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Over Band Hazing Death
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Florida A&M University wants to try to
settle the family's lawsuit against the school over the hazing death of
a band member. Trustees voted last week to enter a voluntary medi-
ation session with attorneys for the parents of Robert Champion, who
authorities said died last November after Marching 100 members beat
him during a hazing ritual.
Eleven FAMU band members face felony hazing charges, while two
others face misdemeanor counts. They have pleaded not guilty.
The Champions claim university officials did not take action to stop
hazing even though a school dean proposed suspending the band
because of hazing three days before their son died. School officials
also fell short in enforcing anti-hazing policies and did not keep a
close eye on band members to prevent hazing, the lawsuit said.
The move to try to settle the lawsuit comes shortly before FAMU was
expected to file a motion asking the court to dismiss the lawsuit.
The Marching 100 has been suspended and will not play during the
upcoming academic year. FAMU has already announced strict new
requirements for members when the band returns.
"Occupy the Corners"
Plans to Man NYC Streets
NEW YORK, NY Rev. Al Sharpton and the National Action
Network (NAN) are launching an "Occupy the Corers" initiative
aimed at curbing gun violence on New York streets.
Beginning Friday, Aug. 17, NAN members, community organiza-
tions, politicians and church leaders began standing on covers in
"hotspot" areas around New York City from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. for four
consecutive weekends. Participants will be on watch for signs of vio-
lence and talking to residents in efforts to foster a greater sense of
community and show support to neighborhoods scarred by violence.
The initiative is timely given the recent spate of gun violence occur-
ring in many New York neighborhoods. Tuesday, four teens were shot
when a gunman opened fire in a park where the teens were watching
a neighborhood basketball game. Last month, five people were shot at
Harlem's historic Rucker Park after a man started shooting into the
crowd in the heat of an argument.
For more information, visit: www.nationalactionnetwork.net
D.C. Students Being Paid
to Attend Summer School
Going to school this summer is a lucrative opportunity for 305 stu-
dents in Washington, D.C.
Under the Summer Youth Employment Program, the D.C. school
district is paying students $5.25 an hour to attend summer school in an
effort to help students in jeopardy of not finishing high school in four
When District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) initially opened
sign-ups for the "Summer Bridge" summer school program, only 95
students signed up. So they recruited students from other agencies,
students with poor academic and behavior records.
The school system plans to review this year's results and possibly
expand the program next year.
However, critics of the program question whether it is a good strat-
egy to pay students to go to school.
"How much will we pay going forward, and who will we pay, and
what's the cutoff to get paid?" local political consultant Chuck Thies
told the Washington Examiner. "It's critical that we get at-risk students
and under-performing students and failing students into the program,
but I don't think incentivising them with money sends the right mes-
Mom Beats Children's Football
Coach Over Molestation Allegations
A Tennessee mother faces criminal charges after she nearly beat a
kids' football coach to death with a baseball bat over claims he molest-
ed her sons.
Lakeshia Richmond, 27, of Memphis, admitted she took the law into
her own hands when her boys, aged 8 and 9, told her they had been
groped by their coach, Tony Massey.
"I asked them 'Did he touch you bad, did he touch you down there?'
and my little boy said 'yes,'" Richmond told reporters, "and I said
'was it just you?' and he said 'no, it was some more kids."'
Within an hour of being told this information, Richmond saw the lit-
tle league football coach walking alone in Memphis on Saturday.
"When I see him, I see my kids being hurt and that's all I see," she told
It was then that Richmond said she flipped. She went to the trunk of
her car and pulled out a baseball bat. She chased Massey down and
began beating him repeatedly with the bat.
"During the beating he was saying he didn't do it and that he was
sorry," said Richmond. "If you didn't do it then why are you saying
you're sorry? What are you sorry for?"
Massey was found, bleeding and badly injured, by police officers
and remains in a serious condition in hospital.
"I didn't intend to do whatever I did to him," Richmond said at a
media conference, after she was released from jail on a $10,000 bond.
"I apologize, but I don't apologize for what happened to my kids."
Volume 25 No. 44 Jacksonville, Florida August 23-29, 2012
U.S. Court Says Florida's Early
Voting Rules Discriminatory
Back to School Preparation on the First Coast
As children across the city prepared to return to schools, many in the
urban areas took advantage of the Jacksonville Local Organizing
Committee of the Millions More Movement Inc. Back to School
,Clothes Give Away. Children of all ages arrived with their parents to
make their selection of clean useable clothes to be used during the
school year at the event held off Myrtle Avenue.
New rules that reduce the number
of early voting days in Florida are
an unfair burden on minorities, a
U.S. federal court said in a ruling
that upheld the U.S. Justice
Department's decision to block the
changes in five of the state's 67
The Justice Department and civil
rights groups had argued that a
2011 Florida law allowing counties
to reduce the window for early vot-
ing from 96 hours per week to as
few as 48 made it more difficult for
minorities to vote than whites.
The federal government blocked
the rules from taking effect in five
counties -- Collier, Hendry,
Osceola, Polk and Lee -- by invok-
ing the 1965 Voting Rights Act,
which allows it to veto voting rules
changes in certain states and coun-
ties with histories of racial repres-
Florida's 62 other counties,
including Duval, are not protected
by the provision in the Voting
Rights Act cited by the Justice
Department, so their voting rules
changes took effect immediately.
In June, Florida told the District
Court in Washington that reducing
early voting hours did not affect
In the 2008 presidential election,
more than half of black voters in
Florida cast their ballots during the
early voting period, twice the rate
of white voters.
Continued on page 9
Jacksonville Chapter of Links S.nd S'dtudents Back to School Well Equipped
In support of Operation New
Hope, members of the Jacksonville
Chapter of the Links, Incorporated
donated school supplies for the
2012 2013 school year. It is well
documented that a child without
school supplies in hand is at a
greater risk for truancy. With that
in mind, the chapter held two sup-
ply collecting events to assist
The Jacksonville Chapter of The
Links, Incorporated consists of
leaders, newsmakers, activists and
volunteers working toward the
realization of a better life for citi-
zens of Jacksonville. The chapter
was chartered in 1966. Nationally
The Links, Incorporated is an inter-
national, not-for-profit corporation,
established in 1946.
(Shown L-R) Seated: Kenyonn Demps, Vice-President, Betty A. Cody, President; Standing: Links Kelly
King Toaston, Marjoria J. Manning, Candace A. Thompson, Monique McCarthy, Anest McCarthy, Mari-
Esther Norman, Miriam Ann Gayle, Gail Riley Kenney, Geraldine Smith, Karen Smith, Adrianne
McFarlin King, Brenda Simmons-Hutchins, and Jimminda L. Thompson.
Blodgett Homes Community Celebrates
12th Reunion with a Party with a Purpose
Shown above are Kenyatte Kilpatrick, Kenya Kilpatrick, Lavern Jenkins-White, Reggie Stance, Deloris
Bryant-Bookelr Emma Godbee, Bole Tilghman, Shala Sheria and Darlene Williams and seated Otha Greer.
The ladies helped to register voters during the festivities.
The 12th annual "Everlasting
Families" of Blodgett Homes and
surrounding areas Reunion was
held this past Saturday at Julius
Guinyard Park (formerly Jefferson
St. Park). The rich history of
Blodgett Homes journey began
when the housing complex began in
1942 at a time when family housing
was important to the city and its
residents. The homes were eventu-
ally torn down in 1989 and rebuilt
in 1994. Former residents returned
last weekend to celebrate the his-
toric landmark and the many years
of families united for life as neigh-
bors. "Our main goal is to strength-
en the community and develop our
children and encourage families to
keep families together," said
Everlasting Families Committee
President and reunion founder
Elizabeth Ding. The reunion area
includes Julian Street to Cleveland
and Adams to South 8th Street.
Among the festivities were a full
program featuring the Golden Girls
Dance group and a historic presen-
tation of the many contributions to
the area. For more photos, see page 11
Judge Brian Davis prevailed in a
recount for his bid for the Fourth
Judicial Group One race against
According to Florida Statute
102.141(7), the Secretary of State
ordered a recount for multicounty
races if the unofficial results reflect
that a candidate for any office is
eliminated by one-half of a percent
or less for such office then a
recount is ordered.
Candidate Brian J. Davis won by
50.32% overall in Clay, Duval and
Nassau counties, which is less than
one-half of a percent and whereas
eliminated Candidate Melina
Buncome (Williams). Candidate
Davis won by 69,306 votes cast in
order of no recount Davis needed
69,550 votes cast.
August 23-29, 2012
Page 2 Ms. Perry's Free Press
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly When It Comes To Buying Foreclosures
by real estate attorney Caril Lee
I receive calls every week from
potential clients who express a strong
interest or desire in purchasing fore-
closures. However, many have a lack
of understanding and do not fully
comprehend how they work, which
has fostered an unusual amount of
myths and pre-conceived notions
among consumers. For this reason,
before enlisting the services of a Re-
altor, you should know the good, the
bad and the ugly when it comes to
There are some great opportunities
in this current real estate market for
first time and move-up buyers to pur-
chase a home. Not only are interest
rates the lowest Ithey have been inll
years, which significantly reduces
your monthly mortgage payment and
the amount )you will sal\ over the life
of the loan, but homes that were ex-
tremely inflated during the boom
have now returned to prices that a\v-
erage consumers can afford. \With
that being the case, countless people
to believe that there is a plethora of
foreclosed homes available at unre-
alistic bargain basement prices.
Due to this belief, the first thing I
clarify when speaking with clients re-
garding foreclosures is whether they
want to buy a home that is scheduled
for a trustee sale/auction at the court-
house or do they want an RIO) (Real
IHstate Owned) property because
many do not know the difference.
