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The Jacksonville free press
Running title:
Mrs. Perry's free press
Physical Description:
v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Rita Luffborough Perry
Place of Publication:
Jacksonville Fla
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March 1, 2012
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Vol. 4, no. 36 (June 28, 1990)-
General Note:
"Florida's First Coast only quality Black weekly."
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Shields Wins First U.S. Womnen'S
Boxing Gold in Olympic History
LONDON In the Olympics' first women's
boxing tournament, U.S. middleweight
Claressa Shields captured the gold medal."
The 17 year old from Flint, Michigan, defeat-
ed Nadezda Torlopova of Russia last week 19-
12, to claim the gold medal in the middleweight
division, in the Olympic event's inaugural year.
She's the second-youngest fighter to win gold
in either men's or women's boxing.
At 17, Shields is the youngest American
Olympic boxer since Davey Armstrong made
the 1972 team in Munich at 16 years old.
Bryant Nolden, a councilman in the city's third ward, told the Detroit
News: "She's a rose that grew out of a concrete jungle. If a rose can
grow through concrete, you know it has to be very resilient."
She was in this tournament; and, in the end, the rose bloomed into a
history-making champion in London.

First White President of an NAACP

at a HBCU Chapter Found Dead
Forty-year-old Michael Teasley, a student at
Jackson State University who became the first
white person to head an NAACP chapter at an
HBCU in 2010, was found dead in his apartment
last week.
Teasley, 40, was elected president of the JSU chap-
ter of the NAACP in late 2010. He was the first
white person to hold that position among historical-
ly black colleges and universities. Friends said
sometimes he endured scrutiny for that reason, but that he was never
known to bow to pressure from anyone. He stood for what he believed.
"His family, some of them, were not necessarily fans of his going to
JSU or joining the NAACP or becoming the president," Mississippi
State NAACP Chairman Derrick] Johnson said. "But he did it anyway.
He was always willing to help, always willing to support the organi-
zation, and really was enthusiastic about being a student at JSU and
getting a second chance."
Teasley is believed to have died from natural causes.

FAMU Unveils Half-time Plan
The FAMU Athletics program takes on a brand new energy this sea-
son unveiling a new theme "Our Team, Our Time. Respect the
Game." In addition to the new theme, each game this season includes
a halftime entertainment production that includes the voice of FAMU
football, Joe Bullard, serving as game MC and an Old School vs New
School DJ set to keep fans excited and energized throughout the entire
game. The halftime segment for each game is tight lipped for now but
fans can expect special performances from major recording artists and
a contest to win a meet and greet with the artists.
In addition to the game experience, FAMU Athletics is partnering
with Visit Tallahassee to create sports travel packages that include
hotel stay and a game ticket. The entire marketing program will be
focused on driving game attendance and overnight stay during home
games while creating value and an enhanced game experience for fans.

House Files Suit Against Holder
WASHINGTON The Republican-run House has asked a federal
court to enforce a subpoena against Attorney General Eric Holder (pic-
tured). The subpoena demands that Holder produce records related to
a bungled gun-tracking operation known as Operation Fast and
The failure of Holder and House Republicans to work out a deal on
the documents led to a vote in June that held the attorney general in
contempt of Congress.
The House took separate votes to hold the attorney general in crimi-
nal and civil contempt. The civil contempt finding led to Monday's
Republicans cited Holder's refusal to hand over documents that could
explain why the Obama administration initially denied that the gun-
walking tactic was used.
The Justice Department previously said that it would not bring crim-
inal charges against its boss.

Trayvon Martin's Mother

Sued by Insurance Company
Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, is being sued by the
Travelers Insurance Company over a disagreement over her claim that
the company is responsible for damages in the killing of her son.
Fulton is considering seeking about $75,000 in damages as a result
of the fact that the insurance company carried a policy with the home-
owners group where Trayvon was shot and killed by a neighborhood
watch volunteer, The Washington Post reported.
The company did not act on the claim by Fulton, instead filing a suit
that would compel a Florida court to determine what damages it con-
siders legitimate.
Meanwhile, Fulton has requested an undisclosed amount of funds
from a fund in the state of Florida that assists the families of victims
of crimes. The fund helps with money for funeral expenses.


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Volume 25 No. 43 Jacksonville, Florida August 16 -22, 2012

Brian Davis Brenda Jackson Connie Hall

Candidates Earn Key

Seats in Primary Election

This week's primary election,
which garnered a 20% voter
turnout, made history in some

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races and dispassionateness in oth-
ers for candidates of color.
Attorney's A. Wellington Barlow
fought a hard, well planned cam-
paign in his bid for Circuit Court
Judge which he lost. Attorney
Rhonda Peoples Waters will have
another opportunity to face off
against Michelle Kalil for Clerk
County Judge. She received 31.6%
of the vote to Kalil's 40.8%. A can-
didate needs 51% of the vote to
win the seat without a runoff.
Longstanding judge, Brian Davis,
will retain his seat on the bench.
His win was extra crucial as he is
up for a federal appointment from
President Obama.
Making a historical move in
Jacksonville city politics is Brenda
Priestly Jackson. The well
respected School Board member
and local attorney will soon be the
Clerk of the Circuit Court, the first
person of color to hold that posi-
tion. The Duval County School
Board also will have a new member
with Connie Hall, the well known
educator will fight for the plight of
our urban district schools in District
5 replacing Betty Burney who is
out due to term limits.
The election included court battles
in preceding weeks and lawsuits
where citizens are challenging laws
across the nation that many say are
designed to block the minority vote.
The next election will be Tuesday,
November 6, when voters will also
be deciding the next president of
the United States.

Voter Suppression Could Kill

Black Americans' Dream

by Yussuf Simmonds
Black leaders say that we must
fight voter disenfranchisement and
not let it deny us the gains made via
the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that
was passed almost 50 years ago.
The right to vote is a constitu-
tional right. The Voting Rights Act
(VRA) that was signed into law on
August 6, 1965 was designed to
protect individuals who were
denied the right to vote based on
their race or prerequisite qualifica-
tions such as literacy tests, poll tax
and/or having a photo ID card.

What the VRA actually did was: it
enfranchised millions of minority
voters whose right to vote had been
curtailed by jim crow laws. That
landmark legislation became the
great equalizer, and it brought
about the legal end of discriminato-
ry practices of voter disenfranchise-
ment. It was a victory for justice
and for all Americans.
However, there is a movement
today to re-institute those discrimi-
natory practices. In the last year,
several states have passed laws -
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AKA Brats Help Paint the Pag's

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The Alpha Kappa Alpha Gamma Rho Omega B.R.A.T.S. came out to pitch in to "paint the paws" lead-
ing to the Home of the Jags in support of our home team, the Jacksonville Jaguars. The giant paws, which
line the streets of downtown Jacksonville, travel down the riverfront to the stadium. The B.R.A.T.S. are
the youth initiative of the sorority that advocates culture and volunteerism. From left to right are
Willetta Richie, Christina Jackson, Amber Smith, Kaci Smith, Sandra Thompson, Jaguar mascot Jaxson
DeVille, Kahtya Henderson, Kelsey Smith, Kayla Cobb and Sandra Thompson. T Austin photo

SCLCAims to Stop the Violence Through Community Engagement


Shown above are entertainers and organizers of the event (L-R) Donteacia Seymore, Tashionna Bradford, Tavionna Bradford, Kanie Freeman,
Tiffany Young, Diaeiyah McCrae, Diallo Sekou, Minister Carl Griffin, Pastor R.L. Gundy, Michael Nazareno, Shaundra Roseburgh, Katelynne Tutson,
Lauryn Bell, Shantanie Roseburgh, Jamyz Powell, Sierra Jones, Rashanna Shoots, DiYah McCaray S. W. Roseburg and Annie Rodriquez. L.Jones photo
This past Saturday, JP Smalls and forum. The day started with a Pastor R.L. Gundy of Mount Sinai dren and our community in a posi-
Memorial Park was the scene of the parade from 19th and Myrtle to Missionary Baptist Church, tive way, socially, physically, and
"Take it to the Communities and Edward Waters College to promote reminded the crowd, "We are here educationally to reduce the eco-
Stop the Violence" talent showcase stopping the violence. Organizer to assist struggling families, chil- nomic Continued on page 2

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Gundy: It Takes a Community to Stop the Violence

Tina Canady amd Katrina Smith hand out health
pamphlets to the attendees.


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Event volunteer Earline Malpress speaks with stu-
dent Tzaignibierious Mosley about school clothes.

Pretty Committee Dancers, Shaundra Roseburgh,
Katelynne Tutson, Lauryn Bell, Shantania Roseburgh
and Jamyz Powell.

Shands Vista Behavorial Health Representative Dr.
David Kee answers health questions.

Continued from front
impact on families during this time
of created poverty in this country that
hurts our children and families who
are now living in extreme poverty."
said Pastor Guny. "We must love our
neighbors as our sisters and brothers
and extend a helping hand. Poverty
in Jacksonville is unaddressed and
poverty everywhere is unaddressed."
he said.
State Representative Audrey Gibson
also spoke to the crowd on voting
and the importance of the November
presidential election. The talent show
featured the girl dance group Pretty
Committee, and the magnificent all
male dancing group Sophisticated
Gents. The well choreographed gen-

tlemen sang and danced to Motown
hits and stepped to the beat to the de-
light of the attendees.
Jacksonville Giants coach Kevin
Waters and Player Jermaine Bell re-
ceived a round of applause bfr their
recent 2012 ABA championship.
Kevin smiled, "we are very thankful
to be here and want all the kids here
today to know that you can do and be
anything you want. you have to work
hard and stay focused."
Attendees received free school sup-
plies, health screenings, youth phys-
icals, eye exams, food and
appropriate school clothing and a
baseball game was played in the
sweltering heat..
Other participating and vendors in-

eluded Mad Dads, Baptist Ministers
conference, Mt. Olive Primitive Bap-
tist Church, Tru-way Church of the
living Christ, Myrtle Avenue Neigh-
borhood Improvement Association
and Vistas Health Services. Southern
Christian Leadership Conference VP
of Community Health and Youth De-
velopment Donteacia Seymore
praised the efforts of the community
and the event "as a community we
want to do more and show our sup-
port before and during the school
Pastor Gundy, State President of the
SCLC says he plans for other com-
munity events to unite and bring
awareness to citizens.

Jacksonville Giants Coah Kevin Waters, Giants fan
Clyde Givhan and Giants Player Jermaine Bell.


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Sophisticated Gents President Joseph Smith leads
his dance line partners to the sounds of Motown.

