Back Up to
Woman's Touch to
Traditional Male Role
McDonald's Names First Black CEO
48-year-old Don Thompson of Chicago,Ill., was
recently named president and chief executive
officer of McDonald's, becoming the first black
leader of the world's largest restaurant chain.
Thompson, who has climbed during 22 years
with the company from making Big Macs in an
Illinois restaurant to regional and national leader-
ship, succeeds CEO Jim Skinner, who is retiring
after 41 years.
Thompson formerly was president of McDonald's
A USA and became the operating chief of the glob-
al company in January 2010. He will assume his new role as chief exec-
utive July 1 for the Oak Brook, Ill.-based McDonald's.
He faces the challenge of boosting sales amid increasing competition
from Wendy's, Burger King, Taco Bell and others, plus higher commod-
Mother Seeks to Trademark
Trayvon Martin's Name
The mother of Trayvon Martin has filed two applications to secure
trademarks containing her late son's name, records show.
Sybrina Fulton is seeking marks for the phrases "I Am Trayvon" and
"Justice for Trayvon," according to filings made last week with the
United States Patent and Trademark Office. In both instances, Fulton, 46,
is seeking the trademarks for use on "Digital materials, namely, CDs and
DVDs featuring Trayvon Martin," and other products.
The March 21 USPTO applications, each of which cost $325, were filed
by an Orlando, Florida law firm representing Fulton, whose first name is
spelled "Sabrina" in the trademark records.
Martin, 17, was shot to death last month during a confrontation with
George Zimmerman, a 28-year-old neighborhood watch captain. He was
visiting his father's home in Sanford, Florida when he was shot to death
by Zimmerman, who has claimed that he was acting in self-defense.
NAACP Legal Defense President
John Payton Passes
John Payton, president and direc-
tor-counsel of the NAACP Legal
Defense and Educational Fund, died
last week after a brief illness. He
Payton was the sixth leader of LDF.
During his tenure he guided the
organization to notable legal victo-
ries, including Lewis v. City of
Chicago, which vindicated the rights
of over 6,000 applicants who sought
to become firefighters in the city of
Chicago, and Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District v. Holder,
which turned back a challenge to the constitutionality of a core provision
of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Last spring, The National Law Journal named Payton one of the most
influential civil rights attorneys of the last decade. The same year, the
Washington (D.C.) Bar Association awarded him the Charles Hamilton
Houston Medallion of Merit, an award to highlight an individual who
"recognizes law as an organism for social justice through social engi-
Prior to his appointment at LDF, Payton was a partner at the
Washington firm of Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale and Dorr LLP, prac-
ticing areas of law ranging from complex commercial matters to the most
challenging civil rights cases. He was lead counsel for the University of
Michigan's affirmative action case, and he defended the use of race-
based measures to address continuing societal problems throughout his
Cheating in School is
a Nationwide Dilemma
Widespread cheating in schools is not exclusive to any one area in the
country, a new report reveals. Atlanta was rocked by a cheating scandal
last year, and an extensive investigation by the Atlanta Journal-
Constitution (AJC) has found "suspicious" standardized test scores in
nearly 200 school districts nationwide.
The investigation analyzed standardized test scores from 69,000 public
schools and found high concentrations of suspicious math and reading
scores. Though the analysis does not prove cheating, it does reveal that
test scores in hundreds of cities followed a pattern similar to that of
schools in Atlanta that cheated. Additionally, four independent experts
determined that the scores were too dramatic to be explained by demo-
graphic shifts, chance or even good teaching.
In one example, the AJC found 42 percent of fourth-graders passed the
Missouri standardized math test in 2010 at Patrick Henry Downtown
Academy in St. Louis. The following year, however, just 4 percent of
those students passed math when they took the test as fifth-graders.
In 2009, a local AJC investigation of cheating in Atlanta Public Schools
prompted a state probe, which found that 180 educators at 44 Atlanta
schools were involved with test-tampering.
So far, one teacher has been fired. Disciplinary hearings are scheduled
through the month.
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Sybrina Fulton stands with Sharpton at a
rally for her son Trayvon Martin on March
22, 2012. She and his father journeyed to
Washington D.C. to discuss gun laws with
lawmakers this week.
Thousands of people march down Park Avenue
in support of Trayvon Martin at downtown
Sanford, Florida March 26, 2012.
Jesse Jackson and Ben Chavis lead the
march in Sanford, Florida last week.
Trayvon Martin supporters march through downtown before the start of a town hall meeting in
M L _-1" 1People hold signs spelling out "Justice 4
Marchers participate in a candelight vigil. Trayvon" during a rally in at Freedom Plaza in A marcher holds his last meal, an ice tea
Washington, on Saturday, March 24, 2012. and a bag of skittles.
A large crowd attends a rally for Trayvon
The quest for justice has transcended in race Martin on Saturday, March 24, 2012 in
Rallies are continuing in cities
across the country to protest the
failure of police to arrest a Florida
neighborhood watch volunteer for
shooting to death an unarmed black
Protesters, some dressed in
"hoodie" hooded sweatshirts like
the kind 17-year-old Trayvon
Martin wore at the time of his
death, gathered for events in
Jacksonville, FL, Columbia, SC,
Washington, D.C., Atlanta, GA and
Chicago, Ill. to name a few.
Martin was shot dead on
February 26 after George
Zimmerman, 28, a white Hispanic
neighborhood watch captain,
believed the young man walking
through the gated community in a
hoodie looked suspicious.
Zimmerman followed him and an
Zimmerman has said he was act-
ing in self-defense. He has not been
arrested, though state and federal
authorities are investigating.
This week, Martin's parents were
in the nations Capital discussing
Florida's Stand Your Grown Law
used to safeguard their son's killer.
Florida's "Stand Your Ground"
law allows people to use deadly
force in self-defense. They allow
you to shoot to kill if you feel your
life is in danger. Similar laws are in
effect in at least 23 states.
Members of the New Black Panther Party, many from Jacksonville,
rally next to a memorial to Trayvon Martin outside The Retreat at
Twin Lakes community in Sanford, Florida, where Trayvon was shot
The group is offering a $10,000 bounty for Zimmerman's capture.
C OA S Y QL. A L I I'Y
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IJL Influence: A Hip Hop Clothing Store Called 'Niggers'
Faith in Lending .
by Michael G Shinn, CFP
Payday lending shops, check
cashing stores and other predatory
lenders far out number legitimate
banking institutions in the urban
community. With the consolidation
and merger of many mainstream
banks and their near exodus from
inner city neighborhoods, predatory
lenders operate in a near competi-
tive vacuum. Low income and
unbanked individuals have few
trustworthy banking alternatives.
However, there is a growing coali-
tion dedicated to providing legiti-
mate banking alternatives for low-
income and urban communities.
The National Federation of
Community Development Credit
Unions was formed in 1974 with
the mission "to strengthen the cred-
it unions that serve low-income,
urban and rural communities -
known as community development
credit unions, or CDCUs."
According to the Federation's web-
site, there are 225 community
development credit unions in 44
states, the District of Columbia and
Puerto Rico. The CDCUs have
combined assets of more than $3.4
billion and over 896,000 members.
The credit union members are dis-
proportionately minority and over
30%? are low income.
Credit Unions are different from
other financial institutions because
they are member owned. Each
member establishes a "share" with-
in the credit union when they open
a savings (or "share") account.
Members can vote their shares to
elect a board of directors and par-
ticipate in the credit union's direc-
tion. Credit union earnings are dis-
tributed back to the members in
terms of higher savings rates, lower
loan rates and fees and member
services. CDCUs are advocates for
financial education, community
development and economic
Faith Community United Credit
Union (FCUCU) was started at Mt.
Sinai Baptist Church in Cleveland,
Ohio in 1952. Faith Community
has grown from a small church
institution with 10 members and
$1,000 in deposits to a county wide
credit union with a community
membership of 6000 members and
over $10 million in deposits.
FCUCU is the largest minority
owned financial institution in the
state of Ohio.
Faith Community offers nearly all
of the consumer banking services
of a regular bank or saving and
loan. For savings: there is the share
savings program; IRA's for retire-
ment and Christmas/vacation sav-
ings accounts. There is a broad
range of loan products: such as
home mortgage; home equity;
home improvement; new/used car,
consolidation; business; student
and SBA insured loans. For bank-
ing services: there is payroll deduc-
tion/direct deposit; VISA credit
cards; ATM Machine Access; debit
cards; bill paying service and share
draft accounts (checking accounts).
Each FCUCU account is protected
up to $250,000 by the American
Share Insurance, a private insurer.
Besides consumer banking servic-
es, CDCUs have a flexibility and a
community spirit that goes well
beyond the reach of most financial
Pay Day loans are one of the most
predatory financial practices within
urban communities. Typically, bor-
rowers will take out a small loan for
two weeks or more and then repay
it when they receive their next pay-
check. The cost of a payday loan is
typically 20% of the amount bor-
rowed and sometimes the annual
percentage rate can run as high as
500%. Pay Day loans can easily
trap lower income individuals into
a downward spiral of debt.
A number of CDCUs have devel-
oped legitimate alternative loans
for their members. Faith
Community has initiated the "Grace
Loan" program, which allows
members to borrow up to $500 for
emergencies which must be repaid
within 30 days, has a $10 mainte-
nance fee and an APR of 17%.
However, the member has to have
direct deposit or payroll deduction
with the Credit Union and maintain
an agreed upon savings deposit of
at least $10 per month.
Faith Community is a partner in
the Cleveland Individual
Development Account Program.
