Class of 1982
Presents a Big
Beleaguered Morris Brown College
Officially Files for Bankruptcy
Facing more than $30 million in debt, Morris Brown College officials
have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the move is a last ditch
effort to prevent the school from being foreclosed on and sold at auc-
tion. The 131-year-old HBCU is facing foreclosure next month after
investors called $13 million worth of bonds tied to the school.
The bonds were issued in 1996 by the Fulton County Development
Authority. The school had pledged several pieces of property as secu-
rity. An auction of assets was set for Sept. 4.
Chapter 11 gives federal protection to businesses unable to pay their
debts and allows reorganization. Legally, the emergency filing delays
the foreclosure until a judge decides otherwise.
Martin Luther King Tape
Found in Attic Heads for Sale
LOS ANGELES A previously unknown audio tape of an interview
with Martin Luther King Jr. was discovered recently in the attic of a
Tennessee home, and a New York collector who bought the recording
says he plans to offer it for sale next week. The 10-minute reel record-
ing was made on December 21, 1960.
Keya Morgan, the proprietor of a Manhattan gallery that deals in his-
torical manuscripts, photos and other artifacts, described the tape as an
extremely rare discovery.
In the tape, King talks about the concept and importance of non-vio-
lent protest and asserts that the sit-in demonstrations aimed at ending
racial segregation in public places would ultimately be viewed as a
pivotal moment for American society.
Morgan said he planned to sell the original tape and all rights to it
next week in a private "treaty sale". Based on prices fetched for sim-
ilar recordings of historical figures of similar caliber, Morgan said he
estimated the King tape would be valued at between $20,000 and
$60,000. He declined to say how much he paid for the tape.
Condoleezza Rice Named First
Black Female Masters Member
Condoleezza Rice, the first female African-American Secretary of
State, made more history on Aug. 20 as she was named as one of the
first two women members of the Masters Golf Club at Augusta
National in Augusta, Ga.
Rice, a 57-year-old Stanford University political science professor,
and South Carolina finance Darla Moore, once considered the richest
woman in the banking industry, were both named simultaneously as
the Masters Club's newest members, breaking the club's 80-year his-
tory of female discrimination.
Rice was recently appointed to the U.S. Golf Association's nominat-
ing committee, is also believed to be only the second African-
American club member behind businessman Robert Townsend, who
was invited in 1990. Tiger Woods later became the first African-
American to win the club's golf tournament in 1997, and went on to
win the tournament three more times since.
Attorney Shuts Down George
Zimmerman Facebook page
ORLANDO, Fla. The attorney for the man who fatally shot
Trayvon Martin says he is shutting down a Facebook page the defense
team was using because it was leading to unhelpful discussions.
Attorney Mark O'Mara announced the decision last week on a sepa-
rate website set up to distribute information on George Zimmerman's
defense. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the
shooting and has pleaded not guilty. He claims he shot the unarmed
teenager in self-defense.
O'Mara says the Facebook page served several purposes over the past
three months, including giving Zimmerman and the defense team an
official social media presence. But O'Mara says it also allowed for dis-
cussions of evidence and Zimmerman's guilt or innocence.
The website GZlegalcase.com is still active.
Child Care Higher Than Tuition
Parents are paying more to leave their kids at day care centers than
to drop them off at some colleges, says a new report. Child Care Aware
found in a 2012 report that in 35 states and the District of Columbia,
the average cost for center-based care for an infant was higher than a
year's in-state tuition and fees at a four-year public college.
The 10 least-affordable states for full-time infant care in 2011 were
New York, Minnesota, Oregon, Colorado, Hawaii, Kansas, California,
Illinois, Massachusetts, Indiana and Wisconsin. According to the
report, in 2011, the average annual cost of full-time child care for an
infant in a center ranged from about $4,600 in Mississippi to nearly
$15,000 in Massachusetts. The average annual cost of full-time care
for a 4-year-old child in a center ranged from about $3,900 in
Mississippi to nearly $11,700 in Massachusetts. In New York, parents
of school-age children paid nearly $11,000 a year for part-time care in
a center. The report also found that in 2011, the average annual cost of
full-time care for an infant in a family child care home ranged from
$4,500 in South Carolina to nearly $10,400 in New York. The average
annual cost for a 4-year-old in a family child care home ranged from
$4,100 in South Carolina to about $9,600 in New York.
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GOPS's Attacks on Voting Rights on Blast
While Republicans kicked off
their presidential nominating con-
vention, leaders of the NAACP
accused state and national
Republicans of attacking the voting
rights of people of color.
Calling the lack of attention to
issues important to minorities dur-
ing the presidential campaign a
"crisis of silence over substance."
NAACP president Benjamin Todd
Jealous called on both the Barack
Obama and Mitt Romney cam-
paigns to address such issues as
voting rights, criminal justice, and
racial disparities in education,
health, and economic advancement.
"And now that we hear that there
will not be any moderators of color
during the upcoming presidential
debates," Jealous said, "we really
are concerned that [President
Barack Obama and former Gov.
Mitt Romney] will not be forced to
tackle these issues head on."
The NAACP submitted policy
recommendations to both parties'
platform committees, is sending a
delegation to Tampa, Florida to
meet with GOP leaders, and plans
to do the same with the Democratic
National Convention in Charlotte
Shelton plans to meet with "indi-
vidual delegates and groups of del-
egates, trying to find some common
ground." And he and Jealous said
they also would meet with
Republicans who had approached
NAACP leaders "quietly" over their
own concerns regarding voter ID
laws and other issues dividing the
party from African-Americans.
"We believe we have an agenda
that should transcend petty party
politics," Shelton said, citing high
unemployment rates for black
Americans, which remained double
those of whites even during the
1990s, when white unemployment
reached 4 percent, as well as racial
Continued on page 7
Former Students Kick Off Fundraising Campaign in
Honor of Former Paxon Band Director James V. Brooks
A group of Paxon High School
Alumni, former band parents, co-
workers, family and friends met on 4
Saturday August 25th. the birthday
anniversary of former band director.
James V. Brooks to "Kick Off' a
Memorial Scholarship in his name
The chief consultant for the group,.
Dr. Shelia Flemming-Hunter, is a .'
Jacksonville native, who now resides
in Tennessee. Dr. Hunter spoke to the
group encouraging small consistent
contributions or large yearly gifts to -
fund the campaign. Dr. Hunter
smiled, "Choose your best giving
style and stick with it. You'll be sur-
prised of the outcome." ."
The Alumni group is working
under the umbrella of the Black Rose
Foundation. Contributions can be q
made to The Black Rose Foundation '
for the James V. Brooks Scholarship ]
Fund at -"., /
www.blackrosefoundation.org. *-*. "
Mr. Darrell Brown organized the : -.
alumni music students and will serve
as the Alumni Group Coordinator. Seated from left to right are Alethia Kirby, Shirley Bing, Annette Hill, Pearl Mackey who sponsored the
For more information call Shirley Brunch. Back row Lisa Cogdell, Chinnery King, Vianna Kirby, Birdine A. Jackson, Katrena Alexander, Mascelia
Bing at (904) 924-0233. Robinson, Brenda Sanders, Lisa King and Laretta Mitchell. Dr. Sheila Fleming Hunter is in the inset.
Gamma Rho Omega Celebrates 70 Years
of Service to the Jacksonville Community
Shown (L-R) Juliann M. Blackmon (Luncheon Co-Chair), Willetta R. Richie (Vice-President), Prudence
Williams (Chaplain), Mary L. Brown (Luncheon Co-Chair), Norma Solomon White (25th International
President and Luncheon Chair) and Brenda R. Simmons-Hutchins (LuncheonChair). David Demeiy photo
by Penny Dickerson
The Gamma Rho Omega Chapter
of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority,
Incorporated celebrated seven
decades of contributions to the
Jacksonville community last week-
end at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.
More than 300 sorority members
and guests gathered for a festive
afternoon appropriately themed,
"Platinum and Pearls: Celebrating
70 years of Timeless Service."
Throughout the past seven
decades, more than $650,000 in
funding has been awarded to young
women in pursuit of higher educa-
tion. Last year, more than $25,000
in financial assistance was awarded
Other chapter highlights through-
out the years include breaking
racial barriers by presenting operat-
ic legend Marian Anderson before
an integrated audience in 1952 to
the purchase of its first sorority
house in 1965,. The current sorority
house, located at 1011 West 8th
Street, was purchased in 1976 and
currently has no mortgage liability.
More than 450 young women
have participated in the Debutante
Coterie established in 1981 and this
winter the chapter will present
"The Chocolate Nutcracker" as its
signature fundraising event to
replace the now defunct Ebony
Instead of the traditional keynote
speaker, Juliann M. Blackmon, 70th
Anniversary Luncheon Chair, wrote
an original skit that mimicked a
mock courtroom trial with
Blackmon serving as the
"The Trial of the Century"
sought to determine if the organiza-
tion and affiliated local chapter was
accused of outstanding and continu-
ous "service to all mankind," would
there be enough evidence to convict
them? Guilty as charged, the chap-
ter has accumulated more than
enough evidence to convict them of
a lifetime sentence of both "Service
to all Mankind" and "Global
Leadership through Timeless
As the celebration winded down,
members fellowshipped and
embraced a newfound energy that
inspired them to move forward. In
closing, Dr. Norma White, "The
best is yet to come!"
