Airlines Sued by Black Pilots
United Continental Holdings Inc., the world's largest airline, was sued
for racial discrimination by 22 Black pilots who allege the company
offers minority employees fewer promotions to upper management than
The company's "highly subjective decision making" about promotions
discriminates against minority captains and operations supervisors,
according to a complaint filed today in federal court in San Francisco.
Minority captains are subject to a "dual employment track" and relegat-
ed to part-time jobs with less job security and opportunity for promo-
tions, while non- minority employees get full-time, higher wage posi-
tions, the pilots said in the complaint.
Virtually all black employees at the Chicago-based company are in non-
management positions, according to the complaint. The few blacks in
management are promoted to give the appearance of diversity and then
excluded from "informal" e-mails and social gatherings where operating
procedures, managerial issues and corporate advancement opportunities
are discussed, the pilots allege.
The employees are seeking an end to discriminatory practices, back pay
and unspecified punitive damages.
The company was formed in 2010 when United Airlines parent UAL
Corp. merged with Continental Airlines Inc.
The case is Johnson v. United Continental, 12-2730, U.S. District
Court, Northern District of California (San Francisco).
Colin Powell Endorses Gay Marriage
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell isn't yet ready to endorse a pres-
idential candidate, but he has endorsed same-sex marriage. Powell, who
was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 1993 when "Don't Ask,
Don't Tell" was implemented, said in 'an interview on CNN's The
Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer that he has "no problem" with mar-
riage equality and speculated that most Americans are prepared to adapt
to changing times.
"As I've thought about gay marriage, I know a lot of friends who are
individually gay but are in partnerships with loved ones. And they are
stable a family as my family is," Powell said. "And they raise children.
And so I don't see any reason not to say that they should be able to get
married under the laws of their state or the laws of the country, however
that turns out. Its seems to be the laws of the state."
The retired four-star general also said that while religious institutions
are entitled to not embrace what for them remains a highly controversial
issue, state and federal governments are not and should treat heterosexu-
al and gay unions equally.
"I hope everybody will just carefully look at this, and I understand the
religious objections to it. But at the same time, we are a country that is
open to diversity and change. And my experience with many of my gay
and lesbian friends is that they form unions as strong as any other unions
I've seen and raise children that are good, strong children," he said.
Terrelll Owens Released
from Indoor Football League
Former NFL great Terrell Owens, who was considered a shoe-in for the
NFL Hall of Fame, has been let go by the Indoor Football League's (IFL)
Allen Wranglers, according to Washington Post.
In a statement that was released by the team's owner, Jon Frankel,
Owens refused to play in two critical road games. He was also reported-
ly a no-show at a scheduled children's hospital event. Owens' reluctance
to take part in his obligations resulted in not only his firing but also the
loss of his ownership stake in the team.
Frankel told ESPN NFL:
"Our fans are amongst the best in the league, and it is impossible to
maintain a player when even our fans notice and comment on a player's
lack of effort both on and off the field," Frankel said. "We need to do
what is best for this team, our fans and this community. It's disappoint-
ing and unfortunate," Frankel said of releasing Owens, "but [he] could no
longer be tolerated by the Wrangler Organization."
Alex Haley's Son Seeks
Malcolm X Letter from Syracuse
ALBANY, N.Y. The son of Malcolm X's biographer is asking
Syracuse University to hand over a letter in which the slain activist writes
about his shifting views on race relations, claiming his family is the right-
ful owner.Malcolm X wrote to Alex Haley, his collaborator for "The
Autobiography of Malcolm X," from Saudi Arabia in April 1964, about
ten months before he was gunned down at a New York City hotel ball-
room. The publisher of the autobiography later gave the letter to Syracuse
University as part of a larger cache of papers to be used by researchers.
But Haley's son, William Haley, said the publisher never had legal title
to the letter and could not give it away. His lawyer said Tuesday he plans
to make a legal demand this week for the letter, which he believes is
worth at least $650,000.
"The history is important for us as a family, the legacy," William Haley
said. Haley said he was acting on behalf of himself and his two sisters.
Haley said it's possible the family would decide to sell the letter, but that
would be a group decision.
Alex Haley died in 1992.
Malcolm X's letter, written after a pilgrimage to Mecca, addresses the
recent time he spent with Muslims "whose skin was the whitest of
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Shown above sitting in blue is Dr. Norma White flanked by special guests at the celebration.
Friday night, May 25, 2012 was a
night to remember for Dr. Norma
Ruth Solomon White when more
than 100 former band students, a
band parent from the 1950's and
family members and friends gath-
ered to honor her as their "First
Lady of Music." Dr. White began
her teaching career at Isaiah
Blocker Junior High School in 1955
and organized the band in 1956.
The junior high school moved to
Damell-Cookman in 1964 and Dr.
White remained at Darnell-
Cookman until 1967 when she was
promoted to instrumental music
coordinator and moved to the dis-
The event was a total surprise to
Dr. White as evidenced by her emo-
tions throughout the evening.
Juliann McIntosh Blackmon,
Flautist and Clarence Ronald
Belton, clarinetist presided.
Michael D. Stewart, trombonist,
who extended greetings, escorted
the honoree from the limousine and
down the runway to her place of
honor. Councilwoman C. Denise
Lee who played Oboe in the band
gave the occasion. The prayer was
given by Rev. Frederick Pinkney,
saxophonist. Linda D. Witsell,
flautist, held the audience spell-
bound with her rendition of "The
Wind Beneath My Wings." Rev.
Joseph McRoy who played trumpet
and comet blessed the food.
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Estate Planning for Singles
Make sure your documents
and beneficiary designations
Some say the single life is
carefree, but not when it comes
to estate planning. In most
states, if you're single and die
without a will, your assets will
go to your relatives evens if
you wanted them to go to a
partner, friend, or charity. Your
property will pass to your chil-
dren, if you have any, and then
to your parents. If you don't
have any children and your
parents die before you do, your
estate will go to your siblings
or down the line to more dis-
tant kin. In a worst-case sce-
nario, a long-time partner will
get nothing while a cousin will
Moreover singles can't take
advantage of the federal tax
law that permits married peo-
ple to leave assets of any value
to their spouses free of estate
tax. That's also true for same-
sex couples, even if they're
legally married in a state that
recognizes such union. Failure
to plan can also cause prob-
lems while you're still alive. If
you become incapacitated, a
judge might give one of your
relatives the right to make
medical and financial deci-
sions for you. If you have no
living relatives, the court may
appoint a stranger as your
guardian or conservator.
To avoid those problems, at-
torneys who specialize in es-
tate planning advise singles to
take the following steps.
Create a will and revoca-
ble living trust. If you fear
that a relative might contest
your will if you name your do-
mestic partner in it, consider
using a revocable living trust,
which would provide instruc-
tions for how you want your
assets distributed after you die.
Unlike a will, a living trust lets
your successor trustee distrib-
ute your assets to the benefici-
aries named in the document
without going through probate,
a public court proceeding.
Update beneficiary desig-
nations. The person you name
as your beneficiary on life-in-
surance policies and invest-
ment accounts like 401(k)
plans will inherit those assets
no matter what your will or liv-
ing trust says. So remember to
review and update documents
related to those accounts every
few years or after a marriage,
divorce, death of a loved one,
or birth or adoption of a child.
If you neglect to do so, your
401(k) could end up in the
hands of your ex-spouse.
Draw up powers of attor-
ney. Unlike married people,
unmarried partners or friends
generally can't make medical
and financial decisions for
each other without signed au-
thorization. Therefore, singles
should select a person they
want to act for them and sign
legal documents that give him
or her that power.
To allow someone to manage
your finances, you should sign
a durable power of attorney. To
ensure that you get the medical
care you want, you should set
up a health-care declaration or
living will and name a health-
care proxy or agent and a
durable power of attorney for
health care. (Some states com-
bine the declaration and power
of attorney in a document
called an advance health-care
directive). In your declaration,
you describe your wishes if
you're too ill to make deci-
sions. In your durable power of
attorney for health care,-you
appoint an agent who will
make sure that doctors follow
You might also consider set-
ting up a revocable living trust
and naming a bank or other
professional trustee to manage
your finances if your health
fails. To ensure that your needs
are being met, you could also
name someone who knows
you well as your trust protector
and give him or her specific
powers in your trust document,
such as the authority to replace
a trustee who is not following
your wishes. "By doing this
you make your trust personal
and not just about money,"
says Jim Schuster, an elder law
attorney in Southfield, Mich.
Avoid estate tax. Under cur-
rent law, a single person can
leave as much as $5 million to
heirs free of federal estate tax.
You can also make annual tax
free gifts of $13,000 to anyone
during your lifetime without
incurring the gift tax. Don't ig-
nore estate-tax planning, even
if you doubt that you will ever
be worth more than $5 million.
Current rules apply only
through 2012, and unless Con-
gress acts, the exemption will
fall to $1 million next year.
Advice for same sex cou-
ples: Estate planning poses
challenges for gays and. les-
bians even if they marry or
enter a domestic partnership or
civil union in a state that rec-
ognizes such relationship.
That's because the federal gov-
ernment doesn't recognize
same-sex marriages. So while
same sex partners who marry
in New York, for example, can
leave any amount of property
to each other free of state estate
tax, they won't avoid federal
estate tax. Attorneys advise
same-sex couples to plan as if
they are single. "We recom-
mend that all couple's
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- of gifts and congratulations from all
the chapter members in attendance.
Membership into The Links, Incor-
porated is by invitation only with
participation in an extensive orienta-
tion and education process prior to
Mrs. Nixon's orientation included
the presentation of a module on
Money Management to the Jack-
sonville Chapter's "GEMS" Girls
Emerging and Making Strides. The
chapter's signature program is com-
posed of young ladies attending Eu-
gene Butler Middle School. The
GEMS program was designed to
make a positive transformation in the
lives of many young women.
Professionally, Nixon works as the
Director of Finance for the Jack-
sonville Children's Commission.
The Jacksonville Chapter of The
Links, Incorporated consists of lead-
ers, newsmakers, activists and volun-
teers working toward the realization
of a better life for citizens of Jack-
sonville. The Jacksonville chapter
was chartered in 1966 and is a part of
an international, not-for-profit corpo-
ration, established in 1946. The
membership consists of 12,000 pro-
fessional women of color in 272
chapters located in 42 states, the Dis-
trict of Columbia and the Bahamas.
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This month may have provided
the biggest political test for the
Obama re-election team. The issue
at hand, what position does the
president take on same-sex mar-
riage and same-sex rights?
Many friends of mine, much like
the pundits on television have said
that President Obama's decision to
support same sex union is a bad
one. I certainly believe that every-
one is entitled to his or her own
opinion, but the President has defi-
nitely made the right decision.
Martin Luther King Jr. once said,
"Every man must decide whether
he will walk in the light of creative
altruism or in the darkness of
It is so funny to me that many of
my fellow Christians will sentence
gays to hell and damnation as if
they are the father himself. I often
times look at my Christianity in a
very simple way how would
Jesus deal with this situation, or
issue, or person.
If you know your bible the way I
do, it's clear to me that Jesus would
not forsake anyone or commit any
person to hell if they are believers.
The bible tells us that all of us are
born into sin, and no one is perfect
I am not saying that the President
feels the exact same way; but ulti-
mately, hate and discrimination
against someone because of their
sexual orientation is as wrong as
racial or gender discrimination.
Whether you agree with gay mar-
riage or not, gay Americans should
be entitled to the same rights as the
rest of us; and that's ultimately
where the president landed. It's an
President Obama's Support of Gay
Marriage was the Right Decision
uncomfortable position for him,
nevertheless a necessary one.
To further complicate matters,
this is a very polarizing issue with
the church especially the black
church, which has been one of the
president's core support groups. I
understand the difficult situation
that many religious leaders are in,
but same-sex marriage can't be the
wedge that makes the church, or
individuals, not support Obama.
