13 Marching 100
One Yearge 3
Kwame Kilpatrick Now
Accused of Investment Scheme
The water continues to boil for former Detroit
Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. He is now facing fed-
eral civil charges of taking part in an influence-
peddling scheme involving the city's public-
employee pension funds.
The Securities and Exchange Commission says
Kilpatrick and ex-city treasurer Jeffrey Beasley
received $125,000 in private jet travel and other
perks from an investment firmnn. The SEC says
that was in exchange for getting the city's pen-
sion fund to make an investment favoring the
Kilpatrick and Beasley violated federal securities laws, the SEC alleged
in a civil lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court in Detroit.
Kilpatrick says he's innocent of these charges and separate criminal
charges brought previous by the Justice Department.
MayfieldGentry Realty Advisors, the investment firm, asked the pen-
sion funds' trustees to invest $117 million in a real estate investment trust
controlled by the firm, the SEC said.
Kilpatrick and Beasley were among the trustees in 2006 and 2007. The
SEC says the two should have told the other trustees that they received
perks from the investment firm.
National NAACP Seeks to Sign
Up 1 Million New Teen Voters
If the NAACP, Black colleges and African-American churches get their
way, there will be an additional 1 million black 18-year-olds flooding the
nation's voting stations to presumably vote for President Obama in the
The civil rights group has announced a 50-state initiative with the 7.5
million member National Baptist Convention, historically-black Clark-
Atlanta University and radio personality Tom Joyner to register voters
who turn 18 by Election Day.
The "This is my vote!" campaign is part of the minority community's
effort to fight voter identification and other ballot protection measures
which they claim would limit the minority vote. "When voter suppres-
sion is the problem, voting is the answer," said NAACP President
Benjamin Todd Jealous. Julius Scruggs, National Baptist Convention
USA president, said he plans to take the voter drive to 10,000 African
Fans of voter ID laws say they are simply trying to protect ballot accu-
racy. The NAACP-led coalition, however, said a quarter of blacks don't
have photo ID.
About 16 million African-Americans voted in 2008 and Obama won
virtually all. A 1 million surge in new teen voters would help Obama off-
set the anticipated drop off in white voter support in the fall.
Niger is Worst Place to be a Mother
The African nation of Niger has ousted Afghanistan as the worst place
in the world to be a mother, largely due to hunger, according to an annu-
al report by Save the Children.
In contrast, Norway is the best according to the group's "Best and Worst
Places to Be a Mom" ranking which compares 165 countries in terms of
maternal health, education, economic status and children's health and
The report, which this year focuses on nutrition particularly from the
time a woman gets pregnant until the child is two, said that malnutrition
is an underlying cause of 2.6 million child deaths worldwide each year.
After Niger, the next worst countries were listed as Afghanistan -- which
held the lowest spot for two years -- Yemen, Guinea-Bissau, Mali,
Eritrea, Chad, Sudan, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of
The United States ranked 25th, up from last year's 31st place but still
below most wealthy nations. A woman in the US is more than seven
times as likely to die of a pregnancy-related cause in her lifetime than a
woman in Italy or Ireland.
Supporting mothers to breastfeed could save one million children's
lives a year, according to the report which added that fewer than 40 per-
cent of all infants in developing countries are exclusively breastfed.
Texas Homeowners Association
Warns Against Young Black Males
A home owners association (HOA) in Walnutbend Texas sent an email
to its members asking them to report "any group of young black males"
to authorities. The email was motivated by an assault at a local conven-
ient store that occurred the preceding night.
The email identifies the attackers in Mondays attack'as being black, and
went on to request of its members that, "If you see any group of young
black males in the neighborhood after school, chances are they are up to
no good and should be reported as suspicious persons to the Constables."
Samantha Howell, a resident in the neighborhood who has four sons
that walk to school, is concerned that her sons will be profiled and have
the police called on them for simply trying to make it to school. "That's
very disturbing," Howell said, "because they're not doing anything. They
were just walking home from school."
Other residents in the neighborhood didn't seem to mind the tone of the
email stating that, if a crime has been committed in the neighborhood,
residents should do whatever they can to limit other assaults.
Opens Up on
Life After Real
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Volume 25 No. 30 Jacksonville, Florida May 17-23, 2012
Supreme Court Will Not Affect Health Care Debate
By Akeya Dickson
WASHINGTON (NNPA) Even
if the Affordable Care Act survives
U.S. Supreme Court scrutiny, a
favorable ruling this summer will
not serve as a cure-all for insuring
African Americans, according to
health professionals and a report in
the current issue of Health Affairs.
Healthcare advocates still have to
deal with the consequences of
November's presidential election -
especially if President Obama is
defeated even if "we win every-
thing in June," said Mara
Youdelman, managing attorney in
the Washington, D.C. office of the
National Health Program, a non-
profit that advocates for the health
rights of low and underserved peo-
She made that observation at last
month's National Minority Quality
Forum in the nation's capital.
Douglas Anderson classmates enjoy the exhibit, "More than a Game". Alfredia Lyons (64), Veronica Turner
(64), Samanthia Stewart (64), Lillian Reed (61), Mary Bartley (62), Hazel Martin (60), Mildred Johnson (61).
Douglas Anderson Alumni Share Memories at the Ritz
Alumni of Douglas Anderson
High School were in attendance at
the mini All Class Reunion held
recently at the Ritz/Lavilla
Classmates from 1959 forward
reminisced about the many activi-
ties and historic moments that cata-
pulted their careers and lifelong
friendships. Also on board for the
festivities was their favorite
teacher, Ida Logan Harris, who
taught from 1959 1970. Mrs.
Harris fit right in with her many
students she affectionately refers to
as her "babies". Alumni had the
chance to re-connect and peruse the
photo albums and hold court
amongst the many artifacts on dis-
play in the museum. The DAAA
committee is a staple in the com-
munity as they meet once a month
and present scholarships to deserv-
ing students three times a year. Up
next is the DAAA reunion picnic
scheduled for October 2012.
Each month, alumni of
Jacksonville's historically Black
schools are invited to meet at the
Museum to see the exhibit, "More
Than a Game: African American
Sports in Jacksonville, 1900-1975"
and share memories while partici-
pating in conversations about cur-
rent issues in the public school sys-
tem. The next school night will fea-
ture Eugene Butler High School,
Tuesday, June 19th, 6-8 p.m.
For more highlights, see page 3
Florida HIV Campaign Reveals Real Fa
HIV health educators traveling with the exhibit included (L-R) James Holmes, Volunteer/Duval County
Health Department, Tamara McElroy, Community Mobilization/Media Specialist Bureau of HIV/AIDS,
Florida Department of Health, Kathy Griffin, Senior Health Educator/ Duval County Health Department,
Tabitha Robinson, Minority Aids Coordinator, Area 412/Duval County Health Department, Treva Davis,
Surveillance Manager/Duval County Health Department. KFP photo
During a panel discussion on "ACA
in the Balance: Do We Need a Plan
B," Youdelman said that the next
obstacle could be getting Congress
to spend discretionary funds to sup-
port the United States Department
of Health and Human Services
efforts. Continued on page 2
Him Dr. Hill
Former State Senator and current
city Federal Policy Director, Tony
Hill, has been bestowed one of the
highest honors given an individual
- the honorary degree of Doctor of
Law. Last weekend in addition to
being the commencement speaker
at Bethune Cookman University in
Hill's long political career
includes three terms as a State
Representative and two terms as a
State Senator. He is a member of
the board of directors of the 5 By
2015 Task Force Black Male
Teacher Initiative and also spon-
sored a bill to create the first Civil
Rights Hall of Fame into which
Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune was an
inaugural inductee to exist in any
ces of AIDS
The Duval County Health
Department's traveling mobile art
exhibit, "The Faces of HIV
Project" was on display at the
Riverside Arts Market this week-
end. Individuals were able to enter
the interactive exhibit and view the
candid photos of the many diverse
local faces of aids.
Unlike the disease ridden faces
that were showcased in the 80s, the
images revealed everyday individ-
uals whose faces are not stereotyp-
ical. Many of the photos were
familiar faces, friends and co-
workers of exhibitors. For extra
impact, next to the faces were the
individual diaries where you could
read their reaction when they dis-
covered that they were HIV posi-
Through captivating portraits,
insightful interviews and poignant
journal writing, the mobile art
exhibit offers viewers a candid,
revealing glimpse into the lives of
Florida resident's currently living
with HIV. Participants were select-
ed when the Florida Department of
Health invited HIV positive people
to unveil their daily lives by keep-
ing a journal for one month. A few
of those participants later partici-
pated in a candid Q & A, ultimate-
ly sharing a small part of their jour-
ney with HIV.
Sights and Scenes: Hanging at the TPC in Ponte Vedra
I -l I m mw i W M W =
Fan Marcus Williams intensely watches Tiger Woods.
Latonya Capers and Warren Day on the 3rd hole.
Local pastors: Jeffrey Rumlin, Vernon Thomas, John
Allen Newman, Harry Hallback, and Tommy Rodgers.
Wanda Myrick, Ker Shyra Myrick, and Donna Brown.
Sheila Thomas, Felice Franklin, Tony Bivins,
Katherine Little, and Joe Mosley.
Gerald Minnifield and Walter Westons.
We have a winner! The Tournament Players Championship swept
down on Ponte Vedra and made waves as it was another successful
tournament. The real champion on the green is still Tiger Woods. The
crowd clapped when Tiger entered the greens and with each putt
Tiger Woods fans believed in his ability to pull through. When it was
all said and done, TPC winner Matt Kuchar claimed the leaderboard
making his necessary birdies including a clutch one on the par-5 16th,
and picked up his first win of 2012 in dramatic fashion.
