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The Jacksonville free press
Running title:
Mrs. Perry's free press
Physical Description:
v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Rita Luffborough Perry
Place of Publication:
Jacksonville Fla
Creation Date:
October 11, 2012


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African American newspapers -- Florida   ( lcsh )
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Available on microfilm from the University of Florida.
Additional Physical Form:
Also available on optical disc from Ethnic newswatch.
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Vol. 4, no. 36 (June 28, 1990)-
General Note:
"Florida's First Coast only quality Black weekly."
Funded in part by the University of Florida, the Library Services and Technology Assistance granting program of Florida, the State Library and Archives of Florida, and other institutions and individuals.

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Examining the
First Big

Presidential Debate

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Voter Suppression

V: 100 Years Later:


2 Strategy


Page 2

Black Jobless Rate Down
More people are working and that is reflected in the most recent
unemployment numbers released by the Labor Department Friday
morning. African-Americans had reason to cheer as their unemploy-
ment rate fell to 13.4 percent, down from 14.1 percent in August.
Though still extremely high, African-American teen joblessness
dropped slightly from 37.9 to 36.7 percent.
The national jobless rate declined to 7.8 percent from 8.1 the previ-
ous month.
The unemployment rate is at a 44-month low, and is now the same
as when President Obamna took office in 2009. This drop could give the
president a boost after his disappointing debate performance against
Mitt Romney.
Employers added 114,000 jobs. Economists had estimated that about
115,000 jobs were added, which is higher than August's 96,000, but
lower than the monthly average so far for this year and in 2011, at
139,000 and 153,000, respectively.
The health-care sector added 44,000 jobs in September, and over the
past year employment in health care has risen by 295,000.
The September jobs report impacts the employment prospects of
Obama, as well as millions of struggling Americans. Romney's team
may not actually hope for a bad report, but it does give them another
opportunity to hammer home their message that Obama is ill-equipped
to restore the health of the economy. And if little changes in October,
they'll be able to spin and repeat the message again next month, mere
days before most voters head to the polls.

Clark Atlanta Ban Cleared

of Hazing Allegations
After launching a -el'-ii.po..ed. monih-loing probe into allegations of
hazing among Clark Atlanta University's marching band, school offi-
cials announce that no hazing was found among the band.
According to a statement issued Tuesday by Clark Atlanta, "There
was neither hazing nor any illegal activity as defined by Georgia Code
16-5-61." The school halted all performances by the band during the
investigation but announced the band will return to the field in light of
the findings.
Historically Black Colleges and Universities have been on height-
ened alert about hazing reports after Robert Champion, a 26-year-old
drum major from Florida A&M University, died in November 2011
from blunt force trauma sustained during a band ritual.
In September, North Carolina Central University suspended its
marching band's drum line for two weeks after an investigation uncov-
ered widespread hazing and Texas Southern University suspended its
band last week to investigate hazing allegations.

Zimmerman Wants Trial Delayed
Lawyers for George Zimmerman, the man accused of second-degree
murder in the killing of Trayvon Martin, have filed a motion request-
ing that a Florida judge delay his trial and that the teenager's school
records and social media posts be released.
In the motion, Zimmerman's legal team says Martin's Facebook and
Twitter activity "is discoverable as it is reasonably calculated to lead
to relevant admissible evidence." His lawyers have also requested
Martin's cell phone information, saying that Martin's communications
will help them prepare Zimmerman's defense.
A hearing on the requests is scheduled for Oct. 19.
According to the Associated Press, Zimmerman's attorneys said in
their most recent motion, made public Monday, that they expect to
depose between 50 and 75 witnesses and that more time is needed to
review all of the prosecution's evidence.
Martin's family, through their lead attorney, Benjamin Crumnp,
expressed anger and frustration at any attempt to use Martin's records
to turn the tables on what they believe is a clear-cut case of racial pro-
filing and murder.
"Trayvon's parents maintain that his school records and Facebook
page are completely irrelevant to George Zimmerman's decision to get
out of his car to profile, pursue, and shoot their son in the heart,"
Crump wrote in an emailed statement to reporters.

Baltimore Residents Get Street

Name Change from Coon Hunt Ct.
After seven months of petitioning, a group of Columbia, Maryland
residents gathered this week for an official ceremony revealing their
neighborhood's new street name.
Coon Hunt Court has now been changed to April Wind Court, the
Baltimore Sun reported.
"For more than 175 years, the word 'coon' represented racism and
bigotry against African-American people," April Wind Court resident
Ambrose Lane Jr. said at the ceremony. "We come here today to right
the wrong, to correct the mistake, to continue James Rouse's vision
and dream of an inclusive, neighborly, and multiracial Columbia com-
James Rouse was the founder of the city of Columbia. Lane Jr. added
that it's a mystery whether or not the racially-charged street name was
intentional, but that it no longer mattered.
The city's Department of Planning and Zoning accepted the petition
in July and voted unanimously to approve the name change in


50 Cents

Volume 25 No. 51 Jacksonville, Florida October 11 17, 2012

Affirmative Action Faces a Supreme Test in High Court

by Joyce Jones
Nine years after the Supremec
Court said colleges and universities
can use race in their quest for
diverse student bodies, the justices
have put this divisivec social issue
back on their agenda in the middle
of a presidential election campaign.
Nine years is a blink of thi eyec oni
a court where justices can look back
two centuries for legal precedents.
Diversity matters and it's one of
the arguments that U.S. Supreme
Court justices will hear on Oct. 10
in defense of the use of affirmative
action in higher education.
In Fisher vs. University of lTexas

at Austin, plaintilft Abigail Fisher,
who is white, contends that thlie uni-
versity, which considers race as one
actor in ihe admissions process,
discriminated against her when it
rejected her undergraduate applica-
tion in 200tS.
Hier disappointment is under-
standable. tFisher had top grades
and SAT scores and other great
qualifications. But UT, which in
10-50 defended before the Supreme
Court a state law that barred admis-
sion to African-Americans, now has
a policy that guarantees admission
to students in tihe top 10 percent of'
their high school graduating class.

The goal is to ensure that the uni-
versity's student body includes a
broad range of backgrounds and a
"critical mass" of minority students
in as many classrooms as possible.
"Diversity matters because for far
too many, college is the first time
that students have meaningful
opportunities to interact and test
their ideas and preconceptions with
others." said Debo P. Adegbile, act-
ing president and director-counsel
of the NAACP Legal Defense and
Educational Fund. in a conference
call with reporters. "It's actually a
critical period where biases can be
challenged and replaced with expe-

riences that allow people to appre-
ciate just how much all of us share
and to leave those stereotypes that
we've heard about behind."
Because Fisher ranked 82nd in a
class of 674, she didn't qualify for
automatic admission. In addition,
The New York Times reports, uni-
versity officials say that even with-
out its affirmative action program,
Fisher. whose father and sister are
UT graduates, still wouldn't have
been admitted.
Fisher will be the first time that
the court has heard an affirmative -
Continued on page 5

Health, Wealth and Knowledge Highlight

20th Anniversary of Annual Black Expo

The 20th annual Black Expo came to Jacksonville last weekend with fanfare and excitement. Included in
this year's star studded event was everyone from movie and reality-tv stars to R & B artist Eric Benet and
a culinary extravaganza with top chefs at the Taste of Jacksonville. The event, which drew thousands to the
Prime Osborne Convention Center, also featured a health fair and a style competition for hair stylists.
Shown above are Cory Hartwick, Attorney Kay Harper. Shaunie Johnson and Gireva Johnson.
For more from the event, see page 11.

Best Selling Author Zane

Stops in Jax to Inspire Fans

by Rhonda Silver
Her books are flying off the
shelves across America, and her
readers /followers are loyal and
anxious forn more. ane has cap-
tured the attention of those whose
curiosity explore the realm of
human sensual behaviors. With
vivid depictions of every imagina-
ble interaction, readers trust her
insights, seek her advice and test
the limits of their own itimacy.
Hundreds lined up at Books A
Million on October 4th to meet the
Zane diva, to welcome her and
show support. I ler titles include "Z-
Rated", "Addicted", "Honey
Flava", and many more. Writing is
not Zane's only gift. She is also the
owner of Strebor International
Publishing Company whose
authors include: Judge iGreg
Mathis- "Street Judge", Mildred
Muhammad- "Scared Silent" and
local author Jayecherie who wrote
"The Gold Digger Club".
There's more... Zane's next book:

Shown above is Staness Lewis, Zane and Tommy Lewis. The local
couple study Zane's books together to enhance their relationship
"Everything Fades Away" is sched- book "Addicted" starring Nia Long
tiled for release November 20th, and Boris Kojo that will begin film-
and there's a movie based on her ing October 20th.



Mentor of

the Year

Take Stock in Children, a non-
profit organization that provides a
unique mentoring and scholarship
opportunities for deserving youth.
hosted its annual Unsung Heroes
luncheon on Fridav. October 5th at
The Players Championship Club
House in Ponte Vedra Beach.
Take Stock in Children uses the
event to recognize its Kutclt
Mentor of the Year for commitment
to mcintoring.
This year the Kut'elt award went to
Charles Griggs. who has been with
his student since 2007. 1le saw his
nienlcc through his graduation
from Ribault High School and
assisted him through the transition
into Florida State College at
The Kufelt award has been a long
standing award near and dear to
take stock in Children. It is named
after a beloved mentor who went
above and beyond the call of duty,
making a positive impact on his
student. Jim Kufelt and his ixwife
Ann were both mentors with the
program. Upon the passing of her
husband. Ann made a donation in
her husband's name to recognize
mentors who are dedicated to
changing lives.
Take Stock in Children is
Florida's premier in-school micn-
toring program with 10 years of
proven success.

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Even Still

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Final Weeks
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Quality to
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Athletes as

Role Models?
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October 11-17, 2012

Page 2 Nis. Perry's Free Press






Voter Suppression 1912 2012:

Same Strategy Different Method
by Dr. HIenry Booker, (itiol the ItIIted Statles. Iheie 'ie usually IIil nol hound 1ht poll ;i;\ MN in\
From about 1000 to 1%50 Imost IVo rotldS ol S Celect ions. l'st tIhe pIl pool w\hiltes could i l \OIL'\te bIcausC
A\frican l lAmericanls were not allowed\ d miiary, thenll the geiieial. In the il I 1o theI poll ti\
to \ote in the South. This was espe miiary, RepCI blica s s 11 ,uIIi't I 1's inlially (Got ilie Iiglil to
ciallv N true in the l)eep South: Republicanus ulld IDc'llmoct lis Iti Volt c t Not So iongi Ago
Iouisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, against Deml) ocrats. In the gcn'i.i al I I I "l (I 'oin i! ss passed the Vot-
(Georgia, and South C'arolina. election, the w iicnnr of the Republh i .'hl Rights Acl. Millions of Africar
\VWhite people in power used many can priliiary rtills ag.inlist \\ t i iiiici \ll \iericains lC'bganli \otinig as a result
methods to keep African A.iicricans of' thie Deiocratic p|lrilliay. Ii Rle I'his Act is g'ciirally considered til
roll \voting. Some olfthese tietlhods publican or Democrat \\ho gets lthe clnd ol the .i (lCrow lFra
also pre\vented poor white people most \oltes is elected. IToday most of thlies ways to slot
from \oting. In the South from about Itl00( to voters are illegal. The U.S. Suprenm
Eight Ways People about I0L0), the Dneocratic catni- i ('otrt said that states could not nsl;
Were Kept From Voting dates usually won. (See the exhibitt the gratlldl father clause and could not
1) Violence: Blacks who tried to Political Parties in Black and White have all-white primary elections
vote were threatened, beaten, and to learn the reason for this.) Repiub- The U.S. Constitution was change
killed. Their families were also licans were almost ne\er elected, es- in 1%4 to make poll taxes illegal
harmed. Sometimes their homes specially in the Deep South. t'lhis Literac\ and propel ty tests are ilot
were burned down. Often, they lost means that the Democratic primitary used odia\ \\ hile \ olenice is selldoi
their jobs or were thrown oft' their election \was usually the onll eleciton t used,l \ote' initiliuiditlion does still
tfais. that mattered. occurI
Whites used violence to intimidate African Americans \\cic not il ol iltel Iclois ,tie tlot allom ed li
blacks and prevent them l'ronm eVen lo\wed to sotle ill te lIemllocrlatic pll \ole iIn mos states (DiII.'Ilcili llstIc'
thinkingg about voting. Still, some miar elections. \ hilte I)LciociLis hlii\c dill eicnlt I \s )
blacks passed the requirements to said the l)emocratic I 'ail\ \ s I Putir'es ol l \the ci n o11ls ,i still
vote and took the risk. Some whites "club" and did not allow black iteitn us'ed to 'i id ol IICIII \ if 'Ic 'Aen
used violence to punish those "tip- bears. So blacks could not \olte III litc ild 111 io \oitels
pity" people and show other blacks onl elections that maiiittc d t* u.io\ cUtitieit i'.Licd Ill),. lik
what would happen to them it' tihe o) Purges t'iomin tine to ltte, dti is lic nses o1 spL ci.il plptto io s
voted. w hlute ot'cCtials pulled lic s oitic .tic to\\ icquntci. in sio e sittcs. t hi
2) Literacy tests: Todas almost all rolls. I'lhat means tlic\ look people's is s inuilt to .1 poll it.\ lheI is \\ l\
adults can read. One hundred \ cars tialies oft tlhe othle ial list' s ol cs t lo il is i'),I people lis.\c io
ago, however, main people black Some voters w would ii ce tllhe polls ,i\ i l to special oIllt cs i' th ,ie olci
and white were illiterate. M ost il- and ttid thai the\ \sete not ic isitedl t 'l ii i\ti\ I IH \\ hle Ilie\ l tl ,i \lan\
iterate people w ere not allowed to to \ ol. Often tilhe\ could tiot teisti hIl k. Bhi o\\ ,iin, I d lte I pc ole' d
vote. A few were allowed if they to \ote again until a i ill the eleciion no o\\n c.siiit
could understand w\hiat \\,as read to Purges more ol teni llTected blhicks lhie\ nisi pit\n' t ,lthi ciiili-
hem. W white ot'ficials usually\ thian whiles. c.i s Atu.ci .i ci p\ 0I l \ tit hilth
claimed that w\ whites could understand ") Forlmer prisoners. People s\\h o cilt iclt coss inue itnd nll iel\
what w\as read. The\ said blacks had gone to prisoi ere notl aloss ed ititt,: s s,.1i,, \I"otIe il.ick ind
wouldd not understand it, e\ en if the\ to ote. Blacks wereic o 'tten aitested bili I p' :;.' '.:..: \ ii'cLs Lick hitiil
would on trunipedi-up charges or tor tntino cci'ittcites tot a. \,stilet\ ot i.taoot
3) Property tests: Int the South one offtenises. Sometimes, s lue os i s itlh .,s ,.' 0ol 1 i lio0 eC
hundred years ago, mainy states al- of mines, limuls, lanld factoItI'e sIup!\ lhi housinL' il'closiu:c c' t,,
owed only property owners to vote. needed cheap labor, .ind pisons plo 1 hi-s lct' iii n\ 1 ',eople homeless e t
Manv blacks and whites had no prop- \ided it. ltis laiS kept mi.a \ i ,noc sn it i |ot.ti \ .i!s i' esss 'ot it.e'
ertv and could notr ote. blacks from \oling thln ot\\iluis ti i i.\' t .'it l: 'ess to ,.' \ s t,'t
4) Grandfather clause: People who S) Poll ta\es i n Siouthcn sit .it ,. 111 ,'- \'t :,.i \: : i .:. I .tI'. o
wouldd not read and owned no prop- people had to pa,\ A. tix to \olc I he i, d t'Iat \ i:, :.'i .lies hi .ic lbc'i .it
*rt\ were allowed to \ote if their fa- taxes \\ re about ,'25 to ,-,I doll.ius it lted is\ :,':c i tse,'s il.:i whti, lt
hers or grandfathers had voted itn loda\'s monle\. Mini\ people h.tid niiddlc l.lss n 'i lies
beforee 1867. Of course, practically e\tremell lo\\ linco elis and could not in t!he.se \s, ;itia's\ \i lit
to blacks could vote before I IS so at'ord this tax. 1lis poll t.ia applied \Amct i An. I tii u. e!eti .tid pool
he grandfather clause worked only to all people w hlo ) ,wanted to \ote w\lute itc .'e i I .tn e to.,, l itoicd to pa.i
for whites, black and white hliere \\eCIe \ s\, o ttei iiubh to \ ot. a.s 1,i.Icks \\e,
5) All-white priman elections: In for whites to getl aroundd othll Il\\, dhiii t t I ',