I am certainly no hypocrite I
understand the complexity of the
issue. To be honest, if one of my
children was in a same-sex rela-
tionship I would be uncomfortable
with it; but I am positive that I
would get over it and love my son
or daughter as much as I would if
he or she were in a heterosexual
Many proponents of same sex
marriage continue to point out the
oblivious parallel to the Civil
Rights movement. In many ways
the right to "marriage equality"
today's civil rights, voting rights,
and women's rights for gay
Americans it's just as important.
Imagine being in a committed
relationship for 20 years, and your
"partner" gets sick or in a life
threatening situation; you can't
even visit them in intensive care
because technically you are not a
relative. That's where the gay
rights issue really becomes sober-
ing. Again, whether you agree with
gay marriage or not, there are cer-
tain rights that heterosexual or
homosexual partners should have.
So essentially there are two
schools of thought around the rea-
son that heterosexuals like
President Obama support same sex
marriage empathy for good peo-
ple who just happen to be homo-
sexuals and/or the civil rights
aspect of the issue.
Many of us know openly gay
people are simply good people -
despite their sexual orientation. In
fact, one distinction generally has
nothing to do with the other.
If you ever sat down and had an
honest conversation with a gay per-
son they would most likely tell you
that it's not a lifestyle that was cho-
sen. Much like my attraction to
women, especially pretty well
shaped women, I can't help it it's
just what I like.
But getting back to the equality
point of this issue. You can't ignore
the fact that if you agree that mar-
riage equality is a civil right, then
denying it on the basis of one's sex-
ual orientation can be likened to
discrimination on the basis of skin
California voters passed
Proposition 8, which was aimed at
banning same sex marriage in the
state. It was a controversial ballot
measure that passed by a slim mar-
gin. Proponents of same-sex mar-
riage took the issue to court and a
9th Circuit panel overturned it on
the grounds that the referendum,
reaffirming marriage as between a
man and woman, was nothing but
an expression of bias.
The judges ruled saying, "This
referendum serves no purpose ...
other than to lessen the status and
human dignity of gays and les-
President Obama's decision was
monumental on so many fronts. He
is the first American President to
openly support same-sex marriage;
and he did it during what will like-
ly be a major campaign issue dur-
ing this bid for reelection.
In fact, a New York Times poll
showed his new position to be a net
loser. But the president didn't have
much of a choice, Vice President
Biden's embrace of same-sex mar-
riage in the national media forced
Obama's hand because this is cer-
tainly an issue that he would have
rather avoided all together.
He had to make a decision and
didn't have much time to do it.
There's an old African Proverb that
says, "Indecision is like a
stepchild: if he does not wash his
hands, he is called dirty, if he does,
he is wasting water."
So in other words, the Prez was
in a no-win situation, but made the
best decision possible.
Signing off from the White
The Underemployed Also Struggle to Survive
By Akeya Dickson
The woman selling you lottery
tickets at 7-11 could be an engineer
with multiple' 'degrees. The 'guny
bagging your groceries may have
earned a six-figure salary in the
not-too-distant past. Welcome to
underemployment, the new norm in
As of April, there are nearly 8
million adults in this country who
are underemployed, defined as
those working part-time jobs up to
34 hours for economic reasons;
more than 1 million of them are
Black, according to the U.S.
Department of Labor's Bureau of
Labor Statistics. California and
Nevada are the states seeing the
highest rates of underemployment,
while North Dakota has the lowest.
An increasing number of under-
employed people, which combines
the percentage of workers who are
unemployed with the percentage
working part-time but wanting full-
time work, are turning to charitable
organizations for assistance.
"One of the misconceptions is
that people who need food assis-
tance are just the homeless," said
Marian Barton Peele, senior direc-
tor of partner relations for the
Capital Area Food Bank. "There is
an unemployment problem in our
country. But a bigger problem is
actually underemployment, where
the job you have doesn't provide
for your needs."
Hunger in America 2010, a com-
prehensive study of domestic
hunger by nonprofit organization
Feeding America, conducted
61,000 interviews and surveyed
37,000 feeding agencies. The study
found that 36 percent of the house-
holds they'serve have at least one
person working. The organization,
which delivers food through its
nationwide network of member
food banks, has seen a 46 percent
increase in the number of people
they feed. That translates to 37 mil-
lion people, or one in eight
Americans relying on Feeding
America for food and groceries.
"The underemployed have a low
salary, don't have health insurance.
That's why people are working two
or three jobs, just to make ends
meet at the end of the month," said
Peele, who coordinates food distri-
bution to more than 700 nonprofit
partner organizations that provide
food for those at risk of hunger in
the Washington Metropolitan area.
Shabach Ministries' Emergency
Empowerment Centeris located in
Landover, Md.. Gwen Pope, the
center's manager, said that she is
definitely seeing an increase in
underemployed people needing
assistance from outside agencies to
put food on the table and clothes on
their families' backs.
"These are people who had these
jobs for 15 or 20 years. These peo-
ple were making $80,000 to
$100,000," she said. "They are
educated, have graduate degrees,
but knew that they had to go out
into the marketplace and find jobs.
They were living in those $500,000
to $600,000 houses. These people
have had to downsize because they
couldn't afford it any longer."
Last year, the center served more
than 12,000 households and more
than 35,000 people. In addition to
providing groceries that will last a
family from three' weeks to a
month, the center supplies clothing
and house ware.
"Because we're a small place,
we're blessed to still be open as so
many other pantries and places are
growing," she said. "We're still
growing because the need is grow-
ing. When they come through the
doors, they are really stressed. And
we try to motivate them."
Pope dismisses the stereotype
that some have that people who ask
for assistance are lazy and taking
advantage of these services.
"I find that the percentage is just
so minute, it's not worth mention-
ing," she explained. "When it
comes to the underemployed, these
are people who have challenges
asking for help. Everyone is treated
with dignity and respect. "
Underemployment was up 19
percent in mid-February from 18.7
percent in January, according to a
Gallup poll. Administrators of the
poll noted, "Regardless of what the
government reports, Gallup's
unemployment and underemploy-
ment measures show a sharp deteri-
oration in job market conditions
And while much attention has
been paid to recent college gradu-
ates being jobless or underem-
ployed, Pope said that it's a real
problem for people who are mid-
career professionals with families.
"I'm not talking about people
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They're in direct competition with
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Nonprofit organizations such as
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helping low-income women secure
professional employment, are adept
at dealing with the chronically
unemployed and sees about 1,000
women each year through 71 refer-
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"I think underemployment has
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It's going to be years before we
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The President, Gay Marriage
and the Politics of the Election
While many of us and African Americans in particular, disagree with the
position that President Obama has taken on the issue of "Gay Marriage",
we do not have the luxury of not voting for him in the November election.
When we consider the political agenda of the conservative Republican
Party and their opposition to such issues as the Affordable Healthcare Act,
Consumer Advocacy, Economic Stimulus and extended unemployment
benefits which this President has had to fight for against extended tax ben-
efits for the wealthy, it is clear that those who support further economic
recovery cannot afford to make the re-election of President Barack Obama
a one issue campaign. For the record, President Obama is wrong both in
making the statement that he made as President, even though he said it
was his personal view. His Oath of Office demands that he "Protect and
Defend" the Constitution of the United States. He does not provide for his
personal opinion in the process. For example, the Defense of Marriage Act
is law. It has been challenged in the courts. The Justice Department as a
part of the Obama Administration has refused to defend this law in the
courts which is its duty as the legal arm of the United States Government.
This should not be the case.
We may never know the politics and reasons behind his decision, but we
do know that he has done a good job in areas of critical importance to the
survival of individuals, families and businesses in this country. So let's put
the issue of his mistake on gay marriage behind us and support his re-elec-
tion. Neither we, nor this nation can afford Mitt Romney in the
Smoking Does Kill
by Dr. Levister
Special to the NNPA from the Black Voice News
Some 88,000 men and 70,000 women die from lung cancer each year. For
African Americans like disco legend Donna Summer, who recently lost her
battle with the disease, the outlook is especially grim.
African American men are 37 percent more likely to develop lung cancer
than white men.
For women lung cancer has consistently surpassed breast cancer as the
leading cause of cancer death since 1987.
Whether you're addicted to smoking or you want to know the connection
between the phrase "quit smoking health benefit" or not, learning about
smoking and health is important to making better decisions about smoking
or might help you want to quit smoking more. Most smokers are aware of
specific risks associated with smoking cancer, emphysema, bronchitis
- but smoking and health go hand-in-hand, since smoking impacts nearly
all aspects of your health.
The cigarette, a legal product when used in the fashion it was designed is
an instrument that causes illnhiess and death. As a result of combustion
(smoking) over 4000 chemicals are in the mainstream and side stream
smoke that are delivered to the airways and absorbed. Sixty-nine of these
chemicals plays a direct role in death, disease and impairment throughout
the body of the smoker and those nearby.
Smoking is particularly damaging in young people. Evidence shows peo-
ple who start smoking in their youth aged 11 to 15 are three times more
likely to die a premature death than someone who takes up smoking at the
age of 20.
They are also more likely to be hooked for life. Nicotine, an ingredient of
tobacco, is highly addictive it takes on average on about six cigarettes
before nicotine receptors in the brain are switched on, generating a craving
for nicotine which may continue for the rest of the person's life. In less than
one packet of cigarettes, a person's brain can be changed forever from that
of a non-smoker to a nicotine addicted smoker.
Although the health risks of smoking are cumulative, giving up can yield
health benefits, regardless of the age of the patient, or the length of time
they have been smoking. Fewer American teenagers and young adults are
lighting up as cigarette taxes that have broken the $3-a-pack threshold in
some states make smoking too costly according to the latest National
Survey on Drug Use and Health.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) a 10
percent increase in the price of cigarettes can reduce consumption almost 4
percent among adults and can have an even greater effect on youth.
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Jax Jack and Jill Chapter Installs New Officers
Members of the Jacksonville
Chapter of the Jack and Jill of
America Inc. recently installed their
2012-2014 Officers and the Teen
Officers for the 2012-2013 calendar
year. The ceremony took place
Sunday May 20, 2012.
Teen elected officers are:
Chaplain Malcolm Wilkes;
Foundation Chairperson Ciera
Rodgers ; Sargent At Arms Justin
Couch; Recording Secretary Carly
Allen; Vice President Kathryn
Huyghue; President Joy Willis ;
Corresponding Secretary Coco
Jones; Treasurer Sydney Clark
and Parliamentarian Austin
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national family organization dedi-
cated to nurturing future leaders by
supporting children through leader-
ship development, volunteer serv-
ice, philanthropic giving and civic
Amid the still-unfolding effects
of the deepest recession since the
1930s, one area of financial servic-
es is in a skyrocketing growth
mode: prepaid credit cards.
Initially appealing to consumers
who lacked bank accounts to con-
duct personal financial transac-
tions, this form of plastic is now
commonplace. In fact, some gov-
ernmental benefits are issued on
In 2006, Consumers Union, the
nonprofit publisher of Consumer
Reports, found that 312 million
transactions were made with pre-
paid cards worth $13.3 billion. By
2011, prepaid card users loaded
$70.7 billion, and that figure is
expected to grow to $120.2 billion
this year. Usage is now so wide-
spread that many leading banks
that shunned this form of plastic
convenience years ago, are now
offering their own prepaid cards.
For consumers, prepaid cards
are convenient and usually safer
than carrying large amounts of
cash. But as with any financial
service, there are seldom-men-
tioned issues that affect usage. For
example, lost or stolen prepaid
cards often lack the protections
afforded credit or debit cards. The
card issuer may also encourage
purchasers to use a number of add-
on services such as overdraft. In
many cases, add-on charges end
up costing far more than they are
Most importantly, prepaid card
usage can also incur multiple and
hidden fees that drain the actual
amount of money available.