From the opening reception in the TPC clubhouse to the final round,
fans from around the world held their breath, kept quiet and breathe
a sigh of relief as the winner was announced. Enthusiastic golf fans
ended the tournament with a Mother's day brunch to celebrate the
mothering and nurturing of the players and the winners. Everyone
wins at Sawgrass and survives in one way or another, its all ways par
for the course! FMPphotos
Lewis and Alethia Johnson
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
Senator Gary Siplin Victoria Siplin for State Senate,
Jimmy Daniel, Jacob Siplin and Joshua Siplin.
Supreme Court and Health Care
Continued from front
"We have to get Congress to actually
say, 'We're going to spend money for
the workforce provisions and funding
for HHS to have the staff to move
forward to implement everything
they need to implement, to monitor
and new oversight to make sure
everything's done right,'" she said.
"So regardless of what the Supreme
Court does, we almost need a Plan B
as well. We need to make sure that
we are able to move forward effec-
tively, efficiently and with the provi-
sions that we want to see happen so
that we are addressing disparities."
After hearing oral arguments in
March, the deeply-divided Supreme
Court is weighing whether the law's
requirement that most Americans
have health insurance is constitu-
tional, and if not, how much of the
law to invalidate. A decision is ex-
pected to handed down in June.
On a Supreme Court that often de-
cides major cases by a 5-4 margin,
five of the justices were appointed by
Republican presidents and four were
appointed by Democrats.
A Washington Post-ABC News poll
last month found that most people
believe the Supreme Court justices
will vote along partisan political lines
rather than solely on the merits of the
case. Half of those polled said they
expected them reflect their "partisan
political views." Less than 40 percent
expect the decision to be made "on
the basis of the law." The remainder
did not express an opinion or expect
the ruling with be a combination of
politics and merit.
Fredette West, executive director of
the African American Health Al-
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liance, said she plans to focus on
Plan A getting the health care law
upheld rather than looking for a fall-
"Fight for plan A. Don't let go. Do
not let go. If they can take that from
you, they can take anything they
want from you," West said. "If I can
jeopardize your health, I can do any-
thing under the sun to you."
The Health Affairs report, titled
"The Affordable Care Act's Cover-
age Expansions Will Reduce Differ-
ences in Uninsurance Rates by Race
and Ethnicity," is one of the first
studies that examined effects of the
legislation along racial lines. It said
21.6 percent of African-Americans
are without health insurance, com-
pared with 13.9 percent of Whites
and 33.3 percent of Latinos.
Today, 50.3 million Americans are
uninsured, a figure that is projected
to drop to 26.4 million if the Afford-
able Care Act goes into effect. Med-
icaid and the Children's Health
Insurance Program (CHIP) coverage
will account for "disproportionately
large gains in coverage" among
Blacks. An 8.4 percent increase is ex-
pected in coverage of Blacks by these
two programs, rising to 36.5 percent.
"Those eligible for Medicaid and
CHIP, but who remain unenrolled,
constitute the single largest group, at
35.7 percent," according to the
Health Affairs study, authored by
Lisa Clemans-Cope, Genevieve M.
Kenney, Matthew Buettgens, Caitlin
Carroll and Frederic Blavin. "This el-
igible-but-unenrolled group includes
58.8 percent of the blacks who we es-
timate will remain uninsured under
the Affordable Care Act, which is a
higher proportion than found in the
other racial and ethnic groups exam-
Dr. Willarda V. Edwards, an inter-
nal medicine physician in Baltimore
and past president of the National
Medical Association (NMA), ac-
knowledges the progress that has
been made under health care reform.
"We definitely don't need a Plan B.
If the Supreme Court doesn't come
down with a favorable decision, we
know that we have at least gotten
everyone at the table," she said. "All
the health professionals have been
talking about the need for changing
the healthcare system that we have."
Page 2 Ms. Perry's Free Press
May 10-16, 2012
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FAMU's Marching 100 Silenced for a Full Year
b Gary Fineout
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Florida
A&M University's famed marching
band is being suspended for at least
one more school year as officials try
to cleanse the hazing culture that
led to the death of a drum major.
FAMU President James Ammons
said the Marching 100 should stay
off the field at least until a new
band director is hired and new rules
for the band have been adopted.
Eleven FAMU band members
face felony charges in the
November hazing death of Robert
Champion, while two others face
misdemeanor counts. The band has
been banned from performing since
soon after he died, and band direc-
tor Julian White recently retired
after it was revealed that at least
100 band members were not stu-
dents when Champion died.
"As president my goal is to
implement the best conditions we
can to create a safe environment so
teaching, learning and research can
take place," Ammons said.
Ammons was already under pres-
sure from many state officials -
including Gov. Rick Scott to
keep the Marching 100 sidelined
until other ongoing investigations
into the band are completed.
The Marching 100 has had a rich
history, performing at Super Bowls
and in inauguration parades. The
band has been one of the main
draws during FAMU football
games, and some board members
on wanted to know if the decision
to keep the band off the field until
2013 would impact ticket sales.
Aaron Golson, who was charged
this month in the Champion case,
had previously been charged with
battery and hazing for allegedly
beating band member Bria Hunter
to initiate her into the "Red Dawg
Order" a band clique for students
who come from Georgia. Golson
initially pleaded not guilty in the
Hunter case, but his attorney
announced Monday that Golson
would change his plea later this
week. It was not clear if he would
plead no contest or guilty.
Ammons tried to fire White last
November. But White's dismissal
was placed on hold while the crim-
inal investigation unfolded. He
insisted that he did nothing wrong
and fought for months to get rein-
That changed last week after
Ammons reported to trustees that
three of those charged in
Champion's death weren't FAMU
students at the time.
Meanwhile, state authorities con-
tinue to investigate the band's
Frank Brogan, the chancellor of
the State University System of
Florida, wrote a blunt letter last
week urging Ammons to keep the
band suspended while the investi-
gations continue. The state univer-
sity system has its own probe into
whether FAMU officials ignored
past warnings about hazing.
Pam Champion, the mother of
Robert Champion, has said that the
band should be disbanded so the
university can "clean house."
Chris Chestnut, an attorney for
the Champion family, said they
were "relieved" by the decision to
keep the suspension intact for
"The family is a huge supporter
of the band and the institution of
FAMU, but they have grave con-
Call is Out
for Teen Battle
of the Bands
Whether they perform hip-hop,
indie rock or R&B, local teens are
invited to Own the Night, the 7th
Annual Teen Battle of the Bands at
the Jacksonville Public Library.
Musicians ages 12 to 18 can regis-
ter from now to May 31 to rock in
this free, one-of-a-kind local com-
petition. This popular contest gives
teens the opportunity to perform
their original work and build confi-
dence in their stage presence. The
Battle of the Bands competition
will be held on June 23 beginning
at 1 p.m.
Awarded prizes include gift cer-
tificates and studio recording time.
Registration is required. For more
information on the competition
cems about the safety of students in
that band, due to the lack of rules
and regulations, supervision and
oversight," Chestnut said. "I think
they are somewhat relieved. They
are disappointed that all of this
could have been avoided if FAMU
had paid attention to what was
going on in that band for the last
The Champion family has
already told FAMU they plan to sue
FAMU has already begun making
some changes following
Champion's death including a
new regulation requiring those
attending, visiting or working at the
school to tell police within 24 hours
about any hazing incidents.
Ammons said that the university
is looking at new rules for the band,
including academic standards for
band members, limits on eligibility
and increasing the number of adults
who must accompany the band on
out-of-town trips. Champion died
on a band bus outside an Orlando
FAMU set up a task force to look
at hazing, although the panel has
not met since a flare-up over
whether it should follow the state's
open meetings laws. Several mem-
Rudine Marshall '66, Matthew Turner '59 Ida Loga-Harris (DA
schoolteacher 1959 1970), Gloria Queen '67, Phoenix Turner
(future DA student!), Alfonzo Neal '67 and Judy Frances '65.
Peggy Johnson '59, Ralph Tisdale '66,
Wanda Baldwin '68 and Homer Brannon '62.
Richard Johnson '62, Ferondo Brooks '65,
Eddie Brown '60, and Bubba Coleman '65.
Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 3
Pittman, Gibbs Among Jacksonville
Children's Commission Nonimees
Mayor Alvin Brown recently
e announced four appointments to the
I Jacksonville Children's Commission
L Y ^ i board. Pending City Council approval,
-' each commissioner will serve a four-
.. year term with the ability to be reap-
pointed for a final four-year term. There
Share eleven voting members, one from
Pittman Gibbs each of the seven school districts and
four at-large appointments. The appointees are: Ju'Coby Pittman, Craig
Gibbs, Paul Matinez and Matthew Kane.
Ju'Coby Pittman: CEO/President of Clara White Mission, a communi-
ty center for Jacksonville's low-income and homeless individuals. Craig
Gibbs is a managing partner of Law Office of Craig Gibbs, P.A.
Linda Williams Hadley '62, and Marvin White '62
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Page 4 Ms. Perry's Free Press
How We Raise our Children Determines Their Success
"Children respond to the expec-
tations of their environment," states
Price Cobb, a black psychiatrist.
It's a powerful statement and
extremely true. If you think about
our youth that is exactly what they
Many children from poor house-
holds in which the parents have low
expectations don't perform well in
school hence they end up in the
same cycle of poverty as their par-
ents. Then there is the opposite side
of this social coin. Some youth use
their environment to motivate them
to excel academically and through-
out their lives.
The percentage of people who
are self motivated is extremely
small especially compared to
those who can't break the cycle of
poverty and low achievement.
Over my 12 year history of writ-
ing for the Free Press I have talked
about various components of the
African American family and how
each family unit's individual suc-
cess is the key to the revival of
black communities. Perhaps the
most important factor is how we
raise our children. What types of
morals, work ethic, and values are
we instilling in them as they grow
Whether you know it or not, our
youth often mimic their surround-
ings. We have too many children
being raised by teenage mothers
who have yet to mature enough to
fully understand their role as a care
giver, educator, role model, and
If we are going to expect our
children to grow and be true leaders
within our communities, then par-
ents must do a better job raising
and teaching youth. James Baldwin
said it best, "Children have never
been good at listening to their eld-
ers, but they have never failed to
imitate them." In other words we
have to lead by example.