Mob in Opelousas, Louisiana Killed

Nearly 300 Blacks Over The Right To Vote
September 28, 1868: The violence started when three local white men beat up
another white person and friend of the Black community Emerson Bentley, he
was also a school teacher and editor of a local newspaper. Bently was beaten for
registering Blacks to vote, especially for an upcoming sheriffs election. False
rumors spread throughout the black community in Opelousas that Bently was
murdered. Several local armed African Americans came to the defense of Bentley
and held the town of Opelousas under siege for several days. Because of a city
ordinance passed by outlaw politicians banning Blacks only from owning guns,
not many had weapons at their disposal. That day, at least two dozen unarmed
African Americans were arrested and hung that same night. The following days.
local whites went on an animalistic savage rampage against Blacks. At least 200
unarmed African Americans were killed in the fields and swamps. 30 to 50
whites were killed when they confronted Blacks with arms.





Don't let their deaths be in vain



UNF Dedicates Building to Former

i President, Dr. Adam Herbert

Bold Ciit Linkis I f'Z e t r : ..

Skills in Savannah,

The Hester Group is giving stu-
dents at challenged schools a
chance to communicate their dream
and cheer on the home team in a
new contest.
The "Win with Words" contest is
extended to students at Andrew
Jackson. Jean Ribault, William M.
Raines, and Schools for the Future.
Students must submit an essay

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Members of the Bold City (FL) Chapter of the links l i.,o i rated, well known throughout
the Links' Diaspora for their talent and leadership, recently tra eled to Savannah, Georgia to
participate in the Southern Area iLeadership Summit. Over nine members of the chapter joined
250 of their colleagues for three days of intense leadership training to benefit their communi-
ties and professional lives. The chapter, which has more regional and national officers than any
other in the 12,000 member international organization, \will soon be celebrating its 20th
anniversary. Among the members attending were (L-R) Chapter Vice President Brenda Miller,
Southern Area Treasurer Janice Nelson, Il.:pi.:r President Barbara D)arby, Southern Area
Vendor Committee Member Rometa Porter and Southern Area lechnology Chair Melissa

e\tphining \\ i h !ic\ \ inti to puir'ls e
a CaM CCr i ic the1c1ild of 'col\ ii unici-
tiokns. I liest r rouiI p Prl e idcnli
I lester Ti\ lotr ilrk ihopcs ile con-
test \\ ill itoi onI\ in',piire s'tudleits to
consider a cIe Itr i the IKld ot
ColnoII niiiiv'I tIoI 1s. biut also eiIphia-
si/e the iiiipounIliia cc 0 ''oo1 d x\\ linlg'
skills-I c.xio i e,, sii J i cs n ei ti
spark a lk c [ L>1\ eaii\tl \ in the' stI-

dCeiisI. nd demoiistrte that strong
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All essi, s Ilmust be submitted b\
tOctober 1,. 2012. Ilester tGroup
\ ill iudge the es .\ s rand select one
w innicli t'roll each school l'e \\ in-
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I s hIlished in ll S. lQ ieist

The University of North Florida
dedicated the University Center in
honor of Adam W. Herbert, former
umniersity president.
The building will be renamed the
Adam W. Herbert University
Center as a tribute to UNF's third
president from 1989 to I198..
Durimn his tenure, I lerbert
IncCreased enrollment, elnhanrced

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For more
H lester (ioup.
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academic quality, greatly expanded
the campus. fostered a caring and
nurturing learning environment and
built lasting bridges to the commu-
nity. One such bridge included
securing funding and overseeing
the design and construction of the
University Center. open to the cam-
pus. community and area business-
I'he University experienced
unprecedented growth under
Hierbert's leadership. exceeding the
10.000-student level in 1995. He
also fostered cominLunitv partner-
ships resulting in a significant
increase in private funding to sup-
plement state appropriations.
During his time as UNF presi-
dent. he was chairman of the
Jacksonville Regional Chamber of
Commerce and co-chair of NFL
Now. a successful community ini-
tiative to bring a National Football
I cague term to Jacksonrille
Follow ing his UNFI service. Herbert

was named chancellor of the State
University System of Florida, the
second-largest university system in
Returning to UNF in 2000,
Herbert became the founding exec-
utive director of The Florida Center
for Public Policy and Leadership.
which was a manifestation of his
longstanding interest in public serv-
ice. Early in his career, he was
selected as one of 15 White House
Fellows and served as special assis-
tant to the U.S. Secretary of Health.
Education and WVelfare. He also was
special assistant to the U.S.
Undersecretary of Housing and
Urban Development and director of
research for the Joint Center for
Political Studies in Washington.
D.C. In 2003. Herbert was selected
as the 16th president of Indiana
University. leading the eight-cam-
pus system until 2007. Today he
resides in Jacksonville with his
wife. Karen.

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Octoberil-17, 2012

Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 3

October 11-17, 2012

Paie 4 Ms. Perry's Free Press

Why Do We
I don't know it' it's human nature
or societal stereotypes, but xwe
seem to place a lot of undeserved
and unwanted titles on athletes. We
normally hold our athletes, regard-
less of racial background to a high-
er standard than normal everyday
For example, Olympic swimmer
Michael Phelps has won more gold
medals than any other American
athlete. That's a great accomplish-
ment and he should be looked at as
a role model for young people who
are interested in swinuning because
of his work ethic, skill and commit-
We shouldn't automatically look
at Phelps has this great citizen that
our kids should admire. There are
certain privileges that should be
Unfortunately, in the African
American community I do feel that
many of our athletes should
embrace the "role model" image
more freely. Because many of our
children come from such deprived
households and communities they
need to see people that look like
them that made it out of a bad situ-
ation because they\ were committed
to better themselves.
Again, it's human nature we
assume that just because someone
makes a ton of money and we see
them on television on a regular

Still Consider Athletes as Role Models?

basis that they are different than
most of us.
But how many times have we
seen a story where this athlete or
that one, was arrested for a DUI or
was suspended from play for viola-
tion of drug policies or was arrest-
ed for domestic violence?
Athletes are regular people who
have used their talents to make
money and excel in sports.
While I wish that more black ath-
letes would embrace the role model
tag, it is really unfair to place that
burden on anyone or is it'?
Some athletes embrace the fact
that they are looked up to while
others feel that it's not their job to
be a mentor or role model for your
children. Shaquille O'Neal once
said, "1I realize that I anm a role
model.... The best thing for tme and
other athletes is to stay out of trou-
Bob Gibson was one of the first
black athletes to play in Major
League baseball. Much like Jackie
Robinson people expected Gibsoni
to be a role model for other Africant
Americans, especially black youth.
Cibson rejected that notion, say-
ing, "Why do I have to be an exam-
ple for your kid'.' You be an exam-
ple for your own kid." This com-
lent may cold to some, but many
black athletes from the past and
present feel the same way.

Former NBA superstar Charles
Barkley felt the same way as
Gibson. Barkley famously
announced, "I am not a role model"
in a Nike ad and then consistently
managed himself in that very way.
Not everyone embraces being a
role model like O'Neal does or
being a leader like Muhammad Ali
who once said, "I believe I was
born to help my people to be free."
This weekend a star wide receiv-
er that plays for the New York
Giants mistakenly shot himself in
the leg at a nightclub with ani
unregistered \weapon. On Monday,
lie turned himself into authorities
and could facCe ;i mandatory sen-
tence of three years for having a
loaded untICgsteicd f'irearni i his
l'alk about a quick way\ to encd
vour imulti-1million dollar career.
Athletes, much like ordinary,.
everCday folks makes mistakes all
the titne. I said it before and I will
say it again, it's time to stop look-
inig at them as role models, but as
people' i de e admire ftr their i talents
and abilities.
Lct's let athletes determine it'
they want to be role models or not.
I agree \\with the Charles
Barkle\ 's of the \\world and feel that
parents ha\e to be the true role
Yes, I know\ that there are a lot of

bad parents out there, but I have to
think that there are more good ones
than bad ones. And there are a lot
of everyday people who can mentor
children and be true role models
that are directly influencing a
child's success.
But as I write this column I am
hit in the face with one very stern
reality. None of us get to opt out of
our obligation as role model. Some
young man or womall may be read-
ing the Jacksonville Free Press
every week and now lie or sthe
wants to be like Rita Perry anid pub-
lislih their very own\V newspaper.
So w\e are role models whether
\ve want to be or not. So what gives
these professional athletes lthe night
to opt out'? Someone is always
watching our behavior and our sute-
cesses or f1llures influence others
So inv message to the black ath-
lete is simple \ou are a role
model get o\ci it I would prefer
that it iot be the case, butl it is a tact
lthat \e cInnot lice otursel\ cs fioii.
I'lie question nox\ becomes lho\\
do \lon conduct yourself knowing
that \oin are a piisoner to the
byproduct of your success Mr.
and Ms Role Model?
Signing off from the MaliVai
\\ashinMgton Kids Fouindation.
Reggie F'ullw ood

Multiracial Americans Outpace Single-Race

by Cord Jefferson
It's alwvayvs nice to
see the Black com-
munitv come
together in order to
t have fun or better
itself as a whole,
which is whyv events
like the annual
NAACP conference are so beloved
and well attended.
What's also nice. however, is
seeing an increasingly diverse
America come together to work out
its differences. Bigots would have
us believe that America's diversity
is what makes us weak, and that
making our melting pot homoge-
nous would go a long way toward
improving things. But more and
more, American citizens of all
races and creeds are seeking to
prove bigots wrong by blending
together without a hitch.
According to a new report from
the U.S. Census Bureau [PDF], in
the decade between 2000 and 2010,
the number of Americans who
declared themselves multiracial
grew faster than the number of
Americans who claim only one
race in their heritage.
Besides being a general sign that
America's new steps toward diver-
sity are going well, the Census data
also shows that where this diversity
and intermingling is happening is
As it turns out, the region that
showed the most gains in multira-
cial citizens was the South, and
those who identify as both Black
and white were the most prevalent
multiracial population.
In other words, centuries-old ten-
sions are easing. Whereas the
South was once heavily segregated,
the kind of place where interracial
relationships were grounds for
murder, people seem to slowly be

getting past that ugly history. And
throughout the United States,
though Blacks and whites hatc
never had a perfect relationship, it
appears as if, for many, those bat-
ties are in the past.


