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Memphis to Name Street for
MLK 44 Years After Assassination
Forty-four years after civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was
assassinated as he stood on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in
Memphis, Tennessee, the city will finally rename the one-mile stretch
of Linden Avenue to Dr. M.L. King Jr. on the April 4th anniversary of his
Streets named after the slain leader can be found across the country.
The prestigious honor has even taken place in foreign countries like Italy,
who honored King by renaming streets after him in no less than 10 cities.
According to MLKStreet.com, as of two years ago, there are 893 places
that have roadways memorializing King in 40 states, the District of
Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Although honoring King by way of renam-
ing thoroughfares has taken place across the United States, the main con-
centration of these are located mostly in the southeast with more than 75
percent located in 10 southern states.
According to former Memphis City Councilman Berlin Boyd, who
helped lead the street-naming effort in Memphis, "We never wanted to
address losing Dr. King's life here," he told CNN.
Ernie Davis: First Black Heisman
Trophy winner's gravesite robbed
ELMIRA, N.Y. Officials at an upstate New York cemetery say some-
one keeps stealing a football from the grave of Ernie Davis, a college star
who was the first black player to win the Heisman Trophy.
The Press & Sun-Bulletin of Binghamton reports the football was
recently discovered missing from its display case.
The ball-has disappeared several times previously, only to turn up later
on the cemetery grounds. Woodlawn Cemetery superintendent Tom
Henegar says he suspects youthful pranksters.
Davis was an All-American at Syracuse. He won the Heisman in 1961,
then died of leukemia in 1963 at age 23.
The ball at his Elmira grave has a mysterious origin. It first appeared on
the headstone last summer. Officials don't know who put it there, but
they've treated the display with respect nonetheless.
Discriminated Firefighters Finally
Get Their Chance 17 Years Later
CHICAGO, Ill. Eighty middle-aged black firefighters entered the
Chicago fire academy last week 17 years after taking a disputed
entrance exam. The 80 rookies -- a few of them in their 50s -- represent
the first of 111 African-Americans bypassed by the city's discriminatory
handling of a 1995 entrance exam.
Paperwork is still being processed for the remaining 31. They are
expected to join their classmates next week.
Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford stressed that the
training would not be modified simply because the candidates are older
The Fire Department's age limit for new hires is 38. That does not apply
to the 111 black firefighters because the discrimination occurred before
the cutoff was established. The African-American Firefighters League
has been conducting fitness training for the last few months to get the
candidates into the "best possible" condition.
An attorney for the firefighters said he's more concerned about how the
black firefighters will be accepted once they complete their training and
get assigned to firehouses.
"This department has an extremely troubling history of racial inequity
and intolerance to minorities. There's been a terrific amount of bias and
bigotry," he said.
Anti-Obama "Don't Re-Nig"
Bumper Stickers Circulating
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Playing on the word renege, which means to go back on a promise,
undertaking, or contract, according to Merriam-Webster, the ever-hateful
anti-Obama masses seem to have come up with yet another way to dis-
parage not only the President, but also African Americans.
Circulating on Facebook, a picture of a bumper sticker, reading, "Don't
Re-Nig In 2012," (pictured left) is making feverish rounds. While
Obama's iconic red, blue, and white logo is crossed out, the bumper
sticker makes it very clear that Obama opposers are going above and
beyond the idea of just being against Obama politically.
According to Technorati, this slogan originally appeared on a T-shirt on
a website called "Zazzle.com" back in 2010. The website sells customiz-
able T-shirts, mugs, and other paraphernalia. The author of the slogan,
reportedly called "XUBERALLES," took his name from the Nazi slogan
"Deutschland Uber Alles" or "Germany Over All" .
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OUR REALITY: Calls for Justice for
Florida Teen Shot lor being Black
The U.S. Department of Justice
and the FBI have opened an inves-
tigation into the "facts and circum-
stances" surrounding the killing of
Trayvon Martin, the unarmed-
teenager shot and killed last month
by a neighborhood watch captain in
an Orlando suburb.
The department will "conduct a
thorough and independent review
of all evidence and take appropriate
action at the conclusion of the
investigation," according to a state-
The announcement comes as the
drumbeat around the case continues
by Nisa Islam Muhammad
WASHINGTON The state of
Black America is simple according
to the National Urban League pres-
ident and CEO Marc Morial: "It's
Marc H. Morial, Urban League
The civil rights organization's lat-
est annual report details areas of
Black life and most pressing con-
cerns for 2012. Along with the
economy, jobs, and education for
all children, the major issue for this
year is the vote. Thus the name of
this year's State of Black America
report, "Occupy the Vote to
Educate, Employ and Empower."
"It's no coincidence that a nation-
wide rollback in voting rights for
America's most vulnerable citizens
is happening just as elected offi-
cials mount unprecedented cam-
paigns to slash investments in edu-
cation and economic develop-
ment," said Mr. Morial.
"As the nation struggles toward a
financial recovery, public invest-
ments in education, job training
and job growth are more vital than
ever. Yet those very investments
are targeted for sacrifice in favor of
diverting more and more of the
nation's resources to those at the
very top of the economic pyramid."
"At the same time, a coordinated
effort is underway to exclude from
the political process the very citi-
zens whose futures hang in the bal-
ance," he said.
Continued on page 2
to grow, becoming national news
and shining a brighter media spot-
light on the city of Sanford, where
the killing occurred, and its police
department, which handled the ini-
tial investigation that so far has
failed to bring charges.
Martin, 17, was shot to death just
steps from his home on Feb. 26 by
George Zimmerman, a neighbor-
hood watch captain who told police
he fired in self-defense.
Zimmerman confronted the teen
after calling 911 and reporting
Martin as a "suspicious person."
Though a dispatcher told
Zimmerman not to follow the teen,
Zimmerman confronted him never-
theless, police said. Martin died
from a gunshot wound to the chest.
Police questioned Zimmerman
and released him without charges.
Zimmerman was licensed to carry a
gun and police said they found no
evidence to contradict his self-
Attorney's for Martin's family
have said the family has no faith in
the the Sanford police investigation
and have called for an independent
Continued on page 5
Halting of Voter
ID Ruling Begins
By Aswad Walker
Houston-area Black lawmakers
are commending the U.S.
Department of Justice (DOJ) for
blocking Texas from implementing
a new law requiring voters to pres-
ent photo identification before cast-
Exercising powers granted by the
Voting Rights Act of 1965, the DOJ
informed state election officials
that the law is "legally unenforce-
The state law approved in May
2011 required voters to show gov-
which could include a driver's
license, military identification card,
birth certificate with a photo, a cur-
rent U.S. passport or a concealed
Nationally, 31 states with
Republican governors or majorities
in their legislatures passed similar
laws that produced a national back-
lash from Blacks, Latinos, college
students and others who view the
laws as a national attempt to sup-
press voters who traditionally vote
"An attack on the right to vote is
underway across the country
through laws designed to make it
more difficult to cast a ballot," said
Houston Congresswoman Sheila
Shown above (L-R) are Siteria Gore, Lillie Moses, Delores Waters, Edward Robinson and James Cotton
as they enjoy looking at photo albums from yester year at the Ritz Theater. LJones photo
Former classmates of Matthew
Gilbert High School gathered at the
Ritz Theater to celebrate the
Friends & Family School Reunion.
Each month, alumni of
Jacksonville's historically Black
schools are invited to the Museum
to see their current signature exhib-
it, "More Than a Game: African
American Sports in Jacksonville,
1900-1975" The interactive exhib-
it includes everything from artifacts
and photos to videos and live
recordings of the famous marching
bands. The exhibit includes
hundreds of donated photographs,
documents and personal memora-
bilia. It looks back at the legendary
coaches, outstanding players and
great events, like the East-West
Classic football game on
Thanksgiving Day. It celebrates the
exuberance and participation of the
entire African American communi-
ty that supported student achieve-
ment on the field and in the class-
"We really can't remember too
much, all we know is that we were
proud and had a good time being
family," said Tommie Chandler.
Chandler, who attended with his
childhood friend Curtis Miranda,
reminisced and shared memories of
football games, girlfriends and their
love of sports.
The next Family & Friends
Reunion is April 17th and will spot-
light Stanton and Stanton
Vocational. May 17th it's the
renowned Douglas Anderson and
on June 19th its Eugene Butler.
Alumni are welcome to con-
tribute to the exhibit by adding their
own memorabilia to the exhibit.
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Powerful Questioning Techniques Double Networking Success!
4-0 Some of the
know are those with highly devel-
oped questioning techniques. Not
surprisingly, one of these is my
best friend of thirty-five years,
Corky Williams, who is skilled at
asking the right questions in the
right manner for any occasion.
Corky is careful to limit his inter-
rogations to the courtroom, but he
uses some of the same techniques
in his daily life. He listens well in
order to get information that may
be useful. He asks questions care-
fully, because he knows that good
questions further his networking
agenda and his goals to achieve
success. Good questions also help
- Build information
Move conversation along by
Demonstrate your analytical
- Clarify your needs to the speak-
Introduce new ideas and per-
Help others to feel that you
value their knowledge
When you ask good questions,
people are clear about the purpose
of your networking. People also
enjoy the verbal engagement and
exchange of interesting and mean-
ingful sharing of information. If
you have trouble thinking of ques-
tions, I suggest following the stan-
dard rule that reporters follow
when they are seeking basic infor-
mation for a story. The first things
they always get are: Who? What?
When? Where? Why? and How?
Then they build on that basic
foundation of information.
Here are a few powerful question-
ing techniques that can open up
any informative conversation:
- How did you get started in your
- Why did you go into this line of
- What do you hope to get out of
- When do you enjoy your work
Where do you do your best
Who is your best source of
Bottom Line: One way to pre-
pare yourself is to write down
your agenda. Having an agenda
in mind will help you to ask
questions that move you closer
to your goals and success.