When a lender forecloses on a
property, they arrange for a trustee
sale, which is a court auction where
the property is sold to the highest
bidder. Due to the fast pace and com-
plex nature of the bidding process,
auctions usually bring professional
investors with deep pockets that have
done very good due diligence on the
!...icelltic they intend to bid on. You
would need to do your own footwork
to determine when and what proper-
ties are being sold, as well as care-
fully researching any liens, back
taxes judgments etc.
Also, since inspecting the property
prior to the sale is not usually possi-
ble, there may be problems such as
termite/water damage, mold or other
expensive issues or damage caused
by the previous tenant or owner. In
addition, once you purchase the
property, if it is not vacant, you may
have to evict tenants or squatters and
this process could take months and/or
require the help of an attorney.
If a property does not sell at an
auction, usually because bidders
could not buy it at a price that would
turn a profit, it then becomes an REO
and the lender assigns it to a Realtor
to sell. Although it will be listed at a
competitive price to move quickly,
the listing price is usually in line with
other distressed homes in the neigh-
borhood, which includes short sales.
If you submit a low ball offer on an
already competitively priced home,
you will most likely be outbid as I
have seen time and time again or
your offer may be flat out rejected by
Homes listed as standard or regu-
lar sales may be priced a bit higher,
but you have more options and room
for negotiation because there is an
actual home owner involved. With a
foreclosure or a short sale, you are
dealing with a bank where the sale is
usually "As Is" with no repairs, war-
ranties or closing costs included be-
cause they are already taking a loss.
In addition, since the competition is
usually higher for distressed sales,
especial in prime neighborhoods,
they often times garner multiple of-
fers. Therefore, instead of solely fo-
cusing on foreclosures, it is wiser to
focus on ALL homes within your
price range because at the end of the
day, you should buy the absolute best
house that meets all of your needs
As Medicare Turn 46, What's News for You
By Doug Heinle
Everything changes as it accumu-
lates more birthdays including vital
program like Medicare.
Medicare turned 46 on July 30, and
olh how it has changed throughout the
One landmark event for Medicare,
as for most elements of U.S. health
care, was the U.S. Supreme Court's
ruling upholding most aspects of the
new national health care law.
As implementation of the new law
proceeds, what does the future hold
Because different parts of the law
will go into effect over a number of
years, it's important to understand the
changes that are in store for you. The
AARP Health Law Guide, located at
help you stay on top of the law as it
takes effect. The guide can also cre-
ate a personalized report that tells
you how the law will help you. If
you're uninsured, your report will
identify coverage you nmay be eligi-
ble to receive.
In tlie meantime here are a few\
changes to appreciate Inow:
1. If you reach the MNedicare Part
D doughnut hold the threshold at
When You Should File
an Amended Tax Return
By Jason Alderman
Not every interaction with the IRS
must necessarily induce flop sweat.
Case in point: A few years ago a
friend of mine decided his income
taxes had become sufficiently com-
plicated to merit hiring an account-
ant. After examining previous tax
returns, the accountant discovered
my friend had claimed the standard
deduction for two years when he
should have itemized expenses. He
filed a couple of amended tax returns
and voila- the IRS wrote him checks
totaling more than $1,200.
Of course, not all tax-filing mis-
takes end on such a happy note.
Sometimes people find out after sub-
mitting a return that their employer
had sent an incorrect W-2 form, or
they forgot to report self-employ-
ment income, or they incorrectly
claimed someone as a dependent.
Although it's tempting to let such
mistakes slide, chances are the IRS
will discover the error eventually,
and when they do you could be liable
for interest and penalties going back
to the due date of the original tax re-
turn. Worst case: You could even face
criminal charges for filing a fraudu-
Here's a guide to when and how
- you should file an amended tax re-
If you discover an error on your
federal income tax return after hav-
ing already e-filed or mailed it, you
may file an amended return using
IRS Form 1040X (at www.irs.gov).
The following rules apply:
S Amended returns cannot be
e-filed; you must submit a paper ver-
S Submit a separate Form
1040X for each year's return you
wish to amend and mail them in sep-
S Generally, you must file
Form 1040X within three years from
the date you filed your original return
or within two years from the date you
paid the tax, whichever is later.
If your amended return in-
volves changes to another schedule
or form, you must attach a revised
version of that schedule or form.
S If you're filing to claim an
additional tax refund on a recently
filed return, wait until you've re-
ceived the original refund before fil-
ing Form 1040X. You're allowed to
cash the original check while waiting
for any additional refund.
On the other hand. if your
amended return will result in you
owing additional tax, file it right
away to limit interest and penalty
charges that might accrue.
The normal processing time for a
Form 1040X is eight to 12 weeks.
You needn't file an amended return
because of simple math errors the
IRS will automatically make correc-
tions and bill you for any additional
tax required (or increase your re-
fund). Nor must you file a 1040X if
you forgot to attached tax forms or
schedules to your return. The IRS
will send a request if it needs them.
However, you should file an
amended return if you:
Received additional or amended
tax forms or statements from em-
ployers, banks or investment brokers
after you filed your return (e.g., W-2
or 1099 forms).
Forgot to report income.
Overlooked tax deductions or
credits you could have claimed.
Claimed deductions or credits for
which you weren't eligible.
Didn't claim a dependent you
were entitled to, or claimed someone
you shouldn't have.
Chose the wrong filing status.
One last tip: If you're going to the
trouble of filing an amended tax re-
turn for a specific reason, review the
entire original return carefully for
any other deductions, credits or ex-
emptions you might have missed the
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which you are responsible for a
higher portion of your drug costs -
you will receive a 50 percent dis-
count on brand-name drugs and a 14
percent discount on generic drugs
while in the coverage gap.
2. Medicare will provide pre-
ventive care services such as mam-
mograms and screenings for cancer
and diabetes, as well as an annual
wellness visit, all at no cost to you.
3. If you're considered "high-risk"
due to prior or current health prob-
lems, and if you have been uninsured
for at least six months, you may buy
insurance through the Pre-Existing
Condition Insurance Plan (PHIP) in
4. You may be able to add unin-
sured children to your family's exist-
ing insurance plan if they are under
5. If you get sick, you will not lose
your coverage as long as you con-
tinue to pay the premiums. For the
latest information about Medicare, or
to find events in your area, visit:
Upgrading to the House of Your Dreams
The real estate market is still in a
state of limbo, which has many
homeowners staying in place and
looking for ways to make their cur-
rent abode the most comfortable it
can be. Real estate agents expect the
market to continue to be flat in 2012,
according to ActiveRain Corp, a real
estate social network. Because
they're not selling, homeowners are
looking at remodeling rooms, chang-
ing out decorating schemes and in
some cases, even adding on to the
Incorporating a new look into the
home whether it's in the kitchen,
bedroom or bathroom can really
change the feel of the house. Upgrad-
ing a bathroom is a great place to
start, because it's a smaller room and
is used by both occupants and guests.
A remodel can also help you save
money on your utility bills. With a
new bathroom adding a spa-like feel
to your home, you may even rethink
your-desire to move when the hous-
ing economy turns around.
Here are some tips to changing the
bathroom of your home into a beau-
tiful and comfortable space:
*Vanity: Used for hand washing,
preening in the mirror and brushing
teeth, the vanity is one item in the
bathroom that is the center of activ-
ity. Add an artistic and economical
- touch to your vanity with TOTO's
Wyeth Faucet, characterized by its
refined good looks. When on, this
budget-friendly, universal design
faucet runs a mere 1.5 gallons of
water per minute, earning it the green
WaterSense label. In addition to the
faucet, consider upgrading your mir-
ror with a model that combines
beauty and elegance in the room.
*Walls: A fresh coat of paint can
go a long way in changing the look
and feel of a room. Don't forget
about the ceiling. Even if you only
give it a new white coat, the fresh
look can make all the difference.
Choose a paint that handles high hu-
midity well to give your upgrade a
*Toilet: The toilet trends to be the
largest water consumption appliance
in homes. But replacing your older
toilet with a high efficiency toilet,
can really affect your utility bills.
*Flooring: High humidity often
found in bathrooms can quickly age
the flooring, causing peeling and
even cracking of dated linoleum.
Plus, modern flooring products are
much higher quality, and are built to
withstand more traffic and high hu-
midity environment. Consider using
ceramic, clay or stone tiles, or lami-
nate in stone or wood styles to mod-
ernize the look of your bathroom.
Upgrading a bathroom will trans-
form your entire house with a new
look and feel. And if you love the
change enough, you might decide to
continue the upgrade to another
room, like the kitchen or master bed-
room, turning your home into the
beautiful house of your dreams.
ACLU: 13,000 Qualified Ex
Felons Not Registered to Vote
By Michael Peltier (The News Service of Florida)
More than 13,000 ex-felons may be eligible to vote but don't know it,
the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Florida said on August
1, citing data it obtained from the Florida Parole Commission. The ACLIU
said sitting on more than 17,000 Restoration of Civil Rights certificates
that would notify former felons that they can now register to vote. but
which have not reached their intended recipients. The civil rights group
cross checked the names on those certificates with voter registration lists
and found that 13,571 of them are not registered voters, presumably be-
cause many of them don't know they've been cleared to register.
Florida is one of a minority of U.S. states that does not automatically
restore civil rights once a felon has completed a sentence.
The certificates were sent between 2007 and March 2011. during which
time a change in policy spearheaded by former Gov. Charlie Crist al-
lowed non-violent ex-felons to have their rights automatically restored.
The policy was repealed in March 2011 after Florida Gov. Rick Scott
and newly elected members of the Florida Cabinet voted to eliminate au-
tomatic restoration and again make it more difficult for ex-felons to get
their civil rights, including the right to vote, restored. Tammy Salmon. a
parole commissioner administrative assistant said the figures were correct
and reflect certificates mailed to recipients who could not be found and
left no forwarding address. In some cases, the agency made "multiple at-
tempts" to make contact, but to no avail she said.