The savings program, for low
income individuals, provides two
for one matching funds to assist in
first time home purchases, business
start-up, post-secondary education
or job training. Participants must
save a minimum of $20 per month
and may receive up to a maximum
of $1500 in matching funds.
Additionally, participants receive
financial literacy classes, budgeting
assistance and training for home
ownership, business development
or higher education.
Community Development Credit
Unions offer legitimate alternatives
for individuals that do not typically
qualify for downtown banks and
suburban financial institutions.
Look at the website
www.natfed.org and find the
CDCU near you.
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
Beware of Bogus
Tax Return Schemes
The Internal Revenue Service has
warned senior citizens and other tax-
payers to beware of an emerging fed-
eral tax refund scam tempting victims
to file tax returns claiming fraudulent
refunds. Bogus refund claims have
been identified from Georgia and at
least five other states, including Cali-
fornia, Michigan, Louisiana, Alabama
and Louisiana, Alabama and Indiana.
These schemes carry a common
theme of promising refunds to people
who have little or no income, and
were normally not required to file a
federal income tax return. Promoters
falsely claim they can obtain a tax re-
fund or nonexistent stimulus payment
for their victims based on the Ameri-
can Opportunity Tax Credit, even if
the victim was not enrolled in or pay-
ing for college.
Typically, con artists falsely claim
that refunds are available even if the
victim never went to college, or at-
tended decades ago. In many cases,
scammers are targeting seniors, peo-
ple with very low income and mem-
bers of church congregations with
promises of free money. When vic-
tims' claims are rejected, their money
and the promoters are long gone.
The IRS has already detected and
stopped thousands of these bogus re-
fund claims in recent weeks. The
agency is actively investigating the
sources of this scheme, and its pro-
moters can be subject to criminal
prosecution. These schemes can be
quite costly for victims as promotes
may charge exorbitant upfront fees to
file their claim.
Some promoters of these scams
have charged victims $500 for a
bogus $1,000 credit. All taxpayers, in-
cluding those who use paid tax pre-
parers, are legally responsible for the
accuracy of their returns, and must
repay any refunds received in error,
plus any interest and applicable penal-
ties. Those who intentionally try to
defraud the government may face
Taxpayers should beware of any of
the following to avoid becoming en-
snared in these schemes: Fictitious
claims for refunds or rebates based on
false statements of entitlement to tax
credits; Unfamiliar for profit tax serv-
ices selling refund and credit schemes
to membership of local churches; In-
ternet solicitations that direct individ-
uals to toll-free numbers and then
solicit social security numbers, home-
made flyers and brochures implying
credits or refunds are available with-
out proof of eligibility and offers of
free money with no documentation re-
American, Kevin Bowser, who died
on 9/11. Here I am, a black man
riding across the world on his bicy-
cle in honor of another black man,
riding "home" and what do I see??
Some Africans calling themselves
Niggers! They were even so proud
of it they put it on their store front
to sell stuff. When I relay the story
to folks back home in Philadelphia,
most of them laugh too and ration-
alize it by saying "well, we can say
it to each other" or "there is a dif-
ference" or even "they just spelled
it wrong. It should have been 'nig-
gas' or 'niggahs'." Gee like that
would make a difference.
The issue is not the spelling. I
was wrong. There is no justifica-
tion for an infraction of this magni-
tude. The word and the sentiment
behind it is wrong! We have deni-
grated and degraded ourselves to
the point that our backwards mind-
set has spread like a cancer and
by David Sylvester
I recently completed a charitable
bicycle trip in Africa, riding over
7000 miles from Cairo, Egypt to
Cape Town, South Africa. The trip
made me the first and only African
American to cross two continents
on a bicycle. I have plenty of great
and fascinating stories.
Many are funny, others bitter-
sweet, some are poignant, but all
are entertaining. Surprisingly one
story has stood out and if it was
not for the fact that I have a picture
of it, many would never believe it.
And it is for that reason that I am
sharing it with you.
While in Lilongwe, Malawi, I
came across a store by the name of
"Niggers" that's right "Niggers"!
The other riders, who were all
white, could not wait to inform me
of this to see my reaction. Initially,
I thought that it was a very bad joke
but when the other riders were
adamant about the existence of the
store, I had to see it for myself.
What I found was a store selling
what the owner called 'hip hop'
style clothing. It was manned by
two gentlemen one of them
asleep! (Talk about living up to or
in this case down to a stereotype) I
asked the guys what was up with
the store name.
After hearing my obvious non-
Malawian accent and figuring out
that I was from America, the man
thumped his chest proudly and said
"P-Diddy New York City! We are
My first reaction was to laugh,
because many things when isolated
can be very funny, but it quickly
dawned on me that this was so not
funny at all. It was pathetic. I did
these bicycle trips across the USA
and through the "Mother Land" in
honor of one of my good friends,
mentors and fellow African
.1 protects your right to live where you
want. In ct, s .. ec sion .., '. .;:, sales, or c' n iiwr .it is
against the l i cii oSidei race, color, national ,i :. 1*, i d ,C- '.. sex,
eas-ihtv, or F st Husin. Ift. otaihi you've been denied icatsiii,
please cl Fair Housing. It's not an option. It's the law.
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infected our source, our brothers,
our sisters, our Mother Land. I have
traveled all over the world and have
never seen a store by the name of
"Jew Devils", "spic bastards", or
anything disgusting like that Only
the store niggers! I am to blame for
this. Every time I said the word I
condoned it, by not correcting oth-
ers or rationalizing it gave it
respectability, by looking the other
way when others said "hey nigga
what's up" allowed others to see it
and ultimately that when I pur-
chase CDs, DVDs, T-shirts and
other stuff, I enriched it.
I now see the error in my ways
and I am so so sorry black men and
women. The flame that we called
entertainment, that was only to
warm and entertain us, now engulfs
us and scorches our own self
esteem. If a child only knows to
refer to men and women as nig-
gers, bitches, pimps and hoes, then
what is he/she to grow up thinking
of themselves and others as he/she
The bottom line is this. I rode
over 12000 miles on 2 continents
through 15 states and 13 countries
and broke 2 bikes in the process to
get to a store in AFRICA called
niggers. I am willing to step and
admit my part in the havoc that we
have wrought on our mindset but I
think that we all are to blame.
I finish with 4 things: if you don't
like being called derogatory name
THINK before you speak those
words, write those lyrics, support
that rhetoric and most of all
THINK before you purchase!
Purchasing is akin to compliance.
If they call you a nigger is one
thing but if you answer to it then
there is really something wrong!
please forward this to the black
folks that you know and let us
please, please stop the madness.
i AKA Audit Finds Problems,
Some Mirroring Lawsuit Claims
(AP) A financial audit of the
nation's oldest black sorority found
significant accounting problems
including a secret set of books used
by top officials to divert money,
findings that bolster some claims in
The audit of the Chicago-based
Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, which
was completed in December and
provided to The Associated Press,
also found two former top officials
continued to use sorority credit
cards after their service ended, fail-
ing to appropriately document tens
of thousands of dollars in charges.
A pending 2009 lawsuit against the
organization and officials including
its former president, Illinois resi-
dent Barbara McKinzie, contains
The audit by the Illinois-based
accounting firm Ragland &
Associates covers the year 2010
and is an annual audit paid for by
the society. It finds that in that year
McKinzie and two other top offi-
cials secretly created a second set of
financial books to get around the
sorority's accounting policies.
"The intent was to divert and mis-
appropriate AKA funds," according
to the audit, which found nearly
$1.7 million in payments made
Approximately $282,000 in cred-
it card charges on the second set of
books appear to be fraudulent,
including personal charges the
sorority wasn't reimbursed for, the
A sorority document written in
response to the audit says the soror-
ity discontinued the use of the sec-
ond set of books in December 2010
and is currently developing written
travel and entertainment policies
that govern credit card use.
Alpha Kappa Alpha said in a
statement last week that it is
pleased to have the audit's findings
and that the sorority has made
"great progress in enhancing the
organization's operational policies
and procedures," including taking
steps suggested in the audit.
McKinzie's lawyer, Dale Cooter,
said he had not seen the audit but
said his client "did not create a
fraudulent set of books."
The pending lawsuit against the
sorority, filed in the District of
Columbia by sorority members,
alleges McKinzie improperly used
a sorority credit card for personal
items including jewelry, designer
clothing and lingerie. In court
papers filed in March, McKinzie
denies that she used the credit card
The lawsuit was initially dis-
missed in early 2010, but it was
reinstated last August by an appeals
court, which said the dismissal was
premature. It seeks to recover
allegedly misused money as well as
The lawsuit also includes an alle-
gation about two wax statutes the
sorority paid for during McKinzie's
tenure as president, from 2006 to
2010. One of the two statues com-
missioned for the National Great
Blacks in Wax Museum in
Baltimore was of McKinzie. The
lawsuit alleges thousands of dollars
over and above the cost of the stat-
ues went unaccounted for.
AKA was founded in 1908 at
Howard University in Washington
and has a worldwide membership
of over 200,000.
f Black Fathers and Sons Behind Bars Together: How Common Is It?
Mayor Alvin Brown admires the prize winning catfish caught
Ocene Oaks. T Austin photo
Mayor Hold Fish-
A-Thon for Seniors
Hanna Park bustled with hun-
dreds of local seniors last Friday for
the annual Mayor's Fish-A-Thon.
Mayor Brown welcomed partici-
pants over age 60 to the free fishing
event, saying it was the perfect way
to thank the residents for their con-
tributions to the city.
