But Love on
the Idol Set
How to Tell?
Clark Atlanta Students Have
Highest Debt, Howard Among Least
When it comes to student debt, Clark Atlanta University ranks at the
top of the list.
An analysis by US News & World Report on which students gradu-
ated with the most and the least debt put Clark Atlanta above every
other school in the country. The magazine ranked a total of 270 col-
The average debt of a 2011 Clark Atlanta graduate is $47,066, and
94 percent of students borrow money to attend the school.
But not all HBCUs had such bad news. Howard University was on
the other end of the spectrum, ranking sixth in the country on the list
of colleges where students had the least debt, coming in at an average
As the recipient of millions in research grants every year, Clark
Atlanta is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a site with high
research activity. The school has received impressive rankings in
national lists of the top HBCUs.
Clark Atlanta recently made news when the school announced that
the Mighty Marching Panthers band would be suspended because of
suspected hazing. Clark said there was no immediate evidence of haz-
ing or foul play, but it is investigating the allegations.
Obama Grows Leads
in Top Three Swing States
Obama's bump has made its way into three key swing states, accord-
ing to new polling. The new Marist polls show Obama leading Mitt
Romney by five points each in Florida and Virginia and by seven
points in Ohio.
Obama's margin in all three states is larger than it has been in other
recent polling and suggests the-Democratic National Convention paid
dividends for the president in the states where it matters most.
National polling has suggested a small but significant Obama bounce,
but there has been limited polling in swing states since the convention
ended a week ago.
Obama leads 50 percent to 43 percent in Ohio and 49 percent to 44
percent in both Florida and Virginia.
If Obama were to carry even two of these three states which are
the biggest swing states on the map Romney's path to victory
would be very difficult. These states provide 60 of the 95 electoral
votes available in the eight states rated as toss-ups by analysts. If the
other states go as expected, Obama only needs to win 33 of those 95
Drum Major's Parents Condemn
FAMU Response to Suit
ATLANTA The parents of a Florida A&M drum major who died
during a hazing ritual say the school's response to their lawsuit shows
officials are not taking responsibility for the safety of students.
Pam and Robert Clirnpionu Sr. held a news couillrence last week and
said they were disappointed by court documents filed by FAMU. The
university is asking a judge to toss the lawsuit, saying the school is not
to blame for the 26-year-old's death,
Chris Chl'risnui. the lawyer representing the Chaimpiois, says the
lawsuit is not about Robert Champion, but the safety of students.
Robert Champion died in November after he was beaten by fellow
members of the famed Marching 100 band aboard a charter bus parked
outside an Orlando hotel. The school says Champion should have
refused to take part inilie lihaing ritual,
Blacks Pay More to Get Out on Bail
Blacks 18 to 29 years-old pay more to get out of jail than Whites and
Latino in a system that costs taxpayers more than $9 billion annual-
ly, a recent study shows.
In "Bail Fail: Why the U.S. should end the practice of using money
for bail," the Justice Policy Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based think
tank focused on justice reform, reports that the use of money as a con-
dition of prerelease before trial falls short of ensuring public safety or
accurately measuring whether a person will return to court for trial.
Prior to 1992, most people were released on their own recognizance.
Now, people living in the top 75 populated counties in the U.S can
expect to pay at least $10,000 for bail.
Driven by the for-profit bail bond industry, bail amounts soared
$30,000 over the last two decades. And it's not the bail bondsmen who
are on the hook if the defendant doesn't show up for the trial. The bail
bondsmen goes afite your imoiler or your wife or whoever paid the
bond premium lori hal full amount, said Spike Bradford, a senior
research associate at I Pl
lii fidfu d compared the fir)plilil bail bInding industry to predatory
check cash otutlelt IlihI plicy on low-income populations who can ill-
afford their services,
Yet, hliiri who C:in't afford to post bond may suffer another set of
htiildlfip.i because of detention, inhiuildiiln lost wages, housing or
lhcweflhliric and distrbaneon to IliriI fimiil\ life,
i(eNpulnninilillin 01 tlle outside oftel n firce innocent people to make
tough ldecIiiliitna n the inside, I'illy percent of defendnnis who com-
miticle no crimes at all took guilty pleas to avoid convictions and max-
imum pcinalhir. In 2900, tiuiliy pleas accounted for 06 percent of all
diihny i ,MIlia jiti w ilt only 3 percent making it to a trial.
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Volume 25 No. 48 Jacksonville, Florida September 20-26, 2012
Restrictive Voter ID Laws Countered In Congress
by T. Lee
With mounds of critics sounding
off against the impending restric-
tive voter ID laws that effect most-
ly minority voters, fourteen mem-
bers of Congress have co-sponsored
a bill that would override them. So
far, more than a dozen states are set
to require voters to present govern-
ment-issued photo ID in order to
cast a ballot.
Rep. Rick Larsen, a Washington
Democrat, has introduced the
"America Votes Act of 2012,"
which he and other Democrats hope
will counter the wave of new voter
ID legislation passed by
Republican-led legislatures across
The bill would allow voters to
sign a sworn affidavit to prove their
identity in lieu of providing govern-
ment-issued photo identification
such as a driver's license or pass-
port. The voter would then be able
to cast a standard ballot and not a
provisional ballot, the latter of
which can be contested or thrown
out for any number of procedural
reasons under current voting ID
Continued on page 3
The Jacksonville Branch NAACP
and The Ritz Theatre and Museum
presented the first Florida showing
of "The Other Side of Silence: The
Untold Story of Ruby McCollum".
The documentary was written,
directed and produced by by
Claudia Hunter Johnson.
The author was on hand to sign
autographs and answer questions
about the riveting story which
explores the story of Ruby
McCollum, a Black woman who
shot and killed her white lover in
1954. In a painstaking, yet compas-
sionate filmed accoiint bf the adult
life of Ruby McCollum, Johnson
has put on the screen a story that
few wanted told, and threatened
her to keep the story untold.
In the 1950s pre integrated south,
widely known facts place a very
married Ruby McCollum with hav-
ing a well known affair with a local
doctor Florida physician, and
Florida State Senator-Elect, C.
Leroy Adams. The two even had a
baby together. As local lore would
have it, "when Dr. Adams came to
visit, her husband had to leave."
According to the film and previ-
ously written documents,
McCollum shot and killed him
after learning he was having an
affair with another woman. News
reports at the time says it was over
Shown with the author are Jacksonville civil rights activists Rondney Hurst, Arnette Girardeau, film
maker Claudia Hunter Johnson and Rometa Porter at the Ritz Theater screening. The three shared with
the author how they vividly recall the fate of ruby McCollum in 1954.
a medical bill. Her subsequent con- a mental hospital. That was the revealing documentary that
viction and death sentence (1954) official story. But was it the real Johnson was determined to make
were later overturned by the story? despite death threats and a code of
Florida Supreme Court, but she The film, nineteen years in the silence in the north Florida com-
was declared mentally incompetent making, left the audience enlight- munity.
and incarcerated for many years in ened and thirsting for more of the
JACKSON]VLLE WALKERS STROLL DOWNT III'I'OWNOCUE
Sickle Cell Walkers Motivated
Cancer Survivor Walkfor Recovery
Breast cancer survivor Pastor Patricia A. Jones held her 3rd annual
Patricia A. Jones Walking In Recovery Foundation walk for individuals
recovering from cancer. Held on the reverbanks of downtown
Shown above at the Sicke Cell Walk are Regina Brinson, Jamari Jacksonville, participants walked downtown in honor of cancer survivors.
Davis, Monique Walker, Tanzy P. James, Sharon Porter Thompson. Pastor Jones of Redeemed Ministries was healed from breast cancer and
Hundreds of walkers gathered Downtown. Proceeds will benefit encouraged her congregation to provide a platform to help people in need.
over the weekend for the 14th the Sickle Disease Association of PAJ ministries also was instrumentally in helping three family with finan-
annual Sicke Cell Walk. The 3.1 Northeast Florida. cial support. Shown above are little Davion Dunn. Isabella May, Walter
mile trek started and ended at FSCJ Edwards, Pastor Patricia Jones and Michelle Dupont.
Capacity Crowd View Tragic Story of Ruby McCollum
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fI hat to do fronr social, volunteer; political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
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 and a trip to Los
Angeles, California. For more
information email howcanwe-
email@example.com or call (904)
Comedian Arnez J
at the Comedy Zone
Arnez J brings his comedy to the
Comedy Zone, Thursday,
September 20th 22nd at the
Comedy Zone, 3130 Hartley Road.
For more information visit
www.comedyzone.com or call
Dorothy Gaines Bank
Join the First Coast Black Nurses
Association, Inc (FCBNA) for their
10th Annual Dorothy Gaines Bank
Scholarship Banquet on Saturday,
September 22nd at the Ramada Inn
Conference Center, Hartley Rd, I-
295 and San Jose. Proceeds benefit
the scholarship fund. For more info
email firstname.lastname@example.org or call
YMCA Senior Health
and Awareness Day
The Johnson Family YMCA hosts
Senior Health and Awareness Day,
Saturday, September 22nd from
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Join the
YMCA for food, fun, door prizes
and games as the YMCA helps to
improve your well-being. Come get
a flu shot, have your blood pressure
checked or learn your Body Mass
Index. The Johnson Family YMCA
is located at 5700 Cleveland Road.