How to be an African-American Art Lover
Why investing in original black art is affordable, easy and edifying
In today's lean economic times,
purchasing art might seem frivolous,
but you don't have to be a millionaire
to own quality artwork. It is not as
difficult as you may thing for a lover
of black culture to own creative
treasures like those on display in the
Ritz Museum. The joy black Ameri-
cans can gain from buying original
art derives in part from the ability to
preserve our culture in images we ap-
prove of, while spend money on ob-
jects that can appreciate in value
(rather than depreciating like most
Black art in America is a thriving
realm just waiting for regular con-
sumers to take part. Below are some
of the tips and insider secrets the art
professionals provided to aspiring
collectors of regular means.
"Educate your eye," said Amy
Kisch, founder ofAKArt and former
Sotheby's senior manager. "You
might start seeing patterns or themes
in the types of pieces you like." Once
Nationwide-Research has long
shown that there is a huge financial
gap between whites and Blacks in
America. Earlier this year, the Ariel
Education Initiative revealed that
African Americans are eroding their
retirement savings at a much higher
rate that other demographics.
The report showed that many
African-Americans are withdrawing
money for unexpected emergencies,
and that 50% of African Americans
carried a loan balance into 2011 com-
pared to 22% of Asians and 26% of
you get an idea of what styles of art
you enjoy, learn the lingo of the art
world. The next time you're in an art
gallery, you will know what you
want and how to articulate your
Another tip? "Read absolutely
everything you can get your hands
on," advised Debra Vanderburg
Spencer, a Harvard-trained arts man-
agement specialist. Her clients in-
clude Harlem's beloved Schomburg
Center for Research in Black Cul-
ture. By educating yourself, you can
come to know the artists and types of
art you might want to buy, as well as
the various price ranges out there.
You'd be surprised at what you love
that might also have resale value in
this varied field.
Go where the art is
Finding art to view, especially if
you live in a big city, is not difficult.
"Google galleries in your area and
just go there. Get on their mailing
lists. Go to flea markets and art fairs
and local museums and non-profits,"
But the financial situa-
tion seems to be getting
worse, especially when it
comes to African American
women. Earlier this year
the Insight Center for
Community Economic de-
velopment published a
study which found that the
median wealth of single
black women is $100 com-
pared to that of single
white women at $41,000.
Another ING survey,
which polled 1,000 Black
and 454 "non-Black
women" about their spend-
ing habits, found that more
S,,,,,,, tthan half of tth Black re-
spondents lent $500 or
more to a friend'or family
member within the last
year; one-third said they
loaned more than $1,000.
Other research shows that more
and more Black women are filing
bankruptcy, and defaulting on stu-
dent loans which has an overall de-
fault rate of about 15% now for
for-profit colleges according to the
U.S. Dept of Education. Despite such
negative statistics, there are helpful
options available for women who are
in debt. The program below can help:
the Helping Women In Debt Pro-
gram: Call (888) 235-7939 or visit
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suggested Krista Saunders, an inde- drawing or sculpture that you love.
pendent curator who also attended More famous artists might have lim-
the panel discussion. Break out of the ited edition prints of famous works
pattern of buying posters and mass- available at small galleries in your
produced prints. An artist in your area that are signed but still af-
neighborhood might have an original fordable. These can beautify your
home, and make valuable invest-
ments. In addition, many black-
owned galleries and artists have web
sites and sell directly to the public
Do it for love not money
Art can definitely be an investment
and something of value to pass down
to future generations, but the most
important part of collecting art is the
love. "Think of it as investing in your
happiness," said Kisch. "Your per-
sonal art collection is something you
will live with and see everyday. You
have to love it." It truly uplifts the
soul to look at original things of
beauty that you adore in your home.
Make a fair deal
"Most galleries are more than will-
ing to make payment arrangements,"
said Tracy Causey Jeffrey, owner of
Causey Contemporary Gallery in
Brooklyn. "Smaller galleries in par-
ticular will do that because that's
guaranteed revenue." Causey Jeffrey
noted that most payment plans are for
six months or shorter. She also
pointed out that it is a huge faux pas
to ask a gallery owner to shave off a
few dollars. "Galleries are not flea
markets," said Causey Jeffrey. Yet,
the flexibility of a payment plan can
make acquiring a somewhat expen-
sive piece more accessible.
Do a test run
There are websites that help you
rent high-end handbags and clothes,
so it only makes sense that there is
one for art too. Artsicle.com allows
its clients to rent art for as little as
$25 with an option to purchase.
Rent-to-own might not sound classy,
but it makes sense to "test drive" a
piece of art before you commit to a
Will you find a dusty forgotten Pi-
casso or Romare Beardan at a thrift
store for $5 through these methods?
Probably not. But you can find art
that thrills you within your budget
and help support a living artist at the
African-Americans in the fine arts
are making interesting contributions
to the field that you can easily make
a part of your life, regardless of your
income level. The beautycreativity of
our culture is so often celebrated in
pop media, African-Americans might
want to consider exploring the world
of original art so that we can explore
another realm of black beauty.
More Black Women
August 30 September 5, 2012
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Raines Class of 1982 Kick Off 30th Reunion
With a Big Red Community Pep Rally B
Drum Majors, Derrick Black '80 (left) and Michael Bush '82 honor
Mr. Marcus Young, former band director (center).
William M. Raines Class of 1982
went back in time with an Old
Jack & Jill
The Jacksonville Chapter of
Jack and Jill is accepting appli-
cations for the upcoming Les
Beautillion Militaire. The
extraordinary 6 month commit-
ment includes workshops framed
to emphasize self-awareness,
cultural awareness, leadership
development, financial literacy,
and community service through
monthly workshops and lectures.
The deadline to submit the
packet is Sept. 10th. Please con-
tact Cassandra Barlow at 904-
504-8089 or c3barlow@bell-
south.net to receive a copy of the
School Pep Rally last weekend to
kick off their 30th Year Class
Reunion. The event was held at the
YMCA on Cleveland Road and was
spearheaded by '82 Drum Major,
Michael Bush of Atlanta GA. To
pull it off, there were many hours of
practice, rehearsals and planning
with Raines Alumni Band Members
and '82 Auxiliaries (Vikettes, Flags
and Cheerleaders). The event was
steep in the traditions that Raines is
known for! Marcus Young, who
served as then-band director, did
not miss a beat. He was given a
Lifetime Achievement Award dur-
ing the festivities. Gail Holley, for-
mer Home Economics teacher, who
was also honored on Saturday, said
she was excited as she drove up and
heard the horns! Also on hand was
Raines' new principal, Ms. Brown,
and Representative Mia Jones ('86
Alumna and school's 2nd female
Drum Major), as well as faculty
Mrs. Northern and Steve Bellamy
The Raines Class of 1982 remains
an extremely close class and want-
ed to have this Pep Rally in order to
give back to the community a
glimpse of the pride that entails
being a "Viking". Having a Pep
Rally was a great way to do just
that, as Alumni, current students
and friends were invited to attend.
Emanuel Washington ('90
Alumnus), producer of "We
Remember Raines" documentary
said he was in Raines band in the
'90's but they didn't get some of the
music that was presented on
Saturday; seems we lost some tradi-
tions. But on Saturday, one could
feel the electricity in the room as
each number was performed and
the "old-schoolers" reminisced!
There was also several young peo-
ple in attendance to learn as much
as possible about Raines' history,
pride and traditions so that they will
continue to it pass down for gener-
Next on tap for William M.
Raines Class of 1982: A 3 Night
Class Reunion Cruise to the
Bahamas and a Labor Day
Barbeque at Oceanway Park!
These events will close out two
years of planning by reunion chair-
man, Lee Brown, and committees
for our 30th Year Class Reunion.
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Nathan Forrest Causing Problems
Locally, school named after KKK meets little protest
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Three of the Beaver Street
Enterprise Center's incubator grad-
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expanded beyond the walls of
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Universal Understanding, LLC.,
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our graduates next year."
The renovation of a monument honoring a Civil War Confederate gen-
eral, who was the first "Grand Wizard" of the Ku Klux Klan, is once more
creating controversy in Selma, Ala., 11 years after protesters got it moved
off of public property.
The memorial is being repaired after the bust of Gen. Nathan Bedford
Forrest was stolen in March from the 7-foot-tall granite monument it rest-
ed upon at a cemetery in Selma. A group known as the Friends of Forrest
are replacing it and the United Daughters of the Confederacy are adding
a pedestal and fencing to make it harder to steal, Selma City Council
President Dr. Cecil Williamson told NBC News.