How to Stop Annoying Telemarketing Calls

By Jason Alderman
When the Do-Not-Call Implemen-
tation Act of 2003 was passed, it was
supposed to herald a new era of si-
lence as in, no more annoying din-
ner-time telemarketing calls. Based
on the number of unsolicited calls
our household still receives nearly a
decade later, however, I'd say the law
has been had only mixed success.
True, the sheer volume of calls did
drop significantly after we registered
our home and cell phone numbers
with the Federal Trade Commission's
National Do Not Call Registry. But
because so many types of organiza-

tions are exempt from the legislation
and so many shady companies flout
the rules, everyone I know still gets
pestered relentlessly.
There are steps you can take to cur-
tail annoying calls; and just as impor-
tant, ways to avoid falling for
telemarketing scams:
First, if you haven't already done
so, register your phone numbers with
the registry, either online at
www.donotcall.gov or by calling
888-382-1222 from each phone you
wish to enroll. Although it's illegal
..r~i e ,,',- k.'lci-i, to Akl1 ireless
phones, you may want to register

Voter Suppression

continued from front
that would suppress/curtail the vot-
ing rights of minorities, the elderly,
youthful and disabled voters; and
other states have similar laws pend-
ing. It amounts to the same old jim
crow by another name and the Rev.
A. Sharpton is leading the fight
across the country to stop those who
would turn back the clock to the
"bad" old days.
In Los Angeles, to take the voter
suppression message to the Western
Baptist State Convention, Rev.
Sharpton spoke to the Sentinel. He
said, "The voter suppression that we
are witnessing through the voter ID
laws and ending early voting are de-
signed to re-introduce jim crow to the
electoral process. This is the most
serious threat to voter rights that we
have seen in 47 years since (Presi-
dent) Lyndon Johnson signed the
Voting Rights Act, and one of the rea-
sons that National Action Network
(NAN) and 1 are committed to turn-
ing them around these laws and
to have people prepare to fight for
this, is that it could not only cost us
this election, it could cost us our right
to vote period.
"And we are galvanizing around the
country because this is a serious fight
and it will not only determine if
(President) Barack Obama would be
reelected, but it will also determine
whether we remain a significant part
of the electorate. People need to un-
derstand the seriousness of this
Actually voter suppression is the
latest ruse in a series of acts that have
reared its ugly head since 2008 since
President Barack Obama won the
election. Those acts include, but are
not limited to, the birther movement
and the tea party, and now the subtle
suppression of voters' rights in the
form of voter IDs.
"There is no doubt about it; it is a
continuation and an extension of the
tea party and others who want to turn
back the clock. It is also an attempt
for them to eliminate our voting
strength. They can have a fight with-
out our hands being handcuffed be-
hind our backs. And I think a lot of
us are sleeping through the most sig-

nificant challenge to our being able
to protect ourselves that I have seen
in a long time. We must have a sense
of urgency and a sense of crisis about
An NAACP report titled 'The Hid-
den Swing Voters: Impact of African
Americans in 2012' revealed that due
to a significant increase in voting.
African Americans tipped the 2008
presidential election outcome in the
swing states of North Carolina, Vir-
ginia, Indiana and Florida. Part of
Rev. Sharpton's jobs is to re-energize
the electorate as was done in 2008.

them just in case.
Be aware that certain organizations
are exempt from the Do Not Call reg-
ulations. Charities, political organi-
zations, telephone surveyors and
companies with which you've done
business in the last 18 months (and
their affiliates and business partners)
are still allowed to contact you unless
you specifically request to be re-
moved from their lists.
Telemarketers have up to 31 days
to update their lists, so if you're not
currently registered it could take that
long.for calls to cease. Afier that, you
can file complaints about unwanted

He continued. "They must be en-
ergized even more than (they
were) in 2008 to continue to fight
... we cannot win one round and
think that the fight is over. They (the
right wing) started the night of the in-
auguration ... they started planning
how they were going to undermine
the President and all of us. Many of
us celebrating the inauguration for a
year while they were plotting and the
results are: we lost the House of Rep-
resentatives to the right wing. We
cannot afford to lose any more elec-
tions because of the principles and
the interests that we represent... and
we certainly cannot afford to not
have the right to vote."

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calls at the Do Not Call website or
phone number. Remember: Debt col-
lectors may continue to call you, de-
spite your number being registered.
Here are a few additional tips for
reducing call volume:
Use Caller ID to screen incoming
calls. By law, telemarketers must use
some iteration of their business name
in their onscreen ID, but many un-
scrupulous organizations will attempt
to "spoof' you by providing mislead-
ing identifying information.
If you don't recognize the name or
numbor-you can eithertnake theocall
or let it go to voicemail. If the line

goes dead, that usually means it was
a robo-call and there was no live op-
erator available. Either way, you'll
likely continue to receive calls unless
you take action.
If a message is left and you think
the organization is legitimate, call
them back to request being taken off
their own internal Do Not Call list,
which they're required to maintain by
law or face steep fines. If you suspect
the call is a scam, file a complaint.
You can also use your phone car-
rier's call-blocking function to pre-
\;ent, future cals .from that atutaber.
However. this step won't do much

good if someone is harvesting and
selling your phone number to multi-
ple telemarketers; plus, many carriers
limit the number of callers you can
And finally: You can notify spe-
cific sellers in writing that you wish
to continue receiving their calls. Just
be aware that some marketers may
attempt to obtain such consent sur-
reptitiously via innocent-seeming so-
licitations or emails. This is one more
reason why it's important to read
every document and email carefully
before signiiig or checking "I agree"
to the fine print.

August 16-22, 2012

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Zetas Send Youth Back to

School Equipped for Success

Family and friends gather with the honoree.


Jefferson Smith


102nd Birthday
by Mildred Smith
Mr. Benjamin Jefferson Smith, Sr.
celebrated his 102nd birthday with
his three sons, four daughters, 6
grands, 3 great grands, 3 great-great
grands, several cousins and friends
including long time neighbor and
friend Mr. Lloyd Pearson on
Sunday, August 12th.
In keeping with tradition estab-
lished with his late wife, Mildred
Olivia Smith, the family and friends
gathered for Mr. Smith's natal day
of honor. He was bor in
Waynesville, Georgia and moved
to Jacksonville in 1941. He owned
and operated his own Pulp Wood
business for many years before sell-
ing it and to work and retire from
the Terminal Paper Bag Company
in Yulee, Florida. He loved to work
on cars and do repairs on almost
anything. Guests enjoyed fare that
consisted of his favorite Sunday
dinner dishes such as collard
greens, candied yams, macaroni
and cheese, southern fried chicken

Seated at the table from left to right are the children of the honoree: Lillian Wells, Benjamin Jefferson
Smith, Sr., Bernice Garner Billingslea. Standing from left to right is Oliver Smith, Mildred Sapp, Rudolph
Smith, Benjamin Jefferson Smith, Jr., and Joyce White.
and sweet potato pie. courage and support through the Mr. Smith has been a deacon at
Well wishers saved room to enjoy years. As the group sang Happy Little Rock Baptist Church under
the traditional ice cream and birth- Birthday Mr. Smith blew out the the guidance of Rev. Randy Sewell,
day cake in addition to singing to candles and thanked everyone for for 79 years. The legacy of Mr. and
the honoree. Guests expressed being a part of his 102nd birthday Mrs Smith to date includes 12 chil-
words of thanks and gratitude along celebration. Over family and dren (10 living), 33 grands, 62 great
with memories to Mr. Smith for his friends showed up for the occasion. grands and 18 great-great grands.

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Shown above are Sherie Smith, Zeta Archonetts, Mrs. Williams,
Donte' Thomas and Nadine Kohn.
The Beta Alpha Zeta chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. along with
R&K Family Services held a back to school drive at the Zeta house on
Moncrief Road last weekend. Over 200 students were serviced with back
to school supplies for the new school year with book bags and more. The
event is one of several the sorority does throughout the year to enable local

Deadlines Extended for

Those in Foreclosure Crisis

Your current or former loan ser-
vicer just may owe you money. Was
your home in any stage of foreclo-
sure in 2009 or 2010? If so, you
may be eligible for up to $125,000
in cash and/or other compensation
due to the mishandling of your
Under a settlement between the
federal government and mortgage
services, independent reviewers
will determine if borrowers suf-
fered financial harm resulting from
errors, misrepresentations, or other
deficiencies during the foreclosure
process. For example, some bor-
rowers were improperly denied
modifications; others were current
on payments, but lost their homes
anyway. Servicers must compen-
sate borrowers for financial injury
caused by these errors.
Sadly. only about 5% of eligible

borrowers have applied for review
so far. When I saw this program
was not getting a sufficient
response, I met with regulators to
demand extension of the deadline,
robust outreach to the hardest hit
communities, and accountability
for services who fail to ensure ade-
quate participation.
It does not matter when or if the
foreclosure was actually completed
as long as your home was in the
foreclosure process in 2009 or
2010, but you must apply for
review. The new deadline is
December 31, 2012. Applying for
review will not disrupt any modifi-
cation you have already applied for
or received.
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visit www.independentforeclosur-

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Some issues require a strategic
approach, like how to truly tackle
the need for universal healthcare
in the United States.
Then there are issues that don't
necessarily require a strategic
approach, but more of a direct
assault. When it comes to black
men and our lack of awareness of
the health issues plaguing our race,
he basically need to be hit over the
head and drug to the doctor's
And I am certainly no better than
anyone else. I avoid doctor visits
like Kanye West avoids the psychi-
The leading causes of death for
black males over the age of 35 are
cancer and heart disease. If detect-
ed early enough, both can be man-
aged or alleviated, but that's just
the point early detection is key.
We all know someone who has
survived prostate cancer.
Unfortunately, for African
Americans we probably know
many people who didn't survive.
Black men are 60 percent more
likely to get prostate cancer than
whites. They're also twice as likely
to die from it than any other group.
No one really started studying the
statistics until the last few years.
The statistics of cancer with
black men the statistics are almost
A study completed a few years
ago by doctors at the University of
Michigan basically provides some
answers to the reason why black
men are dying from prostate cancer
at alarming rates. This data showed
that race and discriminatory treat-
ment practices may be at the root of
the issue.