For more information visit
www.firstcoastymca.org or call
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. For more infor-
mation call (904) 632-3373. The
show will take place at Jacksonville
Time-Union Center Moran Theater.
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. Osbor 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-
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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
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for a Cause
Join the Jacksonville Alumnae
Chapter Delta Sigma Theta
Sorority, Inc. in conjunction with
the University Club of Jacksonville
as they present "Cocktails for
Cause," Friday, October 12th. Join
the sorority from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00
p.m. at 1301 Riverplace, 27th floor.
For more information email
email@example.com or call
Join P.R.I.D.E. Book Club for their
next meeting, Friday, October 12th
at 7:00 p.m. Th The book for dis-
cussion is Uncle Tom's Cabin by
Harriett Beecher Stowe. For more
information or directions, call (904)"
766-8195 or email felicef@bell-
Kevin Hart in Concert
Comedian Kevin Hart will be in
concert Friday, October 12th at the
Veterans Memorial Arena. Tickets
are on sale now at Ticketmaster.
The Southern Women's Show
returns for its 25th year October
18th 21st, at the Prime Osborn
Convention Center, 1000 Water St.
The show brings four days of activ-
ity tailored especially for North
Florida women. The show is home
to 400 exhibits from unique fash-
ions, vendors and entertainment.
The doors are open from 10:00 a.m.
to 7:00 p.m. For more information
or call (704) 376-6594.
The 1971 class of Eugene J. Butler
invites you to join them as they cel-
ebrate their 41st Class Reunion,
October 19th 20th. The class
will hold a meet and greet Friday
evening at Eugene Butler in the
cafeteria at 6:30 p.m. On Saturday a
dinner and dance affair will be held-
at the Clarion Hotel, 2101 Dixie
Clipper Drive. All former students
of Eugene Butler are invited.
Planning meetings are every;
Monday evening, 7:00 p.m. at
Eugene Butler. For activities,
prices, and reservations contact
Rachael Butts-McGriff at (904)
534-0013 or email rachelmc-
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-
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Does Racial Bias Fuel Obama Foes? How to Tell?
by Jlese \\'Vi iiti ,ni
The question or \\ l I1ilt'I c ce
flels opposition to President
Barack Obama has become one of'
the most divisive topics o' the del=
tion, It is sowing anger and IliiL.tI
tion amoong conservatives who are
labeled racist simply for o'pploi ',i
Obama's policies and liberals who
see no other explanation Ibr such
deep dislike of the president.
It is an accusation almost impos-
sible to prove, yet it remains insep-
arable from the African-American
experience. The idea which seemed
to die in 2008 when Obama became
the first black president is now rear-
ing its head from college campus to
cable TV as the Democratic incum-
bent l' a : Mill Roniney, the while
Four .yenr .lin ll n election that
inspired hope of a pos' racial
Ilu ln,, hi'i" ael signs thilt piiii l.it
passions arme dragging us backward
"W\e're at it tipping point," said
Susan Olisson, director of the
Institute tor Racial Reconciliation
at the IUniversity of Mississippi.
"But I don't know which way we're
going to tip."
Glisson knows that many conser-
vatives disagree with Obama solely
because of his policies. "But I am
also quite certain that there are oth-
ers who object to the president
because of his race, because they
have a fear of blacks that is embed-
ded in our culture," she said.
IHer conclusion is based on some-
thing called "implicit bias" preju-
dices that people don't realize they
Studies show that due to long-
slanding negative stereotypes about
African-Americans which give
such false impressions as most
black people are dangerous, unin-
telligent or prefer welfare to work -
many people harbor anti-black bias-
es yet don't even know it. Such
unconscious biases, the studies
show, are present in people of all
backgrounds, not just whites.
"Our history has created this
unconscious bias," said Gail
Christopher, vice president of pro-
JLOC Treats Students to Free Haircuts and Grooming Tips
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The Jacksonville Local Organizing Committee of the Millions More Movement Inc., a local non-profit organi-
zation, provided free haircuts to the student of DuPont Middle School this week. JLOC, MMM strives to serve
the underserved public school students throughout Jacksonville. The DuPont staff and students expressed respect
and love for the free haircuts. The organization has now served students with free haircuts on the northside, west-
side, eastside and now southside of the city for over seven years. JLOC stated "we recognized early the value of
building good self-esteem means to youths in this materialistic society". The JLOC barber team is headed by
Brother Lester Muhammad. To provide assistance and/or make a donation to JLOC as they work to end crime and
violence through a good proper education and not more incarceration, contact JLOC at (904) 240-9133 or (904)
354-1775 or visit www.realpagessite.com/jacksonvilleloc.
gram strategy for the W.K. Kellogg
Foundation, which has funded
research on the subject. "Now we
need to create safe places to discuss
and educate people about uncon-
scious bias, where we are not blam-
ing and shaming them."
Those safe places generally do
not include the political arena.
"Every time they say, 'We want
our country back,' I know what that
means," Susan Bankston, a white
Democratic National Convention
delegate from Richmond, Texas
said at that gathering last week.
"You recognize it when every
time the Republicans with their
own convention refer to him by his
first name, Barack Obama. He's
President Barack Obama," said Patt
Sanders, a delegate from
Englewood Calif., who is black.
Such logic inspired James
Taranto, a conservative Wall Street
journal columnist, to write: "Every
comment from a Republican can be
translated, through a process of free
association to: 'We don't like black
At their convention, Republicans
made sure to show that the GOP
does like black people, showcasing
speeches by black and Latino con-
servatives. Two attendees who
threw peanuts at a black camera-
woman while commenting "this is
what we feed animals" were swiftly
ejected and denounced by GOP
Even when racism was a raw fact
of American life, it wasn't always
easy to identify. "Something is
holding me back/I wonder is it
because I'm black?" Syl Johnson
sang in the haunting 1970 soul clas-
sic, "Is It Because I'm Black?"
In an interview, Johnson, now 76,
said his song was inspired by a
twisted saga of land stolen from his
family in 1930s Mississippi. He
said the song remains relevant
today because, he believes,
Obama's blackness in indeed hold-
ing him back.
And yet: "Everyone that's white
ain't no bigot," Johnson said
"Otherwise Obama never would
FAMU Holds First Home
Game Without Famed Band
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. As
Florida A&M's Marching 100
quick-stepped across the grass, the
stadium announcer's voice would
boom through the speakers to
remind those in the stands that no
one could match the show they
were watching: "Often imitated,
This season, the words more
commonly used to describe
FAMU's famed marching band,
which has performed at high-pro-
file events like the Super Bowl, are
"disgraced" and "suspended."
Saturday marked the first football
game in decades without a halftime
show of elaborate dances, booming
percussion and thundering brass.
The band will be absent for the
entire academic year as part of the
fallout from the hazing death of
drum major Robert Champion.
Champion died following a hazing
ritual that took place following
FAMU's last football game of 2011.
The scandal has nearly paralyzed
the school. The band has been sus-
pended, and the longtime band
director and university president
have resigned. The school is being
sued by Champion's parents, who
say university officials ignored a
culture of hazing.
University officials have
responded by putting in a long line
of new policies, including new
requirements for band membership
and new requirements for all stu-
dents at the school.
More immediately, the university
is trying to figure out how to enter-
tain a fan base accustomed to danc-
ing in the stands as the band played.
They have turned to rappers, high
school bands and DJs in an attempt
to keep up attendance.
"Around here the band was
everything," said Tracy Garrison, a
native of Tallahassee who was tail-
gating outside of Bragg Memorial
Stadium on Saturday.
Al Lawson, an alumnus of
FAMU and former state legislator,
said the absence of the band had
"left a void," and he was unsure the
university could fill it.
"A lot of the fans as long as I
remember say, 'I don't really come
for the game but for the show at
halftime,'" Lawson said. "It's a
major, major challenge."
Lawson noted the university has
worked hard in the weeks before
the first home game by reaching
out to alumni to encourage them to
come to the game.
The halftime without the band
started out with a somber reminder
of Champion's death. Larry
Robinson, the interim FAMU presi-
dent, went to the middle of the field
and asked for a moment of silence
to honor "fallen Rattlers" as well as
all victims of hazing and bullying.
Soon after, the student section
was swaying back and forth to the
performance of Future, an up-and-
coming hip-hop artist whose songs
are getting plenty of airplay on
urban radio stations.
There were fears that the lack of
the band could affect turnout. But
by the end of the first quarter, most
of the stadium was full. Robinson
estimated that some 20,000 people
showed up. Some of the students
during the game even started songs
that would be played by The
Marching 100. The Rattlers beat
Hampton Universib's Pirates 44-
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Drug Testing Welfare Recipients Not Dead Yet
Just when you thought it was safe
to go into the water, it appears that
Jaws is back well at least accord-
ing the large fin sticking out of the
Gulf of Mexico. Last week, the
head of the state welfare agency
(Dept of Children and Families)
asked a court to throw out a chal-
lenge to the state law requiring
drug testing of public assistance
Many of you might remember
that a few months back a judge
basically said that it wasludicrous
to test welfare recipients; and halt-
ed the process.
