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Black Baseball Greats
Immortalized on Stamps
After the U.S. Postal
Service made a recent
announcement that it would
honor Joe DiMaggio, Larry
Doby, Willie Stargell and
Ted Williams collectively on
a single sheet of 20 Forever
Stamps, there was over-
whelming demand from
baseball fans for sheets of 20
stamps honoring each player
individually. Starting on July
21, you'll be able to buy a set
honoring just your favorite
"We've heard from Indians, Pirates, Red Sox and Yankees fans, and
we're stepping up to the plate to immortalize their revered players indi-
vidually," said U.S. Postal Service Stamp Services Manager Stephen
Kearney. "We have a limited quantity of individual-player stamp sheets
ready to fill all preorders now for shipment on July 21 -- with these
orders getting top priority," he added.
Black-history and black-sports buffs will likely buy up the sheets fea-
turing Larry Doby, the first African American to play in the American
League, and Willie Stargell, who powered the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates to
a World Series title.
The stamps were designed by artist-illustrator Kadir Nelson of Los
Angeles and are based on historic photographs.
Evander Holyfield Facing Jail
Time or Back Child Support
Unpaid child support could put former heavyweight champion Evander
Holyfield behind bars.
According to reports, the boxer is facing jail time if he doesn't give up
$300k for his 18-year-old daughter Emani.
The Georgia Department of Human Services has gone to court and
made the claim, saying he's not paid a dime since April 2010. His tab is
closing in on $400k.
Holyfield is taking too long for DHS, so jail is the next option along
with garnished wages.
However, his rep says he's unaware of he issue and added that
Holyfield and his daughter have a great relationship.
Watching TV Lowers
Self-Esteem in Black Children
A new study about youth found that watching television lowers self-
esteem in Black children and white girls. Ironically, white boys' self-
esteem remained high.
The survey participants were made up of almost 400 boys and girls
between the ages of 7 and 12; 59 percent were Black and the rest were
white. Researchers tallied the time each child spent watching TV and
compared it to the level of self-esteem each child possessed, which was
determined by an 11-page questionnaire. ABCNews.com reported:
The study authors said that while white male TV characters tend to hold
positions of power in prestigious occupations, have a lot of education and
beautiful wives, the TV roles of girls and women tend to be less positive
and more one-dimensional. Female characters are often sexualized, and
success is often measured according to how they look.
Black men and boys are often criminalized on TV, the researchers said,
which can affect their feelings of self-worth.
According to the study, self-esteem has significant behavioral and emo-
tional ramifications, and it is often correlated with motivation, persist-
ence and academic achievement, particularly among children.
Last year, researchers found that children of color spend more than half
their day consuming media content an average of 13 hours a day
using mobile devices, computers, TVs and other media, which is about
four-and-a-half hours more than white kids. The study also found that
African-American teens are more likely to have a TV in their bedrooms
(which can have a negative impact on sleep), and they are more likely to
eat meals in front of the TV.
Daughter Kicked Out of School
After Nappy Headed Comment
Parents of a young girl in Inglewood, California were shocked to find
out their child had been expelled from school, after complaining that a
teacher used a racial slur to address their daughter in class. Brea Persley,
13, was reportedly embarrassed when her teacher told her, in front of the
whole class, to "sit your nappy-headed self down."
Teacher Kelly Dempsey, an instructor at the Inglewood Century
Academy, apologized to Brea's parents in a voicemail message, saying
the comment, "came out wrong" and that she didn't mean to offend any-
one." The school's principal defended Dempsey and expelled Brea from
the academy after her mother, Shronda Williams, complained.
Williams said the principal, Giselle Edman, told her, "I'm happy that
my teacher called your daughter "nappy-head." You have a mean little
girl and bad things need to happen to mean kids." She said a letter from
the school informed her that Brea was expelled because Williams "scold-
ed the principal."
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Florida Voter Purge Will Continue, Defying Federal Warning
The state will defy a federal
warning to stop purging people the
state suspects aren't U.S. citizens
from voter registration rolls.
Despite a Justice Department let-
ter, objections from county elec-
tions officials and evidence that a
disproportionate number are
Secretary of State Ken Detzner's
office planned to continue the
purge. Gov. Rick Scott ordered the
search for potentially ineligible vot-
In a letter issued by T. Christian
Herren Jr., who leads the Justice
Department voting section, Detzner
was told that the state's plan to
review the status of the 2,600 sus-
pected non-citizens and purge them
if the voters fail to prove citizenship
appears to violate the 1964 Voting
Rights Act and the National Voter
Detzner has said previously that
his agency has identified 182,000
voters who were not citizens by
comparing voter rolls and driver's
license databases. The state's dri-
ver's license data contains some cit-
izenship information. Beginning in
April, Detzner asked county elec-
tion officials statewide to contact
2,600 suspect voters by mail. The
letters said those who failed to pro-
vide evidence of citizenship within
30 days would be purged. They also
warned that casting a ballot when
ineligible constitutes a felony.
Florida is among a small number
states, mostly in the South, covered
by Section V of the Voting Rights
Act, a 1965 law that reinforces vot-
ing rights guaranteed in the
Constitution. In five Florida coun-
ties and other states, election offi-
cials have a history of such of egre-
gious and creative efforts to sup-
press black and Latino votes that
any changes in voting-related poli-
cy or procedure must first be -
continued on page 5
Brooklyn Campbell Hill Mixontown Hold 4th Annual Neighborhood Reunion
The 4th annual Mixontown,
Campbell-Hill and Brooklyn
Community Reunion was held last
weekend in the west Riverside
neighborhood. With over 4,500 in
'. attendance, it seems as if every
former and current resident was on
--" -hand to celebrate, communicate
and reminisce on the past, present
and future status of a community
that has not been forgotten.
Current neighborhood President
Shirley Thomas eagerly stated that
the estimated calculation of atten-
dance was in the thousands.
m..'' Attendees came from far away as
California of all ages. Blasting the
'.' *sounds was DJ extraordinaire 'DJ
h.. --- "Residents get up as early as
--,-'seven a.m. to reserve their spots,"
Said Thomas. "Even though many
S".. police officers were there to protect
and serve, no one got out of hand
and there were no incidents to
'The two-day event is spearhead-
Sed by a committee of ten former
.- residents. Clarence Lane was
instrumental in organizing the first
committee meeting and assisting
Shown above are the Mixontown Reunion Committee: Beatrice Walker, Cessali Harris, Janice Jenkins, with the 1st reunion, which took
Eric Jenkins, Annie P. Henderson, Valencia Bullard, Leila Walker-Bullard, Melissa Burke-Duncan, place at the Johnson Community
Norman Duncan, Sr., Beatrice Bullard-Harris, Anita Mitchell and Liz Butler at the event. L. Jones photo center in 2008. Contd. on page 5
Eta Phi Beta Honors Their Own and Community Leaders
The Nu Chapter of Eta Phi Beta
Sorority celebrated 50 years of sis-
terhood and service last weekend at -,
the riverfront Crowne Plaza Hotel.
In addition to honoring their own
members for various accomplish- .
ments, the sorority also celebrated
several community leaders for their
Eta Phi Beta members, donned in
their customary red attire, wearing
their trademark bumblebee, greeted
their guests and served as the lun-
Dr. Norma White gave a riveting
keynote address focusing on the
importance of service. She ended
her engaging delivery to the sound
of Kirk Franklin's "Smile", super
imposing her own words to reflect
that 'today is a new day' to perform
service. The audience responded
with a standing ovation for the
internationally known educator.
Community honorees included:
Business and Finance Ronald
Belton; Education Dr. Barbara
Darby; Public Service Rep.
Reginald Fullwood; Human
Services Ju'Coby Pittman;
Media Rita Perry; Women's
Health Dianne Towsend and
Humanitarian Delores Weaver.
The presentations were made by
Chapter President Gloria Rhett
who graciously read each honorees
certificate. Shown above (L-R) are Eta Phi Beta, Sorority, Inc. members (L-R) Bottom row: Priscilla Simmons, Flora
Continued on page 9 Bonner, Christine Jenkins, (STANDING) Southeast Regional Director Colette McCurdey-Jackson, Peggy
Spencer, Rometa G. Porter, Gloria Rhett, Nu Chapter President.
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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
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.
