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The Jacksonville free press
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Mrs. Perry's free press
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Additional Physical Form:
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Dates or Sequential Designation:
Vol. 4, no. 36 (June 28, 1990)-
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"Florida's First Coast only quality Black weekly."
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Material Information

Title:
The Jacksonville free press
Running title:
Mrs. Perry's free press
Physical Description:
v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language:
English
Publisher:
Rita Luffborough Perry
Place of Publication:
Jacksonville Fla
Creation Date:
March 1, 2012
Publication Date:
Frequency:
weekly
regular

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
African American newspapers -- Florida   ( lcsh )
African Americans -- Newspapers -- Florida   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Jacksonville (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Duval County (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Genre:
newspaper   ( marcgt )
newspaper   ( sobekcm )
Spatial Coverage:
United States -- Florida -- Duval -- Jacksonville
Coordinates:
30.31944 x -81.66 ( Place of Publication )

Notes

Additional Physical Form:
Available on microfilm from the University of Florida.
Additional Physical Form:
Also available on optical disc from Ethnic newswatch.
Dates or Sequential Designation:
Vol. 4, no. 36 (June 28, 1990)-
General Note:
"Florida's First Coast only quality Black weekly."
Funding:
Funded in part by the University of Florida, the Library Services and Technology Assistance granting program of Florida, the State Library and Archives of Florida, and other institutions and individuals.

Record Information

Source Institution:
University of Florida
Holding Location:
University of Florida
Rights Management:
All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier:
aleph - 002042477
oclc - 19095970
notis - AKN0341
lccn - sn 95007355
issn - 1081-3349
System ID:
UF00028305:00367

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Preceded by:
Jacksonville advocate-free press

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Census: Minorities Now

Surpass Whites in US Births
For the first time, racial and ethnic minorities make up more than half
the children born in the U.S., capping decades of heady immigration
growth that is now slowing.
New 2011 census estimates highlight sweeping changes in the nation's
racial makeup and the prolonged impact of a weak economy, which is
now resulting in fewer Hispanics entering the U.S.
"This is an important landmark," said Roderick Harrison, a former chief
of racial statistics at the Census Bureau who is now a sociologist at
Howard University. "This generation is growing up much more accus-
tomed to diversity than its elders."
The report comes as the Supreme Court prepares to rule on the legali-
ty of a strict immigration law in Arizona, with many states weighing sim-
ilar get-tough measures.
As a whole, the nation's minority population continues to rise, follow-
ing a higher-than-expected Hispanic count in the 2010 census. Minorities
increased 1.9 percent to 114.1 million, or 36.6 percent of the total U.S.
population, lifted by waves of immigration that brought in young fami-
lies and boosted the number of child bearing Hispanic women.
The annual growth rates for Hispanics and Asians fell sharply last year
to just over 2 percent, roughly half the rates in 2000 and the lowest in
more than a decade. The black growth rate stayed flat at 1 percent.

Voting Rights Act: Appeals
Court Upholds Key Provision
WASHINGTON -- A federal appeals court has upheld a key provision
of the Voting Rights Act, rejecting an Alabama county's challenge to the
landmark civil rights law.
The provision requires state, county and local governments with a his-
tory of discrimination to obtain advance approval from the Justice
Department, or from a federal court in Washington, for any changes to
election procedures. It now applies to all or parts of 16 states.
In a 2-1 decision, the U.S. Court ofAppeals for the District of Columbia
Circuit said that Congress developed extensive evidence of continuing
racial discrimination just six years ago and reached a reasonable conclu-
sion when it reauthorized section 5 of the law at that time.
The appellate ruling could clear the way for the case to be appealed to
the Supreme Court where Chief Justice John Roberts suggested in a 2009
opinion that the court's conservative majority might be receptive to a
challenge to section 5.
Section 5 currently applies to the states of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona,
Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia. It
also covers certain counties in California, Florida, New York, North
Carolina and South Dakota, as well as some local jurisdictions in
Michigan and New Hampshire.

2nd Grader Who Played MLK
in Blackface Wants Apology
Sean King, a Colorado Springs second-grader at Meridian Ranch
Elementary school, found himself in hot water last
when he was pulled out of class for dressing like
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. while also wearing
black face paint for a school project. Now, Sean
and his family want an apology from the school for
the way the staff handled the situation.
Sean, 8-years-old, told KRDO that he feels
school officials were "mean" to him and his fami-
ly, citing that they made his mother cry. Sean
explained that he is confused why other children who also wore face
paint honoring other historical people were not punished like he was.
"They were really negative to me," Sean said about school staff to
KRDO.
School officials are now considering offering special classes about
racial stereotypes to help teach kids and parents more about racial sensi-
tivity.

33-year-old Man Has 30 Kids

by 11 Different Women
Desmond Hatchett of Tennessee is pleading with the state to help him
pay for child support he simply cannot afford. -
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dren and the state of Tennessee says there is nothing
that they can do to limit him from having more chil-
dren.
"I had four kids in the same year. Twice." Desmond
Hatchett said in an interview with a local news sta-
tion. He's been begging for help from the state of
Tennessee because he can't afford the child support :,
for all these kids. The children range in age from toddlers to 14 years old.
This is not the first time he was in court. On his last visit, he had 21
kids and his name appeared on the docket 11 times, this was back in
2009. Hatchett told FOX that he works a minimum wage job so he can
only afford to give each mother $1.49 a month.
To his credit, the man knows every single one of his children's names,
ages and birthdates. Hatchett spent some time in jail back in 2009 while
a child support referee decided how to split up the $400 he brought to
court. At the time, if he didn't pay what he owed, he would go back to
jail because he's on an automatic jail order.


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Volume 25 No. 31 Jacksonville, Florida May 24 30, 2012


Stand Your Ground


Education Hits Home '


Shown above is discussing the law with Sen. Audrey Gibson(left) is
Atty Richard Brown.
Following the events surrounding the murder of Trayvon Martin and the
local trial of Marissa Alexander, Florida's Stand Your Ground Law has
become front and center around the nation. Locally, District 14 State
Representative Mia Jones held a town hall meeting to discuss the law. The
meeting which was open to the public at FSCJ's downtown campus, was
narrated by Attorney LaFonda Gibson Continued on page 2

Players Turn Out for Cash and

Bragging Rights at Annual

Beach Bid Whist Tournament


The third annual American Beach Bid Whist Tournament was held last
weekend complete with the jokes, trash talking, hand-slapping and fun -
traditional fare at America's Bid Whist Table. Linda Townsend and
Michael Mitchell (shown above) were declared the winning team after
three rounds.
When asked the history of the event, Coordinator Ron Miller said, "we
wanted to bring something different to American Beach." Participants also
enjoyed fresh fish dinners and pound cake dinners. For information on
next year's tournament contact Beverly McKenzie at (904) 662-7793.


Same-sex marriage is legal in six states and the District of Columbia,
but 31 states have passed amendments to ban it.
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NAACP Endoses Gay Marriage


The National NAACP has
passed a resolution endorsing
same-sex marriage as a civil right,
an issue that has long divided the
black community.
The National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People's
board decided last weekend to
back a resolution supporting mar-
riage equality, calling the position
consistent with the equal protec-
tion provision of the US constitu-
tion.
"The mission of the NAACP has
always been to ensure political,
social and economic equality of all
people," board chairwoman


Roslyn M Brock said in a state-
ment.
Same-sex marriage is legal in six
states and the District of
Columbia, but 31 states have
passed amendments to ban it.
The NAACP vote came about
two weeks after President Barack
Obama announced his support for
gay marriage, setting off a flurry of
political activity in a number of
states. Obama's announcement fol-
lowed vice-president Joe Biden's
declaration in a television inter-
view that he was "absolutely com-
fortable" with gay couples marry-
ing. Continued on page 7


Above, JEA associate James Clark and Carl Gamble of Carls Main
Street Restaurant participated in the annual Miracle on Ashley Street.
1000+ Make a Miracle on Ashley Street
The Clara White Mission staff and volunteers were in full force at their
18th annual "Miracle on Ashley Street" Celebrity Chefs and Servers event.
The culinary treasure blends the city's top chefs with local celebrities and
the city's disadvantaged population for a one day gourmet feast all under
the big white tent. Held in historic LaVilla at the mission's headquarters,
this year's festivities raised nearly $50,000 for the Clara White Mission's
programs which targets the city's homeless and veterans.


Are Black Lawmakers Being Unfairly Targeted?


