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Martin's Mother Seeks Money
From HOA, State Fund
Trayvon Martin's mother is asking for at least $75,000 from the
homeowners' association of the gated community where her teenage
son was fatally shot by neighborhood watch volunteer George
Zimmerman, court documents show.
Sybrina Fulton also has asked for an undisclosed amount of money
from a state fund set up to help crime victims with things like funeral
expenses and counseling, according to state documents obtained by
The Associated Press.
Court documents filed last week by the gated community's insurance
company show that Fulton filed a claim related to her son's death. The
policy has a $1 million limit on payouts.
Travelers Casualty and Surety Company of America asked a judge
in the court papers to relieve the insurer of its duty to defend the claim,
saying an exclusion clause in its policy contract absolves it of paying
for losses caused by or resulting in bodily injury. The insurer issued its
year-long policy to the gated community, Retreat at Twin Lakes, on
March 30. Martin was shot about a month earlier on Feb. 26.
Univ. of Georgia to Honor Its First
Black Student to Earn a Degree
The University of Georgia is planning a ceremony to commemorate
the 50th anniversary of the graduation of Mary Frances Early, the first
Black student to earn a degree from the university.
Early, a 1957 graduate of Clark College in Atlanta, enrolled in a
graduate program at the University of Georgia, earning a master's
degree in music education in 1962.
Early will speak at the Aug. 15 event at the university, the school said.
"This is a significant event in the university's history," Pete
Konenkamp, a university spokesman, said. "She was not our first
African-American student. But she was our first graduate. We think
it's important for us to honor her, not just for what she did here, but
what she achieved afterward."
Since then, she has had a lengthy and distinguished career in educa-
tion. She spent many years as an elementary school teacher. Later, she
worked as an adjunct professor at Morehouse and Spelman colleges
and as a music coordinator and supervisor of Atlanta Public Schools.
She became the first African-American president of the Georgia
Music Educators Association in 1981. As of 2003, Early was the head
of the music department at Clark Atlanta University.
Earlier in 1962, Charlayne Hunter-Gault and Hamilton Holmes had
become the first African-American students to enroll at the University
Jordan, NBA Players to Raise
Money for President Obama
President Barack Obama is joining NBA legend Michael Jordan and
an array of basketball stars to raise money for his re-election campaign
later this month.
The Obama campaign is planning a fundraising "shoot-around" and
dinner in New York on Aug. 22 featuring several NBA stars, including
Carmelo Anthony, Rajon Rondo, John Wall and others. Jordan, who
played for the Chicago Bulls, Obama's favorite NBA team, and NBA
Commissioner David Stem are co-hosting a $20,000-per person
fundraising dinner with the president later in the day.
Obama is a longtime basketball fan who regularly plays pickup
games with friends and aides. His campaign held a fundraiser last
February at the Orlando-area home of NBA player Vince Carter, who
is also involved in the New York events.
The campaign is holding a "shoot-around" with players at New
York's Chelsea Piers sports complex, including Anthony, Rondo, Wall,
Paul Pierce, Kyrie Irving, Joe Johnson and former NBA centers
Patrick Ewing and Alonzo Mourning. WNBA stars Sheryl Swoopes
and Dawn Staley are also participating in the event, which will cost
$5,000 for a parent and child or two people to have a "shoot-around
skills session" with the players. A $250 donation provides an auto-
graph session with the players.
A similar "Obama Classic" basketball event planned for last
December was postponed after team owners and players reached a
labor deal following a lockout.
Falls Ever So Slightly in July
In a sign that the economy is still in the early stages of recovery, the
African-American unemployment rate in July dipped slightly to 14.1
percent, from 14.4 percent in June. The national rate rose to 8.3 per-
cent, compared to 8.2 percent the previous month, and 163,000 new
jobs were added to the economy, the most in the last five months.
Initial unemployment claims rose by 8,000 to 365,000 in the week
ending July 28, the Labor Department reported on Thursday. And
according to a Bloomberg News report, it is the last week in which
annual auto plant retooling closures will affect the numbers. The four-
week moving average was 365,500, down 2,750 from the previous
week's revised average of 368,250.
The monthly jobs report is not only a measure of how the economy
is faring but also a key issue in the 2012 campaign that could help
determine whether President Obama returns to the White House in
January 2013 and which party controls the House and the Senate.
S-IK 1 'COA 1 QULALI T1Y BLACK WEKLY Cents
Volume 25 No. 42 Jacksonville, Florida August 9 15, 2012
Something to Talk About I
Team USA is still bringing home the gold, yet there are U.S. Olympic
athletes of color that continue to make us especially proud. Throughout the
history of the Olympics, athletes of color from the U.S. have consistently
made their mark in the annals of history. This past week has been no dif-
ferent as our athletes made their mark on and off the court.
Petite 16 year old Gabby Douglas became the first African-American to
win an All Around Gold Medal in Gymnastics in addition to a team
well spoken words, she has won the hearts of America. In the aftermath of
her newfound fame, she has ignited a stream of unwanted controversy
regarding her hair.
I / *Sanya Richards Ross of Jacksonville added to her gold medal collection
by winning the 400 meters relay. She is the wife of NFL player
Jacksonville Jaguar Aaron Ross.
Tennis phenoms, Venoms and Serena Williams are the first tennis play-
ers to win gold indoors since the 1912 Stockholm Games. Together they
wxvon the Tennis Doubles Gold in addition to Serena winning the Singles
-. -":., Many other athletes will win as team members working cohesively side
I I*:'_..'; *.:" p: a- by side to bring honor and gold home to the red, white and blue.
How the Economy Can Help or Hurt President Obama
by E.O. Hutchinson
GOP presidential contender Mitt
Romney predictably jumped all
over the jobs report for July which
saw joblessness tick up slightly. He
called it a hammer blow for the
middle-class. Certainly much has
been made of the fact that no presi-
dent has won reelection since World
War II with the jobless rate above 8
percent. That and the report seemed
to spell bad news for President
Obama. But it's anything but that.
The report also showed a jump in
the number of jobs for the month.
Some non-partisan economists and
financial experts predict a slow but
steady trend upward in the job num-
bers over the next few months.
That's potentially a plus for
But it's not strictly good or bad
job numbers that pretty much deter-
mine whether sitting presidents will
continue to sit in the Oval Office or
will be sent packing by voters. It's
the timing of the positive or nega-
tive numbers. In a look at how six
of eight presidents fared since 1948
when the economy hit the skids or
appeared to skid, the scorecard for
presidents winning and losing
because of economic misery is a
draw. Three incumbents were beat-
en and three incumbents beat back
their challengers. It came down to
whether voters really perceived that
their economic plight would stay
the same, or get worse, if the
incumbent got another four years in
the Oval Office.
The winners and losers have been
both Republican and Democratic
presidents. They have won and lost
even when there was widespread
public unease over the economy
and many voters believed things
wouldn't get any better. The presi-
dents who won had to do and have
two crucial things in the face of ris-
ing unemployment, recession, infla-
tion, and public grumbles. One is
that the economy had to improve or
appear to improve immediately
before the election. And they had to
assure a majority of voters that
things would and could get better
with them if they stayed in the
White House and their opponent
couldn't do any better. Romney and
Obama understand that the battle is
not so much with the job numbers
and the economy's performance,
since the numbers can be spun for
and against the incumbent. Obama
must drive home the notion with
voters that things are and will get
better under him in the next four
years. Romney's single-minded aim
is convince voters that they won't.
Incumbents and their challengers
have played the dance around the
economic numbers and voter per-
ceptions repeatedly with mixed
Presidents Gerald Ford and Bush
Sr. lost the dance. The combination
of real and voter perceived econom-
ic woe helped sink both of them. In
Carter's case, it helped and hurt. It
helped him win when the economy
went bad for Ford in 1976. Carter
played up that fact and won a nar-
row victory over Ford. Voters must
perceive that the economy will get
worse under the incumbent and the
challenger has to reinforce public
fears that things will get worse.
But four years later, GOP presi-
dential challenger Ronald Reagan
turned the tables on Carter. With
interest rates soaring home prices
escalating, high unemployment,
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Ferguson Takes Over as
High Ranking City Official
Cleveland Ferguson III has been
named deputy chief administrative
officer for the City of Jacksonville.
Ferguson is an instructor at Florida
Coastal School of Law who also
has served on the Jacksonville
Commission with a focus on indus-
trial development, small business
and community redevelopment. He
has been a staff attorney for the
Florida Public Service Commission
as well as a consultant and attorney
in the private sector.
His salary will be $135,000.
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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.
