At Home with
of his Sons
Champion's Family Wants FAMU
Marching Band Disbanded
ATLANTA The family of the Florida A&M
University drum major who died in a hazing inci-
dent says the school should disband the famed
Pam Champion, the mother of Robert
Champion, said Thursday that the only way to
halt hazing in the program is to disband the
marching band until further notice.
Pam Champion says "You've got to clean house.
That's the only thing."
Her comment come a day after 13 people were
charged in Robert Champion's death. Eleven were charged with felony
hazing, while two others face misdemeanor counts.
Champion's death revealed a culture of hazing at the historically black
college in Tallahassee, particularly in its celebrated marching band.
FAMU has suspended the marching band and set up a task force on cur-
Sheriff's Deputy Fired for
Making Inmates Dance to Usher
Dallas, TEXAS A sheriffs deputy in Ohio has been fired for ordering
jail inmates to dance to an Usher song in exchange for making phone
calls and using a microwave.
Dominic Martucci, 35, was fired from his post at the Summit County
sheriffs office this week, and the departmental charges against him --
including ones of misconduct and of mistreating inmates -- were soon
released. He's accused of making five inmates entertain him with a dance
to Usher's "Yeah!" in order to regain privileges ---like the chance to make
phone calls, use a microwave and get items from the commissary -- that
they had lost earlier in the day.
National Cathedral to
Install Statue of Rosa Parks
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WASHINiITON Washington National
Cathedral is preparing to dedicate a new
carving of civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks in
a section of the church devoted to human
The Episcopal cathedral formally installed
the sculpture this week. The carving of
Parks will join others celebrating those who
struggled for equality and social justice.
Parks' refusal to give up her bus seat to a
white passenger in Alabama in 1955 is con-
sidered a key moment in the movement
against racial segregation.
National Black Unemployment Down
At 13 percent, down one point from 14 percent in March, the African-
American unemployment rate showed the biggest improvement in April,
according to the recent job report from the U.S. Labor Department The
national unemployment rate declined only slightly from 8.2 to 8.1 per-
The Labor Department also reported that weekly unemployment ben-
efit applications fell by 27,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted
365,000, which implies fewer layoffs and enough new hiring to lower the
unemployment rate. However, the economy added just 115,000 jobs in
The unemployment and the economy are the two issues on which
President Obama is most vulnerable and the sluggish report provided
fodder for Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney, Obama's
likely foe this fall. Romney and other Republicans said the numbers were
disappointing and that the unemployment rate went down only because
more people have given up looking for work.
Zimbabwe Frees Four Women
Accused of Raping 17 Men
Harrare, ZIMBABWE Prosecutors have dropped charges against three
Zimbabwean women accused of raping male hitch-hikers to collect
semen for rituals, after DNA evidence exonerated them.
Sophie and Netsai Nhokwara, sisters aged 26 and 24, and Rosemary
Chakwizira, 28, were arrested in October after police found 31 used con-
doms in the boot of their car amid a string of forced sexual assaults on
men that were first reported three years ago. The three women were
charged along with a boyfriend of one of the defendants.
The women were accused of forcing themselves on 17 men. They were
arrested after they were involved in a car accident, when police found the
used condoms. The results of DNA exams on the women and the alleged
victims exonerated the women, their lawyer said.
Reports of women rapists have persisted across Zimbabwe, even after
the arrests of the three women.
State media in January reported two separate incidents of men being
forced by two women at gun- and knife-point to have sex.
Mthombeni said his clients are planning to sue the police for "unlaw-
ful" arrests and the parading of the women on national television as
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Adding Insult to Injury: Discrimination After Foreclosure
The current foreclosure crisis
constitutes a monumental civil
rights issue. Communities of color
were targeted for risky mortgage
loans, have experienced dispropor-
tionately high foreclosure rates, and
have been stripped of vast amounts
of wealth because of discriminatory
lending practices. From 2005 to
2009, median wealth fell by 66 per-
cent among Latino households and
53 percent among African-
American households, compared
with just 16 percent among white
households, largely due to declining
home values. From 2009 through
2012, African Americans are pro-
jected to lose an estimated $194 bil-
lion in housing equity, and Latinos
are expected to lose $177 billion.
Unfortunately, there is reason to
believe that the destructive effects
of the foreclosure crisis on commu-
nities of color have yet to be fully
Ms. Louisa Gunter was joined by several friends for a birthday cel-
ebration honoring Jacksonvillians who are 100+ or just around the
corner. Sixteen individuals were honored from 97 to 107 at the
Carriage Club. At the event, the honorees shared secrets to their
longevity and graciously accepted their well wishes. Among the hon-
orees were 100 year old Louisa Gunter of Baldwin, FL (above).
Accompanied by her sister Wilhelmina Holden, 97, the two still enjoy
the fellowship and sisterhood through the ages. The mother of 9, Ms.
Gunter will celebrate her 101st birthday on Sunday. In her spare time
she enjoys quilting and spending time with her sister. Vanessa Boyer
realized. They face another blow history, in which Bank of America
caused by further discriminatory agreed to pay $335 million to settle
treatment towards homes and
neighborhoods by the \enr
lenders who initiated the fore-
The civil rights problems COrecl sure
that permeate the forecloisre,* .
crisis are unfolding in stages.i .Y -1
First, lenders targeted com- M i
munities of color with suib-f .
prime and other risky loan
products that led to foreclosure, allegations that Countrywide
Last year, the U.S. Department of Financial discriminated against
Justice (DOJ) announced the largest African-American and Latino bor-
residential fair lending settlement in rowers Continued on page 2
Thousands Culturally Educated
and Inspired at World of Nations
The City of Jacksonville assisted by many local multicultural friends
brought the world to Jacksonville's doorsteps at the annual World of
Nations Festival. The fascinating cultural destination showcases the
unique diversity of our planet, and puts the wonderful sights, sounds, and
tastes of different nations within reach. Held at Metropolitan Park, the
annual showcase began on Friday with a tour for school kids. Shown
above are students watching a dancing demonstration from Palestinian
nationals. Other highlights included the African Village and live enter-
Shrimp Festival Delivers as Usual Families, fre
and shrimp enthusiasts flocked to Fernandina Beach last weekend for the annual Shrimp Festival. 90 degree h
brought out the smiles and laughter as individuals enjoyed everything from live entertainment and craft artist
to the traditional parade and the star attraction shrimp. Shown above in attendance is a family of all ages: G
Beard Smith, Danae Streater, Zandra Bryant, Desiree Davis, Isiah Brown, Zaniya Bryant, Donovan Smith, Car
Beard, Amika Dawson and Dillon Johnson.FMPphoto
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Score On Exams
The racism that poisons the
atmosphere in Florida just keeps
getting exposed. A federal lawsuit
brought against a Florida school
district alleges that three officials
accused two Black women of
cheating on an adult skills test,
because "you people don't score
that high," reports Reuters.
The Florida Civil Rights
Association is representing Lelia
Jackson-Burch, who is suing for
violations of civil rights, defama-
tion, and false imprisonment.
Not only did the racially charged
statement offend Plaintiff (Jackson-
Burch), the manner in which it was
stated reveals a level of comfort
and bigotry that is usually reserved
for private embrace," the lawsuit
nds The lawsuit describes the alleged
chronology of events: Willis
a explained the administrators' suspi-
cions by saying "you people don't
score that high." Although no other
evidence of cheating was produced,
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Black Women See
Biggest Job Gains
Amid the cloudy vista
of the country's Black
jobless rate exists a silver
lining: Black women are
gaining jobs faster than
any other group, Bloomberg Businessweek reports:
"Since December, they've knocked more than 3 percentage points off their un-
employment rate, from 13.9 percent to 10.8 percent. That's the biggest drop over
the last five months for any single demographic group broken out by race, sex, and
age by the Bureau of Labor Statistics."
Ladies don't get all the shine, however. Black men also posted an impressive drop
in unemployment, dipping from 15.7 percent in December to 13.6 percent in April.
According to April's jobless numbers released last week, overall the African-
American unemployment rate saw the biggest improvement with a one percent de-
crease from 14 percent to 13 percent. Nationally, the unemployment rate fell just
one percentage point, from 8.2 to 8.1 percent.
The data also shows that the dip in Black jobless claims can't just be written off
to people simply dropping out of the job search, says Businessweek:
"Falling unemployment among Black women is not a function of people dropping
out of the workforce. The employment participation rate of black women has
steadily increased over the last few months, from 53.5 percent in December, to 56.1
percent in April. Employment participation has actually fallen among white women,
down nearly a full percentage point since April 2011, from 55.6 percent to 54.8 per-
Detroit Seeking 30 Leaders to Revitalize the City
The city of Detroit knows the
power of entrepreneurship and
now they're calling on leaders of
tomorrow to help run the city with
The new private sector initiative
Challenge Detroit is hosting a
competition to select 30 leaders
from across the country to assist in
developing and rejuvenating the
Motor City. The participants will
live and work in Detroit for one
year, and will receive a $500
monthly housing stipend and a
$30,000 annual salary. Some of
the host companies include ePrize
LLC, Valassis Media Solutions,
Compuware Corp., Quicken
Loans Inc., Beaumont Hospitals,
United Way, hiredMYway.com
and Team Detroit.
"Challenge Detroit provides an
opportunity for talented individu-
als to become part of the revital-
ization of Detroit," Glenn Oliver,
CEO of H2bid.com and Challenge
Detroit board of directors member,
tells BET.com. "The winners will
be living in Midtown a cool
neighborhood, with a major uni-
versity, museums, lots of new
businesses and new energy."
For the past few years, the state
of Michigan has been experienc-
ing an exodus of new graduates.
The number of Michigan State
University graduates leaving the
state has more than doubled since
2001, from 24 percent to over 50
percent in 2011, according to the
school. Miles away, 53 percent of
University of Michigan graduates
In an effort to lower tuition and
ultimately provide an incentive for
students to stay in the state upon
graduation, State Sen. Rebekah
Warren (D-Ann Arbor) proposed
the Michigan 2020 bill in January
to grant all students who have
completed a K-12 education in the
state a $9,575 grant per year. Pay-
ing the average cost of tuition for
a public university in Michigan
will only do so much to keep grad-
uates in the state. If jobs are not
around, students are less likely to
By hosting young professionals
from across the country, Chal-
lenge Detroit hopes to use the
young contestants' diverse talents
to create innovative ideas to attract
new residents and help spark the
metropolitan area's economy.
Currently, over 80 percent of the
city is populated by African-
Americans, and unemployment
stands at 21 percent for the demo-
For more information on the
program or to begin the applica-
tion process visit www.chal-
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...N umber of AficaAer
borrowers during the housing
boom. DOJ found that Countrywide
loan officers and brokers charged
higher fees and interest rates to
200,000 African-American and
Latino borrowers than to white bor-
rowers who posed the same credit
risk. Countrywide also steered bor-
rowers of color into costly subprime
mortgages when white borrowers
with similar credit profiles received
prime loans. Countrywide was not an
isolated example. Other research has
found that African-American and
Latino borrowers were much more
likely to receive subprime loans than
white borrowers, even after control-
ling for income level or credit risk.
Now, it turns out, lenders are fail-
ing to properly maintain or market
the foreclosed properties they own,
and leaving these properties in a state
of disrepair. According to a recent in-
vestigation by fair housing organiza-
tions, this stage of the crisis is not
affecting all communities equally.
Due to the discriminatory mainte-
nance and marketing of foreclosed
properties, African-American and
Latino communities and cities with
high minority populations risk losing
many billions more in wealth through
reduced neighborhood property val-
ues and increased expenses incurred
by local jurisdictions. Importantly,
these practices affect not those fami-
lies who already lost their homes, but
their neighbors living next door or
down the street from the vacant fore-
This month, the National Fair
Housing Alliance ("NFHA") and
four of its member organizations re-
leased a report, entitled "The Banks
Are Back, Our Neighborhoods Are
Not: Discrimination in the Mainte-
nance and Marketing of REO Prop-
erties," which examines ongoing
discrimination in the maintenance
and marketing of bank-owned fore-
closed properties known as real es-
tate owned (REO) properties. The
study evaluated over 1,000 REO
properties in cities across the county.
The findings are extremely troubling:
banks have engaged in substandard
maintenance and marketing of fore-
closed properties in communities of
color, while properly maintaining
and marketing foreclosed properties
in predominantly white communities.
In other words, properties in white
neighborhoods "were more likely to
have neatly manicured lawns, se-
curely locked doors and attractive
'for sale' signs out front," while
homes in communities of color
"were more likely to have overgrown
yards littered with trash, unsecured
doors, broken windows and indica-
tions of marketing as a distressed
The fair housing groups evaluated
the maintenance and marketing of
REO properties on a 100-point scale,
subtracting points for such deficits as
broken windows, water damage and
overgrown lawns. The evaluations
took into account 39 different aspects
of the maintenance and marketing of
Overall, REO properties in com-
munities of color were 42 percent
more likely to have more than a
dozen maintenance problems than
properties in white neighborhoods.
Other trends revealed by the investi-
REO properties in commu-
nities of color were 82 percent more
likely than REO properties in white
communities to have broken or
REO properties in white neigh-
borhoods were 32 percent more
likely to be marketed with the proper
signage than African-American
neighborhoods and 38 percent more
likely than in Latino neighborhoods;
Newer homes generally scored
higher than older homes, but racial
and ethnic disparities persisted with
non-structural factors such as curb
appeal and signage.
Since releasing the report, NFHA
and several of its member organiza-
tions have filed housing discrimina-
tion complaints with the U.S.
Department of Housing and Urban
Development (HUD) against Wells
Fargo, et al. and U.S. Bank, et al.