By Freddie Allen
WASHINGTON In September
2008, at the height of the financial
crisis, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-
Calif.) was working to make sure
minority-owned banks didn't get
left behind. She arranged a meeting
between Treasury Department offi-
cials and representatives for the
National Bankers Association, an
organization that represents minori-
ty-owned financial institutions.
OneUnited, a Black-owned bank
with offices in Los Angeles,
Boston, and Miami, and the only
bank represented at the meeting,
dominated the discussion. Without


government assistance, heavy
investments in the floundering
Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae
threatened to sink OneUnited. The
bank executives asked for $50 mil-
lion. Three months later, OneUnited
received $12 million in federal
bailout funds.
The money not only saved the
bank, but also rescued OneUnited's
shareholders, including Waters'
husband, Sidney Williams.
The House Committee on
Standards of Official Conduct, bet-
ter known as the Ethics Committee,
issued a statement contending that
Waters had violated the House's


ethics guidelines. It said Williams'
shares in OneUnited would have
been worthless without the funds
provided through the government's
Troubled Asset Relief Program
(TARP). Waters counters that she
did nothing wrong as a long-time
advocate for Black banks. Three
years after the investigation was
announced, she is still waiting for
the investigation to be concluded.
Waters is not the only Black
member of Congress under investi-
gation.
According to the Congressional
Research Service (CRS), there are
44 African-Americans serving in


the 112th Congress, 8.1 percent of
the membership. However, 35 per-
cent of the ongoing House Ethics
committee investigations have tar-
geted Blacks.
At one point in 2009, seven
African-American congressmen
were subjects of full-scale probes
by the Ethics Committee while not
a single White colleague was being
given the same treatment.
Of the 10-member House Ethics
Committee, only one member
-Donna Edwards [D-Md.] is
Black.
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Congresswoman Opens Job Fair
On May 21st, Congresswoman Corrine Brown hosted her Annual Job and
Resource Fair from 9a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Prime F. Osborn Convention Center
downtown. Over 10,000 jobseekers attended. The Resource Fair included a
host of on- site resource organizations and agencies to assist applicants.
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with certificates of recognition. Rhonda Silver

Learning For Living & Partnering

Agencies Celebrate Students


On Thursday, May 17th, The Arc,
Community Rehabilitation Center,
Mental Resource Center, the City of
Jacksonville, New Heights and Pine
Castle participated in ajoint celebra-
tion recognizing the achievements of
their students. The assembly was
held at Pine Castle, but the participa-
tion was citywide.
One of the highlights of the program
were the readings of (student) Augus-
tus H. Cox Long Branch Senior
Center reading "House by the Side of
the Road" and (student) Eric Hicken,


TheArc read his original poem: "The
Storms in Your Life" which really
stirred the crowd. Both pieces were
selected to be published in the
Florida Literacy Coalition book,
Crossroads. Presentations were made
by Dr. Christal Albrecht-President
FSCJ DT, with closing remarks by
Dr. Sandra Willis- Interim Dean Pre
Collegiate Studies FSCJ-DT. The
Learning for Living Program is
funded by Florida Department of Ed-
ucation Division of Vocational Reha-
bilitation.


continued from front
with panel members including State
Senator Audrey Gibson, Professor
George Bob Dekle, Esq, WJXT
Crime Analyst Ken Jefferson, and at-
torneys Charles Hobbs, Jason Sny-
der, and Richard Brown.
"You have a duty to retreat. But not
in your own home, the stand your
ground law has taken the castle doc-
trine out of the home. Now every-
where you go is your castle," said
attorney Richard Brown.
Panel member George (Bob) Dekle,
who has tried more than 350 jury tri-
als, including the successful prosecu-
tion of serial killer Ted Bundy was
quick to point out "If retreating is
dangerous and you are backed in a
corner, then the law can hold up, de-
pends on the deadly force and the ra-
tionale, the law places self-esteem
over a life."
When explaining the castle doc-
trine, listeners were educated about
the home being a man's castle and his
right to protect his home is now
under siege. Attorney LaFonda Gib-
son pointed the next question to Sen-
ator Gibson to discuss the immunity
and explain how the law came to be
and why she voted against the bill,
Senator Gibson elaborated "The bill
was passed in 2005 and as I indicated
this was the height of the National
Rifle Association, a very powerful
group wielding power. I thought the
law was ridiculous. 20 out of 120
voted against the bill. The majority
prevailed and the bill passed with 114
votes."
The interactive meeting was ac-
companied by easy to read charts and
graphs depicted on the overhead pro-
jector which illustrated the fact that
homicides have gone up since the
law was passed in 2005. WJXT
crime analyst Ken Jefferson ex-
pressed, "you have to forget the TV


shows, CSI, Law & Order and know
that as police officers, we walk
through the roles, we get the call and
respond, contain the witness and pre-
serve the crime scene so the proper
analyst can come in" Other topics
debated included, "How does stand
your ground law affect domestic vi-
olence" and "the prosecution of crim-
inals and the racial disparities of the
law". Panelists were asked how they
felt the bill should move forward and
5 out of 6 voted to repeal and one
panel member stated to keep the law
the same. The audience left with a
clear view of the law presented from
several view points.
The law affects everyone, and we
have a right to fix it," said Sen. Gib-
son.
Thompson to

Receive State

Community

Investment Award
The Florida Community Reinvest-
ment Coalition will award Deborah
K. Thompson, Owner of Deborah K.
Thompson, Consultants, the 2012
African American Builder of Com-
munity and Country Investment
Award for the State of Florida. This
award is given each year at the
Florida Community Economic De-
velopment Summit-Let's Do Busi-
ness Florida. This year's event will
be held at the Sheraton Sand Key Re-
sort in Tampa on May 31, 2012.
This award will be presented at the
Builder of Community and Country
Awards Dinner- Recognizing Lead-
ers Who Build Florida's underserved
communities.
To attend the banquet as a guest at
the table of Ms. Thompson, please
call Sabella Thompson at 300-7341.


Are Black Lawmakers Being Unfairly Targeted?


Continued from front
protracted length, abnormal num-
ber, motive and fairness of pending
matters..." involving investigations
into the conduct of CBC members.
The Citizens for Responsibility and
Ethics in Washington, an independ-
ent watchdog group that promotes
accountability in government, said
17 members of Congress, including
six members of the CBC, are be-
lieved to be under investigation by
the Department of Justice, Federal
Bureau of Investigation, the House
Ethics Committee, the Senate Select
Committee on Ethics, or the Office
of Congressional Ethics (OCE).
"The Ethics committee is very secre-
tive committee; they're could be
even more [investigations]," Manu
Raju, senior congressional reporter
for the Politico, said in an interview
with MSNBC. "The question is about
whether or hot there are."
There is no question that some merm-


bers of the CBC are targets of ethics
inquiries.
In August of 2009, the Office of
Congressional Ethics issued a report
questioning a plan by Rep. Jesse
Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) to enlist
fundraiser Raghueveer Nayak to fun-
nel $1 million to former Gov. Rod
Blagojevich in a failed attempt to buy
President Obama's vacated Senate
seat. The case was postponed and is
expected to resume now that Blago-
jevich has been sentenced to 14 years
in prison for his attempt to trade or
sell Obama's seat.
In March 2011, Winsome Packer
filed a lawsuit against Rep. Alcee
Hastings (D-Fla.) alleging sexual ha-
rassment. Packer worked with Hast-
ings on the Commission on Security
and Cooperation in Europe from Jan-
uary 2008 to February 2010. She
claims she was subjected to "unwel-
come sexual comments, and touching
:by Mr. Hastings." She said she lived


with the constant fear of being fired.
The Ethics Committee decided not to
pursue a full-scale investigation of
the 10-term congressman, but contin-
ues to review the case.
Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.)
failed to report a $40,000 loan he re-
ceived from personal friend and busi-
nessman Edul Ahmad in January
2007. When Meeks learned that the
OCE was looking into the loan, he
accepted a $59,650 loan from an-
other donor to repay Ahmad. The
OCE sent the Meeks' investigation to
the House Ethics committee on May
2011. Last July, the FBI arrested
Ahmad, who was linked to a mort-
gage fraud case. Earlier, the Federal
Election Commission fined Meeks
$63,000 for, among other things, im-
properly billing the campaign for his
personal-trainer expenses.
Rep. Laura Richardson (D-Calif.)
is facing a number of allegations as-
sociated with her use of taxpayer-


funded House staff. Lawmakers are
prohibited from using congressional
staff from working on political cam-
paigns and running personal errands.
In 2011, Richardson allegedly di-
rected her House aides to collect in-
formation on neighborhoods outside
of her 37th District and also asked
them to prepare materials for her
constituents to be used in local redis-
tricting hearings. Last November, the
House Ethics Committee established
a subcommittee to find out if Rep.
Richardson broke any laws. In Au-
gust 2009, the OCE also opened an
investigation to determine if he re-
ceived special treatment from a
banker when one of her homes was
placed in foreclosure. In June 2010,
the House Ethics committee dis-
missed the complaint.
In December 2011, Rep. Darrell
Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the
House Committee on Oversight and
Government Reform, asked the


House Ethics Committee to deter-
mine if Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-
N.Y) accepted a preferential
mortgage rate from Countrywide Fi-
nancial. The status of Towns' case
before the committee is unknown.
After 15 terms in the House, Rep.
Towns said in a statement in April
that he would not run for re-election.
CBC supporters acknowledge that
White lawmakers have been pun-
ished for ethical lapses, including
former Majority Leader Tom DeLay
for his dealings with lobbyists and
Rep. Mark Foley [R-Fla.], who re-
signed from Congress amid an inves-
tigation over his personal encounters
with teenage male House pages.
Still, they maintain, there appears to
be a disparity in selecting members
who should be investigated.
George Derek Musgrove, a history
professor at the University of the
District of Columbia, wrote a book
titled, Rumor, Repression, and Racial


Politics: How the Harassment of
Black Elected Officials Shaped Post-
Civil Rights America. According to
his research, one-third of the Black
members of Congress were targeted
for federal investigations between
1980 and 1982. Two were indicted,
but none were even convicted.
Rep. Cleaver called for affidavits
in the Water's case to be released
publicly, but Raju said that lawmak-
ers fear that type of transparency
could undermine the process.
"If there are little pieces of infor-
mation floating in the press or some-
one says something about an
investigation, suddenly it could blow
up into a major story, even if there
may be nothing there," Raju said.
"Folks want to know, 'Are my mem-
bers of Congress being looked at for
potentially something unethical?' It's
a fine line that [OCE and the House
Ethics Committee] have to balance."


