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What's the

SBest Diet

Out There

for You?
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Terrell Owens in

Financial Distress

After Earning and

Losing $80 Million
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Julianne Malveaux to Step Down
as President of Bennett College
Julianne Malveaux, is stepping down in May
from her post as president of HBCU Bennett
College in Greensboro, N.C.
"Five years is the longest time I've ever held a
job in my life," Malveaux said in a statement.
"And while I remain committed to HBCUs and
the compelling cause of access in higher educa-
tion, I will actualize that commitment, now, in
other arenas. I will miss Bennett College and will
remain one of its most passionate advocates."
Malveaux, a prolific writer and a regular pundit
on political shows, took over as Bennett's president in 2007, during a
period of economic turmoil for the school.
The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges
and Schools (SACS) which accredits colleges and university, placed
Bennett on probation last year for "financial instability." Malveaux told
Inside Higher Ed last year that the sanction was came amid a period of
"unprecedented expansion," and she expressed disappointment that "in
the midst of this phenomenal progress, SACS has chosen to place us on
probation for several one-time occurrences that placed us in a difficult
financial position in 2010."
She said the probation came after a major donor defaulted on a pledge
in 2010.
The SACS removed the college from probation in December.

Federal Court Rules Black Brokers
at Merrill Lynch May File Suit
A federal court in Chicago has ruled that African-American brokers who
have accused Merrill Lynch of bias can pursue a class action suit, a deci-
sion that reverses an earlier ruling by a lower court.
The lawsuit accused the brokerage company, which is a division of
Bank of America, of steering African-American employees into clerical
positions and giving the lucrative accounts to white brokers. The suit also
accuses Merrill Lynch of creating a hostile work environment for Black
The decision by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago was
notable because it comes less than a year after a decision by the United
States Supreme Court that involved workers at Wal-Mart stores. The
court ruling in that case made it more difficult for workers to pursue
class-action suits.
If the plaintiffs are ultimately successful, it could lead to millions of dol-
lars landing in the hands of hundreds of African-American workers.
In last year's Wal-Mart case a divided Supreme Court dismissed a class-
action lawsuit on behalf of as many as 1.5 million female workers who
claimed the company offered them lower pay and fewer promotions than
The court said that the proposed class-action suit raised too many dif-
ferent claims, often based on decisions at the local store level.

Light-skinned vs. Dark-skinned
Pageant Causing Outrage
ST LOUIS, MI A nightclub event pitting light skinned, brown skinned
and dark skinned African-American women against each other in a beau-
ty contest of complexions has caused outraged.
The 'Battle of the Complexions' contest held in St Louis has been
accused of degrading women and promoting historical divisions.
"This is the most debatable topic of the year, whats the sexiest skin com-
plexion? Ladies come out & lets settle this!" said the promotional flyer.
It goes on to encourage women to attend the contest held at The Venue,
a club ironically located on a Martin Luther King Drive.
A promotional poster (pictured) and video promised an event to decide
which complexion is the sexiest and features African-American women
of different complexions labelled either 'Light-skin Red Bone, 'Brown-
skin Caramel' or 'Dark-skin Chocolate'.
The organizers claimed the backlash simply stemmed from a misun-
derstanding and that the event was being held for Black History Month
to give youngster the chance to 'be proud that you are black! Regardless
of your skin tone.

Study Shows Black Borrowers Face
Higher Hurdles from Creditors
Qualifying for a loan in today's tight credit market is hard. But add race

to the mix, and a borrower's odds can go from bad to worse, a new report
In a study of loans created on Prosper.com, a peer-to-peer lending web-
site where applicants are encouraged to include a personal photo,
researchers found that black borrowers are 25 to 35 percent less likely to
receive funding than a white borrower with similar credit.
The report, entitled "What's in a Picture? Evidence of Discrimination
From Prosper.com," studied 110,000 loan applications from the popular
lending website created between June 2006 and May 2007.
"By far the biggest factor was race," said Devin Pope, co-author and
assistant professor at the University of Chicago Booth School of
Business. Of the 110,000 loans studied, about 5,000 were home finance
or repair related.
Part of the reason for the stark discrepancy, Pope told AOL Real Estate,
is that the online lending market is less regulated than its brick and mor-
tar counterpart, where discriminatory practices are more easily identified.

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New System Could Cost Child Support Debtors Everything

If you owe back child support,
start strategizing now.
Parents without a lot of money
could be using their only income
next year to pay for old child sup-
port debts. These payments would
help the government reduce costs of
mailing paper checks to pay federal
Starting next March, the Treasury
Department will start paying bene-
fits electronically. This means that
if you owe money, your bank

account, Social Security, disability
and veterans' benefits that are
deposited into your bank accounts
could be frozen.
Many people relied on the issuing
of paper checks to safeguard a por-
tion of their benefits from states try-
ing to collect back child support,
but that convenience will no longer
be available.
Advocates are saying that once
paper checks are eliminated, nearly
275,000 people could lose access to

Jefferson Smith Nuptials
Last weekend, Max Jefferson wed the former Sharina Smith at Faith
United Miracle Temple, Bishop Desso Benjamin Pastor, presiding.
Sharina is an Evangelist and a business owner of "Baskets by Design" and
attended FSCJ. Mr. Jefferson is a graduate of FAMU, an Elder at Faith
United, and owner of "Max Power, Inc. The happy couple met while
working in through their ministies. They are currently honeymooning in
the Bahamas. R.Silverphoto

all of their income.
If a parent's children are long-
grown, they too have reason to be
concerned. Much of the money
owed is former interest and fees
that have added up when parents
(predominantly men) have been
unable to pay child support because
they were disabled, institutional-
ized or imprisoned.
Most of the money will go to gov-
ernments, not to the children of the

men with support debts, analyses
show. States are allowed to keep
child support money as repayment
for welfare previously provided for
those children.
Electronic payments are expected
to save the government $1 billion
over the next 10 years, the Treasury
Department says. It costs the gov-
ernment about $1 to mail a check,
compared with about 10 cents for
an electronic transfer.

Daddy Daughter Event Treats Young
Ladies to Memorable First Dance

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Nearly one thousand men joined their daughters for the annual Daddy's
and Daughters Dance at the Hyatt Hotel last weekend. The inspiring event
showcased the genuine value of fathers' love that many deem necessary for
a young woman's full development. Shown above in attendance are Alicia
Graham, Andre Carruthers and Andrea Carruthers. For more highlights
from the event, see page 3.

Hundreds Vie for Top Honors at Black History Brain Bowl
The James Lee Coon, Jr. African American History Brain Bowl attracted 250 students, parents, teachers, and
community members on the final weekend of celebrating Black History Month. The Honorable Judge Paul Drake
was the official brain brawl judge and motivational speaker. Shown above at the winner's round up are (L-R)
High School Division: Ribault Coach Dr. Kelley Ranch, Donovan Brown, Hunter Castia, Gregory Jackson, Aaron
McCullah and Rev. Alton Mc Griff who presented the awards. The event, founded by the late James L. Coon, cel-
ebrate the best and brightest in Black history. The diverse event also included health screenings, storytelling, guest
speakers, face painting, arts & crafts, entertainment, and food. It was hosted by Holsey Temple C.M.E. Church.

Fate of the

Middle Class

Hangs in

by Barrington Salmon
During his State of the Union
address to the joint houses of
Congress in January, President
Barack Obama placed himself
squarely on the side of the middle
class that has been decimated since
the economic meltdown of 2008
and a lingering recession. He
argued that the economic inequities
must be redressed and called on the
wealthiest Americans to pay their
fair share.
Census data released in 2010
illustrates the depth of the problem.
Poverty has exploded, and a record
46.2 million people are counted in
that category. But when the near-
poor and new poor are added, the
number of Americans who live in
poverty approaches 150 million.
Blacks, Hispanics, children and
seniors have been hit particularly
Poverty increased among all eth-
nic groups, except Asians, and the
poverty rate for blacks stands at
27.4 percent and for Hispanics it's
26.6 percent. The poverty rate for
whites currently stands at 8.5 per-




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March 1-7, 2012

Pa e 2 Ms Perr
s Free P s

Weaving the Web of Our History Carlottra Guyton and friends hosted the 14th an-
nual Weaving the Web of Our History event at her Springfield Home last weekend. Customarily held the last Saturday
in February, the event beings a bevy of regulars and newcomers to share and enlighten on the Black experience. Par-
ticipants of all ages have the 'floor' to share a Black history experience of their choice sometimes personal other
times well known- in a roundtable setting. Following the sharing, everyone partakes in a potluck dinner and fellow-
shippin. The many guests in attendance continued to praise Guyton for her dedication in keeping the tradition alive.
Shown above standing is Lashonda Holloway flanked by Felice Franklin and Helen Holloway, giving her side
on the importance of Black History. ---.- -- I

Don't Miss a Beat Keeps

History Alive with "Experience"

On Friday, February 24th, The
Don't Miss A Beat(DMAB) foun-
dation hosted its youth program to
honor black history month
called,"Black History Experience."
The Jacksonville-based, non-profit
organization combines the energy
of young people(kids from 5-17)
with music and a development of
education and cultural experiences.
Don't Miss a Beat was founded
in 2008 by Ulysses Owens, Jr. and
his family to ensure that troubled
youth, don't miss a beat when ab-
sent from school because of suspen-
sion or truancy.
Growing up on Jacksonville's
Westside, Ulysses was developed a
love for music at an early age. He
started playing drums at two and his
mother, Gwendolyn, soon enrolled
him in classical piano lessons. His
passion for music took the young
Ulysses to Arts at Douglas Ander-
son (DA), Juilliard of the Perform-
ing Arts School, and around the
world as a Jazz percussionist.
Now the Grammy award win-
ner's goal is to share lessons from
his travels and bring them to trou-
bled youth in our community- espe-
cially in the Brooklyn area. Since
its inception, DMABhas evolved to
include the performing arts, acaU-

Ulysses Owens, Director
demic enrichment and civic en-
gagement, as well as job skills
training for parents.
The evenings keynote speaker
was Deborah Rouse, head of Lan-
guage Arts at department at DA,
gave remarks on the program and
the importance of the arts in chil-
dren's lives. The event, which was
open to thepublic, culminated with
some delicacies from the "African-
AmericanExperience". For infor-
mation onthis program or how you
can enroll your child, contact,
Don't Miss ABeat at 904-385-4001
or visit www.dontmissabeat.org/.

