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Black Unemployment Holds
Steady in August at 14.1%
The White House had a little to cheer as the overall unemployment
rate for August inched lower to 8.1 percent from 8.3 percent in July.
The African-American unemployment rate for August held steady at
When asked how a disappointing jobs report for African-Americans
might make it difficult for them to feel like they're better off than they
were four years ago, which has become a benchmark for voters when
choosing a presidential candidate, a senior adviser for the president
offered the company line: Monthly figures tend to be volatile and no
single month is an indicator. The adviser also said that Black unem-
ployment is down more than two percentage points from last year and
conceded, "That's not good enough by any means," but also argued
that the administration is heading in the right direction.
The government added 96,000 jobs in August. The economy has
added just 139,000 jobs a month since the beginning of the year, below
2011's average of 153,000, according to the Associated Press.
There are two more jobs reports due before the Nov. 6th election.
Mayor of New Jersey's Capital
Arrested in Corruption Probe
TRENTON, N.J. Federal agents have
arrested the mayor of New Jersey's capital city
as part of an ongoing corruption investigation.
Trenton Mayor Tony Mack, his brother,
Ralphiel, and convicted sex offender Joseph
Giorgianni, are accused of conspiring to
obstruct, delay and affect interstate commerce
A.. N by extortion.
SFederal prosecutors allege Mack agreed to use
his influence in connection with a proposed
parking garage project.
Court documents show federal agents began
investigating Mack and the others in September 2010. They searched
their homes in July of this year.
Authorities say the defendants received $54,000 and anticipated
accepting another $65,000 from a cooperating witness who purported
to be a developer.
The arrests took place Monday morning.
FAMU Suspends Dance Team
After Reports of Hazing
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Florida A&M University, still reeling
from the hazing-related death of a marching band drum major 10
months ago, has suspended its Torque Dance Team following allega-
tions of an off-campus hazing incident.
Interim President Larry Robinson said the university received an
anonymous report from a parent about an alleged incident that
occurred over the Labor Day weekend.
The campus police chief, dean of students and director of student
activities were all notified of the allegations. Robinson said they've
launched an investigation, but details about what may have happened
According to university records, the dance team had already been
inactive since December 2011 because it didn't have an adviser.
FAMU has cracked down on hazing since the death last November of
drum major Robert Champion, who died after being beaten by fellow
band members during a hazing ritual aboard a bus parked outside an
Orlando hotel following a football game. The Marching 100 was later
suspended, meaning the band won't be playing at this season's football
games. FAMU has since suspended new membership intake for all
clubs and organizations and implemented more strict procedures. That
recruitment ban is set to be lifted this month.
Douglass to Become 3rd African-
American with a Bust at the Capitol
The U.S. House of Representatives on Monday night approved a res-
olution that will move the bust of Frederick Douglas to the Capitol,
making him only the third African-American to be so honored. The
other two: Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Sojourner Truth. There are
180 busts on display at the Capitol.
The bill, H.R. 6336, was sponsored by Republican congressman Dan
Lundgren of California, and cosponsored by Democrat Eleanor
Holmes Norton, who represents the District of Columbia. A similar
resolution was introduced in June by Democratic New York Sen.
This week, Norton hailed the introduction of the bill, writing on her
"I know that residents are as gratified as I am to see the House con-
sidering a bill allowing the District's Frederick Douglass statue to be
moved into the U.S. Capitol, "Norton said. "The city was so intent on
having the Douglass statue here that it commissioned the statue and
put it on display at One Judiciary Square. The statue would be placed
alongside statues of other distinguished Americans and will be only
the third statue or bust of an African American in the Capitol. This
placement will be a fitting tribute to one of the nation most important
human rights heroes."
Volume 25 No. 47 Jacksonville, Florida September 13-19, 2012
"Our" Schools in America: U -!init
Nearly 60 years after the historic
Brown v. Board of Education
Supreme Court decision declared
that the "separate but equal"
researchers from the Center for
American Progress found that the
nation's classrooms are still "very
The study, titled "Unequal
Education: Federal Loophole
Enables Lower Spending on
Students of Color," analyzed dis-
trict school spending disparities.
Ary Spatig-Amerikaner authored
the paper and found that school dis-
tricts spend $733 more on White
students at 90 percent White
schools than on students of color
that attend schools where the stu-
dent body is 90 percent non-White.
"The United States has the most
inequitable system for funding its
schools of any advanced country,
and as this report shows, students of
color bear the brunt of that inequity,
Shown L-R is Terry Hall and Keturiah Baker
Ritz Amateur Night Showcases
Jacksonville Most Talented
The Ritz Theater andd Museum recently held their monthly Amateur
Night showcasing Jacksonville's most talented kids and adults. Keturiah
"K.B." Baker won the Adult category with a standing ovation for her ren-
dition of Mary J. Blige's hit "I'm Going Down." In the Youth category, 15
year old student Terry Hall sang an original song that he wrote and pro-
duced. Amateur Night also featured their host finalist search which includ-
ed Genedotcom, Steven Johnson and Osric Cooley. The new host will be
revealed October 5th. Last week's winners will head to the semi-finals and
hopefully to the finals to compete for the big bucks in December.
hopefully to the finals to compete for the big bucks in December.
" said Cynthia Brown,
Vice President for
Education Policy at
the Center for
"Our top priority must
be ensuring students
of color, and all stu-
dents, receive their
fair share of
Brown said that
Continued on page 11
Republicans Admit More Early
Voting Harms Their Interests
by Mike Collins
The Republican Party
Committees of Broward, Clay and
Sarasota counties will be allowed to
participate in a federal lawsuit filed
against the State of Florida by
Congresswoman Brown, the
Southern Christian Leadership
individual Duval residents, and the
Duval County Democratic
Executive Committee over early
voting laws. The Democratic par-
ties argue for more early voting.
The Republican parties oppose
expansion of early voting hours.
Judge Timothy Corrigan of the
United States District Court for the
Middle District of Florida granted
the Republicans' motion today.
"This motion confirms what we
already know," said Brown.
"Republicans don't want people to
vote. There's no other explanation
for their repeated attempts to
restrict early voting."
A 2011 law reduced early voting
in Florida from twelve days to
eight, gave county supervisors wide
discretion over early voting hours,
and eliminated voting on the last
Sunday before election-day. Brown
and others argue that the new law
Cong. Corrine Brown has been
instrumental in keeping early vot-
ing at the top of the agenda.
violates the Voting Rights Act
because minority voters dispropor-
tionately use early voting.
In 2008, 54% of African
American voters in Florida used
early voting -- twice the rate of
white voters. County election
supervisors have warned that short-
er early voting hours will lead to
long lines, overcrowding, and con-
fusion during early voting and elec-
tion-day. These problems will dis-
courage voting, according to
Brown and other activists.
Continued on page 9
Young, Black and Empowered: Power Move Mondays
Founders Seeking to Enlighten a Geneneration
While Black men throughout the
country are fighting being statistics,
Jacksonville has three visionary '
young men that are striving to make ,
a difference in the city's philan-
thropic landscape. Obu Umanna,
Chet Aikens and Ranaldo Allen
joined forces to create Power Move
Launched in March 2012 and
held the first Monday of the month,
PMM is dubbed "a monthly non-
partisan networking happy hour
event for the social, ambitious, for-
ward-thinking professionals who
are taking JAX to the next level".
To add a purpose to the vision,
PMM is held at a different location
each month. Some events have sup-
ported candidates such as Rhonda
Peoples Waters and Ashley Smith
Juarez to aiding a cause such as Big
Brothers Big Sisters and the Clara
The goal of creating the mobile
venue is to provide an opportunity
for current and future people of
influence to network and build rela- + I
"Our vision is for Power Move
Monday to serve as a catalyst for
the information, organization and Shown above are Power Move Monday hosts Obi Chet Aikens, Clara White Mission CEO Ju'Coby
Continued on page 5 Pittman-Peele and Ranaldo Allen
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What Happens If You Can't Pay Your Medical Bills
It's no secret that health care costs
have been spiraling out of control for
years. To fight back, your best bet is
to be a well-informed consumer:
Know the true costs of medical pro-
cedures, supplies and medications so
you can bargain effectively; carefully
anticipate and track medical ex-
penses; and stay on top of your bills.
But sometimes, even when you
follow the rules you still can get
burned. I've heard many appalling
stories about people even those
with comprehensive insurance who
have been denied benefits, over-
charged, sent to collections or even
forced to file for bankruptcy because
they couldn't pay their medical bills.
Here are a few coping strategies:
Carefully review each doctor, lab
or hospital bill and match it against
the Explanation of Benefits statement
that shows how much they were re-
imbursed by the insurance company.
Also, watch for items that may have
been charged to you by mistake such
Medications, supplies, treatments
Is the IRS' 'marriage
By Jason Alderman cially if you earn fairly similar
If your spouse-to-be is consider- amounts and/or you're both highly
ing postponing the wedding be- paid.
cause of fears about the so-called For example, single people with
"marriage penalty," you two prob- $75,000 in taxable income fall
ably have bigger issues than squarely within the 25 percent
whether you'll have to pay higher bracket; however, if you're married
taxes as a married couple than and earn a combined $150,000 in-
when you were single. come, you would hit the 28 percent
Having said that, marriage does bracket.
indeed have many financial ramifi- Some would argue, then, that
cations both good and bad and getting married is a financial disad-
several involve the dilemma over vantage, but that's not necessarily
whether to file income taxes to- true. Married couples are eligible
gether or separately. Let's sort for many tax breaks and other ben-
through the noise: efits that often more than compen-
First, a quick primer on how pro- sate for paying higher income tax.
gressive taxation works. As your For example:
income increases, the additional in- If you have medical coverage
come gets taxed at increasingly through your spouse's employer,
higher rates. Currently there are six monthly premiums are not consid-
federal tax rates ranging from 10 ered taxable income, as they are for
percent for low-income families unmarried domestic partners.
and individuals to 35 percent for Similarly, your spouse can pay
earnings over $388,350 a year. for your medical expenses on a pre-
Most people's income straddles tax basis using his or her flexible
several brackets, spending account.
For example, a single person You're entitled to 50 percent of
with $50,000 in taxable income your spouse's Social Security ben-
would pay 10 percent tax on the efits while he or she is alive and
first $8,700 earned; plus 15 percent can collect their benefit amount
on income between $8,700 and after death if it exceeds your own.
$35,350; plus 25 percent on income Plus, you're entitled to a $255
between $35,350 and $50,000. spousal death benefit.
Thus, you're not paying 25 percent If you die without a will, your
on the full amount; just on the por- spouse automatically inherits your
tion within that range. estate, tax-free. Everyone else be-
The marriage penalty occurs sides spouses must pay taxes on es-
when couples file a joint returmand, states valued over $5.12minillion.
in some cases, pay higher income Married people are usually
tax than if they'd remained" single., charge less for auto an-d6 tiher`ii-
For example: surance than singles.
If you have only a single house- If you're considering the "mar-
hold income (or one spouse earns ried, filing separately" filing option
significantly more) you usually get instead of filing jointly, note that
a "marriage bonus" that is, your you'll forfeit several tax credits and
combined income is taxed at a deductions available only to joint
lower rate than if the high earner filers, including the Earned Income
were paying tax as a single person. Tax Credit, the tax credit for child
However, once you enter the and dependent care expenses and
higher end of the 25 percent tax deductions for tuition and fees and
bracket, the disparity between fil- student loan interest. Plus, the IRS
ing jointly and as a single person says you must both either claim the
becomes more pronounced as your standard deduction or itemize de-
combined income increases, espe- ductions.
or meals you didn't receive while
hospitalized or getting an outpatient
Duplicate charges for a single pro-
cedure (such as x-rays, MRIs and lab
work), including those that had to be
redone due to a technician's error.
Charges for a full day's hospitaliza-
tion when you checked out early; or
private room rates when you shared
The summary hospital bill you
were sent probably doesn't contain
many details, so ask for an itemized
bill along with a copy of your med-
ical chart and a pharmacy ledger
showing which drugs you were given
during your stay.
If you're having difficulty paying a
medical bill, don't simply ignore it.
Like any creditor, doctors and hospi-
tals often turn unpaid bills over to
collection agencies, which will
wreak havoc with your credit score.
Contact creditors as soon as possible,
explain your situation and ask them
to set up an installment payment plan
or work out a reduced rate.
Many people with no insurance
discover that they're often charged
much higher rates than those negoti-
ated by insurance companies,
Medicare and Medicaid. Don't be
afraid to ask for those lower rates and
to work out a repayment plan just
be sure to get the agreement in writ-
ing. Most doctors and hospitals
would rather accept reduced pay-
ments than have to deal with collec-
tion agencies and possibly no reim-
bursement at all.