The parole commission's website https://fpcweb.fpc.state.fl.tus allow s
viewers to search to see if an ex-offender's rights have been restored.
"We are going above and beyond to try to reach these folks," Salmoni
Eligible residents must register by Oct. 9 to vote in the general election
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It's no secret that I am
a big supporter of Akins Abortion Comment Shows How
President Obama, but I
try to be as objective as
possible when looking at out of Touch Many Conservatives Are
issues especially polt- He added, "If it's a legitimate tive Republican. women should plan ahead for rape
ical issues. rape, the female body has ways to While Republican leaders are the way he keeps a spare tire.
In response to the ridiculous .
In response to the ridiculous try to shut that whole thing down. trying to distance themselves from Again, all I can say is wow. I wish
statement by U.S. Rep Todd Akin, But let's assume that maybe that the Missouri Rep, and claim that that I was making this stuff up, but
who just happens to be running for didn't work or something, I think Democrats are using this issue as a it's true.
U.S. Senate, the president hit the ,
U.S. Senate, the president hit the there should be some punishment, diversion from the "real issues" This year there was even a
nail on the head. He basically said -
al on te ha. e bsi y si but the punishment ought to be of they are also considering adding Republican Indiana State
that too many times, men in
Sto a ethe rapist, and not attacking the abortion as a national platform Representative that said some
Washington are the ones voting or child." issue with no mention of excep- women might fake being raped in
making decisions related to .
makg d s r d to This is from a guy who is a politi- tions. order to get free abortions. Oh yes,
om s cian and engineer; who obviously So is it or isn't a big issue? the hits keep coming.
Obama was referring to the com- .
Obama was referring to the c has no knowledge of the human Well, former presidential hopeful So is it just Akins or a conserva-
ments that Rep Akins made last
me ts that incs made last anatomy. Rick Santorum thought that it was a tive twisted perception about
week saying that in cases of "legit- .
imate rape" the body's int l Several days after his remark, big issue. While running for the women's health issues?
imate rape" the body's internal .
Sa d inAkin apologized, saying he meant oval office, he suggested that doc- The answer is clear. Since 2010
organs can defend against getting to say "forcible rape," and tors who perform an abortion on a when the Tea Party helped the GOP
had to see the interview for acknowledged that women "do woman who becomes pregnant get back in power in the U.S.
I had to see the interview for ,
become pregnant" during such from an attack should be thrown in House, nearly 1,000 anti-abortion
myself. I immediately called my
wimylf. asonismendat called n instances, jail; and this year hesuggested rape bills have in introduced across the
wife in astonishment I couldn't
Really Mr. Rep so you all of a victims who become pregnant from country.
believe what I was hearing. What
bthel sudden figured that out? an attack should be forced to keep Why should Akins step down it
the hell! But as the President said in his the baby and "make the best out of was just a simple slip of the tongue
So that my more conservative .
o t m m c comments to the press regarding a bad situation." right?
readers will know that I am not
readers will nw tha I a not the issue- "Rape is rape." Wow, coming from a guy who I guess my Conservative Tea
embellishing, let me quote the good I Z,
e eisin et e te te g So now all of the GOP leaders has obviously never been raped. Party friends only want to keep
representative exactly. .
representative exactly, want to silence Akins so that the How about in the Republican- government out of a certain part of
When asked about his staunch
Ssf abo ocus can return to the upcoming led Kansas House of our lives not including a woman's
opposition to abortion even in the -
Selections. The problem with this Representatives during a discus- body.
case of women getting pregnant.
e o w g pre issue and why it has gone viral is sion in March about abortion-only Signing off from Planned
after a rape, the Republican U.S.
after a rape, the Republican U.S. that many believe that Akins epito- health care policies: GOP State Parenthood.
Rep. said, "From what I understand
Rep. said, "From what I understand mizes the typical social conserva- Rep. Pete DeGraaf suggestedthat Reggie Fullwood
from doctors, that's really rare."
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Hil lar y
turned faux rap-
per when he thumped out a rhyth-
mic message to the press vehe-
mently denying that there have
been any meetings, back room
deals, or nervous talk at the White
House about dumping Joe Biden
and replacing him with Hillary.
Reines had to move quickly to
squelch the incessant media chatter
about a Biden exit for two simple
reasons. One it's not going to hap-
pen. Even if Hillary hadn't repeat-
edly and vehemently said it wasn't
going to happen, history has shown
presidents almost never dump their
VPs in the midst of their reelection
bid. Only one president in the past
seven decades has switched VP's in
midstream. That was FDR in 1944
when he dumped VP Henry
Wallace under pressure because of
Wallace's much too pronounced
leftist politics and utterances. Harry
Truman got the replacement nod
and the rest is history.
The only other VP that bowed
out of an administration in mid-
stream was Spiro Agnew in 1973.
He was President Nixon and the
GOP's sacrificial lamb. He faced a
criminal indictment on bribery
charges and resigned as part of a
plea deal to avoid a prison stint.
Presidents don't change VP's,
especially in the middle of a tough
reelection battle, for obvious rea-
sons. No incumbent has ever won
or lost the White House based on
the politics, ideology or personality
of their VP. They do not have that
kind of power or authority. VP's
serve at the pleasure of the presi-
dent and do his bidding; no more,
no less. A switch of VP's in the
Dump Biden Talk, Just That: Talk
midst of an election would signal
utter desperation, campaign chaos
and panic. This would be the near
political kiss of death for a presi-
The other reason is Biden. He is
and will remain on the ticket for
precisely the reason that he was
picked by President Obama in the
first place. He is a hard hitting, pol-
icy knowledgeable adviser and
point man. The supposed gaffes
that he has made are anything but
that. They are well-scripted,
thought through political set pieces
carefully designed to convey a seri-
ous and politically enhancing poli-
cy stance by Obama. Take the two
blurts that got him in supposedly
hot water. The first was on gay
marriage. Biden was roundly
slammed for getting out ahead of
Obama in endorsing gay marriage.
This supposedly forced Obama to
follow suit before he was ready.
But gay groups are integral to
Obama's reelection drive. They
provide enthusiasm, growing vote
numbers and major funding. The
price for firming up their support
was a full throated endorsement of
gay marriage. Anything short of
that, and that included a further
delay on endorsing it, would have
been politically risky for the presi-
dent. Biden just said and did what
Obama had to do.
The same is true of Biden's
"chains" quip. The slave skewed
imagery was simply dramatic reaf-
firmation of the Obama campaign's
center hit piece against Romney --
that a GOP White House will tank
the economy and wreak untold eco-
nomic misery on the poor and
minorities. This has and will be
repeated incessantly by Obama and
every other Democrat all the way
up to November 6. It will almost
certainly be repeated in even harsh-
er terms than Biden could muster.
Then there's race. It's a volatile
minefield that can explode in a
presidential election even when it
appears not to. This was the case in
Obama's White House win in 2008.
A Harvard researcher found that
race cost Obana three to five per-
centage points of the popular vote
in the 2008 election. If race had not
been a negative factor in the elec-
tion, Obama's win over GOP presi-
dential foe John McCain would
have been a walkover in the popu-
lar vote. The even more troubling
thing is that the loss of white sup-
port came largely fiom many con-
servative white Democrats. who
simply stayed home rather than
vote for Obama. In an AP-Yahoo
poll, one-third of white Democrats
said they had negative views of
blacks. More than 40 percent of
them said they would not back
Biden can play a
big role here. He's
from a Border
State. He is a solid
fighter in the i
trenches and hails
from a blue collar
can and will be an
important bridge to
try and keep con-
servative, blue col-
straying from the ".-_
fold. He'll keep
with them that
despite their racial
Obama, the threat
of a Romney-Ryan
hack up of
M e d i c a r e,
Social Security, .
and labor protec-
tions pose a far greater danger. He
will not use polite language to
make that point, nor will he be
Biden's active appearances at
black and Latino gatherings, his
rough language and his policy
expertise are a huge plus for
Obama in a down and dirty cam-
paign. Any talk about dumping
Biden is just that: talk. The likeli-
hood is that even that won't last
Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an
author and political analyst. He is
a frequent political commentator
on AISNBC and a weekly co-host
of the A.l Sharpton Show on
American Urban Radio Ne'otork.
He is the author of How Obanma
Governed: The Year of Crisis and
Challenge. He is an associate edi-
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SThe GOP and
The Romney-Ryan ticket suffers from pathological
i Recently, President Obama made a rare appearance
in the White House pressroom and addressed false
S claims in a Mitt Romney campaign commercial that
Asserts Obama's administration is turning back the
clock on the welfare reform of 1996 by doing away
with the requirement that welfare recipients work after
two years on assistance, with few exceptions. The ad refers to a recent
memo from the Department of Health and Human Services offering states
a waiver to the 1996 rules, but only if they develop plans that increase
work opportunities by 20 percent.
Obama called Romney's claims "patently false," and the president is sup-
ported by the New York Times and the Washington Post, both of which
revealed that Republicans actually requested the waiver. In fact, Romney
was among several Republican governors who signed a letter in 2005 ask-
ing for more flexibility.
Yes. Romney is now attacking the president for granting a request that
Romney himself made. Are pigs flying? Has hell frozen over?
This flair for consistently being inconsistent is not new for Romney. And
it turns out that his reportedly brave choice of running mate shares this
problematic personality flaw.
In 2010 the current Republican vice presidential candidate, Wisconsin
Rep. Paul Ryan, publicly objected to what he called "the discredited eco-
nomic playbook of borrow-and-spend Keynesian policies." Ryan was
referring to President Obama's stimulus package, but a little fact-checking
shows that Ryan supported similar measures under President George W.
Bush after the Sept. 11 attacks.
In 2002 Ryan gave an impassioned speech imploring Congress to sup-
port the Bush proposal. "What we're trying to accomplish today with the
passage of this third stimulus package is to create jobs and help the unem-
ployed," Ryan said. "What we're trying to accomplish is to pass the kinds
of legislation that ... in the past have grown the economy and gotten peo-
ple back to work."
