*- What Your
I Mean to You
Cong. Maxine Waters Cleared
of House Ethic Charges
WASHINGTON, D.C. The U.S. House of Representatives' ethics
panel has announced it unanimously decided to dropped a conflict of
interest case against Democratic Representative Maxine Waters saying
the evidence failed to support allegations that she improperly aided a
bank in which her husband was a shareholder.
In a formal statement, the panel said Waters made efforts to avoid a
conflict of interest with OneUnited Bank of Boston, which received a
$12 million federal bailout, when she sought help for minority own
banks during the 2008 financial crisis.
Waters is a high-ranking Democrat on the House Financial Services
Committee and could become chairman if Democrats win control of
the House in November.
The panel also said it decided to issue a letter of reproval against
Waters' chief of staff and grandson, Mikael Moore. The panel said it
concluded that he took certain actions of behalf of OneUnited despite
instructions by Waters to avoid the conflict of interest. The move is
short of a formal reprimand under House rules.
Police Officer Issues Woman
a Ticket For Having HIV
DETROIT, Mi David Lacey, a police officer in the Detroit area, is
being accused of violating a woman's privacy rights after he apparent-
ly wrote her a ticket for not informing him that she has HIV. The
woman, Shalandra Jones, has been living with HIV for 11 years, and
was pulled over for a traffic violation.
The officer, for some reason, wanted to inspect her purse, and that's
when he found prescription pills for HIV treatment. He then made
some insensitive remarks about the pills, and then says he wonders
what would've happened had he been punctured by any sharp objects
in her purse. Afterwards, he issues her a ticket.
Just one problem with all of this: No state law requires individuals to
disclose their HIV-positive status during a routine traffic stop.
Segregation Prominent in U.S. Schools
Segregation has become far more common in schools across the coun-
try, with white students concentrated in schools with other whites and
African-American and Latino students attending classrooms with a
majority of children who are poor.
Those are the findings of a report compiled by the Department of
Education and an analysis by the Civil Rights Project at the University
of California, Los Angeles.
The report says that despite declining residential segregation for
Black families and large-scale movement to the suburbs in much of the
country, "school segregation remains very high for Black students."
Across the nation the typical Black student is now in a school where
almost 2 out of every 3 classmates, about 64 percent, are low-income,
nearly double the level in schools of the typical white or Asian student,
which stand at 37 percent and 39 percent, respectively.
Kwame Kilpatricks 2nd
Trial Begins for Corruption
1 11 l l -- I'r, ,c;torr,, are going right to the money in the first
day of evidence at firrimr rJL-tim Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's corrup-
The jury on Monday saw a $4,000 cash deposit slip used by
Kilpliarick in January 2005. An Internal Revenue Service agent says the
tpermiiienli traced more than $500,000 in cash transactions between
2001 and 2008.
Kilpatrick is charged with fraud, bribery, tax crimes and a racketeer-
ing conspiracy. His father, a Detroit contractor and the city's former
water boss are also on trial in Detroit federal court. Jurors heard open-
ing statements Friday. The trial could stretch into 2013.
Kilpatrick quit the mayor's office in 2008 in an unrelated scandal.
Blacks Pay More to Get Out of Jail
The Justice Policy Institute has found that Blacks ages 18 to 29 pay
more to get out of jail than Whites and Latinos annually. Over the last
two decades, bail amounts have more than doubled from $39,800 in
1992 to $89,900 in 2006.
The report, entitled, "Bail Fail: Why the U.S. should end the practice
of using money for bail," says that "although a judicial officer may not
give a high bail amount specifically because of a defendant's race, the
person may have had difficulty getting a job due to his race, and thus,
was rated as a higher Ilight risk due to an unstable income."
The Policy Institute claims that the option of bail doesn't provide
safer communities and should cease the practice of using money for
The Sacramento Obhser er reported:
Blacks aten held in jail at rate that 's almost five times greater than
Whites. It is also hanrer jir jailed ih h';und, to plan an lie't Irt"
defense and jurrs uo cii associate jail imri rrni i and shackles with gmult
"'l l'cn a.judge or judicial official sets the bail they're looking at this
person to determine how responsible thy are going to be," said
Melissa Neal, aumhor of "Bail Fail" and senior research associate at
JPI. "If th y're wearing a jumnip.lnit ithi look harntul, if they're
disheveled, h.ict look irre.iniiillc "
iy kLORIL)A' b k'lRb C OAS QLALII Y BLACK lcIthKLY Ce
Volume 25 No.49 Jacksonville, Florida September 27 October 3, 2012
CBC Unveils National Voter Protection Initiative
Congressional Black Caucus held a
series of events throughout the
country this week to educate com-
munities on voter suppression laws
and to help ensure eligible voters
aren't turned away at the polls in
Members of the CBC have part-
nered with community leaders and
local and state elected officials in
their districts to present the "For the
People" voter protection initiative.
The goal of the project is to give
local leaders the tools to inform
constituents of what documents and
procedures are required to vote.
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.),
chairman of the CBC said, "we con-
cluded that the [Justice
Department] was doing a pretty
good job, that the courts seemed to
be working in favor of supporting
the interpretation that I think most
people have of the Voting Rights
Act: that you can't come in and dis-
rupt voting without a pre-clearance
from the Justice Department in the
E3 Inspiring Entreprenurial
Dreams on the First Coast
states that historically have prob-
lems with minority voting," Cleaver
said. "We eventually came to the
conclusion ... that we should not
just sit in the background and wait
for the courts to act, that we were
going to maximize voter registra-
tion and voter participation."
Cleaver has been an outspoken
voice in Congress against restric-
tive voter ID laws that he claims
target black and Latino voters.
During last week's Annual
Legislative Caucus, he argued that
such laws shouldn't be an excuse
for anyone not to vote. "Any
African-Americans who don't vote
should give us their color back," he
said at a town hall meeting last
week, prompting a roar of applause
from the audience.
The For the People initiative,
Cleaver is designed
to eliminate as many
potential excuses as
"We are strug-
gling to get
out to vote;
on page 2 1
Pictured L R are E3 luncheon guest: Kemal Gasper, Richard
Holley, Nadine Carswell and E3 President/CEO Anthony Butler.
The E3 Center for
Entrepreneurial Development offi-
cially opened their doors for an
open house luncheon last week at
their location in downtown
Jacksonville. The purpose of the
luncheon was to educate guests on
E3's philosophy to "educate,
encourage and empower" entrepre-
neurs. The center is a business incu-
bator that houses various small
businesses to support and service
aspiring entrepreneurs with net-
working opportunities. There's also
a business center and meeting
rooms. The building is located at
the corer of Duval and Newnan,
and was built in 1904 and donated
by Marion Graham to E3
President/CEO Anthony Butler.
Butler, is proud of the building's
structure and proclaimed, "this
building was full of debris and now
you're able to witness the building
revitalization process and the vision
for E3's future."
E3 is a national, non-profit mem-
bership organization whose main
goal and mission is to create leaders
in business who are also leaders in
their communities. Anthony
reminded his guests, "this is old
style economic development, a
time where you invite your neigh-
bor over like family, you invite only
a few at a time, and this gives E3
the opportunity to ask for help at
the proper time to the proper peo-
ple." E3's members are encouraged
to have a mindset of "others before
us" and look to enhance the quality
of life of their employees, cus-
tomers, and partners by advocating
with each other for the things they
passionately believe in. The bene-
fits of membership include business
promotion, leadership develop-
ment, business development, nego-
tiation and contract support, access
to the E3 Fund, events, partnerships
and resources. One year member
Vonda Taylor of Taylor Made
Fitness validated E3's mission.
"Anthony has helped my business
with website initiatives, Facebook
updates and provided clients for my
personal training business," said
Taylor. For more information on
membership or to make a contribu-
tion to the non-profit contact E3 at
Shown above is the 1st Place Team: (L-R) Kelvin Brooksm Montrele
Wells, Tom Bevel and Randy Bevels.
Dayspring Baptist Church Foursome
Wins Old Timers Golf Tournament
A foursome from the Dayspring Baptist Church won first place in the sec-
ond annual Old-Timers and Game Officials Tournament. This event was
played at the Eagle Landing Golf Course in Orange Park, Florida. All win-
ners received large trophies for their efforts.
Former Ritz Director Throws the Ultimate Celebration
of Life and Love During D.C. Wedding Festivities
Shown above at the Alexander Dodson wedding celebration are Nickii Brookins, Teneese Williams,
Yuwnus Asami, Donte Lemmon, Lydia Stewart, Carol Alexander and Howard Dodson flanked by the Ritz
House Band Special Formula. Many of Alexander's Ritz family. made the trip to Washington D.C. along
with many close family and friends to witness her wedding ceremony which was also a birthday party.
For more highlights of the festivities see page 10.
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^ Still Crucial
jH&LlPs~ J-- e
is Not Just a
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.( Beware of Mortgage Scams-Before It's Too Late
Pictured are Sheena Alexander Hicks, 1st Vice President/FCNBA, Breona Coats, Adjoua Koiadio, Dr.
Seabrooks, Danna Morris, 2nd Vice Preseident/FCBNA.
First Coast Black Nurses AssociationHold Scholarship Banquet
by Jaquie Lee
Members of the First Coast Black
Nurse's Association celebrated its
11th Dorothy Gaines Banks Scholar-
ship Banquet, Saturday, September
22nd at the Ramada Conference
Center, Mandarin, Florida. Scholar-
ships were awarded to Breona Coats
and Adjoua Olga Koiadio. Breona
is a student in the Practical Nursing
Program at First Coast Technical Ca-
reer Center and Adjoua is a student
in the Associate Degree RN program.
Both recipients attend school at
1 oIrl.ia State College at Jacksonville,
by Marie Day
The economy has had a detrimen-
tal effect on homeownership. Unem-
ployment andunderemployment have
made it tough for many homeowners
to maintain current mortgagepay-
ments. In attempts to get assistance
and avoid foreclosure, vulnerable
homeowners becomeprime targets
for scam artists who are taking ad-
vantage of people through a wide
array ofmortgage scams. For home-
owners in need of assistance, now is
the time to be more vigilant.
Through December 31, 2011, the
Federal Bureau of Investigation
(FBI) had more than 2,500 pending
investigations into mortgage fraud
around the country. Although the
scope of losses for homeowners, le-
gitimate businesses and to the econ-
omy caused by mortgage fraud are
difficult to calculate, CoreLogic, a re-
search and analytics company, has
estimated that losses due to mortgage
fraud in 2011 were $7.4 billion.