Fish Dinners for
Sale to Support MMM
The Jacksonville Local
Organizing Committee Inc., for the
Millions More Movement, a non-
profit local organization will be
selling fish dinners and sandwiches,
Friday, August 10th. The location is
916 N. Myrtle Avenue between
Kings Road and Beaver Street, 2:00
p.m. until 6:00 p.m. If you have any
questions or just want to learn more
about the Millions More
Movement, visit our website:
leloc or call (904) 240-9133 or
(904) 354-1775 or email
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
Zeta House "Back
The Beta Alpha Zeta Chapter of
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority will hold a
"Back Pack" give-a-way at the Zeta
Round- Up, Saturday August llth,
at 9 a.m. at the Zeta house located
at 3805 Moncrief Road Parents are
invited to stop by with their school
aged children to receive a free back
pack and school supplies. For more
information email Donte Thomas at
donte.thomas I1 @gmail.com.
Teen Art Contest
Local teens are invited to show off
their artistic skills by participating
in the final event for the Library's
Summer Reading program. Young
people ages 12-18 may submit up to
three visual art entries now through
Aug. 15th at the Main Library,
Teen Department, 303 Laura St. N.
The artwork will be on display at
the libraryduring the month of
September, and the winner will be
announced at 5:30 p.m. during a
reception on Art Walk night, Sept.
5. The winning artist will receive a
gift certificate and a solo show in
the Teen Gallery at the Main
Library throughout October. Call
630-7595 for more information.
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
info@i(comeedyzone.con 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-feet
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 Hotel, 225
East Coastline Drive. For more
Information call (904) 655-6539 or
The Duval County Extension
office will present a "Baker's
Dozen" of landscape tips for the
upcoming winter season. Learn the
difference between regular lawn
care and organic lawn care and
much more. Attendees will also see
how to prepare their tools for the off
season including a sharpening
demonstration. The class is free and
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Grammy award winning singer
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tour, Sunday, September 9th at 8
p.m. featuring Estelle and Antoine
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Kevin Hart in Concert
Comedian Kevin Hart will be in
concert Friday, October 12th at the
Veterans Memorial Arena. Tickets
are on sale now at Ticketmaster.
Cellist Esperanza Spalding will be
in concert at the Florida Theatre on
Sunday, October 21st at 8 PM.
Ticket prices start at $56. For more
information, call 355-2787.
14th Annual Georgia
The annual Georgia Literary
Festival will be held November
9th and 10th in Jekyll Island,
Georgia.. Featured will be U.S. Poet
Laureate, Natasha Tretheway, as
well as the state Poet Laurette, to
the festival. Now in its 14th year,
the festival focuses on authors with
Southern links and showcases the
wide range of abilities for regional
readers and writers. For more infor-
mation, visit www.georgiacenter-
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Hall at (912) 635-4046.
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Martha Mae Gibson Ms. Martha Mae Gibson celebrated her 94th
birthday August 5th.with family and friends. Shown above (1-r) are
daughter-Mary Hawkins, honoree, Martha Gibson, Rhonda Silver, Diana
Copeland, and Marva McKinnon. The special friends enjoyed a prayerful
afternoon, good fellowship and birthday cake. Greg McKinnon photo
Economy will decide election
Continued from front
played up that fact and won a nar-
row victory over Ford. Voters must
perceive that the economy will get
worse under the incumbent and the
challenger has to reinforce public
fears that things will get worse.
But four years later, GOP presi-
dential challenger Ronald Reagan
turned the tables on Carter. With
interest rates soaring home prices
escalating, high unemployment,
and a seeming clueless Carter on
how to halt the slide, Reagan was
able to nail Carter with the endur-
ing question "Are you better off
than you were four years ago" dur-
ing their debate on October 28,
1980. Reagan won in a near land-
slide. The exact reverse was true for
Reagan and Bill Clinton. Reagan's
supply side economics and big tax
cuts were credited with igniting a
mid-1980s economic boom.
Clinton's tax hike, deficit reduction
program, and investment stimulus
program, was credited with turning
a record deficit into a record sur-
plus and adding millions of new
jobs to the rolls.
As Reagan's vice president, Bush
Sr. benefited from his economic
policies. In 1988, he won the elec-
tion. Four years later, when things
turned sour he lost. It was not just a
bad economy but at the point the
economy turns bad in the life of the
administration, and the public per-
ception that things will get better or
worse. The downturn for Bush Sr.
came during the last two years of
his term. The last thing that an
incumbent wants is for voters to go
to the polls with fear and doubt
fresh in their minds about the econ-
The proverbial "it's the economy,
stupid" is a hard fact of presidential
elections. But history has shown it
can work for or against sitting pres-
idents depending on when voters
see the economy as improving or
failing. That can help or hurt
Doris Rutledge Mrs. Doris Rutledge celebrated her 75th birthday at
a surprise luncheon at the Hilton Gardens at the Airport. The event, was
planned in secret by her daughter Sherri, with help from her brothers.
Shown above (L-R) are: Sherri Rutledge, Michael Rutledge, Linzear
Rutledge and Kelvin Rutledge with the honoree Doris Rutledge who was
presented with flowers. The 50 plus guests enjoyed a historical pictorial of
her life, and many shared their high regard of the honoree. "This is the hap-
piest moment in my life," ssid Mrs. Rutledge. She is a faithful member of
New Covenant Ministries and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority and enjoys reading.
She is also a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority.
Back: Pricilla Wilkes, Shanel McKenzie Robbin Bray, Cynthia
Nixon and Shannon Perry. (Front): Kim Holloway, Vice President
Patricia Sams, President Shauna Allen and Shameka Brown.
Jack & Jill Moms Return from National Confab
The Jacksonville Chapter of Jack
and Jill just returned from
Philadelphia celebrating the orga-
nization's 75th Anniversary. The
40th National Convention was
held in Philadelphia, PA and the
conference theme was "Living the
Legacy: Honoring our Past,
Celebrating our Present, Securing
our Future". At the convention
they elected a new National
President Tamara Robinson who
is now the 23rd National President
This year the Jacksonville
Chapter is starting the year in full
speed by giving back to the com-
munity and kicking off the year
with the Biennial event, the Les
Beautillion Militaire. The
Beautillion will be featuring
Beaux's from area high schools in
Jacksonville and the surrounding
counties who will provide hun-
dreds of hours of service to
Jacksonville organizations and will
raise funds to contribute to local
Family and Friends Celebrate Triumphant Graduation of Tanisha Shingles
Family and friends gathered at Yellow Bluff Landing Amenity Center on August 4, 2012 to help celebrate Tanishia Shingles graduation. Tanishia
received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of North Florida. She is planning to use her major accomplishments to
help single mothers and recently divorced women. Tanishia spoke words of inspiration and stated "you can do anything when you put God first and
foremost. It wasn't easy, but I had to realize that I wasn't going through this by myself. I have my three sons who were going through the struggles with
me I just want every young woman to know that you can accomplish everything when you make your mind up." She said. EM. Powell photo
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It's Time to Make Public Education a Priority
President John F. Kennedy once
said, "Our progress as a nation can
be no swifter than our progress in
education." In Florida we have
rolled the dice with our public edu-
cation system and bet the house on
vouchers and charter schools.
Whether you are for or against
vouchers and charters, it cannot be
ignored that a vast majority of the
education priorities of the state
over the last several years do not
address policies aimed at improv-
ing traditional public schools.
Finally, Florida has received a
golden opportunity to bring trust to
our public education system, which
has been tarnished. After weeks of
misjudgments by the Department
of Education, the state retreated
from what they touted as "trailblaz-
ing" higher standards.
While they touted the importance
of "raising the bar," it seems to be
more of a manipulation of the
Assessment Test. Test results were
too low so they simply lowered bar
back down so not to be too embar-
rassed. It's time to hit the restart
button and move forward with pos-
itive and broadly supported educa-
Gov. Rick Scott and the State
Board of Education should begin
by looking for a new education
commissioner who is a true advo-
cate for public schools, and not
someone whose allegiance rests in
expanding private school vouchers,
charter schools rtm by for-profit
corporations and turning public
education over to private hands.
The next question is whether
Gov. Rick Scott and legislative
leaders will bring Democrats, pub-
lic education stakeholders, and
grass roots organizations to the
education reform table, or will they
repeat the failures of 13 years ago'?
Republicans gave the FCAT new
life in 1999 as the cornerstone for
an ideological based accountability
system to grade all schools and
punish low performers. All schools
are basically judged equally under
this system regardless of whether
their students come from upper and
middle class neighborhoods or
from inner city communities.
Guess which of these schools
most often are labeled failures and
forced into sanctions or closure?
The poorest schools, which can
least afford it. These are the schools
that we should be wrapping our
arms and resources around.
Thanks to the public outrage
over the misuse and punitive nature
of the FCAT, a broad-based reform
effort may be within our grasp.
Legislative leaders must reach out
to all stakeholders now before peo-
ples' trust erodes even further and
to give the legislature time to
develop a comprehensive plan.
Part of this discussion should
include the House Democrats' edu-
cation reform bill that has evolved
over the last eight years. The bill
addresses the principles that many
school boards, teachers, principals
and parents believe is needed to
The bill eliminates high stakes
testing and limits standardized tests
to what they were intended to be -
a diagnostic tool to determine stu-
dents' strengths and weaknesses.