Black Men Have to Swallow Pride

and Get Checked for Cancer

This particular study basically
suggested that the disparity may
stem from differences in how the
groups are treated for the disease.
After reviewing the records of
more than 140,000 men diagnosed
with prostate cancer, researchers
found that black and Hispanic men
were less likely to undergo surgery
or radiation than were whites.
That study noted, "As prostate
tumors became more aggressive--
more likely to spread to other parts
of the body--black and Latino men
became less and less likely to
receive surgery or radiation com-
pared with whites."
It may be hard for some to imag-
ine that disparities exist in an
industry as critical to human life as
the healthcare arena, but the study
acknowledges one of the silent
institutional problems blacks have
had to endure in this country -
unequal treatment based upon race
and ethnicity.
But again this study was con-
ducted a few years back, and if you
know any thing about technology
and medicine you know that factors
and data can change rapidly.
Dr. Jim Mohler of Roswell Park
Cancer Institute in Buffalo has
studied the difference in prostate
cancer amongst men and discov-
ered a crucial difference in the
prostates of African Americans.
According to Dr. Mohler, "All
men have what are known as
androgen receptor proteins they

are the receptors for the hormones
that regulate male traits like facial
hair and baldness."
He adds, "The levels of those
proteins are 22 percent higher in
the prostates of African Americans
than in whites. And even more
striking, they are 81 percent higher
in the prostate cancers of African
While this new study isn't neces-
sarily the gospel yet, it does pro-
vide some interesting input into the
dillerence between races.
And both studies also reinforce
that fact that black men typically do
not help the situation at all because
of our attitudes towards seeking
medical care.
So if you combine the two stud-
ies with the fact that black men
don't get enough routine check ups
then you get a better understanding
of why black men die at higher
rates than any other demographic
Thomas Jefferson once said,
"Pride costs more than hunger.
thirst and cold."
A man's pride is often the biggest
hindrance because no self-respect-
ing man wants to ask for help or be
seen in the free health clinic. That
is ludicrous. We all need assistance
at some point in life and if you do
not have health insurance there is
nothing wrong with seeking help
versus the alternative of dying.
I have heard numerous brothers
say that they don't feel comfortable

getting their prostate checked, and
certainly cannot imagine having to
bend over for a doctor to check my
prostate, but it is necessary discom
fort for your survival.
Brothers are dying unnecessarily
from completely preventable an
treatable causes. Someone once
said, "An ounce of prevention is
worth a pound of cure."
Black men have got to start doing
a better job of taking care of their
bodies. Prostate cancer is the mos
frequently diagnosed cancer ii
men, accounting for 36% of al
cancer cases. An estimated 180,00(
men will be newly diagnosed this
year, and 37,000 will die.
According to the Centers fo
Disease Control, adjusting for age
men lead in all of the 10 most comr
mon causes of death in the Unitec
States, and women live on average
six years longer than men. A figure
that gets much gloomier for the
black male demographic alone.
Another key reason why blaci
men's health lags in comparison to
others is simply access to services.
Poor black men are 6 times mor
likely to be uninsured as our white
counterparts 25 percent of Black
males are uninsured.
It's time to put pride and excuses
aside and get checked. "Pride
comes before a fall. said the ol
Signing off from Lem Turner
Medical Center,
Reggie Fullwood

Paul Ryan: The Most Conservative

Congressman Picked for VP in 100 Years

By George
E. Curry
After study-
ing the
records of
vice presidential candidates for
more than a century, Nate Silver
wrote in Saturday's New York
Times that Paul Ryan, the person
Mitt Romney selected to be his vice
presidential running mate, is "as
conservative as Representative
Michele Bachmann, the controver-
sial congresswoman of
Minnesota...Mr. Ryan is the most
conservative Republican member
of Congress to be picked for the
vice-presidential slot since at least
1900. He is also more conservative
than any Democratic nominee was
liberal, meaning that he is the fur-
thest from the center."
As chairman of the House
Budget Committee, the Wisconsin
Republican has served as the chief
architect of the GOP's budget pri-
orities. Detailed analysis of Ryan's
budget plan show him to be what
Jesse Jackson often called on the
presidential campaign trail in 1984:
a "Reverse Robin Hood" one who
likes to take from the poor to give
to the rich.
That's exactly the point docu-
mented by the Center on Budget
and Policy Priorities:
"...These regressive new tax cuts
would come on top of the Bush tax
cuts, which also were costly and
provided disproportionate gains to

the highest-income households.
Combined, the Bush and Ryan tax
cuts would provide an annual wind-
fall of nearly $400,000 apiece, on
average, to people with incomes
over $1 million."
It added, "By combining large
budget cuts (and tax increases) that
disproportionately harm lower-
income Americans with big tax cuts
that disproportionately help those
at the top of the income scale, the
Ryan budget would significantly
worsen inequality and increase
poverty and hardship (and reduce
opportunity as well, through deep
cuts in programs such as Pell
Grants to help low-income students
afford college)."
Even William Gale, who served
as a senior staff economist for the
Council of Economic Advisers
under President George H.W. Bush,
"At a time when our country
faces a daunting fiscal challenge,
Ryan asks nothing of the wealthiest
Americans. His budget proposal
would simultaneously cut tax rates
for the rich and corporations while
slashing programs for the poor and
elderly: he would shift many feder-
al low-income assistance programs
to state governments and would
transform Medicare into a premium
support system that will shift health
care costs to seniors if health care
inflation cannot be controlled,"
said Gale, now co-director of the
Tax Policy Center.

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A Center on Budget and Policy
Priorities analysis of Ryan's 2013
budget plan found that it "would
get at least 62 percent of its $5.3
trillion in nondefense budget cuts
over ten years (relative to a contin-
nation of current policies) from
programs that serve people of lim-
ited means."
It explained, "Ryan's cuts from
programs benefiting low-income
earners include "S2.4 trillion in
reductions from Medicaid and
other health care for people with
low or moderate incomes" and
"$134 billion in cuts to SNAP, for-
merly known as the Food Stamp
Program." In addition, Ryan would
cut at least $463 billion from
"mandatory programs serving low-
income Americans (other than
Medicaid and SNAP)" and "at least
$291 billion in cuts in low-income
discretionary programs."
Like his running mate, Ryan
favors repealing President Obama's
signature Affordable Care Act. And
what he proposes as a cure for
America's ailing health care system
is worse than the illness.
"Ryan budget would divide our
health system into a distinct two
tiers: those who could afford the
care they need would get it; many
others would not," said Edwin
Park, vice president of the Center
on Budget and Policy Priorities.
Referring to Ryan, the former
White House official said, "lHe
would convert Medicare into a

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ichinson, William Reed, Andre X, Brenda Burwell, Marsha Oliver, Marretta
Phyllis Mack, Tonya Austin, Carlottra Guyton, Brenda Burwell, Rhonda Silver,
rown. Rahman Johnson. Headshots. William Jackson.

voucher to buy private insurance o0
traditional Medicare, and cap
Medicare financing for the vouch
ers at levels that wouldn't keep
pace with health costs. By 2050
the Congressional Budget Offict
says, federal funding for a 67-year-
old beneficiary's health costs
would be 35 percent to 42 percent
lower than under current law. With
vouchers growing more inadequate
over time, beneficiaries would face
much higher premiums and cost-
sharing. Some would become unin-
sured; others would forgo care they
couldn't afford."
And the problem with Medicare
and Medicaid would not stop there
under Ryan's plan.
"He would turn Medicaid into a
block grant program and give states
less financing each year," Park
said. "States would get one-third
less by 2022, which led the C.B.O.
to conclude that unless states spent
substantially more of their own
money on Medicaid, they'd have to
make substantial cuts to eligibility.
benefits and/or provider payments.
When Ryan proposed a similar sys-
tem last year, the Urban Institute
estimated states would cut 14 mil-
lion to 27 million beneficiaries by
In an effort to shore up his con-
servative base, Mitt Romney has
selected a running mate clearly out
of step with the American public.
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HE EXCANGE by WilimReed

SGay is Not

,the New Black

Ordering lunch just got a lot more complicated than
deciding, "Do you want fries with that?" All ofa sud-
den, biting into a fried chicken sandwich has become
-, a political and economic statement. The Chick-fil-A
fast-food chain is standing firm in its opposition to gay
marriage since company President Dan Cathy said the
I company "backs the traditional family unit."
o Gay rights groups have called for a boycott of the chain and politicians
y in Boston, Chicago and Washington, D.C. told the company that they
S intend to use zoning laws and local regulations to let Chick-fil-A execu-
tives know that it's not welcome in their locales. The current campaign
y may well turn out to be a bridge too far and evolve into a horrible setback
d for homosexual activism.
e Nowadays, the type of fast-food bag you carry can put you on one side
s or the other of this hot-button social issue. Since President Barack Obama
threw Black values and emphasis under the same bus as he did the Rev.
g Jeremiah Wright, "gay" has been allowed to become the civil rights issue
r of our time. The vile attacks on Chick-fil-A and its owners should make
t clear that the "gay rights" movement is not about refining and advancing
n American freedom, but about rewriting American values and advancing,
1 not freedom, but the homosexual political agenda.
0 This type of social activism is a straight menace to Black values and
s American free enterprise. Some proponents of same-sex marriage want to
boycott Chick-fil-A and disrupt the chain's 1,615 locations and $4.1 billion
r annual revenue stream. Chick-fil-A is in 39 states and Washington, D.C. In
July, the company's 59-year-old president was asked by a Southern Baptist
Convention news service, whether he opposed gay marriage, to which he
d responded: "Guilty as charged. We are supportive of the biblical defini-
e tion of the family unit," he said. Cathy emphasized that "the biblical defi-
e nition of a family unit doesn't include Adam and Steve."
e "Eat mor chikin" is the chain's prominent advertising slogan. Chick-fil-
A [referring to "filet"] specializes in chicken entrees and has long been
k associated with the South, where it is a cultural icon. It all started in 1946,
o when Samuel Truett Cathy opened his first restaurant, The Dwarf Grill, in
Hapeville, Ga. Credited with inventing Chick-fil-A's boneless breast of
e chicken sandwich, Cathy founded Chick-fil-A, Inc. in the early 1960s and
e pioneered establishment of restaurants in shopping malls with the opening
k of the first Chick-fil-A Restaurant at a mall in suburban Atlanta in 1967.
Since then, Chick-fil-A has steadily grown to become the second largest
s quick-service chicken restaurant chain in the U.S. The business is family-
e owned and has become a multi-billion dollar operation. With 44 consecu-
d tive years of positive sales growth, the company is known for being
methodical about opening new restaurants, but opening them with fanfare,
r including giving the first 100 customers free chicken sandwiches for a
Dan Cathy has been the Chick-fil-A chief executive since 2001. On
S August 1, at Chick-fil-A locations across the country, people voted with
their wallets by coming out on Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day to express
support for the chain and to Cathy for his stance on traditional marriage.
Blacks should be aware that the gay movement has eclipsed them in
political potency. Politicians are swooning to take up gay causes. Sources
inside the Democratic National Committee have confirmed that the party
will include gay marriage as part of its platform. It will be the first time in
r history that either the Democratic or Republican Party has supported any-
S thing other than the traditional definition of marriage as being between a
man and a woman.
S We find no reason to be mad at Cathy and his traditional values. But,
beware gay is not the new Black, and we are foolish to allow conflation of
e the two issues. Sexual disposition does not parallel race. And it's difficult
to watch a coordinated, well-funded, well-connected propaganda strategy
s undermine thousands of years of history. It's especially disconcerting to
S watch the use of the civil rights struggle as the vehicle for the strategy.
William Reed is head of the Business Exchange Network and available
for speaking/seminar projects through the Bailey Group.org.

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SalutingAmerica's Medal WinningAthletes of Color

Cullen Jones of the United
States has earned three medals at
the London Games. He won gold
in the men's swimming
4xl00meter medley relay.