Foiling Financial Scam Artists
You can hardly watch or read the
news without hearing about the lat-
est scam to separate folks from their
hard-earned money. As criminals
become increasingly more sophisti-
cated, their schemes are more diffi-
cult to spot.
At the same time, people trying
desperately to overcome financial
hardships or to make a quick buck
sometimes overlook red flags hint-
ing that an offer is not quite right.
Here are a few precautions to
avoid becoming the next victim:
Be skeptical. If it sounds too
good to be true, it probably is.
- Investments promising to double
your money in six months or claim-
ing to be risk-free (like so-called
"pyramid schemes" where returns
for ground-floor investors depend
on later investors falling for the
- The infamous "Nigerian banking
scam," in which supposed foreign
officials offer large rewards for
helping them transfer money out of
- Authentic-looking checks from
sweepstakes you supposedly won.
You'll be asked to deposit the check
State of Black America
continued from page 1
The Urban League took the report
public in a March 7 town hall meet-
ing, webcast live and covered by
CSPAN at Howard University. It was
moderated by Mr. Morial and award-
winning journalist Jeff Johnson.
Students, community members and
Urban League professionals engaged
a panel of leaders and economic ex-
perts including activist and writer
Kevin Powell, radio host Warren Bal-
lentine, Chanelle Hardy of the Na-
tional Urban League Policy Institute;
Nolan Rollins, president and CEO of
the Urban League of Greater New Or-
leans; Leslie Fenwick, Ph.D., dean of
the Howard University School of Ed-
ucation and author and political ana-
lyst Kelli Goff.
NAACP head Benjamin Jealous
connected the high rates of incarcera-
tion for Blacks and Latinos with voter
"Blacks and Latinos are dispropor-
tionately incarcerated even though
they are not disproportionately more
likely to commit crimes," he said. "In
1906 Virginia enacted a law that said
ex-felons can't vote. The law was
racist then and the law is racist now."
"Florida enacted a law that pushed
500,000 people off the (voter) rolls.
They were mostly Black and Brown."
Melanie Campbell, of the National
Coalition on Black Civic Participa-
tion, said Americans are witnessing
the largest voting rights assault since
passage of the Voting Rights Act.
The report includes two articles that
detail the assault on voter rights-
"Minority Voter Participation: Reviv-
ing Past and Present Barriers to the
Polls" by Rep. Bobby C. Scott and
"The Rise and Fall and Rise Again of
Jim Crow Laws" by Rev. Lennox
Yearwood, president and CEO of the
Hip Hop Caucus.
"This is our lunch counter moment.
If we don't get it right, it will have cat-
astrophic consequences in the next 10
years," said Rev. Yearwood.
Defense of the right to vote remains
critical as legislation that would re-
quire a government-issued photo ID,
shorten voting hours, curtail early vot-
ing, and/or impose absurd penalties
limiting the registration process is
pending in 27 states, said analysts.
"Young people today have not had
access to African American teachers
as generations before. They've missed
the models of intellectual authorities,"
said Dr. Fenwick. "Seventy-three per-
cent of inner city teachers are White
... the majority of public school chil-
dren are Black and Latino."
She explained that the children have
little if any access to diverse teachers
and said there is a need for Black ed-
ucational leadership. Research shows
Black students with Black teachers
are less likely to be targeted for spe-
cial education, less likely to be sus-
pended and less likely to be expelled.
They are also more likely to be tar-
geted for gifted and talented pro-
grams, said experts.
The report includes articles by Dr.
Steve Perry, "Real Reform is Getting
Kids One Step Closer to Quality
Schools" and "Sacrifice If You Must-
The Reward is Clear" by Gregory
Carr, Ph.D. and J.D.
"The current challenges facing
American higher education places stu-
dents from Black, Brown and poor
communities at a crossroads nearly 60
years since the landmark Brown v.
Board of Education decision," wrote
"Faced with the prospect of taking
on mounting post- secondary debt but
seemingly facing uncertain prospects
of employment with only a high
school diploma, many of these stu-
dents ask themselves, should I go to
His answer is an unequivocal,
"The fight to fund schools equally,
make college tuition affordable, eco-
nomically revitalize impoverished
communities, or to continue to im-
prove access to affordable health care
for all Americans will not be won
without increased civic participation,"
Mr. Morial commented.
The State of Black America report,
issued annually by the National Urban
League since 1976, includes an
"Equality Index," which compares
Black and Latino progress to White
Americans on issues such as income,
homeownership, health insurance and
The 2012 National Urban League
Equality Index documents signifi-
cantly reduced minority voter regis-
tration and voter participation in the
2010 mid-term elections. This lost
ground in civic engagement offset
modest gains in education and health.
For Blacks, this resulted in an es-
sentially unchanged 2012 Equality
Index of 71.5 percent and for Latinos,
a decline from 76.7 percent in 2011 to
76.1 percent in 2012.
Jeff Johnson of BET fame encour-
aged the panel to offer solutions.
"Change some of the ways we de-
scribe our situation," offered Mr.
Powell. "We have to have a level of
compassion for our people ...We've
abandoned the masses of our people.
We must challenge our people with
"Find something to be engaged in.
We all have a responsibility. ... You
are a leader. You have a responsibility
to go to communities and show peo-
ple how to be. Change the direction of
the conversation, create institutions
and be accessible. Love the people."
Start an economic movement, said
nationally syndicated radio host War-
ren Ballentine. "Open accounts in
Black banks. The government won't
save us. The only ones who will save
us is us."
and send a portion to cover process-
ing fees and taxes. By law you
should never have to pay for any
legitimate prize; furthermore,
you're legally responsible for any
lost funds if the check you deposit
When in doubt, consult a financial
professional or the State Attorney
Identity theft. Each year, crimi-
nals steal billions of dollars by pre-
tending to be someone else. By
intercepting mail, going through
trash or even peeking over some-
one's shoulder at the ATM, thieves
use stolen Social Security numbers,
credit card numbers or bank
account passwords to borrow
money, open new accounts or
charge big-ticket items to unsus-
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Avoiding Probate Court
by Michael G. Shinn, CFP
"One of the most common tools in
estate planning is the revocable liv-
ing trust. Property held in trust
avoids the costs and delays associ-
ated with probate court. The title to
the property is held in the name of
the trustee and not the estate
owner," according to Attorney
Ronald E. Henderson of Cleveland,
Ohio. "There are a number of
advantages to using this type of
trust in the estate planning process.
However, the work must be per-
formed by an attorney competent in
What is a Trust?
As a general description, a trust is
a legal arrangement in which the
trustee holds legal title to property.
The trust document establishes a
legally binding arrangement
between three parties. The Grantor
creates and funds the trust. The
Trustee manages the trust and trust
property. The Beneficiary receives
the benefits from the trust. A major
distinction in the types of trusts is
whether it is revocable or irrevoca-
ble. In a "revocable" trust, the
grantor can change the trust terms,
take back the assets and even dis-
solve the trust. If a trust is "irrevo-
cable", the grantor cannot change
the terms of the trust. Almost any
type of property can be transferred
into a trust, including real estate,
stocks, bonds, bank accounts and
Revocable Living Trusts
A revocable living trust is estab-
lished during the grantors life and
can be changed or dissolved at any
time during the grantor's lifetime.
The grantor does not lose control of
the trust property. If the grantor is
also the trustee, he or she can exer-
cise the same control of the proper-
ty as before it was transferred to the
At this point, you might ask,
"What's the beef?" By way of
example, assume there are two indi-
viduals with similar circumstances-
Harry Carefree and Mary
Thoughtful. Both are widowed,
with three adult children living out
of state. Both have estates valued at
$500,000, which includes a debt
free apartment building. They both
have Wills naming their adult chil-
dren as their heirs. However, Mary
has taken the additional step of cre-
ating a revocable living trust, the
Thoughtful Trust, which holds all
of her investments, including the
apartment building. Mary is both
the grantor and trustee of the
Thoughtful Trust. Other than his
Will, Harry Carefree has no estate
During their lifetimes, both Harry
and Mary operate and manage their
respective investments, including
the apartment buildings. Both have
the right to add to or dispose of any
part of their assets. At Harry's
death, all of his estate will be sub-
ject to the probate process, which
could take from 1-2 years and cost
5-8% of his gross estate. At Mary's
death all of the property in the
Thoughtful Trust will be handled
according to the terms of the trust
document. Mary included a provi-
sion for a special trustee to profes-
sionally manage the trust assets,
including the apartment building,
during distribution. Finally, the
Thoughtful Trust assets will avoid
Revocable Living Trust Benefits
During her lifetime, Mary as
grantor and trustee, has the same
ability to manage and alter the
assets within the Thoughtful Trust,
as Harry does owning his assets
individually. However, upon her
death, the revocable living trust has
some significant benefits:
Avoids the delay and expense of
Can provide for the professional
management of assets
-Provides for the orderly transfer
of assets to heirs
Minimizes family conflicts
As with all planning techniques,
there are some issues that must be
addressed. First, there is the cost to
establish a revocable living trust,
with attorney's fees typically range
from $2-5,000. Second, there is the
effort and cost to transfer the assets
to the trust. Finally, a revocable liv-
ing trust does not avoid either
income or estate taxes.
Preserving and effectively trans-
ferring wealth does not happen by
accident. Now is the time to review
your family's estate plan with a
competent estate-planning attorney.
If your financial position is not
where you want it to be, you must
take control and make it happen.
Michael G Shinn, CFP, Registered
Representative and Advisory Associate
of and securities offered through
Financial Network Investment
Corporation, member SIPC. Visit
www.shinnfinancial.com for more
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Protect yourself. Call 866-222-FAIR.