Nikki Giovanni Speaks to

a Packed House at EWC
The Edward Waters College Academic Cultural Enrichment Series, pre-
sented "An Evening with Nikki Giovanni." in honor of Black History Month.
The world-renowned poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator spoke
to a packed house at EWC's Milne Auditorium. A renaissance woman with
a rich history spanning over 40 years, her engagement included profound
thoughts on slavery, politics and hip hop. At the post event reception, Nikki
commented that "hip hop is a direct correlation to the blues" and that Martin
Luther King "was very hip and if he was alive he would definitely have
dreads!" Shown above is Charlotte Johnson, receiving Nikki's autograph on
her EWC poster.

(Shown L-R) at the play are: Paul Hovey, Keshan Seagal, John Schuetz, Raven Tyler, Giovanna Flammia,
Hunter Clerc, Alethia James, Douglas Breland, Pamela Williams, Carleen Crittenden and Jordan Turner.

Job Corp Students Enjoy a Night of Choices

Students from the Jacksonville Job
Corps Center had the opportunity to
support the long awaited play
"Choices", sponsored by the Schell
Sweet Community Resource Center.
Jacksonville Job Corps and Edward
Water College partner to benefit stu-
dents in the northeast Florida com-
Choices is an intergenerational
play spanning the lives of young
eighth grade students who are chal-
lenged to make choices that will fol-
low them throughout their lives.
Students attending the play resonated
with the strong message presented by
the play. The 17 students attending
enjoyed the play immensely and un-
derstood the benefits and conse-
quences of making Choices.

The Jacksonville Job Corps Center
has an on-going relationship with the
college. "Edward Waters serves as a
Work Base Learning site and an em-
ployer of our students," states Joann
Manning, Business and Community
Liaison for the Center. Over the
years the Carpentry Trade has as-
sisted with building the props for
other events at the college and this
year was no different. Through the
instructions and supervision of Mr.
James Tibbit, Carpentry Instructor at
Job Corps, his class built the panels,
assisted with painting and built the
props for the jury scenes for this dy-
namic play. Students participating in
the work base learning program also
assisted Mr. Mrs. Eugene Heath with
other aspects of the play.

Although Job Corps is an educa-
tional and technical training program
the students are committed to provid-
ing ongoing community service to
the Jacksonville community. The
students understand that Job Corps
works and providing service is sim-
ply a way to give back to this won-
derful community.
Job Corps is a taxpayer-supported
education and career technical train-
ing program administered by the
United States Labor Department.
The program helps 16 to 24 year old
young men and women to improve
the quality of their lives through ca-
reer technical and academic training.
The Job Corps program serves about
60,000 students each year at 124 cen-
ters across the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

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NAACP Meeting
The Jacksonville Branch NAACP
will meet Thursday, March 8, 2012
at 7 p.m.
It will be held at 1725 Oakhurst
Avenue. Jacksonville, Florida
The branch headquarters is lo-
cated across the street from the
Edgewood Branch Library, inside
the Legacy Building.
For more information, email jax-

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Girls, Inc. Ensures Girls' First Dance is With Her Prince

Left to Right: Mo Smith, Sanaya Douglas, Reggie Lloyd, Shataura
Coleman and Tyrone Coleman

by Lynn Jones
This past Saturday, Girls, Inc., pre-
sented their 5th annual Spring
Daddy Daughter Dance a
fundraiser to support Girls Inc.
The Hyatt Riverfront Hotel was the
scene for 500 dads and 400 young
ladies parading the dance floor in
dresses fit for a princess. The girls
stood proud and gushed as their
fathers escorted them into the grand
Every father and daughter in atten-
dance received a complimentary
photo to commemorate the special
evening. Dads stood to the side of
the dance floor snapping pictures
and uploading images to friends
and family as the girls danced,
made friends and mingled with
each other girls that were represen-
tative of the United I nations of
Girls, Inc.
The affair included a elegantly
served dinner and dessert, enter-
tainment by DJ Dan, a silent auc-
tion and raffle. Girls Inc,

NAACP Collecting

and Sharing

Stories of

Unsung Heroes
In honor of Black History Month,
the I AACP launched "Unsung
Heroes of Black History", a project
that collects and shares the untold
stories of African Americans who
have helped to shape black history
and American history. Stories are
submitted and viewable at
"Our nation's success is not
derived solely from the work of a
handful of recognizable names, but
from the actions of tens of thou-
sands of people who did their part
to bring about change," stated
I AACP President and CEO
Benjamin Todd Jealous.
Since the campaign launched on
February 1st, the I AACP has col-
lected hundreds of stories of
unsung heroes. Submissions range
from an advocate who stood up
against attacks on voting rights to a
military officer who spends his free
time raising awareness about
Sickle Cell disease. Other heroes
include the son of a Tuskegee
Airman who helped bring his
father's story to life as a storyboard
artist for the film Red Tails, and the
first black female to hold a seat on
the city council in Sylvester,
This is the third year the I AACP
has organized the Unsung Heroes
project for Black History Month.

President/CEO Beth Hughes Clark,
has been at the helm of Girls, Inc.
for five years and beamed, "Girls,
Inc., is a non-profit that assist girls
ages 5 18 to be self confident,
well-rounded and responsible indi-
viduals. We support 150 schools
and this dance is the highlight of the
year." Beth continued, "one father
told me, this is time I can spend

Standing l-r: Auntowhan Andrews, Sebastian
Webbe. Seated l-r: Nija Andrews and Kaitlynn
with my daughter and show her
how she should be treated."
Girls, Inc., mission is to inspire all
girls to be strong, smart and bold.
For more information visit
www.girlsincjax.org or (904) 731-

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Republican Candidates for

President Living in a Fantasy World

And then there were four I
think. Of course, you are wonder-
ing four what? After months upon
months of debates, fundraising,
slips of the tongue, and a constant-
ly changing field, the Republican
presidential field is down to four
candidates Mitt Romney, Rick
Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron
Watching these four is like
watching some old black and white
Western on TV. The acting is bad,
the story line is silly and the char-
acters are unrealistic.
The Not so Magnificent Four
have become more removed from
reality as primary season continues.
They obliviouslyfeel that they have
to go hard right to appeal to the
Republican base. But they are not
only going hard right they have
gone so far right that they are in La
La Land.
La La Land is some ultra conser-
vative fantasy world in which every
day people don't use birth control,
there is an electronic fence around
the U.S. border, and children who
have lived in this country all of
their lives shouldn't be considered
for citizenship.
Republican candidates have
thrown common sense out the door
in favor of ridiculous rhetoric that
they feel will help them get elected.
It is sort of standard primary sea-
son politics to play to your party

base in order to win the presidential
nomination; then move to the mid-
dle during the general election.
However, a long drawn out primary
battle often times overexposes can-
didates and makes it hard for them
to move back to the middle.
No matter who wins the
Republican nod for President, it is
going to be very hard to appeal to
Independent voters and even
socially moderate Republicans.
I am not sure what the entry fee is
for this fantasyland or maybe it is a
special kind of Kool Aid that the
candidates are drinking.
Last time I checked it is 2012
right? Perhaps that is why most
Americans do not understand why
presidential hopefuls are debating
the morality or legality of birth
As I attempted to watch the CNN
Republican debate in Arizona last
week, I couldn't believe my ears.
The moderator asked about birth
control otherwise known ascontra-
ceptives, and all four men said that
they disagree with it. Huh?
In fact, Santorum went on to say,
"I think I was making it clear that,
while I have a personal moral
objection to it, even though I don't
support it, that I voted for bills that
included it. And I made it very
clear in subsequent interviews that
I don't I don't support that. I've
never supported it, and and have

- and on an individual basis have
voted against it. That's why I pro-
posed Title XX to counterbalance
OK, I understand a candidate's
opposition to wedge issues like
abortion, but birth control? Last I
checked, it is probably the more
responsible thing to do. Oh I forgot,
ourvery "Conservative" candidates
would like for Americans to simply
abstain from having sex until they
get married.That's certainly realis-
tic and easy to do.
Moreover, when you get married,
have as many kids as the Lord
gives you don't worry about birth
control because it is not the Godly
thing to do. Of course, none of the
candidates ever had sex prior to
being married.
Well, I could start outlining the
numerous marital issues that Newt
Gingrich has had, but I don't have
enough column space.
Speaking of the Newt, he pre-
sented the most unrealistic picture
of President Obama of all of the
candidates. He said, "You live in a
world of total warfare. ... We live
in an age when we have to gen-
uinely worry about nuclear
weapons going off in our own cities
.... I believe this is the most dan-
gerous president on national securi-
ty grounds in American history."
Wow, the guy who got Osama
Bin Laden is the most dangerous

president on national security in
our history. Yeah Speaker Gingrich,
that makes sense.
How about Romney in Michigan;
he said, "The trees are the right
height. The grass is the right color
for this time of year, kind of a
brownish-greenish sort of thing. It
just feels right." Really now, come
on Mr. Eventual Republican nomi-
nee what the heck are you talking
The hits keep coming Rick
Santorum called Obama a snob for
promoting a college education.
Hmmm... again, La La Land must
be a strange place. By the way,
Santorum has a bachelor degree, a
law degree, and has kids in college.
I won't even talk about Ron Paul,
because as my grandmother would
say he should be getting a check
every month.
All of this grand standing and
conservative propaganda, has
helped President Obama, and will
ultimately hurt the eventual
Republican nominee. In November,
a Pew poll showed then-front-run-
ner Romney was leading Obama 53
percent to 41 percent among inde-
pendents. Fast-forward to now,
Obama's up 51 percent to 42 per-
The Obama campaign machine
hasn't even left the station yet.
Democrats hope to keep this
Republican reality show going into
the summer, which will make cam-
paigning in the Fall much easier.
Signing off from Tallahassee,
Reggie Fullwood

What Happened to the Black Members of the GOP?