The Fair Housing Act of 1968 re-
quires banks, investors, services or
any other responsible party to main-
tain and market properties that are for
sale or rent without regard to the race
or national origin of the residents of
a neighborhood. It is illegal to treat a
neighborhood differently because of
the race or national origin of the res-
idents, and banks are obligated to
monitor the actions of the companies
they hire to perform housing-related
Saturday, June 16, 2012
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Gateway Town Center
(Inside the mall near the
entrance at Foot Locker)
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YOUTH SUMMER CAMP
Our goal is to send 100 youth to summer camp this year.
To register as a cook, celebrity chef, or apply for a
scholarship, go online to either of these two sites:
You may fax completed application to
Rev. Eugene Eubanks at 904-359-0015.
For more information call: 904-591-7568 or 904-354-1464
In conjunction with All Foundation a 501(c)(3) Non profit
transactions to ensure that those
third-party entities comply with fair
The Fair Housing Act has two
goals: to eliminate housing discrimi-
nation and to promote residential in-
interpreting the Act state:
It shall be unlawful because of
race, color, religion, national origin,
sex, familial status or disability to re-
strict or attempt to restrict the choices
of a person by word or conduct in
seeking, negotiating for, buying or
renting a dwelling so as to perpetuate
segregated housing patterns, or to
discourage or obstruct choices in a
community, neighborhood or devel-
Differences in the maintenance of
foreclosed properties based on the
racial composition of neighborhoods
can violate the Fair Housing Act.
HUD's regulations clearly state
that "failing or delaying maintenance
or repairs of sale or rental dwellings
because of race" is a prohibited ac-
tion under the Fair Housing Act.
Steering by real estate agents
based on neighborhood racial com-
position is illegal and other behavior
in the housing sale or rental market
that operates to discourage potential
buyers from purchasing or renting
homes in neighborhoods of color,
such as by failing adequately to
maintain properties in minority
neighborhoods, can also violate the
In addition, the Fair Housing Act
makes it unlawful to "make unavail-
able or deny" housing to any person
because of race.If the poor mainte-
nance of a foreclosed property in a
neighborhood of color makes it diffi-
cult for a potential purchaser to ob-
tain a mortgage loan for the property,
the poor maintenance has made the
housing "unavailable" within the
meaning of the Act.
To date, more than four million
families have lost their homes to
foreclosure, and nearly three times as
many families are seriously delin-
quent on their mortgages and face a
real threat of foreclosure.Efforts are
underway to reform mortgage lend-
ing and servicing practices to prevent
another foreclosure crisis. These are
much needed and long overdue, but
they are not enough to address the
harm that has been done to minority
borrowers and communities of color.
More must be done to stabilize these
communities and help these families
rebuild their lost wealth. Establish-
ing effective quality controls on fore-
closed properties, and providing
remedies to the African-American
and Latino neighborhoods affected
by the discriminatory maintenance
and marketing of foreclosed homes
are two crucial steps. Making sure
they happen is an urgent civil rights
issue facing our federal government,
our nation's financial institutions,
and communities across the country.
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After Foreclosure Debacle
May 10-16, 2012
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Fox News Brings Out the Long Knives for Obama
Fox News, the unofficial arm of
the Republican Party that claims to
be fair and balanced, is conducting
an all-out assault on President
Obama, doing everything from let-
ting Mitt Romney advisers mas-
querade as objective commentators
to ignoring facts when a high-pro-
file Obama critic or Fox News com-
mentator make unfounded charges.
MediaMatters.org, the watchdog
group, has cataloged numerous
instances of Fox's one-side and
"Fox News has repeatedly hosted
advisers to presumptive Republican
presidential nominee Mitt Romney
without disclosing that they are
helping his campaign. Media
Matters examined recent appear-
ances by advisers John Bolton, Jay
Sekulow, and Walid Phares, who
have all appeared on Fox News and
criticized the Obama administra-
tion. Bolton and Phares are Fox
News contributors, while Sekulow
is a frequent Fox News guest," the
"Bolton, a Romney foreign poli-
cy adviser, said on Fox News that
Obama's foreign policy is 'con-
fused and incoherent and incompe-
tent' and defended Romney's for-
eign policy experience. Sekulow, a
Romney legal adviser, has repeat-
edly appeared on Fox to attack the
Obama administration on a variety
of legal issues. And Phares, a mem-
ber of Romney's foreign policy and
national security advisory team, has
criticized the Obama administra-
tion's handling of Syria and
Afghanistan on Fox."
Greta Van Susteren, host of "On
the Record with Greta Van
Susteren," said on May 3: "One
year after the killing of bin Laden,
Republicans are blasting President
Obama for spiking the football.
And now, a veterans group is slam-
ming the president for taking the
credit instead of giving it to the spe-
She aired part of the ad and said,
"What I take away from that ad is
that the veterans are deeply dis-
turbed this group of veterans,
maybe not all veterans, but this one
- and they were saying that he was
arrogant and taking credit, that he
was not humble and had no humili-
ty ...it's very boorish to take credit
away from those brave men ... at
the scene, who did actually execute
this unbelievable killing of Osama
Fox also allowed guests get away
with a similar line of attack.
During the Fox News' Special
Report on May 3, guest host John
Roberts announced that a group
called Veterans for a Strong
America had released an ad "accus-
ing President Obama of spiking the
football over Osama bin Laden."
Fox aired part of the ad that claimed
"heroes don't spike the football."
Fox contributor and Washington
Post columnist Charles
Krauthammer said on the program:
"It isn't just that Obama has man-
aged to turn a positive, something
he did well, into a negative by
attacking, using it as a partisan
weapon which diminishes him, also
it diminishes the solemnity of the
event, which was a national event,
and he used it, he appropriated it for
himself. It is the narcissism, and
that is the deeper issue here, how
they quote Obama again and again,
using the first personal pronoun in
his announcement of the event. It's
all about me, I, commander-in-
chief, I ordered, I did this. What
about the guys out there who did it
and who risked their lives?"
In his May 2, 2011 announcement
that Bin Laden had been killed, the
president said, "A small team of
Americans carried out the operation
with extraordinary courage and
capability. No Americans were
harmed. They took care to avoid
civilian casualties. After a firefight,
they killed Osama bin Laden and
took custody of his body."
He also stated, "We give thanks
for the men who carried out this
operation, for they exemplify the
professionalism, patriotism, and
unparalleled courage of those who
serve our country. And they are part
of a generation that has borne the
heaviest share of the burden since
that September day."
Neither Kelly nor anyone else at
Fox News disclosed that Joel
Arends, whose group created the
veterans' ad, is a longtime
Republican operative. He worked
on the presidential campaigns of
George W. Bush and John McCain
and is chairman of the Lincoln
County, S.D. Republican Party.
Fox News was created by Roger
Ailes, a former media adviser to
Richard Nixon and other
Republican figures. He supported
the 1988 scheme to link Democratic
candidate Michael Dukakis to
Willie Horton, a Black convicted
felon. Ailes told the New York
Times, "The only question is
whether we depict Willie Horton
with a knife in his hand or without
There is no question that Ailes'
network is using a knife this time -
to stab Obama in the back.
Shown above enjoying the parade at the annual Mayport Shrimp Festival are the Ravenell family:
McKinley, Malk,Camaron and MoRonica Ravenell. The three day weekend brought thousands of par-
ticipants to Fernandina Beach for a three day extravaganza of shrimp, art and entertainment. FMP
Names Interim President
Daytona Beach, Fla. said current President
Dr. Edison Jackson has Trudie Kibbe-Reed,
been selected as interim who will retire May 13.
president Bethune- "I have known Dr.
Cookman University (B- Jackson as we served
Dr. Jackson most together, as college
recently served as presi- i. presidents, on
dent of Medgar Evers t h e Na t i o n al
College of the City Association for Equal
University of New York Opportunity in Higher
for 20 years (one of the Education.."
campuses of the City Dr. Jackson Speaking on behalf
University of New York
with approximately 5,700 stu-
dents). Dr. Jackson received his
undergraduate and graduate
degrees from Howard University
and his doctorate from Rutgers
"I'm very pleased with the
selection by the board of trustees,"
of the Board of
Trustees, Dr. LarryHandfield said,
"We are so pleased that Dr.
Jackson has agreed to serve as
interim president because he
brings a wealth of experience, a
commitment toexcellence and will
uphold the legacy of our founder,
Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune."
Shaquille O'Neal Receives PhD
You can now
call him Dr.
NBA icon and
along with anoth-
er 1,100 students.
enthusiasm in his
own playful way,
the 7-foot-1 inch Dr. O'Neal
O'Neal lifted his professor into the air.
This educational journey has been a long one for him. O'Neal left
Louisiana State University early for the NBA, but he went back to
school and earned his bachelor's degree. He then earned his master's
degree and, now, a doctorate in education (specifically, organizational
learning and leadership).
Donning a bright red, XXXL-sized robe, the 325-pound retired center
got on one knee on stage so Dr. David M. Kopp could place a light blue
hood around his neck. Afterward, O'Neal celebrated by standing and
lifting up Kopp briefly.
"I promised my parents I would [follow my passion for education],"
O'Neal said. "Two, I wanted to continue my education and three, I want-
ed to challenge myself."
"I'm proud to call you Dr. O'Neal!" said his mother.
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Page 4 Ms. Perrv's Free Press
History Has Proven That Mothers Have
Been the True Backbone of the Black Family
Much like many of you that are
reading this column, I cannot begin
to express the gratitude, love, admi-
ration and thankfulness I have for
my mother and all of the other
mothers in my life.
From wifey to grandma and
mother-in-law, the mothers in my
life are phenomenal. From my step-
mom to aunts to sisters and
cousins, mothers are God's gift to
us all, and with Mother's day a few
weeks away it is important that we
take time to recognize these special
Don't be mistaken, one day is
clearly not enough to capture the
love that we should be expressing
Neither is a bouquet of flowers or
a nice dinner enough to express
your love for mom, but one day is
enough to reinforce the love and
appreciation that most of us share
for our mothers.
Yes, I am a bit early I know that
Mother's Day is on Sunday, May
13th, but the thought hit me last
weekend that although we are in
tough economic times, the love and
thankfulness we express should not
be affected by the economy.
Comedian Chris Rock once said
that we are always recognizing
mamas. Mamas get songs, mamas
get cars and houses when their chil-
dren make it big, mamas always get
shout outs, and what do us fathers
get the big piece of chicken at
He goes on to list a number of
songs that have been written as
dedications to mothers, but he
points out that the only song ever
made for fathers was "Papa was a
Now that's funny stuff, but very
true at the same time. Mothers are
the foundation of most families.
Mothers are often the glue that
keeps families and lives together.
Who can you turn to when there is
nowhere else to turn mama.
For me personally, I tell people
all the time that my mother and
grandmother were the reasons that I
am the person I am today. Having
these strong women in my life
made all the difference in the
So on May 9th and every
Mother's Day I plan on recognizing
the women who have done so much
for me. Many people don't realize
that Mother's Day or the celebra-
tion of mother's goes pretty far
ancient Egyptians held ceremonies
and celebrations each year to honor
the goddess Isis. To the Egyptians,
Isis represented motherhood and
fertility, and was believed to be the
mother of Horus, who was consid-
ered to be the mythological ruler of
Thus, Isis became the "mother of
all pharaohs" and the celebration of
Isis became a celebration of moth-
ers. So mothers day goes pretty for
back throughout the world.
And while the strength of moth-
ers certainly crosses racial and
ethic lines, black women have cer-
tainly had to play a more prevalent
role because of the history of
African American culture in the
One of the most prolific state-
ments I have heard regarding the
strength of black women was from
W.E.B. Dubois who said, "I most
sincerely doubt if any other race of
women could have brought its fine-
ness up through so devilish a fire."
And how do you talk about
Mother's Day without acknowledg-
ing the strength and dedication of
African American mothers
throughout the years? Too often
have black women had to the play
the role of mother and father.
How many of us have mothers
who pushed us to reach for things
that they only dreamed of? Zora
Neale Hurston said, ""Mama
exhorted her children at every
opportunity to 'jump at de sun.' We
might not land on the sun, but at
least we would get off the ground."
The great African American
writer, Alice Walker, once said,
"And so our mothers and grand-
mothers have, more often than not
anonymously, handed on the cre-
ative spark, the seed of the flower
they themselves never hoped to see
-- or like a sealed letter they could
not plainly read."
My mother and grandmother
were not college graduates, but
stressed the importance of college
to me on a regular basis. And like
most mothers in inner city commu-
nities, my mom may not know how
to do calculus, but she made sure
that I did.
And as I mentioned before, black
women are certainly unique
because of all of the challenges
they have faced since the days of
slavery. Working as field laborers,
nannies to the plantation owner's
children and even mandatory mis-
tresses to slave owners certainly
tested the will of black women and
proved that sisters have had to go
up the rough side of the mountain.
But despite the challenges and
heartache, our mothers continue to
encourage, motivate and under-
stand us when no one else does.
I could go on and on about the
value of strong mothers, but I will
simply close with some of the
lyrics from Tupac Shakur's song
He said, "Cause when I was low
you was there for me, And never
left me alone because you cared for
me, And I could see you coming'
home after work late, You're in the
kitchen trying to fix us a hot plate,
Ya just working with the scraps you
was given, And mama made mira-
cles every Thanksgivin."
He added, "But now the road got
rough, you're alone, You're trying' to
raise two bad kids on your own,
And there's no way I can pay you
back, But my plan is to show you
that I understand, You are appreci-
Thank you mothers for being the
extraordinary beings you are. And
please remember to do something
special for that mother or mother
figure in your life.