Community Fish Fry
The Jacksonville Local Organizing
Committee Inc. for the Millions
More Movement will be selling fish
dinners and sandwiches, Friday,
June 8th at 916 N. Myrtle Avenue.,
3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. For more
information call (904) 240-9133 or
(904) 354-1775 or email
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.
Am I My
Community Hospice of Northeast
Florida presents "Am I My Parents
Keeper", Thursday, June 14th,
from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the
JCCI Conference Room. Join in
conversations with those in the
know about how to prepare our-
selves and our families for the big
changes that come with age. For
more information or to sign up,
contact Tonia at email@example.com or
call (904) 396-3052.
Ask A Lawyer Seminar
The Jacksonville Bar Association
will be offering an "Ask-A-
Lawyer" event on Saturday, June
16th, 9 a.m. to noon, at the NJCDC
Corporate Offices, 3416 Moncrief
Road, Suite 200..
The Ask-A-Lawyer service is free-
of-charge. Attorneys will conduct
individual, 10-to-15-minute consul-
tations. The attorneys have expert-
ise in many areas of law and can
provide guidance regarding family
law matters, employment, land-
lord/tenant, wills and estates, crimi-
nal law, bankruptcy, and foreclo-
sures to name a few. For more
information email Kathy Para, Esq
at firstname.lastname@example.org or
call (904) 356-8371, ext. 363.
Fathers Who Cook
The Annual Jacksonville Fathers
Who Cook will take place Saturday,
June 16th at the Gateway Town
Center. From 11 a.m. 3 p.m., local
fathers will prepare their best dish-
es in a competition where the public
serves as tasters. Proceeds will
enable youth to attend summer
camp. For more information or to
participate, call 591-7568.
Reunion Night at the
Ritz for Eugene Butler
Former students of Eugene Butler
are invited to meet at the Ritz
Theatre and Museum to see the new
exhibit, "More Than a Game:
African American Sports in
Jacksonville, 1900-1975." Re-con-
nect with classmates, teachers and
coaches. Add your stories and
memorabilia to the exhibit! The free
informal gathering will take place
Tuesday, June 19th, 6 8 p.m. at
the Ritz Museum. For more infor-
mation call (904) 632-5555.
Hurricane season has arrived. Are
you prepared? Oaklawn Cemetery
and Funeral Home, 4801 San Jose
Blvd, has teamed up with FEMA to
provide the community with a free
seminar Wednesday, June 20th at
10:30 a.m. on hurricane prepared-
ness and evacuation planning. This
interactive session will outline
commonsense measures older
Americans can take to start prepar-
ing for emergencies before they
happen. Call 737-7171 for infor-
mation. The public is invited and
seniors are encouraged to attend
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.
The Color Purple
The Tony Award winning musical
"The Color Purple" comes to the
Jacksonville presented by Stage
Aurora Theatrical Company. The
Color Purple will hold auditions on
Saturday, July 28th from 2-6 p.m.
and Sunday, July 29th from 3- 6
p.m. Performances of The Color
Purple will run September 28th
through October 7th, 2012, week-
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Giants Summer Basketball Camp
The ABA National Championship Jacksonville Giants will hold their first
camp of the summer at Indoor Sportsplex, 3605 Phillips Highway, June
11lth-14th. Here's the chance to learn the game from the ABA National
Champions. Youth ages 8-18 will receive 4 days of instruction from Giants
players and coaches. For more information call (904) 355-6531 or visit the
Giants website for more details at www.jacksonvillegiants.com.
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A Controversial Show and Tell
2011-2012 Emerging Young Leader Program participants.
AKA Culminates Emerging Young Leaders Program
by W. Ritchie
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority's
Gamma Rho Omega Chapter held
their second graduation ceremony
for its 2010-2014 International
Signature Program Emerging
Young Leaders, Saturday, June 2nd
at Woodlawn Presbyterian Church.
Twenty-five middle school girls
participated in the 2011-2012
AKAdemies that focused on the 4
components of the Program -
Educational Enrichment, Civic
Engagement and Character
In its' second year, the program
participants meet monthly October
- May at the Sorority's house. Nola
Carter, Kitara Hawk, Adaeze
Ideokwu, Kilanae Sutton and Kylah
Thompson are the graduates from
this year's program.
Mary L. Brown is the Chapter
President, Dr. Justine Redding and
Lakeysha Joseph serve as the
Emerging Young Leaders Chairman
and Co-Chairman respectively.
Jack and Jill Comes Delivers Disaster Relief to Area Families
Members of the Jacksonville
.-Chapter of the Jack and Jill of
A,%-America Inc. provided disaster
Cr relief kits to needy families with
the Beaches Boys and Girls Club.
The kits included items such as
glow sticks, table cloths, irst aid
kit, disposable ponchos candles w/
holder, toilet paper, bottled water,
trash bags, flash lights/ batteries,
freezer bags and canned goods.
Jack and Jill of America is a
national organization dedicated to
nurturing future leaders by support-
ing children through leadership
development, volunteer service,
philanthropic giving and civic duty.
Today, Jack and Jill has over 220
chapters nationwide, representing
over 30,000 family members. Each
chapter plans annual programming
Shown above is Dr. Shannon Perry and Micheal Gulley of the Boys and activities guided under a national
Girls Club with Shauna Allen, Priscilla Wilkes, and Joyce Couch represent- theme.
ing the Jack and Jill of America
By R. DiGiacomo
For Jen Denis, a senior art direc-
tor at a ad agency, having a tattoo
has been a nonissue where her
career is concerned.
At her agency, Gyro Worldwide,
a boutique firm known for cutting-
edge work for major fashion and
liquor brands, about a third to half
of her art department colleagues
have tattoos. Denis has three
Japanese-inspired designs, covering
roughly two-thirds of her back.
"It's not expected that I have a
conservative appearance," says
Denis, adding that the agency's cre-
ative culture is "not about who we
are or how we look."
During a previous job at a more
corporate agency, Denis, 30, often
covered her tattoos, but she doesn't
see any reason why her body art
would limit her career prospects.
Her experience nonetheless high-
lights a fluid tolerance for employ-
Trust Your Instincts
The decision on whether to reveal
your tattoo on the job depends in
large part on your field and your
"You have to use your own dis-
cretion in terms of what's appropri-
ate and what's not appropriate,"
says Stephen Viscusi, a corporate
headhunter and author of On the
Job: How to Make It in the Real
World of Work. "There's no right or
wrong answer. It has to do with the
industry you're in, and what's
acceptable for that industry."
The Big Cover-Up
If you're unsure about how your
tattoo will be received in a job
interview, cover it up, recommends
Donna Flagg, president of the
Krysalis Group, a New York City-
based human resources and man-
agement consulting firm. "I would
always play it conservative because
you just don't know enough about
the organization yet."
What Defines You?
Don't let an especially prominent
tattoo upstage your appearance as a
"It's fine to be an individual, but
anything that's going to separate
you isn't necessarily a plus," says
Viscusi, who also hosts a syndicat-
ed radio show on workplace issues.
"If it's a snake, a religious image, or
an ex-husband or ex-wife, it dis-
tracts from who you might be.
Instead of being the smart person in
cubicle so-and-so, you're the one
with the snake."
Grounds for Dismissal
If your company has a no-tattoo
rule -- or a dress code stipulating
tattoos should be covered -- you
could run the risk of being fired if
you don't conform.
"It's really about an agreement,"
Flagg says. "If we state clearly we
have a no-tattoo policy, then dis-
playing yours could be grounds for
firing, just like with any policy."
People in their 20s and 30s are
more likely to view tattoos as just
another fashion accessory, while
colleagues or bosses older than 40
may think otherwise.
"It's a generational conflict,"
Flagg says. "Even in a cool, hip
company, there are still people in
their 40s or 50s who ascribe mean-
ing to tattoos...and think they are a
rogue or rebellious thing to do.
That's not how it's being seen in the
generation that's having them
City Reschedules Veteran's Observance
Mayor Alvin Brown will be joined by U.S. Rep. Ander Crenshaw, Rear
Adm. Jack Scorby and a host of state, city and military leaders at
Jacksonville's Memorial Day observance ceremony honoring those who
made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of the nation. It will be held on
Saturday, June 9th at 8:30 a.m. The ceremony will be held at the Veterans
Memorial Wall, 1145 E. Adams St. The ceremony, is free and open to the
public. It will feature keynote remarks by Rear Adm. Scorby followed by
the presentation of wreaths to the families of the three service members
who are being added to the Memorial Wall.
