NCAA Vacates Penn State Victories
from 1998-2011, Fined $60M
The NCAA has slammed Penn State with an unprecedented series of
penalties, including a $60 million fine and the loss of all coach Joe
Paterno's victories from 1998-2011, in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky
child sex abuse scandal.
Other sanctions include a four-year ban on bowl games, and the loss
of 20 scholarships per year over four years.
NCAA President Mark Emmert announced the staggering sanctions
Monday at a news conference in Indianapolis. Though the NCAA
stopped short of imposing the "death penalty" shutting down the
Nittany Lions' program completely the punishment is still crippling
for a team that is trying to start over with a new coach and outlook.
Sandusky, a former Penn State defensive coordinator, was found
guilty in June of sexually abusing young boys, sometimes on campus.
Obama Punching Bag Removed
from Republican Booth at Fair
MUNCIE, Ind. A punching bag depicting
President Barack Obama as a boxer with a
black eye has been removed from the
Republican Party tent at an Indiana fair after
some fairgoers complained.
Delaware County GOP spokesman Tom
Bennington tells The Star Press he thinks the
bag was placed outside the tent by party lead-
ers. It was displayed at various times Monday
through Wednesday at the fair in Muncie, about
50 miles northeast of Indianapolis.
He says the bag was "meant in fun" to illustrate that Republicans hope
.to defeat Obama in Noember. But says he found it "mildly offensive"
because of how it portrayed the military's commander in chief. It was
removed after fair visitors including at least one Republican -
Entrepreneur Sylvia Woods,
Queen of Soul Food, dies at 86
Legendary restaurateur Sylvia Woods, known internationally as the
Queen of Soul Food, passed away last week at the
age of 86.
Woods' world-renowned Harlem establishment,
Sylvia's, has drawn celebrities, politicians, tourists
and locals alike to eat its famed soul food for more
than 50 years.
Woods and her husband, Herbert, opened the
Lenox Avenue restaurant in 1962, featuring south-
ern cooking staples like cobread, collard greens, and fried chicken.
Following the success of her restaurant, Woods and her family devel-
oped Sylvia's Catering Corp. and a nationwide line of Sylvia's Food
Products. Woods also penned two celebrated cookbooks, "Sylvia's
Family Soul Food Cookbook: From Hemingway, South Carolina, To
Harlem" and "Sylvia's Soul Food."
Woods announced her retirement from her soul food empire on her
80th birthday, her family said, passing the torch to her children and
grandchildren. In her final years, she also battled Alzheimers.
Gay Troops Allowed to March in
Gay Pride Parade for the first time
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. About 200 active-duty troops partic-
ipated in last year's San Diego gay pride parade, but they wore T-shirts
with their branch's name, not military dress.
This year for the first time ever, U.S. service members will be able to
march in a gay pride event decked out in uniform.
In a memorandum sent to all its branches, the Defense Department
said it was making the allowance for the San Diego parade on Saturday
- even though its policy generally bars troops from marching in uni-
form in parades.
The Defense Department said it did so because organizers had encour-
aged military personnel to march in their uniform and the event was
getting national attention.
Wells Fargo Makes $175 Million
For the second consecutive month, one of the nation's largest banks
has agreed to a multi-million dollar settlement of mortgage discrimina-
tion complaints. According to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ),
Wells Fargo Bank will pay more than $175 million to resolve unfair
lending claims against African-American and Latino mortgage borrow-
ers from 2004 through 2009. It is the second-largest fair lending settle-
ment in the department's history.
According to DOJ, $125 million will go to borrowers of color who
were charged more for loans they got through mortgage brokers. Four
thousand borrowers will be compensated for being steered into sub-
prime loans with higher rates and fees instead of receiving prime loans
for which they were qualified. An additional 30,000 borrowers will be
compensated for higher costs they paid on their br6ker-originated
loans. The Justice Department is now investigating similar complaints
from consumers whose "retail" mortgages were originated by Wells
Fargo loan officers during the affected years.
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Volume 25 No. 40 Jacksonville, Florida July 26 August 1, 2012
Track Record Shows City on
the Road to Economic Recovery
Jacksonville's economic output
has grown to its most aggressive
year-over-year rate since the reces-
sion, according to an in-depth look
at the nation's metro economies.
The U.S. Metro Economies
report shows that Jacksonville's
gross metropolitan product, meas-
ured at $60.9 billion in 2011, was
up $1.5 billion compared to 2010.
Jacksonville ranks as the- 47th
largest metro economy in the nation
and 117th largest globally.
"These numbers represent theo
tremendous momentum that's lead-
ing us to even better days ahead,"
said Mayor Brown. "We must
remain focused on good-paying pri-
vate-sector opportunities to put
Jacksonville back to work and
restore economic security by grow-
ing our city's reputation as a thriv-
ing international cargo hub, a grow-
ing life sciences corridor and one of
the premier locations in the United
States for technology jobs."
The report projects that national
exports have the potential to dra-
matically grow over the next
decade, but in order to take advan-
tage of the opportunity, the nation
needs to significantly increase its
investment in ports, freight and
"This report clearly shows that
economic recovery is improving
slowly, but surely. It's yet another
indication that the nation's Mayors
stepped up to the plate when
Congress would not. If Congress
would stop the bickering, we could
realize even greater growth and
prove this report wrong," said U.S.
Conference of Mayors President
Philadelphia Mayor Michael
The report was released at the
U.S. Conference of Mayors'
Leadership Meeting in
President Obama Stomps in JaX President Obama
greets a crowd after speaking at a fundraising campaign event at the
Prime Osborn Convention Center in Jacksonville, Florida last week.
According to USA Today, less than four months until Election Day,
and the battle for the White House already has crossed the $1 billion
mark. While in the city, the President greeted local Democratic offi-
cials and stomped for four more years in the White House. KFPphoto
Putting a Number on Voter ID Disenfranchisement
by Cord Jefferson
The voter ID laws threatening
many Americans' voting rights
have been a subject of discussion
for months now as we get closer to
the massively important November
election. Despite Attorney General
Eric Holder saying very clearly that
the Justice Department will fight
aggressively against bogus laws
seeking to disenfranchise
Americans, there remains a number
of GOP-led efforts to keep
Americans without ID many of
whom are Black out of voting
booths on Election Day. But just
how many people are destined to be
affected by the voter ID laws if they
take effect? According to a new
report, more than you probably
In a report released last week by
the Brennan Center for Justice at
New York University School of
Law, researchers suggested that as
many as half a million voters in the
10 states with voter ID laws could
be kept from voting on Nov. 6. That
may not seem like a lot in a nation
of 300 million, but when you con-
sider that Barack Obama won less
than eight million more votes than
John McCain in 2008, it adds some
context. Worse still is that the report
also found that many of the people
hurt by the voter ID laws will also
have trouble obtaining ID in time to
The report found that while legal
precedent requires states to provide
free voter IDs to eligible residents
who don't have them, even free IDs
are not always easy to obtain.
Structural barriers such as lack of
transportation, restricted access to
ID-issuing offices, the cost of nec-
essary documentation, and bureau-
cratic red tape could prevent many
Americans from voting in
About 11 percent of eligible vot-
ers lack current government-issued
photo IDs, and "seniors, low-
income individuals [and] minority
voters are particularly overrepre-
sented within that group," the
report's co-author Keesha Gaskins
told reporters in a conference call
The center's research shows 1 in
10 eligible voters lack the necessary
government-issued photo ID
required by new restrictive voter ID
laws, including 25 percent of
African-Americans and 18 percent
of Americans over 65.
Among other problems, the
report found that thousands upon
thousands of eligible voters without
ID also don't have vehicles to get
them to far off ID-issuing facilities.
Still others can't afford the bureau-
cratic fees associated with getting
an ID. A few dollars may not seem
like a lot to many people, but to
some Americans, that's the differ-
ence between having dinner and
"The response of proponents of
these laws has been, well, just get
an ID," Lawrence Norton, deputy
director of the Brennan Center's
"Unfortunately, for many people,
this is not going to be such a simple
i at Beleaguered FAMU
(FAMU's Faculty Senate presi-
dent) encouraged the board to
accept Robinson as the "perma-
nent" interim president until a new
president is hired because he has
proven that he would be the best fit
for the current "campus environ-
West was the trustee who pre-
sented the recommendation to
name Robinson interim president.
The final decision on the interim
president is subject to approval by
the Board of Governors.
West said she pushed appointing
Robinson because "now more than
ever the board needs to be deci-
"In emergency situations you
have to be ready to step up to the
plate," West said. "I'm hoping that
Dr. Robinson is ready, because I'm
ready to see some things change. I
think Dr. Robinson understiaids.
what is important."
Ammons' departure '
the university at yet-i4 oth,
road, as trustees ,VWtq '
stakeholders with "som0
and not "leave things lingering."
"I think FAMU right now needs
immediate stability," West said. "I
don't think we can afford to be left
vulnerable and I think we need to
ensure a very smooth transition in
the upcoming days, months,
During the Jily 16 meeting, the
trustees were slated to outline the,
next steps and time e : .for .
presidential search process'. and
also discuss the formation of the,
presidential search committee.,
However, Badger said those, i0
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What Happens When You Can't Pay Your Medical Bills
By Jason Alderman
It's no secret that health care costs
have been spiraling out of control for
years. To fight back, your best bet is
to be a well-informed consumer:
Know the true costs of medical pro-
cedures, supplies and medications so
you can bargain effectively; carefully
anticipate and track medical ex-
penses; and stay on top of your bills.
But sometimes, even when you
follow the rules you still can get
burned. I've heard many appalling
stories about people even those
with comprehensive insurance who
have been denied benefits, over-
charged, sent to collections or even
forced to file for bankruptcy because
they couldn't pay their medical bills.
Here are a few coping strategies:
Carefully review each doctor, lab
or hospital bill and match it against
the Explanation of Benefits statement
that shows how much they were re-
imbursed by the insurance company.
Also, watch for items that may have
been charged to you by mistake such
Medications, supplies, treatments
or meals you didn't receive while
hospitalized or getting an outpatient
Duplicate charges for a single
procedure (such as x-rays, MRIs and
lab work), including those that had to
be redone due to a technician's error.
Charges for a full day's hospital-
ization when you checked out early;
or private room rates when you
shared a suite.
The summary hospital bill you
were sent probably doesn't contain
many details, so ask for an itemized
bill along with a copy of your med-
ical chart and a pharmacy ledger
showing which drugs you were given
during your stay.
If you're having difficulty paying
a medical bill, don't simply ignore it.
Like any creditor, doctors and hospi-
tals often turn unpaid bills over to
collection agencies, which will
wreak havoc with your credit score.
Contact creditors as soon as possible,
explain your situation and ask them
to set up an installment payment plan
or work out a reduced rate.