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because Demond Bryant is a multi-
million dollar moneymaker on a
money-making National Football
League [NFL] team.
Jerry Jones owns the Dlallas
Cowboys and signs the checks that
Dez receives. Jones has a net w orthl
of $2 billion and owns America's
most valuable team. The team
Jones purchased in 1989 is current-
ly worth $1.85 billion and is the top
earner in the NFL. The Cowboys'
payroll is $151 million.
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mine. Cowboys Stadium is the
largest domed stadium in the
world. It seats 80,000, making it
the second largest stadium in the
NFL. And that doesn't include
another 30,000 fans who can pur-
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million in annual revenue. The sta-
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screen, which hangs from 20-yard-
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other activities outside of its pri-
mary purpose such as concerts,
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Is Obama a Day Late and Dollar

Short for Black Floridians
by Charles W. Cherry 11, Esq.
Special to the NNPA from The Florida Courier
Most of us know that our Sunshine State is so important in presidential
politics because (1) Florida has 29 electoral votes of the 270 necessary to
elect a president, and (2) we are a "swing state" that can vote either
Democrat or Republican.
But if you listen to most political pundits, this election is done and Bro.
Prez will win easily. The president, who is a cautious politician, has already
gone into a "prevent" defense/"four comers" offense that takes little risk.
He will attempt to run out the campaign clock on Mitt Romney.
Not so fast
Well, here's news. The latest Real Clear Politics poll that averages vari-
ous Florida polls show Bro. Prez up by 3.2 percent as of this writing. That
average is within the collective margins of error of the polls, which means
that Mitt Romney can still win Florida a must-win state for him.
If Romney loses Florida, he's done. But Bro. Prez can win without
Florida if he holds many of the states he won in 2008. That's another rea-
son our state is so important; if Obama wins here, he puts Romney out of
his misery. Thus, every vote counts here.
Iliere's my evaluation of Obama's Florida campaign thus far:
SObauma's Black voter campaign strategists must think it's still 2008. As
columnist Lucius (iantt has often written, every crackhead, pimp and pros-
titute in Florida registered to vote many for the first time and voted for
The First Black President in 2008; all you had to do was point them to the
polling places.
But Black Floridians' enthusiasm for Obama began to slowly wane as a
consequence of the 2008 multibillion-dollar bank bailout that left us all
behind; the 2009 stimulus package that had little impact in our neighbor-
hoods; and the disproportionate number of bank foreclosures among Black
Americans that the Florida Courier began to report on in 2007.
Ohbala lhas not used the bully pulpit of the presidency nor the levers of
power effectively to protect key voting blocs who put him in office -
Blacks, Hispanics, and youth, especially college students.
Voter suppression and early voting restrictions were put in place by the
GOP-dominated Florida Legislature in 2009 while Obama and the
Department of Justice watched; they didn't get into the fight until early
Bro. Prez's reluctance to fight for his base has allowed the GOP to make
it harder to vote and has reduced the number of Black voters in Florida.
That means that voter education, especially about proper absentee voting
and having valid IDs. as well as early get-out-the-vote (GOTV) efforts.
should haxe already started in Florida but they haven't. Why not?
lhe campaign still takes Black voters for granted. Running a 2008
campaign in Black Florida in 2012 reflects the Democrats' sense of enti-
tlmnent with regard to non-White voters. (Obama should ask 2010
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink how that worked for her.)
Politicians and political parties put their money and time where their
mouths are. Bro. Prez has spent no time seriously fighting for the Black
\ote. le's only given a lackluster speech to the Urban League. softball
call-in interview\ s on non-political Black radio talk shows Tom Joyner.
Michael Baisden. etc. and hasn't taken hard questions from Black jour-
nalists. (He refused to take questions when Black newspaper owners met
him in the \Vhite House in March. I was there.)
As of this writing,. the Washington Post reports that Obama has spend
51 4 million in TV ads alone.
But the campaign hasn't spent one dime on Black newspaper political
ads anyw here in the country to date even though Nielsen Company
research indicates that 28 percent of Black "baby boomers" Obama's
base of support still consume print media, and 67 percent of Black
Americans surl\eyed want to see ads targeting them. He's spent a pittance
on Black radio, and e\ erything else on "mainstream" TV and the Internet.
Thousands of Black votes have been left "on the table." Voter registra-
tion ends on Oct. 9 for the presidential election. On Aug. 29. a federal
judge invalidated part of a law that reduced Democratic voter registration
b\ almost Q5 percent in Florida from 2008. That same week. the Obama
campaign spent more than S2 million for TV ads primarily in South
Florida. Orlando and Jacksonville. according to the Washington Post.
Black fraternities, sororities, civil rights group local branches and
churches could have been mobilized with Black-owned media statewide. at
the campaign's expense, to put on weekend voter registration drives for six
w weeks from Aug. 29 through Oct. 9. It would have cost the Obama cam-
paign less than what was spent on TV ads for a single week in Orlando.
As part of its digital campaign strategy, the Obama campaign initiated a
"Gotta Vote Florida" online campaign to register new voters. It's been a
failure. How do I know? It hasn't been well-publicized and it's got only
about 1,000 Facebook "likes."
And there's another pot of Black voters that won't get to the polls -
Florida's ex-felons, who turned out in droves in 2008. In August, the
Florida Courier reported that the Florida Parole Commission is sitting on
more than 17,000 Restoration of Civil Rights certificates that would noti-
fy former felons that they can now register to vote. The American Civil
Liberties Union cross-checked the names on those certificates with voter
registration lists and found that 13.571 of them are not registered voters -
presumably because many of them don't know they've been cleared to reg-
ister. (The state says it didn't have their addresses.)
The parole commission's website https: tfpcweb.fpc.state.tfl.us -
allows viewers to search to see ift an ex-otT'ender's rights have been
restored. Did the campaign think to add the link to their registration web-
site? Was any thought given to locating these folks? How much would it
have cost to design and execute a media campaign just to this population
of voter-eligible cx-felons? A day's worth of Florida TV ads?
Next week I lard head. sofit behind.

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[ CBC Opposes Plan to Enable Predatory Lending

Shown (L-R) Darnell Brooks, DIS; Andrew Reid, DIS; Award
namesake Tommy Chandler, 50th years of service to FLDOH; Michael
Gutierrez-Torres,DIS; John H.Armstrong,MD,FACS, Florida's State
Surgeon General and Rodney Jones,DIS.

Tommy Chandler Excellence Award

Presented to Health Professionals

The Duval County Health
Department (DCHD) and Florida
Department of Health (DOH) cele-
brated National Disease
Intervention Specialist Recognition
Day on October 5. This special
recognition acknowledges public
health professional's contributions
made through their role in the pre-
vention and control of infectious
diseases. There are nearly 200
statewide specialists who conduct
more than 150,000 field investiga-
tions and 30,000 interviews annual-
lyv to gather information related to
infectious diseases.
Michael Gutierrez-Torres of the
Duval County Health Department
was recognized with the 2012
Tommy Chandler Excellence
Award for exhibiting the qualities
and values of DOH through his
service to the community and indi-
viduals of Florida. Also nominated
were Andrew Reid from Orange
County, Darnell Brooks from Leon
County. and Rodney Jones from
Seminole County. They are all ded-
icated to making a difference in
Each day. Disease Intervention
Specialists conduct open field

investigations to identify individut-
als who have tested positive for dis-
ease, conduct interviews, provide
education, offer partner services
and conduct screenings as neces-
sary. Last year, community out-
reach involved more than 178 sub-
stance abuse programs, 61 colleges
and universities, 28 inigrant worker
camps, 50 homeless shelters and
195 areas the Department identified
as high risk. These experts also
conducted more than 100,000
screenings in jails, correctional
facilities and detention centers and
tested more than 6,000 youth in
juvenile detention centers.
Florida originated the concept of
Disease Intervention Specialist
recognition more than five years
ago. This inaugural recognition day
is a result of Florida's leadership
and conltlmuntication of the contriibu-
tions made by disease investigation
professionals in l the public health
DCHD and DOt works to pro-
tect, promote & improve the health
of all people in Florida through
integrated state, county. & conuinu-
nity efforts.

By C'harlene Crowell I
At tlie urging of veteran
Congressman John I. onycrs ( D-
Mich.), a growing number of
Congressional Black Caucus col-
leagues are actively opposing a bill
that would negatively impact con-
sumniers of color and others who lack
a personal bank account. Moreover,
the bill, IIR 6139, would also
remove the Consumer Financial
Protection Bureau (CFPB) from its
current enforcement authority over
non-bank lenders and additionally
preempt state laws enacted to pro-
tect consumers.
Joining Representative Conyers
in vocal opposition are members
representing minority-majority dis-
tricts. In a September 14 letter to
the House, Conyers, along with
Rep. Hansen Clarke (Mich.),
Representatives Elijah ('unliings
(Mld.), Eleanor llolmes Norton
(D.C.), Barbara lee, (('alif.),
Charles Rangel (N.V.) and Bobby
Rush (111.) spoke directly to the
effort to establish a two-tiered
financial regulatory system.
HR 6131) claims to help minori-
ties when in tfact it would hurt them
disproportionately by enabling
predatory lending. Far from helping
these communities stay in the main-

streani banking system, thile (Olice
of the (Comptroller of the 'Currency
charter would push them further
into the economic margins. I IR
1639 would preempt anti-predatory
lending laws in 17 states and
District of Columbia while also cir-
cuinventing CFPB oversight of
non-bank creditors.
Additional concerns regarding
HR 6139 include:
Carve-outs for the same lenders
the Department of Defense found
harmful to military families. After a
2006 Department of Defense report
that found predatory lending prac-
tices targeted military members and
their families, a bipartisan effort led
to the enactment of tlie Military
Lending Act of 2007. This law cov-
ers payday, car title and refund
anticipation loans and also put ani
end to interest rates that ran as high
as 8t)O percent. Interest rates oni
these loans are capped at 36 per-
Rollbacks more than 40 years oft
consumer protections under the
Truth in Lending Act (TILA). By
exempting lenders from annual per-
centage rate (APR) disclosure,
loans of one veal or less could dis-
close lthe cost of these loans as a
dollar amount rather than an APR

Dr. Pauline Rolle Recognized

as Quality Health Provider

Since graduating
from medical
school, Dr. Pauline
Rolle has worked
as a pediatt cIanu
and medical direc-
tor ,it a lDuxal
('out'nty Health
Dr. Rolle Department clinic nII
Jackson\ ille, Florida 'lie clinic
primarily seri es Medica.id pMtlienits
\\itli a t'nt number of liunisurId As
\\ell. lTli area of Jacksoi\ lle
served b\ Pauline's clinic has one
of the highest rates of health dispar-
ities in the clty.
When she \\as considering her path
in mtledicine, she thought about tra\ -
cling the world to conduct medical

mlissionary work. when her grand-
mother asked her. "Why not pursue
your mission right here in your ownx
country" There are people right
here \\ ho need youl too '" Folow i\\ng
this ad\ ice. Pauline coiinntted lier-
self to x\\ olking in undersea \ cd
areas of the I 'nitted States.
When Pauline filst he.itd about
the NHSC', she \ wasn'tt stuie it \\as
riglit t'o I \ elln though she w\ ant-
ed to sei\ the IiundeCliC e\d, two
\ea.s seemed like a long conmilt-
meni. Biuti wlien she found her cur-
renit position. she decided it \\ as the
right time to apply. No\\ she feels it
\\ as the best decision she could
ha\ e Imade.

tha TIILA now requires. Without an
APR, disclosure on these loans,
consumers would be less likely to
make a baseline cost of credit com-
parisons with other financial prod-
Additionally the Center for
Responsible Lending research and
analysis has found that:
1.Twelve million Americans are
trapped every year in a payday loan
debt cycle that generate $4.2 billion
in predatory fees every year.
2. States that ban payday lending
save their citizens an estimated $1.4
billion in fees each year.
3. Seventy-six percent of payday
loans are the result of repeat bor-
rowing on the same principal.
4. From 2008-2010, voters in
three states Arizona, Montana and
Ohio have said 'no' to triple digit
interest rates when their state legis-
latures did not.

