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Sharpton Announces Voting Rights March
On the MLK Holiday at the National Action Network's (NAN) annual
King Day Breakfast in Washington, D.C., NAN founder and President
Rev. Al Sharpton made key announcements in the spirit of Dr. King.
First, Rev. Sharpton announced that during the remembrance of Bloody
Sunday beginning March 4th he will lead a 5-day March commemorat-
ing the historic 1965 Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March. The
march will begin at the Edmund Pettus Bridge ending with a rally at the
Alabama State Capitol on Friday, March 9. The March is in support of
Voting Rights and to highlight the continuing efforts against Voter
This includes the efforts to defeat Voter Identification Laws and reverse
anti-Immigration laws in the state of Alabama. Secondly, Rev. Sharpton
announced that National Action Network will lead a rally on March 27th
in Washington, DC, at the United States Supreme Court as arguments are
heard on Obama Care.

Pepsi to pay $3.1 million

in racial bias case
Washington, DC Pepsi Beverages Co. will pay $3.1 million to settle
federal charges of race discrimination for using criminal background
checks to screen out job applicants even if they weren't convicted of a
crime. The settlement announced by the Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission is part of a national government crackdown on hiring poli-
cies that can hurt blacks and Hispanics.
EEOC officials said the company's policy of not hiring workers with
arrest records disproportionately excluded more than 300 black appli-
cants. The policy barred applicants who had been arrested, but not con-
victed of a crime, and denied employment to others who were convicted
of minor offenses.
Using arrest and conviction records to deny employment can be illegal
if it's irrelevant for the job, according to the EEOC, which enforces the
nation's employment discrimination laws. The agency says such blanket
policies can limit job opportunities for minorities with higher arrest and
conviction rates than whites.
The company has since adopted a new criminal background policy and
plans to make jobs available to victims of the old policy if they are still
interested in jobs at Pepsi and are qualified for the openings.

Panera Bread franchise doesn't want

"fat," "black" or "ugly" employees
"Fat," "Black" and "ugly" are three characteristics a Panera Bread fran-
chise allegedly has a policy of keeping away, and now, if true, the fran-
chisee may be learning the meaning of the saying "think before you
In a lawsuit filed in federal court last week, Guy M. Vines, 21, a for-
mer employee, claims that Panera Bread franchisee Covelli Enterprises,
based in Warren, Ohio, discouraged managers from hiring African-
Americans and kept them restricted to out-of-sight jobs.
"If you're Black, we don't allow you to work in the front, and we don't
promote you into management?" Sam Cordes, Vines' attorney, told a
local newspaper when sarcastically speaking of the incident.
Vines, an African-American, worked at a Covelli-owned Panera Bread
from November 2009 to August 2011. While he was there, a district man-
ager told a store manager that the Covelli owner might give Vines and
another Black employee a "death sentence" if he saw them working a
cash register.
Because of the policies, lack of promotions and continuous reprimand-
ing, Vines alleges that he was eventually forced to quit.
If the accusations are true and the company doesn't act fast, they could
be forced to pay out thousands of dollars to victims. Matrix, L.L.C, one
of the largest cleaning companies, for example, was recently ordered to
pay $450,000 to 15 former employees for allegedly demanding white
supervisors to not hire Black cleaners.
Last week, Covelli Enterprises filed a response to the complaint broad-
ly denying accusations of discrimination.

Black charitable giving

surpasses that of Whites
According to a new study from the WK Kellogg Foundation, a non-
profit dedicated to improving the lives of needy children and families,
African-Americans are not as selfish as the some reports claim. The
report, Cultures of Giving: Energizing and Expanding Philanthropy by
and for Communities of Color, explores the rise of charity in communi-
ties of color. It finds that though most people may picture philanthropists
as being old-money whites pitying people less fortunate, the people actu-
ally participating in charity are people of color. The report says that a full
63 percent of Latino households now donate to charity, and Blacks are
actually 25 percent more likely than whites to give money away.
"Say the word 'philanthropist,' and most people envision wealthy white
do-gooders writing large checks in the millions," Kellogg Foundation
CEO Sterling Speirn wrote in a statement. "In recent years, the definition
of philanthropy has begun to broaden to include a larger swath of human
generosity, with any-size contributions not just from the wealthy but
from people of every income bracket, including nurses, plumbers, hair-
dressers and civil servants, and growing giving among the Black, Latino,
American Indian, Arab-American and Asian-American communities."

Volume 25 No. 13 Jacksonville, Florida January 19 25, 2012

True King Legacy Kicks Off

Jacksonville's MLK Events

Rev. Bernice King

Almost 2,400 people filled the
Prime F. Osborn III Convention
Center last Friday as Mayor Alvin
Brown welcomed Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr.'s youngest daugh-
ter, Dr. Bernice A. King, at the City
of Jacksonville's 25th Annual
Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast.
Dr. King's speech focused on the
need for education and a better
sense of personal responsibility to
address today's problems.
Mayor Brown has been a person-
al acquaintance of the King family
for many years. He said it was an
honor to welcome Dr. King during
this year's event.
"Dr. Bernice A. King is one of
many people who leads by example
for the good of education and char-
acter development," said the mayor.
Dr. King said she was pleased
with how far Jacksonville has pro-
gressed through Mayor Brown's
first term in office.
"There is a new dawn in
Jacksonville. You've crossed all
kinds of lines under a platform of
unity," she said. "You cannot go
back to business as usual.
Whenever change comes, mindsets
have shifted. New things will begin
to happen for another generation of
Education is a major priority for
the Brown Administration. During
the event, participants were able to
sign up for Mayor's Mentors, a pro-
gram Mayor Brown launched in

2 .i;, C '-: Tur'in t for Annual Parade
A record number of attendees converged on downtown Jacksonville for
the annual MLK Parade on the King Holiday. Jacksonville Mayor Alvin
Brown led the charge by not only serving as the Parade Marshall, but also
'making it happen'. When the parade foundation ran short of funds to pres-
ent the annual event, Mayor Brown stepped in and helped raise the the

December to connect dedicated, needed $20,000 through private funds. Shown above is Mayor Brown an
highly qualified volunteers with his family leading the charge. For parade highlights, see page 9. FMP
Jacksonville's young people.

Ronald "Track" Elps' Memory Honored on MLK Day

The family of the late Ronald "Track" Elps gather at Boobie Clark Prk on MLK Day to celebrate the
annual Old Timers Day. Shown above (L-R) are Ruth Jones, Sheradine Williams, Sandra Elps, little Jalen
Stewart, Lashundra Stewart and Valerie Johnson. The "Old Timers" which refers to refers to many who
grew up in Jacksonville, hold semi-annual events that were spear headed by the late Elps to unify the com-
munity. For over ten years, the group has brought thousands to area parks for fellowship and friendly
sports play for youth and adults.

On the National Mall in
Washington, Martin Luther King Jr.
is a towering, heroic figure carved
in stone. On the Broadway stage,
he's a living, breathing man who
chain smokes, sips liquor and occa-
sionally curses.
As Americans honor King's
memory 44 years after he was
assassinated, the image of the slain
civil rights leader is evolving.
The Memorial
The new King memorial, which
opened in August in the nation's
capital, celebrates the ideals King
espoused. Quotations from his

speeches and writings conjure
memories of his message, and a 30-
foot-tall sculpture depicts King
emerging as a "stone of hope" from
a "mountain of despair," a design
inspired by a line of his famous "I
Have a Dream" speech.
Some gaze upon this figure in
silence. Some smile and pull out
cell phone cameras. Others chat
about how closely the statue resem-
bles King. And some are moved to
tears."Just all that this man did so
that we could do anything and be
anything," said Brandolyn Brown,
26, of Cheraw, S.C., who visited the

memorial Saturday with her aunt
and cousin.
"I know it took a lot more than
him to get to where we are, but he
was a big part of the movement."
Brown's aunt, Gloria Drake, 60,
of Cheraw, S.C., said she remem-
bers King almost as though he was
Moses leading his people to the
promised land, even when there
were so many reasons to doubt
things would get better in an era of
segregated buses, schools and lunch
"It was really just hostile," she
said. "... And then we had a man

that comes to tell us things are
going to be better."
"Don't be mad, don't be angry,"
she recalled King's message. "Just
come together in peace."
They said King's lasting legacy is
the reality of equality and now hav-
ing a black president. Drake said
President Barack Obama reminds
her of King with his "calmness"
even in the face of anger.
Christine Redman, 37, visited the
memorial with her husband, James
Redman, 40, and their young son
and daughter. She said they also -
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Remembering MLK: From the DC Memorial to Broadway



January 19-25, 2012

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A Legacy of Good Eating.

Winn-Dixie honors families
with an appetite for change.

In honor of Dr. King and the impact his legacy continues to make in the lives of people
around the world, Winn-Dixie is honored to serve the city of Jacksonville and salutes
your appetite for change in our community.