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Grant Recipient Operation New Hope to Help Qualified
Ex-offenders Research, Learn and Find New Jobs
Operation New Hope, a faith-
based nonprofit community devel-
opment corporation, recently pow-
ered-on a new and upgraded com-
puter lab for the organization's
Ready4Work program. Funding for
the lab was recently provided
through an AT&T $10,000 dona-
Ready4Work is a nationally rec-
ognized program for non-
violent/non-sexual ex-offenders to
provide participants necessary tools
to re-enter the community work-
force as productive and responsible
citizens. The program provides
hands-on case management,
employment skills training, life-
coaching and job placement assis-
AT&T and Operation New Hope
celebrated the new lab with
Ready4Work program participants
as they officially flipped the switch
on the new devices. The majority
Founder and President of Operation New Hope Kevin Gay, city
Council Member Dr. Johnny Gaffney and AT&T Director of External
Affairs Heather Duncan.
of Ready4Work program partici-
pants would otherwise not have
access to a computer or the internet
because they are not able to afford
the expense of owning their own
"We recognize the significant
role Operation New Hope plays in
this community as these ex-offend-
ers try to get their lives back on
track," said Regional Director of
External Affairs for AT&T Florida
Heather Duncan. "We're honored to
be a part of something that helps
change lives for the better."
In addition to new computer
devices, Ready4Work program par-
ticipants will also have access to a
new printer, also purchased with the
dollars donated by AT&T.
"By upgrading the training and
learning environment of these ex-
offenders, we can continue to bring
a positive energy to their job
search," said Gay.
FAMU Anti-Hazing Committee Meets, Outlines Goals
Bobby Newsome, Elaine Jackson and Ronald
Weeks view a Raines Varsity jacket.
The Florida A&M University
(FAMU) Anti-Hazing Committee,
an independent committee tasked
with providing information on
determining the most effective
approach to ending hazing on cam-
pus, has met and outlined its goals.
"With this committee, whose
members have expertise in law, aca-
demia, student organizations, haz-
ing and psychology, and with your
experience leading businesses or
other large organizations such as
school districts, military units and
marching bands, we have an oppor-
tunity to assist the FAMU Board of
Trustees in their efforts to under-
stand and then address hazing at
FAMU," said Stephen Craig
Robinson, chairman of the Anti-
Hazing Committee, as he opened
the meeting. "Hopefully FAMU's
thoughtful decisions will also serve
to benefit other universities and
organizations around the nation."
Robinson, an attorney and former
U.S. District Court Judge outlined
the three topics that the committee
Hazing at other universities and
how has it been handled?
Getting students to resist haz-
ing; what has worked?
What are other Universities
doing to prevent hazing in their
Marching Band that can be applied
to the FAMU Marching "100" and
The committee will also look at
both short-term and long-term
strategies for eradicating hazing at
FAMU and plans to present both
written and in-person reports to the
Board of Trustees.
The committee also agreed to ask
the Board of Trustees to designate
the Anti-Hazing Committee a fact-
finding body, rather than an adviso-
ry body that provides recommenda-
tions. Mr. Robinson noted that it
was important for the committee
members to be able to speak with
one another "spontaneously and on
a continuous basis," to accomplish
the committee's work as in as expe-
ditious a fashion as possible.
Members of the FAMU Anti-
Hazing Committee include:
Stephen Craig Robinson
(Chairman) Former U.S. District
Court Judge and current partner at
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher &
Dr. Na'im Akbar Clinical
Psychologist and Former President,
National Association of Black
Dr. Elizabeth Allan Professor,
University of Maine & Co-Director,
The National Collaborative for
Hazing Research and Prevention;
Dr. Michael V. Bowie -
Executive Director of Florida Fund
for Minority Teachers & former
national president of the National
David Brewer Former Vice
Admiral of the United States Navy
& Superintendent of the Los
Angeles Unified School District;
Dr. Mary Madden Professor,
University of Maine & Co-Director,
The National Collaborative for
Hazing Research and Prevention;
David Starnes Band Director
and Professor of Music at Western
The FAMU Anti-Hazing
Committee is an independent com-
mittee tasked with providing infor-
mation on determining the most
effective and indelible approach to
end hazing on campus. This
esteemed group includes a diverse
mix of thought and policy leaders
from across the country, with
invaluable experience and expertise
that is related to all aspects of haz-
ing and its culture. The FAMU
Anti-Hazing Committee will work
in unison with the ongoing efforts
of the FAMU community to address
the issue of hazing. It is part of the
University's comprehensive plan to
end hazing at FAMU and was
approved by the Board of Trustees
on January 2.
The committee will study hazing
at other universities, methods that
have helped students resist hazing
and how to best govern FAMU's
famed Marching 100 band.
March 22-28 2012
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Black Teens Death a Reminder that
Deadly Force Laws are
What has exasperated the issue
even further is the fact that the
police have not filed charges
against the shooter essentially
hiding behind the deadly force law.
So, of course black folk are mad.
African Americans,leaders, and
every day people are fed up. The
outcry has reached the national
scene. People like the Rev. Al
Sharpton and members of the
Congressional Black Caucusare
raising the very valid point that
local authorities have failed to do
their jobs and deliver justice for the
Finally, the federal authorities are
getting involved. This week a
Justice Department spokeswoman
said in a statement that its Civil
Rights Division, in conjunction
with the FBI, planned to conduct an
investigation into lastmonth's death
of Martin, and to work with local
groups in the Orlando area to
soothe rising tensions over the mat-
It is still unimaginable that a
young man could be harassed and
eventually shot simply because he
"looked" suspiciousin some para-
noid observer's eyes. What's even
more ridiculous is the fact that this
shooter has not been charged with
any sort of crime at all.
The deadly force law rearranged
the very foundation ofFlorida's self
defense rules; it basically states that
victims of violence don't have to
retreat when attacked, and that they
can fight back even if they are in a
You might be saying wait a
minute that actually sounds like a
Imagine being a teen walking
through a neighborhood and some
guy starts following you and you
have no idea why.
This man is in a pick up truck and
although you are a pretty confident
teen, you are still worried that you
might be attacked or robbed. You
take off running and then you are
pursued and eventually shot. Not
by a police officer or anyone of
authority, but by a regular old citi-
zen that thinks that you look out of
Oh by the way, you are a young
black man. Because you are young
and black, you have had the unfor-
tunate experience of being told by
your parents time and time again
that people stereotype you because
of your race and skin color.
This is the extremely unfortunate
story of last month'sslaying of an
unarmed black Florida teenager.
The story has received national
attention and further brings to light
Florida's deadly force law that
allows people who feel "threat-
ened" to react in self-defense with
excessive force. This bill was
passed several years ago; but fast
forward to today.
Trayvon Martin was the young
man that was killed by a neighbor-
hood watch volunteer. The volun-
teer told a police dispatcher that the
teenager "appeared suspicious."
Let me think about it for a
moment so because a young
minority man is walking through a
middle classneighborhood, and
maybe he is wearing "Hip
Hop"clothing you think that you
have the right to follow and harass
good thing. Victims of crime now
can fight back versus running
away, but the devil is in the details.
Under the bill, a person is justified
in using deadly force when the
force is "necessary to prevent
death, great harm, or the commis-
sion of a forcible felony."
Several years ago after this bill
was passed, an unarmed man was
shot and killed, but the person com-
mitting the homicide was released
from jail because of the deadly
force law. Apparently the two men
knew each other and dated the
same woman, which had been the
center of several confrontations in
the past. So the State Attorney's
Office ruled that the shooter was
justified in his use of "deadly
It is a very scary thought to me
when a person only needs to justify
a murder by saying that they felt
that their life was threatened. This
could very well be one of those
bills that was passed with good
intentions, but may become ajudi-
When you start legislating initia-
tives that are subjective in nature,
there is always going to be trouble.
How do you clearly validate if a sit-
uation is necessary to prevent death
The bill's supporters including
the National Rifle Association say
it is a necessary self-defense meas-
ure for potential victims of those
crimes. The deadly force legisla-
tion does not change the require-
ments for carrying a concealed
weapon, which was the only good
portion of the bill. People without
permits can still have guns in their
homes or in the glove compart-
ments of cars as long as they have
not been convicted of a felony.
After this legislation passed I
said that we were headed down a
slippery slope, and the death of
Trayvon Martin proves that we
have slipped all the way off of that
slope. This law also reinforces the
danger of not having firm check
and balances in place in govern-
ment because of one-party being in
full control of the legislative and
executive branch of government
for the past 12 years.
I just think that sometimes we
have to put politics aside,and look
at issues like "deadly force" from a
practical perspective. I sympathize
with the rights of a citizen to pro-
tect himself in his home, but this
law gives a green light to any per-
son with a short fuse and a gun, to
commit homicide as long as they
can justify a threat.
Think about what happened to
Trayvon Martin, he was killed
because he was being stereotyped;
and all the shooter had to do is say
that he felt threatened. Fortunately
for Trayvon, the shooter had called
the police and reported this "suspi-
cious" character and was told by
the 911 operator not to follow the
young man. This may be the evi-
dence needed to bring the shooter
Five years ago I said, "For some
reason I have a feeling that race and
social status will come into play
when standing before a judge or
state attorney as they interpret if the
deadly force you used was truly
I hate it when I am right. My
prayers and condolences go out to
the Martin family. Hopefully, jus-'
tice will come soon.
Signing off from Sanford, Fl,
Romney wins Illinois, but is the long primary
fight hurting his chances against Obama?
by Perry Bacon, HP
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt
Romney easily won Tuesday's pri-
mary in Illinois, but his rivals are
showing little sign they will step
aside and give Romney the chance
to focus exclusively on President
Results early Tuesday evening
showed Romney collecting more
than half of the vote in the primary,
leading by more than 20 points
over former Pennsylvania senator
Rick Santorum, his closest com-
petitor. He is likely to capture the
majority of the state's 54 delegates,
widening his already large lead in
Entering Tuesday, Romney's del-
egate haul of 443 is more than the
combined totals of his rivals.
(Santorum has 184, former House
Speaker Newt Gingrich 137 and
Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex, 34).