Janette Dunlap Wins Regional
Award for Dedication at Job Corps
Ms. Janette Dunlap, Wellness
Manager and Advanced Registered
Nurse Practitioner at the
Jacksonville Job Corps Center, has
garnered the "Celebrating
Excellence 2012" Award. Ms.
Dunlap was nominated in the cate-
gory of Support Services Employee
of the Year. Candidates from 125
centers from around the country
In her field, she has incorporated
community partners to enhance
existing health services provided at
the Center. In addition, Ms. Dunlap
has worked to develop and imple-
ment a variety of wellness pro-
grams provided by community
resources and internship opportuni-
ties that extend current services on
center at no cost to the students.
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I wish I could write that
after months of research,Stand Your Ground Law
Reggie Fullwood has found
that race plays a critical role
in Florida's "stand your and Lacks Consisten
That would be pretty cool, but Of course this law has been was not justified, compared
far from the truth. Instead I have to under a microscope since the percent of whites.
give credit where credit and due; Trayvon Martin, in which a When it comes to the st
and that credit clearly belongs to Hispanic man George ground law, nearly 70 pe
the Tampa Bay Times and their Zimmerman, a Neighborhood blacks oppose while 55 pc
investigative reporters who studied Watch volunteer, killed an unarmed whites support the law.
the use of the stand your ground black teen. Getting back to the Tam
law. They have essentially exposed It appeared that Zimmerman was information their study
the deep rooted flaws in the legisla- stereotyping Martin because he clearly prove that race is
tion and usage of the law. was black and had a hooded sweat- ing cause of disparity
This week they began to release shirt on, as he walked through black and white stand you
their findings throughseveral sto- Zimmerman's neighborhood. victims.
ries. The reporters who researched If you have read my column But the June 4th arti
and wrote the stories for the Tampa before, you probably know that one state, "The analysis, hov
Bay Times were Susan Taylor of my favorite quotes is from James supported by numerous
Martin, Kris Hundley, and Connie Baldwin who said, ""Color is not a showing disparities in t
Humburg. human or a personal reality; it is whites and blacks are treated
The writers poured through political reality, criminal justice system.
dozens of arrest records and court Various polls have shown that have found that all-white j
documents and found that the African Americans and whites have more likely to convict blac
inconsistency of the usage of the severely different views about the dants. Someone who m
law is staggering. Many people circumstances surrounding the white person is more like
who hadsimilar incidents, had dif- shooting of Trayvon Martinand the the death penalty than
ferent outcomes with the use of this state's "Stand Your Ground" law. who kills a black person."
law. According to a Washington Post- If Trayvon Martin was t
If you don't remember anything
else from this article,remember this
- "A Tampa Bay Times analysis of
nearly 200 cases the first to
examine the role of race in "stand
your ground" found that people
who killed a black person walked
free 73 percent of the time, while
those who killed a white person
went free 59 percent of the time."
Their research found that gang
members, drug dealers, scorned
lovers, etc. in many cases simply
went free because they used the law
as an excuse.
ABC News poll published in April, that ignited this debate anc
"55 percent of all Americans think tions that stand your gr
blacks and other minorities do not unfair to blacks, then the
receive the same treatment as Alexander case has added
whites in the criminal justice sys- the fire.
tem. Alexander's case hit;
Studies also state that when because it happened inJacks
looking at the racial groups half The 31-year-old black wo
of whites say minorities are not Duval County, told police
created equitably, but when you that she had fired a warning
examine how blacks responded get her abusive husband ou
-more than 80 percent feel that the house during an argument.
criminal justice system is unequal. was hurt, but a judge denied
The poll also shows that 80 per- of stand your ground becai
cent of blacks think Martin's killing few unique factors.
White Version of "The Talk" Part 2
By George E. Curry
In last week's column, I
described an article by National
Review contributor John
Derbyshire in which he said,
"There is a talk that nonblack
Americans have with their kids,
too." In an article for Taki's maga-
zine, Derbyshire listed a litany of
racist things he had told his chil-
dren, including that in random
interactions with Blacks, "the black
stranger will be less intelligent than
the white" and "do not settle in a
district or municipality run by
Derbyshire has since been fired
by the National Review.
Fairness & Accuracy in
Reporting (FAIR), the media
watchdog group, noted that conser-
vative Forbes columnist Josh Barro
had stated, "I'm pleased that the
National Review has fired John
Derbyshire as a result of his racist
screed in Taki's Magazine last
week. Derbyshire's remarks were
beyond the pale, and this severing
of ties is important for the credibil-
ity of one of the pillar institutions
in conservative publishing."
FAIR noted, "Apparently Barro
believes purging Derbyshire will
remove a racist taint from the 'pil-
lar' of conservative publishing.
That's funny because NR's 57-year
history has been defined in good
part by racism. And while
Derbyshire may have been the
magazine's latest house bigot...he
is just one in a continuous line of
racists writing in the pages of NR."
That lineup of racists began with
William F. Buckley, the magazine's
founder. In an editorial in the mag-
azine, dated August 24, 1957,
titled, "Why the South Must
Prevail,: Buckley wrote:
"The central question that
emerges and it is not a parliamen-
tary question or a question that is
answered by merely consulting a
catalog of the rights of American
citizens, born Equal is whether
the White community in the South
is entitled to take such measures as
are necessary to prevail, politically
and culturally, in areas in which it
does not predominate numerically?
The sobering answer is Yes the
White community is so entitled
because, for the time being, it is the
advanced race. It is not easy, and it
is unpleasant, to adduce statistics
evidencing the median cultural
superiority of White over Negro:
but it is fact that obtrudes, one that
cannot be hidden by ever-so-busy
egalitarians and anthropologists.
The question, as far as the White
community is concerned, is
whether the claims of civilization
supersede those of universal suf-
In case anyone missed the point,
"National Review believes that
the South's premises are correct. If
the majority wills what is socially
atavistic, then to thwart the majori-
ty may be, though undemocratic,
enlightened. It is more important
for any community, anywhere in
the world, to affirm and live by civ-
ilized standards, than to bow to the
demands of the numerical majori-
Appearing on NPR's "Fresh Air"
on Feb. 28, 2008, Buckley was
given an opportunity to repudiate
his earlier comments. When his
words were read to him, Buckley
said, "Well, I think that's absolute-
It's not surprising that Buckley
applied that same stand of logic -
or illogic when supporting minor-
ity-ruled South Africa.
That racist DNA has continued to
appear on the pages of the National
Review throughout its history.
As Steve Rendall stated in his
FAIR posting: "In 1993, NR pub-
lished a gushing review (1/18) of
Paved With Good Intentions: The
Failure of Race Relations in
Contemporary America by Jared
Taylor, which argued that black
Americans are more violent and
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I with 38 The State Attorney's Office says
that contrary to Alexander's claim
and your of firing a shot into the ceiling in
recent of self defense, a bullet hole was
-rcent of found in the living room wall at
about the height of an adult's head.
)a Times The other key factor working
did not against her was the fact that after
he lead- arguing with her husband, she went
between to the garage, got a gun from her
r ground car and returned to the house.
Because she returned into the house
cle does with a gun, it denied the use of
'ever, is immunity/stand your ground
studies because she had not been in "gen-
he way uine fear" for her life.
d by the In March, a jury convicted
Studies Alexander on three charges of
juries are aggravated assault, carrying a
k defen- mandatory sentence of 20 years in
murders a prison, based on Florida's law.
y to get Like the Trayvon Martin killing,
someone the Alexander case has also drawn
he spark Whether you agree with these
Ipercep- types of immunity laws or not, one
ound is thing is clear Florida's law is bro-
Marissa ken and needs to be drastically
fuel to amended, or invalidated altogether.