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January 19 25. 2012

The Race for the White House Continues

President Barack Obama just
launched his 2012 campaign, and
folks in New Hampshire are already
on the ground, organizing and
working to keep America on the
path to a better future. President
Obama told supporters Monday that
the Republicans vying for his job
out on the campaign trail are no dif-
ferent from the ones opposing his
policies on Capitol Hill.
"Republicans in Congress and these
candidates, they think that the best
way for America to compete for
new jobs and businesses is to fol-
low other countries in a race to the
bottom," Obama said. "We can't go
back to this brand of you're-on-
your-own economics."
Last Tuesday New Hampshire
hosted the first primary in the entire

nation. A state law was passed in
1975 required that the date be set at
least one week before any other
similar contest. The Iowa caucuses
are the only delegate-choosing
event before the New Hampshire
primary, but since Iowa hosted cau-
cuses, not primaries that is not seen
as violating the law. Unlike
Iowa, any registered voter was eli-
gible to participate in New
Hampshire's primary.
According to New Hampshire
law, voters must declare a party
affiliation so that they could partic-
ipate in only one primary every
year, not both the Democratic and
Republican primaries. The voters
will elect delegates to the district-
level events; a candidate will only
receive delegates to the national

convention if he or she receives at
least 15% of the district voters'
votes. 30 delegates will be propor-
tionally sent to the national conven-
tion. (In last Tuesday's primary,
there were 29 GOP candidates).
In referencing the primary in
New Hampshire, the President said,
"The very core of what this country
stands for is on the line; don't take
my word for it. Watch some of these
debates that were going on up in
New Hampshire." He didn't talk
about Tuesday's New Hampshire
primary, but did tell supporters at
one point that a sense of common
purpose still exists in the country -
even if "maybe it doesn't exist here
in Washington and maybe not on
the presidential debate stage of
New Hampshire, but out in

Rainesmen Tribute King's Legacy to the Student Body

(L-R) Willie b. Hall (Sponsor), Terrell Smith, Mr. Raines DevRon Lester, Ian Mobley, Betty A. Burney,
guest speaker Anthony "Tony" Hill, Darius Masline, Tyre' Smith and Principal Tony Bellamy. (BACK)
Donte Sharpe, Dominique Mundle, Brandon Stokes, Alton Cullins, Lawrence Brown, Miles Walton, J.C.
St.Fleur (Sponsor).

America. it's there."
Recent polls claim that the
President earns Strong Approval
from 47% of Democrats and Strong
Disapproval from 78% of
Republicans. Among those not
affiliated with either major party,
19% Strongly Approve and 39%
Strongly Disapprove.
National Black leaders responded
forcefully to news reports that some
of the candidates were pandering
racist element within the GOP.
Marc H. Morial, president of the
National Urban League, focusing
on former Sen. Rick Santorum said,
"Senator Santorum is perpetuating
a thoroughly false and destructive
racial stereotype in a desperate
attempt to score political points,"
Morial said. "He is appealing to the
lowest common denominator with-
in the electorate and quite frankly
should be ashamed of himself."
Morial called on the other candi-
dates for the Republican nomina-
tion immediately to repudiate
Santorum's comments. During a
discussion of social assistance pro-
grams over the weekend in Iowa,
Santorum claimed he doesn't want
to "make Black people's lives better
by giving them someone else's
About former Speaker Newt
Gingrich, Morial said, "According
to a Tweet from a journalist cover-
ing Newt Gingrich's town hall
meeting in New Hampshire today,
Gingrich has decided to compete
with Rick Santorum for the votes of
the extreme right-wing faction of
the Republican electorate. Sadly
that means dredging up the discred-
ited racial stereotypes of the
past."Gingrich's suggestion that the
African American community
would prefer food stamps to jobs is
beyond insulting. The vast majority
of food stamps recipients 70 per-
cent are White."

D.A. Students Create a MLK Flash Mob
Douglas Anderson School of the Arts' Issue-Based Theatre students par-
ticipated in a Flash Mob during lunch to honor the memory of Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr.
Theatre instructor Bonnie Harrison coordinated the Flash Mob. Students
around the cafeteria froze in place before suddenly standing and creating a
tableau that brought attention to the values which Dr. King advocated.
Students were able to sign a banner which read, "We Have a Dream."
They wrote messages on the banner describing their own dreams and moti-
vations. Several student participants stood up to display words such as
'equality,' 'justice' and 'coexist.'

MLK Monument Inscription

to be Corrected after Debate

Washington, DC The Martin
Luther King Jr. Memorial on the
National Mall has withstood many
things, least of which was the hurri-
cane that postponed its original
dedication date. But more disturb-
ing to some, at least, was an inaccu-
rate quote from the civil rights leg-
end. Interior Department Secretary
Ken Salazar has given the National
Park Service a 30-day deadline to
correct the quotation.
"I was a drum major for justice,
peace and righteousness," a para-
phrased quote on the monument
reads. Poet and author Maya
Angelou said that the paraphrased

quotation makes King "look like an
arrogant twit."
What King actually said was, "If
you want to say that I was a drum
major, say that I was a drum major
for justice. Say that I was a drum
major for peace. I was a drum
major for righteousness. And all of
the other shallow things will not
The correction is "important
because Dr. King and his presence
on the Mall is a forever presence for
the United States of America, and
we have to make sure that we get it
right," Salazar said.

by Willie Hall
The Rainesmen of William M.
Raines High School observed
Martin L. King Jr. day with an
observance assembly on January
Raines has observed the MLK
Day holiday since its inception in
1986. This is the 2nd year that the
Rainesmen have sponsored and
hosted this event. The spirited pro-
gram included performances of the
National Anthem and "Lift Every
Voice and Sing" by the Raines
Chorus. Mr. Raines, DevRon
Lester performed a monologue
about Dr. King and the Raines
Band Auxiliary delivered an inspi-
rational ensemble. The highlight of
the program was Mr. Anthony
"Tony" Hill delivering the obser-
vance message to the student body.
Duval County School Board
Chairwoman and Raines alumnus
Betty Burney also addressed the
students body and encouraged the
students to continue to strive for
greatness. The closing remarks
were delivered by principal Tony
Bellamy who applauded the
Rainesmen for hosting the program
and challenged the student body to
model Dr. Kings life and his com-
mitment to community service.
Rainesmen is a service organiza-
tion that was founded on January
25, 1965 by Dr. Nathaniel Davis
(the same year the school opened).
It is the oldest student organization
in existence. The other major year-
ly initiatives of the Rainesmen are
sponsoring a Christmas Toy Drive,
Valentines Dance and serving as

ushers and hostesses for various school functions.

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The New Year is off to a great start here in Jacksonville! January
S is National Mentoring Month. If you have yet to make a New
Year's resolution, Mayor's Mentors is a great option. Resolve
to give back to our community this year by donating time to
help a young person reach his or her full potential.
Mentored students are 52% less likely to skip school.
By giving just one hour each week after a short training
period, you will be developing a meaningful relationship
that will inspire a young person to work his or her hardest
in academics and in life.
Mentored students are 46% less likely to use illegal
drugs or abuse alcohol.
So far, 322 mentors signed up since December 7, but
thousands of Jacksonville students could still benefit from
mentoring. Please consider becoming a Mayor's Mentor
Your choice to become a mentor could be the difference
between a young person becoming a dropout or a graduate.
For more information on becoming a Mayor's Mentor, please call
United Way's 2-1-1 or visit www.nefl211.org.

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January 19-25, 2012

Page 4 Ms. Perrv's Free Press

Yes, I will admit it right from the
start. I am a Tim Tebow fan and
somewhat biased! I followed the
kid at Nease High, then to the
University of Florida and now love
him in the NFL.
And I certainly love the Lord, but
would never be confused with a
religious fanatic so Tebow's strong
"Christian" beliefs and values are
ancillary qualities in my eyes. The

work ethic,
leadership and constant positive
outlook make him a star in my
book. The fact that he's from
Jacksonville helps a lot too.
It's interesting that Tebow has
become one of the most famous
sports stars in a relatively short
timeframe. Most people either love
him or detest him. Most think that
he is either overrated or underrated.
Some think that he will be a great

by Rev. Jesse Jackson
New Hampshire's primary grabs
headlines today, but if history is
any guide, the Jan. 21 South
Carolina primary will play a far
greater role in determining the
Republican winner.
Of that state's population, 28 per-
cent are African American, and
could be a major factor in the pri-
mary. But Republican candidates
have made little effort to reach out
to the black community.
Republican South Carolina voters
are likely to be nearly as white as
they were in Iowa and New
Hampshire. All the Republican
candidates will pay tribute to Dr.
King on his birthday next week, but
they seem oblivious to one of his
greatest contributions: the creation
of the New South.
In a time of growing inequality,
we forget the scope of Dr. King's
victory. When I was growing up in
Greenville, S.C., segregation was
the law of the land. Blacks and
whites attended separate and
unequal schools. My friends and I
were locked out of public institu-
tions like the public library. We still
rode in the back of the bus.
Greenville was the home of Bob
Jones University, which Africans
could attend (if they didn't frater-
nize with white women) while
African Americans could not. If we

NFL quarterback, while others say
that he sucks and is nothing more
than a glorified fullback. And of
course many people think that his
religious convictions are either
great or way over board.
Despite what you think of Tebow
as a quarterback or person in gener-
al, there is one fact that can't be
denied. He embraces his role as a
leader and wants to be considered a
role model. Wow an athlete that
actually wants to be considered a
role model.
I have said it before and will
certainly say it now. We should
not "automatically" consider
athletes as role models. I say
this simply because some
athletes are great role
models, but many of them
are not and don't want to
I don't know if it's
human nature or societal
stereotypes, but we seem
to place a lot of unde-
served and unwanted titles
on athletes. We normally
hold our athletes, regardless
of racial background to a high-
er standard than normal every-
day folks.
Can you really blame Charles
Barkley for uttering his infamous
words, "I'm not a role model... Just
because I dunk a basketball doesn't
mean I should raise your kids."
This is also the guy who said, "I
don't care what people think peo-
ple are stupid"
Using Sir Charles as an example
- it is crystal clear that not all ath-
letes should be considered as role
models. In fact, most people cower
at the pressure of evening being
considered as role models.

wanted to play college sports, we
either attended a historically black
institution or went to schools in the
North or West.
South Carolina's political leader-
ship fiercely resisted the movement
for civil rights. My first arrest came
from trying to use the public
library. It took years of struggle,
demonstrations, sit-ins, bloodshed
and sacrifice, but in the end, Dr.
King had a more powerful vision of
the future than all of the politicians,
sheriffs and elites who stood in the
The victory of the civil rights
movement helped to forge a new
South. In South Carolina, public
schools and public accommoda-
tions are open to all. Colleges are
integrated. Students from Clemson
or South Carolina root for their
teams, loyalties divided by the
color of the uniform, not the color
of the players. With the ending of
legal segregation, the economy
started to modernize. Foreign
investors opened plants that would
not have come to the Old South.
African Americans gained the right
to vote.
Now the Republican governor of
South Carolina, Nikki Haley, is of
South Asian descent. The New
South has come a long way, but has
a long way yet to go. In South
Carolina, the Republican Party