Though Forrest was one of the Confederacy's better generals and their
best cavalry leader, he was an "extreme racist," Mark Pitcavage, an expert
of military history and right-wing extremism at the Anti-Defamation
League, told NBC News.
Forrest, a slave owner and a slave trader, was tapped to be the Ku Klux
Klan's first Grand Wizard or supreme leader, the KKK's highest position
in April 1867.
The first monument to Forrest was put up on city property in October
2000 under the permission of the local government administration in
power at the time. People dumped trashed on it and held a mock lynching,
tying rope around it in protest. With a new mayor in office and "such a
public outcry from parts of the community about it being on public prop-
erty." the city council voted to move it in 2001. It is now in a prominent
location on private property.
Locally, Forrest High School was named after the Klan founder, though
some have sought to change the name, it remains his namesake.
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Love is in the air, or are those my
grandmother's collard greens?
Doesn't matter because this week's
discussion will focus on relation-
ships, or marriage to be exact. No,
1 am not addressing same sex mar-
riage or sexual orientation discrim-
Some will say that 1 should be
writing about the Republican
National Convention in Florida this
week and its lack of diversity, but
I'll save that story for next week.
Besides, I need to actually watch
the conference to see how bad the
lack of diversity will be. I am sure
they will have those same five or
six black folk that they put in the
background at all of their events,
but we'll see.
Do you really expect Ronmey to
care about the black vote when a
new NBC News/Wall Street
Journal poll released last week
shows that Romney may do the
impossible. The poll showed
Romney getting zero black support.
In fact, President Obama is leading
among African Americans "by 94
percent to 0 percent."
Yeah, I know how is that possi-
ble? But we will have that dialogue
for next week.
This week will discuss relation-
ships, particularly African
So why would the Swami of
Politics, the Sultan of partisan
propaganda be interested or moti-
vated to write about such an
Essence or Ebony type of topic?
Well, because the topic is not as
fruity or soft as it seems.
Study after study as shown that
strong healthy marriages and rela-
tionships normally equate to stable
focused on the econon
ployment as they soug
the Mitt Romney-Pau
ticket with the record
Barack Obama. But tI
er battle underway tha
less attention but is at
import the fight to a
For several decades
have made judicial ap
top priority. It is still
the GOP and should
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majority could be wid
ed in the other direc
tices over the next fou
Both President Ob:
Romney have made
would appoint a diff
judge to the federal be
So far, the Obam
appointing judges is 1
Obama has app
Supreme Court justice
number as Bill Clinto
W. Bush appointed
years. He appointed
court judges, rough
number that Clinton ai
In fact, a study by two UC Davis
economists show that divorce and
marriage play much bigger eco-
nomic roles for black children than
white children in the United States.
UC Davis economists' Marianne
Page and Ann Huff Stevens find
that in the first two years following
a divorce, family income among
white children falls about 30 per-
cent;while it falls by 53 percent
among black children.
"This difference increases dra-
matically in the long run," Page and
Stevens write. "Three or more
years after the divorce, about a
third of the loss in white household
income is recouped, but the income
of black families barely improves."
In fact, three or more years after
the divorce, the black families
income remains 47 percent lower
than if the parents had remained
together. Marriage appears to have
evengreater benefits for black chil-
dren whose single mothers marry
than for their white counterparts,
according to the study.
Blacks normally have strong
family relationships despite the
social, political, and economic
stresses that affect our lives. Now
marriage on the other hand is a
totally different issue.
The African American divorce
rate is higher than other races and it
seems at time that the only folk
staying together are the old school
married couples. For example, my
grandparents were married for like
a million years, well actually over
I must admit that most of the
relationships that us "young folk"
are involved are as stable as a good
day, but the majority of my married
friends are in strong stable mar-
riages. Now my single friends -
that's a different story.
African-Americans are the most
unwed group in America according
to U.S. Census. Figures show that
35 percent of Americans between
24 and 34 have never married. For
African-Americans, that figure is
And that's not entirely a bad
thing. However, when you mix that
statistic with the fact that according
to the Administration for Children
and Families, 68 percent of African
American births are to unmarried
women; compared to 29 percent for
whites, and 44 percent for
I hear the same story from many
of the young black women there
is a lack of "good" black men to
choose from. To use an analogy,
there are a lot of nice cars, but not
enough qualified drivers.
But what is a qualified driver?
Many of the male species would
say that the problemsome women
have is their standards are too high.
They would undoubtedly say that
they are not going to lower their
standards just to get a man; but typ-
ically end up doing just that.
I agree that there is somewhat of
a shortage of "good" men. We all
know that us brothers or black
males are being incarcerated at
alarming rates. We know that there
are currently more black females in
college than males.
Statistically, it's about a two-to-
one ratio of African American
females to males. And moving
beyond education it's also
painfully obvious that not enough
African American men are
involved in their children's lives.
Now I am not saying folks
should get married just to be mar-
ried. It's tough enough to make a
marriage work when you love the
person; but I can't imagine making
it work when you get married "just
because." Just because it seemed
like the right thing to do,doesn't
work. And just because the woman
is pregnant rarely works out.
What I am saying is that young
men and women need to be much
more responsible when it comes to
sex. That means using protection
and birth control. Many of the
problems in the black community
easily relate back to the lack of a
solid family structure.
Don't get me wrong, there are
plenty of single women and men
who do a great job of raising suc-
cessful children. Unfortunately,
marriage seems to get devalued
more and more every year. While it
is certainly not the answer to fixing
the ills of the black community, but
strong marriages can be the critical
foundations that our communities
and children need. I
Obama's Mixed Record on Appointing Judges
by George aged over a term. The real differ- prosecutors and sitting district In a report on the last term of the
rry ence was at the district court level, judges and state judges, especially Supreme Court titled, "The One-
Many speak- where most cases are decided. those who would diversify the Percent Court," the Alliance for
s at this Obama has appointed only 125 dis- bench." Justice observed that in the land-
e e k s trict judges, compared to 170 for Many of those were met with mark decision upholding the
republican Clinton and 162 for Bush at this Republican obstruction. Affordable Care Act. Justices Elena
invention in point of their presidency. "The Republicans' goal has been Kagan, appointed by President
mpa have Part of the problem was that clear from the start -to keep as Obama and Stephen Breyer.
ny and unem- Obama made judicial appointments many seats as possible vacant for a appointed by Bill Clinton, joined
;ht to contrast a low priority as he tried to push his future Republican president to fill the five staunch conservatives on
il Ryan GOP health reform initiative through with ultraconservative judges," the court in holding that limits can
Iof President Congress. Although he fell far noted the Alliance for Justice, an be placed on Congress' ability to
here is anoth- behind Bush's pace in his first year, association of more than 100 pro- address some national issues,
it is receiving he later accelerated the process but gressive organizations, including civil rights, under the
least equally not fast enough to equal Bush. A Obama's goal of diversifying the commerce clause of the U.S. con-
ippoint feder- second problem was GOP opposi- federal bench has been complicated stitution.
tion to Obama's nominees, by the American Bar Association, a Obama's only bold move in this
Republicans Even so, Obama did make signif- group of judicial professionals that area was the nomination of
)pointments a icant changes. vets candidates for federal judge- Goodwin Liu, a liberal University
a priority for The number of appeals court ships. of California-Berkeley law profes-
1 be one for judges appointed by Democrats is The New York Times article stat- sor, to the Ninth Circuit in San
y because the now 49 percent, a 10 percent ed, "Awkwardly, the American Bar Francisco. Senate Republicans
conservative increase over when Bush left Association's judicial vetting com- blocked his appointment with a fil-
lened or shift- office. When Obama took office, mittee later scuttled at least 14 ibuster.
tion with the judges appointed by Democrats finalists for nominations nearly He briefly considered nominat-
of two jus- dominated only one federal appeals all women and minorities -by ing another liberal, Pamela Karlan
ur years. circuit. Now, six of the 13 circuits declaring them 'not qualified.'" of Stanford University, but stayed
ama and for- are dominated by judges appointed In 2001, the George W. Bush with candidates that he believed
Gov. Mitt by Democrats. administration announced that it would be more acceptable to
it clear they An Aug. 17 New York Times would cease cooperating with the Republicans.
erent kind of article on Obama's judicial record ABA in advance of judicial nomi- The Times article stated, "While
inch. observed: "...Mr. Obama has also nations, preferring to go with she said she was not disappointed,
la record on largely shied away from nominat- judges favored by the conservative Ms. Karlan expressed worries that
ike his race- ing assertive liberals who might Federalist Society. However, if Republicans nominated outspo-
stand as ideological counterpoints Obama has been unwilling to ken conservatives but Democrats
pointed two to some of the assertive conserva- appoint judges not approved by the did not nominate equally liberal
es the same tives Mr. Bush named. Instead of ABA. ones, the center of mainstream
n and George prominent liberal academics whose There is a down side to making legal debate would shift to the
over eight scholarly writings and videotaped safe judicial appointments, espe- right."