Many people with no insurance
discover that they're often charged
much higher rates than those negoti-
ated by insurance companies,
Medicare and Medicaid. Don't be
afraid to ask for those lower rates and
to work out a repayment plan just
be sure to get the agreement in writ-
ing. Most doctors and hospitals
would rather accept reduced pay-
ments than have to deal with collec-
tion agencies and possibly no reim-
bursement at all.
Ask the hospital's patient liaison to
review your case and see whether
you qualify for financial assistance
from the government, a charitable or-
ganization or the hospital itself. Most
will forgive some or all bills for peo-
ple whose income falls below certain
amounts tied to federal poverty lev-
els. Also pursue this avenue with
your doctor or other provider ide-
ally before they've begun collections.
A few additional cost-savings tips:
Ask whether your employer of-
fers flexible spending accounts,
which let you pay for eligible out-of-
pocket health care and/or dependent
care expenses on a pre-tax basis.
Use online price-comparison
services like Healthcare Blue Book
and OutofPocket.com to research
going rates for a variety of medical
Unless it's a true emer-
gency, try to avoid emergency rooms
and use an urgent care network facil-
ity affiliated with your insurance
company or ask your doctor for rec-
Bottom line: Know what health
services cost and don't be afraid to
negotiate. You'll haggle over the
price of a car why not your health?
You may have heard that a reverse
mortgage will give you a "lifetime
income" or you'll "never lose your
home." These misleading claims
helped lenders convince nearly
115,000 people to buy one of the
worst financial products out there in
Back Into Debt
Financing retirement with debt is a
big mistake! You can't win with
money by going into debt-espe-
cially when you're older.
Reverse mortgages, or Home Eq-
uity Conversion Mortgages (HECM),
are available to homeowners who are
at least 62 years old. The loan taps
your home's equity, and the bank
gives you the money either as a lump
sum, a line of credit, or a monthly
Yottstill p5ay-forpr6perty tax6tik -
surance and the costs of maintaining
the home. The lender can foreclose if
you don't. Also, because interest ac-
crues over the life of the loan, your
debt can ultimately exceed the value
of your home.
You don't make monthly pay-
ments, but if you sell the house or
move out for more than a year, the
loan is due and the income stops. If
the house is sold upon your death,
proceeds go to pay the loan.
Fees on a reverse mortgage are ex-
pensive and can cost you .10% or
more of the loan amount. You'll pay:
*An origination fee
*Standard closing costs
*Mortgage insurance premiums for
coverage to make up the difference if
your home doesn't sell for enough to
pay the loan
*A monthly mortgage insurance
*Fees for mandatory credit coun-
seling, which you pay whether or not
you get the reverse mortgage
Interest rates on a reverse mort-
gage are adjustable unless you take
your money in a lump sum. You are
also required to take a loan for the
maximum amount you qualify for.
The Lies Revealed
The U.S. Government Accounta-
bility Office last year found dozens
of misleading marketing claims
about reverse mortgages in materials
distributed by several large lenders.
We've already debunked the first
*Lifetime income Income from a
reverse mortgage stops if you sell
yo r hottse,&r move. "'- ..
*Never lose your home You can
lose your home if you can't afford to
pay taxes, insurance, or maintain the
*Never owe more than the value of
your home If your loan exceeds the
value of your home, you or your
heirs will have to make up the differ-
ence if the home isn't sold when the
loan is due.
*False implications that a reverse
mortgage is a government benefit
rather than a loan Some lenders
even use government logos to con-
vince you to buy.
If you or anyone you know is con-
sidering a reverse mortgage-stop
now! If money is short, cut back on
your lifestyle. Sell your house and
get something more affordable to
free up money for your needs.
12 Tips to Help Women
Get Out of Debt
According to federal statistics,
more women are in debt now than
ever before. This includes women of
low-income and high-income sta-
tuses. Even worse the average
woman in the United States is more
than $10,000 in debt, and it will take
most of them more than 15 years to
pay it off.
Here are effective 12 tips that can
help women to reduce and/or elimi-
nate their debt faster:
1) Stop borrowing money no
matter what! If you can't afford to
buy something with cash you have
now, then don't buy it!
2) Control your spending appetite.
Unsubscribe from all shopping cat-
alogs, ignore all TV/radio commer-
cials, and no more window
3) Call your creditors and negoti-
ate with them for a lower interest
rate, and/or negotiate for a lower
pay-off settlement. For instance, if
you owe $10,000, see if they will ac-
cept a one-time payment of $5,000
to settle the balance.
4) Always pay more than the min-
imum amount due each month. Even
just $20 dollars more can make a
huge difference in paying off your
5) Inquire if it is possible to trans-
fer all your balances to your credit
card with the lowest interest rate.
6) Work on paying off your high
interest credit cards or loans first.
7) Make a realistic monthly
budget. Purpose every dollar (in-
cluding some buffer).
8) Track your expenses in a soft-
ware program like Quicken. Catego-
rize your expenses and report out
how much you spent in each cate-
gory so you can easily spot your
9) Praise yourself for every small
accomplishment, even if you are
paying off debt little by little.
10) Speak to a credit counseling
service (like www.DebtHelpFor-
Women.org) to help work out a plan.
11) Be realistic. If you started ac-
cumulating debt three or four years
ago, realize that it will probably take
you more then three or four years to
get out of debt and stay out of debt.
12) Stay focused on where you
will be five (or ten, or fifteen) years
from now, because getting out of
debt takes time.
For a free debt consultation, visit
call (888) 235-7939.
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Black Voters: The Hidden Swing Vote of 2012
by Marc H. Morial
"People who don't vote have no line
of credit with people who are elected
and thus pose no threat to those who
act against our interests."
Marian Wright Edelman
The list of 2012 swing states -
states where neither presidential
candidate currently has a clear
majority includes Ohio,
Florida, Nevada, Iowa, Virginia,
North Carolina and Colorado.
Whichever candidate carries
these "battleground" states will
likely win the election. That is why
the two nominees are making a lot
of .campaign stops and targeting
millions of advertising dollars in
these states in order to bring unde-
cided voters to their side.
But according to a new report
released last week by the National
Urban League Policy Institute, we
need to add another state to this list
- the State of Black America.
That's right, just as in 2008, when
African American voters went to
the polls in record numbers and
were a deciding factor in the elec-
tion of Barack Obama, the Black
vote could again tip the scales
either way in 2012 depending on
how many register and vote.
EWC to Benefit from Retirement of Dr.
author and poet,
Dr. Frederick 42 years at
D. Harper H o w a r d
University, at a banquet, in his
The banquet will be held at 6 pm,
Saturday, August 4th at the
University Club of Jacksonville.
Edward Waters College and
Northwestern Jr.-Sr. High School
Class of 1961 are co-sponsors for
the event. At Dr. Harper's request,
the event has pivoted into a
fundraising effort, on behalf of
EWC, where he completed his
In 1967 Dr. Harper was one of two
African American instructors to
integrate Florida Community
College at Jacksonville, now
Florida State College at
Our report, "The Hidden Swing
Voters: Impact of African
Americans in 2012" reveals that
due to a significant increase in vot-
ing, African Americans tipped the
2008 presidential election outcome
in the swing states of North
Carolina, Virginia, Indiana and
Florida. For example, the addition-
al African Americans who voted in
North Carolina in 2008 compared
to 2004 were nearly nine times the
margin of victory in North Carolina
an additional 127,000 African
Americans voted and the margin of
victory was 14,177.
Conversely, the report shows that
Jacksonville. Joining the celebra-
tion will be the Harper family, local
and national EWC alumni, gradu-
ates of Northwestern, former stu-
dents, colleagues and associates at
numerous universities, and fraterni-
ty brothers of Omega Psi Phi
A book signing is scheduled at
5:00 pm, Saturday, August 4, 2012,
at Crowne Plaza Jacksonville
Riverfront, 1201 Riverplace Blvd.,
next door to University Club of
if African American voter turnout
falls back to the 2004 rate of 60 per-
cent as opposed to the record 2012
rate of 64.7 percent, then the presi-
dent will have difficulty repeating
his wins in the swing states of
North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia.
Voter registration is also a critical
factor. African American registra-
tion lagged turnout in 2008, but
when registered, African Americans
were the most likely to vote. Our
report shows that if overall African
American registration rises to 78.3
percent (the 2008 African American
rate in Maryland), up from the 2008
rate of 69.7 percent, and turnout is
as it was four years ago, an estimat-
ed additional 3 million African
Americans will vote.
That could have a huge impact on
the outcome of the election.
Our report confirms the potential
voting power in Black America.
The 2008 election showed that, for
the first time, Blacks were at the
table in the democratic process,
with voting turnout nearly equal to
and, in some instances, surpassing,
Whites. But once is not enough.
This upcoming election presents an
opportunity for Blacks to secure
their seat at the table.
Stanton Graduate Setting the Par
for Excellence for Black Males
Dr. Justin Clark
Dr. Justin Patrick Clark, recent
medical graduate of Meharry
Medical College is now focused
on his residency. Dr. Clark is a
2003 graduate of New Stanton
High School, and in 2007
received his Bachelor of Science
in Psychology and a minor in
Chemistry from Florida State
University. While in medical
school, Dr. Clark was an active
member in the Gold Humanism
Honor Society, Christian Medical
and Dental Association, 100
Black Men of Middle Tennessee,
Family Medicine Interest Group,
American Academy of Family
Physician, Student National
Medical Association and served
as his class Chaplain for four (4)
years. Dr. Clark maintains a pas-
sion for souls and service and has
participated in two medical mis-
sions to Guyana in South America
(2006) and Belize (2011). This
past May,Dr. Clark's parents
beamed with pride at his gradua-
tion from Meharry and are proud
to announce his accomplishments
to the community.
Dr. Clark is the youngest son of
Benjamin and Barbara Clark. Dr.
Clark's impressive resume has
garnered him a spot of residency
at the University of Florida
Shands hospital in Gainesville.
Dr. Clark will specialize in family
medicine, treating patients from
two months to 100 years old! To
add to the excitement, on
September 1, 2012, Dr. Clark will
be joined in holy matrimony to
Laura Redding. Congratulations
to Dr. Justin Patrick Clark and
Ammons resigns, new era begins at FAMU
Continued from front
In addition to now dealing with the
search for a new president, FAMU
must also face a wrongful death
lawsuit that was filed (on the same
day as Ammons' letter of resigna-
tion) by the family of FAMU band
drum major Robert Champion, who
died after being hazed by fellow
band members in November 2011.
Also, on July 6, members of the
Florida Legislature, including
incoming Senate President Don
Gaetz, and Sen. David Simmons,,
made public their plans for a leg-
islative review of the university
during the 2013 legislative session,
which begins in March.