MAD DADS
Ride for Peace
MAD DADS of Jacksonville is cel-
ebrating 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
jax@maddads.com.

Eta Phi Beta Honors
Community Leaders
Eta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc is celebrat-
ing 70 years nationally and 50 years
locally with a Founders Day Lunch-
eon, 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) 713-8118.

Rains Sports Hall
of Fame Banquet
An invitation extended to the public
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 rainesboost-
ers@aol.com or call (904) 612-5266
or visit
www.rainesvikingsboosters.com.


Spoken Word
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 info, call 632-5555.

Amateur Night
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 info call 632- 5555.

AKA Presents
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 River-
front. 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 dishes
in a competition where the public
serves as tasters. Proceeds will en-
able youth to attend summer camp.
For more information or to partici-
pate, 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. Re-connect with class-
mates, 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 information call 632-5555

An Evening in
Wine Country
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 in-
formation can be made through
Darby Stubberfield at 396-4435.

Freedom Trail
Luncheon
The 6th annual Freedom Trail
Luncheon commemorating the 48th
Anniversary of the signing of the
landmark civil rights act of 1964, will
be held Monday, July 2nd, at 11:30
p.m. at the Historic Ponce de Leon
Dining Hall, Flagler College, 74
King Street at St. Augustine, Florida.
Former Florida State Senator Tony
Hill will be the Master of Cere-
monies. Keynote Speaker, is Pulitzer
Prize winning author Taylor Branch.
For more information, call Audrey at
(904) 829-3996.
.Fresh Music Festival
The Veterans Memorial Arena will
be the host of the Fresh Music Festi-
val featuring Keith Sweat, Guy,


SWV, K-Ci & Jo-Jo, and Doug E.
Fresh, Friday, July 13th. For more
information visit www.freshmu-
sicfestival.com or call the arena at
(904) 630-3900.

Rhythm of
Gospel Awards
The 4th Annual Rhythm of Gospel
Awards will take place at the Tues-
day, July 24th July 29th, the Omni
Hotel, 245 Water St. The Rhythm of
Gospel Awards is an annual event
filled with a variety of showcases,
choir competitions, pageants and
achievement galas. For more infor-
mation call (210) 745-5858.

The Color Purple
The Tony Award winning musical
and Academy Award nominated hit
"The Color Purple" comes to Jack-
sonville presented by Stage Aurora
Theatrical Company. The Color Pur-
ple will hold auditions on Saturday,
July 28th from 2-6 p.m. and Sun-
day, July 29th from 3- 6 p.m. Per-
formances of The Color Purple will
run September 28th through October
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Mayor Reflects on 1st Anniversary


Dear Fellow
Citizens:
This past
weekend
marked the one
year anniver-
sary of my
becoming
Jacksonville's
Mayor-elect.
On May 19, 2011, I stood on the
steps of City Hall with Mayor John
Peyton and accepted the enormous
honor and privilege that
Jacksonville citizens had bestowed
upon me.
Shortly after my election, we
assembled one of the most diverse
and accomplished transition teams
in our city's history. The transition
team's hard work laid the founda-
tion for our administration.
I took office on July 1. Exactly
two weeks later, we presented our
first budget to the City Council.
Working with the Council, we
closed a nearly $60 million budget


deficit without increasing taxes or
fees or dipping into city reserves.
We later enacted the first major
reform of city government in two
decades, streamlining operations so
that the City can operate more
effectively and efficiently.
We elevated the Office of
Military Affairs, Veterans and
Disabled Services to a Cabinet
post, appointed a retired two star
admiral to head the office, and
announced new initiatives to sup-
port our brave military personnel
and veterans. We have worked
closely with the business commu-
nity to generate jobs and economic
activity. This partnership's success-
es have included companies like
Bi-Lo/Winn-Dixie, Web.com, and
Medtronics establishing or expand-
ing their operations here. They
have included the $10 million grant
that we helped JAXPORT secure to
make our port facilities more com-
petitive. They include Mayor
Brown's Business Builder initia-


tive, which helps small businesses
find the tools they need to grow and
prosper. They include EverBank
deciding to move 1,500 jobs to
Downtown Jacksonville.
We have also worked to be inno-
vative in these fiscally challenging
times. I appointed the city's first
ever education commissioner, an
executive on loan who works for $1
per year. Through our efforts, we
have raised private support for
JROTC, created the Mayor's
Mentors Program, and this summer
will give high school students an on
campus college experience through
our Learn to Earn initiative.
We also created the city's first
Office of Public Private
Partnerships to build relationships
and develop funding sources to
support priorities like efficient gov-
ernment, economic development,
downtown revitalization, education
and parks. That office, which is
also led by an executive on loan
who works for $1 per year, has


already paid dividends. Earlier this
month, at an economic summit
with President Bill Clinton, we
announced more than $5 million in
commitments from private partners
for city priorities.
In the six weeks remaining
before my first year in office ends,
we will build on those successes by
working with the City Council to
modernize the process for bringing
high-wage jobs to Jacksonville and
increase the focus on Downtown as
a prime location for economic
development. We will enhance our
quality of life by launching an
effort to turn one of the largest
urban park systems into one of the
best.
Thank you again for the opportu-
nity you gave me a year ago. I
appreciate all you do to make our
city a great place to live. Working
together, we will take Jacksonville
to the next level.
Sincerely,
Alvin Brown


2012 FCAT Scores Prove that the Test is Broken


One of our most famous
American presidents once said,
"Governments have a tendency not
to solve problems, only to
rearrange them."
And that is exactly what the state
Department of Education (DOE)
and Republican leaders have done.
Instead of improving our public
education system they have
essentially rearranged the prob-
lems. The FCAT has been broken
for years, yet we have increased
standards and made tweak after
unnecessary tweak.
I support accountability and
being able to evaluate our students
and teachers, but the FCAT is not
the answer.
Last week, the DOE released
FCAT writing scores that were
abissmal. Then they released read-
ing scores that had not changed
much at all since last year. No sur-
prise to many because the state also
decided to make the test tougher,
but didn't give students and teach-
ers any additional resources.
The state Board of Education
basically made the FCAT harder
and ramped up the passing score in
every subject area, including math,
reading and science, as well as
writing. But what they and
Republican legislative leaders have
failed to do is provide the necessary
funding to help students meet these
higher standards.
The state's education budget has
declined to $2.1 billion less than it
was just five years ago.
Since the inceptin of the FCAT,
our public school children have
been subjected to learning for the a
test versus being taught a more
well-balanced curriculum.
Relied upon since 1999, the
Florida Comprehensive
Assessment Test, which was
designed to be merely a diagnostic
tool for educators, is being radical-
ly misused.
Politics can be a treacherous
game, and the public school system
has become a pawn for some law-
makers who would like to disman-
tle our current system. The bottom
line is simple; the test should be.


used as a tool for improvement ver-
sus a hammer.
In contrast to the way the state
uses the FCAT, most private
schools rely on performance
assessment test, which focus more
on what people can do and less on
how well students take tests.
Rather than addressing issues
that would boost achievement, such
as smaller classes, more time for
teacher planning, and equitable
resources for all schools, politi-
cians and policy makers have
imposed the FCAT on students
without providing any evidence
that the testing is meaningful.
Question: If we are going to use
the FCAT to determine a student's
success or failure then why are we
even giving quarterly grades?
Doesn't the sheer institution of
standardize testing insinuate that
our teachers and school systems are
not competent enough to properly
evaluate a child based on their
everyday schoolwork and test?
That is what it says to me. Funny


though, the majority of these same
law makers who advocate for the
FCAT and test like it have children
that attend private schools. And a
large percentage of private schools
do not participate in annual stan-
dardize testing of students.
The DOE's policies are now fuel-
ing a grass-roots movement by par-
ents' groups to get every Florida
school district to pass a resolution
condemning the use of high stakes
tests to determine how students,
teachers and schools perform.
The "rage against the machine"
has officially begun. The message
from parents is clear can the
FCAT.
The emphasis on testing in our
public schools promotes anxiety
and a preoccupation with test
scores that often undermines stu-
dents' interest in learning and
desire to be challenged.
Students are learning very little
about Civics, Social Studies,
Science and Art because the stakes
are so high that it becomes impera-


tive that teachers focus on "the
test."
That is not what our educational
system should be about. We should
be concentrating on balanced cur-
riculums that introduce children to
all aspects of education not just
those on a standardized test.
If standardize test prove any-
thing, they prove that there is still
tremendous inequality in our public
school system. So what happens ast
a result of these lower test scores?
Researchers consistently find that
adding test scores to the admissions
equation results in fewer women
and minorities being accepted into
college versus if their academic
records alone were considered.
But if parents want change then
they must speak up and continue to
pressure the folks representing
them. "It is not light that is needed,
but fire," said Frederick Douglas
Signing off from Jean Ribault
H.S.,
Reggie Fullwood