by Charles Ellison
It's a question that comes up
every time you hit the home page
of the Republican National
Committee's website: Where are all
the Black Republicans?
Only a year after celebrating the
last days of its first African-
American chair, the RNC is fairly
light on Black faces these days.
What was once, especially during
the '90s, a fairly aggressive photo-
op promotional strategy strung
together by a small network of die-
hard Black political consultants,
former elected officials and parti-
sans, is all but dead. While it did
little in the way of yielding any
results comparable to Democratic
counterparts, there was a sense -
leading up to the election of
Michael Steele as party chair -
that some progress had been made
in mending the often bitter relation-
ship between African Americans
and the Republican Party.
Now, as a bloody Republican pri-
mary carries on, the GOP appears
smitten with the Latino vote.
Presidential candidates Mitt
Romney and Newt Gingrich are
bending over backwards, and
breaking the bank, to connect with
Latinos looking for every con-
ceivable angle to attract skeptical
Brown voters turned off by a wave
of anti-immigration sentiments.
And the RNC happily trotted out a
Director of Latino Outreach in
January, eagerly announcing the
move in a gritty effort to snatch
Hispanic voters away from
Democrats in what observers
expect to be a grueling November

"The RNC will place staff on the
ground across the country to coor-
dinate the GOP's Hispanic effort as
part of a program to make sure
Barack Obama is a one-term presi-
dent," said RNC Chair Reince
Preibus when introducing Betinna
Inclan as the point person for
Republican Latino strategy.
"Latinos play an integral role in our
communities, and the Republican
Party believes it is essential to
involve Latinos at every level of
our Party's efforts in 2012."
Meanwhile, the move angered a
number of Black Republicans who
were already feeling left out in the
cold following the abrupt downfall
and forced removal of Steele in
2011. Many continue to express
disgust at the GOP love fest for
Latinos, some out of concern that
they have no other political home
to turn to.
"You have no Blacks on staff at
the Republican National
Committee or any of its other
committees and there are no
Blacks on staff of any of the presi-
dential campaigns," snorts long-
time Black Republican strategist
and marketing expert Raynard
Jackson. "But maybe after a few
more electoral loses you will awak-
en to the most loyal customer you
have ever had."
Most politically active and
prominent Black Republicans -
and there are only a few compared
to Black Democrats are not as
vocal about their displeasure with
the GOP's intense focus on the
Latino vote. Most are quiet, some
out of fear they might anger RNC
bosses who are already stressed try-

ing to keep a fractured party intact.
But many are seething over what
they view as a combination of
betrayal and intrusion, a knife in
the back from a Republican Party
that was theirs from its Abraham
Lincoln beginnings.
However, a source tells the
Tribune that focus could shift back
to Black outreach as the Romney
campaign prepares to hire a senior
advisor for that exact purpose.
While the source would not give
details on the timing of an
announcement, it was clear the
embattled former Massachusetts
governor is thinking ahead to the
general election. "We're finalizing
the details," said the source. "But,
we're not completely there, yet."
The reason behind that reluc-
tance could reflect a larger sense of
caution surrounding the primaries.
There are still many more states to
go, with the delegate-rich "Super
Tuesday" on the horizon for March
6. With the Romney campaign
nervously gauging the rise of Rick
Santorum while smarting from
triple losses in Colorado, Missouri
and Minnesota, it may be difficult
to start thinking about the national
scene while you're still engaged in
state-by-state trench warfare. Plus,
finance reports are showing a
Romney campaign low on cash and
near tapped on donors. Do they
even have enough to go the dis-
In terms of the Black vote, it's
much more complex than that.
Much of it has to do with pure
numbers only 10percent of
African-American voters, on aver-
age, vote Republican during any

given presidential or congressional
mid-term cycle. The only
Republican in the 21st century to
slightly defy that trend was
President Bush in 2004 when he
won just over 11 percent of the
Black vote against Democratic
nominee Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.
In statewide races, Republicans
tend to garner 15 percent of the
Black vote on average. In 2006,
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Minority Business

Development Offices?
Black Americans continue to stand by President
Barack Obama. despite how he and his minions treat
us. Nine of ener' 10 Afican-American voters have
"got the president's back" but there is still discussion
as to whether President Obama has got the backs of Black Americans in
return. At this stage of the Obama presidency it is quite obvious how the peo-
ple running things at the White House view Blacks' economic betterment.
Representatives of the Obama administration recently told members of
Congress that they plan to close all five of the Minority Business
Development Agency's (MBDA) regional offices. Unless something hap-
pens, MBDA offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, and New York will close by
September 30 and the San Francisco office in March of 2013.
Black Americans would be wise to pay attention to these matters and how
they are resolved. House Small Business Committee member Rep. Yvette
Clark (D-N.Y.) said that the regional closings "might be the beginning of the
demise of the agency." Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) said the Obama adminis-
tration's actions "sends the wrong message to entrepreneurs and businesses
in our community at this time when we need to have an expansion."
Rush is right. Black Americans should find it unbelievable that the Obama
administration would allow programs that are vital to the creation of jobs and
infrastructures for minorities to fall or fail. Proponents of minority business
development need to step to the fore and demand that instead of downsizing
the MBDA, Obama and his people need to be increasing its reign and clout.
The political climate among African Americans should be to not let the only
federal agency created specifically to foster the establishment and growth of
minority-owned businesses to be put on the path toward death and disman-
Blacks need for President Obama do more on this current presidential
watch to ensure that all U.S. businesses have a proportionate share of the jobs
and opportunities created by federal government. Obama heads the world's
largest purchaser of goods and services. The federal government spend more
than $500 billion a year in contracts and has facilities in all 50 states that
include 2,500 offices that have "authority to buy." But, Black-owned busi-
nesses have historically been marginalized in federal contracting. Under the
nation's first Black president Black-owned businesses have done no better
than they did than they did before, having received a paltry 3.5 percent of
federal contracts funded between February 2009 and November 2010 com-
pared to the 81.3 percent White-owned business enjoyed during that period.
President Richard Nixon started the Office of Minority Enterprise in 1969
with a mandate to increase Blacks' percentage of federal business. That per-
centage of federal contracts peaked at six percent during the Reagan
Administration. During Fiscal Year 2010 there were 64,880 Black-owned
firms in the federal procurement database, but just 3,990 of those firms
received contract activities. What would be wrong with President Obama
showing that he's on our side? The federal government has an ongoing need
for an array of goods and services. Millions of federal government contracts
are awarded each year, but minority entrepreneurs continue to be stymied in
getting public sector contracting opportunities. To remedy this situation,
Obama administration officials need to put more impetus on the MBDA to
focus on federal procurement and procedures that will offer Minority
Business Enterprises fair and proportional opportunities. Instead of disband-
ing MBDA, Blacks should petition the president to have the agency do more
to help entrepreneurs navigate the federal bureaucracy's purchasing venues.
Black voters need to take a long hard look to gauge the value officials in
the Obama Administration place on Blacks and their businesses. Let's lift our
voices to say: "Instead of disbanding it let's give the MBDA a broader port-
folio" to provide more opportunities for minority businesses; to have ongo-
ing dialogue around issues like how to access to contracts; to offer mentor-
prot6g6 opportunities with major corporations and help Black and minority
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A century and near-century
of history on display as the
CIAA and SIAC stage their
annual basketball tournaments
in Charlotte and Atlanta.





Buford Alvin Hyman

Hampton,VA...MalikAlvinof Shaw andKeyonaBry-
ant of St. Augustine's won men's and women's players of
the year by the Central IntercollegiateAthleticAssociation
Men's and Women's Basketball Coaches Associations.
Alvin, a senior guard from Philadelphia scored 20.4
points per game and led the CIAA in 3-point percentage
(.538). Bryant, a Springdale, Maryland native and senior
center for the Lady Falcons tops the conference in scoring
(17.4 ppg.) and was third in rebounding (9.7 rpg.).
Travis Hyman of Bowie State and Kyria Buford of
Shaw were named Defensive Players of the Year. Hyman
led the CIAAin rebounding (8.4 rpg.) and blocks (2.9 bpg.).
Bryant averaged 9.3 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game.

2012 AII-CIAA Women's Basketball Team
Talaya Lynch, 5-9, Jr., F, Chowan; Stephanie Harper, 6-11, Jr., F, ECSU;
LaQwesha Gamble, 5-11, Sr., F, JCSU; Keyona Bryant, 6-0, Sr., C, ST.
AUG'S; Kyria Buford, 6-1, Sr., F, SHAW; Aslea Williams, 6-1, Jr., C,
SHAW; Vicki Collier, 6-0, Sr., F, VUU
Ransheda Jennings, 5-7, Sr., G, CHOWAN: Shavonda Price, 5-9, Sr.,
G, JCSU; Sequoyah Griffin, 5-9, Jr., G, SHAW; Jasmine Newklrk, 5-8,
Jr., G, WSSU; Courtney Medley, 5-9, Sr., G,WSSU
PLAYER OF THE YEAR Keyona Bryant, Sr., ST. AUG'S

2012 AII-CIAA Men's Basketball Team
Travis Hyman, 7-0, Sr., F/C, BSU; Byron Westmoreland, 6-4, Jr., F,
BSU; Angelo Sharpless, 6-5, Jr., F, ECSU; Denzel Mooney, 6-4, Sr., F,
LINCOLN; Kenny Mitchell, 6-8, Jr., F/C, VSU; Damion Harris, 6-7, So.,
F, VUU; WyKevin Bazemore, 6-4, Fr., F, WSSU
Darren Clark, 6-0, Sr., G, BSU; Trevin Parks, 5-10, Jr., G, JCSU; An-
tonio Smith, 6-5, Sr., G, SHAW; Malik Alvin, 6-0, Sr., G, SHAW; Justin
Glover, 6-3, Jr., G, WSSU

Goode Birdsong
Goode Birdsong

ATLANTA-Benedict junior center Marcus Goode
and Fort Valley State senior forward Jasmine Birdsong
were named basketball players of the year by the Southern
Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Goode, a 7-foot native of Chapin, S.C., led the SIAC
in scoring (18.7 ppg.), rebounding (11.2 ppg.), and blocked
shots (2.3 bpg.) during the regular season on his way to be-
ing named the conference's top player for the second time
in as many seasons. Birdsong, a 5-11 native of Sparta, Ga.,
averaged 10.9 points and 8.3 rebounds per game while
leading the Lady Wildcats to the SIAC regular season title
and number one seed in the conference tournament.
Miles guard Eric Lipkin is the men's newcomer averag-
ing 14.7 points and 4.3 assists per game. Kentucky State
Jasmine Davis is the newcomer of the year for the women.
Davis averaged 14.7 points per game. Paine guard Kedric
Taylor (10.6 ppg., 6.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists) is the men's top
freshman. Albany State guard April Thomas was named
freshman of the year after leading the SIAC in scoring at
18.5 points per game, becoming the second consecutive
freshman to lead the conference in this category.
Tuskegee head coach Leon Douglas won men's coach
of the year after leading the Golden Tigers (16-8) to a share
of the regular season title. Cassandra Moorer of Stillman
College was named Women's Coach of the Year after leading
Stillman to a 17-5 record, second in the SIAC.