Ask the hospital's patient liaison to
review your case and see whether
you qualify for financial assistance
from the government, a charitable or-
ganization or the hospital itself. Most
will forgive some or all bills for peo-
ple whose income falls below certain
amounts tied to federal poverty lev-
els. Also pursue this avenue with
your doctor or other provider ide-
ally before they've begun collections.
A few additional cost-savings tips:
Ask whether your employer offers
flexible spending accounts, which let
you pay for eligible out-of-pocket
health care and/or dependent care ex-
penses on a pre-tax basis.
Use online price-comparison serv-
ices like Healthcare Blue Book and
OutofPocket.com to research going
rates for a variety of medical serv-
Unless it's a true emergency, try to
avoid emergency rooms and use an
urgent care network facility affiliated
with your insurance company or ask
your doctor for recommendations.
Bottom line: Know what health
services cost and don't be afraid to
negotiate. You'll haggle over the
price of a car why not your health?
.a No hauling materials to
First Coast Virtual Job Fair -s o .t cei.
No time out of the office.
September 0 14t Easyset-upofyourcom-
eptIembuer rl .0- t 2112 pany logo and organization
Once again job seekers can take
advantage of technology in their job
searches with the First Coast Virtual
Job Fair (VJF). The upcoming VJF
begins at midnight September 10
and continues through 11:59 p.m.
on September 14. Available jobs
typically range from entry-level to
management positions and there are
presently 77 companies participat-
ing. Job seekers will be able to view
and apply for jobs by going to the
WorkSource VJF site or copy/past-
into their browsers.
During our June 2012 VJF event,
there were nearly 54,000 visits to
the site. It attracted 2,156 job seek-
ers applying for 1,059 posted jobs.
Employers had 1,966 resumes to
look over, with 40 of them coming
from job seekers outside of Florida.
Advantages of the VJF for job-
No need to take time off from
work or interrupt your daytime
No standing in line.
Visit any time, any place where
Internet access is available.
A free Web-based training man-
ual, the VJF Handbook, with video
option, is available by going to
There are advantages for employ-
The VJF Handbook is provided
by Florida State College at Jack-
sonville. The Handbook links to in-
formation on career counseling and
training for workers needing to up-
grade their present skills. They can
learn about courses and programs to
build new skills in health care,
trades and industries and other high-
wage, high-demand careers.
Industry, educational and media
organizations can learn more about
how to become involved in this ex-
ceptional response to the region's
employment needs by contacting
Elizabeth Cochran-Brown at Work-
Source at (904) 798-9229, ext. 2212
or by e-mail at ecochran@work-
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September 13-19, 2012
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difficulty since 2008, to modify their
to Florida nonprofits in 2011,
to help continue their good work.
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businesses so far in 2012.
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Success for Children Starts at Home: Are we
Raising our Daughters and Loving our Sons?
"Children respond to the expec-
tations of their environment," states
Price Cobb, a blackpsychiatrist. It's
a powerful statement and extreme-
ly true. If you think about our youth
-that is exactly what they do.
Many children from poor house-
holds in which the parents have low
expectations don't perform well in
school hence they end up in the
same cycle of poverty as their par-
ents. Then there is the opposite side
of this social coin. Some youth use
their environment to motivate them
to excel academically, and in life.
The percentage of people who
are self motivated is extremely
small especially compared to
those who can't break the cycle of
poverty and low achievement.
In the past, I have talked about
various components of the African
American family, and how it is the
key to the revival of black commu-
nities. Perhaps the most important
factor is how we raise our children.
What types of morals and values
are we instilling in them as they
grow into adulthood?
Whether you know it our not, our
youth often mimic their surround-
ings. We have too many children
being raised by teenage mothers
who have yet to mature enough to
fully understand their role as a care
giver and guardian.
If we are going to expect our
children to grow and be true leaders
within our communities, parents
must do a better job raising and
teaching their youth especially in
the black culture. James Baldwin
said it best, "Children have never
been good at listening to their eld-
ers, but they have never failed to
imitate them." In other words we
have to lead by example.
Kay Hymowitz, the author of
The Black Family: 40 Years of Lies
says, "The truth is that we are now
a two-family nation, separate and
unequal-one thriving and intact,
and the other struggling, broken,
and far too often African-
It also goes back to that James
Baldwin quote about how our
youth learn from adults without
realizing that they are learning cer-
tain characteristics and behaviors.
Jesse Jackson once said, "Youth are
looking for something; it's up to
adults to show them what's worth
Better parenting and prevention
of teen pregnancy have to be at the
very top of the list ofpriorities for
the "black agenda." The bible says,
"a good tree cannot bare bad fruit."
We have to be stable and strong
trees if we are to raise good off-
I know that some of my conser-
vative friends would say that we
should be teaching young adults to
abstain from sex, which I agree
with to a certain extent. We also
have to be realistic and teach them
the importance of contraception.
Dr. Robert Johnson, is a parent-
ing specialist and says, "African
American children in this country
are growing up under the weight of
the pressures that are created by
racism, and it has an effect in
schools and commercial settings
everywhere; and parents need to
strengthen their children with the
abilities and skills to overcome
His comments also get to the root
of the problem in our communities
- if a teenage mother who probably
has not been motivated to achieve
despite obstacles then how will she
properly raise her child to over-
come life's challenges?
How can a 15 or 16 year old
young woman teach her baby the
importance of self-empowerment if
she has not had the opportunity to
learn how to motivate herself. How
can she teach her child the impor-
tance of black sustainability?
And while I am speaking in
broad terms, I certainly don't
believe that all teenage mothers are
doomed. There are many, many
teen parents that go on and succeed
African American families are
clearly still very strong and viable,
but we have to focus on how our
children are being raised. From the
images they see on television, to
the things they see when walking
down a neighborhood street; it's
important that they fully under-
stand the path to success versus the
path to destruction.
Walking down the street with
your shirt off holding up your pants
with one hand while your under-
wear is showing doesn't send a
message that you want to succeed.
Justbecause Lil Wayne has a hun-
dred tattoos and piercings doesn't
mean that it's a good move for you.
It is no secret that strong parents
can shape their children's character
and ability. For the most part, good
parents equate to good children,
with some exceptions of course. It
is also no secret that by and large,
adult conduct in society is learned
as a child. Again, getting back to
the root issue properly raising our
children is critical.
As parents we have to lead and
inspire our children, and be tough
when we have to.There is an old
saying that goes: We raise our
daughters and love our sons. This
may upset some folks, but too
many mothers, especially single
mothers are babying their sons.
You have to raise your young
men as well; and raise them to be
strong, independent and true heads
of the household. Perhaps that's
another article for another day.
I will close with a quote from
President Lyndon B. Johnson who
said these words while speaking at
Howard University in the 60s. He
said, "When the family collapses, it
is the children that are usually
damaged. When it happens on a
massive scale, the community itself
Unconventional Political Wisdom
H. George E.
S- .- Curry
it's time to
r e 1 fec t .
Most of the analysis you have seen
or heard has been pretty much what
was expected. Most of the political
pundits live in an echo chamber-
they all talk with each other and
travel in similar social circles. I
found very little fresh, insightful
analysis. And that is also the prob-
lem with both campaigns. They
both have staffed up with recycled
consultants, who all have similar
world views that are out of synch
with the public.
Political conventions no longer
have any useful purpose, especially
as a news event. There is absolute-
ly no news value-everything is
scripted down to the last period. I
think by most objective standards,
Oh:.m.j*, convention was far and
away much better than Romney's,
substantively and stylistically.
The purported purpose of both
conventions was to tell the
American people what their respec-
tive visions was for America over
the next four years. That approach
is so 20th century. People no
longer want to be talked to; they
want to be talked with. Both con-
ventions were presented as a
Hollywood production that ignored
the realities of everyday people.
* 'Pople 'want to -aieht' 'ab6ut'
thoughtful solutions to the issues
that are most" on their-nffTids-= tlie-
economy, education, job creation.
Obama's solution to everything is,
"give me more time." Romney's
solution seems to be, "I am not
Neither candidate is being truth-
ful with the American people.
Conventional wisdom is people
want to be made to feel good. It
reminds me of the scene in the
movie Monster's Ball with Halle
Berry and Billy Bob Thornton.
Before the raw sex scene, Berry
looks very passionately into
Thornton's eyes and says, "Make
me feel good." Thornton proceeds
to just that. But guess what, after
the thrill was gone, she was still
facing all of the problems she had
before the sex. So, the moral of the
story is that whenever you ask
someone to "make you feel good,"
it has little lasting value.
Most of the punditocracy con-
stantly talk about who gave the bet-
ter speech, who looked good in
what suit, or who had the most
excited audience. People who
attend these events, on both sides,
are the die-hards from each party.
They are not reflective of the aver-
age voter who goes to work every
Americans feel totally discon-
nected from their elected officials
and their government. They have
absolutely no faith or confidence in
politicians. This is. ,why New,
Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is so
appealingf7--Ydf fimay-nt like his-
policies, but people feel like he is
telling them what he really
Can someone tell me how a per-
son's wife can make her husband
look more "human" as the pundits
claim Ann Romney was trying to
do at the Republican convention?
This is supposed to be analysis?
Are you kidding me? As likable as
Michelle Obama is, do you really
think people go into the voting
booth and say Michelle is nice,
therefore I am going to vote for her
husband? Has the media become
Ultimately, people will vote for
the person they feel a connection to
and one they feel will make their
lives better. People don't care how
much you know until they know
how much you care.
Obama makes people feel good,
but has produced no vision for the
future. Romney does not connect
with people at all and has produced
no vision for the future. So, if the
election is run based on personality,
then Obama wins. Romney has
less than two months to give voters
a reason to change leaders. In box-
ing, it's almost impossible for a
challenger to defeat the champion
on points. The challenger must
knock out the champion.
Romney's window for doing this is
Based'on performance, I cannot
vote for Obama. Based on mes-
sage T-d-oi't have esYIfon to vote
for Romney. Herein lies the big
problem for Romney: Many people
who voted for Obama in 2008 are
totally dissatisfied with him, but
Romney has not made himself a
viable alternative. He must deliver
a knock-out blow to Obama fairly
SMelts into Neapolitan
Every since Washington was carved from two slave-
holding states in 1791, it has been a special place for
Blacks. Nowadays, most Black Americans know the
nation's capital by the moniker "Chocolate City." By
the 1960s "Chocolate City" was the center for "Black
Power" in America. The "most important city in the
world." D.C. was a symbol of pride and power for
African Americans advancing in lifestyles and "power
positions." The country should be on the alert that now that Washington is
no longer considered a "Chocolate City" and other cities are likely to fol-
Back in the day, African Americans in Washington were experiencing
unprecedented political, social and economic status. In the 1970s, D.C.'s
Blacks made their move from the streets to the suites. Black professionals
moved up private sector and government career ladders and became the
policy and decision-makers on rules and regulations that benefited Black
people and institutions.
Marion Shepilov Barry Jr. exemplified a machine boss who dominated
politics for more than a decade, serving as the second elected mayor of the
District of Columbia from 1979 to 1991, and again as the fourth mayor
from 1995 to 1999. Barry is remembered fondly as a champion of the
young, the aged and the poor, having plowed hundreds of millions of tax
dollars into summer jobs programs, senior centers and an array of social
welfare programs that ranked among the most generous in the nation. He
also used the city's bureaucracy as a vast employment program that fos-
tered the growth of a Black middle class that have the highest paid munic-
ipal jobs in America.
All of that is long gone. The people that Barry made middle class have
taken their salaries and taxes and moved out of D.C. to make Prince
George's County, "America's wealthiest majority-Black county." As the
Blacks of means leave D.C., more Whites, Asians and Hispanics are mov-
ing in. The District of Columbia's Black population is less than 50 percent.
The city that once had a 70 percent Black population has dropped down to
just 301,000 Blacks of the city's 601,700 residents. The "Black Power
Elite" that came to be in the '60s and '70s are eroding in power and pres-
tige. The "Black Power" way of life is at an end in D.C
Back in our days of dominance, Calvin Rolark got his calls to City Hall
returned promptly. Dr. Rolark was an influential community leader as pub-
lisher of The Washington Informer newspaper and head of United Black
Fund. Today, Rolark's daughter, Denise gets scant attention and few "call
backs" from current D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray.
The awarding of D.C. government advertising contracts is a case that
should be a cause c6l6bre for majority-Black populations and governments
across America. [Public Notices] are advertisements that generate billions
annually in America. Public notices placed in newspapers include contract
opportunities, foreclosures, unclaimed property, community information
and more. The issue and controversy in D.C. is about a $30,000 contract to
advertise unclaimed property in the city.
Washington Informer Publisher Denise Rolark Barnes claims that her
paper was denied a chance at the contract by the Office of the Chief
Financial Officer because her paper's coverage centers on Washington's
Black residents. Barnes has filed a protest over the awarding of the con-
tract. The conflict, a test-case in reverse-discrimination, hinges on whether
The Washington Informer counts as a "newspaper of general circulation."
