thing you have to look for-
ward to when you age. There's your
third life, when you've discharged
you responsibilities to family and
you have an opportunity to discover
things about yourself. This can be a
rally wonderful and productive
phase of life people can look for-
ward to and enjoy.
To retain your physical attractive-
ness through the years heed
research that pinpoints key bad
habits that visibly age you faster,
kicking your looks to the curb. One
such habit is not maintaining skin
health, says Dina Strachan MD, a
New York dermatologist. Her
advice you should gently cleanse
your skin, moisturize it day and
night and use products with sun-
screen. Strachan al:
ple watch their diet
when people have
ciencies it shows u
she says, a well b
skin health. Sometl
away from Stracha
ing up: Smoking
look older she warn
For a nonsmoke
approach to health
common sense and
a busy woman in a
ness, so she manage
"I make sure I
plenty of rest and
exercise," she says
are many people w
aging is to take bet
selves so they can
look their best.
But Fox's comm
fitness isn't just o
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to the Free Press
IRS after MC Hammer
MC Hammer is facing legal action from Uncle Sam
after failing to stay pay back taxes from 1996 and 1997,
The rapper, real name Stanley Burrell, famously filed
for bankruptcy in 1996 after finding himself in $13 mil-
lion of debt.
He has since overcome his money problems, but tax
officials have filed suit against Hammer and his wife demanding all of his
concert fees be sent directly to them to pay off the $779,585 he still owes,
according to TMZ.
Stevie Wonder to Join Dancing With the Stars Cast
Alright, we all know that Stevie Wonder is a talented man and can real-
ly get down on the piano. And we all know that he's blind. But apparently
that isn't going to stop him from competing on the very
much talked about "Dancing With The Stars."
Yes, the singer announced on "The Ellen DeGeneres
Show" that he intends to make it happen and show off
his dance moves on television.
When Ellen asked him, "Is there any truth to the
rumor? Are you thinking about doing 'Dancing With the
Stars'?" he responded, "I'm losing weight. When I get
to where I feel like I'm gonna look good enough for
what I wanna do, I'll do that."
He did consider joining back in 2008.
But this wouldn't be the first time someone with a dis-
ability competed. Deaf actress Marlee Matlin competed in 2008 and
amputee Heather Mills, Paul McCartney's ex-wife, in 2007.
Iverson's Ex Says He Emptied Joint Account, Leaving Her
TMZ is reporting that Allen Iverson's divorce has taken a nasty turn.
Iverson's Ex Says He Emptied Joint
Account, Leaving Her Broke
According to his estranged wife, the for-
mer NBA star went on a massive spending
spree after she filed for divorce, leaving
her completely penniless.
Tawanna just filed new does in their bitter
divorce battle claiming that since she filed
for divorce in June, Allen stopped deposit-
ing money in their joint bank account and
then made several large cash withdrawals,
including one for $20,000, which he spent on diamond jewelry.
Tawanna claims the account was $23,000 in the red at the time she filed
the court does and she's been unable to pay the bills or provide for their 5
According to Tawanna, who says she gave up her career to be a stay-at-
home mom, Allen is worth over $20 million, but refuses to help her out
simply out of spite.
Allen denies Tawanna's allegations in the docs. So far, no hearing date
has been set.
TLC Biopic in the works
TLC, one of the greatest female groups
of the 90s is finally being recognized with
a touching television movie produced by
Screenwriter Kate Lanier who's known
for "Set It Off' and "Beauty Shop" will
produce the untitled biopic. And of
course Chilli and T-Boz will be on board
to consult and produce, reports YBF.
When she was told about the project,
Chilli said she was touched.
"The reality of this brings me to tears
because I am seeing one of my dreams
come to life. I always felt our story had to
be told. What makes it even more amazing is having Kate Lanier on board.
I remember watching 'What's Love Got to Do With It' (written by Lanier)
with Lisa, and I knew then whoever wrote that story had to write ours."
As for T-Boz, since going through some trying financial times, the news
couldn't have better timing. The singer filed for bankruptcy and is earning
a little over $11K a month.
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staying spiritually grounded, th
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scripture my girlfriend in Atlanta
sends me," she says. "When I wake re
up I thank the Lord because there R
so suggests peo- are some people who didn't get to in
ts, we know that wake up or they woke up but could- pe
nutritional defi- n't get out of bed." In addition Fox al
up in their skin, says, "I try to keep a circle of posi- F
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is important to ago I cleaned house and got rid of a p;
thing else to stay lot of negative people and forces in re
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will make you to be positive and motivating." ir
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hose response to For Fox one of aging's most pos- h
ter care of them- itive benefits was the opportunity to d
stay healthy and take more control of her life and
career. "I've been doing project that
itment to overall I want to do," Fox says. "My wig
ne-dimensional. line at vivicafoxhair.com is doing
absolutely wonderful and I am very
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