Who wants to be held to that
high of standard?
Well, as the good book tells us -
to whom much is given much is
required. I do feel that African
American athletes should embrace
the "role model" image more
freely. Because many of our chil-
dren come from such deprived
households and communities they
need to see people that look like
them that made it out of tough envi-
While Tebow is certainly not
black and did not come from a low-
income family or poor community,
he can provide youth with a unique
testimony of how hard work and
commitment equal achievement.
Many of our black athletes can
have a much more direct affect on
minority youth because they have
been in the same shoes at some
While I wish that more black ath-
letes would embrace the role model
tag, it is really unfair to place that
burden on anyone or is it? No one
said that role models have to be
perfect none of us are.
Shaquille O'Neal once said, "I
realize that I am a role model....
The best thing for me and other ath-
letes is to stay out of trouble."
Bob Gibson was one of the first
black athletes to play in Major
League baseball. Much like Jackie
Robinson people expected Gibson
to be a role model for other African
Americans, especially black youth.
Gibson rejected that notion, say-
ing, "Why do I have to be an exam-
ple for your kid? You be an exam-
ple for your own kid." This com-
ment may cold to some, but many
black athletes from the past and
present feel the same way.

consolidated its power through a
poisonous race-bait politics, as it
did throughout the South. The
inequality rooted in 150 years of
slavery and 100 years of legal
apartheid has not been overcome.
African Americans in the New
South have less wealth, more
poverty and worse unemployment
than whites. In South Carolina, 37
percent of African Americans live
in poverty, compared with 15 per-
cent of whites.
Dr. King understood that the civil
rights movement, having ended
segregation and gained the right to
vote, had to challenge poverty and
economic inequality. In his final
days, he was building a poor peo-
ple's campaign, planning to bring
people to the nation's capital across
lines of race, religion and region to
create a Resurrection City and
demand economic justice. He was
the true precursor of Occupy Wall
It is fitting that we celebrate Dr.
King's birthday the week before the
first Southern primary. Republicans
still tout Reagan's vision, but it was
King, not Reagan or Thurmond
who forged the New South. And it
is King's unfinished agenda -- how
to guarantee equal opportunity and
economic justice for all -- that they
must address.
Over time, Republicans may just

Not many athletes embrace their
designation as role models like
Tebow or O'Neal, but some have
even taken it a step further.
Muhammad Ali once said, "I
believe I was bor to help my peo-
ple to be free."
Let's let athletes determine if
they want to be role models or not.
I agree with the Charles
Barkley's of the world and feel that
parents have to be the true role
models, but I also agree with
O'Neal's views.
And here is another reality -
there are a lot of everyday people
who can mentor children and be
true role models and directly influ-
ence a child's success.
But as I write this column I am
hit in the face with one very stem
reality. None of us get to opt out of
our obligation as role model. Some
young man or woman may be read-
ing the Jacksonville Free Press
every week and now he or she
wants to be like Rita Perry and pub-
lish their very own newspaper.
So we are all role models in our
own little way whether we want to
be or not. So what gives these pro-
fessional athletes the right to opt
out? Someone is always watching
our behavior and our successes or
failures influences others.
So my message to professional
athletes is simple you are a role
model get over it. I would prefer
that it not be the case, but it is a fact
that we cannot free ourselves from.
The question now becomes how
do you conduct yourself knowing
that you are a prisoner to the
byproduct of your success?
Signing off from the MaliVai
Washington Kids Foundation,
Reggie Fullwood

find that a party of white sanctuary
and trickle-down economics has
less and less appeal in a South
where race concerns people less
and economic opportunity worries
them more.

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Blue Ivy is a Living

Example That a Star is Born "
By William Reed l
"We are happy to announce the arrival of our
beautiful daughter; Blue Ivy Carter born Saturday,
January 7, 2012. We are in heaven. She was deliv-
ered naturally at a healthy 7 lbs and it was the best
experience of our lives... We are thankful to everyone
for your prayers, well wishes, love and support." -
Beyonc6 & Jay-Z.
Her daddy is rich and her mommy is good looking. Blue Ivy Carter's
arrival was the most anticipated celebrity birth of the new decade. Jay-Z
and Beyonc6 called their daughter's birth "the best experience of both of
our lives." The proud parents are Beyonc6 Giselle Knowles often known
simply as Beyonc6 and Shawn Corey Carter better known by his stage
name Jay-Z.
The superstars caused a different sort of "birthing pain" at New York
City's Lenox Hill Hospital during Blue Ivy's arrival. Reports are that the
couple paid $1.3 million to rent and redecorate a wing of the Manhattan
hospital into a space which could easily be mistaken for the penthouse in a
five-star hotel. The power couple had workers tear 6 to 8 rooms down and
build a private labor and delivery suite that had bulletproof, tinted glass and
burly bodyguards to welcome the diva daughter.
The birthing event was a lavish affair. And, forward "Baby Blue" will
have every opportunity the world has to offer. As of 2010, Blue's 30-year-
old mommy was worth more than $400 million. But, because she was busy
having Blue, Beyonc6's 2011 earnings were $35 million, down from $87
million in 2010.
Baby Daddy, Shawn Corey Carter's net-worth exceeds half a billion dol-
lars. Rapper, record producer and entrepreneur, the 42-year-old Jay-Z is
one of the nation's most financially successful hip hop artists. He has sold
50 million albums worldwide and received 13 Grammy Awards for his
musical work. Actually, Jay-Z is consistently ranked as one of the greatest
rappers of all time. Two of his albums, Reasonable Doubt (1996) and The
Blueprint (2001) are considered landmarks in the genre with both of them
being ranked in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of
all time.
A role model if there ever was one. Originally from Marcy Houses, a
housing project in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, Jay-
Z now owns, or co-owns, the New York City 40/40 Club, just west of
Broadway; one in Atlantic City; and a third in The Palazzo in Las Vegas.
Jay-Z is part-owner of the NBA's New Jersey Nets and is also the creator
of the Rocawear design line. He is the former CEO of Def Jam Recordings,
one of the three founders of Roc-A-Fella Records, and the founder of Roc
Nation. Roc-A-Fella also distributes Armadale, Scottish vodka. As an
artist, he holds the record for most number one albums by a solo artist on
the Billboard 200 with 12. Jay-Z also has had four number one records on
the Billboard Hot 100, one as lead artist. "Glory," the track Jay-Z released
two days after Blue Ivy's birth has debuted at number 74 on Billboard's
chart of the top 100 R&B/Hip-Hop songs in the country.
As of April 2008, Jay-Z's wife is Beyonc6, an American singer, song-
writer, record producer, and actress. Bor and raised in Houston, Texas, she
began performing at age seven, winning upwards of 30 local competitions
for her dancing and vocal abilities. She rose to fame in the late 1990s as the
lead singer of the R&B girl group Destiny's Child, one of the world's best-
selling girl groups of all time.
Mommy represents a good work ethic for Blue too. According to Forbes,
in 2010 Beyonc6 earned $87 million, as follows: Touring and Merchandise:
$14 million; Films: $5 million; Fashion: $15 million; Music publishing: $8
million; Endorsements: $20 million; and Tour Sponsors: $4 million. In
addition to her singing career, Beyonc6 has income in fashion and film.
One of the hardest working women in show business, Beyonc6 continued
to perform live as her pregnancy progressed and gave concerts through
November 2011.
(William Reed is publisher of Who's Who in Black Corporate America
and available for speaking/seminar projects via BaileyGroup.org)

The New South Is Legacy of MLK

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Humphries, Joann Miller and Joe Robinson.

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Jacksonville Stompers Motorcycle Club Minnie
Thickness, Nicky Hickson, Sharon Freeman (sitting),
Carlette Browning (sitting), Carlton Love (sitting), Willie
Woodard, Darlene Smith, Samuel Dale, Gary "Rabbit"
Holzendorf and Chris Lee.
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Sandra Jones, Harrel Buggs, Kenneth Reddick, Joe Clinton, Cookie Brown
and Richard Jones. and Ronnie Calhoun

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Loretta Green and Karen Marsh and Jospehine Golden
The immortal James "Track" Elps memory was alive and well as the Old Timers
held their annual Martin Luther King Celebration at the Boobie Clark Park. Many
oldtimers, friends and family showed up to fraternize and fellowship and listen to
the sounds of DJ Roach.
There were many generous food stations, as you could go from tent to tent to taste
bar-b-que, fried chicken, fresh fried fish and even cupcakes. A highlight of the
annual event is the youth three-on-three basketball tournament and the well antic-
ipated flag football game. The late Ronald "Track" Elps, began the celebration over
a decade ago to give back to the community and show community role models to
neighborhood children. Each year "Tracks" memory and the connection to Martin
Luther King brings alive the dream of peace and unity as individuals that grew up
together share stories for the old an young at heart to enjoy. Organizer Cookie
Brown, commented, "Each year, the Oldtimers make it a point to celebrate and edu-
cate today's youth and make sure that Tracks memory and "old time" friends can
celebrate and remember his legacy." KFP Photos


One person's vision can change how we see the world
When we want to see the influence Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had on the world, we don't have to look far. We can see his legacy of equality and progress from the
playground to the workplace to the White House. And our goal is to have you also see it at Wells Fargo in our commitment to empowering communities through financial
education programs and volunteering. Dr. King taught us that one person's vision can change how everyone views the world.