In her complaint, Barnes quotes a city contracting official saying that The
Washington Informer's editorial focus toward Black Washingtonians
means it isn't a "newspaper of general.circulation.' ,. ,
(In the interest of full disclosure, I have assisted in getting publicity for
c-tisfcause). - -- .... .. -
Are Blacks headed toward being invisible in America again? In recent
generations "Black Power" is on the decline in D.C. and across America.
D.C. illustrates that government sector contracting is fundamental to the
successes of minority-owned businesses such as The Washington Informer.
As Blacks in every locale should, Blacks in D.C. are concerned that the 47-
year-old Informer publication has been deemed "irrelevant" by the deci-
sion-makers who currently occupy the top realms of D.C. government.
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Reunion Chairpersons (left- to-right): Renole Darling, Jennifer Kelly, Nina Clayton Davenport, Machell
Turner Chavez, Venus Highsmith and Lee Brown (Reunion Chairman).
Raines High School Class of 1982 Sail to
the Bahamas for 30th Year Class Reunion
SOn Day Two, the shipped
-- -.- .. docked overnight Nassau
Bahamas. Classmates took
tours, went to the beach,
..,, -swam with the dolphins, sam-
pled island food including
fresh conch salad and
shopped in the local markets.
Everyone came back on board
*,land got dressed to the nines
for the Formal Dinner. After
S"dinner, we got off the ship
again and danced the night
away at a local club.
SC On Day Three, deceased
classmates were honored in a
solemn service conducted by
Lee Brown, Reunion
Chairperson. At the All-
-- enjoyed a karaoke challenge
with line dances for all. The
Night was capped off with a
Group shot at the Meet & Greet Sail Away Party. late-night comedy show.
The group returned to
by Venus Highsmith Canaveral, Florida. A total of 62 Jacksonville on September 2, 2012
William M. Raines Class of 1982 people made the voyage aboard and prepared for the next day's final
continued their 30th Year Class Carnival Sensation that set sail on event, the Labor Day Picnic at
Reunion Celebration with a cruise August 30, 2012. Day One consist- Oceanway Park. Thirty years later,
to the Bahamas. Classmates and ed of a pre-arranged Meet & Greet the William Raines Class of 1982
friends left Jacksonville on a char- Sail Away Party, complete with a lived up to their reunion them, "We
tered bus destined to Port DJ, snacks and ani'olen bar. Are One".
Jennifer Holliday to
Headline for EWC
Edward Waters College will host
its llth Annual Fine Arts
Scholarship Benefit Concert on
Oct. 14 at the Times-Union Center
for the Performing Arts to raise
money for scholarships.
The concert will feature Tony
Award recipient and two-time
Grammy winner Jennifer Holliday
accompanied by the Jacksonville
Symphony Orchestra and the EWC
Ticket prices are $100 for VIP,
which includes admission to a pre-
concert reception and a reserved
seat at the concert; $65 for reserved
seating; and $40 for general admis-
Tickets are available now at the
Jacksonville Symphony Box
Office. or call (904) 354-5547.
Continued from front
and motivation needed to take
Jacksonville to the next level," said
Most attendees are in their 20s and
30s, college educated, career-ori-
ented and passionate about moving
Jacksonville forward. To date, the
largest event was August 2012 at
CoWork Jax with over eighty atten-
dees. The doors are open for any-
one wanting to participate.
For fellow organizer Chet Aikens,
his contribution is in his blood. The
son of Jacksonville dentist and
activist Chester Aikens, Aikens
returned back to Jacksonville after
graduating from Howard
"I love this city, it is my home,"
says Aikens. "I am committed to
doing what I can to making it a bet-
ter place," he says.
The next Power Move Monday is
scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on October
1st at the Times Union Center for
the Performing Arts benefiting the
Ritz Chamber Players and
Hats off to the trio for carrying the
banner forward in keeping
Shown above is Khamil Ojoyo with one of his pieces,
"Papa" on display at the art exhibit.
Wood Sculpturer Khamil Ojoyo Shares His
Artistic Magic at Ponte Vedra Art Show
Relatives, friends, and art lovers converged on the Cultural Center of
Ponte Vedra Beach for a reception and art exhibit in honor of wood sculp-
tor, Khamil L.Ojoyo and painter, S. Barre Barrett. The exhibit entitled
"Color and Form" is a unique display of how two veteran artists of differ-
ent mediums merged their varied compositions. Khamil, shown above,
began his artistic journey in 1977, and has exhibited his works for over 35
years at various colleges and universities throughout the state. The major-
ity of Khamil's work is recycled materials mixed with wood, metals, envi-
ronmental materials and fiber glass. Khamil shared "depending on my cre-
ativity my sculptures take about a month to create." The bold and lively
color effects of Barrett's paintings coupled with the huge, textured and cur-
vaceous forms of Ojoyo's wood sculptures proved to be a perfect match.
This was a first for the two who had never met or exhibited together and
based on those who were in attendance, it is not likely to be their last. The
exhibit is free and open to the public and will remain through October 19,.
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Queen Esther's 82nd Anniversary
Queen Esther Church of God will celebrate the Church 82nd Anniversary
and Pastors 24th Anniversary service on Thursday September 13th at 7:30
p.m. and Sunday Morning service on September 16th at 11:15 a.m.
Thursday night guest speaker is Elder Oliver Robertson Pastor, Christ
Temple COGIC, praise and devotion from Truth and Spirit Ministries, Dr.
Lynwood Moore Pastor. True Holmes Church will be singing song of
Zion, Elder Evelyn Moseley Pastor. Guest speaker on September 16th will
be Reverend Steve Wilson. The Ben Hoover Sanctuary Choir under the
direction of Brother Mark Rogers will be rendering A & B selections. The
church is located at 1747 Mc Quade St. Jacksonville, Florida, 32209,
Elder Ben Hoover Pastor.
St. Paul Lutheran Church
Annual Prayer Breakfast
James Wiggins, Jr., Pastor of Saint Paul
Lutheran Church presents Sunday
school service every Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
and worship with Holy Communion at
11:00 a.m. Every Wednesday is Bible
study workshop with light supper at 6:30
p.m. followed by evangelism training at
7:00 p.m. Saint Paul Lutheran Church is
also presenting a six-week sermon and
Bible Study Series entitled "How to
Share your Faith" September 5th to
October 14th. On Saturday September
15th, Saint Paul Lutheran Church will
sponsor their annual "Prayer Breakfast"
with guest speaker Justice Peggy
Quince. This year's theme is "Upping the
juug e rcggy vumie Ante: Unleashing the Power of Prayer."
The breakfast will be held from 8:30 a.m. toll:00 a.m. The church doors
and hearts are open to the community and all are welcome. For more
information contact the church at (904) 765-4219 or visit www.stpaul-
jacksonville.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org. St. Paul Lutheran
Church is located at 2730 West Edgewood Avenue.
Tabernacle Baptist Institutional
Church 3rd Annual Marriage Retreat
Tabernacle Baptist Institutional Church presents their 3rd Annual
Marriage Retreat, Friday, September 28th to Sunday, September 30th. The
retreat is a 3-day and 2-night stay on a beautiful campus that is located on
the historic Frederica River on St. Simons Island at Epworth by Sea Resort
conference and retreat center. This retreat is structured to enrich the mar-
riage through enlightenment, excitement & spiritual enhancement. We want
every Tabernacle Couple to join us and we invite other churches and other
Christian couples as our guests. Reverend Michael C. Edwards, Pastor and
First Lady Faydra Edwards invite couples to relax, reconnect, renew and
recommitted. For more information visit the church website at www.tbic-
jax.com or email email@example.com or call the church office at (904)
Saint Paul AME Church
Celebrates 143rd Anniversary
The Saint Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church, located at 6910 New
Kings Road, will celebrate the Church's 143rd Anniversary on Sunday,
The Selected theme is, "Building A House: Advancing the Kingdom". The
scripture for the celebration is Matthew 16:17-18. Two dynamic messages
will be proclaimed at 7:30 a.m. and 10:55 a.m. Church school will be held
at 9:30 a.m. Friends and the public are extended a warm welcome to share
in all worship experiences. The Rev. Dr. Marvin C. Zanders,II is the pastor
of Saint Paul. Please contact the Church at (904) 764-2755 or the website
at stpaulamejax.com for more information.
Florida State Conference of the
NAACP to be held in Daytona Beach
The Florida State Conference of the National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People will be hosting its 73rd Annual State
Convention in the beautiful City of Daytona Beach, Florida. The
Convention will begin on Thursday, September 20th and run through
Saturday, September 22, 2011.
All activities will be held at the Hilton Hotel Oceanfront Resort located at
100 N. Atlantic Avenue, Daytona Beach, Florida. Festivities will kick off on
Thursday, opening night at Allen Chapel AME Church located at 580
George W. Engram Boulevard, Daytona Beach, Florida. For a full schedule
and more info, email LHaywood@FlaglerCntyNAACP.org or call (386)
King Solomon United Baptist Church
Celebrating its 32nd Founders Day
King Solomon United Baptist Church under the direction of Reverend
Mariko T. Billups and his congregation are extending a special invitation to
the church's founding members and their families to attend the 32nd
Founders Day, September 23rd at 10:45 a.m., 2240 Forest Street.. Alpha
Kappa Alpha Sorority is also being recognized for hosting the first organi-
zational meeting establishing King Solomon Church.
King Solomon had its beginning, September 28, 1980, when a group of
approximately 50 people united for the sole purpose of organizing a church
subject to the laws of God. On October 19, 1980, the first meeting was held
in the church building located on Forest Street for the purpose of calling a
Pastor, which was William C. Baker, Jr. Under the leadership of Reverend
William C. Barker, Jr. the church moved from its original location of 2221
Forest Street. In August of 2004, Reverend Barker led the congregation to
its current location, 2240 Forest street. Today, the church is still standing
and based on the word of God and led by Reverend Mariko T. Billups. For
more information, contact the church office at (904) 354-8052.
St. Gabriel's Annual Patronal Feast
St. Gabriel's' Episcopal Church will celebrate its annual Patronal feast day
honoring the patron St. Gabriel, Sunday, September 23rd at 10:00 a.m. wor-
ship service. The speaker for the occasion is Reverend Vincent P. Harris,
Vicar at St. George's Episcopal Washington, D.C. Please join and celebrate
with us at 5235 Moncrief Rd. For more information email
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or call (904) 708-8672.
National Baptist Conventions Partner
with NAACP for Voter Registration
The NAACP has established a historic partnership with the major African
American Baptist Conventions to promote voter registration through the
NAACP's This Is My Vote! campaign.
In the last year, more than 30 states introduced voter suppression laws
that disproportionately impact Black voters. This partnership will combat
these attacks and ensure high voter participation through coordinated regis-
tration, education, and Get Out the Vote efforts that will reach millions.
Churches will receive voter registration training through the NAACP and
conduct voter registration drives until the cutoff dates. Additionally, the
NAACP will distribute alerts on changes in local voter laws; educate con-
gregants on legislative matters that affect their communities; and ensure
church-goers turn out to the polls and are protected on Election Day.
The national day of voter registration and action wil be on September
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Wife of Bishop Eddie Long Discusses Divorce 'storm'
with New Birth Congregation: 'I got off the ship'
Vanessa Long, wife of Bishop
Eddie Long, recently spoke to con-
gregants of the New Birth
Missionary Baptist Church where
she and her spouse provide spiritual
leadership at one of the largest
megachurches near Atlanta.
Addressing the church's women's
ministry in late August, Vanessa
reflected on the period in which she
nearly divorced Long in the after-
math of 2010 allegations that her
husband had seduced male minors
in his care.
"I was in the middle of a storm,
and I got off the ship," Vanessa
Long said in the videotaped presen-
tation of her vacillation in consider-
ing a split.
After announcing her plans to
divorce in December 2011, Vanessa
publicly changed her mind several
times. Finally, the case was dis-
missed in February 2012.
Ultimately, the New Birth elder
saw this controversy as a test of
faith that strengthened her resolve to
serve her church community.
"I realized that the best thing I
could do was to let you see me as a
Bishop Eddie Long walks to the pulpit with his wife \anessa Long to giie a
sermon where he addressed sex scandal allegations at New Birth Missionary
Baptist Church September 26, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. Long was accused
of luring young men into relationships..
woman, just like you. A woman faced.
capable of making good decisions "Long received immense support
and a woman capable of making bad for speaking to the Heart to Heart
decisions," Long said. "Instead of ministry, with several congregants
condemning myself, I can use what on New Birth Missionary Baptist
happened as an opportunity to min- Church's Facebook page calling her
ister myself to someone else going speech 'powerful,' 'inspiring,' and
through a storm." spiritual."