Signing off from a local Florist,
If Obama Loses, What's Plan B?
By Wilmer J. Leon III
As the country moves into the
full scale presidential election
process, a troubling pattern is
developing within certain segments
of the African American communi-
ty. There's a concerted effort by
some to silence those who are
offering honest, valid, and well
thought out analysis and criticism
of the Obama administration.
I've written about individuals
such as Tom Joyner, Steve Harvey,
Al Sharpton and others who have
attempted to label honest policy
debate as betrayal. Former
Princeton Professor Melissa
Harris-Perry referred to Professor
Cornell West's critique of the
Obama administration as, "a self-
aggrandizing, victimology sermon
deceptively wrapped in the dis-
course of prophetic witness..."
The 2012 election will be much
different than the 2008 election.
President Obama is not running
against a failed Bush administra-
tion; he's running on his own
record. He's running against subtle
and sometimes obvious bigoted
rhetoric as well as the usual voter
suppression tactics. As Nobel lau-
reate economist Paul Krugman
recently stated, the same thieves
who backed Bush are backing
Romney. President Obama is run-
ning against 8.3 percent unemploy-
ment and a shaky economy. Hope
and change will not carry him to
victory in 2012.
Senator Obama received 96 per-
cent of the African American vote
in 2008. It is expected that
President Obama will receive close
to the same percentage this time
around, although the turnout may
The issue for the African
American community is what's the
"B-Plan"? What will the African
American community do in the
event that President Obama loses
and they have to deal with a
President Romney? What will hap-
pen if African Americans have to
get away from the politics of per-
sonality and actually decide to deal
with the politics of policy?
Mitt Romney has endorsed
House Republican Budget
Chairman Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.)
budget plan. Various analyses
show that budget plan cuts food
stamps by $134 billion over 10
years and would remove 280,000
children from a free school lunch
and breakfast program.
The Ryan budget and a President
Romney would have a dispropor-
tionately devastating impact on the
African American community.
According to Bread for the World,
African-Americans are 22.5 per-
cent of the participants in the
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance
Program (SNAP), formerly the
Food Stamp Program... One in
four African-Americans lives
below the federal poverty line,
compared to about one in eight
Americans overall... More than a
third (35.7 percent) of all African-
American children lives in poverty,
compared to one in five children
living in poverty in the country as a
If a President Romney tried to
implement the Ryan budget in its
current form, the African American
community would be outraged. Al
Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and other
leaders would be calling for march-
es. Talk show hosts Joyner,
Harvey, and others would be beg-
ging their audiences to write, call,
and petition their elected represen-
tatives to restore funding to social
Under the Obama administration,
African Americans are worse off
economically, but where's the out-
rage? Too many in the community
are silent or being attacked and
summarily dismissed as traitors,
haters, crazy, and misinformed for
calling for targeted solutions and
policy initiatives to address the suf-
fering in the African American
To paraphrase a popular quote
attributed to everyone from English
Statesman Lord Palmerston to for-
mer Congressman Bill Clay, the
African American community
should not have permanent friends
or permanent enemies, only perma-
nent interests. We should be
focused on policy, not personality.
It must be clearly understood that
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By William Reed
A petition is circulating asking that the country's the '
largest restaurant company treat and pay its African American employees
"equally." The petition is a result of the suit Restaurant Opportunities
Center United (ROC) has filed against Darden Restaurants claiming the
company systemically favors White workers over minorities.
The suit alleges that minority workers at The Capital Grille job sites in
New York, Chicago and Washington, D.C. "are shunted away from front-
of-house jobs like waiters and hosts towards lower-paying kitchen jobs"
and that Darden discriminates against Blacks "by not offering a clear
path" from their low fare restaurants (Red Lobster and Olive Garden) to
their high-brow The Capital Grille.
A Darden representative described the allegations as "baseless." The
irony of the situation is that the chief cook and bottle washer at Darden is
an African American, Clarence Otis Jr., the Chairman of the Board and
Chief Executive Officer. The Darden family of restaurants features rec-
ognizable and successful full-service brands such as: Red Lobster, Olive
Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, The Capital Grille, Bahama Breeze,
Seasons 52 and Eddie V's. Darden owns and/or operates more than 1,900
restaurants that employ 180,000 people and serve more than 400 million
meals a year.
The ROC union campaign is asking the public to "join us in calling.on
Darden to ... institute a promotions policy that that allows Black workers
to compete for jobs as servers, bartenders and chefs at the company's fine-
dining facilities." The nationwide campaign asks that "Black workers be
able to advance to livable wages" at Darden's Capital Grille sites and not
be relegated to the lowest-wage work.
The critics say, "Black workers in the restaurant industry are routinely
relegated to fast food outlets" while White more readily climbs the ranks
to earn upwards of $50,000 a year. They say that The Capital Grille is "the
only place within the company where workers can earn a living wage."
They want Darden to provide clear pipelines ... to higher-paid work at
Capital Grille restaurants.
Darden acquired The Capital Grill chain from Rare Hospitality in 2007.
The Capital Grille operates upscale steakhouse locations in 20 states and
the District of Columbia and is considered "the big leagues" across
Darden properties and in the industry. The union wants Blacks to be put
on the path that would lead more of them to Capital Grille locations,
strategic moves that would make their career paths and pay equitable with
"Darden Restaurants is very proud of the work environment that it cre-
ates for employees," said spokesperson Rich Jeffers. The company is an
industry leader. Fortune magazine ranks Darden among its "Top 100
Places to Work." Darden has a well-established history of promoting
minority workers to managerial positions, getting high marks for a diverse
Clarence Otis Jr. is a Black trailblazer. How he handles this situation
may make him an icon. He has been with Darden for 17 years. In his
capacity as CEO, in the last seven years he's guided the company to a
$400 million annual net income. Otis came to Darden during its spin-off
from General Mills. His only previous restaurant experience had been in
college when he waited tables during summer breaks. Now, the 56-year-
old executive and his wife have one of the largest collections of African
art in the U.S.
The group's allegation that "Black workers are routinely discriminated
against throughout the restaurant industry" merits the public's attention
and concern. Beyond Darden, restaurants account for one of every 12 pri-
vate sector jobs and are the nation's second-largest private sector employ-
er. The industry has a workforce of nearly 13 million and is one of the
country's strongest job creators. National Restaurant Association
President Dawn Sweeny says "The industry provides millions with
rewarding career and employment opportunities...and whether in the
kitchen or the corporate office, restaurants offer a variety of career paths."
The Darden discrimination case bears further watching.
William Reed is head of the Business Exchange Network and available
for speaking/seminar projects through the Bailey Group.org.
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TPC PARTY- The Players Championship held their annual
community celebration in the TPC clubhouse with the band Fab Four,
direct from Liverpool, playing Beatles hits from the 1960's. The event
is a soiree that mixes and mingles the players, media, pro golfers and
fans for cocktails, strolling dinner and dancing. A booth was set up to
capture your image in caricature and fans were excited as they greet-
ed 1985 Championship winner Calvin Peete, an icon and leader board
scorer. The TPC runs May 10th through May 13th. Pictured are avid
golfers and fans Charles Griggs, pro golfer Montrele Wells and
MARCHING FOR BABIES Joining the thousands
trekking through downtown Jacksonville was Zeta Amicae President
Sheila Davis. The event, which brings thousands out on a Saturday
morning to raise funds for te March of Dimes, concluded with live
entertainment and free food.
by Gary Flowers
Contrary to public opinion, White
people in the United States account
for more arrests for drug use than
do people of color. Yet, the widely-
held and erroneous belief that 1)
most drug crimes are committed by
people of color, and 2) most people
of color commit drug crimes that
result in the disproportionate
imprisonment of non-Whites. How
did America become come to target
people of color for so-called "war
Most Americans have no idea
that drugs such as opiates, cocaine,
and marijuana were not always ille-
gal in the United States. In fact, in
the early 1900s, many wealthy peo-
ple commonly used such drugs
recreationally, peaking with
250,000 American addicts among
the nation's 76 million citizens.
During the 20th century, while
some Americans were addicted
because of doctor-issued prescrip-
tions drug used by the wealthy
Whites was considered a medical
problem. For others, addictive
drugs were considered chic. So
much so that Congress enacted the
first Food and Drug Safety Act in
1906, requiring drug companies list
contents in drugs on their labels.
Accordingly, largely due to eco-
nomic status, the rich were given
rehabilitation rather than incarcera-
By 1909, the phrase "war on
drugs" was first used and targeted
Chinese, African American, and
Mexican people as drug users.
California passed laws prohibiting
smokable opium as people of color
were perceived as the "problem."
For example, Chinese immigrants
became the face of opium use,
despite their low percentage of
California's population. The result
came in the form of the Chinese
Exclusion Act of 1882. As would
be the case with other people of
color later in America's history
"respectable White women" were
thought to be corrupted by Chinese,
leading to loose sexual habits. In
1902, the Committee on the
Acquirement of the Drug Habit of
the American Pharmaceutical
Association declared: "If the
Chinaman cannot get along without
his dope, we can get along without
him." Truth be told, competition
for cheap labor by Mexicans influ-
enced the discrimination towards
Similarly, African Americans
were-and are today-the primary
target of discriminatory drug laws.
In 1910, Dr. Hamilton Wright, con-
sidered by many as the father of
American anti-narcotics laws,
reported that White employers gave
Black workers cocaine as a stimu-
late for harder work. The New York
Times published a story on
February 11, 1914, alleging "most
of the attacks upon White women
are the direct result of the 'cocaine-
crazed' Negro brain...Negro
cocaine fiends are now a known
Southern menace." Therefore, sev-
eral southern police departments
switched to .38 caliber bullets to be
more of a lethal deterrent against
African American males.
For Mexicans living in America,
the pattern of blaming people of
color for drug use continued. In
1937 the Marijuana Tax Act was
passed by Congress to target
Mexican Americans. As competi-
tors for agricultural jobs sought by
poor Whites, Mexicans were
blamed for marijuana-induced vio-
lence against White people.
By the 1980s Congress had
passed mandatory minimum sen-
tencing guidelines that dispropor-
tionately impacted Black and
Brown people. Legislators who
supported such laws argued that
they would target high-level drug
offenders. Instead, drug kingpins
were allowed to plea bargain down
their sentences and small time drug
possessors went to jail for longer
Today, American jails more of its
citizens than any other industrial
nation, an overwhelming majority
of whom are African American and
Latino. In fact, Latino children are
three times as likely to have a par-
ent in prison than White children.
Similarly, African American chil-
dren are nine times more likely to
have an incarcerated parent than
As Congress has historically
passed legislation to target people
of color for drug use it should now
legislate penalties against over zeal-
ous police, prosecutors, and judges
who racially discriminate. Further,
rehabilitation should replace incar-
ceration. America should practice
what it preaches.
Gary L. Flowers is executive
director and CEO of the Black
Leadership Forum, Inc
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Stanton Gala Planning Meeting
The current class leaders on Old Stanton, New Stanton and Stanton and
Stanton Vocational High Schools will meet Monday May 21st at Bethel
Baptist Institutional Church, 325 Bethel Baptist Street (First Street
entrance). The purpose of the meeting is to discuss plans for the 6th Stanton
Gala, June 23, 2012. The final meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Bethel on
June llth. Representative from all classes are encouraged to attend. For
more information contact Chairman, Kenneth Reddick at 764-8795 or visit
our website at www.stantonhigh.org.
Mother's Day at St. Paul Lutheran
St. Paul Lutheran Men's Club will present it's annual Mother's Day
Program on Sunday May 13, 2012. Morning Worship with Holy
Communion begins at lla.m. and Sunday School starts at 9:30 a.m.
The church is located at 2730 West Edgewood Avenue, Jacksonville,
Florida 32209. Rev. James Wiggins, Jr. Pastor. For more information call
New Bethlehem Missionary Baptist
Church Celebrates Mortgage Burning
Swill celebrate the
17th at 7 p.m..
The special cele-
bration will fea-
ture Rev. Marion
SWise, Pastor of
Callahan, Florida. On Friday May 18th at 7:30p.m., a service of
Thanksgiving will be held with Rev. Johnny Johnson, Pastor of
Philadelphia Baptist, bringing the word. On Sunday May 20th, the 11 a.m.
Worship Service and Holy Communion will be served and the message will
brought by Rev. Joe Calhoun. At 4 p.m., the Official Mortgage Burning
Ceremony will take place and the word will be brought by Rev. Landon
Williams, Pastor of Greater Macedonia Baptist Church.
Emanuel Missionary Baptist Church
Presents Annual White Women
The Deaconess Ministry of Emanuel Missionary Baptist Church will pres-
ent its 4th annual Women in White celebration May 20th 2012 at 4 p.m.
The theme is "Keeping the Faith," from Hebrews 11.
The guest speaker will be Cynthia Anderson from Abyssinia Baptist
Church. The public is invited to come and share with women from all over
the city for spirit filled fellowship of prayer and praise. The unique worship
experience will be held May 20th at 4p.m. The church is located at 2407
Rev. S. L. Badger Jr. Circle E. Dr. Herb Anderson, Pastor, Wilbert
Wingard, Deacon Chairman, Rosa Griffin, Deaconess President. For more
information, call 356-9371.