Teddy Roosevelt once said, "In
s home any moment of decision, the best
sonville. thing you can do is the right thing,
)man of the next best thing is the wrong
in 2010 thing, and the worst thing you can
g shot to do is nothing" We must act!
it of the Signing off from the new Duval
No one County Courthouse (although it's
Iher use not open),
use of a Reggie Fullwood
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Page 4 Ms. Perry's Free Press
June 7 13, 2012
by Raynard Jackson
Those who have fol- NAACP Straying
lowed my writings over
the years know that I am Far From Its Mission
not very fond of the
modem-day NAACP. They have strayed very far from their original mis-
sion and have become a patsy for the Democratic Party. They are more
concerned with having a photo taken at the White House than being the pic-
ture of equality and fairness for those with no voice.
The group'was founded in 1909 as a civil rights organization. Its charter
stated their mission as: "To promote equality of rights and to eradicate
caste or race prejudice among the citizens of the United States; to advance
the interest of colored [Black] citizens; to secure for them impartial suf-
frage; and to increase their opportunities for securing justice in the courts,
education for the children, employment according to their ability and com-
plete equality before law."
A charter or mission statement guides an organization to ensure that it
stays true to its mission; it helps an organization to stay focused on its rai-
son d'etre its reason for being. So, I ask the NAACP: What is the basis
for its focus on gay entitlements and immigration?
Notice that I used the term "gay entitlements," not gay rights. A right has
to be derived from some source document the U.S. Constitution, a law,
the Bible, etc. But, an entitlement is not derivative it's based on a "belief'
that one deserves a benefit and that belief is totally subjective.
Based on their charter, the NAACP has no business being involved in all
these issues that are outside of their core mission of obtaining equality for
Black citizens. Has the Human Rights Campaign (a gay entitlements
group) or the pro-amnesty forces come out with a statement about Trayvon
Martin, or all the child killings in Chicago, or discrimination against
Blacks? We all know the answer is an emphatic no!
So, you have the NAACP fighting for entitlements that are outside the
scope of their charter yet the groups they are fighting for gives no reci-
procity when it comes to issues of particular interest to the Black commu-
It should not surprise the public that the NAACP has publically declared
their support for "gay marriage." Notice that I did not say "marriage equal-
ity." When gays use the word marriage equality, they are saying that they
want gay marriage to be'"equal" to heterosexual marriage. By definition
that cannot happen since marriage is between a man and a woman. Their
goal is not equality, because that is an impossibility; they want acceptance.
They want to redefine marriage, thereby forcing society to accept their
When the NAACP issued their statement of support for gay entitlements
they said, "The NAACP Constitution affirmatively states our objective to
ensure the 'political, educational, social and economic equality' of all peo-
ple. Therefore, the NAACP has opposed and will continue to oppose any
national, state, local policy or legislative initiative that seeks to codify dis-
crimination or hatred into the law or to remove the Constitutional rights of
LGBT citizens. We support marriage equality consistent with equal protec-
tion under the law provided under the Fourteenth Amendment of the United
States Constitution. Further, we strongly affirm the religious freedoms of all
people as protected by the First Amendment."
Using the 14th amendment as the basis for asserting the right for gays to
marry is a bit of a stretch. In Hernandez v. Texas (1954) the U.S. Supreme
Court held that the 14th Amendment protects those beyond the racial class-
es of White or "Negro" and extends to other racial, ethnic and other histor-
ically disadvantaged groups, i.e. women.
So, please tell me which of the above groups would gay marriage come
under? The 14th Amendment does not apply to them. They are asking the
courts to create a special class of rights for them based on sexual prefer-
ence, which is their ultimate goal.
Gays do not deserve special protection based on their sexual preferences,
but they do deserve equal protection based on their humanity.
In a 2005 speech, former NAACP Chairman Julian Bond said, "...Sexual
disposition parallels race. I [a gay person] was bom this way. I have no
choice. I wouldn't change it if I could. Sexuality is unchangeable. I guess
Bond never heard of anyone having their sex changed surgically?
So, let me make sure I understand this. If I choose to exercise my right
to oppose gay marriage, I am hateful and believe in discrimination? So,
while the Black community is dysfunctional with Black-on-Black crime,
runaway teenage pregnancy, high unemployment, the NAACP is taking up
the cause that has absolutely no legal basis and is outside the mandate of
their own charter. Are you kidding me?
Weak people (and groups), take strong positions on weak issues. The
modem day Civil Rights Movement has done more harm to Blacks than any
man in a white hood.
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Nearly 5,000 Attend 4th Annual Mixontown Reunion
Beverly White, Michelle Todd, Frednecia Walthour and
Vincent Washington (Marietta, Florida)
Dexter Lizzmore, Joyce Fudge, Orville Thompson Yazmin Pridgeon, Evelyn McCloud,
and Wayne Rackley, Sr. Mary Stinson and Gregory Hutchinson
James Davis and Albert Knight
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Elijah Williams, Florestine Meeks and Geneva Berden
Dennis Robinson, Selven McCray and Maurice Robinson
Seated: Mary Baker-Cobb, Gween Braddock-Rogers, Nathan
Braddock, Jr. and Carolyn Berry
Pastor Darryl Edwards (Greater Betheny Baptist Church), Shirley
Thomas, Christopher Lambert and Cynthia Thomas
Julia Robertson, Ronald Elps, Sr. DJ Roach and Curtis Kimbrough
Reunion Committee President Shirley Thomas with committee mem-
bers: Udell Weatherington, Lois VanBuren, Carolyn Hill, Shirley
Jones, Mattie Brown Sonya Stevens and Cleo Harrell (not pictured:
Carl Jones, Ronald Copeland and Clarence Lane)
Vendor Alim Abdullah
Continued from front
Former resident Cynthia Thomas
smiled as she reminisced, "we
could walk into each others home,
and the doors were always
unlocked. We were just like family.
When you say it takes a village to
Continued from front
approved by the Justice
Department or a panel of federal
judges, Browne Dianis said.
Florida failed to get clearance for
its purge or its methods to identify
the people the state suspects are
raise a child, I am the product of
that village." Most of the "his" sto-
ries and "her" stories always revert-
ed back to the days of grandeur,
when the mom and pop stores exist-
ed and community involvement and
support was an every day occur-
Voting rights advocates have also
pointed out the state motor vehicles
database is an unreliable way to
determine the citizenship of voters,
because many people become citi-
zens between license renewals.
Moreover, in an initial list of near-
ly 3,000 voters the state suspects
are non-citizens, Blacks and
rence. As desegregation crept upon
the nation, many residents moved to
the suburbs and urban blight began
Many vendors were on hand,
while teenagers played basketball
and elders enjoyed crabs, hot dogs,
Latinos were disproportionately
represented, a coalition of advoca-
cy groups said in a statement.
A lawyer with the Florida State
Association of Supervisors of
Elections issued a memo suggest-
ing that all 67 counties stop the
purge until the concerns raised by
the Justice Department are
bar-b-que and soda. Everyone
shared their tents and made com-
mitments to return for the 5th annu-
al reunion and start giving back to a
community that may be lost, but not
forgotten. The committee members
wrapped up the successful weekend
addressed by the state or a court
order. The association is a trade
group for county election officials.
State election officials in Colorado
and New Mexico, states with sig-
nificant Latino populations, have
also launched efforts to identify
and purge suspected non-citizens
from voter rolls. Justice
with morning church service at
Emmanuel Missionary Baptist
Church where committee president
Shirley Thomas presented awards
to the committee members that
made it possible to showcase the
history and legacy of the three com-
Department officials declined to
comment Friday on those efforts.
"We all benefit when [voter] list
maintenance occurs within the
bounds of federal law," said Myrna
Perez, senior council at New York
University's Brennan Center for
Justice. "Nobody benefits form
inaccurate voter rolls. But it's also
munities that will continue to make
history: Mixson-town, Campbell-
Hill and Brooklyn. See you next
year and make sure you bring a
certainly the case that you have
wildly different things happening
not only from state to state, but
sometimes from county to county."
States should make their methods
for identifying and purging voters
known and give voters time to
object or correct errors before an
election, said Perez.
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Gospel Legends Award Ceremony
The 4th annual Florida Gospel Legends Award ceremony will take place,
Saturday June 2nd, at 5:00 p.m. at the Sanctuary at Mt. Calvary, 4751
Walgreen Rd. The event will feature mother of American Idol winner
Fantasia, Mrs. Diane Barrino, and selections by Dr. Jimmie Hill, Sr. For
more information visit www.floridagospellegends.com or call 683-2285.