In the past, I have talked about
the high number of black women
who have children without being
married. The number of unmarried
women having children is high for
whites and Hispanics (25 percent
and 42 percent, respectively), but
astronomical for African-
Americans: 69 percent, according
to federal studies.
There is obviously a major prob-
lem in this country when nearly 70
percent of all African American
babies are born to unwed mothers
and of that percentage most are
teens. Those mothers are far more
likely than married mothers to be
poor, even after a post-welfare-
reform decline in child poverty.
They are also more likely to pass
that poverty on to their children.
Kay Hymowitz, the author of
The Black Family: 40 Years of Lies
says, "The truth is that we are now
a two-family nation, separate and
unequal-one thriving and intact,
and the other struggling, broken,
and far too often African-
It also goes back to that James
Baldwin quote about how our
youth learn from adults without
realizing that they are learning cer-
tain characteristics and behaviors.
Jesse Jackson once said, "Youth are
looking for something; it's up to
adults to show them what's worth
Better parenting and prevention
of teen pregnancy have to be at the
very top of the list of priorities for
the "black agenda." The bible tells
us that "a good tree cannot bare bad
fruit." So we have to be stable,
strong trees if we are to raise good
Dr. Robert Johnson is a parenting
specialist and says, "African
American children in this country
are growing up under the weight of
the pressures that are created by
racism and it has an effect in
schools and commercial settings
everywhere and parents need to
strengthen their children with the
abilities and skills to overcome
His comments also get to the root
of the problem in our communities
- if a teenage mother who probably
has not been motivated to achieve
despite obstacles then how will she
properly raise her child to over-
come life's challenges?
How can a 15 or 16 year old
young woman teach her baby the
importance of self-empowerment if
she has not had the opportunity to
learn how to motivate herself. How
can she teach her child the impor-
tance of black sustainability?
The good news is that there are
teen moms that succeed regardless
of having babies early in life. Some
use their children as motivation to
finish college and be successful I
know countless young ladies who
achieve despite the obstacles they
African American families are
clearly still very strong and viable,
but we have to focus on how our
children are being raised. From the
images they see on television to the
things they see when walking down
a neighborhood street, it's impor-
tant that they fully understand the
path to success versus the path to
It is no secret that strong parents
can shape their children's character
and ability. For the most part, good
parents equate to good children,
with some exceptions of course. It
is also no secret that by and large,
adult conduct in society is learned
as a child. Again, getting back to
the root issue properly raising our
children is critical.
I will close with a quote from
President Lyndon B. Johnson who
said these words while speaking at
Howard University in the 60s. He
said, "When the family collapses, it
is the children that are usually dam-
aged. When it happens on a mas-
sive scale, the community itself is
Signing off from my son's t-ball
game Go Marlins!
Pardon the Wilmington 10
By George E. Curry
Of the seven years I was editor of
Emerge: Black America's
Newsmagazine in the 1990s, I am
proudest of our national campaign
to win the release of Kemba Smith,
a 24-year-old former Hampton
University student who was sen-
tenced to a mandatory 24 2 years
in prison for her minor role in a
Our first story, written by
Reginald Stuart in May 1996, fea-
tured a high school graduation
photo of Kemba, decked in cap and
gown, with the words: "Kemba's
Nighmare: A Model Student
Becomes Prisoner #26370-083."
We published two additional stories
on Kemba, both written by Stuart.
The original Emerge story caught
the attention of Elaine Jones, then
director of the NAACP Legal
Defense and Educational Fund. She
began representing Kemba in court
and eventually filed a petition for
clemency. In late 2000, President
Bill Clinton granted LDF's request
and Kemba was released after serv-
ing 7 /2 years in federal prison.
I've said all along that Kemba
wasn't the only victim of our crim-
inal injustice system. Add the
Wilmington Ten to that list.
Most Black newspapers are car-
rying a NNPA News Service story
this week by Cash Michaels of the
Wilmington Journal describing a
national campaign to win pardons
for the Wilmington Ten nine
African-Americans and a White
female unfairly convicted in con-
nection with urban unrest. The
NNPA is helping spearhead this
In a nutshell, racial strife accom-
panied the desegregation of New
Hanover County, N.C. schools. The
all-Black high school was closed
under the desegregation plan and
its students were transferred to the
previously all-White high school,
where they received a hostile
In February 1971, the United
Church of Christ assigned
Benjamin Chavis Jr., a native of
Oxford, N.C., to help students
organize a school boycott.
Amid the racial turmoil, some-
one firebombed Mike's Grocery, a
White-owned business located a
block away from Gregory
Congregational Church, where
Chavis had set up headquarters.
When fire fighters and police offi-
cers arrived on the scene, they were
attacked by snipers stationed on the
roof of the church. At the time,
Chavis and other activists had bar-
ricaded themselves inside the
building. A riot erupted the next
day that resulted in two deaths and
-Chavis and nine others were
charged and convicted of arson and
conspiracy in connection with the
firebombing incident. Most of the
defendants received a sentence of
29 years, with Ann Shepard, the
White woman from Auburn, N.Y,
receiving the lightest sentence of
15 years and 24-year-old Chavis
getting the longest sentence, 34
All nine maintained that they
were innocent. In 1980, a federal
appeals court overturned their con-
victions, noting that the trial judge
restricted defense attorneys from
cross-examining witnesses who
had received special treatment in
exchange for their testimony
against the Wilmington Ten.
Defense attorneys, in their peti-
tion to reverse the convictions,
noted that the prosecutor failed to
disclose "inducement for testimony
and special favorable treatment
offered to each of three important
witnesses including leniency,
accommodations at a beach hotel
and beach cottage paid for by the
prosecution, an expense-paid trip
for the girlfriend of the chief wit-
ness, and the gift of a minibike
made after the trial."
The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals
also ruled that the prosecution vio-
lated due process rights by failing
to turn over evidence that was
favorable to the defense, including
information that would have
impeached the testimony of its
chief witness, Allen Hall. It was
Hall who had leveled the most seri-
ous charges against Chavis, depict-
ing him as the chief architect of the
violence and claiming that he
taught others to assemble fire-
bombs and use firearms.
However, despite more than a
half-dozen requests from defense
attorneys, the prosecutor refused to
turn over a second statement made
by Allen that directly contradicted
at least 15 of his earlier charges.
The prosecutor also failed to turn
over a mental evaluation of Hall.
"Significant to this case are the
statements in the report that 'psy-
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Don't you think that it's time to reform America's .
criminal justice system? It's an unfair, racist and dis-
honest system in need of abandonment. In the last 40 years an insidious
prison industrial complex has developed to the detriment of African-
American males. It appears that politicians of all stripes are more inter-
ested in sending African Americans to prison than to college. It's time to
sound the alarm on the harm the country's prison industrial complex is
causing Black Americans.
How is it that African Americans are so dismissive of the mass incar-
ceration of our male population? It's time to publicly scrutinize African
Americans' disproportionate prison population numbers. Going to prison
represents lifelong exclusion from "proper society" including job dis-
crimination, elimination from juries and voter rolls, and disqualification
from access to food stamps, public housing and student loans. Those who
are considered [Black leaders] need to address the devastating effect of the
war on drugs on our communities.
The American justice system is racist, outmoded and deserving of pub-
lic scorn. Today, Black males are the country's most socially disenfran-
chised group. It should be of major concern to Blacks that 10.4 percent of
the African-American male population ages 25 to 29 is incarcerated. We
all know someone "in trouble." More than 3 million Black households
have a close relative currently or previously on parole or probation. The
number of Black men in prison has grown to the point that more African-
American men are in jail than in college. Since the "War on Drugs" was
launched, the U.S. has spent more than a trillion dollars incarcerating mil-
lions of young people on drug charges. The "War on Drugs" has created
a marginalized underclass that's denied equal access to jobs and educa-
Black voters guilty of electing the same politicians to office repeatedly
need to consider the harm the war on drug has wrought over the past 48
years. Isn't it time to take these elected officials to task for the laws they
helped to design, write and legislate? These activities have helped toward
the genocide of Black males. To allow these laws and lawmakers to
remain in office is a crime.
Blacks receive little of the $321.6 billion the global drug trade gener-
ates, but suffer the most in law enforcement and the legal system. You
+l'd this publicly. UndoThe U.S. is the single largest marketplace for ille-
gal drugs. Approximately 13 million Americans buy or sell, cocaine,
Ecstasy or weed on a regular basis. Whether it's for recreational use or for
profit, they're not the ones who go to jail for drug crimes. American drug
sales and their huge profits exist outside Black communities. It's estimat-
ed that $10 to $30 billion in drug profits goes south to Colombia and
Mexico each year. The real beneficiaries of the American drug trade are:
wealthy bankers who launder money, land owners who grow and export
product, and Wall Street investors and business folk who profit from
designing, building, supplying and managing prisons.
Black voters are the key to correcting this problem and its inequities
and hold sway over this debilitating situation. Though these issues are real
for Black Americans at the local, state and national levels, they are never
talked about in racial terms. Candidate Ron Paul is the only one willing to
say: "The true racial problems in this country involve drug law enforce-
ment. The drug war is out of control ... and undermines our civil liberties.
It magnifies our problems on the borders. We spent, over the last 40 years,
$1 trillion on this war ... It just hasn't worked. It has to do with enforc-
ing the drug laws."
It may not require voting for Paul, but Black Americans must take more
aggressive political positions to rid our people of this criminal justice and
prison system. Stop the genocide. People of conscience must let our elect-
ed officials know that we want to decriminalize cocaine, heroin and mar-
ijuana in order to close the doors on diabolical prisons and policies.
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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.
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 -
(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 informa-
tion 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 info, call 255-4080.
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.