Marcus Goode, 6-10, Jr., C, Benedict; Royce Hamilton, 6-6, Sr., G/F, Clark
Atlanta; Terrance Bowman, 6-4, Jr., G, Claflln; Teshawn Byron, 6-6, Sr.,
G, LeMoyne-Owen; Calvin Stoudemire, 6-7, Sr., F, LeMoyne-Owen; Eric
Lipkin, 6-1, Sr., G, Miles; Andrae Nelson, 6-6, Jr., C, Morehouse; Ledarlus
Rhone, 6-5, Jr., F, Stillman; Joshua Elchelberger, 6-5, Sr., F, Tuskegee;
Calvin Thomas, 6-0, Jr., G, Tuskegee
Coach of the Year: Leon Douglas, Tuskegee

April Thomas, 5-1, Fr., G, Albany State; Santera Grooms, 5-10, Jr., G/F,
Benedict; Conisha Hicks, 5-3, So., G, Clark Atlanta; LaQulsha Lewis,
6-0, Jr., C, Clark Atlanta; Jasmine Birdsong, 5-11, Sr., F, Fort Valley
State; Jasmine Davis, 5-7, Jr., G, Kentucky State; Shonice Sprouse,
5-9,, Stillman; Phyllice Eubanks, 5-9, Sr., F, Stillman
Coach of the Year: Cassandra Moorer, Stillman

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Bowle State 8 2 12 4 21 5
Virginia Union 7 3 10 6 15 13
Ellz. CityState 5 5 7 9 13 13
VirginiaState 4 6 7 9 8 18
Lincoln 4 6 6 10 11 17
Chowan 2 8 2 14 8 20
Shaw 10 0 16 0 24 2
J. C. Smith 5 5 7 9 12 14
W-Salem State 4 6 10 6 18 8
FayettevilleState 4 6 6 10 9 16
Livingstone 4 6 5 11 9 16
St. Augustine's 3 7 8 8 13 13

Mallk Alvin, 6-0,Sr., G, SHAW Averaged 20.3 ppg.,
led OIAA shooting .529 from 3-point range, shot.554
from the field, .850 from the line for Bears who finished
undefeated in conference play.
Travis Hyman, 7-0, Sr., C, BOWIE STATE- Led CIAA
with 8.4 rebounds and 2.9 blocks per game. Also aver-
aged 10.2 points.
Wykevln Bazemore, 6-4, Fr., F, WSSU -Averaged 11.1
points and 8.2 rebounds per game for the Rams.


Savannah State
Norfolk State
Delaware State
Coppin State
NC Central
N. Carolina A&T
Florida A&M
Morgan State
Md.-Eastern Shore
South Carolina State

13 2
12 3
11 4
10 5
9 6
9 6
7 8
6 9
6 9
6 10
5 10
4 11
0 15

PLAYER Marques Oliver, 6-7, Jr., F, DELSTATE
- Averaged 18.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 5.0 blocks in
winsoverHamptonand Howard.Got 20pointsand 10
boards,3 assists, 2 blocks and 4 steals vs. Hampton,
16 pts., 6 rebs., 8 blocks vs. Howard.
ROOKIE Tahl Tate, 6-4, Fr., G, DSU Had first
double-double of 20 pts., 10 rebs., in win over Hamp-
Ion, 9 points, 5 assists, 3 steals vs. Howard.
DEFENSE Kyle O'Quinn, 6-10, Sr., F/C, NSU
- Totalled 19 rebounds, blocked 6 shots in two
wins. Got 16 rebounds and 2 blocks vs. Longwood,
4 blocks vs. B-CU.

Tuskegee 16 8 16 10
LeMoyne-Owen 16 8 16 10
Clark Atlanta 15 9 15 13
Benedict 15 9 16 10
Stillman 14 10 16 10
Paine 13 11 14 12
FortValleyState 12 12 12 14
Kentucky State 12 12 12 14
Albany State 11 13 12 14
Miles 11 13 11 15
Claflin 8 16 8 17
Morehouse 8 16 8 18
Lane 5 19 5 21

MarcusGoode,7-0,Jr.,C, BENEDICT-Averaged
league-best 18.7 points, 11.2 rebounds, 2.3 blocks
to win second consecutive award.
Eric Lipkln, 6-1, Sr., G, MILES Averaged 14.7
points and 4.3 assists per game, shot 83.2% from
the FT line and made 2.4 3s per game.
Kedrlc Taylor, 6-0, Fr., G, PAINE- Averaged 10.6
points, 62 rebounds and 4.3 assists pergame and
shot 53.2% from the field.

Miss. Valley St. 17 0 18 11
#Southern 11 5 15 14
TexasSouthern 11 5 12 16
Prairie View A&M 9 7 13 16
Alabama State 7 9 10 18
Ark. Pine Bluff 8 9 9 21
AlcornState 6 10 9 19
Jackson State 5 11 7 21
AlabamaA&M 4 12 6 19
#GramblingState 3 13 3 23
# Ineligible for SWAC Tournament
Kevin Burwell,5-10, Sr.,G, MISS.VALLEYSTATE
-Scored 30 points on 11 of16shooting, 7 of 10 from
3-point range, with 4 assists and 5 rebounds in win
overJacksonState. Hadjust2pointsbut 11 assists,
5 rebounds and 5 steals in win over Grambling as
Delta Devils stayed undefeated (17-0) in SWAC
play. Averaged 16.0 points, 7.5 assists and 5.0
rebounds in the two games.


Xavier (La.)
Central State
Tennessee State
W. Va. State
Lincoln (Mo.)

22 4
22 7
18 8
19 11
14 12
4 22
4 22

Robert Covington, 6-7, Sr., F, TENN. STATE
- Had double-double of24 points, 15 rebounds
-12 off the offensive glass 2 assists and 2
steals in loss to Murray State.
Denzell Erves, 6-7, Jr., F, XAVIER Averaged
17 points, 9.5 rebounds and shot 56.5% from
the floor in victories ove Fisk and Dillard. Had
16 points and 10 rebounds vs. Fisk, his sixth
double-double of the season. Had 18 points,
9 rebounds and 2 blocks vs. Dillard.

Historic CIAA, SIAC Tourneys underway

BCSP Editor
It's rather appropriate that the
men and women of Shaw University
are the defending champions of the
Center Intercollegiate Athletic As-
sociation (CIAA) Basketball Tourna-
ments that began Tuesday at the Time
Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte,
The Raleigh, N.C. school is one
of the five founding members of the
conference which is using this year's
tournament to tip off the celebration
of its centennial (100th) anniversary
since its founding in 1912.
Howard University, Virginia
Union University, Lincoln Univer-
sity and Hampton Institute (now
University) were the other founding
members of the CIAA, first known
as the Colored Intercollegiate Ath-
letic Association. Shaw, VUU and
Lincoln are the other founding insti-
tutions that remain in the conference
Three of the original nine found-
ing institutions and the only continu-
ous members in the 99-year history of
the Southern Intercollegiate Athlet-
ic Conference (SIAC) had prominent
places as that conference tipped off
its annual Basketball Tournaments
Tuesday at Forbes Arena at More-
house College in Atlanta.
Clark Atlanta University and
Tuskegee Institute (now University)
are the only continuous members of
the SIAC known as the Southeastern
Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
at its founding in 1913. Clark Atlanta
is the defending men's champion
while Tuskegee is the men's No. 1
seed this year.
Host Morehouse, where the
SIAC began, is the only other found-
ing member that remains in the con-
ference today.

The men's CIAA race has been
dominated this year by Shaw (24-2)
who became the first conference team
since the 1986-87 Ralph Tally- and
Barry Mitchell-led Norfolk State
squad to go thru the regular season
undefeated (16-0) in conference
The uniquely talented Bears un-
der head coach Cleo Hill Jr. at 10-
0 in the Southern Division, have the
No. 1 seed from the South and are led
by the dynamic all-CIAA backcourt
duo of 6-4 point guard Tony Smith
and 6-foot shooting guard Malik
Alvin and formidable front liners in
6-7 forward Karron Johnson (12.2
ppg., 4.9 rpg.) and 6-7 center Junious
Chaney (12.0 ppg., 6.8 rpg.).
Smith led the conference in as-


"u *

WOMEN First Round -
#3N Virginia State vs. #6S Livingstone 11 a
#4N Eliz. City State vs. #5S St. Augustine's 1p
#4S Fayetteville State vs. #5N Chowan- 3p
#3S W-Salem State vs. #6N Lincoln 5p
MEN First Round
#5S Livingstone vs. #6N Chowan 7p
#SN Lincoln vs. #6S St. Augustine's 9p
Wednesday, Feb. 29
WOMEN Quarterfinals
#2N Bowie State vs. #3N/6S 11a
#1N Virginia Union vs. #4S/#5N 1p
#1S Shaw vs. #4N#5S 3p
#2S J. C. Smith vs. #3S/#6N 5p
MEN- Second Round
#4N Virginia State vs. #5S/#6N 7p
#4S Fayetteville State vs. #5N/#6S 9p

Thursday, March 1
MEN Quarterfinals
#2S J. C. Smith vs. #3N Eliz. City State 1p
#1N Bowie State vs. #4S/#5N 3p
#2N Virginia Union vs. #3S W-Salem State 7p
#1S Shaw vs. #4N/#5S 9p

Friday, March 2
WOMEN Semifinals
1p& 3p
MEN Semifinals
7p & 9p

Saturday, March 3
WOMEN Finals 5p
MEN Finals 8:30p

sis:s (6.0 per game) while scoring 12
points per contest. Alvin, a transfer
from Binghamton (N.Y.), was sec-
ond in the league at 20.3 points per
game but blistered the nets at 55.5%
from the floor including a league-
best 52.9% (64 of 121) from 3-point
range. Smith also tied Chaney for
the team rebounding lead at 6.8 per
Bowie State (21-5, 12-4, 8-2),
the No. 1 seed from the Northern
Division, is considered the second
favorite. The Bulldogs of head coach
Darrell Brooks are led by their three