Wells Fargo honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Sons of Allen of St. Paul Presents An Annointing Message for Fathers in the New Year
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Guess Whos Coming to Dinner

The Sons of Allen of Saint Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church will
present, "Guess who's coming to Dinner," a gospel stage play, Saturday,
January 21, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. The doors open at 5 p.m.for the special pro-
duction that will take place at The Garden Club of Jacksonville, located at
1005 Riverside Avenue. The donation for this event is $45.00 and dinner
will be served. Call 764-2755 for more tickets or more information.

Greater Macedonia Baptist Church to

Celebrate Pastors 36th Anniversary
Greater Macedonia Baptist Church will celebrate the 36th Anniversary
Celebration of Dr. Landon Williams Sr. February 12th & February 19,
2012. The Special Anniversary Worship Service on Sunday February 12,
2012 at 4 p.m. will feature spoken word by Bishop Virgil Jones of
Philippian Community Church. The guest churches are Mt. Bethel
Missionary Baptist Church, Pastor Dr. Robert Herring and Mt. Vernon
Baptist Church, Pastor Kelly Brown. On Sunday February 19th at 4 p.m.,
the spoken word will be given by Dr. John Guns of St. Paul Missionary
Baptist Church. Guest churches are First Missionary Baptist Church of
Jacksonville Beach, New Jerusalem Baptist Church and Springhill
Missionary Baptist Church. All services will be held at Greater Macedonia
Baptist Church 1880 W. Edgewood Ave.
For more information please contact the Church at 764-9257.

Family and Friends Day at Mt. Zion
Historic Mount Zion AME Church will have their Annual Family and
Friends Day Celebration on Sunday, January 29, 2012. The Theme for the
Celebration is "Family and Friends Praising and Celebrating God
Together". This special Sunday morning service will begin with Church
School at 8:30 a.m. and Worship Service at 10 a.m. The church is located
at 201 E. Beaver Street. Reverend Pearce Ewing, Sr., Pastor. For more
information, call 576-4423.

NOTICE: Church news is published free of charge.
Information must be received in the Free Press offices no
later than Monday, at 5 p.m. of the week you want it to
run. Information received prior to the event date will be
printed on a space available basis until the date. Fax e-
mail to 765-3803 or e-mail to JFreePress@aol.com.

Seeking the lost for Christ
Matthew 28:19 20

Pastor Landon Williams


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by William Jackson, M.Ed.
Going into the new year Pastors,
Bishops, Apostles, Priests and oth-
ers of religious faiths should pray
over all fathers. Now more than ever
in history do we need spiritual guid-
ance, wisdom and protection.
I'm a father, educator and mentor,
I want to inspire and motivate
fathers, step-fathers, grandfathers,
fathers to be, divorced fathers and
even absentee fathers, men who are
guardians: to be the best men their
families, children, communities,
and churches need.
Difficult times and many chal-
lenges are around us; spiritually,
economically, educationally, envi-
ronmentally and politically.
As men we should be taking the
lead in the direction to move to care
for our loved ones, our communi-
ties and supporting our churches.
Fathers have a historical responsi-
bility and spiritual accountability to
place our families above our person-
al needs. We cannot nor should not


8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship

9:30 a.m. Sunday School

11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 7 p.m.
Mid-Week Worship 7 p.m.
Radio Weekly Broadcast WCGL 1360 AM
Sunday 2 PM 3 PM


be selfish in our love for
family, devotion to God,
giving to community and
mentoring to youth. These
I things as men we should
pray and act on to improve
/ i 1. Fathers, should go to
1 Jesus in prayer and pray
with their children and
families. Leading prayer
as the leader of the house-
S-. hold.
2. Fathers, make mis-
takes, but own up to them
and correct the mistakes
they have made. Working not to
repeat them and modeling responsi-
3. Fathers, discipline their chil-
dren with love and not with physical
violence, verbal degradation or
emotional manipulation.
4 Fathers, take their children/fam-
ilies to church and bible study to
receive the Word of God and medi-
tate on these words to empower,
inspire and strengthen the family
5. Fathers, are not perfect and
should not try to be perfect, ask God

for wisdom, direction and discern-
6. Fathers, don't blame others for
their weakness, but work to
strengthen themselves in the Word
of God through prayer and reading
of scripture.
7. Fathers, will not "follow the
guys" when they are disrespecting
women, this sets an inappropriate
and dangerous model for their sons
to follow.
8. Fathers, don't block their chil-
dren's anointing with ungodly
actions and modeling that may be
repeated by their children as they
mature into adults.
9. Fathers, ask for discernment to
recognize the signs of trouble, chaos
and confusion before they happen.
10. Fathers, model respect for the
spirit of the church and church rep-
11. Fathers, lead grace/prayer at
meal time and anoint their children
with oil.
12. Fathers, should be able to pur-
chase their daughters personal items
and be proud in doing so. Setting a
standard of respect, pride and
responsibility for the young lady he

First of the Year

Revival at Faust Temple
The public is invited to join in a First of year Revival with Elder Carlos
A. Hutchison, Pastor of New Zion Church of God in Christ, Graceville, Fl.
and Associate Pastor of Pentecostal Temple Church of God in Christ in
Panama City, Fl.
The Revival will be held on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, January 18
thru 20th, at 7:30 p.m. nightly and ending Sunday the 22nd during Morning
Worship at 11:00 a.m. at Faust Temple Church of God in Christ, located at
3328 Moncrief Rd, in Jacksonville, where Bishop Matthew Williams serves
as interim Pastor.
Come and be revived, delivered set free and start the New Year out prais-
ing and blessing God for his wonderful works.
For more information, call 353-1418 .

CFIGC Refreshing

Women Push TV Ministry
CFIGC Refreshing Women/Push TV Ministry will present their Annual
Brunch/Luncheon on Saturday February 18, 2012 at St. Matthews
Lutheran Church Auditorium, located at 6801 Merrill Rd. Jacksonville,
Florida, from 9 a.m. 1:30 p.m. From more information call 220-6400.

Football Trivia Event Designed to

Help Men Fight Prostate Cancer
You've always been the guy who won the football trivia contests. Your
depth of knowledge goes back to the days before Broadway Joe and you
can quote every coach's motivational speech back to 1959. Now St.
Vincent's HealthCare and The Mary Virginia Terry Cancer Center are giv-
ing you the chance to show your football trivia knowledge in the Know
Your Stats about Prostate Cancer event.
Know Your Stats will feature food, trivia fun and prizes for the top three
teams, as well as the chance to learn about some new numbers those asso-
ciated with prostate cancer. This free event will be the evening of February
2, 2012 at Season's 52 located at 5096 Big Island Drive in St. John's Town
Center. Check-in is at 5:30p.m. with the festivities slated for 6 to 8p.m.
Bring your buddies so you can have the winning football trivia team. All
guests will receive a gift bag with vital health information and information.
All men over 40 should talk with their doctors about their PSA (prostate-
specific antigen) score and get regular physical exams. Know Your Stats
will highlight what men should do to maintain their health regarding
prostate cancer. Call 308-6155 to register today or visit jaxhealth.com.

Sunday School
9 a.m.
Morning Worship
10 a.m.
Lord's Supper
Second Sunday
3:00 p.m.
Evening Worship
Every 3rd & 4th
4 :00 p.m.

A church

that's on the

move in

worship with

prayer, praise

and power!

Pastor Robert Lecount, Jr

School of Ministry Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday High Praise Worship 7:00 p.m.

2061 Edgewood Avenue West, Jacksonville, Florida 32208
(904) 765-5683 Email:dccfmbc@yahoo.com

Bishop Rudolph
McKissick, Sr.
Senior Pastor

Midweek Services
Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
12 noon-1 p.m.
The Word from the Sons
and Daughters of Bethel
3rd Sunday 4:00 p.m

Bishop Rudolph
McKissick, Jr.
Senior Pastor

Disciples of bCrist Cbristiao Fellowship
*A Full Gospel Baptist Church *

Bethel Baptist Institutional Church

215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464

I Weekly Services

Sunday Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:40 a.m.

Church school
9:30 a.m.
Bible Study
6:30 p.m.

Come share In Holy Communion on Ist Sundayat 740 and 1040 am.

Worship with us LIVE
on the web visit

Grace and Peace

visit www.Bethelite.org

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protects and loves.
13. Fathers, promote education in
the household. Reading should
come before video games, televi-
sion or play time.
14. Fathers, talk to their children
about drugs and sex before the street
or television does.
15. Fathers, do not whine about
what "HIS" daddy did not do for
him, but follow a model indicative
of Godly men and accountability.
16. Fathers, do not blame where
he came from for his short-comings.
He focuses on where he is going in
a positive direction.
17. Fathers, takes time to visit
their children's school and talk to
teachers about their children's
progress, strengths, and challenges.
18. Fathers, will happily sacrifice
for their family, showing how God's
love sacrificed for all of us.
19. Fathers, accept responsibility
for their children's actions.
Remembering that "the apple does
not fall far from the tree." Fathers
recognize and work to stop genera-
tional curses so a new and positive
direction is made for his children.
20. Fathers, will visit their chil-
dren and spend time with them even
though he may not be present in the
home. A true father takes responsi-
bility for a life that they helped cre-
ate and a true mother/woman allows
the father to do this and puts her
feelings aside to allow a father to be
a father.
21. Fathers, aren't afraid to show
love to their children, children still
need reinforcement that they are
loved and respected by their father.
Love cannot be bought, bartered,
compromised, sold, exchanged.
Love is a action word and actions
speak louder than words.
22. Fathers, spend time just being
together with their children and
doing things their children like and
will remember doing.
23. Fathers, teach your child to be
responsible and accountable for
their actions. Not to blame others
for their actions or think they are
owed anything. Respect is always
24. Fathers must teach and model
respect to women for their sons and
respect to men by their daughters.
Sex must be taken seriously not as a
game, violence is not acceptable by
men or women. Fathers must lead in
the understanding of this.
25. Fathers must teach respect,
honor, and fear of the Lord.
Quote: A truly humble man is sen-
sible of his natural distance from
God; of his dependence on Him; of
the insufficiency of his own power
and wisdom; and that it is by God's
power that he is upheld and provid-
edfor and that he needs God's wis-
dom to lead and guide him, and His
might to enable him to do what he
ought to do for Him.
Edwards, Jonathan