Mrs. Long received a standing Bishop Eddie Long settled with
ovation for revealing her struggles four of his five accusers out of court
almost exactly two years after her for undisclosed sums in May 2011.
husband's accusers originally sur-
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Sickle cell anemia affects the red
blood cells. About one in every 600
Blacks is born with sickle cell, and
one in 12 blacks carry the sickle cell
But what is sickle cell anemia?
Normal red blood cells are
smooth and round like doughnuts.
They move easily through blood
vessels to carry oxygen to all parts
of the body. In sickle cell anemia,
the red blood cells become hard,
sticky, and shaped like sickles or
crescents. When these hard and
pointed red cells go through the
small blood vessels, they tend to get
stuck and block the flow of blood.
This can cause pain, damage, and a
low blood count or anemia.
The sickle-shaped red blood cells
tend to get stuck in narrow blood
vessels, blocking the flow of blood.
Anemia is a shortage of red blood
cells in your blood. In sickle cell
anemia, this shortage of red blood
cells occurs because sickle cells do
not last very long. It is hard for your
body to make new red blood cells
fast enough to keep up. Normal red
blood cells last about 120 days in
the bloodstream. Sickle cells die
after only about 10 to 20 days.
Sickle cell trait is different from
sickle cell anemia. A person with
sickle cell trait does not have the
disease but carries the gene that
causes the disease. Persons with
sickle cell trait can pass the gene to
Sickle cell anemia is a serious
disease and there is no universal
cure. Bone marrow transplantation
offers a cure, but very few patients
have matched donors. Some
patients also do not want bone mar-
row transplants because of the risks
involved. Over the past 30 years,
doctors have learned a great deal
about the disease. They know what
causes it, what it does to your body,
and how to treat many of the com-
plications. Today, with good health
care, many people with the disease:
mAre in reasonably good health
much of the time
Live fairly normal lives
Live 40 to 50 years and longer.
Other Names for Sickle Cell
Hemoglobin SS Disease
What Causes Sickle Cell
People with sickle cell anemia
inherit two genes, one from each
parent, that are variant (different
from normal). The variant genes are
call sickle cell genes.
The sickle cell genes tell the body
to make the variant hemoglobin
(hee-muh-glow-bin) that results in
deformed red blood cells.
Hemoglobin is the protein in red
blood cells that carries oxygen to all
parts of the body.
Children who inherit sickle cell
genes from both parents will have
sickle cell anemia. Children who
inherit the sickle cell gene from
only one parent will not have the
disease. They will have sickle cell
trait. People with sickle cell trait:
Generally have no symptoms
Live normal lives
m Can pass the sickle cell gene on
to their children.
When two people with sickle cell
trait have a baby, there is a:
mOne in four chance (25 percent)
the baby will inherit two sickle cell
What Is Sickle Cell Disease?
genes and have the disease.
iOne in four chance (25 percent)
the baby will inherit two normal
genes and not have the disease or
*Two in four chance (50 percent)
the baby will inherit one normal
gene and one sickle cell gene. The
baby will not have the disease, but
will have sickle cell trait like the
The presence of two sickle cell
genes (SS) is needed for sickle cell
anemia. If each parent carries one
sickle hemoglobin gene (S) and one
normal gene (A), with each preg-
nancy, there is a 25 percent chance
of the child's inheriting two SS
genes and having sickle cell ane-
mia; a 25 percent chance of inherit-
ing two AA genes and not having
the disease; and a 50 percent chance
of being an unaffected carrier (AS)
like the parents.
Who Gets Sickle Cell Anemia?
Sickle cell anemia affects mil-
lions of people throughout the
world. It is particularly common in
people whose families come from:
Parts of Africa (the region
south of the Sahara Desert)
m Spanish-speaking areas like
South America, Cuba, and Central
Mediterranean countries, such
as Turkey, Greece, and Italy.
In the United States, sickle cell
anemia affects about 72,000 people.
The families of most of the people
affected come from Africa. The
disease occurs in about:
One in every 600 African-
One in every 1,000-1,400
About 2 million Americans carry
the sickle cell trait. About 1 in 12
African Americans have the trait.
What Are the Signs and
Symptoms of Sickle Cell Anemia?
The signs and symptoms of sick-
le cell anemia are different in each
person. Some people have mild
symptoms. Others have very
severe symptoms and are often
hospitalized for treatment. The
most common symptoms or signs
are related to:
Pain when sickle-shaped red
blood cells block the flow of blood
to an organ
Other more specific symptoms.
The general symptoms or signs of
Fatigue (feeling very tired)
Yellowing of the skin and eyes
m Shortness of breath.
Pain is the symptom of sickle cell
anemia that most people are famil-
iar with. It occurs in both children
and adults. Pain results from
blocked blood and oxygen. Painful
events or crises may occur in any
body organ or joint. Some patients
have painful crises less than once a
year. Others may have as many as
The Truth About Wisdom Teeth
Just as you enter adulthood
wisdom teeth make their pr
known in the far reaches o
mouth. Wisdom teeth of
the third molars are the las
teeth to come in, usually be
17 and 25 years of age, in f
When wisdom teeth ar
aligned, they may position
selves horizontally, be
toward or away from the
molars, or be angled inward
ward. Poor alignment of m
teeth can crowd or damage a
teeth, the jawbone, or nerves
Wisdom teeth also can be i
ed they are enclosed wit
soft tissue and/or the jawb
only partially break throL
erupt through the gum. Partial
tion of the wisdom teeth all
opening for bacteria to enter
the tooth and cause an in]
which results in pain, swellii
stiffness, and general
d, your Partially erupted teeth are also more
presence prone to tooth decay and gum dis-
f your ease because their hard-to-reach
ficially location and awkward positioning
t set of makes brushing and flossing diffi-
the so- The Trouble With Wisdom Teeth
called Anatomy is at the root of most
problems with wisdom teeth.-
jaws are either too small or teeth
themselves are too big for the
jaw. This adds up to a crowded
Because of the lack of
space, molars can grow side-
/ ways, only partially emerge
from the gums (called "partially
S, impacted wisdom teeth"), or get
trapped in the gums and jawbone
"age ("impacted wisdom teeth").
Partially impacted wisdom teeth are
e mis- chronically contaminated with bac-
them- teria associated with infection,
angled inflammation, tooth decay, and gum
second disease. Because they're so far back
or out- in the mouth, it's hard to keep them
wisdom clean and get rid of the bacteria.
adjacent Fully impacted wisdom teeth also
S. can get infected and .disturb the
mpact- position of the other molars. These
hin the consequences can spread outside of
one or the mouth, causing other health
ugh or problems.
al erup- Even when wisdom teeth come in
ows an fully ("erupted" out of the gums),
around they can still pose a problem for a
section, healthy mouth because of their
ng, jaw location. The third molars are so far
illness. back in the mouth that it's easy for
food to get trapped, leading to more
bad news: plaque, cavities, and gum
disease. Many people just can't
reach them to brush and floss well
about Wisdom Teeth
How to manage your wisdom
teeth is a decision to make with
your dentist or oral surgeon.
Getting them removed isn't always
a must if they are fully erupted and
functional. Follow your dentist's
advice to stay free of gum disease.
Because wisdom teeth are predis-
posed to problems, you'll have to
be vigilant about oral hygiene If
wisdom teeth show signs of disease
or decay, your dental team will sug-
gest getting them removed.
Surgery is definitely an option for
partially or fully impacted wisdom
teeth. If you don't get them out,
they'll need to be monitored very
closely with regular dental exams,
X-rays, and thorough periodontal
cleaning for the rest of your life.
Over time, this can be an expen-
sive option, but on the other hand,
this could just be part of the regular
dental care you'd get for the other
Despite your best efforts, you
may end up needing your wisdom
teeth removed eventually. It's a
common practice the world over. A
2004 study from Finland followed
118 people from age 20 to 38. At
the beginning of the study, 85 per-
cent of participants had their wis-
dom teeth (partially impacted, fully
impacted, or erupted), but 18 years
later, only 31 percent of the people
still had those teeth. And an update
in 2009 showed that the percentage
of wisdom teeth removed continued
to increase in the years after the
study was published.
15 or even more crises in a year.
The pain can be acute (sudden),
chronic (long lasting), or a mixture
of the two.
Acute pain is the most common
type of pain. It is sudden pain that
can range from a mild ache to very
severe pain. The pain usually lasts
from hours to a few days. With
complications or poor treatment,
the pain can last for weeks.
m Chronic pain usually lasts 3 to
6 months or longer. Chronic pain
can be hard to bear and mentally
draining. This can severely limit
Mixed pain is a combination
both of acute and chronic pain.
Other more specific symptoms
and complications include:
m Hand-foot syndrome. When the
small blood vessels in hands or feet
are blocked, pain and swelling can
occur, along with fever. One or both
hands and/or feet may be affected at
the same time. This may be the first
symptom of sickle cell anemia in
infants. Pain may be felt in the
many bones of the hands and feet.
Swelling usually occurs on the back
of the hands and feet and moves
into the fingers and toes.
Eye problems. The retina is a
thin layer of tissue at the back of the
eye that receives and processes
visual images. When the retina does
not get enough blood, it can weaken
and cause problems. These prob-
lems can be serious enough to cause
m Infections. Both children and
adults with sickle cell anemia have
a hard time fighting off infections.
The spleen is an organ in your body
that helps fight infection. In sickle
cell anemia, the spleen can become
damaged and unable to do its job.
Infants and young children with a
damaged spleen are more likely to
get lethal infections.
Seniors Should Get Flu Shots Early
"As you get older, your
immune system gets weaker and
you become more susceptible to
the flu virus, so get your flu shots
early before this year's outbreak
begins later this month," cau-
tioned Dan Weber, president of
the Association of Mature
Weber pointed out that "it is lit-
erally a matter of life and death
for older Americans, particularly
those over 65." He cited the
Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC), which reports
that some 36,000 Americans die
each year from the flu and that
seniors account for 90% of those
The flu season starts in late
September and early October, but
it takes about two weeks for the
vaccine to become fully effective.
So, Weber urges older Americans
to get their shots as early as pos-
sible, noting that the vaccine is
fully covered by Medicare.
"Set an appointment with your
family doctor to get vaccinated as
soon as this year's batch of serum
is available or go to the 'Flu Near
You' Website [https://fluneary-
ou.org/] to find locations by Zip
Code where the vaccine will be
Meanwhile, the AMAC chief
suggested, "take precautions such
as limiting contact with friends
and relations who may be show-
ing symptoms of illness like
coughing and sneezing. And, be
sure to wash your hands thor-
oughly after excursions that
involve mingling in crowded
public spaces and after riding
public transit systems."
Weber pointed out that those
who wind up getting the flu this
year have recourse. There are
antiviral drugs available to treat
the illness, particularly if you act
quickly, he said.
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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports
activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
Nephew Tommy &
Friends in Concert
Nephew Tommy from the Steve
Harvey Morning Show is coming to
Jacksonville, Friday September
14th and he's bringing some of the
funniest comics in the country to
town! Tickets on sale now at the
Florida Theater Box office, 128
East Forsyth, or call the box office
at (904) 355-5661.
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.
Walk for Sickle Cell
The Sickle Cell Disease
Association of America, Inc.
(SCDAA), Jacksonville chapter
will host a 5K walk-a thon,
Saturday, September 15th. The
walk location is Florida State
College, Downtown Campus, 101
W. State Street. For registration
details contact Jacinda Legons,
Student Learning Specialist at (904)
633-8475 or visit www.fscj.edu.
90s r&b 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-
email@example.com 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
Strut your Mutt
It's time for Best Friends Animal
Society's Strut Your Mutt in
Jacksonville, Saturday, September
29th at 9:30 a.m.. Join in a relaxing
walk to help homeless pets, and
then celebrate afterwards at
Riverside Park, 753 Park Street, at
the ultimate doggie festival. For
more information contact Barbara
Williamson at (435) 644-2001, ext.
4408 or email barbara@best-
friends.org or visit www.strutyour-
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, October 4th 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.
Raines Class of 1977
"Denim and Diamonds"
The William M. Raines Class of
1977 is celebrating their 35th
Reunion at the Crowne Plaza Hotel,
1201 Riverplace Boulevard,
Saturday, October 6th at 7:00 p.m.
All graduating classes are invited to
participate in the "Denim and
Diamonds" celebration. For more
information contact Chenesia
Brock at (404) 293-5498).
2012 Black Expo
Jacksonville's 12th annual Florida
Black Expo will be held Saturday,
October 6th. The event which fea-
tures minority owned businesses
and those who care about our mar-
ket opens at 10:30 a.m. until 7:00
p.m., at the Prime F. Osborn III
Convention Center. For more infor-
mation email jeannie@blackpage-
susa.com or call (803) 254-6404.
Calling all Raines
The Raines Class of '70' will host
a bus trip and day of fun at The
Hard Rock Caf6 in Tampa, Florida,
Saturday, October 6th from 7:00
a.m. to 9:00 p.m. The bus will board
at Gateway Mall. For more infor-
mation contact: Sandra Adegbayibi
at (904) 860-3062 or (904) 764-
0707. Or email
dthompson@Howard.edu or antho-
Pretty Pink Breast
The 2nd Annual Pretty in Pink
Breast Cancer Awareness luncheon
will be held Saturday, October 6th.