Tuesday, Feb.28
W: #6 Miles vs. #11 Paine 10a
W: #3 Clark Atlanta vs. #12 Lane 12n
M: #12Claflin vs.#13 Lane 2p
W: #8 LeMoyne-Owen vs. #9 Kentucky St. 4p
W: #7 Albany State vs. #10 Claflin 6p
M: #8 Ft. Valley St. vs. #9 Miles 8p

Wednesday, Feb.29
M: #5 Stillman vs. Claflin/Lane 10a
M: #7 Kentucky St. vs. #10 Albany St. 12n
W: #4 Benedict vs. CAU/Lane 2p
M: #6 Paine vs. #11 Morehouse 4p
W: #1 Ft. Valley St. vs. LOC/KSU 6p
M: #1 Tuskegee vs. FVSU/Miles 8p

Thursday, March 1
M: #4 Benedict vs. Stillman/Clafllin/Lane 12n
W: #3 Tuskegee vs. Paine/Miles 2p
M: #2 LeMoyne-Owen vs. KSU/ASU 4p
W: #2 Stillman vs. ASU/Claflin 6p
M: #3 Clark Atlanta vs. Paine/MHC 8p

Semifinals Friday, March 2
W: 2p & 4p
M: 6p & 8p

Finals Saturday, March 3
M: 7p

all-CIAA selections, 6-foot guard
Darren Clark (16.5 ppg.). 6-4 for-
ward Byron Westmoreland (14.6
ppg.) and 7-foot center Travis Hy-
man (10.0 ppg., league-best 8..4 re-
bounds pg., and 2.3 blocks pg.).
The power from the women's
side is thought to come from the
Southern Division where the two 20-
game winners reside.
Jacques Curtis's Southern Divi-
sion champ Shaw Lady Bears (20-6,
15-1, 9-1) came within a last-second
buzzer beater at Johnson C. Smith of
a perfect conference record. Shaw is

Hoops Notes

Mississippi Valley State (18-11, 17-0 SWAC) has run away with the regular
season men's SWAC title by five games and closes the season at Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Thursday. Sean Woods' Delta Devils will be the March 5-10 SWAC Tournament in
Garland, Texas's top men's seed. The MVSU Lady Delta Devils (16-12, 13-4) should
be able to get a win at 1-27 UAPB Thursday to clinch the women's regular season title
and tournament top seed.
Savannah State (20-10,13-2 MEAC) needs awin over Maryland-Eastern Shore
Thursday or a loss by Norfolk State (21-9, 12-3) at North Carolina A&T Thursday
to wrap up its first men's MEAC regular season basketball title and No. 1 seed for next
week's Tournament (March 5-10) in Winston-Salem, N.C. in its first year of eligibility.
A loss by Savannah State and win by Norfolk State would give the regular season title
and No. 1 tourney seed to NSU, who defeated SSU 60-58 in their only head-to-head
meeting on Dec. 3. It would also be the first MEAC regular season title and No. 1 seed
for the Spartans. For the women, two-time defending Tournament champion Hampton
(22-4, 14-1 MEAC) has wrapped up the regular season title and top seed for next week's
tournament headed into its final game Thursday at home vs. N.C. Central.

led by Defensive Player of the Year
Kyria Buford (12.8 ppg., 9.3 rpg.),
Aslea Williams (14.8 ppg.) and Se-
quoya Griffin (9.8 ppg.).
Vanessa Taylor's J.C. Smith
(20-5, 14-2, 8-2) squad counters
with Shavonda Price (14.5 ppg.),
Laqwesha Gamble (13.8 ppg.,
11.4 rpg.) and Terran Quatlebaum
(12.1 ppg.).

Dominance is not a theme in
the men's SIAC Tournament. It's
more like 'who can survive' coming
off a regular season where the top
teams, Tuskegee (16-10) and LeM-
oyne-Owen (16-10) had eight con-
ference losses, Clark Atlanta (15-
13) and Benedict (16-10) had nine,
Stillman (16-10) had ten and Paine
(14-12) 11. You get the picture.
No team in particular finished
in a rush though Michael Grant's
Tigers of Stillman won their last
five games including a season-end-
ing win over top-seed Tuskegee. Of
course that win streak began after
losses to Paine and Benedict. Suf-
fice it to say, the men's tournament
is wide open.
Defending women's tourney
champion Fort Valley State (20-6)
under 27-year head coach Lonnie
Bartley finished at 18-4 in the con-
ference to earn the top seed. Stillman
(19-5) finished only a game behind
FVSU at 17-5 and is second.
SIAC Player of the Year, senior
forward Jasmine Birdsong (10.9
ppg., 8.3 rpg.). leads the FVSU Lady
Wildcats and is complemented by
point guard Yasheeka Jones (11.3
ppg., 3.0 apg.). They will attempt to
lead Bartley to his 11th SIAC Tour-
nament title.
Phyllice Eubanks (16.8 ppg.)
and Jamilla McKinnis (14.8 ppg.,
8.3 rpg.) pace Coach of the Year
Cassandra Moorer's Stillman
Lady Tigers.

Savannah State @ Md.-E.Shore
NC Central @ Hampton
Morgan State @ Florida A&M
Coppin State @ B-Cookman
SC State @ Delaware State
Norfolk State @ NC A&T
Prairie View @Southem
Texas Southern @ Alcom State
Miss. Valley State @ Ark.-Pine Bluff
Grambling State @ Alabama State
Jackson State @ Alabama A&M

Grambling State @ Alabama A&M
Jackson State @ Alabama State
Texas Southern @ Southern
Prairie View @ Alcom State

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Virginia Union 7 3 9 7 12 13
BowieState 7 3 8 8 8 15
Virginia State 6 4 8 8 16 12
EliL CityState 4 6 7 8 13 13
Chowan 3 7 5 11 10 16
Lincoln 3 7 3 13 7 21
Shaw 9 1 15 1 20 6
J. C. Smith 8 2 14 2 20 5
W-Salem State 6 4 12 4 17 9
FayettevilleState 4 6 5 11 12 14
St. Augustine's 3 7 8 8 13 13
Livingstone 0 10 2 14 7 21
Keyona Bryant, 6-0, Sr., C, ST. AUGUSTINE'S
- Led CIAA in scoring (17.0 ppg.), finished third in
rebounding (9.7 pg.), while shooting .432 from the
field, .755 from the line.
Kyrla Buford, 6-1, Sr., F, SHAW Finished fourth in
the CIAA in rebounding (9.3 pg), second in blocks (2.0
pg.) while scoring 12.8 points per game.
Ashle Freeman, 56, Fr.,G, VA. UNION -Averaged 10.8
points per game while shooting .446 from the field.

Hampton 14 1 22 4
Howard 14 2 22 7
FloridaA&M 13 2 20 7
Coppin State 12 3 17 11
N. Carolina A&T 9 6 14 14
Bethune-Cookman 7 8 10 17
Md.-Eastern Shore 7 8 10 17
South Carolina State 7 8 12 14
Norfolk State 5 10 10 16
Morgan State 3 12 6 22
Savannah State 3 12 10 18
Delaware State 3 12 6 22
NC Central 1 14 3 25
PLAYER Kelara Avant, 5-11, Jr., F, HAMPTON
- Averaged a double-double of 16.0 points and
14.0 rebounds in two wins. Had 14 pts., 11 robs.,
2 assists and 2 steals vs. DSU, 18 pls., 17 robs.
in win over FAMU.
ROOKIE Tlerra Hawkins, 6-2, r-Fr., F, DSU
- Had 22 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists in
two games.
DEFENSE Demetria Frank, 5-9, Sr., G, B-CU
- Grabbed 13 rebounds, got 5 blocks and 9 steals
in Iwo wins.


Fort Valley State
Clark Atlanta
Albany State
Kentucky State

Jasmine Birdsong, 5-11, Sr., F, FT VALLEY
STATE Averaged 10.9 points, 8.3 rebounds in
loading Lady Wildcats to regular season tIle.
Jasmlne Davis, 5-7, Jr., 0, KENTUCKY STATE
- Averaged 14.7 points, shot 84.5 from FT
line and 45.7% from 3 and averaged 3 assists
per game,
April Thomas, 5-1, Fr., G, ALBANY STATE- Led
SIAC in scoring (18.5 ppg.), shot 33.5% from 3
and hit 3 3-pointers per game.

Miss. Valley St. 13 4 16 12
Southern 11 5 12 11
Alabama A&M 11 5 16 10
Alabama State 9 7 12 13
Jackson State 8 8 11 14
Grambling State 8 7 12 13
PrairieViewA&M 9 7 12 15
AlcomState 8 8 10 18
Texas Southern 2 14 4 23
Ark. Pine Bluff 1 16 1 27
De'Klshe Fondon, 5-6, Sr., G/F, MVSU Had 16
points in close wins over Grambling and Jackson
Stale keeping MVSU atop the standings. Added
5 rebounds and 6 steals in double OT win vs
JSU, 5 assists, 5 rebounds and 2 steals vs. GSU.
Averaged 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 steals in
Ihn tvo wins,
Brittany Lakes, 5-10, Jr., F, MVSU Had 16
points, 9 rebounds, 1 block and 2 steals in win
over Jackson State. Came back to get 13 points
and 6 boards in win over Grambling. Averaged
14.5 poinsin the two wins.

UDC 21 5
Xavier (La.) 22 8
Central State 14 11
Lincoln (Mo.) 14 12
W. Va. State 11 15
Tennessee State 9 19
Cheyney 0 26


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Lent Worship Services at St. Thomas
The church family of St. Thomas Missionary Baptist Church, 5863
Moncrief Rd. Jacksonville, Fl., 32209, under the guidance of Pastor Ernie
L. Murray Sr., will have Lent Worship Service each Wednesday, February
22nd April 4th. The public is invitedto attend every Wednesday night at
7:00p.m. For more information, call 768-8800.