January 19-25, 2012


remain creative

in honoring

King's memory
Continued from front
feel a personal connection to King.
"We're a mixed family, and we
know that without a lot of the trials
that he went through to help end
segregation and help the races to
become one, we would not be able
to have the freedoms to love who
we want to love and be accepted in
the world," she said.
Her 8-year-old son Tyler, echoed:
"And be who we want to be."
The family tries to celebrate
King's birthday by finding a way to

Angela Basset and Samuel Jackson
the final days of Broadway's
Mountaintop" production.

serve others, they said. They were
thinking about volunteering at a
food pantry or donating toys for
needy kids.
When he thinks of King, James
Redman said he thinks of hope.
"Dr. King was about love and
about cooperation and compromise
and working together," he said. "We
don't see a whole lot of that in our
leaders. We don't see a whole lot of
it in our citizenry."
The Stage
On Broadway, theatergoers are
seeing a different version of King -
one that is more man than legend.
The realism was refreshing for
Donya Fairfax, who marveled after

Marin Luther King III speaks at the base of a statue of his father after
a wreath-laying ceremony Sunday in Washington.

leaving a matinee of "The
Mountaintop" that she had never
really thought of King cursing, as
actor Samuel L. Jackson does while
portraying King in the play.
"He was human and not
someone who was above
fault," said the 48-year-
old, visiting from Los
Angeles. "He cursed. He
did things that people do
behind closed doors. He
S was regular."
For some, such a portray-
al would seem to chip
away at King's memory.
But for Natalie Pertz, who
S at 20 has come to know
are in King only through the
gauzy view of history, it
seemed a precious
reminder that it is not beyond the
reach of the ordinary to effect
"It's important for people to see
that he wasn't this saint-like figure,"
she said. "It's making you see that
just because you're not perfect, it
doesn't mean you can't do good."
For M.E. Ward, seeing an in-the-
flesh incarnation of King brought
her back more than 40 years, to
when she watched his soaring
speeches on the television. No mat-
ter how human he seemed on stage,
she said, he still carried a godly gift.
"Still charismatic, still an orator,
and an individual who was able to
move people through his speech,"

she said, adding that King enlight-
ened the world with a message "to
be peaceful, to be patient, to be
No matter how distant his pres-
ence is now, that legacy is still very
relevant, she said, in what she
called "a world of turmoil and vio-
lence, constant violence."
King Center announces
new director
Meanwhile, the day after the
national holiday in recognition of
his father, Martin Luther King III
announced that he will be stepping
down as CEO of the Martin Luther
King Jr. Center for Nonviolent
Social Change. He has held the
position since 2011.
He said in a statement, "I will be
devoting my primary future efforts
towards launching a new organiza-
tion that will focus on supporting a
new generation of young "drum
majors for justice" worldwide to
expand my commitment to the
Kingian principles of nonviolence,
social justice, and human rights."
His sister, Bernice King will be
the new chief executive of the cen-
ter while her brother Dexter will
continue on as its chairman.
The King Center was founded in
1968 by Coretta Scott King in
Atlanta with a mission of continu-
ing Dr. King's legacy of non-violent
activism. It houses an exhibit of
King-related artifacts and is also the
site of Dr. and Mrs. King's crypt.

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Black Children Suffer Most From

Budget Cuts To Pre-K

sion in public prekindergarten pro-
grams has slowed and even been
reversed in some states as school
districts cope with shrinking budg-
ets. As a result, many 3- and 4-
year-olds aren't going to pre-
school.Kids from low-income
families who start kindergarten
without first attending a quality
education program enter school an
estimated 18 months behind their
peers. Many never catch up, and
research shows they are more like-
ly to need special education servic-
es and to drop out. Kids in families
with higher incomes also can ben-
efit from early education, research
Yet, roughly a quarter of the
nation's 4-year-olds and more than
half of 3-year-olds attend no pre-
school, either public or private.
Families who earn about $40,000
to $50,000 annually face the great-
est difficulties because they make
too much to quality for many pub-
licly funded programs, but can't
afford private ones, said Steven
Barnett, director of the National
Institute for Early Education
Research at Rutgers University.
And as more students qualify for
free or reduced lunch often a

qualifier to get into a state-funded
prekindergarten program many
families are finding that slots sim-
ply aren't available, he said.
In Arizona, a block grant that
funded prekindergarten for a small
percentage of kids was cut alto-
gether, although a separate public
fund still supports some programs.
In Georgia, a drop in state lottery
dollars meant shaving 20 days off
the prekindergarten school year.
Proposed cuts in such programs
have led to litigation in North
Carolina and legislative battles in
places like Iowa.
But even in states like New
York, where state funding avail-
able for prekindergarten has
remained relatively steady in
recent years, fewer children have
access to the programs because
inflation has made them more
expensive or districts can't come
up with the required matching dol-
lars, said Billy Easton, executive
director of the Alliance for Quality
Education in Albany, N.Y
Today's climate contrasts with
that of 2007, when then-New York
Gov. Eliot Spitzer promised uni-
versal, public prekindergarten for
all 4-year-olds. Other governors
made similar commitments when

the economy was stronger.
Far from meeting Spitzer's goal,
just 40 percent of 4-year-olds
attend a state-funded prekinder-
garten program in about two-thirds
of the state's school districts,
according to the advocacy group
Winning Beginning NY.
"I think it's a moment in time
when we have to really push hard-
er," Easton said. "Pre-K is proven
to be the most effective education
strategy that we can invest in.
What it means is that because we
failed to live up to our commit-
ment so far to our youngest chil-
dren, more of them will end up out
of work or they will make less
money than they would've other-
wise and more of them will end up
in prison."
Barnett's institute has estimated
it would cost about $70 billion
annually to provide full-day
prekindergarten to every 3- and 4-
year old in America, including
before- and after-care services.
About 40 states fund prekinder-
garten programs, typically either
in public schools or via funds paid
to private grantees, for at least
some children. That's in addition
to the federal Head Start program,
which is designed to serve

Ruling Over Controversial

Whites Only Pool Sign Stands

Cincinnati landlord who claimed a
black girl's hair products clouded
an apartment complex's swimming
pool discriminated against the child
by posting a poolside "White Only"
sign, an Ohio civil rights panel
ruled last week in upholding a pre-
vious finding.
The Ohio Civil Rights
Commission voted 4-0 against
reconsidering its finding from last
fall. There was no discussion.
The group found on Sept. 29 that
Jamie Hein, who is white, violated
the Ohio Civil Rights Act by post-
ing the sign at a pool at the duplex
where the teenage girl was visiting
her parents.
The parents filed a discrimination
charge with the commission and
moved out of the duplex in the
racially diverse city to "avoid sub-
jecting their family to further
humiliating treatment," the com-
mission said in a release announc-
ing its finding.
An ,investigation revealed that
Hein in May posted on the gated
entrance to the pool an iron sign
that stated "Public Swimming Pool,
White Only," the commission state-
ment said.
Several witnesses confirmed that
the sign was posted, and the land-
lord indicated that she posted it
because the girl used chemicals in
her hair that would make the pool
"cloudy," according to the commis-
Hein told the commission she
received the sign from a friend, and
Ronnell Tomlinson, the commis-
sion's housing enforcement direc-
tor, said at the hearing it was an

Cincinatti's Housing Opportunities Made Equal, look on during a
hearing by the Ohio Civil Rights Commission in Columbus, Ohio.

antique. The sign says "Selma,
Ala.," at the bottom, followed by
the date "14 July 31."
The girl's father, Michael Gunn,
in brief comments Thursday,
described his shock last spring
when venturing out for a lunch
break by the pool.
"My initial reaction to seeing the
sign was of shock, disgust and out-
rage," said the girl's father Michael
Gunn. He also told the commission
that his daughter was saddened
months later to learn the reason
they moved from the apartment
complex "was in a way related to
the color of her skin."
"I was trying to protect my
assets," Hein told the commission's

housing enforcement director.
Racial discrimination has particu-
lar resonance in Cincinnati, whose
population is 45 percent black, far
higher than the rest of Ohio, which
is about 12 percent black.
Cincinnati was the scene of race
riots in April 2001 when police and
demonstrators clashed in a blighted
neighborhood following the shoot-
ing of a black suspect by police.
The commission's statement said
that its investigation concluded that
the posting of such a sign "restricts
the social interaction between
Caucasians and African-Americans
and reinforces discriminatory
actions aimed at oppressing people
of color."

