Chi Eta Phi
Group Sues for First
Lady's Travels Records
A conservative legal group is suing the U.S. Air Force for access to first
lady Michelle Obama's travel records from a 2010 vacation to Spain.
Judicial Watch filed suit last week in the United States District Court for
the District of Columbia for access to all records pertaining to an August
2010 vacation taken by the first lady and her daughters including cost
estimates and passenger manifests.
"Evidently, American taxpayers were stuck with a sizable bill so Mrs.
Obama could tour around Spain with her family and friends, This admin-
istration, as a supposed steward of taxpayer dollars, has an obligation to
disclose the full costs of the Obama family's luxury trip," said Judicial
Watch president Tom Fitton in a statement.
The White House has insisted that the Spanish vacation was paid for by
the Obama family but taxpayers generally pick up the tab for securi-
ty and other assorted costs.
CNN Lifts Roland
CNN has lifted its monthlong suspension of
analyst and contributor Roland Martin, which
came after the TV talent tweeted what a few
considered to be anti-gay comments during the
One of the Tweets Martin, 43, posted said, "If
a dude at your Super Bowl party is hyped about
David Beckham's H&M underwear ad, smack
the ish out of him!"
He later apologized, stating he is not a fan of soccer the sport
Beckham is known for and that he was not referring to sexuality,
directly or indirectly, he was mocking soccer fans not homosexuals.
Nonetheless, after harsh criticism from individuals and groups, including
the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the network
suspended Martin, at the time releasing a statement saying, "Language
that demeans is inconsistent with the values and culture of our organiza-
tion, and is not tolerated."
Martin has been a regular contributor to CNN since 2007.
Minority FDNY Firefighters Could
Receive More Than $128 Million
Federal judge says another hearing will determine amount owed
Blacks and Latinos affected by discrimination in New York City's fire-
fighter entrance exams lawsuit could receive more than $128 million in
back wages, according to a federal judge.
U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis recently said that a hearing would
have to be held to determine how much each individual claimant would
receive, but the number could exceed $100 million.
In New York City more than half of the eight million residents belong
to a racial or ethnic minority. Only nine percent of the 11,200 uniformed
firefighters, however, are Black or Hispanic.
In an effort to increase diversity in the workforce, Garaufis ruled that an
independent monitor must be appointed to oversee fair hiring in the New
York Fire Department in October. Just two years prior, in 2009, Garaufis
ruled that the firefighter hiring test was discriminatory and that it was
being used to intentionally discriminate against Black and Hispanic
City lawyers say the opinion is "erroneous" and that the city will owe
far less than $128 million.
Black Teens Win Polo Championship
In a sport associated more
with royalty and the well-
to-do suburban country
club set than the inner city,
q ta Philadelphia reign
'last weekend, a team from
TS, C Philadelphia's Work to
IluRide polo program cap-
W k dtured the United States
1 Polo Association
in Charlottesville, Va., tak-
ing the crown for the sec-
ond consecutive year.
They defeated a team from Palm Springs, California's El Dorado Polo
Club 20 to 19 in a nail-biting arena polo shootout.
Work to Ride shocked the polo world last year when it fielded the first
all-black team to win the championship. This year, shock turned to awe
as Work to Ride entered the tournament as the team to beat ...
Polo is considered a rich man's game. The cost of a horse, equipment
and travel (with the horse) is daunting. Hiner created Work to Ride, a
non-profit organization, in 1994 to help disadvantaged Philadelphia
youth ages seven to 19 improve themselves through activities centered
around horsemanship, equine sports and education.
The program takes its name from what is expected of those who enter
it. About 20 boys and girls learn to ride horses at no cost. In return, the
students must maintain their grades and work barn chores at Fairmont
Park's Chamounix Stables, Work to Ride's home base.
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Volume 25 No. 21 Jacksonville, Florida March 15-21, 2012
Unemployment Rate Falls Nationally
While it Rises for Black America
WASHINGTON U.S. employ-
ers added 227,000 jobs in February
to complete three of the best
months of hiring since the recession
began. The unemployment rate was
unchanged, largely because more
people streamed into the work
The Labor Department said Friday
that the unemployment rate stayed
at 8.3 percent last month, the lowest
in three years.
rose slightly from 13.6 to 14.1 per-
cent, but black teen joblessness
continued to improve dropped from
38.5 to 34.7
And hiring in January and
December was better than first
thought. The government revised
those figures to show 61,000 an
The economy has now generated
an average of 245,000 jobs in the
past three months. The only stretch
better since the recession began was
in early 2010.
That bodes well for President
Barack Obama's re-election
chances, although he's still likely to
face the highest unemployment rate
of any post-war president.
Last month's hiring was broad-
based and in both high-paying and
Manufacturing, mining, and profes-
sional services, such as accounting,
all added jobs.
Steve Harvey Makes Dreams Come True
for Raines' Student Dorian Sullivan
Shown above is Raines High School student
Dorian Sullivan with film star LaMann Rucker. Silver
By Rhonda Silver
From March 8-11, 2012 the Walt
Disney World Resort hosted the 5th
Annual Disney's Dreamers
Academy with multi-media talent,
Steve Harvey and Essence
Magazine. Each year thousands of
essays are submitted to DDA but
only 100 students are selected to
share their dreams, and learn from
the experts how they might be
achieved. "Dream big! Realize and
take advantage of the possibilities
and opportunities available through
this experience", said Eugene
Campbell- VP Domestic Disney
Parks & Resorts.
This year Jacksonville is
applauding two of its own dream-
ers. DDA 2010 Alumni Niki
Dawson's experience gave her the
courage and confidence to compete
and win on the TV Show, "The
Voice", and Dorian Sullivan a sen-
ior at Raines High who dreams of
one day becoming President of the
For three days, the youth were
treated to an all expense paid trip
for themselves and a guardian to
Walt Disney World. While there,
they were exposed to a variety of
celebrity and field experts in volved
in their dream careers.
In attendance was Mikki Taylor
of Essence Magazine, gospel artist
Yolanda Adams, motivational
speaker Jonathan Sprinkles, Chef
Jeff Henderson, director Will
Packer, BET host Terrence J, BET
Network President Stephen Hill,
Continued on page 10
Mrs. Willye L. Dennis
Loss of Civil
Jacksonville native and civil
rights pioneer Willye F. Clayton-
Dennis passed on Friday, March
9, 2012 (March 14, 1926 March
9, 2012) at the age of 85. The for-
mer daycare owner led a dynamic
career ranging from librarian and
NAACP President to an elected
official. A 1943 graduate of Old
Stanton High School, Mrs.
Dennis furthered her studies at
Walker Business College, Clark-
Atlanta University with a Master
of Library Science Degree.
As a librarian, she was the first
black woman to be in charge of
Children Services for the
Jacksonville Public Library and
brought national attention to the
city for her work in the area. She
also served as Adjunct Professor
at Edward Waters College and in
1978 she founded the Family
Cooperative Contd. on page 10
Mayor's Outreach for Mentoring Partnerships Continues
Members of the Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority with Mayor Brown after being inspired on mentoring. T.Austin photo
Mayor Brown walked into the
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority house full of
enthusiasm as he spoke of leader-
ship, business building and his
"learn to earn" mentoring program.
Each initiatives is designed to
promote and educate the city into a
new decade in addition to educating
young people and business owners
for a prosperous future. While
there, he spoke words detailing his
past experience in the White House,
and his dedicated family mentors
including his mom, grandmother
and pastor and how they influenced
him as a young man.
Long time supporter, Chapter
Basileus Dr. Victoria Bryant-
Riggins, stood at the podium and
conveyed to her sisters, "when
Mayor Brown was running for
mayor, my husband and I said he's
the people's mayor."
Following his address, Mayor
Brown answered questions and had
the sorors of Zeta Phi Beta in awe
of his spirit and his vision for
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March 15-21, 2012
age s. erry s ree ress
Modeled after Harlem's "Amateur
Night at the Apollo," the best talent
in the Jacksonville area presents on
stage and needs you to be the judge.
Acts compete for a big cash prize
and a shot at making it to the
Amateur Night Finals.Check it out
March 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Ritz
Theatre and Museum. Call 632-
5555 for more information.
Orange Park Adult Medicine and
Haven Hospice will host the 4th
Annual Orange Park Adult
Medicine Community Health Fair,
Saturday, March 17th, 10:00 a.m.
to 3:00 p.m., at the Orange Park
Town Hall, 2042 Park Avenue.
Activities include health screen-
ings, blood sugar checks, vision,
hearing, skin cancer, nutrition and a
physical fitness demonstration.
There will also be free activities for
children. For more information call
264-9565 or email
email@example.com or visit
Tyrese in Concert
R&B singer, actor and author
Tyrese, will be in concert Sunday
March 18th at the Florida Theater,
128 East Forsyth Street For more
information call (904) 355-5661.
MOSH After Dark:
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-
Bedynamik Production presents
the stage play "Blak. Woman
Dynamik-ReBoRn," by Jana Morea
Bradley. It will be held Friday,
March 23rd and Saturday,
March 24th, at 7:00 p.m. at Theatre
Jacksonville, 2032 San Marco
Blvd. For more information call
(904) 382-5725 or visit www.bedy-
Stage Aurora Hosting
Stage Aurora Theatrical Company
will hold open auditions for the hit
musical "The Wizard of Oz" at the
Stage Aurora Performance Hall
located at 5188 Norwood Avenue
inside Gateway Town Center on
Saturday, March 24th from 1 6
p.m. We are seeking a talented mul-
ticultural cast. Auditions for the
musical are open to everyone from
nine years old to adult! Everyone
who is interested in auditions is
encouraged to do so even if it's your
first time! For more information
information, call (904) 765-7372 or
Boone Park Fine
The 2012 Jacksonville Fine Arts
Festival will take place March 24th
and 25th and will feature 150
artists. The festival will be held in
Boone Park, (Avondale area),
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
and Sunday, from 10:00 a.m. until
4:00 p.m. Music and entertainment
by the Ronan School of Music.
Commercial food vendors from
Avondale's finest restaurants will be
on site, there will also be a free kids
zone and free transportation from
FSCJ Kent campus. For more
information email firstname.lastname@example.org-
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
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.