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 email@example.com 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
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Pastor Robert Lecount, Jr
Unfortunately, the unemployment
rate for African Americans rose in
May to 13.6 percent from 13.0 per-
cent in April, the Labor Department
said on Friday. The numbers mir-
rored the national unemployment
rate, which also increased to 8.2
percent from 8.1 percent, the first
rise in 11 months. Further, employ-
ers created only 69,000 jobs in May,
the smallest amount in a year. The
startling numbers mean that federal,
state, and local governments will
have to invest in job-training pro-
grams for African-American work-
ers who are increasingly losing jobs
like those in the public sector, Rep.
Danny K. Davis (Ill-D) told
For Davis, the issue of Black
unemployment is a complex one.
Still, much of our community being
out of work has nothing to do with
our unwillingness to work, which is
what many high-profile
Conservatives would like to have
you believe. Taking Conservatives
to task, Davis insists that laziness
isn't an accurate depiction of the
problem. "I'm a guy who grew up
picking cotton, which means that
many of the people I grew up with
Mt. Nebo M.B.
r Celebrating Church
Shown above are the event's coordinators: Min. Wayman Winbush, Prophetess Dwann Rollins, Elder Zella
Richardson, Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Sr., Keynote speaker Elder Michael Scott, and Elder Rosemary
Winbush, Children's Pastor at Bethel Baptist Institutional Church. R. Silver photo
Bethel Hosts Workshop for Christian Youth Educators
by Rohnda Silver
On Saturday, June 2nd the Bethel
Baptist Institutional Church chil-
dren's ministry hosted workshops
using the theme "Backstage:
Preparing for an Encore
Presentation," a workshop for chil-
dren and pre-teen ministry workers.
Touching on the bible verse
Proverbs 22:6 "Train up a child in
the way he should go and when he is
,- .2-, -
Seeking the lost for Christ
Matthew 28:19 20 "" i
Pastor Lanaon Williams
8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 7 p.m.
Mid-Week Worship 7 p.m.
Radio Weekly Broadcast WCGL 1360 AM
Sunday 2 PM 3 PM
**FREE TUTORING FOR YOUTH IN ENGLISH, SCIENCE,
HISTORY AND MATH EVERY TUESDAY 6:30 8 P.M.
old, he will not depart from it" the
stage was set to reflect the prepara-
tion and necessary presentations for
effective leadership with precious
children. Each presenter focused on
the vital tools for shaping and nur-
turing our youth, including prayer
and fasting on their behalf. By rec-
ognizing God as their Divine
Producer the stage was set to
embrace the vision and will of the
almighty through the divine direc-
tors and Pastors of the church.
The children's ministry reached
out to other churches and volunteers
in an effort to share concepts and
information with a common goal
ushering the brilliance and talents of
our youth who are headed on their
God gifted paths. It was a day of
fun-filled excitement; praise, pur-
pose and challenges focusing on
faithful persistence. Elder Wyman
Wimbush (Topic: The Wardrobe -
Putting on our Spiritual Gifts),
prophetess Dwann Rollins (Topic:
The Director-God's Voice), Elder
Zella Richardson (Topic: The
Understudy Teach me to Pray) ,
Pastor Bishop Rudolph W.
McKissick, Jr., Elder Michael Scott
(Keynote speaker topic: Show
time purpose and plan) was pre-
senters at the workshop.
Elder Rosemary Wimbush, Pastor
of Children at Bethel Baptist institu-
tional Church, referred each speaker
to the workbooks overall concept to
instill the workshop message:
Before we step out (on "stage") to
present the Gospel to children and
pre-teens, there is a preparation time
we must go through (backstage). A
call to ministry is a call to prepara-
tion. The preparation of workers
should produce results that will
demand an encore presentation;
engaging children and pre-teens so
they want more of what we have to
share about Jesus.
Dr. and Mrs. Will Waldrop
Mt. Nebo Missionary Baptist
Church located 8778 E. Lake Placid
(Dr. Across from Martin Luther
King Elementary School), invites
the community to attend God's
Blessing on the Church 41st and the
25th Anniversary of Dr. Will
Waldrop and First Lady Saundra
Waldrop. The Anniversary theme is
the "Church is Still Holding to a
Changelist God in Changing
Times". The celebration will be
held on June 10th at 4 p.m. and June
11th and 13th at 7 p.m.
For information, call 768-8916.
Families of Slain Children pro-
vides food-and clothing to the com-
munity every Tuesday morning at
11:00 a.m., at their headquarters
located at 3108 North Myrtle. For
more information contact Beverly
McClain, Founder/President at
683-4986 or 424-8755 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org or visit
The Family that
did the same things. Work ethic has
been an ongoing thing among indi-
viduals I know. Yet, many of them
of them cannot find work.
"Yes, the unemployment rate is
high among African Americans," he
continued, [but] "one of the reasons
is because too few people have too
much control of the decisions and
resources and money.
"They are not letting it flow. In
many instances, they are holding it.
They are hiding it away. I think the
American people are smarter than
some of the pollsters and some of
the analysts think."
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464
Sunday Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:40 a.m.
Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
12 noon-1 p.m.
The Word from the Sons
and Daughters of Bethel
3rd Sunday 4:00 p.m
No Relief for High Black Unemployment
Disciples of Chbrist Cbristial) Fellowship
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worship with prayer, praise and power!
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June7-13, 2012 Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 7
Black Men and Prostate Cancer Remain Synonymous
By Dianne Anderson
Since only Black men are dying
from prostate cancer earlier and at
twice the rate over every other
racial group, medical professionals
might as well now throw out what
many health officials believe is the
best test for detecting prostate can-
cer in Black men.
The debate rages on in the med-
Digital Rectal Exam-is often a deal
breaker for Black males.
Dr. Ligons said the clinic doesn't
use DREs anymore, just the PSA
because it is more reliable to detect
When men get their annual PSA,
it's easier to spot the trend over
time. If the protein marker rises, it's
one indicator that he may have the
and die from prostate cancer, but
she said that they are still not get-
ting better about walking into her
office, and asking for their PSA
"Nope; not at all. They don't
come in and request it," she said.
Recommendations on prostate
screening come by way of the U.S.
Preventive Services Task Force,
and is being criticized for calling to
curb PSA testing, particularly since
Black men comprise those most at
risk of dying from the cancer.
However, they reportedly only
made up about 4% of the Task
Force's case study.
Essentially, medical advocates
argue that throwing out the PSA test
would be a killer for more Black
Men's Health Network (MHN)
and the Veterans Health Council
also stand strongly opposed to the
decision to curb testing, claiming
that Vietnam-era veterans were also
more at risk from over-exposure to
The group blasted the Task Force
for not consulting with the National
Cancer Institute, or its studies
showing that PSA screening was
attributed to a 45-70% decline in
death rate, as presented at the annu-
al African American Prostate
Cancer Disparity Summit last year.
"The recommendation against
PSA testing puts men's lives in
jeopardy as they will be discour-
aged from getting screened for
prostate cancer. This especially
affects African-American men, men
exposed to Agent Orange, and men
with a family history, all of whom
are at greatest risk of developing
prostate cancer and dying from the
disease. In the U.S. alone, 30,000
men die from prostate cancer annu-
ally, a staggering number. Early
detection is key and PSA testing is
the best available tool, reducing
prostate cancer mortality by 40%
since its inception," commented
Ana Fadich, MPH, CHES, Director
of Programs and Health Promotion
chance by avoiding the test.
ical community under the recent
recommendation that doctors stop
offering the PSA blood test. It
comes as a big surprise to local
family practitioner Sanaa Ligons.
The Prostate Specific Antigen
test is always one of the first tests
she orders for her over-50 male
Dr. Ligons at the Whitney Young
Family Health Clinic in San
Bernardino, CA said that she under-
stands that the test that may not be
so critical for other racial groups.
Even so, she said that Black males
should not only continue PSA test-
ing, but start earlier than the current
"In some populations, maybe the
Hispanic and Caucasian population,
where it's not so frequent or so bad,
it's okay not to [PSA] screen, but
for African American males, I think
we should be screening earlier," Dr.