And yet, none of his three oppo-
nents have signaled they would
consider stepping aside in the face
of Romney's almost insurmount-
able lead. Gingrich in particular
seems hell-bent on blocking
Romney from earning the 1,144
delegates that would clinch the
nomination, openly talking about
contesting Romney until the GOP's
nominating convention in August.
"To defeat Barack Obama,
Republicans can't nominate a can-
didate who relies on outspending
his opponents 7-1. Instead, we need
a nominee who offers powerful
solutions that hold the president
accountable for his failures,"
Gingrich said in a statement after
the learning of his latest defeat, tak-
ing a jab at Romney's advantage in
campaign spending. He added,
"This campaign will spend between
now and when the delegates vote in
Tampa relentlessly taking the fight
to President Obama."
Both Gingrich and Santorum
criticize Romney for not consoli-
dating the votes of the most conser-
vative members of the GOP and
say that gives them a rationale to
continue their candidacies. Exit
polls of the Illinois primary showed
Santorum defeated Romney among
Christians and "very conservative"
voters in the state, continuing the
pattern from earlier primaries.
The increasingly elongated
process is worrying some
"The scales have moved from the
long process being a positive to
being a negative, given the fact that
the Republicans are cutting each
other up and it's an unpleasant pic-
ture to look at," party strategist
Karl Rove said in a recent inter-
view on FOX News.
Obama's top adviser, David
Axelrod, has dubbed Romney's
path to the nomination a "death
march" that is forcing him to shift
to the political right in ways that
will hurt him in the general elec-
To be sure, even Obama cam-
paign advisers privately say they
expect the general election to be
much closer than in 2008, when
Obama won a historic landslide.
The president's team, for example,
has already largely conceded
Indiana, a state he won four years
In another sign of weakness, the
campaign is unlikely to try aggres-
sively contesting any states won by
Arizona Sen. John McCain in 2008,
although officials have suggested
the campaign could compete in
Arizona and Georgia. And most
polls show Obama with only a slim
lead over Romney, even as the
president has spent months wooing
voters in the political middle while
the former governor must appeal to
conservatives who are voting in
With neither Romney or Obama
surging in polls, the last two
months have nonetheless created a
political dynamic much different
than in January, when it initially
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Why focusing on black males
is necessary to address high
by Gerald Mitchell, HP
Today's employment report has largely been seen as positive news, and
for good reason. Two-hundred twenty-seven thousand new jobs were cre-
ated in February, and the previous month's employment figures were also
revised upwards, making the gains even more impressive than previously
thought. Despite this fact, headline unemployment rate number remained
unchanged at 8.3 percent. How could this be?
It's because the participation rate, which measures the percentage of
working-age individuals who are employed or unemployed and looking
for a job, actually increased in February, after falling in January. That is to
say, that while there are more people finding jobs, there are also more
looking for jobs than before. This can also be seen as a positive indicator,
as it means that people have more hope that jobs are available than they
Unfortunately, black unemployment actually increased from 13.6 per-
cent to 14.1 percent. This is distressing, for obvious reasons, and to see the
positive momentum that occurred last month come to a halt, while the rest
of the economy continued to tread water at worst, speaks to the fragile
state of the recovery in the black community.
That being said, part of the rise in the black unemployment rate, as with
the broader economy, is due to an increase in the participation rate in the
black community. In fact, when analyzing another key indicator, the
employment-population ratio, the percentage of working age people who
were working was essentially flat.
This context is not meant to excuse the fact that black communities still
experience extremely high levels of unemployment, especially in specifi-
cally distressed areas of the country, nor that the gap between black unem-
ployment and the rest of the country is not closing fast enough.
In fact, there remain some ominous signs when looking beneath the
headline numbers. Most alarmingly, unemployment increased substantial-
ly for black males in February to 14.3 percent, up from 12.7 percent in
January -- this despite the fact that the participation rate and employment-
population ratio both decreased.
That is to say, the black male unemployment is climbing, even as the
percentage of working-age black males who are actively looking for work
is falling. That should raise a lot of eyebrows in our communities, as well
as in Washington.
It has been well-known that black male unemployment has been con-
sistently elevated, and significantly higher than the unemployment rate of
black females (which decreased from 12.6 percent to 12.4 percent in
February). A recently released University of Wisconsin study provided the
sobering fact that black participation rates have fallen precipitously in
almost all of the major metropolitan areas in the US.
This could be due to a range of factors, including issues that affect all
males in our current economy. For instance, industries that have been tra-
ditionally male-dominated, like construction and manufacturing, have
been hit far harder than other industries that have traditionally employed
more women, such as nursing. Specific to the black community, education
outcomes for black males certainly contribute to the disparity, as well as
complications related to finding employment with a criminal record.
The problems are many, and easy to find, but coming up with solutions
is considerably more difficult.
Improving education for males is essential in the long run. Tackling
harmful drug policies, which result in higher levels of black males being
incarcerated (and therefore less employable post-incarceration), would
also have a positive effect. Furthermore, specifically providing resources
for initiatives such as the Black Male Achievement Campaign, which
focuses on "addressing black men and boys' exclusion from economic,
social, educational, and political life in the United States," would also be
of benefit in identifying the causes of, and finding additional solutions to,
the continuing crisis.
Needless to say, this is very important, not just for the black communi-
ty, but for the country as a whole. The most recent jobs report clearly high-
lights that to address black unemployment requires addressing the issues
contributing to that unemployment as well.
Without doing so, black males are likely to continue to lag, which has
large downstream effects ranging from crime to familial stability, all of
which affect our society negatively. All of us need to increase the focus on
this fact, make it a priority, and make sure those in Washington take notice
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5th Third Bank Honors History Makers
Fifth Third Bank of North Florida recently presented the Jacksonville
Urban League with a $2,000 check as part of its African-American
History Maker Campaign. During a month-long promotion, Fifth Third
partnered with V 101.5 radio station to highlight an African-American
history maker each weekday. Orange Park resident Valerie Hazzard
was one of 20 gift card winners who called into the station after listen-
ing to a vignette featuring an African-American history maker during
Black History Month. Hazzard won the $1,000 grand prize chosen at
the conclusion of the month and also had the opportunity to select the
Jacksonville Urban League to receive the $2,000 charity donation from
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Tyler Perry Raises
for President 01
Tyler Perry gives a 'brotherly' hug to President obama at his Tyler
Perry Studio hosted fundraiser.
When you mix media mogul
Oprah Winfrey, filmmaker and pro-
ducer Tyler Perry and mega pop star
Cee Lo Green, it's a recipe for suc-
cess. The Obama Victory Fund is
reaping a $5 million benefit from
the efforts of these cultural icons.
Obama raised money in film pro-
ducer Tyler Perry's Atlanta studio
at the gala event featuring a per-
formance by pop star Cee Lo
Supporters were treated to carni-
val style treats popcorn, fresh
lemonade, boiled peanuts, barbecue
chicken, popcorn chicken, mini-
corn dogs, grilled sausage links,
fried string beans and jalapeno
ranch dip. To the delight of many,
attendees also got to tour the
sprawling 30-acres of the Tyler
Then he spoke to those in a more
elite group, including Oprah
Winfrey, at Perry's 30,000-square-
foot French provincial mansion
along the Chattahoochee River.
For Obama, whose campaign so
far has focused primarily on
fundraising, celebrities such as
His Skin Was His Sin: National Calls Ring Out for Justice
Continued form front
With all federal civil rights
crimes, the government must prove
beyond a reasonable doubt that a
person acted intentionally and with
the specific intent to do something
the law forbids -- the highest level
of intent in criminal law, the Justice
Department statement said.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott has sent a
letter to Florida Department of Law
Enforcement Commissioner Gerald
Bailey, calling on the agency to
"fully investigate" Martin's death.
"The circumstances surrounding
Clooney, Will Smith, Magic
Johnson and Antonio Banderas help
attract the big-dollar givers. First
lady Michelle Obama was fundrais-
ing this week in New York with
actor Robert De Niro at a TriBeCa
Last Friday, Obama was on a
furious fundraising pace, hitting
five events in two cities in one day
and raising at least $4.8 million. At
the day's end, he would 1 have par-
ticipated in 108 fundraisers since
last April when he filed for re-elec-
tion. During the same period in
2004, President George W. Bush
had attended 54 such events.
At Perry's hosted event, tickets
ranged from $500 for general
admission to $2,500 and $10.000
for VIP. Then he was off to a
$35,800 per person dinner at
Perry's house, where about 40
guests awaited him.
Perry, introducing Obama to a
audience, said seeing the presiden-
tial motorcade drive through south-
west Atlanta offered "a glimpse of
what destiny looks like."
To which Obama said: "There's
something about America where
somebody from my background can
do what I'm doing and someone
from Tyler's background can do
what he's doing."
the death of Trayvon Martin have
caused significant concerns within
the Sanford community and the
state," Scott wrote to Bailey. "I
understand an investigation was ini-
tiated by the Sanford Police
Department and referred to the
Eighteenth Judicial Circuit State
Attorney's Office. I believe it is
appropriate that the Florida
Department of Law Enforcement
provide any assistance necessary to
fully investigate this matter."
Emanuel Cleaver, chairman of the
Congressional Black Caucus, said
in a statement Monday afternoon
that he was "outraged by the way in
which this case has been handled by
the Sanford Police Department in
"Those who are meant to protect
us and our children have blatantly
turned their backs on fairness and
justice," Cleaver (D-Mo.) said. "We
urge the Department of Justice to
immediately and thoroughly inves-
tigate the shooting death of Trayvon
Martin as a hate crime. This case
compromises the integrity of our
legal system and sets a horrific
precedent of vigilante justice."
The White House also comment-
ed on the Martin case during a press
briefing. "The White House is
aware of the incident," press secre-
tary Jay Carney said. He added:
"We're not going to wade into a
local law enforcement matter."