Cycle Ministry Seeks Participation
Rydas 4 Righteousness Christian Motorcycle Ministry Jacksonville
Chapter teamed up with Colon Cancer Alliance to bring awareness by host-
ing a Colon Cancer Charity Event Weekend. March 23, 2012 March 25,
2012. The weekend includes a Charity Walk, Motorcycle Ride and Bike
Blessing.Contact Ruth at 674-4333 or r4r.ruth@gmail.com.

Celebrate Coach Washington
Celebrate Coach Nathaniel Washington at a special celebration at Bethel
Baptist Institutional Church, Saturday March 3rd at Bethel Baptist
Institutional Church in the Multi-Purpose Room. A reception begins at 4
p.m.. with dinner at 5:30 p.m. For ticket information, contact Harriet Jarrett
at 766-0881 or Johnny McCray, Chairman at 768-6872.

Young Adult Conference
If you are interested in mentoring young adults, plan to attend the Reclaim
Gathering conference, March 23rd 24th at 10:00 a.m., Riverside Park
UMC, 819 Park Street. The conference is designed to inspire a new gener-
ation to reclaim their spot in the world. For more information and registra-
tion visit www.reclaimgathering.com or email reclaim@campustocity.org
or call (904) 672-6537.

Mt. Lebanon Celebrating
Church and Pastor Anniversary
Mt. Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church, located at 9319 Boulevard,
invites the community to share in a celebration commemorating their 36th
church and 2nd Pastoral Anniversary of their shepherd, Rev. Freddie
Summer Pastor. The celebration theme is "God's people walking in expec-
tation." My soul, wait thou only upon God: for my expectation is from him
"Psalm 62:5 Service will begin at 4: p.m. on Sunday March 11th with Dr.
Glenn Foreman, Sr. Resurrection Baptist Church, Christian Center. March
18th Elder Lee Harris of Mount Olive Primitive Baptist Church and
March 25th with Pastor Jeremiah Robinson Jr. of New Zion Baptist Church,
Femandina Beach Fla. For more information call (904) 527-1762.

Seeking the lost for Christ
Matthew 28:19 20

Pastor Landon Williams

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.

Bethel Hosts Diva Day

Shown above is Tasha Cobb, Robin Ware and hostess Kimberly
McKissick looking at Dr. Medina Pullings preaching the word from the

pulpit floor. Silver photo
The First Lady of Bethel Baptist
Institutional, Mrs. Kimberly
McKissick, presented Diva Day in
the Main Sanctuary to a rousing
The event was an overwhelming
smash with both tears and triumphs
being shared and acknowledged.
Hundreds of women flooded
Bethel's doors for the highly antici-
pated empowerment workshops.
Over 40 girls ages 14- 18 were min-

istered to by Elder Teresa Tuckerin
in a separate workshop. Topics
included "A Diva Is Prepared" by
Robin M. Ware and "A Diva Lives
A Life Of Faith" by Dr. Medina
Pullings. Praise and worship was
led by Tasha Cobb.
From the registration to the bene-
diction, participants experienced a
renewal of faith and confidence in
the miracle working power of

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Health Fair St. Paul
St. Paul Lutheran Church will
hold a community wide health fair
March 10th. 9:30 a.m. 2 p.m. at St
Paul Lutheran Church. Rev. James
Wiggins, Jr. Pastor
Free services include a blood
drive, pressure check, bone marrow
drive, breast cancer awareness,
caregiver check, cholesterol screen-
ing, CPR demonstrations, disaster
preparedness, eye health informa-
tion, glucose screening, heart
health, HIV/AIDS awareness, pro-
bate, wills, trust prostate awareness,
skin cancer awareness
There will also be a bounce
house, Antique Car Show and a
stage to showcase your talent
For more information, call 955-
7739 or 765-4219. The church is
located at 2730 Edgewood Ave. W.
Jacksonville, Fla.

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

Shown (L-R) are Lenten Retreat speakers C. Collistus Onwere, Pastor,
St. Pius Church of The Crucifixion, Glenn Parker of the Diocese of
Orlando, Fla and Anthony Bozeman Dioceses of New Orleans, La.
Church of the Crucifixion

Hosts Annual Lenten Retreat

St Pius V. Catholic Church joined the Church of The Crucifixion for their
Annual Lenten Retreat under the theme "Reviving the Catholic Spirit
Through Evangelization."
The purpose of the retreat is to invigorate the existing parishioners and
recruit new members through evangelization. The two churches alternated
between the youth and adult groups to share there life experiences to stim-
ulate the church to get busy and do the work of the Lord by going out and
spreading the gospel and inviting others to the Catholic ChurchR. Porter

Open Arms Presents 2nd
Annual Women's Conference
Under the theme, "Women of Grace and Gifts Pursuing the Glory", Open
Arms Christian Fellowship will present their annual Women's Conference.
It will be held, March 15-17, 2012. This year's event will include young
ladies ages 11-18 (Living, Laughing and Loving for Christ). Back by pop-
ular demand will be Pastor Jazmin Sculark of Shiloh Baptist Church, York,
Pa. Other special guests include Pastor Zelma Dickerson (Perez Ministries)
and. Paula Cotton (St. Paul Baptist Church). For more information call 766-
5797. The church is located at 2763 Dunn Avenue.

100 Women in White
The Church of God Women's Discipleship Ministry Department will be
hosting 100+ Women in White service, March 11, 2012 at 5:00p.m. The
theme is "Daughter of The King". Reverend La Verne Ramsey of Cocoa,
Fl, will be Guest Speaker. The Church of God Sanctuary of Praise is locat-
ed at 5755 Soutel Dr. Jacksonville, Fl., 32219, Sister Alva E. Lockley
Women's Discipleship Ministry, President Bishop Dr. L. Martin Wright,
Senior Pastor.

Info Sought To Help Document
African American Neighborhoods.
Information is being gathered on African American communities in
Jacksonville. Presently the concentration is on La Villa-Downtown,
Brooklyn, Campbell Hill, Mixon Town, New Town, College Park, Sugar
Hill, Durkeeville, and all other (approximately 11) established neighbor-
hood with the city.
The purpose is to identify and document various geographical areas and
record individual accounts of the history, vitality, challenges, etc. of these
communities in the words of the people who lived there.
If you have lived or worked in any of these areas prior to 1980 and wish to
give information on the area's boundaries, people, institutions, organiza-
tions, business and/or general characteristics, call (904) 402-2205 and leave
your name and telephone number at which you can be reached. From
Frances Yvonne Hicks, 1973 Ribault Scenic Dr. Jacksonville, Fl, 32208
telephone (904) 765-9472.

Bethel Baptist Institutional Church

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

Weekly Services

r Sunday Morning Worship Midweek Services
7:40 a.m. and 10:40 a.m. Wednesday Noon Service
.- "Miracle at Midday"
Church school 12 noon-1 p.m.
9:30 a.m. The Word from the Sons
Bible Study and Daughters of Bethel
Bishop Rudolph 6:30 p.m. 3rd Sunday 4:00 p.m
McKissick, Sor ome sare In oly Communion on Ist Sundayat 740 and 10:40a.m.
Senior Pastor

Bishop Rudolph
McKissick, Jr.
Senior Pastor

rH iw Grace and Peace
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Disciples of Christ Cbristiao Fellowship
*A Full Gospel Baptist Church *

Worship with us LIVE
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What's the Best Diet for Y

What's the Best Diet for You,

Okay, part of the battle has
already been won: You know you
need to lose weight and you're
mentally prepared to get started.
Which plan should you choose?
There are a few out there, after all.
So, how
d o

Experts who counsel overweight
patients say there are two keys:
Know yourself. That means
being honest about what you will

and won't do, long-term
Know your needs. Evaluate
and pick the diet that best suits
you, watching out for key phrases
or promises that are probably too
good to be true.
Who Are You?
Choosing a weight-loss plan
that's going to work "takes
some self-reflection." said
Amy Jamieson-Petonic, a
registered dietitian who
directs wellness
coaching at the
Cleveland Clinic
and is a spokes-
woman for the
SDietetic a
"Are you an
online type who
likes to chat?"
she said. "Or do
you want a for-
mal meeting?"
Some people
find that plans that
offer prepared
meals help them
se stick to the plan
because it takes the
whole portion-control
task out of their hands, said
Suzanne Farrell, a registered
dietitian in Denver who also is an
association spokeswoman.
As far as accountability,
Jamieson-Petonic said, it's impor-
tant to figure out if you'll do all
right by weighing yourself at home

-- and can be honest about it -- or if
you would do better by going
somewhere where your weight
would be charted by someone else.
"Think about and analyze how
you currently eat." said Judy
Rodriguez. a professor of nutrition
at the University of North Florida
and author of The Diet Selector, in
which she rates diets based on
long-term flexibility and other fac-
"We are all unique in our food
preferences, values, lifestyle, etc.,
so it seems like trying to 'fit' your-
self into someone else's plan is
likely to have only short-term ben-
efits, if any," Rodriguez said.
What Do You Need?
Once you know what features
you need in a weight-loss plan,
look closely at the plans that seem
to fit. And be sure that ones you are
interested in are scientifically
sound, Farrell said.
Key factors to look for, she said,
Does the plan include a variety
of foods?
Does it include high-fiber
Does it educate you on the
value of foods that are low in satl--
rated fat?
Does it tell you about "good".
fats, such as olive oil?
In addition, Farrell said, "look
for a plan that emphasizes physical-'
activity and encourages eating reg-
ularly throughout the day." .
And watch out for claims ahid.

promises that sound too good to be
true, Farrell added. A common
one, she noted, is rapid weight
"It should be no greater than two
pounds a week," she said.
She's also skeptical of plans that
say no exercise is needed. Weight
loss means a lifestyle change, she
said, and maintaining the loss is
best done by keeping an eye on
food intake and on staying active.
Another red flag, Farrell said, is
a plan that totally eliminates foods
or food groups.
But whatever plan you choose,
focus on making small changes to
your eating and activity habits,
Rodriguez said. Look at what you
currently eat and.then figure out
how you could make small' healthy
changes. :, -.'
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Jones Family Celebrates