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Nunsense the Musical
The Alhambra Theater presents
the play "Nunsense," opening
December 30th through February
5th starring former Miss America
Jacksonville Native Leanza
Cornett. Tickets on sale at the
Alhambra Box office, 12000 Beach
Blvd or call (904) 641-1212 or visit

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-

Museum and a Movie
The Ritz Museum presents
Museum and a Movie featuring the
movie Bingo Long and the
Traveling All-Stars and Motor
Kings, Saturday, January 21,
2012, 11 a.m. at the Ritz Theater
Museum, 829 North Davis Street.
$5 For more information call 632-

Step Afrika
The visual and musical play "Step
Afrika!" will hit the Ritz Theater,
Saturday, January 21st, 7:30 p.m.
For tickets or more information call
(904) 632-5555 or visit www.ritz-
jacksonville.com. The Ritz is locat-
ed at 829 North Davis Street

Jax Diversity
Network Meeting
Mark your calendar for the next
Jacksonville Diversity Network

meeting, Thursday, January 26th, Part I Celebration, 12:00 Noon, Ritz Jazz Jamm is "Beneath the Surface" by Roy headquartered by the Prime
at 6 p.m. Come enjoy coffee and Saturday, January 28th, on Gregg Enjoy the Ritz Jazz Jamm with Glenn. For more details contact Osborne Convention Center. For
socialization and discuss the & Lewis Streets, American Beach, Soulful Night of Keys featuring Romona Baker (904) 384-3939 or more information, contact
"Pursuit of Happiness? A FL at Evans on the Beach. Join the Lonnie Liston Smith Brian Felice Franklin at (904) 703-3428. Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000.
Constitutional Right!" RSVP to historic community for the celebra- Jackson, and Mark Adams,
JDN@JacksonvilleDiversityNetwo tion with a Jazz Band and refresh- Saturday, February 4th for two Gladys Knight Harlem Globetrotters
rk.org. 1878 King Street (Next to ments. For more information call shows at 7 and 10 p.m. For tickets on Stage! The Harlem Globetrotters will
St. Vincents Hospital). Events Planner at (904) 261-7906. call 632-5555. .. 1-bring their 2012 World Tour to

Real Talk...Real
Change III: Youth
Rights Right Now!
Youth Real Talk conversation will
take place Thursday, January 26,
2012 from 5:30 p.m. 8:30 p.m., at
the Jacksonville Public Library, 303
N Laura St. The exchange will deal
with youth rights, issues in health,
justice, family, social, and govern-
ment arenas. For more information
contact the JPL at (904) 630-2665.

Jax Honors Aviator
Bessie Coleman
Jacksonville will celebrate and
honor the legacy of Bessie
Coleman, the first African
American female pilot to fly over
American soil with a reception at
the Ritz Theatre LaVilla Museum at
6: p.m. on Friday, January 27th.
The celebration will continue on
Saturday, the 28th at 11 a.m., at
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church.
For more information contact
Nancy Lawrence at (386) 226-

Rendezvous opening
at American Beach
The American Beach Property
Owners Assoc, Inc., will presents
the Evans Rendezvous Renovation

Ribault Class of '78
travels to Atlanta
Come join the Ribault High
School Class of 1978 as they pre-
pare to come together for the Honda
Battle Of The Bands at the Georgia
Dome in Atlanta, Georgia,
Saturday, January 28, 2012 at 3:00
p.m. For more information on the
trip, call 410-9603 or email

Tyler Perry's New Play
Tyler Perry, has assembled an all-
new cast of performers "The Haves
and The Have Nots." The play
arrives at the Times-Union Center
Moran Theater, Wednesday,
February 1, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. For
tickets, call 353-3309.

Free Heath Fair
The Foundation Academy and
H.E.R.O.E.S. scholarships present a
Free Community Health Fair,
Saturday, February 4th from 9-11
a.m., 3675 San Pablo Rd. The fair
will include a blood drive, health
screenings, fire safety, life-insur-
ance options, scholarship screen-
ings, activities, giveaways, free
food, and gift bags to all partici-
pants. For more information contact
Maro Trendel at 207-8819.

"Seize the Date" Single
Lawyer Auction
Tickets are now on sale for the
Carpe Circa "SEIZE THE DATE"
Bachelor/Bachelorette Auction
hosted by the Jacksonville Women
Lawyers Association (JWLA). The
event will take place on February
9, 2012 at The River Club. The
Bachelor and Bachelorettes will be
made up of single local attorneys.
For more information, contact
Christa Figgins at 356-8371, ext.

Christian Comedy
The Clean Kings of Comedy, fea-
turing comedians Albert
"Funnybone" Harris, Cousin
Wayne, A.J. and K. Webb will bring
a night of rated PG comedy,
Saturday, February 11th at 7 p.m.
at the Times Union Center for
Performance Arts. For more infor-
mation call 633-6110.

P.R.I.D.E. Book Club
The next P.R.I.D.E. Book Club
meeting will be held, Saturday,
February llth at 3 p.m.at the
Main Library (Downtown), 303 N.
Laura Street, Rm G-4, Jacksonville,
FL 32202. The Book for discussion

vlauys Knight has long ueen one
of the greatest! Come hear the
seven-time Grammy winner,
Saturday, February 18th at 8 p.m.
at the Florida Theater. For tickets
visit www.floridatheater.com or call
(904) 355-2787.

Blues Brothers Revue
The Official Blues Brothers
Revue, a live concert show that
combines the comedy and hit songs
from the original 1980 hit film will
be performed at the Times Union
Center, Monday, February 23rd at
7:30 p.m. For more information
call 633-6110 or visit www.ticktet-

Alvin Ailey
The Alvin Ailey American Dance
Theatre will be in town Tuesday,
February 28th at the Times Union
Center of Performing Arts Moran
Theater. No one inhabits the stage
like Alvin Ailey American Dance
Theater, these dancers turn every
movement onstage into a testament
to living. For more information visit
www.artistseriesjax.org or call
(904) 632-3373.

UniverSoul Circus
The UniverSoul Circus will return
to Jacksonville February 28-
March 4th. The big top tent will be

Jacksonville Veterans Memorial
Arena on Friday March 2, 2012, at
7:00 p.m. To purchase tickets visit
www.ticketmaster.com or by phone
at (800) 745-3000 or email ccas-

Michael Jackson Tour
by Cirque du Soleil
The Michael Jackson Immortal
World Tour by Cirque du. Soleil
will give fans a unique view into the
spirit, passion and heart of the artis-
tic genius who forever transformed
global pop culture. The show hits
the Veterans Memorial Arena
Wednesday, March 7 & 8th at 8
p.m. For tickets, call 630-3900 or
visit www.cirquedusoleil.com.

Royal Comedy Tour
The Royal Comedy Tour featuring
comedians Sommore, Bruce Bruce,
Mark Curry and more will stop in
Jacksonville Friday, March 9th at
the Veterans Memorial Arena. Call
(904) 630-3900 for more info.

Bill Cosby in Concert
Renowned comedian Bill Cosby
will speak on the human condition,
family relationships, and the evolv-
ing roles of men and women.
Sunday, April 29th at 2 p.m., at the
Times Union Center. 633-6110.

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Record Crowd Witnesses 2012 MLK Day Parade

The Centre Flying High Dance Troupe

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority

Eboni Jones, Ronesha Daniels, Stephanie Sturdivant, Rita Stokes,
(standing) Antonio Sr., and Antonio Jr.

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity

Zaharia Mims, Dazirae Simmons, Gabby Vereen, Emorie
Johnson, Monique Mims, Sabrina Wright and Santerio Mims.

Baby Girl Dance Ensemble

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

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NSU Sports Photo
EVANS: Norfolk State men
getting tough wins, still un-
defeated in MEAC play led
by young head coach.


CIAA C '""'".-i """.
Virginia Union 2 0 4 3 9 10
BowieState 0 0 3 2 11 3
Eliz. CityState 0 0 2 2 8 7
Lincoln 0 0 2 3 7 9
Chowan 0 0 0 5 6 11
VirginiaState 0 2 1 5 2 14
W-SalemState 0 0 6 0 13 2
Shaw 0 0 4 0 13 2
St. Augustine's 0 0 4 1 9 6
J.C. Smith 0 0 2 2 7 7
Fayetteville State 0 0 2 2 4 7
Livingstone 0 0 0 5 3 8
PLAYER and ROOKIE Malik Alvin, 6-4, Sr, G, SHAW
- Averaged 22 points in three wins while shooting 65/7%
from the field, 52.9% from 3-pomnt range Had 28 vs.
Chowan, his fourth 28-point game of the season. Also
had six assists vs. Chowan.
NEWCOMER Malik Alvin, 6-4, Sr., G, SHAW Same
as above.
ROOKIE Kyree Bethel, 6-1, Fr, G, CHOWAN Aver-
aged 24 5 points in two games. Shot 55% (11-20) from
3, and 18 of 32 (56%) from the field Leads CIAA in
3-point percentage.
COACH Bobby Collins, WSSU Kept Rams rolling
with 3-0 week including wins over Bowie State, Chowan

Norfolk State 5 0 14 5
Bethune-Cookman 4 1 7 12
NCCentral 3 1 9 8
Savannah State 4 2 8 10
CoppinState 3 2 8 10
Morgan State 2 2 4 11
Hampton 2 3 6 12
FlordaA&M 2 3 4 15
Delaware State 1 2 4 10
N.CarolinaA&T 1 2 6 12
Howard 1 6 4 16
South Carolina State 0 5 4 14
Md.-Eastem Shore 0 2 3 12
PLAYER Logan Wiens, 6-7, Sr., F, COPPIN STATE
- Back-to-back23-pointgames in wins. Shot 73% from the
field, 62% from 3 in wins over Hampton and SC State.
ROOKIE Richy Johnson, 5-9, Fr., G, B-CU Totalled
19 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists and one steal in two
conference games. Had 11 points vs. SCSU.
DEFENSE Antonio Williams, 6-6, Sr., F, COPPIN
STATE -Grabbed acareer-high21 rebounds in win over
Hamptonand had 25 boards in two games with one block
and one steal. Averaged 9.0 points per game.


Kentucky State
Fort Valley
Albany State

Joshua Eichelberger,6-5, Sr.,F,TUSKEGEE-Av-
eraged 20.5 points and 12 rebounds in two games.
Also averaged 1.5 steals, 1 block and 1 assist. Had
20 points, 10 rebounds in win over Miles.
Jermille Fluker, 6-1, Jr., G, CAU Averaged 11
points, 3.6 rebounds in three games. Also averaged
1.3 assists and 1.3 steals in 2-1 week.