"It's an honor to give back to
people who have spent their lives
and given so much to Jacksonville.
Everyone here has roots in our
city," said Mayor Brown. "Some
have built homes, raised families,
or started businesses. Others have
joined us later in life to celebrate
their golden years in Jacksonville
There were several categories for
award-winning fish. The Smallest
Fish trophy was awarded to Willie
Blair who caught a 2 3/16" killifish.
The Prettiest Fish trophy went to
Perleen Brooks for hooking a
Seminole killifish. Karolyn Powell
was awarded The Ugliest Fish tro-
phy, and even brought the bullhead
catfish up on stage in a bucket to
show the mayor. Alvonia James
took home the trophy for The Most
Fish-she caught a total of five.
Lastly, Ocephene Oaks was award-
ed The Largest Fish trophy for
catching a 16 1/4" bullhead catfish.
After fishing for a catch of his
own, Mayor Brown spent time
greeting seniors as they enjoyed a
fried fish lunch. Officials from The
City of Jacksonville's Senior
Services Division, which helped
organize the event, said the mayor's
involvement and support of several
senior-related events does not go
"I think it's important the mayor
knows what is in their heads and
what is in their hearts," said Senior
Services Manager Sharon Laird.
"They don't often get out of town.
They don't often go to the beach.
So here they are at the pond, enjoy-
ing a beautiful day at our parks.
Mayor Brown understands sen-
by Chelsea Rudder
On March 9th, rapper Coolio was
arrested and jailed briefly in the
same Las Vegas facility as his son,
who was being held for his alleged
participation in a November, 2011
robbery. Police arrested the
"Gangsta's Paradise" rapper, whose
legal name is Artis Leon Ivey Jr.,
after realizing he had two outstand-
ing bench warrants during a routine
Reports of the occurrence have
caused some observers to wonder if
the high rate of black male incarcer-
ation has lead to a phenomenon of
father-son reunions that are fostered
by the penal system.
In 2008, the U.S Bureau of
Justice reported that there were
more than 846,000 black men in
prison, meaning that black males
represented more than 40 percent of
the total prison population.
Experts say that there is no clear
evidence that black men and their
sons are regularly doing time in the
same prisons or jails. However,
"given the horrible racial disparities
in incarceration rates, the chances
are elevated that relatives would be
placed in the same institutions,"
said Gloria J.Browne-Marshall
associate professor at John Jay
College of Criminal Justice in New
According to Browne-Marshall,
author of Race, Law and American
Society, it would be difficult to
aggregate statistics on father-son
relationships amongst prisoners
across the country. She said that
occurrences like that of Coolio and
his son are more likely in a jail set-
ting because jails have limited juris-
dictions, and only house inmates
for relatively short periods of time.
Prisons are specifically for
inmates with lengthier sentences.
Reports indicate that Coolio and his
son were in the same facility for a
matter of hours before Coolio post-
ed bail. Browne-Marshall went on
to say that some prisons have poli-
cies which would prevent fathers
and sons from being housed in the
same facility, for security purposes.
"There are prisons with policies
which would place relatives in sep-
arate facilities if they are believed
to be in a gang or part of some crim-
inal enterprise, or perhaps there is a
possibility they will attempt to cre-
ate a criminal enterprise while in
Father-son prison reunions may
be anecdotal. However, rates of
black male incarceration, recidi-
vism and the fact that at least 44
percent of black fathers live apart
from their children, according to the
Pew Research Center, have caused
community groups to take action.
HUD Makes $95M Available in Grants
The U.S. Department of Housing
and Urban Development has made
$95 million available through two
grant programs that help residents
who receive HUD rental assistance
get the necessary education and job
training to gain employment and
increase their income.
Public housing agencies are eligi-
ble for approximately $60 million
in (HCV-FSSO funding. Public
housing authorities, nonprofit agen-
cies, public housing resident associ-
nations and tribes/tribally designated
housing entities (TDHEs) are eligi-
ble for $35 million o Ross-SC fund-
ing. Both programs allow housing
authorities or other recipient enti-
ties to hire or retain program or
service coordinators to link adult
public housing residents or Housing
Choice Voucher participants with
local organizations which provide
education, job training child-care
counseling transportation, job
placement programs and/or com-
puter and financial literacy services
to residents there by helping them
achieve economic self-sufficiency.
For the elderly or disabled, the
ROSS-SC program provides fund-
ing to hire a service coordinator
who arranges supportive services
that allow residents to maintain
their independent lifestyle. The
application deadline for ROSS-SC
grant program is March 27, 2012.
The supplication deadline for the
HCV-FSS program is April 24,
Employ Florida is an equal opportunity program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with
disabilities. The Employ Florida telephone may be reached by persons using TTY/TTD equipment via the Florida Relay Service
at 711. Disponible en Espanol.
Northeast Florida Community Action Agency
Inc (NFCAA) a non-profit organization, Board
of Directors meeting-Thursday March 29, 2012
at 4:00p.m., 4070 Boulevard Center Drive
Building 200, Jacksonville, Florida 32207. For
more information call 398-7472 ext 224.
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My Household is Among Many in Black
America that Needs to Focus on Weightloss
At some point we all look in the
mirror; and after being utterly dis-
gusted or confused (how did this
happen), we commit to ourselves
that we are going to lose weight. I
think that I have one of those
moments about once a month.
This time I am serious.
Hmmm... I guess I was serious the
last couple of dozen times that I
started a diet. Nevertheless, it's the
summer time, there is more day-
light so why not attempt to exercise
before and/or after work, and eat
Yes, I know that it's easier said
than done. Most of you reading this
article (or shall I call it a "confes-
sion") have been there.
It's amazing how old folks and
children can be brutally honest with
you. If you have gained weight,
then Auntie Mary is going to tell
you that you look fat. Your young
son or daughter may say, "Daddy
your stomach sure is big", or
"Mommy are you still pregnant?"
"Ummm... no... I was pregnant
with your brother two years ago."
Grandmothers are a little more
tactful at times mine might say
something like, "I see that you've
been eating well." Thanks for the
But hey, sometimes that's what
we need honesty. We need to see
ourselves in a photo or through
someone else's eyes before we real-
ize that we have gained weight. So
what do you do about it? Well,
there is the obvious put a weight
loss plan together and follow it. No
use in crying over spilled milk.
In fact, the statistics are scary.
Most Americans are overweight.
According to NetWellness, up to
66 percent of the US population is
overweight or obese. When it
comes to black folk we are defi-
nitely a "big-boned" race of people.
Approximately 60 percent of
African American men are over-
weight, and the number is much
higher for black women 78 per-
According to the U.S.
Department of Health and Human
Services Office of Minority
Health, "African American women
have the highest rates of being
overweight or obese compared to
other groups in the U.S. About four
out of five black women are over-
weight or obese."
Wow. That is an amazing statis-
tic. Us black men love us some
"full-figured" gals, but black
women have to focus more on their
And no, I am not just singling out
African American women; we all
tend to eat more and are less active
than our ancestors especially our
children. The age of cable TV, the
Internet, and video games have
been major contributing factors;
but our children are often a reflec-
tion of us.
"In addition, 28.8 percent of men
and 50.8 percent of African
American women are considered
obese," according to additional
I mentioned our Internet era chil-
dren, but childhood obesity has
become a major issue throughout
This issue is particularly trou-
bling because the extra pounds
often starts in our youth on a path
to health problems that were once
only found in adults like diabetes,
high blood pressure, and high cho-
So that's essentially the issue at
hand. We are a nation of mostly
overweight people, and an African
American race of really overweight
folks. Again, some of it is cultural,
but blacks still have to get more
focused on our health.
And that's why I have a renewed
energy regarding healthier eating
and living again! But for real this
I hit you with the reality of the
obesity issue, but there is some
light at the end of the tunnel. By
eating a more nutritious, low fat
diet and scheduling some regular
exercise into your daily routine you
can loose weight and improve your
And not to confuse anyone, I am
certainly not the picture of a health
or a weigh-loss guru, but it doesn't
take an expert to know that by
reducing your calorie intake, eating
healthier, and exercising, you will
I don't need Dr. Atkins, Weight
Watchers, or Jenny Craig to tell me
that. We all have the same issue
when it comes to dieting a lack of
patience and consistency. We want
quick results; and if we don't get
them we really get frustrated.
So we turn to those quick hit
diets, like low-carbohydrate diets;
and they work in the short term if
you stick to them. However, typi-
cally in the long term they do not.
So most experts suggest a life
change, versus investing major dol-
lars into fad diets.
That's where the patience and
consistency comes in. Low fat eat-
ing habits and regular physical
activity not only aid in weight
reduction, but can also reduce the
risk of diseases like diabetes, high
blood pressure, heart failure, etc.
Experts say that by reducing your
weight by just 5-10 percent may
reduce the risk of the diseases I just
Not only would your health be
better, but your pocket book would
feel better as well. Less doctor vis-
its and medication means more
money in your pocket.
And black folk, we don't have to
necessarily give up our Soul Food;
but we may have to change some
recipes. Soul foods traditionally
depend on fat, sugar, and sodium
for their flavor.
If we use more herbs and spices,
Splenda, and smoked/baked meats
versus our traditional seasoning
and fried meats, we would really
live healthier and longer lives.
So now I must practice what I
just preached. Remember the
recipe is simple reduced fat
diet/lower calories and consistent
exercise will equal weight loss and
Signing off from the Duval'
County Health Department,
Women's History Month, We
Have Good Reason to Celebrate
As this year's women history
month comes to an end, I am
reminded of how proud I was to
have our history acknowledged
every February for Black History
Month. My parents made sure I
learned everything possible about
our black heritage, the struggles
and obstacles we endured and the
importance of African Americans
on the history of our nation.