At the Whitney Young Clinic,
African American men over age 50
can routinely expect to get the
essentially painless PSA test, an
important protein marker that deter-
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If they're over the recommended
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Former SCLC Chair Convicted on 51 Counts
Former Southern Christian
Leadership Conference Board
Chairman Raleigh Trammell has
been convicted on all 51 felony
charges filed against him in Dayton,
Ohio in connection with a sham
home-delivery food program loose-
ly modeled after the successful
meals on wheels federal program.
He remains free on $10,000 bail
and is scheduled to be sentenced
Trammell, 74, was ousted as
chairman of SCLC on Nov. 13,
2009 along with treasurer Spiver
Gordon of Eutaw, Ala. after the two
were suspected of operating unau-
thorized bank accounts that
siphoned off more than $500,000
from the civil rights organization
co-founded by Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr. Trammell and Gordon
went to court in Atlanta seeking
reinstatement but lost that chal-
In the Ohio case, Trammell was
accused of stealing $50,000 of tax-
payer money from 2005 to 2010
that was intended to go into pro-
grams helping the poor and the eld-
erly. Trammell claimed to be serv-
ing meals to Oscar Davis, a long-
time friend, residing in the Dayton
Veterans Affairs Medical Center
nursing home. Witnesses testified
that Trammell has visited Davis at
the VA and therefore knew the
address he listed for Davis was
Other witnesses testified that they
never signed up for the program,
had not received any food deliver-
ies and did not meet the require-
ment that they be at least 60 years
According to invoices submitted
by Trammell in 2008, his group
served hundreds of meals to Mary
Frances Davis and Charlotte
Mercedes Garrett. There was only
one problem the prosecutor pro-
duced death certificates showing
that Davis died August 19, 2007
and Garrett died May 5, 2004.
Trammell's attorney tried to dis-
miss those offenses as accounting
errors. But Montgomery County
Prosecutor Ward Barrentine offered
the court a different explanation:
"That's intentional fraud," he said.
"Dead people don't eat meals. I
don't need to tell you that."
Barrentine submitted evidence
showing Trammell deposited three
county checks into his personal
bank account and six more in an
account for the Martin Luther King
Celebration, which he also con-
When sentenced later this month,
Trammell could be staring at the
possibility of spending the rest of
his life behind bars. He was con-
victed of one count of grand theft, a
fourth-degree felony; 25 counts of
forgery, five of which are fourth-
degree felonies; and 25 counts of
tampering with government
records, all third-degree felonies.
A third-degree felony in Ohio is
punishable up to five years in
prison on each count. A fourth-
degree felony carries a maximum of
18 months for each charge. And a
fifth-degree felony is punishable by
up to a year in prison.
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FOR THE WEEKOF JUNE 5- 11, 2012
O QUINN Norfolk State Sports Photo
CELEBRATION : Norfolk
MAKING State center Kyle O'Quinn
may have more to celebrate
NOISE at the June 28th NBA Draft.
NEW WOMEN'S HOOPS COACH AT DELSTATE;
NORFOLK STATE EXTENDS ANTHONY EVANS
UNDER THE BANNER
WHAT'S GOING ON IN AND AROUND BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS
B-CU FALLS IN BASEBALL PLAYOFFS:
MEAC baseball champion Bethune-Cookman bowed
out of the NCAADiv. I Gainesville
Regional this weekend in two
The Wildcats were victims of
a no-hitter from Florida pitcher
Jonathan Crawford in a 4-0 loss
on Friday. Florida, the region's
host and top seed, benefitted from
a three-run home run in the fifth
inning that broke the game open.
B-CU Sports Photo
BEVERLIN Rayan Gonzalez took the loss
and fell to 9-2 on the season.
The 'Cats were eliminated in an 8-2 loss to College of
Charleston on Saturday. College of Charleston jumped out
to an 8-0 lead thru the middle innings. B-CU scored two
runs in the sixth on Josh Johnson's two -run homer. B-CU
could generate only two hits over the final three innings.
B-CU, in its first year under head coach Jason Bev-
erlin, finishes the season at 34-27, logging the most wins
for a first-year Wildcat coach. The 'Cats lose five players
PRAIRIE VIEW ALSO GOES DOWN:
SWAC baseball champion Prairie ViewA&M dropped
two games this weekend to be eliminated from the Houston
Prairie View Sports Photo
The Panthers fought hard before
bowing to top seed and host Rice
on Friday in a pitching duel, 3-2.
The game was decided on a solo
homer by Rice in the bottom of
the seventh inning.
The Panthers got 6 2/3 innings
of great pitching from Derrick
Mitchell, who surrendered only
three runs (two earned). Mitchell
took the loss and fell to 6-5 on the season. Daniel Castillo
came in and pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings.
The Panthers bowed out of the tournament in a 4-2 loss
to Sam Houston State Saturday. The Panthers were one hit
short of extending their season, loading the bases in both
the eighth and ninth innings.
The Panthers finished 28-25 under Waskyla Culli-
THE STAT CORNER
WHO ARE THE BEST PERFORMERS IN BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS
History of Black College players
in first round of NBA Draft
N. C. College
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And Still I Rise: O'Quinn
heads to Chicago
The meteoric rise of 6-10 former Norfolk
State basketball center Kyle O'Quinn contin-
Sports Illustrated writer Sam Amick, in his
"Inside the NBA Column" in the May 21st edi-
tion of the magazine, has projected the 2011-12
MEAC player of the year, defensive player of
the year and tournament MVP as a potential first
round pick in the June 28th NBA Draft.
Amick's mock draft has O'Quinn going to
the Golden State Warriors with the 30th and final
pick of the first round.
The SportingNews has him doing even better,
going with the 26th pick (to Indiana) in the first
round. Draft Express projects him as the 41st pick
(to Portland) in the second round.
ESPN Draft Analyst Chad Ford rates him as
the 35th best prospect, sixth best at his position.
Not bad for a player not likely on the NBA
radar prior to the season. And he has a chance to
consolidate and maybe improve his draft stock
O'Quinn is one of only 60 players and the only
black college player invited to this week's (June
6-10) Chicago Draft Combine where all the top
draft prospects are expected to be in attendance.
The Combine along with private team workouts
will likely be the final determinants of a player's
The Combine includes skill drills, 3-on-3
scrimmages, athletic and psychological testing
and interviews with players projected to be in the
draft and draft lottery.
O'Quinn also participated in the first NBA
draft workouts in New Jersey on May 19-20 and in
Minnesota on May 30-31. According to an ESPN
Insider report, 28 teams and 17 general managers
attended the New Jersey workouts along with more
that 150 executives, coaches and scouts. O'Quinn
was given an honorable mention nod and it was
noted that scouts were impressed with his 7-5
O'Quinn led Norfolk State to its first tourna-
ment championship since joining the MEAC 15
years ago and its best record since joining Div. I
(26-10). He gained national attention by leading
the 15th-seeded Spartans to a big 86-84 upset
win over 2nd-seeded Missouri in the first round
of the NCAA Tournament and then becoming a
media darling with his witty quips following the
ON THE RISE: The affable Quinn in the interview
room after Norfolk State's first round upset of
Missouri in the NCAA Tournament.
Though he didn't play well in a second round
tournament loss to Florida, he garnered more at-
tention and perhaps solidified his draft potential by
being named MVP of the postseason Portsmouth
Invitational Tournament (PIT) in April.
This season O'Quinn was the only MEAC
player to average a double-double, putting up 15.9
points per game and league-best 10.3 rebounds per
game. The rebounding total was 16th best in the
nation. He also posted 20 double-doubles tying
him for fifth nationally with four others, among
them National Player of the Year Anthony Davis
of national champion Kentucky.
O'Quinn also led the MEAC and was 14th
nationally in field goal percentage (.573) and
Lou Henson Award Photo
STILL RISIN': O'Quinn receiving the 2012 Lou
Henson National Player of the Year Award after
being voted the nation's top mid-major Div. I
Tamika Louis to replace Ed Davis
leading Delaware State women's hoops
DOVER, Del. -A new era has begun for the Delaware State Univer-
sity women's basketball team as President Harry L. Williams introduced
Tamika L. Louis, a former championship junior college head coach and
Division I assistant coach, as the new head coach Thursday morning in a
"I expect that she will bring a high-level energy and excitement to our
women's basketball program," Williams remarked.
Louis arrives at Delaware State with 14 years of coaching and recruiting
experience on the NCAA Division I, junior college and high school levels.