Considering the economic chaos
caused by the worst economy since
that of the 1930s Great Depression,
many lawmakers and consumers
have called for more vigorous mon-
itoring and enforcement. Already,
more than 5 million consumers
have turned to the CFPB for infor-
mation, assistance and advice.
Better than one-in-four consumers
filing a complaint with CFPB have
received monetary compensation.
When Capitol Hill lawmakers
return for the lame duck session
that follows the November election,
HR 6139 and other non-regulatory
measures could reach a House floor
"Economic justice and financial
freedom for all American house-
holds must remain priorities for
Congress and financial service reg-
ulators alike," said the CBC mem-
bers. "We urge you to oppose HR

Affirmative Action

continued frmn front
action case since 2003, when it
upheld (irutter vs. lBollinger in a
five-to-four decision for the
University of Michigan Law
School's limited use of affirmative
"The court expects that 25 years
from now. the use of racial prefer-
ences will no longer be necessary
to further the interest approved
today." wrote Justice Sandra Day
O'Connor. who wrote the majority
O'Connor. now retired, has been
replaced by the more conservative
Samuel Alito. In addition, Justice
Ilena Kagan, appointed by
President O)bamna, has recused
herself because she previously
set\ ed as a solicitor general in tilie
current administration.
But the biggest question mark is
Chief Justice John Roberts. whose
surprise decision to support the
AfftTordable Care Act earlier this
year outraged conser atives. He
has previously opposed race-con-
scious policies. But could he be
the w\\ild card again?i

As the justices weigh the merits
of Fisher inside, protesters for and
against affirmative action will be
outside the Supreme Court build-
ing making their own arguments.
They include the National Black
Law Students Association, which
will hold a nation-wide day of
action on campuses across the
nation. The organization also will
post videos and photos with the
catchphrase, "What would our
campus look like without us?"
"I think access to the pathway to
opportunity is really what's at
stake. We're not saying that
nobody will be able to go to col-
lege. but there will be a substan-
tial diminution in the number of
African-Americans who will be
able to have access to top-flight
universities and all of the benefits
that flow from that." said
Adegbile. "It's not a hypothetical
issue in part because we have
some examples. including
California. where the ability to
consider race has been taken off
the table as a factor in admis-





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have ftiun? Well if all of the answers are yes then Rydas 4 Righteousness
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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. Upconing showvtimes include
Friday Octoberl3th at 7 p.m.and Sunday October 14 at 3 p.m..
For more information please visit www.ticketleap.comn 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 thle 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 (004) 651-7744 or Sister laiinsell alt
(907) 576-6248 or call the church office at (004) 765-5683. You can also
e-mail the church at dccflnbc'dyahoo.comti. The church is located at 2001
W. Edgewood Ave, Jacksonville, Florida, 32208.

Six Week Sermon and Bible

Studies Series at St.Paul Lutheran
Reverend James Wiggins, Jr., Pastor of St. Paul Lutheran church inm\ tes
the public to share in a six-week Sermon and Bible Study Series entitled:
"How to Share your Faith" through October 14th. The church fall festival
is Saturday, October 13th from 9 to 2 p.m., featuring crafts, clothing.
music, food, fruits and vegetables, lawn care items and more St Paull
Lutheran Church is open for Sunday school every Sunday at 9:30 .1i.ni.
Worship with Holy Communion is at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday is the church
bible study workshop with light supper at 6:30 p.m., followed b\ eC\an-
gelism training at 7 p.m. All are welcome as wve open our doors aind hearts
to the community. St. Paul's spiritual church motto is "Justifiled fol
Sanctification that Matters." For more information call the church office

at (904) 765-4219 or visit wwwx.stpauljacksoniville.org.


Seeking the lost for Christ
Matthew 28:19 20

Pastor Landon Williams

A Community Conversation

on Prayer at Public Events
Join moderator John A. Delaney, President, University of North Florida
to discuss: What does it mean to lead prayer at official public events? This
symposium will take place Tuesday, October 30th, 7 9 p.m. at the UNF
University Center, 1 INtE Drive. For more information email
oniejax(qunf.edu or call (904) 620-1000.

Grief Support and Loss Group
I laven I hospice is hosting a grief and loss support gloup nmeetiig ( )October
10th anid \Vedinesday, Novemiber 7th at Westside Church of ('hrist located
at 23 W Sth St. lThe gioup iieets from 7-8 p.m. For more information con-
tact the office at (004) 279-I177.

El-Beth-El Honoring Successful Role

Models at Annual Banquet 10/24
The I"l-t3etih-t'I l)ve lopmlent cncter ill host its annual -"Successful Role
MNodel" Blanquet on W\edesdayi (ctobci 24th ,iat :30 p.mil at the FO)P
(Fraternal Orlder of Police) BLanquct Iliall located at 5 530 Beach Boule\ard.
Since 19S0 l-1CIeth-1 I has honored dedicated individuals from the com-
inuniit for outstanding achic\Cineieits Mand leadelshlp. For ticket informational
contact Dr. Loriinzo lHall at (004) I0 -1586 or (904) 374-3940 or e-mail
gospell~a5,i aol.com.

St. Andrew AME Pastor Retirement
I'li Rex\. \ illiam .1. Sininons, P.l. D. \who scr\es as the Pastor of St.
An\drew Af\tican MNethodist Episcopal Church \\ho hlas served as ani
Itinerant Emder in the MIF ('hurch for 31 \Ieas \\ill retire ,it le close of
tins coitferenicc \e.u, October 2o. 2012
lie and his \\itfc, Nis Katl nii K. Siminiloiis lia\c scr\cd churches inI
Raleigli, Ocala. Williston, and \\Initei Gi dcn I londli aIld l or the p.ist
lic\en (Ill ) \c,is; iat St Ailldic\\ Jacksoni illc B iclich
Dlr Sni n sIn l ninistlir\ has been l'ldu l, f0oculiNi'-,g on El ducaltioll aind
Sal\.itio ., a.is xcll as pfc.iclihiig .iand tic.chilig 111 \x'.is ftoi'mcIl\ at the
t'nix\ cisit of t lotida 1 ,1 i e tihe Diictior otf tlte Institute of HIick Studies, andl
retied in 200'A .is the PIto\ost of St Johlt is Ri\ci ('C'onnuni\t College,
Orange, Pairk
For turllthc ilitoIItti.ition \ou ml ti\ ont.act St .Andre\\ AM.\N Church at (904)
24,- I "5o. ol Bilnquiet Cooi dinator. Pcgg\ Rice .tohnson. at (004) -44-9192.

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Iliousanids of Jackson\ ille resi-
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Iness and coImnuniIti memllbels \\ill
loin togcilther alnd pul ol thelr pink
bias al lthe A\ltmerican C'ancer
Societl\'s Making Stirdes Against
Breast t'ancer K \\walk to fight
breast cancer and pro\ ide hope to
all people ftiing the disease. This
nonconpetitive, fundraising event
\\ill unite the community in cele-
bratimn- breast cancer survivors.
educate men and women about the
importance of early detection and
prevention. and raise money to fund
lifesaving research and support pro-
grams that will further the progress
against this disease.
The Making Strides Against
Breast Cancer walk \\ill take place
October 13. 2012 at l'reaty Oak
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African-American Christians

Wavering Over Their Vote

Some black clergy see no good
presidential choice between a
Mormon candidate and one who
supports gay marriage, so they are
telling their flocks to stay home on
Election Day. That's a worrisome
message for the nation's first
African-American president, who
can't afford to lose any voters from
his base in a tight race.
The pastors say their congre-
gants are asking how a true
'hristian could back same-sex
marriage, as President Barack
)bama did in May. As for
Republican Mitt Romney, the first
Mornmon nominee froin 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 the priesthood.
In 2008. Obama won 95 percent
of black voters and is likely to get
an overwhelming majority again.
But any loss of votes would sting.
"When President Obama made
the public statement on gay mar-
rage. I think it put a question in
our minds as to what direction he's
taking the nation." said the Rev.
A.R. Bernard. founder of the pre-
dominantly African-American
Christian Cultural Center in Newx
York. Bernard, whose endorse-
ment is much sought-after in New
York and beyond. voted for
Obama in 2008. He said he's
unsure how\ he'll vote this year.
It's unclear just how widespread
the sentiment is that African-
American Christians would be
better offT not otling at all. Many
pastors ha\ e said that despite their
nisgi\ wings about the candidates.
blacks ha\ e fought too hard for the
\ote to e\ cr stall a\w a from the
Black church leaders have
begun get-out-the-\ ote efforts on a
\\ ide range of issues. including the
proli feraion of state other identifi-
cation laws. which critics say dis-
criminate against minorities. Last
Faster Sunday, a month before
Obamna's gay marriage announce-
nment. the Rev. Jamal-Harrison
Bryant of Baltimore formed the
Empowerment Network, a nation-
al coalition of about 30 denomina-
tions working to register congre-
gants and provide them with back-
ground on health care. the econo-
my, education and other policy
Yet. Bryant last month told The
Washington Infonner, an African-
American newsweekly. "This is
the first time in black church his-
torv that I'm aware of that black
pastors have encouraged their
parishioners not to vote." Bryant.
who opposes gay marriage, said
the president's position on miar-

riage is "at the heart" of the prob-
Bryant was traveling and could
not be reached for additional com-
ment, his spokeswoman said.
The circumstances of the 2012
campaign have led to complex
conversations about faith, politics
and voting.
The Rev. George Nelson Jr.,
senior pastor of Grace Fellowship
Baptist Church in Brenham,
Texas, participated in a conference
call with other African-American
pastors the day after Obama's
announcement during which the
ministers resolved to oppose gay
marriage. Nelson said Obama's
statement had caused a "storm" in
the African-American community.
Still, he said "I would never vote
for a man like Romney," because
Nelson has been taught in the
Southern Baptist Convention that
Mormonism is a cult.
As recently as the 2008 GOP
primaries, the SBC's Baptist Press
ran articles calling the LDS church
a cult. This year. however. promi-
nent Southern Baptists have dis-
couraged use of the term when
addressing theological differences
\with Mormonism. Many Southern
Baptist leaders have emphasized
there are no religious obstacles to
voting for a Mormon.
Nelson planned to vote and has
told others to do the same. He
declined to say which candidate he
would support.
"Because of those that made
sacrifices in days gone by and
some greater than others with their
lives. It would be totally foolish
for me to mention staying away
from the polls." he said in an email
Romney has pledged to uphold
conservathl e positions on social
issues, including opposing abor-
tion and gay marriage. But many
black pastors worry about his
Mormon beliefs. Christians gener-
ally do not see Mormonism as part
of historic Christianity, although
Mormons do.
African-Americans generally
still view the church as racist.
When LDS leaders lifted the ban
on blacks in the priesthood in
1978. church authorities never
said whvy. The Mormon conummuni-
ty has grown more diverse, and the
church has repeatedly condemned
racism. However, while most
Christian denominations have
publicly repented for past discrim-
ination. Latter-day Saints never
formnnally apologized.
Bernard is among the traditional
Christians who voted for Obama
in 2008 and are now undecided
because of the president's support
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River Region Human Services Revels 40 Years of Community Service

Dr. Tiffany Galvin Green, CEO, and Judge Brian
Davis who swore in the new Board of Directors.

Mistress of Ceremony, Melanie l.awson Minor,; Joyce Morgan
Danford, and Derya WilliamIs' son Moses and grandson.

RRIIS Board member Esmin Master is passed the gavel of
leadership from former board chair Dr. Richard Danford.

Last Thursday, a celebration was
held in honor of 40 years of River
Region Human Services helping the
Jacksonville and North Florida
community. Festivities included a
sold out dinner and fundraiser.
Mistress of Ceremony was televi-
sion anchor Melanie Lawson

Minor. During the evening, as a jazz
band played in tlie background, the
outgoing chairman of the boat, l1.
Richard D)nfoid passed tlie gavel
to the incoming chair, Ms. lsmlin
lihere \\as a tribute to thile late
Cl0o. Derya 1'. Williams, w\ho had

been with River Region for t30
years, given bv t1snmin Master and
Dlr. it'lavI (alvin (Green, tile new\
('1'(F). The tribute included a pictIure
quilt made by some of the clients
honoring her for her efforts in tlie
field of ilYV AIDS.
The Parental Ionime Road location

Christians at Odds Over Issue of Voting

continued from previous page
for gay marriage. But Bernard is
also troubled by Romney's tfaith.
"To say you have a value for
human life and exclude African-
American human life, that's prob-
lematic," Bernard said, about the
priesthood ban. "How can I judge
the degree to which candidate
Romney is going to allow his
Mormonism to influence his poli-
cies? I don't know. I can't."
Romney said in a 2007 speech
that LDS authorities xx would ha\ e no
influence on his policies as presi-
dent. He also said he w ept w lhen lhe
learned that the priesthood ban had
been abolished because he was anx-
ious for it to be lifted. But that has
done little to change perceptions
among Blacks and others.
"Obama was supposed to answer
for the things that Rev. Wright
said," said the Rev. Floyd James of
the Greater Rock Missionary
Baptist Church in Chicago, at a
recent meeting of the historically
black National Baptist Convention.
"Yet here's a guy (Romney) who
was a leader in his own church that
has that kind of history, and he isn't
held to some kind of account? I
have a problem with that."
Obama broke in 2008 with his
longtime Chicago pastor, Jeremiah
Wright. after videos of his incendi-
ary sermons were broadcast.
Many Democrats and
Republicans have argued that
Romney's faith should be off limits.
The Rev. Derrick Harkins, faith
outreach director for the
Democratic National Committee,
travels around the country speaking
to African-American pastors and
other clergy. He said concerns over
gay marriage have receded as other

issues take precedence, anld no pas-
tors ha\e raised NMortionlisit ill
their con\ ersations with him about
the tM o candidates.
"There's just no space in this cam--
paign for casting aspersions otn any-
one's ftith," Harkins said in a phone
interview. "It's not tmorally upright
It's not ethically appropriate."
The Re\. I lo\\ard-John W\\esle' .
who leads thle Alfred Street Baptist
Church in Alexandria, Va., said Ihe
is telling his congregants. "I ci's not
make the election a decision aibouti
somieonie's salvation." Last spinntg,
xwhen it became clear that R otinic\
would be the (1iOP nominee, con-
gregants starting asking about
Mollrmonismi. so \esle\ organized a
class on the liuthi
But \\esle\ sad. ''I don't \\. ti
Go\. Romnte\ to ha"c to defend tilhe
Mormion church, the wa\ PiesidCnt
ObamaI, had to defend Jerenllah
Wright." Weslcv. whose congrega-
tion has more than 5,000 iltmembers,
said h\\e ill be \oting for ( )bama.
The Re\. I.in Hill, anM associate
pastor of Bethany Baptist church h in
Chesapeake, Va.. said in a phone
interview that lie plans to travel
with otlier local pastors to about 50
congregations over two \weeks to
hold discussions and distributed
voter guides that will include a con-
trast between historic Christianity
and Mormonism, and educate con-