53rd Wedding Anniversary
Lawrence and Hannah Jones celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary
last weekend at home with family and friends. Over 30 well wishers
enjoyed good food and the anniversary cake late until the night.
Lawrence (LV) and Hannah Jones were married on February 22, 1959 at
John's Baptist Church, Jacksonville, FL. They have three children:
Lawrence Jones, Monica Jones Brown (Angelo) and State Representative
Mia Jones (George Davis). They also have three grandchildren: Ashley
and Ashton Brown and Kiah Jones. FMPowell

Black GOPs
Continued fom page 4
then Lt. Gov. Michael Steele was
able to capture more than 20 per-
cent of the Black vote in
Maryland's U.S. Senate race but
that was still very negligible for a
Black candidate with extensive
local roots and who never shied
away from his Blackness.
Many Republican strategists and
candidates alike are quick to attrib-
ute those dismal ratings to Black

dismissiveness. "It's hard. We get
called 'racists,' but we're expected
to go out and do outreach with these
people," complains one veteran
white GOP campaign expert who
wanted to speak off the record.
Visibly angered by the question, the
senior aide to numerous Republican
campaigns accused Black voters of
"setting unfair expectations."
Hence, Republican insiders point
to the math in recent primaries. For
example, only 2 percent of Black
voters in South Carolina are regis-


tered Republicans. To make it
worse, only 1 percent of South
Carolina primary voters in January
were Black and that was in an
"open primary" where voters of all
partisan stripes can vote. In Florida,
it was the same: only 1 percent.
And, in Iowa (where there are size-
able pockets of African Americans),
Black votes didn't even register on
a significant scale.
The problem is two-fold. The
Republican Party's southern strate-
gy in the 1960s alienated Black yot-

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ers in the race for southern white
and segregationist votes. This has
led to the prevailing image of a
political party either constantly
attacking major Black policy prior-
ities, or serving as the face of insti-
tutionalized political racism. But
there is also the problem of African
Americans refusing to force the two
major political parties to compete
for their voters. Most are fiercely
loyal to the Democratic Party to the
point where such affiliations are
based more on personal considera-

tions than political interests.
Political strategist Princella
Smith argues that because African
Americans vote "lopsidedly
Democrat 80 percent to 90per-
cent of the time," the Republican
Party fails to see any prospect of a
return on the investment. "Why
should I campaign to a community
who will reject me as soon as I get
to the front door?"
Ron Thomas, a Black Republican
and former senior advisor to Rep.
Michelle Bachmann's, R-Minn.,

failed presidential bid, agrees,
quickly arguing that the GOP's
enthusiastic focus on Latino voters
should be something for Black
Republicans and African Americans
in general to worry about. "I have a
bottom line philosophy: You have
to have tensions on both sides of the
aisle. We're the only culture where
we don't make the political parties
compete for our vote. Until we
decide as a people that we're going
to do that, we're going to stay in the
same situationwe're in right now."

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Ritz Jazz Jamm
The March Ritz Jazz Jamm will
feature singer SIMONE on
Saturday, March 3rd, at 7 p.m. and
10 p.m. Tickets on sale now. For
more information call (904) 632-
5555or email ritztheatre@coj.net.

UniverSoul Circus
The UniverSoul Circus will return
to Jacksonville February 28-
March 4th. The big top tent will be
headquartered by the Prime
Osborne Convention Center. For
more information, contact
Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000.

Spoken Word
at the Ritz
Once a month the Ritz offers an
open mic for poets and poetry
lovers of all ages. Show off your
own talent for verse, or just come,
listen and soak up the creative
atmosphere. The next one is
Thursday, March 1st at 7 p.m. For
more information, call 632-5555.

Harlem Globetrotters
The Harlem Globetrotters will
bring their 2012 World Tour to
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial
Arena on Friday March 2, 2012, at
7:00 p.m. To purchase tickets visit
www.ticketmaster.com or by phone
at (800) 745-3000.

Grammy Award-winning and plat-
inum selling singer, actress and
entrepreneur Monica will be in con-
cert Friday, March 2nd, at 8 p.m.
at the Florida Theater, 128 East
Forsyth Street. For more informa-
tion call (904) 355-2787 or visit

Amateur Night
at The Ritz
Modeled after Amateur Night at
the famed Apollo Theatre in
Harlem, contestants compete for
cash prizes and let the audience be
the judge. Friday, March 2nd,
7:30 p.m. at the Ritz Theatre and
Museum, 829 N. Davis Street for
more information call (904) 632-
5555 or email ritztheatre@coj.net.

Mayor's Walk for
Senior Wellness
Join Mayor Brown on Saturday
March 3rd for a Senior Wellness
Walk at Metropolitan Park.
Festivities kick off at 9 a.m. For
more information, call 630-0837.

SIMONE Speaks on
Mother Nina Simone
Simone, daughter of music icon
Nina Simone will perform two
shows ( 7 and 10 p.m..) at the Ritz
Theatre ad Museum, Saturday,
March 3rd. SIMONE and her
band will be performing an eclectic
evening of pop, soul, jazz, rock and
funk from her current CD,
SIMONE on Simone. For tickets
contact the Ritz box office at 632-
555 or visit

Trail of Tails
The 4th annual Trail of Tails: Fun
Walk and Festival is Saturday,
March 3rd. The fundraising event
is for people and their pets, and
benefits the Jacksonville Humane
Society. The Trail of Trail happens
from 10 a.m. p.m. For registra-
tion and more information visit
www.jaxhumane.org or call (904)

The Jacksonville Bar Association
and Jacksonville Area Legal Aid are
offering an "Ask-A-Lawyer" event
on Saturday, March 3rd, 9 a.m. -
noon., at the Gateway Town Center.
Attorneys will conduct individual,
10-to-15-minute consultations.
Interested persons should contact
Kathy Para, Esq. at (904) 356-8371,
ext. 363 or email kathy.para@jaxle-

Presenting Wynton
Marsalis with Jazz
Acclaimed jazz artist Wynton
Marsalis will be in concert with the
Lincoln Center Orchestra, Sunday
March 4th at 8 p.m. at the Florida
Theatre. For more information call

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.

Tribute to the Late
Dr. Carolyn Williams
In honor of International Women's
Day, there will be a Memorial
Tribute to Dr. Carolyn Williams,
Thursday, March 8th, 11:30 a.m. to
1:30 p.m. at the River City Brewing
Company, 835 Museum Circle. For
more information call 904) 398-
2299 or visit

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.

Museum and a Movie
Enjoy the movie "Remember the
Titans," the true story of a newly
appointed African-American coach
and his high school team on their
first season as a racially integrated
unit. It will be shown Saturday,
March 17th at 11 a.m. at the Ritz
Theater, 829 N. Davis Street for
more information call (904) 632-
5555 or email ritztheatre@coj.net.

MOSH After Dark:
Trivia Night
Museum of Science and History
(MOSH) presents "MOSH After
Dark: Trivia Night," Thursday,
March 22nd, 1025 Museum Circle.
For more information call (904)
396-MOSH or visit www.the-

Stanton Class of
1972A11 Class Party
Calling all Classes of 1972 -
Raines, Ribault, Jackson, Lee,
Wolfson, etc. The Stanton Class of
1972 is hosting the first ever com-
bined event "Spring Dance All
Classes of 1972 ," Saturday, March
24, 2012, 8 p.m. 2 a.m. at the
Prince Community Center, 3315
North Liberty Street. Food, fun, old
school and line dance. For more
info email

Great Atlantic
Music Festival
The metroPCS Great Atlantic
Music Festival will kick off their
festival season on Saturday,
March 24th, at noon at the
Jacksonville Beach Pavilion. The
free festival offers live music, fresh
seafood, a festival market place,
surf contest, and rides and games
for the entire family. For more
information visit www.greatat-
lanticmusicfest.com or contact
Amy Galbreath at 923-0995.

DEEN Swings
Fore Diabetes
Swing to help DEEN raise money
for diabetes, Thursday, March 29th
at 7 a.m., at the Country Club of
Orange Park, 2525 Country Club
Blvd. Enjoy golf and participant in
hole-in-one, raffle tickets, longest
drive, putting challenge, lunch and
awards ceremony. For more infor-
mation contact Rick at 881-4924 or
email mhenry@deendevelopment.org.

Dee Dee Bridgewater
To Billie with Love: A Celebration
of Lady Day featuring, Grammy
and Tony Award winning artist, pro-

ducer, U.N. Ambassador and host of
NPR's JazzSet, Dee Dee
Bridgewater focuses her talents on
material immortalized by the enig-
matic Billie Holiday. Ritz Theater,
Saturday, March 31st, at 8:00 p.m.,
For more information, call 632 -
5555 or email ritztheatre@coj.net.

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. Call 633-
6110 or visit

Miracle on
Ashley Street
The Clara White Mission's 15th
annual "Miracle on Ashley Street"
Celebrity Chef and Servers event
will be held, Friday, May 18th, 11
a.m. to 1 p.m. The annual event is
held to raise funds to benefit and
address the homeless and critical
demands for the homeless and low-
income. For more information con-
tact Lynn Jones at
ljones@clarawhitemisson.org or
call (904) 354.4162.

Matthew W. Gilbert

Friends and Family Night
Each month, alumni of Jacksonville's historically black schools are
invited to meet at the Ritz Theatre and Museum to see the exhibit, "More
Than a Game: African American Sports in Jacksonville, 1900-1975,".
Share memories of their school days and participate in conversations
about current issues in our schools. Re-connect with classmates, teachers
and coaches. Add your stories and memorabilia to the exhibit! Tuesday,
March 20th, 6:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. at the Ritz Theatre and Museum, 829
N. Davis Street for more information call (904) 632- 5555 or email

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Sa After Earning and Losing $80M

Shown above at the red carpet premiere are (I-R) Earl Kitchens, Jr., Welton Coffey, Mistress of
Ceremonies Tammy McGriff, Orian Reddick and Rev. David Thomas. All are graduates of the high school
except Coffey who led the football team to a state championship. T Austin photo

Raines Alumni and Supporters Turn Out

for Red Carpet Documentary Premiere

Alumni, supporters, past faculty
and students nearly filled the capac-
ity of the Raines' High School audi-
torium for the "We Remember
Raines" premiere. Held last week-
end, the documentary is based on
its' historical contributions.
The red carpet premiere was
hosted by members of the
Rainesmen Club. There was a short

program preceding the premiere
which included a welcome by
Raines Principal Tony Bellamy,
Roll Call by Tammy McGriff and a
rousing rendition of the school
song. Reflections were provided by
Iris Northern, the school's longtime
administrator who has served there
for 35 years.
The documentary, produced and

directed by Class of 1989 graduate
Emanuel Washington, features a
historical perspective of the school,
which was built post desegregation.
It includes a variety of newsreels
and interviews of past faculty, stu-
dents and historians giving first-
hand accounts. It covers the school
from the political climate surround-
ing its' inception to the present.