The bill offers more accountabil-
ity than the FCAT based system
because it determines performance
on student output and school inno-
vation throughout the year instead
of using one test given over a cou-
ple of days each spring.
Developing a balanced and fair
accountability system that every-
one can be proud of must be a top
priority for the Florida Legislature.
The credibility of our educational
system cannot wait.
Enhancing and stabilizing public
education and not systematic dis-
mantling of our current educational
system has to become the focus of
the Governor and Legislature.
Signing off from Tallahassee,
The Black Vote AGAIN Taken for Granted
By Cloves Campbell
There are less 100 days until vot-
ers cast their votes for the next
president of the United States of
America as well as other offices.
The campaign war chests for
President Obama and Mitt Romney
total almost $3 billion! However,
not one dollar has been spent in the
Black Press. Once again the Black
Press has been unfortunately rele-
gated to an "Oh, By the Way" cam-
paign with one 1/2 page ad placed
two weeks before theelection in all
Black newspapers totaling a
shameful $1.2 million dollars! That
is the money placed by the Obama
for America Campaign (OFA). The
Romney Campaign has zero dollars
In January of this year, we had
conversations with the OFA cam-
paign. At that time, we were told
that money was not coming in as
expected so they could not talk
about advertising in Black newspa-
pers. In late April, when the OFA
campaign had only $800 mil-
lion.,we put together a very
detailed advertising proposal for
$21 million, which included multi-
ple insertions in all NNPA publica-
tions from June through November.
The plan recommended a campaign
that encouraged three phases of
action. The first steps were "Voters
registration- you can't vote if you
are not registered." Second,
"Proper ID What to take to the
polls." Understanding that voter
suppression laws vary from state to
state, it is important that voter-
sknow what to take to the polls in
order to vote. The last stop is
"GOTV get out the vote."
Mobilizing our communities to go
to the polls is the key to winning
the upcoming election. Our propos-
al also included an aggressive digi-
tal and social media campaign.
Today, we are once again in a
position of being taken for granted.
Does Jim Messina know something
about Black folks that we didn't
know? 1 am beginning to wonder
where are the Black folks who are
advising this campaign? Arc they
not asking why are there no Black
pollsters, ad agencies, placement,
firms,or other Black-owned busi-
nesses reaping the benefits of the
only $3 billion being spent in this-
At the end of the election, over
$3 billion will be spent. Some peo-
ple will be very happy. They will
not care who wins. To borrow a
quote from the movie, Trading
Places. "No matter what hap-
pens.....Duke and Duke still get
What are we to do? Do we stand
by and again wait four more years?'
Let's get moving now! Come on
Roland Martin, Rev. Al Sharpton,
Rev. Jesse Jackson. Cliff Kelly,
Steve Harvey.Oprah Winfrey! Let's
talk about this now. SHOW ME
Gabriell Douglas' Hair-Raising Experience
If you don't follow Olympic
gymnastics, you may not have
heard about Gabrielle Douglas
before this year. But the amazing
grace of this 16- year old African
American propelled her to Olympic
gold last week, and she is the first
African American to win an indi-
vidual medal in gymnastics.
Indeed, her performance toppled
the Russians, who have portrayed
themselves as unbeatable. So
unbeatable, as a matter of fact that
the winner of the silver medal,
Viktoria Komova, "sobbed uncon-
trollably," because she so expected
This calls for unqualified cele-
bration. Sneaking into some of the
celebratory comments, though,
were snarky and rude comments
that many reserve to tarnish African
American accomplishment and vic-
tory. Channel surfing in the talk
radio space, these comments came
in two categories, equally objec-
First, there were comments about
Gabrielle's hair. As the young gym-
nast did her thing, there were many
- including some self-hating
African American women who
commented that her hair wasn't up
to par. Shades of the comments
about Michelle Obama. I'm not
sure what style would be appropri-
ate for a gynmast, but let's cele-
brate Gabrielle's medal instead of
railing on her hair. Are we still
stuck on the Spike Lee version of
"straight or nappy" as a contrast'?
When Don Imus insultingly uses
the word "nappy," we Black Folks
are up in arms, as we should be.
But when sisters excoriate an
accomplished young woman, there
are those who nod their hair in
agreement. When will we, Black
women, get over this hair thing?
And when will we stop playing into
other people's stereotypes? To be
honest, hair was the last thing on
my mind when I saw Gabrielle's
stunning performance. Why was
anyone thinking of hair?
In addition to thinking of hair,
some commentators were thinking
of fatherhood. Where was here
dad, too many asked? One radio
talk show host took a whole five
minutes ruminating on absent dads.
But the truth is that while
Gabrielle's mom, Natalie Hawkins,
and her dad, Timothy Douglas, are
divorcing, Douglas, a soldier who
has served both in Iraq and
Afghanistan, is very much part of
her life. He was present for the
Olympic trials, but had responsibil-
ities that kept him from the rest of
the games. His presence or
absence should not be the fodder
I wouldn't mind the commentary
so much if the same folks spent any
time speaking of the economic
plight of African American men.
The most recent jobs report shows
that while the unemployment rate
ticked up from 8.2 percent in May
to 8.3 percent in June, the rate for
African American men rose from
14.2 to 14.8 percent. Unofficial
rates would put African American
male employment near the 25 per-
More than two of three African
American men, then, do not have
work, yet this statistic is rarely dis-
cussed. In contrast, the employ-
ment-population ration for White
men was 68.4 percent, a full 10 per-
centage points higher than the rate
for Black men. Timothy Douglas is
employed, and he is, indeed,
defending our country. Why is his
presence or absence at the Olympic
games subject to mean-spirited dis-
cussion, when it is clear that he
supports his daughter?
The only thing I want to hear
about Gabrielle Douglas is how
amazing her victory was, and how
inspirational she will be for other
young women. All of America
ought to celebrate this victory
because Ms. Douglas brought the
gold home, not for herself, but for
our nation. The stereotypes are
simply unacceptable, whether
African Americans or Whites are
wallowing in them.
Juliann Mi ltahaux is a iiWashington.
D.C.-bhased economist and writer: She is
President Emerita of Bennett Coll'ge for
llnten in (lGreenshoiir. N 'C.
T Upward Mobility
The wealthiest Americans live in gated communities
S that protect them from the masses. A new poll reveals
That many Americans are questioning their prospects
*for "upward mobility." The high level of pessimism is
reflected among respondents in a recent poll conduct-
ed by The Hill newspaper that found half [47 percent]
of likely voters believe it's impossible for them to become wealthy during
the course of their lifetime. The survey, conducted as the heated political
presidential campaign becomes more acrimonious over the interests of the
haves and the have-nots, found that fewer than 2 in 5 likely voters [37 per-
cent] think they can ever become rich.
This presidential election will have more to do with the economy and
voters personal well-being than ever before. The Hill newspaper's survey
findings suggest pessimism about the possibility of upward mobility as
economic growth remains weak and jobs scarce. The national debate over
wealth is intensifying as it creates economic divisions across the country's
population segments. Although the economy will improve a bit in the sec-
ond half of 2012, it will be another disappointing year of slow growth cap-
ping the worst three years of economic growth, outside of a recession.
Between 2005 and 2010 the median net worth of Americans under 35 fell
37 percent, and the wealth gap between the young and the old in America
is wider than it's ever been. The percentage of the workforce under age 25
has dropped 13.2 percent since 2008, and the U.S. unemployment rate is
12 percent for those age 18 to 29 because this age group's parents aren't
The wealth more specifically, the median net worth of households in
the United States is varied in relation to race, education, geographic loca-
tion and gender. Wealth in the U.S. is unevenly distributed, with the
wealthiest 25 percent of U.S. households owning 87 percent of the total
wealth. The median wealth of White households is 20 times that of Black
households. And, Blacks vote more on emotion than economic well-being.
For Black Americans the annual median household income in 2010 was
$29,328. It was $35,856 among all races. While Blacks make 62 cents of
every dollar of income that Whites make, they only have 10 cents for every
dollar of wealth that Whites have.
In The Hill poll almost 40 percent of people said that the threshold to
being wealthy was a $500,000 annual income. Twenty percent put the bar
above $1 million. Thirty-one percent of people said a family earning
$250,000 a year is wealthy. And, 9 percent said $100,000 was the thresh-
Each day, America is comprised more and more of economic haves and
have-nots. Since the 2007 recession the share of total wealth owned by the
nation's wealthiest one percent grew to 37.1 percent and that owned by the
top 20 percent grew to 87.7 percent. The 2007 recession, and aftermath,
also increased the wealth gap between the 1 percent and the 99 percent.
According to a CBS News/New York Times poll, a majority of registered
voters believe that Mitt Romney's policies favor the rich. Fifty-three per-
cent say Romney's policies favor the wealthy. Eleven percent says his poli-
cies favor the middle class, while 2 percent say they favor the poor. Thirty
percent say Romney's policies treat all groups equally. Of the social seg-
ments that favor President Barack Obama's policies, 21 percent say his
policies favor the rich, while 22 percent say they favor the middle class and
24 percent say they favor the poor. Twenty-five percent say Obama's poli-
cies treat all groups equally.