Although exact fees and related
charges will vary by issuer, sever-
al of the most common are:
*Activation Just getting a pre-
paid card can range from a low of
$3 to as much as $39.95;
*ATM transactions Card users
seeking cash at these machines
incur a charge per withdrawal;
*Balance inquiry Finding' out
how much remaining money is
available triggers a charge;
*Customer service Free with
some cards, but fee-based with
other issuers just to speak with
someone about an account;
*Inactivity-If the card is not
used within a designated time peri-
od, a dormancy fee applies and can
cost up to $9.95 each month;
*Monthly fee Charges ranging
from $2.95 to $9.95 applies when
the card is used frequently and
*Paper statements Online
statements are generally available
without charge; consumers prefer-
ring a paper statement with item-
ized transactions will typically
incur fees ranging from $1 to
If you think that prepaid card
users are nickel and dimed to
death, the Consumer Financial
Protection Bureau is wondering as
well. The CFPB recently held a
public hearing in Durham, N.C.
that featured two panel discus-
sions, one from the prepaid card
industry and the other representing
consumer perspectives. Created
through the Dodd-Frank Financial
Reform Act, CFPB authority
includes regulating the prepaid
industry and other non-bank enti-
ties. A portion of the two-hour ses-
sion was an open microphone that
enabled consumers to share their
experiences and concerns.
Martin Eakes, representing the
Center for Responsible Lending
on the consumer panel, urged that
CFPB exercise its authority with
protections as needed. He also
offered three specific consumer-
focused hopes for the future of
prepaid cards: No tie-in to debt
products, no penalty fees and no
"The very label 'prepaid card'
connotes a promise that the
account cannot be overdrawn,"
observed Eakes. "It is also the sin-
gle-most cited reason for customer
choice of this product. Banning
overdraft and non-sufficient fund
fees are the most important steps
for CFPB to take at this time."
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Media's Portrayal of Black Youths Contributes to Racial Tension
Continued from front
in the incident. Boyd's family has
filed a civil lawsuit against the
detective and the city.
In its report on the shooting, one
Chicago television stationnoted that
Boyd was hanging out with a group
"at 1 in the morning."
Stories about Black youths that
don't reinforce stereotypes, don't
involve celebrities and that tell nar-
ratives about everyday lives of
Black people haven't been a priori-
ty in news coverage, says author
Bakari Kitwana, executive director
of Rap Sessions in Westlake, Ohio.
Through Rap Sessions, Kitwana
leads discussions on college and
high school campuses nationwide
to counter mainstream media narra-
tives about the hip-hop generation.
In addition to being stereotyped
in media, Kitwana says, Black
youths are also criminalized by
three other circumstances.
"Job options are limited, espe-
cially if you're working class,
which is different from previous
generations," he says. "The military
doesn't have a draft so, ultimately,
it's composed of people who are so
pushed out of other life options.
The military becomes a way of not
being totally impoverished. Add to
that limited education because of
the cost of a college degree."
Publishers, editors and producers
who decide which news stories are
important often don't choose ones
that humanize or contextualize lives
of Black youths. In journalism,
decision makers are largely White.
A 2011study by the Radio
Television Digital News
Association and Hofstra University
showed that while the percentage of
people of color in the U.S.popula-
tion had risensince 1990 from 25.9
percent to a projected 35.4 percent,
the number in television rose 2.7
percent and fell in radio. TV news
diversity, it noted, "remains far
ahead of the newspaper."
In 1983, 50 corporations con-
trolled U.S. media, according to
"The Media Monopoly" by Ben
Bagdikian. By 2004, Bagdikian
wrote that the number was five -
Time Warner, Disney, News Corp.,
Bertelsmann of Germany and
Viacom, with NBC a close sixth.
When media producers in jour-
nalism and popular culture media
such as movies, television series
and video games are mostly White,
chances that young people will be
humanized and fully represented
are slim, says Eleni Delimpaltadaki
Janis, public opinion and media
research coordinator for The
Opportunity Agenda in New York.
"You see few images of Black
men and boys being good students
or being good fathers," she says.
"It's not just the news coverage. It's
also every type of media, but also in
entertainment media, including
video games. They all do a good job
at using negative images of Black
boys and men for entertainment."
Solutions include reporters inten-
tionally incorporating Black youths
into everyday or evergreen stories
such as those about Christmas
shopping, Janis says .Kitwana adds
that it's also important for journal-
ists to remember that their profes-
sion carries the weight of social
responsibility since democracy
can't function properly if journal-
ism doesn't function properly.
Eileen Espejo, director of media
and health policy at Children Now
in Oakland, says producers across
the media spectrum should seek
ways to avoid stereotypes."We
don't want there to be a quota," she
says. "But we want you to think
more creatively about the roles that
people of color can play, and break
out of the traditional mold."
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Gospel Legends Award Ceremony Coalition of Black Pastors Bash NAACP Endorsement
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 By Meagan Caller Jealous publicly endorsed gay mar- there should be a right to legally unjust law is a human law that is not
Walgreen Rd. The event will feature mother of American Idol winner The Coalition of African riage Monday. marry someone of the same sex. rooted in eternal law and natural
Fantasia, Mrs. Diane Barrino, and selections by Dr. Jimmie Hill, Sr. For American Pastors have announced "The NAACP has abandoned its On behalf of the coalition, Owens law."
more information visit www.floridagospellegends.com or call 683-2285. that it does not agree with the historic responsibility to speak for said, "We call on all Americans to "Same-sex marriage is an attempt
N.iU^-ul A n..ia jti f, t +he .sd afe uard th e civil rights move- respect the legitimate civil rights of to do the opposite of what Rev. King
Faust Temple Church of God
presents "The Seven-Ups"
There will be an Anointed worship Service entitled "The Seven-Ups:
Wake-Up, Sit-Up: Stand-Up: Get-Up: Look-Up: Speak-Up and Grow-Up,"
Sunday, June 10th, at 4:30p.m., at Faust Temple Church of God in Christ,
3328 Moncrief Rd. Seven speakers will give spiritual insight on the Word
of God. The public is invited to come and get their Blessing. For addition-
al information, call Missionary Martha Dixon at (904) 353-1418.
New Life's Community UMC
Celebrating 15 years of Ministry
The New Life Community United Methodist Church is celebrating 15
years of ministry with a 15 Year Anniversary Celebration, beginning
Monday June 18th at their 7 p.m. worship service. The theme of the event
is "We walk by faith, not by sight". Festivities will continue with worship
service Wednesday, June 20th, a youth hip hop night, Friday, June 22nd,
then on Saturday June 23rd from 10 a.m. 2 p.m,. a family picnic, fun and
games and ending the celebration on Sunday June 24th with morning wor-
ship. The weeklong celebration will be held at the church located at 11100
Wingate Rd, Lamont Hogans, Pastor. For more information visit
www.newlife-umc.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call
the church at (904) 768-7779.
NAACP Membership Meeting
The Jacksonville Branch of the National Association for the Advancement
of Colored People (NAACP) will hold their June General membership
meeting, Thursday, June 14th at 7:00 p.m., at 1725 Oakhurst Avenue. For
more information call the NAACP office at (904) 764-7578.
NOTICE: Church news is published free of charge. Information must
be received in the Free Press offices no later than Monday, at 5 p.m. of
the week you want it to run. Information received prior to the event
date will be printed on a space available basis until the date. Fax e-mail
to 765-3803 or e-mail to JFreePress@aol.com.
National Associal on ror en
Advancement of Colored People's
decision to endorse the legalization
of same-sex marriage.
CAAP launched a petition last
week to oppose broadening the legal
definition of marriage.
The coalition includes leaders of
black churches and veteran civil
rights leaders who marched with
Martin Luther King Jr.
The NAACP voted to endorse
same-sex marriage Saturday, and
NAACP President Benjamin
ana saleguau Luc givu iiru 1-
ment," CAAP founder and President
William Owens said Tuesday. "We
who marched with Rev. King did
not march one inch or one mile to
promote same-sex marriage."
Jealous called gay marriage a civil
right, and said he believes "it is the
responsibility, the history of the
NAACP to speak up on the civil
rights issues of our times."
CAAP says it believes gay
Americans should have equal civil
rights, but that it does not believe
gay people to be free from violence,
harassment, to vote, to hold jobs."
Owens drew from King's "Letter
From Birmingham Jail" to explain
what he believes is the difference
between a just and unjust law.
According to Owens, a just law is
a man-made code that squares with
the law of God, and an unjust law is
a code that is out of harmony with
Owens also drew from St.
Thomas Aquinas and said, "An
did," Owens said. "It's an attempt
by men to use political power to
declare that an act contrary to God's
law and to the natural law is a civil
CAAP held a press conference
last week in Memphis, where King
died, to call on President Barack
Obama to reconsider his support for
"Our only weapons in this fight
are the weapons of Rev. King: truth
and love and courage," Owens said.
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We know her as the wife of
Bishop T.D. Jakes, the gifted pastor,
orator, best-selling author, success-
ful movie producer, and the founder
and spiritual leader of the Potter's
House ministries in Dallas, Texas.
Yet, to simply identify first lady
Serita Jakes as "the wife of" some-
one famous would be a big mistake.
She is so much more.
She describes herself as "witty,
funny, real, caring, and giving" and
she says she is "an introverted per-
son who has been placed in an
extroverted world!" And she is
ready to take her place in that world
in a new way that will allow her to
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Make no mistake, she is indeed a
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Bishop Jakes, and a proud mother of
five adult children. She is an oasis
of comfort and support to the tens of
thousands of parishioner's at Potter
House. And she has inspired mil-
lions of women around the globe
through her healing ministry.
Yet, there is another side to this
woman of God. She has nurtured
her family, helped her husband build
his ministry, served her fellow man,
and now she is redefining herself;
she is shifting her attention to all of
those things she has wanted to pur-
sue since she was a child: Writing
compelling fiction (her first two
books were non-fiction), teaching
women how to be transparent so
that they can achieve their true life
destinies, acting in movies as well
as on stage, and lastly she is a
woman with a deep well of wisdom
who is showing others that at what-
ever stage in life they may find
themselves it is never too late to
have a life and never too late to
Sophia Nelson recently had a
wide-ranging interview with Mrs.
Jakes and she covered many topics
from her fiction book, The Crossing
to whether or not the black church is
in crisis, the Penn State sex abuse
scandal and how we can better pro-
tect our children in this fast paced
culture of stressed out, busy adults.
Q: Tell us about Serita Jakes, who
is she, how has she evolved and
redefined her life?
A: Lady Jakes: Most people know
that I started from very meager
beginnings in West Virginia as a
coal miner's daughter. I was raised
by my aunt and uncle, because my
parents were too poor to afford to
raise us. I saw them mostly on
weekends. my aunt and uncle had a
tumultuous, abusive relationship
with one another. So I learned to
tune out and delve into my creative
side. I took an interest in drama -
not in being a drama Queen
(laughs), but I have a flare for the
Thirty years later. [My
husband and I] hate
built an incredible
ministry, mi chil-
dren are all
grown and I
am ready to
side of me
to life in
figure in our
church to the
Serita Jakes tak-
ing on a ne\\ role that is
very unique to me. I have
my own wings no\\ and I plan
That is why my first fiction book,
The Crossing is so special to me. I
am a risk-taker. I am transparent.
These two virtues on display in my
life, I hope will help other women to
reach their full potential and achieve
their dreams. We all have our clos-
ets, our skeletons, we all have things
in our past that scare us, we all have
things that make us think that our
dreams won't be realized and so
with that, I've learned to embrace
my own scars and share them as
needed, particularly with the
younger generation so they can
understand I did not get to this place
without trail, tribulation, scars and
struggles to overcome.