Houston's "Sparkle" Will Be Released As Planned

SSpaks a Whtey Hust sta the Spakle emake.

Jordin Sparks and Whitney Houston star in the Sparkle remake.

The late Whitney Houston's
upcoming movie "Sparkle" will
still be released as planned, accord-
ing to Sony Pictures and reported
by The Hollywood Reporter:
Houston's final film project, which
is slated for an August 17 release,
would have marked the beginning
of a film comeback for the iconic
singer. "Sparkle" is the remake of a
1976 film with the same title that
drew critical praise. The film is a
sage of a trio singing sisters, and at
the time the original premiered,
there was speculation that it was
loosely based upon the life of Diana

Ross and the Supremes and of their
climb to fame. Houston has
appeared in three films, "The
Bodyguard" Waiting to Exhale, and
The Preacher's Wife" over the
course of her career. Each of her
movie roles garnered positive
reviews and were box office suc-
cesses, grossing million in distribu-
tion worldwide. "This would have
been a big, big comeback. She is so
brilliant in it, "Howard Rosenman,
who is an executive producer on the
new film, said of Houston's per-
formance to the Hollywood
Reporter, who produced the origi-

nal movie and has a story credit on
the remark had seen a rough cut of
the film Friday night and said, "I
was just raving about her perform-
ance, she was so great in it. I'm just
in shock. Singer and former
American Idol winner Jordin
Sparks has the lead role in the
remake, and Houston plays her
mother. Comedian Mike Epps also
has a co-starring role in the film.
Two of Houston's final recordings
are also featured in the film, "Eyes
on the Sparrow" and "Celebrate"
the latter which will be the closing
song as the credit roll.

Just because
football star
Terrell Owens
Shas earned
1 $80 million
over the
course of his
career doesn't
mean he's
B. immune to
Owens, the
star wide-
receiver notorious for his off-field
antics, is facing foreclosure on two
of his Dallas condominiums,
according to RealtyTrac, a real
estate site that tracks foreclosure
filings. The two upscale condos,
which are less than three miles
apart, will be auctioned on March 6,
according to RealtyTrac.
One of the condos is at the luxu-
ry Azure Condominiums, and the
other is at 3701 Commerce Street,
according to RealtyTrac.
Owens isn't the first athlete to fall
on tough financial times. More than
three-fourths of retired NFL players
lose their fortune within two years,
and sixty percent of NBA players
become financially insolvent within
five years of quitting.
Owens has lost nearly all of his
money due to bad investments and
steep child support payments,
according to a recent profile in GQ.
In addition, expensive mortgage
payments on his multiple properties
have become unsustainable. Owens'
property in Atlanta is on the market,
and he sold a place in south Jersey
for less than half the amount that he
had paid for it, according to GQ.
Exacerbating his financial trou-
bles, Owens, who has had an NFL

career that includes stints in San
Francisco, Dallas Cincinnati,
Philadelphia and Buffalo was
unemployed in 2011 because he
needed to recover from a surgery on
his left knee.
But Owens has a job in football
again. He scored three touchdowns
on Sunday night in his first game
for the Indoor Football League's
Allen Wranglers, according to
Yahoo! Sports.
Though Owens may be one of the
most notable Americans facing
foreclosure, he's not alone. About
1.4 million homeowners are in the
foreclosure process, according to

CoreLogic. And approximately one
in five homeowners owe more on
their homes than they are worth,
according to CoreLogic.
But substantial help for these
homeowners doesn't appear to be
arriving any time soon. Though
some troubled borrowers will
receive money and principal reduc-
tions thanks to the recent national
mortgage settlement, the mortgage
giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
-- which hold or guarantee nearly
half of all outstanding mortgages --
refuse to consider partial loan for-
giveness to allow troubled borrow-
ers to stay in their homes.

Tyra Banks Graduates from Harvard
| .~ Tyra Banks, the America's Next Top
Model creator and host, has graduated
with a certificate from the
SI Owner/President Management
Program at Harvard Business School in
Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Banks, who dropped out of Loyola
Marymount University to pursue mod-
eling at age 17, enrolled in the presti-
gious program to better her brand.
"In order for my company to grow
and be the best, and to reach these
women, and to serve them, I needed the
best," the Bankable Productions CEO
told CBS News in 2011. "So I went to
the best."
Banks, now 38, admitted that her
decision to pursue higher education
was met with skepticism at first. "When people have low expectations,
you're just constantly going, 'Ta-da!' And they're like 'Wow!"' she said. "It
doesn't take a lot to wow them."
Prior to her Harvard education, Banks was lauded for being the first
African American woman to appear on the covers of GQ and the Sports
Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. The California native has appeared in a hand-
ful of films (Life-Size, Coyote Ugly) and hosted her own talk show, The
Tyra Banks Show, which ran from 2005-2010.


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With Mass Incarceration of Blacks in

U.S. Prisons, Jim Crow is Still Alive

First Lady Michelle Obama views The Slave Pen exhibit while touring the National Underground
Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, Feb. 23, 2012. Pictured, from left, are: Dina Bailey, Associate
Curator of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center; Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory; Verna
Williams; and Allison Singleton. (Official White House Photo by Sonya N. Hebert)

50 Cent on a Mission in Somalia

but who knew that in real life, the
.. : bad boy spends most of his time by
Himself working, doesn't drink or
smoke, and meditates regularly.
S.. Breaking from his hard Queens,
-- NY image (which is hard to do
when you get shot 9 times), 50
announced on Twitter back in
September that he was trying to
make a difference and would be
donating a billion meals to the hun-
gry around the world. He recently
made his way to a refugee camp in
Dolo, Somalia with Dan Harris
with ABC News in support of the
United Nations World Food
Program. The UN had reservations
about 50 Cent due to his image but
he told them he was looking for
more meaning in his life. He also
revealed that his fans may not
understand his softer side.
"I want to be more, not just as an
artist but as a person. My lega-
tap artist 50 cent vowed to make a difference internationally. cy...what's left behind. I don't want
ient raps about being in the hooking up with women, selling to be a guy who's just remembered
getting drunk, getting shot at, drugs and just living that street life, for writing a few cool songs."

by May Mgbolu
Every year, Black History Month
celebrates the historical African
American struggle to gain access to
full rights as American citizens.
Many have a distorted image of the
progression of African Americans,
assuming that civil rights struggles
are a thing of the past. Today. a
new generation of second-class
citizenship has developed. What
was once a category based on
race has now transformed into
a classification associated with
those who hold criminal
records. And the biggest bar-
rier they face is the ability
to get a job after being
released from prison.
In the 1960s, the civil
rights movement was the
largest full-scale
response to decades of
Jim Crow laws that limited
African American participation as
citizens. Today's policies have
resulted in a new system of mass
incarceration that is replicating the
second-class citizenry of the Jim
Crow era. Just as Jim Crow once
directly targeted African
Americans, mass incarceration con-
tinues to fall disproportionately on
communities of color. Those arrest-
ed and incarcerated due to drug
offenses are overwhelming African
American. As a result, Africans
Americans and other minorities are
sentenced to incarceration at dis-
proportionately higher rates than
whites. However, this system does-
n't just focus on ethnic background
- it also affects low-income com-
munities across the nation at a sim-
ilar rate.
Americans with criminal records
face with the daily fear of being
stopped and frisked by officers, the
anxiety that the prison door can re-
open repeatedly not for commit-
ting a crime, but for simply missing
an appointment with a parole offi-
cer or failing to pay a court fee.
While Jim Crow deliberately disen-
franchised blacks through literacy
tests, today we openly deny ex-

felons the right to participate in the
democratic process. Voting rights
have yet to be formerly restored for
all second-class citizens in
The greatest struggle this
oppressed community continues to
face is the inability to
obtain legiti-
SI mate

With our prison population near-
ly 2.3 million, the number of
Americans with criminal records is
large and on the rise. A criminal
record eliminates someone's access
to jobs, housing, education, social
services, and voting rights.
Michelle Alexander, the author of
The New Jim Crow: Mass
Incarceration in the Age of
Colorblindness, explains that mass
incarceration operates as the Jim
Crow South once did, creating
tightly networked systems of laws,
policies, customs, and institutions
that reinforce a subordinate status.
I spoke with a friend of mine who
falls into this category and has been
turned away from job after job after
serving seven months in prison for
a drug-related felony. He participat-
ed in one ofArizona's rehabilitation
programs that help inmates prepare
to find a job after being released
from prison. Yet he struggles daily
looking for a job, being unable to
qualify for basic necessities such as
food stamps, and the constant fear

of harassment from officers, all due
to his drug felony.
He explained that after applying
to six jobs in a week, he was hired
as a chef. He was ecstatic to have
finally found a job. But the next
day, the company told him that cor-
porate headquarters said they could
not hire him.
Our policies suppress all individ-
uals with criminal records
through one applica-
tion question:
Have you ever
been arrested or
convicted? While
most Americans have
the privilege of over-
looking this question,
it creates barriers for all
individuals with crimi-
nal histories, particularly
Smith no federal law pro-
lubiting employers for dis-
criminating against individ-
uals ith criminal records.
Instead, the question allows
employers to immediately dis-
regard an application for merely
answering yes.
My friend explained that employ-
ers "try to tell you that this won't
affect you, but I know it does."
Therefore the "first thing I look at
on an application is if it asks for a
felony or something. If yes, I won't
bother because I don't get called
back." Experiences like his have
become normalized, promoting
unequal social standards.
Last month, Americans across the
nation celebrated the progress of
African Americans in the United
States. But we can't neglect the
caste system that continues to dis-
proportionately affect this commu-
nity. Mass incarceration has dimin-
ished the gains accomplished dur-
ing the civil rights movement and
expanded second-class citizenship
to 2.3 million people confined in
prisons and millions labeled as
criminals, ex-offenders, and con-
A version of this article original-
ly appeared on the New Deal 2.0.

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