Are Black voters in a totally different place than the mainstream of
Americans? The Hill poll's respondents' views differed based on income
levels, with voters earning between $40,000 and $75,000 strongly prefer-
ring Romney over Obama. Among people earning between $40,000 and
$60,000, 48 percent trust Romney more compared to 39 percent for
Obama. People earning between $60,000 and $75,000 trust Romney more
than Obama by a 34-point margin, 61 percent to 27 percent.
William Reed is head of the Business Exchange Network and available
for speaking/seminar projects through the Bailey Group.org.
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I_ /- City's Learn2Earn Instilling Dreams
for a Better Life in Local Youth
Hillary Clinton visits Nelson Mandela Secretary of State Hillary Rodllam Clinton meets with
former South Africa President Nelson Mandela, 94, at his home in Qunu, South Africa, Monday, Aug. 6, 2012.
Clinton visited with Mandela at his home on Monday to pay her respects to the aging South African icon where
they reminisced and had a small private lunch. The former president of South Africa has homes in Johannesburg
and Qunu. In recent years, he has spent more and more time in Qunu and in May, it was announced that he would
stay there indefinitely. Mandela, a Nobel peace laureate who spent 27 years in prison for fighting racist white
rule, has retired from public life.
by William Jackson
I was proud and energized to be
an instructor with Mayor Alvin
Brown's Learn2Earn (L2E)
Experience, a two week academic
and social experience promoting
the value of higher education.
Over 200 selected high school
students throughout Duval County
participated in the immersion pro-
gram. Many of whom are potential
candidates to be the first in their
family to go to college.
Opening their academic doors
was a collaboration between the
Mayors Office, Jacksonville
University and the University of
During these two engaging
weeks, students experienced first-
hand college life by living in the
dorms (with their chaperones).
They also learned and participated
in educational, cultural and social
events just as traditional college
The Learn2Earn curriculum
included: My College Self, Career
Research, Finding the Right Major,
Cash for College and College Fit
Shown above is Jackson teaching his class.
and Selection, Social Media Safety,
Sexting/Texting and Internet
The special technology sessions
were taught by William Jackson.
Mr. Jackson provided cash prizes to
Summertime Ad Attacks Target Swing State and Middle Class Voters
by Joyce Jones
Pity the swing state voter. With
just 91 days left before Election
Day, both President Obama and
Republican presumptive nominee
Mitt Romney are upping the ante in
the campaign ad wars. Their goal is
to paint the most negative picture of
the competition, but their target is
the independent voters in battle-
ground states where the election's
outcome will be decided.
This week, Priorities USA, the
Democratic-leaning super PAC that
is backing Obama, released an emo-
tionally charged ad, the fifth in a
series, targeting Romney's business
experience at Bain Capital.
"Understands" features former GST
Steel employee Joe Soptic who
recalls losing both his job and
health care benefits after Bain pur-
chased and ultimately shut down
the plant. It also suggests that
Soptic's wife may have died as a
"I don't think Mitt
what he's done to
people's lives by clos-
ing the plant. I don't
think he realizes that
people's lives com-
Soptic says. "When
IIj' Mitt Romney and
Bain closed the plant,
I lost my health care
and my family lost their health care.
And a short time after that my wife
He adds that his wife may have
kept silent about her illness because
the couple couldn't afford insur-
ance. After being admitted to the
hospital for pneumonia, she was
diagnosed with stage four cancer
and died 22 days later.
"I do not think Mitt Romney real-
izes what he's done to anyone,"
Soptic says. "And furthermore, I do
not think Mitt Romney is con-
Team Romney, seeking to
reframe its message to appeal to the
middle class, released a new ad that
accuses Obama of "ending welfare
as we know it" by turning back the
policies implemented by his now-
most powerful surrogate, former
President Bill Clinton.
"On July 12th, President Obama
quietly announced a plan to gut
welfare reform by dropping work
requirements," a narrator says.
"Under Obama's plan, you wouldn't
have to work and wouldn't have to
train for a job. They just send you
your welfare check."
The Associated Press reports that
the Obama administration made a
decision to waive the work require-
ment in response to states' requests
for more flexibility to make the pro-
gram more efficient. In addition, AP
notes, Romney, as Massachusetts
governor, was one of several gover-
nors who in 2005 signed a letter
asking for waiver authority.
While each ad tells a different
story, their message is remarkably
similar. Romney's ad suggests that
the president wants to take from the
middle class to give to the poor,
while the Priorities USA ad pro-
motes the Obama campaign's theme
that Romney's policies would take
from both the poor and the middle
class to give to the rich.
students for their participation in
question and answer sessions and
door prizes of three (3) desktop
computers to students for their
involvement and participation dur-
ing the Social Media components.
It is planned for next yearto expand
by offering more computers to stu-
dents that need technology that are
participating in the Learn2Earn
The week started off with engag-
ing and entertaining ice breakers
that helped the students dispel any
homesickness, shyness, self doubt
and helped form friendships that
will extend beyond the summer.
The importance of this program
is the reality that 6 in 10 jobs in
Florida will require postsecondary
training by 2018 if not earlier.
Given this reality, Mayor Alvin
Brown established the the
Learn2Earn Experience to be
proactive in meeting the city's
"Learn2Earn is a program to
build role models with a focus on
Jacksonville's future so that we will
have the best-educated workforce
to compete in the 21st Century
global economy," said Mayor
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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 with Worship Services Thursday, August 9th & Friday
August 10th at 7 p.m. and Sunday August 12th at 10 a.m. For more infor-
mation contact Sister Ruth Carter or Sister Vivian Toston (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 email@example.com or
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 llth 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).
L ,lebraUIing rastorsu- UII 2 Anniversalry
The St. Thomas Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate the 26th
Anniversary of their Pastor beginning with a Banquet on Saturday, August
11, 2012, at 7 p.m., at their Family Life Center, 2119 Rowe Avenue. Pastor
Clifford Johnson of the Zion Hope Missionary Baptist Church family will
be the guest preacher. The public is invited to attend these services at 5863
Moncrief Rd. Ernie L. Murray, Sr. Pastor. For Ticket information call
Carolyn Moore or Clarisa Morton (904) 768-8800.
Men's Day Celebration
Mount Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church, under the direction of Pastor
Freddie Summer, will be celebrating their Annual Men's Day, August 12,
2012, at 4 p.m. The celebration theme is "Men Becomes as Little ( fil,.-
in Humility Matthew 18:4 "Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as
this little child, the same is greatest in the Kingdom of heaven." Guest
Pastor is Rev. Anthony Webster, of Peace Missionary Baptist Church,
Jacksonville, Florida. The public is invited to come out to the church locat-
ed at 9319 Ridge Blvd and experience this great worship service in the lord.
For more information call the church office at (904) 527-1762.
Are you saved? Ministry oriented? Love to ride motorcycles'? Love to have
fun? Well if all of the answers are yes then Rydas 4 Righteousness
Motorcycle Ministry is for you! For more information, contact Ruth at 904-
Revival 2012 at Mount Bethel
The Mount Bethel Missionary Baptist Church presents Revival 2012 fea-
turing Evangelist Rev. Stafford Dudley from Atlanta, Ga., Wednesday,
August 15th thru Friday, August 17th @ 7:00pm. The church is located at
1620 Helena Street Jacksonville, Fl., Dr. Robert E. Herring, Sr., Pastor.
For more information, please call firstname.lastname@example.org
Grief and Loss Support Group to Meet
Haven Hospice is hosting a grief and loss support group on August 20
from 6-7:30 p.m. This support group is for parents and caregivers who have
experienced the loss of a child. The event will take place at the Haven office
at 200 Southpark Blvd., Suite 207,St. Augustine, FL 32086. For more infor-
mation, call 810-2377.
If you have "talent," sing for God, praise dancing, speaking ministries,
poems, clean fun, and spiritual talent, and testimonies or if you are a pas-
tor, please contact us to be a guest on the show. RWPM TV ministry airs
every Saturday on Comcast 99 at 8:00 a.m. For more information email
email@example.com or visit www.rwpm.info or call (904) 220-6400 or
write RWPM c/o Reverend Mattie W. Freeman, PO Box 350117,
Jacksonville. Florida 32235-0117. All are welcome, let's get those phones
Emanuel Missionary Baptist
ChurchCelebrates 120 Years
The public is invited to celebrate 120 years of spreading the Gospel of
Jesus Christ with Dr. Herb Anderson, pastor of Emanuel Missionary Baptist
Church. The anniversary celebration will take place Sunday, August 19th,
and Sunday, August 26th, at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Rev. A. D. Lewis, Pastor
of Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Meridian, Mississippi will be
the guest speaker for the 11 a.m. service. Special guests for the 4 p.m. serv-
ice will include Dr. Eugene W. Diamond, choir and members of Abyssinia
Missionary Baptist Church and Rev. Darryl Edwards, choir and members of
Greater Bethany Missionary Baptist Church.