In a "conservative" effort to keep
this issue alive, DCF Secretary
David Wilkins has filed a motion in
U.S. District Court in Orlando
seeking a summary judgment in
favor of the agency in a case over
the legality of the drug-testing pro-
We got to the original ruling
because of the Florida Justice
Institute, ACLU of Florida,and Mr.
Luis LeBron's challenges of the
law through the judicial system;
basically making a strong case that
the state's drug-testing program for
welfare recipients was wrong.
U.S. District Court Judge Mary
Scriven discarded the state's argu-
ments that the drug-testing pro-
gram did not violate the U.S.
Constitution's ban on unreasonable
searches, and would instead entan-
gle thousands of potential TANF or
Temporary Assistance for Needy
Families in a web of red tape.
Judge Scriven said, "The consti-
tutional rights of a class of citizens
are at stake, and the Constitution
dictates that the needs asserted to
justify subverting those rights must
be special, as the case law defines
that term, in order for this excep-
tion to the Fourth Amendment to
She added, "That showing has
not been made on this record."
Most opponents of the bill
argued the same point that the
judge made in so many words -
it's discrimination against poor
When the bill was being consid-
ered by the legislature, proponents
actually argued that drug testing
would save the state money.
Scriven also addressed the notion
of cost savings saying that the
state's attorneys did not produce,
"competent evidence that any
TANF funds would be saved by
instituting a drug testing program."
Unfortunately, some "conserva-
tives" think that most poor people
have drug habits and are lazy
because they cannot find good pay-
ing jobs. I know ludicrous right!
But that is exactly how many
welfare receipts felt, despite the
fact that the governor and many
legislators said that the bill was
more so about protecting children.
Before Scott even took office, he
campaigned for drug testing of peo-
ple who receive TANF before they
can receive benefits.
Playing to their tea party base, I
heard many Republicans say that
the issue tested well amongst their
By the way, when Gov. Scott
signed the bill, Florida became the
only state in the nation to require
drug testing for welfare recipients.
In Wilkinson's brief to the court,
he said that the program by statute
is aimed at ending "the dependence
of needy parents on government
benefits by promoting job prepara-
tion, work and marriage."
He added, "In short, TANF's
purpose is not merely to give
money to those falling below a cer-
tain economic threshold-it is to
'help move people from welfare to
work,'" the motion says. "Any
amount of drug use can interfere
with obtaining and maintaining
Message to the Governor and
Mr. Secretary: this is not a new
notion. Other states have studied
the issue and decided that testing
all recipients was not cost effective,
according to the Center for Legal
and Social Policy in a study
released in January of this year.
There are other states that test
welfare recipients, but their testing
requirement is much more narrow.
This means that if a recipient has a
history of drug abuse or a drug
related conviction then testing
maybe required not "just
In fact, a similar law was struck
down in 2003 by a federal court in
Michigan. So again, it is no sur-
prise to many opponents of the bill
that Judge Scriven found it uncon-
Here's another interesting fact
brought forth by opponents of the
bill. We have been here before. A
pilot drug-testing program was shut
down in Florida in 2001 after it
showed no significant difference in
drug use between welfare recipi-
ents and the population at large.
Under the testing law, recipients
were required to pay for the tests
and periodically be retested at their
expense in order to continue receiv-
ing TANF benefits. If applicants for
funds pass the drug test, at some
point they would have been reim-
bursed for their cost.
So our state was essentially ask-
ing poor people to go get a test that
could cost anywhere from $10 to
In his released statement several
months ago, Governor Scott said,
"While there are certainly legiti-
mate needs for public assistance, it
is unfair for Florida taxpayers to
subsidize drug addiction."
I made this point on the floor of
the House of Representatives; if we
are testing welfare recipients,
should we also be testing students
who get Pell Grants? Those are
public funds right? How about test-
ing the CEOs of corporations that
get government incentives? Those
are public funds right?
If the purpose of testing TANF
recipients is to ensure that the
money is not being used for drugs,
then we need to be consistent and
enforce that same standard on all
people receiving government sup-
It's the presumption of drug use
that is the problem here. If a person
had a history of drug abuse, then
most people would probably under-
stand; but that's not the bill that
passed the legislature.
Funny how easy it is to make
assumptions of people that you
can't even begin to relate to. As
Wiseman once said, "Your assump-
tions are your windows on the
world. Scrub them off every once
in a while, or the light won't come
Signing off from the DCF,
The Double Whammy of
Poverty and Unemployment
By Julianne Malveaux
Last week, we learned that African American unemployment rates stayed
level last month, with an absurdly high official unemployment rate of 14.1
percent. Unemployment rates for African American men fell, while those
for African American women rose. These rates are way too high and
understate the extent of pain that exists in the African American communi-
The philosopher Albert Camus wrote, "Without work all life is rotten"
because so many people value and define themselves by the work they do.
Indeed, at many professional social gatherings the first, second, or third
question is: "What do you do?" Work seems to anchor us to stability, and
to the world. Too many African American people have no anchor.
While President Obama, Vice President Biden and other key Democrats
have acknowledged that unemployment rates are not falling quickly
enough, few deal with the psychic effects that unemployment has on the
person. For many, it causes a malaise and a sense of absolute disconnec-
tion. Others feel disillusioned and depressed, although others use their
own talent at entrepreneurship to create work where there is none, using
skills to offer goods and services to their neighbors.
We don't need government data to validate the pain that many in the
African American community experience, far more pain than experienced
in other communities. The overall unemployment rate dropped from 8.3 to
8.1 percent with African American unemployment staying level, means
some are enjoying our tepid economic recovery, while others are waiting
for gains to trickle down.
Unemployment data were released on September 7, and the poverty data
released on September 12. That's a double whammy for African
Americans. Not only is the employment situation stagnant, with "real"
unemployment rising as high as 25 percent, but new data on income and
poverty suggest, again, that African Americans experience a greater burden
than others in our society. The poverty rate among African Americans rose
from 27.6 to 27.8 percent.
In the face of this double whammy, how do we answer the Reagan ques-
tion: "Are you better off than you were four years ago?" Economists have
described the "misery index" as the sum of unemployment rates and pover-
ty rates, and using that index, all of America has seen erosion in status.
Still, legislation to improve both poverty and unemployment rates has
been stuck in legislative gridlock because House Republicans would rather
see people suffer than to see President Obama appear successful. But for
the obduracy of House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) and his
posse, including Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan (R-WI), we might
see lower unemployment and poverty rates.
More importantly, the Congressional Budget Office says that extreme
spending cuts and lower tax rates for the wealthy will plunge us into reces-
sion in six months or so. As President Barack Obama says, we have choic-
es; we are at a fork in the road. With an unresponsive Congress, I am not
sure how quickly President Obama can lead us to economic recovery, but
with a change in strategy, I am absolutely certain that Romney-Ryan will
plunge us into disaster. The double whammy of poverty and unemploy-
ment is a body blow. Spending and tax cuts will take African Americans
from the hospital into the emergency room.
by George E. Curry
In his "I Have a
delivered at the 1963
Martin Luther King,
Jr. said he dreamed of
the day his children
would be judged not by the color of their
skin but the content of their character. If Dr.
King had known how Martin III, Dexter and
Bernice would later fight over money gen-
erated by commercially exploiting his
name, he might have omitted any reference
to their character. When it comes to money,
King's rcnmajinin children have no charac-
The latest of many examples is their prof-
iting from the construction of the
Washington, D.C. Martin Luther King, Jr.
ri'":.;. 1 Memorial They and all
Americans should be grateful that Harry
E. Johnson, Sr, and Alpha Phi Alpha frater-
nity had the vision and 'iil.ii,1o.i commit-
ment to believe they could erect a memori-
al to Dr. I,.rn on the t '.di .l Mall. Last
year, the 'i- i.,, '.: in, I. statue of King was
unveiled, dwarfing the 19-foot statue of
Thbomas Jefferson and the Abraham Lincoln
memorial, which is 19 feet, 6 inches.
Instead of being satisfied with this
impressive memorial to their father the
first monument to an African American on
the Mall the King children saw dollar
in They have collected more than $3
million in licensing fees from the Martin
Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project
Greedy King Children At It Again
Foundation. The fees were charged in
exchange for allowing the foundation to use
King's words and likeness in fundraising
appeals and as part of the memorial com-
Harry Johnson has raised $119 million of
the $120 million needed to build the memo-
rial. But I doubt that any donor gave money
to the project with the expectation that the
King children would be able to line their
pockets with their contribution.
David Garrow, the Pulitzer Prize-winning
King biographer, told the Associated Press
that Dr. King would have been "absolutely
scandalized by the profiteering behavior of
his children." He added, "I don't think the
Jefferson family, the Lincoln family...I
don't think any other group of family ances-
tors has been paid a licensing fee for a
memorial in Washington. One would think
any family would be so thrilled to have their
forefather celebrated and memorialized in
D.C. that it would never dawn on them to
ask for a penny."