Charlene Taylor Hill
Words and Wisdom
The Women's Center of
Jacksonville 2012 Speaker Series -
Women, Words and Wisdom, will
feature Charlene Taylor Hill speak-
ing on "Lessons Learned from Life
in the Middle". She will inform the
audience about how her life and
work have been influenced by
being in the middle of the "color
line". The session will be held on
Tuesday, March 27th at Theatre
Jacksonville, 2032 San Marco
Blvd. The reception starts at 5:30
p.m. and the lecture begins at 6:30
p.m. For more information contact
Gillian Ticehurst at (904) 722-3000
x 203 or visit www.womenscen-
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
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 email@example.com.
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, April 5th at 7 p.m. For
more information, call 632-5555.
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, April 6, 7:30
p.m. at the Ritz Theatre and
Museum, 829 N. Davis Street for
more information call (904) 632-
5555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Extras sought for TV show taping
The USA Network Series, Royal Pains, will be filming here from March
19 25. They need several hundred extras. They are looking for people
20-50 years of age who are fit. You will also need to wear nice clothes (as
the setting is The Hamptons). If this description applies to you, please
send your photo and bio ASAP to email@example.com.
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March 15-21. 2012
Andrew Jackson Students Get Up Close and Personal With the College Experience
Students from Andrew Jackson
High School just got a little bit clos-
er to furthering their education
career thanks to moms of Jack and
The Jacksonville Chapter recent-
ly presented a workshop to the stu-
dents in their "How to Lead Your
Ship" student leadership program.
The workshop, entitled "College
Admissions 101 & The College
Experience", was held on Saturday,
March 10th at Andrew Jackson
In its third year, the program
focuses on leadership skills and col-
lege preparation.. It is also a part of
Mayor Alvin Brown's, Mayor's
Attendees participated in an "Ice
Breaker Bingo" to encourage inter-
action and improve communication
between the participants and the
adult mentors and facilitators.
Kevin Cotton, Director of
Recruitment at Florida State
College of Jacksonville, served as
the guest speaker for the event and
provided students with important
facts and information to use during
the college admissions process.
Another high point of the workshop
was a College Panel discussion
between the students in the program
and a pre-selected group of current
college students and recent college
Shown above are college students and recent grads giving insight to the program's students. EWC student
Lauren Fleming (standing), is a graduate of the How to Lead Your Ship program.
graduates from schools including give back to their fellow students," Jack and Jill of America, Inc. has a
UNF, FAMU, EWC and UF. said Forchion, membership base of over 9,500
Chairperson, Marti Forchion The chapter's ultimate goal is to families and it is the oldest and
Chapman, was especially pleased to improve the confidence and college largest African-American family
have two participants from the 2011 enrollment rate of the students in organization in the United States.
program year of "How to Lead Your the program by providing them M i rit
Ship" (and Andrew Jackson High with information that will help MII In le
School graduates) serving on the them to navigate the college prepa-
panel as college freshman, ration process. in Q u
"Lauren Fleming and Timothy Jack and Jill of America, Inc is a In u e t
Griffin were very active in our lead- nonprofit African-American organi-
ership program while they were in zation of mothers who nurture According to a new report by the
high school at Andrew Jackson. future leaders by strengthening Bipartisan Policy Center, a
They were both very eager to share children ages 2-19 through chapter Washington think tank, the housing
their experiences with the younger programming, community service, crisis has eliminated large gains in
students I'm very proud of their legislative advocacy, and philan- home ownership among blacks and
accomplishments and their desire to thropic giving. Founded in 1938, Latinos.
Family Wants Answers for Teen Shot by
Neighborhood Watchman 17 Feet From His Home
ORLANDO, Fla. The case of
Trayvon Martin, the Orlando, FL,
teenager shot to death by a neigh-
borhood watch captain a month
ago, is gaining an intensifying
national media spotlight.
Over the weekend, Martin's fam-
ily said they believe the youth's
death was racially motivated and
that police had withheld informa-
tion pointing to the fact that the
shooter had a violent history.
Martin, a high school junior, was
shot and killed Feb. 26 after an
altercation with the head of a neigh-
borhood watch group in a suburb of
Sanford, FL. Before the incident,
Martin had been visiting his
father's fiance and his stepbrother
in a gated community.
George Zimmerman, the neigh-
borhood watch captain, saw Martin
and called police to report a "suspi-
cious person in the area."
Zimmerman, who is white, fol-
lowed Martin in his vehicle. A
police dispatcher told Zimmerman
to stand down and let police take
over. Zimmerman, however, appar-
ently got into an altercation with the
Black teenager. By the time police
arrived, Martin had been fatally
shot in the chest.
Over the weekend, Sybrina
Fulton, Martin's mother, said the
family thinks her son was killed
because he was Black.
"I'm a normal mother. I just want
justice for my son," Fulton said.
28-year-old Zimmerman said the
shooting was in self-defense. The
family's lawyer said public records
indicate that Zimmerman had been
arrested in 2005 in Orange County
on charges of resisting arrest with
violence and battery on a law
"They just lied to the family,"
said Benjamin L. Crump, the
Martin family lawyer. "They just
couldn't see why [Zimmerman]
would do anything wrong or be vio-
lent. But not only do you know the
guy killed this kid, because he
admitted to it, you knew that he has
a propensity for violence because of
his past record."
For blacks, the current level of
homeownership actually sits lower
than 1990 levels. "Between
2004-2006 and 2010, however,
homeownership rates dropped
sharply, and more so for Hispanic
and black households than for white
non-Hispanics," the study reads.
"The overall homeownership rate
of 65.1 percent in April 2010 was
1.1 percentage points lower than 10
years earlier. Blacks ended the
2010s with a lower homeownership
rate, 44.3 percent, than their 1990
rate of 45.2 percent and two per-
centage points lower than just 10
The study also said that the
homeownership rate among blacks
now trails that of whites by nearly
28 percent, higher than the gap in
That decline in homeownership
s Lose Major Ground
for Home Ownership
Figure 4. Changes in homeownership by race, 1990 to 2010
Total Hispanic White Black Other
has been disastrous for the wealth
blacks and Latinos. Between 2005
and 2009, Latinos lost two-thirds of
their median household wealth,
while blacks lost more than half,
according to a study by the Pew
There are those who give back not just during the month of February, but every month.
McDonald's Annual 365Black Awards honors them. Those who, every day, continue to
make a difference in the community. Because no matter how much they have achieved, they
still find the time to give back. Read more about our honorees at 36,LU\.'COTm,
Do You Know A Non-Profit that
Could Use of a New Toyota?
Good news! Toyota today opened applications for the return of
100 Cars for Good, a major national philanthropicprogram in
which we will be giving away 100 cars to 100 nonprofits overthe
course of 100 days. Last year, organizations in 31 states andthe
District of Columbia received new Toyotas vehicles that are
nowmaking a big impact in communities nationwide.
Could your organization or any of your members or nonprofit
partners make great things happen with a new vehicle? If so, I
hope you will spreadthe word. Application materials and com-
plete information on the program are available at www.100cars-
Applications are only open for a veryshort time for two weeks
(until Monday, March 26), or until 5,000 applications are
received, whichever comes first. So, be sure to act fast!
From these applications, 500 finalists willbe selected by an
independent panel of experts. Then starting in May, winners will
be selected each day through public voting on a special page on
Again, applications and additional information are available at
Other researchers have found that
during the housing boom, blacks
and Latinos were at least twice as
likely to receive high-interest loans
even after adjusting for the borrow-
er's incomes and the loan amount.
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Next Duval County Super Needs to be Dynamic
Duval County needs a new
dynamic Superintendent of
schools. Not to discriminate, but a
young person with energy, vision,
and passion would be ideal.
Last year, I sat and listened to a
presentation from thesuperinten-
dent of schools of Miami-Dade
County, Alberto M. Carvalho. Not
only was Carvalho passionate
about the school district's plan on
turning challenged schools around,
but he was extremely zealous about
his students as well.
Listening to him, I got the sense
that when he walked into one of his
schools people got excited.
I sat thinking wow that's what
we need in Duval County. I am not
taking a jab at outgoing superinten-
dent Pratt-Dannals, but he doesn't
really walk in a room and get peo-
ple excited. He is certainly a smart
guy; but much like coaching a
sports team sometimes it is not
about the Xs and Os, but about how
coaches motivate their players.
Jacksonville needs innovation
and inspiration of students, teach-
ers, administrators, and parents. I
know that our school board works
extremely hard, but they need a
partner/superintendent that will
essentially be a trailblazer and
"We can't become what we need
to be by remaining what we are,"
said Oprah Winfrey.
I Couldn't have said it better
myself O. We have to change the
game and bring in someone with a
track record of being a change
agent. I certainly don't have any-
thing against middle-aged white
men; but perhaps it is time to con-
sider a minority candidate, or at
least a candidate with a legitimate-
background in working with stu-
dents from diverse backgrounds.
Going back to my coaching anal-
ogy the right coach can take a bad
team and make it a winner. Ever
seen the movieThe Bad News
But seriously, the right
Superintendent is the "game chang-
er" that our school system needs.
The next school leader also needs
to make a long-term commitment
to the job.
We need a Winston Churchill
type of commitment. He said, "I
have nothing to offer but blood,
toil, tears, and sweat."
The largest challenge that the
new superintendent will face is
Duval County's struggling schools.
Regardless of who is hired, ener-
gy, passion, and long-term commit-
ment have to be key qualities. My
advice to the Board take your
Willye F. Dennis :
ALocal Giant Passes
Speaking of education a local
Jacksonville trailblazer passed
away last week Willye F. Dennis.
Most of us know Mrs. Dennis for
her leadership as the head of the
NAACP during very tumultuous
times in this city's history. She
went on to become a state legislator
being elected to office in 1992.
I will remember Mrs. Dennis
most for her unselfishness and con-
sistency. She was a tireless fighter
for the rights of the less fortunate
and a political pioneer.
Mrs. Dennis served as the
NAACP branch president from
1984 until 1994, during the organi-
zation's long-term fightto finally
complete desegregation of Duval
Under the leadership of Mrs.
Dennis, the NAACP and Duval
County School Board negotiated an
agreement in 1990 that led to the
creation of magnet schools as an
option to create more diversity in
Jacksonville's public schools.
Much like everyone's life, Mrs.
Dennis certainly had some highs
and lows. After being elected to the
Florida House of Representatives
she had to resign her office in the
midst of controversy surrounding
her daycare FAMCO. But despite
her legal issues, Mrs. Dennis was
still widely regarded as a local
Civil Rights hero.