S30 appeals panel discussions would provide cially when conservatives are And that's exactly what has hap-
ly the same ammunition to conservatives, Mr. unabashed in their quest to remake opened.
nd Bush aver- Obama gravitated toward litigators, the courts.
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i' Gabby Poised for the
SHer success at the London 2012 Olympics has made
Gabrielle Christina Victoria Douglas and her mother,
Natalie Hawkins, famous. With so much talk about
her hair and her mother's financial situation, Gabrielle
athlete and family of the 2012 competition.
From those who made fun of her hair, to those who
are unhappy with her nickname, the Olympics have
proven to be trying times for the mother and daughter team from Virginia
Beach. Gabby's achievements in London were marred stateside by
African-American women who called her hair "unkempt" and "embarrass-
ing." There's buzz that the nickname, "The Flying Squirrel" doesn't do the
agile gymnast justice and needs an upgrade to something more elegant.
There's talk is of "coach poaching" on the part of Liang Chow, whom
Natalie asked to train Gabby after she cleaned out her daughter's locker at
Excalibur Gymnastics to move her daughter to Iowa, where she trained
under Chow who owned a gym in Des Moines. Gabby stayed with a host
family, the Partons, who have four daughters.
In spite of the "Atlanta Housewives" crowd and all their divisiveness,
Gabby Douglas is well-positioned to become an international superstar. As
the first African American ever to win an gold, Gabby is in a league of her
own. The petite 16-year-old is a multicultural marketing dream. Over the
years, she's expected to earn as much as $10 million in endorsements. As
an Olympic gold medalist, Gabby could earn $1 million to $3 million from
sponsors. Her current sponsors are Procter & Gamble and the Kellogg
Company. Gabby and her "Fab 5" gymnastics teammates will make a base
salary of more than $100,000 each for participating in the 40-city
Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions.
For Gabby and mother Natalie, a lesson is being learned: life under the
spotlight illuminates all things the personal and private alike. Gabby was
born into the military family of Timothy Douglas and Natalie Hawkins,
December 31, 1995 in Virginia Beach, Va. She has three siblings: one
brother [Jonathan] and two sisters [Arielle and Joyelle]. Gabby began
training in gymnastics at age six when her older sister, Arielle, convinced
their mother to enroll her in gymnastics classes. Gabby trained under the
supervision of Coach Dena Walker at Excalibur Gymnastics in Virginia
Beach. At age 8, Gabby won the all-around gymnastics title at the 2004
Virginia State Championships. But these days, Walker has "a bee in her
bonnet" claiming that Gabby was "hijacked" from Excalibur while she was
attending a wedding in Maine.
At age 14, Gabby moved to Des Moines to train under world champion
Coach Chow. Gabby was home schooled by the Partons. The impetus for
Gabby's move to Iowa took place in 2008 when Walker invited Chow to
teach a clinic at her gym. Gabby was impressed when Chow was able to
teach her how to perform the "Amanar vault" in a single afternoon. Chow
is getting accolades for transforming an unknown gymnast into an
Olympian in 20 months.
In the hair controversy, the people Gabby's mom has the most scorn for
are "African-American women who ... attacked her." However, it's not as
if Natalie has exposed Gabby to Madam C.J. Walker hair products over the
years. Hawkins' little girl lives in Iowa with a White host family Hawkins
says "who don't know anything about taking care of Black hair ... there
[are] no Black salons in Iowa ... We had to work hard to find a stylist to
come and do her hair."
Madam C.J. Walker would be proud to have Gabby and her mom as
endorsers. They make a line of "natural" hair products. The American
Health and Beauty Aids Institute [AHBAI] is an association representing
Black-owned companies that manufacture ethnic hair care and beauty-
related products, of which Madam C.J. Walker is affiliated. Right through
here, Gabby could give AHBAI companies a boost. Perhaps AHBAI mem-
bers should give Gabby and Natalie a "girl can we talk?" call.
William Reed is head of the Business Exchange Network and available
for speaking/seminar projects through the Bailey Group.org.
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August 30 September 5, 2012 Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 5
FOR THE WEEK OF AUGUST 28 SEPTEMBER 3, 2012
MAIDEN VOYAGE: Alcorn
State head coach Jay Hopson,
SWAC's first white head coach,
debuts vs. Grambling and
Doug Williams in Shreveport.
ES NEW COMMISSIONER; CENTRAL
INS SIAC; HOWARD TAKES A HIT
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Edward Waters 66, Point University 34
Saint Francis 46, Texas College 10
UNDER THE BANNER
WHAT'S GOING ON IN AND AROUND BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS
ALBANY STATE CONFIRMS WILLIAMS:
The Albany State University Golden Rams are sticking
with Dr. Richard H. Williams.
I.. 'The interim tag attached to his
title as athletics director has been
S removed, Dr. Everette J. Freeman
"Dr. Williams emerged as the
strongest candidate for the Athlet-
ics Director position," Dr. Freeman
WILLIAMS Williams, who has served as
interim director since May 2010,
replaces Dr. Joshua Murfree, who stepped down to take a
position as superintendent of the Dougherty County School
System in Albany.
A Thomasville, Ga. native, Williams oversees the
management of Albany State's I1-sport program. During
his time as interim director, he launched new initiatives in
the program, including the 100 Grand Club and the ASU
athletics website. He has served as chair of the Department
of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) since
2007. and will serve as interim chair until a permanent chair
is hired. : .
Williams earned the Doctorate of Education degree in
Exercise Science/Muscle Physiology in 2002, a master's
degree in Education in 1997, and bachelor's degree in Educa-
tion in 1995, all from The University of Georgia. He came
to Albany State after serving two years as a professor and
chair of the HPER Department at Langston University.
ADRIAN, GILES EXTENDED AT NSU:
NORFOLK, Va. -Norfolk State University Athletics
Director Marty Miller has announced that Spartan foot-
ball coach Pete Adrian has received a two-year contract
extension through the 2015 football season and director
of track and field programs Kenneth Giles has received a
three-year extension through the 2014-15 school year.
Adrian has led the Spartans to one of the most success-
ful periods in the school's football history. NSU is 43-36 in
seven years under Adrian and has notched winning records
in four of the last five seasons, including three in a row.
The Spartans won their first-ever MEAC football title in
2011 and appeared in the Division I FCS playoffs for the
first time. Adrian is a two-time MEAC Coach of the Year
(2007, 2011) and was named FCS National Coach of the
Year last fall by College Sporting News.
Giles, who oversees both men's and women's track
and cross country programs, has also served as NSU's head
men's cross country coach for the last 13 years and head
men's track and field coach for the past nine. His men's cross
country program has won the last four MEAC champion-
ships and 11 of the last 12. On the track, the Spartan men
have swept the conference indoor and outdoor titles the past
seven academic years, a MEAC record. Giles' teams have
won 25 MEAC titles in his tenure, giving him 25 MEAC
Most Outstanding Coach awards.
ROBINSON RETURNS AS MVSU AD:
ITTA BENA, MS -- Former point guard Ashley Rob-
inson is returning to Mississippi Valley State as its new
Robinson returns after serving
as the assistant vice president of
athletic compliance and academic
advising at Prairie ViewA&M Uni-
versity. He also served as assistant
commissioner of the Southwestern
Athletic Conference (SWAC) be-
fore beginning his duties at Prairie
ROBINSON View A&M on April 1, 2010.
"I've waited a lifetime for this mo-
ment and I'm elated that this opportunity brought me back
home to the place it all began," said Robinson.
A native of Jackson, Miss., Robinson was a four-year
letterman and is the single season and career record-holder
in assists while playing point guard for MVSU. Robinson
also was named MVSU Athlete of the Year in 2002 and
received the President's Scholar Award that same year.