The King family is not looking for pen-
nies or dollars. They are looking for mil-
lions. They are already making millions
from King's "I Have a Dream Speech."
King was a very public man, giving a pub-
lic speech at the Lincoln Memorial, yet the
King children claim that he was a private
citizen and therefore they are entitled to
profit from his public pronouncements.
They successfully sued CBS to prevent the
network from airing the "I Have a Dream
Speech" without paying them.
But would they win such a suit today?
Fortunately for them, people are willing to
give them a pass because they are Dr.
King's dysfunctional children, not because
of anything they have done. Private citizens
don't have federal holidays named in their
honor. Monuments aren't erected to them
on the National Mall. If Dr. King isn't a
public figure, no one is.
Even worse than charging the foundation
that erected the King Memorial for use of
King's words and images, the King family
has now told the Martin Luther King, Jr.
National Memorial Project Foundation that
their licensing agreement has expired and
the family will not extend it. Not even for a
sizeable fee. And by the way, the foundation
can no longer use King in its name and will
have to change that, too..
So what is their angle? You know the
money grubbing Kings had to have one.
Bernice King, CEO of the King Center in
Atlanta, announced a year-long celebration
leading to the 50th anniversary of Dr.
King's "I Have a Dream" speech.
"We are excited by the four days of activ-
ities we have organized to commemorate
my father's 'I Have a Dream' speech, in
cooperation with the MLK, Jr. National
Historic Site and the CDC," she said. "As
we launch the year-long countdown to the
global observance of the 50th anniversary,
the Dreamkeepers Program events will help
us address the still relevant challenge of cre-
ating a more just society through nonviolent
The King Center which has been man-
aged by Dexter, Martin III and now Bernice
- hopes to raise $170 million from the
The famous march was about more than a
young preacher from Atlanta delivering a
sterling speech that mesmerized the nation.
Rather, it was called the March on
Washington for Jobs and Freedom. It was
organized by A. Philip Randolph, president
of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters.
With an official Black unemployment rate
of 14.4 percent, the emphasis should again
be on jobs, not Dr. King's speech.
But a focus on jobs wouldn't put any
money into the King coffers. And they've
already shown that is one of their major
objectives. They had arranged for Sotheby
to auction King's papers in 2006. But
Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin stepped in
and organized a private group that paid $32
million for the papers and donated them to
Morehouse College, King's alma mater.
Had he been alive, that's something Dr.
King probably would have done. But unlike
his children, he wouldn't do it to make a
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Voter ID Laws
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"We will fight to the death to
make sure that any voter, be they
independent, Republican or
Democrat has the right to vote and
that their vote be heard," said Rep.
Elijah Cummings of Maryland (D)
during a conference call this after-
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company to have the same power,
on that day, Election Day, as the
president of the company ... I think
when these efforts that suppress the
vote are put forth it does serious
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That's why I strongly sup-
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Since 2008 more than a dozen
states have passed some form of
voter ID law, which Democrats and
civil rights organizations say will
have a disparate impact on key
Democratic voting blocs including
students, minorities and the elderly,
large percentages of which do not
have the required forms of ID or
will likely have trouble acquiring
Recent reports suggest that as
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Lawyer for Trayvon's Parents Complains
About Zimmerman Facebook Request
Benjamin Crump said that Trayvon's school records and Facebook history are irrelevant to the case
The family of Trayvon Martin with their attorney, Benjamin Crump.
The lawyer for Trayvon Martin's
parents harshly criticized efforts by
George Zimmerman's attorneys to
obtain the school records and
Facebook information for the
deceased 17-year-old high school
student, saying they were irrelevant
to the case.
"Zimmerman's lawyers are
the current voter ID laws. About
one in 10 voters overall don't have
the required ID to vote and an esti-
mated 1 million young minorities
under the age of 30 could be barred
Opponents of the law have
described the new voting laws as a
solution looking for a problem, as
data suggest very few instances of
in-person voter fraud have been
"Given the lack of evidence of
voter fraud in our nation, it is clear
the recent crop of voter ID laws
does more to suppress the rights of
voters than to truly safeguard our
voting system," Rep. Emanuel
attempting to assassinate Trayvon
Martin's character," said Benjamin
Crump, in an interview with
BET.com. "Whatever Trayvon had
on his Facebook page or whatever
was in his school records have
nothing to do with why
Zimmerman shot him."
Crump said he is seeking to
Cleaver (D-Mo.), head of the
Congressional Black Caucus, said
in a statement Tuesday afternoon
supporting the America Votes Act.
"For this reason, I am proud to
cosponsor the America Votes Act of
2012, which will protect the funda-
mental freedom to vote where it has
been put in jeopardy."
Republican leaders -- while not-
ing that the GOP will likely benefit
from voter ID laws that could dis-
proportionately impact Democratic
voters -- have maintained that the
laws are meant to protect against
voter fraud, not disenfranchise vot-
obtain Zimmerman's medical
"The medical condition and med-
ical history of George Zimmerman
is far more relevant to the case,"
Crump said. "He was the one who
did the shooting."
Zimmerman, who has been
charged with second-degree murder
in the killing of the teenager, con-
tends that he acted in self-defense.
Initially, Zimmerman invoked
Florida's controversial Stand Your
Ground law, which allows people to
use deadly force if they feel threat-
Trayvon' parents and their lawyer
have contended that the teenager
was racially profiled. Zimmerman's
father is white and his mother is
The case sparked national atten-
tion, with even President Obama
weighing in at one point.
Earlier this month, a new judge
was assigned to the Trayvon Martin
case by the Fifth District Court of
Appeals in Daytona Beach, Florida,
with Judge Debra Nelson replacing
Seminole County Judge Kenneth
Lester. Zimmerman's lawyers had
requested a change of judges,
accusing Lester of being biased.
In recent weeks, the teenager's
parents have continued to appear at
public events and on television to
campaign against racial profiling
and in promoting the foundation
that bears the son's name.
They have also appeared on the
Dr. Phil show and, over the week-
end, attended services at the
Potter's House, the Dallas mega-
church whose pastor is Bishop T.D.
Jakes said that there was no such
thing as closure when parents lose a
child. Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon's
mother, underscored that point.
"I know that this will never end
for us because Trayvon is not going
to come back," Fulton said. "But
what we do hope is that we can help
somebody else's family out. And I
just also want you to know that God
is in control."
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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. For more information contact the church at (904) 765-4219
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Paul Lutheran Church is located at 2730 West Edgewood Avenue.
Tabernacle Baptist Institutional
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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 locat-
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Resort conference and retreat center. This retreat is structured to enrich the
marriage 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,
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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)
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
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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.
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.
Greater El-Beth-El Divine
Community Awareness Day
The pastor, officers and members of the Greater El-Beth-El Divine
Holiness Church invite the community to worship and be their special guest
at their Community Awareness and Twelve Tribes of Israel Day Celebration
Sunday, September 23rd, at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Mrs. Selena Bass
fromWebster-Bass Health Resources Group, LLC will be the speaker for
the 11 a.m. service and the Honorable Waddle A. Wallace Circuit Court
Judge will be the guest speaker for the 3 p.m. service. The Quit Smoking
program, the Public Defender's office, Carla Page Mortuary and the
Community Rehabilitation Center will be on hand to discuss their services.
If you have any questions please contact pastor Bishop Dr. Lorenzo Hall
Sr. at (904) 710-1586 or the church office at (904) 374-3940 or email
Stage Aurora Presents the Color Purple
Jacksonville's very own Stage Aurora Theatrical Company will present
the Tony Award winning Broadway smash hit musical, 'The Color Purple'
now October 14, 2012 (weekends only) at the Stage Aurora Performance
Hall located at 5188 Norwood Avenue inside Gateway Town Center.
Special guest performer Dontavies Boatwright from the 2012 Sunday
Best series will be with a cast features over 30 extremely talented, singers
and dancers throughout North Florida.
Upcoming showtimes include Fridays, September 28, October 5 and
13th at 7 p.m.; Saturdays, September 29 and October 6, at 2 and 6 p.m.;
Sunday, September 30, October 7 and October 14 at 3pm
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Newly Launched Christian Women's
Site Seeking to Inspire Hope
With an economy in crisis, natu-
ral disasters wrecking homes and
lives, and millions of families expe-
riencing increasingly challenging
times, Empowering Everyday
women, an urban evangelism min-
istry, recently announced the official
launch of a new Christian inspira-
The site is currently highlighting
the stories of seven women of faith
who have overcome unique chal-
lenges as a means of inspiring those
yet struggling through difficult
times to believe for better days.
Each woman featured on
sents a specific struggle, like: career
stagnation, adoption, infertility, pro-
longed illness, sexual abuse, and the
often frustrating quest to discover
true purpose and meaning in life.
According to a ministry
spokesperson, more stories will be
added to the site to provide ongoing
encouragement and support for
those who need it most.