Most recently, she served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator
during the 2011-12 season at George Washington University in Washington,
"We will establish a winning culture here with an expectation to excel in
the classroom and on the court, resulting in MEAC championships," Louis
stated. "Just as important, we will develop future leaders who, upon gradu-
ation, will make an immediate impact in our global society and positively
The decision to hire Coach Louis culminated a two-month search
process that began in late March upon the retirement of former head coach
From 2009-11, Louis was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator
for St. John's University, where she was in charge of organizing all recruit-
ing initiatives, game scouting, overseeing player academic progress and
Prior to her time at SJU, Louis served as an assistant coach and recruit-
ing coordinator for the University of Illinois from 2007-09.
From 2002-05, she was the head women's basketball coach at Mott
Community College in Flint, Mich., where she led her squad to a 58-33
overall record during her tenure.
The 2004-05 squad boasted a 16-0 conference record and was 27-7
overall en route to a NJCAA Region XII championship and bid to the
NJCAA Tournament. For her efforts during this stellar season, Louis was
named the Michigan Community College Athletic Association and Region
XII Coach of the Year.
Before joining the collegiate coaching ranks, Louis had stints as an
assistant and associate basketball coach at Central High School in Fresno,
Calif., Rhodes High School in Cleveland, Ohio and Cuyahoga Community
College in Cleveland, Ohio.
After playing her freshman year (1993-94) at West Virginia University,
Louis transferred to Fresno State, where she was the starting point guard
and captain from 1995-98. She earned her Bachelor of Arts and Master
of Arts Degrees in communications from Fresno State University.
Norfolk State's Evans
gets three-year extension
NORFOLK, Va. Norfolk State University athletics director Marty
L. Miller has announced that Spartan men's basketball coach Anthony
Evans has agreed to a three-year contract extension through the 2016-17
Evans, whose current contract would have expired after the 2013-14
season, will also have his annual salary increased from $125,000 to $175,000
beginning July 1, 2012.
"The overall performance of the men's basketball team has improved
topped the league and was 15th nationally in
blocked shots at 2.69 per game.
After the season he was named this year's
recipient of the Lou Henson National Player ofthe
Year Award given to the nation's top Mid-Major
player in Div. I basketball.
If he were to be drafted, he would be the first
from Norfolk State since Lee Johnson was taken
by Detroit in the third round of the 1988 Draft.
If he were to make an NBA roster, he would be
the first Spartan since former Spartan and CIAA
star David Pope's career ended in 1986.
If he is selected in the first round, the would
be the first black college first round selection in
18 years. Six-eleven forward Carlos Rogers of
Tennessee State was the last black college player
taken in the first round going to Seattle with the
11th overall selection (See STAT CORNER).
Amick's take on O'Quinn's draft status:
O'Quinn, who worked out for the Warriors last
week, may not make the first-round cut. But he has
improved his stock significantly in recent months, and
Golden State is seeking depth down low (though the
team may go in a different direction with this pick if
Sullinger is, in fact, its choice at No. 7). O'Quinn first
made headlines as the classic March Madness darling,
getting 26pointsand14 rebounds to leadNo. 15Norfolk
State past No. 2 Missouri in the first round. O'Quinn
kept it going in April at a heavily scouted tournament
for college seniors, the Portsmouth Invitational, where
he was namedMVP and showed off the skills that helped
him average 15.9points and 10.3 rebounds as a senior.
Not bad for a player who received a scholarship offer
only from Norfolk State and didn'tplay until his junior
year in high school.
Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.
DSU Sports Pnoto
NEW LADY HORNETS' MENTOR: New
Delaware State head women's coach
Tamika Louis is introduced by DSU President
Harry L. Williams.
NSU Sports Photo
RE-UP: Norfolk State head
coach Anthony Evans in house
for three more years.
under the supervision of coach Evans," Miller said. "We are fortunate to
have one of the great up-and-coming basketball coaches in America leading
our men's basketball program for the next five years."
Evans led the Spartans to an historic season in 2011-12. NSU set a new
Division I era school record with 26 victories en route to its first MEAC
title and NCAA Division I Tournament berth.
The Spartans, seeded 15th in the West Region, pulled off one of the
biggest upsets in modem day NCAA Tournament history by defeating No.
2 seed Missouri 86-84 in the West Region second round in Omaha, Neb.
Evans' accolades from the season include being selected 2012 MEAC
Tournament Most Outstanding Coach and the Clarence "Big House" Gaines
Award winner as the nation's top Division I minority head basketball
"I'm extremely grateful for the opportunity that (NSU President) Dr.
(Tony) Atwater and Mr. Miller have given me in continuing to lead the
men's basketball program," Evans said. "I look forward to building on the
program's recent success in the coming years."
Overall, Evans has a 78-82 record in his five seasons as NSU's head
coach. His ledger also includes two winning seasons (16-15 in 2007-08,
26-10 in 2011-12) and the first two MEAC Tournament finals appearances
in school history (2009, 2012). xfgf
Simon out as Alcorn State AD
After just over two months on the job, Alcorn State University Direc-
tor of Athletics Patric Simon has submitted his
resignation from the SWAC program for personal
Alcorn State hired Simon from Langston
University in Oklahoma, where he had previously
served as director of athletics for four years at the
NAIA school. He began working at Alcorn State
on April 1, 2012.
Simon's resignation came just one week after
Alcorn State named Jay Hopson as its new head
football coach. Hopson becomes the first non-
African American to lead a football program in SIMON
Simon said that he was appreciative of the opportunity that was given
to him, but that he needed to move on and take care of important business
in other aspects of his life.
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June 7-13, 2012
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Lands Him Back in Jail
By George E. Curry
WASHINGTON (NNPA) After having
his bond revoked by a judge who wonders
whether he was deliberately misled by
George Zimmerman and his wife, the admit-
ted killer of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon
Martin remains confined to his cell in the
Polk County Correctional Facility in
Sanford, Fla. this week facing serious cred-
ibility issues that could impact the outcome
of his future trial.
Acting on a motion by state prosecutors,
Seminole County Circuit Judge Kenneth
Lester revoked Zimmerman's $150,000
bond and ordered him returned to police
custody. He has been charged with second-
Mark O'Mara, the attorney for
Zimmerman, is expected to file a motion for
a new bond hearing in two or three weeks.
At that time, Judge Lester is expected to
grant the motion for a hearing, but it is
unknown whether he will raise
Zimmerman's bond and order him held
without bond until his expected trial.
According to court records, Zimmerman
did not disclose that only did he have well
over $150,000 in the bank, but an addition-
al passport besides the one he surrendered.
'Acclaimed Documentary 'Dark Girls': Black but Comely
"Dark Girls" director-producer
D. Channsin Berry, left, with pro-
ducer-actor Bill Duke.
Do you want to know what it's
like to be a dark-skin girl in
America? The documentary "Dark
Girls" produced by veteran actor
and filmmaker Bill Duke and docu-
mentary director and producer D.
Channsin Berry opens a window to
a world that everybody has an opin-
ion on, an opinion that sometimes
manifests itself in insults and
"Dark Girls" is a documentary
exploring the deep-seated biases
and attitudes about skin color, par-
ticularly concerning dark-skinned
women, outside of and within Black
I'm a dark girl so I found this
documentary particularly interest-
ing, even groundbreaking, and it
Groundbreaking because it is, as far
as I know, the first documentary of
its kind addressing a Black issue
that sheds a disparaging light upon
us as a people. Secondly, it's
thought provoking because you
have Black men in particular voic-
ing their honest opinion about dark-
skin Black women unabashedly,
and you hear painful stories from
Black women who are finally hav-
ing their say.
"Dark Girls" opens with a beauti-
ful dark-skin little girl with a sad
face speaking about the fact that she
doesn't like to be called Black
because she says she's not Black.
Her honey-colored mother sitting
beside her says honestly that she
cannot relate to her daughter's
problem because she has never
faced the issue of skin color. Then
she further discusses how in her
own way she's helping to build her
daughter's self-confidence within
the family first.
From the rather dramatic open-
ing, nobody wants to see a child in
pain, the film canvasses America
and women of other nations dis-
cussing the impact their dark skin
has had on their lives.