36-game Labor Day kickoff
THURSDAY, AUGUST 30
Ohio Dominican vs. Virginia Univ of Lynchburg in Columbus, OH1 6p
Tennessee Tech vs. Hampton in Cookvillo, TN 7p
Charleston (WV) vs. Shaw in Charleston, WV 7p
Georgia State vs. SC State in Atlanta, GA HSRN 7:30p
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1
Bowie State vs. Assumption in Bowie, MD 1p
Lincoln (PA) vs. Cheyney in Lincoln University, PA 1p
Morgan State vs. Sacred Heart in Baltimore, MD 1p
West Virginia State vs. Johnson C. Smith in Institute, WV 1p
Winston-Salem State vs. UNC Pembroke in Winston-Salem, NC 1p
Saint Augustine's vs. Wingate in Durham, NC 1:30p
Incarnate Word vs. Texas College in San Antonio, TX 2p
Lincoln (MO) vs. Lindenwood in Jefferson City, MO 2p
Delaware State vs. VMI in Dover, DE 2p
Lane vs. Edward Waters in Jackson, TN 2p
New Mexico vs. Southern in Albuquerque, NM 3p
Miss Valley State vs. Concordia-Selma in Itta Bena, MS 5p
Clark Atlanta vs. West Alabama in Atlanta, GA 6p
Livingstone vs. Chowan in Salisbury, NC 6p
Oklahoma State vs. Savannah State in Stillwater, Okla. 6p
Tuskegee vs. Alabama A&M in Birmingham, AL 6p
Coastal Carolina vs. NC A&T in Conway, SC 6p
NC Central vs. Fayetteville State in Durham, NC 6p
Newberry vs. Elizabeth City State in Newberry, SC 6.30p
Albany State vs. North Greenville in Albany, GA 7p
Virginia Union vs. Benedict in Richmond, VA 7p
Howard vs. Morehouse in Washington, DC HSRN 3:30p
Deta Classic 4 Literacy
Arkansas-Pine Bluff vs. Langston in Little Rock, AR 5p
Dayton Classic VIII
Central State vs Stillman in Dayton, OH 5p
14th John Merritt Classic
Tennessee State vs. Florida A&M in Nashville, TN HSRN 6p
Virginia Lottery Labor Day Classic
Norfolk State vs. Virginia State in Norfolk, VA 6p
State Farm Labor Day Classic XXVIII
Prairie View A&M vs. Texas Southern in Houston, TX 7p
TV/ INTENT BROADCASTS
Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast
Delta State vs. Fort Valley State in Cleveland, MS 12n
Port City Classic SWAC-TV
Grambling State vs. Alcorn State in Shreveport, LA 6p
Fox Sports South
Mississippi State vs. Jackson State in Starkville, MS 6p
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2
8th MEAC /SWAC Challenge ESPN Live I -
Bethune-Cookman vs. Alabama State in Orlando, FL HSRN 12n
6th Labor Day Golden Classic
Miles vs. North Alabama in Birmingham, AL 6p
The 2012 black college football season gets
off to a rousing start this Labor Day weekend
with a full slate of 36 games on tap.
There's literally something for everyone
with chances to catch your favorite team at
home, on the road or on national TV or radio.
Defending CIAAchampion and preseason
BCSP No. 1 Winston-Salem State has an
early test hosting UNC-Pembroke on Saturday
afternoon (1 p.m.).
Defending MEAC champ, No. 2 Norfolk
State, opens in the Virginia Lottery Labor Day
Classic against CIAA member Virginia State
in Norfolk on Saturday evening (6 p.m.).
The most intriguing game of the weekend
pits highly ranked No. 3 Bethune-Cookman
and No. 4 Alabama State at Orlando's Citrus
Bowl in Sunday's MEAC/SWAC Challenge that
will be carried live at 12 noon on ESPN. The
Challenge is also one of four games over the
weekend to kick off broadcasts to a national
radio audience on the Heritage Sports Radio
Defending SWAC champ Grambling
State, ranked behind Alabama State at No. 5,
travels to Shreveport, La. Saturday evening (6
p.m.) for an in-conference SWAC tussle with
rival Alcorn State in the Port City Classic. The
game is the maiden broadcast of ten conference
games to be carried via the internet (swac.org)
on SWAC-TV this season. It will also be the
debut ofAlcorn State's Jay Hopson, the SWAC's
first white head coach.
No. 6 South Carolina State travels to
AtlantaThursday (7:30 p.m.) to take on Georgia
State in the Georgia Dome. The game is HSRN's
first broadcast of the season.
Defending SWAC East Division champion
Alabama A&M is at No. 7. The Bulldogs head
down to Birmingham's Legion Field Saturday (6
p.m.) to do battle with Tuskegee of the SIAC.
Defending SIAC champion Miles, ranked 14th,
takes to the same field Sunday at the same time
1. W-SALEM STATE
2. NORFOLK STATE
4. ALABAMA STATE
5. GRAMBLING STATE
6. S. CAROLINA STATE
7. ALABAMA A&M
8. FLORIDA A&M
9. JACKSON STATE
13. N. C. A&T
15. ELIZABETH CITY ST.
for a battle vs. North Alabama.
FloridaA&M is in Nashville,Tn. Saturday
for the 14th John Merritt Classic vs. Tennessee
State in another HSRN game. The Rattlers are
No. 9 Jackson State has a tough date
opening at SEC member Mississippi State in
Starkville, Ms. Saturday (6 p.m.). The game
will be carried live regionally on Fox Sports
Hampton, at No. 10, hits the road
Thursday travelling to Cookville, Tn. to take
on Tennessee Tech.
Saturday's Nation's Football Classic at
Washington, D. C.'s RFK Stadium (3:30 p.m.)
is the other game pitting teams ranked in the
BCSP Preseason Top 15 as No. 11 Howard of
the MEAC takes on No. 12 Morehouse of the
SIAC. HSRN will be on hand for that game
also. (See related story).
North Carolina A&T is ranked 13th and
opens the season Saturday (6 p.m.) on the road
in Conway, S. C. vs. Coastal Carolina.
2011 CIAA runner-up Elizabeth City
State rounds out the top 15. The Vikings open
on the road in a 7 p.m. start time at Newberry
In other games Saturday, SWAC rivals
Texas Southern and Prairie View A&M meet
in State Farm Labor Day Classic XXVIII in
Houston (7 p.m.). Southern opens in Albu-
querque facing New Mexico (3 p.m.) while
Savannah State is in Stillwater, Oklahoma to
face Oklahoma State at 6 p.m. North Carolina
Central hosts former CIAA rival Fayetteville
State in Durham (6 p.m.).
Central State joins SIAC for football
Atlanta, GA-The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
(SIAC) Council of Presidents, by
unanimous vote, has approved the
application of Central State Uni-
versity (CSU) to become a football
member of the SIAC, effective July
"Central State University
is so pleased, and excited to be
received as an associate member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic
Conference," CSU President Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond said.
Starting in 2013, the Marauders will compete against cross-state ri-
val Kentucky State, Lane. Stillman, Tuskegee and 2011 SIAC football
champion Miles in the conference's West Division. Albany State, Bene-
dict, Clark Atlanta, Fort Valley State and Morehouse will continue to
compete in the East Division.
"We are pleased to add Central State University as an associate member
of the SIAC," Commissioner Gregory Moore added.
"As the perennial NCAA Division II football attendance leader, I am
certain that SIAC fans will welcome the addition of Central State University
as we expand our footprint into Ohio."
In its storied football history, Central State has won three NAIA Foot-
ball National Championships and produced numerous players drafted or
signed as free agents by the National Football League. The list includes
former Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl champion offensive lineman Eric
Williams, former New Orleans Saints defensive back Vince Buck, and
former Philadelphia Eagles standout defensive lineman Hugh Douglas.
Carpenter tabbed as
LUT WILLIAMS Carpenter is the first appointed
BCSP Editor African-American female commis-
The Central Intercollegiate sioner of the CIAA. She replaces
AthleticAssociation has turned to a former Virginia State Athletic Di-
person with experience as a player rector Peggy Davis who has served
and administrator in the league to in an interim capacity since longtime
guide it into its second century. Commissioner Leon Kerry retired in
In a press release Monday November of 2011.
morning and a 2 p.m. teleconfer- "I am excited to have the op-
ence, Jacqie Carpenter was an- portunity to work closely with the
nounced as the new commissioner CIAA Board of Directors and staff to
of the 12-member conference that develop a forward-looking strategic
celebrated its 100th birthday in the plan," said Carpenter who read from
2011-12 school year. a prepared speech in the teleconfer-
Carpenter is the former Jacqic ence. She is expected to assume the
McWilliams who played volley- reins in early September.
ball and basketball at Hampton "We will provide effective,
University when it was a CIAA stable management reflective of
member and went on to be head the CIAA's remarkable history. Our
volleyball coach and assistant focus will be to deliver a successful
women's basketball coach at CIAA second century to the CIAA within a
member institution Virginia Union culture that assures the highest quality
University. She later served in ad- experience and opportunities for our
ministrative capacities at Norfolk student-athletes and membership."
State University, Morgan State "The CIAA Board of Directors
University and in the CIAA of- is pleased towelcome JacqieCarpen-
fice. ter as our new Commissioner," Dr.
She returns to the CIAA after
spending nearly ten years rising
up the ranks at the NCAA where
she worked in a variety of admin-
istrative roles revolving around
championships, particularly Div. I
men's and women's basketball.
Mickey Burnim, president of Bowie
State University and chairman of
the CIAA Board of Directors said in
the release. "She is a very talented
athletics leader who brings rich and
varied experience and skills from
years at the NCAA. We welcome
NCAA violations fell 14 Howard footballers
Howard University football's "Road to Redemption" has hit a road-
In a published report on Friday, the school announced that up to 14
current football players, including MEAC preseason all-conference picks,
senior linebacker Keith Pough and sophomore quarterback Greg McGhee,
have been declared ineligible by the NCAA for the Bison's season-opening
game at RFK Stadium vs. Morehouse this Saturday and perhaps in up to
two other games. The suspensions stem from an on-going investigation by
the NCAA into the improper use of textbook allowances.