Scams from all sides
There are many variations of mort-
gage scams, but the goal is the same:
take money and even property from
unaware homeowners. Some scam-
mers guarantee that they can negoti-
ate a loan modification with your
lender for an up-front fee. Others
claim they are affiliated with govern-
ment agencies and the new loan
modification programs. Some fraud-
sters say they can conduct forensic
Old Timers Honor Best of Local
Golfers in Annual Tournament
Dr. Patricia A. Seabrooks, ARNP,
BC, delivered a powerful challenge
to the nurses in attendance commen-
surate with the theme "Lighting the
Paths for future Nurses". Her mes-
sage was thought provoking and well
received by the audience.
Voter Protection Initiative Unveiled
By Congressional Black Caucus
continued from front
that group is the least likely to turn
out en masse," Cleaver said. "And so
we have got to make sure they under-
stand that once is not enough. They
voted in 2008 and they celebrated it,
and if you can believe the opinion
polls, many of them are not that anx-
ious about voting. This is not a once-
in-a-lifetime deal, it is a lifetime
In April, the National Urban
League released a report naming
African Americans as the hidden
swing voters. The report included
statistics showing that in the 2008
presidential election -- and for the
first time in history -- the black vote
was proportionally equal to that of
whites. The report noted that Presi-
dent Barack Obama would not have
won if only whites had voted, and
that the black vote must be equal to
if not greater than what it was in
2008 for Obama to win a second
Cleaver said the voter suppression
laws are a direct result of those facts.
"This is a response," he said. "What
we are going through now is a re-
sponse to a massive turnout in 2008.
If we don't turn out again in those
numbers, we're going to end up let-
ting the world know that if someone
throws an inconvenience to us or a
S:..* :rti .!ht ll:i- that we will
Elected officials like Cleaver and
other CBC members argue that the
franchise is the civil rights issue of
this generation. First Lady Michelle
Obama echoed this sentiment on Sat-
urday during the CBC's Annual
Awards Gala, when she said that vot-
ing rights was the "march of our
time." The laws became the domi-
nant topic of discussion during the
Annual Legislative Caucus last
In addition to bringing attention to
restrictive voter laws, the CBC initia-
tive is working to educate con-
stituents on voter registration
requirements. According to Cleaver,
there have been close to 3 million
home foreclosures since the 2008
election. Individuals who have relo-
cated need to register to vote using
their current address.
"They may not realize that they are
no longer registered to vote. Once
you move, once you change your ad-
dress, it has to go on file with the
election board. So we've got a lot of
people who we are afraid won't be
able to vote because they'll show up
on Election Day and can't prove their
The CBC is also putting in place
'get out the vote' operations and has
implemented an online voter rights
toolkit, which highlights the informa-
tion presented by the For the People
Members of the second place team are shown above Joe Hines, Frank
Stephens, Henry Clark and MacArthur Johnson. Third place winners
were: Spencer Meeks, Bobby Green, James Green and Arnold James.
The fourth place team members were Ed Hall, Ray Levy, Ivan Richmond
and Ed Levy. The player with the golf shot closet to the pin was Kevin
Brooks, the longest drive was made by Ivan Richmond and the player
making the longest putt was Arnold James. The tournament organizers
were Ed Hall, Spencer Meeks, James Day, Jimmie Johnson, Delaney
Williams and Bill Hines. All winners received large trophies for their ef-
loan audits to determine whether
loans were made in accordance with
federal and state mortgage lending
laws. Other schemers convince
homeowners to surrender the title or-
deed of their homes in exchange for
a new "rescue" loan, or as part of a
deal that would let the homeowners
rent the home for a few years and
then have the ability to repurchase
the home in the future. Still others
may claim that they could help expe-
dite short sales.
Some swindlers have even used di-
rect mail with prominent use of the
lender's name to gain thetrust of cus-
tomers and trick them into believing
an offer for assistance is from their
lender. Since homeowner names, ad-
dresses, lender names and original
mortgage loan amounts are available
to anyone through public real estate
records, con artists use this informa-
tion to create direct mail pieces that
confuse potential victims into think-
ing that they are dealing with their
Protect yourself and get assistance
In order to protect yourself from
scammers, always be on the look-out
for key warning signs.
Request payment or charge fees
Direct homeowners to stop mak-
ing mortgage payments and instead
make a payment to a third-party or-
Tell homeowners that they cannot
deal with their lender directly.
Request that a homeowner sign
over the deed or other papers.
Ask for personal information over
the phone or email.
Pressure the customer to perform
a specific action.
If you are having financial difficul-
ties in paying your mortgage, you
should contact your lender and a
housing counselor approved by the
U.S. Department of Housing and
Continued on page 7
Students Top Nation on SAT
A report released by the College Board shows that Florida's graduating
seniors increased their mean scores in every SAT subject area in 2011-12.
The SAT Report on College and Career Readiness highlights achievement
scores in critical reading, mathematics, and writing for public school students
who took the SAT at some point in high school. Once again, Florida's His-
panic students outperformed others nationwide on each SAT subsection.
Florida's black students increased their critical reading scores by seven points
- while national performance remained unchanged. The mathematics score
for Florida's black students increased three points, compared to a stagnant
score for black students nationwide; and, in writing, black students increased
their mean score by six points compared to a one-point decrease for their
counterparts across the nation.
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Voter Registration Still Crucial in 2012
Tuesday of this week was
"National Voter RegistrationDay,"
and it is clearly a day that should be
used for reflection and motivation
for the future. We should recognize
the past sacrifices that so many
Americans made for the right to
vote, and reaffirm our commitment
to the importance of the freedom to
Thomas Jefferson once said,
"Should things go wrong at any
time, the people will set them to
rights by the peaceable exercise of
their elective rights."
"In 2008, 6 million Americans
didn't vote because they missed a
registration deadline or didn't know
how to etis;lcr." according to the
Natiioinil Voter Registration Day
The site adds, "On September 25,
2012. volunteers, celebrities, and
organizations from all over the
country will 'hit the streets' for
National Voter Registration Day."
We all know that thousands, per-
haps tens of thousands have died in
this country and around the world
for one of the most fundamental
rights that we have as citizens the
right to vote.
This week is also a reminder of
the downright devious and disre-
spectful Republican-led voter sup-
pression laws that have been enact-
ed around the country under the
guise of "protecting fraud and cor-
It's hard to imagine that in the
by Ben Chavis
One of the most insidious forms
of racial discrimination and injus-
tice is the growing manifestation
known as racially motivated "eco-
nomic segregation." Across the
United States during the eight years
of the Bush administration between
2001 and 2008, banking and mort-
gage companies were systematical-
ly deregulated. Black Americans,
in particular, were disproportion-
ately targeted and segregated for
subprime, high interest mortgages
and housing loans that were far
beyond acceptable lending prac-
tices. The result was massive
financial devastation and loss in the
Black American community with
the highest foreclosure and bank-
ruptcy rates in the nation. Today,
Black Americans are still reeling
from the l., :ir ris is coupled
with a Jdeultllnria unemployment
rate beyond 14 percent.
But we are entering into a ques-
tionable period of American history
and politics when it is not popular
or politically correct for those who
have been trviolcl for exploitation,
..)i 1,,-rrnin aifi and economic jiiJ"'
twice to speak out publicly l "r ler, of
being perceived or mischaracter=
ized as mere irresponsible "vie-
tims" or jre,1.,,i .- ,' in our
ri.lii,,ir.i society, What former
year 2012, this country is even hav-
ing a discussion about a citizen's
right to vote, or making it more dif-
ficult for citizens to vote. Just over
45years after the Voting Rights Act
of 1965, we are still fighling
against those who want to limit vot-
What made the 1965 Voting
Rights legislation so brilliant was
that did not simply outlaw discrim-
ination at the ballot box it also
gave voters new tools to ensure
fundamental fairness in the voting
process. And if Ciingrescs had not
taken action back in 2007, some of
these important components would
For years, we have fought for
ways to make it easier for citizens
to vote we started early voting,
increasing polling locations, absen-
tee ballots, and a host of other ini-
tiatives aimed at making voting
more accessible and easy.
Well my Republican friends say
that we have made voting too easy,
and although none of them can
point to any real fraud (less than
percent here in Florida), they have
pushed voter suppression bills
through the legislature in every
state in which they have a majority.
Talk about a solution in search of a
The Voting Rights Act was the
centerpiece of the 1960s civil rights
movement; the law ended poll
taxes, literacy tests, and other elec-
tion devices that had been used for
decades to keep blacks from vot-
As he pushed for the passage of
this historic feat, President Lyndon
B. Johnson said, "We have talked
long enough in this country about
equal rights. We have talked for a
hundred years or more. It is time
now to write the next chapter, and
to write it in the books of law." It
was highly contested in the 60s,
and surprisingly contested by some
The passage of this legislation by
the House and Senate was great
news regardless of the politics
endured to ensure the passage. This
whole thing started with the murder
of voting-rights activists in
Philadelphia and Mississippi; it
gained national attention along
with numerous other acts of vio-
lence and terrorism.
Finally, the unprovoked attack on
March 7, 1965, by state troopers on
peaceful marchers crossing the
Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma,
Alabama, en route to the state capi-
tol in Montgomery was the prover-
bial "straw that broke the camel's
back." This blatant act of racism
persuaded the President and
Congress to overcome Southern
lawmakers' resistance to effective
voting rights legislation.
President Johnson issued a call
for a strong voting rights law and
hearings began in Washington, and
soon after a bill was crafted that
became the Voting Rights Act.
I was at a church service about
five years ago, and Georgia
Democratic Congressman John
Lewis was visiting with
Congresswoman Corrine Brown.
Representative Lewis talked about
his days as a young man in the
Civil Rights Movement. To hear his
testimony sent a chill through my
He gave a similar testimony on
the House floor a few years back
saying, "I had a concussion. I
almost died. I gave blood; some of
my colleagues gave their very
lives," Lewis passionately spoke,
while other civil rights leaders like
the Rev. Jesse Jackson, looked on
from the gallery.
"Yes, we've made some progress;
we have come a distance," Lewis
added. "The sad truth is, discrimi-
nation still exists. That's why we
still need the Voting Rights Act,
and we must not go back to the
In the mid 1800s, Nancy Neuman
wrote, "Lower voter participation is
a silent threat to our democracy...It
under-represents young people, the
poor, the disabled, those with little
education, minorities, and you and
Thank you to those who fought,
sacrificed, and died for all citizens
to have the right to vote.
Signing off from the Duval
County Supervisor of Elections
Stop Economic Segregation
lassachusetti Gov Mm t Roninme
said about the 4" percent of
Americans \ ho in Il.i \ie\v do not
pay ta.\c s nd \\hlo "ee thenselic e
as "'\vctims" is onl\ touching the
surface the senous economic arnd
social realities for millions of
Amencans The real controTers\
goes wa) beyond the revelauon of
what Romney exactly said with
malice and bias in those private
moments before his wealthy sup-
porters in Boca Raton, Fla. What
should be deeper at issue is why
Black Americans and other people
of color in America are economi-
cally segregated and discriminated
against in the U.S. economy?