Ammons, who was FAMU's 10th
president and served the university
as president for five years (his first
day on the job was July 2, 2007),
spent his last days as president still
working to move the university for-
In fact, during the Board of
Trustees call meeting on July 11,
Ammons shared with the board his
excitement about the university
receiving a bond approval for a $50
million-project to construct an 800-
bed suite-style residential facility,
which will be completed in fall of
2013. Ammons said the project,
which has been one of his personal
goals while in office, would help
with student retention and recruit-
Other milestones achieved by
Ammons during his presidency
include: full-accreditation of the
College of Law;"Ireaching an all-
time high in enrollment in 2010;
multi-million dollar renovations of
the Tucker Hall, Gore and Jones
Hall classroom buildings, as well as
renovating the Sampson and Young
resident halls; expanding the uni-
versity's distance learning pro-
grams and launching FAMU's first
online degree programs offering
master's degrees in nursing, public
health and business.
Although Badger's reaction to
learning about Ammons resignation
was melancholy, he applauded the
president's ability to put the best
interest of the university ahead of
"I am saddened by President
Ammons' decision to resign, but it
is his choice to do so," Badger said
in a statement. "Given all that has
transpired, it seems to be in the best
interest of the university and I
applaud him for putting FAMU
ahead of his personal goals."
Lawsuits, Lessons and Legalities
In regards to the Champion case,
FAMU's Chief Communications
Officer, Sharon Saunders, said that
due to legal reasons the university
was not able to directly respond to
the Champions filing a wrongful
death suit holding the university
responsible for their son's death.
"We have known for quite some
time that the family intended to file
suit," wrote Saunders in a July 11
statement. "Our hearts and prayers
still go out to the Champion family;
we are unable to comment further
due to the pending litigation sur-
rounding this matter."
On July 11, Champion's parents,
Robert Sr. and Pam Champion, held
a press conference explaining the
details of the 33-page suit.
"As I have always stated, whether
you were directly or indirectly part
of it, you should be held account-
able," Pam Champion said. "(I
want) to ensure that it never hap-
The suit alleges that the universi-
ty was well-aware or should have
been aware of a history of a hazing
culture within FAMU's band and
cites incidents as far back as 1983.
Due to statutory requirements, the
Champions had to wait for six
months before filing the suit.
According to Champion family
attorney Christopher Chestnut, fil-
ing the law suit gives the family
"solace" in "seeking answers" in
hopes of "eradicating a culture that
is not just a FAMU problem, that is
not just a Florida problem, it is an
In response to Ammons' resigna-
tion, Chestnut said that he and the
family did not know the particulars
of why he resigned, but "pray for
him and his family" and applauded
the changes in relation to hazing
that have taken place at FAMU thus
Chestnut also explained that the
interest of the lawsuit for the family
is not about the "money we can get"
but about "how many lives we can
affect, how much change we can
bring and how many students we
can save from hazing in the future."
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Pae4 s Pry' re rssJl 26 ouut,21
Choi l Blacks and
Iot anbyg Home Ownership
By William Reed
As I sat listening to President
Obanama's speech last week at the
Prime Osborne Convention Center
in Jacksonville, FL, I couldn't help
but notice all of the references to
protecting the middle class.
Of course, he does an eloquent
job of painting the picture of his
Republican challenger, Mitt
Romney, representing the interest
of rich people while he and the
Democrats represent the interest of
common everyday folks, and mid-
dle class families. But why the
focus on middle class families?
Well, the middle class represents
the heart and soul of America. Most
families identify themselves as
middle class, and of course poor
folk strive to reach "middle class"
status. Essentially, you are not
rich, but you're not poor;and some-
what financially comfortable for
the most part.
At least that's my definition of
what middle class means. Most
would agree that it is hard to truly
define what middle class America
For African Americans, we have
slowly established a black middle
class since slavery; thanks to
Historically Black Colleges and
Universities, and government jobs
giving blacks opportunities.
Today in America, the struggle is
quite different. While we all still
have issues of mistreatment and
racial inequalities, a vast majority
would agree that blacks have far
more opportunities in this country
than ever before.
I am not just talking about jobs;
but also housing, education, and
entrepreneurship. Better access to
quality education has been critical
Black Middle Class Still Strong
Despite a Slow Economy
to the development of the black
When I visited South Africa
around eight years ago, the devel-
opment of a black middle class was
one of the major issues that the
country continued to struggle with.
Like most developing and devel-
oped countries the income gap
between the rich and poor is
Much like South Africa, blacks in
America struggled with the same
issue for decades. But in the early
1900s, a middle class lead by edu-
cated blacks started to develop, but
it was very small; and of course it
was very much segregated.
Today, the black middle class
continues to grow although the
income gap between the have and
have-nots has grown as well.
Again, there seems to be some
steady growth in the black middle
class despite the economy.
According to the organization
Blueprint for Black America,
which runs thewebsite
Queens, the median income among
black households, nearing $52,000
a year, has surpassed that of whites
in 2005, an analysis of new census
The organization says that, "No
other county in the country with a
population over 65,000 can make
The second largest black middle
class resides in Dekalb County,
Georgia, which probably surprises
no one considering the steady
growth of the Atlanta metro area.
Growing up in the inner city, I
certainly didn't know of any black
families living as well as the
Huxtables mother a lawyer and
father a doctor; but I believed that
these people existed.
It wasn't until I became a teenag-
er that I truly realized that these
people exist and have existed for
many years even far before the
Civil Rights movement.
The problem in the 1980s was
that the number of Huxtable-type
families was so small that it was
hard for many young African
Americans to be inspired by what
they saw on TV. Still today, there is
debate over whether that depiction
of black family life was real.
Today in America, we find that
this group is not only real, but the
growth has slowed primarily
thanks to the recession.
The number of black owned
enterprises nearly doubled over the
last decade-five times the rate of
new business creation for the coun-
try as a whole. There are more
black millionaires than ever before,
not including rappers and athletes.
However, there's always a flip
side or better stated: there are
always two sides of every story.
Some would argue that blacks only
have one foot in the door of middle
Although incomes for African
Americans have improved signifi-
cantly since the Civil Rights era,
they are still lower then the average
Americans. For example the medi-
an income for Black families is $20
thousand a year less than the
American median income accord-
ing to Blackdemographics.com.
We often talk about the income
gap that still exists between minori-
ties and whites; but I subscribe to
you readers that the investment
gaps maybe a much larger issue.
Nearly two-thirds of black house-
holds have zero savings or more
debt than savings. At every income
level, blacks save and invest less
than whites do.
Furthermore, at every income
level, blacks have a smaller net
worth, on average, than whites.
Fifty seven percent of black house-
holds with annual incomes greater
than $50,000 invest in the stock
market, compared to 81 percent of
whites in the same income bracket,
according to national surveys per-
formed over the past five years.
Despite the challenges that
African Americans still face in this
country, it's clear thatAmerica is
now living up to its creed as the
land of freedom and opportunity.
Now if we could get more young
folk to realize that their futures are
Signing off from a sort of middle
NAACP Boos a Boost for Romnev
By Aski aitpanad
Republican presidential candi-
date Mitt Romney, the former gov-
ernor of Massachusetts received a
chilly reception July 11 when he
addressed the annual convention of
the NAACP in Houston. Gov.
Romney drew boos from the crowd
when he vowed to repeal President
Obama's health care law and billed
himself as the better candidate for
the Black community.
"I know the president has said he
will do those things. But he has not.
He cannot. He will not," Mr.
Romney said as the crowd's mur-
murs turned to groans. "If our goal
is jobs, we have to stop spending
over a trillion dollars more than we
take in every year. And so-and so,
to do that, I'm going to eliminate
every non-essential expensive pro-
gram I can find.
"That includes Obamacare. And
I'm going to work to reform and
save..." he continued. Some mem-
bers of the audience booed loudly
when he used the slang term meant
as an insult to the president's signa-
ture piece of legislation, the
Affordable Care Act. Mr. Romney
stood and smiled while some in the
audience booed him, then contin-
ued. "I submit to you this: if you
want a president who will make
things better in the African-
American community, you are
looking at him." There were more
boos from the audience at this
point. "You take a look," he contin-
ued. '" '' 1
Since the address, many
observers have wondered aloud if
Mr. Romney may have intended to
use the members of the nation's
oldest and largest civil rights,
organization as props by intention-
ally provoking them, in order to
gain credibility among conserva-
tive Republicans, many of whom
view him with suspicion.
"He was speaking to an audience
alright. Just not the audience that
was in attendance," Dr. Wilmer
Leon, assistant professor of politi-
cal science at Howard University,
told Pacifica Radio-WPFW
Washington's "News Views" July
13. The intended audience was in
the Americana heartland's White
population enclaves where Mr.
Romney might be admired for
speaking to an openly unsympa-
thetic audience without modifying
his conservative message.
Gov. Romney also received some
polite applause and even a standing
ovation during his remarks. All of
the interruptions, including the
boos, may have not been sponta-
neous, but manufactured by the
Romney campaign, according to
one NAACP official. Hilary
Shelton, director of the Washington
Bureau of the NAACP and vice
president for advocacy for the
group, told MSNBC that the cheers
Mr. Romney boasted about to an
audience in Montana hours after
the speech, actually came from
Romney supporters in the audi-
ence, not NJAACP .maters.
"Quite frankly, the campaign
actually gave mne a list of African
American VIPs that they brought
into the NAACP meeting," said Mr.
Shelton. "They're bringing people
in that they know will support his.
agenda from other places, that
aren't active with the NAACP.
These are people who are brought
in to actually provide the cheering
for him, so there will be some sup-
port along those lines."
Mr. Romney later discussed his
NAACP appearance at a fundrais-
ing event in Montana. "Your
friends who like Obamacare, you
remind them of this," Mr. Romney
said, according to published
reports, "if they want more stuff
from government, tell them to go
vote for the other guy-more free
stuff. But don't forget, nothing is
Mr. Romney's address was not
likely intended to try to win votes
among the NAACP members them-
selves, but among Whites who are
critical of the group. He side-
stepped the issues most important
to many Black voters.
His remarks made no mention of
voter ID laws-GOP legislative
initiatives in several states which
make it harder for Blacks to vote.
He said nothing about racial profil-
ing by law enforcement agencies
all over the country. He said very
little about any subjects other than
"The members of the NAACP
,.. weren't .individuals-whose .Yvote. .he;'
courted," Mary Curtis wrote for the
"She the People" section of the
Washington Post website. "They
were props. No mention of the
applause he received at the begin-
ning, end and during pieces of his
speech the crowd liked. You can bet
it's only 'the boos' you will see in
fundraising pitches to the hard-
core, evidence of stereotypes that
didn't need any reinforcement,"
Ms. Curtis wrote.