gregants about thile former pntest-
hood ban.l
Hilll is active in Ills local
Democratic Part\ but said he's act-
ing independent\ of the campaign.
SIC said Mormon lheolog\ becolles
rele\ ant when congregants aigue
that tlhe\ can't ote fot Obatina
because, as a 'lhriistian, he should
hai\c opposed gax\ matiIageC
"'I \ ou'L going lto take .a tenet ota
tcligon and let that di'tiadc \oun
ftroi \Ltiig. then \\c h,t\c to," d'is-
cuss Moltmlltn doctilme, [till s'.id
"\\c \w ant tlks tLo hiix c 1t balanced
\ ie\ ot both paltiii',. but \\e cAii't do
that w ithoult th tact "
'he Re\. Dl\\ eight McK,,I. iK ,
ptroinencti Soiiuthclrn Baptist .and
bhI.A'k pTelcllhc, dc',tc bel'C hlm-l'c a-
1 I political l indepeldetlit \\ho didn't
slppotI ()b.ina in .'O2tS because ot
Ills position on socimIl issues
MlcKissic s'aid )lbain.'s support for
saime-gendcr mi.ita igec "betiai\ed
thile Bible' and the black cliurchli "
A.\round the sat.ic tineC. NMI.KiN',c
\as rese.iccling MlottttotitnuT ltot .m
se'HIrmonI and decided to piopose Ia
resolution to thie atinual Southernl
Haptist (Coi entlion lltat would lih\c
coindcilneLd MoImon0 "r.istc teIch-
tngs "
McKissic's Mormion icsolution
Oin Ilection Da\x. NMcKissic said.
"I plan to go fishiIg."

was renCamed the I)erya li. Williams
camILpus; complete with new sig-
nage, and there were pletures of the
holnorary street markers on Parental
Home Road no\w named Derrva
Williamls Parkwayx Her husband,

children, and grandson were there
to witness the tribute. The evening
culminated with a performance by
Odd Rod, the poet and motivational
speaker, who in rhyme talked about
drug addiction and how it affects

families, but how with help, many
people recover. Over 200 people
attended the event. This was part of
National Recovery Month which is
celebrated across the country in
October each year.

Secret to Dropping Pounds After Menopause

('onveil\ ciitoal wisdoLm saxvs
w eight gain is inle\itable with
mlenopaluse and that losing weight
is dffitlcul. But a ne\\ stildv ques-
tiols this \\ wisdom.
Researchers examined eating
beha\ xors among postmenopalusal
women in their 50s enrolled in a
xeight-loss stud\. The\ identified
those belha\ lois that were cormmon1
in wxxomen \\ho maniageld to shed
poilndis atnd keep them olt'
('utitng \\,i', back on sugary
dcssets and .lt inks' topped the list,
followed bi hliIling inmeats andi
cheesi's Anld c'atlmg moe nfrutis and
Seget.iable '
People \\ho iere able to
dccie.li.e tliii cotni.slinptlion of

sugar desserts and beverages tend-
ed to have more success losing
weight and keeping it off.
Eat Less Sugar, Lose More
The study included about 500
overweight and obese post-
menopausal women with waist
sizes greater than 31.5 inches.
None of the \\omen had high
blood pressure. heart disease, or
Half the \women followed a
\weight loss plan that included reg-
ular meetings \\with nutrtionists.
exercise specialists, and psy\cholo-
gists. None of these options were
aai\ lable to the other women, but
the\ were given the opportunity to

attend seminars on health.
The women were followed for
four years. During this time those
in the nutrition and exercise group
lost an average of 8 pounds, com-
pared to around half a pound
among those in the general health
Behaviors associated with
weight loss at six months in the
combined groups included eating:
Less sugar (desserts and
suear-sweetened beverages)
mFewer fried foods
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mEating out less often
After four years. behaviors
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SAU Spoils Photo
COSTA: His Falcons of
Saint Augustine's to face
BCSP No. 1 Winston-
Salem State in CIAA S.
Division showdown.



October 6 Missouri S&T 27, Central State 21
Alabama A&M 35, Miss Valley State 0 Morgan State 45, Savannah State 6
Alabama State 45, Texas Southern 0 NC Central 40, SC Statle 10
Albany State 36, Lane 14 Panhandle State 30, Texas Colleie 9
Alcorn State 20, Southern 17 Prairie \iew A&M 31, Giambling State 14
Arkansas-Pine Bluff 34, Jackson State 24 Saint Augustine's 32, Livingstone 27
Bethune-Cookman 28, NC A&T 12 Shaw 45, Fayetteville State 28
Bowie State 35, Chowan 31 Stillman 24, Benedict 19
Concordia-Selma 20, Va U of L'burg 7 Tennessee State 23, E Kentucky 20
Delaware State 20, Norfolk State 17 Tuskegee 21, Morehouse 14
Fort Valley State 36, Kentucky State 6 Virginia State 28, Elizabeth City State
Howard 17, Florida A&M 10 17 Virginia Union 61, Lincoln (PA) 13
Kutztown 56, Cheyney 7 Washburn 51, Lincoln (MC) 18
Langston 40, Wayland Baptist 0 West Liberty 52, West Virginia State 19
Miles 28, Clark Atlanta 7 W-Salem State 63, J C Smith 7




Sr., G

Columbus, OH

b eam
COMING BACK: Seniorguard Sequoyah Griffin is the only returning starter
from last year's 2011-12 Div II national championship basketball team at
Shaw and the Lady Bears' only preseason all-CIAA selection

The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
held the 2012-13 Basketball Press Conference last week in
Charlotte, N. C., site of this year's basketball tournament,
where the preseason all-CIAA andI predicted order of tinish
were revealed for both men and women.
---- Defending mnen's tournament

champion Winston-Salem State
was picked to take home the
Southern Division crown while
Bowie State was picked to win
thile North.
WSSULI placed three players
on the preseason all-CIAA team
S- sophomore forward Wykevin

Bazemore and senior guards Justin Glover and Marcus
Head coach Jacques Curtis's Lady Bears of Shaw, the
the defending CIAAtournament and NCAA Div. II national
champions, got the nod on the women's Southern Division
side. Virginia Union was picke d to win the North.
Shaw only placed one player on the women's preseason
all-CIAA squad senior guard Sequoiya Griffin..

MEN Predicted Order of Finish
Northern Division Southern Division
1. Bowie State 1 Winston-Salem State
2. Elizabeth City State 2. Shaw
3.. Virginia Union 3. Johnson C. Smith
4. Virginia State 4. Fayetteville State
5. Lincoln 5. Livingstone
6. Chowan 6 St. Augustine's

2012-13 AII-CIAA Preseason Basketball Team
Bryon Westmorland, 6-4, Sr., F, BSU; Demetric Scott, 6-7, Sr. F,
BSU; Quinton McDuffie, 6-5, Sr., F, CU; Angelo Sharpless, 6-5,
Sr., F, ECSU; Tyrrel Tate, 6-5, Jr., F, FSU; Trevin Parks, 5-10, Sr., G,
JCSU; Joel Kindred, 6-5, Jr., F, SAU; Kenny Mitchell, 6-8, Sr., F/C,
VSU; Damion Harris, 6-7, Jr., F, VUU; Wykevin Bazemore. 6-4, So.,
F, WSSU; Marcus Wells, 6-1, Sr., G, WSSU; Justin Glover, 6-1, Sr.,

WOMEN Predicted Order of Finish
Northern Division Southern Division
1. Virginia Union 1. Shaw
2. Virginia State 2. Johnson C. Smith
3. Bowie State 3. Winston-Salem State
4. Elizabeth City State 4. St. Augustine's
5. Chowan 5. Fayetteville State
6. Lincoln 6. Livingstone

2012-13 AII-CIAA Preseason Basketball Team
Talaya Lynch, Sr., F, CU; Brooke Miles, Jr., G, BSU; Stephanie Harper,
Sr., F, ECSU; Shatara Jackson, Sr., G, ECSU; Akysla Resper, Jr., G.
FSU; Denyse Moore, Sr., G, LU; Sequoyah Griffin, Sr., G, SU; LaMesha
Deal, Jr., F, VSU: Brianna Holt, Sr., G, VSU; Danlelle Ferguson, So.,
F, VUU; Taylor Wells, Jr., G, WSSU, AIIsha Hardley, Jr., F, WSSU

THREE AMIGOS: Senior guards Marcus Wells (I.) and Justin Glover (c.)
and sophomore forward Wykevin Bazemore (r.) are preseason allI-CIAA
picks and will lead Winston-Salem State's shot at repeating as CIAA hoops
champs, wssu Sports Photo

C IA A i ".A l ,' .ll' N
Chowan 2 1 3 13
Ehlz. City Slato 2 I 3 3
Bowi Stale 1 2 ,I 2
Virginia Uion 1 2 3 3
Virginia Slate 1 2 2 ,4
Lincoln 1 2 1 5
W-Salom State 3 0 6 0
SI. Augustine's 2 1 4 2
Shaw 2 1 3 3
Livingslone 2 1 2 4
J. C. Smith 1 2 2 4
Fayetteville State 0 3 1 4
OL Marion Holt, Sr., VUU
WR lyron Laughinghouse, Sr.,WR, SAU-7Tecepions.
109 yards, 3 TDs (5,8, 271 vs Livingstone
OB Kameron Smith, Sr., WSSU 13 of 15, 259 yards,
5 TDs infirsi halt of in over JC Smith
08 Jerrell Washington, Sr., RB, VUU 266 rushing
yards on 28 carries, 2 TDs vs Lincoln.
0OLOladimejiLayeml,NT,BSU- 9ackles.8solos,3sacks
(-17). 4 TFL, 3 hurries, 1 forced fumble vs Chovan
L8 Brandon Robinson, So, VSU 12 tackles, 7 solos. 1
TFL and recovery vs ECSU
DB Darnell Evans, Jr., SHAW 2 ills Is reluturned ior
TD, 7 tackles, 5 soos in win over FSU
ROOKIE Marquise Grizzle, Fr., DB, SHAW- 163 ushm
yards 5 receptions, 103 yands, 21 TDs 266 tlotial ds
(25, 421.7 punits for 43 4 yard Iiveragoe s VUL


Ilowilrd 3 0 4 1
Bothunli -Cookiianl 3 0 4 2
North Carillna Central 2 0 3 2
Morgan State 2 0 3 2
Florida A&M 2 1 2 4
Delaware State 1 1 2 3
SC State 1 2 2 4
*NCA&T State 0 2 2 3
Hampton 0 2 0 4
Norfolk State 0 3 2 4
Savannah State 0 3 0 5
' ligilbl for conference lilli
Quentin Williams, So.,OQB, B-CU- 111 yards, 17car-
ries. 2TDs, 11-19. 128 yards, 1 TD vs NC A&T
Davon Moore, Jr., DB, DSU -2 mis., forced fumble,
1 break-up, blocked a kick, 8 tackle, 6 solos
Keith Pough, Sr., LB, HOWARD 17 tackles. 12
solos. 3 5 TFL FF FR. 1 break-up vs FAMU
Brendon Riddick, Fr., RB, NSU 68 iusthing yards.
13 cares I TOvs DeilSlalt
Terrence Hackeney, So,, LT, B-CU -
EarvlnGonzialez, Sr.. PK. MSU 66 i'AI'. 'I y,.rd
FG lit; li 1 .d'.~t

Folrt Valley State
Albany State
Clark Atlanta
Kentucky State

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1 0 1 2 2 4
0 1 0 3 0 6
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0 0 3 0 5 1
0 2 1 4 2 4
0 1 0 3 1 4

David Thomas, Sr., QB, MILES Completed 14
of 23 passes for 195 yards and 2 TDs without an
interception Also rushed for 28 yards including
al -yard TD run in win over Clark Atlanta
Quavon Taylor, Fr., LB, TUSKEGEE 15
tackles. 10 solos, 1 sack, 2 interceptions in win
over Morehouse
David Kool, OB, ALBANY STATE- 19of 34 for275
yards and 3 TD, (10.21, 8) in win over tiian
Eduardo Heroandez, PK, BENEDICT- Kicked 3
(ield iDl,. 3-1 301 : inld a d .a PAt

SW AC sA ....A ..inl.
AlabamaA&M 5 0 6 0
Alabama State 4 1 4 2
Jackson State 2 2 2 4
Alcorn Slate 2 2 2 4
Miss. Valley St. 1 2 1 4
Ark. Pine Bluff 3 1 4 2
Southern 1 2 2 3
Prairie View A&M 1 3 1 5
Texas Southern 1 3 1 5
Grambling State 0 4 0 5
Deauntae Mason, Sr., QB, AA&M Hit on 21 of
32 passes for 235 yards and 2 TDs Also scored 2
rushing TDs in win over Miss Valley Slate
Jer-ryan Harris, Jr., LB, UAPB 15 tackles, 1
recovery, 1 hurry in win over Jackson State
Bobby Wenzig, Jr., P/PK, ALABAMA STATE 6
of 6 on PATs, 1 of 3 on FGs, punted 3 limes for
48 8 average aniid had three Iouchbacks,
Isaiah Crowell, So., RB. ALABAMA STATE -17
arint 149 yiirds including (63 yirdTDinwin
ever Texi,. Southern