Standing behind the honorees are family members (L-R) Raven Carter, Ernest McGriff, Sandra Brinkley,
Carolyn Walker, Carl Walker, Cheryl Washington and Pastor Victor Cole. Seated: Honorees Beatrice Brown
(82), Vivian Howard (85), Lavalle Walker (83), Anita Paulin (92), Catherine Swiggett (88) and Rosa Thomas
Mt. Zion AME Honors Octogenarian Mothers
Mount Zion A.M.E. Church celebrated Mothers day
by honoring mothers of the church ages 80 and older.
The theme, "Faith Grows strong in Women in God,"
was followed by the Bible verse, Luke 8:48: And he
said unto her, my daughter, be of good comfort: thy
faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.
Reverend Victor D. Cole, was excited as he preached
on how his mother nurtured him with words of wisdom
and knowledge to stay sweet and calm when facing
adversity. The mothers were honored with a certificate
of appreciation and family acknowledgment. Honoree
Seeking the lost for Christ
Matthew 28:19 20
Pastor Landon Williams
Disciples of Cbrist CbristiaQ Fellowsbip
Sister Anita Paulin, 92 spoke to the congregation and
said, "Keep God in your heart, your body and your feet,
God will protect you at all times." Mrs. Paulin's long-
time friend Vivian Howard, 85, also recited a poem.
All of the honorees expressed their appreciation and
thanks for the recognition.
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Greater Grant's 123rd Anniversary
Celebration Plans May 25th-27th
The Greater Grant Memorial AME Church family is inviting the commu-
nityto join in the festivities, May 25th -27th for their 123rd Church
Anniversary. The 3-day celebration begins on Friday, May 25th with a
dance, the Friday Nite Soiree featuring the soulful band, The Bridgewater
Trio, 8:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. at the Shoppes of Sherwood Event Center.
Donation is $10 and refreshments will be served. Attire is sophisticated
classy on Saturday evening, May 26th it's the SUMMER JAM with enter-
tainment by The Galaxy Band. This event is FREE and open to the public.
Festivities will be on the church lawn so bring your lawn chairs and enjoy
the great sounds. Food, beverages and other items available for purchase.
The anniversary celebration culminates on Sunday, May 27th, with two
worship experiences. The Morning Worship Service at 10 a.m. features
Bro. John Ingraham, the Connectional President of the YPD (Young People
& Children's Division) of AME Church bringing the Word; and a special
Sing & Shout Worship Service at 5 p.m. presents the preaching of Reverend
Terry Hill Jr., Pastor of The Citadel Church, and guest choirs from area
churches performing. Transportation is available. The church is located at
5533 Gilchrist Road in the Sherwood area; Reverend F.D. Richardson Jr. is
the pastor. For more, call (904)764-5992.
Refreshing Women Push TV Ministry
Refreshing Women is looking for Christian Talent, soloist, speakers,
praise dancers and poem readers for a free service that is free to the pub-
lic. The show will be air Saturday mornings at 8A.M. on Comcast 29.
Any Pastor wishing to come on the show in the near future are welcome,
and can have their church name and worship service added to the
Community Shout or Roll, by sending their, church name, address and time
of service to P.O. Box 350117 Jacksonville, Fl. 32235-0117. For more
information, call Rev. Mattie W. Freeman at 220-6400 or email CFIGC-
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
New Bethlehem Missionary
Baptist Church will celebrate the
retirement of their church mortgage
on Thursday May 17th at 7 p.m..
The special celebration will feature
Rev. Marion Wise, Pastor of Second
Baptist Church in 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 be 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. The church is locat-
ed at 1824 Prospect St.
Jacksonville, Fla. 32208. For more
information, call (904) 764-5727.
The 4th annual Florida Gospel
Legends Award ceremony will take
place, Saturday June 2nd, at 5:00
p.m. at the Sanctuary at Mt.
Calvary, 4751 Walgreen Rd. The
event will feature mother of
American Idol winner Fantasia,
Mrs. Diane Barrino, and selections
by Dr. Jimmie Hill, Sr. For more
call (904) 683-2285.
and Bible Study
Rev. James Wiggins, Jr., Pastor of
Saint Paul Lutheran Church will
hold their midweek supper and
bible Study at 7:00 p.m., Sunday
School starts at 9:30 a.m. and
Worship with Holy Communion at
ll:a.m. The church is located at
2730 West Edgewood Ave.
Jacksonville, Florida 32209. For
more information visit www.stpaul-
jacksonville.org or call 765-4219.
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464
Sunday Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:40 a.m.
Come share In Holy Communion on Ist SunHaat 7.40 and 1O4O ao.m.
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8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 7 p.m.
Mid-Week Worship 7 p.m.
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Chi Eta Phi Presents Nursing Scholarship Black CaucUS Members Reject GOP
__I_, I--,----I Proposal to Ease Voting Rights Act
Shown above celebrating the extraordinary life of a mother and sis-
ter by striking her legendary pose are Aceta Carter-Kelley (daughter),
Delores Woods (sister) and Angela Carter (daughter).
Family of Delphenia Carter Hold a
Celebration of Her Life on Mothers Day
Instead of a traditional Mother's Day, the family of the late
Delphenia Carter who passed away last Mothers Day held a dinner
in her honor, showed a slide show on the computer, read her poems,
and talked about her exceptional life as a educator, author, AKA
Golden soror, and woman of God. The late Mrs. Carter passed away
Mothers Day 2011.
Shown above is Chapter President Barbara Hopkin,
scholarship winner and FSCJ student Chanetta DeVore
and the luncheon's namesake Helen Bargeron.
The Sigma Chapter of Chi Eta Phi Nursing Sorority
recently honored two local scholarship recipients at their
annual Helen Bargeron Luncheon. Since 1965, tens of
thousands of dollars have been presented to students to
help them pursue nursing careers.
by The Hill
Reps. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.),
John Lewis (D-Ga.) and other House
members last week rejected a
Republican proposal to ease certain
rules in the Voting Rights Act of 1965,
and said ongoing racial prejudices
mean it is too early to even start dis-
cussing these changes.
The discussion came up after Rep.
Paul Broun (R-Ga.) offered an amend-
ment to the 2013 Justice Department
appropriations bill that would prevent
Justice from enforcing Section 5 of
Under Section 5, seven states and
several counties in other states in the
South are required to get federal clear-
ance before they make any changes tq
their election laws. Under the law,
Alabama, Alaska, Georgia, Louisiana,
Mississippi, South Carolina and
Virginia must pre-clear all changes to
voting procedures with the U.S. attor-
ney general. Some counties in
Arizona, Hawaii, Idaho and North
Carolina face the same requirement.
The rule was originally designed to
be a temporary way to ensure certain
Southern states did not try to disen-
franchise black voters. But it has since
been extended several times the
last extension was in 2006, when it
was extended through 2031.
Broun's proposal drew sharp criti-
cism from Republicans and
Democrats, many of whom said a
change the historic law should not be
considered so quickly, as an amend-
ment to an appropriations bill in a
Jackson said the Voting Rights Act,
for the first time in history, required
states to consider ways to give racial
minorities their own districts, giving
them a chance to elect a representative
to Congress. He implied that it is still
too early to trust some states to make
election choices that are considerate
of blacks and other minorities.
Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) offered
tepid support for Broun, saying that
the United States "may be reaching a
point" at which Section 5 require-
ments could be examined again. But
Wolf said he was strongly against
deciding such a complex issue with
little debate and so late at night.
5 Diseases Doctors Misdiagnose In African-Americans
1. Lupus. Lupus is two to three
times more common among African
Americans, Hispanics, Native
Americans and Asians a disparity
that remains unexplained.
Specifically, lupus is three times
more common in black women than
in white women. This autoimmune
disease, found mainly in women,
can cause common symptoms such
as fatigue, achy or swollen joints
and fevers. More than half say they
suffered for at least four years and
saw three or more doctors before
getting a diagnosis. Black and
Hispanic/Latina women tend to
develop symptoms at an earlier age
than other women. African
Americans have more severe organ
problems, especially with their kid-
neys. Between 1979 and 1998,
death rates from lupus increased
nearly 70% among black women
between the ages of 45 and 64
2. Sarcoidosis.Doctors have mis-
diagnosed this disease as asthma,
bronchitis, tuberculosis, and COPD
and other diseases because there is
not a lot known about it. Most peo-
ple and doctors too don't even
know what this disease is. They are
not sure what causes it and they
don't have a cure as of yet. In the
United States, sarcoidosis frequent-
ly occurs more often and more
severely among African Americans
than among Caucasians. Most stud-
ies suggest a higher disease rate for
3. COPD. COPD which covers
chronic bronchitis and emphysema,
is the fourth highest cause of death
in the United States. COPD is often
misdiagnosed and undertreated as
asthma. Studies show that African
American adults with COPD, asth-
ma, or coexisting asthma and
COPD use fewer medical services
and account for lower medical costs
than Caucasians because of non-
4. Hepatitis C. It's the leading
cause of liver transplants and the
most common cause of liver-related
deaths in this country, but as many
as 70 percent of those infected are
unaware they carry the virus.
African-Americans face a "triple
whammy" when it comes to the
hepatitis C virus. Two aspects of
this triple threat are well known: the
high prevalence of the virus in the
African-American community and
the lower response to therapy of
infected individuals. But there's a
third threat: African-Americans
don't spontaneously clear the virus
as often as other racial and ethnic
5. Hypothyroidism. About half
of the nearly 27 million people with
an underactive thyroid are undiag-
nosed. Symptoms such as fatigue,
weight gain, hair loss and poor
often dis- '
missed as nor- '
mal signs of
cancer at a
significantly lower rate than white
Americans. According to the study
authors, more aggressive detection
efforts in African Americans could
uncover more incidence of thyroid
cancer, to the extent that the African
American and white populations
may be experiencing similar rates
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Tenn. State Sports photo
TEMPLE: Legendary and
T RACKING precedent-setting track
IT ACKING coach at Tennessee State
to be inducted into Olympic
A LEGEND Hall of Fame.