Economic segregation is the
deliberate premeditated targeting
and separation ofpeople based on
race, class or on some other social
factor that denies equal access to
economic opportunity and justice.
Decades ago there were many
unjust public policies and laws that
attempted to justify education seg-
ji,:cli:ii,. The Supreme Court ruled
in 1954 that separate and unequal
public schools were unconstitution-
al, Economic sci-ii'Ip.ii'ii. like
,,oil i': C)i n.,cgrgci1lifio is a viola-
tion of civil rights and should also
be declared unconstitutional.
"Redlining" is not a new phenome-
non when it comes to s,s.tj:ii'
racial discrimination in the housing
marketplace. The 1968 Fair
Housing Act made it a federal law
for sellers and landlords not to dis-
criminate against buyers and
Yet, it is important to note the
recent pi i,,:li\ e work and progress
of the National Association of Real
Estate Brokers iNAREB) concern-
ing the economic impact ot the
housing crisis on Black Anmerca
During the Annual Legis.latl e
Conference of the Congre-_,-'inal
Black Caucus Foundaion (CBCFi
held in \\ashington, D C NAREB
sponsored a forum on the "State of
Housing in Black America.'"
NAREB President and CEO Julius
Cartwright emphasized, "It is
urgently important that we mobi-
lize and take action to address the
myriad of critical issues that we
have identified documenting hous-
ing-related disparities for African
Americans across the nation."
Now that there are emerging
signs exhibiting a gradual recovery
in the U.S. economy
from the depths of a recession, it
is important for Black Americans to
challenge and confront the linger-
ing financial disparities and nega-
tive economic dispositions that
have been unfairly imposed on
Black Americans and others. This
is not about just crying out about
what is wrong with the economy.
We have to always be vocal with-
out apology. We do, however, have
much to fighl for, and that is the
economic recovery, development
and us.iLtain:ihilitv of Black commu-
For all of these reasons, we have
to pull the ",lici.," off the systemic
,.egircialion and discrimination
wherever it may be found in the
marketplace: housing, manufactur-
ing, financial services and banking,
environmental exposure disparities,
imports and exports, or in other
economic sectors. There is so
much opportunity today to rid our
coiniltnities ol po\ertN, ulnein-
plo\meni and iunde'de\elopment
But it \\ill teqtiire further -truggle.
focuit, and taking eter\ chance to
i em\est and to rebuild our families.
conmmniullies,. educationual insiiIu-
IIons, and bustne,,ses \\e need to
ialse uip a ne\. geneilaionl of free-
dom fighters and entrepreneurs
who are neither afraid nor ashamed
to call out and fight discrimination
and economic segregation in all of
Deserve an Encore
African Americans will cast their votes for President -
Barack Obama again despite what that his presidency f
continues to cost us. As President Obama seeks a sec-
ond term there is no expectation of any change in
Blacks' voting patterns. Though Blacks are no better
off under Obama than during either of the Bush presi-
dencies, Blacks will certainly give Obama strong sup-
port on November 6.
The Republicans' nominee, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney
has little history with African Americans. Anti-African American seg-
ments within the GOP make Republican office-seekers' outreach appeals
to Blacks difficult, if not impossible. Romney's Mormon faith puts many
African Americans off because for much of their history, Mormons con-
sidered Blacks to be inferior to Whites.
The Romney-Ryan campaign illustrates that the divide that existed
between African Americans and the Republican Party in the past has now
become a chasm. It's being reported that Obama currently has 94 percent
of Black American voters' support. There's little effort on the part of
Romney-Ryan to cut into that lead.
According to the NBC/Wall Street Journal poll conducted in August,
zero percent of African Americans support Romney, though he has made
overtures that include comments he made to the NAACP in Houston: "I am
running for president because I know that my policies and vision will help
hundreds of millions of middle-class Americans of all races, will lift peo-
ple from poverty, and will help prevent people from becoming poor. My
campaign is about helping the people who need help. The course the pres-
ident has as not done that and will not do that. My course will."
Actually, the course Obama is on has caused Blacks' conditions to wors-
en over the past three years. There is no need to ask "have Blacks' lives
gotten better" under Obama's presidency; the disproportionately poor
employment rates among African Americans is worse; the economy under
Obama has increased people's need for federal assistance, such as food
stamps. In their pledge "to guard Obama's back," Blacks have accepted a
level of leadership the majority of Americans see as subpar.
What has Obama & Co. done to deserve an encore? Too many Blacks are
still seeking "hope and change" that will never come. Most African
Americans miss the fact that the majority of Americans are "mad as hell
and not going to take it anymore!" As a candidate, Obama said we needed
to reckon with race and with slavery, America's original. But as our first
Black president, he has avoided mentioning almost entirely. In having to be
twice as good and half as Black, Obama illustrates the false promise and
double standard of integration.
Obama's presidency has been mediocre at best. Brother Barack has had
three years to apply his remedies to the problems facing us and the best he
and the Democrats can do is continue to blame the GOP and a president
who left office four years ago. The Democrats had a veto-proof Senate and
a majority in the House during Obama's first two years in office.
Republicans took over the House as a direct result of voters' dissatisfaction
with Obama's first two years in office. Bush left us about $4 trillion in
debt. Under Obama, that debt is now $16 trillion. When Obama became
president, the unemployment rate was 7.7 percent. Now it's 8.1 percent.
And, federal government's business contracting with Black-owned firms
decreased under Obama.
Black voters need to recognize the Democrats as derelict as the.
Republicans in discussingiissues of concerns'to A-frianAmericans, such ast
strengthening families; unemployment/economic empowerment; urban,
-training programs^violence in our-communities;instittionaaleism; AIDS'
and health issues; unequal justice; drug use and incarceration.
How dumb are we? Where are our demands for representation? Despite
a "Blackout" on dissenting opinions about Obama's presidency, some
Black Americans feel their best interests haven't been served and won't be
over the next four years no matter who sits in the White House.
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hBite Slave Children
Frei edman's .\'-..,..i,ilinii, the
Association and officers
from the Union Army
S fostered the propagan-
children were used
S in the pictures,
SQ l t like 11 year-old
who had worked
in her father's
slavery She was
ne\t to patriotic
Symbols of tree-
dorn hbile the cap-
Abraham Lincoln issued the pre-
liminary order for the
Emancipation Proclamation on
September 22, 1 '2. Although by
January 1st the document was
signed, it was a few years before
black freedom was recogni.'cd in
One of the first tools for change
was education. Now that former
slaves could be taught to read and
write, funding was needed for the
schools. In New Orleans, aboli-
tionists sold pictures that showed
very light-skinned mixed-race
slave children longing to read. To
the naked eye, the children
appeared to be Caucasian.
The 25-cent photos were taken
and distributed in the mid to late
1860's in order to draw more
money and sympathy from rich
whites in the North for the black
slaves of New Orleans. The chil-
dren were posed in ways that
would be 'appealing' to sympa-
thetic whites. The National
tion read "Oh, how I loved the old
flag." The other children were
Charles Taylor, Rosina Downs and
Augusta Broujey. In a few of the
photos, the children were paired
with darker-skinned slaves, or for-
mer slaves, then sent on publicity
tours raise monies.
The signs even sometimes read
"White and Black Slaves" to build
a sense of urgency among whites.
The photos sometimes went into
detail about the slave's life and
ownership. For instance, Wilson
Chinn, an older dark-skinned slave
was described as 'about 60 years
old' with the initials of his former
'owner' branded on his head with a
hot iron. There were stories of cuts
and lashes on the bodies of the
slaves in the picture to build snm-
pathI Theie were also stones of
progression and education for
some of the children, highlighting
their ability to "learn like white
The U.S. Library of Congress
currently holds many of the pho-
City Releases Status of Health on Area's Black Males
Shown above is Tony Hill speak- the UF Shands Cancer Center
ing to participants in the release of Florida Black Men's Health
M -- .' -71T-r .u
Jaguars in the community Shown above at the weekly
Jaguars in the community event, NFL pros Tyson Alualu #93 and Terrance
"Pot Roast" Knighton # 96 greet little Jordan Batson age 3 at a local Winn
Dixie. T. Austin photo.
Community Report. At the table is
Richard Tyson, Health and
Wellness Chair, 100 Black Men and
Dr. Folakemi Odedina, associate
director of health disparities for the
UF Shands Cancer Center.
The report is the product of a col-
laborative effort between
researchers from several Florida
universities, community and health
organizations, and is based on sur-
vey information collected from
black men in Jacksonville,
Gainesville, Orlando, St. Petersburg
and Tampa during 2012. The survey
examined the status of black men's
health, health care access, health
promotion activities, disease pre-
vention activities, risk factors, and
cultural beliefs and values, and is
expected to provide a baseline for
long term tracking of these health
behaviors and factors from year to
The Florida Black Men's Health
Community Report is available for
"For the People" Voter Protection Initiative H. Res. 542
to get constituents VOTE READY! V TE
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Monday, October 1st
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To register for this free event visit
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at no cost to you. Even if you have already lost a home
in foreclosure, you may qualify for a government pro-
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up to $125,000.
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Are you saved? Ministry oriented? Love to ride motorcycles? Love to
have fun? Well if all of the answers are yes :hlie Rydas 4 Righteousness
Motorcycle Ministry is for you! For more information, contact Ruth at
St. Paul Lutheran Church
Annual Prayer Breakfast
James WiNgiin, .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 \\'cidni'.l.id\ is Illbl study workshop with
light supper at 6:30 p.m. followed by \.iiigclin .training at 7:00 p.m.
Saint Paul Lutheran Church is also pi-rcnti-,ii a six-week sermon and
Bible Study Series cltitlcd "How to Share your 1iiI' September 5th to
October 14th. For more information contact the church at (904) 765-4219
or visit www.stpauljacksonville.org or e-mail hlI]']sj iill iil, 1 h niii St.
Paul l uilic.mn Church is located at 2730 West rilc,.1. '',1 Avenue.
Tabernacle Baptist Institutional
Church 3rd Annual Marriage Retreat
Tabernacle Baptist Institutional Church presents their 3rd Annual
Marriage Retreat, Friday, September 28th to Sinl.iy, September 30th.
The retreat is a 3-day and 2-night stay on a beautiful campus that is locat-
ed 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
marriage through enlightenment, excitement & spiritual enhancement. We
want every Tabernacle Couple to join us and we invite other churches and
other C'lni ,ntii 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.tbicjax.com or call the church office at (904) 356-3362.