In 1986 our government decided
that women also deserved to be
honored in the same way. So, while
February is Black History Month,
March has been designated as
Women's History Month. This is a
time to focus on and acknowledge
the important roles that women
take on in today's world and the
contributions they continue to
make to history. This year, the
theme of Women's History Month
is the empowerment of women
For many years, women have
struggled to obtain the rights so
long held by men alone- the right to
an education, the right to vote, the
right to work, the right to fair
wages, and the right to own their
Within the last 20 years, there
has been a rise in corporate affir-
mative action programs, meant to
help diversify the workplace and
make way for more black entrepre-
neurs and businesses. It was intend-
ed that African Americans and
other minorities would find a level
playing field in the business world.
Somewhere along the way, women
were also thrown into the category
This is often seen as a point of
frustration for many minorities
because while women may own the
businesses, in many cases the com-
panies are still being managed by
white men, and white men continue
to benefit the most. It is believed
that for this reason black business-
es have suffered when it comes to
all levels of government contract
opportunities and access. Federal
contracting still does not fall equal-
ly between each minority and dis-
advantaged groups. The U.S. Black
Chamber, however, chooses to
embrace this point of diversifica-
tion and celebrate women-owned
businesses each day of the year.
African American women have
struggled to overcome these disad-
vantages, and with perseverance
they have succeeded. In 2007, there
were nearly 912,000 African
American women owned business-
es in America. From 1997, that is a
Businesses owned by African
American men during that same
time period increased
93.1%. Of all African American-
owned businesses, 47.4% are
owned by women. The
U.S. Black Chamber sees this
opportunity to partner with fast
When we think of black women
who have been successful entrepre-
neurs, we often look back at
Madame C.J. Walker. She traveled
the country, demonstrating her
method for straightening African-
Americans' hair. She was the first
black female to own a business val-
ued at over $1 million dollars.
Fast forward to recent history we
can refer to the success of business
women like self-made billionaire
Oprah with her Harpo Productions,
Janice Bryant Howroyd founder of
Actl-group, the largest minority-
owned employment agency in the
country and Cathy Hughes,
Founder and Chairperson of Radio
One, a multi-media company that
focuses on African American and
other urban consumers across the
country, and so many others.
Another shining example of
strong female leaders is the owner
of the U.S. Black Chamber featured
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Did you see George Clooney getting arrested in
front of the Sudanese Embassy in \ashingion. D.C."?
The Holl\'ood acti\ ist brought his "A-rearnm" for the
latest demonization of the Islamic government of the
Republic of Sudan.
The staged sidewalk show featured: Clooney's
father Nick, civil rights leaders Martin Luther King III, NAACP President
Ben Jealous, and actor and comedian Dick Gregory. The staged protest
also included veteran "anti-Sudan" activists, African-American Rep. Al
Green from Houston, Massachusetts Reps. James McGovern and John
Olver, and Rep. Jim Moran of Virginia.
How Martin Luther King III allowed himself to be cast as a bit-player
in the show is questionable; but participants such as Green looks at his
role and arrest like a badge of honor. In an interview with the Houston
Chronicle, Green lauded Clooney for "shining a spotlight on turmoil in
Sudan." Dazzled by the star-and-celebrity-power around him, Green said
"Actions like these to prevent humanitarian crises usually start with one
person, and [Clooney] has been that one person."
Fred Kramer, executive director of Jewish World Watch and Clooney's
cellmate, said "It was dignified, an incredible array of activists and cham-
pions for the issue." Kramer is a part of a Washington lobby that's com-
prised of a collection of groups that has provided ongoing opposition to
Sudan's Islamic government. And, Green can't help but gush because he's
a part of such a superbly creative visual extravaganza designed to demo-
nize the Sudan government.
The protest had the legendary King name but many of us doubt that
Martin, the father, would have placed his creditability among such a lot.
Anti-Sudan activists have misled the American public on Sudan for
decades and the spectacle in front of the Sudan Embassy was an endorse-
ment of the rebels the Americans support in southern and eastern regions
of Sudan. It was another tilt to the region's rebel forces. Past decades,
imperialist American policies have supported separatist movements in the
south of Sudan, particularly in areas where oil was found.
U.S. intervention on the side of rebel forces during the long civil war is
long and permanent. Forces such as Clooney and his colleagues caused
the division of Africa's largest country into the oil-rich South and the
diminished North. The cause of Clooney and cohorts is "regime change."
The charade's current origins date back to 2002, when Christian Solidarity
International (CSI), paid $50 each to buy back 400 Sudanese men, women
and children from "Arab slave traders." The Sudan Campaigns reek with
imperialism and buffoonery and much care should be taken before one
casts their lot with them. Clooney is no friend of these Africans and there's
no evidence that he's done anything to positively affect the lives of peo-
ple on the ground in Sudan. They spent millions to pass "Save Darfur"
legislation and have made "smashing the Sudanese an American cottage
industry." In 2006 Clooney made a TV special called "A Journey to
Darfur." In 2011 Clooney co-wrote a Washington Post Op-Ed titled
"Dancing with a dictator in Sudan" in which he encouraged diplomatic
isolation of the Sudan regime and freezing of targeted accounts and trans-
actions of senior officials.
"Caution" should be exercised regarding "slam Sudan" activists. They
have manufactured media events and stories that distorted situations in the
region and across Africa. It was through, what Louis Farrakhan calls
"deceitful practices" that these activists successfully brought about the
division of Sudan. A critical look reveals these campaigns to be rife with
imperialist policies and practices that further demonize Arab and Muslim
people. People in Congress, like Green, need to move toward constructive
engagement activities we need to pursue with the country and people of
Sudan, not new lies that advocate the overthrow of the Sudanese govern-
ment. Unfortunately, the family of Martin Luther King Jr. has done plen-
ty over the last decades to tarnish his legacy. Marty sullied his father's
image and legacy for a speaker fee, travel, and lodging to be a bit-player
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NCAA CHAMPS: The jubliant Shaw Lady Bears pose after
defeating Ashland 88-82 in overtime to take the NCAA Div.
II women's basketball national championship Friday night
in San Antonio, Texas.
DIV. II WOMEN
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Shaw 88, Ashland 82, OT
SAN ANTONIO, TX CIAA and Atlantic Regional
women's champion Shaw, playing in its first national cham-
pionship game, trailed Ashland 43-32 at the half, battled to a
72-all tie at the end of regulation, and then outscored the Eagles
16-10 in overtime to claim its first Div. II national title here
The championship game match-up featured the two hottest
teams in Div. II women's basketball as Shaw (29-6) entered
having won 14 straight games and 25 of its last 26 and Ashland
(33-2) on a 33-game win streak. The game lived up to its bill-
Shaw staged a 18-7 run out of the halftime break to tie
the score at 50 on a Brittany Ransom 3-pointer with 11:06
left. Then the Lady Bears took their first lead since early in the
game, at 56-54, on a Brittney Spencer jump shot with 9:25
From there, a nip-and-tuck battle ensued with Ashland
leading by as much as five, at 67-62 with 3:57 left, and Shaw
going ahead 72-69 on an Aslea Williams layup with 25 seconds
left. But Ashland star Jena Stutzman's 30-foot, 3-point basket
with under five seconds left tied the game at 72 and sent it into
the extra period.
Shaw scored the first five points of
the overtime on a Sequoya Griffin jump
shot and an old-fashioned three-point play
by Williams, who later relentlessly grabbed
three rebounds before scoring underneath.
The Lady Bears went on to tally 11 of the
first 13 points of the period while shutting
Ashland out from the field to go up 83-74 GRIFFIN
with just 1:40 to play. The spurt virtually put the game away.
The only Ashland points during that stretch came on two free
throws by Kari Daugherty, who scored all ten of the Eagles'
points in overtime.
Shaw made six of seven free throws over the final minute
to salt away the win.
Griffin, a junior guard, led five Lady Bears in double
figures with 24 points. Senior guard Spencer had 16 points
while fellow seniors Ransom and Williams tallied 14. Senior
Kyria Buford added 10 points and 8 rebounds. Williams led
the rebounding effort with 11.
Stutzman tallied a game-high 32 points, 20 in the first
half, before fouling out with just over a minute left in overtime.
Daugherty had 24 points and a game-high 15 rebounds.
For the game, Shaw, behind the steady play of 4-11 senior
point guard Alyssa Lane, had only eight turnovers while Ash-
land committed 21. Lane also had six steals while Williams
had five. Spencer led Shaw with seven assists while Lane had
The national championship win is the first of any kind
for Shaw and the first for a CIAA women's program since
Hampton won the 1988 national crown. Virginia Union also
won the NCAA Div. II women's title in 1983.
WHO ARE THE BEST PERFORMERS IN BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS
HBCU Women's Basketball's
AIAW Div. II
1979 South Carolina State (Willie Simon)
1981 Kentucky State (Ron Mitchell)
(beat Texas Southern in final)
NCAA DIV. II
1983 Virginia Union (Louis Hearn)
1988 Hampton (James Sweat)
2012 Shaw (Jacques Curtis)
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Earn top spots in Div. II and BCSP Women's hoops
Shaw Lady Bears win national titles
FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 27 APRIL 2, 2012
Shaw Sports photo
THE LITTLE GENERAL:
Shaw's 4-foot, 11-inch point
ALL guard, Alyssa Lane, has
four points, six steals and
four assists as Lady Bears
win NCAA Div. II national
W AY championship.