WOODS LEAVES MVSU FOR MOREHEAD
STATE; GRAMBLING'S NEW HOOPS COACH
UNDER THE BANNER
WHAT'S GOING ON IN AND AROUND BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS
WOODS LEAVES MISS. VALLEY ST.:
Sean Woods, who has spent time with five Division
I men's basketball programs and
led Mississippi Valley State to
the 2012 NCAA Tournament,
has been named head coach at
Morehead State University.
Woods was formally introduced
during a press conference on
Woods led Mississippi Valley
State to 50 overall wins and 44
MVSU Sports Photo Southwestern Athletic Confer-
ence victories the past four years.
The 2011-12 Delta Devils finished 21-13 overall, 17-1 in
the SWAC, won the conference tournament and advanced
to the school's fifth-ever NCAA Tournament.
Woods led the Delta Devils on a 17-game win streak
(second in the nation) and won the SWAC Tournament for
the first time since 2008. MVSU advanced to the NCAA
Tournament, where they fell to Western Kentucky.
The Delta Devils finished with 21 wins the most
since the 2003-04 season when MVSU finished 22-7 under
MVSU improved by 14 overall wins and 10 confer-
ence victories from his first season to his fourth. Woods
was recognized as the 2011-12 SWAC Coach of the Year
and earned the prestigious Ben Jobe Award, which honors
the top minority coach in NCAA Division I men's college
Prior to accepting the head job in Itta Bena, Miss.,
Woods spent time on the coaching staffs at TCU (2006-
08), Texas A&M Corpus Christi (2005-06) and High Point
Woods succeeds Donnie Tyndall, who accepted the
head job at Southern Mississippi in late April and becomes
the second MVSU basketball coach to leave Itta Bena
since the end of the season. Former MVSU women's head
coach Nate Kilbert left last week to become head coach
at Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
NEW GRAMBLING HOOPS COACH:
GRAMBLING, La. Lamar assistant coach and former
Notre Dame player Joseph Price
has accepted his first head coach-
ing job at Grambling State.
Grambling officials announced
the hiring last Tuesday after-
noon and had an introduction on
Wednesday at the university's
Price has been a college assistant
since 2002, with stops at IUPUI,
Lamar Sports Photo Ball State and Morehead State
before joining Lamar's staff in
May of 2011.
Price had a standout career for Notre Dame under
then-coach Digger Phelps in the 1980s before playing
professionally overseas for 13 seasons.
Price takes over for Bobby Washington, who was
relieved of coaching duties and "reassigned" by Grambling
to another positionin the university after the team went 4-24
FORMER TENN. STATE COACH FOUND DEAD:
NolanRichardson I, theson of and assistantto former
Arkansas head coach Nolan Richardson, has been found
dead in his home, Tulsa, Okla., police said Monday.
According to police, Richardson III's wife found him
dead in their Tulsa home on Sunday at approximately 3
Police have not officially released a cause of death, but
officer Jason Willingham said Richardson III appeared to
have died by natural causes.
He was 47 years old.
Richardson III was a graduate of Langston University
in Oklahoma City and served as an assistant under his father
at Arkansas, before becoming the head coach at Tennessee
State. He was the head coach for three seasons, finishing
with an overall record of 23-45.
The journey of the elder Richardson, who was the
head coach at Arkansas from 1985-2002, was detailed in
the recent documentary "40 Minutes of Hell."
Richardson has endured tragedy in his past. In 1987,
his 15-year-old daughter Yvonne died of leukemia.
Bethune-Cookman and Fayetteville State
capture PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Titles
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- The University
of Texas-Pan American took home the Men's
Division I title and Bethune-Cookman claimed
its Championship-record ninth team title in the
Women's Team Division at the 26th PGA Minor-
ity Collegiate Golf Championship presented by
Brown Capital Management.
Texas-Pan American, the first-round leader,
used a furious comeback to claim its fifth overall
title. The Broncs trailed Tennessee State by five
strokes entering the final round. But the team used
a solid 1-under-par 71 by team captain Kevin
Kirakossian, and solid play by the rest of the team
to win the division by two strokes over TSU.
Bethune-Cookman and Savannah State tied
for third at 911. Savannah State senior Cedomir
Ilic of Serbia took home medalist honors in the
Division with a 220 total in the 54-hole event.
The Bethune-Cookman women's team, which
led South Carolina State by five strokes entering
the final round, used a team effort to take home
its second consecutive title, this time by eight
strokes. The Wildcats finished with a 916 team
total. Hampton finished third at 956.
"We fought all year and it all led to this,"
said head coach and PGA Professional Scooter
MEN'S TEAM DIVISION I
1. Texas-Pan American 294-309-301-904
Kevin Kirakossian 73-78-71--222
Santiago Bueno Bragado 72-73-79--224
Mathew Charles 74-78-73--225
Jonathan Sloss 75-80-78--233
Chris Felix 76-82-79-237
2. Tennessee State 302-296-308-906
Cameron Scitem 74-74-76-224
Ryan Pierson 75-73-76-224
Dallas Hill 79-81-80-240
James Stepp 77-77-80-234
Andrew Warner 76-72-76-224
T3. Bethune-Cookman 306-303-302-911
Matthew Mcknight 77-77-79-233
JaMichael Jones 80-76-73--229
Alex Clapp 74-74-80--228
Emmanuel Petrich 75-80-72-227
Rafael Abad 83-76-78-237
T3. Savannah State 304-308-299--911
Cedomir Ilic 76-72-72--220
Travis Roe 76-79-76-231
Ryan Lassiter 75-82-76-233
Brandon Neals 77-84-75-236
Calib Simons 80-75-81-236
5. Alabama State 301-311-307--919
Scott Benson 77-73-71--221
John Montgomery 74-77-72-223
Jose Rodriguez 85-NC
Robert Grant 73-79-84-236
Joseph Killebrew 77-82-80-239
6. Florida A&M 306-309-308--923
Justin Stills 78-77-70-225
Cody Sapp 80-83-79--242
Randon Holt 87-74-79--240
Anthony Phipps II 76-77-84-237
Shephard Archie III 72-81-80--233
7, Arkansas at Pine Bluff 305-318-326-949
Caleb Ray 75-84-84-243
Nqobani Ndabambi 75-77-77--229
Gregory Robinson 78-76-83-237
TITLEIST: Independent Women's Division Medalist,
Ariel McNair of Xavier University lines up a putt.
Clark. "We needed to come out and respond to
South Carolina State, who played great, and we
did. It was no doubt a challenge."
Tiana Jones of Alliance, Ohio, was the
medalist in the Women's Team Division. The
junior opened with an 82 on Friday, but bounced
back with a sparkling 68 on Saturday, and a solid
74 in the final round on the Ryder Course.
Shane Kelly 77-81-82-240
Elliott Rollins, Jr. 86-87-84-257
8. Texas Southern 322-321-322--965
Dominique Worthen 78-80-67-225
Jason Barton 78-73-78--229
Michael Calvillo 87-87-92--266
Quinton Leonard 93-90-91--274
Luis Colon Gonzalez 79-81-86--246
9. Maryland-Eastern Shore 322-329-333--984
Mike Veverka 78-76-79-233
Greg Raad 81-85-83-249
Paul Cecil 82-85-84-251
Christopher Toney 81-83-87--251
Sedrick Bailey 92-98-98-288
10. North Carolina Central 333-343-345-1021
Spencer Jones 78-80-82--240
Ryne Toole 83-85-82-250
Andre Jones 84-86-82-252 [j
Walter Baits 88-92-99-279
Jack Waissen 115-100-108-323
11. HAMPTON 351-359-346--1056
Geoffrey Napper 100-93-102-295
Curtis Fearrington 79-82-77-238
Mark Irwin 91-88-92-271
Tyler Davis 90-103-94-287
Sean Moore 91-96-83-270
MEN'S TEAM DIVISION II
1. Fayetteville State 300-293-303--896
Jake Barge 72-71-70-213
Brandon Jobe 80-74-76-230
Jedidiah Frazier 71-73-76-220
Lincoln Jackson 77-75-81-233
Michael Wallace 81-89-NC
2,. Lincoln 313-305-314-932
Steven Mallow 84-74-77-235
Jacob Sandbothe 77-77-76-230
Kyle Brennaman 76-76-83-235
Eric Kosmatka 76-78-78-232
Jordan Morris 93-86-87--266
3. Morehouse 319-323-313--955
Bryan McElderry 78-75-82--235
Clifton Jordan 81-85-79-245
Justin McElderry 78-84-78-240
Alexander Atkinson 82-84-78-244
Bruce Cousin 85-80-78-243
4. Virginia State 317-338-328-983
Stephen Genchi 70-NC
Rashad Hunt 79-84-83--246
Aaron Bryant 88-88-77--253
Adam Clary 82-80-83--245
Dalton Jolly 86-86-85-257
5. Benedict 344-328-330-1002
Anthony Wik 83-82-80-245
Eddie Smith III 94-80-79-253
Jordan Buchanan 78-75-84-237
Kelly Willis 89-91-87-267
6. Paine 341-332-337--1010
Carlos Solis 76-74-75-225
Victor Tapia 82-82-77--241
Patrick Mobley 90-82-85--257
Ralpph Godbee 93-94-100--287
Keith Godbee 123-116-122-361
7. Winston Salem State 341-335-339--1015
Glendon Mabe 75-77-82-234
Zach Sheets 83-78-74--235
Mike Asbury 86-82-80-248
Kyle Collins 97-98-103--298
8. Kentucky State 362-346-360-1068
George Dundon 89-86-96--271
Josh Jackson 83-81-77-241
RhoShawn Johnson 99-82-84-265
Carlton Foreman 104-107-103-314
WOMEN'S TEAM DIVISION
1. Bethune-Cookman 305-311-300-916
Patrizia Trevisan 72-79-74--225
Estefania Acosta 78-75-80--233
Andrea Orozco 74-79-76-229
Marie Bergelin 81-78-75-234
Jennifer Hide 81-81-75-237
2. South Carolina State 324-297-303--924
Jones also earned an exemption from the
LPGA into one Symetra Tour event during the
2012 or 2013 season.