"I realize that we draw strength
from the testimonies of other who
have braved challenging storms and
come out on the other side victori-
ously with God's help," said Dianna
H o b b s
who is also featured
on the site.
cardiac arrest fol-
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Hobbs recalls a
word of advice
received from her
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instrumental in spawning the web-
site: "Dianna, no matter how you
feel, I want you to say, 'It's getting
better every day," she advised and
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Make No Mistake: Prostate Cancer a Crisis Among Black Men
Why are black men at an
increased risk of developing and
dying from prostate cancer?
The U.S. Senate recently passed
a resolution acknowledging that
awareness and prevention of the
disease is as critical as it's even
been for African American men.
The Senate resolution, which
was introduced by Sen. John Kerry
(D-Mass.), urges federal agencies
to address what they're now calling
an "epidemic" by supporting edu-
cation, awareness outreach and
research ,pc l'ficalll) focused oni
how prostate cancer .filctis black
Prostate cancer is the leading
type of cancer in men in the United
States, with over 2-1(1,1111ii men
diagnosed and 30,000 thousand
dying from it each year. Also, for
reasons that are not completely
understood, African American men
have the highest rates of prostate
cancer in the U.S., as 1 in 5 will get
prostate cancer in their lifetime.
African-Americans are also 60%
more likely to be diagnosed with
prostate cancer and 2.5 times likely
to die of the disease.
When caught early, prostate can-
cer can be treated, usually success-
fully. But, because many men
experience no symptoms, it is often
identified only by an abnormal
result on a basic prostate cancer
screening called the PSA test. The
PSA test is a blood test that meas-
ures prostate-specific antigen
(PSA), a protein produced by the
prostate gland. An increase in the
PSA level is often the only sign of
early prostate cancer. The PSA test
is also valuable in monitoring
patients after treatment.
There is currently ongoing
research to find better screening
strategies than the PSA test.
However, until these tests have
been confirmed, the PSA test con-
tinues to be an important part of
early detection and should not be
blatantly discarded, especially as it
applies to high risk populations
such as African-American men. It
is comparable to throwing the baby
out with the bathwater and in this
case African American men are
being thrown out with the bathwa-
Any man that is 40 and older
should have meaningful dialogue
with his healthcare provider to
understand the details of the PSA
test, its value, and possible short-
comings. Prostate cancer screen-
ings are not provided under the
Affordable Care Act, so make sure
you choose a health insurance poli-
cy that covers PSA screenings.
Please note that regular prostate
cancer screenings are provided by
Medicare, so if you are retired, take
advantage of this benefit. If you are
diagnose with prostate cancer, also
consider all options for treatment
before making a decision or if the
cancer is not aggressive, talk to
your doctor about active surveil-
lance. As with any illness, make
sure you get a second opinion
before proceeding with any post-
The Impact of Affirmative Action
Bans on Graduate School Enrollments
A study by Liliana M. Garces, an assistant professor of higher education administration at George Washington
University, finds that in states that have banned the consideration of race in admission to graduate programs at
state operated universities, graduate enrollments of students of color have declined by an average of 12 percent.
In particular fields, the reduction in minority students has been even greater. For example, Dr. Garces found
that the number or graduate students in engineering disciplines in states that have banned affirmative action is
down by 26 percent. In the natural sciences, the number of minority students is down 19 percent. In the social sci-
ences, the number of minority graduate students is down by nearly 16 percent. The study was published by the
Civil Rights Project at the University of California at Los Angeles. It examined graduate enrollments in the states
of California, Florida, Washington, and Texas.
Pecans Do Double Duty in Decadent Cake
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Pecan Cake a double dose of pecans, roasting them first in
butter and then adding them to the batter and the frosting.
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Chicago Teachers End Strike
CHICAGO Teachers in Chicago
have finally agreed to return to the
classroom after more than a week
on the picket lines in Chicago, end-
ing a combative stalemate with
Mayor Rahm Emanuel over evalua-
tions and job security, two issues at
the heart of efforts to reform the
nation's public schools.
Union delegates voted over-
whelmingly to suspend the strike
after discussing a proposed contract
settlement that had been on the
table for days. Classes were to
Jubilant delegates poured out of a
South Side union hall singing a
song called "Solidarity Forever,"
honking horns and yelling, "We're
going back." Most were eager to
get to work and proud of a walkout
that yielded results.
"I'm very excited. I miss my stu-
dents. I'm relieved because I think
this contract was better than what
they offered," said America
Olmedo, who teaches fourth- and
fifth-grade bilingual classes. "They
tried to take everything away."
Mayor Rahm Emanuel called the
settlement "an honest compromise"
that "means a new day and a new
direction for the Chicago public
He said the talks achieved goals
that had eluded the district for more
than a decade, including an exten-
sion of the school day, which had
been among the nation's shortest,
and a new teacher evaluation sys-
Union leaders pointed to conces-
sions by the city on how closely
teacher evaluations would be tied to
student test scores and to better
opportunities for teachers to retain
their jobs if schools are closed by
The walkout, the first in Chicago
in 25 years, shut down the nation's
third-largest school district just
days after 350,000 students had
returned from summer vacation.
Tens of thousands of parents were
forced to find alternatives for idle
children, including many whose
neighborhoods have been wracked
by gang violence in recent months.
Tuesday's vote was not on the
contract offer itself, but on whether
to continue the strike. The contract
will now be submitted to a vote by
the full membership of more than
The walkout was the first for a
major American city in at least six
years. And it drew national atten-
tion because it posed a high-profile
test for teachers unions, which have
seen their political influence threat-
ened by a growing reform move-
ment. Unions have pushed back
against efforts to expand charter
schools, use private companies to
help with failing schools and link
teacher evaluations to student test
The strike carried political impli-
cations, too, raising the risk of a
protracted labor battle in President
Barack Obama's hometown at the
height of the fall campaign, with a
prominent Democratic mayor and
Obama's former chief of staff
squarely in the middle. Emanuel's
forceful demands for reform have
angered the teachers.
The teachers walked out Sept. 10
after months of tense contract talks
that for a time appeared to be head-
ed toward a peaceful resolution.
Emanuel and the union agreed in
July on a deal to implement the
longer school day with a plan to
hire back 477 teachers who had
been laid off rather than pay regular
teachers more to work longer hours.
That raised hopes the contract
would be settled before the start of
fall classes, but bargaining stalled
on other issues.
When he took office last year,
Emanuel inherited a school district
facing a $700 million budget short-
fall. Not long after, his administra-
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FOR THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 18 24, 2012
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B-CU & TSU Sports Photos
TOP ONES TO WATCH: Both
TEAMS Tennessee State and
BATTLE IN employ strong running
games in match-up in
FLORIDA Daytona Beach.
REDMAN, MATHIS TOP NFL PLAYERS;
MVSU LOSS FELLS MITCHELL AT SOUTHERN
SC IA A CENTRAL INTERCOLLEGIATE
NORTH DIVISION W L W L
Bowie State 0 0 3 0
Virginia Union 0 0 2 1
Chowan 0 0 1 2
Eliz. City State 0 0 1 2
Virginia State 0 0 1 2
Lincoln 0 0 0 4
W-SalemStale 0 0 3 0
St.Augustine's 0 0 2 1
Shaw 0 0 1 2
J.C.Smith 0 0 1 2
Fayetteville Stale 0 0 1 2
Livingstone 0 0 0 3
CIAA PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
OL Markus Lawrence, Sr., WSSU
WR Tyron Laughlnghouse, Sr,, ST. AUG'S 5 catches,
112 yds., 2 TDs (56,24) in win over S. Conn. State.
QB Kameron Smith, Sr.,WSSU-21 0o41 tor307yards,
4 TDs, hiiting 8 receivers in win over Morehouse.
RB Antonio Dunn, Sr., RB, SHAW 26 carries, 165
yards, 2 TOs in win over Stillman,
DLTIm Green, Sr., DE, LINCOLN-13 tackles, 9 solos, 7
for -56 yards, 3 sacks, 3 hurries, 1 forced fumble
LBTJ.Bachelor, Jr.,CHOWAN -17tackles, 1lsolos, 4
sacks (-21 yards), 2 forced fumbles vs. Shorter.
DB Derrick Manning, Sr., ST. AUG'S 6 tackles, int.,
vs. S. Conn. Slate.
ROOKIE DrewPowell,Fr.,QB,LIV- 22-37-2,295yards,
3 TDs, ran for 2 TDs in loss to Edward Waters.
SPECIALTY Brel Symonds, PK, ECSU -FGs 0o44 &
29 yards, winning PAT vs. Albany Slate,
SWAC f SOUTHWESTERN
SW AC ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
EAST DIVISION W L W L
AlabamaA&M 2 0 3 0
Alabama State 2 0 2 1
Jackson State 1 0 1 2
Alcom State 1 1 1 2
Miss. Valley St. 1 1 1 2
Ark. Pine Bluff 1 1 2 1
Texas Southem 1 1 1 2
Southern 0 1 0 2
Grambling State 0 2 0 3
Prairie ViewA&M 0 2 0 3
M A ,Mio EASTERN
EA C ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
W L W L
Bethune-Cookman 1 0 2 1
Howard 1 0 2 1
FloridaA&M 1 0 1 2
NCA&TState 0 0 2 1
N. Carolina Central 0 0 1 2
Morgan State 0 0 1 2
Delaware State 0 0 1 2
Savannah State 0 0 0 2
Norfolk State 0 1 2 1
SCState 0 1 1 2
Hampton 0 1 0 3
MEAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
James Owens, r-Jr., RB, FAMU 11 carries, 157
yards, 3 TDs in win over Hampton
Jullen David, Jr., DB, HOWARD-6tackles, 5solos,
1 break-up, forced fumble, blocked PATto preserve
win over Norfolk Slate.