His hypocrisy has multiplied. After voting against Obama's stimulus, the
congressman advocated for millions of dollars to benefit his own district.
And he did so on the grounds that the money would create jobs. When
asked about the inconsistency, Ryan denied having requested stimulus
funds. But then letters bearing Ryan's personal signature emerged, and he
was forced to admit that his office did, in fact, ask for (and receive) money
from the Obama stimulus, and the money did save, protect and create jobs.
The cognitive dissonance displayed is mind-numbing. Either Romney
and Ryan lack integrity or they are guilty of being incredibly intellectually
The recent attacks on Obama's welfare proposals are even more insidi-
ous because they play into what Reagan's 1980 campaign manager, Lee
Atwater, called the new Southern strategy.
In 1981 Atwater acknowledged that the GOP used coded language about
welfare to appeal to "the racist side of the [George] Wallace voter." In
Atwater's own words: "By 1968 you can't say 'nigger' -- that hurts you.
Backfires. So you say stuff like forced busing, states' rights, and all these
things that you're talking about are totally economic things, and a by-prod-
uct of them is blacks get hurt worse than whites ... because-obviously say-
ing, 'We want to cut this,' is much more abstract .. than 'nigger.'
Reagan perfected the modem politics of racial divisiveness. His bogus
references to a "young buck" using food stamps to buy steaks and the "wel-
fare queen" from the "South Side of Chicago" created the pattern from
which most Republican, racist dog-whistle tactics are now sewn. In 2012
Romney's campaign is lying about Obama's changes to welfare-to-work,
fully aware that the former Massachusetts governor and other Republicans
supported those changes.
Of course, the fact that poor whites are the major beneficiaries of wel-
fare remains undiscussed because that would undermine Romney's argu-
ment -- and offend the blue-collar workers who seem blinded by white-col-
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CIAA facing $500,000 deficit
Charlotte WBTV television reporter Ded-
rick Russell said in a broadcast Monday that the
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
is running a $500,000 deficit.
In the report, a top CIAA official acknowl-
edge the debt and says the conference is working
on a resolution.
"We are trying to deal with legal issues and
challenges," CIAABoard Chairman Dr. Mickey
Burnim, president of Bowie State University
said in a phone interview. "Sometimes that
involves payment and sometimes it involves
legal fees for lawyers to work on things."
According to Russell's report online at wbtv.
com, declines in ticket sales and sponsorships,
and unexpected legal fees have caused the or-
ganization to go into the red. What those legal
fees entail is also unclear.
The report of the deficit comes in the wake
of the conference declaring that its signature
basketball tournament, which has been played
in Charlotte for the last seven years and is the
linchpin of the conference, has set new records
for economic impact and attendance.
An April II release from the CIAA said
that according to the Charlotte Regional Visitors
Authority (CRVA), "the 2012 CIAATournament
accounted for a total economic impact of $50.5
million over the seven-day tournament. Atten-
dance for the official CIAA and Uptown (Char-
lotte) functions increased to over 197,000."
In the release, Interim CIAAColnmissioner
Peggy Davis termed the event "a huge success."
Davis also said "the momentum generated from
this year's tournament will be used to propel the
CIAA into the future."
What bearing the attendance and economic
impact records have on the conference's financial
stability is unclear.
Attempts to reach Davis and Burnim for
clarification before Tuesday's BCSP deadline
Longtime Commissioner Leon Kerry
abruptly retired in November 2011 for "personal
reasons" saying he was "tired of fighting the
battles." Whether there was any buy-out or payout
to Kerry upon his retirement is not known.
Kerry has also been the focus of a lawsuit
filed in September of 2011 by one of his former
assistants who later became an assistant com-
missioner. According to the Charlotte Observer
newspaper, in the lawsuit Jeffrey McLeod said
Kerry told him he would not be paid a commis-
sion for scholarship money he raised for the 2010
fiscal year because the CIAA "went in the hole
$300,000" the previous year. It is not clear whether
the resolution of that lawsuit is the reference to
legal fees in Russell's report.
Burnim says to help with the budget gap, the
board is requesting each of the 12 CIAA schools
to give $25,000 to help the organization bounce
back, the first time in recent history the CIAA had
to lean on schools to fill the void.
"A solid majority of the board felt that was the
best approach to take in dealing with it," Burnim
Bowie State photo
LOOKING FOR SOLUTIONS: CIAA Board Chair-
man and Bowie State University president Dr.
Mickey Burnim says CIAA asking its 12 member-
institutions for help in covering $500,000 deficit.
The organization hopes other money itclaims is
due to them will help raise the rest of the money.
"This economy is tough," Burnim said. "And
so the board exercised its fiduciary responsibilities
and see the conference through it."
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Reeds land at Georgia Southern
Former Bethune-Cookman head basketball coach Cliff Reed and
8p Live his son, 2010-11 Mid Eastern Athletic Conference Player of the Year,
3:30p Live guard C. J. Reed, have both landed at Georgia Southern University.
The elder Reed, who was fired at B-CU after the 2010-11 season, was
p. 10:30 hired as an assistant coach at Georgia Southern earlier this month. C. J.
6p Live Reed announced Monday that he was leaving the University of Central
6p Live Florida basketball team to join his father at Georgia Southern.
C. J. Reed should be eligible to play this season.
Cliff Reed was let go at B-CU after a ten-year stay as head coach.
4p 10:30p His firing, in June of 2011, followed a season in which his team won the
4p Live MEAC regular season title for the first time as a Div. I program, compiled
a 21- 13 overall mark and made its first appearance in the postseason at the
NIT. His dismissal followed an internal investigation by the school that
11a Live concluded that he did not cooperate with a police investigation of a sexual
7:30p Live assault that purportedly took place at the school's athletic facilities. C. J.
Reed was allegedly named in the assault claim.
The victim did not mention C. J. Reed in the complaint. Police closed
6p Live the case after the alleged victim did not follow through with it. A week
6p Live after his father's firing, C. J. announced that he was transferring.
"I'm in a great place," Clifford Reed told the News-Journal. "I'm
working for a great head coach, Charlton Young, in a program that's on the
5:30p Live rise." Georgia Southern is in the NCAA Div. 1 Southern Conference. The
7:30p Live team finished 15-15 a year ago, in third place in the conference's South
Division at 12-6.
p LveReed compiled a 125-166 mark in his ten years at B-CU, a program
7:30p Live that was on the rise before his departure. This year's B-CU squad, in its
2:30p Live first year under head coach Gravelle Craig, finished at 18-17 overall, 11-5
in the MEAC, good for fourth place in the regular season and made a run
to the MEAC Tournament finals before losing to Norfolk State (73-70).
1p Live "(Getting fired) was the best thing to happen to me, just like going to
1p Live Bethune-Cookman to start my college coaching career was the best thing
to happen to me at that time," Clifford Reed told Brent Woronoff of the
News-Journal. "But if (getting fired) didn't happen to me, I probably never
11/18 re-air ESPNU would have left Bethune. Now I'm at Georgia Southern ... I will work as
3p Live hard as I can to help make us a championship program"
After averaging 18.8 points and 4.9 assists in his junior season at
B-CU, C. J. signed in the summer of 2011 to play for Centra Florida and
1p Live head coach Donnie Jones. He sat out last season in accordance with NCAA
transfer rules and was expected to play this upcoming season. But Central
WAC rTV the league's Florida was given a one-year postseason ban by the NCAA in early August,
11, 21 SWAC games adding to penalties the school self-imposed after major recruiting viola-
'n. tions were uncovered last year in football and basketball. Reed is one of
three basketball-playing seniors at UCF, including Michael Jordan's son
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9/1/12 Howard vs. Morehouse
9/1/12 Florida A&M vs.Tennessee State
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9/6/12 Bowie State @ Benedict
9/8/12 Bethune-Cookman @ South Carolina Staqte
9/15/12 Morehouse vs Winston Salem
Morgan State vs. Akron
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Morehouse @ Clark Atlanta
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Grammbling vs Prairie View A&M
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10/20/12 North Carolina A&T @ Delaware State
Miss. Valley State @ Jackson State
10/25/12 Stillman @ Miles
10/27/12 Alabama A&M vs Alabama State
11/3/12 Albany State vs Fort Valley State
11/10/12 SIAC Championship
11/10/12 CIAA Championship
11/17112 FloridaA&M vs Bethune Cookman
11/22/12 Tuskegee @Alabama State
11/24/12 Southern vs Grambling
12/1/12 Pioneer Bowl
12/1/12 BCF All-Star Game
12/8/12 SWAC Championship Game
Georgia Southern Sports photo
C. J. REED: Former MEAC player of the year C. J. Reed (above) joins his
father, Cliff Reed (below), now an assistant coach, at Georgia Southern.
Marcus, who have left the program.
"C. J. Reed is just a great all-around player and he's a coach's son, so
he plays the game the right way," said Young on the GSU athletic website.
"I first saw him play as a ninth-grader and I've been a fan of his work ethic
and the way he respects the game since. I'm honored he chose our program
as the place for him to finish his career."
C. J. has one year of eligibility remaining.
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St Paul AME Women's Society
Presents "Preachers Best"
The Violet Williams Women's Missionary of Saint Paul AME Church,
6910 New Kings Road, proudly presents "Preachers Best" on Sunday.
August 26th at 4:00 p.m. Some of the most talented, singing preachers of
Florida will be featured. The public and friends are invited toshare in this
event,as it promises to be refreshing and uplifting. Presiding Elder
Elizabeth Yates will serve as worship leader. Sister Deborah Limbric-
Rasheed is the coordinator. Mrs. Winnie Zanders is local \WMS president.