Zion Hope Missionary Baptist Church
Zion Hope Missionary Baptist Church located at 2803 W. Edgewood
Avenue, under the guidance of Dr. Clifford Johnson, Jr. Pastor, will present
the 2012 City Wide Revival starting Wednesday May 23rd, 24th and 25th
at 7 p.m. The Churches of East Florida & Bethany Baptist Association, will
convene at the church with speakers including Rev. Leofric Thomas -
Pastor of Open Arms Christian Fellowship and Rev. Gary L. Williams -
Pastor of First Baptist Church Mandarin. The theme for the revival is "The
Fruit of the Holy Spirit" and the scripture is Galatians 5:22-26
For more information please call the church @ 904 764-9353
Pastor Installation Services at
St. John Missionary Baptist
The officers and members of St. Johns Missionary Baptist Church, 740
Bridier St. Jacksonville, Fl. 32206 invite the public to the installation serv-
ices of their new Pastor, Rev. Steve B. Jenkins, Sr., The guest speaker will
be Rev. Benjamin Williams, Pastor of Rock of Ages Baptist Church. The
laying of hands of the new pastor will be done by Dr. Landon L. Williams,
Sr., Pastor of Greater Macedonia Baptist Church. The special services will
be held Sunday May 20, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. For more information, call (904)
Revival at Greater St. Salem
Greater Mt. Salem Missionary Baptist Church, located at 2335 Moncrief
Rd., Rev C.E. Banks, Pastor, will have their annual Revival on May 16 -
18, 2012, nightly at 7:30 p.m. The Speaker for the week will be Rev Darius
Bolden, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Fernandina Beach, Fl. For
more information, contact the church at (904) 356-4759 or Pastor at
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Churches Exploring Religion on the Internet
A new study released by the
Bara Research Group, of Ventura,
California indicates that among the
growing number of Americans who
use the Internet, millions are turning
to the digital dimension to get them
in touch with God and others who
pursue faith matters. The report
projects that within this decade as
many as 50 million individuals may
rely solely upon the Internet to pro-
vide all of their faith based experi-
Catholics and mainline
Protestants are slightly more likely
to use the Internet than are Baptists
and Protestants who attend non-
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mainline churches. Adults who are
affiliated with a faith group other
than Christianity have one are affil-
iated with a faith group other than
Christianity have one of the highest
concentrations of Net usage (85%).
Adults use the Internet for a wide
variety of activities, regardless of
their faith commitments. Presently,
8% of adults and 12% of teenagers
use the Internet for religious or spir-
itual experiences. This application
rated eighth among the eight possi-
bilities explored. Less than 1% of all
adults and just 2% of teens current-
ly use the Internet as a substitute for
a physical-church. Most people
indicated that they do not expect to
replace their involvement in a
bricks-and-mortar faith experience
with a Net-based faith experience.
However, the Bama study also
found that people are in the early
stages of warming up to the idea of
cyberfaith. When people were asked
about their likely future use of the
Internet to seek or engage in specif-
ic types of religious experiences,
more than two-thirds indicated that
they were likely to engage in such
pursuits on a regular basis as the
decade progresses. Among the Net-
based religious endeavors deemed
most appealing were listening to
archived religious teaching, reading
online "devotionals," and buying
religious products and resources
Of special important was the find-
ing that teenagers have a very dif-
ferent profile of cyberfaith interests
than do their elders. Activities such
as reading devotional passages
online and submitting prayer
requests were of much greater inter-
est to younger people.
Hispanics and blacks have a far
greater level of hope and trust rela-
tive to the cyber church than do
white adults. Other population seg-
ments that are more willing to give
the Internet a try in regard to signif-
icant faith dimensions are men and
people under the age of 35.
Pastor and the Cyber church
While few clergy consider them-
selves to be computer experts or
cutting edge technologically, more
than nine out of ten Senior Pastors
use a computer at home or at the
church. They tend to use computers
mainly for communications and
study, with word processing clearly
the dominant application.
Four-fifths of all Protestant Senior
Pastors have access to the Internet,
while about half pastors gain entry
to the Internet daily. Pastors use the
Internet differently than do those
whom they serve. While most pas-
tors and laity utilize the Intemet for
research and information, pastors
are more likely than others to main-
tain friendships, buy products, and
have religious experiences on the
Net. Pastors are less likely to use it
to explore new media products, play
online video games or participate in
One out of every three Protestant
churches has a website-a total of
about 110,000 Protestant congrega-
tions that have a digital presence.
Expansion will proceed at a moder-
ately brisk pace: among the two-
thirds of churches that do not
presently have a website, 19% say
they definitely will have one within
the next 12 months, representing
another 40,000 or so congregations
that are preparing to go online in the
coming year. Overall about half of
the churches that do not have a web-
site now are not planning to add one
in the future. That represents about
one-third of all Protestant churches
who are expected to ignore the
Internet in the coming five years.
The research also showed that the
content of church websites varies
tremendously. The most common
content includes scheduled activi-
ties at the church, background infor-
mation about the church, and cur-
rent church news. There were no
other specific elements that were
included online by more than one
out of every six churches. Most
church websites are developed and
maintained predominantly for the
use of congregants, although pastors
are most likely to say that the target
audience was people from outside
Struggles with Technology
George Bama, who directed the
study for The Baria Institute,
explained that numerous changes in
people's faith experience will
emerge in the next few years. "By
the end of the decade we will have
in excess of ten percent of our pop-
ulation who rely upon the internet
for their entire spiritual experience.
Some of them will be individuals
who have not had a connection with
a faith community, but millions of
others will be people who drop out
of the physical church in favor of
the cyber church." The researcher
also stated that virtually every
dimension of the faith community
will be influenced by online faith
developments. "We will have an
explosion of self produced and self-
marketed worship music as an out-
growth of sophisticated and afford-
able digital technology that turns an
artist into a full-fledged recording
company, including the ability to
directly and inexpensively market
those products to the millions of
consumers on the Internet. Within
churches we will see e-mail broad-
casting theological chats, online
meetings, broadcasts to congregants
who are immobile, live webcasting
of mission trips via webcams, and
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The good news? The leading
threats to women's health, at least
the majority of them, can be pre-
vented. The not-so-great part?
Many people don't know how.
So, first step: read the below
list of the top conditions and dis-
eases that threaten women's lives
the most. Second step: get serious
about reducing your risks.
1. HEART DISEASE
Heart disease isn't just a man's
disease it's also a major
women's health threat. Take
charge of heart health by making
healthier lifestyle choices. For
Don't smoke. If you smoke or
use other tobacco products, ask
your doctor to help you quit. It's
also important to avoid exposure
to secondhand smoke.
Eat a healthy diet. Choose
vegetables, fruits, whole grains,
high-fiber foods and lean sources
of protein, such as fish. Limit
foods high in saturated fat and
Manage chronic conditions.
If you have high cholesterol or
high blood pressure, follow your
doctor's treatment recommenda-
tions. If you have diabetes, keep
your blood sugar under control.
Include physical activity in
your daily routine. Choose
sports or other activities you
enjoy, from brisk walking to a
cardio kickboxing class.
Maintain a healthy weight.
Extra pounds increase the risk of
Limit alcohol. If you choose
to drink alcohol, do so only in
moderation. Too much alcohol
can raise your blood pressure.
Manage stress. If you feel
constantly on edge or under
assault, your lifestyle habits may
suffer. Take steps to reduce stress
- or learn to deal with stress in
Diseases Killing BLack Women
Various types of cancer are of
particular concern to women,
including breast cancer, lung can-
cer, skin cancer and colorectal
cancer. To reduce the risk of can-
cer, consider these general tips:
Reduce your cancer risks...
Don't smoke. Any type of
tobacco puts you on a collision
course with cancer. Avoid expo-
sure to secondhand smoke.
Maintain a healthy weight.
Losing excess pounds and
keeping them off may lower
the risk of various types of cancer.
Get moving. In addition to
helping you control your weight,
physical activity on its own may
lower the risk of certain cancers.
Eat plenty of fruits and veg-
etables. Although making
healthy selections at the grocery
store and at mealtime can't guar-
antee cancer prevention, it may
help reduce your risk.
Protect yourself from the sun.
When you're outdoors, cover up
and use plenty of sunscreen.
Limit alcohol. If you choose
to drink alcohol, do so in modera-
tion. The risk of various types of
cancer i.e. cancer of the breast,
colon, lung, kidney and liver -
increases with the amount of
alcohol you drink and the length
of time you drink regularly.
Breast-feed, if you can.
Breast-feeding may help reduce
the risk of breast cancer.
Take early detection seriously.
Consult your doctor for regular
mammograms and other screen-
You can't control some stroke
risk factors, such as family histo-
ry, age and race. But you can con-
trol other contributing factors.
Manage chronic conditions. If
you have high cholesterol or high
blood pressure, follow your doc-
tor's treatment recommendations.
If you have diabetes, keep your
blood sugar under control.
Don't smoke. If you smoke or
use other tobacco products, ask
your doctor to help you quit.
Make healthy lifestyle choic-
es. Eat a healthy diet, being espe-
cially careful to limit foods high
in saturated fat and cholesterol.
Include physical activity in
your daily routine. If you're
overweight, lose excess pounds.
Limit alcohol. If you choose
to drink alcohol, do so only in
moderation for women, no
more than one drink a day.
Prevention Start NOW!
It's important to understand
common women's health risks,
but don't feel intimidated.
Instead, do whatever you can to
lead a healthy lifestyle includ-
ing eating a healthy diet, staying
physically active, quitting smok-
ing and getting regular checkups.
Simple preventive measures can
go a long way toward reducing
your health risks.
HBO Documentary Tackles Nation's Obesity Epidemic
ViviaArmstrong was obese at the
age of 10. By the time she reached
her teens, she tipped the scales at
more than 200 pounds. Today, she
is considered morbidly obese
according to clinical standards.
"Being overweight or obese is all
I have ever known," says 28-year-
old Armstrong. "I can't relate to
people who used to be thin."
Armstrong is just one of millions
of Americans who are classified as
overweight, obese, severely obese,
morbidly obese or super obese.
According to the Journal of the
American Medical Association
(2012) about 69 percent of U.S.
adults fall into these categories.
The situation is getting worse. So
much so that health practitioners
are talking about an obesity epi-
demic at catastrophic levels, which
could potentially threaten the
health, welfare and future of the
The magnitude of the problem
was the impetus behind HBO join-
ing forces with the nation's leading
medical institutions, to make the
four-part documentary, The Weight
of the Nation, which premieres on
The film offers an uncompromis-
ing look at the severity of the obesi-
ty crisis and the driving forces
behind the problem.
Rates of obesity and associated
chronic illnesses are higher in
African-American and Hispanic
M. Christopher Griffith, M.D., an
African-American child and adoles-
cent psychiatrist for the Permanente
Medical Group in Georgia, points
to a lack of access to resources in
poorer areas, from healthy food
options to a shortage of safe walk-
ing environments such as parks.
The third part of the series,
"Children in Crisis," tells the stories
of young people struggling with
excess weight, and facing medical
conditions at an early age. It exam-
ines the mass marketing of junk
food to children, unhealthy school
options and lack of play spaces.
The situation is so bleak that
some experts fear this may be the
first generation of American chil-
dren who will have a shorter life
expectancy than their parents. It
highlights a slew of sobering statis-
tics. So, for instance, the percentage
of children aged 6-11 years in the
United States who were obese
increased from 7 percent in 1980 to
nearly 20 percent in 2008.
One of the children in the
film is Tiarra Francis, 8,
from Boston, Massachusetts.
She is seen in multiple seg-
ments as her mother
attempts to stop and reverse
her weight gain; this
includes a sequence where a
doctor discovers the young
girl is already showing signs
Armstrong, who is a film
subject in part 1 (Consequences)
and the final film (Challenges) in
the HBO series, attributes at least
some of her eating habits to patterns
picked up as a child. She qualified
for a free or reduced-price lunch at
school, which she says "wasn't the
healthiest of meals."
As for her own weight issues,
Armstrong says, "it's an ongoing
The Weight of the Nation debuts
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more May 15, beginning at 8 p.m.
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Surprising Health Dangers Of Fast Food
Though we may like to suspend belief, recent headlines have once again shed
some light on serious risks that fast food can pose to your health.
Fast food giant Kentucky Fried Chicken has been ordered to pay $8 million to an
Australian girl who suffered severe brain damage and was paralyzed after eating a
salmonella-infested Twister wrap.
And you may have heard about a McDonald's worker in South Carolina arrested
for spitting in two customers' cups of iced tea after they returned them because they
weren't sweet enough.
Some of the recurring problems at franchises such as McDonalds, Taco Bell,
Wendy's, and Burger King were rodent droppings, insects, food borne illnesses,
debris and grime on counters and prep areas, and poor employee sanitation. Given
that about 25% o of Americans eat fast food everyday, that's millions of opportuni-
ties to be exposed to something nasty, or something that could make you sick.
Diseases from Fast Food
The high levels of calories, fat and sodium in most fast food can eventually lead
to other health problems. A recent study found that eating significant amounts of
fast food can contribute to atherosclerosis, another term for clogged arteries, which
can increase your risk of conditions like heart attack and stroke. Fast food can also
contribute to an increased risk of arthritis, sleep apnea, some kinds of cancer, dia-
betes and liver disease.
Nutritional Value Tradeoffs
As an example, one popular fast food hamburger contains about 540 calories and
29 g of fat. It contains 10 g of saturated fat and 1.5 g of trans-fat. The sodium con-
tent is 1,040 g. However, the hamburger does contain about 25 g of protein, with 6
percent of your recommended intake for vitamin A, 2 percent for vitamin C and 25
percent each of calcium and iron. You pay a very high price in negative dietary ele-
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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports
activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
Jacksonville get ready for live
music and good time for Funk Fest
2012. Held May 11 and 12th at
Metropolitan Park, featured artists
will include, New Edition, Dougie
Fresh, Charlie Wilson, Ledisi,
Erykah Badu, Loose Endz and
more. Tickets can be purchased at
local Metro PCS locations.
at Stage Aurora!