Zack Cimaglla, Fr. PK, KNC A&T -4 FGs (40, 41,
42, 27), 3 touchbacks in win over VUL.
Rodney Tyson, So., KR, HOWARD Thee KO
returns, 156 yards, 100-yarder for TD vs. NSU.
Douglas Almendares, Jr., C, FAMU Graded at
93%, 4 pancakes vs. Hamoton.
SIA C SOUTHERN INTERCOLLEGIATE
^S*I v ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
EAST DIVISION W L W L
Fort Valley State 1 0 2 1
Albany State 0 0 1 2
Morehouse 0 0 1 2
Benedict 0 0 0 3
Clark Atlanta 0 1 1 2
Tuskegee 1 0 2 1
Miles 0 0 2 1
Kentucky State 0 0 1 1
Stillman 0 0 1 2
Lane 0 1 1 2
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 Atlanta.
Richard Washington, OL, MHC
Dondre Purnell, So., KR, STILLMAN Four
returns for 124 yards, including a 74-yarter vs.
Miss Valley State 6, Southern 0
Akron 66, Morgan State 6
Alabama A&M 42, Prairie View A&M 30
Alabama State 19, Grambling State 18
Arizona 56, SC State 0
Arkansas-Pine Bluff 24, Alcorn State 6
Bowie State 24, Fairmont State 17, OT
C.W. Post 45, Cheyney 10
Central State 28, Urbana 22
Cincinnati 23, Delaware State 7
Duke 54, NC Central 17
Edward Waters 42, Livingstone 36
Elizabeth City State 13, Albany State 12
Elon 48, West Virginia State 14
Fayetteville State 28, Virginia Union 17
Florida A&M 44, Hampton 20
Fort Valley State 26, Clark Atlanta 3
Hardin Simmons 57, Texas College 21
Howard 37, Norfolk State 36, OT
Jackson State 45, Texas Southern 35
J. C. Smith 23, Concordia-Selma 18
Kentucky State 35, Lincoln (PA) 23
Miami 38, Bethune-Cookman 10
Miles 44, West Georgia 37
Missouri Southern 21, Lincoln (MO) 14
NC A&T 40, Va. Univ of Lynchburg 7
Saint Augustine's 30, S Conn. State 14
Shaw 31, Stillman 26
Shorter 28, Chowan 17
St. Xavier 37, Langston 7
Tennessee State 34, Austin Peay 14
Tuskegee 45, Lane 17
Virginia State 30, Benedict 20
W-Salem State 55, Morehouse 21
UNDER THE BANNER
WHAT'S GOING ON IN AND AROUND BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS
MITCHELL OUT, ODUMS IN AT SOUTHERN:
Less than 24 hours following a devastating and de-
moralizing 6-0 loss to Mississippi
Valley on ESPNU, Southern head
football coach Stump Mitchell
was reassigned to other adminis-
trative duties within the athletics
department, Southern athletics
director Dr. William Broussard
announced late Friday afternoon.
Defensive coordinator Dawson
SU Sports Photo Odums, who is in his second year
of the Jaguars coaching staff, will
assume the post of interim head coach for the duration of
the 2012 season.
"Aftermaking recommendation to [Chancellor James
Llorens] and upon his acceptance of that recommendation,
I spoke with head football coach Stump Mitchell late this
afternoon and notified him that he will be reassigned to other
administrative duties within the athletic department," said
Mitchell, in his third season at Southern, finished with
a 6-18 overall record during his tenure but his successful
navigation of the football programthrough NCAAAcademic
Progress Rate penalties emerged as one of his most notable
accomplishments as head coach.
The search for Southern's next head coach will not
commence until the conclusion of the 2012 season.
Indianapolis Colts Photo
COLTS' FIRE: Veteran defensive end Robert Mathis (98,Alabama
A&M) tries to fire up the Indianapolis Colts as they headed into
Sunday's game vs. Minnesota. Mathis had seven tackles and his
second sack of the season in the Colts' 23-20 win.
BCSP #2 vs. #3 in Daytona Beach
A match-up of two of the top teams in the
BCSP Top Ten, CIAA contests involving the
only teams in the conference with winning
records and a re-match of last year's SIAC
championship game are the top games on this
week's black college football schedule.
In Daytona Beach, Florida, Saturday at 4
p.m., Bethune-Cookman (2-1) hosts undefeat-
ed Tennessee State (3-0) in a non-conference
game between teams ranked second and third
respectively in the latest BCSP Top Ten.
Bethune-Cookman is coming off a 38-10
loss to Miami of the ACC last week but was
impressive in wins over BCSP ranked teams
Alabama State (38-28) and South Carolina
State (27-14) to open the season.
Tennessee State has beenjust as impressive,
posting wins over black college rivals Florida
A&M (17-14) and Jackson State (38-12) be-
fore subduing fellow Ohio Valley Conference
member Austin Peay, 34-14 last week.
The teams have explosive offenses that
feature standout running backs in B-CU junior
Isidore Jackson (55 carries, 270 yards, 2 TDs,
90.0 yards per game) and TSU junior Trabis
Ward (71 carries, 287 yards, 5 TDs, 95.7 yards
TSU sophomore quarterback Michael
German, coming off a 300-yard, 3-touchdown
performance againstAustin Peay, is completing
63% (58-92) of his passes for 718 yards for five
touchdowns with just two interceptions.
B-CU has played three quarterbacks with
junior Jackie Wilson (17-36,250 yards,0 TDs,
0 ints) starting each game and Louisiana Tech
transfer Broderick Waters (12-23, 167 yards,
2 TDs, 0 ints.) primarily coming on in relief.
The only other MEAC conference game
this week has North Carolina Central (1-2)
travelling to Savannah State (0-2) in a 7 p.m.
contest. NCCU will be looking to avenge a
33-30 loss at home to Savannah State last year,
the only win on the Tigers' 2011 ledger.
Elsewhere inthe MEAC,formerBCSPNo.
2 Norfolk State (2-1), coming offa 37-36 upset
1. WINSTON-SALEM STATE (3-0) Disposed of Morehouse,
55-21. NEXT: Hosting Virginia Union.
2. BETHUNE-COOKMAN (2-1)- Lost at BCSACC-member Miami,
38-10. NEXT: Hosting BCSP No. 3 Tennessee State.
3. TENNESSEE STATE (3-0)- Defeated Austin Peay, 34-14. NEXT:
In Daytona Beach vs. BCSP No. 2 Bethune-Cookman.
4. ALABAMA A&M (3-0) Outscored Prairie View 42-30. NEXT:
At Texas Southern.
5. ALABAMASTATE (2-1) -Scored lateto down Grambling, 19-18.
NEXT: Hosting Arkansas-Pine Bluff Thursday on ESPNU.
6. HOWARD (2-1) Knocked off BCSP No. 2 Norfolk State in OT,
37-36. NEXT: Idle.
7. NORFOLK STATE (2-1) Dropped 37-36 overtime decision to
Howard. NEXT: At Ohio University.
8. SOUTH CAROLINA STATE (1-2) Shut out at BCS PAC-12
member Arizona, 56-0. NEXT: At Texas A&M.
9. FLORIDAA&M (1-2) Got in win column, 44-20 over Hampton.
NEXT: At Delaware State.
10. SAINTAUGUSTINE'S (2-1)- Falcornswon on road atS. Conn.
State, 30-14, NEXT: In Durham vs. undefeated Bowie State.
B-CU Sports Photo TSU Sports Photo
GROUND POUNDERS: Bethune-Cookman's
Isidore Jackson (I.) and Tennessee State's Trabis
Ward, both at around 5-10, 200 pounds, lead their
respective teams' ground attacks. They and their
teams face off this week in Daytona Beach, Fla.
loss in overtime to Howard last week, travels
to face Ohio University (3-0), who upset Penn
State to start the season. South Carolina State
(1-2) is on the road to face its second straight
BCS opponent at Texas A&M (1-1).
The big CIAA contests have BCSP No. 1,
Winston-Salem State (3-0) at home Saturday
(6 p.m.) facing Virginia Union (2-1) while un-
defeated Bowie State (3-0) travels to Durham,
N.C. to face Saint Augustine's (2-1).
In full schedule of CIAAtilts, Livingstone
(0-3) hosts Lincoln (0-4), Chowan (1-2) is at
Shaw (1-2), Johnson C. Smith (1-2) hosts
Virginia State (1-2) and Fayetteville State
(1-2) entertains Elizabeth City State (1-2)
Last year, West Division champ Miles
knocked off East Division titleist Albany State
20-17 in the first SIAC Championship Game
afterASU had defeated the Golden Bears, 34-27
in last year's regular season. The two will stage
this year's regular season meeting Saturday in
Albany, Ga. at 7 p.m.