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Emanuel Missionary Baptist
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Church. The anniversary celebration will conclude Sunday, August 26th, at
11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Rev. Antonio S. Stinner, Pastor ofEl Bethel Missionary
Baptist Church in Meridian, Mississippi as guest speaker for the lla.m.
service. Dr. James W. Henry, choir and members of Summnune ille
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. Emanuel is located at 2407 Rev. S. L. Badger, Jr. Circle.
For more information, please call the church office at (904) 356-9371.
Defense of Marriage Summit to Draw Diverse Crowd in Orlando
The High Impact Leadership
Coalition, led by Bishop Harry
Jackson, Senior Pastor of Hope
Christian Church in the Washington,
D.C., will launch a national initia-
tive focused on the preservation of
traditional marriage, as well as other
pro-family issues, with the Defense
of Marriage Summit in Orlando
Known for his years of pro-fami-
ly work on Capitol Hill, Bishop
Jacklson has extended an invitation
to the entire Orlando community to
attend the Aug. 22 Summit, empha-
sizing the fight for marriage brings
together a multi-ethnic and broad
coalition of evangelical denomina-
tions. The Orlando Summit is the
first of seven events across the
nation as part of the Traditional
The Defense of Marriage
Summit will include a day of events,
beginning with a private strategy
session for Florida pastors, commu-
nity leaders and elected officials. A
pre-event rally will begin at 5 p.m.
featuring Christian entertainer
Minister Judy Jacobs, followed by
the main portion of the program at 6
p.m. at the Church on the Living on
the Edge in Longwood, Fla.
Other speakers for the 6 p.m.
Dr. Alveda King, American
Christian minister, pro-life activist
General Jerry Boykin, original
member of the U.S. Army's Delta
Force, author and ordained minister;
Mat Staver, chairman of Liberty
Gimme That O1' Time
Call me old-
ed! But. technol-
ogyr is starting to
trump tradition. I'\e come to this
realization many times. As a "Girl
Raised in the South," I'm a bit nos-
taleic. Friends call it "prude." I pre-
fer the Emilt Post-type party in\ ita-
tions and RS1 P reply cards over the
electronic mn\ ites that can't be dis-
played on refrigecrators. QR codes
are on ev ervlhing lroln bus adcer-
tiseiments to I-shirts but I'vc neI\er
seen n1i\ one chasing a bus or a per-
son with ai slarlt phone. I can't
ignore the new\ dating practices
either birthed b\ technology.
Imagine a relationship between 40-
plus year-olds that included few
phone calls intermittently distrib-
uted among a bevy of weekly text
messages. Hi. Free on Friday? Nice
time. It gives a whole new meaning
to "Words with Friends."
Although sobering, nothing com-
pares to the "come to Jesus" real-
ization I had last Sunday while wor-
shipping at church.
Where are the Holy Bibles?
As I looked around the sanctuary
of 2.000+, I discovered that many -
young and old were on iPads and
iPhones. Like many, my church
encourages t\\eeting and Face book
postings among congregants. WVhile
I understand the need to engage the
ne\v generation, I can't help but
ponder the thought of all genera-
tions unplugging and communing
together for 90 minutes.
From my earliest memories. I've
always brought a Bible to church.
From the Living Bible I carried as a
kid to my current Life Application
Study Bible that mirrors a Webster
dictionary, I eagerly use my Bible
when scriptures are referenced.
While I may not read it like I
should throughout the week, I treas-
ure my Bible. It's become symbolic
of my upbringing influenced by my
Dad, a Baptist Deacon who led the
family in weekly scripture readings.
It was his way of ensuring that my
two siblings and I prayed about any
misbehavior he and Mom may have
missed that week. It also allowed
them to assess our reading profi-
ciency. While Dad is now leading
scripture readings in heaven. I'm
sure he's probably scratching his
halo every time someone scrolls or
thumbs their way through the Old
and New testaments.
It's the same perplexed look I had
as I watched my pew mate last
Sunday roll through the pages on
her iPad in search of 2 Corinthians,
Counsel and dean of Liberty
University School of Law;
U.S. Rep. Sandy Adams,
Florida's 24th congressional district;
James Robison, founder and
president of LIFE Outreach
The Church on the Living Edge is
located at 555 Markham Woods Rd.
Longwood, Fla., 32779. The event
is free of charge, but pre-registration
is required at www.thetruthin-
chapter 8. I glanced over as she
flicked her finger at the scrolling
screen and found myself growing
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America's Oldest Black Church Celebrates 225 Years
It is said to be the country's oldest
continuously operating Black
church with a storied history that
includes the founding of Morehouse
College and the establishment of the
Geoiria Education Commission.
Springfield Baptist Church in
Augusta. Georgia. recently celebrat-
ed its 225th anniversary with a large
celebration that included choirs.
speeches and sermons
Rev. Hardy S. Bennings 111. who
has been pastor of the church since
2009. referred to the 225th anniver-
sary celebration as one of the
biggest moments in church history.
"This is a momentous occasion
for us." Bennings said.
"Everybody's excited. This is one of
the biggest events in the history of
Springfield Baptist was officially
organized in 1787, although its con-
gregation is believed to date as lar
back as 1773, two years before the
American Revolution. The church's
first pastor w\as the Rev. Jesse Peters
Galphin, a slave whose master
allowed him to receive training as a
In the 19th Century, the church
had more tman 1,uuu members,
making it the largest church of any
race in the Georgia Baptist
Association. Today, it has a congre-
gation of about 200 members.
The college that would be known
as Morehouse first organized in
1867 in the basement of Springfield
Baptist under the name Augusta
Baptist Institute. The school quickly
outgrew the church. In 1879, it
moved to Atlanta as the Atlanta
Baptist Institute and was later
renamed Morehouse College, an
institution that has produced several
prominent black leaders, including
Martin Luther King Jr.
"After all these years. Springfield
stands tall. It proves Springfield is a
resilient people," Bennings said. "I
think history will look back on us
and say we were a small group of
people who envisioned big things.
This chapter in our history is for all
of those long nights, those difficult
times when Springfield had to stand
tall. This is for all of those
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7 Habits Hurting Men Over 40 I I
Men's leading causes of death are
nothing new: heart disease, cancer,
unintentional injuries, stroke, dia-
betes, respiratory disease and slii-
The good news is that most of
these conditions are preventable. To
decrease your risks, you need to
change the below habits that can
endanger your health.
Don't Be Single
Numerous surveys have shown
that married men, especially men in
their 50s, 60s. and 70s. are healthi-
er and have lower death rates than
those who never married or who are
divorced or widowed. Never-mar-
ried men are three times more like-
ly to die of cardiovascular disease,
for example. After 50, divorced
men's health deteriorates rapidly
compared to married men's, found a
RAND Center for the Study of
Why? The social nature of mar-
riage may lower stress levels and
depression, which lead to chronic
illness. Also, unmarried men gener-
ally have poorer health habits, too,
such as drinking more, eat poorly,
going to the doctor less
often less medical care
and engaging in more risky
behaviors, such as promis-
Don't Go Tech-Crazy
The more time that's
spent looking at wide-
screen TVs, smartphones,
tablets, gaming systems,
laptops, and other elec-
tronics, the less time that's
spent on more healthful
pursuits, like moving your
body, communing with
nature, and interacting
with human beings.
Social isolation raises
the risk of depression and dementia,
and a sedentary lifestyle has been
linked to heart disease, type 2 dia-
betes, obesity, and premature death.
A 2012 Australian study of more
than 220,000 adults ages 45 and up
linked sitting for 1 or more hours a
day with a 40 percent increased risk
of death over the next three years.
But researchers say that getting
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up and moving even five minutes
per hour is a "feasible goal and
offers many health benefits."
Don't Eat Poorly
In 2010, 35.5 percent of men
were obese, up from 27.5 percent in
2000, according to the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention.
Poor nutrition is linked with heart
disease, diabetes, and cancer -
leading causes of death in men over
40. Younger midlife men often
over-rely on red meat, junk food,
and fast food to fuel a busy
lifestyle, which leads to excess
weight, high cholesterol, hyperten-
sion, and other risk factors. Older
men living alone and alcoholics are
vulnerable to malnutrition, because
they tend not to prepare healthy
food for themselves.
The American Dietetic
Association recommends a reason-
able 2,000 calories a day for men
over 50 who are sedentary, up to
2,400 for those who are active.
Most of those calories should come
from lean proteins, whole grains
and fruits and vegetables.
Don't Be a Bad Driver
Men generally have more car
accidents than women, and men in
their 50s and 60s are twice as likely
as women to die in car wrecks.
Unintentional injuries (of all kinds)
are the top cause of death among
men ages 40 to 44, the third main
cause in men ages 45 to 64, and
cause #8 in men 65-plus. Among
middle-aged men, fatalities are
more likely to result from falling
asleep at the wheel, exceeding the
speed limit, getting into an accident
at an intersection or on weekends
after midnight. Men over age 45
have more accidents on snow and
Don't Neglect Your Mental
Although women are three times
more likely to attempt suicide than
men, men are more successful at it.
according to the American
Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
In 2009, 79 percent of all suicides
More than 60 percent of all those
who die by suicide have major
depression. If you include alco-
holics, that number rises to 75 per-
cent. In older adults, social isolation
is another factor this is why older
suicides are often widowers. Men
often equate depression with "sad-
ness" or other emotions and fail
to realize that common warning
signs of depression include fatigue
or excessive sleep, agitation and
restlessness, trouble concentrating,
irritability, and changes in appetite
Depression is treatable at any
age, and most cases are responsive
to treatment, according to the
National Institute of Mental Health.
The older you get, the worse the
effects of smoking become. Older
smokers have sustained greater
lung damage over time because
they tend to have been smoking
longer; they also tend to be heavier
Men over 65 who smoke are
twice as likely to die of stroke.