Stage Aurora Theatrical Company
will present, The Wiz Mother's Day
Weekend, Friday, May llth May
13th (Mother's Day).
Performances will take place at the
Stage Aurora Performance Hall
located at 5188 Norwood Avenue
inside Gateway Town Center. For
more information call Stage Aurora
Theatrical Company at 765-7372.
Mothers Day Concert
Nu-town Productions presents "A
Mother's Day Concert
Extravaganza," hosted by on-air
personality Wanda P., Saturday,
May 12th at 6:30 p.m. at Greater
Bethany Baptist Church, 401
Stockton St., Featuring national
recording artist Alvin Darling and
Stellar Award Winner Phillip Carter.
Free Admission. For more informa-
tion call (904) 389-3482.
Community Care Day
Make plans to attend Everest
Career Education Network 7th
Annual Community Care Day,
Saturday May 12, 2012 from 10:00
a.m. until 2:00 pm. Jacksonville
business leaders and vendors will
disseminate information and also a
chance to win door prizes every
hour on the hour. For more infor-
mation email DoWilliams@cci.edu
or call (904) 264-9122.
Night at the Ritz
Its Class Reunion Night at the
Ritz for Douglas Anderson,
Tuesday, May 15th at 6 p.m. Each
month, alumni of Jacksonville's
historically black schools are invit-
ed to meet at the Ritz Theatre and
view the museum's latest exhibits
Classmates will share memories of
their school days and participate in
conversations about current issues
in our schools. For more informa-
tion call (904) 632-5555.
Millenials, Generation Xers, and
Baby Boomers are three genera-
tions that learn, work, and commu-
nicate differently. To learn more
about how a multi-generational
group can work side-by-side and
achieve the same goals, come to
JCCI Forward's next free seminar,
Tuesday, May 15th, 5:30 p.m. -
7:30 p.m. at Theatre Jacksonville,
2032 San Marco Boulevard For
more information call (904) 396-
3052 or visit www.jcci.org.
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.
Free We Remember
The public is invited to a free
viewing of "We Remember
Raines," the acclaimed historical
documentary about Raines High
School. Following the film will be a
discussion on the school and the
future of public schools in Duval.
Refreshments will be served. The
viewing will take place Friday,
May 18th from 6-9 p.m. at the Ritz
Theatre. For more information, call
Free Kids Carnival at
Mali Vai Washington
MaliVai Washington Kids
Foundation will host their Kids 4
Kids Carnival for the community
on Saturday, May 19th from 10
a.m. to 2 p.m. at the MaliVai
Washington Youth Center. It is
open to the public and features
interactive activities for every age!
Come out and enjoy games,
bounces houses and inflatable's,
contests, a live DJ, mascots, arts &
crafts, tennis clinics, prizes, special
guest appearances, give-a-ways and
more! For more info on MWKF or
the Carnival, call Ashley Strickland
at (904) 359-5437(KIDS).or visit
Sallye B. Mathis
The Jacksonville chapter of the
Association for the Study of African
American Life and History
(ASALH) will dedicate their
monthly meeting on Saturday, May
19th, to a discussion of the history
and contributions of Sallye B.
Mathis to education, social services
as well as politics during her life-
time. The meeting will be at the St
Philip's Episcopal Church, 321
West Union Street. 10:00 a.m. -
12:00 p.m. For more information
American Beach Bid
Card players come partner up for
the 3rd annual American Beach Bid
Whist tournament, Saturday, May
19th, 2 6:30 p.m. at the American
Beach Community Center,' 1600
Julia St., 1st, 2nd and 3rd place
prizes for the winners. For more
information contact A.W. Jennings
at (904) 321-3421 or email amer-
firstname.lastname@example.org or visit
Annual Job Fair
On May 21st, Congresswoman
Corrine Brown will host her Annual
Job and Resource Fair from 9:00
a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Prime F.
Osborn Convention Center down-
town. Last year more than 14,000
jobseekers attended. The Resource
Fair will include a host of on- site
resource organizations and agencies
to assist applicants. For more infor-
mation contact Jackie Gray or
Carolyn Chatman at 354-1652.
Rains Sports Hall
of Fame Banquet
An invitation extended to the pub-
lic to attend the 2012 Raines Sports
Hall of Fame Banquet, Saturday,
June 2nd at the Omni Hotel, at 6
p.m. For more information email
email@example.com or call
(904) 612-5266 or visit
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, June 7th 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, June 8, 7:30
p.m. at the Ritz Theatre and
Museum, 829 N. Davis Street for
more information call (904) 632-
Men Who Cook
The Gamma Rho Omega Chapter
ofAlpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
will present Celebrity Men Who
Cook on Sunday, June 10, 2012
from 3-5 p.m. at the Hyatt
Riverfront. For more info or tickets,
call Bonnie Atwater at 868-4030.
Fathers Who Cook
The Annual Jacksonville Fathers
Who Cook will take place Saturday,
June 16th at the Gateway Town
Center. From 11 a.m. 3 p.m., local
fathers will prepare their best dish-
es in a competition where the public
serves as tasters. Proceeds will
enable youth to attend summer
camp. For more information or to
participate, call 591-7568.
An Evening in
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Evening in Wine Country to benefit
the Boys & Girls Clubs of
Northeast Florida. The festive event
including heavy hors d'oeuvres,
fabulous wines, tantalizing desserts
and live jazz will be highlighted by
a fundraising raffle with prizes.
It will be held Friday, June 22nd
from 6:30 to 9:30 pm at the UNF
Grand Ballroom. Tickets or more
information can be made through
Darby Stubberfield at 396-4435.
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Junior Seau Suicide Leads to NFL Soul Searching on Football Violence
The irony struck almost immedi-
ately on last Wednesday afternoon.
Within 90 minutes of NFL
handing out one of the stiffest sus-
pensions in league history to four
players for their part in the New
Orleans Saints' bounty scandal, one
of the league's most popu-
lar former players,
.A h is
Wednesday. "But it's too late. It's
The death of Seau, who played 19
seasons in the NFL with the San
Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins,
and New England Patriots, is the
latest in line of former NFL players
committing suicide, and specula-
tion is already rampant that years of
big hits and undiagnosed concus-
sions damaged Seau's brain and led
to his eventual suicide.
On Oct. 18, 2010, Seau drove his
SUV off of a cliff just hours after
being arrested on felony domestic
violence charges. Seau claimed to
have fallen asleep at the wheel and
insisted that he was not trying to kill
himself. His death now comes on
the heels of the suicide death of for-
mer NFL defensive back Ray
Easterling, who committed suicide
on April 19.
Easterling, who played for the
Atlanta Falcons from 1972 to 1979,
had been suffering from depression,
insomnia, and dementia. Easterling
was also a part of a group of former
players who are currently suing the
NFL for improper treatment of con-
cussions and what they feel is the
league concealing the links between
brain injuries and football.
"He was a wonderful husband
and father," Mary Ann Easterling
told ESPN on April 20. "In every-
thing he did, he was a charger. He
went full tilt. (His dementia) has
been a progression over the last 20
years. It's very sad to see."
Seau's death has been compared
to the 2011 suicide of former
Chicago Bears defensive back Dave
Duerson, who also took his own life
with a gunshot to his chest. Duerson
had been complaining of
headaches, memory loss, and
blurred vision in the months leading
to his death. In a handwritten sui-
cide note, he asked that his brain be
donated to the "NFL brain bank" at
On May 2, 2011 -- exactly one
year before Seau's suicide --
researchers found what many had
feared: that Duerson was suffering
from chronic traumatic
encephalopathy, or CTE, which has
been found in at least 20 deceased
former players. CTE, once largely
associated with boxers, is an incur-
able degenerative disease similar to
Alzheimer's with symptoms that
include memory loss, depression
and early onset dementia.
"It's tragic that Dave Duerson
took his own life, but it's very
meaningful that he recognized the
symptoms of the disorder," Dr. Ann
McKee, the doctor who examined
Duerson's brain, told the New York
Times on May 2, 2011. "It validates
She told the Times that said she
found indisputable evidence of
CTE with "no evidence of any other
The NFL, which for years denied
and discredited any research that
linked traumatic brain injuries and
football, acknowledged the link for
the first time in 2010 and donated
$1 million to Boston University's
DeMaurice Smith, executive
director of the NFL players associa-
tion told the Times that the CTE
connection "makes it abundantly
clear what the cost of football is for
the men who played, and their fam-
Authorities Charge 13 FAMU Students For
Orlando, FL There was no sin-
gle blow, stomp or strike to Robert
Champion's bruised and battered
body that killed him as he was pum-
meled by fellow Florida A&M
University marching band members
during a hazing ritual aboard a char-
ter bus last fall.
Instead, his death was caused by
multiple blows from many individ-
uals. That inability to pinpoint
which blow ultimately caused the
26-year-old drum major's death led
authorities to charge 13 defendants
with hazing rather than more seri-
ous counts like manslaughter or
Champion's mother, Pam, said
she was glad charges were brought
but disappointed they weren't more
"I thought it should send a harsh-
er message," she said.
Some legal experts said they
believe Lamar could have filed
manslaughter, or even second-
degree murder counts against the
participants who conducted the haz-
ing after the FAMU marching band
had performed at a football game
against its rival school.
Eleven defendants were charged
with hazing resulting in death, a
felony, and misdemeanor offenses
that all together could bring nearly
six years in prison. Two others face
It was not immediately clear
whether those charged were all stu-
dents or whether they included fac-
ulty members or others involved in
the road trip.
Hazing in Florida was upgraded
to a felony in 2005 following the
death of a University of Miami stu-
dent four years earlier. Chad
Meredith was drunk and died trying
to swim across a lake at the behest
of his fraternity brothers. No
charges were filed, but a civil jury
ordered the fraternity to pay
Meredith's parents $12 million.
Champion had bruises on his
chest, arms, shoulder and back and
died of internal bleeding, Lamar
said. Witnesses told emergency dis-
patchers the drum major was vomit-
ing before he was found unrespon-
sive aboard the bus.
The prosecutor gave no motive
for the beating. But witnesses said
Champion might have been target-
ed because he opposed the routine
hazing that went on in the marching
band or because he was gay,
according his family's attorney.
While the most sensational haz-
ing cases have typically involved
fraternities, sororities or athletic
teams, the FAMU tragedy in
November exposed a brutal tradi-
tion among marching bands at some
colleges around the U.S.
"The death is nothing short of an
American tragedy," Lamar said.
"No one should have expected that
his college experience would
include being pummeled to death."
Champion's death has jeopard-
ized the future of FAMU's leg-
endary marching band, which has
performed at the Grammys, presi-
dential inaugurations and Super
Bowls and represented the U.S. in
Paris at the 200th anniversary of the
French Revolution. FAMU, based
in Tallahassee, has suspended the
band and set up a task force on cur-
Hazing has long been practiced in
marching bands, particularly at
HBCUs like FAMU in the South,
where the band is often as revered
as the football team and members
are campus celebrities.
Much of the hazing reported at
FAMU has involved students trying
to get into certain cliques within the
band, and it has typically included
punching, slapping and paddling.
Richard Sigal, a retired sociology
professor at the County College of
Morris in Randolph, N.J., who
holds anti-hazing workshops at
schools, said he could not recall
another hazing case with so many
defendants. Most cases don't result
in criminal charges, and those that
do typically end in plea bargains
with little or no jail time, Sigal said.
Champion's parents have sued
the bus company owner, claiming
the driver stood guard outside while
the hazing took place. The company
said the driver was helping band
members with their equipment.
The lawsuit described two types
of hazing that took place on the bus.
In one ritual, students ran from
the front of the bus to the back
while other band members slapped,
kicked and hit them. A student who
fell was stomped and dragged to the
front to run again.
In a ritual known as "the hot
"It seems to me that any decision
or course of action that doesn't rec-
ognize that as the truth is not only
perpetuating a lie, but doing a dis-
service to what Dave feared and
what he wanted to result from the
donation of his brain to science,"
Head trauma in high contact
sports such as football, hockey,
boxing, and even professional
wrestling have led to a spike in sui-
cides by players in recent years.
Along with the multiple deaths in
the NFL, three NHL enforcers --
Wade Belak, Derek Boogaard, and
Rick Rypien -- all committed sui-
cide in a three-month span follow-
ing the 2011 season.
WWE is still recovering from the
aftermathof Chris Benoit's death.
Benoit killed his wife and 7-year-
old son in a double murder-suicide
in 2007. His brain was later exam-
ined and later found to have
incurred damage consistent with
someone who suffered multiple
concussions due to numerous blows
to the head.
seat," a pillowcase was placed over
the student's nose and mouth and he
or she was forced to answer ques-
tions. If the student gave the correct
answer, the pillowcase was
removed briefly; a student who sup-
plied a wrong answer was given
another question without a chance
to take a breath, the lawsuit said.
FAMU president James Ammons
and board chairman Solomon
Badger said in ajoint statement that
the school was working "vigorous-
ly" to eradicate hazing.
FAMU journalism major Victoria
McKnight said she thinks the filing
of criminal charges will curtail haz-
ing within campus groups.
"Students on campus are going to
be a lot more wary of what they do
to pledges and their intake process,"
said McKnight, 22, of Miami.
"Everybody is throwing out ideas
on how to end hazing, especially
this kind of brutal hazing."