Tennessee State 5 0
Concordia-Selma 4 1
Langston 3 2
Edward Waters 3 3
Central State 2 4
W. Va. State 2 4
Va. Univ. of Lynchburg 1 4
Cheyney 1 5
Texas College 1 5
Lincoln (Mo.) 0 6

Trabis Ward, Jr., RB, TENN. STATE- Carried
24 times for 113 yards including a 4-yard TD
run Also had two receptions for 47 yards in
big win over Eastern Kentucky
Nick Thrasher, So., L8, TENN. STATE Led
TSU with 12 tackles, 9 solos, 1 sack in win vs
nationally ranked Eastern Kentucky
Jamin Godfrey, Jr., PK/P, TENN. STATE
* Connected on a 46 yard field goal and was 3-
of 3 on PATs in win over Eastern Kentucky

Halfway home, three unbeatens

BCSP Editor
SlallVway through lthe 20 12 football season three
teanMs ate uinderfeated and showing lthe way in the
black college ranks.
Defending CIAA champion W\Vinston-Salemn
State, Tennessee State of the Ohio Valle Coniference
and 2011 SWVAC conference finalist Alabama A& NI
are all off to (0-0 staLts and are ranked 1-2-3 in the latest
BCSP ranking headed into gances this weekend.
I lead coach Connell Maynor's Rams of \\'SSI
are up to third nationally in the NCAA Div. 11 AFCA
poll. The No. 3 ranking is where the Rams finished a
vear ago after winning their tirst 13 games, including
running the table in the CIAA before losing in the
national senlitinals to ax \ine State.
This season, the Rams are 3-0 in CIAA play as
the\ prepare for this week's showMdosn Saturday at
home (1:30 p.m.) against conference and Southernt
Division ri\al, Saint Augustine's.
IHead coach Michael Costa's lFalconis (4-2. 2-1)
have split with the Rams oeit the past two seasons
etliiitn a thi illihng 40- 5 \ victor\ in \\ iistoin-Salem in
2010 and n.itaom lI losing. 35-'2S, a \car ago
\\VSSL: comes in \\ th thle top of tense it tle CIAA
a\ eraging 4S) yardss and 4 1 points per game. Quarter-
hack Katmeron Smith is tied for the league lead' ith 1IS
touchtdos( n passes \s ith ontlx live interceptions. A.-\ deep
recei ing corps is led b\ Jameze NMassey (25 recep-
tions), \\ lo leads the league averaging '8S.o recei\ ing
yards ptr game, and Jamal Williams (25 rec.). \'.ho
has hauled in se en scoring tosses. Tailback NMaurice
Lci is is a\ raging 103 2 pushing \.irds pet gaiL iand
has scored se\ en louctcdohu Iis
"They do e\erx thing ell," sid ('Costa ot \VSStI.
on Tuesd.a\'s CIAA conference call. "lefensi\cly.
they\ come and tlhe\'re v ex aiggressi'e. Otfensi\el\.

- Comcast SportsSoult
Stillman vs Tuskegee in Tuscaloosa. A5
Glenville State vs West \ rginia State in Glens e \W\
Lincoln (PA) vs Eizabeth CitS State in L,ncor brUnersity PA
Livingstone vs Shaw. n Salisbur, NC
Point Universit 'ss Lane in Atlanta. GA
Wesley College vs Va UnLv of Lynchburg in Doser. DE
Delaware State vs SC State n Dover. DE
Millersville vs Cheyney in Millersville. PA
NC A&T vs. Howard in Greensboro. NC
W-Salem State vs Saint Augustines in Winston-Salem. NC
Miss Valley State ss Grambling State in Itta Bena. MS
SE Missoun vs Tennessee State in Cape Girardeau, MO
Univ of Indianapolis vs Central State in Indianapolis. IN
Fayetteville State vs Johnson C Smith in Fayetteville, NC
Alabama State vs Jackson State in Montgomery. AL
Morehouse vs Albany State in Atlanta, GA
Alabama A&M vs Alcorn State in Huntsville, AL
Bowie State vs. Virginia State in Bowie. MD
Morgan State vs NC Central in Baltimore, MD
Kentucky State vs Miles in Frankfort, KY
Langston vs. Texas College in Langston, OK
Lincoln (MO) vs Nebraska-Kearney in Jefferson City. MO
Clark Atlanta vs Benedict in Atlanta, GA
Edward Waters vs Webber International in Jacksonville, FL
Fort Valley State vs Concordia-Solma in Fort Valley, GA
Florida A&M vs. Savannah State in Tallahassee, FL
Chowan vs. Virginia Union in Murfreesboro, NC
Battle of the Bay
Hampton vs. Norfolk State in Hampton, VA
Southern vs. Texas Southern in Baton Rouge, LA (HC)

Winston-Salem State, Tennessee State,
Alabama A&M setting the pace

they don't make a lot oft miistakes and they're biig
up front. Ilhev're not missing a whole lot tromn last

St.Aug has weapons in wide receivers Iyrone
Laughinghouse and Brian Richards. Richards has
40 receptions, second best in the CIAA, and three
TDs. Laughinghouse, who leads the conference in
punt and kickoff returns and has brought one of
each back for a score, has 30 receptions and five
receiving touchdowns.
St. Aug linebacker Chaz Robinson is the
league's tackles leader (62) while Javarous Faulk
leads the league in sacks (.51).
"We're g'oiingi to have our hands full," said
Ma\lnor. "l.auiglhinglhoucs is dangerous.I le can take
.1 kck back. IHe call lake a punt back.. He can take
a catch back. And, thel\ got a great defense."
Attlei pulling out a last-milnute 23-20\ win overt
liationiallx-ranked liastern Kentucky last week.
'l'ennessee State lias entered thle national rankings.
lHead coach Ron Reed's undefeated Blue Tiger
s (6-0. 2-0 OVC) are ranked l8th in this week's
Sports .ctwork FCS 7ii) 25. TSU is on the road at
Southeast Missouri (2-3. 1-1) Saturday (6 p.m.).
TSl' hsas posted \wins over BCSP No. 8
Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Jackson State of the
S\VAC and Florida A&M and BCSP No. 5 Bet-
hune-Cookman of the MEAC.
The Tigers are led by sophomore qluailerback
Michael (;erman, \\ho scored the w inning 'I'D
with 8 second left \s. liKU last week. Gernnan is
throwing for 227 \ yards per game and has eight TD
passes. Junior tailback Trahis Ward is a\ raging
10T.8 rushing yards per game and has scored nine

IAlahama .A.&M. behiLnd the sterling play of
senior quarterbi ck Deauntae N lason., is (-0o\ erall

6 30p and atop the SWAC Elast with a 5-0 mark.
Mason is completing 68. l1` of his passes (96
IP of 141) for an average of 1 9.2 yards per game with
Ip 11 TDs and no interceptions. Senior RB Kadarius
1p Lacey is running for 81.5 yards per game with four
lp TDs. Those standouts and a stingy defense that's
1 30p yielding a league-low 12.7 points per game have
1p been the catalysts behind the Bulldos' excellent
1 30p start.
2p A&M will welcome in Alcorn State (2-4.
6p 2-2) for homecoming this Saturday (1 p.m.).

1 30p



1 WINSTON-SALEM STATE (6-0) Spoiled J C Smith's home-
coming.63-7 NEXT: Hosting Saint Augustine's.
2 TENNESSEE STATE (6-0) Came back to knock off #16 E.
Kentucky. 23-20 NEXT: At S E. Missoun
3 ALABAMAA&M (6-0)- Shut out Miss. Valley State, 35-0 NEXT:
Homecoming vs Alcorn State
4 HOWARD (4-1) Knocked off Flonda A&M. 17-10. NEXT: At
North Carolina A&T
5 BETHUNE-COOKMAN (4-2) Beat NC A&T. 28-12. NEXT:
6. MILES (5-1) Defeated Clark Atlanta, 28-7. NEXT: At Kentucky
State's homecoming
7. TUSKEGEE (4-1) Handled Morehouse. 21-14. NEXT: At
Stillman Thursday night.
8 ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF (4-2) Subdued Jackson State.
34-24 NEXT: Idle
9 ALABAMA STATE (4-2)- Shutout Texas Southern, 45-0 NEXT:
Hosting Jackson State
10 MORGAN STATE (3-2)- Bears took care of Savannah State.
45-6 NEXT: Hosting NC Central
(TIE N. C. CENTRAL i3-21- Knocked offSC State. 40-10. NEXT:
At Morgan State

Surprising BCSPNo. 4 Howard (4-1.3-0)
continued its resurgence with a 17-10 win Sat-
urdav over Florida A&M and is now tied atop
the MEAC standings with Bethune-Cookman
(4-2. 3-0).
Head coach Gary Harrell and the Bison
travel to Greensboro. N. C. Saturday for a 1
p.m. contest vs. North Carolina A&T. The
Aggies 2-3. 0-2) will be looking for their first
conference win after tw o closes losses.
BCSP No. 5 Bethune-Cookman and No.
8 Arkansas-Pine Bluff have the week off.
Defending SIAC champion Miles (5-1.
3-0 SIAC). No. 6 in the BCSP ranking, is at
Kentucky State's homecoming (1:30 p.m.).
BCSP No. 7 Tuskegee (4-1. 3-0 SIAC)
has a key SIAC West Division date with Still-
man (4-2. 3-0) Thursday in a game that will be
televised by Comcast SportsSouth.
BCSP No. 9 Alabama State (4-2. 4-1
SWAC) is hosting Jackson State (2-4. 2-2) in
Montgomery Saturday (7 p.m.).
Morgan State and North Carolina Cen-
tral. with identical 4-2 overall and unblemished
2-0 MEAC marks, meet in Baltimore Saturday
(1 p.m.) for Morgan State's homecoming. The
teams are tied at No. 10 in the BCSP rank-


LYNCHPINS: (Above I.) Alabama A&M senior quarterback Deautae
Mason, Winston-Salem State junior wide receiver Jameze Massey (c.)
and Tennessee State junior running back Trabis Ward (I.) have been key
cogs in their teams getting off to 6-0 starts. Saint Augustine's senior kick
returner/wide receiver Tyrone Laughinghouse (above r.) leads the CIAA
in kickoff and punt returns and hopes to spark the Falcons to an upset of
WSSU this Saturday.

1I 2012B LA K O LiLE GE SiVOLL.BAL (Reults, Ss ars

C IA A c ..N1RtI iN.. 1 .liiliA
Chowan 6 0 11 1 13 5
Eliz. City State 5 1 10 2 11 6
Virginia State 3 1 8 2 9 8
Virginia Union 2 3 3 7 3 18
Lincoln 1 6 1 12 1 14
Bowlo State 0 6 1 11 3 18
FayotloevilleState 5 0 11 0 14 2
Livingstono 3 1 6 4 15 4
W-Salom State 2 2 5 6 5 15
Shaw 2 3 4 7 8 10
St. Augustine's 1 4 4 7 4 15
J.C. Smith 1 4 3 8 3 11


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AlabamaA&M 3 0 5 15
Jackson State 1 0 11 11
Alabama State 1 1 4 19
Miss. Valley St. 0 1 4 9
Alconm State 0 3 1 16
Praie View A&M 3 0 7 17
Ar. Pine Bluff 2 0 4 11
Texas Southerin 2 1 8 11
Southern 0 2 2 17
Gambling State 0 4 0 13
Christir Edwards,. Sr., OH, JSU- Fin1sht.\1wk
\w ih 65 klls, 54 dis aid 17 aS Nanl\N M\NP of
loiii oim ll Hai 1. skills,' 0 ),\s is So tllrnm '

|ii il NSI1'1 Pi l a h
PnlgeWillianms, Jr., MB, JSU- 'li'ois'eii th10
klls, \\ hll'lerethll .'( b'kvKs "no dh i[n\); SOlOs H;1
,i.' kills to sup l I tai\ I s' att;lck
NI W i'OMI ri
Jellliii S lqulr .,S,,ISU t sahestmion\!oe' se
wilh asI 1 siss on the' w\'eek I id O r 10 isssis
In trl\ t' im s in ltu int wo 1 \\ livilt v e tlrrn 40 H >d
,H4 assistss 11 i dks is South' nl

,,A/1 I / C(.rnm miriir;!ilori, inc Vol XIX, No. 1(


FonR HE WEIi oi- Octot t 9 15, 2012

1S 1 2 B C K C 0 L L G E 0 0 B A L ( R s u t s.Sa n i n s n d W e k l H n os )


MD-Eastern Shore
Norfolk State
Coppin State
Delaware Slale
Morgan State
Florida A&M
SC Slate
N. Carolina Conioal
NC A&T State
Savannah Stalte

Ndldl llbe, Sr., MD, UMES 10II kills ;on 1. ullnS
willh 6,3hil lin'lll pmof nla iiin wnollw el l 'oppinl tt
Addod 6i blocks', 2 ssish ,nd nil 11 1 lo vlo nd io
3 ) MI AC Imark
DOrcy Moore, Fr.,SNSI-Avir.lnerlouille doubl'
wVll 4 s11 sislsindll nI ;inilwowimn;s i \ l; &w
Mailby had i;;sI'Isalld i dl ins (1, ;] :l 9 .,l4ds i]
15 digls vs Imnlulld Had 500hill g poleonilage

S A AtC 1 INI ION t 1ilA N0i

Albany State
Clark Atlanta
Fort Valley State
Kentucky State


31 klls, ), so o aces S di', aod 1 block h
01 II N'tIV I1 Ail 1
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\ilh l!t;llsandaIb11lo k



. .. .. ,-.,-

Nigerian Community Commemorates Country's 52nd Independence

JuCoby Pittman and Mrs. Ingrid Fuellen enter the celebration after
discussing the upcoming election.