Talk about living a full life; Mrs.
Dennis was able to seeJacksonville
and America during its best and
worst days. She was so critical to
the struggles for desegregation here
in Jacksonville, voting rights, and
other issues that affects minorities
and low-income families.
Mrs. Dennis is a personal hero of
mine because she emphasized the
importance of community service
and giving back to our neediest
neighborhoods. Dorothy Height
once said, "Without community
service, we would not have a strong
quality of life. It's important to the
person who serves as well as the
recipient. It's the way in which we
ourselves grow and develop." Mrs.
Dennis was our local Dorothy
Height showing the same passion
and commitment to community
Willye Dennis leaves behind an
is a better place because of her.
Signing off from the State
Designing a Globally
Competitive School District
An Update on the Superintendent Selection Process
The Duval County Public School (DCPS) system belongs to the citizens
of Jacksonville. As such Duval County School Board members want
extensive citizen involvement in selecting the next DCPS Superintendent.
We will keep citizens informed of the process and remain transparent as
we progress through this course of action.
DCPS graduates must be prepared for global competition. Thus, the
School Board wants a leader who can effectuate our vision of empower-
ing all students with the prerequisites to be successful in postsecondary
education, reflect the best values of society and excel in an international-
ly competitive workforce.
An Envisioning Committee will be established to help design the
process for the Superintendent search. The Board has outlined various
organizations to serve on the Committee which will also include parents,
teachers and principals. (March December)
PRINCIPALS, TEACHERS AND SCHOOL/ DISTRICT ADMINIS-
School Board members will host a series of meetings to solicit input
from school/district personnel on defining a globally competitive school
district and for defining qualities the new Superintendent should possess.
Each group will meet separately and exclusively with Board members.
COMMUNITY -AT-LARGE MEETINGS:
All citizens will be offered an opportunity to attend a series of public
meetings to help shape the description that will be released to potential
Superintendent candidates. (Dates to be announced)
The Board remains resolute in the belief that every child in every school
deserves a high quality public education. We have devised a strategic
blueprint for remaining focused on student achievement and ensuring that
the District operates without interruption. The School Board website will
provide additional information. It is our desire that the citizens of
Jacksonville will join us in this exciting opportunity to define and design
a world class education system that prepares all children for future suc-
Betty Seabrook Burney,
Chairman, Duval County School Board
Good Pensions Serve to Boost Economy, Not Drain It
by Gregory Floyd
These days, public pensions seem
more like public enemy number
one. Both at the city and the state
level, some politicians make it
sound like pensions are a black hole
where money simply disappears
Nothing could be further from the
truth. The money we set aside for
our retirees is also an investment
fund for our economy's future. For
the most part, pension payments fil-
ter through our retirees and directly
back into local economies for rent,
food, presents for grandchildren,
etc. We not only maintain the digni-
ty of New Yorkers in retirement, but
also ensure that they are still con-
tributing to everyone's economic
It would be nice if we lived in the
world that the news media paint for
most public pension workers, where
they all make hundreds of thou-
sands of dollars and live a life of
luxury. In that world, perhaps pen-
sion payments would go unused or
continue to be saved. In reality, the
average public sector worker
receives just $19,000 a year from
their pension, and just about all of it
goes back into making ends meet.
That, in turn, increases trade and
The National Institute of
Retirement Security, based in
Washington, D.C., found that in
2006 each dollar New York State
paid out in pension benefits sup-
ported $1.41 in total economic
activity. That number comes from
direct spending by each retiree, plus
the goods businesses have to buy
and the people they have to hire in
order to serve each retiree customer.
In addition to growth in the pri-
vate sector, productivity and effi-
By Ron Busby
President, U.S. Black Chamber
In a recent article published by the National Urban
League, "The State of Black America 2012-Tanning of
America Makes Growth, Prosperity, and Empowerment
Easier," Steve Stoute comments on the fact that our cul-
ture "is the golden thread that meshes together the
exceptional quality, ingenuity, creativity and value of
these products, (Apple, Nike, Coca-Cola, and Jay-Z's
music) that makes the American Dream accessible all
across the globe. He speaks about the phenomenon of
"tanning" or "the mental complexion" of America.
In essence, Steve is talking about the common expe-
riences and values that go beyond race or even socio-
economic lines. It is a good metaphor and one in which
explains almost simplistically the idea that though there
may be real differences in skin tone, our desires and our
abilities are only limited to lack of education, lack of
resources, or lack of desire. Two of these three things
can be controlled by those of us willing to work hard to
ensure there is equality in education and resources. The
ciency are greatly improved in the
public sector when employees
receive good benefits. Public sector
workers get paid less than private
sector workers doing the same job,
but receive more secure benefits in
return. If we do not provide those
benefits, there is less incentive for
talented and hard-working people to
join the public payroll or stay there
for their entire careers. With a
diminished workforce, governments
will ultimately lose money training
new workers or having less produc-
tive employees on the job.
Cutting pension benefits, or put-
ting retirement savings at the mercy
of the stock market, therefore not
only hurts retirees but all of us. To
use an old phrase, it is "penny wise
but pound foolish." We may save a
few dollars in the short term, but we
will be dealing a hard blow to the
economy in the long term. When
third item-lack of desire, could even be controlled to
some degree if we ensure the other two items are in
place. There are many who may have the desire to
learn, or build, or do.... if they knew what they were
missing. Broadband and technology could actually help
those who lack the desire to be more interested in edu-
cation, technology, innovation, or entrepreneurship.
Technology, as Steve explains in his article, is some-
thing that "millennials," or those born between the
years 1977 1997, understand much better than those
bor before this era...so, therein lies the problem! It is
mostly those born before 1977 who have difficulty
understanding the need for digital equality. Those who
were born when cell phones were the exception rather
than the rule, and when spectrum was only talked about
when referring to the colors of the rainbow, don't quite
"get it" when it comes to understanding the importance
of having access to the internet.
The question of whether or not broadband is neces-
sary in today's marketplace, education system, or job
market, has long since been answered. Cont.on page 6
officials talk about pension reform
"savings," they only calculate the
amount that the government pays
directly into pensions. It does qot
factor in the increased tax revenue,
economic development and govern-
ment productivity factors that I
mention above. Including all those,
it is definitely a net loss.
Public sector jobs with strong
pensions helped build a middle
class. Part of that was allowing peo-
ple to live comfortably not only
while working but in retirement. It's
true that people are living longer
than ever and we must plan for that
trend to continue. But there are bet-
ter ways to do that than setting up
future generations for hardship in
retirement. Retirees, especially if
they are seniors, should not have to
be worried about dropping from the
middle class. That is not healthy for
either the mental, physical or eco-
nomic well-being of public workers
in our city and state.
Current retirees and workers have
very strong protections in New York
to safeguard their pension benefits,
but we cannot forget about the next
generation. The recent recession
and poor stock returns have hurt the
bottom lines of local and state gov-
ernments, but that does not mean it
will stay that way forever. Many
predictions about the collapsing
pension system have been shown to
be exaggerated. It may be easy to
scale back pensions and save money
now, but in several decades we will
be regretting that we ever did.
This issue speaks to the larger
debate about the worth of public
sector workers. Lately, too many
people are making us out to be a
drain on society, whether it's due to
our pensions, health-care benefits,
or anything else. Together, we need
to put a stop to that kind of thinking.
Instead, we will spread the truth that
public sector workers are important
assets to our communities and the
foundation to the middle class.
Investing in their pensions for the
past 90 years has helped make this
city world-class, and we must pre-
serve this legacy.
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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 Emie
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com
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,
Fernandina Beach Fla. For more information call (904) 527-1762.
Spring Conference Prayer Breakfast
The Florida Central Second Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction will host a Spring
Conference Prayer Breakfast sponsored by the Jurisdictional Deacon Wives
Circle. It will be held Wednesday, March 21st at the San Jose Country Club,
7529 San Jose Boulevard from 8:30 11 a.m. For More information, con-
tact Sister Minnie Clark at 399-8301 or Missionary Mattie Ferrell at 434-
Seeking the lost for Christ
Matthew 28:19 20
Pastor Landon Williams
The Lois J. Roberts Allenites
Annual Shopping Spree
The public is invited to join a trek to the Hilton Head South Carolina
Shopping Outlets, Saturday April 21, 2012. Busses will depart at 7 a..m.
and return at 7 p.m. The trip is being sponsored by Historic Mt. Zion
A.M.E. Church Rev Pearce Ewing, Sr. Pastor. Deadline For ticket purchase
is Sunday March 25, 2012 and will include free breakfast. For information
Contact Olivia A. Young President (904) 502-6472. The church is located
at 201 E. Beaver St. Jacksonville, Fl. 32202.
100 Women in White
The Church of God Women's Discipleship Ministry Department will be
hosting a 100+ Women in White service, March 11, 2012 at 5 p.m. The
theme will be "Daughter of The King". Reverend LaVerne Ramsey of
Cocoa, Fl will be guest speaker. There will also be a Piggy Bank Spring
Fair, March 30, 2012 at 7 p.m. come shop and be entertained. Your atten-
dance and participation are welcome. The Church of God Sanctuary of
Praise is located at 5755 Soutel Drive, 32219. Sister Alva E. Lockley
Women's Discipleship Ministry, President Bishop L. Martin Wright, Senior
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.
Springhill Missionary Baptist Church
Celebrates Pastor's 22nd Anniversary
The Church family of Springhill Missionary Baptist Church, 11046 Harts
Rd Jacksonville, Fla. 32218, will celebrate Pastor Michael A. Jackson's 22
years of ministry on March 25th at 4p.m. The morning speaker at 11:11
a.m.is Pastor Darryl Webster-Emmanuel of Missionary Baptist Church,
Indianapolis, IN. The speaker in the afternoon at 4: p.m is Frederick
Newbill of 1st Timothy Baptist Church. Other guest churches and pastor
include: Rev. Jeremiah Robinson (Royal Tablenacle Baptist Church), Rev.
Morris Halyard (United Missionary
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
**FREE TUTORING FOR YOUTH IN ENGLISH, SCIENCE,
HISTORY AND MATH EVERY TUESDAY 6:30 8 P.M.
Baptist Church), Rev James Rackley
(St. Johns Missionary Baptist
Church) and Rev Landon Williams (
Greater Macedonia Baptist Church).
For more information, contact the
church at 696-6464.