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SPRING TEE TIME: Black college
golf teams take to the links
NEW WOMEN'S HOOPS COACHES AT NC A&T,
UAPB; TRACK DOMINANCE IN SWAC, MEAC
UNDER THE BANNER
WHATS GOING ON IN AND AROUND BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS
ROBINSON RETURNS TO A&T:
GREENSBORO, NC North Carolina A&T has
a new head women's basketball
coach. Director of Athletics Earl
Hilton announced last week that
former A&T player and women's
assistant coach Tarrell Robinson
will head the program.
Robinson replaces legendary
coach Patricia Cage-Bibbs, who
resigned last month to take the
VCU Sports Photo head women's basketball coach-
ing position at her alma mater
Grambling State University.
Robinson, 34, served as an assistant coach to Bibbs for
four seasons. Prior to the 2008-09 season, he was promoted
to associate head coach. The four-year working relationship
resulted in the program's most prosperous era in terms of
championships and player accolades.
Robinson has spent the previous three seasons at Vir-
ginia Commonwealth University. Prior to the start of the
2011-12 season, he was promoted to associate head coach
after serving as the program's recruiting coordinator in 2010-
11. During his first two seasons at VCU, the Rams earned
WNIT bids, including a run to the third round in 2010.
After a 9-19 season in 2005-06, Robinson's recruit-
ing efforts helped the Aggies compile a 51-15 record, two
MEAC regular-season championships and a MEAC tourna-
ment championship from 2007-09. Three current players
-guard Amber Calvin, forward JaQuayla Berry and center
Nikia Gorham were also a part of Robinson's recruiting
efforts. Berry is one of the 1,000-point career scorers and
all-conference performers recruited by Robinson.
Robinson played for the Aggies men's basketball team
for four seasons, starting in 1997. He scored more than 900
points and grabbed more than 700 rebounds during his
career. As a junior, he led the Aggies in rebounding.
"I think he is just the person to replace a coaching
legend," Hilton said of Robinson replacing Cage-Biggs.
"He worked under Coach Bibbs for a number of years, and
therefore is knowledgeable on what it takes to win here.
It is important to me that we take what has already been
established as one of the best programs in the MEAC, and
make it better. I think Coach Robinson can get us there."
MVSU'S KILBERT MOVES TO UAPB:
PINE BLUFF, Ark. Nate Kilbert, the reigning
Southwestern Athletic Confer-
ence coach-of-the-year who led
Mississippi Valley State to the
2011-12 league championship and
to a berth in the Women's National
Invitation Tournament, has been
chosen as the new head coach at
the University of Arkansas at
MVSU Sports Photo The hiring of Kilbert was an-
nounced at a press conference
Friday (May 4) by UAPB athletics director Lonza Hardy
Kilbert, a 49-year-old native of Sallis, Miss., has
more than 25 years of coaching experience, including an
11-year stint as MVSU's head coach, his first stint as a head
coach. He also excelled as the assistant women's coach at
Alcorn State from 1991 to 2001 and as an assistant coach
at MVSU from 1989-91.
While at Alcorn State, and working alongside legend-
ary coach Shirley A. Walker, the Lady Braves captured
seven SWAC regular-season championships, including five
straight between 1991 and 1995. At MVSU, the Devilettes
were runners-up in the 2005 SWAC tournament and last
season's team captured the 2011-12 SWAC regular-season
championship, earning a berth to the WNIT, where they
lost a close contest at Tulane.
Kilbert's teams at MVSU also performed well in the
classroom, earning SWAC accolades for amassing the high-
est combined grade point average of any women's basketball
team in the conference in 2010-11.
Kilbert's tenure at UAPB will start July 1.
AZEEZ Communications, Inc. Vol. XVIII, No. 41
Minority Golf Championships tees off in Florida
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla The 2012
edition of the PGA Minority Collegiate Golf
Championship will be held this week (May 11-13)
at the Tom Fazio-designed Ryder and Wanamaker
PGA Courses in Port St. Lucie, Fla..
The 26th edition of the championship is pre-
sented by Brown Capital Management and will
feature more than 180 participants from 40-plus
colleges and universities.
The 54-hole, stroke-play event will consist
of three team divisions -- NCAA Men's Division
I and II, and a Women's Division..
Virginia State, led by men's golf coach Jeff
Hamilton, is the defending Division I champion.
Other defending team champions returning to the
field include Texas-PanAmerican (Women's divi-
sion) and Bethune-Cookman (Division I men's),
coached by new head coach Loritz Clark and
assisted by Cy McLairen. Each team claimed a
fifth overall title in 2011.
In addition to the team competition, a men's
and women's Individual Invitational is open to
collegiate golfers who are African-American,
Hispanic-American, Native orAlaskanAmerican,
Asian or Pacific Island American.
Brown Capital Management will mark its
second consecutive year as a presenting spon-
sor. The investment management firm is also the
presenting sponsor of the one-hour Golf Channel
highlight show scheduled to air this summer.
For the 18th consecutive year, the Cham-
pionship will also include a Business of Golf
Career Expo, featuring golf industry associations
and companies that enable student-athletes to
learn about additional employment opportuni-
ties in manufacturing, media, trade, golf course
management and the game's premier governing
"We always look forward to this National
Championship, where we get to watch some of
golfs bright young stars compete at our own
PGA Golf Club," says PGA President Allen
Wronowski. "The playing opportunity, as well
as the Business of Golf Career Expo will provide
each participant with the chance to express talents
both on and off the golf course."
The PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Champi-
onship originated from a meeting in November
1986 following the Jackson State University
Golf Tournament. The meeting resulted in a group
of founders: the late Dr. Herschel Cochrane, Dr.
Joe D. Saunders of the National Negro Golf As-
sociation; Jackson State University Golf Coach
Eddie Payton; Rose Harper-Elder of the Sports
Management Institute; and William (Bill) Dickey,
founder of the Bill Dickey Scholarship Associa-
tion and recipient of the 1999 PGA Distinguished
The founders' goal was to elevate the game
of golf in minority colleges and universities by
giving each a chance to compete in a champion-
ship after being denied opportunities to compete
in NCAA Collegiate golf events. The inaugural
Championship was conducted in the spring of
1987 at Highland Park Golf Course in Cleveland,
Ohio. Since 1998, PGAGolfClub in Port St. Lucie,
Fla., has been host to the Championship, and in
2006, The PGA of America was granted complete
ownership and management of the Championship
by the NationalMinority College Golf Scholarship
Grambling State men, Alabama State
women claim SWAC track and field titles
NEW ORLEANS Grambling State's stranglehold on SWAC Men's
Track and Field continued as the Tigers claimed their fourth straight con-
ference title. GSU scored 149.5 points to earn their eighth title overall,
earning Bertram Lovell Coach of the Year honors.
Alabama State blew away the field en route to their seventh SWAC
Women's OutdoorTrack and Field Championship. It's the third consecutive
title for the Lady Hornets who won the meet on cruise control. ASU piled
up 243 points, far outdistancing second place Prairie View who finished
the meet with 166 points.
Erick Thomas of Arkansas-Pine Bluff scored 24 points to win meet
Most Outstanding Performer honors. He finished second in both Discus and
Javelin, while coming in fourth in the Hammer Throw and sixth in the Shot
Put. On the track, Darwin Price of Grambling claimed top honors with
32 points. He won both 1500m and 3000m Steeplechase, while finishing
third in the 800m and 5000m races.
Prairie View was second in the team standings, scoring 125 points.
Southern (112.5), Texas Southern (103) and Jackson State (91) rounded
out the top five. Alabama State was sixth with 75 points, Mississippi Valley
finished seventh with 63, followed by Arkansas-Pine Bluff (48), Alabama
A&M (27) and Alcorn State (18).
Texas Southern finished third with 98 points, while Mississippi Val-
ley State was fourth with 95 points and Grambling fifth with 49 points.
Southern led the second five with 47 points, Arkansas-Pine Bluff was
seventh with 34, Alcorn State eighth with 32, Alabama A&M ninth with
28 and Jackson State 10th with 25.
The Most Outstanding Performer in the field events was Shexnieavia
Bryant of Alabama State. She totaled 25 points in the field events, earning
10 points in both the Discus and Hammer Throw, while picking up five in
the Shot Put. Meanwhile, Joyce Chumo of Mississippi Valley State was
the Outstanding Track Performer after winning three distance events and
finishing third in another. She was the top finisher in the 10000m, 5000m
and 3000m Steeplechase and was third in the 1500, totaling 36 points.
ASU head coach Ritchie Beane was named women's outdoor Coach
of the Year.
Hampton women, Norfolk State men
continue dominance in MEAC Track & Field
GREENSBORO, N.C., -The Hampton women's and Norfolk State
men's track and field teams won the 2012 Mid-Eastern Athletic Confer-
ence (MEAC) Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the Irwin Belk
Track on the campus of North Carolina A&T State.
The Hampton women tallied 136 points to win their ninth MEAC
Women's Outdoor title. Maryland Eastern Shore followed in second place
with 106 points, followed by North Carolina A&T in third with 84 points.
Shamire Rothmiller of South Carolina State tallied 26 points to
earn the Outstanding Field Athlete award while Maryland Eastern Shore's
Cynthia Anais posted 25 points and was named the Outstanding Runner.
Hampton's Maurice Pierce was selected as the Women's Track and
Field Outstanding Coach for the eighth time in his career.
It was a record setting day as Bethune-Cookman's Sasha Smallwood
posted a meet record in the pole vault with a mark of 3.58m (11-09.00).
Anais topped her own meet record with a time of 2:05.97 in the 800m run.
Kadian Dunkley of Bethune-Cookman ran a time of 11:06.99 in the 3000m
steeplechase to earn a new conference record.
In men's action, the Norfolk State tallied 145.50 points en route to their
seventh consecutive Men's Outdoor Track and Field Championship. North
Carolina A&T finished in second with 95 points and Bethune-Cookman
rounded out the top three with 78 points.
Morgan State's Emmanuel Stewart recorded 28 points in the field
events and was named Outstanding Field Athlete. NSU's Keith Nkrumah
and Florida A&M's Elias Chesire each tallied 20 points on the track to earn
Co-Outstanding Runner honors.
Delaware State's Donte Holmes captured gold in the 800mrun breaking
a nine-year-old record in 1:48.55. Norfolk State head coach Kenneth Giles
was named the Men's Track and Field Outstanding Coach for the seventh
year in a row.
Hicks takes over as Alabama A&M AD
Bryan Hicks has been named the next athletic director at Alabama
A&M University. He succeeds Betty Austin who retired at the end of
Hicks previously served as Missouri State's associ-
ate athletics director for student development. Prior to
his arrival in Springfield in August 2009, Hicks spent 12
years at the University of Louisville and five as assistant
athletic director for academics, overseeing the academic
responsibilities for the Cardinal football team and stadium
A college basketball and baseball standout at Hicks
Tuskegee University, he received his bachelors degree
in marketing from Alabama A&M in 1992 and earned his master's degree
in public administration (MPA) from Portland State in 1996.
He had served as a compliance coordinator, associate director for
academic services, and an academic advisor prior to taking on his role at
Louisville in 2003. He also has coaching and multi-cultural admissions
experience at Warner Pacific College in Portland, Ore.
NCAA DIV.'II SOFTBALL
* CIAA Champion Winston-Salem State lost to Kutztown, 1-0, in the first round of the
Atlantic Regional in Kutztown. The Lady Rams (32-19) were eliminated in a 6-1 loss to
NCAA DIV. I GOLF
* The SWAC champion Alabama State Hornets will head to Bowling Green, Ky. to play
in the NCAA Men's Regional on May 17-19. The Tournament will be played at The Club
at Olde Stone with Western Kentucky as host. SWAC Medalist Clay Myers of Jackson
State will play in the Athens Ga. Regional.
* SWAC women's champion Jackson State is one of 24 teams playing in the NCAA
West Regional at the Colorado National Golf Club in Erie, Co. on May 10-12.
NCAA DIV. II GOLF
* CIAA champion Fayetteville State shot a team total of 324 and was in 13th place after
Monday's first day of the NCAA Div. II Atlantic/East Super Regional in Hershey, Pa. The
Broncos are 11 shots behind fifth-place Concord. The top five teams advance to the
NCAA Championship in Louisville, Ky later this month. FSU junior Jacob Barge shot
a 6-over-par 77 and was in a tie for 14th after the first round.
NCAA DIV. II TENNIS
* SIAC men's champion Fort Valley State fell to West Alabama, 5-0 and was elimi-
nated in the first round of the NCAA Regional in Pensacola, Fla.
* CIAA women's champion Shaw defeated West Virginia State 5-1 for its first-ever
win in NCAA Regionals. The Lady Bears (26-2) advanced to the finals of the NCAA but
were eliminated in the by California (Pa.), 5-0,
* CIAA men's champion Shaw advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16, the National Tourna-
ment after beating Bloomsburg (5-4) in the Regional Final. The tournament is set for
Louisville, Ky. on May 16-19.
NCAA DIV. I TENNIS
* Women's MEAC champion SC State (19-0) will take on host and defending national
champion Florida (21-1) on Friday, May. 11.
* The MEAC men's champion SC State (20-2) will meet SEC champion Georgia (23-2)
in the Georgia Regional Saturday, May 12 at noon.
* SWAC men's champion Alcorn State heads to Starkville, Miss. to face Mississippi
State in the first round on Friday, May 11.
* SWAC women's champion Southern travels to Oxford, Ms. and will face host Ole
Miss on Friday, May 11.