Nigerian Association President Dr. Aloy Adigweme and Secretary
Dr. Obiagwu proudly accept a proclamation from State Rep Audrey
Jacksonville's Nigerian community held a 52nd anniversary celebration
commemorating thier independence under British rule at the Southside
Women's Club. The celebration is held every year in October. Over 400
Nigerians, family and friends were on hand to enjoy tile ethnic heritage

Dr. Felix and Mrs. jeonima Achonolu smile as they celebrate Nigeria's
52nd anniversary.

.Mrs. Cortex Hunt. Bandele and Sylvia Onasanya with their children
Femike and Keini Onasanya.
Florida State Representali\ e Andre\ ( ibsoln picsentcd a resolution to the
association for thicf inl\ol\enlcnt in the coiiuii nii I'lhe cC\enin \\as
filled \\with danciLng i ad a tribal celebration fleainllg 1lo Yoruba and

Chief Innocent and Mrs. Stella Opara enjoy the festivities in color-
ful attire.


Kenneth Ibe, Chief Vincent Udenze, Dr. E.O. Kafor and Angelina
U denze celebrate the tribes.
1 ausa language.
(;iucsts enjoyed African cuisine, a masqurade dance and ethnic dancing.
Hanidele Onnasya reminded the crowd "we are here to celebrate our cul-
tIIIe and promote awareness."

S1 .0 .

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United Way of
Northeast Florida


nmFlon Centeo r r e Performin6 Arts
S" Robert E. Jacobq So ny Ha-ll
: 300War Strst, Jack&nAl FL 3 21


$100 iPP /$65 Reserved / $ -4Gen Admission
4v4il4ale at the Jacksonville Sjmiiph o Box Office
i',(904) 354-5547 or jaxsjninpuog.or06
Prqoed to benefit Edward Waters College Scholarship Fund
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October 11-17, 2012

Mrs. Perry's Free Pre 9


The Color Purple
on Aurora's Stage
The Color Purple will be on stage
at Stage Aurora through Sunda'y,
October 14th. Based on the
Pulitzer Prize winning novel by
Alice Walker, The Color Purple
tells the inspiring story of a woman
named Celie who tinds the strength
to triumph over adversity, and dis-
cover her unique voice in the world.
For more information, show times
and tickets visit
www.stageaurora.org or call the
office at (904) 765-7372 or e-mail
stageaurora(lt hotnmail.com.

Hospice Support
Haven Hospice is hosting a grief
and loss support group every
Tuesday beginning. Tuesday
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) 279-1077.

Kevin Hart in Concert
Comedian Kevin Hart will be in
concert Friday, October 12th at the
Veterans MNemorial Arena. Tickets
are on sale now at Ticketmaster.

Club Meeting
Join PR.I.D.E. Book Club for their

next meeting, l"riday, October 12(li
at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will be
held at the home of (oiwen l.ce
(Oreen. The book for discussion is
Uncle Toml's Cabin by Hlarriett
Beecher SIowCe. For more inlfobna-
lion call ()04) 760-8195 or e-mail

National College Fair
The National College Fair is com-
ing to town Saturday, October
13th, 9) a.m. to 12 p.m. Information
sessions will include session on
scholarship programs, federal
financial aid, writing the college
admissions essay, historically black
colleges and universities. lor more
information call (904) 421-91t1) or
email pjimwnevvisi.iacksonile conm.

Fl'irst Coast No More t homeless
Pets (FC'NNIllP) is celebrating the
oth year of' Doglobert'est, one ofi the
largest outdoor pet events ill
Northeast Florida and a fundraiser
to benefit homeless pets.
Dogtoberfest W\\ill be held Saturday,
October 13th, at Metropolitan Parkl
from 10 a.m. to 3 p.mn. lhis \ear's
event features a t'ndraising trick-
or-treat walk, costume contest, \en-
dors with goodies, like music by
Spektra, dock diving with Ultimate
Air Dogs, dog yoga, costume con-
test and more! For more inforlma-
tion visit www.dogtoberiest.ore or
call 520-7902.

American Beach Ist
Annual Garage Sale
The American Beach Property
Owners' Association Inc. is having
a huge community garage sale
Saturday, October 13th from 8
a.m. to 2 p.m. Furniture, house
wares, clothes and shoes will be
available for sale. For more infor-
mation email
amerbeachevents(i) aol.com.

Amelia Island
Jazz Festival
From the educational programs to
the headlining concerts with ja//
superstars, thle Amelia Island Ja//
Festival exudes positive energy and
gets better every yeac Thl'oulgh
October 14thl cjiioy jazz, movies
andd brunch. For mlor information
on tlie \venue locations call the Jazz
hotline at (904) 504-4772 or \isit
\\ vvi.amnlcliaislandijaiz festl\ al.conl.

29th Annual
Caring Cliefs
Its time for the 29)th annual Caiig
Chefs event to benefit C'hlldrien
1lonies Society. hlie cenit takes
place from '-):30 p.n., Sundda\,
October 14th at the A\enues Mall.
Enjov delectable dishes and drinks
from monre than 60 oft Northeast
Florida's best restaurants.
Flnterrtalinnent includes lile bands
throughout the c ending by three dif-
fe'reint hands lo purchase tickets-

visit wwvxv.chscaringhclefs.com or
call (904) 493-7739 or e-mail
cric.Scott(aIchs fl.org.

George Clinton
in Concert
The master of funk George Clinton
in concert, Thursday, October 18th
at 8 p.m. at the Ponte Vedra Concert
Hall 1050 A A North Ponte Vedra
Beach, Florida. For more informa-
tion call (904) 209-3759.

Women's Show
The Soutlihern Womenl's SShow
returns for its 25th year October
18th 21st, at the Prime O(sborn
Convention (Cenlter, 1000 Water St.
Ihe shIow brings four days of acti\v-
itV tail lord especially for North
Florida wo\\men. The show is hoIme1
to 400 exhibhis from unique fash-
ions, vendors and entertainment.
1li doors are open fmion 110:00t( a.m.
to 7:00 p.m. For moire information
visit \\ .so l leroIIShIIo s.o m w all i
ol call (704) 37(-(54.

Haven Hospice
Art Show
-" Weeks... Tragedy to Triumph'
is a tree art slho\\ that w\\ill be host-
ed bvy Il aLen IH hospice to reveal the
pazitintngs made by a suir\ i\ or of a
rare brain tumor. T'he art show will
be held FrIda\. October 19th at
200 Southpark BIvd Suite 207. St
A.' Ngutlne Floridi. I o a e show \\ ll

take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. For
more information call Haven
Hospice at (904) 810-2377 or email
jennifermartinezl 5(@fyahoo.com.

San Marco
Transformed into
Pink Hope Square
Come to San Marco and help the
fight against breast cancer! Support
the Donna Foundation when you
shop or dine in San Marco,
October 19th and October 20th.
Look for the pink balloons outside
eachI shop or restaurant! For more
information mail sinima(lmyysan-
Iiarco.coin ior contact the San
Marco Merchant association at
(904) 829-0544.

Najee in Concert
Come celebrate the Ritz's 13th
Anniversary with a concert featulr-
ing Ainmerican urban jazz saxophon-
ist and flautist Najee, Saturday.
October 20th at 8 p.m. For more
information and tickets visit
'wwx\\.ritzjacksonville.comn or call
the box office at (904) 632-5555.
The Ritz Theater and Museum is
located 829 North Davis Street.

Esperanza Spalding
in Concert
Cellist Esperanza Spalding will be
in concert at tihe 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 Maar. Mary w ill 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
visit www.floridatheater.com.

Pink Passion Affair.
Voices of Soul presents a night of
comedy, live art, music, and poetry,
Thursday, October 25th. The
event will feature breast cancer sur-
vivor makeovers, a giveaway and
more! Come participant and cele-
brate in the fight against breast can-
cer, at Cubre Libre, 2578 Atlantic
Blvd. For more information or to
purchase tickets call (904) 744-

A Community
Conversation on
Join moderator John A. Delaney,
President, University of North
Florida to discuss: What does it
mean to lead prayer at official pub-
lic events? This symposium will
take place Tuesday, October 30th,
7 9 p.m. at the UNF University
Center, 1 UNF Drive. For more
information email onejax@unf.edu
or call (904) 620-1000.

57th Annual Greater
Jacksonville Fair
Bring your family to the Greater
Jacksonville Agricultural Fair,
Wednesday. October 31st through
Sunday. November 11th at the
Jacksonville Fair Grounds. 510
Fairgrounds Place. For more info
l isit www.jacksonvillefair.com or call
(904) 353-0535.


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October 11 18, 2012

Black Expo Celebrates 20th Anniversary With Record Numbers

Passion Party consultant Christina Barnes and
Black Expo attendee Debra Clark take a spin of the
wheel for prizes.

Jacksonville resident Tammie Watson poses with
Mayor Alvin Brown iho shook hands and greeted
citizens throughout the day.

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Beverly Coffey checks out jewelry and purses fit Joseph Boyd hands out literature for State
for a queen from Cohen Events owner Michelle Representative District 15 Reggie Fullwood's office.

t Danielle Blesdsoe
Cross Training fitness trainer Fhanta W\illiams purchase products
demonstrates the art of excercising. C(harmayne Jacobs.

Thunderbolt Productions President/CE() Larry
Hamilton and wife Gwen Hamilton enjoy the scene.

and friend Jeanine Armstrong Jacksonville Beauty Institute stylist Rasheedah
from Mleobachi Spa stylist Oglsby whips up a "new do" for hair show model
Jessica Mapp.

Total Care Seminar Founder/President Beverly
Ivey and associate Randy Ivey hand out literature
promoting the Total Care Womens Conference.

Tamar Braxton of"Braxton Family Values" smile for
the cameras with Chelsi Boyd, co-host of 44th &

The Jacksonville community celebrated 20
years of the Black Expo at the Prime Osborne
Convention Center with a sell-out crowd. This
year's event included celebrity guests Dr. Bobby
Jones. R&B singer Eric Benet. actor Cory
Hartwick. the OMG Girlz. model and reality star
Cynthia Bailey and reality t\ star Tamar Braxton.
Organizers for America representati es stressed
the importance of voter registration, while River
Region provided HIV tested and immediate
results. Seminars included Cleaning up our
Community. Preventing Childhood Obesitv. and
more. Councilwoman Kim Daniels held a book
signing,. while Mayor Brown posed with residents
and welcomed everyone to the Expo. The local
stage included fashion shows. music. gospel
showcase, a hair show. food and exhibits promot-
ing healthy living, fitness, skin care, massages
and consulting.

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Examining the
dependency on foreign oil,
create news sources of ener-
gy, foster high-achieving
educational institutions,
preserve social security and
secure proper healthcare for
all citizens especially those
dependent on Medi-care
and/other assistance.
Here are some of the
TRUE/FALSE statements:
Since the economy had
the overriding focus,
Romney went at the

First Obama vs. Romney Debate

President with the same four-year
question, "You've had four years
and you said you'd cut the deficit in
half instead you doubled it.
Fact-checkers state that the budg-
et has NOT doubled during the
Obama years.
Romney stated he would repeal
the Affordable Health Care Act
(Obamacare) the first day in office
and leave Medi-care intact because
Obamacare takes $716 billion away
from Medi-care.