We need young women to
embrace their whole lives, not just
the good parts. Through our scars
and our stars, we need to become
living letters that men can read
Q: Tell us about your book, The
Crossing. Why this book, why fic-
tion, why now? What are you hop-
ing to share with us, make us think
A: You know, the book is really
sequential from my first book, The
Princess Within, which talked about
my growing up, my marriage, my
coming of age; it was a diary of who
I was. My second book, Beside
Every Good Man: Loving Myself
While Standing By Him talks about
my relationship with the men in my
life, including my husband, that
book also reinforced who I am as a
The Crossing, although fictional,
is a compilation of experiences that
allowed me to create these charac-
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Killer in the Mdst:
Is Lupus Still a
Lupus erythmatosus is a chronic
autoimmune disorder of the con-
nective tissue of the body, in which
inflammation occurs in various sys-
tems and organs including the skin,
blood cells, joints, heart, lungs and
In autoimmune diseases, the
immune system loses its ability to
recognize the body's own tissues
and cells as belonging to the body.
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There is no known cure f
other drugs can be used to
its symptoms and decrease
quency and severity of
wherein symptoms are per
exacerbated. Individuals liv
lupus can also periodical
symptom-free periods of re
Lupus may be caused by
ed genetic traits, but may
A rash or rosacea often is a symptom of Lupus.
Thus, the immune system, which
normally protects the body from
outside invaders like bacteria or
viruses, begins to attack the body's
own tissues and organs as if they
were foreign substances in need of
Although there are several forms
of lupus, the most common form is
known as Systemic Lupus
Erythmatosus (SLE). SLE effects
women nine times more often than
men, and usually strikes between
the ages of 15 and 50, and is more
common in women of non-
caused by environmental
The use of certain medical
also cause drug-induced lu
Complications of L
The symptoms of lup
depending on which sy
organ of the body is being
Unfortunately, lupus is oft
agnosed since it can imit:
illnesses and disease proc
those people who have lu
spend years seeking an
Some common comply
chronic fatigue, joint pain,
or lupus, (muscle pain), and fever. Some
ants and patients also experience changes in
o control their cognitive abilities over time.
the fre- Dermatological: The skin is the
"flares", largest organ of elimination in the
iodically human body, and more than 30% of
ring with individuals living with lupus expe-
lly have rience dermatological symptoms
mission. which manifest as red, scaly patch-
y inherit- es on various parts of the body, as
also be well as alopecia (hair loss), and
--.m ulcers of the mouth, vagina and
nose. Many individuals with
lupus will demonstrate the clas-
sic malarr rash", which is a
butterfly-shaped rash over the
bridge of the nose and cheeks, a
symptom which can be seen in
other diseases but which occurs
in more than 40% of lupus suf-
Lupus can commonly affect the
heart, blood cells and blood
vessels. In terms of the heart,
lupus can cause pericarditis
(inflammation of the sac
around the heart), leading to
symptoms of shortness of
breath and chest pain. Lupus
can also cause inflammation of
the heart muscle itself
(inflammation of the inner
walls of the heart), as well as
coronary artery disease.
factors. Symptoms can range from mild
tions can shortness of breath to heart lesions
pus. and complications from congestive
heart failure and chest pain.
upus In terms of blood vessels and
us vary blood cells, lupus can cause the
stem or development of anemia, white
affected, blood cell disorders, and increased
en misdi- clotting (thrombosis) which could
ate other lead to a clot breaking loose
esses, so (embolism) and traveling to the
pus may brain and causing a stroke. Anemia,
accurate of course, can cause symptoms of
fatigue and loss of energy, and
saints are white blood cell disorders can lead
myalgias to higher risk of infection.
Vasculitis (inflammation of blood
vessels) in patients with lupus can
lead to broken blood vessels,
seizures, strokes, and other symp-
toms depending on which organ or
tissue is affected.
Lungs: Lupus can impact the
lungs by causing pleuritis (inflam-
mation of the lining of the lung),
pneuminitis (inflammation of the
lung tissue itself), and other compli-
cations that can lead to shortness of
breath, dry cough, decreased lung
capacity, and pulmonary emboli
Eyes: Lupus can cause a variety
of conditions of the eye, including
dry eyes, lesions of the eyelids,
scleritis (inflammation of the eye
lining), lesions of the retina, and
Muscular system: In people liv-
ing with lupus, musculoskeletal
complications and symptoms can
include myalgias (muscle pain),
lupus arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis,
carpal tunnel syndrome, osteoporo-
sis, and bone necrosis (breakdown).
Kidneys: Lupus nephritis is
caused by inflammation of the renal
(kidney) tissue, and can lead to
water retention, weight gain, end
stage renal disease, kidney failure
and other symptoms and complica-
Other complications of lupus can
involve antibody disorders, chronic
headaches, mood disorders, anxiety,
seizures, elevated intracranial pres-
sure, and a plethora of other condi-
tions and symptoms that can range
from mildly troublesome to life-
threatening in nature.
Although there is
no known cure for
lupus, the disease can be treated in
order to decrease the frequency and
severity of symptoms and lupus
"flares". Immunosuppressive drugs
can slow down the autoimmune
response underlying the condition,
and corticosteroids can be pre-
scribed to decrease inflammation.
Pain relief is very important in the
management of lupus, and over-the-
counter analgesics and prescription
pain-killers like anti-inflammato-
ries and narcotics are also frequent-
Sunlight has been shown to cause
exacerbations of lupus, so the
avoidance of the sun is an important
lifestyle change that thoge with
lupus must undertake. Exposure to
mercury, pesticides and silica can
also cause symptoms, so avoidance
of such exposures is also crucial.
In advanced renal disease from
complications of lupus, kidney
transplantation is a potentially life-
saving intervention that can prolong
life and improve quality of life.
While mainstream medicine
offers many medications and treat-
ments to combat symptoms and
complications, the use of acupunc-
ture, herbal medicine and other
alternative treatments can also be
employed to decrease symptoms
and improve overall quality of life.
Lupus cannot be prevented, but
quality of life can indeed be
improved with medications and
lifestyle changes once a positive
diagnosis is made. Although mor-
tality from lupus was quite high
during the first half of the 20th cen-
tury, it appears that greater than
90% of those diagnosed with the
disease can live more than ten
years, often with long periods of
symptom-free remission. While the
disease is more common in women
than men, the general prognosis is
worse for men and children.
Lupus is indeed a complicated
disease without a cure, but with
good medical management, proper
use of medications and positive
lifestyle changes, individuals living
with lupus cari have long periods of
For more information, please
visit The Lupus Foundation of
America's website at
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Am I My Parents' Keeper?
How well can you help Mom and Dad sort through Medicare paper-
work over the phone? One of the challenges many families face is liv-
ing in separate cities. The National Institute on Aging provides a help-
ful "Twenty Questions" resource to help you prepare for caretaking
from a distance.
Attend this free informative session for helpful guides and information
as we prepare for discussions about the major transitions into and
through the golden years.
Am I My Parents'Keeper? begins June 14 and meets Thursdays from
11:30 a.m. 1 p.m. We will discuss issues ranging from navigating
health care options and paperwork to big decisions about end-of-life
Also scheduled is the "Brain Matters" conference on aging and demen-
tia at UNF on June 9 from 9 a.m. 4 p.m. For more information, call 1-
The meeting will be brought to you by: Community Hospice of
Northeast Florida and will meet in the JCCI Conference Room, located
at 2434 Atlantic Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32207. For more information
call 396-3052 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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"I do" the Play
"I Do.. .For Better or For Worse?"
will be on stage May 31st June
2nd. This is a tale about a woman
who dares not to look in the mirror
and face the skin before her. All
shows begin at 5 p.m. at the Boleros
Ballroom Center 10131 Atlantic
Blvd 32225. For more information
call 904-721-3999 or email
MOSH Cosmic Concert
From June 1st to June 29th,
come experience total-sensory
entertainment as laser lights, high-
def images and digital sound collide
to create a Cosmic Concert! Shows
begin at 7 p.m. For more ifnrmation
call (904) 396-MOSH.
Al Letson New York
Play in Jacksonville
Summer in Sanctuary, a play by Al
Letson, noted poet, playwright and
host of NPR's State of the
Re:Union, returns to MOCA
Friday, June 1st, at 8 p.m. The
Museum is located at 333 N. Laura
Street across from City Hall.
Following a successful run in New
York the story is told through
monologue, song, poetry, and mul-
timedia, the play is about one man's
attempt to connect with disadvan-
taged youths at Sanctuary on 8th
Street a local community center cel-
ebrating its 20th anniversary. For
more information visit www.moca-
jacksonville.org or call 366-6911.
The fourth annual Brooklyn,
Mixentown, Campbell Hill,
Community and Come Together
Day will be held June 2nd, at 10
a.m. All residents and former resi-
dents are invited to attend. For more
information contact Don Foy at
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 email@example.com.
Eta Phi Beta Honors
Eta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc is cele-
brating 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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
PRIDE Book Club
The June Book Club meeting of
the PRIDE Book Club will be held
on Saturday, June 9th at 2 p.m. at
the home of Debra Lewis. The book
for discussion will be Passing by
Nella Larsen. For directions or
more information, call 693-9859.
Archaeology Day at
Do you like to dig in the dirt? Find
things that have been lost? Put
together the puzzle of the past? If
you answered yes then "Public
Archaeology Day" at Kingsley
Plantation is a must. It will be held
on Saturday, June 9th, at 1 p.m.
Archaeologists from the University
of Florida's Department of
Anthropology are completing a six
week field school at Kingsley
Plantation. For more information
call (904) 251-3537.
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
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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.
of the Bands
The 7th Annual Teen Battle of the
Bands at the Main Library,
Saturday June 23rd, 303 N. Laura
Street. For more information call
(904) 630-2665 .
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 Dr. Anthony Hill will be the
Master of Ceremonies. Keynote
Speaker, is Pulitzer Prize winning
author Taylor Branch. For more
information, call Audrey at (904)
Fresh Music Festival
The Veterans Memorial Arena
will be the host of the Fresh Music
Festival featuring Keith Sweat,
Guy, SWV, K-Ci & Jo-Jo, and
Doug E. Fresh, Friday, July 13th.
For more information visit
call the arena at (904) 630-3900.
Griffin in Jax
Comedian Eddie Griffin will be in
concert Saturday, July 28th at the
Times Union Center for Performing
Arts, 300 W. Water Street,. For
more information call (904)
633.6110 or visit www.ticketmas-
The 4th Annual Rhythm of Gospel
Awards will take place at the
Tuesday, July 24th July 29th, the
Omni Hotel downtown. The
Awards is filled with a variety of
innovative and exciting showcases,
choir competitions, pageants and
achievement galas. For more infor-
mation call (210) 745-5858.
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it gave me a vehicle that allowed
me to explore domestic violence, or
[other] things that have happened in
Biblical counseling sessions, peo-
ple having marital issues, addiction
issues, it was just an opportunity to
open up even more what I think
about things and the reality of what
happens even in Christendom.
We like to think that once we have
embraced our religious upbringing
fully, that everything falls in place
and that is simply not true.
Everybody does not have a happy
ending in life, even those in Christ.
But we can always have hope, have
faith, and share our story. We have
developed this "pie in the sky" atti-
tude that once we are "saved" all
will go smoothly. That is not reali-
The Crossing is metaphorical in
that it is a "crossroads" moment in
what begins with young people that
have a traumatic event happen to
them as seniors in high school that
stays with them, and comes up
again in their adulthood. The point
of the book is to encourage us to be
transparent with our true selves. It
deals with issues of pride, how we
hide our frailties because we want
others to see us as perfect.
The takeaway that I hope people
get is that it is a mistake for people
to think that just because we have
been divinely called that we should
be called divine. Those who are
called have to become more hum-
ble, more transparent instead of
covering and hiding. I want people
to overcome fear. The fear of rejec-
tion, the fear of acceptance, and
embrace the fact that the only being
that knows all about us and loves us
still is the Lord. So what begins at
the crossroads of life ultimately
ends at the cross.