This informative and inspiring
event will be hosted at The Peek
Meeting Center, 6120 San Jose
Blvd. Come be educated, enter-
tained and make a difference to
those in our community. Special
performance by Gail Holmes, 2011
Stella Award Nominee. For more
information call 626-2812 or visit
59 or email tduhart@noktur-
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
visit www. southernshows.com/wja/
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.
Mary Mary in Concert
Gospel duo Mary, Mary will per-
form in Jacksonville, Thursday,
October 25th, at 8:00 p.m. at the
Florida Theater. Tickets on sale
now at the Florida Theater Box
office, 128 East Forsyth Street,
Suite 300 or call (904) 355-2786 or
The 47th Annual NAACP
Freedom Fund Dinner welcomes
NAACP National President
Benjamin Jealous as its keynote
speaker. The dinner and awards will
be held Thursday, November 1st at
7 p.m. at the Prime Osborn III
Convention Center, 1000 Water St..
The theme is "NAACP: Your
Power, Your Decision Vote." For
more information email anthony-
firstname.lastname@example.org or jax-
email@example.com or call (904)
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Jacksonville Remembers September llth
Shown above a veteran salutes the presentation of colors.
In the inset, a young child from Head Start shows her patriotic spirit.
Marilyn Sears Surprised by 50th Birthday Bash
A surprise 50th birthday party was held for Marilyn Sears at the Sway Bar
& Grill on September 8th. Attending guests wore her favorite color com-
bination of red and white. The honorees mother, Mary Hogans, secretly
contacted her Paxon classmates, Post Office co-workers and Philippians'
church members to attend the surprise event. Over 200 people celebrated
Marilyn's 50th milestone. Marilyn was really surprised and enjoyed her
celebration with family and friends as they enjoyed a catered dinner and
dancing throughout the night. R. Silver photo
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. A Day
of Remembrance event took place
at EverBank Field on September
llth to remember the men and
women who died on September 11,
2001 and honor all first responders
when the World Trade Center in
New York City was attacked by ter-
The well attended event began
with a ceremony led by Mayor
Alvin Brown, law enforcement and
military personnel followed by a
moment of silence at 9:11 a.m.
"I was in Washington D.C. -- on
Capitol Hill -- having breakfast
with Congressman Harold Ford Jr."
Brown said. "We couldn't believe
what had happened."
More than a decade later, local
leaders and community members
prayed, sang and stood proud.
"Liberty and justice and freedom
are not free," said State Sen. Audrey
Gibson. "And so we have to remind
ourselves, liberty and justice and
freedom come at a tremendous sac-
Dr. Helen Jackson, CEO of the
Women of Color Foundation,
which is one of the event sponsors,
said it's important to for the com-
munity to come together on this
"We will remain united as one
United States of America and one
bright future for all," Jackson.
Several community service proj-
ects also took place at the event.
The public was invited to help
assemble 220 care packages for the
nation's military members, plant
220 sunflowers and bag 220 gro-
ceries. Those attending were also
asked to bring a canned food. A bag
of groceries was given out to fami-
lies in need.
A free pancake breakfast was
offered for 1,000 veterans, military
personnel, first responders and their
Two handmade quilts were on
display inside Touchdown Terrace,
symbolizing the Twin Towers. The
patches were made by local chil-
dren and sewn together by foster
"Children are our future. And our
first responders are saving our
future every day and so we're so
grateful for them and we want our
children to understand they've been
protected," said Jackson.
This year's event was to be the
largest 9/11 remembrance in
Jacksonville history. More than 30
businesses and organizations came
together to make it happen. Last
year, 5,000 people gathered in
Klutho Park on the 9/11 anniver-
sary. Jacksonville was one of 14
cities selected to receive a $50,000
grant from the National Community
Service Organization to be used on
9/11 events over a three-year peri-
President Obama used his weekly
address to pay tribute to the lives of
3,000 Americans killed in New
York City, Pennsylvania and the
Washington, D.C., area. "I have
always said that America is at war
with al Qaeda and its affiliates and
we will never be at war with Islam
or any other religion. We are the
United States of America. Our free-
dom and diversity make us unique,
and they will always be central to
who we are as a nation," the presi-
Kev. R.L. Gundy
On Saturday, September 8th, The
Florida State Southern Christian
Leadership Conference held an
inauguration celebration to install
Pastor R.L. Gundy of Mount Sinai
Missionary Baptist Church as
Florida SCLC state president.
The inauguration celebration was
also a celebration of the SCLC's
legacy and history which spans
from 1908 2012. Held in the
church sanctuary, Mount Sinai
Missionary Baptist Church mem-
bers rejoiced with the community
as they joyfully praised and sang
the Negro National Anthem, "Lift
Every Voice and Sing."
Jacksonville SCLC Board
Member Professor Henry Thomas
reminded the audience, "these are
tough times that we face, if we can
change Florida, we can change the
world." Reverend R. L. Gundy is
excited about the future of the revi-
talized SCLC and its partnerships
with the community. Pastor Gundy
has also been very adamant on
building community coalitions
throughout the state. Gundy's main
plan is to work hand in hand with
the NAACP and the Florida New
Majority. For more information on
the Florida chapter of the SCLC
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The Republicans' motion claims that c\pindul early \ lti "would
result in substantial harm" to their efforts to register voters, educate
them, and get out the vote, Republicans hlaim ilvy "must intervene in
this action to protect thiiei interests in promoting Republican candidates
in the state of Florida, ensuring that Florida's voters are informed, and
ensuring that elections are open and fair, and to protect the interests of
the candidates and voters."
In separate litigaitioi, federal court in Washington D.C. recently ruled
that cutting the number of early voting hours in five counties violated
the Voting Rii h Act because fewer hours disproportionately harmed
minority voters. Those counties agreed to double the number of hours
from forty-eight to ninety-six. The United States Department of Justice
accepted this citlemeint
A hearing on Brown's motion for an injunction will be heard on
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0 FOR THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 11 17, 2012
SIAC/ Morehouse Sports Photo
C IAA DAVID CARTER: Bruis-
ing Morehouse RB leads
DO THE MaroonTigers into Cleve-
land to face BCSP No. 1
DANCE Winston-Salem State.
BCSP NFL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK; NEW
INTERIM AD AT ELIZABETH CITY STATE
etpeS mber 13 -19, 2012
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C A A CENTRAL INTERCOLLEGIATE E
C IA A ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
NORTH DIVISION W L W L
Bowie State 0 0 2 0
Virginia Union 0 0 2 0
Chowan 0 0 1 1
Eliz. City State 0 0 0 2
Lincoln 0 0 0 2
Virginia State 0 0 0 2
W-Salem State 0 0 2 0
St. Augustine's 0 0 1 1
Shaw 0 0 0 2
J.C. Smith 0 0 0 2
Livingstone 0 0 0 2
Fayetteville State 0 0 0 2
CIAA PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
OL Marion Holt, Sr., VUU
WR Jameze Massey, Sr., WSSU 6 receptions, 173
yards, 1 TD (73 yards) in win over Concord.
QB Kameron Smith, Sr., WSSU- 120of23,229 yards, 2
TDs vs. Concord. Set WSSU career passing mark.
RB JerrellWashington, Sr., VUU-20carries, 170yards,
4 TDs (81,19,11,2) in inover Brevard.
DL Rashad Vesprey, Sr., VSU 7 tackles, 5 solo, 2
sacks vs. West Liberty,
LB Chaz Robinson, Jr., SAC 10 tackles vs.
DB NIgel Rilos, Jr., ECSU 13 tackles, 9 solos,
2 for losses, a break-up, a blocked kick in loss to
ROOKIE Drew Powell, Fr., QB, LIV 30 of 45 for
305 yards, 1 TD, rushed for 65 yards, 1 TD in loss
M\EAC MID EASTERN
M EAC ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
W L W L
Bethune-Cookman 1 0 2 0
Norfolk State 0 0 2 0
Delaware State 0 0 1 1
Howard 0 0 1 1
Morgan State 0 0 1 1
N. Carolina Central 0 0 1 1
NCA&T State 0 0 1 1
SC State 0 1 1 1
Hampton 0 0 0 2
FloridaA&M 0 0 0 2
Savannah State 0 0 0 2
# Not eligible for title
MEAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Brendon Riddick, r-Fr., RB, NSU 21 carries,
150 yards, 3 TDs in win over Liberty.
Dion Hanks, Jr., CB, B-CU 1 solo tackle, 2
interceptions in win over SC State,
Elandon Roberts, Jr., LB, MSU- 7 tackles, 1 lor
loss, 1 interception vs. Buffalo.
Keith Johnson, So., KR, NSU 83-yard punt
return for TD in win over Liberty.
Cameron Williams, r-Jr., NSU Graded at 92%,
5 pancakes vs. Liberty.
SlAG .SOUTHERN INTERCOLLEGIATE
SIAC ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
EAST DIVISION W L W L
Albany State 0 0 1 1
Clark Atlanta 0 0 1 1
Fort Valley State 0 0 1 1
Morehouse 0 0 1 1
Benedict 0 0 0 2
Lane 0 0 1 1
Stillman 0 0 1 1
Miles 0 0 1 1
Tuskegee 0 0 1 1
Kentucky State 0 0 0 1
SIAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
David Carter, Jr., RB, MOREHOUSE- 36 carries,
209 yards, 3 TDs (5, 3, 6) in win over Ed Waters.
Kenny Townsend, Jr., DL, KSU 14 tackles, 3
sacks, 4.5 TFL in loss to Kentucky Wesleyan.
Hollis Moore, WR, LANE 10 receptions, 129
yards, 1 TD vs. Clark Allanta.
Richard Washington, OL, MHC
Dondre Purnell, So., KR, STILLMAN Four
returns fotar 124 yards, including a 74-yarter vs.
Tennessee State 2 0
Concordia 1 0
Cheyney 1 1
W. Va. State 1 1
Langston 1 1
Edward Waters 1 2
Va. Univ. of Lynchburg 0 1
Central State 0 2
Lincoln (Mo.) 0 2
Texas College 0 3
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Trabis Ward,Jr.,RB,TENN. STATE -Rushed
22 times for 114 yards and 3 second quarter
TDs (1,2, 47) in win over Jackson State.
Daniel Fitzpatrick, LB, TENN. STATE Had
six tackles, 5 solos, 1 for loss, 2 break-ups
and returned a fumble 70 yards for a TD vs.
Jamin Godfrey, PK, TENN. STATE Good
on live PATS and a 29-yard FG in win over
NC A&T 77, West Virginia State 0
New Haven 24, Saint Augustine's 21
Norfolk State 31, Liberty 24
North Texas 34, Texas Southern 7
Northern Iowa 59, Central State 0
Oklahoma 69, Florida A&M 13
Old Dominion 45, Hampton 7
Ouachita Baptist 31, Stillman 0
Southern Arkansas 56, Texas College 0
TCU 56, Grambling State 0
Tennessee State 38, Jackson State 12
Truman State 42, Lincoln (MO) 12
Tuskegee 35, Johnson C. Smith 17
UNC Pembroke 31, Fayetteville State 21
VMI 24, Chowan 17
Valdosta State 62, Fort Valley State 14
Virginia Union 31, Brevard 14
West Liberty State 14, Virginia State 13
Wingate 37, Albany State 9
Winston-Salem State 30, Concord 22
Wofford 82, Lincoln (PA) 0
UNDER THE BANNER
WHAT'S GOING ON IN AND AROUND BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS
ECSU GETS INTERIM AD:
ELIZABETH CITY, NC Dr. Angelia Nelson has been
named Interim Athletics Director
at Elizabeth City State Univer-
sity effective September 4, 2012.
A national search is underway to
fill the position on a permanent
Nelson replaces Thurlis Little
who had served in the position
ECSU Spors h A former student-athlete for the
NELSON Lady Vikings and a former Miss
ECSU, Dr. Nelson returned to
ECSU in 2010 as an Assistant Professor in the Department
of Health and Physical Education and Assistant Athletic
Director. She was named Chair of the Department of Health
and Physical Education in the fall of 2011.
Dr. Nelson earned her B.S. degree in Health and Physical
Education from ECSU. She went on to obtain her Masters
of Education in Sports Management from Florida A&M
University and earned aPh.D. from Florida State University
in Sports Administration.
Her other professional/teaching experiences include:
Past member of UNC Task Force on Athletics and Academ-
ics; Adjunct Professor, West Chester University, Executive
Director, Dawn Staley Foundation, Head Women's Basket-
ball Coach and Senior Women's Administrator, Tuskegee
University, Tuskegee, AL.