Smoking causes more than 90 per-
cent of all cases of COPD the
fourth leading cause of death
among men and 80 to 90 percent
of all lung cancer. The risks of all
kinds of lung disease rise with age.
Smokers develop Alzheimer's dis-
ease, the sixth leading cause of
death, far more than nonsmokers.
Older smokers are less likely than
younger smokers to believe there's
a real health risk attached to ciga-
rettes, says the American Lung
Association, which means they're
less likely to try to quit. But regard-
less of the age you are when you
quit, your risk of added heart dam-
age is halved after one year. The
risks of stroke, lung disease, and
cancer also drop immediately.
More Beautiful Skin, Faster
More Beautiful Skin, Faster
Maintaining soft, beautiful skin
isn't a lost art just a neglected
one. Did you know that about 70
percent of skin imperfections, such
as dullness and aging, is caused by
environmental factors that you have
some control over?
So what are some of the secrets
for softer, clearer, glowing skin?
Dr. Brooke Jackson wants to give
you the inside scoop by answering
some important skin questions.
Q: What are some articular
ingredients that tend to work
particularly well for African
American skin, and some that
tend to just cause irritation?
A: Great question! Something
you need to keep in mind when try-
ing products is the difference
between allergies and irritation,
because there is a difference. If
your skin has never seen the prod-
uct, it may need to be introduced
more slowly. For example. people
who have sensitive skin may need
to use antiaging products every
other night rahtcr than every night
to avoid irritation and if you have a
history of eczema you are more
likely to be irritated from the prod-
uct, not allergic to it. Of course, if
vou don't like how your skin is
reacting to a product, it's best to
just stop using it and talk to a der-
As far as products specifically
designed for Black skin, people are
different- there is not a go-to list of
ingredients specifically for AA skin.
Products should be tailored to skin
type ( dry, sensitive, oily, acne
prone) rather than skin color.
Q: Is there anything different I
should be doing for my skin,
product-wise, during different
A: Yes! During warmer months,
it's important to lighten up: people
tend to have more oil production in
the summer, so if your skin is real-
ly oily, you can probably skip the
moisturizer. However, don't forget
that the sunscreen!
Q: Which anti-aging products
to you recommend?
A: SUNSCREEN EVERY SIN-
GLE DAY! This is the best. and
probably the most cost effective
antiaging product you could ever
use. Other than that I would add
retinoids if tolerated, antioxidants
and growth factors but none of it
will make a huge difference if you
do not protect your skin!
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Toast to the Animals
Raise your glass for a Purr-feet
cause! It's the 14th annual "Toast to
the Animals" event to benefit the
Jacksonville Humane Society,
Friday, August 24th at the Omni
Hotel, 245 Water St. For more
information call (904) 725-8766 or
Annual Senior Prom
The city's 30th annual "Glitz &
Glimmer" Senior Prom will be held
Friday, August 24th, 6-10 p.m at
the Prime F. Osborn, 1000 Water St.
The prom features a formal dinner,
dancing, live entertainment, 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 pro-
grams throughout the city. For more
information, call 630-0995.
AKA Platinum &
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Gamma Rho Omega Chapter, Inc.
presents their Platinum and Pearls:
Celebrating 70 Years of Timeless
Service 70th Year Anniversary
Luncheon. Saturday, August 25th
at lla.m. at the Hyatt Hotel, 225
East Coastline Drive. For more
Information call (904) 655-6539 or
The Duval County Extension
office will present a "Baker's
Dozen" of landscape tips for the
upcoming winter season. Learn the
difference between regular lawn
care and organic lawn care and
much more. Attendees will also see
how to prepare their tools for the off
season including a sharpening
demonstration. The class is free and
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 email@example.com.
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
Ritz Sound & Vocal
The Ritz is holding auditions for
the Ritz Sounds and Vocal
Performers, Wednesday, August
29th and Thursday, August 30th
from 6-8 p.m For more information
call 632-5555 or mail
tthomas(a)coj.net. The theater is
located at 829 North Davis Street.
Pieces of a
Dream in Concert
The Ritz Jazz Jamm will present
Pieces of a Dream, Saturday,
September 1st for two shows, 7:00
p.m. & L0:00 p.m. Famously dis-
covered by Grover Washington, Jr.
in 1979, Pieces Of A Dream has
been at the cutting edge of contem-
porary jazz ever since. For more
information call (904) 632-5555 or
The Ritz is located at 829 North
open mic for poets and poetry
lovers of all ages. Show off your
own talent for verse, or just come,
listen and soak up the creative
atmosphere. Spoken Word hits the
stage Thursday, September 6th at
7:00 p.m. For more information call
(904) 632-5555 or visit www.ritz-
jacksonville.com. The Ritz is locat-
ed at 829 North Davis Street.
at the Ritz
Amateur Night at the Ritz will be
held on Friday, September 7th at
7:30 pm. $5.50. Call 632-5555.
The William M. Raines Class of
1973 will present a Viking Pride,
Welcome Fall Festival on
Saturday, September 8th.
Festivities start at 8 p.m. at Carl's
Main Street Southern Soul
Restaurant, 1748 North Main
Street. Come enjoy dancing and hor
d'oeuvres. For more info, contact
Gail Hammond Haines at (904)
699-1861 or e-mail willettal (corm-
Spoken Word Club Meeting
Once a month, the Ritz offers an The next P.R.I.D.E. Book lub
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September 8th at 4 p.m. at the home
of Felice Franklin, 2968 Herschel
Street. The book for discussion is
When and Where I Enter: The
Impact ofBlack Women on Race &
Sex in America by Paula J.
Giddings. For more information
(iGrammy award winning singer
Anthony 11 ,ii i. ., 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 call the boxx
office at (904) 633-6110 or visit
Amateur Night at
the Ritz Auditions
Bring your talents to the Ritz for
Amateur Night auditions, Thursday,
September 13th. Amateur Night is
a variety talent competition that
accepts wide variety of acts, includ-
ing singers, dancers (solo & group),
mime acts. comedians, rappers, solo
instrumentalists, spoken word per-
formers. and others. For more infor-
mation call 632-5555 or email
tthomas(a coj.net or visit the Ritz at
829 North Daxis Street.
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.
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.
Come see Jacksonville's Got
Talent at the Times Union Center,
Terry Theater, 300 W. Water St.,
Saturday, September 22nd at 7:00
p.m. Come compete for a $20,000
media release package to the grand
prize winner from Jhill Records and
a trip to Los Angeles, California.
For more information email how-
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(904) 633-6110 or visit www.jax-
Come on Down
to the Price of Right!
Coming to Jacksonville stages,
Tuesday, September 25th at 7:30
p.m. is the Price Is Right, Live! The
hit interactive stage show that gives
contestants pulled right from the
audience the chance to "come on
down" to win appliances, vacations
and even new cars. Even if your
name is not called to play, you still
have a chance to win. For more
information email www.artist-
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Hank and Billye Aaron present a check for $104,000 to Atlanta
Technical College President Alvetta Peterman Thomas.
Hank Aaron Donates $100,000
to Atlanta Technical College
The Atlanta Technical College Foundation announced recently that the
Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream Foundation has made a generous donation
in the amount of $104,000 to establish the Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream
Foundation 4 for 4 Endowed Scholarship at Atlanta Technical College. The
scholarship is in memory of Dr. Brenda Watts Jones, former president of
Atlanta Technical College. Dr. Jones lost her battle with breast cancer in
2007 and was the first female African-American technical college presi-
dent in the state of Georgia.
"We are thrilled that The Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream Foundation
has chosen Atlanta Technical College as one of their scholarship institu-
tions. This endowed scholarship will benefit so many of our students who
truly are fulfilling their dreams," said Atlanta Technical College President
Dr. Alvetta Peterman Thomas.
The Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream 4 for 4 Endowed Scholarship at
Atlanta Technical College marks the 14th scholarship established by the
Chasing the Dream Foundation and the first scholarship given to a techni-
cal college. The endowed scholarship represents the latest installment in
the 17-year-old Foundation which the Aarons started to give back to the
children they believed deserved to be able to chase their dreams.
After achieving the original goal of assisting 755 children (to coincide
with the number of Hank Aaron's lifetime home runs), Major League
Baseball and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America joined the Foundation's
efforts and created the "44 Forever" program (to coincide with Hank
Aaron's jersey number) which was funded by Major League Baseball and
administered by the Boys and Girls Clubs to support 44 children each year,
in perpetuity. Following those initiatives, the "4 for 4 scholarship" pro-
gram, was according to Billye Aaron, "a natural choice to extend our sup-
port to dream chasers new and old.""
This scholarship reflects the desire of The Hank Aaron Chasing the
Dream Foundation to encourage and reward academic achievement, in
areas of study leading to public service careers as well as in other profes-
sions. Funds at the College will be used to assist at least two students per
term at Atlanta Technical College. The first scholarships will be awarded
this fall semester.
Beaver Street Enterprise Center Celebrates 9th
Anniversary of Advancing Entrepreneurship
Shown above are honorees (L-R) Daniel Gilham, The Forbes &
Thompson Wealth Management Group, Jackie Perry, Beaver Street
Enterprise Center, John W. Dietzen, Jr., Wells Fargo Bank, Margie
Schofield, Schofield Tax Solutions, Valerie Hendriex-Jenkins, Wells
Fargo Foundation, Connie Smith, Wells Fargo Foundation and John
Thompson, The Forbes & Thompson Wealth Management Group.
by Angelia Redding
Friends, partners and various sup-
porters of the Beaver Street
Enterprise Center recently gathered
in the Center's Event Hall to cele-
brate its 9th Anniversary and
Many years ago when the Beaver
Street Enterprise Center first
opened its doors, with the help and
support of many public and private
sectors, there were less than 15
business incubators in Florida.