"- Are you middle-class? One way to know this for sure
is through homeownership.
Unfortunately, for many Blacks, the American Dream of homeownership
is quickly fading. Among racial demographic groups, European Americans
have the highest homeownership rate, while African Americans have the
lowest. After peaking at 50 percent in 2006, the African-American home-
ownership rate has fallen to 44.8 percent. By comparison, the homeowner-
ship rate for Whites is 74.1 percent, and the national rate currently stands at
Right now, the outlook for Black homeownership isn't good. Over the long
run, it's downright scary. The Center for Responsible Lending calculates that
about 11 percent of African-American homeowners are in some stage of
foreclosure, and that by the end of 2012, 1.1 million Black families will lose
It's the same old story when it comes to class, race and wealth. The medi-
an wealth of White households is 20 times that of Black households. And
Pew Research analysis indicates that when the housing market bubble burst
in 2006 and the recession followed in late 2007 to mid-2009, it took a far
greater toll on the wealth of minorities than Whites. From 2005 to 2009,
inflation-adjusted median wealth fell by 53 percent among Black house-
holds, compared with just 16 percent among Whites. As a result of these
declines, the typical Black household had just $5,677 in wealth [assets minus
debts] in 2009 and the typical White household had $113,149.
Sadly, the alarmingly low number of Black homeowners is likely to dip
further. You may want to pull your Congressional representatives' coat
regarding your concerns about legislation called, the Qualified Residential
Mortgage Rule or QRM, that can make it tougher to get loans by requiring
all prospective homeowners to put at least 20 percent down when purchasing
a property. The new requirement could make homeownership as we know it
a thing of the past. The higher down payments could exclude 75 percent of
African Americans from obtaining a fairly priced mortgage. Trade groups
that oppose QRM say it would take 14 years for the typical American fami-
ly to save enough money to amass a 20 percent down payment.
A series of ongoing challenges from the banking industry continues to
erode Black homeownership. As the collapse of the housing market lingers,
African Americans are being disproportionately impacted by bank lending
practices, including stricter credit score requirements, a severe decline in
loans made to Blacks, and predatory lending that has made it difficult for
Black homeowners with costly subprime loans to swap out of those mort-
gages and exchange them for more affordable home loans.
The sky hasn't fallen yet, but a recent Pew Research Center analysis found
that after years of prosperity, homeownership rates among Black Americans
have plummeted to their lowest levels in 16 years. Unemployment has
reached levels not seen since the 1980s. And, current and prospective
African-American homeowners are being hurt by high levels of unemploy-
ment. The jobless rate for Blacks now tops 16 percent nationwide. It's obvi-
ously tough to buy or refinance a home much less save it from foreclosure
if you don't have a steady paycheck.
Two African American titans in real estate have survived the recent real
estate downturns in grand style. The grandson of a hotel doorman, Don
LPeIles is worth $35Q million and runs one of the country's lJrgest minori-
ty-owned real estate development 'companies. Peebles Corporation's portfo-
lio includes hoiels,' ~t 'Irif~'id'ffl -"Tip'~c ie'm i' faffiYBeach and
Washington, D.C. In 1979 Peebles became a real estate agent in the District
of Columbia. Today he owns 13 acres of prime Las Vegas land.
Quintin E. Primo III is a minister's son that grew up in Chicago. He earned
his MBA at Harvard in 1979 and took a job in Citicorp's real estate lending
division. Primo founded Capri Capital in 1992 and achieved initial success
extending mezzanine loans to small borrowers that larger firms neglected to
serve. Today, Primo is worth $300 million and Capri's portfolio is loaded
with apartment complexes. The firm's assets under management are $4.3 bil-
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Norfolk State Sports photo
LOOKING' TO REPEAT.
Coaches pick Norfolk
State as the team to beat
coming off the Spartans'
I FRAZIER REINSTATED AT NC CENTRAL; NEW
COACHES AT COPPIN AND KENTUCKY STATE
UNDER THE BANNER
WHATS GOING ON IN AND AROUND BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS
NEW VB COACH AT COPPIN STATE:
BALTIMORE- Ashley Preston has been named Cop-
pin State's head volleyball coach.
"Ashley is one of the rising
young stars in college volleyball, and
we were fortunate to hire her," said
Derrick Ramsey, CSU's director of
athletics. "Ashley was very success-
ful in the classroom and on the court
as a student-athlete, and I want her to
Preston bring those winning attributes to our
Preston becomes the 11th head coach in Coppin State
volleyball history and will look to make her mark in her sec-
ond stint as a head coach. Last season Preston led Spelman
College to a 9-16 record, which established a school record
for wins in a season. She also served as an assistant coach
at Loyola (Md.) and Morgan State.
"I'm so fortunate that Mr. Ramsey and Coppin State
Athletics have afforded me the opportunity to coach in the
same conference that I have played in," said Preston. "I love
the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and I believe I can
make people think twice about Coppin State. I know the
Baltimore area and I know I can do great things with the
potential Coppin State has ... This is not just a job; this is
my dream to coach at a Division 1 Historically Black Col-
Preston ranks as one of the top players in Morgan State
history. She was a three-time first team all-MEAC selection
from 2004-06 and is the Bears all-time leader in digs with
2,066. She also owns the top three marks in Morgan State
history for digs in a season. During her tenure the Bears
advanced to the MEAC Tournament championship match
Coppin State finished the 2011 season with a 5-24 overall
record and a 1-11 mark in the MEAC Northern Division,
but does return second team all-MEAC selections Ariel
Richard and Gabrielle Otero from last season.
"We have a lot of work ahead of us this season but a.
great foundation has been laid from last year and hopefully
with some hard work and discipline it will continue to grow,"
HENRY TO LEAD KSU BASEBALL:
FRANKFORT, Ky. Kentucky State University has
hired Rob Henry as the Thorobred's
Mrjdu_._ ~new head baseball coach.
Henry comes to KSU from
Asbury University (KY), where he
served as theAssistant Baseball Coach
for the 2011 season. During his time at
Asbury, Henry helped lead the Eagles
to their first Kentucky Intercollegiate
Henry Athletic Conference (KIAC) Tourna-
ment Championship and qualified for
the NAIA National Tournament for the first time in program
"I am honored and blessed to be named the Head Base-
ball Coach at Kentucky State University," said Henry. "I am
excited about the vision Dr. Hendricks and her administra-
tion share for the athletic department, and I look forward
to working with a great staff and student-athletes."
Henry began his college-coaching career at Kentucky
Wesleyan College (1997-2001) where he worked with the
infielders and assisted with batting techniques. From 2002-
2006, Henry served as the top assistant coach at Spalding
Henry also has coaching experience at the NCAADivi-
sion I level, having served as the Associate Head Baseball
Coach at Cleveland State from 2006-2011.
ALexington, Ky. native, Henry has served as an instruc-
torfor the University of Kentucky Baseball Camp each year
since 1999. He has also served as an instructor for camps at
Mississippi State University (2009), Derby City Summer
Collegiate League teams (2002, 2003 and 2005) and has
presented at several other camps and clinics.
Henry earned his Bachelor's in History and Second-
ary Education (minors in English and Physical Education)
from Kentucky Wesleyan College and a Master's in General
History from Western Kentucky University.
Norfolk State picked to repeat in MEAC
NCA TN Al/A1r AcAhivh'w rid
lof w 'xKelth Pough
i'nir'l to) p 'reseasotl
NORFOLK, Vai, July 20,2012 = Defend-
i\. dlmn pli iti Norfolk State took top preseason
team honors and North CarollinaA&Trunning
back Mike Mayhew and Howard linebacker
Keith Pough received top individual honors
as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
(MEAC) announced its 2012 preseason
football teams at the annual Football Press
Luncheon Banquet last Friday afternoon at
the Sheraton Waterside Hotel in Virginia,
Norfolk State, who earned its first-ever
conference title in 2011 with a 7-1 MEAC
mark and 9-3 record overall, was picked as
the top team for the 2012 season. The Spartans
return 43 student-athletes from last year's team
including 13 starters, nine on offense.
South Carolina State was picked to fin-
ished second followed by Bethune-Cookman
and Florida A&M.
Mayhew was selected as the preseason
Offensive Player of the Year and Pough was
named the preseason Defensive Player of the
All preseason honors are voted on by the
MEAC's head football coaches and sports
Mayhew, a native of Charlotte, N.C., led
the MEAC in rushing with 1,120 yards on
231 total attempts. He averaged 101.8 yards
per game and recorded nine touchdowns. A
fifth-year senior, Mayhew earned a share of
the conference's Player of the Year honor last
year. He also ranked third in all purpose yards
with 1,222 yards with 93 yards through the
Pough led the conference in total tackles
with 120 averaging 10.9 per game. He posted
71 solo tackles and ranked second in the MEAC
in tackles for loss with 21. He also had three
sacks, two breakups, 11 hurries, one fumble
recovery and one forced fumble. The senior
2012 PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH
(FIrst Place Votes In Parenthesis)
1, Norfolk State (11)................ 454 pts.
2. South Carolina State (4)........ 432 pts.
3. Bethune-Cookman (3)........... 417 pts.
4. Florida A&M (2) .................. 354 pts.
5. Hampton (1) ....................... 268 pts.
6. N.C. A&T........................... 216 pts.
7. Morgan State......................... 198 pts.
8. Howard .................................. 188 pts.
9. N.C. Central.......................... 116 pts.
10. Delaware State................... 78 pts.
11. Savannah State (1)............. 73 pts.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
Mike Mayhew, Sr., RB, North Carolina A&T
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
Keith Pough, Sr., LB, Howard
2012 ALL-MEAC PRESEASON TEAMS
QB Greg McGhee
RB Mike Mayhew
RB Isidore Jackson
WR Xavier Boyce
WR Travis Tarpley
TE Joseph Hawkins
C Michael Kay
OL Steven Robinson
OL Blake Matthews
OL Terrance Hackney
OL Cory Gwinner
DL Tony Mashburn
DL Padric Scott
DL Richard Ndubueze
DL Matthew Davis
LB Keith Pough
LB Jarkevis Fields
LB D'Vonte Grant
DB John Ojo
DB DeVontae Johnson
DB Travis Crosby
DB D.J. Howard
P Brandon Holdren
PK Everett Goldberg
RS Geovonie Irvine
N. Carolina A&T
N. Carolina A&T
N. Carolina A&T
N. Carolina A&T
linebacker from Orangeburg, S.C., helped Howard
to a 4-4 finish in conference play and 5-6 overall
Hampton led all teams with eight student-
QB Damien Fleming
RB Antwon Chisholm
RB Travis Davidson
WR Eddie Poole
WR Justin Wilson
TE Kris Drummond
C Tristan Bellamy
C Vincent Harper
OL Sam Hammond
OL Nathan Isles
OL Cameron Williams
OL Marquell Rozier
DL Xavier Proctor
DL Leon Smith
DL Harold Love III
DL Brandon Young
LB Delbert Tyler
LB Joe Thomas
LB Lyndell Gibson
DB Justin Blake
DB Kenneth Ridley
DB Darius Drummond
DB DeCarlos Knight
P Jordan Stovall
PK Taureab Durham
RS Darius Drummond
S. Carolina State
S. Carolina State
N. Carolina A&T
N. C. Central
S. Carolina State
N. Carolina A&T
S. Carolina State
S. Carolina State
athletes receiving preseason honors including
seven on the second team. Florida A&M had five
student-athletes to earn first-team honors followed
by Bethune-Cookman with four.