What is it like being Mrs. T.D.
Jakes? You have been married for
30 years? Give our young sisters
it work in such a different time.
Does marriage still matter? And do
you think president and Mrs.
Obama set a good example of mar-
riage in our modem time?
My husband and I are friends. We
started that way. We take our vows
seriously we have seen our vows
tested, in sickness, loss, poverty,
you name it. You have to learn to
read it each other, update each other
in the seasons of your relationship.
I like my husband as a person I
love him, but I like him. I married
the man, who occupationally hap-
pens to be a bishop. I am delighted
to be married to the man, and
pleased to serve the Bishop. The
most stressful times for us were
when we were financially chal-
lenged, for sure. But we were never
emotionally separated. We have
held on to one another. We've come
through having no water, no lights,
no food.... He is my man, and my
Q: Has the black church lost
credibility with younger people,
and is that reflected in the numbers
of young people in the pews? Do
the various scandals like the Eddie
Long scandal in Atlanta impact the
black church's ability to reach out
to young people and gain their par-
The relevancy of the church has
dwindled because our focus has
often been on the wrong things;
things like leadership and the size
of our churches versus keeping our
focus on Jesus.
The church must get back to look-
ing to God/Jesus as our model, ver-
sus men. Church is about uncondi-
tional love as God loves us. The
Bible tells us that we need to train
our young people up in the way
they should go. It saddens me to
know we have taken our eyes off of
our great Leader Christ, and turned
that over to flawed humans.
The woodwind players from 1956-1967
Dr. Norma White Honored as the "First Lady of Music"
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There was a video presentation of
Dr. White giving a tribute to her
former band director and mentor,
Kernaa McFarlin entitled "One
Moment in Time." Adrianne
McFarlin King, daughter of Kernaa
D. McFarlin, gave inspirational
greetings "In the Spirit of K. D.
McFarlin." She expressed just what
the late K. D. McFarlin would have
said. ProfessionalBroadway trum-
peteer, Joseph H. Morrison, flew
down from New York to honor his
former band director with Duke
Ellington's "A Train."
Maestro Juliann Blackmon
uniquely presented the honoree in
"Symphony in W," a phenomenal
composition in several movements.
She described Norma Ruth
Solomon White's life as a sympho-
ny. She stated, "This life exudes a
life that has accomplished much
and has affected many lives". The
order of the movements was created
to accommodate the theme.
"Symphony in W" began with the
prelude, her family and her dreams
and carried through significant
movements of a life well lived, on
to the grand finale, her legacy with
The prelude reveals her life with
her family. The first movement
highlighted her educational prepa-
ration and band experiences. The
second movement focused on her as
a gifted student and educator.
The third movement is about a
captivating and enthralling leader
with community and international
involvement, honors and awards
(past and present).
The 4th and final movement:
Grande finale. This part deter-
mineds the outcome of this master-
piece. Most know about her firsts it
in part; She was ecstatically over-
whelmed to be the first female
member of the famed FAMU
"Marching 100" Band. the first
female band director in Duval
County, the first legacy
International President in the 100
year history of Alpha Kappa Alpha
Sorority, Inc., the first International
President of Alpha Kappa Alpha
Sorority, Inc. from Florida and
blessed to be the first and only
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
International President to serve in
After expressions from several
former students, Dr. White, held
back the tears that had been flowing
all night long, gave expressions of
appreciation to the planners and
attendees and related several anti-
dotes about her time with her stu-
dent, including stories about her
"young son, Marcel" and his rela-
tionship with band members."
Councilwoman Lee presented a
resolution from the Jacksonville
City Council and C. Ronald Belton
presented commendations from
Mayor Alvin Brown. Mrs.
Blackmon presented Dr. White with
a blue Mable handle baton,
acknowledged those who assisted
with the program, presented the
hosts and hostesses and the hard
working steering committee mem-
bers. The room was beautifully dec-
orated by Sharon McQueen
Johnson, flautist. Dr. White was
called to lead the "Precision Drill"
which was "The Electric Slide."
The night ended with remarks and
the benediction by Bishop
Girardeau Nesbitt, sousaphone
player. Well-known DJ Charles
Scantling, who played sousaphone
in the band, provided music
throughout the evening.
Dr. White stated that she had seen
and been in contact with many of
her students through the years but
some, who were there that night,
she had not seen since junior high
school. Some of the students from
the rival school, James Weldon
Johnson were also there.
The surprise evening was quite
a reunion and happy celebration for
all including her 98-year-old moth-
er, Mrs. Ruth C. Solomon who
taught many of her students when
they went on to Stanton High
School and her son, Marcel who
was a little boy when she taught
most of the students. Other family
members and sorority sisters also
attended the affair which the hon-
oree will remember for a lifetime.
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SECONDS KING: Her 100 and 200
meter titles help Lincoln
FOR Lady Blue Tigers to sec-
ond in NCAA Div. II1 Track
CIAA AND MEAC ALL-SPORTS WINNERS;
SWAC GETS WHITE GRID COACH AT ALCORN
UNDER THE BANNER
WHAT'S GOING ON IN AND AROUND BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS
ALCORN STATE NAMES HOPSON:
Alcorn State, MS-Alcorn State University Presi-
Alcom State Sports Photo
dent Christopher Brown has
announced Jay Hopson as the
new head football coach at a press
conference on campus. The hire
makes ASU the first Southwest-
ernAthletic Conference (SWAC)
school to name a non-African
American to the position.
Brown informed the crowd
that Coach Hopson's application
included an extensive statement
on APR a critical marker for post-season eligibility and
student-athlete graduation rates.
Hopson is a native of Vicksburg, Mississippi and was a
four year letter winner as a defensive back at the University
of Mississippi 1988-91. During his matriculation at Ole
Miss, he was named to the Academic All-SEC four times,
and was also a member of the CoSIDADistrictVIAcademic
All-America team in 1991.
He received his bachelor's degree in business admin-
istration from Ole Miss in 1992 and his master's degree in
health, physical education and recreation from Delta State
As a coach, he receivedAll-American Football Founda-
tion Top Assistant Coach honor in 2007.
Before coming to Alcorn, Hopson was defensive coor-
dinator at the University of Memphis. Hopson's coaching
career started as a graduate assistant at Tulane and has
included stops at LSU, Florida, Marshall, Delta State,
Southern Mississippi and Michigan.
Alcorn State will open the 2012 season against
Grambling State in the Port City Classic on September
HBCU Qualifiers for
NCAA Div. I
Track and Field
WOMEN 400 METER DASH
Lenora Guion-Firmin JI
Amara Jones S
R UMES 52.60
R Savannah State 52.70
WOMEN 4X100 METER RELAY
MEN TRIPLE JUMP
MEN 200 METER DASH
MEN 110 METER HURDLE
MEN 400 METER DASH
MEN 800 METER
MEN 400 METER HURDLE
MEN 100 METER DASH
SO Prairie View A&M 51.3
SR NC A&T
Sr Delaware State
Jr Coppin State
June 6-12, 2012 Drake Stadium
Des Moines, Iowa
BCSP Notes -
Hampton women, Norfolk State men
continue MEAC All-Sports dominance
ORLANDO, Fla., Hampton University won its llth consecutive
Mary McLeod Bethune Women's All-Sports Award and Norfolk State
captured its eighth consecutive Talmadge Layman Hill Men's Award, the
league announced on Tuesday.
The All-Sports Awards highlight the overall strengths of their respec-
tive men's and women's athletic programs. Each institution was presented
a $20,000 check during a reception at the Rosen Shingles Creek Hotel in
Orlando, Florida on Tuesday evening.
The University of Maryland Eastern Shore was recognized during the
reception as the 2011 recipient of the MEAC Highest Graduation Success
Rate (GSR) Award for third straight year. In addition to the recognition,
LUMES was presented a check for $25,000. UMES' 90-percent GSR is the
highest among any MEAC institution spanning the 2001-2004 cohorts.
Hampton's women's programs totaled 99.5 points in
the All-Sports tally. The Lady Pirates won conference
titles in cross country, indoor and outdoor track and
,, field, and basketball. The Lady Pirates also earned the
S.._il, conference automatic bid to the 2012 NCAA Division I
Women's Basketball Tournament.
Florida A&M finished second on the women's side with 88.5 points.
Maryland Eastern Shore women's programs finished third with 86 points,
followed by Morgan State with 71.
The NSU Spartans men's programs totaled 90 points
and earned conference titles in football, all three tracks
including cross country, indoor and Outdoor track and
field, and were victorious in the MEAC Basketball
.'.. Tournament to earn its first berth to the NCAA Tourna-
ment. The 15th seeded Spartan men's basketball team
received national attention after becoming the fifth team in the NCAA
Division I Men's Basketball tournament history, third MEAC team, to
defeat a number two seed (Missouri).
Bethune-Cookman finished second with 67.5 points on the men's side
followed by Florida A&M (62.5) and North Carolina A&T (57).
Points are awarded in a descending order beginning with 14 points for
champions or first place regular season finishes. The second place teams
get 12 points. Tied teams split the total points.
Hampton has won 14 overall All-Sports trophies since joining the
MEAC in 1996 (three men's awards including back-to-back victories in
2003 and 2004, and 11 straight women's awards, dating back to 2002).
Norfolk State, which joined the conference in 1997, won its first men's
trophy in 2001 and boasts eight consecutive awards.
WSSU sweeps CIAA All-Sports Awards
Newport News, VA... The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Associa-
tion presented Winston-Salem State University's athletic department with
the Loretta Taylor Women's All-Sports and C.H. Williams Men's All-Sports
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Lincoln (Mo.) Sports Photos
BLUE TIGER TIGERS: Members of the men's and women's Lincoln
(Mo.) Blue Tigers' team that helped each team to second place
finishes in the NCAA Div. II Track and Field Championships are:
(Above) Junior Sabiel Anderson won the 400 meter hurdles and
was a member of the third-place 4x400 meter relay team; (Center
top) Sophomore Romel Lewis won the 100 meters, was second in
the 400 meter hurdles and was a member of the victorious 4x100
meter relay team; (Center bottom) Michelle Cumberbatch won the
400 meter hurdles and anchored the winning 4x400 meter relay
team; (Far right) Latoya King won the 100 and 200 meters and was
a member of the second-place 4x100 meter relay team.
Lincoln (Mo.) sprinter Latoya King swept
the 100 and 200 meter women's titles to help
propel the Lady Blue Tigers to their third straight
second place finish at the 2012 NCAA Division
II Outdoor Track Championships in Pueblo, Co.
The Lincoln women won five events and
scored 79 points to finish second to Grand Valley
State (90). The Lincoln men took two individual
titles, tallying 73 points to finish second behind
Adams State (77).
King led a contingent of seven HBCU indi-
vidual performers and three relay teams that won
King was joined by teammates Michelle
Cumberbatch (women's 400 meter hurdles),
Nickeisha Beaumont (women's long jump),
Romel Lewis (men's 100 meters) and Sabiel
Anderson (men's 400 meter hurdles) as individual
national champions. Lincoln's women's 4x400
meter relay team added the fifth women's title to
the Blue Tigers' ledger.
Saint Augustine's sprinters Josh Edmonds
(men's 200 meters) and Ty'Reak Murray (men's
100 meters hurdles) finished first in their events
while Johnson C. Smith's quartermiler Akino
Ming won the men's 400 meter dash. Lincoln's
men's 4xl00m relay and St. Aug's mens 4x400m
team pushed the HBCU gold medal total to 12
out of the 42 events contested.
Twelve different schools scored points during
the meet with 43 individuals earning All-American
status (finishing in top eight in event).