Info Sought To
Information is being gathered on
African American communities in
Jacksonville. Presently the concen-
tration is on La Villa-Downtown,
Brooklyn, Campbell Hill, Mixon
Town, New Town, College Park,
Sugar Hill, Durkeeville, and all other
(approximately 11) established
neighborhood with the city.
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,
organizations, business and/or gener-
al characteristics, call (904) 402-
2205 and leave your name and tele-
phone number at which you can be
reached. From Frances Yvonne
Hicks, 1973 Ribault Scenic Dr.
Jacksonville, Fl, 32208 telephone
LaTasha Garrison Fullwood to
Keynote El-Beth El Family & Friends
The members of the El Beth El Divine Holiness
Church invite the community to worship during their
Annual Family and Friends Day Celebration. It will
Sbe held March 18th from 11 a.m. 3 p.m..
A great program has been planned for the occa-
sion including keynote by Attorney Latasha
Garrison-Fullwood at the 11 a.m. service. The
Honorable Magistrates Robin K. Brown will be the
guest speaker at 3 p.m..
If you have any questions, contact Bishop
Lorenzo Hall Sr. at 904-710-1586. Dinner will be
serving after both services.
Black Churches Seek to Register
One Million Voters on Easter
By Danielle Wright
Easter Sunday in the Black com-
munity is a day in which that even
skeptics attend church. This year,
African-American pastors have a
goal of not only delivering the Word
to those frequenting the pews, but
also registering one million new
In light of recent battles over voter
ID laws, which civil rights leaders
say disenfranchise the poor, elderly
and citizens of color, several promi-
nent Black pastors have challenged
every Black church in the U.S. to
register at least 20 people on Easter,
as a part of a new Empowerment
The faith-based voting initiative
unveiled earlier this month is
designed to bring together leaders
of all denominations and move the
African-American community "for-
ward in politics, education and eco-
nomics with the use of Christian
There are an estimated 500,000
Black churches in America, and
over five million unregistered vot-
ers inside the Black church. During
a recent closed-door summit to
strategize how the church could pre-
pare for the November elections,
representatives of leading Black
Christian organizations met. The
result is the Empowerment
The AME Church, AME Zion,
COGIC, Progressive, Bible Way
Churches, Full Gospel, Gospel
Music Workshop of America, CME,
United Covenant Churches, Harvest
Churches, Fellowship of
International Christian Word of
Faith Ministries and Church of God
are just some of the organizations in
support of the movement.
Someone also in support of the
movement is Rev. Dr. Jamal
Harrison Bryant, pastor of
Empowerment Temple in
Baltimore, Maryland. Bryant was
appointed as president of the new,
non-partisan organization and has
more than 8,000 members at his
church and approximately 35,000
followers on Twitter, Facebook and
MySpace. Some say he is one of
many of a new breed of ministers
who embrace the internet to help
spread the gospel.
"God is not just in the church; He is
also in technology," he says.
Bryant believes he has a mission to
"empower people spiritually, devel-
op them educationally, expose them
culturally, activate them politically,
and strengthen them economically."
For more information visit:
The Tanning of America
continued from page 4
Opportunities abound on the internet and innovation is sparked.
Creativity is sprouting from elementary schools at startling rates and young
entrepreneurs are getting younger and younger. Those who are technolog-
ically curious today are becoming the inventors of tomorrow. Those who
have access to broadband and the internet can forge ahead uninhibited by
fears of the unknown.
We must continue to encourage innovation and creativity. We must pro-
vide our schools and our communities with the resources they need to spur
curiosity. We must contribute to programs, such as those that the National
Urban League is promoting. We must continue to support these programs
and learn more about them in order to provide our children more opportu-
nities to become the entrepreneurs, the scientists, the teachers of tomorrow.
But we must encourage them today. And we must provide them the
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Disciples of Christ Cbristiao Fellowship
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Every 3rd & 4th
4 :00 p.m.
that's on the
Pastor Robert Lecount, Jr
School of Ministry Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
2061 Edgewood Avenue West, Jacksonville, Florida 32208
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Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464
Sunday Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:40 a.m.
Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
12 noon-1 p.m.
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'f-----VWW National Black Memorabilia &
.-W .. Collectible Show Comes to
j.-LDC Area on April 21-22, 2012
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Mildred VanBuren, Dean Of Pledgees Arlene Coleman, Clara D. Thorpe, Karen Durham, and Danna C. Morris. R.Porterphoto
CHi Eta Phi Nursing Sorority Inducts New Members
The Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc., a
national sorority of Registered
Nurses and Nursing students,
recently inducted new members
into their fold. Chartered in 1959,
six new members were welcomed
into the Sigma Chapter.
Newly installed members were:
Karen Durham (Kaiser University),
Yvonne Johnson (Armstrong
Atlantic University), Claudette
Newman (Long Island University),
Ciara Thorpe (FSCJ, UNF),
Mildred VanBuren (FSCJ, FAMU)
and Danna Morris (LSU). The
installation was conducted by
Chapter President Barbara Hopkins
and Dean of Pledges, Arlene
The 28th annual National Black
Memorabilia & Collectible Show
will be Saturday and Sunday, April
21-22, 2012 at the Montgomery
County Fairgrounds, 16 Chestnut
Street, in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
This is located in the Greater
Washington, DC area. Show hours
are Saturday, 10 a.m. 7 p.m., and
Sunday, 10 a.m. 5 p.m.
The objective of this show is to
provide an environment where the
public can purchase black memora-
bilia and be educated on the African
There will be vendors from
across the United States with black
memorabilia and collectibles for
sale including historical artifacts
and documents, books, stamps,
paintings, prints, textiles, auto-
graphs, toys, dolls, advertisements,
photos, art, political and civil rights
memorabilia, kitchen collectibles,
coins, movie memorabilia, posters,
sports and entertainment memora-
IRS Has$1 Billion for People Who Have Not Filed a 2008 Income Tax Return
Refunds totaling more than $1
billion may be waiting for one mil-
lion people who did not file a feder-
al income tax return for 2008
according to the Internal Revenue
The IRS estimates that half of
these potential 2008 refunds are
over $600. In some cases, people
may not have filed their 2008
returns because they had too little
income to require filing a tax return
even though they had taxes with-
held from their wages or made
quarterly estimated payments. In
cases where a return was not filed,
the law provides most taxpayers
with a three-year window of oppor-
tunity for claiming a refund. If no
return is filed a refund with three
years, the money becomes property
of the U.S. Treasury. For 2008
returns, the window closes on April
The law requires that the return
be properly addressed, mailed and
postmarked by that date. There is
no penalty for filing a late return
qualifying for a refund. The IRS
reminds taxpayers seeking a 2008
refund that their checks may be
held if they have not filed tax
returns for 2009 and 2010. In addi-
tion the refund will b applied to any
amount still owed to the IRS, and
may be used to offset unpaid child
support or past due federal debts
such as student loans.
By failing to file a return, people
stand to lose more than refunds of
taxes withheld or paid during 2008.
Some people, especially those who
did not receive an economic stimu-
lus payment in 2008, may qualify
for the Recovery Rebate Credit. In
addition, many low-and moderate-
income workers may not have
claimed the Earned Income Tax
Credit (EITC). The EITC helps
individuals and families whose
incomes are below certain thresh-
olds. The thresholds for 2008 were:
38,646 ($41,646 if married filing
jointly) for those with two or more
qualifying children. $33,995
($36,995 if married filing jointly)
for people with one qualifying child
and $12,880 ($15,880 if married fil-
ing jointly for those with no quali-
fying children, for more informa-
tion visit the EITC Home Page on
IRS.gov. current and prior year tax
forms and instructions are available
at www.IRS.gov or by calling toll-
free 800-TAX-FORM (800-829-
3686) Taxpayers who are missing
Forms W-9, 1098,1099 or 5498
from 2009,2009, or 2010 should
request copies from their employer,
bank or other payer. If these efforts
are unsuccessful, taxpayers can get
a free transcript showing informa-
tion from these year-end documents
by ordering it on IRS.gov. filing
form 4506-T, or by calling (800)
Do You Qualify for the Earned Income Credit? ly claiming the credit. Please see
my website for more details,
Did your household earn between $1 and $49,078 in
2011? If so, you may be eligible for the Earned Income
Tax Credit (EITC).
The EITC is a special credit to boost the incomes of
working families. Each year, the EITC lifts over six
million workers out of poverty. This credit reduces the
amount of income tax you owe and can mean cash
back up to $5,751.
To receive this credit, you must meet the eligibility
requirements and you must file a tax return specifical-
visit www.irs.gov/eitc, or refer to IRS Publication
#596 for an in-depth explanation. The EITC will not
affect eligibility for welfare benefits such as temporary
assistance for needy families, Medicaid and SSI, or
food stamps and low-income housing.
If you need help filing your tax forms or claiming the
EITC or many other tax credits, call 1-800-906-9887
to ask about the free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
program near you.
70s star Lonette McKee
bilia, postcards and much more.
Educational exhibits include slav-
ery artifacts, Jim Crow memorabil-
ia, the Buffalo Soldiers, Negro
League Baseball, Marcus Garvey,
Black Panther Party, Tuskegee
Airmen, Malcolm X, George
Washington Carver, Dorothy
Dandridge, Madame C. J. Walker
There will be autograph sessions
with Negro League Baseball
Players. Original Tuskegee Airmen
Col. Charles McGee and Leroy
"Boots" Battle will be at the show
signing their books and talking with
attendees about their experiences.
Jeannette Carson will be signing
her book "The History of The Black
Movie/TV celebrity guests include
actress Lonette McKee, Ernest
"Raj" Thomas and Haywood
"Dwayne" Nelson who starred in
the popular TV series "What's
Happening!" will be there. They
will be signing autographs and talk-
ing to fans both days. For those
collectors who want to know more
about their items there will be
onsite verbal black memorabilia
appraisals for a fee of $5 per item.
This is the largest black memorabil-
ia and collectible show in the coun-
try and it attracts major vendors and
To reach the Montgomery
County Fairgrounds in
Gaithersburg take 1-270 exit 11 and
follow the signs
Princeton's Youth Leadership Academy for
Young Black Women Accepting Applications
One of the only Ivy League sunm-
mer leadership academies for
minority students is set on improv-
ing SAT test and math scores during
the At the Well Young Women's
Leadership Academy at Princeton
University. The academic achieve-
ment gap between minority teen
students and their white counter-
parts prompted Jacqueline B. Glass,
founder of the academy through her
non-profit organization, At the Well
Conferences, Inc., to create the
According to Glass, "The U. S.