The James V. Brooks Memorial
Scholarship Committee to Meet
The James V. Brooks Memorial Scholarship Committee will meet
Saturday September 29th at 10 a.m. at Mount Moriah African Methodist
Episcopal Church located on the corer of Melson & Lowell Avenue. All
former band parents, now adult band members and co-workers of Mr.
James B. Brooks are encouraged to attend. The committee is requesting
your support with the project. Committee members Pearl Mackey at 765-
3729, Marion Salary at 764-2150 or Shirley Bing at 924-0233.
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
For more information please visit www.ticketleap.com or call Stage
Aurora at 765.7372 or 904.765.7373.
Christian Youth Talent Extravaganza
Disciples of Christ Christian Fellowship, a Full Gospel Baptist Church,
Robert LeCount Jr. Pastor is sending the call to "come one come all" to
Friday Night Live, Friday, October 19th at 7 p.m. Come enjoy and witness
talented youth from all over the city celebrate Jesus. For more information
please contact Saprina Harris at (904) 651-7744 or Sister E. Hansell at
(907) 576-6248 or call the church office at (904) 765-5683. You can also
email the church at email@example.com. Disciples of Christ Christian
Fellowship is a church that's on the move in worship with prayer, praise and
power. The church is located at 2061 W. Edgewood Ave, Jacksonville,
Waver Over 2012 Vote
Some black clergy see no good choice between a Mormon candidate for
president and one who supports gay marriage. So they're telling their flocks
to stay home on Election Day, which is a worrisome message in a tight race.
The pastors say their congregants are asking how a true Christian could
back same-sex marriage, as President Barack Obama did in May.
As for Republican Mitt Romney, the first Mormon nominee from a major
party, congregants are questioning the theology of the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints and its former ban on men of African descent in
In 2008, Obama won 95 percent of black voters. But the nation's first
African-American president can't afford to lose any voters from his base.
Rights are thi
First lady Michelle
Obama likened citizens
flexing the right to vote
to the marches, sit-ins
and struggles of the
civil rights movement
in a speech before the
"We cannot let any-
one discourage us from
casting our ballots. We
cannot let anyone
make us feel unwel-
come in the voting booth. It is up to
us to make sure that in every elec-
tion, every voice is heard and every
vote is counted," Obama said in
Recalling the struggles of the civil
rights movement, Obama said that it
was imperative for ordinary citizens
to flex their right to vote.
"This is the march of our time --
marching door to door, registering
people to vote. Marching everyone
you know to the polls every single
election," the first lady said. "This is
the sit-in of our day -- sitting in a
phone bank, sitting in your living
room, calling everyone you know
- your friends, your neighbors,
that nephew you haven't seen in a
while, that classmate you haven't
spoken to in years -making sure
they all know how to register, where
to vote -- every year, in every elec-
"This is the movement of our era
-- protecting that fundamental right
e New Sit-Ins
not just for this election, but for the
next generation and generations to
come," Obama said. "Because in the
end, it's not just about who wins, or
who loses, or who we vote for on
Election Day. It's about who we are
as Americans. It's about the democ-
racy we want to leave for our kids
"It's about doing everything we
can to carry on the legacy that is our
inheritance not just as African
Americans, but as Americans -- as
citizens of the greatest country on
Earth," Obama said.
Obama also bemoaned the level
of apathy in the the country at large.
"How many of us have asked
someone whether they're going to
vote, and they say, no, I'm too busy
-- and besides, I voted last time; or,
nah, it's not like my vote is going to
make a difference? See, after so
many folks sacrificed so much so
that we could make our voices
heard, too many of us still choose
not to participate," she said.
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Seeking the lost for Christ
Matthew 28:19 20
Pastor Landon Williams
8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
'TuisdaC r Iepiinig 7 P.m. Prayer Service
Wednesday Bible i S~u 0:30 7p.m.
M id-WIleek, Wookship 7 p.m.
Radio tieelr IiBurodIcisi WCGL W1360 AM
aSii id 2 PM 3 PI'
" i. rI I. I I ORINGl; FOR YOUTH IN ENGLISH, SCIENCE,
IllS I1 < HAND MATH EVERY TUIl S .\Y 6:30 8 P.M.
Black Congregations Finding 'Commoii
Ground' By Connecting Faith To African Roots
African Ancestry, Inc.
(AfricanAncestry.com), the pio-
neers of DNA-based ancestry trac-
ing for people of African descent, is
helping African-American churches
discover who they are in the spiritu-
al confines of their faith-based com-
munities as part of its new African
Ancestry Church Program. While
delivering transformative program-
ming that seamlessly integrates with
church-based health initiatives,
its commitment to promote healthy
identities among African Americans
and positive, community-wide con-
nections with Africa.
"This initiative makes it easy for
faith communities to provide impor-
tant cultural connections and attract
new members through innovative
programming," said Gina Paige of
African Ancestry. "At its core, the
program strengthens families,
builds a stronger sense of communi-
ty within the congregation and pro-
motes overall wellness through the
soul-satisfying transformation asso-
ciated with knowing ones roots."
HOW IT WORKS
By working directly alongside
church leadership, the first-of-its-
kind program takes participants
through a progressively enlightened
journey that leads to a life-enhanc-
ing crescendo that positively trans-
form the way they see themselves,
their families and their faith com-
munities. The African Ancestry
Church Program is easily adaptable
to various church ministries and is
typically woven into existing church
activities over multiple days such as
Anniversaries, Health projects,
Women's/Men's Days, etc., but can
also be implemented independently.
The multi-part program includes:
1. Church Leadership Reveals:
Ceremonial Ancestral Reveals of
church pastor and their family mem-
2.'Where Are You From?'
Workshop: Participants learn more
about how to trace their roots using
3. 'The Journey Begins' Testing
Day: Participants work with African
Ancestry experts to do the easy, do-
it-yourself swabbing with other
4.'Celebrate Your Roots'
Fellowship Ceremony: Results are
revealed in a fellowship ceremony
at the church that connects partici-
pants with others that share their
ancestries and learn more about how
their new found enlightenment can
be optimized in life and through
their faith communities.
RENEW YOUR ROOTS
Since its launch, the African
Ancestry Church Program has con-
tinued to attract participants with
overwhelming success and excite-
ment. Families from churches
across the country have participat-
ed, with many others scheduled for
later this year. Pastor Delman
Coates ofMt. Ennon Baptist Church
in Maryland -- one of the program's
inaugural churches and biggest sup-
porters witnessed hundreds in his
congregation discover their true
African roots simultaneously during
a one-day affair that will further
frame their identities and bolster
esteem for a lifetime.
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464
I:40 a.m. ana 10:4u a.m. vW unes ayV Noon service qM.-9
"Miracle at Midday"
Church school 12 noon-1 p.m.
9:30 a.m. The Word from the Sons
Bible Study and Daughters of Bethel
6:30 p.m. 3rd Sunday 4:00 p.m Bishop Rudolph
Come share In Holy Communononn Ist Sundayat l40 Mand 0 a.m. McKissick, Jr.
i ;O Worship with us LIVE
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Grace and Peace
Michelle Obama: Voting
Disciples of Christ CbristiaQ Fellowsbip
* A Full Gospel Rapli.t Church *
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10 a.m Pastor Robert Lecount, Jr
A church that's on the move in
worship with prayer, praise and power!
2061 Edgewood Avenue West, Jacksonville, Florida 32208
(904) 765-5683 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday Morning Worship
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Al Collins Feted with Cash
Showerfor 58th Birthday
Shown above is Gerald Desue receiving a plaque from Pat Lockett Felder for his contributions in the world
of singing, floral and catering.
Jerald DeSue Clebrtes Birthday -Jacksonville native Jerald DeSue celebrated his
birthday with a grand celebration last week at Bethel Baptist Institutional Church. Serving as Master of
Ceremony was Attorney Chris Chestnut and news reporter Ken Amaro. Reverend Karl Flagg, Pastor of Mt. Tabor
Baptist Church and Mayor of Palatka, Florida presided over the invocation. Mrs. Myra Hart and JSO retired
Officer Willie L. Perry reflected on their time with DeSue as a childhood neighbor and friend. Bishop R.W.
McKissick, Sr and Bishop R. W. McKissick, Jr. sermonized a birthday blessings for DeSue and his famous floral
business. DeSue, native of Jacksonville Florida graduated from Andrew Jackson High School and attributes his
creativity and talent as a "gift" from God. DeSue would make floral arrangements for small weddings and other
occasions. Word soon spread of his talents, gift and creativity and he most recently opened a new shop on Main
Street. In addition to enjoying three beautiful birthday cakes, guests also shared in tributes to honor his contribu-
tions. Rhonda Silver.
Last Monday, Al Collins, proud owner of Soul Food Express restau-
rant celebrated his 58th birthday with a big birthday bash. Al's eastside
community customers and friends were proud to share in his joyous
occasion. R. Silver
Heart Health: Cholesterol Levels and You
Keeping your cholesterol levels
healthy is a great way to keep your
heart healthy and lower your
chances of getting heart disease or
having a stroke. Cholesterol can be
tricky to understand, though,
because not all is bad for you. Some
is actually good for you.
The most important thing you
can do as a first step is to know your
cholesterol numbers by getting your
cholesterol tested. Here are some
,dgl 200 to 239
er Cholesterol Levels Intake
easy ways for you to understand
what the testing involves how it can
help you and ways to improve your
health by improving your choles-
In order for your doctor to know
your cholesterol level, a blood sam-
ple must be taken from your finger
or your arm. The blood sample will
be tested for total cholesterol and
HDL cholesterol levels. HDL cho-
lesterol is often called the "good"
cholesterol. You don't have to fast
or do anything special before hav-
ing this blood test done.
After your total cholesterol and
HDL levels have been tested, here
are some guidelines about what you
should do. These guideline are for
people who do not have heart dis-
1. If your total cholesterol is less
than 200 mg/dL and your HDL-
cholesterol ("good" cholesterol) is
40 mg/dL or greater: you are doing
well and should have your total and
HDL cholesterol levels checked
again in about 5 years. In the mean-
time, take steps to keep your total
cholesterol level down, eat foods
low in saturated fat and choles-
terol, maintain a healthy weight,
-and be -physically active. The
last two steps, along with not
smoking will also help keep
your HDL level up.
2. If your total cholesterol is
less than 200 mg/dL and your
HDL cholesterol less than 40
mg/dL: You will need a lipopro-
tein profile to find out your
LDL-cholesterol ("bad choles-
terol") level. For this test you need
to fast for 9 to 12 hours before the
test, have nothing but water, or cof-
fee or tea with no cream or sugar.