Lia Neal won a bronze medal
for Team USA in the women's
swimming 4xl00meter freestyle

Sanya Richards-Ross cele-
brates after winning the gold
medal in the Women's 400m final
on Day 9 of the 2012 Olympic

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Bronze medalist DeeDee
Trotter poses on the podium dur-
ing the medal ceremony for the
Women's 400m Final on Day 9.

Justin Gatlin won the bronze
medal in the men's 100meter
final on Day 10.

Carmelita Jeter celebrates win-
ning the silver in the Women's
100m and also won a bronze in
the 200m.

Michael Tinsley won silver in
the Men's 400meter hurdles.

Will Claye won bronze in the
Men's Long Jump Final on Day

Gabrielle Douglas won the gold
medal in the Artistic Gymnastics
Women's Individual All-Around
final on Day 6.

Gold medalists Serena Williams
and Venus Williams of the United
States celebrate on the podium
during the medal ceremony for
the Women's Doubles Tennis.

Maya Lawrence won a bronze
medal for Women's Epee Team
Fencing Finals on Day 8.

I A&W.
Dawn Harper of the United
States celebrates winning silver
in the Women's 100m Hurdles
Final on Day 11.

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Kellie Wells celebrates after
winning the bronze medal in the
Women's 100m Hurdles Final on
Day 11.

Janay Deloach celebrates win-
ning the bronze in the Women's
Long Jump Final on Day 12.

Gold medalist Claressa Shields
of the United States celebrates on
the podium during the medal
ceremony for the Women's
Middle (75kg) Boxing final bout
on Day 13

Erik Kynard celebrates after
winning the Silver medal in the
Men's High Jump Final.

Silver medalist Lashinda
.Demus wop for the Women's
400m Hurdles on Day 13.

Aries Merritt of the United
States; celebrates after winning
gold in the Men's 110m Hurdles
Final on Day 12.

Jason Richardson celebrates
after winning the silver medal in
the Men's 110m Hurdles Final.

Allyson Felix celebrates after
winning gold in the Women's
200m Final.

Jordan Ernest Burroughs of the
United States celebrates his gold
medal in the Men's Freestyle 74
kg Wrestling on Day 14.

Ashton Eaton holds the nation's
flag as he celebrates winning gold
in the Men's Decathlon.

Terrence Jennings won the
bronze in the Men's-68kg


Gold medalist Christian Taylor
of the United States celebrates on
the podium during the medal
ceremony for the Men's Triple

Gold medalists Tianna Madison, Allyson Felix, Silver medalists Trell Kimmons, Justin Gatlin,
Bianca Knight and Carmelita Jeter of the United Tyson Gay and Ryan Bailey of United States pose on
States pose on the podium during the medal ceremo- the podium during the medal ceremony for the
ny for the Women's 4 x 100m Relay. Men's 4 x 100m relay.

Silver medalists Bryshon Nellum, Joshua Mance of Allyson Felix, Sanya Richards-Ross, DeeDee
the United States, Tony McQuay of the United States Trotter and Francena McCorory of the United States
and Angelo Taylor of the United States celebrate celebrate winning gold in the Women's 4 x 400m
after the Men's 4 x 400m Relay. Relay Final on Day 15.

The 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London have finally ended. The United States
won the overall medal count with 104. The U.S. earned 46 gold, 29 silver, and 29 bronze
The Jacksonville Free Press congratulates African-Americans who have competed in
the London Games, and recognizes black Americans who have earned medals. Shown
above are black stars who won gold, silver or bronze in the 2012 games.

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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 continues 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 sharon59@bell-
south.net or jameswiggins3@gmail.com.

Motorcycle Ministry
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 bugsbellamy@att.net

Emanuel Missionary Baptist Worrying About Mv Black
ChurchCelebrates 120 Years
Dnbaxf Costnown in 11--weUn

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.

Grief and Loss Support Group to Meet Back to School Rally at Central CME

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.

Refreshing Women Push TV Ministry
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 mail
revmattie@bellsouth.net 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
Church news is published free of charge. Information must be received in the
Free Press offices no later than Monday, at 5 p.m. of the week you want it to
run. Information received prior to the event date will be printed on a space
available basis until the date. Fax e-mail to 765-3803 or e-mail to

Seeking the lost for Christ
Matthew 28:19 20

Pastor Landon Williams

Central Metropolitan Christian Methodist Episcopal Church located at
4611 N. Pearl St. in conjunction with the Dr. Carolyn C. Jackson Memorial
Fund and Kutz for Kidz will be sponsoring a Back to School Rally on
August 19th 2012 from 1:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m. inside the church Educational
Building. The first 200 students grades K-12 will have the opportunity to
receive a Free back pack filled with school supplies, coupons to local ven-
dors, a haircut (boys only) and food/drink ALL FREE! Parents MUST be
present in order for students to participate in the giveaway! For more infor-
mation call (904) 354-7426.

The Greater EL Beth-EL Divine

Holiness Church Men's Day
Pastor, offices and members, invite the public to their Annual Men's Day
Celebration. August 19th. 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Jerry Bass National
Commander Allied Veterans of the World, Inc. & Affiliates will be the guest
speaker for the 11 a.m. and the El-Conjunto Tropical group will render the
music. Elder Horace Pender, from Faith United miracle Temple will be the
guest speaker at 3:00 p.m. For more information, contact Dr. Lorenzo Hall
Sr. at (904) 710-1586. Dinner will be served after both services.

Women of Allen

of St. Paul AME

Church Present

Taster's Choice/

Male Cook-off
The Women of Allen of Saint Paul
AME Church, 6910 New Kings
Road will sponsor a Taster's
Choice/Male cook-off on Sunday,
August 19,2012 immediately fol-
lowing the 10:55 a.m. worship serv-
ice. Mouth watering sea food,
meats, salads, other dishes and
desserts will be available.
A donation of $10.00 for adults
and $5.00 for children under the age
of twelve is appreciated. Friends
and the public are invited to share in
Christian Fellowship and extraordi-
nary food, in the J. M. Proctor
Center. The Rev. Dr. Marvin C.
Zanders,II is the pastor of St. Paul.
Please contact the office of the
church at (904) 764-2755 for more

by Allison Brown
My husband and I fuss and fret
over our black boy.
Like other parents, we worry
about a lot. We want him to use his
smarts for good. Do we coddle him
too much? We want him to be tough
and kind, but assertive and gentle,
and not mean. His boundaries of
independent exploration are radiat-
ing outward, concentric circles
growing farther and farther from us.
We wring our hands and pretend
to look away in acknowledgment
that he's ready to claim his freedom,
even as we cast furtive glances his
way. We're beginners in the worry
department. He's only 9 years old.

Our angst certainly isn't unique
among parents of black boys.
What's unique for us and for other
such parents is that when we peek
inside the matrix, we panic. Agents
out there are bearing down on our
son bloodthirsty for his dignity, his
humanity as if he were the one. We
feel outnumbered, but we hunker
down for battle.
This is not a paranoid conspiracy
rant. Recent data from the Office for
Civil Rights in the U.S. Department
of Education reveals that black boys
are the most likely group of students
to be suspended or expelled from
school. Black men and boys are
more likely than any demographic
group to be targeted hunted, really
- and arrested by police.
Meanwhile, the number of black
males taking advanced courses in
elementary, middle and high
schools and entering college
remains disproportionately low.
Suicide among black boys is
increasing. Media imagery and
indifference have locked black boys
in their sights. Prisons have become
corporate behemoths with insatiable
appetites for black and brown boys
and men.
My husband and I rightfully ago-
nize about our boy. We agonize
alongside many who are working to
help, including the federal govern-
ment. I know firsthand the work that
the federal government has done
and is doing to improve circum-
stances for black boys. This
includes internal memos and meet-
ings, interagency planning sessions,
public conferences, community
meetings and listening sessions, and
now a White House initiative.
For instance, in 1994, the federal
priority of "zero tolerance" for any-
one bringing a weapon to school
was signed into law as the Gun-Free
Schools Act. That priority reached
fever pitch after the Columbine
school massacre in 1999 and subse-
quent copycat slaying and attempts
to kill. Federal requirements were
overshadowed by local authorities

and school administrators who
stretched the parameters of "zero
tolerance" in schools beyond logical
measure to include, for instance,
spoons as weapons and Tylenol as
an illegal drug, and to suspend and
expel students as a result.
"Zero tolerance" has entered the
realm of the ridiculous. Many
schools have removed teacher and
administrator discretion and meted
out harsh punishment for school
uniform violations, schoolyard
fights without injury and various
undefined and indefinable cate-
gories of offense such as "defiance"
and "disrespect."
Students are suspended, expelled
and even arrested for such conduct
without investigation or inquiry.
There is no evidence to support use
of exclusionary discipline practices
as tools for prevention, and they
have no educational benefit. The
brunt of this insanity has fallen on
black boys.
Recent federal priorities have tar-
geted harassment and bullying in
school to protect lesbian, gay, bisex-
ual and transgender students from
peer-on-peer discrimination dis-
missed by, and in many cases
encouraged by, school administra-
tion. Again, understandable.
The goal is praiseworthy to pro-
tect, finally, a population of students
and segment of society that has long
been a whipping post for every
political party, ignored in political
discussions except to condemn.
While my husband and I have
ardently supported federal protec-
tions for LGBT students, practically
speaking, we continue to lose sleep
over our black boy.
To love black boys is to refuse to
be an agent of forces clamoring for
their souls and instead to be their
Morpheus, their god of dreams, to
help them believe in their power to
save all of us and to train them to
step into their greatness. Those
agents in the matrix are real. If
everyone combines forces and uses
common sense, we can declare vic-
tory for black boys and eventually
all of us.
But without a change in mindset,
federal initiatives, no matter their
good intentions or the incredible tal-
ents that give them life, will contin-
ue to leave black boys by the way-
side as collateral damage.
My husband and I will continue to
fret, knowing the formidable chal-
lenges our son faces. We hope that if
he has a son, that boy can be just a
Allison Brown is a former trial
attorney for the U.S. Department
of Justice, Civil Rights Division,
Educational Opportunities
Section. She is president of Allison
Brown Consulting.