The celebration will continue on Sunday, August 26, 2012 with Rev.
Antonio S. Stinner, Pastor of El Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in
Meridian, Mississippi as guest speaker for the 1la.m. service. Dr. James W.
Henry, choir and members of Summerville Missionary Baptist Church and
Dr. Kelly E. Brown, Jr., choir and members of Greater Mt. Vernon
Missionary Baptist Church are special guests for the 4 p. m. service.
Everyone is invited to attend these services of praise, worship and power-
ful preaching. Emanuel is located at 2407 Rev. S. L. Badger, Jr. Circle. For
more information, please call the church office at (904) 356-9371.
Mississippi Church Apologizes for
Refusing to Marry Black Couple
JACKSON, Miss A predominantly white Mississippi church has apolo-
gized for its refusal to allow a black couple to marry in its sanctuary, though
the couple said Monday they knew nothing of the apology until a reporter
The First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs posted the apology on its
website Sunday, saying it was seeking "forgiveness and reconciliation"
with Charles Wilson and Te'Andrea Henderson Wilson, their families and
friends and God.
"This wrong decision resulted in hurt and sadness for everyone. Both the
pastor and those involved in the wedding location being changed have
expressed their regrets and sorrow for their actions," reads part of the six-
However, Charles Wilson said no one from the church had contacted him
or his wife.
"I can't believe they think they've apologized," Wilson said. He said only
one or two people from the church have contacted him in recent weeks, and
they did so personally and not as representatives of the church.
"You put a thing in the media and say you've apologized?" Wilson asked.
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Church of the Crucifixion Travels to Historic St. Augustine
Church of the Crucifixion members in St. Augustine
70 members from the Church of
the Crucifixion and St. Pius the
Fifth Catholic Church traveled by
bus and car for a pilgrimage to the
mission of Nombre de Dios in St.
Augustine, Florida, where the first
mass was said in the United States
September 8, 1565. Mass was said
and the group journeyed to the
Shrine of Our Lady of LaLache, the
first shrine dedicated to our blessed
mother in the United States. Many
visit every year, asking for the
blessings of motherhood, a healthy
delivery and healthy holy children.
They also visited the Great Cross,
made of stainless steel and rising
two hundred and eight feet in the air
over the Marshes of the Matanzas
River erected and dedicated October
1966, and weighs 70 tons.
Mission of Nombre de Dios traces
its origin to the founding of the city
of St. Augustine, in 1565. On
September 1565 Pedro Mendez de
Aviles, landed and proclaimed this
site for Spain and the church. It was
here that Mendeze knelt and kissed
a wooden cross presented to him by
Father Francisco Lopez de Mendoza
Grajales, Chaplain of this expedi-
tion. It was on these grounds that the
first mass was celebrated. It was at
this spot that the Spanish settlers
would begin the devotion to Our
Lady of LaLeche that continues
Our Lady of Leche is the first
Shrine dedicated to Our Blessed
Mother in the United States. Its cen-
terpiece is the Blessed Virgin nurs-
ing the infant Jesus.
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Study Says Lying
Can Make You Sick
A new study released by the University of Notre
Dame in Indiana says that honesty is defi-
nitely the best policy when it comes to your
health. Researchers Ibund that telling
fewer lies can actually benefit you not
only mentally but physically, reports the
American Psychological Association.
About 110 people participated in a
'science of honesty' experiment over
the course of 10 weeks. Every week,
study participants would visit a labo-
ratory to complete health and rela-
tionship measures and take a polygraph
test in order to assess lies that were told that
"When they went up in their lies, their health
went down," says lead author Anita Kelly, a
psychology professor at the university. "When
their lies went down, their health improved
How to Get an Olympic Body
Muscled and shapely legs, back,
abs, and arms...there are very few
of us who don't appreciate and/or
envy the sculpted beauty of an
Most fitness experts agree that
most people have the potential to
achieve an Olympic-worthy
physique...if they're willing to do
what it takes to be healthy.
1. Learn how YOU need to
Everyone has a unique body
composition: Some of us are built
for speed, some for endurance.
Figuring out what feels natural and
what you're best at will help you
determine which type of exercise
will work for you and feel better to
you. Choose one or two activities
that feel natural and that you enjoy.
You'll be much more likely to stick
with it and see success.
2. Figure out what you want
your body to look like.
Do you want to slim down?
Focus on nutrition and a routine of
steady cardiovascular endurance
exercise, with short bursts of speed
called interval training.
Do you want to build up your
cardiovascular endurance? Try
swimming, running, or cycling.
If it's speed you're after, try
adding sprints to your routine.
If you only have a short time to
work out, try circuit training, which
consists of a series of resistance
training exercises performed one
after the other, with minimal rest.
3. Adopt healthier eating
What Healthcare Reform Means to You
By Jason Alderman
Much was made of the size and
complexity of the Patient Protection
and Affordable Care Act when
President Obama signed it into law
in 2010. But now that the Supreme
Court has upheld much of the act's
constitutionality, it's a good time to
review key provisions that have
already gone live and to plot out
what's expected to happen in the
next two years.
Changes already in place include:
Children under 19 cannot be
denied coverage because of preex-
Adult children may remain on
parents' medical plan until they turn
Lifetime insurance maximum
payouts were eliminated. In addi-
tion, annual coverage limits are
being phased out. Effective
September 23, 2012, the annual
limit increases to $2 million.
All new plans now must provide
certain preventive services for free,
such as mammograms, immuniza-
tions and colonoscopies.
People who've been refused
insurance because of preexisting
conditions may now be eligible for
coverage through a "high-risk pool"
program. Go to
https://www.pcip.gov/ for informa-
tion and to apply online.
Medicare Part D participants
who reach the infamous doughnut
hole now receive a 50 percent dis-
count on brand-name prescription
drugs 14 percent on generics.
(These discounts will gradually
increase until 2020 when the
doughnut hole will disappear.)
Many core features of the
Affordable Care Act won't take full
effect until 2014 and details are still
being finalized, but here are high-
lights of what's expected to happen
between now and then:
By August 1, 2012, insurance
companies that didn't spend at least
85 percent of 2011 premium dollars
for large group plans (over 50
employees) on medical care must
refund the difference, through
refund checks or discounted future
premiums (80 percent for individ-
ual or small group plans).
By October 1, 2012, plans must
begin adopting rules for the secure
electronic exchange of health infor-
mation this will reduce paper-
work, costs and medical errors.
By January 1, 2013, new feder-
al funding will be in place to state
Medicaid programs that choose to
cover preventive services to
patients at little or no cost.
By October 1, 2013, states will
receive two additional years of
funding to continue coverage for
children not eligible for Medicaid.
Effective January 1, 2014, most
key provisions will be in place. For
Individuals and those whose
employers don't offer health insur-
ance will be able to buy it directly
from state-based Affordable
Insurance Exchanges, which will
offer a choice of health plans that
meet certain benefits and cost stan-
Most who can afford basic
health coverage will be required to
obtain it or pay a fee to offset the
costs of caring for uninsured
Americans earning less than 133
percent of the poverty level will be
eligible to enroll in Medicaid.
SRefundable tax credits will be
available to those earning between
100 and 400 percent of the poverty
level to help pay for affordable
insurance. They also may qualify
for reduced copayments, coinsur-
ance and deductibles.
Annual coverage dollar amount
limits will be prohibited.
Adults will no longer be refused
coverage due to preexisting condi-
Insurance companies will no
longer be able to charge higher rates
to individuals and small groups due
to gender or health status.
These are only a few of the many
changes we'll see as a result of the
Affordable Care Act. To learn more,
Every Olympic athlete will agree
that diet should be the first focus for
anyone hoping to improve physical
well-being. Most agree that food
counts for 80% of how fit your
Experts all agree that nutrition is
key in anybody's life, from profes-
sional athletes to office workers.
Both experts and Olympians say
that instead of focusing on calories,
people should eat more foods such
as fruit, vegetables, lean proteins,
and slow carbohydrates like brown
rice and sweet potatoes are vital -
as well as controlling the sugar con-
tent of the foods you eat.
4. Multiple times a day, eat a
combination of protein and car-
Your body needs a steady supply
of fuel if it's going to function at
maximum efficiency. Eating fre-
quently also increases your body's
metabolism, which means it will
burn more calories.
Olympic athletes eat five to six
meals a day, with protein at each, to
increase lean muscle mass and
maintain maximum efficiency. So
plan to eat smaller meals, ideally
two and one-half to three hours
A typical Olympian diet may
Breakfast: Eggs, a cup or two of
berries, and coffee
Mid-morning: An apple and a
Lunch: A turkey sandwich
packed with spinach and green and
Afternoon: An ounce of cheese
and some wheat crackers
Dinner: Salmon, grilled vegeta-
bles and a cup of brown rice.
5. Monitor how you fit your
clothes...not the scale.
Even if your goal is weight loss,
the healthiest of regimens focus on
decreasing body fat and increasing
lean muscle mass, not a particular
number on the scale. If your clothes
fit great and you like the way you
look in the mirror, it shouldn't mat-
ter as much what the scale says.