Department of Education statistics
state African Americans account for
about 13% of the entire college
enrollment. The low performance
of African-American students in
math and on SAT scores is alarm-
ing. Our program addresses these
The Academy held its first session
in 2011 and included speakers from
Johnson & Johnson, Goldman
Sachs, and St. John's University to
name a few. Instructors feature
Princeton University faculty along
with leaders from the business com-
munity. The program is geared
towards minority girls in under-
served communities entering the
tenth, eleventh or twelfth grades of
high school. It features overnight
boarding and focuses on critical
thinking, problem solving, self-
confidence, personal growth, essay
writing, math, and SAT test prep
courses. The on-site environment
offers the opportunity for students
to experience a college setting. For
many of the participants who
attend, it is their first visit to an Ivy
Many of the attendees originate
from backgrounds where finances
are scare; therefore, scholarships
are made available to students
through generous donations and
sponsorships. More than 90% of the
students in 2011 required some
form of financial aid.
Gabrielle DeAnna Robinson, a
2011 graduate praised the experi-
ence. She states, "The Academy
was an amazing experience! I have
learned so much about leadership
and entrepreneurship. The classes
taught me how to be a better writer
and test taker." This year's event
will be held on August 12-24, 2012
at the Carl Field Center. According
to Princeton University, this unique
building provides training, social
and cultural programs, and educa-
tional opportunities that prepare
students and others to succeed in a
diverse and ever-changing world.
The building's four pillars stand for
Social Justice, and Leadership.
"The Academy seeks to empower
young women locally to become
effective leaders globally. By pro-
moting excellence in education,
these young women will transform
their communities," states Ms.
Glass. At the Well Conferences,
Inc. has been empowering teens
through conferences and events
since 2009. The Academy is now
accepting applications for the 2012
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March 15-21, 2012
Jacksonville Mourns Loss of Community Matriarch Willye F. Dennis
Mrs. Dennis lead the way for a walk for the Jacksonville Urban Chamber of Commerce MLK Breakfast: Ronnie Ferguson, Rep. Willye
League through the Eastisde in the 90s. Dennis, Cong. Joh Lewis and NAACP President Isaiah Rumlin.
Chief Ray Alfred receives a $62,500 installment of a special grant for
historic preservation of the Catherine Street Fire Station from Rep.
\\ili e Dennis. Emma Morgan and Tony Hill in Tallahassee, Florida.
1998 Election Night Party at Willye Dennis campaign headquarters.
Continued from front
Cooperative Learning and
Development Center, Inc. (FAM-
CO) which served over 200 fami-
lies. In 1992, the company was
labeled one of America's 10 best
day- care centers by Child maga-
Mrs. Dennis was elected to serve
in the Florida House of
Representatives 15th District on
September 1, 1992, and was un-
opposed for the 1994-96 Election.
She won her bid for re-election for
the 1996-98 and 1998-2000 term.
While in office, Rep. Dennis active-
ly served on the following commit-
tees; Health Care Services,
Tourism, Fiscal Responsibility
Council, Education Appropriations,
Colleges & Universities,
She married the late Leo Dennis
February 7, 1953 and their union
brought forth three children:
Wilene C. Dozier, Leo M. Dennis
and Byron C. (Lucretia) Dennis.
Willye Dennis served as president
of the Jacksonville NAACP Branch
from 1994-2004. As NAACP
President Dennis fought to end
desegregation in Duval public
schools and was brought to national
attention due to a bomb being sent
to the headquarters addressed to Jacksonville community as a stal- Dennis," said past NAACP presi-
her. Much of her decade of leader- wart, friend and warrior of the peo- dent Anthony Rogers.
ship was spent pursuing a years-old pie. Despite her declining health, She leaves to mourn her three chil-
court case to complete desegrega- she continued to remain a part of dren, five grandchildren: Cicely
tion of Duval County schools. The the city's infrastructure deep into Hightower, Jamila (Marcus) Jordan,
school system negotiated an agree- her 80s. She will truly be missed. Celina Dozier, Leo M. Dennis, III
ment in 1990 that led to the creation "She helped everyone she could. A and La Shae Dennis and seven
of the magnet school system. lot of individuals would not be great-children along with a host of
She was known throughout the where they are today if not for Mrs. relatives and friends.
Steve Harvey above with Nikki Dawson from Jacksonville. A former
DDA student who has appeared on, "The Voice". a. Silver photo
Disney Dreamers Academy
Continued from front
Actor Lamman Rucker, supermodel Selita Ebanks- Supermodel, actress
Regina Hall and CNN anchor Soledad O'Brian.
It all started with a dream. Steve Harvey said to the class of 2012: "The
most important thing in your life is not an education, it's your dream." The
theme for this year's DDA was: "The Power of a Dream!" The definition
of power is the ability to get results. It takes curiosity, confidence, courage
and constancy to bring the magic of it all to life. Dreamers are unstop-
pable! Armed and dangerous, the youth left Orlando empowered, enlight-
ened and ready to conquer the world.
to the role of
S p e c ial
S 1 PAssistant to
M ... Dthe Mayor for
In that role,
Brown in his efforts to engage citi-
zens throughout Jacksonville on
key community priorities. In July
2011, Spears was appointed as the
Mayor's Deputy Director of
Communications. She previously
worked as a television anchor and
reporter in Jacksonville and in
During her journalism career,
Spears won Associated Press
awards for her reporting. She has
also worked as a community liai-
son for DaVita Dialysis and a pub-
lic information officer for the
Nassau County Sheriff's Office.
Spears graduated from The
University of Texas at Austin,
where she earned a Bachelor of
Journalism degree in 1995.
Pictured from left Barber Lester Muhammad, Jernard Lise, teacher Mrs.Jones, Barber Lesley
Muhammad, Carlos DeJesus, barber Tony Benthone and Jaquan Phillips all participated in Jacksonville
Local Organizing Committee of the Millions More Movement Inc., Free Hair Cut Project at Mathew
W.Gilbert Middle School. Photo by Andre X.
JLOC Provides Free Hair Cut for Butler Students and Staff
The Jacksonville Local Organi-
zing Committee of the Millions
More Movement Inc., a local non-
profit organization, brought excite-
ment to Mathew Gilbert Middle
School by providing free haircuts to.
youth..In their effort to 'serve the
people' JLOC has continuously
provided free hair cuts to the
Jacksonville community for over
five years. Other locations include
Eugene Butler Middle School and
Harts Harbor Health Care Center.
To give a financial donation,vol-
unteer your services to Jacksonville
Local Organizing Committee of the
Millions More Movement Inc.,visit
ksonvilleloc or call 354-1775 or
March 15-21, 2012
Page 8 Ms. Perry's Free Press
Mrs. Perry's Free Press Page 9
Every year, Forbes magazine
releases its list of the richest people
on the planet. Out of the 1,226 peo-
ple who made this year's "Forbes
Billionaires List", only six are black
-- and just one is American: Oprah
With a net worth of $2.7 billion,
media mogul Winfrey remains the
sole black, female billionaire in the
world, despite a tough first year for
her cable channel the Oprah
Winfrey Network (OWN).
OWN is a joint venture between
her Harpo Productions and
Discovery, and has been marked by
disappointing ratings and turnover
at the top. The channel's chief exec-
utive, Christina Norman, for
instance, left just months after the
"A new programming line-up,
including a nightly talk show with
performer Rosie O'Donnell and an
interview show featuring Winfrey
with high-profile guests, has given
the channel a recent boost, but its
future remains uncertain," accord-
ing to Forbes.
Others in the billionaire's club
include Nigerian self-made busi-
ness magnet Aliko Dangote. He is,
however, no longer the richest
black person in the world.
He's been ousted by Mohammed
Al Amoudi, of Saudi and Ethiopian
descent, who is worth an estimated
$12.5 billion. That's $1.3 billion
richer than Dangote.
Al-Amoudi, 67, is the 61st richest
person in the world. His most
prominent assets include oil compa-
nies like Svenska Petroleum
Exploration, which produces crude
oil in Africa, and refinery operator
Based in Nigeria, Aliko Dangote,
worth $11.2 billion, is the owner of
the Dangote Group, which interests
in everything from sugar refineries,
flour milling and salt processing to
cement plants in his homeland and
several other countries in Africa,
including Benin, Cameroon,
Ghana, South Africa and Zambia.
Fellow Nigerian Mike Adenuga,
worth $4.3 billion, has interests in
Telecoms, banking and oil. His
Conoil Producing Company is
Nigeria's largest indigenous oil
exploration company, and his
mobile phone operator, Globacom,
has over 15 million subscribers in
Mining magnate Patrice Motsepe
is South Africa's first and only
black billionaire. His company,
African Rainbow Minerals (ARM),
has interests in gold, ferrous metals,
base metals, and platinum.
Motsepe, worth $2.7 billion, owns
41 percent of the company.
Dr. Mohamed "Mo" Ibrahim is
the final black billionaire to make it
on the authoritative Forbes billion-
aire list. The Sudanese mobile com-
munications entrepreneur is worth
an estimated $1.1 billion.
He worked for several telecommu-
nications companies before found-
ing Celtel, which he sold in 2005
for $3.4 billion, and pocketed $1.4
He has also set up the Mo Ibrahim
Foundation to encourage better
governance in Africa, as well as
creating the Mo Ibrahim Index to
evaluate nations' performances.
In 2001, Robert Johnson became
the first African-American to
appear on the annual Forbes billion-
aire list. Johnson secured his bil-
lionaire status in the years 2002,
2003, 2007 and 2008, but the
dropped off the list again in 2009.
Cooking Maven Paula Dean Sued
for Racial and Sexual Harrassment
Cooking fire isn't the only heat ager of Uncle Bubba's Oyster and
4 Paula Deen has been Seafood House,
facing recently. The ,j 'B which is co-
celebrity chef is owned by Deen
under fire for alleged- and Hiers, after
ly using the N-word, the previous gen-
sexually harassing eral manager was
and inflicting assault L t. r. fired for having
and emotional dis- sexual relations
tress on her employ- with the servers.
ees, according to a w In six months,
recent lawsuit filed she turned the
by a former employ- restaurant from a
ee. This comes after failure into a suc-
Deen recently cess, she says,
received a wave of but in the process
criticism for conceal- she claims she
ing her Type 2 dia- was sexually
betes while advocat- harassed by
ing the use of exces- Deen's brother,
sive butter and sugar Paula Deen including requests
in her recipes.