"I wanted to play smart but I also wanted to
play aggressive," said Jones. "I was dreaming about
winning the individual title last night and my heart
was in my throat all day. It feels awesome."
In Division II, Fayetteville State ran away
with the title, winning the division by 36 strokes
and finishing with an 896 total. The Broncos
were led all weekend by junior Jake Barge: The
Fayetteville native shot a final-round 70 on the
Ryder Course, and also claimed Division medalist
"It was great for our team to get back in the
winner's circle this year," said Barge. "We haven't
won since 2009 so this is really satisfying. We got
the job done."
Lincoln of Jefferson City, Mo., finished sec-
ond overall, while Morehouse finished alone in
In the Women's Independent Division, Ariel
McNair of Xavier closed with a 76 to win the title
by two strokes over Mia Campbell of Alabama
State. ShanequaValentine of Prairie ViewA&M
Tiana Jones 82-68-74-224
Cheryl Chua 79-76-74-229
Carmen Jones 83-87-78-248
Cherie Chua 82-79-78-239
Cabriel Duren 81-74-77-232
3. Hampton 329-314-313-956
Kayla Williams 80-76-81-237
Nicole West 83-76-71--230
Iman Ellis 87-87-86-260
Dionne West 81-85-78-244
Maria Stewart 85-77-83-245
4. Texas-Pan American 329-322-318-969
Sam Garcia 80-82-76--238
Elena Arroyo 84-76-78-238
Blake Peterson 87-82-82-251
Marisa Canales 78-82-82-242
Ashley Garcia 89-83-85-257
5. Lincoln 351-332-312-995
Kaitlyn Schwartze 81-84-74-239
Payton Schooler 84-74-82--240
Shea Colley 87-87-82-256
Sophia Pardalos 100-87-74-261
Kara Harwood 99-98-90--287
6. Texas Southern 337-339-321--997
Kassandra Rivera 78-82-70-230
Adrianna Trevino 89-86-77-252
Bridget Johnston 89-81-89-259
Tyler Lawrence 85-90-85-260
Angela Rafac 85-98-89-272
WOMEN'S INDEPENDENT DIVISION
Ardel McNair, Xavier 84-79-76-239
Mia Campbell, Alabama State 83-80-78-241
Shanequs Valentine, Pr. View A&M 88-78-78-244
Whitney Young, W-Jesuit University 85-89-85-259
Alexandra Uduk, UMES 98-87-83-268
Michelle Gifford, Savannah State 98-90-93--281
Allison Brown, SCSU 105-106-96-307
Che Ferguson, T. Southern -106-103-100-309
Jamie Bruce, Benedict 112-119-111-342
Bethune-Cookman wins MEAC Softball title;
To face Texas A&M in NCAAs
ORMOND BEACH, Fla.- Bethune-Cookman defeated in-state rival
Florida A&M, 2-1, to win the 2012 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
(MEAC) Softball Championship title, Saturday afternoon at the Ormond
Beach Sports Complex.
The victory was the third consecutive and eighth overall MEAC Soft-
ball Championship title for the Lady Wildcats. Bethune-Cookman is the
second team in conference history to win consecutive championships as
they have won five straight from 2000 to '04 and again from 2010 to '12
Florida A&M (28-29) put the first score on the board as Tera Gainer
singled to left side scoring Jasmin Donaldson, giving the Lady Rattlers a
1-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
Bethune-Cookman (30-29) came back aggressively in the second
inning to score two runs in the bottom of the second inning as Cesley Ta-
foya singled down the leftfield line scoring both Sabrina Ferguson and
Shamaria Engram for the 2-1 win.
As a team, B-CU collected five hits, led by Ferguson with two hits
and one run. Tafoya was 1-of-1 with two RBI.
Bethune-Cookman's Shanel Tolbert (30-24), who was named the
Outstanding Performer, pitched her fourth consecutive complete game
of the tournament with five strikeouts, two walks, and one earned run.
Wildcats Head Coach Chris Cochran was named the Outstanding Coach
for the third time in her career.
With the win, Bethune-Cookman (30-29) receives the conference's
automatic bid to the 2012 NCAA Softball Championship. The Lady Wildcats
will face host Texas A&M (39-16) in the first round of the College Station,
Tx. regional on Friday (May 18) at 8 p.m. The other teams in the regional
are LSU (34-22) and Texas State (38-15)..
Miss. Valley State takes SWAC Softball title;
Travels to Lafayette (La.) for NCAAs
IRONDALE Mississippi Valley State came from three runs down
to beat Jackson State 7-3 and claim their seventh SWAC softball title and
first since 2009. A grand slam by catcher Nicole Burr in the top of the
seventh inning capped the comeback for the Devilettes, who improved to
Burr was named Tournament Most Outstanding Player. She was joined
on the All-Tournament team by teammates Kimberly Spivey and Alicia
Lorenz. Jackson State had three players on the team. Last year's tournament
MOP Wendi Reed, Jasmin Warren and Tayler Nave. Giana Robinson
and Rebecca Villarreal represented Texas Southern, while Cassandra
Brown (Alabama A&M), Cally Falls (Prairie View), CeCe Kolesar
(Arkansas-Pine Bluff) rounded out the team.
Burr accounted for five of the Devilettes' seven runs, although she
only had one hit. Rachelle Harris drove in the other two runs. Alexandra
Sullivan had two hits for MVSU. Lorenz was the winning pitcher for the
Devilettes. She allowed three runs on eight hits and a walk. She also had
The Devilettes (34-17) will face hostLouisiana-Lafayette (49-4) Friday
(May 18) at 7 p.m. in the first round of the NCAA Div. I Softball Regional
in Lafayette (La.). The other teams in the regional are Stanford (38-17) and
Track coaching legend Ed Temple
set for Olympic HOF induction
Legendary Tennessee State Coach Ed Temple will inducted with the
Class of 2012 to the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame. They will be formally
introduced and honored July 12 during an awards ceremony at the Harris
Theater in Chicago.
A 1950 graduate of Tennessee State, Temple served as head women's
track coach at TSU from 1953 to 1994 and became one of the greatest
coaches in Olympic history. He helped establish the U.S. as a women's
sprinting powerhouse and served as head coach of two U.S. Olympic teams
(1960 and 1964), during which time his athletes brought home 23 Olympic
medals (13 gold, six silver and four bronze).
His teams also won 34 national team titles and 30 Pan-American Games
medals. As the women's coach, Temple laid a foundation for growth in
women's athletics, a boom that continues to this day.
Temple's 44-year coaching tenure at TSU saw him coach and mentor
some of the greatest athletes in Olympic history, including Wyomia Tyus,
Wilma Rudolph and Willie White. Rudolph was the first American woman
of any race to win three track & field gold medals at a single Olympic
Games, while Tyus was the first woman to successfully defend an Olympic
100-meter gold medal.
For Temple's athletes, a gold medal was only the start. Among the 40
Olympians he coached (35 of whom represented the U.S.), 28 of them have
master's degrees and 14 of them have either an M.D. or Ph.D.
In addition to his 24 national titles, Temple is a member of the National
Track & Field Hall of Fame as well as the Tennessee, Helms, Tennessee
State, Harrisburg Central Area Chapter, Pennsylvania, Ohio Valley Confer-
ence and Black Athletes Halls of Fame.
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 finished at the bottom of the 24-team field at the NCAA West
Regional in Erie, Colorado. The Lady Tigers finished with a total of 1020, 89 strokes behind No. 23 Northern
Colorado. Cammyann Stith had the best score for the Lady Tigers with rounds of 81-79-81-241.
NCAA DIV. II GOLF
* CIAA champion Fayetteville State'finished in tie for 13th with a three-day total of 960, 15 strokes behind
fifth-place St. Thomas Aquinas, the last team to qualify for the national championship at the Atlantic/East
Super Regional in Hersey, Pa. FSU posted scores of 324-325-311.
* Fayetteville State junior Jacob Barge shot a final round 4-over 75 to finish in a fourth place tie and clinch
one of two individual berths in the NCAA Div. II national championship.
Barges shot a 6-over-par 77 and was in a tie for 14th after the first round. He followed that up with a second-
round 74. Barge advances to the NCAA Championship which will be played May 15-19 at the Cardinal Golf
Club in Louisville, Ky.
NCAA DIV. II TENNIS
* ClAAand Atlantic Regional men's champion Shaw plays in the NCAA National Tournament in Louisville,
Ky. on May 16-19.
NCAA DIV. I TENNIS
* Women's MEAC champion SC State suffered its first loss of the season falling to host Florida, 4-0, in the
first round of the NCAA Florida Regional.
* MEAC men's champion SC State was shutout by host Georgia 4-0 in the first round of the NCAA Georgia
* SWAC men's champion Alcorn State was eliminated by host Mississippi State 4-0 in the first round of the
NCAA Slarkville Regional.
* SWAC women's champion Southern fell to Ole Miss, 4-0 in the first round of the NCAA Oxford Regional.
NCAA DIV. II BASEBALL
* CIAA champion Winston-Salem State (34-19) is seeded sixth in the Atlantic Regional in West Lawn,
Pa. and will take on top-seed Seton Hill (44-9), the champion of the WVIAC, on Thursday (May 17) at
11 a.m. Other teams in the regional are No. 2 West Chester, No. 5 Shepherd, No. 3 Kutztown and No. 6
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Shown above are graduating seniors (L-R) Back row: Christopher Greene, Malcolm Chapman, Winston
Jones, Darius Hollliday. Middle row: Kristen Huyghue and Courtney Holliday. Front: Nigel Lax, Lauren
Allen and Jonathan Gregory.