SHAW CLAIMS FIRST HBCU WOMEN'S HOOPS NCAA
TITLE IN 24 YEARS, TOPS FINAL BCSP TOP TEN
After winning his second
straight and seventh CIAA Tour-
nament championship in ten years
in early March, Shaw women's
basketball coach Jacques Curtis
made it clear that his Lady Bears
had bigger goals in front of them.
"I told her (senior Aslea Wil-
liams, who was celebrating the
CIAA championship in the locker
room) that's not why I put y'all to-
gether," Curtis explained then in
a postgame press conference. "I
put y'all together to win a national
On Friday in San Antonio,
Texas, that mission was fulfilled
as the Lady Bears (29-6) outlasted
Ashland (33-2) to bring home the
NCAA Div. II women's basketball
title (See related story) in the cham-
For Curtis and the Lady Bears,
the fourth time was the charm as
they won the Atlantic Regional title
and returned to the Elite Eight, the
national quarterfinals, this year for
the fourth time in his 12 years at the
Last season the Lady Bears
reached the Final Four or national
semifinals for the first time before
bowing to eventual national cham-
pion Clayton State (63-46), one
game short of the national champi-
This year with a squad full of
talented seniors, the Lady Bears
were just too much for the compe-
tition, reeling off 25 wins in their
final 26 games to garner the first
basketball title for a black college
women's program since the 1988
Hampton women out of the CIAA
took the same crown (See STAT
CORNER), under head coach
For their unprecedented ac-
complishment the first national
title of any kind in Shaw history
- the Lady Bears are the top black
1. SHAW (29-6) With a roster dominated by eight talented seniors, Jacques Curtis's
Lady Bears were best in the CIAA (15-1) and CIAA South (9-1), won the CIAA Tour-
nament over J. C. Smith (72-66) and Atlantic Region title vs. Edinboro (70-53) to
advance to the Elite Eight. Beat Pittsburg State (61-58) in national quarterfinals and
Rollins (87-71) in Final Four before winning NCAA Div. II national championship over
Ashland, 88-82 in overtime.
2. HAMPTON (26-5) David Six's Lady Pirates won MEAC regular season (15-1)
and third straight tournament title over Howard (54-53) before bowing to Final Four
participant and Fresno Region top seed Stanford (73-51) in first round of NCAA Div.
3. HOWARD (24-9) Nikki Reid-Geckeler's Lady Bison finished as runners-up to
Hampton in MEAC regular season (14-2) and lost to Lady Pirates (54-53) in Tourna-
ment finals. Lost to Virginia (59-56 in OT) in first round of the WNIT.
4. FLORIDAA&M (23-8) LaDawn Gibson's Lady Rattlers tied Howard for second in
regular season MEAC race (14-2), lost to Howard in Tournament semifinals (51-43).
5. PRAIRIE VIEW A&M (17-16) Toyelle Wilson led the fifth-seeded Lady Panthers
(11-7) to the SWAC Tournament title for the second year in a row, knocking off 7th-seed
Alcorn State (63-50) in title game. Lost to Final Four participant and Kingston Region
top seed UConn (83-47) in first round of NCAA Tournament.
6. MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE (19-14) Nate Kilbert led Devilettes to regular season
SWAC champ (14-4) but fell to Prairie View (58-55) in Tournament semifinals. Lost at
Tulane (68-61) in first round of WNIT.
7. JOHNSON C. SMITH (22-7) Vanessa Taylor's Lady Golden Bulls finished behind
Shaw (8-2) in CIAA South and in CIAA (14-2) before bowing to Lady Bears in CIAA
title game (72-66). Handed Shaw its only loss over its final 26 games. Lost to Gannon
(61-50) in first round of the Div. II Atlantic Regional
8. FORT VALLEY STATE (23-7) Lonnie Bartley's troops won SIAC regular season
with 18-4 mark, took Tournament title over Tuskegee (61-52), bowed in first round of
South Regional to Valdosta State (59-47).
9. COPPIN STATE (20-12) Finished in fourth place (13-3) in MEAC race, bowed to
Hampton (64-43) in Tournament semis. Derek Brown's Lady Eagles were the only
MEAC team to beat Hampton this season.
10. TUSKEGEE (20-9) Belinda Roby's Lady Golden Tigers finished third in the SIAC
regular season and then took FVSU to the wire in the Tournament finals.
14), who broke thru to win their
first SWAC regular season title and
earned a WNIT bid.
Vanessa Taylor's Johnson C.
Smith squad (22-7) battled Shaw
throughout the regular season, into
the CIAA Tournament finals and
to the Atlantic Regional. The Lady
Golden Bulls are seventh.
Fort Valley State came out on
top of a fierce regular season SIAC
race and then came thru with an-
other Tournament title for longtime
head coach Lonnie Bartley. The
Lady Wildcats flamed out in the first
round of the South Regional.
Coppin State (20-12) was the
last of the quartet of top teams in the
MEAC and handed Hampton its only
conference loss on the season. They
couldn't however handle the Lady
Pirates in the tournament semifinals.
SIAC tournament runnerup
Tuskegee holds down the final spot in
the Top Ten. Belinda Roby's squad
battled Fort Valley State for regular
season supremacy and bowed to the
Lady 'Cats in the tourney finals.
O'Quinn pick to play
NORFOLK, Va. Norfolk State senior center
Kyle O'Quinn has accepted an invitation to play
in the 2012 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament
O'Quinn will be the first Spartan to play in the
P.I.T. since two-time MEAC Player of the Year
Damian Woolfolk did so in 2000.
O'Quinn has earned numerous accolades
this year, including MEAC Player of the Year
and Defensive Player of the Year honors, MEAC
Tournament Most Outstanding Performer, and
first-team All-MEAC and All-NABC District
15.9 points, 10.3
rebounds and 2.7
blocks per game as
a senior and posted
tied for fifth-most
in the nation.
NSU to a 26-10
record, the school's
Tournament cham- O'QUINN
Tournament victory, an upset of No. 2 seed Mis-
Other players scheduled to compete in this
year's tournament include Mike Scott of U.Va.,
Tu Holloway of Xavier, Ricardo Ratliffe of Mis-
souri, Bradford Burgess of VCU, Jason Clark of
Georgetown, and many more. Rosters are to be
finalized by April 6.
Now in its 60th year, the P.I.T. gives 64 of
the nation's elite college basketball seniors the
opportunity to showcase their talents in front of
professional scouts and general managers of all 32
NBA teams and numerous international leagues.
This year's tournamenttakes place fromApril 11-14
at Churchland High School in Portsmouth, Va.
Tickets for the P.I.T. are $10 per night or $32
for a tournament pass. Games before 6 p.m. are
free. Tickets can be purchased through Ticket-
master outlets or at the Willett Hall box office in
Virginia Union's Larry Doby
to be on U.S. Postage Stamp
Virginia Union University alumni Larry
Doby, who is a member of the Major League
Baseball Hall of Fame, will be featured on a new
postage stamp by the United States Postage Ser-
The Doby Stamp, which features the Hall
of Famer in his Cleveland Indians uniform, will
become available in July.
Doby played basketball on the 1942 CIAA
'champion Virginia Union basketball team and made
his major league baseball debut on July 5, 1947,
11 weeks after Jackie Robinson broke the color
barrier. Doby became the first African-American
player in the American League, playing 12 major
league seasons for the Indians, Chicago White Sox
and Detroit Tigers.
During his career, Doby was named to seven
Major League Baseball All-Star teams, led the
Indians to the 1948 World Series Championship,
and became the second black manager in Major
League history when he was named manager of
the Chicago White Sox in 1978.
Doby was inducted into the Baseball Hall of
Fame in 1998. His number 14 was retired by the
Indians in 2007.
He died on June 18, 2003. He will be the
first VUU alumnus to be featured on a postage
USCAA hoops title
UNIONTOWN, PA- The Concordia
College-Selma Lady Hornets are the 2012 United
State Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA)
Women's Basketball National Champions.
The seventh-seeded Lady Hornets knocked
off the Selma Lady Bulldogs by a score of 65-44.
Concordia-Selma was led by Tournament MVP
Rashida Young with 20 points, six rebounds
and five steals. Teammates Sharmika Hayes and
Teagra Clifton chipped in 13 points each for the
Concordia was anchored by their strong de-
fensive effort holding Selma to 30 percent shooting
from the field.
Selma was led by All-American and All-
TournamentTeam member Marquita McMurray.
McMurray chipped in 12 points (5-10 FGs) and
five rebounds in the losing effort. The two teams
LUCKY THREE: Concordia-Selma celebrates
third national USCAA title.
were very evenly matched until 6:16 left in the
first half when the Lady Hornets went on a 14-0
run. Concordia won the rebounding battle 42-31
and went into halftime with a 12 point advantage,
"I am completely overwhelmed", said first
year head coach of Concordia, Kimberly An-
derson. "I couldn't be more blessed to have such
a great group of young ladies that are extremely
disciplined and very easy to coach".
The Selma, Alabama rivals are located six
blocks away from each other, and Selma University
won the only regular season match-up between
the two teams. This is Concordia-Selma's third
USCAAWomen's Basketball National Champion-
ship, after winning the 2007 and 2008 champion-
Jackson State football
in trouble, again
A report from the Jackson (Ms.) Clarion-Ledger
indicates that the NCAAis slapping Jackson State
with additional penalties to its football program
based on poor academic performance.