Notes from Preseason MEAC Football Event
MINE FOR YOURS
During his speech at the press luncheon, veteran
South Carolina State head coach Buddy Pough spoke of
the challenge of his 2012 schedule that includes back-to-
back dates at BCS schools Arizona and Texas A&M (Sept.
15 and,22). Second-year Savannah State head coach Steve
Davenport then offered to trade schedules with Pough. His
Tigers open at Big 12 champion Oklahoma State on Sept. 1
and then travel to ACC favorite Florida State on Sept. 8.
NOD TO THE FUTURE
Two sophomore quarterbacks were voted by league coaches to the preseason
* first and second all-MEAC squads. Howard
QB Greg McGhee (6-1, 200) was picked to
the first team andFloridaA&M QB Damien
Fleming (6-3, 195) was voted to the second
team. Was that from a lack of veteran leader-
Fleming ship at the quarterback position or are these McGhee
young guns just that good?
A MAN OF A FEW WORDS
The shortest presentation at the press luncheon was by Bet-
hune-Cookman third-year head coachBrianJenkins. His concise
and cryptic comment "You can't misquote silence, but you better
Jenkins pay attention."
Head Football Coach Henry Frazier
reinstated at North Carolina Central
North Carolina Central head football coach Henry Frazier has
been reinstated to his job after being suspended for his role in a domestic
confrontation with his wife that led to a misdemeanor assault charge.
The school announced his reinstatement Monday and said his legal
matter has been resolved but neither he nor the school indicated what the
resolution involved. According to WTVD-TV in Durham, court records
show Frazier is participating in an abuse treatment program in exchange
for a dismissed charge.
Frazier, who is in his second season with the Eagles, appeared at a press
conference at the school Monday and expressed regret for his actions.
"I'd like to apologize to my family, North Carolina Central University
and its supporters, my coaches and my players for allowing my personal life
to become a distraction to this fine institution," said Frazier. "In a million
years I wouldn't have thought something like this would happen to me or
The reinstatement is effective July 23.
"Coach Frazier is remorseful for the distraction to the university,"
NCCU Chancellor Charlie Nelms said in a statement.
Frazier was charged with assault in May after Morrisville (N. C.) police
found evidence of a confrontation between the couple. He was released
from the Wake County Jail on $1,500 bond and given a June 22 court date.
Reports have also indicated that Frazier has another court date on August
"As coach Frazier returns to lead the NCCU football program, I have
full confidence that he has learned from this unfortunate situation and is
working through the healing process with his family," NCCU Athletics
Director Ingrid Wicker-McCree said.
SWAC issues statement following
sanctions levied on Penn State
BIRMINGHAM With the announcement of sanctions against Penn
State University on Monday, the SouthwesternAthletic Conference (SWAC)
acknowledges the decision by NCAA President Dr. Mark Emmert, and
the NCAA Executive Committee. The SWAC expresses its condolences
to the victims and their families who had their lives so deeply affected by
"I've said from Day One to anyone that would listen,
'Our problem isn'tafootballproblem, it's a university problem, saidia disappointed
A&T head coach RodBroadway. "You bring in 22 freshman, but when do you train
them if you have no spring ball. We're going to fight our way thru this and in time
we'll be OK."
A WRY SMILE
A wry smile was noted on the face of Florida A&M head
coach Joe Taylor. Was it because he rates his young QB, Damien
Fleming, as one of the best he's had in 30 years as a head coach,
or that several Div. I transfers are ready to shore up his defense?
Or it may be the October release of his new book, "Success is
an Inconvenience." The book follows some of his former players "
and the success they've found after football. "Coaching is more
than Xs and Os," said Taylor, who has always said 'coaching is Taylor
this entire situation. It is the hope that with today's actions by the NCAA,
the victims can begin to heal. While closure may be far away, perhaps this
small measure of justice will aid in moving those affected in a positive
The SWAC and its leadership continue to uphold the highest standards
among its member institutions and promote exemplary behavior by its
administrators, coaches and student-athletes.
While the SWAC recognizes the fact that former Grambling State head
coach Eddie Robinson is now the NCAA All-Time winningest football
coach overall in Division I, the focus remains with the pain suffered by
the victims. Coach Robinson's 408 wins came through many years of hard
work and mentoring generations of student-athletes.
The SWAC is deeply saddened by the turn of events which led to today's
actions. The conference reiterates its heartfelt sympathies to the victims and
families of these terrible acts.
SWAC Commish Duer Sharp
gets extension thru 2015
The SWAC Council of Presidents/Chancellors and chairman George
C. Wright, President at the Prairie View A&M, announced Friday that
SWAC Commissioner Duer Sharp and the conference have agreed to a
contract extension through June 30, 2015
Sharp, 42, has been the commissioner of the 10-team league for the last
five years. Under Sharp's leadership the SWAC has negotiated long-term
agreements with ESPN, Russell Athletic, Toyota, Coca-Cola and Nike. The
conference basketball tournament has also set records for revenue and total
attendance two of the last three years.
Sharp has served on the NCAA Committee on Academic Performance
(CAP) and is currently a member of the Division I Leadership Council.
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play this season. The low scores will also limit practice
time during the season for the Aggies and Pirates to 16
hours per week (instead of 20) with the time replaced
with four hours of academic activities. A&T got some of
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Historic Mount Zion AME Celebrates
Church 146th Church Anniversary
Historic Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church, under the
direction of Reverend Pearce Ewing, Sr. Pastor began their 146th Church
Anniversary July 21st with events through August 10th under the theme,
"On the Right Track Engineered by the Power of the Holy Spirit". The cel-
ebration continues Saturday, August 4th with a Church Bazaar and a 3on3
Basketball Tournament from 8:00 a.m.5:00 p.m. Worship Services is
Thursday, August 9th & Friday August 10th at 7 p.m. with worship service
Sunday August 12th at 10 a.m. For more information contact Sister Ruth
Carter or Sister Vivian Toston or Brother Allen Vining at (904) 355-9475.
Five Week Sermon & Bible Study
St. Paul Lutheran Church located at 2730 Edgewood Ave. where Rev.
James Wiggins, Jr., is pastor, has announced a five-week Sermon & Bible
study series July 28th to August 26th. The series kicks off with the movie
"FireProof," at William M. Raines High School Auditorium at 4 p.m. and is
free and open to the public. It will continue each Sunday morning at 9:30
a.m.with adult study and 11 a.m. Worship Service. For more information call
the Church (904) 765-4219 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or jameswig-
GOTV Cookout at El Beth-El
The Greater El Beth-El Divine Holiness Church is holding a "Get Out to
Vote Community Cookout" Sunday, August 5th, at 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
at 723 W. 4th Street. Everyone is welcome to attend this great event. For
more information call (904) 374-3940 or email email@example.com.
The Disciples of Christ Christian Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church
presents its 2012 Women's Conference, celebrating the theme:"Drop it Like
it's Hot." Sister Camilla Nesbit of Philippian Community Church starts off
the conference Thursday, August 9th .at 7:00 p.m., on Friday, August 10th at
7:00 p.m. Elect Lady Diane LeCount of Disciples of Christ Church will
speak and on Saturday, August 11th at 8:00 a.m. Dr. Felicia Harris of No
Limit Ministries will end the spiritual conference. Join this three day con-
ference, featuring three strong anointed Women of God, speaking on how to
be free of your issues! For more information call (904) 762-3625).
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Black Jews Gain Wider Acceptance
by Len Lyons
CHICAGO, Ill. The Jewish
community at large witnessed
another ordination last month in a
synagogue used many decades ago
by Lithuanian Jews. But on June 23,
it was 200 mostly black worship-
pers, many in brightly colored
African dress, who were on their
feet, eyes fixed on a procession of
eight white-robed rabbis with cere-
monial miters crowning their heads
as they strode, single file, down the
aisle separating the men's and
All were gathered at Beth Shalom
B'nai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew
Congregation to create a new rabbi
for this small, passionate but scarce-
ly known tradition of black Judaism.
Though it was mid-afternoon and
the morning shacharit service was
long finished, very few had left the
sanctuary; the ordination of the new
rabbi was the day's big event. As a
delegation of black Jews visiting
from New York for the important
occasion looked on, the rabbis
mounted the bimah and, with the
open ark as a backdrop, arranged
themselves into a half circle and
faced the congregation.
For many mainstream Jews, this
is a ceremony that might seem alien.
But today, the differences seems
more like one of culture and ethnic-
ity than Jewish identity.
While they once called them-
selves Hebrew Israelites exclusively
to distinguish themselves from Jews
of European extraction, the black
Jews now readily count themselves
among the Jewish people without
qualification. An increasing number
seek out formal conversion, a prac-
tice previously seen only as a con-
cession to the expectations of main-
stream Jews. Some 85% of the
members at Beth Shalom have done
so, according to Rabbi Capers
Funnye (pronounced Fun-NAY),
their spiritual leader, who is a mem-
ber of the mainstream Chicago
Board of Rabbis (and cousin to First
Lady Michelle Obama).
Today, a cadre of teens and young
adults have graduated fromJewish
day schools, creating educational
parity and a shared frame of refer-
ence with the wider Jewish commu-
nity. And last year, Israel's ambassa-
dor to Washington, Michael Oren,
paid an unprecedented visit to a
black synagogue, Temple Bethel in
Philadelphia, and told them, "We
are, a single people endowed with
the same blessings and obligations.
Israel belongs to us all."
Back in Chicago, the man for
whom the ordination ceremony was
intended is a fit and youthful 62-
year-old Vietnam War veteran with
a broad smile, Brazelton was raised
as a Baptist, became a Hebrew
Israelite in the early 1970s and was
converted by a Conservative beit
din, or religious court, in 2003.
Rabbi Sholomo ben Levy, presi-
dent of the Israelite Board of
Rabbis, dabbed oil on the forehead
of the kneeling man. Then, Funnye,
as spiritual leader of the host syna-
gogue, removed Brazelton's kippah
and replaced it with a tall white
miter, a head covering worn by the
high priest in the ancient Temple.