She is also an experienced motivational speaker/author
whose professional affiliations include Leadership, Inc.,
Toastmasters International, Inc. and Delta Sigma Theta,
Inc. Her book, "The Ghetto is Not My Final Destination,"
was published in 2005.
JACOBS ON D2 COMMITTEE:
ELIZABETH CITY, NC Virginia State head men's
basketball coach Darryl Jacobs has been appointed to serve
as a member of the NCAA Division II Men's Basketball
Committee, effectively immediately. Coach Jacobs is in his
second season as head coach of the VSU men's basketball
"This is indeed a great honor to serve on such a distin-
guished committee and I am very humbled by my selection,"
Prior to his arrival to Virginia State, Jacobs served as
Head Men's Basketball Coach, Facility Coordinator and
Co-Chairperson for the Health and Wellness program at
Clark Atlanta University. He also served on the NCAA
Men's Division II Basketball South Regional committee
from 2008-2009 and as vice president for the SIAC Men's
Basketball Coaches Committee from 2009-2011. He has
attended numerous NCAA Rules and Compliance confer-
ences during his career.
SWANN TAKES OVER AT UMES:
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. University of Maryland
Eastern Shore Director of Athletics Keith Davidson has
announced that Pedro Swann is the new head coach of the
Hawks baseball program, taking over for the start of the
Swann brings a wealth of baseball experience to Princess
Anne, playing in the professional ranks for 17 years from
1991 to 2007, including three years playing in Major
League Baseball. Drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 26th
round in 1991, he made his major league debut for the team
on September 9th, 2000.
AZEEZ Communications, Inc. Vol. XIX, No. 6
CIAA/SIAC match-ups top schedule
Teams from the two oldest historic
college conferences the 100-year old C
tercollegiate Athletic Association and th
old Southern Intercollegiate Athletic C
meet in five games this Saturday, a rous
nine games contested between the confere
in the 2012 season.
At the top of this week's line-up is
between CIAA defending champion and E
1 Winston-Salem State (2-0) and co-SIA'
Morehouse (1-1) at the Cleveland Classic.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13
Southern vs. Miss Valley State in Baton Rouge, LA
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15
Tuskegee vs. Lane in Tuskegee, AL
Bowie State vs. Fairmont State in Bowie, MD
Cheyney vs. C.W. Post in Cheyney, PA
Livingstone vs. Edward Waters in Salisbury, NC
Shaw vs. Stillman in Durham, NC
Southern Conn. State vs. Saint Augustine's in New Haven,
Central State vs. Urbana in Wilberforce, OH
Miami vs. Bethune-Cookman in Miami Gardens, Fla.
Hardin Simmons vs. Texas College in Abilene, TX
Lincoln (MO) vs. Missouri Southern in Jefferson City, MO
Elon vs. West Virginia State in Burlington, NC
Akron vs. Morgan State in Akron, OH
Alcorn State vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff in Alcorn State, MS
Benedict vs. Virginia State in Columbia, SC
Johnson C. Smith vs. Concordia-Selma in Charlotte, NC
Chowan vs. Shorter in Murfreesboro, NC
Florida A&M vs. Hampton in Tallahassee, FL
Fort Valley State vs. Clark Atlanta in Fort Valley, GA
Alabama A&M vs. Prairie ViewA&M in Huntsville, AL
Miles vs. West Georgia in Fairfield, AL
Elizabeth City State vs. Albany State in Elizabeth City, NC
Fayetteville State vs. Virginia Union in Fayetteville, NC
Lincoln (PA) vs. Kentucky State in Lincoln University, PA
NC A&T vs. Va. Univ of Lynchburg in Greensboro, NC
St. Xavier vs. Langston in Chicago, IL
Cincinnati vs. Delaware State in Cincinnati, OH
Texas Southern vs. Jackson State in Houston, TX
Arizona vs. SC State in Tucson, AZ
Tennessee State vs. Austin Peay in Nashville, TN
2nd Annual Cleveland Classic -
Morehouse vs. Winston-Salem State in Cleveland, OH
Bull City Gridiron Classic
Duke vs. NC Central in Durham, NC
TV / INTENT BROADCASTS
ESPNU delayed 10:30pm ET
Norfolk State vs. Howard in Norfolk, VA
Grambling State vs. Alabama State in Grambling, LA
ially black WSSU, coming off its run to the national
central In- semifinals a year ago, is up to fifth in this week's
he 99-year AFCA Div. II Coaches Poll and eighth in the
conference latestD2football.compoll. Junior running back
;ing end to Maurice Lewis have been leading the Rams'
,nces early attack. Lewis is averaging 114 yards per game
and has scored three times. Smith is averag-
the battle ing 209 passing yards per game with three
BCSP No. TDs. Morehouse, picked by SIAC coaches as
C favorite the favorite for conference honors in the East
The game Division, features 5-10, 220-pound senior run-
- ning back David Carter who is averaging 164
rushing yards over two games and has scored
five touchdowns. Carter became Morehouse's
career rushing leader after last week's 209-yard
The other CIAA vs. SIAC match-ups
Saturday have Elizabeth City State (0-2)
1p hosting Albany State (1-1), Shaw (0-2) host-
1 ing Stillman (1-1) in Durham, N.C., Virginia
1p State (0-2) travelling to Columbia, S.C. to
ip face Benedict (0-2) and Lincoln (Pa.) hosting
CT 1p Kentucky State (0-1).
1:30p So far, the CIAA and SIAC have split four
2p Fort Valley State (1-1) entertains Clark
3p Atlanta (1-1, 1-0 SIAC) and Tuskegee (1-1)
3:30p HSRN hosts Lane (1-1) in SIAC league games. Miles
4p (1-1) hosts West Georgia (2-0) in a non-confer-
4p ence tilt.
4p Fayetteville State (0-2) hosts Virginia
6p Union (2-0) in the only CIAA conference game
6p of the week. In non-conference play, Bowie
6p State (2-0) hosts Fairmont State (0-2), Saint
6p Augustine's (1-1) travels to Southern Con-
6p necticut State (0-2), Livingstone (0-2) hosts
6p Edward Waters (1-2) and Chowan (1-1) hosts
6p Shorter (1-1).
7p Two big conference games highlight
7p MEAC play this weekend.
7:30p Defending conference champ and BCSP
7:30 No. 2 Norfolk State (2-0) hosts Howard (1-1)
TBA A ... -;1 U 1-
is set for Browns Stadium with kickoff at 12
at ,4 p.m. in a game mat will be broadcast by
tape delay on ESPNU at 10:30 p.m. BCSP No.
9 Florida A&M and Hampton, both at 0-2 and
looking for their first win, meet in Tallahassee
at 6 p.m.
Out of the conference, BCSP No. 3 Bet-
hune-Cookman (2-0) and BCSP No. 7 South
Carolina State (1-1), who met last weekend
in Orangeburg. S.C., take to the road for big
out-of-conference clashes with BCS powers.
BCSP NFL Players of the Week
Jones Rodgers- Durant
JACOBY JONES, WR, Baltimore (6th year, LANE) Three
catches for 46 yards, one punt return for nine yards in win over
DOMINIQUE RODGERS-CROMARTIE, DB, Philadelphia (5th year,
TENNESSEE STATE) One solo tackle and two interceptions in
win over Cleveland.
JUSTIN DURANT, LB, Detroit (7th year, HAMPTON) Led Lions
with seven tackles, two solos, in win over St. Louis.
OTHERS ON OFFENSE
Isaac Redman, RB, Pittsburgh (4th year, Bowie State) 11 carries for 20
yards and two receptions for 7 yards in loss to Denver.
Ramon Harewood, LG, Baltimore (2nd year, Morehouse) Started at left
guard for the Ravens in win over Cincinnati.
OTHERS ON DEFENSE
Jason Hatcher, DE, Dallas (7th year, Grambling State) Three solo
tackles, one assist, and one sack in win over NY Giants.
Michael Coe, DB, NY Giants (4th year, Alabama State) One solo
tackle, two assists, in loss to Dallas.
Robert Mathis, DE, Indianapolis (11th year, Alabama A&M) Had five
solo tackles, two sacks, in loss to Chicago.
1. WINSTON-SALEM STATE (2-0)- Edged Concord, 30-22. NEXT:
Morehouse in Cleveland.
2. NORFOLK STATE (2-0) Got comeback win vs. Liberty, 31-24.
NEXT: Hosting Howard.
3. BETHUNE-COOKMAN (2-0) Came back from early deficit to
knock off SC State, 27-14. NEXT: At Miami..
4. TENNESSEE STATE (2-0) Handled Jackson State, 38-12.
NEXT: Hosting Austin Peay.
5. ALABAMAA&M (2-0) Squeaked byArkansas-Pine Bluff, 14-10.
NEXT: Hosting Prairie View A&M.
6. ALABAMA STATE (1-1) Dominated Miss. Valley State, 29-7.
NEXT: At Grambling State.
7. S. CAROLINA STATE (1-1)- Lostat hometo Bethune-Cookman,
27-14. NEXT: At Arizona
8. FLORIDA A&M (0-2) Beaten by Oklahoma, 69-13. NEXT:
9. ALCORN STATE (1-1) Lost to James Madison, 49-3. NEXT:
Hosting Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
10. HOWARD (1-1) Shut out by Rutgers, 26-0. NEXT: At No. 2
B-CU is at Miami (1-1) while SCSU travels to
Tucson to take on Arizona (2-0).
Three other MEAC teams face BCS op-
ponents as Delaware State (1-1) travels to
Cincinnati (1-0), North Carolina Central
(1-1) travels across town in Durham, N.C. to
face Duke (1-1) and Morgan State (1-1) is at
North Carolina A&T (1-1) is at home to
Virginia University of Lynchburg, 0-1).
The SWAC race heats up this week as all
ten schools in the league have intra-conference
On Thursday, Southern (0-1) hosts Missis-
sippi Valley State (0-2, 0-1 SWAC) in a game
to be carried live on ESPNU at 6:30 p.m.
On Saturday, Alcorn State (1-1, 1-0 SWAC E)
hosts Arkansas-Pine Bluff (1-1, 0-1 SWAC
W) at 4 p.m., Grambling (0-2, 0-1 SWAC W)
entertains Alabama State (1-1, 1-0 SWAC E) at
6 p.m. in a game carried on SWAC TV, Alabama
A&M (2-0, 1-0 SWAC E) hosts Prairie View
A&M at 6 p.m. and Texas Southern (1-1, 1-0
SWAC W) hosts Jackson State (0-2) at 7:30
BCSPNo. 4 Tennessee State (2-0), coming
off wins over Florida A&M and Jackson State
to start the season, has its first Ohio Valley
Conference game Saturday (1 p.m.) hosting
Austin Peay (0-2).
Baltimore Ravens photo
SURPRISE STARTER: Morehouse product Ramon Harewood (70)watches
Ravens' star linebacker Ray Lewis do his pre-game dance as he gets ready
for his first start Monday against Cincinnati. Harewood won the starting
left guard position over veteran Bobbie Williams and played well in the win
over the Bengals.
Antoine Bethea, S, Indianapolis (8th year, Howard) Led Colts with nine
solo tackles in loss to Chicago.
D'Mitri Patterson, DB, Cleveland (7th year, Tuskegee) Had three solo
tackles in loss to Philadelphia.
Sammie Lee Hill, DT, Detroit (5th year, Stillman) Two solo tackles in
win over St. Louis.
Junior Galette, DE, New Orleans (3rd year, Stillman) Two solo tackles
in loss to Washington.
Ron Bartell, DB, Oakland (9th year, Howard) Had one solo tackle and
one assist in loss to San Diego.
SW AC ATHLETICCONFRENCE
EAST DIVISION W L W L
Alabama A&M 1 0 2 0
Alcorn State 1 0 1 1
Alabama State 1 0 1 1
Jackson State 0 0 0 2
Miss. Valley St. 0 1 0 2
Texas Southern 1 0 1 1
Southern 0 0 0 1
Ark. Pine Bluff 0 1 1 1
Grambling State 0 1 0 2
Prairie View A&M 0 1 0 2
SWAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Kedarius Lacey, Sr., RB, AA&M -17 carries, 124
yards, 2 TDs (9, 43) in win over UAPB.
Jeremy Isabelle, LB, AA&M -10 tackles, 3 solo
in win over UAPB.
Bobby Wenzig, PK/P, ALABAMA STATE Aver-
aged 49.0 yards on six punts including 64-yarder.
Made one FG and Iwo PATS vs. MVSU.