JSU has suffered scholarship cuts, practice
time reductions and postseason bans over the last
few years a result of the school's poor academic
scores. Now, the governing body for college athlet-
ics is barring Jackson State from holding spring
practice next year unless the NCAA accepts the
school's waiver request, according to documents
The Clarion-Ledger obtained Monday through a
public records request.
The NCAA has also banned Jackson State
from the postseason the Southwestern Athletic
Conference championship game for the second
straight season. The news comes after JSU's
multi-year Academic Progress Rate fell below a
critical threshold for the fourth straight year.
From NCAA Video
DAP THAT: Dapper Shaw head
coach Jacques Curtis fulfilled his
goal, winning the NCAA Div. II
women's basketball championship
in he and the Lady Bears' fourth trip
to the Elite Eight.
college women's basketball team
in the Final BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS
PAGE Top Ten.
Shaw is followed in the Top Ten
by three quality MEAC programs.
Hampton (26-5) who won its
third MEAC Tournament title and
NCAA Div. I Tournament bid in as
many years under head coach David
Six holds down the second spot.
MEAC runners-up Howard
(24-9), who earned a WNIT bid is
third followed by Florida A&M
(23-8) who battled for regular sea-
son MEAC supremacy with Hamp-
ton and Howard.
Fifth is SWAC Tournament
champion Prairie View A&M (17-
16) who came from a fifth-place
regular season finish to win its sec-
ond consecutive SWAC Tournament
title and NCAA Div. I Tournament
bid. Toyelle Wilson made it two
SWAC Tourney titles in a row since
replacing Cynthia Cooper-Dyke.
Just behind the Lady Panthers
are Nate Kilbert's Delta Devilettes
of Mississippi Valley State (19-
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Lent Worship Services at St. Thomas
The church family of St. Thomas Missionary Baptist Church, 5863
Moncrief Rd. Jacksonville, Fl., 32209, under the guidance of Pastor Ernie
L. Murray Sr., will have Lent Worship Service each Wednesday through
April 4th. The public is invitedto attend every Wednesday night at 7:00p.m.
For more information, call 768-8800.
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.
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)
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 Gemal 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.
180WetEgg. *g Avenu
Seeking the lost for Christ
Matthew 28:19 20
Pastor Landon Williams
Every 3rd & 4th
4 :00 p.m.
Wayman Ministries Annual Good
Friday Concert Featuring Troy Sneed
Rev. Mark L. Griffin, Senior Pastor of Wayman Ministries, (Wayman
Chapel AME Church and Spirit of Life Worship Center), will present the
the "All Is Well" 2nd Annual Good Friday Concert. The event will feature
Grammy Award Nominated National Recording Artist, Troy Sneed, live
with the Wayman Ministries Choir. It will also feature rising local singer
Chris Epps. Christian comedienne Jennifer "Mz. Jenn" Weeks will host the
The concert will be held on Friday, April 6, 2012 at 7 p.m. at the Spirit
of Life Worship Center, 1176 LaBelle Street, Jacksonville, Florida, 32205
It is free and open to everyone with the goal of bringing the city together
during the Easter season.
To learn more about Wayman Ministries, log onto www.wayman.org.
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.
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
benefit will raise funds for its $1
Million Challenge Grant for campus
enhancements. The EWC Alumni
Reunion Choir will headline. For more
information contact EWC's Division
of Institutional Advancement at (904)
470-8251 or email
that's on the
Pastor Robert Lecount, Jr
School of Ministry Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
2061 Edgewood Avenue West, Jacksonville, Florida 32208
(904) 765-5683 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Resoource Fair/Blood Drive
to Honor Slain 11 Year Old's Memory
Miciah Deleston was a vibrant,
intelligent young lady who left this
earth way too early at the age of 11.
In her honor, Melba Furlow and
Miciah's father, former Dallas
Cowboy running back, Dominique
Ross, founded the Miciah Deleston
Foundation for Families, Inc. to
provide solid foundations to aid in
rebuilding families struck by
To extinguish this tragedy and
bring awareness, the Miciah
Deleston Foundation, the Northeast
FL Community Action Agency, and
Jelani Herrington, a 14 year old,
who received two blood transfu-
sions at birth, will be hosting a
blood drive and giving away a free
car in partnership with the Blood
Alliance and Lucas Honda.
Other resources available will
include the Small Business
Administration and on site attorneys
to assist with criminal records seal-
ing/expungement among many oth-
ers. It will be held March 31st, at the
Emmett Reed Community Center,
1093 West 6th Street, Jacksonville,
FL 32206. Workshops will be held
from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the
blood drive will administer tests
from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. If you have
any questions, contact Dr. Melba
call (904) 428-2145 or (904) 632-
1471, ext. 25. Your support is the
first step in making a difference in
the lives of those in need as well as
aiding families and children to build
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that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures,"
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hairstylist once a week to look imize hair damage.
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At the age of four, Jer'nee Janice
Fagin was diagnosed with non-hop-
kins lymphoma, a cancer of the
lymphoid tissue, which includes the
lymph nodes and other organs of
the immune system.
Tips for Men
to stay Healthy
as They Age
With age comes wisdom.
Unfortunately it also comes with an
increased threat of developing cer-
tain health problems.
Prostate cancer and other dis-
eases affect affect a disproportion-
ate amount of Black men. With a
few lifestyle tweaks and attitude
adjustments, you can help stay
healthy as you age.
Eat Right: If you've eaten a par-
ticular way your whole life, you
might find it difficult to change.
But cutting out the junk in favor of
fruits, vegetables and whole grains
is well worth the effort. Opt for fish
over red meat. Evidence from sev-
eral studies suggests that fish can
help protect against prostate cancer
because it contains "good fat," par-
ticularly omega-3 fatty acids.
Choose olive oil over margarine.
While monounsaturated fat found
in olive oil is beneficial to health,
trans-fatty acids contained in mar-
garine contribute to clogged arter-
ies, high cholesterol and an
increased risk of stroke and heart
A sedentary lifestyle contributes
to your risk of obesity, heart dis-
ease and cancer. You don't need to
become a marathon runner, howev-
er to experience benefits from a
more active lifestyles. Start with
what you can handle, like a 20
minute walk once a day. If you
have bad joints, consider a low
impact activity like swimming. Get
checked while it's always impor-
tant to be open with your physician
about your health and your family's
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The Team Jer'nee Foundation
was established by her mother,
Yolando Hightower, in 2011 to
honor Jer'nee's life and battle of
this disease. Not long after her diag-
nosis, Jer'nee was also diagnosed
with Alps, the blood disorder in
which the blood cells attack one
"My daughter's short time on
earth, was and still is an inspiration
to many, and I want the foundation
to continue to be that inspiration to
the world,: said Hightower. I want
to show others that they are not
alone in this battle." The goal for
the foundation is to provide support
to families and fight the endless
effort to find a bone marrow match
and importantly provide moral sup-
by Naeesa Aziz
Forget about working overtime.
As ruler of the Ghanaian town of
Otuam, King Peggielene "Peggy"
Bartels is responsible for the wel-
fare of a population of nearly 7,000
- and that's not even her day job.
King Peggy became the unlikely
West African king who went from
secretary to royalty overnight
when, in 2008, she got a call at 4
A.M. with the news that the tradi-
tional leadership in her hometown
decided she would be the next to
rule their people, and the first
female king ever. Although startled
at first, King Peggy took her
appointment in stride and now rel-
ishes the opportunity she has to
make a difference in the lives of so
many. She now splits her time
between Washington, D.C., where
she still works as a secretary in
Ghana's U.S. Embassy, and Otuam,
Ghana. Her ascent to the throne and
accomplishments as king are chron-
icled in her new co-authored,
eponymous book, King Peggy.
In a recent interview, King Peggy,
she said enjoys the responsibility of
royalty, why she is not a queen and
how a woman's strength is like no
Q. How has being king changed
It has really changed me to a
point where I'm happy that I'm able
to use my energy to connect with
my people back home. Before, it
was just me coming home from
work, and sitting down in my living
In partnership with
Shand's Hospital, the
Annual Easter Egg -
Hunt will be held
Saturday, April 7th at
Community Park, 3700
Moncrief Rd. at 12:00
noon. There will be
prizes, food fun and
games. Children will
have a chance to search
for the big prize of the
golden egg! For more
Janice Hightower at
(904) 738-4765 or Little Miss Jer'nee Janice Fagin 2007-2011
Sabrina Mixson at (904) 705-4260 learn more about this disease visit
or visit. www.teamjemee.com. to www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov.
room and chill out with my little
glass of wine and watching the
news and talking to my friends, but
now all these things have changed
because the least amount of time
that I get for myself, I have to think
of what progress I want to have for
my town. I have to talk to them, and
I have to think fast how I want to
achieve all these goals.
Q. Why aren't you called
Queen is in charge of the chil-
dren's welfare, while the king is in
charge of all the executive work, so
the queen normally goes and col-
lects data about the children's wel-
fare and discusses it with the king.
So, knowing myself with my strong
personality and how I do my things,
if they had chosen me as a queen, I
wouldn't be a good queen. I would
be a lousy queen because, for
instance, [the queen] collects data
for the king and [if] the king does-
n't act on it, I'd be so furious and
I'd be arguing with the king. So, I
think it's a good thing that they
choose me as a king.
Q. What are your long-term
goals for Otuam?