After reading proclamations
extolling his achievements, the
attending rabbis helped Brazelton
rise, now transformed into Rabbi
Yahath ben Yehuda (the name
Yahath is found in I Chronicles). He
turned a beaming face to the congre-
gation, who acknowledged him with
applause, hallelujahs and cameras.
The ordination pageant is rooted
in biblical imagery. But that is not
unusual for a movement whose
modes of worship are at once tradi-
tional and steeped in black religious
expression. The earlier three-hour
Sabbath morning service, or
shacharit, for example, was based
on the Orthodox ArtScroll prayer
book. But the inspirational preach-
ing, punctuated by frequent cries of
hallelujah, emet (truth) and ken
(yes) from the worshippers, would
be unusual in most synagogues.
Even more so the joyful music of
the choir, and its full rhythm section
of keyboard, guitar and drums to
sanctify the day.
The Hebrew Israelites' Jewish
practice began more than 90 years
ago, when Wentworth A. Matthew,
an immigrant to New York from the
West Indies, established a Harlem
congregation ,known as the
Commandment, Keepers in 1920.
Matthew, revered as the founding
rabbi of the movement, also created
a precursor to the Israelite
Rabbinical Academy, which trained
rabbis to lead prayers and rituals
fashioned after the Ashkenazi and
Sephardic Jews who were his neigh-
bors in Harlem.
Over several decades, a dozen or
so Matthew-inspired synagogues
sprouted up in Brooklyn, Queens,
the Bronx and Harlem. Matthew
taught that Hebrew Israelites had no
need to conform to the conversion
requirements of mainstream white
denominations; nor did he himself
seek smicha formal rabbinic
ordination via an established rabbi
or rabbinic panel to function as a
rabbi. Matthew avowed that all this
was unnecessary because the roots
of black identity reached back to the
Israelites of the Torah. Black Jews,
even today, view themselves as hav-
ing returned to their true identity,
which was obliterated by the cata-
strophic Middle Passage into slav-
ery, when millions of Africans were
torn from their homeland and dis-
persed, effectively erasing their his-
tory, culture and family ties.
As if echoing history, black Jews
in the US today feel a connection to
African groups who identify as
Jews. Funnye has traveled to
Nigeria, South Africa, and Uganda
to connect with and assist in the
education of the Lemba, Igbo, and
Abayudyah ethnic groups with
members who assert a Jewish iden-
tity. A bridge-builder, Funnye is
associate director of Be'chol
Lashon, a nonprofit that advocates
for inclusiveness and diversity
among the Jewish people and spon-
sors his work in Africa.
Yahath, the movement's newest
cleric, began studying Hebrew and
attending Sabbath services in the
early 1970s. "When I returned from
Vietnam in 1972, I knew
Christianity didn't satisfy me. I was
searching spritually," dItil a friend'
talked to me.about -the- idea that
black people in America were con-
nected to the Israelites in the Torah.
That was the beginning."
For those in his congregation, the
process generally includes 18
months of study and meeting the
requirements of Chicago's
Conservative beit din. There are no
data on how many of the Hebrew
Israelites, who Funnye says number
some 10,000 nationally, have under-
gone formal conversions.
Sholomo ben Levy, the Israelite
Board of Rabbis president, sees lack
of acceptance by mainstream Jews
as a disappointment. But he believes
the emerging awareness of diversity
offers an opportunity. Levy, who
also serves as spiritual leader of
Beth Elohim in Queens, said, "We
not only have a diversity of com-
plexion, but a diversity of experi-
ences. In the past, when [main-
stream Jews] have reached out to us
it was tentatively, wanting us to be
more like them instead of asking
what we can bring to Judaism that is
part of our culture. If we can cele-
brate the diversity that exists, we
will all be more successful."
Grace and Peace
Solemn Service: Rabbi Capers Funnye places a miter on the head of rabbi-to-be James Brazelton.
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Georgia Woman Gets Three
Years for Butt Injections
A Georgia woman with no license to
practice medicine has been sentenced
for injecting customers' buttocks with
commercial silicone in hotel rooms and
using glue and cotton balls to prevent "
the substance from leaking out.
Forty-seven-year-old Kimberly ..
Smedley of Atlanta was sentenced to
three years in prison in a Baltimore fed- -- -
eral court. She was also ordered to pay
a $25,000 fine and more than $8,000 in
According to her plea agreement, Smedley administered the injections in
hotel rooms in several cities, using silicone intended to be used for metal
or plastic lubrication, as an additive for paint and coatings, and as furniture
or automotive polish. The customers, who wanted their buttocks enlarged,
paid between $500 and $1,600 in cash for each session.
Seeking Info on Poet James Alpheus Butler, Jr.
Historian Canter Brown, Jr., is researching the life and work
of Florida poet James Alpheus Butler, Jr. Associated with the
Harlem Renaissance, Alpheus Butler was born in Miami during
1905 and died at Tampa in 1977. He published several books
of fine poetry and was acknowledged in numerous anthologies
for his creative expression. If you have any information relat-
ed to Alpheus Butler, please contact Dr. Brown c/o Fort Valley
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The Joys and Pains of Faith & Fasting
Many religious faiths recommend
spiritual strengthening through
periods of prayer and fasting a
sacred time to commune with God
while abstaining from all food,
drink, or both. Today actually
marks the first day of the month of
Ramadan, where Muslims world-
wide begin fasting during daylight
While fasting is a commendable
spiritual practice, it's one that could
come with major health risk when
you have diabetes.
Fasting can last from one day to a
month or longer. People of the
Jewish faith fast for 25 hours from
sundown to sundown during Yom
Kippur. Muslims fast during day-
light hours for the entire holy
month of Ramadan. And many
Christian religions call for it when
there's a need to reinforce spiritual
discipline, put a situation under
concentrated prayer, or experience
divine intervention. During the
Lenten season Christians fast and
pray for 40 days.
Know the Risks
Understanding the risks can help
you avoid serious health problems
Hypoglycemia: a drop in blood
sugar due to decreased food intake.
Signs include nervousness, dizzi-
ness, feeling shaky, sweating,
sleepiness, and confusion. If left
untreated, hypoglycemia may lead
Hyperglycemia: a blood-sugar
spike that can happen when you
aren't taking as much medicine, or
when you begin to eat again after
Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) a
reaction to less insulin or poorly-
controlled diabetes prior to the fast
or both. This is an emergency con-
dition and you should call your
healthcare provider immediately.
Signs of DKA are nausea and vom-
iting, stomach pain, a fruity breath
odor, and rapid breathing.
Untreated DKA can lead to coma
Dehydration: occurs due to
decreased fluid intake during fast.
Dehydration can be mild, moderate,
or severe based on how much of the
body's fluid is lost and not replen-
ished. Severe dehydration is a life-
Tips for a Successful Fast
mAvoid binge eating during your
pre-dawn meal and when you begin
eating again after sunset. Large
meals with excessive amounts of
carbohydrate can lead to high blood
mGo easy on the physi- ',
cal activity while fasting.
Too much can lead to low
blood sugar and
*Monitor your blood
glucose more frequently.
This is especially impor-
tant if you have type 1 dia-
betes or type 2 diabetes
treated with insulin or oral
*Talk to your healthcare
provider about your med-
ication. You should know how your
medication works, how much to
take and when to take it. The times
and the amount of medicine you
should take is likely to change
while you are fasting.
*Discuss the fast with your spiri-
tual leader. Because you have a
health condition, you may be able
to modify your fast in a way that
meets your health objectives as well
as your spiritual ones.
mYou and your family should be
aware of the signs and symptoms of
hyperglycemia and what to do in
case you have a medical crisis.
mWear a medical alert bracelet
and keep emergency contact num-
bers in an obvious place-your
wallet, in your car, under I.C.E. (in
case of emergency) on your cell
phone contact list.
pastor Timothy W. Sloan has felt
for years that he needed to talk
about HIV and AIDS with his con-
But he worried the 3,000 mostly
African-American parishioners at
St. Luke Missionary Baptist
Church in Humble, Texas, could be
offended and leave the church or
curtail their giving.
"On a scale of 1 to 10 it was a 6,"
he said of his concerns.
Then, a year and a half ago, he
joined a group of pastors organized
by the NAACP to write a manual
for church leaders like himself on
talking to their congregations about
a disease that has a disproportion- in the discuss;
ate effect on the black community. "People loc
Sloan spoke to his congregation rights, and wh
about the issue soon after. They that health is
surprised him with a standing ova- ing civil right
Now Sloan hopes others can use Religious
the manual he helped create to talk with the man
to their congregations. The es have been
NAACP this month released it and the disease. T
a 61-page activity manual at the the topic is w
group's convention in Texas. and homose:
Shavon Arline-Bradley, the topics in the c
director of health programs for the "Sex is nc
NAACP, who helped oversee the people like to
manual's creation, said it makes thing they like
sense for the nation's largest civil Joseph Smith
rights organization to be involved pastor of the
Manual For Spiritual Community
ion of HIV and AIDS.
)k at us as just civil
hat they're missing is
one of the most press-
ts issues of our time,"
leaders who helped
ual said black church-
reluctant to talk about
That's in part because
wrapped up with sex
quality, often taboo
)t something church
talk about. It's some-
e to do," said the Rev.
, the assistant to the
Alfred Street Baptist
Church in Alexandria, Va., and one
of the people who worked on the
Despite the squeamishness, the
NAACP says black churches can
play a role in combatting the alarm-
ing impact of HIV on the black
make up almost half of all new
HIV infections, and blacks are less
likely to get treatment and more
likely to die of complications from
AIDS than any other race.
Sheridan Todd Yeary, a
Baltimore pastor who helped with
the manual, said he believes the
NAACP's involvement in the proj-
ect will reassure some leaders that
talking about HIV and AIDS is OK.
He compared the organization's
approval to the "Good
Housekeeping Seal" of approval
for household products.
The NAACP, which has its
national headquarters in Baltimore,
says the manual and an accompa-
nying activity guide are intended to
help pastors to learn more about
HIV and encourage them involve
their churches. The guides suggest
pastors talk about HIV in sermons,
connect their churches with groups
that serve people with HIV, pro-
mote safe sex and access to con-
doms, and organize church-based
HIV screening drives. The manual
also includes facts about the dis-
ease and passages from the Bible to
serve as inspiration.
Over 250 faith leaders gave input
on the manual during an 11-city
tour conducted by the NAACP. A
total of 400 of the manuals were
printed, and they are also available
Earlier this month, Sloan, the
Texas pastor, got a rapid HIV test
in front of his church. After servic-
es, more than 160 people waited in
line, some for two hours, to get
their own tests at a church-organ-
ized testing drive. Sloan said he
hopes other ministers have similar
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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 include a variety of excit-
ing showcases, choir competitions,
pageants and achievement galas.