Incubators were a new and relative-
ly untested way for new business to
get themselves off the -round. Fast-
forward to 9 years later and the
Beaver Street Enterprise Center has
assisted over 100 entrepreneurs in
various stages of new venture
development. Through these com-
panies, new and better products and
services have been developed,
introduced into our lives and hun-
dreds of quality jobs have been cre-
ated in the city of Jacksonville.
"Beaver Street Enterprise Center's
success is a result of the continuous
investment of time, experience and
resources of those individuals and
community organizations that have
supported us and the entrepreneur-
ial spirit over the past 9 years", said
Jackie Perry, Executive Director.
"Our 9th Anniversary Awards
Luncheon provides us with the per-
fect platform to recognize and
honor these supporters!"
"How I got here from there ...
Lessons from the Journey" was the
theme, and keynote speaker, Alkina
Daniels, shared the story of his own
journey from decorated Navy sailor
to business tycoon and philanthro-
pist. Owner of nine Domino's
Pizza restaurants in Georgia, with
the goal of owning twenty, within
the next five years, Daniels is pas-
sionate about business and charita-
ble giving. He has started a local
program called "Feed a Family a
Day," where each of his stores
selects a family to receive a meal.
After twenty years in the U.S.
Navy, Daniels decided to donate his
entire military pension to cancer
research in honor of his late father.
"Anytime you have an entity that
gives you an edge in the business
community, your ability to succeed
is far greater than those who are try-
ing to do it on their own. In busi-
ness, I've learned that there are
many elements that are not there at
the beginning and must be
acquired. Beaver Street Enterprise
Center is putting many of those ele-
ments together and providing them
to start-up businesses," said
Longshoreman Protest Across the Country
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Shown above are Local 1408
Longshoreman is Vince Cameron
and Baron Rivers picketing on
In a show of solidarity and
strength, ILA Locals representing
major ports throughout the south-
eastern United States, participated
in a rally on Monday, August 20,
2012 at the United States Marine
Corps (USMC) in Washington,
D.C. to make known their griev-
ances in USMC's award of work
contracts to Portus.
This week, more rallies were held
in Charleston, South Carolina at the
Navy Facility also in protest to
Portus, a non-ILA company head-
quartered in Jacksonville, FL for
receivingMilitary work traditional-
ly performed by ILA workers. "We
the International Longshoremen's
Association feel that the industry
standard was violated by Portus
who took advantage of a poor econ-
omy and hired employees who were
otherwise unemployed and desper-
ate for work at a rate of half the
industry standard and without bene-
fits" said Daniel Teague, President
of ILA Clerks and Checkers Local
1593 in Jacksonville.
Jacksonville's ILA Locals 1408 and
the Clerks and Checker's 1593 have
also joined affiliated ILA's in oppo-
sition to the United States Marine
Corps' decision to hire Portus.
Charles Spencer, Executive Vice
President, ILA International said,
"The U.S. Marine Core's decision
to hire Portus didn't give proper
consideration to safety issues. It
was a radical decision following a
longstanding relationship with ILA
and we feel that Best Value V.S.
Lowest Bidder standards were
ignored. We are committed to stay-
ing the course in our quest to
informthe public about theseissue-
sas well as bring Jacksonville back
up to maritime industry standards."
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Florida's new rules also require
that precincts be closed on the
Sunday before Election Day, when
black churches in Florida tradition-
ally transport members from serv-
ices straight to voting booths
through the "Get Your Souls to the
Florida cannot appeal the court's
decision yet, because it has yet to
rule on state changes to third-party
voter registration rules. Lawyers
representing Florida did not imme-
diately respond to requests for
Regardless of whether Florida
appeals, opponents of the voting
hours reductions now will chal-
lenge them in the state's 62 other
counties on the grounds that they
are not uniform with the rest of the
"If we don't do it, I'm positive
someone else will," said Dale Ho, a
lawyer with the Legal Defense
Fund, one of the advocacy groups
involved in the case.
The court, however, upheld a sep-
arate measure that requires Florida
voters who moved between coun-
ties to file provisional ballots on
Election Day if they haven't
changed their address in time.
Mrs. Perry's Free Press Page 9
August 23-29 2012
Flipping Through the Free Press Files
For the p.ist 25 years, we have celebrated the many people, places and events, that have graced the Free Press pages. Though our offi-
cial celebration is over, we received such an overwhelming response to the "Flipping" page, we have decided to flashback the page from
time to timlt! We continue to share with you some of the many memories that have shaped our publication.
Healthy Families Jax employee Wendy Jackson.
Dress for Success event participants: Ida Dempsey, Margaret
Innocent, Ronlene Coleman, Annie Lease-Morris and Kenneth
Shown after selecting the "5 Most Influential African Americans" in Jacksonville History for the Millenium are the Free Press
Editorial Board in 1999. Shown above (L-R) are Reggie Fullwood, Joel McEachon, William Brown, Gwen Leapheart, Jim Crooks,
Carolyn Williams, Ezekiel Bryant, JuCoby Pittman, Mack Freeman, Cornelius Lockett, Evelyn Young, Lydia Wooden, Camilla
Thompson and Rahman Johnson.
Taking Ste owa tter
Super Weekend Forum participants Minister David Black, Dr.
Waine Kong, Dr. Landon Williams and Dr. James Gavin.
1 A IIA.C I
Phi Delta Kappa sorors donate treats: Curlue Huger, Callie
Merriweather, Olester Williams, Joanne Green and Flora
Sculptured Artist Lawrence Waldon with his Mother Harriett
egory and Kathy Wilson.
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Eddie Baggs with wife Lorraine Baggs enjoying the holidays.
Looking Dapper: Charles Scantling,
Tony Nelson, Hosea Smalls and Dwayne Sweets.
Former Jacksonville Fire Chief Ray Alfred with Eric Green
at the dedication of Bethel Baptist Street.
Lavilla Grill Owner Virgil Woodard with Urban League
President Richard Danford.
Shown above networking with the Urban League Auxiliary are :
Michael Gainey, Charles Stansberry, Carlottra Slaton, JuCoby
Pittman, Sir Spencer Cobb and Jocelyn Turner.
Actor and TV host Rahman Johnson with rapper Craig Mack.
Clarence and Juliette Fields smiling for the cameras!
Pai e 10 .- INI. tP'ie -y',s VliI've l'r,,S
August 23 29, 2012
August 23-29, 2012
Page 11 Mrs. Perry's Free Press
Blodgett Homes Community Celebrates
Everlasting Families at 12th Annual Reunion
t't t .a
Tony Wilson (1962-2012) and Dave Calero James Rivers (1946-2012), Bubba Fields (1957- Renee Nash, Shawn Caldwell, Felecia Brown
(1959 2012). 1981) and Kenneth Glover (1958-1981)..n Samuel (1987) and Kevin Mills, Sr.
Tim Smothers, Marion Miller (1968-198) and
Unice Smith (1952-1975), Rufus Freeman Kenneth Lockett cooking and enjoying old
(1973) and Johnny James (1973). and new friends.
I_- Wesley Harris (1960-1962), Cookie Brown
Pennie Dickinson, LaTonya Rylbs (1973-1985), Harriet Sanders (1948-1960), Linda Williams, (1945 1978), Anthony Robinson (1945-1978).
Marva Nicholas (1968-1985) and Lance Palmer. and Brenda Collier (1950-1960).
Golden Girls lead Dancer Mary Hogan leads Lawrence Witherspoon (1946-1960) and
the dance ladies in the Down South Shuffle. Lillie Primus.
Keith Sweat Shares the
Secret to His Long
Even though he always dreamed porated hip-hop with contemporary
of a career in music, Keith Sweat soul, high-tech funk and, in some
says he planned for an alternative cases, rap. It lasted for approxi-
career just in case. mately six years. Sweat was consid-
"I think everyone should have an ered one of the stars of the New
alternative plan. In my case, I went Jack Swing era, and many histori-
to the City College of New York ans studying this form of music feel
and got my degree in communica- that it was his debut album that
tions. So I had a backup plan so that kicked off the genre.
I didn't lose out on a decent future," That debut and now classic 1987
says Sweat, about to take the stage album, "Make It Last Forever,"
at the Keswick Theater in Glenside sold more than three million copies,
on Aug. 18. producing several R&B hit singles,
As it turned out, Sweat needn't including "I Want Her."
have worried. In a career that has Sweat explains that he was able
spanned decades, the New York- to write the majority of songs on
born songwriter/record that album, gaining inspiration, as
producer/vocalist/actor/radio per- he does even today, from a combi-
sonality has broken records and nation of situations. "Sometimes
blazed many trails as he contributed I'm inspired by conversations I
to the pop and R&B genres. He is hear, or things I feel, or chords I
also coined as the genius behind the like from something I've heard.
New Jack Swing phe- There are many things that come
nomenon of the late into my ability to write songs."
1980s. His second album, 'I'll Give All
New Jack My Love," was released in 1990
Swing incor- aid re.hled the top of the charts,
,,,d c:iiin,ined the hit, "Make You
S, ; eat." which reached number one
on ill R &B charts.
Nl- Il--ie and more top-selling
:tlhumti followed, as did acco-
lades and awards, including
his being named Favorite
Male R&B/Soul Artist for
the American Music
Awards in 1997.
He's also appeared
on a variety of talk
shows and sitcoms,
and a handful of inde-
For example, he
appeared on televi-
i sion in an episode
of the hit show
Undercover," and the TV show,
"Martin." He says he might take
that part of his career further, if the
right offers come his way.
"But right now," he explains,
"I'm a little too busy just trying to
do my music thing. I have a rela-
tionship book coming out in
February. I have a syndicated radio
show in about 21 markets and other
things as well. I wouldn't mind act-
ing some more, but right now, I
look at all my achievements and
feel pretty happy about them all."