My long-term goal is to make
sure that they have a good hospital
with good medicine, and also an
ambulance in case somebody is sick
and they can't cure the person in the
town. Also to bring about a second-
ary school and to make sure that the
town becomes a modem town and
at the same time to be able to pre-
serve the culture but not to deviate
from the culture if it becomes a
Q. What advice would you give
other women who are stepping
into a role that's traditionally
dominated by men?
I would advise them to be strong,
believe in themselves and have
strong faith and pray because
woman has the strength. I'm a
childless woman, I haven't had a
child, but I understand it is a very
painful thing that women endure
when they are going to deliver. So,
if we can deliver babies, and we can
make a change in people's lives,
especially through me [in Otuam],
they can see I'm making a lot of
changes in people's lives. Women
have always succeeded where men
have failed us. So I urge them to be
very strong and believe in what
they do and be honest and humble
and they will succeed.
Q. It's Women's History Month,
so as a woman who is now a histor-
ical figure, how do you want to be
I want to be remembered that
here is a woman who came on a
mission and was able to empower
the women of her town and brought
about changes to her people and
also helped her people to lead a bet-
Visit www.kingpeggy.com to
read about King Peggy's mission
and how you can contribute to proj-
ects in Otuam.
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Community Invited to Participate in Team Jer'nee Easter Egg Hunt
King Peggy waves to supporters
Ghana's King Peggy Gives a Woman's
Touch to a Traditional Male Role
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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports
activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
Charlene Taylor Hill
Words and Wisdom
The Women's Center of
Jacksonville 2012 Speaker Series -
Women, Words and Wisdom, will
feature Charlene Taylor Hill speak-
ing on "Lessons Learned from Life
in the Middle". She will inform the
audience about how her life and
work have been influenced by
being in the middle of the "color
line". The session will be held on
Tuesday, March 27th at Theatre
Jacksonville, 2032 San Marco
Blvd. The reception starts at 5:30
p.m. and the lecture begins at 6:30
p.m. For more information contact
Gillian Ticehurst at (904) 722-3000
x 203 or visit www.womenscen-
Swing to help DEEN raise money
for diabetes, Thursday, March 29th
at 7 a.m., at the Country Club of
Orange Park, 2525 Country Club
Blvd. Enjoy golf and participant in
hole-in-one, raffle tickets, longest
drive, putting challenge, lunch and
awards ceremony. For more infor-
mation contact Rick at 881-4924 or
Dee Dee Bridgewater
To Billie with Love: A Celebration
of Lady Day featuring, Grammy
and Tony Award winning artist, pro-
ducer, U.N. Ambassador and host of
NPR's JazzSet, Dee Dee
Bridgewater focuses her talents on
material immortalized by the enig-
matic Billie Holiday. Ritz Theater,
Saturday, March 31st, at 8:00 p.m.,
For more information, call 632 -
5555 or email email@example.com.
The Duval County Extension
Master Gardeners will host a Plant
Clinic, Saturday, March 31st from
10:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m. You may
bring your soil for PH testing. For
directions on how to gather a soil
sample from your yard visit
eb.pdf.. For more information and
locations contact Becky Davidson
at (904) 255-7450 or email beck-
firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.coj.net.
EWC Golf Tournament
The 2nd Annual EWC Golf
Tournament will be held April 2nd
at Deerwood Golf and Country
Club, 10239 Golf Club Drive. The
tournament is a four-person cap-
tain's choice with a shotgun start at
8:30 a.m. Players will win prizes
on and off the course with raffles
and a silent auction; and closest-to-
pin, longest drive, and hole-in-one
contests. For more information on
the tournament, or to register as a
player, call (904) 470-8050 or email
C. Blake Hacht at
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.
Teen Leaders of
Teen Leaders of America is cur-
rently looking for teens to audition
for a teen talent show. A cash prize
will be awarded to the winner!
Audition dates are Saturday April
7th and Saturday, April 14th.
They will be held at 10 a.m. at the
Schell-Sweet Resource Center,
1697 Kings Rd. For more audition
time and more information call
(904) 212-1512 or email regis-
Mark your calendar to join
Downtown Vision, Inc. for the next
Downtown Operations Meeting,
Wednesday, April ll1th, 9:30 a.m.
at the Main Library, Room G4. The
Downtown Operations Meetings
are for Downtown stakeholders to
learn about what's happening
Downtown, including safety,
events, traffic and development-
related issues. To attend, please
RSVP to Amy Harrell at (904) 634-
0303 ext. 224 or via email at
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- School, 9735 R.J. Skinner Pkwy,
sonvillesuperfest.com. 32256. For more information visit
www.jaxchildrenchorus.org or call
Free Movies on (904) 353-1636 or email
the bank or firstname.lastname@example.org.
"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 April Book Club Meeting will
be held on Friday, April 13th at 7
p.m. at the home of Debra Lewis.
The book for discussion will be
"What Doesn't Kill You: A Novel
by Virginia DeBerry and Donna
Grant. PRIDE is the area's oldest
and largest book club for people of
color. Participants are asked to
bring refreshments. For directions
or more info, call 693-9859.
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
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 737-
8488 or 610-2204 or email
Bill Cosby in Concert
Renowned comedian Bill Cosby
will speak on the human condition,
family relationships, and the evolv-
ing roles of men and women.
Sunday, April 29th at 2 p.m., at the
Times Union Center. Call 633-
6110 or visit www.ticktetmaster.com.
The Clara White Mission's 15th
annual "Miracle on Ashley Street"
Celebrity Chef and Servers event
will be held, Friday, May 18th, 11
a.m. to 1 p.m. The annual event is
held to raise funds to benefit and
address the homeless and critical
demands for the homeless and low-
income. For more information con-
tact Lynn Jones at
call (904) 354.4162.
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SR. Kelly Bringing Back Trapped Series
Comedian Eddie Griffin Divorces Wife of Six Months
Comedian Eddie Griffin is officially divorced, just
six months after marrying Nia Rivers in Las Vegas.
The couple wed on September 8, 2011, and were
already filing a joint divorce petition by October 29,
citing "irreconcilable differences," according to
TMZ. They reunited to try and work the marriage
out, but ultimately finalized the divorce in Nevada
last month. The couple agreed to share joint custody
of their two-year-old child, King Edward Griffin,
and Rivers will receive $2,500 in monthly child
support. They also agreed that they would never dis-
close the reason for their split.
This was Griffin's third marriage. He married his first wife, Carla, in 1983
when he was 16-years-old and divorced one year later. Griffin married his
second wife, Rochelle, in 2002. The actor reportedly has nine kids.
NeNe Leakes ands Role in NBC Comedy
NeNe Leakes is already very rich, but is she about
to get a lot more famous?
The breakout star of The Real Housewives of
Atlanta has landed a juicy role in Glee creator Ryan
Murphy's new NBC comedy pilot, The New Normal.
The show is about a blended family of a gay couple
and their surrogate. Leakes will play the heavily
recurring role of Rocky, according to Deadline.com.
Leakes, who has a recurring role as rival cheer-
leading coach Roz Washington on the current season
of Glee, became a household name after RHOA and her contentious exit
from Celebrity Apprentice.
Latifah, Woodard to Star in Black Remake
of Steele Magnolias
The Lifetime network has
assembled an all-star, A-list group
of acting talent for its Steel
Deadline is reporting that Queen
o Latifah, Alfre Woodard, Phylicia
Rashad, Jill Scott, Adepero
Oduye and Rashad's daughter
Condola Rashad will star in the upcoming and much anticipated TV movie
version of Steel Magnolias. Queen Latifah will serve as executive produc-
er, Kenny Leon (who helmed the ABC TV movie remake of A Raisin in the
Sun) will direct and the script will be penned by Sally Robinson, the writer
of Iron Jawed Angels.
The 1989 original feature film, which starred Sally Field, Dolly Parton,
Shirley MacLaine and Julia Roberts, centered on the friendships of six
Louisiana women who support each other through life's best and worst
times. The women congregate at a local beauty shop called Truvy's to mull
over husbands and children, life and death and hair and nails, all topics
which bond and cement their sisterhood.
This updated, contemporary version of Steel Magnolias will feature
Queen Latifah as M'Lynn, Woodard as Ouiser, Phylicia Rashad as Clairee,
Scott as Truvy, Oduye as Annelle and Condola Rashad as Shelby.
The film is slated to begin production next month in Atlanta and will
debut on televison later this year.
Move over The Jacksons: An American Dream and The Temptations, this
film has the makings of yet another extremely quotable Black TV movie
Bobby Womack Released
from New York Hospital
*Soul icon Bobby Womack has
been released from a New York
hospital following a successful
recovery from pneumonia, reports
the Associated Press.
During his stay in the hospital, he
was diagnosed with colon cancer.
He is scheduled to undergo surgery
at a later date, according to the AP.
In a statement through his New
York publicist, the 68-year-old
Womack thanked his fans for their
prayers, love and well wishes, and
says he looks forward to when he
tours in support of his upcoming
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
inductee is known for such hits as
"Lookin' For a Love," and "That's
the Way I Feel About Cha."
Womack also wrote the early
Rolling Stones' hit "It's All Over
His new album, "The Bravest
Man in the Universe," comes out
later this summer on XL
P 9 r r F P
NEW YORK Get ready for
more drama from Sylvester, Twan
and Pimp Lucius R. Kelly is
delivering more chapters of
"Trapped in the Closet."
The outrageous musical series
started off as five videos for the
R&B singer's dramatic cliffhanger
songs in 2007. It quickly became a
cult classic, and he added more
chapters, put the accompanying
videos on a DVD and also teamed
up with IFC to premiere the series.
It grew to 22 chapters.