Obama, the Church and Gay Marriage


by Dr. Boyce Watkins
I have a confession to make: I've
never understood the vehement
opposition that the black church
has to gay marriage. Don't get me
wrong, I understand what the bible
has to say on the matter, but since
when did every Christian live
according to the bible? I mean,
seriously, would you take a lie
detector test and answer the ques-
tion, "Do most Christians try their
best to live according to the bible?"
The answer to that question might
get you struck down by lightning.
Recently while analyzing the
reaction of many black churches to
President Obama's decision to
endorse gay marriage, something
hit me: It's OK to be gay and even
to be gay within the walls of the
black church. The key is that you
simply can't be gay in public.
OK, before you go nuts, just hear
me out on this one. Everybody
knows at least one gay choir direc-
tor. A lot of us know about gay


pastors like Bishop Eddie Long,
many of whom run in packs with
other gay preachers who condemn
homosexuality on Sundays and are
snapping and switchin in the club
on Friday nights. There are also
the brothers on the down low, who
speak of their hatred of homosexu-
ality primarily because their attrac-
tion to other men is the part of
themselves that they hate the most.
Most of us know what happens
in many black churches across
America, and we are aware of the
blatant hypocrisy. But this doesn't
mean that every Christian is a fraud
or that church is meaningless;
rather, it means that we are imper-
fect human beings seeking to live
by standards that we sometimes
fail to meet. Most of us accept
these imperfections, which is why
parishioners continue to love
Deacon Smith, even if we can't
ever imagine him making love to a
woman.
The black church has always


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it seems, is when gay people are
actually proud of being gay. When
they want to kiss, hold hands, get
married and secure equal rights,
that can be too much for some
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Hypocrisy is easy to manage if you
can keep it snug within your sub-
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with when it slaps you in the face.
So, my conclusion? For some
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know that it happens on a regular
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do it in the street. By asking
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Black Self Help Book:


A Fool's Errand
When did you last buy something from a Black-
owned business? Maggie Anderson is a champion of
"conscious consumerism" and has made supporting Black businesses her
goal.
Anderson and her husband John are doing what all African-American
households should do in the marketplace. A few years ago, they embarked
on the "Empowerment Experiment" during which they vowed to patron-
ize Black-owned businesses exclusively. The Anderson's story about their
activities during 2009 is in the book, "Our Black Year: One Family's
Quest to Buy Black in America's Racially Divided Economy."
Although they could have remained in the middle-class American main-
stream, the Andersons set about to inspire more support for Black-owned
businesses; stimulate supplier diversity in corporate America; and to get
Black households to make pledges of support. The book's purpose is to
place the issues facing Black businesses in the national dialogue.
The Andersons should be lauded by the race as true role models who
have affected us in ways that make us want to be better people. They are
setting examples to correct Black Americans' lack of economic power by
showing how to strengthen our economic base; empower ourselves and/or
be self-reliant and self-sufficient. In the book, "Our Black Year, Anderson
issues a call to action to all of us to do our part. Alfred Edmond Jr. of
Black Enterprise Magazine adds that: "Our Black Year is a must-read."
The most iniquitous thing among humanity is self-destruction and self-
hatred. "Being your own worst enemy" is a widespread condition among
African Americans. In the book, Anderson reports that: "Black people
patronize businesses within their own ethnic group less than other ethnic
groups." She discovered that Blacks' businesses lag behind all other
racial and ethnic groups. Anderson points out that a dollar circulates
among local shop owners, banks and business professionals for up to 28
days in Asian communities. In the Jewish community, a dollar circulates
for 19 days. But, in the African-American community the money earned
is gone within six hours.
African Americans are dysfunctional when it comes to capitalism and
reciprocity. Blacks only spend 2 cents of each dollar we get with other
Blacks, and often conspicuously choose to spend with White businesses
rather than support Blacks. "Sometimes I wonder whether something in
our DNA prevents us from working together, whether the cultural liabili-
ties we've experienced and ... cultivated over the decades have become
the essence of who we are," Anderson said. Anderson points out the plight
of Black economic empowerment: "in flexing our economic might, by
proving that we can shop wherever we want, in so doing, we abandoned
Black-owned businesses."
To be real players in American capitalism, Blacks should shop con-
sciously and racial identity and affiliation should play a role in our actions.
In contrast to Blacks that boast how "mainstream" they are in their pur-
chases, the Andersons transferred their money to a Black bank and
switched cell phone companies based on race.
Blacks have more than $800 billion in expendable income each year, yet
the majority of this money is spent outside our communities. You'd think
that this would be a prime time in Black Americans' development toward
economic empowerment based on Blacks helping Blacks. In contrast to
post-racial politics, Anderson encourages Blacks to: 1) subscribe to Black
media, 2) open an account at a Black or community-owned bank, and 3)
look for basic services like an alarm or cable company owned by
Blacks. In addition to the Anderson's campaign, radio talk show host
Warren Ballentine teamed up with the National Bankers Association, the
Washington, D.C.-based consortium of minority-owned financial institu-
tions, in "The People's Economic Movement" designed to encourage
African-American individuals and institutions to deposit dollars in Black
banks.
Our Black Year" and Ballentine's "The People's Economic Movement"
provide interesting challenges for African Americans. To understand the
interplay of race, economics, and conscious consumerism, it's recom-
mended that progressive Black civic and church groups, book and block
clubs make "Our Black Year" their organization's next month's theme and
topic. Contact: info@eefortomorrow.com www.EEforTomorrow.com.
(William Reed is available for speaking/seminar projects via the Bailey
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Trayvon Martin case: Has the media prematurely

declared George Zimmerman's innocence?


by Joy Reid
Much of the media is now fixat-
ed on the pictures of injuries
George Zimmerman sustained on
the night he shot and killed
Trayvon Martin.
A consensus appears to be build-
ing that those photos -- of scratch-
es, abrasions and wounds to the
back of Zimmerman's head -- bol-
ster, or even prove, Zimmerman's
claims of self-defense. Some news
outlets have gone so far as to ask
whether second degree murder
charges against Zimmerman
should be dropped altogether, on
the premise that if the Miami teen
struck the 28-year-old neighbor-
hood watch volunteer,
Zimmerman was justified in
shooting to kill, under Florida's
"Stand Your Ground" law.
But is that what the law says?
Legal experts say no.
In fact, after initial reports on
the shooting portrayed
Zimmerman as an overly aggres-
sive neighborhood watchman
obsessed with black male "sus-
pects," or even a vigilante, Coffey
says, "there is this counter-wave
flooding back, saying Zimmerman
was hurt so he must be innocent."
ffey, a Miami attorney who was
the U.S. Attorney for the Southern
District of Florida, says the pic-
tures of Zimmerman's injuries, and
the medical examiner's report
showing a small cut on one of
Martin's fingers, prove far less
than that.
"What it proves is that
[Zimmerman's] got credible evi-
dence on one of the elements of
Stand Your Ground,' which is
the claim that he was in reasonable
fear of serious bodily injury. But
that doesn't answer the question of
who stated the fight, or the other
critical question: did Zimmerman


have to finish the fight by killing
Trayvon Martin. Those questions
are obviously not addressed by
anybody's photographs."
And Catherine Crier, a legal
analyst and former district court
judge in Texas, says the "Stand
Your Ground" statute has other
provisions that could prove prob-
lematic for Zimmerman's defense.
"There's an interesting provision
right at the end of the statute [that
says] you can't use 'Stand Your
Ground' if you initially provoke
the use of force, unless that person
is coming at you with such great
force that you really are fearful for
your life, and you've exhausted
every other means of escape other
than force," Crier says. "And you
can't use it unless you withdraw
[from the situation], or indicate
clearly that you want to withdraw,
and that other person continues to
use force that could cause serious
bodily harm or death."
"You're telling me that George
Zimmerman -- armed -- has a gun,
and he is terrified that Trayvon
Martin is going to get him, and he
has really tried to run?" Crier asks.
"All you've got to do is pull that
gun and say, 'hey, I'm walking
away from this.' Show's over."
Zimmerman's family claim he
was returning to his vehicle when
Trayvon Martin attacked him. But
Sanford Police homicide investi-
gator Chris Serino, in filing a
"capias" request recommending a
manslaughter charge against
Zimmerman, stated in his report
that Zimmerman could have
avoided the confrontation with
Martin by remaining in his vehi-
cle, or by identifying himself to
Martin to "allay his concerns."
In fact, in another case also
prosecuted by the office of Duval
County State Attorney Angela


Corey, the special prosecutor
appointed to take over the Trayvon
Martin case in March, Marissa
Alexander's "Stand Your Ground"
claim was dismissed by a judge,
who ruled that the 31-year-old
could have avoided the confronta-
tion with her abusive husband by
leaving their home, rather than
confronting him and his sons with
a gun and firing it over their heads.
Alexander was convicted of three
counts of assault with a deadly
weapon and sentenced to a manda-
tory 20 years in prison.
Meanwhile, prosecutor Bernie
De La Rionda hinted, at
Zimmerman's bond hearing, that
Zimmerman's account of the
shooting to police might have var-
ied. If that is the case, Coffey said
it could be a key piece of evidence
at trial.
"If he's disbelieved about rele-
vant aspects of his account of self-
defense, any such false testimony
could contribute to a conviction
for murder," Coffey says. "If a
defendant is lying about an inci-
dent, those lies can be some of the
strongest proof of guilt."
And Coffey believes
Zimmerman would almost certain-
ly have to take the stand at a full-
blown trial.
If that happens, "the most criti-
cal information in the trial could
be his believability," Coffey says.
"This defendant is asserting self-
defense and it would be very diffi-
cult to assert self-defense without
taking the stand to explain how it
happened. All the more difficult if
the police are holding in their
hands contradictory accounts."
But the bottom line, Coffey
says, is that we simply don't know
how a court case against
Zimmerman would transpire.
Joy Reid is a contributor to The Grio


Mayor Alvin Brown congratulat-
ed Junior Reserve Officer Training
Corps (JROTC) cadets this week
with much fanfare at City Hall.
Brown accompanied by Cong.
Ander Crenshaw and Duval County
School Board Chair Betty Burney,
celebrated the growth and success-
ful public-private partnerships that
he led to save the JROTC programs
at Englewood, Mandarin, Raines
and Wolfson High Schools.