2012 BLACK COLLE ALS A S n n k o
MEAC MID EASTERN
l E F ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
BASEBALL CONF ALL
NORTH W L W L
Delaware State 20 1 31 14
Norfolk State 11 9 17 26
Md. Eastern Shore 10 11 11 34
Coppin State 0 20 1 45
Bethune-Cookman 16 4 28 20
NC Central 13 10 17 30
Savannah State 10 11 18 29
NC A&T State 9 12 15 33
FloridaA&M 5 16 7 40
MEAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Carter Willlamson, So., C, NCCU Hit .400 with two
runs and three RBI in three Eagle victories. Also had
three assists and seven putouts. In second game was
2-for-3 with an RBI.
Montana Durapau, P, B-CU Had 1-1 week with 1.00
ERA against FlU and Miami. Held FIU to seven hits,
walking one and strkingou four. Vs. Miami, did not allow
a hit and struck out four in three innings.
Brandon Wllkerson, Fr., DH, NCA&T- Hadatriple and
three RBI in five games. Was 5-for-7 ina doubleheader
vs. Savannah State in two wins.
Md. Eastern Shore
NC A&T State
W L W L
14 3 25 16
13 5 20 20
12 6 23 23
9 9 22 31
8 10 11 36
6 12 12 23
0 17 0 33
12 3 24 22
11 4 26 29
10 4 24 27
7 8 14 30
3 12 14 29
1 13 4 44
MEAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
PLAYER- Madison Headley, Jr., 1 BP,SSU Hit.500
in 12 appearances with 1 home run, a doubleand our
RBI in three wins. Also pitched 10 innings with 0.70
ERA, allowing one run with 12 strikeouts.
PITCHER Casey Belghley, Sr., P, DSU -Was 1-0
with .00 ERAin seven innings. Stuck oul 10, gave up
one hit in six scoreless innings vs. UMES.
ROOKIE- AmberHalman, Fr.,3B, SSU-Was 5-or-9
(.556) with one triple and four runs in three games.
Ormond Beach Sports Complex
Ormond Beach, Fla
Marty Miller Field
Shea Brothers Softball Complex
May 10-13 rondale, AL
Lee Hines Field
May 16-20 Baton Rouge, LA
Miss. Valley St.
Prairie View A&M
Ark. Pine Bluff
21 3 32 13
14 10 20 32
14 10 17 32
10 14 14 35
1 23 8 42
W L W L
17 7 31 14
15 8 24 22
13 11 21 23
8 15 23 24
6 18 8 37
SWAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
S W ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
SOFTBALL DIV ALL
Miss. Valley St. 16 0 30 17
Jackson State 12 4 29 26
AlabamaA&M 7 10 12 25
Alabama State 7 10 12 36
AlcornState 2 14 8 38
WEST W L W L
TexasSouthem 13 3 27 13
Prairie View A&M 10 6 19 17
Ark. PineBluff 6 11 8 34
GramblingState 5 12 11 25
Southern 4 12 7 34
SWAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Diana Prada, 3B, MVSU Was 6-for-9 (.667) with
a home run, double and three RBI and three runs
scored in 4-0 week. Devilettes sweptlabama State
in three games and defeated Ole Miss, 4-1.
Allcla Lorenz, Jr., MVSU- Had two complete games
in 20 innings with 13 strikeouts while giving up 15
hits, six runs and five walks.
FOR THE WEEK OF MAY 8 14, 2012
BLACK COLLEGES IN NCAA SPRING SPORTS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
May 10-16, 2012
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At home with
Shown above are Jacksonville Job Corps students following a Day of Service on Earth Day
Job Corps Students Engage in Servant Leadership
The Jacksonville Job Corps
Center is not only teaching local
students a trade, but community
trusteeship as well. The center's
youth recently participated in
Global Youth Service Day, a public
awareness and education campaign
organized by Youth Service
America (YSA) that highlights the
valuable contributions youth make
in their communities around the
country. Throughout the nation,
Job Corps centers participated with
the goal to mobilize youth as lead-
ers in understanding, valuing,
appreciating and engaging their
communities. Locally, over 200
students and staff participated in a
variety of projects that included
cleaning Bethesda and Blue
Cypress Parks and clearing the
oceanfront of debris. Their activi-
Summer Reading Skills Program
in Jacksonville and Orange Park
The University of North Florida, Division of Continuing Education
will offer eight different reading skills programs for 4 year olds through
adults. Tuition and materials fees vary by
Early summer session
14 and a late summer
session begins the
week of July 21.
-. ; grams for younger
students build compre-
hension and students learn
the phonics and fluency skills
they need to become strong readers.
Programs for older students and adults are geared toward improving
comprehension and study skills, vocabulary, and speed reading. The
skills taught in the classes reinforce the importance of reading for pleas-
ure and developing a lifelong love of books.
These programs have been offered by the University of North
Florida Division of Continuing Education since 2003. The programs
are taught by instructors from the Institute of Reading Development.
For more information about the reading programs or to register, call
(888) 201-2448, Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
and Saturday 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
ties culminated on Earth Day by
planting flowers, weeding, trim-
ming hedges, laying sod and clean-
ing windows followed by a celebra-
In addition to the impact on com-
munities, research shows that sus-
tained community service can lead
to increased levels of academic
learning and workforce readiness
skills among youth.
- The Hudson
like the sun
from the back of Toni Morrison's
house, illuminated and infinite,
undimmed by an unseasonably drab
"It's interesting and soothing, and
it changes constantly," she says
from the comfort of a white arm-
chair in her living room. "And at
night, with the stars and the moon
The Nobel laureate has lived in
this converted boathouse since the
late 1970s, when she spotted a
"For Sale" sign while driving by
and soon agreed to pay the then-
impractical sum of $120,000. Her
commitment was tested, then con-
firmed, after the house burned
down in 1993, destroying every-
thing from private letters to her
sons' report cards. But she had the
house rebuilt and upgraded and so
enjoys a setting both spacious and
personal, with bookcases and
paintings, plants and carvings, a
patio and private dock.
It's a Saturday and the 81-year-
old Morrison is in a relaxed, infor-
mal mood, wearing a gray blouse
and slacks and dark slippers, a pur-
ple bandanna tied over her gray
corn rows, her laugh easy and
husky with a pinch of "Can-you-
Blacks Can't Score
Continued from front
the administrators demanded the
women return their test scores and
re-take the two-hour test. Jackson-
Burch refused and got in her car but
Johnson used her body to block the
car from leaving. The administra-
tors called 911.
Three deputies arrived, and
Jackson-Burch allowed them to
make a warrantless search of her
cell phone, according to the law-
suit. In the subsequent sheriff's
report, a deputy wrote that they
found no evidence of cheating and
that Jackson-Burch believed the
incident was racially motivated, the
The FCRA is now investigating
whether racism is widespread in
Citrus County. Ocala, where the
incident took place, is 80 miles
away from Sanford, Florida, whose
penchant for racism and cover-up
has been exposed during the
Trayvon Martin case. Two of the
administrators named in the law-
suit, director Judy Johnson and
assistant director Denise Willis, are
White; the third, Helena Delgado,
Aretha Thomas, the other woman
who was accused of cheating,
accepted a $2,500 settlement from
the Citrus County School Board.
But Jackson-Birch refused,
because, according to the lawsuit,
"The administrators notified the
Florida Department of Education,
the Orange County School Board,
and Columbia College, where
Jackson-Burch had been a student
for three years, [and said] she had
cheated, and refused to validate her
TABE test score for eight months,
causing her to miss out on a pre-
planned nursing course."
believe-this?" You might mistake
her for an ordinary neighbor ready
for gardening until you see the pic-
tures of her with James Baldwin,
Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Elie
Wiesel among others, or learn that
the low, wooden table by her chair
was a prop from the film version of
"Beloved," her Pulitzer Prize-win-
Morrison does not need to worry
about recognition in her lifetime.
Nobel judges have honored her, and
so has Oprah Winfrey, whose book
club picks have helped Morrison's
novels sell millions. A Toni
Morrison Society organizes confer-
ences about her work and sponsors
a Toni Morrison Book Prize. She
not only has written children's sto-
ries, but has been the subject of one,
Douglas Century's "Toni
Morrison." Two presidential con-
tenders, Barack Obama and Hillary
Clinton, sought her support in 2008
and Obama will soon present her
with a Presidential Medal of
Freedom, the country's highest
civilian honor. Her play
"Desdemona," a collaboration with
director Peter Sellars and the
Malian singer-songwriter Rokia
Traore, will be staged in London
during the Summer Olympics.
The legend gets the glory; the
real person works. Morrison has
a new novel out, "Home," a
brief, poetic story of Frank
Money, a traumatized Korean
War veteran who returns to the
states in the 1950s. Morrison has
long used fiction as a private and
alternative history, whether the
Civil War ("Beloved"), the
1920s ("Jazz") or colonial times
("A Mercy"). With "Home," she
wanted to add some truth about
war, about racism to the stan-
dard '50s narrative.
Saying that her writing
process was unchanged by the
Nobel after a "few mental
tricks" cleared the fog of success
from her mind Morrison tries
to challenge herself with every
book. In "Home," she has Frank
Money speak directly to the
author, admitting that he has not
been honest about his story. For
her next novel, she wants to write
about a black intellectual, a break
from the uneducated characters
who usually appear in her work.
"When I'm not thinking about a
novel, or not actually writing it, it's
not very good; the 21st century is
not a very nice place. I need it (writ-
ing) to just stay steady, emotional-
ly," she says.
"When I finished 'The Bluest
Eye,' ... I was not pleased. I remem-
ber feeling sad. And then I thought,
'Oh, you know, everybody's talking
about "sisterhood,"' I wanted to
write about what women friends are
really like. (The inspiration for
"Sula," her second novel). All of a
sudden the whole world was a real
interesting place. Everything in it
was something I could use or dis-
card. It had shape. The thing is -
that's how I live here."
"I guess that's home."
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by Kimberly Seals Allers
February is all about reflecting on black history, but rarely during that month do we consider the tri-
umphant mothers who made that history possible. Everyone reserves that for February but the two are
intricately intertwined. As a mother, I believe that our black history is a tale of painful beginnings followed
by triumphant gains. Of course, I'll never forget the moment Michelle Obama became First Lady of the
United States. She epitomizes everything modern black motherhood is about: career success, loving part-
nership and commitment to being the mom-in-chief of your own family commandcenter.
But getting to Michelle Obama has been a long and sometimes troubling journey. The black motherhood
experience in this country had painful beginnings, with lingering effects that still hover overhead today.
First, let's go back. As enslaved black mothers, we were viewed as breeders, not humans, and we had no
control over our experience in motherhood or our children. As slaves, our children were ripped from our
bosoms and sold as we stood helpless in despair.
One research book -- "Labor of Love, Labor of Sorrow: Black Women, Work and the Family from Slavery
to Present," by Jacqueline Jones -, details how pregnanti bla slaves. were forced to lie facedown in a spe-
cially dug impression in the ground when they were whipped. Perhaps in the demented mind of the slave
owner, he was simultaneously protecting his economgi investment in; the fetus while still punishing the
mother. -. .. :
Our experience as black mothers has alwayseen accompanied by pain.
iBut we always wanted more for our children. Eien6,as freedmen and women, it was clear that we saw the
role of mother as tantamount to preying our families, our communities and the progression of the
black race. Contrary to popular b61tef* have~a/1history of being thoughtful and resourceful when it
comes to our duty and power as mothers. Witness this excerpt from a speech by Frances Ellen Watkins
Harper, a 19th-century African- American abolitionist, teacher, women's rights advocate, writer and poet.
She spoke these words on November 15, 1892, in a speech called "Enlightened Motherhood" -- an
address 4he Brooklyn Literary Society: i
o"rof the mothers of our race is grandly constructive. It is for us to build above the wreck and
he past more stately temples of thought and.action.. Some races have been overthrown, dashed
ces, and destroyed; but today the world is needing, fainting, for something better than the results
arrogance, aggressiveness, and indomitable power. We need mothers who are capable of being char-
acter builders, patient, loving, strong and true, whose homes will be uplifting power in the race. This is
one of the greatest needs of the hour."
In 1902, the book "Twentieth Century Negro Literature" included an essay on the responsibilities of
educated black women on the black race, written by Sarah Dudley Petty, a writer, teacher and preach-
er's wife.' What were her thoughts on black motherhood?
"A faithful, virtuous and intelligent motherhood will elevate any people .... True patriotism, obedience
and respect for law, both divine and civil, the love and yearning for the pure, the sublime and the good,
all emanate from mother's personality .... I would urge then, as the first prerequisite for our work, a
pure, pious and devoted motherhood."
SYears later, our quest to define motherhood moved to the television screen. When I was growing up,
we looked to successful working women such as Claire Huxtable on "The Cosby Show" and Vivian
!Banks on "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air" for a glimpse into what black motherhood looked like. Every
Thursday night on television, Claire Huxtable, Esq., showed a future generation of lawyers, doctors and
accountants that upwardly mobile black women could indeed have it all. We could raise five kids with-
lbut a nanny, take care of a house, maintain a high-powered career, be adored by our husband and still
Look glamorous and sexy. Whether having it all is truly possible for any woman (white, black or green)
Sis still debatable, but this was new territory for black women. For decades, this was something that
only seemed possible for white women,
This Mothers Day, all black mothers should take a moment to remember our history as women who
parried our families and communities -- the mothers who didn't listen when the world said we were -
thoughtless breeders and our children were mere commodities to be bought or sold. In more recent
history, black mothers have been publicly shamed as ciack mothers, welfare queens and the face o
"baby-mama drama." Black single motherhood is blamed for all sorts of social ills, from crime to drugs to
wildingg" teens. And black mothers are often represented in popular culture as neck-rolling, domineering
household managers who run circles around our men. Even the critically acclaimed movie "Precious" has
raised eyebrows for perpetuating ideas of black women as abusive mothers.