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No Frills No Fads: 10

Easy Ways to Detox

Are you interested in cleansing, but turned off by fad retreats,
spas, or expensive detox programs?
Detoxing has become more than just a form of alternative medi-
cine in the past few years, but a doctor recommended concept that
can really do wonders for your health. With the idea still being new
to most people, what are easy and budget-friendly ways to do this?
There are many methods that can be simple, yet impressively
effective. The healthy benefits include less anxiety, reduced stress,
diminished inflammation and more personal energy. And the best
part about it is that you can start cleansing your body of toxins
today through diet, supplements and lifestyle practices.
Start implementing this changes to your daily routine today:
1. Eat plenty of fiber, including brown rice and organically-grown
fresh fruits and vegetables. Beets, radishes, artichokes, cabbage, broc-
coli. spinilina, chlorella, and seaweed are excellent detoxifying foods.
2. Cleanse and protect the liver by taking herbs such as dandelion
root, burdock and milk thistle, and drinking green tea.
3. Take vitamin C, which helps the body produce glutathione, a liver
compound that drives away toxins.
4. Drink at least two quarts of water daily.
5. Breathe deeply to allow oxygen to circulate more completely
through your system.
6. Transform stress by emphasizing positive emotions.
7. Practice hydrotherapy by taking a very hot shower for five min-
utes, allowing the water to run on your back. Follow with cold water for
30 seconds. Do this three times, and then get into bed for 30 minutes.
8. Sweat in a sauna so your body can eliminate wastes through per-
9. Dry-brush your skin or try detox foot spas/foot baths to remove
toxins through your pores. Special brushes are available at natural prod-
ucts stores.
lI What is the most important way to detoxify?
Exercise. Yoga or jump-roping are good options.
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Have We Lost the Spirit for Activism?

by Jessica Williams
Some are concerned that the kind
of activism advocated by leaders in
the past is not as strong in the Black
community today as in the past.
During the civil rights movement
of the 50s and 60s, African-
Americans mobilized and marched
for issues such as segregation,
racial discrimination and voting
Issues Blacks face today include
unemployment, health disparities,
mass incarceration, education
declines, voting hurdles, gun vio-
lence and the deterioration of the
Black family among many others.
These issues matter to African-
Americans, however many would
argue that very little action is taken
on these issues or if an outcry does
occur, the passion soon fades.
Have Blacks lost their spirit for
social activism? Have Blacks for-
gotten how to come together to
affect change?
Dr. Derek B. King Sr., a profes-
sor at Martin University and
nephew of Dr. Martin Luther King
Jr and Barbara Bolling, a member
of the national board of directors
and the Indiana State President of
the NAACP, give their thoughts.
The Black church has changed
King believes that Blacks have
lost their spirit for social activism
for several reasons. He says that
during the civil rights movement,
issues of racism were clear and vic-
tories that were won because of the
movement caused people to believe
"the fight" was over.
Most importantly he believes the
Black church has changed.
"The messaging has changed.
There are some Black pastors who
try to keep their congregants aware
of issues that affect Blacks dispro-
portionately. But the majority of
the messaging coming out of the
Black church does not speak to sys-
temic challenges," said King.
"One of the people who was well

respected in the Black community
was pastors. Much of the messag-
ing that comes out of Black pulpits
today is prosperity preaching...get
paid... get your breakthrough.
When we talk about things that
affect Blacks, we've fallen asleep
behind the wheel."
Despite his strong opinion, he
said there is considerable concern
in the Black community about
homicide rates, however there is a
laundry list of important issues that
Blacks are either unaware of or
don't care about.
"We've gotten selfish. If
it doesn't affect me, it's
not my problem. During
the civil rights move-
ment, it didn't matter
how much money you had
or how much education ', ou
had, Blacks in the south sat on the
back of the bus. Up until 1965
Blacks in America could not vote.
These issues affected all Blacks,"
he said.
"Unless it affects a measurable
population of Blacks, we will raise
our voices and take some sort of
action, but generally, (we have the
attitude of) 'if it doesn't affect me,
it's not my problem."'
Apathy has increased
The Rev. Al Sharpton agrees
with King and says that Blacks
have lost their social activism
because they've lost their spiritual
"We have become lazy and apa-
thetic. Our religion has become
part of the secular movement and
not the spiritual movement," said
Sharpton. "Our Black church is
about religion, not spirituality."
He also echoes King's sentiments
on rampant selfishness in the Black
He pinpoints the 90s as the beg-
ging of the decline of the Black
"We were moving toward the
notion of making money and

becoming financially success-
ful...getting status," he said. "We
started copying our oppressor."
Sharpton does recognize the awe
and accomplishments of President
Barack Obama, but reminds Blacks
that "we have not arrived."
To further prove his point, he
said that when Blacks do speak out
on issues, it's usually on issues of
grief such as the Trayvon Martin
issue. Blacks

need to
speak out about all injustices,
including Black-on-Black crime.
Technology can be overwhelm-
Bolling does not agree that
Blacks have lost their spirit for
social activism citing the Trayvon
Martin marches that occurred
across the country and the outcry
during the 2007 Jena 6 incident
involving high school students and
racism in Louisiana.
She said that when issues such as
those arise and reach people's
hearts, Blacks do mobilize and
On the other hand, she also said
that technology and the barrage of
news that people are faced with
does make tackling issues over-
"If something does occur, you
have to act instantaneously. If it
takes you too long to get to your
point, people's minds will wander.
You got to be ready (to fight injus-
tice) all the time," said Bolling.
People should not only be vigi-

lant in addressing new issues, but
also remember issues that took
place during the civil rights move-
ment still affect Blacks today. She
cites today's Voter ID laws mirror-
ing poll taxes of the past.

Solutions to the problem
King, Sharpton and Bolling are
hopeful that Blacks can regain the
passion that once fueled mass

King looks to Black media to use
brutal honesty and inform the pub-
lic about issues going on in the
African-American community.
Bolling said that Blacks should
educate today's youth about the
past and prepare them to fight for
She also said that instead of peo-
ple looking for a "new Dr. King,"
President Obama or groups like the
NAACP to solve all of Blacks'
problems, average people should
take a stand and fight for issues
they are passionate about.
Sharpton agrees that the answer
to the problem lies in volunteerism.
"We've got two or three genera-
tions caught up in feeling that
they're entitled. People need to vol-
unteer," said Sharpton. "Well, my
daddy, Dr. King, Andy Young, Sam
Proctor and all those guys used to
say 'it's got to get worse in order
for it to get better.' We have not hit
our bottom yet."

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Drive Safer, Longer


Since January 2011, nearly 10,000 Americans turn 65 every day, joining the fastest
growing age group in the nation. According to a recent American Automobile
Association (AAA) survey of that booming population, nearly half of seniors worry
about losing their freedom and mobility when the time comes for them to transition
from driver to passenger.
From understanding how vision changes can affect one's ability to drive at night, to
researching the effects certain medications can have on one's driving ability, it's important
to get the facts about driving for seniors. Use these tips from AAA to help ensure you and
your family members are driving safely:

Evaluate your driving.
While most seniors are experienced drivers, it's important
to take time to consider one's driving "health" and habits.
For instance, how frequently do you wear a seatbelt? Do you
use your signal and check for nearby traffic before changing
lanes? Does traffic cause you to feel anxious? When was the
last time you had an eye exam? You can take a Driver 65
Plus self-assessment at www.SeniorDriving.AAA.com
to get a clear picture of just how good your driving skills
really are, and you'll also get suggestions for improving
your driving.

Be aware of how aging affects
driving habits.
From hearing and vision loss, to mental fitness and reaction
time, seniors may not notice the gradual differences that can
impact their driving ability. For instance, by age 60, your
eyes need three times the amount of light to see properly
as they do for people 20 years old, which means it's more
difficult to see at night. Likewise, one-third of Americans
suffer from hearing loss by age 65. This can pose a
problem, as senior drivers may be unable to hear high-
pitched noises such as emergency response vehicles while
on the road.
Reaction times can be slower for seniors as well. But
preventative measures can go a long way.
When following other vehicles, seniors should increase
the distance between their car and the car in front of
them, to allow more time to react to sudden braking.
Eliminating distractions in the vehicle and avoiding
heavy traffic can also help seniors identify emergency
sirens, and avoiding driving at night is another safer
option for seniors.

Find the right fit.
With the wide array of vehicles offering all sorts of conveni-
ence features, seniors may not realize that their car may not
be optimally adjusted to fit them. For example, sitting too
close to the steering wheel can interfere with steering and
cause fatigue, as well as injury, should the airbag deploy
during a collision.
Make sure you have at least 10 to 12 inches between
your chest and the steering wheel.

When seated properly,
you should be able to
see the ground in front
of your car within 12
to 15 feet and 1 1/2 car
widths left and right.
Visit www.car-fit.org
to assess the safety of
your vehicle, find the
proper seat and mirror
adjustments and more.

Take a refresher
No matter how many years
a driver has been on the
road, a refresher course can
help reinforce the basics
such as identifying road
signs, as well as provide
information on updated
driving rules and new
vehicle technologies.

Top 5 driving
tips for seniors

1. Prepare for a drive by
adjusting your mirrors and
seat to ensure you can see
properly. Always wear a

2. Eliminate distractions, such
as the car radio, which can
interfere with your ability
to hear emergency response
vehicle sirens and other
important sounds.

3. Avoid driving in bad weather,
heavy traffic or at night.

4. Making left-hand turns can
be difficult for people with
limited vision. Avoid left-hand
turns at intersections with
signals by making three right
hand turns around the block
when possible.

5. Manage slower reaction times
by increasing the amount of
space between your vehicle
and the car in front of you,
allowing for more time to
react to sudden braking.

Talk with your
doctor and
Ensure that the medications you take both prescription
and over-the-counter -- will not impair your ability to
drive safely. In addition, make sure all your medications
go through one pharmacy, so the pharmacists on staff can
better assess any potential drug interactions.

To help older drivers and their families deal with driving
and mobility challenges related to aging, AAA has launched
a new websile (www.SeniorDriving.AAA.coim) to make
a comprehensive suite of tools and resources available at
the click of a button. From an Ask-lhe-lExpert feature to
Roadwise Review an online screening tool that measures
functional abilities (like vision and reaction time) linked
to crash risk and more, all of the features are free to site
visitors. The site also offers links and resources to help
families find other means of transportation when their loved
one is no longer able to drive safely.

Always wear a seatbelt.

Adjust your mirrors and seat to ensure you can see properly.

Tips for family members
If you're concerned about the safety of a senior family member, look to
resources such as their doctor or your local DMV. that can help identify
their capacity to drive, and find transportation resources to help them
manage daily needs:
If your family member has received two traffic citations, warnings
or been involved in two collisions or "near misses" within a two year
period, it may be time to look for other forms of transportation.
Make sure your family member speaks with their doctor and phar-
macist about prescription and over-the-counter medications that may
impair their ability to drive safely.
Talk with family members, friends and neighbors about organizing a
car pool to help seniors who need rides find transportation. Look to
local public and supplemental transportation options as well.
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VB NEWBIES: Kentucky
GRIDIRON State, Fort Valley State
SGOLD welcome new volleyball
OLD coaches.




Hampton tracksters Kellie
Wells (above) and Francena
McCorory (taking handoff
above r.) and Norfolk State alum
Chris Brown (r., 2nd from l.)took
home medals in the last week
of the London Olympics.

OLYMPIC ROUNDUP: Here's how black college ath-
letes fared last week in the 2012 Olympics in London:

ton alumna Kellie Wells ran a 12.48 in the women's final to
finish behindAustralia's Sally Pearson (12:35), who nipped
American and defending Olympic champion Dawn Harper
(12:37) in the 100 meter hurdles final. Lolo Jones finished
fourth giving the USA a 2-3-4 finish.