Jack & Jill Honors Graduating Seniors
On Sunday, May 6th, the
Jacksonville Jack and Jill Chapter
of America Inc. was proud to pres-
ent the "Talented Ten", graduating
seniors for the 2012 School year. A
banquet was held at the Deerwood
Country Club honoring the seniors
where display boards displaying
their past and future were on view.
The seniors that were recognized
Lauren Allen, a graduating sen-
ior in the inaugural class of Darnell-
Cookman Middle/High School of
Medical Arts, Jacksonville, is the
daughter of Scott and Shauna Allen.
Lauren will be attending Xavier
Malcolm Chapman, son of
Mark Chapman, III and Marti
Forchion, is a graduating senior at
Stanton College Preparatory
School. Malcolm will be attending
University of Central Florida.
Christopher Greene, the son of
Deborah Price and Trevor Greene is
a graduating senior at Ponte Vedra
High School. Christopher will be
attending University of Cincinnati.
Jonathan Gregory, son of Dr.
E.C. & Deirdre Gregory is a gradu-
ating senior at The Bolles School.
Jonathan will be attending Florida
Courtney Holliday is a graduat-
ing senior at Stanton College
Preparatory School in Jacksonville,
FL and is the daughter of Octavius
Holliday, Jr. and Lashantah Brown
Holliday. Courtney will be joining
the United States Air Force.
Christian Ariel Synclair
Greene, the daughter of John and
Mearys Greene of Saint Augustine,
is a graduating senior at Allen D.
Nease High School.
Darius Holliday a graduating
senior at Stanton College
Preparatory School and is the son of
Octavius Holliday, Jr. and
Lashantah Brown Holliday. Darius
will be attending Charleston
Kristen Nicole Huyghue,
daughter of Michael and Kimberly
Huyghue, is a graduating senior at
the Episcopal School of
Jacksonville. Kristen will be attend-
ing Georgetown University.
Winston A. Jones, son of Dr.
Kenneth and Susan Jones, is a grad-
uating senior at The Bolles School.
He will be attending University of
Nigel Erwin Lax is a graduating
senior at Bishop Kenny High
School in Jacksonville, Florida and
is the son of Dr. Thelecia Wilson.
He will be attending Bethune
Captain Brian Beckerman
The Miami-Dade Fire Rescue
official who wrote on Facebook
that "failed, %^$bag, ignorant"
parents are to blame in cases like
the shooting death of unarmed
Miami Gardens teen Trayvon
Martin has been demoted.
Captain Brian Beckmann, who
has been with Fire Rescue since
1997, was demoted two rungs to
the lowest rank of firefighter dur-
ing an administrative hearing this
week and will be required to
undergo a psychological evalua-
tion and undergo diversity train-
ing. The firefighters union said it
would appeal the ruling,
WSVN reports Beckmann sub-
mitted an apology to Fire Chief
William Bryson, stating in part:
"I promise that I will try harder
than ever to be a decent and pro-
fessional public servant to the cit-
izens ofMiami-Dade County... My
family has suffered tremendously
and this has been punishment
Evidence Filed in the
SANFORD, Fla. -- As many
eagerly awaited the release of
never-before-seen evidence in the
case against George Zimmerman,
members of Special Prosecutor
Angela Corey's office provided a
preview in the form of an eight-
The paperwork, filed with the
Seminole County clerk as closing
time approached, included a list of
witnesses the state plans to call
and identified several pieces of the
evidence prosecutors expect to use
to support a second-degree murder
charge in the death of 17-year-old
Zimmerman attorney Mark
O'Mara confirmed he received the
evidence at his office. It consists
of dozens of CDs and numerous
"It's 67 CDs. That's about all I
know," O'Mara said.
Most names were redacted from
witness and evidence documents
obtained by the Orlando Sentinel,
but six civilian witnesses were
named: Martin's parents, Sybrina
Fulton and Tracy Martin; his
brother, Jahvarius Fulton, and
Zimmerman's neighbor, Frank
Taaffe, friend Joe Oliver and
father, Robert Zimmerman.
The document listed 18 Sanford
police officers as primary witness-
es. Corey's office also turned over
five reports prepared by him, as
well as written reports prepared by
four other Sanford officers.
The list includes new video evi-
dence from the night of the shoot-
ing -- both from the 7-Eleven store
where Martin reportedly pur-
chased Skittles and Arizona iced
tea and from a clubhouse in
Retreat at Twin Lakes, the town-
house complex where the teen was
Other video, showing
beyond anything I ever imagined."
A screencap of Beckmann's
comments was first published on
TheGrio.com when its source
expressed concern at "the thoughts
of someone who responds to the
homes of the very people" dispar-
aged on his Facebook page, which
cites Metro-Dade Firefighters
The rant was reportedly pub-
lished April 11, the same night
special prosecutor Angela Corey
of Jacksonville announced second
degree murder charges against
Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton,
is a program coordinator at the
Miami-Dade County Housing
Authority, where she has worked
for 23 years. His father, Tracy
Martin, is a truck driver.
Zimmerman being taken into the
Sanford Police Department after
the shooting, already has been
made public. Crime scene photos
of both Zimmerman and the teen
also are listed in the documents
filed Monday, as is Martin's autop-
Also included in the evidence
are phone records -- Zimmerman's
from Feb. 20-Feb. 26 and from
March 7-March 22, Martin's from
Jan. 1-March 1, and those of an
unnamed witness labeled "W8"
from Feb. 26-April 2,
The list includes 40 audio-
recorded statements. One of the
911 callers, identified as "W6,"
gave four statements to authorities
about the shooting, two to Sanford
police, one to the Florida
Department of Law Enforcement
and one to the prosecution's lead
trial attorney, Bernie de la Rionda.
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Highlands Elementary Justina Road Elementary
S.P. Livingston Elementary Martin Luther King Elementary
Pickett Elementary Annie R. Morgan Elementary
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school students who attend Title I Turnaround schools to
receive additional assistance in core subject areas.
For more information, contact the Department of Academic Services at
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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
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
Baptist Health presents Women's
Heart Connection, Saturday, May
19th, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the
Main Library. The free registration
includes a free heart screening and
heart health counseling. There will
also be cooking demonstrations,
manicures and massages. For more
information call (904) 202-3013.
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
Super Pet Adoption
The first-ever Jacksonville Pet
Super Adoption will be held
Saturday, May 19th from 10 a.m.
to 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 20th,
from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the
First Coast No More Homeless
Adoption Center, 10503 San Jose
Boulevard, Jacksonville. More than
400 pets every breed, mix, age,
color and size will be available. For
more information contact Barbara
Williamson at (435) 644-4408 or
email@example.com or visit
Tribute to Malcolm X
Masjid Al-Salaam will present a
tribute to Malcolm Malik El-
Shabazz, Sunday, May 20th, at
Masjid Al-Salaam, 1625 Pearl St.,
celebrating the theme:"Our culture,
our children our future and our-
selves." The guest speaker is
Brother Joseph Carswell and
teacher, scholar, researcher and his-
torian Dr. Kaba Hiawatha Kamene.
For more information call 359-0980
or visit www.salaammasjid.com.
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.
Ride for Peace
MAD DADS of Jacksonville is
celebrating a peace motorcycle ride
for life, with a 50 mile ride through
the city to the sites where victims
have been murdered, Saturday,
June 2nd. For more information
please contact Donald Foy at 534-
9493 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eta Phi Beta Honors
Eta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc is cele-
rating 70 years nationally and 50
years locally with a Founders Day
Luncheon, Saturday, June 2nd at
11:30 a.m. at the Crowne Plaza
Riverfront, 1201 Riverplace
Boulevard. The sorority is honoring
outstanding community leaders. Dr.
Norma S. White is the keynote
speaker. For more information and
tickets call (904) 304-4779 or (904)
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 632- 5555.
Men Who Cook
The Gamma Rho Omega Chapter
of Alpha 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.
Reunion Night at the
Ritz for Eugene Butler
Former students of Eugene Butler
are invited to meet at the Ritz
Theatre and Museum to see the new
exhibit, "More Than a Game:
African American Sports in
Jacksonville, 1900-1975." Re-con-
nect with classmates, teachers and
coaches. Add your stories and
memorabilia to the exhibit! The free
informal gathering will take place
Tuesday, June 19th, 6 8 p.m. at
the Ritz Museum. For more infor-
mation call (904) 632-5555
An Evening in
The public is invited to attend An
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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Sheree Whitfield on Life After Housewives
Sheree Whitfield has never been
a woman of few words. Over four
seasons on The Real Housewives of
Atlanta, Sheree developed a reputa-
tion as someone who spoke her
mind to all, and anyone, who dared
get in her way. But now four years
into the show, Whitfield has walked
away from what she describes as a
"whole lot of bickering and fight-
Katherine Jackson: Obsessed with Michael's Memory
It's been nearly three years since Katherine Jackson lost her famous son,
and not a day goes by that she doesn't mourn his passing.
"Every morning, all through the day, I think about Michael," she says on
Monday's broadcast of Piers Morgan Tonight. "If I wake up through the
night, my mind is there."
When Morgan asked if she'd ever "get over" her son's death, she replied,
"I just miss him," she added. "But being a Christian and believing in res-
urrection, I feel that I'll see him again."
She then became teary, apologizing for getting choked up. "I'm sorry,"
she said. Morgan told her it was "perfectly understandable," and he could-
n't "imagine a worse thing" than a parent having to bury his or her own
Atlanta hosts furst Open Beauty of the Week Casting Call
Atlanta was ground
zero last weekend for
JET magazine's first-
ever open casting call
for its coveted
"Beauty Of The
Week" (B.O.W.) fea-
Mitzi Miller co-host-
ed the event with
"Real Housewives of
Atlanta" star Cynthia
Bailey in hopes of
finding women that
"embody the look
and spirit of the 'Beauty Of The Week."'