3. If your total cholesterol is
between 200 to 239 mg/dL and your
HDL-cholesterol ("good" choles-
terol) is 40 mg./dL or greater: Your
doctor will see if you have other
risk factors for heart disease and
determine whether more tests
(including a lipoprotein profile to
find out your LDL-cholesterol)
need to be done. No matter what
your levels are, it is important to eat
foods low in saturated fat and cho-
lesterol and to maintain a healthy
4. If your total cholesterol is 240
mg/dL and above, regardless of
your HDL cholesterol level: you
will need a lipoprotein profile to
find out your LDL cholesterol level.
You need to fast for 9 to 12 hours
before the test, having nothing but
Depending on the results of your
total cholesterol and HDL-choles-
terol tests, you may also need to
have a second blood test called a
lipoprotein profile to determine
lesterol is often called the bad cho-
lesterol. For this type of test your
doctor will ask you to fast for 9 to
12 hours before the test. An LDL
cholesterol level test gives your
doctor more information about your
risk of heart disease and helps guide
any necessary treatment.
There are three categories for
SA desirable level is less than 130
S A borderline high risk level is
from 130 to 158 mg/dL
SHigh risk is 160 mg/dL and
The following guidelines apply
to LDL levels for people who do
not have heart disease.
If your LDL level is less than 130
mg/dL: you have a desirable LDL
cholesterol level. You will need to
have your total and HDL choles-
terol levels tested again in 5 years.
You should follow an eating plan
low in saturated fat and cholesterol,
maintain a healthy weight, be phys-
ically active and not smoke.
If your LDL level is 130 mg/dL
or above: Your doctor will look at
your other heart disease risk factors
and decide what you need to do to
lower your LDL-cholesterol level.
This higher your level and the more
risk factors you have, the more you
need to follow a diet low in saturat-
ed fat and cholesterol. For example,
if your LDL is 160 mg/dL or greater
and you have fewer than two other
risk factors, your LDL goal is a
level below 160 mg/dL. If your
LDL is 130 mg/dL or greater and
you have two or more risk factors,
your goal is to reduce your LDL
level to below 130 mg/dL.
It is also important to lose weight
if you are overweight, to be physi-
cally active and to not smoke.
Discuss your treatment plan with
Areas Of Specialty:
* Bariatric & Weight Loss
* Hormone Replacement
for Men & Women
* Well Women Exams
* Drug Addiction Therapy
Ms. Katrena Alexander
Katrena Alexander recently cele-
brated her 70th birthday at
Maggianos restaurant on Saturday
22,2012. She was blessed to have
50 quest help her celebrate this spe-
cial occasion. The party was hosted
by son Christopher Alexander and
daughter Regina Brinson. Many
family members came to help cele-
brate from Blountstown Fl., New
Jersey and Melbourne Fl. Ms.
Alexander attends Simpson
Memorial United Methodist
Church and enjoys spending time
with her grand-children.
continued from front
and Urban Development (HUD).
HUD-approved counselors can
provide assistance free of charge,
or for a nominal fee.
A list of counseling agencies near
you can be found at www.hud.gov.
If you have doubts whether direct
mail that claims to be from your
lender is legitimate, call your
lender directly and confirm it. And
finally, if you think you have been
scammed, you should file a com-
plaint with the Federal Trade
Commission online at
www.ftc.gov/complaint or call
them at 877-FTC-HELP. It's imper-
ative that you get informed and
take precautions to not become
their next victim.
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Jacksonville, Florida 32204 (904) 387-9577
Dunn Avenue Health & Wellness
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The Color Purple
on Aurora's Stage
The Color Purple will be on stage
at Stage Aurora, Friday, September
28th through Sunday, October
14th. Based on the Pulitzer Prize
winning novel by Alice Walker, The
Color Purple tells the iilh nilini
story of a woman named Celie who
finds the strength to triumph over
adversity, and discover her unique
voice in the world. For more infor-
mation, show times and tickets visit
www.stageauroraorg or call the
office at (904) 765-7372 or mail
Sl.nuC.t.iii Ii'.I .7l',. 'h 'ii il.ci n ,i l
The Spiritual Hands o'fAlpha and
Omega. Inc. will conduct its first
annual "Prince and Princess
I';i;.'.i, Saturday, September
29'th at the Ni.iiioli. Salisbury
Road. The p. ii.iis goal is to pro-
vide an t .i i, lnlg 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 C\~i'ni., Britton, Pageant
Director at 307-6950 or e-mail
C': ihn i t.,ll:." tht.i'n. ^~, ,cl .*ni l ,.',ml.
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 e-mail barbara@best-
fiiends.org or visit www.strutyour-
Screening on Obesity
There will be a free community
V. iceniniii event of the HBO docu-
mentary '\\'c igi of the Nation,"
Sunday, September 30th at 12
noon. The documentary confronts
America's obesity problem and will
be shown at Sun-Ray Cinemas in
Five Points, 1028 Park St, from 12
noon to 1:30 p.m. For more infor-
mation contact Rebecca Brosmer at
723-2162, ext 148 or visit
Games for 50+
The Jacksonville Seniors Games is
calling all men and women ages 50
and beyond to participate in the
Jacksonville Senior Games
Thursday, October 1st through
Wednesday, October 7th. The
games offer non-physical games
and activities, as well as plenty of
social events all in the spirit of good
sportsmanship. For more informa-
tion call (904) 630-7392 or e-mail
The Duval County Extension
Master Gardener's is offering a free
Plant Clinic at the Extension Office
on Monday, October 1st from 9
a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 1010 N McDuff
Ave. Master Gardeners will be
available to answer your gardening
questions, test your soil for pH, ID
your plants or weeds, and give out
gardening publications. For more
information contact Becky
Davidson at (904) 255-7450 or
Haven Hospice is hosting a grief
and loss support group every
Tuesday beginning, Tuesday
October 2nd through Tuesday
October 23rd at the Custead Care
Center in Orange Park, 745
Blanding Blvd. The group meets
from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. For
more information, contact the local
office at (904) 279-1677 or email
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.
Take Stock in Children is honoring
mentors with the "Unsung Heroes"
luncheon, Friday, October 5th,
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at The Players
Championship Clubhouse. Take
Stock in Children strives to break
the cycle of poverty through suc-
cessful education and meaningful
mentoring. For more information
visit www.takestockduval.org or
call (904) at 633-5923.
Kingsley Plantation will host
Harvest Day on Saturday, October
6th, a special event marking the end
of the harvest season at Kingsley
Plantation. It will be held from 10
a.m. to 4 p.m. and will include
demonstrations of plantation activi-
ties, including: cooking, carpentry,
blacksmithing, and the harvest of
Sea Island cotton. For more infor-
mation, call (904) 251-3537.
Kingsley Plantation is open daily, at
no charge and located off
Heckscher Drive/A1A one-half
mile north of the St. Johns River
The 40th Annual Rock Shrimp
Festival will be held Saturday,
October 6th, in historic St. Marys,
Georgia. The festival presents a full
day of events including a pancake
breakfast, 5K and 10K runs, kids'
activities, entertainment, and of
course, the sweet tasting rock
shrimp that is the events namesake.
The fun begins at 7 a.m. If interest-
ed in participating, visit www.smki-
wanis.com or call (912) 882-4000.
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-
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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-
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Comedian Kevin Hart will be in
concert Friday, October 12th at the
Veterans Memorial Arena. Tickets
are on sale now at Ticketmaster.
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FOR THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 25 OCTOBER 1, 2012
St. Augustine's Sports Photos
HIGH FLYERS: Michael
Costa leads pass-happy
St.Augustine's into battle
vs. CIAA East favorite
Elizabeth City State in
Rocky Mount, NC.
UMES TO BRING BACK FOOTBALL?;
JONES, GALETTE TAKE NFL HONORS
2g 12B ACK 0LL GEF 0TB- LL(Rsut, .tadng adWekl onrs
C IA A CENI ITI INI ICOLLEOIATE
C 1A A ILl rig ASSOCIATION
NORTlH IVION N L L W L
- h,1-.V, 1 0 2 2
I11i; I l .lnlh ,. 1 0 2 2
l'o]Iwi. .tlhr. 0 1 3 1
ViIininll i lIIII 0 0 2 1
V UlinIII : .l.li, 0 1 1 3
LInooln 0 1 0 4
W Sall0 Stano 1 0 4 0
'e h '.lii,', 1 0 3 1
S'll 1 0 2 2
Llvingtlono 1 0 1 3
Shaw 0 1 1 3
Fayetteville State 0 1 1 3
CIAA PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
OL Jordan Moseey, Sr,, LG, JCSU
WR Jermalno Jones, r-Jr, WR, SAC 4 receptions, 120
yards, 1 TO In win over Bowie State.
QB Doug Cook, So., LINCOLN 39 of 70,463 yards, 5
TDs in loss to Livingslone,
OB Tim Hanson,So., RB,CHOWAN- 195rushing yards,
3 TDs in win over Shaw.
DL Doran Edwards, Sr.,LIV -11 tackles, 2 sacks(-20),3
TFL, 1 forced fumble, 1 recov., blocked PAT vs Line.
LB BryceWilliams, Sr., FSU -1tackles,11 solos, 3 sacks
(-21), 5.5 TFL, 1 forced fumble vs. ECSU.
DB Rulonda Moss, So., LIV 13 tackles, 1 forced
ROOKIE Drew Powell, Fr., B, LIV- 21 of36,256yards,
4 TDs, 68 rushing yards, 1 TD vs. Lincoln.
SPECIALTY Tyron Laughinghouse, Sr., WR/KR,
SAC 93-yard KO return for TD, 180 yards in kick
MEAC A MD EASTERN
SMEA C ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
W L W L
Howard 1 0 2 1
Bethune-Cookman 1 0 2 2
North Carolina Central 1 0 2 2
FloridaA&M 1 0 2 2
*NCA&TState 0 0 2 1
Morgan State 0 0 1 2
Delaware State 0 1 1 3
Norfolk State 0 1 2 2
SCState 0 1 1 3
Savannah State 0 1 0 3
'Hampton 0 1 0 3
SIneligible for conference title
MEAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Damlen Fleming, So., QB, FAMU 30 lo 37,
399 yards, 3 TDs, 9 totes, 28 yards, 1 reception
Ryan Smith, r-Fr., DB, NCCU -6 tackles, 3 solos, 2
break-ups, 1 interception vs. Savannah State.
Dae-Hon Chung, Fr., RB, OSU 18 carries, 135
yards, 2 TDs in loss to Florida A&M.
Arthur Goforth, Sr., RS, NCCU Returned punt 57
yards for TD, accounted for 213 all-purpose yards.