"Jacksonville is a military town.
We have the two biggest Navy
bases in the state. One out of every
four people in our city is connected
to the service. JROTC isn't just a
school program. It is part of our cul-
ture," said Mayor Brown. "So when
I realized it would cost $200,000 to
preserve JROTC at some of our
local high schools, I reached out to
everyone I could. Cadets, instruc-
tors, schools, parents and the com-


munity stepped up, and enrollment
increased by 39 percent."
Enrollment in the JROTC pro-
grams at the four schools increased
this school year from 412 to 574.
The growth in enrollment helps
the programs remain sustainable.
Participation in extra-curricular
activities such as JROTC correlate
with staying in school, getting bet-
ter grades and graduating from high
school.


National Exoneration Registry Reveals


Over 2,000 Wrongful Convictions


by C. Freeman, TG
The University of Michigan Law
School, in a joint project with
Northwestern University Law
School, has released a registry of
wrongful convictions. The convic-
tions range from drug crimes to
child sex abuse cases. The cases
span several decades and include all
races and genders; however, 50 per-
cent of false convictions are of
African-Americans. Most of the
convictions came from falsified
crime scenes, eyewitness mistakes
and misconduct by authorities.
One of the most disturbing cases
details the conviction of Thomas
Kennedy, 31 at the time, who was
sentenced to 15 years in prison
when his 11-year-old daughter,
Cassandra Ann Kennedy accused
her father of raping her on three
separate occasions in his home in
Longview, Washington. She gave
detailed accounts of being raped in
her home. She used stuffed animals
to show what had occurred and she
was examined at a medical clinic
where a physician found evidence
of trauma to her genitals.
Eleven years later Cassandra
came forward and revealed to


authorities that she'd fabricated her
allegation because she wanted he
father to "go away," because he
drank and smoked marijuana. At a
hearing in 2012, Cassandra testified
that the physical evidence of trauma
was a result of sexual activity with
a boy in her class and that she was
engaging in sexual activity in the
second grade. She also testified that
she was able to fabricate her story
from watching movies and observ-
ing sex acts in her household by
walking into bedrooms where
adults were engaging in sex.
Edward Barker spent 24 years in
prison after police arrested him for
the murder of a man in Philadelphia
after a man named Donahue Wise, a
convicted felon and schizophrenic
with a drug habit, was arrested for
the crime. Wise implicated seven-
teen-year old Edward Baker and
another man as his accomplices.
After Barker was beaten by police
he confessed to the crime, after
being told that he would be able to
go home if he gave police a confes-
sion.
Barker told police he was at a
wake in another part of town at the
time of the murder but Barker's


attorney did not challenge his
accuser's account, nor did he call a
single character witness to testify
on Barker's behalf. Due to poor
council and an inadequate police
investigation, Barker was convicted
by a jury of first degree murder,
burglary, robbery and conspiracy,
on September 27, 1974. He was
sentenced to life in prison.
It wasn't until 1997 that the court
ordered a new hearing, where
Donahue Wise was set to recant his
testimony. Barker's new defense
team located 12 witnesses who
would substantiate Barker's alibi
that he was at a wake on the other
side of town at the time of the mur-
der. Wise died before a new trial
was held and it wasn't until
February 2002 that the prosecution
finally dismissed all of the charges
against Baker in exchange for an
agreement not to seek compensa-
tion. Barker spent 24 years in
prison.
The National Registry of
Exoneration documents over 2000
wrongful convictions. The site pro-
vides an up-to-date list of all known
exonerations in the United States
since 1989.


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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.
Gospel Legends Award Ceremony
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 information visit www.floridagospellegends.com or call 683-2285.
Midweek Supper 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.stpauljacksonville.org or call 765-4219.
Greater Grant's 123rd Anniversary

Celebration Plans May 25th-27th
The Greater Grant Memorial AME Church family is inviting the commu-
nityto join in their 123rd Anniversary anniversary festivities, May 25th -
27th. The 3-day celebration begins on Friday, May 25th with a dance fea-
turing the soulful band, The Bridgewater Trio, 8:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. at the
Shoppes of Sherwood Event Center. On Saturday May 26th it's the SUM-
MER JAM with entertainment 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 great music, food and beverages.
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
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Aquarius Gilmer, a seminary
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of misunderstanding regarding the
history of the black church and
homophobia/homosexuality.
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wedge issue to divide the black
community during the Civil Rights
movement," he said. "The idea was
if white, conservative politicians
could get blacks to focus more on
personal piety and social justice,
then they could distract us. And it
has worked ever since."
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been gay folk in the black commu-
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celebrated within the community. A
perfect example of this reality is the
Harlem Renaissance and the influ-
ence of greats like Langston
Hughes, James Baldwin, and others.
"James Baldwin did more for
straight white women than black
gay men. Audre Lorde, [the poet],
was understood to be a race ally
first," he said. "Hoover and others
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used them to change the nature of
the movement. Personal piety and
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attack on personal piety, one's holi-
ness, then they could create ques-
tions regarding how close individu-
als really were to God.
From Gilmer's perspective,
"Black folk are not more homopho-
bic than white folk." He said work
needs to be done to correct history.
If the correct historical account is
not told, then "we will think that
black folk have always been homo-
phobic."
Kevin Taylor, Pastor, Unity
Fellowship Church of New
Brunswick, said the President's
announcement of his support for
same-sex marriage has brought the
conversation back into the church --
particularly black churches.
"Now people have to engage the
topic because the president, Jay Z,
Chuck D, Beanie Man, Will Smith
has spoken on it," he said. "[They]
have made this conversation barber-
shop conversation now. And if this
conversation is going on outside of
the church, it is going to have to
take place on the inside of the
church as well before people start
walking out."
There is work to be done, both
Taylor and Gilmer believe.
"We got to do some cleaning up,"
Taylor said. "Uneducated people are
being uninformed and as a result
[are] feeling unworthy."
Someone can blast something on
Facebook and change people's
understanding and perspective in an
instant, Taylor said. "People are get-
ting more information from social
media on a daily basis than they
have gotten in a lifetime from
attending church."
Referring back to a previous anal-
ogy, Taylor said "You can walk into
a barbershop where everyone is get-
ting a fade and tell them 'the Bible


says you should not cut the side of
your hair.' All of a sudden people are
going, 'Wait, I did not know that.'"
Gilmer said there is a misappro-
priation of
power and the
text.
"Pastor' s
word is con-
sidered infalli- I
ble and lead-
ing people to
hate their own
children," he
said adding
that when
slaves, who
could not
read, listened
to their mas-
ters read to
them the story of Moses, they
understood their situation as wrong
according to the text.
"That was sheer brilliance. These
folk had no formal education at all,
yet they understood. The same book
was used to keep people oppressed
for years," he said, "And is still
being used today to engage in an
illegal comeback."
Taylor believes a revolution is
occurring, and will be the result of
the church matriarchs.
"A mother or two who is going to
have a conversation with a pastor,"
he said. "It is no coincidence this
conversation jumped off on
Mother's Day. A mother will
approach her Pastor and say, 'That's
enough of this. I raised a good son
and he does good work.'"
He said that is how many of these
conversations have come up in the
church. The matriarchs of the
church have rallied together.
For Gilmer, the change will occur
once all churches -- not just black


churches -- and society adopt a love
ethic.
"That is how we are going to
attack it. I have always been taught


love is at the core to love your
neighbor and God," he said. "Quite
frankly our community is on the
edges and preservation is a problem.
We have bigger fish to fry and are
easily distracted."
He said people are not going to
leave black churches in mass
droves. Those that have been there
will be there and those generations
that have not been to church -- and
do not have the same affection
towards the church as many of us --
are not going to start going all of a
sudden now.
"They are not going to leave. Not
from what the president said. But
then again, let's be clear that those
who came out against President
Obama said nothing about Bishop
Eddie Long. They told us to pray for
Long but told the president that he
owes them an apology," he said.
"Until we adopt a love ethic we will
never overcome our own issues. We
all must love beyond our own big-
otry and our own issues."