In other SIAC games this week, Fort
Valley State (2-1, 1-0) hosts Benedict (0-3),
Stillman (1-2) entertains Kentucky State (1-1),
and Morehouse (1-2) is home to take on Lane
The SWAC line-up this week features
Thursday's ESPNU match-up in Montgomery,
Ala. between Alabama State (2-1, 2-0 SWAC
E) and Arkansas-Pine Bluff (2-1, 1-1 W).
Kickoff time is 6:30 p.m.
Southern (0-2, 0-1 W) will head into its
game Saturday (4 p.m.) at Jackson State (1-2,
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
Alabama State vs Arkansas-Pine Bluff in Montgomery, AL 6:30p
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
Livingstone vs. Lincoln (PA) in Salisbury, NC Ip
Shaw vs. Chowan in Durham, NC 1p
Va. Univ of Lynchburg vs. UNC-Pembroke in Lynchburg, VA 1p
West Virginia State vs. Concord in Institute, WV p
East Stroudsburg vs. Cheyney in East Stroudsburg, PA 1:05p
Saint Joseph's vs. Central State in Rensselaer, IN 12n
Emporia State vs. Lincoln (MO) in Emporia, KS 2p
Edward Waters vs. New Orleans in Jacksonville, FL 2p
Ohio vs. Norfolk State in Athens, Ohio 2p
Fort Valley State vs. Benedict in Fort Valley, GA 2p
North Dakota State vs. Prairie View A&M in Fargo, ND 3p
Bethune-Cookman vs. Tennessee State in Daytona Beach, Fla 4p
Johnson C. Smith vs. Virginia State in Charlotte, NC 4p
Stillman vs. Kentucky State in Tuscaloosa, AL 5p
Delaware State vs. Florida A&M in Dover, DE 6p
Arkansas State vs. Alcom State in Jonesboro, AR 6p
Northwestern State vs. Miss Valley State in Natchitoches, LA 6p
Clark Atlanta vs. Concordia-Selma in Atlanta, GA 6p
Fayetteville State vs. Elizabeth City State in Fayetteville, NC 6p
Winston-Salem State vs. Virginia Union in Winston-Salem, NC 6p
Pittsburg State vs. Lincoln (MO) in Pittsburg, KS 7p
Albany State vs. Miles in Albany, GA 7p
Morehouse vs. Lane in Atlanta, GA 7p
Saint Augustine's vs. Bowie State in Durham, NC 7p
Savannah State vs. NC Central in Savannah, GA 7p
Lamar vs. Langston in Beaumont, TX TBA
Texas A&M vs. SC State in College Station, TX TBA
5th WC Gordon Classic
Jackson State vs. Southern in Jackson, MS 4p
TV I INTENT BROADCASTS
Texas Southern vs. Alabama A&M in Houston, TX 11a
1-0 E) with a new head coach. Stump Mitchell was
let go as head coach Friday less than 24 hours after
the Jaguars' 6-0 loss to Mississippi Valley State
Thursday night. Former Defensive Coordinator
Dawson Odums was named the Jags' interim head
coach (See UNDER THE BANNER).
Elsewhere in the SWAC, Texas Southern (1-2,
1-1 W) will entertain undefeated Alabama A&M
(3-0, 2-0 E) Saturday in an 11 a.m. start to be carried
live on SWAC-TV. In non-conference action, Prairie
View A&M (0-3, 0-2 W) travels to take on the No.
1 FCS team in the country, North Dakota State (2-0)
at 3 p.m., Alcorn State (1-2, 1-1 E) is at Arkansas
State (1-2) and Mississippi Valley State (1-2, 1-1 E)
is at Northwestern State (1-2).
-- BCSP NFL Players of the Week
- Isaac Redman, RB, Pittsburgh (4th year, Bowie
State) 12 carries for 25 yards including a 3-yard
TD run that iced win over the NY Jets. Also caught
one pass for 14 yards.
-Robert Mathis, DE, Indianapolis (11th year,
Alabama A&M) Three solos, four assists, one sack
in win over Minnesota.
OTHERS ON OFFENSE
- Donald Driver, WR, Green Bay (14th year, Alcorn State)
- One reception, a 26-yard fourth-quarter touchdown, as Pack-
ers defeated Chicago.
- Jacoby Jones, WR/KR, Baltimore (6th year, Lane) One
reception for 21-yard TD, three punt returns for 33 yards in
loss to Philadelphia.
OTHERS ON DEFENSE
- D'Mitri Patterson, DB, Cleveland (7th year, Tuskegee)- Had
six solo tackles in loss to Cincinnati.
- Antoine Bethea, S, Indianapolis (8th year, Howard) Eight
tackles, six solos, in win over Minnesota.
- Rashean Mathis, DB, Jacksonville (10th season, Bethune-
Cookman) Two solo tackles vs. Houston.
- Michael Coe, DB, NY Giants (4th year, Alabama State)- One
solo tackle in win over Tampa Bay.
-Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, DB, Philadelphia (5th
season, Tennessee State) One solo tackle in win over
- William Hayes, DE, St. Louis (5th season, Winston-Salem
State) Two solo tackles in win over Washington.
-Jason Hatcher, DE, Dallas (7th year, Grambling State)-One
solo and three assists in loss to Seattle.
- Kenrick Ellis, DT, NY Jets (2nd year, Hampton) Two as-
sisted tackles in loss to Pittsburgh.
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Pittsburgh Steelers Photo
BREAKING AWAY: Pittsburgh running back Isaac Redman (33,
Bowie State) breaks tackle of New Jets' DT Marcus Dixon (94,
Hampton) en route to fourth quarter 3-yard TD run that clinched
Steelers' 27-10 win.
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Chowan 2 0 5 0 7 3
Eliz. CityState 2 0 3 0 4 4
Virginia State 1 0 4 0 4 5
Virginia Union 0 1 0 2 0 10
Bowie State 0 2 1 4 1 11
Lincoln 0 2 0 4 0 6
Fayetteville State 1 0 3 0 4 0
St. Augustine's 0 0 1 0 2 5
Shaw 0 0 2 1 5 4
Livingstone 0 0 0 2 8 2
J.C. Smith 0 0 0 2 0 2
W-Salem State 0 1 0 4 0 12
CIAA PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Phyllcla Egbuna, Sr., MH, LIVINGSTONE Had
40 kills. 11 aces and 22 digs in the week. Had 14
kills. In her best game, had 14 kills, 3 aces and 5
digs vs. Johnson & Wales.
Cindy Ehrich, Fr., CHOWAN Had 10digs, 4 aces
vs. Virginia Union. Had 20 digs in loss to Mars Hill
also had 10 blocks vs. Charleslon.
ME AC MID EASTERN
NORTHERN DIVISION W L W L
MD-Eastem Shore 0 0 14 1
Hampton 0 0 7 9
CoppinState 0 0 4 6
Delaware State 0 0 3 8
Norfolk State 0 0 2 12
Morgan State 0 0 0 11
Howard 0 0 0 11
SCState 0 0 2 5
FloridaA&M 0 0 2 7
N. Carolina Central 0 0 2 14
Savannah State 0 0 0 15
NCA&TState 0 0 0 15
Bethune-Cookman 0 0 0 16
MEAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Victoria Wlliams, Jr., RS, UMES Led Lady Hawks
to 4-0 mark atAlabama Stale Tournament averaging
14.75 killswith.346 hitting percentageand 10blocks.
Had career-high 19 kills vs. North Texas,
Bridget Ebster-Schwarzenberger, Fr., O/RS,
UMES Averaged 10.25 kills and 8.5 digs in four
wins. Recorded double-double ol 12 kills and 14 digs
vs. Troy. Also had 10 aces and 3 blocks.
S IAC SOUTHERN INTERCOLLEGIATE
lA ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
Fort Valley State
SIAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Cynterla Jones, Sr., OH, STILLMAN Recorded
13 kills and 5 blocks in Tigers' 3-0 victory over LOC.
Against Kentucky Stale, led team with 10 kills, 6
blocks and 2 digs.
Kallyn Blackmon, Jr., S, CAU Converted 92 of
102 set alltempts. Has posted 22 digs on season.
Tynelsha Spears, Jr., OH, CAU- Has posted 60
digs on season.
S UWA ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
EASTDIVISION W L W L
Jackson State 1 0 3 11
Miss. Valley St. 0 0 1 6
AlabamaA&M 0 0 1 14
Alabama State 0 0 0 16
Alcorn State 0 1 1 11
Texas Southern 0 0 4 8
Ark. Pine Bluff 0 0 1 6
Prairie ViewA&M 0 0 2 13
Grambling State 0 0 0 4
Southern 0 0 0 10
SWAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Christine Edwards, Sr., OH, JSU 45 kills, 9
aces, 24 digs and 3 blocks for th week.
Shanice Faison, So., L, PVA&M 31 digs forthe
week, 24 in loss to Houston Baptist.
Kelsey Espinosa, Jr., Setter, PVA&M 10
kills, 58 assists, 16 digs, 5 aces and 3 blocks
for the week.