Adams State won its first-ever men's national title
with the narrow win over Lincoln. St. Augustine's
men, who entered the meet as the top ranked team
in the country, finished tied for third overall with
Trophies at the Annual Coach of the Year Awards Luncheon last week.
WSSU was awarded this honor after winning five championships this
year; men's and women's Cross Country, men's basketball, softball, baseball
and football, while coming in second in three sports,
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The trophies are determined by a point system
established to award an institution for achievement
in each of their women's and men's programs. The
champion is the institution with the most combined
total points for all sponsored sports based on their
conference finish and the number of CIAA sponsored events.
William "Bill" Hayes and Tonia Walker of Winston-Salem State
received Athletic Director, Jeanette A. Lee Athletic Administrator of the
Year and Senior Woman Administrator of the Year awards, respectively.
Walker serves as President of the Senior Woman Administrator's Associa-
tion. Anthony Jeffries of St. Augustine's College was selected as the John
Holley Sports Information Director of the Year by his peers of the Sports
Information Directors Association.
Bowie State Athletic Department received a nod as the 2012 CIAA-
SAAC Most Positive Game Environment recipient. The institution that shows
the most sportsmanship on campus to its visiting opponents receives this
award by votes from the CIAA-Student Athlete Advisory Committee.
All Conference Coaches of the Year were formerly given their awards.
A recap of the Coaches of the Year honored is listed below:
Women's Cross Country
Men's Cross Country
Women's Indoor Track & Field
Men's Indoor Track & Field
Women's Outdoor Track & Field
Men's Outdoor Track & Field
Cleo Hill, Jr.
Johnson C. Smith
NCAA Div. I baseball playoffs
SWAC baseball champion Prairie View A&M will face host and top
seed Rice (40-17) in the opening round of the Houston Regional on Friday,
June 1. Arkansas (39-19) and Sam Houston State (38-20) are the other teams
vying for the regional crown.
Seven-time defending MEAC champion Bethune-Cookman (34-25)
will be in Gainesville, Fl. to take on top seed and host Florida (42-18) at
7 p.m. on Friday, June 1. Georgia Tech (36-24) and College of Charleston
(37-20) are the other teams in the Gainesville Regional.
2012 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field
Team Results and HBCU All-Americans
WOMEN MEN 1
Grand Valley St. 90 1 Adams State 77
2. Lincoln (MO) 79 2 Lincoln (MO) 73
13t J. C. Smith 16 3t St. Augustine's 54
17t St. Augustine's 14 14t J. C. Smith 21
23t Virginia St. 10 38t Virginia State 4
29t Livingstone 9 41t Benedict 3
46t Fort Valley St. 3
54t Claflin 1
Jaivairia Bacote St. Augustine's 4x400m relay
Nickeisha Beaumont Lincoln (MO) Long Jump*,
Nicketa Bernard St. Augustine's 4x400m relay
Tanekka Brown Claflin 400m hurdles
Rosemary Carty Johnson C. Smith 100m hurdles
Michelle Cumberbatch Lincoln (MO)-400m hurdles*,
Samantha Edwards Virginia St. 200m dash, 400m
Samantha Elliott Johnson C. Smith 100m hurdles,
Yanique Haye Lincoln (MO) 400m hurdles, 4x400m
Quanera Hayes Livingstone 200m dash, 400m
Anna-Kay James Lincoln (MO) 4x100m relay
Tamara Keane Lincoln (MO) 400m dash, 4x400m
Dereka Kelly Lincoln (MO) 4x400m relay*
Latoya King Lincoln (MO)- 100m dash*, 200m dash*,
Cherrisse Lynch St. Augustine's 4x400m relay
Ladonna Richards Lincoln (MO) 100m hurdles,
Kelly Shaw St. Augustine's 400m dash, 4x400m
Twishana Williams Lincoln (MO) 800m run, 1500m
Portia Wilson Fort Valley St. 100m dash
Sabiel Anderson Lincoln (MO) 110m hurdles, 400m
hurdles*, 4x400m relay
Ramaan Ansley St. Augustine's 100m dash, 4x100m
Michael Ashley Lincoln (MO) 4x400m relay
Rolando Berch Johnson C. Smith 4x400m relay
Jermaine Blake Lincoln (MO) 800m run, 4x400m
Jason Boyd St. Augustine's 4x400m relay*
Winston Brown Johnson C. Smith 400m dash,
Jamille Callum Johnson C. Smith 4x400m relay
Mandela Clifford Lincoln (MO) 100m dash
Christopher Copeland St. Augustine's high jump
Terrel Cotton Lincoln (MO) 200m dash, 4x100m
Josh Edmonds St. Augustine's 200m dash*, 400m
dash, 4x400m relay*
Kelly Fisher St. Augustine's 4x400m relay*
Ravel Grey Lincoln (MO) 100m dash, 4x100m
Romel Lewis Lincoln (MO) 100m dash*, 400m
hurdles, 4x100m relay*, 4x400m relay
Joshua Manuel Lincoln (MO) 4x100m relay*
Akino Ming Johnson C. Smith 400m dash*, 4x400m
Ty'reak Murray St. Augustine's 110m hurdles*,
James Quarles St. Augustine's -400m dash, 4xl00m
relay, 4x400m relay*
Daniel Ross Virginia St. 400m hurdles
Gerkenz Senesca St. Augustine's 110m hurdles
Sean Stuart St. Augustine's 4x100m relay
Chavis Taylor Benedict 800m run
Aaron Wilmore Lincoln (MO) 110m hurdles
AZEEZ Communications, Inc. Vol. XVIII, No.44
At NCAA Div. II Track and Field Championships
Lincoln (Mo.) gets seconds; HBCUs claim 12 titles
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Musician Leadbelly with prison officials, Texas, 1915.
"Young boys with cotton bales", 1895.
Emory Acquires Vast Historical African American Photo Collection
A rare collection of more than
10,000 photographs depicting
African American life from the late
19th and early 20th centuries has
been acquired by Emory
University's Manuscript, Archives
and Rare Book Library (MARBL)
from photo collector Robert
Langmuir of Philadelphia, PA.
The images range from the 1840s
- the beginning of photography to
the 1970s, with most of the photos
falling in the post-Civil War to pre-
World War II era. They include
nearly every format, from
daguerreotypes to snapshots, and
cover a wide range of subject mat-
ter. A number of the photos were
taken by African American photog-
raphers, a topic in itself.
"This collection sparkles with
intelligent insights into the lives
and cultures of the African
American experience over many
decades," says Emory University
Provost Earl Lewis, also a professor
of history and African American
studies. "Its breadth is incredible,
its depth is considerable, and its
sheer beauty is breathtaking."
Randall K. Burkett, curator of
MARBL's African American
Collections says the collection
"complements virtually every other
collection we have, whether it's in
music, art, literature, dance, busi-
ness, civil rights any aspect of late
19th and 20th century American
culture. This is going to be a signa-
ture collection for us, and I know it
will attract other collections."
Civil Rights, Religious
The photos are of both ordinary
people and well-known names of
the times, such as newspaper editor
and early civil rights activist
William Monroe Trotter, black
nationalist Marcus Garvey, sculptor
Selma Burke, blues musicians
Howlin' Wolf and Lightnin'
Hopkins, Pearl Harbor hero Dorie
Miller, and religious leaders Noble
Drew Ali, Father Divine and Bishop
Elmira Jeffries, among many oth-
Kevin Young, MARBL curator
of literary collections and of its
Raymond Danowski Poetry
Library, traveled with Burkett to
Philadelphia to help pack the col-
lection and calls it one of the most
remarkable he's ever seen.
"The archive reveals the richness
of African American daily life,"
says Young, "from pictures taken by
house photographers at nightclubs,
to cabinet cards and calling cards of
black disc jockeys, to photographs
of preachers, blues singers, saints
and sinners. No doubt this collec-
tion will change the field of African
American and American studies."
Young included several photos
from Langmuir's collection in his
book "The Grey Album."
Collector Robert Langmuir
Growing up in Philadelphia in an
African American neighborhood,
Langmuir has been interested in
black history for most of his life. A
rare-book seller for 35 years, he's
collected photos and family albums
through antique book shows or
ephemera fairs, auctions and net-
Of the more than 10,000 photos
in the collection, Langmuir says:
"Not every photo is a stellar,
poignant image. A lot of them are
family archives, or from family
albums, people doing things, just
living their everyday lives. That's
what I was interested in-looking at
black culture through black people's
Judges Sentences Former Liberian President
Charles Taylor to 50 Years for 'Blood Diamonds'
by Mike Cooper
- Former Liberian President
Charles Taylor was sentenced to 50
years imprisonment this week by
Presiding Judge Richard Lussick of
Samoa for arming and supporting
murderous rebels in Sierra Leone in
return for "blood diamonds," a
landmark sentence activists hope
will send a clear message to despots
around the world that they will be
held to account for sponsoring
Lussick said Taylor's position as
head of state at the time of his
crimes put him in a "class of his
own" when judges came to setting
the sentence one of the longest
ever handed down by the Special
Court for Sierra Leone or any other
Taylor shipped arms, ammunition
and other supplies to rebels in
Sierra Leone in return for personal
wealth in the form of diamonds
mined by slave labor and to gain
increasing political clout in the
volatile West Africa region.
"That makes me the happiest per-
son on earth," said Alimami Kanu,
who was 11 when rebels backed by
Taylor hacked off his right hand. He
was one of thousands of civilians
mutilated during Sierra Leone's
decade-long civil war that ended in
2002 with some 50,000 dead.
Human rights activists and inter-
national law experts also hailed the
tough sentence as a warning shot
for war criminals.
"Today's sentence not only
reflects the severity of Taylor's
crimes but sends a clear message
that individuals who aid and abet
war crimes can no longer act with
impunity," said Patrick Alley, direc-
tor of Global Witness, a nongovern-
ment group that campaigns to pre-
vent conflicts erupting around
exploitation of natural resources
such as diamonds and timber.
The sentence came a month after
Taylor became the first former head
of state since World War II to be
convicted by an international court.
Judges found him guilty of 11
counts of war crimes and crimes
against humanity, including mur-
der, rape, torture and the use of
Minister Farrkhan Critiques
President's Gay Endorsement
Minister Louis Farrakhan recent-
ly responded to President Obama's
endorsement of gay marriage call-
ing him "the first president that
sanctioned what the scriptures for-
bid," according to a video posted by
the Nation of Islam's "official"
news source, Finalcall.com.
During an address at the
California Convention Center on
Sunday, the Nation of Islam leader
ridiculed the media for its portrayal
of Obama after the announcement,
and chastised politicians and clergy
for hypocritically supporting gay
marriage despite the fact that the
Bible forbids it.
Throughout his speech,
Farrakhan carefully points out that
he does not condone homophobia,
saying "I'm not your enemy. I'm
your brother, and I do love you."
However, he said "sin is sin accord-
ing to the standard of God."
"Males coming to males with lust
in their hearts as they should to a
female," he said. "Now don't you
dare say Farrakhan was preaching
hate; he's homophobic. I'm not
afraid of my brothers and sisters or
others who may be practicing what
God condemned in the days of Lot.
That's not our job to be hateful of
our people. Our job is to call us to
Farrakhan goes on to call out
clergy who support gay marriage,
saying they are placing society's
needs over God's.
"Is this the book that you believe
in, but now you're) backing down
from an aspect of it because people
will get offended?" he asked.
He also ridicules Newsweek for
mocking Obama with their maga-
zine cover that referred to him as
the "first gay president," and
attacked politicians who take their
oath with their hand on the Bible.
"If the book is no good," he said.
"What the hell are you using it for
to take an oath of office to uphold,
not the Bible, but the constitution?"
Farrakhan's words are a mere
addition to a firestorm of responses
since Obama officially endorsed
gay marriage. The president's
announcement has the black church
community split down the middle
with some clergy speaking out
against gay marriage and others
asking their congregants not to let
Obama's stance affect their vote.