Mickey Jackson, DT, ALABAMA STATE
- 4 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 forced fumbles in win
Bowie State 28, Benedict 14
Alabama A&M 14, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 10
Alabama State 29, Miss Valley State 7
Bethune-Cookman 27, SC State 14
Buffalo 56, Morgan State 34
Catawba 49, Livingstone 17
Clark Atlanta 20, Lane 17
Delaware 38, Delaware State 14
Delta State 26, Elizabeth City State 7
Elon 34, NC Central 14
Florida State 55, Savannah State 0
Indiana (PA) 56, Cheyney 0
JMU 42, Alcom State 3
Kentucky Wesleyan 13, Kentucky State 6
Lamar 31, Prairie View A&M 0
Langston 19, Bacone 0
Miles 28, Shaw 15
Morehouse 38, Edward Waters 19
C ^.4-t lll I 10 l-'I
Page 11 Mrs. Perry's Free Press S
Alpha Kappa Alpha Preparing For
Chocolate Nutcracker Production
Shown above are dance instructors (L-R): Suzanne Saltmarsh, Director Kezia Rolle, Tera Gates, Julie
Williams, DeWitt Cooper and Michelle Ottley-Fisher.
Children audition for a top spot in the dance production.
Gamma Rho Omega Chapter of
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
in partnership with the Alpha-Jax
Foundation is excited to bring the
Chocolate Nutcracker to
Jacksonville. The premier per-
formance will be held December
29th at -tha ii'es-Union "Ceniter
for thd Perfd6riing Aits, Moran
Theater, 300 West Water Street, at
2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The
Chocolate Nutcracker is an urban
spin on the holiday classic, The
Nutcracker. The show incorporates
African dance, Ballet, Hip-Hop,
and Jazz, while telling the story of
a young girl named Claire, who
travels the world in a dream with
her Chocolate Nutcracker. The
stage lights up with sets depicting
the duos excursions that include
trips -to Harlemi Egypt, Brazil ,
West Africa and many other lands.
Nearly 200 young dancers from
the Jacksonville metropolitan area
auditioned for parts in the produc-
tion this past weekend. LaVeme
Reed, owner, producer and direc-
tor of the Chocolate Nutcracker,
was in town from New York to
make the final cast selections. The
sorority has hired Keezia Rolle,
Owner/Director of the
Jacksonville Center of the Arts to
serve as the local Director.
.sTiokets-weint, onrsale October 1st
aid can 'be purchased fomjn any
local sorority member or ticket-
master (ticketmaster.com). For
more information contact Pat
Mitchell at (904) 612-6003 or
Majority Minority Schools Segregated and
continued from page 1 sonnel and non-personnel spending. to include individual teacher
Brown said that across the coun- The administration released their salaries, not just an average, when
try, 40 percent of public school findings to the public in December they report annual budgets for each
funding is generated at the local 2011. school. Fattah's amendment sug-
level, mostly by property tax. "Before this year, we've never gests that transparency in spending
Wealthier districts use this revenue had a national data set that tells us would lead to increased equity in
to fuel school spending, a how much money schools are funding across the board under
revenue stream that's cut off to spending each year," said Spatig- the law.
poorer districts. "This leads to Amerikaner. Although, Spatig-Amerikaner
unequal spending between dis- Using the new data made avail- admitted that changing the federal
tricts," said Brown. able through the American policy that affects school-level
However, little was known about Reinvestment and Recovery Act of spending is not the ubiquitous cure
within-district disparities because 2009, Spatig-Amerikaner uncov- to the economic disparities that
of to a reporting loophole created ered alarming disparities in what exist, it is the right place to start.
by the No Child Left Behind Act. schools within the same district "It's not a silver bullet, but it's a
Under Title I of NCLB, school offi- were spending on students, big step in the right direction," said
cials were required to use district- Schools that were 90 percent Spatig-Amerikaner.
wide average teacher salaries when White spent $733 more on students Representative Chaka Fattah (D-
reporting school-level expendi- than schools that educated a 90 per- Pa.) challenged policy makers that
tures. cent minority student body. The dismiss spending more money to
"This federal policy has allowed CAP report suggested that increas- turnaround the nation's underper-
districts to cover up or at has least ing the per-pupil level of spending forming majority nonwhite schools.
failed to expose these within-dis- at 90 percent nonwhite schools to "We always have some outliers
trict differences in school spend- match the mostly white schools, who say, 'money doesn't matter.'
ing," Brown said. Currently, dis- "could pay the salary for 12 addi- Well, if it doesn't matter we should
tricts send resources to schools tional first-year teachers or nine equalize it," he said during a tele-
according to the number of teachers veteran teachers. Alternatively, this phone press call for CAP's report.
at each school, assuming an average funding could pay for any number "One thing we should not be doing
cost per teacher. "But in reality, not of other useful personnel or is having the kids that need the
all teachers cost the same," she resources such as school coun- most help being provided the least
added. selors, teacher coaches, or laptop resources."
Veteran teachers often command computers." The Schott Foundation's "Lost
higher salaries than new teachers. The CAP report also found that in Opportunity" report revealed that
Teachers with 11-20 years experi- 24 states, when the number of only 19 percent of Black students
ence make $47,380 compared to minority students increased by 10 attend "well-resourced, high per-
novice teachers who make $36,780. percent the per-pupil the money forming schools" while 42 percent
"This means that two schools can spent per student decreased. Sixty- languish in "poorly-resourced, low-
have the same number of teacher three percent of all minority stu- performing" schools. White stu-
positions, but a school with mostly dents attend schools in those states. dents are twice as likely to attend
veteran teachers would receive In October 2011, Congressman well-resourced, high-performing
much more money per pupil than Chaka Fattah (D-PA) co-authored schools than they are to attend
one with predominantly novice H.R. 1294, Elementary and poorly-resourced, low-performing
teachers," Brown said. Secondary Education Fiscal schools.
President Obama changed that Fairness Act to address the Title I It's no surprise that poorly-
NCLB policy and closed the report- loophole. H.R. 1294 "requires that resource, low-performing schools
ing loophole with an add-on to the states and school districts demon- produce adults that are ill-equipped
American Reinvestment and state that they are spending their to contribute to society and the
Recovery Act of 2009 that required state and local funds on all schools growth of the American economy.
districts to report the actual school- fairly, before receiving federal aid." According to The Schott
by-school budget numbers, not just Fattah's amendment to Title I of Foundation, this inequity cost tax
the district-wide averages, for per- NCLB would force school districts payers a staggering 59.2 billion
Are you Better 0
You Were four Yec
By George E. Curry
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (NNPA) -
Judging from the recently-conclud-
ed Republican and Democratic con-
ventions, the question of who will
be inaugurated as president in
January may turn on how voters
answer a question posed by Ronald
Regan in his 1980 debate with
Democratic incumbent Jimmy
Carter: Are you better off today
than you were four years ago?
The question was raised at the
Republican convention in Tampa
and last week here at the
In his acceptance speech in
Tampa, Romney said: "This presi-
dent can ask us to be patient. This
president can tell us it was someone
else's fault. This president can tell
us that the next four years he'll get
it right. But this president cannot
tell us that you are better off today
than when he took office."
Former President Bill Clinton
looked at where the country was
four years ago and reached a differ-
Clinton said President Obama
"put a floor under the crash. He
began the long, hard road to recov-
ery and laid the foundation for a
modem, more well- balanced econ-
omy that will produce millions of
good new jobs, vibrant new busi-
nesses and lots of new wealth for
"Now, are we where we want to
be today? No. Is the president satis-
fied? Of course not. But are we bet-
ter off than we were when he took
office? And listen to this. Listen to
this. Everybody when President
Barack Obama took office, the
economy was in free fall. It had just
shrunk 9 full percent of GDP. We
were losing 750,000 jobs a month.
Are we doing better than that
today? The answer is yes."
Aside from the intensely partisan
delegates, what do Americans real-
First, let's recap where we were
four years ago. George W. Bush
was completing his second term.
Gasoline was averaging $3.84 a
gallon. Unemployment had risen to
6.1 percent, the highest since
December 2003. On Sept. 15,
2008, Lehman Brothers announced
that it would file for bankruptcy,
annually due to
crime, healthcare costs, and the
economic drag from a low-earning
The Social Sector of the
McKinsey Company, a global man-
agement consulting firm, estimated
that closing the achievement gap
between minority students (Blacks
and Latinos) and White students
would add $310 billion to $525 bil-
lion to the country's gross domestic
Fattah said, "The economic cir-
cumstances of our country dictate
that if we're going to compete
against much larger populated
countries like China and India we
have to get all of our young people
an education that allows them to
pursue college and careers."
and the stock market had taken a
A Sept. 15, 2008 New York
Times story began:
"Fearing that the crisis in the
financial industry could stun the
broader economy, investors drove
stocks down almost 5 percent
Monday, sending the Dow Jones
industrial average and Standard &
Poor's 500-stock index to their low-
est levels in two years."
The following day, another New
York Times story began:
"Fearing a financial crisis world-
wide, the Federal Reserve reversed
course on Tuesday and agreed to an
$85 billion bailout that would give
the government control of the trou-
bled insurance giant American
"The decision, only two weeks
after the Treasury took over the fed-
erally chartered mortgage finance
companies Fannie Mae and Freddie
Mac, is the most radical interven-
tion in private business in the cen-
tral bank's history."
percent, nearly seven in 10, saying
things are either the same or better
than when the president came into
That's one way of looking at it.
However, the NBC/Wall Street
Journal poll referenced by Gregory
showed that 42 percent said the
country was worse off, 27 percent
said it was better off and 31 percent
said it was about the same. Gregory
could have also stated that 58 per-
cent of Americans feel things have
remained the same or improved
since President Obama assumed
office. But he didn't.
There is no question in the minds
of Americans about who is most at
In April, an ABC/Washington
Post poll asked which president was
"more responsible for the country's
current economic problem." Only
32 percent selected Obama while
54 percent picked Bush. Two
months later, a Gallup poll found
that 68 percent of Americans feel
Bush deserves a Ereat deal or a
It was just announced this week Black unemployment looms at 14.1%
Determining whether the public
feels it is better off today than four
years ago has a lot to do with how
the question is framed.
For example, a Gallup/CBS
News poll taken two weeks before
the Republican convention asked:
"Would you say you and your fam-
ily are better off than you were four
years ago or not?" In that survey, 42
percent said they were better off, 55
percent said they weren't.
. However,, when a CBS/New York
Times poll offered those two
options for responses and "...or is it
about the same as it was four years
ago?" Given three options instead
of two, 40 percent said they were
the same, 20 percent said they were
better and 39 percent said they were
Similarly, an AP-GfK poll found
that 36 percent said they were
"about the same," 28 percent said
they were better off and 36 percent
said they were worse off.
The Obama and Romney camps
can use the CBS and AP polls to
make a partisan point. The presi-
dent's supporters can argue that
most Americans feel their financial
situation has improved or is about
the same as it was four years go.
Romney backers can also argue that
most Americans feel their situation
has worsened or remained the same
as it was four years ago.
Some journalists further cloud
the picture by being selective in the
numbers they use.
In a Meet the Press interview
with Rahm Emanuel, Obama's for-
mer chief of staff, host David
Gregory said: "Look at our poll: 69
moderate amount of blame for the
nation's economic woes. And in
July, a CBS/Time poll found 64
percent of the respondents saying
Obama's policies contributed at
some or a lot to the economic
downturn. When asked about Bush;
81 percent said his policies con-
tributed some or a lot to the sour
Again, how this question is frame
has an impact on the answer.
As CNN's political unit noted
three months ago: "When asked in
the survey whether they are better
or worse off than they were four
years ago, Americans are split, 44%
to 43%. But when asked whether
they are better or worse off than
they were four years ago 'when
Bush was president,' a small gap
opens 47% say they are better off
compared to 41% who say they are
The question of whether we are
better off than we were four years
ago will continue to play out in the
final two months of this campaign.
Republican Vice Presidential
nominee Paul Ryan said at a cam-
paign stop in Greenville, N.C.:
"The president can say a lot of
things, and he will, but he can't tell
you that you're better off. Simply
put, the Jimmy Carter years look
like the good old days compared to
where we are right now."
But Maryland Gov. Martin
O'Malley told CNN: "We are clear-
ly better off as a country because
we're creating jobs rather than los-
ing them. We have not recovered all
that we lost in the Bush recession.