Douglas Almendares, Jr., C, FAMU Graded at
SIAC SOUTHERN IN'rERCOLLEGIATE
SIAC A TArRLETIC CONFERENCE
Fort Valley State
L W L W
00 1 1
1 0 1 0
0 1 0 2
0 1 0 3
1 1 2 1
1 0 1 1
SIAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Chris Rini, QB, LANE 22 of 34, 192 yards,
2 TDs, 14 carries, 20 yards, 1 TD in win over
Zamir Carlls, So., DE, STILLMAN 9 tackles,
2.5 for losses, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble, 1 hurry
Sheldon Hamilton, RB, MHC -32 carries, 165
yards, 2 TDs in loss to Lane..
David Garbo, FVSU 94% grade vs. Benedict.
WAG f SOUTHWESTERN
SW A C ATHLETICCONFERENCE
EAST DIVISION W L W L
AlabamaA&M 3 0 4 0
Alabama State 2 1 2 2
Jackson State 1 1 1 3
Alcorn State 1 1 1 3
Miss. Valley St. 1 1 1 3
Ark. Pine Bluff 2 1 3 1
Southern 1 1 1 2
Texas Southern 1 2 1 3
Grambling State 0 2 0 3
Prairie View A&M 0 2 0 4
SWAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Deauntae Mason, Sr., QB, AA&M 14 of 24,
231 yards, 2 TDs, 24 rushing yards, 3 TDs in
win over TSU.
Brandon Roberts, Sr., LB, ALABAMA STATE
- Career-high 15 tackles, 9 solos, 1 for loss
Trenton Richmond, Fr.,WR/KR,TSU-Returned
six KOs for 106 yards (17.7 avg.). Long return
of 30 yards.
Cameron Loeffler, Jr., DB, JSU 7 tackles, 1
sack (-8) in loss to Southern.
Tennessee State 4 0
Concordia 2 1
Edward Waters 3 2
Langston 1 2
Central State 1 3
Cheyney 1 3
W. Va. State 1 3
Va. Univ. of Lynchburg 0 3
Lincoln (Mo.) 0 4
Texas College 0 4
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Trabis Ward, Jr., RB, TENN. STATE 27
carries, 154 yards, 2 TDs (4, 6) in win over
Nick Thrasher, So., LB, TENN. STATE- Led
TSU with 13 tackles, 6 solos, 1.5 for losses
in win over B-CU.
Daniel Fitzpatrick, So., DB, TENN. STATE
- Returned a blocked field goal 40 yards for a
TD, Also had two tackles and an interception
in win over Belhune-Cookman.
Lane 37, Morehouse 34 OT
Livingstone 48, Lincoln (PA) 44
Miles 41, Albany State 6
NC Central 45, Savannah State 33
N. Dakota State 66, Prairie View A&M 7
NW State 45, Miss Valley State 14
Ohio 44, Norfolk State 10
Pittsburg State 59, Lincoln (MO) 17
Saint Augustine's 38, Bowie State 22
Saint Joseph's 42, Central State 36
Southern 28, Jackson State 21
Stillman 27, Kentucky State 8
Tenn. State 21, Bethune-Cookman 14
Texas A&M 70, SC State 14
UNC Pembroke 30, Va. U. of Lynchburg 7
W-Salem State 35, Virginia Union 6
WHATS GOING ON IN AND AROUND BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS
UMES CONSIDERING FOOTBALL:
PRINCESS ANNE, MD (Sept. 20, 2012) The
University of Maryland Eastern
Shore announced last week the
formation of a task force to help
the institution assess a study that
outlines what fielding an NCAA
Division I football team would
take. UMES has not fielded a
football team since 1979.
President Juliette B. Bell said
Hire Photo the Alden & Associates study,
Mgan Stat pFreident which focuses on the projected
Morgan State president
to chairtask force looking investments UMIES would need
at bringing back football in scholarships, financial aid,
to UMES. coaches, uniforms and facilities
to make a team competitive in the Football Championship
Subdivision (FCS), provides a roadmap to follow in ad-
dressing the feasibility of offering football as part of UMES'
The study also includes opportunities for female athletes
to remain in compliance with federal gender-equity laws
and the development of a full-fledged marching band. The
study was paid for with $35,000 raised for the Hawks for
Bell asked the 17-member task force, chaired by Dr.
Earl S. Richardson, to complete its work by December.
Dr. Richardson is a UMES alumnus and president emeritus
ofMorgan State University, which fields a Mid-Eastern
Athletic Conference I, ,il.llI I team,
Once the task force completes its work, the university
will then focus on itikiin a decision on whether to add
intercollegiate football at UMES.
BCSP NFL Players of the Week
JacobyJones,WR/KR, Baltimore (6th year, Lane)
Three receptions for 86 yards, two punt returns
for 18 yards in win over New England.
Jones Junior Galette, DE, New Orleans (3rd year, Galette
STILLMAN) Two solo tackles, both sacks, and
a forced fumble In loss to Kansas City.
OTHERS ON OFFENSE
- Kevin Elllott, WR, Jacksonvlle (Rookie year, Florida A&M) Two receptions
for 24 yards In win over Indianapolis.
- Isaac Redman, RB, Pittsburgh (4th year, Bowie State) 9 carries for 27 yards
and three receptions for 24 yards In loss to Oakland.
OTHERS ON DEFENSE
- D'Mltri Patterson, DB, Cleveland (6th year, Tuskegee) Two assisted tackles
in loss to Buffalo,
- William Hayes, DE, St, Louis (5th year, Winston-Salem State) Thee solo
tackles in loss to Chicago,
- Jason Hatcher, DE, Dallas (7th year, Grambling State) One solo tackle in
win over Tampa Bay.
-Rashean Mathls, DB, Jacksonville (10th season, Bethune-Cookman) -Three
solo tackles in win over Indianapolis..
- Kenrlck Ellis, DT, NY Jets (2nd year, Hampton) One solo tackles and a
forced fumble in win over Miami.
- Justin Durant, LB, Detroit (6th year, Hampton) Four solo tackles in loss to
- Chris Baker, DE. Washington (2nd year, Hampton) One solo tackle and one
assist in loss to Cincinnati.
- Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, DB, Philadelphia (5th season, Tennessee
State) Three solo tackles tin loss to Arizona.
- Greg Toler, DB, Arizona (4th season, Saint Paul's) One solo tackle in win
- Robert Mathis, DE, Indianapollis (10th year, AlabamaA&M)Two solo tackles,
one assist, one sack and one forced fumble in loss to Jacksonville.
2 AZEEZ Communlications, Inc. VoL. XIX, No. 8
First month wraps up with key games
A rough-and-tumble and somewhat surprising
opening month of the football season comes to a
rousing end this week with a number of defining
games on the schedule.
Aside from the normal blowouts when HBCU
teams have ventured into FBS territory, several teams
have distinguished themselves with key wins and are
in position to solidify their opening month's play.
In the CIAA, defending champion and BCSPNo.
1 Winston-Salem State is off to a 4-0 start and has
won its only conference game so far, a 35-6 shellacking
of Virginia Union Saturday. The Rams will travel to
Bowie State this Saturday for a 1 p.m. contest vs. the
Bulldogs (3-1, 0-1). BSU is coming off its first loss,
a 38-22 road decision to Saint Augustine's Saturday
in Durham, N.C.
St. Augustine's, tied with Miles at 10th in the
latest BCSP ranking, is looking like WSSU's biggest
challenger in the CIAA South Division. The Falcons,
who sport an outstanding passing attack, are at 3-1
overall with their only blemish a close loss to nation-
ally ranked New Haven.
Michael Costa's troops travel to Rocky Mount,
N.C. Saturday (4 p.m.) for another stem test vs.
Waverly Tiller's Vikings of Elizabeth City State
in the 15th Annual Down East Classic. ECSU, the
preseason favorite in the CIAA North Division, is at
2-2 overall and got a win Saturday over Fayetteville
State (20-13) in its first conference game.
Other CIAA games have Virginia State (1-3,
0-1)" hostiig Shaw"(1-3, 0-1), Ch6wan (2-2, 1-0)
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
Texas Southern vs. Sam Houston State in Houston, TX
- ESPNU Live
NCA&T vs. Morgan State in Greensboro, NC
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29
Tuskegee vs. Fort Valley State in Tuskegee, AL
William Jewel vs. Central State in Liberty, MO
Bowie State vs. Winston-Salem State in Bowie, MD
Cheyney vs. Mercyhurst in Cheyney, PA
Howard vs. Savannah State in Washington, DC
Lincoln (PA) vs. Johnson C, Smith in Lincoln University, PA
S. Virginia vs. Va. Univ of Lynchburg in Buena Vista, VA
Virginia Union vs. Livingstone in Richmond, VA
Seton Hill vs. West Virginia State in Greensburg, PA
Concordia-Selma vs. College of Faith in Selma, AL
Texas College vs. Wayland Baptist in Tyler, TX
SC State vs. Norfolk State in Orangeburg, SC
Lane vs. Stillman in Jackson, TN
Miles vs. Benedict in Fairfield, AL
Chowan vs. Fayetteville State in Murfreesboro, NC
Hampton vs. Bethune-Cookman in Hampton, VA
Virginia State vs. Shaw in Ettrick, VA'
Langston vs. Southern Nazarene in Langston, OK
ClarkAtlanta vs. Morehouse in Atlanta, GA -
Valdosta State vs. Edward Waters in Valdosta, GA
Alcom State vs. Alabama State in Alcom State, MS
Tennessee State vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff in Nashville, TN
15th Annual Down East Viking Football Classic
Elizabeth City State vs. Saint Augustine's in Rocky Mount, NC
Chicago Football Classic
Kentucky State vs. Albany State in Chicago, IL
TV I INTENT BROADCASTS
Bank of America Atlanta Classic NBC Sports Network -
Southern vs. Florida A&M in Atlanta, GA HSI
Jackson State vs. Prairie View A&M in Jackson, MS
3rd Annual Louis Crews Classic ESPNU
Alabama A&M vs. Grambling State in Huntsville, AL
ArkansasPine Bluff 24, Alabama State 21
Alabama A&M 42, Texas Southern 13
Arkansas State 56, Alcorn State 0
Chowan 49, Shaw 35
Cohcord 23, West Virginia State 16
ConcordiaSelma 22, Clark Atlanta 17
East Stroudsburg 59, Cheyney 27
Edward Waters 59, New Orleans 12
Eliz. City State 20, Fayetteville State 13
Florida A&M 24, Delaware State 22
Fort Valley State 33, Benedict 10
Johnson C. Smith 28, Virginia State 21
Lamar 31, Langston 0
1. WINSTON-SALEM STATE (4-0) Easily handled Virginia
Union, 35-6. NEXT: At Bowie State.