Rep. Corrine Brown (D-Fla.)
called for Justice Department inter-
vention, saying she doesn't "have
the same kind of confidence in the
Florida Department of Law
Enforcement or the governor's
office or the State Attorney's
She added: "I'm not law enforce-
ment, but I absolutely think
[Zimmerman] should have been
arrested." "It is critical that the resi-
dents of Florida and citizens of the
United States nationwide know that
the U.S. justice system is fair and
working properly," continued the
Meanwhile, college students have
staged protests throughout the state
to bring awareness to the case dur-
ing their spring break.
.Over 100 college students
protested this week in front of the
Seminole County court building to
demand justice for Martin.
"We want our voices heard," said
Jason Reed, 25, a student at Florida
A&M and the president of the
Hatchet Pre-Law Society. "What
made [Trayvon] suspicious makes
me suspicious. And if it makes me
suspicious, it could make your child
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What you can do:
Mail A Baa of Skittles!
Why mail a bag of Skittles to Sanford Police Chief Bill
Lee? Send this symbol that Trayvon was not armed (all he
was carrying was a bag of Skittles).
Send your bag today to the Chief at the Sanford Police
Station, 815 West 13th St., Sanford, FL 32771 or email him
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Lent Worship Services at St. Thomas
The church family of St. Thomas Missionary Baptist Church, 5863
MoncriefRd. Jacksonville, Fl., 32209, under the guidance of Pastor Ernie
L. Murray Sr., will have Lent Worship Service each Wednesday through
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.
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
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
S m. E Baptist Church. Other guest churches
and pastor include: Rev. Jeremiah
Robinson (Royal Tablenacle Baptist
Church), Rev. Morris Halyard
(United Missionary Baptist Church),
Rev James Rackley (St. Johns
Missionary Baptist Church) and Rev
a aLandon Williams ( Greater
Pastor Michael Jackson Macedonia Baptist Church). For more
information, contact the church at 696-6464.
Ministers "Crusade for Christ"
Beginning March 28th, Pastors from around the First Coast will celebrate
the theme "His Last Command Is Our First Concern" at the Crusade For
Christ sponsored by the Florida Gernal Baptist Convention. Pastors will
teach the subject "No Man Left Behind, Each One, Reach One, For One."
All services will be held at First New Zion Missionary Baptist Church,
4835 Soutel Drive. Crusade Service starts Wednesday, March 28th with
Reverend Brian Campbell (Jerusalem Baptist Church). On Thursday,
March 29th at 7 p.m. Dr. John E. Guns (St Paul Baptist Church) is the fea-
tured lecturer and finishing up the crusade on Friday, March 30th is
Reverend Marvin Zanders II (St. Paul AME Church). All services begin at
7 p.m. Each night the Crusade Choir will serve with other guest choirs.
Evangelist for each night include Reverend Leroy Elliott of Chicago,
Illinois, Dr. James B Sampson, Rev. Quovadis G Thomas, and Dr. Carl
Johnson. On Sunday March 31st from 10 a.m., to 3 p.m. children can enjoy
a free fun day filled with food, games, live music, street witnessing (cru-
sading for Christ), sermonette, presentations and baptism.
For more information call: (904) 354-2954 or (904) 765-3111.
Info Sought To Help Document
African American Neighborhoods
Information is being gathered on African American communities in
Jacksonville. Presently the concentration is on La Villa-Downtown,
Brooklyn, Campbell Hill, Mixon Town, New Town, College Park, Sugar
Hill, Durkeeville, and all other (approximately 11) established neighbor-
hood with the city. 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, insti-
tutions, organizations, business and/or general characteristics, call (904)
402-2205 and leave your name and telephone number.
The Afro-Centric Youth Project
A core of Black leaders Are forming an affordable Afro-Centric Youth
Program for youth of all ages. The program will enlighten and educate
youth on Afro-Centric History and culture. It will also provide mentorship
and training skills that motivate, enhance and prepare them to overcome
obstacles and become successful on life's journey.
There will be a banquet on Sunday, March 25th at Island Tropics
Restaurant, 2527 N. Main Street, 32206 from 4-6 p.m. for youth and their
parents. The goal is to further introduce the program, and speak on various
issues affecting Black youth in the community while discussing conflict
resolution. The catered meals will also include door prizes and special
guests. For more information or ways to volunteer or contribute, call Lynn
at (904) 576-6341.
Women Speak-Out Forum
The James Weldon Johnson Branch of the Association for the Study of
African American Life and History (ASALAH) will host a community
forum entitled, African American Women Speak Out! It will be held
Saturday, March 31st, at the Florida Times Union, 1 Riverside Avenue,
from 2-4 p.m. For more information visit www.asalh-jaxfl.org or call (904)
Unity in the Community Concert
Edward Waters College will host a Unity in the Community benefit concert
during the Colleges annual Alumni Weekend, Friday, April 13th at 7:00
p.m. at Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church, 1118 West Beaver St. The ben-
efit will raise funds for its $1 Million Challenge Grant for campus enhance-
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Seeking the lost for Christ
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A History of the Black Church in the US
By Deanna Proach
The Biblical teachings of Christ
appealed to African-Americans
because it gave them hope and a
spiritual way to cope with their
plight on earth. The second Great
Awakening of the eighteenth centu-
ry led to the Christianization of free
and enslaved African Americans.
The Christianization, though, was
neither forced nor encouraged. The
hostile treatment blacks received
from the white congregations in
white churches also motivated them
to establish their own churches.
Involvement of Blacks in
the Second Great Awakening
The second half was character-
ized by the development of new
technology, such as the invention of
the cotton gin, spinning and weav-
ing machines. With these new
inventions came the demand for
more cotton and more African
slaves to work on cotton plantation
in the Southern colonies. More
importantly was the religious
revival, the second in a series of
four revivals that swept through the
thirteen colonies. This revival,
known as the Great Awakening,
came about in response to
Ministers' Jonathan Edwards and
George Whitefield's urge to spread
the word of God. After 1750, the
Baptist experienced tremendous
growth and influence among the
common people. Blacks were espe-
cially, attracted to the Baptists and
the Methodists. Their messages of
personal salvation gave black slaves
a spiritual escape from their hard-
ships on earth. These messages
inspired them to share a personal
relationship with Christ, as knowing
and believing in a loving heavenly
father gave them the hope of a hav-
ing a much better future spending
eternity in heaven with Christ.
The Rise of the Black Church
During the second Great
Awakening, African American
attended churches in large numbers.
Some black men even became
preachers, but they were well in the
minority. In the south, slaves were
permitted to attend their master's
church, but they were unwelcome
by their white counterparts.
Consequently, they were restricted
to the pack tows. In some churches
the gallery was the only space
where they were allowed to wor-
ship. In most cases the slaves gath-
ered in churchyards to hear the
singing and the sermon. In the
north, blacks were also allowed to
worship in white churches.
However, they too were welcomed
by cold and hostile treatment and
shunned by their white brothers and
sisters. To blacks it soon became
very clear that they were not wel-
come in white churches. As their
numbers grew, so too did their
desire for separation from the white
churches. These two factors led to
the establishment of Black
Black churches in the South
Until the Reconstruction era,
black churches in the south were
very rare. However, there were a
few sympathetic whites who helped
establish churches for the black
slaves. Often though there were not
enough white ministers interested in
preaching to a congregation of black
slaves to fill the pulpit. Therefore,
black ministers filled their place.
These ministers were former slaves,
freed by their masters to preach the
word of God.
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7 Things Men Hide From Women I i
by Dr. Marcus Williams
What is a man really thinking.
For just about forever, women have
tried to interpret the male species:
why he didn't he call; why he did
call you by a name other than yours.
While, in theory, every man is dif-
ferent, research has found a number
of surprising parallels. From his
fears of commitment to his fond-
ness for cuddling, certain emotions
cause many men to freeze up rather
than open up.
Here are some of the top secrets
your guy may be keeping from you:
1. Saying "I love you" is com-
Those "three little words" could
be the most complex in the English
language. While some men prema-
turely pull the trigger on the "L
word" (a recent study from the
Journal of Personality and Social
Psychology found that guys tend to
say "I love you" first, often driven
by the idea that their partner will be
more likely to have sex with them)
other guys just aren't that good
at getting the words out. Instead,
they show their love through their
actions. How can you know for
sure? Those actions may be a truer
indicator of his feelings than any
passion-fueled colloquy, says Irina
Firstein, LCSW, a relationship
counselor who has advised couples
in New York City for more than 20
2. Commitment really does
Men often have a harder time
picking up on subtle relationship
cues and because of this, your
man may not be aware of the point
in which your bond has moved to a
higher expectation of commitment.
In fact, some guys get anxious
about becoming attached, even if
they seem to enjoy the relationship.
"Men often 'rubber band,' withdraw,
or pull back if they feel like the
relationship has moved beyond
their comfort zone," Firstein notes.
This new territory can take a man
by surprise even if you felt like
he was forging ahead at the same
pace you were.
3. 1 get performance jitters.
Do men think about sex a lot'?
Sure they do, but their fears of sex-
ual inadequacy may be just as fre-
quent. If a man has ever had an
unsuccessful go at sex (and most of
them have! flopped romps can
be triggered by common missteps
such as drinking too much), his
stress in the bedroom can stockpile
- which can eventually lead to
sexual dysfunction. Many men will
even avoid sex rather than talk hon-
estly about their fears with their
partner, and this can harm both the
sexual health and the emotional
health of a relationship.
4. I'm not crazy about
Some men stay mum about the
extent of their sexual desires.
"Freedom, and particularly sex-
ual freedom, and variety are
typically more important to
men than to women," says
Firstein. "Many married
men feel that they love their ,
wives and, at the same time,
have no problems cheating." >
This difference between
men and women can be
one of the most damag-
ing to a couple because
of the sense of betrayal
it can create (even if he
never actually strays).
5. I wants you to initi-
ate sex sometimes.