That's why we need to continue to
Chicago Teachers Remain on Strike
Chicago, ILL For the first blocks" during the day.
time in 25 years, Chicago's pub- tftl Area churches have als
lic school teachers reported to \ VI C t ~i chipped in and will provide
picket lines instead of class- i place for students to stay during
rooms this week after contract ^' I the school day from 8:30 a.
negotiations with the school dis- to 2 p.m. through the city's Sa:
trict broke down during the Haven program. Free breakfa
weekend. and lunch will be offered, ar
The strike will affect nearly .- students will have the chance 1
400,000 students at 675 schools engage in arts and crafts activ
in the nation's third largest ties.
school district. minled \e iuist do things different- The strike will have large impa
Teachers are upset over a host of ly in this city if we are to provide on the city's African-American an
issues including the school dis- students the education they so right- Latino families as the student popi
trict's refusal to honor a scheduled fully deserve." lation is composed of 42 percej
4 percent raise, rejected proposals However, Chicago Mayor Rahm Black students and nearly 44 pe
regarding health benefits and a sys- Emanuel said the positions of the cent Latino students.
tem that ties teacher evaluations to two sides aren't so far apart, calling Police Superintendent Garr
student standardized test scores. the breakdown and subsequent McCarthy said the police depart
"This is a difficult decision and demonstrations "a strike of choice." ment is "emptying" its offices
one we hoped we could've avoid- In light of the strike, school offi- provide extra officers to patr
ed," Chicago Teachers Union cials launched their Children First unsupervised children that may b
President Karen Lewis said Sunday, contingency plan that will keep 144 roaming the streets.
according to NBC News. schools open from 8:30 a.m. to Illinois currently ranks 49th o01
"Throughout these negotiations, 12:30 p.m. Breakfast and lunch will of 50 states when it comes to sta
we've remained hopeful but deter- be served, and students will be funding of education.
involved in two 55-minute "activity
September 13-19, 2012
Page 12 Ms. Perry's Free Press September 13 -19, 2012
Team Obama: Once Again Black Vote is Key
by Bankole Thompson
Barack Obama's campaign today
said they there is a sense of urgency
for African Americans to come out
and vote during a roundtable brief-
ing with black journalists during the
Democratic National Convention.
Obama senior advisor Valerie
Jarrett told the roundtable of jour-
nalists that the assault on voting
rights should motivate blacks to get
to the polls in November.
"The fact that laws are been made
difficult should motivate people,"
Jarrett said. "Whatever the new
laws are it should motivate people
even more than ever before to exer-
cise their right to vote. "
The wave of new voter restric-
tions and requirements in key bat-
tleground states according to critics
has been a ploy to decrease the
voter turnout for Obama among
Some of the new voter laws are
requiring photo ID which has
drawn the watchful eyes of the U.S.
Department of Justice suing states
putting more voting requirements
ahead of the November election.
Patrick Gaspard, Executive
Director of the Democratic
National Committee said the cam-
paign is very much aware that it
would score big among African
Americans, Latinos, Asians and
other minority groups because of
the issues that are stake for those
When pressed to give an
overview of what a second term
under Obama would mean for
minorities, Gaspard only said the
political interest of those communi-
ties will speak for itself.
Taking a swipe at Gov. Mitt
Romney, Gaspard said the
Republican nominee has been try-
ing to "appeal to the worst elements
in that party."
On President Obama's support
same sex marriage which has upset
some Black ministers, Gaspard said
"I respect those pastors but I don't
think they are representative of
their congregations' views."
Broderick Johnson, a senior advi-
sor to the Obama campaign said
majority of black pastors are urging
their congregation members to go
out and vote.
However Johnson said the cam-
paign still takes serious the con-
cerns of those ministers opposed to
gay marriage "But we also know
that's a minority perspective. There
is great enthusiasm out there and
we have great voter engagement.
So we are going to make sure peo-
ple get out and vote."
Asked about the impact of the
economy in the Black community
Jarrett said "A lot has been done
that has greatly benefited the Black
community," citing investments in
small businesses, stimulus and the
saving of the auto industry.
Fatherly Love Shown above is President Barack Obama and his daughters, Malia, left, and
Sasha, as they watch First Lady Michelle Obama on television as she takes the stage to deliver her speech
at the Democratic National Convention, in the Treaty Room of the White House, Tuesday night, Sept. 4,
2012. The photos was oneof the most widely circulated photos depicting our first family. (by Pete Souza)
Democrats Tout Party as More Inclusive
From opening gavel, party pushes diversity
by Kimberly Harrington
The energy is high and the mes-
sage is clear: The Democratic Party
is the party of inclusion.
That has been the overriding
theme of the 46th Democratic
National Convention at Time
Warner Cable Arena.
DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman
Schultz welcomed everyone to the
most open convention in history
that is assembling the largest num-
ber of delegates 6,000 to be
exact at the DNC.
The DNC is also streaming live
in Spanish, and is involving more
people through digital media.
"When people are engaged, they
will work more together," said
Steve Kerrigan, chief executive
officer of the DNC.
"We are a convention that really
looks like America," said Alice
Germond, Democratic National
Speaker after speaker highlighted
the accomplishments of President
Since his election four years ago,
the stock market is up 58 percent.
He added 4.5. million jobs in the
private sector. There has been 29
consecutive months of job growth.
He passed 18 tax cuts to small busi-
nesses. He passed the Affordable
Health Care Act. And he helped to
save the auto industry when Mitt
Romney wanted to give up on
The crowd was enthused by the
remarks of Newark, N.J., Mayor
Cory Booker, who laid out the
Democratic platform, and said to
ask a home to do its fair share isn't
class warfare as the Republicans
imply, but is patriotism.
"We must choose forward," said
Booker. "We must choose in inclu-
Speakers also spoke a lot about
helping the middle class. N.C. Gov.
Beverly Perdue said President
Obama deserves re-election
because he is standing up for the
Bishop Vashti McKenzie, co-
chair of Credentials Committee,
said, "We are here in Charlotte to
put President Barack Obama back
in office. We are here ... to take
back the House of Representatives
... to never stop fighting for the
middle class. Our party is the most
forward-looking and the most
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Power Backed Angela Davis Documentary
Brings Life of Revolutionary to the Big Screen
Epic produced by Will Smith, Jada Smith and Jay-Z
Free Angela and All Political
Prisoners, a new film by Shola
Lynch, in which Angela Davis, 68,
speaks openly for the first time in
forty years about the tumultuous
events of her twenties, debuted at
this week's Toronto International
Film Festival. Jada Pinkett Smith
and Will Smith, who introduced the
doc at the festival, just announced
that their Overbrook Entertainment
have partnered with Jay-Z's Roc
Nation as executive producers of
the documentary about the scholar
who came to embody Black power
and Black radical feminism.
It's a wonder that Davis's trial
hasn't been brought to the big
screen before. Two months after the
26-year old was fired from her
assistant professorship at UCLA
because of her affiliation with the
Communist Party and her vocal
support for three California inmates
known as "the Soledad Brothers,"
the State accused her of being
involved in a plot to help famed
Soledad Brother George Jackson, a
Black Panther and communist intel-
lectual break out San Quentin
On August 7, 1970, George
Jackson's brother and Angela's per-
sonal bodyguard, 17-year-old
Jonathan Jackson initiated the kid-
napping of a superior court judge,
assistant district attorney and three
jurors in open court in San Rafael,
California. He demanded the
release of George and the other
Soledad Brothers. Jonathan provid-
ed arms to three convicts, who
assisted him in the takeover. The
resulting shootout left Jonathan,
two of his accomplices and the
judge dead, and the assistant district
attorney badly wounded. Angela
Davis had purchased used in the
shooting. When she hears she is
wanted by police, she leaves the
state traveling in wigs to disguise
her iconic afro. She goes from Los
Angeles to Chicago to Miami
--the FBI finally tracked down
and arrested her on October 13,
1970 at a Howard Johnson's in New
Willow Smith, Jaden Smith, producer Sidra Smith, director Shola
Lynch, actors Will Smith, Angela Davis and Jada Pinkett Smith attend
the 'Free Angela & All Political Prisoners' premiere during the 2012
Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on
September 9, 2012 in Toronto, Canada.
Free Angela is Shola Lynch's sec-
ond film. She won a Peabody
Award in 2006 for her documentary
Chisholm '72: Unbought And
Unbossed, which chronicled
Shirley Chisolm's historic 1972 run
for the White House.
More than 15 years ago, when
Michael Clarke Duncan was work-
ing as a ditch digger for Peoples
Energy, I can imagine that he may
never have thought that his life's
work would mean anything to any-
one other than his family and close
friends. And, of course, little did he
know back then that he would make
an impact on the Black community
as an esteemed actor with an Oscar
But the world
to learn of
M r .
3I at the age
of 54 due
to a heart
it is one l
from which I
that a I
burly man such as himself could
recover-so his death was totally
His Oscar nomination was for the
1999 The Green Mile and, while I
liked other Duncan performances, I
must say that the Oscar nod was
well deserved. His role as a Death
Row inmate named John Coffey
was at once commanding and sensi-
tive, due to his stature. He tried to
bring a calming balance
to the craziness
n't Mr. Duncan's first role. He was
cast in the 1998 Armageddon, as a
member of the drilling team sent
into space to blow up an asteroid
heading to Earth, a role for which
his co-star Bruce Willis recom-
mended him. But these early
movies led the way for the "big
guy" to gain acceptance and casting
in other Hollywood movies.
Reportedly, he settled on becoming
a movie star after having dropped
out of college to tend to his ailing
mother. Afterward he worked for
the utility company and as a bounc-
er to support his mother, Jean, and
sister, Judith. Later he ended up in
Los Angeles working as a body-
guard for the likes of Will Smith,
Jamie Foxx and other stars, before
he quit to pursue his acting career.
At first glance, Duncan's large
frame could be intimidating, and
he cut quite an impressive figure
with his stature and booming
' oice. But he always exhibited such
a warmth, no matter what role he
played. Of late, Mr. Duncan had
been dating reality television star
most notably of The Celebrity
Apprentice fame. The two were
engaged, and she announced Mr.
Duncan's death through her publi-
cist. Reportedly Mr. Duncan credit-
ed Manigault-Stallworth with help-
ing him shed nearly 35 pounds from
his 6'5" frame when he became a
Other Duncan films included The
Players Club, A Night at the
Roxbury, Breakfast of Champions,
The Whole Nine Yards, Planet
of the Apes, Cats & Dogs,
See Spot Run, The Scorpion
King, Daredevil, Brother
Bear, D.E.B.S., Sin City,
Racing Stripes, The Island,
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of
Ricky Bobby, School for
Scoundrels, The Last Mimzy,
Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins,
and The Finder television series.
Private and public memorials
were held to mourn his death. Jay
Leno, Holly Robinson Peete, Vivica
A. Fox, Loretta Devine, Tom
Hanks, and Stevie Wonder were
among those who helped celebrate
the life of Michael Clarke Duncan
during a nearly four-hour memorial
service Monday marked by heart-
felt speeches, rousing gospel per-
formances and photos of the
Backed by a gospel choir, singers
Angie Stone, Kelly Price, Kenny
Lattimore and Abraham McDonald
also lent their voices to the private
S Bobby Brown Gets His Own Reality
Show Do we really need another reality
show starring Bobby Brown?
Apparently BET is willing to take that risk.
A new project starring the troubled New
Edition singer and ex-husband of Whitney
Houston is currently in the works. Sources
say the new series will revolve around
Brown's "life and businesses."
The project will be executive produced by
James DuBose, who has developed several
other celebrity-based reality shows for BET;
including the high-profile series centered on Philadelphia Eagles star
Michael Vick, who staged a comeback after being imprisoned for his
involvement in a dog-fighting ring.
No other specifics on the Brown project, including the title, air dates
or the number of episodes, were available.
Brown, recently checked himself out of rehab following a three week
stay. His wife, Alicia Etheredge-Brown, has been in the news after
being hospitalized for seizures.
Randy Jackson Returning as Idol judge
Following months of hearsay that Randy
Jackson, the lone remaining original "American
Idol" judge, may move to a mentor role on the
show next season, in a last-minute move, Fox has
made a deal with him to return to the judging
table, reports Deadline.com.
According to sources close to the situation, the
network already had an option on Jackson, so the
deal-making was relatively straightforward and
was wrapped quickly after talks with Enrique Iglesias broke off.
As Mariah Carey's co-manager, Jackson played an important part in
getting her on the show, according to Deadline. Now, with both of their
deals done, Fox is expected to unveil the new four-person judging panel
this week as it finalizes the contracts for Keith Urban and Nicki Minaj.
Paris Jackson Tells Glamour: 'The Title of MJ's
i9 Daughter Doesn't Fit Me'
SRecently referred to as "the apple of her dad's
eye," by longtime nanny Grace Rwaramba, 14-
year-old Paris Jackson has shared with Glamour
magazine that she doesn't think the title of
"Michael Jackson's Daughter" is a good fit.
S' "I love my dad, and I'm proud to be his daugh-
ter. I just don't think the title 'M.J.'s daughter'
fits me. A lot of people think he's the only reason
I'm making it, but I want to show that I do have
talent and that I can make it if I try. I want to be
my own person,"she tells Glamour.
Set to star in the motion picture, "Lundon's Bridge and the Three
Keys,"Paris tells Glamour not everyone is happy about her choice to
become an actress.
"A lot of people don't want me to do it, but Aunt La Toya believes in
me," she tells Glamour. "She heard me play a little guitar and sing, and
she started clapping, 'Oh my God, oh my God.' She really does encour-
age me; it's just awesome of her, she adds."
Her aunt Janet Jackson has said: "She has the rest of her adult life to
be that actress that she wants to be ... your childhood-you complete-
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