Masjid Al-Salaam Honors Malcolm Malik El-Shabazz


by Rhonda Silver
On Sunday, May 20th, Masjid Al-
Salaam remembered the passion and
articulation of Malcolm X at its
facility on Pearl Street. This year the
Keynote Speaker was Dr. Kaba
Hiawatha. Kamene who captured
interests with reflections on when
he first saw Malcolm and the con-
nection between Malcolm and the
Honorable Elijah Muhammad.
He connected the dots in a virtu-
al who's' who, and focused on edu-
cation, community and children on
a level te audience could grasp. The
goal was to develop ideas about the
brain's Neuro Melanin (Soul
Science) and what should be learned
utilizing varying techniques and
cultures and their role in education.
Dr. Kaba Hiawatha told the audi-
ence, "Don't' believe a word I say,
research for yourselves why it is
important for African folk to know
who they are. For the Africans
stolen from Africa, dis-associative
reactions were necessary in order to


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and the real gap in education is learn who we are, and who and what
opportunity. We celebrate our sur- we come from."
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- MIi Ammons Opens Up On Band's Suspension, FAMU's Future


Shown above is Chapter President Barbara Darby with newly
inducted member Melissa Adams.
Bold City Links Induct Melissa Adams
The Bold City Chapter of the Links, Incorporated inducted Melissa
Adams into their circle of friendship this week. Witnessed by chapter
members, accompanied by her mother and aunt, the private ceremony held
at the Jacksonville Golf and Country Club also concluded the service orga-
nization's program year. Following the festivities, chapter members cele-
brated with a cake and champagne toast.
As a candidate, Adams, a second generation Link, presented a three
month interactive educational calendar to the students of the chapter's
leadership academy to keep them engaged throughout the summer.
Professionally, Adams is a consultant for Winn-Dixie and is also active in
Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority, Incorporated.
The Bold City Chapter is one of two in Jacksonville of the Links,
Incorporated a national women's service organization founded on the
principles of friendship and service. Next year the chapter will celebrate 20
years of service to the Jacksonville community and abroad. W Richie
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By Kanya Stewart
Outlook Staff Writer
As Florida A&M University
(FAMU) President James H.
Ammons works to lead the institu-
tion in overcoming the obstacles of
recent hazing incidents, the FAMU
community remains inquisitive
about how those incidents will
impact the future of the university
and what steps the university will
take to recover. In an exclusive
interview with the Capital Outlook,
Ammons opened up about calls for
his resignation, his rehabilitation
plans for the band and how the uni-
versity plans to deal with the nega-
tive attention it has received over
the last year. His answers reveal a
leader who is hopeful, determined,

Gay Marriage
Continued from page 7
"Civil marriage is a civil right and
a matter of civil law. The NAACP's
support for marriage equality is
deeply rooted in the fourteenth
amendment of the United States
constitution and equal protection of
all people" said NAACP president
Benjamin Todd Jealous, a strong
backer of gay rights.
Gay marriage has divided the
black community, with many reli-
gious leaders opposing it. In
California, exit polls showed about
70% of black people opposed
same-sex marriage in 2008. In
Maryland, black religious leaders
helped derail a gay marriage bill
last year. But state lawmakers
passed a gay marriage bill this year.
Recent polls have found that
African Americans have become
more supportive of same-sex mar-
riage in recent years, but remain
less supportive than other groups.
A poll conducted in April showed
39% of African-Americans favor
gay marriage, compared with 47%
of white people. The poll showed
49% of black people and 43% of
white people are opposed.


passionate about his students and
ready to build a stronger university.
Q: When asked by reporters
why you did not resign, you
replied that there are other issues
beyond hazing at FAMU. Why do
you feel it is important that you
continue to lead the institution at
this point?
A: My work is still unfinished.
One of the most important endeav-
ors is to put in place new anti-haz-
ing initiatives and reform the oper-
ation of the band. There are other
initiatives that I would like to
implement such as increasing the
number of graduates in the STEM
areas (Science, Technology,
Engineering and Mathematics), and
reducing student indebtedness. I
want to increase the number of stu-
dents earning Ph.D.s and increase
the research dollars and research
capabilities of the university. We
want to expand distance learning
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programs and improved retention
and graduation rates. We are work-
ing on some critical initiatives
including the construction of an
800-bed suite style residential facil-
ity, the launch of a new satellite
campus in Crestview, Fla. and the
launch of a $50 million comprehen-
sive campaign. I will be here as
long as the FAMU Board of
Trustees allows me to serve.
Q: Due to recent (hazing) inci-
dents, students have. been
harmed, families disappointed,
and FAMU's reputation has been
questioned. You once said that
FAMU should focus on the tri-
umphs and not just the trials.
What is your vision for helping
the morale to be boosted, confi-
dence to be restored and informa-
tion to be distributed to get peo-
ple to focus on the triumph?
A:All ongoing investigations
must be completed before we can


Batson Returns to Jax as City's

Public Communications Manager
of experience in public relations
and community engagement. She
will be returning to Jacksonville
following serving for seven years
At as Public Outreach Manager of DC
Water, the water and sewer authori-
ty for Washington, D.C. She has
provided strategic guidance and
.. ". public engagement for DC Water,
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among various civic groups, gov-
ernment agencies and the commu-
nity.
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ed Aleizha Batson as Public
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Communications Manager in the She will serve as the second-in-
Office of Public Affairs. command in Public Affairs and will
Batson, 41, has more than 15 years earn $89,750.


fully focus on FAMU's triumphs.
Once those are done, we can effec-
tively move forward on fixing some
of the issues that arose and focusing
on a variety of positive programs
and accomplishments that are
underway. We are in the process of
developing a public relations cam-
paign that will remind everyone
what FAMU is.
Q: You have decided to keep
the band suspended. When do
you feel you would be satisfied
that the band and other student
organizations are back on track
and have learned to move beyond
the traditions of hazing?
A: In reviewing the band pro-
gram since Mr. (Robert)
Champion's (hazing-related) death,
we believe that we need to put addi-
tional controls in place to ensure
that something like this never hap-
pens again. We need adequate time
to implement recommendations
regarding the organizational and
management structure of the band,
membership requirements, travel
procedures, assessment of revenue
to support the band and the fiscal
environment. Our plan is to
strengthen oversight, while imple-
menting additional controls, includ-
ing a separation of duties between
the chair of the music department
and the director of bands. We also
plan to implement NCAA-like rules
on academic progression, GPA and
the length of service.
Q: Do you think downsizing the
band will assist in the ability to
have more watchful oversight
over its activities?
A: Reducing the size of the
Marching 100 has been recom-
mended as a means for having
greater oversight. We will present
to the Board of Trustees a succinct
plan for addressing some of the
short-term issues related to the
marching band and the Music
Department.


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DIAMOND CRAWFORD: Sixth-year
head baseball coach leads
GEM S Stillman towithin onewin of
G M CDiv. II World Series.

STILLMAN, WSSU MAKE RUNS IN BASEBALL
REGIONALS; TROUBLE FOR FRAZIER, ELLIS



UNDER THE BANNER
WHAT'S GOING ON IN AND AROUND BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS


NCCU'S FRAZIER ON LEAVE:
MORRISVILLE, N.C. Morrisville police last
Monday arrested North Carolina
Central University head football
coach Henry Frazier III and
charged him with assaulting a
female.
Officers were called to Frazier's
home on Bending Branch Court
just after midnight. His wife,
Lanier Turner-Frazier, told police
the couple was arguing when he
News Photo
FRAZIER grabbed her leaving marks on her
upper arms and pushed her face,
breaking her glasses.
Frazier, 44, was arrested a short time later after officers
stopped his car a short distance from the residence.
He was charged with assault on a female and taken to
the Wake County jail. Frazier was released under a $1,500
secured bond and will go before a judge June 22.
NCCU put Frazier on paid leave pending the outcome
of the criminal case.
The university issued a statement Wednesday, saying,
"Henry Frazier II currently serves as head football coach
of North Carolina Central University. The university has
been informed of the alleged incident involving Mr. Frazier
and his subsequent arrest.
"NCCU does not condone any action or activities of
students, faculty and staff that violate city, county, state or
federal laws. The university's expectation of high ethical
standards applies to our entire campus community. As this
is a legal matter, the jurisdictions involved will conduct a
thorough investigation into the incident."
Frazier took over North Carolina Central's football
program in December 2010 after stepping down from the
same position at Prairie View A&M.

ELLIS TO SERVE JAIL TIME:
Former Hampton and current New York Jets' defensive
tackle Kenrick Ellis will serve 45
days in jail following his convic-
tion last week in Hampton on a
case stemming from an incident
during his college days.
Ellis reached a plea agreement
last week in which he accepted a
ELLIS NY Jets Photo reduced charge of misdemeanor
assault and battery. He was sen-
tenced Monday in Hampton, Va., to 179 days in prison,
with 89 days suspended. The deal also includes two years
of supervised probation.
Ellis was involved in a campus fight onApri 10, 2010,
when he assaulted a fellow student on the Hampton campus.
He also faces a $3 million civil suit that was originally filed
last April by the victim, Dennis Eley. In his complaint, ob-
tained by ESPNNewYork.com, he accused Ellis of beating
him unconscious and breaking his nose and jaw, requiring
two surgeries.
Based on Virginia law, Ellis will serve 45 days with
good behavior, his attorney, Timothy Clancy, told the As-
sociated Press in a phone interview. Ellis will report June
15 to the city jail in Hampton, where two years ago he was
arrested and charged with malicious wounding -- a felony
that carried a five- to 20-year sentence. He was a Hampton
University student at the time.
Even though the incident happened while Ellis was in






Ellis appeared in only five games last season for the Jets,
recording six tackles.
Ellis, who declined last week to comment, is "anxious
to get this behind him," Clancy said. "He wants to get on
with his career with the New York Jets. This (plea deal) is
a fair compromise and it protects his ability to do that."
The timing of the sentence was based around Ellis'
football schedule, according to Clancy. Based on the timing
of the sentence, Ellis won't miss any OTAs or minicamp.
The Jets report for training camp July 26, so he will miss
a few days. There is nothing on the Jets' calendar from
minicamp to training camp.