Miss. Valley St. 5 0 6 11
Texas Southern 4 1 5 12
Alabama State 4 1 7 10
#Southem 4 2 8 11
PrairieViewA&M 3 2 7 11
# Grambling State 2 2 2 12
Jackson State 2 4 4 14
AlabamaA&M 1 4 3 11
Ark. Pine Bluff 1 4 2 16
AlcomState 1 5 4 14
I Inela5ge or SWAC Toumament
Paul Crosby, 6-8, Jr., C, MISS. VALLEY STATE Led
team with 18 points, 14 rebounds, 3 assists and one steal
in77-56mwnoverSouthern Had 14pointsand7 rebounds
in win over Alcom State. Averaged 16.0 points and 10.5
rebounds in the two wins.
Louis Monks, 6-3, So, G, PRAIRIEVIEWA&M -Averaged
23.5 points and 6.0rebounds in winsoverGrambling State
and Jackson State. Tallied 25 points and pulled down 7
rebounds vs. JSU, making 4 of 10 3-pointers and 7 of 10
from the line.Also had two assists and a steal. AgainstGSU,
made 5 of 8 3-pointers, and had 5 rebounds.




(13th year, ALCORN STATE) Led
Green Bay with 45 receiving yards on
three catches including a 16-yard TD
pass in the fourth quarter that pulled
the Packers within 30-20 in 37-20 loss
to the NY Giants.
RAPHAEL BUSH, DB, Denver (2nd
year, SC STATE) Had eight tackles,
two solos, in 45-10 loss to New England
in AFC Division playoff game.

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BCSP Notes

SC State's Harry Carson named

Walter Camp Man of the Year
ORANGEBURG, SC Former South Carolina State
defensive standout Harry Carson, one of the most distin-
guished football players to wear iOPT
a Bulldog uniform, will join -ViD OF TH
an elite cast of gridiron greats
Saturday when he is presented
theWalter Camp Football Foun- Aith
dation's 2011 "ManoftheYear"
award at Yale University.
Carson, who earned All-
MEAC andAll-America honors (oRIHE
during an outstanding career
(1972-75) at SC State, joins
a distinguished list of former H
honorees, including Roger
Staubach (Navy), Gayle Sayers (Kansas), Dick Butkus
(Illinois) and John Elway (Stanford). Willie Davis of
Grambling (1986), Mel Blount of Southern (1991) and
Jake Gaither of Florida A&M and Knoxville College
(1974) are former black college alums who have received
the award.
The Walter Camp "Man of the Year" award honors an
individual who has been closely associated with the game of
football as a player, coach or close attendant to the game. He
must have attained a measure of success and been a leader
in his chosen profession. He must have contributed to the
public service for the benefit of his community, country
and his fellow man. He must have an impeccable reputa-
tion for integrity and must be dedicated to our American
Heritage and the philosophy of Walter Camp, according to
the foundation.
"Harry Carson was a leader on the football field, but
his passion and devotion for the game of football and those
who played it clearly represents the life of Walter Camp
and makes him a worthy recipient of the Man of the Year
Award," said Foundation president John Marks upon mak-
ing the announcement last December.
A Florence, SC native, Carson was named MEAC
Defensive Player of the Year twice during his SC State
career and earned All-American honors. He is enshrined
in the SC State Athletic Hall of Fame and a member of the
Bulldog Centennial (1907-2007) Football Team.
He was drafted in the fourth round of the 1976 NFL
Draft by the New York Giants and went on to a 13-year
career in New York, where he served 10 years as captain.
He was an All-NFL pick seven times and made nine Pro
Bowl Appearances. He capped his career by helping the
Giants to the Super Bowl XXI title and being inducted into

the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The Bulldog standout is also enshrined in the MEAC,
South Carolina Athletic, College Football and Division II
Football halls of fame. He is scheduled to be inducted into
the Black College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta next
month (Feb. 18, 2012).

NC Central AD selected to

GWU Hall of Fame
WASHINGTON, D.C. Dr. Ingrid Wicker-McCree,
Director ofAthletics at North Carolina Central University
in her hometown of Durham, N.C., has been selected for
induction into the George Washington University Athletic
Hall of Fame.
A four-year standout for the Colonials volleyball pro-
gram, Wicker-McCree will join seven other inductees in
the Class of 2012 for the hall of fame induction ceremony
on Feb. 18 in Washington, D.C.
After graduating from C.E. Jordan High School in
Durham, where she was a three-sport student-athlete (vol-
leyball, basketball, track & field) and played on two North
Carolina high school state volleyball championship teams,
Wicker-McCree spent four seasons (1985-88) on the GW
volleyball team. She was a three-year starter and a team
captain as a senior.
During her four seasons, the Colonials were combined
97-51, including a 56-19 record in her first two seasons and
a second place finish in the Atlantic 10 Conference Tourna-
ment in 1986.
She began her coaching career as a graduate assistant
coach for the women's volleyball program at N.C. State
(1989-90). She then spent two seasons (1992-93) as head
volleyball coach and student-athlete academic counselor at
North Carolina A&T before returning to her hometown
to begin her NCCU tenure in August 1994.
Wicker-McCree began her career at NCCU as the head
coach for women's volleyball and softball. She became the
first coach in NCCU history to win conference champion-
ships in multiple sports, capturing the school's first-ever
CIAA titles in softball (1998) and volleyball (1999, 2004,
2005). A three-time CIAA Volleyball Coach of the Year
(1999, 2002, 2005) and former member of the NCAA Di-
vision II National Volleyball Committee, Wicker-McCree
earned 239 match victories in 12 seasons as head volleyball
coach at NCCU. She was also inducted into the NCCU
Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004 as head coach of the 1998
softball team.
After 10 years (1998-2008) of overseeing the internal
operations of the NCCU Athletics Department, including
all compliance and eligibility programs, Wicker-McCree

Hoops Round-Up

Winston-Salem State (6-0 CIAA) and Shaw (4-0), both
from the South Division, are the only men's teams undefeated in
CIAA play. The teams don't meet until Feb. 11 in Winston-Salem.
Winston-Salem State (6-0), J.C. Smith (5-0), St.Augustine's (5-
0) and Shaw (5-0), also all of the South Division, are undefeated
on the women's side. St. Aug's and Shaw meet Saturday.

Norfolk State (14-5,6-0) stayed undefeated in men's play with
wins on the road over Coppin State and Morgan State (90-89,
2 OT). Bethune-Cookman (4-1) moved into second place with
wins at SC State and Savannah State. NSU plays at Hampton
on Monday. B-CU is at Delaware State. Hampton (5-0) and
Florida A&M (5-0) stayed on collision course atop the women's
standings for their only meeting on Feb. 25 in Tallahassee, Fla.

Jackson State (2-4) handed Texas Southern (4-1) its first
conference defeat Monday leaving Mississippi Valley State (5-0)
atop the SWAC men's standings. Alabama State is tied with TSU
at 4-1 in second place. MVSU is at TSU Monday. With wins over
Southern (4-2) and Alcorn State (4-2), MVSU (4-1) has also
taken over the lead in the women's standings. Jackson State (4-2),
AlabamaA&M (3-2) andAlabama State (3-2) also have two SWAC
losses. A&M is at Alcorn State Monday and Southern Saturday
while Alabama State plays the same two in reverse order.
Benedict (6-2) has a half-game lead on Paine (7-3) in the
men's SIAC race. They will tangle Tuesday (1/24) in Columbia,
S.C. Benedict also plays at Miles Thursday and at LeMoyne-
Owen Saturday. The Benedict women (7-0) stayed undefeated in
conference play and now have a one-game lead over Fort Valley
State (7-2). FVSU hosts Miles (5-3) on Tuesday.

Ingrid Wicker-McCree

joined the rank of only a
handful of women athletic
directors in the UNC system
when she was named to her
current post in 2008.

Eliz. City State @ St. Augustine's
Fayetteville State @ Va. Union
Chowan @ Livingstone
Lincoln @ Shaw
Fort Valley State @ Lane
Morehouse @ Stilman
Albany State @ Kentucky State
Clark Atlanta @ Tuskegee
Benedict @ Miles

St.Augustine's @ Shaw
Bowie State @ Chowan
WSSU @ Fayetteville State (CIAA TV)
Lincoln @ Eliz. City State
J. C. Smith @ Livingstone
NC A&T @ Morgan State
SC State @ Savannah State
Florida A&M @ UMES
NC Central @ Coppin State
Norfolk State @ Hampton
B-Cookman @ Delaware State
Paine @ Miles
Claflin @ Lane
Benedict @ LeMoyne-Owen
Clark Atlanta @ Stillman
Morehouse @ Tuskegee
Alabama A&M @ Southern
Ark. Pine Bluff @ Texas Southern
Alabama State @ Alcom State
MVSU @ Prairie View
Jackson State @ Grambling State

Bowie State @ Eliz. City State
Lincoln @ Chowan
Stetson @ Savannah State
Florida A&M @ Delaware State
B-Cookman @ UMES
NC Central @ Morgan State
NC A&T @ Coppin State (ESPNU)
Ark. Pine Bluff @ Prairie View
Alabama A&M @ Alcorn State
Alabama State @ Southern
MVSU @ Texas Southern

Shaw @ Virginia Union
J. C. Smith @ Virginia State
Morehead State @ Norfolk State
SC State @ Hampton
Stillman @ Lane
Paine @ Benedict
LeMoyne Owen @ Albany State
Tuskegee @ Kentucky State
Clark Atlanta @ Claflin
Miles @ Fort Valley State