The President said the increase
for prescriptions for the elderly may
increase the smallest in the last 50
years under Obamnacare, and of
course, children can stay on their
parents' insurance until they're 26.
Notwithstanding, the U.S. Supreme
Court has ruled that it's constitu-
But the most devastating of
Romney's plans if he becomes
president is to roll back the clock
in the form of states' rights giving
certain powers back to the states; it

may start with Medi-care, but
before you know it, the country is in
an 8 th century time warp. That is
what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and
millions of Americans fought, bled
and died for: to take that power
from the states and have the federal
government provide some relief
from Jim and the Crows of the
South and few that were in the
North also.
The overall tone of the debate
was style over substance. Those
who claimed that the President lost

should bear in mind that there was
nothing really to lose. Those who
claimed that Romney won, what did
he win? It was his style, manner-
isms, verbal delivery that they liked
because on the day after the debate,
some fact-checkers stated that
Romney played "fast and loose
with the facts." And President
Obama said that the man on the
stage the night before was an
impostor... that was not the Mitt
Romney against whom he had been

by Yussuf Simmonds
The occasion: the first presiden-
tial debate of 2012; the place:
University of Denver, Colorado; the
candidates: President Barack
Obama anmid the GOP nominee, Mitt
Romney: the eventual prize: the
presidency of the United States, the
White House and all that comes
with the office.
Does a good debater make great
president? Historically, have the
presidential debates) changed the
course of the pending election? Is
the presidency CEO-in-chief or
commander-in-chief.' Those ques-
tions ha\e been bandied around
since last night's debate because
some pundits have said that the can-
didates' focus is usually directed on
the television viewing audience and
the undecided voters.
It is the moment in presidential
politics that the entire country waits
for- it is the super-bowl of politics,
and there were over 50 million tele-
vision watching the first one. The
first one has come and gone, there
are two more to come. But what it
is about the presidential debates, in
general, that make the undecided
voter decide, or changes the mind
of the decided'?
Going into the debate, it was the
first time in almost five years that
the President and Romney were
facing each other on the same stage,
and since the main points were jobs
and the economy, the labor statistics
revealed that last month's figures
showed 160,000 new jobs.
Notwithstanding, though that figure
is miniscule in the overall jobs data,
it has been consistent over
President Obama's term in contrast
to the situation that he inherited.
Unlike other debates, this first
debate had one moderator, Jim
Lehrer, instead of a panel. Not sur-
prisingly, the focus was the econo-
my: creating new jobs, tax reform,
survival of the middle class, and the
incumbent's record. The questions
asked were the difference on how
each candidate would create jobs,
reduce the crushing debt, give the
middle class a tax break, lessen our

Bar Association
Teaming to Mentor
DOCS Students

Shown above is Sen. Bob
Graham and history teacher
John Meeks at the reception.
Mayport Coastal Sciences social
studies teacher John Meeks (Right)
attended a reception for former
U.S. senator and Florida governor
Bob Graham hosted by the
Jacksonville Bar Association and
Duval County Public Schools. In
conjunction with the federal
Teaching American History Grant
(TAHG), the bar association and
school district are piloting a men-
toring program that connects local
.1l,11KIT .. with seventh grade civics
students to help them learn about
the American legal system.
"The only way for young people to
impact the system is to know how it
works. I am impressed that our
community leaders understand the
need for greater outreach to our
future leaders," said Meeks, who
teaches world history in Atlantic
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Magic Opens School for High School Drop Outs -

ATLANTA Basketball legend
Magic Johnson has opened an edu-
cation center in downtown Atlanta
for high school dropouts.
The Magic Johnson Bridgescape
center helps give those who have

left school, or are at risk of
dropping out, the opportu-
nity to earn a high school
diploma. The program,
which has just opened its
doors, is free and accepts
students aged 14 to 20
cPr I years old.
S Unlike traditional
schools, Bridgescape
takes a holistic approach,
with life skills counselors
as well as teachers on site
to provide developmental
and academic support.
Students get academic credits
online, including one-on-one and
small group classes.
"Those students who finished
school [from the center in Ohio]

Actors Elliot Rimes (Mister) and Marc Little (Father of Mister).

with us at the end of the last school
year, 75 percent of them rceluried il
tIh beginning of tihe school yeair to.
conllinlue their etIlciilion," said
Jlennife'r Parker 'from Bridgescape,
in a televised interview.
Located at 100 I( IdgewoodI
Avenue NF in Atlanta, the Provost
Academy will be free for Georgia
residents. The academy will utilize
computer programs to help students
work towards their high school
diplomas. Through the computer
programs, parents will be able to
monitor their child's progress
through the program. Students ages
14-20 are now being accepted into
the program, with opportunities for
online school being ol'Lfered in the

"You can't get a decent job in this
o\Vli so yYou have to get a high
school diploma," said 19-year-old
student Chriis Wallace in the sane
report. "It shows me that someone
like him IMagic Johnson] cares
about people like is."
Johnson, who is well known for
his philanthropic work, has over the
years talked about the value of get-
ting a good education. This pro-
grain is part of the Provost
Academy Georgia, a statewide vir-
tual charter high school.
Magic Johnson Bridgescape cen-
ters are already operating in Ohio,
Missouri, New Jersey, North
Carolina and Pennsylvania. More
Georgia locations are planned in
Augusta, Macon alid Savannlah

loni Diamond Binluamn (Sophiai) :and ( harles L.attimuore (IHarpo).

Aurora's Color Purple Brings Broadway Quality to Jacksonville Stage

By L. Jones
This past weekend Stage Aurora
presented the Tony Award winning
musical the Color Purple, the
"musical about love."
On stage in the role as Shug
Avery was singer Akia Uwanda,
who played the role with sex
appeal, ardor and pizzazz. Celie
was played by Lolita Jennings-
Flagg an aspiring Broadway actress
who brought the house down.
"I auditioned just to be audition-
ing and I got the part. I'm hard on
myself and I get emotional when I
sing. Celie is a star character," she
Sofia's character was played by
singer/songwriter/playright Toni
Diamond-Bingham, "I watched
Sophia as a kid, she was so strong,
tough and fought opposition, I take
pride in this role," she said. Mister
was played by Edward Waters
alumni Elliott Wimes. Elliot played
Mister with the meanness of Danny
Glover. The role of Harpo was
played by Charles Lattimore whose
megawatt smile stole the show.
Charles noted, "there were three
Harpos before me and when I saw
Cece Winans play Harpo on
Broadway, I was star struck and
now here I am in the role."
The entire cast presented a
Broadway quality rendition of the
play that was brought to life with
scenes that memorized the audi-
ence. Audience members laughed,

cried and shouted out loud. The
audience was surprised as author
and longtime media guru Marc
Little took to the stage as the father

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reaching out to the icointunil\ to
irsh to ithe liheitei i OI this cultuli

Sen. Bill Nelson Confratulates Job

Corps Volunteers for Educating Voters

of Mister. experience. The play runs through
Senator Bill Nelson took time out to enjoy a moment with members
of the Jacksonville Job Corps staff and students while encouraging the
community to vote at the Gateway Mall. Residents in record numbers
came out to register to vote and secure address changes at the
Supervisor of Elections Office at the "Respect My Vote Rally" hosted
by Cong. Corrine Brown. Jacksonville Job Corps Counseling
Manager Avis Wilson and Business and Community L.iaison Joann
Manning assisted the volunteers. Shown above are Avis Wilson. Joiann
Manning, Sen. Nelson and student Eric Royster.

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Participating chefs included: Chef Duane Nutter, One Flew South
(International Concourse Atlanta), Chef Kevin Mitchell, Trident College,
Chenelle IHuniiter, Assistant to I'rika Davis. I .lexis Dodson, Culinary
Student, Chef irika Davis, (raycliff C(hocolatier, Melanie Bauman,
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by M. O(li\ci
"Soulful with lla\ or" best
describes the 2ind annual Taste of
Jacksomn\ ille, hosted by Black
Pages UISA & the Black Expo at
Trio's, The L\ent Place at
Tinseltow\n. Nearly 20 chefs, cater-
ers and restaurant representatives
served up a \ariete of delicious
food samples hanging from familiar
ta\orites such as Mayport shrimp
and grits to delicious discoveries
like chocolate truffles with bacon.
lrika l)a\ is. a former pastry chef
\\itli Polite Vcda Inn.t, shared that
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Da\ is offered chocolate truffles
with pumpkin and truffles with
A Top Chef finalist. Davis has
been baking since she was a young
child growing up in Chicago area.
When asked to share her all-time
fa\ orite food. she insisted on nam-
ing three chocolate. pork belly and
foie gras. Perhaps. at next year's
Taste of Jacksonville. guests may
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Billionaire Philanthropists Urges Colleagues

to Invest in Country's African American Males

George Soros
Billionaire investor and philan-
thropist George Soros urged chari-
table foundations on Monday to do
more to tackle the crisis facing

Aftrican American males.
A new\\ report released this week
by Soros' Open Society
Foundations and the New York-
based Foundation Center said that
black men and boys in the U united
States do not have access to the
structural supports and opportuni-
ties needed to thrive.
The report, titled 'Where Do We
Go From Here? Philanthropic
Support for Black Men and Boys,'
shows that annual funding designat-
ed for that specific group has been
rising steadily, from $10 million in
2003 to $29 million in 2010.
Education is a top finding priority,

garnering 40 percent of 'those grant
dollars between 2008 and 2010.
California, New York and Georgia
are tlihe top three states receiving
foundation money explicitly desig-
nated for black males.
"It is my hope that this report will
motivate other philanthropists and
foundations to invest in efforts to
improve achievement by African
American boys and men," Soros,
founder of the Open Society
Foundations, said in a statement.
"This is a generational problem that
demands a long-term commitment."
In 2011 Soros and New York City
Mayor Michael Bloomberg each

contributed $30 million of their
respective personal fortunes to a
New York City program designed
to improve the life outcomes of
black and Latino males.
"To address the plight of black
men and boys, it's imperative that
philanthropy put forward solutions
that address separate and unequal
opportunities they face in all facets
of life education, housing,
health, structural employment, and
disproportion in the criminal jus-
ti. .- Ir.'r care systems," Reverend
Alfonso Wyatt, Former Chair,
Twenty-lFirst Century Foundation
was quoted as saying in the report.

Charley Pride to be in Smithsonian Shown above
is country music legend Charley Pride as he smiles for a portrait at his
recording studio in Dallas, Texas. The Smithsonian has selected Pride to
be part of the new National Museum of African American History and
culture e opening in 2015 with Pride giving the museum items from his life.

NAACP Unveils Billboards Across State for Felony Disenfranchisement Campaign


The deadline to register voters in
Florida passed this week, but
there's a group of people who won't
be able to participate in this year's
election regardless of their residen-
cy. They're ex-felons who, upon
their release from prison, do not
have their voting rights automnati-
cally restored. Florida is one of a
few states in the nation to have such
a policy, and the NAACP is work-
ing with others in a national cam-
paign to stop what they call "felony
"Cell doors can open. We can be

given release, but yet access is still
denied," said Reverend .Grcg
James is a former inmate \\ ho did
time in federal prison. IHe's no\w the
Senior Pastor at L.ife Church
International in Tallahassee. Biut,
since his release in 2008, he has rnot
had his civil rights restored, which
includes the right to vote.
James is also a member of the
Florida Restoration rights
Coalition, a group that seeks to
remove Governor Rick Scott's cutr-
rent policy of not autom>aticallk

restoring the civil rights of ex-
telons \\h o Ikhae alread\ completed
then sentences. lI says lie's work-
ing tn the North Florida region to
contaiici bouti 2,000 intlites w ho
don't know \ tile call \oct in the
coining election. And. he sais the
group is lir ing to contact thousands
of other s throughout the state.
"Tlherc .are o\er 13.000 returning
citizens back to society thliat haie
been gilenl tile right to \ote. and
tile\ 're not aware ot it." said James.
1 under to ernor Rick Scott, there
arI ;I series ot'steps those seeking lto

restore their rights must go through.
That includes waiting five to seven
years, depending on tile offense,
before they can submit an applica-
tion to the state. Then, that applica-
tion must be reviewed by the state's
('lemency oarld, and even then,
tlie arnsCwer mIay bhe "no."
Bunt, that wasn't always tile case.
UInder tforlmer G(iovllernor Charlie
('rist. felons released from prison
were able to have their civil rights
restored. But, Florida Senator
Arthenia Jo>ner, a Democrat from
ITampa, says that all changed when
Scott took office.
"'\\Vh the long waiting period."
asked Joyner. "The Governor
claimed it seemed reasonable!
Reasonable'' Reasonable because
too many ex-olfelldels are turning
to .ia lit of crinte or reasonable
because the (11)P is trying to stack
the deck against IDe)Imocratic candi-
Jo ner claims Republican leader-
ship sa, ;i trend of ex-of'enders
\oting Democratic. and led by'
Go\ ernor Scott, the Florida
Cabinet, all Republicans, agreed to
change the rules. She says she's
frustrated because she helped with
the push to restore civil rights to ex-
'elons under Crist. And. she says

there is nothing that really suggests
ex-felons will return to a life of'
"No compelling evidence of the
former," Joyner exclaimed. "And,
keep in mind, most of them are non-
violent individuals. They may have
written a bad check or may have
had one or two grams of marijuana
in their pockets."
Scott's policy makes Florida one
of four states that does not automat-
ically restore the civil rights of ex-
felons. And, the national chapter of
the NAACP, or the National
Association for the Advancement of
Colored People. says that's not
So, Ben Jealous, the civil rights
group's President,. recently
launched a national campaign to
advocaCte f'or the rights of former
inmates of all races. It's to make
more people aware of the issue and
Jealous says maybe even sway the
minds of ,Govcernors \\ ho still have
the policies in place.
"So. we're seeking to push that
conversation. get folks to under-
stand what these laws are, whyv they
\were put in place. and who they'
impact and mo\e out country for-
ward." said Jealous. "And. I think
it's worth pointing out that while

black people are disproportionately
impacted, the numbers of blacks
and whites impacted are roughly
the same nationally."
The campaign, launched in
Florida, includes billboards of peo-
ple who've served time in prison. It
says phrases, like: "They made mis-
takes, they did their time, they
deserve the right to vote." Also,
involved in the campaign are TV
celebrities, like Judge Greg Mathis
and Actor Charles Dutton, who both
served time in prison before the
launching their careers.
Dutton was released from prison
in 1976. but he only received the
right to vote in 2007. Dutton says
it's frustrating, that people like him,
have to wait so long----in his case,
more than 30 years---to vote after
they've paid their dues to society.
He says that's the main reason he
agreed to the campaign:
The billboards were unveiled last
week in states that still do not auto-
maticallv restore ex-offenders vot-
ing rights. That includes Florida,
along with Virginia, Iowa, and
Kentucky. Currently, millions of
people in those states are affected
by the policy. with close to a mil-
lion in Florida alone.

October 11-17, 2012

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