The lawsuit, filed by Lisa
Jackson, a former general manager
at Uncle Bubba's Seafood and
Oyster House in Savannah, Ga.,
documents patterns of racism and
sexism displayed by Deen and her
Brother, Bubba Hiers.
In one alleged incident, Jackson
states she asked Deen what servers
should wear after being appointed
to handle catering and staff for
Hiers' wedding in 2007. Deen
responded, "Well what I would
really like is a bunch of little n-----
s to wear long-sleeve white shirts,
black shorts and black bow ties,
S you know in the Shirley Temple
days, they used to tap dance
Jackson became the general man-
Miami Father Forces Failing Seventh
Grader to Wear Sign on Intersection
Mos the caWor^'
pliB^3g lB( 9brj
by the Daily Mail
MIAMI, Fl. -One Florida father
is trying to punish his son for his
failing grades by using peer pres-
Michael Bell Sr. was upset b%
the fact that his son came home
with three F's on his report card. so
came up with an unusual \\a\ to
teach the self-proclaimed 'class
clown' a les-
break this last
Jr. had to
stand at the
corner of a
Miami while -
told passers- .
by about his
The teen had to wear a poster
that read 'Hey, I want to be a class
clown. Is it wrong?' on his front
On his back, there was a longer
explanation for inquisitive drivers:
'Hey, I'm in the 7th grade and I
have an 'F' for the semester Is
end of his rope and was trying to
guage arts and math- so his dad
hopes that the embarrassment will
be too much for him to take a sec-
His father was with him the
entire time that Michael was
standing on the comer of North
Kendall Drive in south Miami.
'He has been screwing up in
school, behavior and right now I
am trying to send a message to
him,' Mr Bell said.
'Right now, this is the only thing
I have left to try and reach him.'
because he was at the
drive home the point.
anything wrong with
I& i i that. Blow your horn if
Syou don't think so.
Like all teens who are concerned
about their reputations, young
Michael took the lesson to heart.
'I don't like it, but I know that it
was my fault that it got to this
point,' he told the local television
station, News 10.
Unfortunately for Michael, he
couldn't shake the grades off as he
is failing three classes- civics, lan-
from him to bring pornographic
pictures of herself for him to view.
In another incident outlined in the
lawsuit, Jackson alleges Hiers stat-
ed that President Obama should be
sent to the oil spill in the Gulf of
Mexico so he could "n----r-rig it."
He also allegedly printed out pho-
tos of women having sex with each
other with a caption reading, "Why
Gay Marriage Should Be Legal."
In 2010, after five years of work-
ing at the restaurant, Jackson
alleges she left because manage-
ment did nothing about her com-
plaints of sexual harassment,
among other concerns.
Deen's representatives say that
Jackson has made baseless, inflam-
matory allegations and that every-
thing will be proven false in court.
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M h 1521 2012
Public shaming: Michael Bell Jr (right) had to wear a
poster that said that he failed his classes because he was
too busy being the class clown. The senior Bell, shown
rioht Mr Bell said that he thought of the punishment
March 15 21, 2012
Pa e 10 Ms Perr
s Fre s
FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 5 12, 2012
Shaw Sports photo
BACK IN THE HUNT:
IN Shaw head coach Jacques
Curtis has Lady Bears in
ELITE the Elite Eight for the third
time in search offirst NCAA
COMVPA NY Div. II national title.
SHAW MEN LOOK TO JOIN WOMEN IN ELITE EIGHT;
FOUR TEAMS IN NCAA, ONE IN NIT, TWO IN WNIT
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME RECAPS
Norfolk State 73, Bethune-Cookman 70
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. Second-seed Norfolk State built
a double-digit first-half lead and held off a determined second-half
effort by fourth-seeded Bethune-Cookman to claim its first-ever
MEAC Tournament title and NCAA playoff berth.
The tournament's Most Outstanding
Player, 6-10 Norfolk State senior center
Kyle O'Quinn, who finished with 18
points and 7 rebounds, sparked a late
first-half surge that sent the Spartans
(25-9) into the break with a 35-22 lead.
O'Quinn scored six of his eight first-half
points and assisted Chris McEachin on
a 3-pointer out of a double-team for the
last points of a 12-0 NSU run at the end O'QUINN
of the half.
Rob Johnson scored 12 of his 15 points after the break to
help stave off a B-CU comeback. The Wildcats (18-17) got two
attempts at tying 3-pointers in the final seconds that came up short.
B-CU had five players score in double figures led by 18 points
from junior guard Kevin Dukes.
Hampton 54, Howard 53
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. Top seed Hampton won its third
straight MEAC tournament title, second straight over Howard,
and earned its third straight NCAA berth by holding off a late
Lady Bison charge.
The second-seededLady Bison (24-
8) were down 29-21 atthe break and 47-37
midway through the second half before
fighting back to take a 53-52 lead on a
Tamoria Holmesjump shot with 1:35 to
play. The Tournament's Most Outstand-
ing Player, Hampton senior point guard
Jericka Jenkins, then canned two free
throws with 1:19 left to put Hampton
up 54-53. The Bison did not score again JENKINS
despite having good shot attempts in the
final seconds. Jenkins finished with 14 points and five assists.
Alyssa Bennett added 13 points and Keiara Avant had 10 points
and 12 boards for Hampton.
Holmes had 20 points and Saadia Doyle had 16 for How-
Miss. Valley State 71, Texas Southern 69
GARLAND, TX Mississippi Valley State built a 20-point
second-half lead and then withstood a 3-point barrage by Texas
Southern guard Omar Strong over the final eight minutes to give
head coach Sean Woods his first SWAC Tournament champion-
ship and NCAA berth.
The regular season champion Delta
Devils (21-12) led 26-17 at the half and
moved out to a 55-35 lead on William
Pugh's 3-point basket withjust over eight
minutes left. Strong, who led TSU (15-
18) with a game-high 30 points, tallied
six of his nine three-pointers over the
last eight minutes including one at the
buzzer that produced the final margin.
MVSU was pacedby 19 points from COX
Kevin Burwell and 12 from Brent Ar-
rington. Tournament MVP Cor-J Cox had nine points and eight
Prairie View A&M 63, Alcorn State 50
GARLAND, TX Tournament MVP Latia Williams scored 20
of her 24 points after halftime to lead Prairie View A&M to its second
straight SWAC tournament title and NCAA berth.
TheLady Panthers (17-15),thetourna-
ment's fifth seed, knocked off fourth-seeded
Alabama State and top seed Mississippi
Valley State to reach the final. Alcorn State,
who was seeded seventh, won three games in
four days to get to the championship game.
The Lady Braves (14-20) led 32-25 at the
half but shot just a paltry 24 percent (7 of
29) after halftime. yl
Down 45-44 with nearly eight minutes WILLIAMS
left, Williams, a 5-10 redshirt junior, scored
nine consecutive points over a three-minute stretch to give the Lady
Panthers a lead they would not relinquish. Kiara Etienne added 15 points
for PV. Carolinsia Crumbly led Alcorn State with 16 points.
WOMEN'S ELITE EIGHT MEN'S ELITE EIGHT
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Hampton 69, Morgan State 65
Howard 51, NC A&T 50
NC Central 60, Md.-Eastern Shore 43
Bethune-Cookman 62, SC State 53
Florida A&M 74, Coppin State 72
Hampton 59, Savannah State 46
Norfolk State 71, Howard 61
Florida A&M 65, Delaware State 55, OT
Bethune-Cookman 60, NC Central 59
Bethune-Cookman 81, Hampton 72
Norfolk State 58, Florida A&M 46
Norfolk State 73, Bethune-Cookman 70
Amin Stevens, Florida A&M
Christopher Tolson, Hampton
Adrien Coleman, Bethune-Cookman
Rob Johnson, Norfolk State
Kyle O'Quinn, Norfolk State
MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER
Kyle O'Quinn, Norfolk State
Anthony Evans, Norfolk State j
Norfolk State 51, Bethune-Cookman 41
NC A&T 66, Morgan State 53
Coppin State 76, NC Central 37
Md.-Eastem Shore 51, Savannah State 28
SC State 72, Delaware State 66
Hampton 61, Norfolk State 40
Howard 57, SC State 42
Florida A&M 50, Md.-Eastem Shore 48
Coppin State 78, NC A&T 74
Hampton 64, Coppin State 43
Howard 51, Florida A&M 43
Hampton 54, Howard 53
Jericka Jenkins, Hampton
Saadia Doyle, Howard
Antonia Bennett, Florida A&M
Jeanine Manley, Coppin State
Tamoria Holmes, Howard
MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER
Jericka Jenkins. Hampton
S OUTSTANDING COACH
David Six, Hampton
FIRST FOUR SOUTH REGION
Tuesday, March 13 6:30 p.m
Mississippi Valley State (21-12)
vs. Western Kentucky (15-18)
Winner plays 1) Kentucky (32-2)
on Thursday, March 15
Friday, March 16 4:40 p.m
15) Norfolk State (25-9) vs.