But I'm asking you to stay true to what you know: These stereotypes are very far from the truth. In truth,
black women today have redefined black history and created a new conversation about our roles as moth-
ers. For example, when I watched "The Brady Bunch" and "Happy Days" and reruns of "Leave It To Beaver,"
the subtle messaging was that being a stay-at-home mom and catering to your child's every need was a
white woman's pleasure. Black women have always worked -- as slaves, as cleaners, as
teachers, as doctors, as lawyers. Even our TV mamas (Claire Huxtable included) always
worked. Today, more and more black women have
the opportunity to be stay-.t-home moms. i '
This shift in our motherfoifE experience may seem
subtle, but in the frami .rk. of our history, it is
groundbreaking. And thriving. It not only speaks to
how far we have come a.a people, but how far we
have come as black mothers -- who went from hav- t S,
ing no control over our children 4tking control of i I
our children, our lives and ou families' financial .
futures. We now have varied.and different mother-
hood experiences, yet we still know we are doing
important work that goes well beyond our home.
As we celebrate our mothers, take a moment to liy
reflect and celebrate your history as a black moth- | *
er. Take a moment to celebrate you! 1! .
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May 10-16, 2012
Eddie Levert Talks Solo Debut, 'I Still Have
It,' And Leaving Things To The Imagination
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Andre 3000 to play Jimmy Hendrix
Andre 3000 is ready for his close-up. The
Outkast rapper is starring in "All Is By My Side,"
a Jimi Hendrix biopic that spent years on the
The biopic will mainly focus on the period dur-
ing which the legendary guitarist recorded his
seminal 1967 album "Are You Experienced,"
which is often considered to be one of the great-
est rock albums ever produced. The film will
trace the beginning of Hendrix's career, from
being discovered in a New York club by Linda
Keith (a model and girlfriend of Keith Richards at the time) to eventually
meeting manager/producer Chas Chandler, who helped launch his career.
John Ridley, the films he director/screenwriter most recently scripted the
Tuskegee Airmen film "Red Tails" starring Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Terrence
Howard. Meanwhile, Andre 3000, credited as his birth name Andre
Benjamin, has starred in "Be Cool," opposite John Travolta and Uma
Thurman, as well as 2005's "Four Brothers" with Mark Wahlberg.
Will Chaka Khan be the next X
Chaka Khan has thrown her hat into the
ring to possibly become an"X-Factor"
judge! According to TMZ, Chaka is
"dying to be considered for the lucrative I
gig and instructed her people to reach out .
to producers of the show."
Has Oprah Lost Her Touch -r
; Network Down $330 Million
Oprah is reportedly facing some steep financial headwinds as she tries
to turn her struggling cable network around.
The woes that have befallen the Oprah Winfrey Network are by now the
stuff of legend including low ratings, huge staff losses and high-profile
bombs like "The Rosie Show."
The network has blown through vast sums of money that OWN has bled
through since its inception. Bloomberg Businessweek reported last week
that the network may have lost a whopping $330 million since it began in
2008. An analyst told the magazine that it was the most "successful failure
in television today."
However, there may be some bright news on the horizon. The Wall Street
Journal reported on Monday that ratings for the network have ticked up
recently. Part of that is due to "Oprah's Next Chapter," the new show that
has seen Oprah nab major exclusives, like her sit-down with Whitney
Houston's family. The show's success bolsters critics who said that Oprah's
relative absence from OWN during its first year was a major error.
by Brennan Williams, HF
After more than four decades of
gold and platinum success with his
legendary group, The O'Jays, front-
man Eddie Levert has finally
released his debut solo album, titled
Eddie Levert: I Still Have It.
Featuring lead single, "Last Man
Standing," Levert's 12-track opus
sheds light on the 69-year-old's per-
sonal hurdles, as well as his love
and devotion for his wife, Raquel
During a recent interview with
The Huffington Post, the Rock and
Roll Hall of Famer discussed
recording after the loss of his two
sons, Gerald and Sean, his interest
in collaborating with Kanye West
and his thoughts on today's R&B
Q: The album's lead single,
"Last Man Standing," is an ode
to your sons. What was the
recording process for the song?
A: I've been working on this
album for five years, and I started
before Gerald and Sean passed
away. And the first thought when
you lose a child is that you blame
yourself, and with blaming your-
self, it takes you to a very dark
place. It's so dark in there that you
think that you're not going to get
out of there. And saying that, I was
able to come to grips with the fact
that I had no power in this, this is
just something that God had all of
the power and I had no say-so.
Once I came to grips with that, I
started writing the song "The Last
Man Standing," because I had to
remake myself, trying to eliminate
some of the negatives and trying to
come to a positive place where I
can be happy with myself. So I
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Classics and Trendsetters
came to a place with that song and
I'm finally able to get past every-
thing -- not that I'm complete,
because it's a fight every day to stay
on the strait and narrow.
Q: Since you started recording
the album over five years ago, what
can fans expect, as far as the subject
matter, since a lot has taken place
within that time period?
"The Last Man Standing" is real-
ly about the transition after getting
over my sons. Then you got a song
on there called "Lonely," which is
about my wife, Raquel. She went to
Africa and Mount Kilimanjaro, all
the way up to the top. Since we've
been married, we have never been
apart, and I had got that feeling that
she's so far away from me, if some-
thing happened, it would take me a
day or so to get to her. And then I
realized how much I loved her,
which led to that song. So this
album, I won't say that it's my life
story, but it's about the last few
years of my life and the changes
that I went through.
Q: I noticed that you don't have
any features on the album. Was
that done intentionally?
I really wanted to work with a lot
of the hip-hop artists. I really would
love to work with R. Kelly, I really
would love to work with Kanye
West, I would love to work with
Jay-Z, I would love doing things
with these people. But until I can
prove to them that I am worthy of
being in their presence and that I
can be an asset to what they're
doing also, and I think that I was
really looking at this album to be
the one to prove them that I am still
an valuable artist.
Q: What are your thoughts on
the lyrics of today's R&B artists,
compared to some of your classic
I think they're taking the romance
out of it. They leave nothing to the
imagination. Everything is so vivid,
there's no feeling or emotion in it.
We're dealing with, "This is what it
is. You're a girl, you got what I like
and I like it. and I'm going to hang
it until your head swells.' [Laughs]
Before you could put on music and
romance a girl, nowadays it's too
explicit. Every girl is not a freak,
every girl doesn't like it like that.
Some girls like to be romanced,
some girls like to have a bottle of
wine and dance a little bit before
you wear her out ... How do you
know if you want to marry this
woman? But now you treated her
like a freak and you were so direct
about it, you may have lost the
greatest girl in your life. Keeping it
real sometimes can be a bit too vul-
Q: As a seasoned artist, what
led to vou wanting to release von
debut solo album now and not
earlier in your career?
I love the O'Jays. It's something
that I created from the time that I
was 16 till now -- I'm 69 years old -
- so I really never thought of myself
as a solo artist. I just had some
things that I wanted to do and say.
And with the way that the business
has changed, it's hard for seasoned
artists to get deals now. So I said to
myself that I think R&B should be
raw, primitive, untamed, and with-
out a lot of makeup on it. I just
wanted to do rhythm and hope that
they can feel the rawness and the
way R&B was originally made.
The 2012 ESSENCE Music
Festival latest acquisition is
Grammy-Award winning singer
D'Angelo as he makes his first US
appearance in a decade at the 18th
annual event taking place July 6-8
in New Orleans. R&B heartthrob
Trey Songz will return to the main
stage joining previously announced
performers Aretha Franklin, Mary
J. Blige, Charlie Wilson, Fantasia,
Ledisi and more. The official host
each night will be Nephew Tommy,
comedian and co-host of the Steve
Harvey Morning Show. Tank,
Mary Mary, Marsha Ambrosious,
The Pointer Sisters, Q. Parker &
Super Jay, Teedra Moses,Melanie
Fiona, Carl Thomas and Rebirth
Brass Band are also scheduled to
perform. Additional performances
will be announced soon. The 2012
night-by-night line-up is as follows:
Friday, July 6: Charlie Wilson,
D'Angelo, Trey Songz, Keyshia
Cole, The Pointer Sisters, Marsha
Ambrosious, Q. Parker & Super
Jay, Khris Royal, Kindred The
Family Soul, Vivian Green,
Stephanie Mills, Gary Clark Jr.,
Rebirth Brass Band, SWV, Goapele
Saturd ayJly 7. Mary J. Blige,
Kevin Hart, Ledisi, Tank, Eric
Roberson, Teedra Moses, The
Stylistics, Robert Glasper, Dru Hill,
The Original Pinettes Brass Band,
Stephanie Mills, Big Sam's Funky
Sunday, rJuly 8. Aretha
Franklin, Fantasia, Kirk Franklin,
Mary Mary, Melanie Fiona, Carl
Thomas, Alex Boyd, Eve, The
Stooges Brass Band, Estelle, Luke
James, Raheem DeVaughn and
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Racist Babies? Nine-Month-Olds Show
Bias When Looking At Faces, Study Shows
By: Wynne Parry, LiveScience
Adults have more difficulty rec-
ognizing faces that belong to people
of another race, and this deficit
appears to start early.
New research indicates that by
the time they are 9 months old,
babies are better able to recognize
faces and emotional expressions of
people who belong to the group
they interact with most, than they
are those of people who belong to
another race. Babies don't start out
this way; younger infants appear
equally able to tell people apart,
regardless of race.
"These results suggest that biases
in face recognition and perception
begin in preverbal infants, well
before concepts about race are
formed. It is important for us to
understand the nature of these bias-
es in order to reduce or eliminate
[the biases]," said study researcher
Lisa Scott, a psychologist at the
University of Massachusetts,
Amherst, in a statement. [3-Year-
Olds Fancy Own Ethnic Group]
In the study, 48 Caucasian infants
were given the task of differentiat-
ing between faces of their own race
and faces that belonged to another,
unfamiliar, race. In another experi-
ment, sensors placed on the babies'
heads detected brain activity when
the babies saw images of faces of
Caucasian or African-American
races expressing emotions that
either matched or did not match
sounds they heard, such as laughing
While 5-month-olds were equally
able to distinguish faces from dif-
ferent races, 9-month-olds fared
better with their own race.
Likewise, brain-activity measure-
ments showed the 9-month-olds
processed emotional expressions
among Caucasian faces differently
than those of Black faces, while the
5-month-olds did not.
Specifically, a shift was seen
between 5 months and 9 months of
age, whereby processing of facial
emotions moved from the front of
the brain to regions in the back of
the brain in the older age group, the
researchers found. This brain shift
will help scientists understand just
how the brain develops with regard
to their experiences with different
races during the first year of life,
Scott and colleagues report in a
study published in the May issue of
the journal Developmental Science.
Homeless GA Man Commits
Crime Just to Go Back to Prison
Columbus, GA -- Lance Brown
was hungry and homeless, so he
decided to get thrown in jail by
hurling a brick through a glass door
at the Columbus courthouse build-
Brown, 36, spent nine months in
jail before his April trial. Last week,
he was sentenced to another month
behind bars, and three years of pro-
bation that includes a six-month
stay in a halfway house.
Brown's case illustrates the strug-
gle prosecutors face when dealing
with homeless defendants who
resort to crime to seek the safety of
prison. They weigh whether to
devote scarce resources to prosecut-
ing a lower-level offense with the
burden that comes with upholding
the law and deterring others from
Faced with more nights on the
street, Brown said he thought loft-
ing the brick through the building
would give him at least a few hours
in a place where "someone's going
to offer me a sandwich and drink."
U.S. Attorney Michael Moore
said he had little other choice than
to charge him with malicious mis-
chief, a crime that carried a 10-year
maximum prison sentence.
"The unfortunate circumstances
in which Mr. Brown found himself
cannot be a justification for
destroying property of the United
States," Moore said. "And while I
am saddened by Mr. Brown's
plight, I regret that he chose to vio-
late the law instead of taking help
from those who offered it."
Brown was previously convicted
of bank robbery and released from a
North Carolina prison in July. He
headed to the courthouse in down-
town Columbus with a strange
request for his probation officer: He
wanted to know what he could do to
get back behind bars. The officer,
Billy Johnston, offered him a list of
social services, but it didn't take
long for Brown to come up with his
He threatened to kill the presi-
dent, a threat officers didn't deem
Then he stormed from the build-
ing, found a brick and heaved it
through the front door, tearing a
gaping hole in the glass that cost
about $1,400 to fix, court records
show. He was immediately arrested
by federal authorities and soon
indicted by a grand jury on a charge
of malicious mischief.
At his two-day trial in April,
prosecutors called seven witnesses,
including Johnston, who carefully
recalled what led to Brown's out-
burst. They also showed the jury a
series of pictures of the damaged
door and the brick he used.
Defense attorney Victor Arana
called only Brown to the witness
stand. He wanted to tell jurors
about his attempts to avoid home-
He said he became homeless after
suffering a nervous breakdown and
being kicked out of a local shelter
because of a fight with another res-
It took the jury only about 20
minutes to convict him, and at
Tuesday's sentencing hearing,
Brown spent most of the time lean-
ing back in his chair and staring
into the ceiling.
His defense attorney argued that
he should be released with time
served. Prosecutors didn't disagree.
When it was Brown's turn to talk,
he issued a warning of sorts to the
FBI agents and federal prosecutors
in the courtroom.
"You can keep that probation," he
said in a brief but rambling state-
ment. "I will probably make you
guys chase me all around the coun-
try a few times."
Prosecutor Mel Hyde was then
asked what he thought about
Brown's statement. He grimly
advised the judge of his hunch.
"I think you can probably take
Mr. Brown at his word," he said.
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