You may think sexual
desire is hard-wired in men,
but with every attempt at turn-
ing you on comes a threat of
rejection even in the most
established relationships. That's
why it's such a turn-on when a
woman makes the moves, allowing
him to skip the risk altogether. And
it's not just sex he wants: One
recent study from the Kinsey
Institute at Indiana University actu-
ally found that cuddling and caress-
ing in a relationship are more
important to men than women.
6. I'm depressed.
Depression has no gender bias: It
can strike anyone, including the
most macho of men. However,
studies show that men who are
depressed are less likely to open up
about their sadness or lack of ener-
gy than women. Instead, they are
more likely to avoid sex, say
they're overtired, or drink more.
"Some men are uncomfortable
about feeling sad, and their sadness
or depression may come out as
anger," warns Firstein. Depression
is one of the most dangerous secrets
a man can keep, so if you think a
male in your life could
afraid of my own feelings.
Many men just don't handle their
feelings, such as doubt, very well,
and tend to have a hard time open-
ing up. "Because many men are
problem solvers and are uncomfort-
able talking about feelings, there
are a number of intense feelings
that don't get expressed with words,
but rather acted out," notes Firstein.
The good news? Men aren't
Neanderthals. The emotions are
there; they just need to be uncov-
ered. And if fessingg up about his
feelings remains a stumbling block,
he may need to seek relationship
advice from a professional.
Another BIG secret men
Styling Practices Linked
with Hair or Scalp Diseases
Among African Americans
Styling practices can lead to
serious hair and scalp diseases for
some African Americans, says
Henry Ford Hospital dermatolo-
gist Diane Jackson-Richards,
"Hair is an extremely important
aspect of an African-American
woman's appearance," says Dr.
Jackson-Richards, director of
Henry Ford's Multicultural
Dermatology Clinic. "Yet, many
women who have a hair or scalp
disease do not feel their physician
takes them seriously. Physicians
should become more familiar with
the culturally accepted treatments
for these diseases."
Dr. Jackson-Richards says
proper hair care can help prevent
the onset of such diseases like
seborrheic dermatitis and alope-
cia, and that dermatologists need
to become more sensitive to the
hair and scalp plights of African
Little research has been done
about the prevalence and causes
of hair and scalp diseases in
Understanding the unique physio-
logic characteristics of African
textured hair for example, it
grows slower and his a lower hair
density than other ethnic groups -
will assist dermatologists in pre-
scribing treatment options.
African-American women are
known to shampoo their hair less
frequently than other ethnic
groups, and an estimated 80 per-
cent of them use chemical relax-
ers. Frequent use of blow dryers
and hot combs, combined with
popular hair styles like hair
weaves, braids and dreadlocks,
add physical stress to the hair and
contribute to scalp diseases like
alopecia, or hair loss.
"Hair loss is the fifth most com-
mon condition cited by parents
when they visit their dermatolo-
gist," Dr. Jackson-Richards says.
Dr. Jackson-Richards suggests
these grooming tips for patients to
reduce their risk of developing a
hair or scalp disease:
*Wash hair weekly with a mois-
turizing shampoo and conditioner.
'Allow two weeks between
relaxing and coloring.
*Limit use of blow dryers and
hot combs and other heated hair
styling products to once a week.
*Wash braids or dreadlocks
every two weeks.
*Avoid wearing braids too tight-
ly; don't wear longer than three
*To detangle hair, use a wide
tooth comb while conditioner is
still in the hair.
*Use natural hair oils with jojo-
ba, olive, shea or coconut oils.
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Home Schooling on the
Rise in Black Households
An increasing number of Black
parents say they want to enhance
their families' ties and their chil-
dren's values by educating their
children at home.
Home schooling has generally
been considered to be the exclusive
domain of white Americans. But an
expert in the field says there is a
marked increase in the number of
African-American parents who
have chosen to home school their
Brian Ray, the director of the
National Home Education Research
Institute, said there is strong evi-
dence more Black parents, many of
them inner-city residents, have cho-
sen to educate their children at
Ray said there is little in the way
of empirical data on the subject
from the federal Department of
Education. However, based on a
huge amount of anecdotal evidence
and his own research, Ray said the
trend is irrefutable.
"I've been studying the home
school movement since 1984," Ray
said, in an interview with BET.com.
"But the blending of empirical
information and anecdotal reports
from home school groups around
the country makes it clear that there
are more and more African-
American families who home
school their children."
Ray said the reasons for
Black families turning to
home schooling are largely
the same as those of white
"It's really quite identical," he
said. "They feel they can do at least
as well as the public school in edu-
cating their kids. Also, they have
strong values that they say they
want to pass on to their kids that
won't be offered in public schools."
Another reason, he added, was
that "parents want to guide the
social interaction of their kids dur-
ing the school day." In addition,
Ray said, "they want to build
stronger family relationships."
In rare instances, Black families
decided to home school their chil-
dren because of experiences of
in public and
private schools, he said. He also
said there are some parents who
wanted to place greater emphasis
on Afrocentric themes and the con-
tributions of African-Americans in
the education of their children.
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Wfhat to do fr'om social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
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 email@example.com-
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
The Ms. Florida Senior America
pageant takes place Saturday, April
12th at 3:00 p.m., on the campus of
Florida State College of
Jacksonville, located at 101 W.
State St. For more information call
(904) 887-8156 or visit
EWC Unity Concert
Edward Waters College will host
a Unity in the Community benefit
concert Friday, April 13th at 7
p.m. at Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist
Church, 1118 West Beaver St. The
EWC Alumni Reunion Choir will
headline. For more information call
(904) 470-8251 or email advance-
Experience the Jacksonville
SuperFest Music and Arts Festival,
Friday, April 13th at at the Aloft
Hotel and Saturday, April 15th at
the University of Florida. Come on
a journey of the musical senses.
View local art, taste exquisite cock-
tails and hors d'oeuvres and a
showcase of Jacksonville's best and
most diverse musical talent with
more than 70 acts performing. For
more information www.jack-
Free Movies on
"Movies in the Park" returns to
Southbank, Wyndham Jacksonville
Riverwalk, 1515 Prudential Drive.
The four night series includes free,
family-friendly movies, beginning
Friday, April 13th and featuring
"Despicable Me." For movie sched-
ules visit www.downtownjack-
sonville.org or call 904-634-0303.
The Ritz Theater will present
recording artist Rachelle Farrell in
concert on Friday, April 20th at 8
p.m. $40 tickets are on sale now.
For more information, call 632-
Journey of Hope
An auction and concert featuring
the Jacksonville Children's Choir
will take place Saturday, April 21,
2012 at 7:30 p.m. at the Performing
Arts Center, Atlantic Coast High
School, 9735 R.J. Skinner Pkwy,
32256. For more information visit
www.jaxchildrenchorus.org or call
(904) 353-1636 or email
1st Annual Antiques
& Garden Party
Save the date for the 1st Annual
Antiques and Garden Party, benefit-
ting All Saints Center, Sulzbacher
Center and other community mis-
sions, April 19th April 21st in
San Marco The preview party,
appraisal fair and antiques and gar-
den party will be held at All Saints
Episcopal Church, 4171 Hendricks
Avenue. For more information,
contact the All Saints office at (904)
737-8488 or call (904) 610-2204 or
or (904) 610-2204 for information.
The Color Purple
The Tony Award winning musical
and Academy Award nominated hit
"The Color Purple" comes to the
Jacksonville presented by Stage
Aurora Theatrical Company. The
Color Purple will hold auditions on
Saturday, July 28th from 2-6 p.m.
and Sunday, July 29th from 3- 6
p.m. Performances of The Color
Purple will run September 28th
through October 7th, 2012,
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FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 20 26, 2012
Snaw Sports pnoto
BACK IN THE HUNT:
Shaw head coach Jacques
Curtis has Lady Bears in
the Elite Eightforthefourth
time in search of first NCAA
Div. II national title.
I NORFOLK STATE GIVES MEAC MEN FIRST NCAA
WIN SINCE 2001; THEN FALLS HARD TO FLORIDA
DIV. I MEN
WEST REGION FIRST ROUND
Norfolk State 86, Missouri 84
OMAHA, NE MEAC champion Norfolk State, in its first
NCAA Tournament appearance, became the fifth 15th-seed to
knock off a No. 2 seed, and the third team from the MEAC to pull
off the feat, as the Spartans shocked Big 12 champion Missouri
in a second round game Friday.
Kyle O'Quinn had
game-highs of 26
while dominating play
inside and Pendarvis
Williams and Chris I
McEachin had 20
points each and com- "
binedforeight3-point- O'QUINN vs. Missouri
ers. For the game, the
Spartans shot a blistering 54.2 percent from the field, 62.5 percent
in the second half, including a hot 52.6 percent (10 of 19) from
3-point range. Forward Marcos Tamares added 11 points and
swingman Rodney McCauley had nine as the Spartans (26-9)
got all their points from starters.
O'Quinn had a chance to put the game away with 3.8 seconds
left but missed two free throws. After a Missouri time-out, Phil
Pressey (20 points) got off a final shot that clanged off the back
of the rim.
Norfolk State joins MEAC members Coppin State (1997
over South Carolina) and Hampton (2001 over Iowa State) as the
last No. 15s to defeat No. 2s in the tournament. Richmond (1991)
did it to Syracuse and Santa Clara (1993) beat Arizona.
WEST REGION SECOND ROUND
Florida 84, Norfolk State 50
OMAHA, NE As well as MEAC champion Norfolk State
played in a first round upset of top seed and Big 12 champion
Missouri, it played that bad in a second round loss to No. 7 seed
The No. 16 seed Spartans (26-10) faced a Florida team that
pressured them from the outset leading to a 25-0 first-half run and
29-6 lead that all but put the game away.
NSU senior center Kyle
O'Quinn, whole the upsetof Mis-
souri and had been a media darling
with his quick wit, was the focal
point of the Florida defense facing
double teams every time he touched
the ball. He finished 1-of-9 from the
field and was limited to four points UNN Florida
and just three rebounds.