The names of the players and the length of their suspensions have not
been made available by the school but the Washington Post reported Friday
that second-year head coach Gary Harrell said Pough and McGhee could
be included. Players will miss one to three games but will be allowed to
Pough was voted the MEAC preseason defensive player of the year
while McGhee was named the first team quarterback. The two standouts
are key cogs in the Bison's "Road to Redemption" theme for this year.
The penalties are particularly disheartening as Howard tries to build on a
turnaround 5-6 2011 season in Harrell's first year at the helm.
Harrell tried to remain upbeat.
"This situation is a little hindrance, but it's not going to stop us from
what we're trying to get accomplished," he told the Post. "We'll be fine. This
is just going to be a bump in the road."
Last March, Howard temporarily suspended athletic competition in
several spring sports while it conducted an internal investigation of the
violations. Players who profited from textbook purchases would be required
to pay back the impermissible funds and also be subject to suspension.
new CIAA commish
her tremendous enthusiasm for the
future of the CIAA. These are the
principal reasons that the Board
chose her to lead our conference to
a higher level of excellence."
Carpenter assumes the com-
missioner's role amidst a report last
week that the conference is $500,000
in debt. She said in the conference
call that the exhaustive interview
process has made her well aware of
the conference's standing, including
its financial health.
"I'm not coming here with any
surprises at all," she said. "We're
going to seek every opportunity to
insure that we get out of this debt
that we're in. There are some great
opportunities that I think I'll bring
to the table with some of my own
resources that I think will allow us to
move forward in a positive way."
"We're not going to focus on
the past, again, we're Century Two,
we're moving forward," she said.
"We're going to seek every op-
portunity to maximize dollars and
Carpenter earned a Bachelor
of Arts degree in Psychology from
lHampton University in 1991 while
participating in volleyball and bas-
ketball and was a member of the
1988 NCAA Division II Women's
CARPENTER: Former CIAA athlete
and administrator returns to lead the
Basketball Championship team.
Continuing her education, she
earned a Master of Arts in Sports
Management and Administration
from Temple University in 1993.
In addition to her roles as head
volleyball coach and assistant
women's basketball coach at Virginia
Union, she also served one year as a
pioneering men's assistant basketball
coach at VUiU.
(I AZEEZ Communications, Inc. Vol. XIX, No, 4
August 30 September 5, 2012
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Mount Lebanon Celebrating
Women of Excellence
Reverend Freddie Suniner, Pastor of Mount Lebanon Missionary Baptist
Church located at 9319 Ridge Blvd., will be celebrating their Annual
Women's Day Celebration on Sunday, September 9th at 4:00 p.m. The cel-
ebration will begin Saturday, September 8th with the "Women in White"
Fruit of the Spirit Brunch from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The celebration
theme is "Women of Excellence; Favor is deceitful and beauty is vain: but
a women that feared the Lord she shall be praised." Proverbs 31:30. The
guest speaker for the afternoon worship hour is First Lady Freddie Summer
of Peace Missionary Baptist Church where Reverend Anthony Webster is
Pastor. The public is invited to worship in this celebration. For further infor-
mation contact the church office at (904) 527-1762.
Refreshing Women Push TV Ministry
On Sunday, September 9th at 4:00 p.m. the Refreshing Women Push TV
Ministry will share in their Annual Worship and word service at New Birth
Christian Assembly, 2185 Jernigan Rd. Come and go back, the way we use
to praise God by singing, shouting, preaching, and more! Please plan to
come out and share with us. For more information email
Mattie@Bellsouth.net, visit www.rwpm.info or call the ministry at 220-
70's Church Blast from the Past
Join Reverend Mary F. Davis at Greater New Hope AME Church Sunday,
September 9th at 4:00 p.m., as Funeral Directors from the surrounding
areas celebrate in praise & worship service. You don't want to miss this
powerful service in celebration of the 134th church anniversary with the
the theme: "A Blast from Our Past Serving the Lord." Wear attire from the
70's. The celebratory colors are purple, gold and black. For additional
information call the church office at (904) 356-2121 or e-mail
email@example.com. Greater New Hope AME Church is located at 2708
N. Davis St. Jacksonville, Florida.
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Seeking the lost for Christ
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Pastor Landon Williams
Six Ways to Get Black People to Church
Show the "Pastor Rap" video on
Sunday. Get the word out on
Facebook and Twitter. Order invita-
tions and door hangers for members
to use when they invite people back
to church. These are three of the six
ways church leaders can encourage
members to invite family, friends,
neighbors and co-workers to attend
church on National Back to Church
Sunday on September 16 now just
In what is becoming a national
movement to help ignite a spiritual
awakening in America, more that
14,000 churches are expected to
invite people to come back to
church on National Back to Church
National Back to Church Sunday
is based on the simple principle that
82 percent of people will come to
church if invited by a friend, yet
only 2 percent of church members
invite their "unchurched" friends.
"In Houston more than 1.4 mil-
lion people said they had gone to
church, but half of those surveyed
report they no longer attend," said
Pastor Rickie Bradshaw of the
Union Baptist Association in
Houston, Texas. "National Back to
Church Sunday is proving us a great
opportunity to reach almost 750,000
people for Christ. Our churches are
gearing up to invite them to come
see what the Lord can do in their
Here are six ways churches can
encourage their members to get
ready for Back to Church Sunday:
-Churches are praying for their
Northside Church of Christ
Gospel & Revival Meeting
Northside Church of Christ, which meets at 4736 Avenue B Jacksonville,
Florida, where Charlie McClendon is the Senior Minster, extends to you
and your entire family a special invitation to attend their Annual
Harvester's Gospel/Revival Meeting, September 9 12, 2012.
The guest speaker will be Brother Elisha Taylor, Minister of Westside
Church of Christ in Daytona Beach. Florida. The inspirational theme is
"Reaching In and Reaching Out."
The Acappella Mass Chorus of Northside Church of Christ, will kick-off
this glorious event with a tree spirit-tilled gospel concert on Saturday
evening September Sth at 7:00 p.m.. On Sunday September 9th, which is
also "Bring Your Neighbor Davy." will begin w ith Bible School at 9:15 a.m.,
followed by morning worship at 10:30a.m.. Fellowship Dinner at 1 p.m.,
Minister's Ordination Senr ice at 2:45 p.m. and evening worship at 6 p.m.
Special group singing will precede the week night services, which will
begin at 7:00 p.m. each evening. The Nursery is open for all services, and
free local van transportation is available by calling (904) 765-9830. For
more information on the Annual
Harvest's Gospel/Revival Meeting at
Northside Church of Christ, call the
church office at (904) 765-9830.
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communities, that God will prompt
members to invite people to church
and that hearts will be moved to
Congregations are viewing and
sharing the "Pastor Rap-Back to
Church Sunday" video. Already
viewed more than 64,000 times, the
video is part of the Back to Church
2012 Church Kit, available at
kit also includes six other promo-
tional videos, more than 60 digital
resources, an e-book, e-vites, social
media links, sermons and other
-Church members are using
social media content for Facebook
and Twitter. Organizers can
exchange ideas on the National
Black to Church Sunday FaceBook
tochurch), while the event's website
individuals an opportunity to extend
electronic invitations to friends, rel-
atives and colleagues.
Invitations, -door hangers and
other resources and helping church
members reach out to family,
friends, neighbors and co-workers.
These items can be ordered at
churches can order customized pro-
motional items by calling 1-800-
Back to Church Sunday School
curriculum is also available for chil-
dren to help provide a positive expe-
rience on September 16 for every
Churches are registering their
names and locations on the National
Back to Church Sunday roster, mak-
ing it easy for people to find a
church to attend on September 16.
Back to Church Sunday roster mak-
ing it easy for people to find a
church to attend on Sept. 16.
Registration is free and simple. A
list of participating churches is
available at www.Backto-
Churches are encouraged to sign
up at www.BacktoChurch.com and
begin taking steps rrow to equip
members to invite people to church
on September 16.
by Pastor John Warren
The term "closet" usually refers
to a storage place. There is often a
closet by the entrance way of a
home for coats and other items we
wear when entering or leaving
home; there are closets in our bed-
rooms where we store our clothes
and closets in our kitchens often
referred to as "pantries" where we
keep food items, and things needed
in the kitchen. Some homes have
large closets and some have almost
none at all. The point is that closets
are hiding places for what we don't
want people to see. The term has
acquired a more recent meaning in
reference to people who hid their
homosexual lifestyle while appear-
ing heterosexual in their everyday
lives. The growing acceptance of
the homosexual lifestyle has caused
a number of people who were hid-
den or "closet" homosexuals to
openly express who they are and
what they believe. These people are
no longer in the "closet" with their
lifestyle. This discussion is not
about them, but rather how
Christians appear to have taken their
places in the closet.
What does it mean to be a
"Closeted Christian"? Well let's
take a look and apply a simple test.
Jesus said that if you be ashamed of
me before men, I will be ashamed of
you before the Father. As Christian
are you ashamed of your relation-
ship with Jesus? Do you bless your
food in public before you eat or are
you afraid for others to see you pray
over your food? Do you tolerate
people using the name of the Lord
God in profanity in your presence
without saying anything? Are you
afraid to invite your unsaved friends
Sunday Morning Worship
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to the church because of what they
might think of you? Do you partici-
pate in events and activities because
you want to be accepted even when
you know such things are against
what you profess as a Christian.