Instead of weighing in all the
time, experts recommend measur-
ing yourself every two weeks and
checking your body fat once a
6. Drink plenty of water.
The body is made up of 60%
water, which means it needs a regu-
lar supply to survive.. The Institute
of Medicine generally recommends
about 91 ounces of total water
(from drinks and food) on average
per day for women and 125 ounces
for men. Most water that we con-
sume comes from beverages, but
about 20% comes from food.
7. Include weight training.
Strength and power are important
components of any sport. Working
out with weights will also reduce
the loss of muscle mass that often
occurs with aging. Even men in
their 70s and 80s have put on lean
mass in a relatively basic strength-
Also, the NASM says that studies
have shown no difference between
those who do resistance training
three times a week vs. those who
train five times a week. So you real-
ly don't have to train like an
Olympian in the weight room. A lit-
tle goes a long way.
8. Train regularly.
You will not find an Olympic ath-
lete who is not extremely well
trained. They don't roll out of bed
and win the 100-meter sprint or the
50 freestyle. They spend hours and
hours of training of all sorts.
Similarly, if you really want to get
in shape, you need to be committed
to working out most days of the
week, depending on your goals.
9. Consider hiring a personal
In addition to an individually tai-
lored program, personal trainers
provide accountability and help you
to see results faster.
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SFOR THE WEEK OF AUGUST 7 13, 2012
I h. ^. Getting ready for some 'Classic' football
USATF Sports Photo
KELLIE WELLS: Former
Hampton standout one of
two black college athletes
in 100 hurdles semifinals.
I CLASSIC, BOWL & CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES;
JACKSON STATE'S TINSLEY TAKES SILVER
UNDER THE BANNER
WHAT'S GOING ON IN AND AROUND BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS
PROUD SILVER MEDALIST: Former Jackson State 400
meter hur.jier Michael Tinsley waves the American flag
after finishing second in the event at the 2012 Olympics in
London. Tinsley clocked a time of 47.91 seconds to take
the silver medal, the first for a black college athlete at the
OLYMPIC RUNDOWN: How are black college
athletes faring in the 2012 Olympics in London:
MICHAEL TINSLEY WINS SILVER, GREEN SEV-
ENTH IN 400 HURDLES Former Jackson State
standout 400-meter hurdler Michael Tinsley became
the first black college athlete at the London Olympics to
win a medal when he took the silver medal in the men's
event after finishing Monday to gold medal winner Felix
Sanchez of the Dominican Republic. Tinsley. in fifth place
coming into the final turn, ran past Javier Culson of Puerto
Rico, David Greene of Great Britain and teammate Angelo
Taylor to finish in 47.91 behind Sanchez's winning time
of 47.63. Greene was third and took the Bronze Medal in
48.10. Johnson C. Smith grad Ledford Green, running
for his native Jamaica, was seventh in 49.12.
CHRIS BROWN FOURTH IN 400 METERS The
former Norfolk State sprinter placed fourth in the men's
400 meters final on Monday, his
second straight Olympic fourth-
place finish. Representing the
Bahamas, Brown clocked a time
of 44.79 but was beaten out for a
medal by Grenada's Kerani James,
who won the event in 43.96, the
SDominican Republic's Luguelin
Brown Santos, who took the silver in
44.46 and Trinidad and Tobago's
Lalonde Gordon, who took bronze in 44.52. Brown also
placed fourth in the event at the 2008 Games in Beijing
being edged out for the bronze by .04 seconds. Next up for
Brown is a chance at a second straight Olympic 4x400 relay
medal. Brown anchored the Bahamas to a silver medal at
the 2008 Games. Brown, 33, was a Div. I All-American at
NSU in the 400 in 2000 and 2001.
WELLS, WILLIAMS IN 100 HURDLES SEMIS -
Hampton alumna Kellie Wells advanced to the semifinals
of the women's 100 meter hurdles Monday winning her
quarterfinal heat in a time of 12.69, the third fastest times
among qualifiers. She was scheduled to run in the third
r~. ;---- heat of the semis on Tuesday night.
v^ Johnson C. Smith Shermaine Wil-
liams, competing for her native Ja-
', maica, clocked a time of 13.07 in the
women's 100 hurdles to join Wells
in the semis. Williams, the first-
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i .ever female Olympian from JCSU,
I*, graduated Summa Cum Laude from
the school in 2011 with a degree
in Biology. Her fastest time in the
hurdles is 12.95 that she set at the 2009 and 2011 NCAA
Div. II Outdoor Championships to win national titles. She
ran in the first semifinal heat Tuesday night.
McCORORY FINISHES SEVENTH IN 400 METERS
- Running from the outside lane, former Hampton stand-
out Francena McCorory finished
seventh Saturday in the women's 400
meter finals in a time of 50.33. Her
teammates, Sanya Richards-Ross and
Dee Dee Trotter finished first and third
respectively, taking home gold and silver
medals after running times oft49.55 and
McCorory 49.77. McCorory will run for the USA's
women 4x400 meter relay team. The
preliminary heats start Thursday, August 9.
"Classic" games loosely defined as special
games other than homecomings, usually played in
unique venues are always one of the highlights
of the black college football schedule. The 2012
schedule of special games is no different.
X\\ I] le nim ., 'this year's special game sched-
ule (including bowl and championship games)
remains the same (see schedule below), there are
a number of interesting changes and additions.
Southern replaces Tennessee State as
Florida A&M's opponent in the Bank ofAmerica
Atlanta Football Classic on Sept. 29 at the Georgia
Dome. Last year's FAMU/TSU matchup drew
59,373 fans, the third largest attended game in
black college football.
-The 41st New York Urban League Classic
(Morgan State vs. Hampton) comes back to the
BigApple after several years inThe Meadowlands
in East Rutherford, New Jersey. This year's game
will be played at the new Yankee Stadium in the
Bronx on Nov. 17.
The S9th Turkey Day Classic in Mont-
gomeryAlabama (Tuskegee vs. Alabama State)
on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 22) is scheduled to
open the new $62 million on-campus Hornets
Stadium at Alabama State. The new digs replace
the Cramton Bowl, longtime site of the classic.
Eleven classics over the Labor Day weekend.
nine on Saturday, Sept. 1 and two more on Sunday,
Sept. 2, kick off the schedule.
In addition to traditional Labor Day weekend
backyard brawls between rivals Texas Southern
and Prairie View A&M (State Farm Labor Day
Classic XXVIII) in Houston and Norfolk State
and Virginia State (Virginia Lottery Labor Day
Classic) in Norfolk, Va., some new battles are
On Saturday Sept. 1, Morehouse and How-
ard, two of the premier HBCUs in the country.
hook up for a second straight year in the Nations'
Classic at D.C.'s RFK Stadium. A year ago,
Howard staged a fourth-quarter rally to pull out
a thrilling 30-27 victory over the Maroon Tigers.
Morehouse is one of the favorites in the SIAC
this year and Howard looks to be one of the more
improved teams in the MEAC under second-year
coach Gary Harrell.
Also on Sept. 1. Alabama A&M welcomes
in new opponent Florida A&M to this year's
John Merritt Classic in Nashville.
Additionally on Sept. Grambling State and
Alcorn State meet in their traditional early season
matchup, but this year's game is in Shreveport, La.
and is dubbed the Port City Classic. Shreveport's
Independence Stadium will again be a classic site
on Oct 27 when Southern and Prairie View hook
up in the ','lI I 1p, r. t Classic.
On Sunday, Sept. 2 of Labor Day week-
end, two conference championship contenders,
Bethune-Cookman out of the MEAC and
Alabama State of the SWAC, do battle in the
8th MEAC/SWAC Cliall, .,. in Orlando's Citrus
Bowl. Bethune-Cookman returns to the Citrus
Bowl on Nov. 17 for its traditional season-ending
Blue Cross Blue Shield Florida Classic showdown
with Florida A&M. The Florida Classic finished
second on last year's attendance list drawing
Also on Sunday Sept. 2, defending SIAC
champion Miles hosts North Alabama at Legion
Field in Birmingham in the 6th Labor Day Golden
Classic. A day earlier, Tuskegee and Alabama
A&M will face off on the same historic Birming-
McClung Stadium in Columbus, Ga. will
again be the site of two long running classic
battles. Morehouse and Tuskegee stage their
77th annual on Oct. 6. Albany State and Fort
Valley State crown their regular season with the
23rd Fountain City Classic on Nov. 3.