For the next chapters, Kelly is
teaming up with IFC again. He said
in a statement Wednesday: "The
Alien is back and It has brought
"When I first began experiencing
the unknown journey of writing
'Trapped in the Closet,' I knew after
the first chapter that I had tapped
into something that was not of this
earth," he said. "'Trapped in the
Closet' fans put on your seatbelts
'cause 'Trapped in the Closet' is
coming to take you away."
Ann Carli, the producer of
"Trapped," said filming for the new
Aretha Celebrates 70, Talks New Music
As far as future work-
related plans, she was
looking forward to per-
formances in California
and said she was helping
negotiate a record contract
for her grandson. Her
planned biopic is on hold.
"It's in a limbo position,"
she said. "It's just a lot
Franklin said she
planned to spend her actu-
al birthday -- Sunday --
relaxing with a paper, her
feet up and watching TV.
NEW YORK Aretha Franklin
has a lot more than her 70th birth-
day to celebrate: She's reuniting
with one of her musical mentors,
Clive Davis, for a new album.
In an interview at her swanky
birthday party on Saturday,
Franklin said she and Davis, who
helped engineer her comeback in
the 1980s, would be working on
"I have re-signed with Clive
Davis, so I'm recording with Clive
again," said Franklin of the music
mogul, who is associated with Sony
Franklin said that after Davis'
birthday next month, "we're going
to sit together and decide what it is
we're going to record."
Davis sat next to Franklin for
most of the night at the soiree at the
Helmsley Park Lane Hotel, which
included a sit-down dinner, a dance
performance and a mini-concert
that featured rising jazz pianist Kris
Other guests included Diane
Sawyer, Rev. Al Sharpton, and
Willie Wilkerson, Franklin's long-
time companion and briefly this
year her fiance.
Wilkerson stood by Franklin's
side as she cut her three-tier, lime-
green birthday cake while the
crowd serenaded her with Stevie
Wonder's version of "Happy
When asked whether marriage
might once again be in her future,
the Queen of Soul simply said:
"We'll see what happens."
But Saturday night, she hung out
with friends long after the party's
designated end time.
At one point, she joked that she
was turning back the hands of time.
"I was wondering, 'What is it
going to be like to be 50?' I can tell
you now it feels like 40," she said as
the crowd laughed.
She then made reference to the
film "The Curious Case of
Benjamin Button," about a man
who gets younger as he ages.
"So remember Benjamin
Buttons?" she said. "Ree Ree
Usher to Play Sugar Ray Leonard
Singer Usher Raymond will be playing the role of boxer Sugar Ray
Leonard in a upcoming biopic. The film will be about legendary
Panamanian boxer and Sugar Ray rival Roberto Duran. Leonard was world
champion in five different weight divisions and retired in 1997. Usher says
that he is excited to be preparing for this role. BBC reports:
Usher has confirmed that he's set to play Sugar Ray Leonard in an
upcoming boxing film called Hands Of Stone.
Leonard, a world champion in five different weight divisions, finally
retired from boxing in 1997 after a number of comebacks.
The film is about legendary Panamanian boxer Roberto Duran.
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chapters will begin in Chicago in
the spring and be out by the fall,
along with new characters.
"You'll see pretty much most of
the main characters back, and you'll
find out pretty early on what the
package is, and whose got the pack-
age," said Carli, referring to the
cliffhanger of the last chapter.
Carli said in a phone interview
Wednesday that the series almost
didn't get made. When Kelly pre-
sented his 16-minute "Trapped"
song to his Jive record company at
the time, the label didn't know what
to do with it, Carli said.
She pushed to make a series of
videos like a movie to accompany
it, and the song and the videos
became a sensation.
But despite its success, more
chapters almost didn't happen. It
wasn't until an interview when
Kelly said that money was the
holdup to producing more install-
ments that offers flooded in to pro-
duce them, Carli said.
"I got calls from all over the
world," she said.
IFC said "Trapped" gave the net-
work its biggest online audience Carli said the new album is a
ever. A DVD of the new chapters sequel of sorts to his Grammy-nom-
should be released by the holidays, inated "Love Letter."
Carli said. "There's a lot of '70s influenced
Meanwhile, Kelly is to release his music," she said. "He had a real ball
new album, "Write Me Back," in kind of just stretching himself and
the summer. His memoir, exploring some of the music that he
"Soulacoaster: The Diary of Me," is loves."
due out in June.
March 29 April 4, 2012
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NCAA Has Little to Say About Black
White Graduation Disparity Gap
by Charles Hallman
All last week, endless
bracket stories were told ad
nauseam. But not a Mavis
Staples hoot about Richard
Lapchick's annual "Keeping
Score When it Counts" report
on NCAA men's and
women's tournament teams.
Lapchick, director of The
Institute for Diversity and
Ethics in Sport (TIDES), each
year examines the Graduation
Success Rates (GSR) and
Academic Progress Rates
(APR) for these teams, and
also compares Black and
White male and female bas-
"The enormous gap
between the graduation rates
of White and African-
narrowed by almost four per-
cent," wrote Lapchick in his March
12 report: White male players grad-
uate at 88 percent, down from 91
percent in 2011; and 60 percent of
Black males graduate, a percent
higher than last year. Also, White
female players' graduation rate is
93 percent compared to 85 percent
for Black females.
His study also noted that a com-
bined 13 schools 10 women's
and three men's have a higher
Black graduation rate than Whites';
and 31 schools 22 women's and
nine men's have a 100-percent
graduation rate for both Black and
"While all of that is positive
news, the most troubling statistic in
our study is the continuing large
disparity between the GSR of
White basketball student-athletes
and African-American basketball
student-athletes... It remains an
embarrassing 28 percent," says
This is what we call the "dispari-
ty gap" (DG), a plus or minus per-
centage points between Black and
White graduation rates:
Florida leads the 11 men's teams
Gophers huddle with Coach Pam Barton
with the highest D( a -80, fol- off it."
lowed by New Mexico State (-77), Meanwhile, Duncan was critical
Wisconsin (-71) and Iowa State (- of those schools, especially the
71). Navy tops the women's teams "basketball powerhouses" who are
at minus-67, then Gonzaga (-50), in this year's tournament, that fell
Arkansas-Little Rock (-40) and below the NCAA minimum 925
Eastern Michigan (-40) in this APR. If they don't meet the new
regard, standard of 930, which will take
Among the 10 women's teams effect in 2014, they will not qualify
with more Blacks than Whites grad- for postseason play the following
uating percentage-wise: UTEP year, Duncan noted.
(+78), Maryland (+41), Michigan The new standard is the equiva-
(+37), San Diego State (+25) and lent of a 50-percent graduation rate,
BYU (+20). Temple (+36), North which the education secretary
Carolina State (+33) and North called "a [good] starting point" but
Carolina-Asheville (+7) are the added that conferences must "draw
only men's teams in this area. a line in the sand" and demand their
Minnesota was not in the study member schools to do it right, aca-
since the Gophers are NIT (men's) demically speaking. "You will see
and WBI (women) participants. A immediate change very, very rapid-
2011 showed that Minnesota Black ly" if this takes place, believes
student-athlete graduation rates in Duncan.
men's (eighth) and women's bas- As usual, there was little or no
ketball (12th) are worst or near the mention of Lapchick's study last
bottom in the Big Ten. week amidst the endless bracket-
During a March 13 conference busting babbling, but the NCAA
call, U.S. Education Secretary Arne continues to run during telecasts
Duncan told reporters that those oxymoronic PSAs on how student-
schools that graduate all their Black athletes are doing well in the class-
and White players "have their prior- room. They're right in one respect:
ities right. These programs are some are, but certainly not all.
showing success on the court and
Florida A&M University student and band drum major Robert Champion, 26, died November 19, 2011.
Central Florida Investigators
Finished with FAMU Hazing Case
Orange County, Florida, authori-
ties say they have finished the
investigation into the suspected
hazing-related death of Robert
Champion, the 26-year-old Florida
A&M University student and drum
major who died in November.
The case has now been handed
over to prosecutors who will make
a decision on possible charges.
"During the course of this inves-
tigation, Orange County Sheriffs
Office investigators have worked
over 1000 man hours and over 40
individuals have been interviewed,"
Orange County Sheriffs Office said
in a statement Monday. "We have
worked closely with the Florida
Department of Law Enforcement
and on numerous occasions investi-
gators have traveled to and from
Tallahassee to meet with witnesses
and gather statements."
The Florida State Attorney's
Office said it has received the
investigation but could not give a
timeline of when a decision will be
made in the case that has FAMU
and other universities contemplat-
ing how to end violent hazing ritu-
Some FAMU band members
have said Champion died last
November after taking part in an
annual rite of passage called
"Crossing Bus C."
The crossing the bus ritual is an
initiation process in which pledges
attempt to run down the center aisle
from the front door of the bus to the
back while being punched, kicked
and assaulted by senior members,
band members have said.
Champion collapsed in Orlando
on the bus, which was carrying
members of FAMU's Marching 100
after a November football game
that included a halftime perform-
ance by the group.
The medical examiner's office
ruled his death a homicide and said
Champion "collapsed and died
within an hour of a hazing incident
during which he suffered multiple
blunt trauma blows to his body."
An autopsy found "extensive
contusions of his chest, arms,
shoulder and back," as well as "evi-
dence of crushing of areas of sub-
cutaneous fat," which is the fatty
tissue directly under the skin.
The death prompted the FAMU
board of trustees to approve a new
three-part anti-hazing plan, which
includes an independent panel of
experts to investigate.