If you hide your faith because of
what others might think, then you
are a Closeted Christian and should
ask yourself, "If you were tried as a
Christian, would there be enough
evidence to convict you"? It's time
for Christians to boldly confess the
word of God; to stand up for what
the scriptures and the Holy Spirit
has convicted us of in our hearts as
right and to do so without fear of
what others might say or how we
might be out numbered. Are you a
closeted Christian? If so, it's time to
come out of the closet.
I Grace and Peace e;
It's Time for Christians
to Come out of the Closet
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Rice and Diabetes: The Link
You Don't Know About
Type 2 diabetes is one of the
fastest growing health problems in
Americans of all ages. Now studies
are showing that people who eat
more white rice are at increased
type 2 diabetes risk and those who
eat more brown rice have less risk.
Diabetes is marked by unusually
high levels of blood sugar. The
sugar is normally converted into
energy with help from the hormone
insulin. Diabetes occurs when the
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properly produce or use insulin.
Type 2 diabetes heightens the risk
for various health conditions,
including coronary artery disease,
stroke, nerve damage and kidney
and eye disease.
Being overweight or inactive
boosts diabetes risk. So does a fam-
ily history of diabetes, being older
and of certain ethnicities.
Earlier studies have already hint-
ed that increased consumption of
refined carbohydrates, including
sugary foods and white breads,
might also raise the risk, and now
research suggests that whole-grain
foods like brown rice could reduce
the likelihood of diabetes.
Why White Rice?
To create white rice, brown rice
must be milled and polished, which
removes most of its vitamins and
minerals. Milling also strips away
most of its fiber-a compound that
might help to deter diabetes by
slowing the rush of glucose into the
Researchers at the Harvard
School of Public Health analyzed
rice consumption and diabetes risk
among nearly 200,000 people who
had participated in three large stud-
ies of nurses and other health pro-
fessionals. Every 2-4 years, the par-
ticipants completed questionnaires
about their diet, lifestyle and health
conditions. During 14 to 22 years of
Itoll\\I-up, about 5,500 cases of
t\pie 2 diabetes were diagnosed
i unong participants.
Frequently eating white
rice increased the risk of
type 2 diabetes, the
S researchers found. Those
S who reported eating at
least five weekly servings
of white rice had a 17%
lugher risk than those who ate
I'Ic, than one serving per month.
In contrast those eating at least
two weekly servings of brown rice
had an 11% lower risk of develop-
ing type 2 diabetes than those eat-
ing less than one serving per month.
The findings held even after sci-
entist adjusted for several factors
that might influence the results,
including age, weight and family
history of diabetes.
What Does This Mean For You?
The researchers calculated that
replacing just one-third of a typical
daily serving of white rice with
brown rice might reduce the type 2
diabetes risk by 16%.
The same replacement with other
whole grains, such as whole wheat
and barley, could lead to a 36%
reduced risk scientists estimated.
"We believe replacing white rice
and other refined grains with whole
grains, including brown rice, would
help lower the risk of type 2 dia-
Organizers Meet to Plan for 17th
Anniversary of the Million Man March
Charlotte, NC Organizers of the
Nation of Islam's 17th anniversary
of the Million Man March met
Charlotte community leaders to dis-
cuss issues important to African
Nation of Islam leader Louis
Farrakhan will keynote the 17th
anniversary of the Million Man
March Oct. 14 in Charlotte.
Charlotte will host the rally on
Oct. 14 at Bojangle's Coliseum.
Nation of Islam leader Louis
Farrakhan is scheduled to present
Blueprint: Ending Poverty and
Want" at the celebration. In prepa-
ration, the National Executive
Board of the Nation of Islam and
the Million Man March/Holy Day
of Atonement National Committee
held a meeting Saturday at Greater
Providence Baptist Church. The
meeting, which was open to the
public, started a half-hour late after
reporters who had been invited
were asked to leave.
Mark Muhammad of
Muhammad's Mosque No. 36 said
the purpose of the meeting was to
allow local community leaders to
give input as to what they believe
are the most critical issues facing
African-Americans in Charlotte.
Muhammad's Mosque No. 36
was selected to host the anniversary
event after submitting a detailed
proposal and being interviewed by
Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam
Executive Council. Other bidding
cities included Dallas, Detroit and
Muhammad said the information
gathered Saturday be compiled and
forwarded to Farrakhan prior to his
Gyasi Foluke, CEO of The
Kushite Institute for Wholistic
Development attended Saturday's
meeting. He said he does not
believe much progress has been
made since the 1995 Million Man
March in Washington.
"Black Charlotte needs to get
organized," he said. "As a commu-
nity, we have a lot of organiza-
tions... but we are not organized."
Foluke said the lack of an agenda
was part of the reason he decided
not to participate in the march 17
"I've been in the movement for a
long time," he said. "I've been a
part of it long before any of these
folks here, about 60 years. I didn't
attend that march because they did
not have a plan."
2013 Gates Scholars
Program Giving Away 1,000
Scholarships to Minority Students
Every year, the Gates Millennium
Scholars (GMS) Program selects
1,000 talented minority students to
receive a good-through-graduation
scholarship to use at any college or
university of their choice. The pro-
gram provides scholars with per-
sonal and professional development
through our leadership programs
along with academic support
throughout their college career.
Administered by the United
Negro College Fund, the program
was initially funded by a $1 billion
grant from the Bill & Melinda
Gates Foundation. Since 1999, it
has funded the education of more
than 16,000 students, awarding
them more than $614 million dol-
lars to pay for tuition, fees, books
The program aims to reduce
financial barriers for African
American, American Indian/Alaska
Native, Asian Pacific Islander
American and Hispanic American
students with high academic and
leadership promise Individuals
selected as Gates Scholars will
receive funds in an amount to be
determined based on their financial
need. The amount determined will
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disparities in the application of
criminal justice, and what Shelton
called "racial profiling [that] has
expanded to include other ethnic
and minority members" and "anti
But it is voting rights, and in par-
ticular voter ID laws passed by sev-
eral Republican-led states, that
were the focus of the sharpest criti-
cism by the NAACP leaders. And
Jealous lamented that while the
be based on the cost of tuition, fees,
books and living expenses for the
2013-2014 academic year, as well
as the availability of grants and
other scholarships reported on the
financial aid award letter. The aver-
age scholarship award in the 2000-
2010 academic years was $11,000
The application process is a
three-part effort: 1) a Student
Application is completed and sub-
mitted by the student; 2) a
Nominator Form must be complet-
ed and submitted by an educator-
Principal, teacher, guidance coun-
selor or higher education represen-
tative; 3) a Recommender Form
must be completed and submitted
by any adult who is familiar with
the student's community service
and leadership activities, such as a
supervisor at work or a community
The deadline for submission is
January 16, 2013.
To apply for the 2013 Gates
Millennium Scholars program,
Republican Party has a history of
supporting the expansion of civil
rights, "with the passing of [former
congressman] Jack Kemp and other
Republicans of a previous era,
"there are fewer people to meet
"We have seen some positive
signs on criminal justice reform,"
Jealous said, citing work the
NAACP has done with Texas Gov.
Rick Perry and Georgia Gov.
Nathan Deal, "but some terrifying
signs when it comes to voting
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Free Museums with
Bank of America Card
Bank of America is offering free
museum access as part of its
Museuns on Us program during
Labor Day Weekend, September 1-
and 2nd. Cardholders will receive
free access to cultural institutions
across the country including the
Museum of Contemporary Art
Jacksonville, The Cummer
Museum of Arts and The Museum
of Science and History (MOSH).
For more information visit
in Kingsland, Ga.
Come celebrate the Annual Labor
Day Catfish Festival, September
1st 3rd in Kingsland, Georgia.
The festival takes place in
Downtown Kingsland's Historic
Royal District along US 17 and
Highway 40. For more information
contact Sarah Beard at (912) 729-
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. & 10:00 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
Once a month, the Ritz offers an
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 email willettal@com-
The next P.R.I.D.E. Book Club
meeting will be held Saturday,
September 8th at 4 p.m. at the home
of Felice Franklin, 2968 Herschel
Street. The book for discussion is
When and l1 ... .-' 1 Enter: The
Impact of Black } Iinen/' on Race &
Sex in .-lAm'rica by Paula .I.
Giddings. For more information
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 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
email@example.com or visit the Ritz at
829 North Davis 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-
firstname.lastname@example.org or call
(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-
seriesjax.org or call (904) 632-
3373. The show will take place at
Jacksonville Time-Union Center
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
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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-
Kevin Hart in Concert
Comedian Kevin Hart will be in
concert Friday, October 12th at the
Veterans Memorial Arena. Tickets
are on sale now at Ticketmaster.