Their stories are pretty sad, and
they are the kind of stories dark-
skin Black women usually keep to
I remember as a child I used to
tell my mother that she didn't know
what it was like for me because my
skin was darker than everyone
around me, and I had short kinky
hair. My mother was the opposite of
what I was, so she truly couldn't
relate. Like a lot of dark-skin sisters
I had to figure it out on my own.
As I watched the documentary,
and listened to the various sad sto-
ries told by Black women, I felt at-;
some point I needed a break. I
wanted to hear something else,
more stories of Black women who
ignored the so-called stigma of
being dark-skinned in America.
They skimmed over the black-is-
beautiful era because they said it
didn't stick. But I believe it did, and
there are a lot of dark-skin women
benefiting from that era through
Viewers did get positive affirma-
tions at the end of the film from
those same sisters who had you
reflecting on your own pain when
you heard their stories. But it
seemed to me just a proper way to
end the documentary.
One sister in the film voiced what
a lot of us "sisters of the darker
hue" felt the first time we saw
Michelle Obama. We were so elated
to see she was dark complexioned,
.because the .majority of successful,
Black men opt for lighter-skin
Black women, White or Asian
women. That's just the way it is.
But when a brother breaks the norm
we "sisters of the darker hue" smile
"Dark Girls" is one of those doc-
umentaries everyone should see,
especially Black women, regardless
of their complexion. And under-
stand this; light-skin sisters have
their share of grief too. Many of
them have stories that will bring
you to tears, hurtful things they
have had to overcome.
Let's face it, being a Black
woman in America can be very
challenging. But God didn't create
wimps when he made us sisters. We
help each other celebrate our partic-
ular beauty. And the Black men
who love us ... love us.
To learn more about "Dark Girls"
and to find out about screenings and
other activities, visit their official
web site at http://officialdark-
Saturday, June 16, 2012
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Eta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. Honors Community Leaders
Continued from front
Also being honored
were chapter members
(Volunteer of the Year),
Peggy Spencer (Soror of
the Year and Priscilla
Simmons, Flora BonnerAZ
and Christine Jenkins for ,, -
over 40 years of service.
Charter members, Ms.o
Dorothy Kennerly, was
also lauded for con-
tributing 50 years of
Eta Phi Beta Sorority,
Inc., is a national busi-
ness and professional
that was founded in
1942 in Detroit,
Throughout the year, the ,
sorority locally presents
programs of service to
the community in addi-
tion to providing youth
scholarships and a bi- Shown above at the event (L-R) is Keynote Speaker Dr. Norma White, Eta Phi Beta Regional Director Colette McCurdy-Jackson, and coi
annual Debutante Ball. munity honorees: Rita Perry, Diane Townsend, Ju'Coby Pittman, Dr. Barbara Darby and Nu Chapter President, Gloria Torrance-Rhett.
June 7 13, 2012
Page 10 Ms. Perry's Free Press June 7 13, 2012
Former NFL Prospect Turned Innocent Ex
Con Gets Second Chance at Sports Career
As a well recruited high school football star, Brian Banks
looked forward to college and hopefully a professional
sports career. Instead, he spent the next six years in prison
Cong. Brown Headlines 'Washington Watch' Jacksonville's own
Congresswoman Corrine Brown was the special guest on Roland Martin's TV-1 nationally rated news
show, "Washington Watch" this weekend. During the ten minute long interview, Brown discussed voter
suppression efforts in Florida. Other topics included the level of accountability President Obama has to
African American voters, the latest unemployment report and the need for more black male teachers.
FAMU President Calls For
Strict Rules After Hazing Death
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. FAMU
President Dr. James Ammons has
proposed stringent requirements
this week for membership in their
famous band the Marching 100.
Efforts are underway to stamp out
the well known deep rooted hazing
at the university that came to light
after the November beating death of
a drum major.
Under his guidelines, only full-
time students should be allowed
entry into the band. The broad plan
would also limit student participa-
tion in the band to four years and
stiffen the academic requirements
He also requested creation of the
post of an "anti-hazing special
assistant to the president" with
wide-ranging authority to address
hazing at the university and adding
a compliance officer in the school's
music department to ensure stu-
dents heed eligibility requirements.
Ammons also proposed adding
three new positions to the school
office responsible for overseeing
Ammons suspended the band
shortly after Robert Champion's
death following a band perform-
ance last November in Orlando.
Eleven FAMU band members face
felony hazing charges, while two
others face misdemeanor counts for
alleged roles in Champion's hazing.
In taking that action last month,
Ammons said The Marching 100
would remain off the field for the
next year while FAMU moves to
clean up a culture of hazing sur-
rounding the band.
The university also needs to find
a new band director since long-time
director Julian White announced his
Some of the changes sought by
Ammons had been proposed by
others who said the band needs to
be managed like a successful foot-
University trustees are scheduled
to discuss anti-hazing efforts and
how the university will move ahead
while the band is suspended. One
proposal includes using a battle of
DJ's at FAMU home football
The chairman of FAMU's board
said many of the suggestions from
Ammons mirror ideas he and others
have been considering. "The intent
is to get the band and all group
activities under control," Solomon
falsely accused of rape.
If Brian Banks' dream of making
an NFL roster doesn't pan out for
him, the Arizona Diamondbacks
say they'll find a job for him, USA
After watching Banks in an inter-
view, Diamondbacks CEO Derrick
Hall sent him an email congratulat-
ing him for having his wrongful
rape conviction overturned. Hall
also offered him a job.
"I about fell out of my seat," he
Banks said that he has been
unable to find steady work since he
was released from prison last year.
"I've been unemployed since I've
been out," he said. "I've had one
real job, working in a warehouse.
I've had to live with my mom, then
with my girlfriend, and for the past
seven or eight months with my
brother, to survive."
Well, Banks has more job
prospects than a millionaire's son at
a Harvard Business School alumni
banquet right now. The Seattle
Seahawks are extending him a try-
out, in addition to several other
If an NFL squad doesn't pick
Banks up, Hall says there is a job in
Arizona waiting for him.
"I'm so happy for him that he at -
-least had the truth
revealed and that he
can start over," Hall
said. "If we can be a
part of that and it
makes sense for him
and for us, I'd be glad
to offer that to him.
"He has to chase his
(NFL) dream first. If
he comes back to me
and says, 'That didn't
work out, are you still
willing to have me
come out?' Absolutely,
"This is what I have
dreamed about my
entire life," Banks said
in a statement from the
It's not surprising the Seahawks
appear to be the first ones willing to
give Banks a shot.
Before the charges, Banks was a
star linebacker at Long Beach
Polytechnic High School and
attracted interest from football
powerhouses such as USC, Ohio
State and Michigan. He gave a ver-
bal commitment to USC to play for
Carroll current Seahawks coach..
Banks was wrongfully convicted
of raping and kidnapping a girl he
made out with in a high school
stairwell in 2006. He served over
He maintained there was no rape and their
contact was consensual, but his lawyer urged
him to plead no contest rather than risk a sen-
tence of 41 years to life in prison. He followed
the advice and went to prison for six years.
In a strange turn of events, the woman who
accused him a decade ago friended him on
Facebook when he got out of prison. Wanetta
Gibson wanted to "let bygones be bygones."
-According to documents in the case, she
met with Banks and said she had lied;
there had been no kidnap and no rape
and she offered to help him clear his record.
But she subsequently refused to repeat the
story to prosecutors because she feared she
would have to return a $1.5 million payment
from a civil suit brought by her mother
against Long Beach schools.
She was quoted as telling Banks: "I will go
through with helping you but it's like at the
same time all that money they gave us, I mean
gave me, I don't want to have to pay it back."
California Western School of Law,
home of the California Innocence
Project. "I am ready to show the
NFL what I am capable of doing. I
want as many opportunities with as
many NFL teams who are willing to
give me a shot."
Seattle may not be the only team.
The statement says a half-dozen
NFL teams have gotten in contact
with Banks, and ESPN.com report-
ed some of those include the
Kansas City Chiefs, Washington
Redskins and Miami Dolphins.
five years in prison and was
released last year. His conviction
was overturned after the woman
who falsely accused him of the rape
friended him on Facebook saying,
"Let's let bygones be bygones."
Banks hired a private investigator
who set up a meeting between him-
self and the woman and video-
recorded it. She admitted to lying
about the rape and the kidnapping.
Banks plans to sue the state of
California for his conviction.
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