2. TENNESSEE STATE (4-0) Got by then No. 2 Bethune-Cook-
man, 21-14. NEXT: Hosting Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
3. ALABAMA A&M (4-0) Defeated Texas Southern, 42-13.
NEXT: Hosting Grambling State on ESPNU.
4. HOWARD (2-1) Idle. NEXT: Hosting Savannah State.
5. FLORIDA A&M (2-2) Squeaked by DelState, 24-22. NEXT:
Southern in Atlanta's Georgia Dome.
6. BETHUNE-COOKMAN (2-2) Fell to then No. 3, Tennessee
State, 21-14. NEXT: At Hampton.
7. NORFOLK STATE (2-1)-Walloped by Ohio Univ.,44-10. NEXT:
At South Carolina State.
8. SOUTH CAROLINA STATE (1-2) Throttled at Texas A&M,
70-14. NEXT: Hosting Norfolk State.
9. ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF (3-1) Knocked off Alabama State,
24-21. NEXT: At No. 2 Tennessee State.
10. SAINT AUGUSTINE'S (3-1) Falcorns flew by Bowie State,
38-22. NEXT: Playing Eliz. City State in Rocky Mount, NC.
(TIE) MILES (3-1) Thrashed Albany State, 41-6. NEXT: At
OUT; Alabama State
kingpin and last year's title game opponent
Albany State, 41-6. The Golden Bears are at
winless Benedict (0-4, 0-1) Saturday (2 p.m.)
while Albany State (1-3, 0-1) tries to rebound
at the Chicago Classic at Soldier's Field vs.
Kentucky State (1-2, 0-1).
Also Saturday, Fort Valley State (3-1,2-0)
visits Tuskegee (2-1, 1-0), ClarkAtlanta (1-3,
1-1) hosts Morehouse (1-3,0-1) and Stillman
(2-2, 1-0), visits Lane (1-2, 1-2).
Arkansas-Pine Bluff upped its conference
record to 2-1 with a big 24-21 road win over
Alabama State last Thursday. Head coach
Monte Coleman's BCSP No. 9 Golden Lions
(3-1) perhaps have an even bigger task this
week as they try to spoil homecoming for
undefeated BCSPNo. 2 Tennessee State (4-0)
in Nashville (5 p.m.) Saturday.
BCSP No. 3 Alabama A&M (4-0, 3-0)
is the only undefeated team left in the SWAC.
Anthony Jones's Bulldogs, after disposing of
Texas Southern 42-13 Saturday, are hosting
winless SWAC defending champion Gram-
bling State (0-3, 0-2) in Huntsville (6 p.m.)
this Saturday in a game to be carried live on
In another homecoming contest, Alcorn
State (1-3, 1-1) hosts Alabama State (2-2, 2-
1). Jackson State (1-3, 1-1) hosts Prairie View
(0-4, 0-2) Saturday in a game to be carried on
SWAC-TV at 4 p.m.
BCSP NFL NOTE: Golden Tate III, wide receiver of the Se-
attle Seahawks who caught a 41-yard TD from QB Russell
Wilson in the first quarter and a controversial 24-yard TD
reception atthefinal buzzervs. Green BayMonday, isthe son
of Golden Tate Jr., who played wide receiver at Tennessee
State and was the 120th overall pick in the fifth round of the
1984 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts.
RUNNING LANE: Former Lane and SIAC star
Jacoby Jones (12) breaks away for one of his
three receptions in Baltimore's win over New
England Sunday night. Jones had three recep-
tions for 86 yards in claiming this week's BCSP
NFL Offensive Player of the Week honors,
C ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
OIV Co1F ALL
NOwRTHDIVISION W1 L W L W L
Chowan 4 0 7 0 9 3
Eliz. CityState 3 1 6 1 7 5
VirginiaStale 1 1 4 1 4 6
Virginia Union 1 2 1 5 1 16
Lincoln 1 3 1 6 1 7
Bowie State 0 3 1 5 1 12
Fayetteville State 1 0 3 0 4 0
St. Augustine's 0 0 1 0 2 5
Shaw 0 0 2 1 5 4
Uvingstone 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
MEAC A CIDTERN
IlEAC ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
N. Carolina Central
NC A&T State
MEAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Desire Waller, Jr., OH, SCSU 62 kills, 39 digs,
10 blocks and 3 assists in three matches. Passed
Ihe 20-kill mark in games vs. Hamplon and Pan
Chrlsllne Anthony, Sr., OH, NCCU Had double-
idtuble of 16 kills and 12 dlgs vs. Camrpbell Had
,343 hillg percentage and added one block iin a
defensl ve t vrI
SIAC SOUTH ERN INTERCOLLEGIATE
SIA C ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
Fort Valley State
SIAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Lashaunda Spurgeon, Sr., MB, STILLMAN
- 30 kills, 12 service aces. 15 digs, 10 blocks in
tournamesn last week.
Cynteria Jones, Sr., MH, STILLMAN One ace.
6 digs, 11 blocks. 26 kirls in touiarnameni
Jasmine McQueen, Sr., KSU -16 dgs, 2assiss,
1 block and 4 klls in rweo games
SWAC SUTHET NERN
SWAC ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
EAST DIVISION W L
Jackson State 1 0
Alabama A&M 1 0
Alabama State 1 0
Miss. Valley St. 0 0
Alcorn State 0 3
Ark. Pine Bluff 1 0
Prairie View A&M 1 0
Texas Southern 1 1
Grambling State 0 2
Southern 0 0
SWAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
W. Va. State
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
AA&M Sports Photo UAPB Sports Photo
SWAC LEADERS: Alabama A&M head coach
Anthony Jones (I.) and Arkansas-Pine Bluff
head coach Monte Coleman (r.) shepherd their
SWAC division leading teams into big battles
with Grambling State and Tennessee State,
respectively this Saturday.
entertaining Fayetteville State (1-3, 0-1) and
Livingstone (1-3, 1-0) playing at Virginia Union
The biggest move so far in the MEAC was
Howard's 37-36 upset of defending champion
Norfolk State two weeks ago.
After a week off, the Bison (2-1, 1-0), up
to No. 4 in the latest BCSP ranking, have a 1
p.m. date Saturday at winless Savannah State
After securing its first conference win Sat-
urday in a close (24-22) decision over Delaware
State, Florida A&M (2-2, 1-0), who moved
up to No. 5 in the BCSP ranking, is in Atlanta's
GeorgiaDome Saturday (3:30 p.m.) forthe Bank
of America Classic vs. Southern. The Jaguars
(1-2, 1-1 SWAC W) got their first win of the
season last Saturday, a 28-21 overJackson State
in their first game under new interim head coach
Bethune-Cookman (2-2, 1-0), coming off
a close 21-14 loss to Tennessee State Saturday,
fell from No. 2 to No. 6 in the BCSP ranking.
The Wildcats travel to winless Hampton (0-3,
0-1) Saturday (6 p.m.).
No. 7 Norfolk State (2-2, 0-1) and No.
8 South Carolina State (1-3, 0-1) tangle in
Orangeburg, S. C. (2 p.m.) with each trying to
prevent 0-2 starts in conference play.
Morgan State (1-2) is at N. C. A&T (2-1)
Thursday (7:30 p.m.) in the conference opener
for both schools. The game will be carried live
Defending SIAC champion Miles (3-1,
1-0) signalled Saturday that its title a year ago
was no fluke as it thrashed former conference
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- Dodson Nuptial Celebration was a Wedding to Remember
Mr. and Mrs. Howard Dodson
The wedding cake surrounded by the bride's veil
Alicia Scott Ford and Hester Clark
Barbara and Carlton Jones
Jaquie Holmes, Marquetta Knight and Wendell Holmes
Brenda and Mel Bellard with Lydia Stewart
The 4ft high ice sculpture featuring the
honorees initials aband cowrie beads.
The bride strikes a pose
with her pastor and offi-
The birthday cake ciant, Bishop McKissick
Roslyn Phillips and Rahman Johnson
Acclaimed actor Danny Glover and Sylvia Perry
The couple entered Four foot bouquets of
to a horn salute orchids adorned the tables.
For over a decade, I :r.l J.
Alexander ran Jacksonville's Ritz
ltiII.,I- with a vivaciousness and
Mn. i;.-I, %that has transcended time
and hard times, :,.l in it the pre-
miere center of Black culture in the
city of Jacksonville, Following her
sudden retirement months ago that
saddened and shocked many, the
former Ms. Alexander intensely
embarked on the plI. I.in, of the
second phase of her life a celebra-
tion of love that culminated in the
recent wedding of Carol Alexander
and Howard Dodson, Jr..
To say the event was a wedding
would be a disservice. Their sharing
of vows was no less a grand event.
The Alexander Dodson nuptials
was a three day celebration of life,
love and relationships. When you
received the oversized 5 x 12 brown
and gold leaf wedding invitation -
you knew it was going to be some-
thing special. The multi-faceted
invitation held all the details to how
Carol Alexander envisioned her
future sophisticated, elegant and
Held in Washington D.C. at the
National Harbor, festivities began
September 21st with an Akwaabi
Reception at the Gaylord National
Resort for the 200 invited guests.
The ceremony was set for 4 p.m. on
S.iiirdl.i in the Sunset Room.
Security and technology were in
full effect to witness the sacred cer-
emony. Before being allowed to
enter the elevator to attend the fes-
tivities, guests had to give iheirl
name and "checked" by a multitude
of attendants with ipads. From
hlicc, iltL3 were told their table
assignment which was named after
one of the dozens of countries the
couple have visited throughout their
After stepping off of the eleva-
tor, guests were welcomed by
refreshing passing beverages. They
were handed a passport which
included the dates and multitude of
passport stamps of the various exot-
ic locations the newlyweds had vis-
ited. This should be no surprise, fol-
lowing a long friendship, their first
date was in Paris, France.
In true "Carol" style, the ceremo-
ny began with a rhythmic perform-
ance by an all female African drum
troupe. The groom danced with joy
with anticipation as the drummers
set the tone. The bride was accom-
panied down the aisle by her sons.
Looking regal and jubilant in a
coral designer gown, her son
Akeem lifted her veil and presented
Howard Dodson with his bride. The
ceremony was officiated by the
bride's pastor, Bishop Rudolph
McKissick, Sr. of Bethel Baptist
liiiiii,tiiiil Church who glowed
with pride to marry one of his
-"d.il0ill ,". The couple made their
vows in private before all, but only
the couple and their pastor could
hear the exchange. Following the
presentation to cheers and fanfare,
guests enjoyed sunset cocktails
with the signature watermelon mar-
garita, hors d' oeuvres and mingling
while partaking in the top shelf
open bar that flowed throughout the
night at multiple stations.