Two other highly touted classics are set for
Oct. 6 as Grambling State and Prairie View meet
in the Southwest Airlines State Fair Classic at
the Cotton Bowl in Dallas and South Carolina
E NEW HORNETS STADIUM
Alabama State University
The new $62 million Hornets
SStadium will seat 26,000 and
have expansion capabilities
up to 55,000. The facility
has 20 luxury box suites,
a 64-foot, high-definition
score-board, a merchandise
store and a restaurant. The
new stadium is on track to be
open by Thanksgiving for the
annual Turkey Day Classic
State and North Carolina Central tangle in the
29th Circle City Classic at Lucas Oil Stadium in
Albany State meets Kentucky State in this
year's Chicago Football Classic on Sept. 29 at
Two long-standing rivalries and classic games
will look to continue their history of competitive
The largest attended game in black college
football over the last few seasons is the Magic City
Classic pitting Alabama A&M and Alabama State
at Legion Field in Birmingham. The game drew
a packed house of 66,473 to last year's game and
with both teams among the favorites in the SWAC
East Division, another big crowd is expected.
The 71st Magic City Classic will be played
on Saturday, Oct. 20.
Bayou Classic XXXIX at the New Orleans
Superdome will again pit Louisiana rivals Gram-
bling and Southern on the Saturday following
Thanksgiving, Nov. 24. Though the game has not
topped the attendance list lately, it still pulled in a
hefty 40,715 last year, fifth on the list.
The CIAA and SIAC will both play their
championship games on Nov. 10. The CIAA will
host division champs at Durham, N.C.'s County
Stadium. The SIAC division winners will meet at
Atlanta's Lakewood Stadium.
The SWAC has the honor of closing out the
special game menu and the season with its title
game on Dec. 8 at Legion Field in Birmingham.
CLSIC O L N HA PONHPGA ESHEUE
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2012
Battle of the First
Lincoln (PA) vs. Cheyney in Lincoln University, PA
Winston-Salem Football Classic
Winston-Salem State vs. UNC Pembroke in Winston-Salem, NC
Nations' Football Classic
Howard vs. Morehouse in Washington. DC
Deta Classic 4 Literacy
Arkansas-Pine Bluff vs. Langston in Little Rock, AR
Dayton Classic VIII
Central State vs. Stillman in Dayton, OH
Port City Classic
Grambling State vs. Alcorn State in Shreveport, LA
14th John Merritt Classic
Tennessee State vs. Florida A&M in Nashville, TN
Virginia Lottery Labor Day Classic
Norfolk State vs. Virginia State in Norfolk, VA
State Farm Labor Day Classic XXVIII
Prairie View A&M vs. Texas Southern in Houston, TX
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2012
8th MEAC/SWAC Challenge
Bethune-Cookman vs. Alabama State in Orlando, FL
6th Labor Day Golden Classic
Miles vs. North Alabama in Birmingham, AL Legion Field
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2012
Western Virginia Education Classic
Virginia Univ of Lynchburg vs. College of Faith in Roanoke, VA
Rumble In The Swamp Classic
Edward Waters vs. Morehouse in Waycross, GA
Southern Heritage Classic
Tennessee State vs. Jackson State in Memphis, TN
4th Annual Two Rivers Classic
UNC Pembroke vs. Fayetteville State in Pembroke, NC
Inner City Classic
Tuskegee vs. Johnson C. Smith in Atlanta, GA
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15
2nd Annual Cleveland Classic
Morehouse vs. Winston-Salem State in Cleveland, OH
Capital City Classic
Benedict vs. Virginia State in Columbia, SC
3rd Annual Louis Crews Classic
Alabama A&M vs. Prairie ViewA&M in Huntsville, AL
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2012
5th WC Gordon Classic
Jackson State vs. Southern in Jackson, MS
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2012
Lucille M. Brown Community Youth Bowl
Virginia Union vs. Livingstone in Richmond, VA
Bank of America Atlanta Football Classic
Southern vs. Florida A&M in Atlanta, GA
Chicago Football Classic
Kentucky State vs. Albany State in Chicago, IL
15th Annual Down East Viking Football Classic
Elizabeth City State vs. Saint Augustine's in Rocky Mount, NC
OCTOBER 6, 2012
29th Circle City Classic
1:00 pm ET SC State vs. NC Central in Indianapolis, IN
77th Annual Tuskegee-Morehouse Classic
3:30pm ET Morehouse vs. Tuskegee in Columbus, GA
Music City Classic
5:00pm CT Albany State vs. Lane in Macon, GA
Southwest Airlines State Fair Classic
5:00pm ET Prairie View A&M vs. Grambling State in Dallas, TX
OCTOBER 13, 2012
6:00pm CT Battle of the Bay
Hampton vs. Norfolk State in Hampton, VA
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20
South Georgia Heritage Classic
Fort Valley State vs. Stillman in Valdosta, GA
Bethune-Cookman vs. Norfolk State in Daytona Beach, Fla.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27
Augusta City Classic
Albany State vs. Benedict in Augusta, Ga.
71st Magic City Classic
Alabama A&M vs. Alabama State in Birmingham, AL
Prairie View A&M vs. Southern in Shreveport, LA
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3
Johnson C. Smith vs. Livingstone in Charlotte, NC
Va. Univ of Lynchburg vs. Alderson-Broaddus in Petersburg, VA
23rd Annual Fountain City Classic
Fort Valley State vs. Albany State in Columbus, GA
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10
7:30pm ET N. Div. Champion vs. S. Div. Champion in Durham, NC
Prince Hall Shriners Foundation Diabetes Classic
Florida A&M vs. NC Central in Tallahassee, FL
SIAC Championship Game
East Champion vs. West Champion in Atlanta, GA
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17
Blue Cross Blue Shield Florida Classic
6:00pm CT Bethune-Cookman vs. Florida A&M in Orlando, FL
41st New York Urban League Classic
Morgan State vs. Hampton in Bronx, NY
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22
89th Turkey Day Classic
Alabama State vs. Tuskegee in Montgomery, AL
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24
Bayou Classic XXXIX
3:30pm ET Southern vs. Grambling State in New Orleans, LA
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8
4:00pm CT SWAC Championship
East Champion vs. West Champion in Birmingham, AL
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Pasge 8 Ms. Perry's Free Press
Touching Moments In Olympic Black History
The Olympic Games have long inspired emotional moments. When you think cruciating pai, e ma-
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that behind the triumphs and heartaches lies a degree of athleticism that is
unmatched and each participant in the Games makes us proud. Here are six
Olympic moments that will forever touch our hearts.
by Ruth Manuel-Logan
1) Just imagine the pride that was
felt and tears that were shed, when
John Baxter Taylor, Jr. (pictured
second from left) became the first
African American to earn an
Olympic gold medal in 1908. At the
time, Blacks were considered the
lowest in society. Still, Taylor was a
member of America's 1,600 meter
(one mile) relay team, and he and
his teammates set a world record in
this race. Unfortunately, the 26-
year-old Olympian was only able to
enjoy his success for a few months,
he died of typhoid pneumonia five
months after having earned his
2) One of the greatest female ath-
letes in history, Jackie Joyner-
Kersee was the first American to
win gold for the long jump and the
first woman to earn more than
7,000 points in the seven-event hep-
tathlon. She ultimately won three
golds, a silver, and two bronze,
making her the most-decorated
female athlete in Olympic track and
field history. Even though Jackie
suffered from exercise-induced
asthma, her athletic explosiveness
and can-do spirit made you shed a
tear every time she received yet
3) During the turbulent '60s and
at the height of Black pride, two
Olympic contenders puffed their
chests out and raised their fists as
they received their medals, a
moment that embodied the spirit of
the times. During the 1968 Mexico
City Games, Tommie Smith (pic-
tured right) won the 200 meter race
and fellow U.S. runner John Carlos
(pictured left) took third place.
While the "Star-Spangled Banner"
played during the medal ceremony,
Smith raised his right black-gloved
fist to represent Black power, while
Carlos raised his left fist to repre-
sent Black unity. Their brave politi-
cal statements, which made Blacks
everywhere proud, caused the men
to be suspended from the U.S. team.
They were also both removed from
the Olympic Village. When they
arrived home as ostracized heroes,
they received countless death
4) The grandson of a slave and
the son of a sharecropper, Jesse
Owens went on to win four gold
medals at the 193( Olympic Games
in Berlin. Adolph Hlitler was at the
height of his dictatorship and lam-
basted America at the time for even
allowing Blacks on its Olympics'
roster. Owens was the leader of the
pack, the most-dominant figure at
the competition. He captured four
gold medals (the 100 meter, the
long jump, the 200 meter, and the
400 meter relay race) and broke two
Olympic records along the way,
making African Americans every-
where misty when they spoke about
his wins. After Owens won the 100-
meter event, a fuming Hitler
stormed out of the stadium, though
there are some who argue that the
"Fuehrer' actually congratulated
Owens on a job well done. Sadly,
Owens had to take the freight ele-
vator in New York City's ritzy
Waldorf Astoria hotel to attend his
own reception, a sad sign of the
5) After a career plagued with
countless injuries, Derek
Redmond arrived at the 1992
Olympic Games in Barcelona,
Spain, with his eye on the prize, a
gold medal. Unfortunately for
Redmond, he tore his hamstring in
the 400-meter semi-finals, and even
though he was in crying and in
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the stands and joined his
injured son on the track with
the words of comfort, "We'll
finish together!" And they
did! The Father and son team took
the Olympic spirit to a new level as
onlookers gave them a standing
ovation and there truly wasn't a dry
eve in the house
6) Who will ever forget that boo-
hoo moment when boxing legend
Muhammad Ali lifted the torch to
light the flame of the 1995 Atlanta
Games. Ali, who also won a gold
medal for the Light Heavyweight
boxing category in the 1960 Rome
Games, was shaking from the
tremors of the Parkinson's
Syndrome Disease he is still bat-
tling. Watching Ali as he struggled
to keep it together in front of mil-
lions of viewers was a memory that
evoked emotions from even the
most dispassionate. In the words of
former U.S. President Bill Clinton,
who was there to open the Olympic
Games, "It took a sack full of guts
to carry that Olympic flame up that
ramp the last distance with his
hands shaking, but he did it. And
it's taken a lot of courage to contin-
ue to go out, to be seen... he wasn't
self-conscious. He's something spe-
Gets His Own
TV One's got a rookie in town by
the name of Rickey Smiley.