2) Missouri (30-4)
and his 25-9 Spartans (25-9) have a
date with perhaps the hottest team in
the country, 30-4 Missouri, in the West
Region Friday (4:40 p.m.) in Omaha,
Missouri won the Big 12 Tour-
nament championship over Baylor (a
No. 3 seed in the West), who upended
Kansas (a No. 2 in the Midwest) in the
Big 12 semifinals. Many are picking
the Tigers, coached by former Miami
head man Frank Haith, to make it to
the Final Four and perhaps cut down
Evans, in his fifth year leading
the Spartans, believes his team is tour-
nament ready. They have wins over
Drexel, a team many believed should
have made the field and over NCAA
participant LIU-Brooklyn. The Spar-
tans also have two losses to Marquette,
a No. 3 seed in the West, by 31 points
on the road and by two on a neutral
Wilson won her second straight
SWAC Tournament title in as many
202S A O RE EUT
Texas Southern 75, Alabama A&M 62
Mississippi Valley State 63, Jackson State 60
Alcom State 103, Prairie View A&M 79
Ark.-Pine Bluff 60, Alabama State 56
Mississippi Valley State 71, Ark.-Pine Bluff 64
Texas Southem 60, Alcom State 55
Mississippi Valley State 71, Texas Southern 69
Cor-J Cox, Mississippi Valley State
Paul Crosby, Mississippi Valley State
Omar Strong, Texas Southern
D'Angelo Scott, Texas Southern
Mitchell Anderson, Arkansas Pine Buff
Ken McDonald, Alcom State
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
Cor-J Cox, Mississippi Valley State
Alcom State 69, Ark.-Pine Bluff 46
Texas Southern 51, Jackson State 49
Alcom State 54, Southern 44
Miss. Valley State 70, Texas Southern 67
Grambling State 73, Alabama A&M 68
Prairie View A&M 62, Alabama State 35
Alcom State 67, Grambling State 41
Prairie View A&M 58, Miss. Valley State 55
Prairie View A&M 63, Alcom State 50
Latia Williams, Prairie View A&M
Larissa Scott, Prairie View A&M
Shamika Breedlove, Alcorn State
Kiara Ruffin, Alcom State
Wymeka Randle, Grambling State
d1ia Frank, Mississippi Valley State
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
Latia Williams, Prairie View A&M
HBCUs 'Dancin' with the stars'
Two black college men's bas-
ketball head coaches will take teams
into the NCAA Div. I Tournament
this week for the first time while two
women's head coaches are making re-
What head coaches Sean Woods
of Mississippi Valley State, Anthony
Evans of Norfolk State, Toyelle Wil-
son of Prairie View A&M and David
Six of Hampton all have in common
however other than winning their
conference tournament champion-
ships last week to earn tickets to the
NCAA "Big Dances,' is that they'll
have match-ups in the NCAA tourna-
ment against higher seeds from the
Power Six conferences.
In that sense, they'll all be 'Dancin'
with the Stars.'
At least, that's what head
coach Sean Woods and his 21-12
SWAC Tournament champion Delta
Devils hope to do. They first had
to tangle with Sun Belt Conference
champion Western Kentucky Tuesday
(6:30 p.m.) in Dayton, Ohio in one of
four first-round games.
If the Delta Devils can got by
WKU (15-18), they will face 32-2
Kentucky, the tournament's No. 1
overall seed out of the South Region
on Thursday (6:50 p.m.) as a 16th
seed. No team has more 'star power'
than Kentucky who has been ranked
atop the national polls for the latter
half of the season.
The fact that Woods once starred
for the Wildcats (1988-92) should add
spice to the match-up.
This will be the fifth NCAA appear-
ance for the Delta Devils, the first
since 2008, and the first under Woods,
who took over as head coach from La-
fayette Stribling after the 2008 sea-
After winning their first MEAC
Tournament title and earning their first
automatic NCAA Div. I berth, Evans
leading the Lady Pirates, has the most
experience, leading his troops into
the tourney for the third straight year.
Hampton (26-4) enters this year as
a 16th seed and will face No. 1 seed
Stanford (31-1) in a Fresno Region
first round game in Norfolk. Va. on
Saturday (1:30 p.m.).
Stanford has made it to the wom-
en's Final Four in each of the last four
Hampton got the highest seed
ever for an MEAC women's team
last year when the Lady Pirates were
seeded 13th in the Spokane Region.
They battled No. 4 Kentucky before
succumbing in overtime, 66-62.
Savannah State (21-11), the
MEAC men's regular season champ
who was knocked out in the quarter-
final round of the league tournament,
earned an automatic berth to the post-
season NIT and played at Tennessee
(18-14) Tuesday night.
Howard (24-8), the second seed
in the MEAC women's tournament
who lost to Hampton in the champion-
ship game, earned a postseason WNIT
berth and travels to Virginia (22-10)
for a first round game Thursday.
SWAC regular season women's
champ Mississippi Valley State (19-
13), also earned a WNIT bid and plays
at Tulane (22-10) Thursday night.
Tennessee State (20-12) who
lost to Murray State in the finals of the
Ohio Valley Conference Tournament,
is one of 30 teams playing the College
Insider Tournament (CIT). The Tigers
played at Mercer (22-11) Tuesday
WOMEN'S ELITE EIGHT
San Antonio, TX
Tuesday, March 20 6 p.m.
Shaw (26-6) vs.
Pittsburg State (27-5)
MEN'S ATLANTIC REGIONAL
Tuesday, March 13 7 p.m.
2) Shaw (27-3) at
1) West Liberty (31-2)
Gannon 61, J. C. Smith 50
Shaw 92, W. V. Wesleyan 78
Shaw 64, Gannon 59
Shaw 70. Edinboro 53
Valdosta St. 59, Ft. Valley State 47
Bentley 77, UDC 58
W. V. Wesleyan 57, W-Salem St. 54
Shaw 62, Indiana (Pa.) 54
Shaw 92, Wheeling Jesuit 68
Stonehlll 65, UDC 61
Alabama-Huntsville 69, Benedict 61
2ND & 3RD DANCES
Saturday, March 17- 1:30 p.m.
16) Prairie View A&M (17-15)
vs. 1) Connecticut (29-4)
Saturday, March 17 -1:30 p.m.
16) Hampton (26-4) vs.
1) Stanford (31-1)
years since taking over from Cynthia
Cooper-Dyke. She won this year's title
as a fifth-seed after taking the champi-
onship last season as a second seed.
The Lady Panthers have the unen-
viable task of taking on Big East Tour-
nament champion Connecticut (29-4)
the top seed in the Kingston Region.
on Saturday (1.30 p.m.) in Bridgeport,
Conn. The Lady Huskies have won
three of the last four national titles and
are hungry after being dethroned last
year by Notre Dame.
This is Prairie View's fourth ap-
pearance overall in the tournament.
Of the four, Six, in his third year
Shaw ladies back in Elite Eight;
Shaw men have shot at same
The men and women of Shaw were the only black
college teams to get wins in NCAA Div. II basketball
playoffs this week.
The CIAA champion Lady Bears of Shaw (26-
6) clinched their second straight trip to the Women's
NCAA Div. II Elite Eight Monday night and the men of
Shaw had a chance to join them Tuesday night.
Head coach Jacques Curtis and the Lady Bears
downed top seed Edinboro on its home floor 70-53 in
the championship game of the women's Atlantic Re-
gional to punch their ticket to the national quarterfinals
in San Antonio, Texas next week.
Alyssa Lane led four Lady Bears that scored in
double figures with 17 points. Brittney Spencer had
15 while Kyria Buford and Aslea Williams tallied
13. Williams had 12 rebounds and Buford eight. Shaw
outscored Edinboro 46-25 in the second half after trail-
ing 28-24 at the break.
Shaw took its first lead of the second half, 33-32
on the second of two free throws by Sequoya Griffin
at the 16:27 mark and never looked back. They opened
a double-digit lead, at 46-36 on Griffin's 3-pointer with
12:11 to play. Edinboro would cut the lead to six, at
48-42 with 8:15 left, before the Lady Bears closed the
game on a 22-11 run.
Shaw's win earned them a shot next at Pittsburg
(Kan.) State (27--5), the champions of the South Central
Regional, Tuesday night in San Antonio. A win Tues-
day would put the Lady Bears in the national semifinals
for the second year in a row. Last year they reached the
Final Four only to fall to Clayton State 63-46.
Shaw, seeded second in the regional, beat West
Virginia Wesleyan 92-78 in the quarterfinal round and
Gannon 64-59 in the semifinals. They also won last
Shaw Sports Photo
WINNING SHOT: Shaw Lady Bears pose after winning
second straight NCAA Div. II Atlantic Region title with
70-53 win over host Edinboro. They will enter national
quarterfinals, the Elite Eight in San Antonio, Texas, with
a game vs. Pittsburg (Kan.) State on Tuesday.
year's Atlantic Regional on the same floor in Edinboro
over CIAA rival Johnson C. Smith.
Williams, who tallied 22 points in wins over Gan-
non and WV Wesleyan, was named the Regional Tour-
nament MVP. Buford, who had 28 points in the win over
WVWU, joined Williams on the all-tournament team.
The Shaw men (27-3), under head coach Cleo Hill
Jr., have roared back into the Atlantic Region final and
were to again face top seed and host West Liberty (31-2)
in the championship game on Tuesday evening.
A year ago, on the same floor, Shaw was denied
a spot in the men's Elite Eight by West Liberty, 96-93.
West Liberty was also the top seed and host a year ago.
Karron Johnson had 17 points and Junious
Chaney 12 in the quarterfinal win over Indiana (Pa.).
Johnson led the Bears with 22 points and Curtis Hines
had 18 in the semifinal win over Wheeling Jesuit.
1 0 2 E C' O R EY R SU T
IN NCAA TOURNAMENT
Tuesday, March 13 8 p.m. ESPNU
Savannah State (21-11) at Tennessee (18-14)
Thursday, March 15 7 p.m.
Howard (24-8) at Virginia (22-10)
Thursday, March 15 7 p.m.
Mississippi Valley State (19-13) at Tulate (22-10)
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Tyler Perry Hosting Obama Fundraiser
S | President Obama has made alliances with
) the right folks in Hollywood, or shall we say,
While Republicans have flooded Georgia,
the Democratic leader is making his way to
the peach state to visit supporters at Tyler
Perry's house on March 16.
SA Gala Celebration, sponsored by the African
Sf American Leadership Council and Tyler
Perry will be held at the movie maker's stu-
dio, but tickets aren't for the common folk.
Ducats begin at $500 and go all the way up
to $2,500 per person.
The event will begin at 5 p.m.
But another, more hefty ticket price is for an
8 p.m. event that will be held at Perry's private quarters. They cost $35,000
As far as the location, all the press has been told is that it's at his proper-
ty. An address hasn't been revealed. Attending guests know, but haven't
shared the information with the press.
But according to records, Perry owns a 6-
bedroom home, a 58-acre estate with 8
bedrooms, and another piece of property.
Jeweler Behind Halle Berry's
Engagement Ring Tells All
Halle Berry's fiance Olivier Martinez has
taken "put a ring on it" to a whole new
According to People.com, Martinez com- .
missioned the engagement ring last year
from his Paris neighbor, Robert Mazlo. It's
"a one-of-a-kind piece and cannot be
replaced" and truly "symbolizes the cou-
ple's story," the jeweler says.