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Eliz. City State 0 0 2 3 8 7
Virginia State 0 0 1 3 9 7
Chowan 0 0 1 4 6 9
Virginia Union 0 0 1 4 4 9
BowieState 0 0 1 5 1 12
Lincoln 0 0 0 5 4 12
W-Salem State 0 0 6 0 11 5
J.C.Smith 0 0 5 0 11 3
St. Augustine's 0 0 5 0 10 5
Shaw 0 0 5 0 9 5
Livingstone 0 0 2 3 6 10
Fayetteville State 0 0 1 3 7 6
PLAYER Talaya Lynch, 5-9, Jr., G, CHOWAN Averaged
23.5 points, 9 rebounds in two games. Had 27 points vs. Shaw
that included five 3s and grabbed 10 rebounds.
NEWCOMER Keianna Evans, 5-7, Sr., G, ST. AUG'S
-Averaged 127 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3 steals in 3-0
week. Had 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 steals vs. VSU, 12
points, 7 boards vs. BSU.
ROOKIE Summer Curtis, 6-3, Fr., C, CHOWAN Had 9
blocks vs. Shaw. Now has 45 in 14 games. Also averages
10.5 boards per game.
COACH Rachel Bullard, ST. AUG'S Led Lady Falcons
to 3-0 mark with victories over VSU, VUU and BSU. Now on

Hampton 5 0 13 3
FlodrdaA&M 5 0 12 5
Howard 5 1 13 6
Md.-Eastern Shore 2 1 4 10
Coppin State 3 2 8 10
N. Carolina A&T 2 2 7 10
Norfolk State 3 3 8 9
South Carolina State 3 3 8 9
Bethune-Cookman 2 3 5 12
Savannah State 1 5 6 11
Delaware State 0 3 3 13
MorganState 0 4 3 14
NCCentral 0 4 2 15
PLAYER Nicole Hamilton, 5-8, So., G, HAMPTON -
Scored a season-high 18 points including 5of 5 from behind
the arc in win over Coppin State. Also had 2 rebounds, 2
assists and 1 steal
ROOKIE-TffanleAdair,5-11,So., F,NCA&T -Totalled20
points, 12 rebounds, assists and 1 steals in two games for
Lady Aggies. Had 12 points, 6 boards vs. Howard.
DEFENSE Alisha Nelson, 6-2, Sr., F, SSU Grabbed
16 rebounds, 9 blocks and 1 steal in 1-1 week. Had 12
boards, 3 blocks vs. FAMU.


Fort Valley State
Albany State
Kentucky State
Clark Atlanta

Sammelka Thomas, 6-1, Sr., F, MILES Averaged 12
points, 11.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks
in 2-0 week Jamila McKlnnis, 5-11, Sr., F, STILLMAN
-Averagedl6.5points, 11 rebounds,4 blocks, 1.5assists
and 1 steals in 2-0 week.
Courtney English, Jr., F, MILES -Averaged 12 points.9
rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.5 blocks in 2-0
week.Had 15-point, 10-rebounds vs CAU.

Miss. Valley St. 4 1 7 9
Jackson State 4 2 7 8
Southern 4 2 5 8
Alcom State 4 2 6 12
AlabamaA&M 3 2 8 7
Alabama State 3 2 6 8
Prairie View A&M 2 3 5 11
Grambling State 2 4 6 10
Texas Southern 1 4 2 13
Ark. PineBluff 0 5 0 16
DeKisha Fondon, 5-6, Sr., G/F, MVSU Led MVSU wih
16 points and had 5 rebounds and 5 steals in win over
Alcorn Stae. Had 11 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 3
steals in win over Southern.
LenlseStalllngs, 56,Jr., G, MVSU-Led Lady Delta Devils
with 21 points in win over Southern. Averaged 12.5 points
in two key wins over Southern and Alcorn State.

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Blue Ivy youngest person to enter Billboard chart
Blue Ivy's parents, Beyonce and
Jay-Z, are known for selling out
shows and crafting chart-topping
albums, so it's not a surprise that the
newborn has already set a Billboard
chart record of her own.
According to Billboard, since proud
dad Jay-Z released his song "Glory"
Son Monday, it's already entered the
R&B/Hip-Hop songs chart at No. 74.
And since four-day-old baby Blue
drops a guest verse of cries following her delivery on January 7, and is
credited for her contribution as "B.I.C.," the newborn is now the youngest
person ever to land on a Billboard chart.
(If you're wondering how Blue beat Stevie Wonder's daughter Aisha,
whose first cries can be heard on Wonder's "Isn't She Lovely," Billboard
notes that Aisha was never credited, and the song didn't reach a chart until
1977, two years following her birth.)
Jay-Z's touching tribute to his "greatest creation" not only revealed his
joy at welcoming his daughter into the world, but also reflected on the cou-
ple's previous attempts at conception that ended in miscarriage.
"Last time the miscarriage was so tragic, we was afraid you disap-
peared," he said in a verse, "but nah, baby, you magic."
Halle Berry engaged
Third time's the charm for Halle Berry!
The 45-year-old actress and Olivier
Martinez got engaged over the holidays. I
Berry, who has a 3-year-old daughter, Nahla,
with ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry, has been
married twice before. (She dated model
Aubry, 36, for nearly five years before split- /
ting in April 2010.) She wed former baseball
player David Justice in 1993 and divorced
four years later. She then married R&B
singer Eric Benet in 2001, only to separate in
2003 and finalize their divorce in 2005.
She first met French actor Martinez, 46, -
while working on the film Dark Tide; they
stepped out as a couple in fall 2010. He previously dated Australian pop
star Kylie Minogue for several years before splitting in 2007.
A source told Us Magazine she "had given up on being married, but she
trusts Olivier. He makes her feel safe. He's a keeper!"

Deion Sanders Hosting New

Show on Pushy Parents

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Go to any youth sporting event
and you'll see them screaming from
the sidelines, fanatically invested
parents pushing their kids to win -
and yelling at them when they
don't. "This really hurts the kids.
Sports should be fun," says NFL
Hall of Famer Deion Sanders, who
comes to the rescue in the new
Veria Living television series
Sports Dads, playing host and
counselor to sports-obsessed fami-
"These dads are living vicarious-
ly through their kids and putting too
much pressure on them," says
Sanders, who has seen many pushy
parents in his pro career and as a
youth mentor. The father of five
children, two from his first mar-
riage, and three from his second,
the demise of which made head-
lines last month and was a topic
off limits in this BET interview -
Sanders admits to pushing his kids,
but not in an overbearing way, "just
to be the best and succeed in athlet-

ics or whatever they choose to do."
His eldest son, Deion Jr., is follow-
ing in his gridiron footsteps, play-
ing high school football.
Sanders, who played the outfield
for four Major League Baseball
teams and played several positions
for five pro football franchises,
winning Super Bowl rings with the
49ers and the Cowboys, is now an
analyst for NFL TV and runs the
Texas-based youth foundation
Prime Time Association and Prime
Prep Academy, both carrying on his
sports nickname, Prime Time. "My
whole life is about kids," he says.
Sanders is currently developing
other television projects, but has no
plans to follow some of his sports
star buddies into competition on
Dancing With the Stars. "They've
asked me," he says, but blames old
foot injuries for having to decline
the offer. "My broken toes can't
take the pressure," he explains.
Sports Dads premiered January
13 on Veria Living.

Historic Star Studded Red Tails

Finally Set to Open This Week

by David Konow
Red Tails one of the first new
non-Star Wars movies from George
Lucas has taken a while to hit the-
aters, mostly because of reshoots
done by the veteran producer/direc-
tor himself.
The film stars Cuba Gooding Jr.
and Terrence Howard as part of the
Tuskegee Airmen, a group of black
pilots that fought in World War II,
when the United States' armed
forces were still segregated. It is
directed by Anthony Hemingway,
with Lucas as executive producer
and writer.
Of course, the big question still
remains unanswered: does Lucas
really have anything new or excit-
ing to say post-Star Wars?
Interestingly enough, Lucas recent-
ly told USA Today he feels that Red
Tails could hurt serious leading
roles for African American actors if
the movie doesn't fly.
"I realize that by accident I've
now put the black film community
at risk. I'm saying, if this doesn't
work, there's a good chance you'll

stay where you are for quite a
while," Lucas explained. "It'll be
harder for you guys to break out of
that (lower-budget) mold. But if I
can break through with this movie,
then hopefully there will be some-
one else out there saying let's make
a prequel and sequel, and soon you
have more Tyler Perrys out there."
As the Hollywood Reporter
notes, Lucas also just appeared on
the Daily Show with Jon Stewart
and said he had a hard time pushing
through a movie with an all African
American cast.
According to Lucas, the major
studios "don't believe there's any
foreign market for it and that's 60
percent of their profit. I showed it
to all of them and they said, 'No.
We don't know how to market a
film like this." Lucas really put his
money where his mouth is, by put-
ting up $58 million of his own cash
to make the movie, and $35 million
more for distribution.
Red Tails is being released
through Lucas's alma matter, Fox,
and hits theaters on January 20th.

Documentary on Iconic Black Models in Production

When advertising executive China Machado, Ramona Saunders
Deborah Riley Draper first learned and Amina Warsuma strutted down
about the 11 Black models who the catwalk for Halston, Bill Blass,
helped bring worldwide attention to Anne Klein, Oscar de la Renta and
five American designers through an African-American designer
ABC news segment and NPR, she Stephen Burrows. In doing so, the
felt a pull to bring their story to the now-icons ushered in a new ideal
big screen. Her documentary, for beauty and style.
Versailles '73: An American "I wanted to do something differ-
Revolution, looks at a time when ent something positive. I wanted
African-American models Pat to tell a story about Black women
Cleveland, Bethann Hardison, that wasn't like The Real
Billie Blair, Jennifer Brice, Alva Housewives Of Atlanta," Draper
Chinn, Norma Jean Darden, tells HuffPost Black Voices. "The
Charlene Dash, Barbara Jackson, story is about more than just

clothes. It's about economics, race
and politics as well. And the fash-
ion aspect simply encompasses all
of those things."
Draper enlisted the help of
Caralene Robinson, who works in
marketing, and her husband
Michael Draper, who works for the
government, to be her co-executive
producers. This will be Draper's
first full-length film, though she has
created commercials and 30-minute
spots for television. Her film will
feature archived items and docu-
ments from the show.

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