Nevertheless, research shows
Obama's announcement has had a
limited impact on black voters
despite common expectations. A
recent Washington Post-ABC sur-
vey found that the majority of
blacks support gay marriage, jump-
ing to 59 percent after the president
officially endorsed it.
"The lives of many more inno-
cent civilians in Sierra Leone were .
lost or destroyed as a direct result of "-. t ""
his actions," Lussick said. '
Prosecutors had sought an 80-i,4
year sentence and said they are con-
"It is important in our view that .'
those responsible for criminal mis-
conduct on a massive scale are not
given a volume discount," said the
U.N.-backed court's chief prosecu- ..
tor, Brenda Hollis.
Hollis said Taylor's prison term
would only provide a measure of .
closure for victims of one of
,Africa's most savage conflicts.
"The sentence that was imposed
today does not replace amputated
limbs. It does not bring back those
who were murdered," she said.
Taylor will serve his sentence in a
British jail. His lawyers, however,
said they will appeal his convic-
tions and that will likely keep him
in a jail in The Hague, Netherlands,
Taylor's lead attorney, Courtenay ,
Griffiths, criticized the court for
refusing while setting Taylor's sen-
tence to take into account his deci-
sion to step down from power fol-
lowing his indictment in 2003. Martin Luther King III Celebrates Anniversary and Daughter's
Griffiths said that sends a worrying Birthday at Disney- Disney's Princess Tiana poses with Martin Luther King III (left), wife Amdrea
message against the backdrop of
ongoing atrocities allegedly being (right) and daughter Yolanda (front), May 30, 2012 at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena
committed by Syrian President Vista, Fla. King, son of the late civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and his family were celebrating
Bashar Assad's forces. Yolanda King's fourth birthday, (she turned four on May 25) and their 6th wedding anniversary (Martin and
Arndrea were married on May 23).
Florida to Purge 180,000+ From its Rolls
Florida officials made it abun-
dantly clear last week that the state
will continue to purge as many as
182,000 suspected noncitizens from
the state's voter rolls a process
that a coalition demanded be
stopped or prepare for court.
In the last three weeks alone, the
Florida secretary of state's office
has identified and started to purge
what it says are at least 50,000 dead
voters from the state's rolls and
stripped out about 7,000 convicted
felons. Officials at the same time
are defending a more controversial
plan to remove as many as 182,000
suspected noncitizens from the
state's voter rolls.
"Florida has a very shameful his-
tory of purging minority voters
based on false information before
presidential elections," said
director of voter protection projects
for the Advancement Project, a
Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit
that works to protect voter rights.
The Advancement Project is one
of the five organizations in the
coalition that warned Florida last
week to discontinue plans to purge
alleged noncitizens from the state's
voter rolls. It also called on the
Department of Justice to temporari-
ly halt the purge and investigate the
"What's happening now, is not
only illegal but it's inaccurate,
Culliton-Gonzalez said. "There are
actual citizens on these lists. So,
what's happening is completely
counter to the fundamental princi-
ples of our democracy."
Florida voters are important
because the state is home to 11.3
million voters and wields 29 elec-
toral votes. The showdown is part
of a broader battle over voting
rights and participation leading up
to the 2012 presidential election.
Since last year, nearly three dozen
Republican-controlled state legisla-
tures have considered or passed
laws creating new photo ID require-
ments for voters. Some also short-
ened early-voting periods, restrict-
ed early voting sites in churches
and other locations where many
minority voters typically cast bal-
lots, and curtailed organizations
that register voters. While some of
the changes have gone into effect,
many are on hold pending court
Early this year, Florida Secretary
of State Ken Detzncr's staff worked
with the state's Department of
Motor Vehicles to identify nearly
3,000 alleged noncitizens who also
are registered to vote, said Chris
Cate, Detzner's spokesman. The
voters in question were not citizens
at the time they applied for a
Florida license. However, many
people become citizens between
scheduled license renewals, voting-
rights advocates say.
Still, on May 7, Detzner directed
county-level election officials to
begin notifying these individuals
that they would be purged from
voter rolls unless they provided
proof of citizenship within 30 days.
The state's warning letters
described the individuals as poten-
tially ineligible voters and advised
recipients that casting a ballot is a
The letters are consistent with
state law, Cate said.
In the weeks since the first letters
hit Florida mailboxes, several
newspapers reported on citizens
who received a letter. And in mid
May, one county election official
who is also a Republican, tweeted a
picture of himself with a letter
recipient and the man's U.S. pass-
A Republican appointed in
January by Florida Gov. Rick Scott,
Detzner did not initiate the purge.
In 2011, Scott, also a Republican,
asked Dentzer's predecessor, for-
mer Secretary of State Kurt
Browning, to determine if nonciti-
zens were voting in Florida.
Browning's efforts uncovered the
182,000 possible names.
But Browning, a Republican, was
unconvinced of the list's accuracy
and was concerned that asking vot-
ers to prove their citizenship inter-
fered with the voting process, the
Miami Herald reported. In Florida,
like most other states, individuals
essentially swear to their citizen-
ship and can face perjury and
felony voter fraud charges if it is
later discovered that an individual
lied, Browning said he told the gov-
ernor. Scott wanted to move ahead.
In September, Florida began an
ongoing quest to access a
Department of Homeland Security
(DHS) database that includes infor-
mation about individuals who have
become naturalized U.S. citizens.
The DHS refused to give the state
access, Cate said. The Secretary of
State's office will instead pay the
agency that grants Florida driver's
licenses, which has access to the
DHS database, at least $90,000 to
run all 182,000 names, Cate said.
Timing matters. The National
Voter Registration Act requires
states to make every effort to moni-
tor and maintain clean and accurate
voter rolls, said Sarah Massey,
media director of Project Vote, part
of the coalition and a Washington,
D.C.-based national nonprofit that
works to empower, educate and
mobilize low income and other
marginalized and under represented
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FIRING UP FOR A
Simple steps for grilling brilliantly
W whether cooking on a gas or charcoal grill, at home, at a park or at a
tailgate, grilling provides an unmistakable aroma, a sizzling sound and
maximum flavor. And research shows that when it comes to grilling,
nearly three out of four Americans choose beef as the meat they grill
the most often; but nearly 30 percent are still looking for more information on how
to harness the power of the grill.
For guaranteed, delicious results when grilling beef, try following these three
1.Choose Your Cut
Some of the best cuts for grilling include naturally tender ribeye, top loin (aka
strip) and ground beef. Flank steak is also an excellent choice after a dip in a
TIP: Rubs and marinades are easy ways to add flavor and tenderize.
2. Prepare Your Beef
Prepare grill (gas or charcoal) according to manufacturer's directions for medium
heat. Remove beef from refrigerator and season with herbs and spices, as desired.
TIP: Wait to salt until after cooking so you don't draw out the natural, flavorful
juices from the meat.
Place beef on grates and grill, covered, turning occasionally. Test doneness with
meat thermometer: Cook burgers to 160F and steaks to 1450F for medium rare
or 160F for medium.
TIP: Turn steaks with long handled tongs instead of a fork. Do not press down
on steaks or burgers as flavorful juices will be lost.
TIP: For detailed grilling time by cut, visit www.BeefltsWhatsForDinner.com
and type in "grilling."
Grecian Top Loin Steaks
and Mushroom Kabobs
Total Recipe Time: 30 minutes
Makes 4 servings
Lemon Pepper Rub:
3 large cloves garlic, minced
2 1/2 teaspoons lemon pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
Steak and Kabobs:
1 pound medium mushrooms
1 medium red onion, cut into wedges
2 tablespoons olive oil
6 lemon wedges
2 boneless beef top loin steaks, cut 1 inch
thick (about 1 1/4 pounds)
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese (optional)
Combine rub ingredients.
Combine mushrooms, onion, oil and 2
teaspoons rub in medium bowl; toss. Alternately
thread mushrooms and onion onto six 12-inch
metal skewers. Finish with a lemon wedge.
Press remaining rub onto beef steaks. Place
steaks and kabobs on grid over medium, ash-
covered coals. Grill steaks, covered, 11 to 14
minutes (over medium heat on preheated gas
grill, 11 to 15 minutes) for medium rare (1450F)
to medium (1600F) doneness, turning occasion-
ally. Grill kabobs 6 to 8 minutes or until mush-
rooms are tender, turning occasionally.
Remove vegetables from skewers; toss with
cheese, if desired. Carve steaks. Season beef
and vegetables with salt.
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Press remaining rub onto beef steaks.
Place steaks and kabobs on grid over medium, ash-covered coals.
Firecracker Burgers with Cooling Lime Sauce
Total Recipe Time: 35 minutes
Makes 6 servings
pounds ground beef
sesame seed sandwich rolls, split, toasted
cup watercress or mixed spring greens
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 tablespoon Caribbean jerk seasoning
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
1/4 cup low-fat plain yogurt
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons grated lime peel
1/4 teaspoon salt
Combine ground beef and seasoning ingredients in large bowl,
mixing lightly but thoroughly. Shape into six 1/2-inch-thick
Place patties on grid over medium, ash-covered coals. Grill,
covered, 8 to 10 minutes (over medium heat on preheated gas
grill, 7 to 9 minutes) until instant-read thermometer inserted
horizontally into center registers 160F, turning occasionally.
Meanwhile, combine sauce ingredients in small bowl; set aside.
Spread sauce on cut sides of rolls. Place one burger on bottom
half of each roll; top evenly with watercress. Close sandwiches.
Courtesy of The Beef Checkoff
More ways to master
* Temperature is critical when grilling. Don't
grill over high heat this may cause
charring on the outside before the inside has
reached desired doneness, which is why it's
best to grill over medium heat. If using a
charcoal grill, make sure the coals are white,
* Trim visible fat before grilling to prevent
* Less tender cuts, like flank steak, benefit
from a tenderizing marinade. Think acidic
ingredients like lime juice or vinaigrette.
m Keep raw meat separate from other foods.
Use clean plates and utensils for cooked
For more delicious recipes, grilling tips
and simple rub or marinade ideas, visit
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Diddy's son receives $54K football scholarship
Hip Hop music mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs couldn't be prouder of his
son Justin, who just graduated high school, and will be moving on from
high school football to college ball this fall.
Justin Dior Combs, 18, is the oldest son of Diddy, and former girl-
friend, Misa Hylton-Brim, has received a $54,000 college football schol-
arship from the UCLA's Bruins American football team.
The scholarship offer is only offered to the most elite high school ath-
letes under age 19, recipients must have won high school level awards,
and academically have logged test scores above the national average.
Justin Combs signed his national letter of intent on National signing
Day last February, with his proud parents by his side.
The 5' foot 9, 175 pound Freshman will head to UCLA on June 24, and
is greatly anticipating playing his first game as a Bruin.
Mary J. Blige's Foundation Facing Two Lawsuits
Mary J. Blige's charity, the Foundation for
the Advancement of Women Now, is facing
two lawsuits over unpaid bills.
A group of 30 musicians who performed at a
May 2011 benefit concert for the foundation -.
say that when they were paid for their work ,
accompanying such stars as Blige, Jennifer
Hudson and Christina Aguilera, the checks
bounced. Their lawsuit, which was filed in
State Supreme Court in Manhattan earlier this
month, is claiming a total of $167,252 in
wages and penalties for non-payment.
The charity, known as FFAWN, is also being sued by TD Bank over a
$250,000 loan taken out in June 2011. The bank claims that FFAWN
defaulted on the loan, which was due to be repaid at the end of last year.
The New York Post reports that FFAWN appears to have no working
phone number or address, and that it failed to file its 2010 federal tax
return. FFAWN also reported no finances for that year, despite collecting
$60,000 from sales of Blige's perfume on the Home Shopping Network.