The Spartans shot 27.3 percent from the field including 16.7
percent (4 of 24) from behind the 3-point line. Marcos Tamares was
the only NSU player to reach double-figures with 12 points.
SOUTH REGION FIRST FOUR
Western Kentucky 59, Mississippi Valley State 58
DAYTON, OH SWAC champion Mississippi Valley State
blew a 16-point lead in the final five minutes in dropping a decision
to Missouri Valley champion Western Kentucky in an opening
The Delta Devils (21-13) were up
23-19 at the half and built that lead to
47-32 on a Brent Arrington free throw
with 8:19 left in the game. That lead
reached 53-37 with 5:08 left on a Cor-J
Cox's made layup. But head coach Sean
Woods's troops, facing a WKU (15-19)
press, would turn the ball over five times,
miss several shots and be outscored 22-5 JL
down the stretch. Their only two baskets BURWELL
during that stretch came in the last minute.
Kevin Burwell scored 20 points to lead MVSU Williams Pugh
tallied 11 and Cox 10.
DIV. II MEN
ATLANTIC REGION CHAMPIONSHIP
West Liberty 89, Shaw 78
WEST LIBERTY, WV- CIAAchampion Shaw fell behind in
the second half and could not catch top seed West Liberty (32-2)
in falling in the title game of the NCAA Div. II Atlantic Regional
on the Hilltoppers' home court.
Shaw (27-4), ranked seventh in the nation and seeded second
behind West Liberty in the regional, got 28 points from CIAA
Player of the Year Alvin Mack, 19 points and 12 rebounds from
all-CIAApoint guard Tony Smith and 13 points and 10 rebounds
from Junious Chaney but it was not enough. Senior forward
Karron Johnson, who was named to the all-tournament team
after scoring 22 and 17 points in earlier round victories, battled
foul trouble and was held to just three points in the title game.
Shaw held a narrow 43-42 lead at the break, fell behind by
ten at the 12:59 mark and then cut it again to three with 5:35 left.
WLU's six-point run put the game out of reach.
Shaw goes for Div. II national title
Head coach Jacques Curtis
and the Lady Bears of Shaw are the
only black college basketball team
still playing after a whirlwind of ac-
tion over the past week.
The CIAA and Atlantic Region
champion Lady Bears (26-6) carry
the black college banner into the
Women's Elite Eight in San Antonio,
Texas for the fourth time where they
were to face Pitttsburg (Ks.) State
(27-5) in the 6 p.m. quarterfinal
game on Tuesday evening (March
The Lady Bears are back in the
Elite Eight, the national quarterfi-
nals, for the second straight year
and fourth time overall. Last season,
they got a last-second 46-45 quarter-
final win over Metro State on a tip-
in by Brittany Ransom. They were
defeated in the national semifinals
by Clayton State, 63-46, one game
short of the national championship
All games in the Elite Eight are
being show live over the internet
through ncaa.com. Shaw will also
broadcast the games through its on-
campus radio station, WSHA (88.9
Shaw Sports photo
MVP: CIAATournament and Atlantic
Region MVP Aslea Williams leads
Shaw in quest for its first NCAA
Div. II title.
FM). That broadcast can also be
heard over the internet with live stats
through the radio station's website at
Pittsburg State won the South
Central Region championship with
a 79-67 win over Emporia State on
March 11. The last loss for the Goril-
las was against Lincoln (Mo.) in the
semifinals of the MIAA Tournament.
The Gorillas have four players
that score in double figures led by
Lizzy Jeronimus (15.9 ppg.). Brooke
Conley scores 12.8 points per game,
Larissa Richards averages 11.3 and
a team-best 8.3 rebounds per game
while Drew Roberts scores 10.1 ppg.
The Lady Bears counter with two
double-figure scorers in forwards As-
lea Williams (15.4 ppg.) and Kyria
Buford (13.1). Buford averages 9.6
rebounds per game while Williams
grabs 8.4 per game.
A lethal backcourt has three
players that score near double fig-
ures. Sequoya Griffin averages 9.4
points, Brittany Ransom scores 8.0
points and Brittney Spencer gets
The Lady Bears get 6-1 center
Crystal Harris back for the Elite
Eight game. Harris (9.1 ppg.) missed
the Atlantic Regional final because of
the death of her grandmother.
If Shaw is able to get by Pitts-
burg State, they would play the win-
WOMEN'S ELITE EIGHT
San Antonio, TX
Tuesday, March 20 6 p.m.
Shaw (26-6) vs.
Pittsburg State (27-5)
WOMEN'S ELITE EIGHT
March 20, 21 & 23
Bill Greehey Arena
San Antonio, TX
Host St. Mary"s University
ner of the Rollins vs. Lander game at
8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21
in one semifinal game.
The other half of the bracket has
Wayne State (Neb) playing Bentley
at noon on Tuesday and Alaska-An-
chorage facing Ashland at 2 p.m.
Those winners face off in the other
semifinal at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
The NCAA Div. II national
championship game is set for Friday,
March 23 at 7 p.m.
Eaves removed at NC A&T
GREENSBORO, NC- North CarolinaA&T
announced shortly after the MEAC Basketball
Tournament that Jerry Eaves has been relieved
of his duties as the head men's basketball coach.
A&T Director of Athletics Earl M. Hilton III
announced the decision, three days after the
tournament ended and a week after Eaves and
the Aggies were eliminated 51-10 in the opening
round of the tournament by Howard.
Scott Bollwage will serve as interim head
coach until a permanent replacement is hired.
with the school
expires May 30,
2013. He finishes
his tenure at A&T
with a 99-180 record
over nine seasons.
He is third on the
wins list. In 2003,
Eaves took over a
During his stint, EAVES
he led the Aggies
to wins over SMU, DePaul, Middle Tennessee
State and was 2-0 against cross-town rival UNC
"I want it to be known that I have a tremen-
dous amount of respect for Jerry Eaves and what
he did for this program," said Hilton. "He has
blessed the lives of so many young men through
his associations with them as a mentor and as a
positive male role model. I truly wish him the best
in his future endeavors."
TheAggies finished the 2011-12 season 12-20
and entered the tournament as the seventh seed.
A nationwide search for Eaves' replacement
will begin immediately.
Delaware State's Ed Davis
announces his retirement
DOVER, Del. Delaware State University
Women's Basketball Head Coach Ed Davis an-
nounced Friday that he is retiring from his position,
ending a 12-year coaching career at DSU.
Since becoming the Lady Hornets' head coach
in the 2000-2001 season, Davis compiled a 178-
182 overall record- making him the University's
all-time leader in career women's basketball wins.
During the recently concluded 2011-12 season,
the Lady Hornets were 7-23 overall and 4-12 in
the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
year of Davis' DSU
coaching tenure took
place during the 2006-
07 season, in which
he guided the Lady
Hornets to the only
appearance in team
at Delaware State was also highlighted by five
MEAC Tournament championship game appear-
ances and a share of the MEAC regular season
title in 2004. He was named MEAC Coach-of-
the-Year in 2003-04.
Prior to his arrival at DSU in 2000, Davis
was the head women's basketball coach at Bowie
State University for eight years. He has a career
record of 349-236 in 20 years as an intercollegiate
The University will launch a national search
for a new women's basketball head coach in the
Virginia State assistant
brings home Silver Medal
Virginia State University Assistant
Track & Field Coach Jernail Hayes brought
home a Silver medal from the Indoor Track &
Field World Championships in Istanbul Turkey,
March 9 11th.
As a member of the
Women's USA 4x400
meter relay team she
brought home a Silver
medal after the team
placed second to Great
Britain, by three one "
hundredths of a second
- 3:28.76 to 3:28.79-in
theevent. These were the _
two fastest times run in HAYES
the world this year.
This was Hayes' first national team, as she
prepares to make her first Olympic Team this
summer at the US Olympic Trials held in Eu-
gene, OR (June 22nd July 1st). Hayes shared
"I feel very blessed and fortunate that I was able
to represent our country at the World Champion-
ships. Our VSU Track & Field student-athletes
have seen firsthand how hard work, discipline,
consistency and encouragement can help you
reach your goals. I have had tremendous support
from the student-athletes, administration and the
entire VSU family I couldn't be more excited
NCAA TOURNAMENT GAME RECAPS
DIV. I WOMEN
FRESNO REGION FIRST ROUND
Stanford 73, Hampton 51
NORFOLK, VA-Three-time MEAC champion and No. 16 seed Haipton
stayed with Pac-12 champion and top seed Stanford for most of the first half
but could not stay close the rest of the way.
Playing about 11 minutes from its campus, Hampton senior guard Choi-
cetta McMillian's 3-pointer with just over seven minutes left in the first half
cut Stanford's lead to 22-21 and pumped up the crowd of over 4,000. But from
there, the Cardinal (32-1) would close the half on a 25-6 run to lead 42-27 at
the break. Stanford's Nnemkadi Ogwumike would score 22 of her game-high
28 points in the first half including 13 over the final seven minutes.
Alyssa Bennett led Hampton (26-5), who set a school record for victories,
with 19 points. Nicole Hamilton added 10.
Before the game, Hampton Vice President for Administrative Services
Rodney Smith sent a letter to Greg Christopher, chair of the Division I women's
basketball committee, expressing the school's disappointment in the 16th seed.
The Lady Pirates finished 25-7 a year ago and received a No. 13 seed to last
year's tournament. They lost an opening round game to Kentucky, 66-62 in
"In comparison with other teams that were seeded
better than Hampton University, we that Hampton .
University and supporters of the University have
been deeply disrespected and insulted," Smith's letter
said. Smith's letter cited that Hampton had a better
RPI (63), road record (13-3) and strength of schedule
(271) than some higher-seeded teams.
The letter said Hampton's 16th seed is "disgrace-
ful" and "grossly unfair."