AZEEZ Communications, Inc. Vol. XVIII, No. 43


Spring Sports Roundup


Div. II Golf
Fayetteville State junior golfer Jacob Barge
shot a final round 5-over 77 to finish in a tie for
81st at 14-over 230 at the NCAA Div. II Champi-
onship at the Cardinal Golf Course in Louisville,
Ky.
Barge hadrounds of 74-79 before closing with
the 77 in his first Div. II championship appear-
ance. Barge was the first FSU golfer to compete
in the event since 2009.
Central Oklahoma's Joshe Creel, with apar on
the first hold of sudden death, took the individual
title with a score of 10-under 206.

Div. I Golf
SWAC champion Alabama State finished
last in the 14-teamfieldin theNCAADiv. I Bowl-
ing Green Golf Regional.
The Hornets shot scores of 319-322-329-970
to finish 106-over par. Pennsylvania finished 13th
with a three-round score of 926 (82-over par). The
regional was won by Chattanooga, who posted
scores of294-281-284 to finish with a 4-over total
of 859.
"We made it though," said head coach Gary


Fayetteville State's Jackson State's
Jacob Barge Clay Myers

Grandison, whose team was participating in the
NCAAs for the first time. Scott Benson shot a
final round 83 and finished with a three-day total
of 236 to lead the Hornets. John Montgomery
finished with 238.
SWAC medalist Clay Myers of Jackson
State competed as an individual in the Athens,
Ga. Regional and finished in a tie for 72nd in the
field. Myers posted scores of 78-77-79-234, 21-
over par, to finish ahead of two competitors.


Baseball Results

Stillman falls just short of reaching
Div. II baseball World Series
TAMPA, Fla.--SIAC champion Stillman, seeded eighth and last in
the NCAA Div. II South Region baseball playoffs, knocked off top seed
Tampa 6-5 in 13 innings on Thursday's opening round, No. 5-seed Nova
Southeastern 6-4 on Friday's second round and took down No. 6 Alabama-
Huntsville 11-5 on Saturday to advance undefeated to the championship
round before it dropped two games to No. 2 Delta State Monday.
The Tigers (33-18), under sixth year head coach Donny Crawrford,
fell to Delta State 5-2 in the first game and dropped a 10-7 decision in the
second game surrendering the Regional title to the Statesmen (46-13), de-
nying the SIAC champs the conference's first berth in the Div. II College
World Series.
In the championship round, Delta State used three ninth inning runs
to defeat Stillman 5-2, in game one which forced a deciding game for the
title.
In the deciding contest, Stillman fell behind 4-1, came back to tie the
score at 4 with three fourth-inning runs. They fell behind again 8-4 before
scoring three more runs in the seventh to pull within 8-7. DSU would add
two more runs while shutting out the Tigers the rest
of the way.
Left fielder sophomore Trent Posey had three
hits to lead the Tigers in the final game. Senior
Darius Brown, freshman Paul Winterbottom and
sophomore Kameron McCreless had two hits. One
of McCreless's hits was triple. McCreless had four
RBIs to lead Stillman.
Winterbottom had two hits in the first game and
drove in one of the two Stillman runs. Designated
WINTERBOTTOM Hitter freshman Seth Booth scored a run and
knocked in a run for the Tigers.
In Stillman's big win over top-seedTampa on Thursday, Winterbottom's
single in the top of the 13th scored senior Dion Bryant with the go-ahead
run. Tampa loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the inning but
Stillman would end the game on a groundout.
Senior hurler Josh Cagle scattered ten hits over eight innings in
Stillman's second round win over Nova Southeastern. Booth had two hits
and scored a run while Winterbottom scored two runs. McCreless also had
two hits. Brown drove in three runs with a double.
In the 11-5 third round win over Alabama-Huntsville, Stillman took
advantage of four UAH errors and pounded out 15 hits in cruising to vic-
tory. McCreless and first baseman junior Landon Wilson had three hits.
Winterbottom and Posey knocked in two runs apiece.
Cagle pitched in the deciding game surrendering 13 hits and seven
runs over four innings.
Stillman has just five seniors on its roster

WSSU eliminated from baseball regional
WEST LAWN, Pa. Kutztown used a strong pitching effort and a
three-run home run Monday to advance to the championship round and
eliminate CIAA champion Winston-Salem State, 7-5, in the NCAA Divi-
sion II Atlantic Regional.
The Rams, who finished 35-21, lost their first contest 3-2 to Seton Hill
on Thursday but came back Friday to get a 6-5 win over Shepherd.
Against Kutztown, the Rams fell behind 3-0. WSSU's German Reyes
cut Kutztown's lead to one with a two-run single. KU got a three-run homer
to go up 6-2 and added a run to lead 7-2 in the seventh.
The Rams got a sacrifice fly by Devin McLemore to pull within 7-
3. Then in the ninth, run-scoring singles by Dominique Fitzgerald and
Andrew Smith made it a two-run game.


Div. II Tennis
The CIAA champion Shaw Bears men's
tennis team finished its season in a 5-0 loss to
No. 6-ranked Hawaii Pacific at the NCAA Div.
II championships in Louisville, Ky.
The Bears finished with a season record of
27-3.

Div. I Softball
SWAC softball champion Mississippi Val-
ley State was eliminated from the Lafayette, La.
regional with shutout losses to Louisiana-Lafayette
and Baylor.
The Delta Devilettes were held to one hit in an
8-0 first round loss to Louisiana-Lafayette. MVSU
managed just two hits in a 5-0 loss to Baylor that
eliminated them from the tournament.
MVSU finished the season at 34-19.
-MEAC champion Bethune-Cookman, fell
to host Texas A&M 11-0 in the first game and then
was eliminated in a 5-3 loss to Texas State.
The loss concluded the Wildcats' third con-
secutive season with an NCAA appearance at
30-31.


In the ninth, the Rams put two runners on but could not get them in.


Prairie View wins SWAC baseball crown
BATON ROUGE, La. The Prairie View A&M Panthers captured
their third SWAC baseball title in school history Sunday with a 7-4 victory
over Mississippi Valley State at Lee-Hines Field. The title is the first since
back-to-back championships in 2006 and 2007.
PV broke open a scoreless game in the top of the third taking advantage
of two walks to lead off the inning. Brett Valley's two-run single gave
the Panther a lead they would never relinquish in the title game. Dominiq
Harris doubled home Valley to cap the three-run rally.
Meanwhile, PV starter Derrick Mitchell was keeping the Delta Devils
from breaking through with chances to score. MVSU stranded seven run-
ners in the first five innings before breaking through with a run in the sixth.
Mitchell earned the win for the Panthers.
PV's big blow came on a two-run error by Valley third baseman, Seth
Million. With the infield drawn and runners on second and third, James
Fontenot's ground ball got away from the Delta Devil defense and allowed
the first two of three runs in the inning to plate..
Prairie ViewA&M catcher Evan Richardwent
1-for-3 in the championship game and batted 5-for-
13 in the SWAC tournament with three RBIs, three 'l
runs scored and six base on balls. He was named y.
the SWAC Tournament MVP for his combined .
excellence,
Fourth-year Prairie View coach Waskyla Cul-
livan was named the SWAC Coach of the Year after
leading the Panthers to a 28-23 season, an NCAA
Tournament berth and the SWAC Championship. RICHARD
The Panthers will find out next Monday their
2012 NCAA Regional destination.

Bethune-Cookman takes
eighth straight MEAC baseball title
NORFOLK, Va. Bethune-Cookman, under first-year head coach
Jason Beverlin, won its eighth straight Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
(MEAC) baseball championship title with an 8-3 final game victory over the
Delaware State Hornets at Marty L. Miller Field on Saturday afternoon.
Delaware State won the first game, 3-2, to starve off elimination and
force a second and deciding game in the double-elimination bracket. The
first-game loss was the first in the tournament for the Wildcats since the
2007 season.
B-CU's David Lee was named the Outstand-
ing Performer. He was 3-for 5 with four RBI in the
championship victory. He recorded two runs, nine
hits, two doubles and 11 RBI in the tournament.
Beverlin earned Outstanding Coaching honors.
Bethune-Cookman got on the board first in the
second game off a Lee single to left side that scored
Josh Johnson. In the top of the third, Delaware
State tied the game when Ryan Haas was hit-by a
pitch with the bases loaded to score D.J. Miller. LEE
The Hornets added to their lead with runs by
Troy Drummond and Cameron Cecil to go up 3-1. The Wildcats answered
back to tie the game at 3-all off another Lee single that scored Brandon
Turner and Johnson. They scored again in the bottom of the fourth and
the fifth to for the final score of 8-3.
With the victory, Bethune-Cookman earned the conference's automatic
qualification to the NCAA Baseball Championship. The pairings will be
announced on Monday, May 28 at Noon on ESPNU.