The guest list included a variety
of notables from near and far repre-
senting many facets of both of the
newlyweds lives. Heads were turn-
ing for famous faces on the roster
such as Maya Angelou, Susan
Taylor and Danny Glover. There
were many from Jacksonville who
also trekked to the nation's capital
to witness the celebration. Among
the attendees from the River City
were Cleve and Pat Warren, JuCoby
Pittman, Fred Franklin, Teneese
Thomas, Eugene Eubanks and
After enjoying appetizers and
cocktails on the oceanfront during
sunset, guests entered the well
appointed dinner room. Catered by
none other than Wolfgang Puck, the
crimson and gold table settings
were accented by huge orchid cen-
terpieces. The tables, named after
past visits of the couple, included
Columbia, England, Iran, China,
Spain, Prague and dozens more.
Mr. and Mrs. Dodson entered the
room to the sound of a five horn
band after which the bride counted
off to get the party started. Their
first dance was to the classic R&B
hit "What You Won't Do" followed
by a myriad of soul tunes provided
by the 20 piece band, Special
Formula" imported from
The bountiful menu rivaled a
taste for every palate. Featuring the
second course of the night were
items including Maryland crab,
clams and mussels in a tomato
broth, cioppino, candied pecans and
cream peppercorn dressing, new
potatoes, carribbean shrimp, fillet
mignon, fried chicken and more.
The dessert accompaniment was
just as festive with everything from
pecan pie, cupcakes, cookies,
beignets and cream brulee.
The second phase of the party
began with two sentimental cele-
bratory toasts by the sons of the
bridal party. Alexander, a noted sto-
ryteller, paid homage to her contri-
butions to the art as the guests were
The buffet included fillet mignon and tropical shrimp
treated to a delightful rendition of
"A Boy Named Howard and a Girl
Named Carol." Dancing followed
before the bride took time out to
greet attendees and thanked the
band for traveling 1,000 miles to
her affair. She also paid tribute to
her Ritz heritage by bringing up the
members of her Ritz family and
sharing a hug. Next, guests were
ushered into Bootsie's Jazz Lounge
which included a live jazz and blues
trio. The Lounge also was home to
the official birthday cake. The fol-
lowing morning before departing,
guests enjoyed a Farewell Brunch.
Since her retirement, Carol has
been commuting between
Jacksonville and the nation's capital
where Howard serves as Director of
the Howard University Library
System. The industrious Dodson
recently retired from the
Schomburg Center for Research in
Black Culture in Harlem, NY. after
a 28 year tenure as the director.
Following a honeymoon in Hawaii,
the couple will reside in
Washington D.C., Jacksonville,
Florida and New York City.
Sommore Proves "Sistahs" Can Shine as Comediennes
She's appeared on HBO's Def
Comedy Jam, Comedy Central
Roast of Flavor Flav, Showtime at
the Apollo and Comic View. Along
thing, you don't want to miss her.
"I'm working on getting my rou-
tine down pat and tightening up my
chops," she said. "I have about
with fellow Black comediennes three years of material that I have to
Mo'Nique, Laura Hayes and Adele condense into one hour. And I'm
Givens, she proved her mettle as working very hard because this is a
one of the Queens of Comedy business that I take quite seriously
which was filmed and later aired on and I'm very hands on with my
Showtime. Now the always hilari- career."
ous Sommore is returning to her How she got started
adopted home of South Florida as Sommore says her stage persona
she prepares for a live taping of her is sexy, classy and the kind of
one-woman stand-up comedy act. woman that any sister would love to
And if "adult comedy" is your have as a friend. Off stage, she's not
"If people gave you something
good what would you want?" she
asked. "Some more. That's how I
chose my name. I went to
college and then was a busi-
ness owner I wanted to be
rich. But then I got stuck
and found that I wasn't
happy with what I was
doing. Life wasn't chal-
lenging enough. In my
wildest dreams, if I could
do whatever I wanted it
would be to do stand-up
comedy. So I went to an
open mic. The rush felt so
good that I figured if I put
my all into it I had to get
That was 20 years ago. Today, the
New Jersey-born actress and come-
dienne, who incidentally is the half-
sister of actress Nia Long, is enjoy-
ing a bi-coastal life splitting her
time between Florida and L.A. But
her real home is on stage making
The challenge of being a woman
Sommore says as in most profes-
sions, women in comedy aren't
looked at as equal to men. But that
hasn't stopped her from pursuing
her goals or making her audiences
beg for more.
"Even with our success on the
Queens of Comedy tour, when we
women are introduced to an audi-
ence, it's almost as if men are sur-
prised that we can make people
laugh. There are some men who
don't think women are funny at all.
I'm an adult comedienne and I deal
with adult topics. I picked the lane
that I am and wanted it to be about
grown folks' conversation.
Basically, I deal with topics that
most adults think about but are
afraid to say. I do have a few seg-
ments of in my shows that are PG
but not many."
Sommore says she's excited
about her show which will be her
second solo project. After being
taped and televised it will go on
DVD. And she'll be negotiating the
"I am producing this myself so I
make all of the decisions," she said.
"I guess you can't get the business-
woman out of me huh?"
Season 5 of Housewives May Bring Bad News for Nene Fans
The fifth season of the Real
Housewives of Atlanta debuts
Sunday, November 4th, however
this season might be bittersweet for
fans of NeNe Leakes. The Real
Housewives of Atlanta breakout
star has announced that she may
soon be leaving the series that made
She hinted that she would be end-
ing her role on the show during a
recent interview with the New York
Post. "I love the acting world. So at
some point... I can't continue to be
a housewife. At some point, I have
to back out," she said.
NeNe revealed that she was con-
cerned that remaining a RHOA cast
member might tarnish her image as
"Just the thought of me being a
housewife, they [casting producers]
Prince and Mary J. Blige perform Together
at the iHeartradio Music Festival
Mary J. Blige stole the second
night of the iHeartRadio Music
I ..liwlI in Las Vegas, bringing the
elusive Prince on stage as her sur-
Four songs into her set, the
Queen Of Hip-Hop Soul stopped
her band from playing Chaka
Khan's "Sweet Thing,". "I got a real
good friend in the building. He's
one of the most amazing artists to
ever walk the earth," she said as she
The 12,000 attendees at the
MGM Grand Arena went nuts as
the iconic soul artist emerged from
backstage, donning '70s-inspired
attire-an afro, big-framed, gold
metallic glasses, flame-print shirt,
turtle neck, and silky, yellow bell
bottoms that matched his guitar.
Silently, he took his place as a
member of the band and helped
Blige and company resume her
classic Chaka Khan cover.
Blige, who couldn't stop blushing
about Prince's appearance, told him
that she was "so blessed to have you
here" and asked him to "sing with
me tonight." "I know you have to be
very particular about who you be
messing with," she said.
They agreed to sing his song,
"Nothing Compares 2 U," as a duet.
The crowd roared when Prince sang
his opening lyric. Mary stood there,
mesmerized, rocking with her hand
on her hip. The song worked per-
fectly as a duet, as they sang to each
Feeling the moment, Prince asked
the crowd, "Y'all mind if I play this
thing," before taking center stage
like a scene from his movie Purple
As they wrapped, Blige said,
"Thank you Prince," as she bowed
to him and offered him a hug and
kiss. As he exited, she kept the
energy level high with "Just Fine."
Mary just raised the bar for the
rest of the night.
would probably say 'Hmmm. We
may not want to use her.' Just the
whole persona of being a house-
wife. The cattiness and the bitchi-
ness and the fighting. People see
you as that is who you are."
The New Normal star revealed
that her ultimate goal is the host her
own hour-long talk show series,
similar to the likes of Bethany
Frankel from The Real Housewives
of New York.
"I would keep it real for the
whole hour! Whatever the topic is, I
feel I could talk about anything.
Politics, men, money, shoes .
anything. I wouldn't want to do a
Maury Povich show. Baby daddy!
Who's your daddy? Who's your
mama? I wouldn't want to do that
kind of show."
Two new ladies will be in the cast
of the upcoming season of RHOA.
Former Miss USA, actress, and
CEO, Kenya Moore, and socialite
Porsha Stewart will join returning
housewives Phaedra Parks,"Kandi
Burruss, Cynthia Bailey, and NeNe.
The Rox headed to prime time
Likeable action-oriented film star, and
Wrestler, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
Springs his brand to TV in the TNT reality
competition show, "The Hero."
SSet to premier in the summer of 2013,
S"The Hero," (a working title), pits 10
H housemates against one another in mis-
sions that will "test their brains, their
brawn and even their morality," TNT
says. Johnson will serve as mentor.
t Viewers will vote each week for the con-
testant they consider to be the most hero-
Magic Johnson Signed 'The Largest Check'of His Life
to Become Dodgers Owner
Magic Johnson is a businessman and does-
n't act without thinking first.
The former NBA star is now a part owner
of the Los Angeles Dodgers. But he had to
give up a pretty penny for that kind of priv-
He told HBO's "Real Sports with Bryant
Gumbel" that he wrote a $50 million check.
"The largest check of my life," he said.
He then went on to reflect upon the foun-
dation that made him appreciate hard work,.
and respect money.
"I saw my dad go to work every day at General Motors and on his
trash-hauling truck. And I understood how he valued every dollar."
Speaking of hard work, The Magic Johnson Bridgescape, a Georgia-
based education program and namesake of Johnson, is making a way
for students to earn a high school diploma after dropping out.
The free program welcomes students from ages 14 to 20, and is staffed
by teams of teachers, counselors, and other education professionals.
Tisha and Dwayne Sued by Mortgage Company
Tisha Campbell Martin and her hubby Duane are being sued by their
mortgage company, City National, over a seriously past due house note
to the tune of $430K.
TMZ says Duane took out a $625K home
Pa'. equity loan in 2008 on a waterfront proper-
:'. ty in Lake Arrowhead, Calif.
But it wasn't a smart move 'cause they
were still in debt at least $730,000 on their
mortgage. It was totally irresponsible
because they defaulted on both loans and
suffered a foreclosure on the home, which
sold at an auction for $925k.
But the couple is outraged by the lawsuit,
saying the bank is preying upon them and
According to their rep, the bank received a
$400 million government subsidy in 2009 to help families like the
Martins through the mortgage crisis.
In fact, Tisha and Duane believe they don't have to pay a dime. They
'Will be taking legal action against the bank.
Happy 40th Anniversary
National Black McDonald's OP(.r.-:c '.
Cheers to your spectacular past
and a promising future. May you
continue to rise to the top.
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