For more info call (210) 745-5858.
A Day in the Life
of a Buffalo Soldier
From Thursday July 26th July
28th, veteran actor Wayne Dehart
will presents a re-enactment of the
life and times of the Buffalo
Soldiers. Share the experience of
duty, responsibility, adversity and
triumph as these Black soldiers pro-
tected the western frontier. For
more information, contact Joe "Hot
Wing" Tillmon at (904) 386-2607
or visit www.bshsjaxfl.com.
at Comedy Zone
Comedian Tommy Davidson is
performing his infamous comedic
impersonations at the Comedy
Zone, 3130 Hartley Road,
Thursday, July 26th Saturday,
July 28th. For tickets and more
information email info@comedy-
zone.com or call (904) 292-HAHA.
with Brian Davis
Come experience an evening with
Judge Brian Davis, for the Fourth
Judicial Circuit Court in Nassau
County, Florida. The event will be
Friday, June 27th 2012 from 6-8
p.m. at the American Beach
Community Center, 1600 Julia
Street in American Beach, Florida.
For more information, email
The Great Pirate Party
Returns to Downtown
Downtown Jacksonville will pres-
ent their 3rd Annual Pirate Party,
Saturday, July 28th, at 5:45 p.m.
until close, pirates and pirate fans
will revel in the bars and clubs of
downtown. For more information
call (904) 634.0303 x 230 or visit.
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 will run
September 28th through October
7th, weekends only.
Deleston Foundation Offering Free Bikers Against Crime
Families of Slain Children is part-
Football Camp with Former NFL Pro nering with various motorcycle
Former Dallas Cowboy and Super bowl Champion, runningback clubs to increase awareness of
Dominique Ross will join the Miciah Deleston Foundation for Families, crime in the community. Come
Inc. to host its first annual football camp It will be held July 27 28th from enjoy food, fun and games and
8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Trinity Christian Academy, 800 Hammond Blvd. speakers, Monday, July 30th from
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African American Art,
Music, & Film in Jax
Did you know Jacksonville is home
to Norman Studios the first ever
African American Film Studio in
America, founded in 1920 and still
fully operational? Or, that UNF has
had one of the top 3 best Jazz
Studies Programs in America since
the 1980s? Meet the movers and
shakers Wednesday, August 1st
from 5-8 p.m. at the Juice Gallery,
1 Independent Drive in the Wells
Fargo Center. Experience live Jazz,
an historic filmography and photog-
raphy presentation, beautiful paint-
ings and raw sculptures by 7+ of the
most talented African American
artists creating today.
Dialogue on Changing
JCCI invite you to a lunch-hour
conversation about the future of
public schools, Thursday, August
2nd, 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. in the
JCCI Conference Room, 2434
Atlantic Boulevard. For more
information call (904) 396-3052 or
The Ritz Theater Jazz Jamm will
feature jazz artist Marion Meadows
on Saturday, August 4th at 7 and
10 p.m. Tickets are currently on
sale. Call 632-5555.
Director and Raines alumnus
Emanuel Washington's captures the
essence of how one school inspired
a whole community in his
acclaimed documentary, We
Remember Raines. The film screen-
ing is scheduled for Wednesday,
August 8th beginning with a 5:30
p.m. networking reception at
WJCT, 100 Festival Park Ave. For
more information contact Tiffany
Duhart at (904) 626-2812 or visit
Beaver Street Center
The Beaver Street Enterprise
Center located at 1225 W. Beaver
St., will celebrate their 9th
Anniversary and Awards luncheon
Thursday August 9th, from 11:30
a.m. to 1:00 p.m., celebrating the
theme "How I got here from there:
Lessons from the Journey." For
more information email info@bse-
center.net or call (904) 265-4700.
The next PR.I.D.E. Bookclub
meeting is scheduled for Saturday,
August 11th at 4:00 p.m. at the
home of author Marsha Phelts,
5400 Ocean Blvd, American
Beach,Fl. The book for discussion
is "Silver Sparrow" by Tayari
Jones. For more information call
(904) 261-0175 or email
Charlie Murphy at
Comedian Charlie Murphy of the
Dave Chappell show is performing
at the Comedy Zone, 3130 Hartley
Road, August 16 19. For tickets
and more information email
firstname.lastname@example.org or call
Center Health Fair
The Deen Wellness Center is pre-
senting its 1st Annual Health
Awareness Fair, Saturday, August
18th. Healthcare vendors will be
on site providing awareness, educa-
tion, exercising and good eating
habits. There will also be music,
food, prizes, motorcycle rides, pro-
fessional sports players, vendors,
blood drive and more! The event
will be held at The Abzsolute
Fitness Center, 5290-4 Norwood
Avenue, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
near Gateway. For more info con-
tact Mrs. Darling at 207-5232 .
Toast to the Animals
Raise your glass for a Purr-fect
cause! It's the 14th annual "Toast to
the Animals" event to benefit the
Jacksonville Humane Society,
Friday, August 24th at the Omni
Hotel, 245 Water St. For more
information call (904) 725-8766 or
AKA Platinum &
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Gamma Rho Omega Chapter, Inc.
presents their Platinum and Pearls:
Celebrating 70 Years of Timeless
Service 70th Year Anniversary
Luncheon. Saturday, August 25th
at 11a.m. at the Hyatt Jacksonville
Riverfront Hotel, 225 East
Coastline Drive. For more
Information call (904) 655-6539 or
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Sherman Hemsley Dead: 'The
Jeffersons', 'Amen' star Dies at 74
The 100 most valuable stars in
Hollywood and the top 10 includes
A-list actors Denzel Washington
and Will Smith. The site rated the
artists on their income nationally
and globally, number of Oscars,
magazine cover, tabloid value, stu-
dio value, critics score and of
course their good old fashioned lik-
Will Smith was voted number two,
and would have outranked number
one pick Robert Downey Jr., had it
not been for his four year movie
hiatus as he focused on his chil-
dren's careers (Jaden was ranked
#67). Audiences around the world
welcomed Smith back to the big
screen in Men In Black 3 with
$436.6 million, his highest grossing
(internationally) of the sci-fi trilo-
Denzel Washington has had every
movie but one (The Great
Debaters) in the last ten years gross
over $50 million, making him one
of the msot dependable and consis-
tent stars at the box office and put-
ting him at #4 on the list.
A little further down the list,
Dwayne Johnson, also known as
'The Rock', gets credit for his
action packed films as well as much
cuter Disney movies such as The
Game Plan and Race to Witch
Mountain. His image is the tough
guy who is also sweet. Johnson
keeps his older fans from when he'
was a wrestler by going back into
the ring every once in a while.
Of the 100 stars considered to be
valuable in Hollywood, only one
female African-American makes an
appearance. All the way down at
#99 is Zoe Saldana. Although she
played a major role in one of the
biggest films of the decade, Avatar,
Saldana was completely motion
captured and some moviegoers may
not have even know she was one
who brought the female lead to life.
Sherman Hemsley, the beloved
comic actor who made George
Jefferson of The Jeffersons a TV
icon and a household name, has
reportedly died at age 74, according
to sources. He was allegedly dis-
covered by his nurse at his home in
El Paso, Texas of natural causes.
Marla Gibbs, who co-starred with
Hemsley on The Jeffersons issued
the following statement to theGrio:
"I am shocked, and thought
Sherman was doing very well. I am
saddened to hear that Sherman has
made his transition. We were trying
to come up with a new show that
we could participate in, but of
course, that cannot happen now.
Sherman was one of the most gen-
erous co-stars I have ever worked
with. He happily set me up so that I
could slam him, and I did the same
for him. I shall miss him deeply."
Hemsley first played the role of
Jefferson on 1970s staple All in the
Family. The character became so
popular it spawned a spin-off series
which ran for an at-the-time
unprecedented lo seasons (1975-
1985) and was consistently one of
the highest rated sitcoms on televi-
sion. The show broke barriers by
portraying an upper class black
family, who in the words of the
show's classic theme song had
"moved on up" to a deluxe apart-
ment in an affluent part of New
Following his success on The
Jeffersons, Hemsley had another
TV hit with the 1980s sitcom
Amen, on which he played the
duplicitous Deacon Frye. He also
turned in memorable performances
in the Broadway musical Purlie and
in guest spots on shows such as
Family Matters, Sister Sister, and
The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. He
also voiced the gruff
Triceratops/bossman B.P. Richfield
on the puppet-filled sitcom The
Dinosaurs from 1991 to 1994.
Sherman Hemsley was born
February 1, 1938, in Philadelphia.
He served in the air force. And
worked for the post office to help
support his fledgling acting career.
He eventually relocated to New
York City where he worked his way
up the theater ranks.
It was his breakout role in Purlie
which caught the attention of TV
super-producer Norman Lear. Lear,
who also created popular and
provocative sitcoms like Good
Times and Maude, cast Hemsley as
the drycleaner patriarch of the
Jefferson clan, and the rest is TV
history. He never married and has
no children but he will be remem-
bered fondly by millions of televi-
Jordin Sparks 'Sparkle' Tell-All
and the age that I was at, it was per-
fect. But I've grown up a lot."
For Sparks, growing up also
means being able to manage an
increasingly hectic schedule. In
addition to the new music, she's set
to start filming the upcoming
George Tilman.Jr.-directed -indie
flick "The .,Inevitable. Defeat of
Mister and Pete," alongside fellow
"Idol" alumn Jennifer Hudson.
"I am going to have to be the best
juggler in history," Jordin admitted.
"I'm excited for the challenge. At
17. 1 may not have been up for it,
but now I definitely am."
Mariah Carey is the next American Idol
Mariah Carey will be joining the cast of "American '
She told a meeting of the Television Critics
Association that she is excited to join as a judge and .
it all happened quickly.
Executive producer Nigel Lythgoe earlier added
uncertainty to the question of who will judge next
season, saying there's a slender possibility that Jennifer Lopez might
return. His reasoning: Since she told "Idol" host Ryan Seacrest she was 99
percent sure she was leaving, that means there's a 1 percent chance she
won't, Lythgoe said Monday.
He said he hoped that was the case, although he also said he thought the
show should be freshened each season with new judges.
Dolphins' Chad 'Ochocinco' changes name back to Johnson
Chad 'Ochocinco' is officially no more. The Miami Dolphins wide
receiver has changed his name back to the original Chad Johnson.
i Johnson legally changed his name this week in an appearance at the
Broward County Courthouse. The change he announced via Twitter quick-
ly follows his July Fourth marriage to Evelyn Lozada of TV's "Basketball
Johnson was known as "Ochocinco" for the past four seasons. The name
was a playful reference to the No. 85 he wore on his jersey.