BCSP Notes


Banks in as KSU hoops coach
After serving one year as Kentucky State
Men's Basketball Interim Head Coach, KSU's Di-
rector ofAthletics, Dr. Denisha
L. Hendricks announced last
week that Antwain Banks has
been named head coach of the
Thorobreds.
Banks, who led the Thorobreds
Banks to a 2011-2012 12-15 overall
and 12-12 conference record,
served as KSU's assistant coach for two seasons
and was an integral part in achieving the first
winning season since the 1998-99 season.
Prior to arriving at Kentucky State, Banks
spent seven years as a member of the Indiana
Southeast basketballprogram (two as a player and
five as a coach). He helped lead the Grenadiers
to the KIAC tournament championship contest
in six out of seven years.
As a player, Banks guided IU Southeast to


back-to-back conference titles. Banks was the
starting point guard and served as a co-captain
on the Grenadiers 2002-2003 squad.


Nelson earns NACDA HOF
CLEVELAND Former Maryland-East-
ern Shore administrator Nelson Townsend
has been slated for induction into The National
Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics
(NACDA) Hall of Fame.
Townsend, a 1962 graduate of then Maryland
State College, is well known in college athlet-
ics from his time as the Director of Athletics at
several institutions, including the University at
Buffalo, Delaware State, Florida A&M and
two stints at his alma mater.
Townsend began his athletics administration
career when he was named director of athletics
at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore
(UMES) in 1975, and again, in 2003. He became


the firstAfrican-American AD at Buffalo in 1987,
and worked to move the athletics program from
NCAA Division III to Division I in just three-and-
a-half years.
AtDelaware State, Townsend oversaw the ath-
letics department transition from
Division II to Division I. During
his time as an administrator, he
served on various committees,
including the NCAA Olympic
Liaison Committee, NCAA
--- Nominating Committee, Board
Nelson of Directors for the Boy Scouts
of America and National Education Association.
In February, Townsend was inducted into the
UMES Athletics Hall of Fame, which only has
199 total members. This marked the second time
that he has been inducted into a collegiate hall of
fame. In 1987, he was selected into the Mid-Eastern
Athletic Conference (MEAC) HOF


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Whitney Houston's Last Recording to be Released June 5th
Whitney Houston's final recording is
being released.
The song, "Celebrate," is a duet with
Jordin Sparks from Houston's last
movie, a remake of the film "Sparkle."
The song will be available on iTunes
June 5.
Sparks performed a tribute to
Houston Sunday night at the Billboard
Music Awards, singing "I Will Always
Love You" as Houston's daughter
Bobbi Kristina wiped away tears.
Houston's death in February at age 48
came as the singer had been attempt-
ing a comeback and had finished filming "Sparkle." She drowned in a bath-
tub in Beverly Hills, Calif. Authorities said her death was complicated by
cocaine use and heart disease.
"Sparkle" opens in theaters August 17. I
Raven Symone Says Her Sexual
Orientation is Her Business u
Actress Raven-Symon has taken to Twitter
to address a National Enquirer report that she '
is gay. The tabloid published a story this week
that the "Sister Act" star is currently dating
"America's Next Top Model" contestant, c d 'b'
AzMarie Livingston, and that they are living
together in New York City.
According to sources, "Raven has lost almost
30 pounds, has done a whole image makeover. She's at a point now where
she doesn't care what her family thinks, and she's in love with AzMarie.
She's a lesbian and wants to live that way.
The tabloid further reports that the 26-year-old's family does not approve
of her lifestyle, however, "she told her parents she loves them, but her
home -- especially her bedroom -- is nobody's business, and she was not
going to back down, so they needed to accept it, period."
While Raven-Symon6 neither confirmed nor denied the speculation on
Friday, when she took to Twitter to open up about the rumor, she did make
it clear that whatever she does in her personal life is her business.
"I'm living my PERSONAL life the way I'm happiest," she tweeted.
The Game Losing its' Top Stars
Tia Mowry tweeted to her followers last
week that she would not be coming back to



y we Game for Season 6. It was an incredible run
and I had lots of fun."
It's also being reported that co-star Pooch
Hall will also not be returning to the show as
well, although there has been no official con-
firmation by him or the network yet.
However, Hall has now been cast as a regular on the new Showtime series
Ray Donovan, which makes his involvement in the next season of The
Game unlfaefly. .; ... .i

OJ Simpson Appeals to be Free


LAS VEGAS A new lawyer for
O.J. Simpson has filed a new
attempt to gain his release from
Nevada state prison, alleging the
former football star was so badly
represented by lawyers in his trial
and previous appeals that he
deserves a new trial.
The 94-page document faults the
trial strategy and performance of
attorneys Yale Galanter of Miami
and Gabriel Grasso of Las Vegas,


but maintains
Simpson's same
basic defense. It
I says the NFL Hall
of Famer wanted to
recover from sports
memorabilia deal-
ers family photos
and personal
mementoes stolen
from him after his
1995 acquittal in
the Los Angeles
slaying of his ex-
wife, Nicole
Brown Simpson,
and her friend, Ronald Goldman.
Simpson was convicted in 2008
in Las Vegas of charges including
kidnapping and armed robbery in a
caper in a casino hotel room
crammed with two memorabilia
dealers and a middle man, Simpson
and five other later convicted of
felonies.
The 64-year old was sentenced in
December 2008 to nine to 33 years
behind bars. He is the only one in


Remembering Donna Summer


1TrE EO F DISCtO

Disco queen Donna Summer, Adrian Gaines, 19 No. 1 dance hits between 1975
whose pulsing anthems such as was born and 2008 second only to
"Last Dance," "Love to Love You i n Madonna.
Baby" and "Bad Girl" became the During the disco era she burned
soundtrack for a glittery age of up the charts: She was the only
sex, drugs, dance and flashy artist to have three consecutive
clothes died last week at the double-LPs hit No. 1, "Live
age of 63. and More," "Bad Girls" and
"Words truly can't "On the Radio." She was
express how much we also the first female artist
appreciate your wt with four No. 1 singles
prayers and love for in a 13-month period,
our family at this according to the Rock
sensitive time," the Hall of Fame, where
statement read. She she was a nominee this
had been living in year.
Englewood, Fla., She was never com-
with her husband fortable with the
Bruce Sudano. "Disco Queen" label.
Summer came to Musically, she began to
prominence just as change in 1979 with
disco was burgeoning, "Hot Stuff," which had a
and came to define the tough, rock 'n' roll beat. Her
era with a string of No I 'diverse sound helped her earn
hits and her beauty queen of Grammy Awards in the dance,
looks. rock, R&B and inspirational cate-
Disco became as much defined glories.
by her sultry, sexual 'ocals her Dionne Warwick said in a state-
bedroom moans and sighs as the 1948 ment that she was sad to lose a great
relentless, pulsing rhythms of the in Boston. performer and "dear friend."
music itself. fashion she She was raised Summer released her last album,
"Love to Love You Baby," with remained a fixture in on gospel music and became "Crayons," in 2008. It was her first
its erotic moans, was her first hit dance clubs, endlessly sampled and the soloist in her church choir by full studio album in 17 years. She
and one of the most scandalous remixed into contemporary dance age 10. also performed on "American Idol"
songs of the polyester-and-plat- hits. "Love to Love You Baby" was that year with its top female con-
form-heel era. Summer, real name LaDonna her U.S. chart debut and the first of testants.
Unlike some other stars of disco
who faded as the music became less Wendy Williams Keeps it Real on Her Jiggly Bits
popular, Summer was able to grow 6V ,,
beyond it and later segued to a pop- TV talker Wendy Williams does They are very jealous and scared. But Wendy said
rock sound. She had one of her not shy away from talking openly Scared of what their other friends the ex-model \ as
biggest hits in the 1980s with "She about her altered body parts and would say, or to break out of the running ,
Works Hard For The Money," fake additions. box and be different. And being out of
which became another anthem, this In a recent interview, Williams Black? Ugh, please. My people will show ideas.
time for women's rights. talked about plastic surgery and not go for any kind of surgery. We Regardless. .
Soon after, Summer became a Black women, saying that people, are supposed to be natural. Ugh, Wend y 's
born-again Christian and faced con- "(and Black women who criticize whatever." going to be ,
troversy when she was accused of her fake assets), are just jealous and She also justified her wig wear- W e n d y
making anti-gay comments in rela- wish they could do the same. ing by expressing that everyone a n d
tion to the AIDS epidemic. Summer "They are jealous. Because if I who wears one wants to take it off t h e r e s
denied making the comments, but said to that person, 'I got the doctor and show the world what they're nothing anm
was the target of a boycott. and I'm going to pay for it. Choose hiding underneath. She also pointed haters can do
Still, even as disco went out of three things you want to do,' to Tyra Banks who shocked her about that.
believe me, they wou iget it done. -audience with the move years ago.

Id from Prison
the case still in prison.
The filing, called a writ of habeas
corpus, is a common next-step
appeals strategy to blame trial and
initial appeals attorneys for a defen-
dant's conviction. If state courts
deny it, it can be appealed to feder-
al courts.
Almost all of the 22 grounds that
attorney Patricia Palm of Las Vegas
cited in the document fault Galanter
and Grasso. Palm is due to argue
the case July 3 in Clark County
District Court in Las Vegas.
The first claim is that Galanter
had a conflict of interest so severe
he should have removed himself
from the case. It does not raise a
similar contention against Grasso.
Galanter was Simpson's lawyer
before the Las Vegas incident, and
the document alleges he knew
ahead of time and helped plan
Simpson's effort to retrieve his pos-
sessions. The two men even had
dinner together at a casino restau-
rant the night before, the document
states.


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