McCORORY GETS GOLD After a seventh place fin-
ish in the women's 400 meters, former Hampton standout
Francena McCorory went home with a gold medal after
running the third leg of the USA women's gold-medal
winning 4x400 meter relay team. McCorory ran 49.39, her
best 400 time ever, as the ladies prevailed in 3:16.87. Other
members of the team were 400 meter bronze-medal winner
Dee Dee Trotter who ran 50.5,200 meter gold-medalist Al-
lyson Felix, who ran 47.80 and 400 meter gold medal winner
Sanya Richards-Ross who ran the anchor in 49.10.

- After placing fourth in the 400 meters final on Monday,
former Norfolk State sprinter Chris Brown grabbed his
first ever gold medal as a member of the Bahamas 4x400
meter relay team. Brown ran the first leg and the Bahamian
team trailed the US squad by 10 meters entering the final
leg. But Bahamas anchor Ramon Miller ran downAmerican
Angelo Taylor in the final stretch for the gold in 2:56.72.
The USA was second, .33 seconds behind the winners.
Brown had won silver and bronze medals in the relay in
previous Olympics.

OTHERS: Dayne Hyatt of St. Augustine's ran the first
leg for the 4x400 meter relay team from Jamaica but their
fortunes ended when Jermaine Gonzales pulled up injured
on the third leg.
Former Norfolk State sprinter Chandra Sturrup
ran the second leg for the Bahamas in the women's 4x100
meter relay but the team failed to advance to the finals.
Jackson State sophomore Anaso Jobodwanak,
running for South Africa, finished eighth in the men's 200
meters final won by Usain Bolt.

Dwain Powe at Fort Valley State and Christina Cole-
man at Kentucky State will be new volleyball coaches in
the SIAC.
Powe succeeds Emory Lightfoot who had been head
coach for the past 12 years.
Powe has served as an assistant volleyball and softball
coach at Jackson State. In 1998, he was appointed head
coach of the JSU volleyball program. In the following year,
he was named as head softball coach for the NCAADivision
I school. In 2005 he served as an assistant volleyball coach
at Lanier High School in Jackson, MS and from 2006-2009
he was an assistant volleyball coach at Terry High School,
also located in Jackson.
Powe received his Bachelors of Science degree in
coaching and sports administration from the University of
Southern Mississippi in 1994 and his Master of Science
degree in education from Jackson State in 1998.
Coleman comes to KSU from Bryan Station High
School in Lexington, Ky. where she served as the head
volleyball coach and assistant track and field coach.
She began her coaching career at Scott County High
School (Georgetown, Ky.) as a varsity assistant coach.
Coleman attended KSU from 2001-06 and was a
member of the volleyball, cross country and track and field
teams. In 2001-02 she was co-captain for the Brettes and
named Most Valuable Player.

WSSU returns to top spot in 2012

BCSP Editor
The 2011 black college football season was
killed with surprises.
Winston-Salem State was the most domi-
nant team a year ago, averaging over 40 points
per game, finishing the regular season with an
undefeated record and then taking the CIAA
The Rams' run to the NCAA Div. II semifi-
nals however may have been the most surpris-
ing. It was the first time a black college team
had reached the national semifinals, the Final
Four, in 26 years and the first time a CIAA team
performed the feat in 33 long seasons.
It will be interesting to see what head coach
Connell Maynor and the Rams can do for an
In the MEAC, the Spartans of Norfolk
State ended years of mediocrity to add their
name to the list of conference champions and
FCS playoff participants.
The challenge this year for head coach
Pete Adrian and the Spartans is to see whether
they were one-hit wonders or whether they can
now be included among perennial MEAC title
Over in the SWAC, some were surprised
but others weren't by Grambling's surge to the
top in the first year back in the saddle for head
coach Doug Williams. The surprise may have
been the G-Men pulling it off with Doug's son,
freshman QB D. J. Williams, at the helm.
With that title-winning season for both
father and son so early in their new positions,
the question in 2012 is whether we're headed for
another run of legendary Grambling dominance
in the SWAC?
And perhaps the biggest surprise may have
been in the SIAC, where someone other than
Albany State or Tuskegee came away with the
title for the first time since 2000. In 2011, Miles,
under first-yearcoach Reginald Ruffin, emerged
from years of obscurity to win the crown in the
first league title game over Albany State.
There's a similar question in the SIAC. Will

Albany State and Tuskegee return to the top or
did Miles's win signal a new day for SIAC up-
and-comers like Morehouse and Stillman?

2012 Top 15
This week we unveil the 2012 BLACK COL-
LEGE SPORTS PAGE Top 15. We've gone beyond the
normal Top Ten to start off the season because
there are so many evenly-matched squads.
WSSU returns as the No. 1 team in 2012
based on its sterling run a year ago and the fact
that the Rams return some key cogs in that run.
Senior quarterback Kameron Smith is as
good as they come in the black college ranks.
What he doesn't have this year is bruising 1,800-
yard rusher Nicholas Cooper or as large a pool of
receivers. An outstanding Rams' defense also lost
some key playmakers. WSSU will be hard-pressed
to duplicate last year's record or dominance but
are still a heavy favorite in the CIAA.
Anything less than an undefeated record will
likely knock the Rams from the top spot.
Rankings 2 thru 10 in the Top 15 are inhabited
by MEAC and SWAC contenders.

There's barely a hair's distance between
Norfolk State, Bethune-Cookman, South Caro-
lina State, Florida A&M and Hampton in the
Howard and North Carolina A&T who hold
down positions 11 and 13 respectively are not
far behind. And don't be surprised if a veteran
Delaware State squad creates a little confusion
before it's all said and done.
There appears to be a similarly slight differ-
ence in Grambling,Alabama State,AlabamaA&M
and Jackson State in the SWAC.
Early losses to Alabama State and Alabama
A&M made Grambling's SWAC West Division
race close last season. Grambling's only loss in
the division was to Prairie View. That was before
the G-Men ran off seven straight wins to take the
The SWAC East battle should come down
to 'Bama State, AA&M and JSU who all finished
with 7-2 conference marks a year ago.
Morehouse and Miles from the SIAC and
Elizabeth City State, the runner-up in the CIAA,
complete the top 15.

MEAC makes decision

on postseason bans

NORFOLK, Va., August 10, 2012 The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC)
has announced that teams ineligible to compete in NCAA postseason activities (North Caro-
lina A&T and Hampton) will not be eligible to compete for the conference's regular season
championship title in the specific sport.
In addition, the ineligible teams' head coaches will not be allowed to win the Coach of
the Year honor for regular season competition and their teams will not earn points towards the
conference's All-Sports tally during the ineligible season.
All MEAC games will be counted towards the overall conference standings despite the
team's postseason eligibility. An ineligible team will not be considered the conference's regu-
lar season champion if the team finished with the best overall MEAC record. The title will
be awarded to the highest team eligible for postseason competition and earn the conference's
automatic qualification to the NCAA playoffs.
N. C. A&T and Hampton were both banned from postseason play for the 2012 season by
the NCAA because of low Academic Progress Rates for its football student/athletes.

1 2012 .CS, PRESEA SON TOPS 15 1

1. WINSTON-SALEM STATE (13-1) The No. 1 team from 2011 coming off
undefeated regular season, CIAA championship and run to Div. II semifinals. Rams
may not be as dominant but have key returnees and momentum. KEY PLAYERS:
QB Kameron Smith, RB Maurice Lewis, LB Carlos Fields, DB Malcolm Rowe. FIRST
GAME: Sept. 1 vs. UNC-Pembroke.
2. NORFOLK STATE (9-3) First-time MEAC defending champs and FCS playoff
participants have to make key decision at QB and key replacements on top defense.
KEY PLAYERS: QB Nico Flores, RB Takeem Hedgeman, WR Xavier Boyce, PK
Everett Goldberg, LB Terrence Pugh, LB Jamal Giddens. FIRST GAME: Sept. 1
vs. Virginia State
3. BETHUNE-COOKMAN (8-3) One of three MEAC runners-up has big holes
to fill on defense, strong returnees on offense. KEY PLAYERS: QB Jackie Wilson,
RB Isidore Jackson, WR Eddie Poole, LB Jarkevis Fields, DB D. J. Howard. FIRST
GAME: Sept. 2 vs. Alabama State in Orlando.
4. ALABAMA STATE (8-3) Hornets return key leaders on offense and defense
and added difference maker in Georgia transfer running back. KEY PLAYERS: QB
Greg Jenkins, transfer RB Isaiah Crowell, DB Kejuan Riley, LB Brandon Slater. FIRST
GAME: Sept. 2 vs. Bethune-Cookman in Orlando.
5. GRAMBLING STATE (8-4) Young Grambling team surprised with SWAC title
in Doug Williams' first year back. Looks to find new playmakers. KEY PLAYERS: QB
D. J. Williams, RB Dawrence Roberts, LB Jacarde Carter, DB Edward Patterson.
FIRST GAME: Sept. 1 vs. Alcorn State in Shreveport

BCSP Notes


Challenge to kick off

MEAC TV schedule

NORFOLK, Va. The Mid-Eastern
Athletic Conference (MEAC) announced
its 2012 television football slate today fea-
turing seven exciting match-ups scheduled
to broadcast on ESPN, ESPNU and ESPN
Classic. The nationally televised games are
a part of the MEAC's ongoing partnership
with ESPN.
The 2012 television schedule kicks
off with the eighth annual MEAC/SWAC
Challenge presented by Disney featuring
Bethune-Cookman and non-conference
opponent Alabama State on Sunday, Sep-
tember 2 in Orlando, Florida. The game
will air live at Noon ET on ESPN.
The Bethune-Cookman and South
Carolina State match-up will be the first
conference televised game of the season.
The game is slated for a 6 p.m. start in
Orangeburg, SC but will air tape-delayed
on ESPNU beginning at 10:30 p.m. on
September 8.
Defending champion Norfolk State
will host Howard on Saturday, September
15 at the William "Dick" Price Stadium.
The game will also broadcast taped delayed
beginning al 10:30 p.m. on ESPNU.
The Thursday night lineup, originally
released on June 8, pits Morgan State
against North CarolinaA&T on September
27, Hampton at North Carolina Central on
October 18 and Delaware State at Morgan

6. SOUTH CAROLINA STATE (7-4) Surviving tough early season schedule
will test mettle of perennial MEAC challengers. KEY PLAYERS: QBs Richard Cue
and Derrick Wiley, RB Asheton Jordon, RB Jalen Simmons, LB Joe Thomas, DB
Darius Drummond. FIRST GAME: Sept. 1 at Georgia State
7. ALABAMAA&M (8-4) Defending SWAC East Division champs return veteran
offense. Had key losses on defense. KEY PLAYERS: QB Deauntae Mason, RB
Kedarius Lacey, PK Chance Wilson, DB Vernon Marshall, DL Tim Tillman: FIRST
GAME: Sept. 1 vs. Tuskegee in Birmingham.
8. FLORIDA A&M (7-4) Head coach Joe Taylor retums 17 starters, added key
pieces via transfer, especially on defense. KEY PLAYERS: QB Damien Fleming,
WR Lenworth Lennon, LB Brandon Hepburn, LB John Ojo: FIRST GAME: Sept. 1
at Tennessee State.
9. JACKSON STATE (9-2) Tigers have to make a key decision at quarterback
but should be strong defensively, led by all-American LeBeau. KEY PLAYERS:
QB Dedric McDonald, WR Rico Richardson, DL Joseph LeBeau, LB Todd Wilcher.
FIRST GAME: Sept. 1 at Mississippi State
10. HAMPTON (7-4) Returns 17 starters, KEY PLAYERS: QB Travis Champion,
RB Antwon Chisholm, DL Matthew Davis, LB Delbert Tyler, FIRST GAME: Aug. 30
at Tennessee Tech
11. HOWARD (5-6), 12. MOREHOUSE (8-3), 13. N. C. A&T (5-6), 14.