The comedian and popular radio
host got his own show starring him-
self, Ray J, Lil JJ, Roz Ryan, J.
Anthony Brown, and Noree
Victoria and Demetria McKinney.
"The Rickey Smiley Show" is
loosely based on his life as a DJ in
Atlanta and single father of three
children. Raising kids ain't easy
alone, especially if you're trying to
get your swerve on.
J. Anthony plays the role of the
radio station manager, 'Maurice,'
Ray J. as Rickey's producer and
prot6g6 'Kenny,' Roz is 'Aunt
Sylvia' who lives with Smiley. Lil
JJ plays Rickey's 18-year-old son, a
This is Smiley's first television
series, which may very well be a
"I give much thanks to my Radio
Show on TV1
One/TV One Family for making
this happen! Because of them, the
show's incredible cast, crew, and
staff, I look forward to sharing great
stories and laughs with our audi-
ence every week," the comedian
said. "We have created something
very special. Watch and see!"
"The Ricky Smiley Show" pre-
mieres September 18 on TV One.
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Stevie Wonder Files for Divorce
Veteran singer Stevie Wonder has filed for divorce from his second
wife, fashion designer Kai Millard Morris.
Wonder, 62, real name Stevland Morris, cited irreconcilable differences
and listed the couple's date of separation as October 2009.
In court documents, was asking for joint custody of the couple's two
boys, 10-year-old Kailand and seven-year-old Mandla.
The singer, who has been blind from birth, signed the papers using two
fingerprints and agreed to pay spousal and child support. He also request-
ed that all his earnings after the separation were kept separate from the
Wonder and Millard Morris were married in September 2001. The singer
was previously married to Motown singer Syreeta Wright from 1970 to
1972, and has had several relationships since, from which he has seven
Wonder rose to fame as a child musical prodigy in the 1960s and has
since won 22 Grammy awards and a Grammy lifetime achievement award
for his work.
Steve Harvey Takes Final Stand Up Bow
Steve Harvey said his final joke as a stand-up comedian recently, bring-
ing tears to audience members' eyes. He's been making folks laugh for
years, but he said it's time to move on.
After he finished his last stand-up routine, the emcee brought him back
out to the stage for a few final words. When Steve opened his mouth to
express his thanks and say goodbye, the comedian broke down.
"Thank y'all for making my dreams come true. You can't be famous
without people. [I] really, really been dreading this moment, man, because
I didn't know what to say," Steve said. "I just wanna say 'Thank You.' God
has given me a life far beyond anything I ever dreamed about. God is
something else, man."
He didn't leave the stage without thanking his wife, Marjorie, for her
support and love.
The radio/game show host humbly shared his testimony of triumphs and
failures as a Christian entertainer, saying God has never failed him.
"God has positioned me just this way to be just like I am, to say what I
say, how I say it. I'm just a living witness that you can be an imperfect sol-
dier and still be in the army fighting for God Almighty. Steve finished,
"Don't you think you got to be perfect, 'cause I ain't. Thank y'all for 27
years. I love you. Thank you so much."
Beyonce Ready to Release New Documentary
Beyonce is trying to run the world y'all.
The superbad superstar mother is at it again, making her mark, this time
with a documentary she wrote, produced and starred in.
The diva describes it as a "mix of music and personal study, blending
concert footage with confessional interview."
So now she's shopping around for a host to launch it.
There's a lot to see in just the first half of the year she had the baby,
been touring with hubby and Kanye for the WTT tour, and performed a
hella comeback concert over a weekend.
But what we all really want to know is if we'll get to see Blue Ivy's face.
Oh and she finally took fans out of suspense and said the "Leave Your
Footprint" mystery has nothing to do with music.
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9 Year Old Raises $3000 for
Detroit Selling Lemonade
Joshua Smith sells a lemonade and popcorn to raise money for Detroit.
DETROIT He came, he saw, he week of selling lemonade, other
conquered. Joshua Smith had a beverages, and popcorn, the
one goal: to raise money to help youngster raised a respectable
the city of Detroit. In less than a $3,000. Given the fact that his
most expensive product was only
$2, Smith did a pretty good job.
The 9-year-old told his family
that he wanted to do his part to aid
the city, so they put up $100 to buy
the items which he sold in front of
his family home. Once he gar-
nered national attention, Smith
received donations from as far as
South Africa. "I heard the city
was in crisis because the city is
broke and I was really upset," he
In honor of his achievement, the
city council rewarded smith with
an award for outstanding achieve-
ment. He also received a $2,000
college scholarship from the Rosa
L. Parks Scholarship Foundation.
Even with what he earned, Smith
has hardly put a dent in Detroit's
$100 million deficit, but the fact
that he chose to take a stand and
actually followed through is what
makes his story so admirable.
Charlotte, NC Community Members Want Sign Removed
Shown above is the "No Grease" sign in Charlotte, NC.
The Black owners of a Charlotte, want the shop's "sambo" styled
NC, barbershop are catching heat logo removed before thousands
from community members who convene in the city for the
Freedom Riders Route Preserved: Road Markers and Museum Honor
the Impact of the Volunteers Who Risked Their Lives for Civil Rights
The Greyhound Bus Station on
South Court Street in downtown
Montgomery, Ala., was supposed to
be an ordinary stop for freedom rid-
ers in May 1961 traveling through
the Deep South to challenge segre-
gation. But for the riders, and even
their federal-appointed escort, mob
violence altered their course, mark-
ing an important touchstone in the
history of the nation's civil rights
The 400 or so blacks and whites
who over a period of about eight
months set out to change a region
separated by race on public trans-
portation, traveled together on
buses, blurring the color lines in a
way not accepted at that time by the
white majority. For that, they faced
great resistance, violence and
threats to their lives.
It takes more than 17 hours today
to drive the 1,000 miles that stretch
between the original freedom rides'
starting point in Washington, D.C.,
and its final destination, New
Today, more than 50 years after
A worker works on the Freedom Rides Museum before the 50th anniversary of the 1961 freedom rides (Photo: Courtesy The Washington Post)
that spirited challenge, road trippers where a mob used baseball bats, opened to everyone in May 2011 to Street, the Freedom Rides Museum
can visit museums, some historical iron pipes and other objects to coincide with the commemoration is just a few blocks away from
markers and even digital exhibits ambush the freedom riders while a of the 50th anniversary of the rides, another museum related to trans-
that help retell the story for new white police force literally turned said Christy Carl, acting site direc- portation and civil rights -- the Rosa
generations. its head, is now a museum. The tor. Parks Museum.
The bus station in Montgomery doors of the restored terminal Located at 210 South Court
Democratic National Convention
next month. However, the shop's
young owners say that the logo is
their way of confronting Black
stereotypes. WBTV reports:
"The No Grease! barbershop is
located at TWC Arena on Trade
Street. Community members are
concerned that visitors and media
of the DNC will have a poor
impression of the city after looking
at the logo.
The barbershop's owners, twin
brothers Jermaine and Damien
Johnson, acknowledge that when
they opened their first shop 15
years ago that the logo may be con-
troversial. The Johnsons' feel that a
community discussion should hap-
pen before city council calls for the
logo to be removed.
We took the ideal of how
America looks at African-
Americans...and we put it right
there in their face and we said that's
not us," said Damien Johnsonin a
YouTube video on the shop's web-
Call Center Open
for Parents to
Bus Route Info
The Duval County School System
Transportation Call Center is offi-
cially open for parents to receive
information on the 2012-13 school
year bus routes. Inquiries can be
made by calling (904) 381-RIDE
(7433). The Call Center will
remain open Monday through
Friday from 7 a.m. 6:30 p.m. until
August 31, 2012.
The Duval Schools' fleet includes
733 buses for the 2012-13 school
year which will accommodate
approximately 44,000 students, or
35% of the district's student body.
The bus fleet traveled nearly 8.1
million miles in 2011-12. The
buses drove 43,150 miles daily -
the equivalent of one vehicle driv-
ing to and back from Los Angeles
nine times each day.
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