"In no way are we a 16 seed," said head coach SIX
KINGSTON REGION FIRST ROUND
Connecticut 83, Prairie View A&M 47
BRIDGEPORT, CT SWAC champion Prairie View A&M, the 16th
seed in the region, battled top seed Big East champion Connecticut evenly
for a half in a first round Kingston Regional game.
UConn led just 46-32 at the break but scored 26
of the first 32 second-half points to break the game
Five-ten junior guard Latia Williams, the SWAC
Tournament MVP, tallied 20 points to lead the Lady
"Williams is a phenomenal athlete," said Prairie
View head coach Toyelle Wilson. "She's been our
veteran and leader. She scored 20 points against one of 4
the No. I defenses in tie country." WILLIAMS
Prairie View was making its fourth tournament
appearance and was seeking its firs win.
"Next year we will get the win," said Williams. "I guarantee you that."
WNIT FIRST ROUND
Virginia 59, Howard 56, OT
Howard took host Virginia into overtime before succumbing on the Lady
Cavs home court in Charlottesville,
Tanimoria Holmes had 17 points and Saadia Doyle had 16 points and 14
rebounds as the Lady Bison (24-9) nearly pulled off the upset.
UVA led 31-26 at the half but Howard fought back to take a 39-38 lead with
under seven minutes remaining. The teams traded baskets with Howard having
three chances to win in regulation with the score tied at 50 with 20 seconds to
Howard took an early lead in the extra period on Zykia Brown's 3-pointer
but fell down by three. They had a chance on a Holmes' 3-pointer in the final
WNIT FIRST ROUND
Tulane 68, Mississippi Valley State 61
After falling behind early, SWAC regular season champion Prairie View
A&M led host Tulane 35-31 at the half and early in the second half before the
Green Wave put on a run to take a lead they would not relinquish.
Lenise Stallings drained a 3-pointer to give PV its final lead at 47-45. A
Tulane 12-0 run ensued. That lead grew to 62-51 and despite cutting the lead to
six three times over the final minutes that was as close as the Delta Devilettes
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Page 11 Mrs. Perry's Free Press
Oprah's OWN begins layoffs for restructuring
Oprah Winfrey's Network, OWN, the iconic talk show host's 15-month
old cable network, has laid off 30 staffers after persistently poor ratings.
A talk show hosted by comedienne Rosie O'Donnell, for example, was
canceled after five months.
The cable network, owned jointly by Winfrey and Discovery
Communications, has had a hard time finding an audience for most of its
programming after being launched on January 2, 2011.
Discovery, which announced the layoffs in a regulatory filing, said it pro-
vided $312 million to start and operate the OWN, an amount that exceed-
ed its $189 million commitment to the joint venture. Some of those funds
were borrowed by the venture, the company also said.
The staffers that were laid off are located in New York and Los Angeles,
where the company has its production offices.
Real Houewife Kim Zolciak expecting
baby number 2
Bravo reality star Kim Zolciak and husband Kroy
T *Biermann are expecting their second child.
The 33-year-old "The Real Housewives ofAtlanta"
star and the Atlanta Falcons defensive end have a 9
month-old son, KJ.
Zolciak tells Life & Style that she is now four
months along with baby number two.
In the magazine, Zolciak says KJ was an oopss,"
but this pregnancy was "totally planned."
Zolciak and Biermann were married in Georgia on Nov. 11, 2011. Zolciak
has two daughters, Brielle, 15, and Ariana, 9, from previous relationships.
Tupac Musical Heads to Broadway
According to reports, the life of late rapper
will be heading to Broadway in a show
called "Holler If Ya Hear Me."
The musical is said to be directed by Kenny
Leon (who also directed A Raisin in the Sun,
Stick Fly, and The Mountain top) and will
feature music from Tupac Shakur's exten-
sive musical catalogue. Leon revealed that
he recently held a workshop with Shakur's
mother, Afeni, in preparation of a larger
scale production. I'm doing a reading of a
musical that I've been working on with the
music of Tupac Shakue. So I'm working with his mother Afeni on this
Broadway musical, Leon said. Although there have been other Broadway
musicals with primarily black casts the play will be the first full-scale, hip-
hop production in Broadway history. There is no set date for the Broadway
premiere of the play.
Conrad Murray losing weight,
surviving on 'cat food' in jail.
B.y Conrad Murray, the cardiologist who
was convicted of involuntary
manslaughter in the death of pop icon
Michael Jackson and who was sen-
tenced to four years in prison as a
result, has reportedly lost more than 30
pounds in jail. The good doctor is also
bellyaching about the jail conditions,
complaining that not only did the bad
smelling water give him dysentery, but
he is also allegedly suffering from a
poor diet that he says is "ruining his health," reports TMZ.
Since Murray, 59, cannot bring himself to eat the food that the jail pro-
vides, he has reportedly taken it upon himself to survive on what he calls
"cat food," which he purchases from the commissary. Murray, who arrived
at the jail last November, has been purchasing canned fish products, such
as canned tuna at $4.25 a can, salmon flakes for $3.50 a pop, and canned
mackerel at $2.50. Murray says that he must be the only human on earth
who is being forced to survive on canned mackerel.
Reportedly, Murray has filed countless appeals to get out ofjail due to his
failing health. Now whether Murray's pleas will continue to fall on deaf
ears is yet to be seen. However, according to L.A. County Sheriff's
spokesman Steve Whitmore, Murray's criticisms of his digs might be an
extreme exaggeration. "All inmates receive the proper nutrition and med-
ical care that is required by law, but the sheriff's department goes above
and beyond what is required," Whitmore tells TMZ.
Beyonce set to perform in Atlantic City
Beyonc6 is set to return to the stage for the first time since giving birth
to daughter Blue Ivy.
The Grammy winner will perform three concerts in New Jersey in May
at Atlantic City's Revel Resorts. Revel said Monday that the shows will
be held over Memorial Day weekend for the premiere of the $2.4 billion
Beyonc6 gave birth to her first child in January. She is married to rapper
Tickets for the May 25 through May 27 concerts go on sale April 6.
Beyonc6 will perform in the Ovation Hall, which has 5,050 seats.
J.B. Smoove Vows to be the "Jay Z" of Comedy
by Brennan Williams
Ten years since appearing along-
side Chris Rock in the comedy flick
"Pootie Tang," J.B. Smoove has
elevated his acting credentials, star-
ring as Leon Black on HBO's hit
series "Curb Your Enthusiasm."
The multi-talented comedian has
also expanded his brand across
multiple mediums, including recur-
ring roles on "Saturday Night Live"
and "Everybody Loves Chris" and a
gig as brand ambassador for
Gillette shaving products.
During a recent interview, the for-
mer SNL writer discussed his latest
role on NBC's new comedy series
"Bent" and his aspirations to
become a comedy mogul.
Q: What was it about "Bent"
that made you want to pursue the
A: I've been looking to jump on a
few shows, and "Bent" is one of
those shows where I can come in
and do what I do. It's not my show,
but it is pieces of the puzzle that I'm
trying to accomplish. I've been real-
ly, really blessed to get into some
cool places. I think what generally
happens is that you do one thing
that leads to something else. I think
that "Curb [Your Enthusiasm]" has
kind of given me that leeway to
jump in and do something different
all the time. They don't expect me
to do what I did on "Curb," but
they expect me to come in and
[be] J.B. as opposed to coming in
there and doing Leon.
Q: Aside from "Bent," you also
make an appearance in "Think
Like a Man" next month. What
are your thoughts on the final cut
of the film?
A: I got a little, tiny role as a bar-
tender. It's not a major role. Aside
from all of the movies that I've been
doing, I don't consider this movie
on the Rise
The sagging economy and escalat-
ing human-hair weave costs have
spurred thefts in Philadephia-area
beauty shops and salons, according
to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The selling of weaves is a huge
money-making business in this
country. While they were once
taboo, weaves are very much en
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
reported last fall that robbers are
especially targeting the most
expensive and highest quality hair
sold. "Remy" hair, a popular and
expensive braid of weave, can sell
for as much as $200 a bundle. After
the hair is purchased, then comes
the cost of a beautician sewing it in
at the tune of hundreds, or some-
times, thousands of dollars.
Last year, The New York Times
reported that there were several
high scale human-hair theft rob-
beries around the country. In
February, a Meyerland beauty
salon in Houston experienced a
major weave thief that resulted in a
$150,000 loss. The month prior,
another Houston salon was robbed
of $40,000 worth of weave. Last
April, a thief stole $90,000 worth
of weaves from a beauty supply
store in Chicago.
a chance to see what they're doing
all around the world. We kicked it
off with a few of our own sketches
that involved me. But the thing that
we're really doing with
TheRuckus.com is that we're also
using it as a platform for branded
content -- meaning that companies
are coming to me to push their con-
Q:So you're further extending
your brand as a mogul?
I guess I always wanted to be in
some way a comedian, but at the
same time I loved being an ad man
also. I love to pitch things that I
believe in and products that I love
to use. I've done Mountain Dew,
I've done Gillette, Paul Masson
Brandy, I've done Reebok. I've done
a bunch of different ones, and I'm
really trying to expand on them
right now. I'm trying to be the Jay-
Z of comedy one day. I don't know
if there's any comedy moguls out
there, but I would love to be the
first comedy mogul. I tell people all
the time, as I was going through
my process of being a comedian or
being an actor and a writer at
SNL, I tell people that every-
thing you do is all a piece of
your puzzle to determine where
you're going to end up at. And
this industry is so vast that you
can do so many different things --
people only think that it's only
about humping on stage and per-
forming or just being in front of the
camera. There are so many other
things for you to do. I bounce back
and forth all the time between
writing, the Internet thing that I'm
working on right now, between
stand-up, between the movies. And
that sets you up to being a mogul,
someone who's a mover and shaker
in the industry, who's doing a vari-
ety of things.
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