ALCORN STATE vs. Alabama State
TENNESSEE STATE vs.Arkansas-Pine Bluff
CENTRAL STATE vs. Missouri S&T
LIVINGSTONE vs. Saint Augustine's
MILES vs. Clark Atlanta
ALABAMA A&M vs. Alcorn State
BOWIE STATE vs. Virginia State
CHOWAN vs. Virginia Union
CLARK ATLANTA vs. Benedict
EDWARD WATERS vs. Webber International
FLORIDAA&M vs. Savannah State
FORT VALLEY STATE vs. Concordia-Selma
LANGSTON vs. Texas College
LINCOLN (MO) vs. Nebraska-Kearney
SOUTHERN vs. Texas Southern
ALBANY STATE vs. Clark Atlanta
BENEDICT vs. Morehouse
CHEYNEY vs. Bloomsburg






GRAMBLING STATE vs. Va. Univ of Lynchburg 2 pm

State on October 25. All Thursday night match-ups
kick off at 7:30 p.m.
The annual Florida Classic, featuring Bethune-

HOWARD vs. Morgan State
2 pm JACKSON STATE vs. Miss Valley State
5 pm LANE vs. Miles
PRAIRIE VIEW A&M vs. Alcorn State
4 pm SAINT AUGUSTINE'S vs. Fayetteville State
10 pm SAVANNAH STATE vs. Edward Waters
2 pm SHAW vs. Johnson C. Smith
4 pm TUSKEGEE vs. Kentucky State
2 pm VIRGINIA STATE vs. Lincoln (PA)
1 pm WINSTON-SALEM STATE vs. Livingstone
0 pm SATURDAY, OCT. 27
ARK.-PINE BLUFF vs. Miss Valley State
1 pm FAYETTEVILLE STATE vs. Livingstone
1 pm HAMPTON vs. Savannah State
6 pm JOHNSON C. SMITH vs. Saint Augustine's
2 pm LINCOLN (PA) vs. Bowie State
2 pm MOREHOUSE vs. Fort Valley State
6 pm NC A&T vs. Norfolk State
2 pm SC STATE vs. Howard
0 pm TEXAS COLLEGE vs. Concordia-Selma
2 pm CONCORDIA-SELMA vs. New Orleans
1 pm NC CENTRAL vs. Delaware State
0 pm NORFOLK STATE vs. Savannah State
TEXAS SOUTHERN vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff
2 pm SATURDAY, NOV. 10
2 pm STILLMAN vs. Concordia-Selma
1 pm SATURDAY, NOV. 17
0 pm VA. UNIV OF LYNCHBURG vs. Edward Waters
0 pm THURSDAY, NOV. 22

Alabama State vs. Tuskegee

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Cookman and Florida A&M will broadcast live
on ESPN Classic beginning at 2 p.m. The game
will re-air on Sunday, November 18 on ESPNU.

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Charlie Murphy at
Comedy Zone
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@comedyzone.com or call
(904) 292-HAHA.

Deen Wellness
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 .

Free Back

Mega Talent Show
If you can sing, dance, rap, or tell
jokes, visit facemcnow.net for reg-
istration information and form.
Cash prizes for first, second and
third place winners. The show is
scheduled for Saturday, August
18th at 7 p.m., at the Times Union
Center for Performing Arts, 300
Water St. For more information call
(904) 633-6110 or visit www.tick-

School Clothes
The Jacksonville Local Organi-
zing Committee of the Millions
More Movement Inc. (JLOC), a
non-profit local organization, will
give-a-way clothes targeted for
school children, Saturday, August
18th. The location is 916 N. Myrtle
Avenue., between Kings Road and
Beaver Street from 11 a.m. until
4:30 p.m. If you have any questions
or just want to learn more about the
Millions More Movement call
(904) 240-9133 or (904) 354-1775
or email 1312@comcast.net.

to School Supplies Be a Better Facilitator
Operation Backpack, a Back-to- and Consensus Builder
School Drive, will be held JCCI
JCCI will present their "Leading
Saturday, August 18th, 10:00 a.m.i present er ea n
to 2:00 p.m. at A. Philip Randolph by Facilitation and Consensus
Park, 1096 A Philip Randolph Blvd. Learning Lab Tuesday, August

21st, 5:30 7:30 p.m., in the JCCI
Conference room. Participants will
learn techniques and tools to
become a better facilitator and con-
sensus builder. For more informa-
tion contact Michelle Simkulet at
Michelle@jcci.org or visit

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
visit www.jaxhumane.org.

City's 30th
Annual Senior Prom
The City of Jacksonville's 30th
annual "Glitz & Glimmer" Senior
Prom will be held Friday, August
24th, 6 10 p.m., at the Mary J.
Singleton Senior Center located at
150 East 1st St. The prom features a
formal dinner, dancing, live enter-
tainment, and the crowning of a
prom king and queen, and the
selection of a court. The king and
queen act as year-long ambassadors
for senior center programs through-
out the city. For more information,
please call (904) 630-7392.

AKA Platinum &
Pearls Luncheon
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 1la.m. at the Hyatt Hotel, 225
East Coastline Drive. For more
Information call (904) 655-6539 or
(904) 234-2307.

Late Summer
Garden Care
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
registration is required. Class will
be held Tuesday, August 28th at
Webb Wesconnett Regional Library
6887 103rd St. For more informa-
tion call Becky Davidson at (904)
255-7450 or email beckyd@coj.net.

Veteran's Procurement
Conference at UNF

The Small Business Development

Center at the University of North
Florida will present the 3rd Annual
Veteran's Procurement Conference
on August 29th, from 8:30 to 3:00
pm at the UNF University Center.
Breakout sessions will include top-
ics on: joint venturing, GSA,
financing options for veterans,
resource programs for veterans, hot
topics from contracting officials,
and contracting mistakes businesses
don't want to make. Any Veteran
who owns a business or is interest-
ed in owning a business is invited.
For more information or to register,
go to www.sbdc.unf.edu or call
(904) 620-2476.

Amateur Night
at the Ritz
Amateur Night at the Ritz will be
held on Friday, September 7th at
7:30 pm. $5.50. Call 632-5555.

Anthony Hamilton
in Concert
Grammy award winning singer
Anthony Hamilton is returning to
Jacksonville for his "Back to Love"
tour, Sunday, September 9th at 8
p.m. featuring Estelle and Antoine
Dunn, at the Times Union Center
Moran Theater, 300 Water Street.
For more information contact the
Times Union box office at (904)
633-6110 or visit www.ticketmas-

Aaron Bing in Concert
Saxophonist Aaron Bing will be in
concert at the Times-Union Center
Terry Theater, Saturday,
September 15th, at 8:00 p.m., 300
Water St. Tickets on sale now. Call
(904) 633-6110 for tickets.

Arrested Development
in Concert
90s sensation Arrested
Development will celebrate their
20th Anniversary Tour at Freebird
Live, Saturday, September 15th at
8 p.m. For more information call
246-2473 or visit www.free-
birdlive.com, located at 2001 1st St.
N., Jacksonville Beach, Florida.

Prince and
Princess Pageant
The Spiritual Hands of Alpha and
Omega, Inc. will conduct its first
annual "Prince and Princess
Pageant" Saturday, September
29th at the Marriott, Salisbury
Road. The pageants goal is to pro-
vide an enriching and positive
experience for youth ages 5-16.
Contestants will experience charm,
etiquette, fashion and poise as they
compete for the title of Prince and
Princess. For additional info con-
tact Cynthia Britton, Pageant
Director at 307-6950 or e-mail

2012 Black Expo
Jacksonville's annual Florida
Black Expo will be held Saturday,
October 6th. Florida Black Expo
has successfully promoted minority
business expositions for the past
twelve years. The event opens at
10:30 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., at the
Prime F. Osborn III Convention
Center, 1000 Water Street,
Jacksonville, FL 32204. For more
information email jeannie@black-
pagesusa.com or call (803) 254-

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MOTOWN One More Time

Berry Gordy is an iconic figure
who has had unprecedented influ-
ence on the American culture. His
legacy of excellence is matched
only by the lasting imprint and
impact that his Motown music has
had on influencing the artistry of
the music, art and culture of the
entire would.
"In knowing Berry Gordy as I
do," said Danny J. Bakewell Sr.
executive publisher of the Los
Angeles Sentinel, "I know that I can
safely say that with 'Motown the
Musical' coming to Broadway, we
ain't seen nothing yet."
Truth, said the legendary music
producer and idol maker, would be
the basis of an upcoming Broadway
musical portraying the timeline of
his life's work.
"I've found that truth, if done
right is always a hit and I'm so
happy to be able to tell it and show
it in an entertaining
way," Gordy
explained to the
Sentinel in a
recent interview.
"(The show) is
about how and
why Motown ..
because what it 'y-
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Using the ',
backdrop of the
sixties and the
Civil Rights
M ':' e mI e t
G r d o ,

Albert Freeman Jr.,
Emmy-winning actor
and Howard University
professor, died on
Friday. He was 78. The '
veteran actor was best
known for his portrayal
of Elijah Muhammad in
Spike Lee's Malcolm X,
and a recurring stint on
One Life to Live.
After retiring from
acting in 1998,
Freeman took a post as
an acting professor at
Washington, D.C.'s .- .
Howard University,
where he eventually became the
artistic director and chairman of its

teams up with fellow producers
Kevin McCollum (Rent, In the
Heights) and Doug Morris (Sony
Music) to present "Motown the
Musical," opening on Broadway in
2013. He based the play on his
autobiography "To be Loved," a
somewhat revealing account of the
interweaving of his personal and
professional lives, most notably
addressing a five year affair with
singer Diana Ross. Critics of the
book and upcoming musical so far,
are dismissing both as an attempt
by Gordy to offset the unfavorable
and sometimes hostile stories others