Its emerald is perfect in color, its yellow-
gold setting was hand forged, and instead of an inscription, it contains
codes and symbols that only its wearer can understand, according to jew-
The ring's 4-carat emerald comes from old, "closed-down mines in Muzo,
Colombia and the color is perfect," the house continues. "The balance
between the blue and the yellow in the green in that stone is perfect."
The design also incorporates two diamonds in a textured, yellow-gold set-
ting forged according to ancient Phoenician tradition. And while it doesn't
have an inscription per se, it does have hidden meaning.
Mazlo, who has known Martinez for several years, didn't realize he was
creating an engagement ring when the actor came calling. But his house
tells People he "was very touched to be involved in [the couple's] story."
Meanwhile, Us Weekly is reporting that Martinez took an "alchemy test"
to help craft the ring's coded message. The 46-year-old actor was appar-
ently ordered to take the 500-year-old mystical quiz, which features seven
questions about his "Dark Tides" co-star's favorite shapes, colors, numbers
and signs, which Mazlo decoded and used to perfect the ring.
Bobbi Kristina Opens Up to Oprah
Whitney Hlouston's only child
opened up Sunday about her late
mother in her first interview since
the singer's death last month.
Bobbi Kristina Brown, 19, told
Oprah Winfrey she can still hear her
mother's voice sometimes and feel
her spirit, urging her to "keep mov-
"She's always with me. I can
always feel her," Brown said during
the interview that aired on
Winfrey's network, OWN.
On the same show, Winfrey also
spoke to Houston's sister-in-law
and friend, Patricia Houston, and
her brother, Gary Houston.
Whitney Houston, 48, died
February 11 in her room at the
Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly
Hills, California, the day before the
music industry gathered for the
Grammys in Los Angeles
The famed singer won six
Grammys and sold 170 million
albums, singles and videos during
her career. But in recent years, her
struggles with drug addiction over-
shadowed her accomplishments.
When asked whether she feared
drugs would one day take her
friend, Patricia Houston told
Winfrey she "would be kidding" to
say otherwise. "The handwriting
was kind of on the wall."
Recently, she said, she observed
Houston "chasing a dream, looking
for love in all the wrong places."
Houston was married to singer
Bobby Brown from 1992 until
2007. Bobbi Kristina was born in
"I'm her daughter. I gotta keep
moving. I gotta carry on her legacy.
... I still have a voice," Brown told
The grief comes in waves still,
Brown said, and sometimes it does-
n't seem real that her mother is
"I'm getting through it. I'm doing
as good as I possibly can." she said.
"Just trying to keep going."
Sources close to the investigation
into the singer's death told CNN on
Friday that officials were looking to
speak with her daughter before
During her interview, She talked about being able to stay in her mother's house, and how she still feels her and
closing the case. They said it was
unclear whether Bobbi Kristina
would agree to be interviewed.
She was interviewed briefly by
Beverly Hills police the day her
mother died, but she was too dis-
traught to offer helpful information,
the sources said. She was taken
twice to a Los Angeles hospital
briefly after her mother's death, a
source close to the family said last
Investigators have wrapped up
the logistical part of their inquiry by
having contacted all physicians and
pharmacies with ties to Houston,
and nothing so far appears criminal,
the sources said.
Authorities are reviewing addi-
tional medical information that will
be used in the final ruling on cause
of death, and Houston's toxicology
report should be complete "on or
around" March 23, the sources said.
Last month, officials with the Los
Angeles County coroner's office
said the singer's body had no visible
signs of trauma and foul play wasn't
suspected. Her cause of death was
listed as "deferred," officials said.
More official details on the inves-
tigation haven't been released
because the Beverly Hills Police
Department was granted a "security
hold" on the case, the coroner's
office said. Common in high-profile
cases, the hold restricts the release
Authorities have said that police
and fire officials were called to
Houston's hotel room after her
unconscious body was found in the
bathtub, just hours before she was
to attend a pre-Grammy party.
A coroner official last month
downplayed the suspicion that
drugs had played a major role in
Assistant Chief Coroner Ed
Winter said that "not many pre-
scription bottles" were found in the
singer's hotel room.
"I know there are reports that she
maybe was drowned or did she
overdose, but we won't make a final
determination until all the tests are
in," he said last month.
TAMIA: A Real Basketball Wife
Has Her Own Views on Reality TV
When asked what she thinks of
the Basketball Wives reality tv
franchise, singer Tamia, married
to Grant Hill responds: I think the
perception is definitely not a reality.
I think, to be fair a lot of those
women [on the show] aren't wives.
And I'm good friends with Shaunie.
And as .fr as business is con-
cerned, I applaud her: but 1 think
that it's definitely yvern misleading
in terms of what our lives are about.
I do have a lot of friends who are
married to athletes, and a lot of
these women are involved in chari-
ties, doing all kinds of things
behind the scenes and are support-
ive wives, and -- believe it or not --
have supportive husbands who are
really great guys. I think not only
for the women, but I think it just
paints a really bad picture about
the men as well.
I think for athletes in general,
people are like, "Why would you
want to marry an athlete?" And that
goes back to what I was saying :
what works in one person's mar-
riage, may not work in the next. So
keep your eyes focused on yours! I
guess it's interesting TV, but it's def-
initely not reality.
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Scholars Conclude Gloomy Outlook for Black America
By Herb Boyd
A group of leading Black intel-
lectuals met at the Schomburg
Center for Research in Black
Culture to discuss the current plight
of African-Americans in the United
Curiously, at the recent forum,
which took place Feb. 26 and was
entitled "Black America: A
Prescription for the Future," along-
side their programs, attendees were
given an article published in the
Journal of Negro Education in
That conference apparently
ended without the delegates accept-
ing any of the proposed solutions.
Those participants might have
benefit ted from the work of the pan-
elists at the Schomburg, particular-
ly the remedies offered by Dr.
Bernard Anderson, Dr. William
Julius Wilson, the Rev. Al Sharpton
and Dr. Richard Kahlenberg.
In 1936, with the solutions seem-
ing unacceptable, the delegates
agreed that a next step was neces-
sary and they called for a national
Negro congress under the auspices
of the great labor leader A. Philip
More than 75 years later, Norman
Hill provided a living connection to
Randolph at the Schomburg as
president emeritus of the A. Philip
Randolph Institute (APRI).
Hill's task was to set the stage for
the panelists with an overview of
the Civil Rights Movement, and he
did that quite elaborately, covering
from 1896 to 1965.
Hill delivered his presentation
after a general welcome from the
moderator, professor Jerald Podair,
and greetings from Vincent
Alvarez, president of the New York
City Central Labor Council, AFL-
CIO; Clayola Brown, president of
the APRI; and a representative from
Jimmie Johnso o Honored
With Street Marker
A street marker was dedicated to longtime educator Mr. Jimmie A.
Johnson during Black History Month. Mr. Johnson served as Athletic
Director and Principal of Raines High School. Additionally, he served
8 years as a member of the Duval County School Board and led the
District as Chairman in 2003-04. The street marker, Jimmie Johnson
Parkway, is being dedicated in his honor. It is located in front of
Raines High School.
the NFL Players Association stand-
ing in for executive director
To address the problems facing
Black America, Hill said the
renewed movement would be wise
to follow the principles and credo
of his mentor, Randolph.
"At the banquet table of nature,"
Hill began, quoting Randolph,
"there are no reserved seats. You
get what you can take and you keep
what you can hold. If you can't take
anything, you won't get anything,
and if you can't hold anything, you
And you can't take anything
without organization." A barrage of
statistics came from Anderson and
Wilson, with only the cogent words
of Sharpton providing a pause. An
esteemed economist, Anderson's
analysis is often found in the
National Urban League's annual
State of the Nation report.
He shared some of that informa-
tion with a fairly sparse but atten-
On the question of jobs,
Anderson said, "Blacks comprise
20 percent of the unemployed."
And that number may be even
higher if you include those no
longer looking for work and the
underemployed. "When you stop
looking for work, you are no longer
listed among the unemployed," he
His was a litany of despair as he
compared the prospects of Blacks
to a train's caboose. "No matter
how fast the train is going, the
caboose [Blacks] will never catch
up to the engine [whites]."
Sharpton's main thesis had less to
do with comparing Blacks to whites
and more to do with the expanded
Black middle and upper class and
the poor or lower class they've left
behind. "What we did during the
Movement was to empower and
create a Black upper class while
ignoring the Black lower class. Our
Black billionaires sold their busi-
nesses and cashed out.
"We have to get back to a bottom-
up movement," he continued. "It's
time to get back on track."
Surprise Birthday Party for DJ Roach
The Washington Estate Barber Shop located off SoutelDrive
and owned and operated by Eddie Marcus, celebrated a sur-
prise Birthday Party for one of Jacksonville's legends, Marvin
(Coach Roach) Robinson. The celebration honored his 76 pre-
cious years of being a part of the Jacksonville community.
Next Generation Musicians Blends Beyonce and the Blues
The Northeast Florida Jazz asso-
ciation held an impromptu jazz ses-
sion at the Ritz Theater featuring
the Ritz Sound, a band of young
high school students that have
learned to compose and arrange
lyrics from renowned jazz and
R&B artists such as Miles Davis
and James Brown.
The band played Miles Davis hit
"Straight No Chaser" and hit up the
audience again with James Browns
"Pick Up the Pieces." The audience
jammed and clapped after each
recital. Instructor Jarvis Brown,
pianist and director of the Ritz
Sound teaches the students to read
charts, learn sound systems and set-
up for incoming musicians. Jarvis,
told the audience "Talent may get
you the job, but your integrity and
character will let you keep it"
It was impressive to view the stu-
dents bobbing their heads to the
music. Students also impressed the
audience with their musical
rearrangement rhythmic jazz rendi-
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(L-R) Charlai Cooper, Marquetta Knight, Isaac Byrd, Jarrett Watkins (scholarship recipient), arkis
Williams, Robert Mitchell (scholarship recipient), Patrick Nanton, Jarvis Brown, Lex Camacho, D'Andre
Wells, Marissa Webster and Holly Webster.
tion of Beyonce's hit "De6j Vu." music and develop their talents into sented scholarships to two students
Isaac Byrd, President of the Ritz jazz forms relating to languages, in the band, Robert Mitchell
Jazz Society was happy to hip hop, R&B, Blues and Jazz." (Trombone) and Jarrett Watkins
announce "The goal is to teach the Seven students played various (Piano).
students to learn Black Americaii iiistiiments. The NEFJA also pre-
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