The foundation was founded by Blige and former record producer Steve
Stoute in 2007 as a means of supporting education, career development and
personal growth for women. Blige told the Today show in late 2010 that
FFAWN had sent 25 women to college.
"Real Housewife" Phaedra Parks Files $30M Libel Lawsuit
"Real Housewives of Atlanta" cast member Phaedra
Parks has filed a $30 million lawsuit against Vibe
Holdings, which operates Vibe.com, Uptown Magazine,
and Augustus Publishing, saying the outlet has pub-
lished lies about her to generate interest in a book.
The lawsuit, filed this week, demands a jury trial, $5
million in compensatory and $25 million in punitive
damages, and retractions.
"While Plaintiff recognizes the importance of the role
of the media in reporting on public figures, Defendant
and other members of the media are not granted an
unfettered right or privilege under the First Amendment
to defame public figures by publishing false and defamatory accusations
with actual malice," the lawsuit states. "As a result of its conduct,
Defendant crossed the threshold from speech ,protected by the Firit-"
Amendment.to enter the arena of actionable defamation of a public figure
for which they must be held legally accountable."
Paradise Love: Film Details White Female's Search for Black Love in Africa
There's sun, sand and sex in
Cannes Film Festival entry
"Paradise: Love" and they add
up to a grim and unsettling holiday
Austrian director Ulrich Seidl's
film depicts middle-aged European
women at a Kenyan holiday resort
seeking romance with young local
men. It recently had its premiere in
Cannes, where it is one of 22 films
competing for the Palme d'Or.
The movie stars Margarethe
Tiesel as a 50-year-old Austrian
whose search for love turns
increasingly predatory. But the
actress told journalists that she did
not judge the character's behavior.
She said the movie examined
female loneliness and the way
"people who are exploited at home
travel abroad and become
exploiters in turn."
The director plans the film as the
first in a trilogy about modem
tourism. He views his European
Actors Margarethe Tiesl and Peter Kazungu pose during the premiere of
Paradise: Love at the 65th international film festival, in Cannes, France.
and African characters with the nonprofessional actors.
detached eye of an anthropologist. "Paradise: Love" had a mixed
Seidl began as a documentary reception from critics in Cannes.
maker, and even on his fiction fea- Some accused it of reproducing the
tures shoots without scripted dia- exploitation of Africans that it
logue and mixes professional and claims to examine or, like the
Hollywood Reporter, simply found
it "a psychologically empty wal-
Others praised the bravery of the
actors, who are required to strip
naked, physically and emotionally,
as they enact the characters' sexual
"It wasn't easy, it's true," Tiesel
said. "It was a challenge to surpass
yourself, to go beyond your com-
fort zone. But in the beginning
Ulrich said to me: 'Nothing will
happen that you don't want to hap-
pen.' So that reassured me."
The film's title is ironic: this is
no paradise, and there is little love.
But Seidl rejected the suggestion
he is a pessimist.
"As a filmmaker my goal is to
depict things as honestly as possi-
ble," he said. "To deal with social
systems, to show them as realisti-
cally as possible. Negative, posi-
tive, pessimistic, whatever -
that's not really'the point here."
Wanda Sykes is Still Laughing at Life
The usual outspoken,
Wanda Sykes has been a lot
quieter. She has been not so
opinionated on the issues
and not so vocal in the pub-
lic eye. What gives? Her
twin daughters. Sykes is
becoming a family woman,
happily spending her time
catching up on the happen-
ings on Sesame Street ver-
sus being glue to contribu-
tors on CNN. "I use to be
really political and knew
everything that was going
on with the world. Well that
has all changed now that I
have kids, laughs Sykes. It
is enough to make her just
stop and laugh at life.
Talking about her chil-
dren makes Sykes smile and
be in awe at the same time.
Its ridiculous how much my
life has changed now that I
have kids," said Sykes, who
admits now she almost
needs permission to use her
own house because the kids
have taken over. "I am
enjoying life. I am happy
and all," said Sykes. "But it
is hard." Speaking about
what she calls the secret
society of parenting, Sykes
said other parents don't tell
everything there is to know
about parenting. "It is hard
but its good." It is good
enough that she can keep
laughing at it.
Another thing that Sykes
had to learn to laugh at was
breast cancer. In early 2011,
when Sykes went in to have
breast reduction surgery, the
cancer was discovered. She
had a very serious form of
cancer known as Ductal
Carcinoma in Situ. Sykes
made a very difficult deci-
sion by having a double
mastectomy. A decision she
does not regret. According
to Sykes it was either taking
the chance that the breast
cancer might come back
again, which was likely
she had a family history of
it, or remove the occurrence
of breast cancer altogether.
She chose the later for her
family. She wanted to be
around to watch her girls
grow up. Today after the
turmoil of the healing
process, Sykes is able to
find the humor in cancer
and has a bit about it in her
current comedy tour.
Never one to be idle,
Sykes is preparing for the
release of Ice Age:
Continental Drift this sum-
mer. She is the voice of
Granny, Sid's grandmother
who really can't see or hear.
Sykes says, I think
Granny has selective hear-
ing." Granny goes along for
the ride with Manny and the
gang unbeknown to them as
she is accidently stowed
away. The guys' misfortune
makes for a hilariously
funny time for movie
watchers. The film opens
mer on July
wrap up or
says she "
back to the
where it all
me and where everything
makes sense." The power to
make people laugh is gift
that Sykes is grateful to
have. "Its wonderful to look
out and see people double
over in laugher with tears.
There's no feeling like it,"
expressed Sykes. It is that
feeling that lets her know
stand up comedy is what
she is suppose to do.
It is a given that comedy
is truly Sykes' calling. Look
for her somewhere in
America with her comedy
tour that she is currently on
the road with. Then head to
the box office to catch her
in Ice Age: Continental
Drift this summer. Finally,
see her in the soon to be out
independent film "The Hot
Flashes." Keep up with
Wanda Sykes at www.wan-
Beyonce is Back After 601b Weight Loss
Stance moves that everyone was
Quetalking about. The new mom
SN showed off her show-stopping new
figure after majorly slimming down
since giving birth to her first child,
S." n Blue Ivy, back in January. Bey was
theO so proud of her post-pregnancy
S bod, that she gushed about the
$i- mB Dweight-loss journey to the audi-
E1, "Y'all have no idea how hard I
.worked!" Bey told concertgoers
during Saturday night's show (May
26). "I had to lose 60 pounds. They
had me on that treadmill. I ate let-
'ituce!" Dropping 60 pounds in less
than five months must have called
for drastic measures, and Bey had
some extra motivation from her
revealing, two-piece stage cos-
Shown above is Beyonce 6 months ago and Saturday (right) night. tumes made by Ralph & Russo.
in "Now tonight I'm gonna get
Queen B is back! The diva made Revel Beach's Ovation Hall intwte!Byoncwe
her highly anticipated comeback on Atlantic City, NJ, but it wasn't just on to tell the crowd, planning her
the live stage this past weekend at her booming voice and on-point post-diet binge.
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Morrison Enjoys Private Moment Before Receiving Presidential Medal-
President Barack Obama privately talks to poet and author Toni Morrison in the Blue Room of the White
House this week. Morrison was among honorees receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's
highest award given to its' citizens.
An Emotional Homecoming for
Trayvon Martin's Parents in St. Louis
It was an event with ovations so
thunderous and repeated that it
seemed, at times, that the walls of
the church would give way. Tracy
Martin, the father of slain teenager
Trayvon Martin, returned to his
hometown of East St. Louis,
Illinois. And the city turned out in
force at a local church.
Trayvon's parents and their
lawyer traveled to the small town,
on the banks of the Mississippi
River and across from St. Louis, for
an emotional Stop the Violence
event at the church Friday. The
city's treasurer, clergy and a large
number of Trayvon's family attend-
ed the event, which was part rally
and part worship service.
"It feels good to be home,"
Martin said, to roaring applause.
"I'm proud to be a product of East
St. Louis. I'm happy to see so many
family members out there. I love
Martin, who typically limits his
remarks to a few minutes, spoke a
great length, largely on the newly
created Justice for Trayvon Martin
Foundation. He said the foundation
was designed to undertake advoca-
cy and support for families who
have had to
lence" and the
need for com-
to prevent vio-
la w yer ,
that another ".
goal of the
to teach con-
techniques to young people. A third
goal was to increase awareness
"against all kinds of profiling." The
foundation would work toward
reversing laws such as Florida's
controversial "Stand Your Ground"
law, which many have criticized as
license for vigilante activity.
"We have to learn to embrace
each other," Martin said. "If we
could just take the guns away from
people, we would have a better
society. But you would have to
replace them with something. The
first thing is to replace them with
God. The second thing is love. And
third is education."
A large swath of Martin's home-
town came out to see Martin and
Trayvon's mother, Sybrina Fulton,
including the city's mayor, Alvin
"They are people who are parents
who have been through a lot and
who deserve to be recognized and
sympathized with," Parks said. "I
believe they got some of that here
on East St. Louis."
'Book Look: Words of Protest, Words of Freedom: Poetry of the American Civil Rights Movement
by Dennis Moore
author of Spirits
has edited the
about the mood and
pulse of the
Words of Protest,
Words of Freedom:
Poetry of the
Poetry is an ideal
artistic medium for
expressing the fear,
sorrow, and tri-
umph of revolu-
tionary times. Words of Protest,
Words of Freedom is the first com-
prehensive collection of poems
written during and in response to
the American civil rights struggle of
1955-75. Featuring some of the
most celebrated writers of the twen-
tieth century including Maya
Angelou, Amiri Baraka,
Gwendolyn Brooks, Allen
Ginsberg, Robert Lowell, Langston
Hughes, Sonia Sanchez, and Derek
Walcott alongside lesser-known
poets, activists, and ordinary citi-
zens, this anthology presents a var-
ied and vibrant set of voices, high-
lighting the tremendous symbolic
reach of the civil rights movement
within and beyond the United
Some of the poems address cru-
cial movement-related events -
such as the integration of the Little
Rock schools, the murders of
Emmett Till and Medgar Evers, the
emergence of the Black Panther
party, and the race riots of the late
1960s and key figures, including
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,
Malcolm X, and John and Robert
Kennedy. Other poems speak more
broadly to the social and political
climate of the times. Along with
Coleman's headnotes, the poems
recall the heartbreaking and jubilant
moments of a tumultuous era.
The book includes poems by
Maya Angelou, W.H. Auden, Amiri
Baraka, Gwendolyn Brooks,
Lucille Clifton Lawrence
Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg,
Langston Hughes, June Jordan,
Philip Levine, Audre Lorde, Robert
Lowell, Pauli Murray, Huey P.
Newton, Adrienne Rich, Sonia
Sanchez, Leopold Sedar Senghor,
Derek Walcott, Alice Walker,
Yevgeny Yevtushenko, and many
others. Altogether, more than 150
poets showcase the breadth of the
genre of civil rights poetry.
As a student and product of those
turbulent times during the 60s, this
poem by Sonia Sanchez resonates
with me particularly from
do not speak to me of martyrdom
of men who die to be remembered
on some parish day. i don't believe
in dying though i too shall die and
violets like castanets will echo me.
yet this man this dreamer, thick-
lipped with words will never speak
again and in each winter when the
cold air cracks with frost, i'll
breathe his breath and mourn my
gun-filled nights. he was the sun
that tagged the western sky and
melted tiger-scholars while they
searched for stripes, he said, fuckk
you white man. we have been curled
too long. Nothing is sacred now. not
your white faces nor any land that
separates until some voices squat
do not speak to me of living., life is
obscene with crowds of white on
black. death is my pulse. what
might have been is not for him / or
me but what could have been floods
the womb until i drown.
Sonia Sanchez, 1965
For those of us that grew up dur-
ing the civil rights movement, this
is a book that needs to be in your
collection, a book that I highly rec-
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