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him and life inside the Motown Hit
Machine. However, he maintains
that it was the artists and his rela-
tionships with them as his inspira-
"The play is based on those rela-
tionships," Gordy said.
"This story is being told to
remind everyone of the legacy of
Motown that we built together. The
people who were part of the
Motown family that created history
together, have proven over and over
again that love overcomes all. The
world will understand why we can-
not not love each other..."
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lt, -i ,'f those
,,[Ill, Smokey
Robinson of the
Miracles encouraged him to begin
his own production company.
As the story goes, in 1959 Gordy
b,,_,rowed about $800 from his fam-
II, members to start Tamla Records,
,, which eventually became Motown
Record Corporation, one of the
Sost successful recording labels in
world history. But his success
.. was often tempered by scandal.
No one really "said it out loud,"
but in later years, accusation of
his moral and ethical instability
were often portrayed through
Gordy-esque caricatures in
movies like Dreamgirls or sit-
coms like Fresh Prince of Bell
Aire that likened him to a hus-

Award for Outstanding
Lead Actor for his por-
trayal of police captain
Ed Hall on the soap
opera One Life to Live
and became the first
African-American to
win the award. He also
received an Emmy
nomination for his role
as Malcolm X in the
1979 miniseries "Roots:
The Next Generations."
and a 1995 NAACP
Image Award for his
role in Malcolm X.
He is survived by his
eater arts program. wife of 52 years, Sevara Clemon.
Freeman won a Daytime Emmy

tler, a philanderer and a pimp.
However controversial the man,
his business acumen and his skill
for recognizing talent had been
repeatedly manifested through the
fame and legendary status of artists
like the Temptations, Diana Ross
and the Supremes, the Jackson 5
and Stevie Wonder. Through
Motown, Gordy produced nearly
200 number one hits.
He also produced movies like
Lady Sings the Blues and
Mahogany, establishing star status
for actor Billy Dee Williams. Gordy
sold the company in 1988. Through
Broadway, he said, he will be able
to show people more accurately
"the magic" that was Motown in it
hey days.
"Broadway is the pinnacle of live
theater and provides a challenging
and exciting opportunity to share
my story," he said.
"I've discovered that Broadway
and Motown have a lot in common
- a family of wonderfully talented,
passionate, hard working young
people, fiercely competitive but
also full working young people,
fiercely competitive but also full of
love and appreciation for the work,
for each other and for the people in
the audience. I can't wait to feel
that same Motown spirit come alive
on stage every night."
The producers have not given any
specifics on exact opening dates or
casting. Last week they announced
they are looking for "one multi-tal-
ented boy to play young versions of
Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder
and Gordy himself," in the play.
"This show is displaying my
life's work and is very special to
me. The Motown artists that the
actors are portraying are so special
to me that this could very well be
the last big thing I will be doing, but
I've said that before..." Gordy said.

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lowing a highly publicized incident ot
domestic violence from this past weekend. /
Johnson has been accused of headbutting his '
wife after the couple allegedly got into a'
fight over a receipt for condoms that she '
found. -,
Lozada claims the couple's marriage is
"irretrievably broken," according to TMZ.
According to reports, the couple does have a prenuptial agreement
but the details of the document are currently unknown. In a statement
released today by Lozada said, "I am deeply disappointed that Chad has
failed to take responsibility for his actions and made false accusations
against me."
This is not the first incident of violence against women in Johnson's
past. He was convicted of domestic battery in 2000.
The alleged physical altercation between the couple has cost them a
heavily promoted reality series on VHI and Johnson his professional
football contract with the Miami Dolphins.
Michael Jackson's estate asks to pay
Janet's mortgage
Michael Jackson's estate has asked a probate
judge for permission to help pay the mortgage
qS H of Janet Jackson based on the amount of time
her mother Katherine Jackson spends at the Las
M jS, Vegas property, reports TMZ.
A hearing is pending on the request, which
was submitted before Janet and some of her
siblings called for the executors of Michael's
estate to resign, claiming his will was a fake.
The estate filed documents seeking permission to foot part of Janet's
mortgage for her Las Vegas home because the house is occasionally
used by the family matriarch, who is co-guardian of Michael's children
Prince. 15. Paris. 14, and Blanket. 10.
However, it is now unclear what will happen as it was recently report-
ed that Katherine is refusing to speak to Janet or her other children
Rand\ and Rebbie Jackson because she feels they deliberately prevent-
ed her grandchildren from contacting her when she ended up at a spa in
The siblings are reportedly banned from entering the home in
Calabasas where Katherine lives with her grandchildren because they
are at war with the executors of Michael's estate which pays for the
property. Their mother is reportedly "heartbroken" over their recent
behavior and doesn't want to see them.
The problems began when Janet. Rebbie, Randy and their brothers
Jermaine and Tito sent a letter to Michael's estate executors John
Branca and John McClain demanding their resignation. However,
Jermaine and Tito later released statements in which they said they
regretted signing the document.

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Civil Rights Group Targets Disproportionate

School Discipline in Florida Schools

The Southern Poverty Law
Center (SPLC) has filed a series of
civil rights complaints against
Florida school districts that subject
Black students to harsh disciplinary
policies at rates that are far higher
than for White students.
The Southern Poverty Law
Center has filed complaints against
Florida school systems that alleged-
ly discipline Black students more
r --

The complaints, filed with the
Department of Education's Office
for Civil Rights, describe how
Black students in the school dis-
tricts in Escambia, Bay, Okaloosa,
Flagler and Suwannee counties are
suspended, expelled and arrested at
school for relatively minor and non-
violent conduct.
Time for reform
"Unforgiving disciplinary poli-
cies are cutting short the futures of
countless Black students across
Florida and the entire nation," said
Stephanie Langer, a staff attorney
for the SPLC's Florida office.

"If school districts truly want to
provide a quality education to all of
their students, they will reform
these discriminatory policies."
SPLC says the school districts'
own annual reports to the Florida
Department of Education demon-
strate the discriminatory impact of
their disciplinary policies:
S In Escambia County
(Pensacola) schools, Black students
account for 65 percent of all out-of-

school suspensions, but they repre-
sent only 36 percent of the student
In Okaloosa County (east of
Pensacola) schools, Black students
account for 24 percent of all out-of-
school suspensions even though
they make up only 12 percent of the
student population.
In Bay County (east of
Pensacola) schools, Black students
account for 30 percent of all out-of-
school suspensions even though
they comprise only 15 percent of
the student population.
In Suwannee County (northwest

of Gainesville) schools, Black stu-
dents account for 31 percent of all
out-of-school suspensions, but rep-
resent only 14 percent of the stu-
dent population.
In Flagler County schools
(north of Daytona Beach), Black
students account for 31 percent of
all out-of-school suspensions even
though they are only 16 percent of
the student population.
The complaints explain how the
school districts
have imposed
long-term suspen-
sions on children
as young as 8
years old for
minor rule infrac-
tions such as tar-
diness, inappro-
priate cell phone
usage, talking in
class and dress
code violations.
The complaints
also describe how
the school dis-
tricts fail to pro-
vide school prin-
cipals with specif-
ic disciplinary
guidelines and
procedures. This
allows principals
the power to
remove students
.. from school for
vague and often
minor rule infractions.
Harsh punishment
Several cases described in the
complaint illustrate how Black chil-
dren are punished more harshly and
more frequently than White stu-
A Black student in Escarmbia
County was suspended and arrested
for "trespassing" after purchasing a
hot meal at a neighboring high
school. Before this incident, the stu-
dent had no history of disciplinary
An 11-year-old Black elemen-
tary student in Okaloosa County

received a five-day suspension for
having a cell phone in class. The
school district classified it as "inap-
propriate behavior."
A 12-year-old Black student in
Bay County received 23 days of
out-of-school suspension during the
2011-12 school year for minor
infractions such as chewing gum,
"mouthing off," and talking in
A 10-year-old Black elementary
student in Suwannee County was
suspended more than 20 times dur-
ing the 2010-11 school year for
nonviolent behavior. He was pro-
vided no homework, nor the ability
to make up the work he missed
while suspended.
A Black school student in
Flagler County was written up 19
times during the 2011-12 school
year. Each instance was for minor
nonviolent misconduct.
Practices unchanged
Florida, like many states across
the county, has amended its zero-
tolerance discipline law to encour-
age schools to handle minor behav-
ioral problems with in-school disci-
pline rather than harsh policies that
decrease a student's time in the reg-
ular classroom.
While each district has changed
its written policies, practices have
not changed. Many school districts
continue to suspend students for
lengthy periods, send them to alter-
native schools, expel them or
unnecessarily refer them to the
juvenile justice system.
"Local school districts and state
officials must make reforms that
improve the effectiveness of school
disciplinary policies without forc-
ing children out of the classroom,"
said Tania Galloni, managing attor-
ney of the SPLC's Florida office.
"School discipline should never
deprive a child of an education, but
that is happening in these school
districts. What was once considered
minor misconduct has become an
opportunity to punish or even crim-
inalize a student's behavior."

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Swimming is a healthy activity and sport that is often overlooked and
underexplored in our community. Approximately 10 people drown every
day in the U.S., and more than one in five fatal drowning victims are chil-
dren younger than 14.. Additionally, 60-70 percent of the U.S.'s African-
American and Hispanic children cannot swim, and Black children drown
at a rate nearly three times higher than that of their Caucasian peers.
Together, USA Swimming and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority,
Incorporated are aiming to make a change with a new partnership.
The collaboration will bring greater focus to the health benefits of swim-
ming and the importance of staying safe. Water education and 'learn to
swim' programs will now be a part of the mandatory member curriculum
and community service outreach beginning this fall for Sigma Gamma
Rho. Water safety will also be a mandatory part of the Rhoer Curriculum
and integrated into the Sorority's youth symposium and Project
Reassurance teachings.
Joann Loveless, International President of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority,
Inc. says, "Our new partnership with USA Swimming is a perfect fit with-
in Sigma Gamma Rho's ongoing efforts to safeguard our youth through
our Project Reassurance umbrella theme of Healthy Choices, Healthy
Living, Healthy Generations."
2012 has now been marked a historic year for USA Swimming. The U.S.
Team has never had more than a single team member of African-American
descent and none before the 2000 Sydney Games.
"With the ever-increasing diversity of the sport on the world stage, it is
of the utmost importance for USA Swimming to play a proactive role in
helping kids become safer around the water as well as to provide opportu-
nities for them to excel both as a team and as individuals," said Talia Mark,
Multicultural Marketing Manager for USA Swimming.
Under the terms of the newfound partnership, Sigma Gamma Rho
Sorority, Inc. will function as an extension of USA Swimming's online
SwimToday.org platform, which provides the tools, resources and infor-
mation that individuals of all ages need to learn to swim, find a learn to
swim or competitive swim program meet their fitness goals and be active
in the sport. Visit www.swimtoday.org to view these resources.

August 16-22, 2012

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