Tennessee State 5
Edward Waters 2
Central State 0
W. Va. State 1
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
SWAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Deauntae Mason, Sr., QB,AA&M-22-29-0,279
yards, 3 TDs, rushed for 36 yards, 3 TDs in win
over Prairie View.
Rico Richardson, Sr., WR, JSU- receptions, 235
yards, 3 TDs (12, 44, 35) in win over TSU.
Keven Woodsr., LB, MVSU-14 ackles,6solos,
1 for loss, 1 break-up, 1 forced fumble.
Bobby Wenzig, PKP, ALABAMA STATE Aver-
aged 46.3 average on five punts, 1 PAT.
Clayton Moore, Jr., QB, JSU 18-36-1, 363
yards, 3 TDs, ran 21 times for 101 yards, 3 TDs
in win over TSU.
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Tennessee State 3 0
Edward Waters 2 2
Langston 1 1
Concordia 1 1
Central State 1 2
Cheyney 1 2
W. Va. State 1 2
Va. Univ. of Lynchburg 0 2
Lincoln (Mo.) 0 3
Texas College 0 4
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Michael German, So., QB, TENN. STATE
-27-36, 318 yards, 3 TDs (27, 4, 51) in win
over Austin Peay.
Suwayne Hylton, WR, EDWARD WATERS
- Five receptions for 125 yards and 2 TDs (18,
45) in win over Livingstone.
Bertra Balfour, DB, EDWARD WATERS
- Led EWC with nine tackles, 7 solos, 1 int.,
returned92yards, 1 forced fumble, 1 break-up
Jamin Godfrey, PK, TENN. STATE Good
on 3 PATS and 43- and 29-yard field goals in
win over Austin Peay.
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New Additions Claim All Love on American Idol Set
New season idol hosts Mariah Carey, Keith Urban, Niki Minaj and
Mariah Carey says there's no
feud between her and fellow new
"American Idol" judge Nicki Minaj
at the moment.
Judges Carey, Minaj, Keith
Urban and Randy Jackson and host
Ryan Seacrest attended a press con-
ference in New York on Monday
after auditioning singers for the Fox
music reality TV series.
Fox officially announced Sunday
that Minaj and Urban would join
Carey and Jackson as judges on
"Idol" following Jennifer Lopez
and Steven Tyler's exits in July.
Carey tried to quell rumors about
her quarreling with Minaj by saying
they've only been together two days
and "a feud takes a little longer to
All the judges burst into laughter.
Minaj says the new "Idol" judges
are "getting along wonderfully, dar-
ling." Minaj and Carey collaborated
on a remix of Carey's song "Up Out
My Face" in 2010.
Carey confessed she's "never
been a han" of singing competition
"I'll be completely honest," she
said. "But I realize what this show
has done for such talented artists
and truly giving them careers."
When asked why TV watchers
should view "Idol" versus another
Fox show, "X Factor," which boasts
Britney Spears and Demi Lovato as
judges, Carey simply pointed her
fingers to herself.
"Did I do that? I didn't mean that
as a final gesture," she said with a
smile. "I'm sorry."
Then the 42-year-old multiple
Grammy Award-winner said she
wants to help those who dream of
careers in music even if they don't
get to move on to the next round on
"(What) I'm bringing to the table
is years of experience, writing
songs, performing," she said.
Minaj, who has had multiple hits
on the Billboard charts and two
platinum albums, said she's been
through a lot since she came on the
scene in 2009 and she wants to give
the contestants a real perspective of
the music industry.
"I would love to be able to tell the
contestants honestly and truthfully
what they can really expect, and
sometimes you have to tell people,
'Hey, you really might not want to
be in this,'" she said.
The 12th season of "Idol" airs in
Jacksonville Boxer "Curt the Hurt" Making
a Name for Himself on Amateur Circuit
Tyler Perry Scraps Remainder
of Tour Including Jax Visit
Tyler Perry has cancelled his final
stage tour as Madea after becoming
disgusted by unauthorized promot-
ers charging fans huge fees for fake
meet and greet sessions with him.
The filmmaker recently
announced that his "Madea Gets a
Job" production across the U.S. this
fall would be his last live show as
the larger-than-life character. He
was due to begin the final leg of
gigs in Georgia on Thursday, Sept.
20, with dates also booked in
California, Las Vegas, New York
and Florida. But Perry announced
today that he was pulling the plug
on the whole tour.
"Unfortunately, due to circum-
stances that I can't control, we've
had to cancel this leg of the Madea
Gets A Job tour," he writes in a blog
post. "Here's why. I set a ticket
price for the show starting at $25.
The reason I set the price so low is
so that everyone could get a chance
to come out and see the show. I
know how tight things are right
now. I Get It! I do not tour to make
a living, I tour because I love stay-
ing connected to all of you. I love
seeing your faces, hearing you
laugh and seeing you enjoy your-
selves. It gives me great joy."
He continues, "There are some
horrible people who are pretending
to be me or representing me on
Facebook and charging people
money to do a meet and greet on the
tour... They are telling people that
they are me or working for me and
charging them $150 for a meet and
greet after the play. Don't Fall For
This!! That's not me.
"This is so frustrating! Why are
people so evil? Why can't people
just get legitimate jobs and stop try-
ing to do the wrong thing all the
time? If they put the same amount
of energy into doing the right thing
as they do in doing the wrong thing
they could make it. It's so sad.
"To all of you who have bought
tickets and made plans to be there I
am so sorry. I really am but my
hands are tied. This was the last live
Madea tour and I'm super sorrythat.,
you won't get to see it live. All.
refunds should be given back to
Fight Night in Duval was held this past weekend at Plush night club on
University Blvd. Over 500 people showed up to witness a Night of Class
and world Class boxing as eight different matches were showcased in the
ring. Shown above is local Jacksonville amateur fighter Curt "Curt the
Hurt" Harper with his trainer Yasin Majid. Curt the Hurt won a unanimous
6 round bout decision against Joseph Rabotte. Fighters from around the
country were on the fight card.
Harper, a Jacksonville native, has been boxing since 12 years old and
won the Florida State Golden Gloves 3 times. His next fight is October
25th in Texas forx the WBF.hJeavyweight title. Curtis is .a graduate of
.Andrew Jackson High school and played college football at North Carolina
For updates and more information and the next title bout visit www.fight-
Prince wanted by the IRS
The recording artist Prince appears to have
thumbed his nose at both the Internal
Revenue Service and the French. Acting on
behalf of French tax authorities, the IRS sum-
moned Prince -- n6 Prince Rogers Nelson --
to make an appearance with the tax man in
order to determine if he owed taxes to France
for performances in that country in 2009 and
2010, according to Bloomberg. But the
recording star was a no-show for the recent
summons request. A court has been asked to
enforce the matter. Prince also has had tax troubles in his home state of
Minnesota and had to make amends for $1.3 million in delinquent prop-
erty taxes he owed for 2009 and 2010. Tax troubles are nothing new for
musicians. Lauryn Hill, who has won eight Grammy awards, pleaded
guilty in June for not paying taxes on $1.5 million she earned over three
years. R. Kelly also has a history of tax avoidance. The Chicago-born
R&B singer owes nearly $5 million in upaid taxes, dating back as far as
2005, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Holyfield Fights His Way In Child
Evander Holyfield has had a fair share of
bouts throughout his storied career. However,
the former heavyweight boxing champ's lat-
est match has landed him in court due to
TMZ reports that Holyfield was recently
ordered by a Georgia judge to begin paying
$2,950 a month in an attempt to pay off
$563,900.91 in back child support to his 18-
year-old daughter, Emani Holyfield.
Being in debt for child support adds to the
growing string of financial issues that Holyfield, who was once report-
edly worth $250 million, has faced in recent months.
In July the ex-champ was unable to save his $14 million home from
going into foreclosure when it was sold at an auction for $7.5 million.
Belafonte: Black Entertainers' 'Indifference'to Suffering
For decades, former entertainer-turned-civil rights activist, Harry
Belafonte, has called it as he sees it. Simply put, as eloquent as he is,
the man doesn't mince words.
Having called out two of the biggest names in the entertainment indus-
try recently (Beyonce and Jay-Z), accusing them of not doing enough
in charitable acts; Belafonte's recent editorial in the Daily Blast
expounds upon this theme, this time, taking aim at African Americans
in the entertainment industry in general."From the highest pinnacles of
Wall Street to the kings and queens of entertainment, to the gods and
goddesses of sports, never before at these levels have we boasted such
large numbers of Black participants.
All this at the same time Black America is condemned to be the har-
vest of the largest prison population on the face of the earth, the most
destroyed by the diseases of poverty, the most undereducated, the most
diminished for lack of self-worth and the most punished by the preju-
dices of an unworthy justice system. The list goes on." He continues:
"I have no animus for those who are touched by such heights of fame.
I was one of them. The gift of art is a gift of opportunity to change the
landscape. Artists can do remarkable things."
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A hometown crowd of over 62,000 gathered at the Jacksonville Municipal Stadium to witness the Jag's
second loss of the season against the Houston Texans. Next the 0-2 Jags will face off against the Indianapolis
Colts in Indianapolis.
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