The Southern Women's Show
returns for its 25th year October
18th 21st, at the Prime Osborn
Convention Center, 1000 Water St.
The show brings four days of activ-
ity tailored especially for North
Florida women. The show is home
to 400 exhibits from unique fash-
ions, vendors and entertainment.
The doors are open from 10:00 a.m.
to 7:00 p.m. For more information
or call (704) 376-6594.
Cellist Esperanza Spalding will be
in concert at the Florida Theatre on
Sunday, October 21st at 8 PM.
Ticket prices start at $56. For more
information, call 355-2787.
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Buddy Guy Traces His Career in New Book
When I Left Home: My Story by
Buddy Guy" (with David Ritz; Da
Capo, $26) tells the epic life story
of one of the greatest players at the
absolute nexus of modern blues.
Guy recounts his journey from the
"middle of nowhere" Louisiana to
blues central Chicago and stages all
over the world, playing with the
likes of Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray
Vaughan, Keith Richards and his
friend and idol, B.B. King.
"I followed the blues ever since I
was a young child," explained Guy.
"Followed the blues from a planta-
tion way out of nowhere to the
knife-and-gun concrete jungle of
Chicago. The blues took my life and
turned it upside down. Had me
going places and doing things that,
when I look back, seem crazy. The
blues turned me wild. The brought
out something in me I didn't even
know was there. So here I am a
75-year-old man sitting on a bar
stool in a blues club, trying to figure
out exactly how I got here. Anyway
you look at it, it's a helluva story."
Guy was 13 years old when he
heard John Lee Hooker's "Boogie
Chillen" in 1949. his family, share-
croppers in Lettsworth, La., had just
gotten electricity, and while the lit-
tle electric bulb didn't change much
in their home, the phonograph sure
did. "Boogie Chillen" uncovered
something in Guy he didn't know
was there a desire to play music.
After inventing a few contraptions
- window screen wvirs strung
over tin cans and
and tacked to
the wall -
bought him his
first guitar, a '
worn instrument '--*
with two strings,
for $4.35. Guy's
life, he says, "ain
never been the same
In 1957, Chicae,,
was home to Muld.,
Waters, Little Watlei
Sonny Boy .Ind
Howlin' Wolf .ind
21-year-old Guy ,'..i.
eager to join tieni
Armed with his Les Paul
Gibson and a rough demo
cut he made at a local radio
station in Baton Rouge
Guy moved to the big city t,
make blues his life. Unable
to find a job, a gig or a way to
talk to a record producer, Guy
decided to call his father for a
train ticket back home to
Louisiana six months after his
arrival. That same night, a
stranger invited him to the 708 club,
where Guy was asked onto the stage
Rush. A few
hours later, after an electri-
fying performance that had the
audience screaming for more, Guy
was sitting in Muddy Waters
Guy began playing steady
gigs across Chicago, build-
ing a reputation with his
working as a songwriter
and sessions guitarist for
the Chicago blues men he
admired and collaborat-
S ing with Junior Wells.
Guy wouldn't record his
own record until the
late 1960s, but by that
point he had already
". influenced Jimi
Hendrix, The Beatles
and the Rolling
S... Stones. The winner
of six Granmmys
S- and Billboard
ima. g a zine' s
l he was inducted
into the Rock
.,nd Roll Hall of
Fame in 2005.
stoiy in his
own unique voice,
that otf a storyteller who remembers
everything, including blues masters
in their prime and the exploding,
evolving culture of music that hap-
pened all around him.
Spike Lee Returns to Intimate Filmmaking
Director Spike Lee's most recent
feature films have been larger stu-
dio releases, including "Miracle at
St. Anna" with Derek Luke and
Michael Ealy and "Inside Man,"
starring Denzel Washington. With
the release of "Red Hook Sunnmer,'
now open in theaters, he returns to
the smaller, more intimate style that
made such an impact in the '80s,
when he introduced "She's Gotta
Have It," "School Daze" and "Do
the Right Thing."
"Red Hook Summer," co-written
by Lee and James McBride, is the
story of Flik Royale, a young boy
from middle class Atlanta, who
comes to meet his maternal grand-
father for the first time, and spend
the summer with him in Brooklyn's
Red Hook housing project.
Although he initially is not happy
about it, Flik has fun in spite of
himself, learns some serious life
lessons, and realizes that there is a
whole world outside of Atlanta.
Lee was recently in Philadelphia
to promote "Red Hook Summer,"
and I sat down with him at Ms.
Tootsie's, the popular soul food
restaurant on South Street, to dis-
cuss his latest project. I've inter-
viewed Lee on several occasions,
and as always, he was in a "Newx
York state of mind."
"It's going back to my ongoing
chronicles of Brooklyn, New York,"
Lee said of "Red Hook Summer."
pletely on his
own. "It started
S with the first
one, 'She's Gotta
Have It,' in 1989,
S o 'Do the Right
'He Got Game,'
and now 'Red
so that's six
why he chose
Red Hook in par-
ticular as the set-
ting for his film,
"Many different reasons. It's a very
strange, peculiar, cut-off neighbor-
hood from the rest of Brooklyn.
James McBride grew up in Red
Hook. (NBA star) Carmello
Anthony is from Red Hook."
The story is told through three
outstanding young actors including
Jules Brown as Flik, Toni Lysaith as
Chazz Morningstar and Sincere
Peters as 12-year-old Blessing
Rowe. "They all went to my old
junior high school," Lee said.
"There was a drama teacher there
-- Mr. Evan Robinson. He's a great
teacher, and once James and I wrote
the script, I knew that I could go
just sit in the back of his class and
find [good young actors]. I said,
'There goes Flik. There goes Chazz.
There goes Blessing.'"
While "Red Hook Summer" has
an overall atmosphere of innocence,
it does ultimately deal with some
adult issues, and I asked Lee why
he chose to tell this story through
the eyes of young people.
"James McBride and I both have
teenagers, Lee said. "We had break-
fast one morning and said, 'How
come we don't see kids like our
teenagers in films?' That's where it
Lee also enlists the services of the
talented Nate Parker, who has
appeared in "The Great Debaters,"
"The Secret Life of Bees" and "Red
Tails," playing noble, upstanding
characters or an individual who ulti-
mately finds redemption. However,
in "Red Hook Summer," he plays
Box, a gang leader who appears to
be torn between good and evil.
"I didn't want to do another
stereotypical portrayal of a gang
member," Lee explained. "You
need great actors to elevate your
material, or it's just going to be the
same thing again and again and
While summer blockbusters have
their place, 1 was happy to see Lee
revisit the provocative storytelling
that indeed is his strength. "This is
no big studio film, so you will not
see any TV ads tor it," he said.
"This is all grassroots. Beginning
\ith people like yourself, we're
going to get the word out," Lee
said. "Radio stations, TV stuff,
social media all that's being
So as the latest "Spike Lee Joint"
faces its opening weekend, the
Emmy Award-winning filmmaker
said in parting, "Just come out and
see it, and make up your own
August 30 September 5, 2012
Black Steel Magnolia's Premiering on TV in October
Lifetime has announced that is all-black remake of "Steel
Magnolias," led by Queen Latifah and Phylicia Rashad, will debut on
the network Sunday, Oct. 7, at 9 p.m.
The adaptation of the 1989 film centers on the lives and friendship of
six women in Louisiana.
Adepero Oduye, Condola Rashad, Jill Scott and Alfre Woodard co-
star in the Kenny Leon-directed TV movie, which was produced by
Latifah, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.
Oprah is Forbes Highest Paid Woman
Her OWN cable network may be struggling, but its namesake con-
tinues to reign supreme when it comes to personal bank accounts.
Oprah Winfrey earned $165 million from May 2011 to May 2012 to
top Forbes' list of highest-paid celebrities for the fourth consecutive
year. Dr. Dre and Tyler Perry also made the top ten.
At No. 2 is director Michael Bay, who earned S160 million for
"Transformers: Dark of the Moon."
Rounding out the top five are: Steven Spielberg ($130 million, No.
3), Jerry Bruckheimer (S115 million, No. 4), and Eminem's rap mentor,
Dr. Dre ($110 million, No. 5).
Rounding out the top ten are Tyler Perry (S105 million, No. 6),
Howard Stern ($85 million. No. 7), and Simon Cowell ($90 million,
o vFormer Miss USA to Join Real
Housewives ofAtlanta Cast
So it's true, Kenya Moore is joining the cast of
"Real Housewives of Atlanta."
The former Miss USA ('93) and actress had been
the talk of the season as rumors spread that she'd be
Joining the ladies on the reality show.
Now she and another unexpected lady will be
adding to the diverse crowd in season 5.
Porsha Williams Stewart. the granddaughter of th
late civil rights icon, Hosea Williams, will also add to the bunch. She's
also wife to former NFL player, Kordell Stewart. who played quarter-
back and other positions for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Phaedra Parks, Cynthia Bailey and NeNe Leakes, will be returning.
Kim Zolciak may have a reduced role due to the recent pregnancy and
baby having situation.
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