Sweat has four children, and says
his two sons seem to want to follow
in their father's footsteps. "But 1
don't push them. I allow them to do
whatever they want to do, and be
whoever they want to be, as long as
it's all good. If anything, at times I
try to get them thinking about being
doctors or lawyers because the
music industry is a crazy industry
now. So I'd like them to think about
careers that will last them a life-
Not everyone is cut out for this
business, he continues. "It's not
easy to have a career in the music
industry, and you have to really
want it to, hopefully, one day
achieve it. You don't do it because
you want to be rich or famous. You
do it because you have to, because
you love it."
As for Sweat himself, however,
he concedes that music has been
one of the best things that ever hap-
pened to him. -le says, "I find
music very therapeutic for me, for
everybody. One thing about music
is that it makes you smile and feel
good. That's why it's so universal.
And my music has made me a
household name for a lot of peo-
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SIGHTS & SCENES SIGHTS. & SCENES SIGHTS & SCENES SIGHTS & SCENES
When it Raines it Pours: Chad
Johnson Now Facing Foreclosure
When it rains it pours. A few days after
getting cut from the Miami Dolphins and J
being arrested for head-butting his wife w
Evelyn Lozada, Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson
is on his way to losing his Miami condo.
According to reports, Johnson hasn't paid
the maintenance fee on his condo since
2009. The maintenance charge is $863 a
month. The building contacted the former 4
Miami Dolphins wide receiver saying if he
didn't pay off his $31,000 debt, the apartment would go into foreclo-
Obviously, Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson isn't in the best financial
shape considering he is in the beginning stages of a divorce from
Evelyn Lozada. Word is the football star is in such dire financial straits,
he turned to some private investors for loans. Chad took a loan totaling
$150,000 from to private investors from Palm Beach, Florida. In order
to get the loan, Chad had to use a house he bought for one of his baby
mommas as collateral.
Despite Chad Johnson's recent destructive behavior, he hope he gets
his life together.
Robin Givens Accused of Stiffing
Lawyer for Mike Tyson Divorce
A representative for Mike Tyson's ex-wife
Robin Givens is brushing off allegations the
actress neglected to pay a lawyer on her former
,. The late Marvin Mitchelson allegedly drew
-- y up divorce papers for Givens' legal battle with
the retired boxer in 1988. Now, 24 years later,
the lawyer's widow, Marcella, has accused the
47-year-old of failing to pay him for his work.
"Marvin worked really hard on getting those papers filed overnight
for Givens and was very upset she fired him and never paid him the
$15,000," she tells the New York Daily News. "(I) could certainly use
However, Givens' publicist, James Grant, has dismissed the claims,
saying, "She had one meeting with Mitchelson and signed immediately
with Raoul Felder, who represented her throughout the entire case. It
was just a brief meeting. She doesn't owe him any money."
Mitchelson, who represented dozens of celebrities throughout his
career, including Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone, lost his battle
with cancer in 2004.
Tyson and Givens married in February, 1988. but split several months
Usher Held in Contempt for Canceling '
Tameka's Saks Card
Usher got in trouble with the court today for can-
celing ex-wife Tameka Foster Raymond's credit
card at Saks.
As the two continue their heated child custody
battle, a judge held the singer in contempt for clos-
ing out the card last year. Ursh was ordered to
reopen his wife's line of credit in his name. Tameka
says she uses the card in her job as a stylist.
The closed Saks card was just one of Tameka Raymond's many giev-
ances in their ongoing custody fight, notes TMZ. Tameka said Usher
owed her cash for the nanny bill and continually failed to keep her in
the loop about where and when he traveled with the kids.
The court ruled in Tameka's favor. awarding her $1,300 for the
August 23-29, 2012
Ever I~'i;ht ll N'oud seo the diay
that pItssi~n g, in class couul
land a ,hiid uinl 'ii
ell it's he -- at 10tlist it Is it%
Meridian, Misissisipp, claims the
Department of Justice, A D.OJ
report issued last week c\rplicitl
calls Meridian's rampant incarcer-
ation of school children a school-
to-prison pipeline and demands
the municipality stop the practice
or face a lawsuit.
The findings implicate the
Lauderdale County Youth Court,
the Meridian Police Department
(MPD) and the Mississippi
Division of Youth Services (DYS)
for perpetuating the systematic
arrests. According to the DOJ,
these entities have violated the
constitutional due process rights
of juveniles with their policy of
arresting all suspended students,
without regard to the type of
offense. Students have been rou-
tinely placed in a juvenile prison
for minor infractions such as dress
code violations, flatulence, pro-
fanity and disrespect.
Looking at the demographics of
Meridian, it becomes clear who
this policy affects most. Sixty-two
percent of the overall population
is Black and 82 percent of school
district's children are Black.
The MPD's policy is to automat-
ically arrests all students referred
by the school district without any
further inquiry. This broad over-
sight allows officers to skirt the
procedure of obtaining prior youth
court custody orders or make
assessments of probable cause.
The DOJ has offered to negoti-
ate with the parties, but if an
agreement is not reached,
Meridian will be forced to defend
its policies in court.
For Many, Life in South Africa
Hasn't Changed Much Post Apartheid
Shown above is celebrity stylist Ted Gibson with Douglas
Gabby Douglas Gets a Professional
Makeover from Celebrity Hair Stylist
When Gabby Douglas caused a stir not for her Olympic medal wins in
London but for the appearance of her hair, she dismissed it with the matu-
rity of someone twice her 16 years of age. Meanwhile, her team swooped
into action and enlisted one of the most talented scissor-wielding pros in
Hollywood: Ted Gibson.
"I couldn't believe it and still can't," Gibson, who has worked on the
tresses of Anne Hathaway, Angelina Jolie, Kate Gosselin and Ashley
Greene, told The Daily Beast on Wednesday about the criticism Douglas
received over her slicked-back ponytail. "You have this young girl doing
amazing things, and the conversation becomes about her hair? It was
ridiculous and shameful."
Earlier this month, the pint-sized Team USA gymnast, who's the first
African American female to win the All-Around gold, shed some light on
the trivial, tress-related matter. "They have no idea what they're talking
about," she told Us Weekly. "We rotate from event to event so there's no
time for them to say 'Representing the USA, Gabrielle Douglas' and me to
say 'Yeah, thanks!' as I'm brushing my hair. It's so disrespectful! I'm not
thinking about that. I'm thinking about bringing a gold medal home."
Last week Gibson, who also lends his talents on What Not to Wear,
worked his mane magic on the Virginia Beach native and gave her a hair
makeover that the teen couldn't stop gushing about: frizz-free, center-part-
ed waves that fall a few inches below her shoulders.
Even though the 2012 London Olympics have wrapped for Douglas and
her Fierce Five teammates the wild ride has really just begun.
"I'm excited because she's so young and I have a chance for input in the
brand of Gabby," said Gibson. "There are so many opportunities for some-
one like her to shine, and I get to be part of that on the ground floor. It's
From scrawny dogs
wandering shanties to
pit toilets, workers at
South Africa's tragedy-
hit Marikana platinum
mine still live in miser-
able conditions 18 years
after the end of
The police shooting
which killed 34 mine
workers on Thursday
has not only highlighted
the brutality faced by
the workers, but has also
put the spotlight on their
dire living conditions,
many of whom live in
shacks at the foot of
some of the world's rich-
est platinum reserves.
Ian Buhlungu rents a
shack built with corru-
gated iron and wood in a
shantytown on a dusty
plain outside the mine where he has
no running water and uses a pit toi-
"I want to be with my kids but I
can't," said the 47-year-old who is a
single father after his wife died of
tuberculosis two years ago.
Like thousands of others, he trav-
elled from afar to work in the mine
so as to earn enough to feed his
daughter and twin sons, whom he
was forced to leave behind in the
care of his family in the rural
"People who are not educated get
a low salary and can't afford to feed
their families," he said.
South Africa's economy --
Africa's largest, was built on the
back of cheap black labour, workers
who were harnessed to extract the
country's deep reserves of gold,
platinum and diamonds.
During the apartheid era, minori-
ty white rulers forced black South
Africans to live in areas far
removed from white cities without
job opportunities, forcing them to
become migrant workers on the
mines living in tough conditions.
Women carry placards as they chant slogans to protest against the killing of min-
ers by the South African police outside a South African mine in Rustenburg, 62
miles northwest of Johannesburg last week.
Even today, many mine workers
live in difficult conditions.
"Life here isn't life," said Belinia
Mavie, 25, from neighboring
Mozambique, who joined her hus-
band in Marikana four years ago.
Her husband had travelled in
1994 from his home country to
work in South Africa's mines.
"We don't have toilets, we don't
have water," she said.
Men who come to work at
Lonmin's mine alone often live in
the company's hostel, part of the
sprawling complex that supports
the mine run by the world's third-
largest platinum producer.
But others are forced to build
shacks of wood and corrugated
metal to house their whole families
in the cabins that neither keep out
the heat nor the cold.
Goats, scrawny dogs and chick-
ens wander in the dirt roads. Papers
litter the yellowed grass. There is
electricity but only shared commu-
nal water taps.
"A hundred years after mining
began in this country, we still have
the lifestyle of people above the
ground that we had at the turn of the
century," said analyst Adam Habib.
"The levels of inequality in our
society, 18 years after our transi-
tion... the lives of workers on the
ground have not changed," said
In a front page commentary, The
Sunday Independent noted that in
mines, violence and "humiliating
social conditions" persisted.
"Most Marikana mineworkers
live in a slum city, the epicentre of
our social and moral breakdown
and a fuse for violence," it said.
Frustration with their conditions
boiled over when the miners started
their strike with wage demands,
with union rivalry seeing workers
wooed by calls for a tripling of
salaries from the current 4,000 rand
($480, 389 euros) a month.
"I can't live with my wife under
this situation," said a miner who
doesn't want to give his name.
Instead his three children and
their mother live at home in the
Free State province. They used to
visit but now they do not come any-
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