Johnson was a six-time Pro Bowl receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals. He
signed a one-year deal with the Dolphins earlier this year after being cut
by the New England Patriots.
For his NFL career, Johnson has 766 receptions for 11,059 yards and 67
Obama Victory Fund to hold fundraiser with stars from 'The Wire'
(L-R) Richard Price, Clarke Peters, Seth Gilliam,Wendell Piere,
David Simon and Clark Johnson of The Wire.
Hollywood is stepping up once again with a fundraiser on August 15th
with the cast of the HBO series The Wire. Highly acclaimed as one of the
best TV series of all time,. The Wire aired on HBO for 5 seasons from
It is unclear which stars from the popular series will be attending the
event, which will be hosted by Judy and Ron Davenport at their home in
Martha's Vineyard, but tickets can be purchased for $500 a guest, $2,500
per host, on the Obama campaign website.
Although President Obama has noted 'The Wire' as one of his favorite tel-
evision shows and Omar as his favorite character, the president is not
scheduled to attend the fundraiser.
by Contessa Gayles
"I had to believe in myself and
say, 'They picked me, they put me
here, they cast me for this. I know I
have what it takes to do this',"
Jordin Sparks told AOL Music,
'explaining how she got through her
'daunting, first-ever film role.
Trusting in her talents as a singer
helped Sparks became the youngest
:"American Idol" winner yet at the
age of 17, but starring opposite
Whitney Houston in the upcoming
remake of the 1976 musical movie
"Sparkle" was a whole other story.
The 22-year-old credits her sup-
'portive cast mates, including the
late legend herself, for helping her
portray the film's lead character and
namesake, Sparkle. "The cast was
:so amazing, helping me with open
:arms," she said. "They didn't have
.to do that, and I wasn't expecting it.
I thought it would be more like a
hazing thing! I had nightmares of
:stuff like that happening."
: As Jordin recounts, Houston
:spent her last months before her
tragic death this past February nur-
turing the young talent on set. "She
was wonderful," Sparks said. "She
,wore the executive producer hat,
and she wore the coworker hat and
:the actress hat. And then right after
.a scene, she'd be right there saying,
'Do you need anything? How did
you feel about that?' Sometimes she
would be there telling me it was OK
after a really emotional scene, after
I've dug deep to a place that I don't
really want to think about. The
director would yell 'cut,' and some-
times, I couldn't stop crying. And
she'd be right there rubbing my
back saying, 'It's OK, it's OK, I
know.' She was amazing."
The bond Sparks forged with
Houston lives on, as the pop star
felt during her moving tribute to the
fallen icon at the 2012 Billboard
Music Awards. "That was the scari-
est moment of my life, so far,"
Jordin confessed. "That was the
first time that I had ever performed
that song ['I Will Always Love
You']. It was one of those things
where you look through Whitney's
songbook and say, 'I'm going to
leave 'I Will Always Love You' in a
pretty wrapped box on a pedestal,
and I'm going to go over here and
sing 'I Wanna Dance With
Somebody,' 'cause nobody is going
to get mad at me for singing that!'
So, my knees were shaking, my
hands were clammy, my heart was
pounding. I was sweating, dry
throat, everything. Every nervous
tick you could have, all at once. I
don't even remember what hap-
pened. I was up there, and then I
was not! All of a sudden, I was
"But it was one of those moments
where I definitely felt her pres-
ence," Sparks added. "She was all
around that arena, and I just knew
from spending time with her on set,
she was like, 'You got this. You go,
girl. You got this.' That's how she
was. She wanted to see everyone
else shine, which is incredible,
because there aren't a lot of people
who are like that. Especially people
who are more established, they
don't want anyone coming to take
"Sparkle," in theaters Aug. 17,
did more than give Jordin the
opportunity to uncover her silver-
screen talents while working with a
legend. The film's '60s-era,
Motown-inspired soundtrack is
helping her transition into a new
phase of her career as a recording
"'Sparkle' actually gave me that
opportunity to experiment with the
new sound that I wanted to do," she
said. "It will open up the door to
that more R&B, gospel-inspired,
rhythmic stuff that I've been dying
Sparks hasn't released an album
since 2009's Battlefield, but she's
been hard at work prepping her
third studio effort. With five to
seven tracks locked down, Jordin
warns her "Idol" fan club, "I'm def-
initely going to a different place,
not super pop like I was before. I
loved it when I was doing it. For
that place that I was at in my life
EDUCATING. INSPIRING. CHANGING PERCEPTION.
People with HIV are fathers, grandmothers, friends and
neighbors. They are people you pass on the street and people
you meet. And they have one important characteristic in
common with us all: they are human beings.
The Faces of HIV project offers an intimate look at Florida
residents living with HIV and AIDS through captivating portraits,
insightful interviews and poignant journal writing. To watch their
stories, read their journals and to view the mobile art exhibit
schedule, visit wemakethechange.com/faces.
A PROJECT FROM THE FLORIDA DBIRARTMNT OF HEALTH
Hollywood superstars Denzel Washington and Will Smith
Denzel and Will Top
Most Valuable Stars List
Mrs. Perry's Free Press Page 9
July 26 August 1, 2012
Study Finds Voter ID Law Support Linked
to Attitudes About African Americans
A new study has found that sup-
port for voter ID laws, especially
among those who lean Democratic,
is linked to one's feelings toward
In the study, conducted by the
University of Delaware's Center for
Political Communication, respon-
dents were asked several questions,
and their answers were used to cre-
ate a spectrum of "racial resent-
ment." The more resentment a per-
Conference of State Legislatures,
32 states have some form of voter
ID law, with varying degrees of
strictness. Since Republicans won
control of 20 state governments in
the 2010 midterms, at least 11 states
have pushed through voter ID laws.
Supporters of the laws say that they
help prevent voter fraud, in spite of
the fact that studies have shown
electoral fraud to be exceedingly
Political Party Identification, Ideology and "Racial Resenment"
cmxw. .- ip U e a,
Racial '. .
Low "Racial resentment" score High
S i r s i
Low "Racial resenment" score High
Support for Voter ID Laws and Racial
' Resentment by Party Identification and Ideology
son conveyed, the more likely they
were to support voter ID laws.
Voter ID laws require people to
show some form of government
identification before they can cast a
ballot. According to the National
Black, Latino, low-income and
younger voters are all less likely to
have official government identifica-
tion -- and are all also more likely
to vote for Democrats.
"These findings suggest that
Americans' attitudes about race
play an important role in driving
their views on voter ID laws," said
Paul Brewer, one of the researchers
who supervised the study.
Those who identified as
Republicans or conservatives have
the highest score on the measure of
racial resentment. But self-identi-
fied Republicans and conservatives
favor the laws regardless of where
they fell on resentment matrix. It
was those respondents who identi-
fied as Democrats and liberals
whose stances were most likely to
be informed by racial resentment.
"Who votes in America has
always been controversial, so much
so that the U.S. Constitution has
been amended a number of times to
protect voting eligibility and
rights," said David Wilson, the
study's other supervisor. "It comes
as no surprise that Republicans sup-
port these laws more than
Democrats. But what is surprising
is the level at which Democrats and
liberals also support the laws."
A report by the Brennan Center
for Justice at the New York
University School of Law found
that up to 500,000 people in 10
states will face serious hurdles to
vote this fall.
The study's publication comes
just a week after U.S. Attorney
General Eric Holder compared
Texas's voter ID law to a poll tax,
the Jim Crow-era practice meant to
block or dissuade blacks from vot-
ing. Gov. Rick Perry (R) of Texas
blasted the attorney general's com-
ments, saying that they were an
attempt to "incite racial tension."
Texas' voter ID law is the focus of
a federal lawsuit filed by the Justice
Department and civil rights groups
that contends the policy disenfran-
chises voters. Lawyers on both
sides made their closing arguments
last week. Last month, State Rep.
Mike Turzai (R-Bradford Woods),
the Pennsylvania House Majority
Leader, said that the state's voter ID
law would help win the state for
Mitt Romney, the GOP's presump-.
tive presidential nominee.
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Activists participate in the Keep the Promise Alive 2012 AIDS
march and rally this month on the streets of Washington D.C.
AIDS Still Holding Black America Hostage
by Armour and Labgreth
Monique Moree is the new face
of the AIDS epidemic in the U.S.
The 31-year-old stay-at-home
mom, who is black, was pregnant
with her third child in 2005 when
she found out she had HIV, the
virus that causes AIDS.
"I was shocked," Moree, of
Summerville, South Carolina, said
by telephone. "Being a wife, I did-
n't think I could be HIV positive. I
hated myself and God. I wanted to
Now Moree takes three pills a
day to fight the illness and, so far,
has been free of its most damaging
effects. While she's thrived, others
she knows haven't been so fortu-
nate, she said. She blames the gov-
ernment for not doing enough for
minority communities increasingly
at the center of the U.S. epidemic.
"African Americans have been
hit so hard," she said.
While black men and women are
14 percent of the population, they
accounted for 44 percent of 48,000
new HIV cases in 2009, the latest
year available for definitive data,
according to the Atlanta-based
Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention. The infection rate in
black men was more than six times
that in white males, and black
women were 15 times more likely
to become infected than their white
counterparts, the CDC data shows.
New data examining how fast the
virus is spreading among black men
in hard-hit areas will be presented
this week at the first International
AIDS Conference to be held on
U.S. soil in 22 years. How to target
interventions to slow the spread of
HIV in these affected communities
will be a focus of the meeting,
which started yesterday in
In one government-funded study,
researchers from the HIV
Prevention Trials Network found
that the rate of new infection in
black gay and bisexual men was 2.8
percent a year, 50 percent higher
than in white men who reported
having sex with a male. For black
gay and bisexual men who are 30
years of age or younger, the rate
was 5.9 percent a year.
"To say we're not where we want
to be is an understatement," said
Charles Flexner, an infectious dis-
ease specialist and clinical pharma-
cologist at Johns Hopkins
University in Baltimore who has
studied infection rates among black
women. "We haven't achieved the
goals we want to."
In March, Flexner and colleagues
reported on a study that found
infection rates were five times high-
er than government estimates for
2,099 black women in six U.S.
cities. The data was similar to that
reported in parts of Africa where
the disease is considered the most
virulent, he said.
A combination of poverty, stigma
and lack of access to health care
services help propel the epidemic
among blacks and other minorities,
said Carlos del Rio, chairman of
global health at Emory University.
"We have the worst epidemic of
any developed country and part of
the reason is that some regions of
this country are not a developed
country anymore," del Rio said in a
telephone interview. "The epidemic
has changed dramatically and that
is something that is not totally
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