Approximately 40 bikini-clad beauties lined up outside The Bailey
Agency School of Fashion for a chance to make their JET "Beauty of The
Week" dreams come true.
Miller and Bailey shared their judging duties with Q Parker, formally of
the R&B group 112, and Kenya Moore -- a former JET "B.O.W" and Miss
USA, who is rumored to be joining Bailey as the newest cast member on
the "Real Housewives Of Atlanta."
There's no word yet on which ladies will actually grace the B.O.W page.
In her first post-RHOA interview,
Sheree spoke with ESSENCE about
why she quit the beloved reality
show, her issues with how she was
portrayed, and whether she calls
any of her co-stars "friend."
Q: What's been going on in your
life since you officially left Real
Housewives of Atlanta?
SHEREE WHITFIELD: I've
been spending more time with my
kids and my family and planning
my next move. I've got a couple
projects that I'm working on that
I'm really excited about. I've part-
nered with a company called
Xooma to create a 5 million-pound
fitness challenge. We're trying to
help a generation get healthy. I'm
really excited about it because
this is my realm and what I love.
Q: RHOA is so successful.
Was it daunting to make the
decision to leave?
SHEREE: Well, you know
what, I had been thinking
about it for a while. We
don't see the show until it
airs, or a couple days before
it airs. Even when we were
taping, there were a few
things I wasn't happy with
as far as how I was por-
trayed. I was going
because I know what happened. It
was an amicable split. I was ready
to move and I don't need to explain
myself to anybody. I am super
happy and I'm moving in a different
direction. This is what I know. I'm
not about just being on a show bick-
ering and fighting with women.
There are big parts of my life that
weren't shown that I'm ready for
everybody to see.
Q: Speaking of behavior on the
show, is there somewhere you can
take responsibility? The producers
do put you in that situation, yes, but
it's still you doing it.
SHEREE: Definitely. You're
being put in situations with people
you normally won't be around.
You're doing the show, but at the
same time, you can't control the
editing. It's crazy, the negative
stereotype that Black women get
about this when it's not a racial
issue; it's a gender issue. We're
very emotional beings women
period, not just Black women or
White women or Italian women or
Asian women. We're all the same
way. But unfortunately, [in] the
Black community there's always a
microscope on what we do and
that's not fair because you have
other shows like Jersey Shore -
they're getting drunk and fist fight-
ing. Then you have Mob Wives and
Housewives of New Jersey -
they're flipping tables. Everybody
handles things differently. When
you have women of other races
doing it, they're not boycotting
them. I don't think it's fair the
stereotype that they put on African-
American women, or females peri-
Q: So why do you think people
react like that to Black women on
SHEREE: I don't know. We're
not here to represent the entire
Q: When you say you were going
through tough times during the last
season, are you talking specifically
about your child support issues with
your ex-husband Bob Whitfield or
your life in general?
SHEREE: In general. Bob and I
have been going through a lot since
day one, and then the child support
thing happened. All the drama on
the show didn't help. I don't want
my daughter thinking it's okay
when you have women constantly
-- we didn't fight but we bick-
ered and we had arguments all the
time. You're put in situations where
you're with people that you would-
n't normally be hanging out with.
Q: How are you and Bob now?
Have you worked out the child sup-
SHEREE: No, we haven't. One
day I hope Bob and I can sit down
and become good friends and even
better parents to our kids.
Q: Are you keeping in touch with
any of your co-stars?
SHEREE: Actually I just saw
Kandi last night. I wish all the girls
the best. The ones that I like and the
ones that I don't like, I wish every-
body the best.
Q: Was anyone on that show a
genuine friend to you?
SHEREE: I would say there's a
couple, yes. I won't name them but
they know. But I would definitely
say there are two people.
Q: You and NeNe [Leakes]
showed how much you didn't like
each other on that reunion show.
Has anything been resolved
between you two?
SHEREE: Resolved how? I don't
think we've had a friendship for
some years. I'm surrounding
myself with confident people so
I'm just living life and having a
good time and doing me.
Q: Have you heard about former
Miss USA Kenya Moore possibly
SHEREE: Honestly, I haven't
followed the show since I left. I
know they've thrown a lot of names
out. I wish whoever gets the spot
the best of luck.
Q: How is construction on your
new home, a.k.a. Chateau Sheree,
SHEREE: It's going really great.
You know, that takes time, and I
want it done right. I don't want
nobody to come over, blow on it
and it falls down.
Bobbi Kristina to Star in Reality Series
LOS ANGELES Whitney
Houston's teenage daughter will
star in a reality TV show that fol-
lows the family of the "I Will
Always Love You" singer as they
cope with her sudden death earlier
The Lifetime channel said on
Friday that Bobbi Kristina Brown,
19, Houston's mother Cissy, the
singer's brother Gary, and her man-
ager and sister-in-law Pat Houston
would all appear in the show that
will air later this year.
"The Houston Family
Chronicles", billed as a documen-
tary series, will follow Pat and Gary
Houston "as they take on their
greatest challenge, supporting and
guiding Bobbi Kristina as she faces
the world alone, without the one
person she relied on the most, her
mother," Lifetime said.
Bobbi Kristina is the only child
of Houston with her ex-husband
Bobby Brown, and she was hospi-
talized twice for anxiety after her
mother was found dead in a Beverly
Hills hotel room in February. She is
now being raised by Pat and Gary
Houston, 48, drowned in her
hotel room's bathtub in what
authorities have said was an acci-
dental death triggered by cocaine
use and heart disease. The singer
had a history of addiction to
cocaine and other drugs.
"The tragic loss of Whitney
Houston left a void in the hearts of
people all over the world, but cer-
tainly none more so than her
beloved family," said Lifetime pro-
gramming executive Rob
"In this series, the multi-genera-
tions of the Houston family will
bravely reveal their lives as they
bond together to heal, love, and
grow," he added in a statement.
Pat Houston said she had been
developing a TV project for herself
for some time but the unexpected
death of Houston had affected the
direction of the show.
"It is my hope that others will be
enlightened as they watch our fam-
ily heal and move forward," she
said in a statement.
Lifetime, whose audience is
largely female, said it had ordered
10 hour-long episodes of the series.
A premier date has not yet been
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haired friend was, when she pushed
them in their side-by-side buggy.
The pair owe their appearance to a
one in a million combination of
their parents' genes.
Mother Kylee Hodgson and father
Remi Horder both have white
mothers and black fathers.
The startling result is a two-tone
set of delightful little girls.
The young ladies have never asked
why they don't look the same, nor
have they ever experienced any
'They are such a perfect example
9WIPH ho%% it
should be,' their mother
said. "They are not bothered about
their skm color. It's not the big issue
everyone else seems to see it as. It
isn't important to them at all it's
about what they're like under-
"People would ask me why I
dressed the children the same,"
Kylee said. 'I'd just say: "because
they're twins," and leave people to
work it out. It kind of irritated me at
first, but everyone in my area got to
know they were twins and accepted
it. It was only strangers or outsiders
who didn't know.'
Although they share a common
bond, the twins are already doing
things their own way.
Kian, according to her mother, 'is
Kian and Remee
a bit bossier, a bit louder'. She
'Remee is a bit more laid back.
She'll think a bit longer before she
HOW IT CAN HAPPEN
The odds of a mixed race couple
having twins of different colors are
a million to one.
Skin color is believed to be deter-
mined by up to seven different
genes working together.
If a parent is of mixed race, their
eggs or sperm will contain a mix-
ture of genetic codes for both black
and white skin.
However, if both the egg and
sperm contain all white genes, the
baby will be white.
And if both contain just the ver-
sions necessary for black skin, the
baby will be black.
Today they are in different classes
at school and have different sets of
They both love dancing and sing
along to the same records mostly
New York rapper Nicki Minaj and
pop star Rihanna.
(L-R) Shown above are students and administrators who participated in the recent JLOC Free Haircut
Day: Allen Woods, barber Leslie Muhammad, Caleb Newbill, Branson Randolph, barber Lester
Muhammad, Brandon Stephens, Raymond Stiles and Brandon Rush.
JLOC Keeping Youths' Head High With Free Haircut Program
Members of the Jacksonville Local Organizing Committee (JLOC) provided free hair cuts to the male students
of Andrew Robinson Elementary School. The men of the organization recognize what an important ingredient
self-esteem plays in the total personality of today young men. Good self-esteem and hygiene is the solid foun-
dation behind the 'Free Haircut Program for School Youth and Senior Citizens'. Now in it's fifth year, the program
benefits area students and youth. For more information, to donate money, support or volunteer call 240-9133.
Michael Vick Gets Schooled in Chess
Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles
quarterback, has played a lot of foot-
ball games at Lincoln Financial
Field. However, Vick made a special
appearance at the Linc earlier this
week not to play football, but to play
chess against some of Philadelphia's
most talented chess players.
Vick competed against some great
young chess players as part of the
Eagles Chess day sponsored by
ASAP(After School Activities
Partnership) and the Eagles Youth
"It's really nice to play chess with
the kids to see how much they've
learned and how much they know,"
Vick said. "Any time you have a
chess game, you have fun doing it.
You're trying to outplay your oppo-
nent. You're trying to take more
pieces from them. These
kids can play. They're real
good. I'm proud of them.
It's good to see how much
The Eagles Chess Day is
an invitation only event for
225 of the strongest and
most dedicated young
chess players (grades
2-12) from ASAP's
Philadelphia Youth Chess
Challenge a community
of 3,000 students playing
in 230 afterschool clubs in schools,
libraries and community and recre-
ation centers across the city. In addi-
tion to meeting and competing
against Eagles like Vick, these out-
standing students went head-to-head
in four rounds of competition. After
that, there was an awards ceremony
in the Eagles locker room.
Established in 1995, EYP is the
charitable wing of the Eagles, focus-
ing on health and education initia-
tives for children throughout the
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